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This Year’s Top 7 Trending Houseplants

This Year’s Top 7 Trending Houseplants

This year, there is a renewed interest in bringing lush, colorful foliage into our homes.

Although houseplants are not a new phenomenon, they are gaining popularity as people seek to bring nature inside and find hobbies to do at home. It has been reported that more than 66-percent of consumers own at least one plant, with many citing benefits like enhanced home design, aesthetic appeal, and the satisfaction of caring for a living thing.

Whether you’re a novice plant parent or a seasoned expert, it’s worth considering some of this year’s most popular houseplants to add to your collection. Here’s a closer look at what’s trending and some tips on how to care for each plant.

1. Peperomia Hope (Peperomia deppeana x quadrifolia)

The Peperomia hope is an ideal choice for those seeking a small plant that won’t take up too much space. It is a hybrid plant resulting from the crossing of deppeana and quadrifolia species of peperomia, and typically grows to be around six to eight inches tall. The plant’s fleshy, round leaves are typically green with silver or white stripes and are slightly thicker than other Peperomia species, which makes it easier for the plant to retain moisture. Additionally, the Peperomia hope is known to be a low-maintenance plant that’s easy to care for.

For best results:

• Light: Place the plant in an area with bright, indirect sunlight.
• Soil: Use light, well-draining soil.
• Water: Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry.
• Temperature: Keep the plant in an environment with temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Humidity: Maintain a humidity level of 40 to 50 percent.

2. Polka Dot Begonia (Begonia maculata)

The begonia maculata is a plant native to Brazil and features long, emerald green leaves with silver spots on a cane-like stem. Its leaves have a red back, and the plant blooms with dense groups of white flowers, giving it an aesthetic that is almost cartoonish and makes it a standout in any space.

Because the begonia maculata requires high humidity to thrive, it can be considered high-maintenance. However, with proper care, it will reward you with leaves that are dazzling. The Polka Dot Begonia can be difficult to find since it’s not available year-round, so keep an eye out at home improvement stores or snatch it up if you come across it in a specialty shop.

For best results:

• Light: Place in bright, indirect sunlight.
• Soil: Plant in light potting soil or sandy loam.
• Water: Allow soil to dry completely before soaking; avoid misting.
• Temperature: Keep at 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
• Humidity: Maintain humidity between 20 and 50 percent.

3. Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)

The cat palm is a great way to infuse some tropical vibes into your space with its towering, dense palms and lush appearance. It is an excellent choice for creating a green sanctuary in your home, in addition to being an economic choice. It can thrive both indoors and outdoors, which is particularly relevant for those looking for adaptable plants.

For best results:

• Light: Keep plant in bright, indirect sunlight.
• Soil: Use loose soil that is well-draining.
• Water: Water when half of its soil volume is dry.
• Temperature: Maintain between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Humidity: Keep at 50 percent or higher.

4. Burgundy Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)

The ongoing trend of plants with dramatic foliage is expected to continue. This year, the combination of variegated and dark-foliage plants will be particularly popular among consumers. With its dark, glossy leaves in a moody color palette, the Burgundy Rubber Tree is an excellent choice for this trend, as it makes a strong statement. This ficus is also versatile and will complement various interior aesthetics.

For best results:

• Light: Place in bright, indirect sunlight.
• Soil: Choose light and well-draining soil.
• Water: Water when 75 percent of its soil volume is dry.
• Temperature: Keep at 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Humidity: Maintain between 60 and 80 percent.

Keep in mind that Burgundy Rubber Trees are sensitive to frequent relocations. Choose a spot where the plant can remain for extended periods, as moving it around can cause the leaves to drop off.

5. Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina)

As we head into spring, inch plants are in high demand, particularly for hanging planters. It features vibrant purple, green, and white leaves that cascade down as it grows. The plant occasionally produces small flowers on the stem tips as well.

Whether your home decor style leans on the minimalist or maximalist side, the markings and texture of inch plants are sure to attract attention. They trail extremely well so are a perfect addition for hanging baskets, which displays their cascading leaves to best advantage.

For best results:

• Light: Position plant in medium to bright light.
• Soil: Keep soil well-drained.
• Water: The top inch of soil should stay moist.
• Temperature: Maintain 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Humidity: Forty-five percent or higher is optimal.

6. Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae)

If you’re looking to add a touch of the tropics to your home, consider the vibrant and colorful bromeliad plant. These plants are easy to care for and are sure to bring a natural warmth to any space.

One of the standout features of bromeliads is their bold and bright colors, as well as their bloom spikes that flower once in their lifetime and can last for months. As the plant matures, it produces new baby plants called ‘pups’ which eventually develop blooms of their own. Eventually, the pups will replace the original plant, and can be separated and transplanted to other pots or kept with the mother plant.

For best results:

• Light: Place in bright, indirect sunlight.
• Soil: Choose a quick-draining potting soil that retains moisture.
• Water: Bromeliads feature a unique vase in the center of their plant structures that can capture and absorb water. Keep the vase half-filled with water, and only give the plant additional water when the soil volume is 75 to 100-percent dry.
• Temperature: Maintain at 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Humidity: Keep between 40 to 60 percent.

7. Sweetheart Plant (Hoya Kerrii)

The hoya kerrii, a lovely vine-like succulent native to Thailand, has been trending as a houseplant due to its heart-shaped design. This photogenic plant is also easy to care for, as it prefers to dry out completely between waterings.

Succulents, in general, have remained popular as houseplants for desk decor or as part of living artwork. Additionally, they are known for their air-purifying properties and can even be used as a centerpiece for your tablescapes. However, finding the hoya kerrii in big-box stores can be a challenge, so checking out boutique plant shops or Etsy might be necessary to get your hands on one.

For best results:

• Light: Position the plant in bright, indirect light.
• Soil: Plant in well-draining, airy soil.
• Water: Allow the soil to dry completely before soaking; mist occasionally.
• Temperature: Keep at 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Humidity: Maintain between 40 and 70 percent.

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