Heads up, plant parents! It’s always a joy to add greeneries and even colorful houseplants in your office or at home. Plants have many benefits to those who also love taking care of them. They have magical ways of making our days relaxing and less stressful.
With the use of Google data, for the past 10 years, these plants listed below have skyrocketed in popularity.
One of the most gorgeous and eye-catcher houseplants you can add to your indoor collection is the Alocasia plant. Alocasias are native to the tropical area in the South Pacific Islands, particularly the Philippines.
Alocasias have impressive, bold, arrow-head-shaped leaves resembling an African mask, so they are often called an African mask plant. They have tall stems that can grow to be 8-10 feet tall!
Look for a warm, bright area in your home or office for these plants. Alocasia plants appreciate the extra humidity in a bathroom or kitchen. On the other side, expect that these indoor plants require extra effort to grow in places outside tropical regions.
Fun Fact: Alocasias grow from bulbs, so don’t worry if even if they lose their leaves as their bulbs can store energy. Eventually, they can sprout new leaves under the right conditions.
BLUE STAR FERN
The Blue Star Fern or Phlebodium aureum is a lovely fern bejeweled with star-like blue-green foliage. With its stunning color and easy-to-grow nature, it has grown its popularity among houseplants.
The Blue Star Fern is just one of the many fern species. Unlike flowering plants, ferns multiply by spores, not seeds, and they have a very complex lifecycle. This blue star fern grows best in bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower-light conditions. The plant naturally grows in the forests of tropical regions. If you plant them in your house, keep the soil moist and mist the leaves to help keep the humidity up.
During the early stage of the plant, its fronds (bluish-gray) have varying sizes and shapes and grow from the plant’s base in a random pattern. As the plant matures, the fronds become more prominent with a more uniform and consistent structure.
BUNNY EAR CACTUS
The Opuntia microdasys Also called, angel’s wings, Bunny Ear Cactus have a simple appearance and has ease of care. This plant is good for busy gardeners or those that are forgetful about maintaining a plant.
This cactus features thick pads with fuzzy glochids or bristles that resemble rabbit fur. They are called Bunny Ears as they grow in ear-like pairs. They are native to the deserts in northern Mexico and Arizona. It makes for a great houseplant in drier areas because it doesn’t need much watering and a lot of bright full sun.
CHINESE MONEY PLANT
Chinese Money Plant or Pilea peperomioides is a popular indoor plant. It’s commonly featured in Scandinavian interiors and fits well in mid-century modern home decors. This plant is a space filler and easy to care for as long as they are placed in areas in the house that receive indirect sunlight.
Too much light can burn the Chinese Money Plant. Just give your plant water once a week, so it will not cause the soil to dry out. You can also check Top Tips for Properly Watering Your Plants.
You’ve probably seen this plant at your friend’s house as the Ficus tree is commonly found in most homes or offices. Ficus altissma is a relative to the Rubber tree, and it can grow upwards of about 6 ft. This indoor plant gives life to any space. This houseplant is easy to grow and relatively low maintenance. Its leaves resemble the rubber plant except that it has an emerald, green and yellow color. Place this plant under a lot of indirect light and water it regularly.
Like Bunny Ear Cactus that got its name from its appearance, the fishbone cactus was also called as such due to its unique shape forming long flat stems resembling a fishbone. Native to Mexico’s rainforests, this houseplant can also fill a space in your home. Other names it has include zig-zag or ric rac orchid cactus.
If you’re a beginner into indoor gardening, this is an excellent houseplant to add to your list as it only requires very little maintenance. Unlike other cactus species, the fishbone cactus needs a little more water than an average species. So, always keep the soil reasonably moist.
You might not hear of the Mangave plant as it’s relatively new to the plant world. It’s a cross between the genus Manfreda and an Agave plant. Mangave is a fast-growing houseplant that adds beautiful texture and color to any space.
This succulent requires bright light to bring out the leaves’ colors. Make sure that when you plant them, you are using pots with good drainage holes. If you water Mangave, allow the soil to dry out and then give it a good soak.
Growing and taking care of houseplants are very beneficial. Besides the medicinal plants to grow indoors, these plants mentioned above have their ways of beautifying your home, saving space, and adding life to your home. So, next time you plan to buy a new houseplant species, make sure you include one of them on your list!