These houseplants are set to be the most popular in 2021
From succulents to figs, snake plants to devil’s ivy, there’s no question that a house plant or or ten can brighten our homes and our moods.
2020 has been the year that so many of us have upped our plant game, and made a concerted efforts to bring more greenery into our homes.
In no small part due to the fact that we are all pending more time at home than ever before.
But which house plants are going to be the biggest trends next year? There have been some clear favourites emerging among proud plant parents over the last few months, but will we go in a different direction in the new year?
The green-fingered team over at Flowercard dived into search trends data to reveal the most in-demand houseplants of now, those who have seen the biggest surge in popularity and those which will be trending in 2021.
The data proves that 2020 is the year of the cactus, with three of the top five houseplants with the biggest popularity increases being different types of cacti – the Fishbone Cactus, Bunny Ear Cactus, and Mistletoe Cactus. These plants are, after all, pretty low maintenance, so they’re an excellent choice for amateur green fingers.
Also in the top five are the Blue Star Fern, an easy-care plant with a blue-green hue, and Velvet Calathea, a plant with waxy leaves and red stems.
These houseplants have all seen huge increases in popularity since 2010, with the Fishbone Cactus jumping by more than 2,280%.
So, while you may not have seen many of these plants in homes ten years ago, you might just spot them far more often in 2020 and beyond.
The 10 houseplants growing in popularity
Bunny Ear Cactus
Blue Star Fern
String of Hearts
Happy Bean Plant
Chinese Money Plant
African Milk Tree
Top five most popular houseplants right now
Aloe Vera/Aloe Barbadensis Miller
We love a plant that can multitask, and the trusty Aloe Vera does just that. Not only does it look great, but it also has medicinal properties, being used for everything from treating burns to settling an upset stomach.
Plants really can do it all, and Lavender is a perfect example of a plant with a skill. The aroma of this pretty little purple plant can promote calmness and reduce stress, even helping you to get a good night’s sleep.
Snake Plant/Sansevieria Zeylanica
If you don’t have a great track record for keeping plants alive and happy, a Snake Plant may be the perfect one for you. This sturdy houseplant can withstand a lot, even going weeks without needing to be watered.
Another low maintenance plant, the Peace Lily is known for being particularly good at cleaning air, so it makes an excellent addition to your home.
Money Tree/Pachira Aquatica
The sturdy Money Tree is said to bring good luck and prosperity, so it’s no surprise that this plant is so popular.
How to keep your houseplants healthy
The experts at Flowercard have some essential tips for keeping your green babies happy and thriving:
All houseplants need natural sunlight to survive, but how much sunlight plants need, depends entirely on the individual plant – so try a quick Google to find out the needs of your indoor plants.
To ensure your house plants receive enough natural sunlight, turn off your light to see how much natural sunlight fills the room where your houseplants live – plants cannot feed off bulb light, so make sure your room is receiving enough light.
For plants that need a lot of sunlight, placing them by large windows is a great way to ensure they receive the light they need, while shade-loving plants can sit in corners of rooms or on shelves, for example.
Another tip for ensuring plants get enough sunlight is to use a compass on your phone to work out which direction your windows are facing. With the UK being located in the Northern Hemisphere, south-facing windows are the best bet for ensuring maximum light exposure.
When it comes to watering your indoor plants, this will also vary depending on the type of plant you have, though most plants need watering every 2-4 days.
As a general rule, smaller plants will need more frequent watering than larger plants, and those sat in sunlight will also need watering more frequently – if in doubt, feel the soil.
Most indoor plants will thrive in moist compost in spring and summer-time but just be careful not to over-water your plants, as water-logging can be fatal. Pots with drainage holes will allow excess water to drain out, and prevent any wet compost.
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