A few short years ago, that old spider plant would have been seen by interior designers as unforgivably retro. Now, 1970s house plants are back in fashion.
From succulents to orchids to the cheese plant, houseplant popularity is growing. The Royal Horticultural Society reported a 50% increase in sales last year, with sales this year up too. The hashtag #plantsofinstagram has been used over 3.5 million times and it’s not just because of how they look.
Houseplants are said to have both mental and physical health benefits - lifting mood, helping with anxiety and depression, and combating pollution.
Our gardener Michael Perry is here with his pick of the bunch, in all of their leafy green glory.
Join the houseplant revolution!
Rubber plant: An easy to grow houseplant which likes a position of indirect light, so is perfect for the lounge or dining room, and enjoys being behind net curtains!
Spider plant: Almost unkillable- these can survive much neglect! Light or dark, hot or cold, they’ll be fine! Great for a shelf or hanging containers.
Cheese plant: So popular there’s now a #MonsteraMonday each week on instagram where people show off their plants - easy to grow in darker rooms and easy to propagate the stems in jars of water too.
Orchids: They don’t need much attention, so perfect for forgetful people who love their flowers. And, of course, they are undeniably beautiful!
Ferns: Like other similar house plants, ferns are easy to maintain and grow and difficult to kill
Cacti and succulents: They are the easiest to look after which arguably makes them the most popular house plant. With well over 1000 cacti around, we are also spoilt for choice!
Pothos: They are extremely versatile and easy to water and propagate. The perfect plant for houses that don’t see much sunlight, and for the winter months.
Insect eating plants: They catch their own prey to supplement poor soil in the wild, so in your home they only need rainwater and no feeding. They eat just a few insects a year though, so may not sort your fly problem. But they’re great fun for the kids to watch.
Chyrsanthemums: They are common gift plants and can be found as such year around. This is because they have been tricked into blooming by either hormones or manipulation of light exposure.