The Covid lockdowns turned buying indoor plants and taking care of them into one of the biggest trends amidst the pandemic. Many people are stuck at home for weeks (worse, months), and they found solace upon bringing greenery into their homes.
If you are jumping on this hot trend, continue reading this article. Let’s take a look at this year’s most sought after species of indoor plants, where you can put them, and how to take care of them.
Known for its glossy and Swiss-cheese like leaves, the Monstera deliciosa is truly on our list of favourites. This plant is easy to take care of and is very hard to kill. If you don’t have that ‘green thumb’ yet, this is the best plant to take home with you. Put them in a nice pot and place them on a well–lit spot in your living room and allow plenty of room for it to grow.
Montseras can also thrive in high-moisture areas, so you can definitely use them to spruce up your bathroom.
The Devil’s Ivy is an undoubtedly stylish addition to any space, especially in rooms with high ceilings. It accentuates the room’s height and brings an elegant touch of nature to the space.
In addition, this plant possesses the power to remove toxins from the indoor air you breathe. It breaks down volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene. These are harmful chemicals often emitted by regular household cleaning supplies, paint, and other items that turn into a gas at room temperature and mix with the air we breathe. These VOCs can often cause breathing troubles, headaches, and worse, cancer.
The good news is that the Devil’s Ivy can survive in just about any room in the house. This plant only requires a small amount of water and sunlight to thrive. Many homeowners start with one plant, then grow more from cutting the trailing stems.
Fiddle leaf fig
The Fiddle Leaf Fig has been the ‘it plant’ for the longest time. Homeowners love its gorgeous and lush foliage. It’s also incredibly resilient and low-maintenance.
You can place it in your bedroom, beside your favourite spot to sit on every morning.
You can place it near the dining area where it can make a huge statement.
You can also have them in your bathroom, but place them in a spot that receives a lot of daylight and keep it far away from the splash zones.
Similar to the Devil’s Ivy, the Peace Lily is one of the best air-purifying plants that you can get. It boasts its lush green leaves and attractive white blooms.
Peace lilies thrive in high-moisture areas, which makes them the perfect living decoration in your bathroom.
If you are looking for a good alternative to Fiddle Leaf Fig, the Rubber plant is your best bet. It’s a robust plant with large, waxy leaves. It can survive indoors and outdoors and requires very little maintenance.
Bird of paradise
Known for its height and its large banana-like leaves and bright orange flowers, the bird of paradise plant can become a striking decor in any room. Place it in a spot dedicated for entertaining guests so it can be a conversation starter.
It also thrives in the bathroom, as long as the space receives a lot of soft daylight.
Boston Ferns are ideal bathroom plants too. These thrive in areas that have higher humidity. Hang them in a corner near the shower to keep the soil moist every day. Hanging plants in the bathroom like this adds another dimension to the space and creates a dramatic display of greenery.
Unlike Boston ferns, a maidenhair fern thrives better in a pot placed on top of the vanity. Taking care of them is similar to the previous plant. Just make sure the pot doesn’t hold so much water to keep the roots alive.
Mother in law’s tongue / snake plant
This is by far the most resilient and the most low-maintenance of all the plant species on this list. It can survive with low light even when watered occasionally. It is known for its rigid upright leaves with a stunning yellow and green pattern.
Similar to the Devil’s Ivy and Peace Lily, snake plants also filter VOCs and improve indoor air quality. Lucky for us, this plant can survive in any room of the house! Have it in the living room, bedroom, home office, or even the foyer.
String of pearls
This interesting and unusual looking succulent became a crowd favourite because of its beads. When displayed properly, this will add a lot of visual interest to any space.
Kentia palms are elegant and resilient. The plant is known for its lush foliage that reminds you of the tropics and exotic landscapes. It fits in almost anywhere, but it thrives better in high-moisture areas. It’s perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas.
Which plant is your favourite?
Big or small, these indoor plants are perfect in tiny apartments and large open-plan homes. When revamping your home interiors, try to sneak nature in your plans using plants. It’s not about what areas should have plants. The lockdowns proved that we can place them everywhere in our homes. However, as the homeowner and proud parent to these green living creatures, you should know where they will thrive best and what you can do to make them happy.