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2021 Houseplant Trends and Inspo

Here's Some of the Best Houseplants for 2021

 

We want to break down the plant trends of 2021 that we're seeing EVERYWHERE! Our hope is to give you insight into which houseplants producers are producing, which ones you'll see online and at your local nursery, and ultimately which plants might be a good match for you!

1:

Passion flower (passion fruit) plant growing indoors

PLANT:

PASSIFLORA CAERULA (BLUE PASSION FLOWER)

WHY WE LIKE IT:

Also known as the Blue Passion Flower, this is a stunning passion fruit variety. They are easy to grow, and they eventually fruit, although the fruits aren't as tasty as the Passiflora Edule. As with all vining plants, these need some form of trellis or other support for their vigorous growth (growing 20 ft or longer). The flower itself (although short-lived) looks otherworldly, and is an exciting reward for taking care of a Passiflora Caerula, but the leaves are also beautiful and interesting- they range from having a single point to as many as 11! 

WHO IT'S FOR:

Anybody with the space, a trellis, and time to water regularly! We grow ours indoors in a container, which we move outside in the summer. However most growers keep these outside, and they are hardy to zone 5.

2:

Monstera Aurea variegated houseplant

PLANT:

VARIEGATED MONSTERA VARIETIES 

WHY WE LIKE IT:

Two of the most famous instagram plants are easily the Monstera Aurea & Monstera Albo! They are the exact same species as the Deliciosa (and the Borsigiana, by the way!), but with white and yellow variegation feathered throughout the leaves and stems, which gives off a whole new vibe! 

WHO IT'S FOR:

Anyone who has some time and patience can take these on magnificent plants! Ideally, they prefer lots of bright indirect light.

3:

Maranta (prayer plant) houseplant growing indoors in a gold basket

PLANT:

MARANTACEAE

WHY WE LIKE IT:

The Maranta is a close relative of the Calathia, and it's the unofficial 'it-plant' of 2021. You'll be seeing these everywhere, and honestly, that's great! These plants are low-maintenance and don't require very much light to stay perfectly content. The Maranta is also known as the "prayer plant" because it's leaves curl up at night (and it kind of looks like it could be "praying"!). There are a few theories for why they do this, but it is currently thought that they do so to reduce fungal and bacterial growth on their leaves in the humid, still air of the rainforest floor at night.

WHO IT'S FOR:

Anybody, super low maintenance and beginner friendly!

 

4:

Euphorbia Trigona low maintenance succulent

PLANT:

 EUPHORBIA TRIGONA

WHY WE LIKE IT:

 Also called the 'African milk tree' (because of their white sap) or 'candelabra cactus' (yes, they look like a candelabra; no, they aren't cacti), the Euphorbia Trigona is a very cool three-sided succulent that branches readily and eventually does indeed look like a tree in it's native habitat. When grown in a container, they add a nice structural element amongst lower-growing succulents or tropicals. As they get taller (and they get very tall!), they look great as a statement piece. Trim the branches off at the base to encourage taller growth, and cleanly cut the top few inches off to encourage branching. Save the trimmed pieces because they are super easy to propagate, too!

WHO IT'S FOR:

 We find the Euphorbia Trigona generally more forgiving than most species of cacti. If you have a heavy watering hand then give these a try! 

5:

A large Philodendron Red Emerald

PLANT:

PHILODENDRON ERUBESCENS 'RED EMERALD' 

WHY WE LIKE IT:

 Unlike its hybrid relatives (cough! cough! pink princess), the Red Emerald is extremely low maintenance, won't loose its beautiful coloring and grows very fast. We're talking 4-feet-in-a-year fast. The stems show off a deep ruby red, especially under the leaf. The leaves are a deep emerald green. Talk about jewel tones!

WHO IT'S FOR:

Anyone! These are especially a great choice for those living in an apartment or those wanting some jungle vibes.

6:

A rare white and green variegated Peace Lily (spathiphyllum) 'Picasso'

PLANT:

 SPATHIPHYLLUM 'PICASSO'

WHY WE LIKE IT:

Let's be honest, the 'Peace Lily' is a very common house plant, and almost a little traditional, but the 'Picasso' is neither one of those things! The leaves are never the same variegation and vary plant-to-plant. These are almost impossible to find in the United States and we are one of the very few sellers to offer them! They are catching on globally and you will start to see more of them (just don't forget you heard about them here first!). These literally look like Picasso himself spilt paint purposely on every individual leaf. 

WHO IT'S FOR:

 Serious collectors and anybody looking for a showpiece! 

7:

The Cebu Blue epipremnum (pothos) is a fast growing, low maintenance climbing plant that is good for beginners

PLANT:

 EPIPREMNUM CEBU BLUE

WHY WE LIKE IT:

If you take the easy care of the Pothos (Epipremnum aurea), add the perforated leaves (when mature) of the Monstera deliciosa, and a unique soft, silver-blue hue, you get the 'Cebu Blue.' It's gaining popularity for all these reasons, but it is still way more rare than the Monstera or Pothos!

WHO IT'S FOR:

Everybody! And we're not just saying that! They are so easy-going, they make a great beginner plant, and they are unique and interesting enough to "wow" even a seasoned gardener!

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