Let’s show them a good time! Four plants we’re excited about this year
If you have spent the past year with us you know that some of our favorite house plants are fiddle leaf figs, monstera deliciosa, succulents and cacti, begonias, African violets, orchids, pilea peperomioides, and air plants. And we are excited about some plants that are new to the trendy plant scene. And there are four in particular that have been taking over the social media sphere that we can’t wait to get our hands on!
Dracaena Janet Craig
Called a “low-light workhorse” by Plant Care Today, it has always been popular. However, Instagram has been loving a bit extra these days. These are a 10-foot tall tree in the wilds of Africa and usually show up in offices and corners of homes. They love to grow together, so for a lush look, plant two to four plants together in 10- to 14-inch diameter pots. Put them in a corner that needs some brightening up, but doesn’t get too much light. The Janet Craig can really take a lot of adverse conditions (high and low temperatures), so as long as it doesn’t rise over 90 degrees, she will love the outdoors.
Red Prayer Plant
So pretty! No wonder it’s blowing up Pinterest. This gorgeous plant has wide, smooth, tapering leaves that drape down colorfully. The ribs of the leaves are red and stream out of a light green center on a dark green leaf. And in the summertime, it may give you white blossoms. It really looks stunning in a hanging container. And it got its name because these beautiful leaves fold up at night and open up during the day—like praying hands. So it can lend a bit of spiritual beauty to your life, too. They like bright, indirect light, and a moist, slightly breezy spot. Water them frequently—when the top of the soil is barely dry, but don’t let the roots get soggy, and keep the water off those gorgeous leaves. And know that unfortunately, long-term relationships with this beautiful plant are not common, as they are not crazy about winter. The reduced hours of light cause them to go dormant or die back completely.
Philodendron Hope Selloum
Another floor plant that is on the easy-care list, it looks similar to its cousin the monstera deliciosa, but the leaves come out into ruffled points, and they don’t develop the Swiss cheese holes that monsteras do. It can grow up to 5 feet tall and develop a trunk. Like most easy plants, moderation is key for the philodendron hope selloum—moderate light, moderate water. Too much light will burn its leaves, and too little will stunt its growth and turn the leaves dark green. It likes humidity, but not soaking roots. So mist it often and water when the top soil feels dry to the touch.
Remember Animal, the skinny, wild-haired, crazy drummer in the house band on The Muppet Show? That is what the ponytail palm brings to mind. Must be the hair, we mean, the leaves. On the top of a tall cane with a thick, bulbous root, these fun plants sprout thin, wispy, green leaves that spring up and fall over the cane. Originally from eastern Mexico, it will grow to about 4 feet tall indoors. This one will love you more the more you neglect it (we call it “benign neglect” in the plant world). The ponytail palm is related to the succulents like yucca and agave and is not actually a palm, so it doesn’t need the high humidity and careful watering that tropical plants need. In fact, you should either mix some sand into a regular potting mix or use a succulent/cactus potting mix to plant it. And put it in a southern room—it needs lots of bright, direct sun to thrive. Let the top couple of inches dry out in between watering. Oh, and as you would be careful when handling any succulent or cactus—watch out for those wild leaves, they can cut your hands.
Invite some more plants to the party
If you are like us, filling your home with beautiful, interesting, and health-boosting plants is as essential as breathing. So if you have been working on filling your home with love-you-back plants, why not make it a party? Plants in every room, clustered in groups having a chat. Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Earth laughs in flowers.” And laughter crescendos in a home full of plants. Enjoy the party, everyone!