Many plant experts used to say that you should never place plants on top of the fridge due to the heat of the space. You might not have many other places to put plants in a small apartment or small home and the fridge might be an available location for you to place large plants or plants that want to hang down over the edge of the pot.
A large part of the reason plant experts used to tell you not to put plants on top of the fridge was the fridge being hot on top. Most fridges nowadays are not hot.
If your fridge does put out a lot of hot air, you might just need to water your plants more often. Most modern fridges will not create enough heat to impact your plants. Tropical plants will actually be much happier on top of the fridge where it might be slightly warmer.
This article will cover 17 of the best plants on top of a fridge.
Which plants are best on top of a fridge?
String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
The Ceropegia woodii (also known as the String of Hearts) is in my opinion the best plant to put on top of a fridge. It will grow long stems with lots of beautiful small heart leaves. If you want to decorate one side of your fridge with a beautiful plant, the string of hearts is definitely the plant you want to choose.
This plant is easy to care for, needs indirect sunlight, and only has to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch.
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
This plant can grow as a trailing plant or on a moss pole. In the house, your Devil’s Ivy will love the warmth of the space on the top of the fridge so long as there is bright light up there. This is a tropical plant that can grow to be quite large given the right growing conditions.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
This plant is commonly known as a Snake Plant. These fun, spiky-looking plants make great houseplants and they love a little warmth where they are living.
These plants actually produce greenish-white flowers and they can put out red or orange berries when they are given the right growing environment. This plant does not need a ton of water, which makes it easy to care for.
Aloe Vera is perfect to put on top of the fridge because it loves the indirect sun and it is a desert plant that enjoys warmer air. This plant does not like to be watered too much, and its beautiful, spiky, tall leaves will fill in any flower arrangement or space in your home with ease.
Aloe Vera also grows “pups” which you can move to their own pots to grow new adult plants!
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Prayer Plant (Maranta)
This unique plant was named for Bartolomeo Maranta who was an Italian botanist. The plant is native to Brazil and does not need any special care to flourish atop your fridge.
This plant has velvety leaves and stems and can grow up to a foot high when grown indoors. Make sure that your Prayer Plant is not in direct sun and that you do not let it get too dry.
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Blue Star Fern (Phlebodium aureum)
This delightful and frilly plant puts one in mind of the foam fingers you can buy at sports stadiums, but more elegant. This is a rainforest plant and it loves moist air and diffuse light as well as warmth.
This houseplant will happily live on top of your fridge if you keep the soil wet and make sure that it is living on your fridge with a few other plants.
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Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium)
This plant is very easy to care for and it likes to spread out in all directions and is quite easy to care for in any kind of home environment. It will be more than happy to live on top of your fridge, and this might be a great place for it if you have pets or small children because the vines are poisonous.
These are really pretty and colorful plants that love bright light and are always happy to be clustered with other plants. This is a very unique and beautiful houseplant that grows a flower that is bright pink or yellow.
These plants twine together with other plants in nature for support, so your Bromeliad might like to have some other plant friends atop the fridge with it.
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Silver Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)
These are pretty pants with green and white leaves that are natural air purifiers. They are easy to care for and love the bright sun but can also handle lower light.
This is a really great plant to choose for the space above your fridge as they will not mind any of the potential temperature changes up there and they will be happy in any kind of light.
Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
This is one of the most common houseplants because it is so easy to grow and because it makes spider plants that dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web.
Spider plants prefer indirect light and a slightly warmer temperature and they will flourish and make babies that you can use to make new spider plants!
Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
In nature, these frilly ferns grow on the surface of other plants. This plant can get as large as five feet tall but houseplants usually max out at 2 feet.
They love some good warmth and some moisture, so keep them watered and they will be thrilled with the space above your fridge! Make sure not to touch the fragile leaves too much or they will become bruised and die back.
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Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)
This pretty houseplant has thick, dark green leaves and it is very tolerant of drought conditions. They like indirect light and you only have to water them once or twice a week!
This is a great plant for people who love low-maintenance plants that can tolerate dry air and that still look lush and exotic.
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Sweetheart Plant (Heart-Leaf Philodendron)
One of the easiest houseplants to grow is a glossy, green little plant that grows slender stems and delicate leaves. The Heart-Leaf Philodendron can tolerate dry air and it does not need much in the way of maintenance to thrive on top of your fridge!
Dragon Tree (Dracaena)
This delightful plant grows off a long, thin trunk and is topped with a ball of spiky, green growth. If you have a large space on top of your fridge, this plant will happily fill it in for you! Keep this plant in filtered light and keep it moist for optimal growth.
If your kitchen experiences changes in temperature throughout the day, don’t worry! This plant can handle those challenges with ease.
Nerve Plant (Fittonia)
This plant has pretty and delicate green and white leaves that grow close to the soil in the pot. This is a very hardy plant and it sometimes grows as ground cover in more arid locations. This plant loves to trail and spread out and it can be a beautiful filler in between other plants.
It does not love direct sunlight but can handle all other challenges.
Peacock Plant (Calathea makoyana)
This plant can grow to be quite large if you take care of it and it is happy to twine and grow thickly with neighboring plants. The leaves are light green and dark green and remind you immediately of tropical locations.
Keep this plant up on your fridge and it will grow happily there! When it grows too big, you can always place it in another location.
On top of that, it’s also a pet-friendly plant that is not toxic.
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
This plant is quite common in Scandinavia and it is easily recognized by the rounded leaves that grow off delicate stems. This plant is bright green and hardy and can stand lots of variations in temperature as well as a little bit of space between waterings.
This plant is also called the UFO plant due to the shape of its leaves. This plant loves diffuse, bright light and it will thrive on top of your fridge!
The top of a Fridge is a great place to put a plant. Whether it is a big plant or a small plant, the fridge will only look better with a plant!
Monitor the plant for the first few weeks to make sure the plant likes the environmental conditions like heat and light. After a few weeks, the plant will get used to the environment and it will thrive.
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