Wondering where to place your next plant? Coffee tables are the perfect spot to display your favorite houseplants as they create an interesting centerpiece that goes far beyond your typical home décor. There’s just something about fresh blooms and lush green foliage that really creates that homey feeling while bringing nature indoors.
Houseplants add that cozy touch to any living space and in particular, your coffee table. Discover which houseplants work best indoors on your coffee table with these five easy-to-care-for, low-maintenance plants.
1. Snake Plant
Snake plants (Dracaena trifasciata) make a wonderful addition to any coffee table. They are extremely easy to care for, purify the air, and can tolerate multiple lighting conditions.
With over 70 different species, there are tons of different snake plant varieties to choose from. The most popular include: laurentii, moonglow, golden hahnii, and bantel’s sensation. Snake plants can grow to a variety of different heights, so opt for a variety that grows shorter for your coffee table. You can also feature a larger snake plant to add dimension to your space and create an aesthetically-pleasing addition to your table.
Snake plants prefer indirect sunlight, but they can also grow in partial shade or low light which is perfect for your coffee table. Try to avoid putting these houseplants in direct sunlight which can damage the plant and burn its leaves. Keep in mind though, snake plants can tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight but will grow better with indirect. Place snake plants on a coffee table where they will receive some light throughout the day and some shade.
Snake plants also don’t require lots of water. In fact, overwatering can kill the plant so always allow the soil to dry out completely in between waterings. Water snake plants one to two times a month during the spring through fall months, and in the winter water once every one to two months.
2. African Violet
Another charming houseplant to add to your coffee table is African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha). The plant produces small flowers that add a pop of color to your space and blooms multiple times a year. So, it’s easy to see why adding this colorful plant to your table is an absolute must.
From Eastern Africa, this type of plant is fairly small in size ranging from eight to 16 inches at its largest. It produces beautiful blooms that range in color from deep purples and pinks, to blues and white.
While the plant can handle some shade, one of the most common reasons African violets don’t flower is due to lack of sunlight. Limited blooms and dark green leaves that appear thin indicate that the plant is not getting enough light. In order to flower properly, African violets need at least 14 hours of light per day and should be placed in a bright, sunny location. They also need about eight to 10 hours of darkness every day.
African violets require frequent water and the soil should remain moist, but not soggy or too wet. Plant African violets in a container with proper drainage holes and water regularly — typically once a week.
3. Baby Rubber Plant
Add a baby rubber plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) to your coffee table and enjoy the many benefits of this tiny tropical houseplant! Baby rubber plants create a beautiful addition to coffee tables with their thick glossy leaves and their ability to eliminate toxins in the air. The plant is smaller in size and only grows up to 10 inches tall, making it more compact and easy to fit on your coffee table.
Originally from the rainforest areas of South Africa, baby rubber plants thrive with limited water. Similar to succulents, these houseplants store water in their leaves and can go for long periods without water. Only water your rubber plant once a week in the spring and summertime, and once every two weeks during the winter.
Baby rubber plants grows well in low light and direct sunlight will actually damage their leaves. Too much sunlight causes its glossy leaves to fade and can burn the tips. To avoid this, place the plant on a coffee table that receives medium sunlight or partial shade for the best results.
Succulents make a great choice for coffee tables as they are extremely versatile and drought-tolerant. With over 10,000 different varieties, popular succulent choices include aloe vera, echeveria, jade, string of pearls, zebra plant, and more. Succulents also come in all different sizes, so finding the right one for your coffee table is simple and easy.
Succulents are low-maintenance houseplants and require very limited care making it an effortless choice for all coffee tables. Most varieties store water in their leaves and therefore can go long periods without needing water. To avoid overwatering, always check the top few inches of soil with your fingers and only water when the soil feels dry to the touch. During its active growing season (which is typically the spring and summer months) water your succulents once a week. In the wintertime, water succulents once every two to three weeks.
Succulents need lots of light to thrive and grow properly. So, make sure you are placing them on a coffee table that gets at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. Limited sunlight will cause the succulents to become leggy or stretched out of their container.
Pro tip: Feature multiple succulents on your coffee table with companion planting and create a real conversation starter!
Also referred to as devil’s ivy, another houseplant to feature on your coffee table is the increasingly popular pothos plant. Not only are they a simple and easy plant to maintain, pothos add lots of character to your living space too. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a vining plant that grows out of its container and makes a beautiful addition to coffee tables. Popular varieties include: golden pothos, jade pothos, and marble queen.
Pothos grows best in medium sunlight that is not direct, but the plant can also handle low light. The more sunlight, the faster the plant will grow. Pothos are vining plants that will climb as they grow — wrap the vines around your coffee table legs and allow the plant to cascade down for a visually-appealing touch. When it comes to watering pothos, have a regular watering schedule and allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.
Pro Tip: Pothos is very easy to propagate! Propagate pothos by leaf or stem cuttings to have multiple plants in your home.
Transform Your Living Space
Cozy up indoors this winter with these five houseplants that make the perfect addition to any coffee table. These plants are sure to impress and create that welcoming focal point you’ve been looking for!
What houseplant is your favorite to feature on your coffee table? Leave a comment down below.