5 Most Popular Indoor Plants & How To Care For Them

As we discussed in our New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home blog, indoor plants are proven to increase feelings of happiness, recharge our energy, and make us more productive.

Fortunately, plants are more than just energy boosters. Depending on the plant, they can be one of the most aesthetically pleasing objects in human nature. This reality makes plants one of the most popular decor items among interior designers and homeowners.

Let’s cover the 5 most popular indoor plants we expect to see in 2018 and how to care for them.

The Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree

Combining long, quirky stems with flat, leathery green leaves, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree is finding its way into many homes and design magazines. Likely the largest plant you will adorn your home with, the Fiddle-Leaf is unique, beautiful, and a great focal feature.

Care: Requiring plenty of sunlight, make sure to place your Fiddle-Leaf in an area that hosts plenty of natural light. As for watering, once per week is plenty.

Hoya

Whimsical vines that require low maintenance and are easy to grow. What’s even crazier is how many people are now decorating their homes with them. Fortunately, because it has become so popular, it is relatively easy to find.

Care: Hoya’s require indirect sunlight and plenty of it. Watering should be done at least once a week. Pruning should only be conducted on dead leaves or unruly ones. Want to train your Hoya to grow upwards? Place a bamboo stick in your pot and wrap the tendrils up and around the stick.

Monstera Deliciosa

This plant is easily recognized by its heart-shaped green leaves that look as if they were carefully and purposely cut. Monstera deliciosa is a gorgeous and relatively easy plant to maintain.

Additionally, one monstera plant can give life to countless others through propagation. To do so, simply follow these steps:

  1. Find a leaf growing out of a stem with a short aerial root below it.
  2. Just below that root, cut a small notch about one third of the stem’s diameter.
  3. Wrap the notch, aerial root, and the node where the leaf joins the stem with a 1-2 inch layer of sphagnum moss.
  4. Moisten the moss and wrap it in plastic.
  5. Keep the moss moist until roots develop, then cut the stem, and pot your new plant in soil.

Care: Water once a week and prune any sad leaves.

Snake Plant

Perfect for those new to the plant world. The snake plant requires very little maintenance and very little light. Making a resurgence in contemporary design, the snake plant is organized chaos.

Care: Check soil weekly, but can go weeks without watering.

Elephant Bush

Elephant bush is quickly becoming the most popular plant for tables, desks, shelves, and window sills. Not only does elephant bush add height to these areas, it also adds texture and simplicity.

Care: Elephant bush requires warmth, plenty of light, and good drainage (place sand in bottom of pot). Due to its drought tolerance, elephant bush doesn’t require watering during the winter months. Simply water as needed during spring and summer months, but avoid overwatering.

With spring on the way, bring some of that green indoors with the 5 most popular indoor plants.

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