8 Dwarf Plants To Help You Downsize Like Matt Damon

If you're looking to shrink down the size of your garden plants, these are the plants for you.

December 21, 2017
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Looks like Matt Damon is going to be Downsizing tomorrow... and do you know what I would like to see in the movie? A whole bunch of tiny gardens with tiny tomato plants, tiny houseplants, tiny fruit trees, tiny Christmas trees, etc. Though, I’m not a set design consultant, so there’s a good chance I’ll be left disappointed.

The world of itty-bitty plants isn’t just all bonsai trees, fairy gardens, and terrariums. I mean, yes, it is those things, but there’s also a whole realm of miniature and dwarf plants that will suit you just fine in your regular garden space, or in your home. 

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If you’re getting the itch to downsize like Matt Damon, these small plants aren't going to take you there, but they might be just the thing to get you started.

lemon tree
Photograph courtesy of Stark Bros
Meyer Lemon Tree

A very common dwarf tree selection, the Meyer lemon tree does well in a pot, trimmed back if it gets to unwieldy.  It can grow to over 10 feet tall, but if you keep it trimmed, it can be a very classy looking 4-5 foot citrus tree on the patio.

We trust Stark Bro's Nursery for all of our fruit tree needs. The Meyers lemon tree is available as just the tree for $16, or in a potted kit for $22.

Related: 8 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Right On Your Balcany

tomato plant
Photograph courtesy of Peaceful Valley
Tiny Tim Cherry Tomato

The Tiny Tim tomato plant is an early season determinate variety that tops out at around 12 inches. Perfect for containers, you can try growing these cherry tomatoes indoors any time of the year.

Available from Peaceful Valley for $4 a pack.

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Photograph courtesy of the succulent source
Assorted Succulents

Succulents are a great addition to any indoor garden, especially if you're the kind of person who forgets to water often. You can propagate your own from existing succulents, get some at your local greenhouse, or buy them online.

For a large variety of these 2-inch favorites, check out TheSucculentSource.com, where they start at under $2.

Related: How To Grow Succulents

teddy bear sunflower
Photograph courtesy of High Mowing Seeds
Teddy Bear Sunflower

The cuddliest of all sunflowers ever, the teddy bear sunflower tops out at a small but mighty 2-3 feet. It looks like a giant yellow puffball, and is ridiculously easy to grow.

Available at many online sources, such as High Mowing Seeds for $3 for a pack of seeds.

mini peas
Photograph courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Tom Thumb Garden Pea

The sweetest little pea plant on the planet, Tom Thumb reaches only 8-9 inches in height, and requires no staking. 

Available from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for $3 a pack.

Related: Growing Peas Has Never Been Easier Than This!

bonsai tree
Photograph courtesy of Jet
Brussel's Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai

You knew there was eventually going to be a bonsai tree on this list. The classic go-to tree in the downsized world, bonsai trees are readily available online, in garden stores, and even at that little kiosk in the middle of your shopping mall. You know the one.

Get this one for $45 on Jet.com.

Photograph courtesy of Sustainable Seed Co
Siberian Kale

Topping out at just over 1 foot, the frilly green leaves from this kale plant are perfect for a salad. As the name suggests, it thrives in cold weather.

Available for under $3 for a pack of seeds from the Sustainable Seed Co.

mini spruce tree
Photograph courtesy of Hirts
Alberta Spruce

Come December, many local grocery stores and big-box stores are lined with 4-8 foot tall spruce trees and other Christmasy conifers. But if you look closely, you might also spot some miniature trees for sale that are only a few inches to a foot tall. And they typically only cost a few bucks! Just be warned, after a few years they can grow up to 10 feet, so keep them trimmed nicely if you want a permanently petite tree.

If you're not lucky enough to have a local store selling these mini trees, you can always jump online to buy a dwarf alberta spruce from somewhere like Hirt's Gardens, where a mini tree in a 4-inch pot is on sale for $10.