by Samin Rizvi

Design & Maintenance

The new year no longer just brings with it colour, makeup, and fashion predictions. It’s also about gardening predictions. Gardening, especially indoor gardening, is huge on the global scene at the moment and rightly so. With huge global trends come expert predictions and for trends such as these that are here to stay and get bigger every year, the predictions also get bigger.

Indoor plant trends for 2021 are full of different kinds of plants. These plants can be the perfect extension to your existing collection with their unique characteristics. Based on Google data and search trends, the indoor plant experts have arrived at the plant trends that are going to rule the gardening world in 2021.

People who found a new connection to plants in the pandemic and those who reconnected with gardening at a deeper level in the pandemic are now looking for ways to add to their plant collection. This new want to expand the plant collection can be either due to expanding their collection or just adding more members to their plant family.

1. FISHBONE CACTUS : With its unique shape of long flat stems with curly edges that resemble a fishbone, this plant is at the top of quirk-o-meter. It is also famous as zig-zag or ricrac orchid cactus. This plant baby is an excellent choice for those looking to pick up gardening this year, it needs very little maintenance. The fishbone cactus likes a little more water than your regular cactus, so don’t let the soil dry out for long.

2. SANSEVIERIAS: Sansevierias are wonderfully easy indoor plants. They will live happily in very bright light to almost dark corners of your home. It is an excellent indoor plant with low light and watering needs and low maintenance nature. With their compact growth pattern and futuristic look given its long spade like leaves, they look stunning both on the floor as well as on tabletop displays. It is an excellent plant for beginners and seasoned houseplant owners.

3. ALOCASIA PLANT: Alocasias are beautiful houseplants, ranging from small leaved ones to humongous ones that resemble elephant ears. They are a must-have for every indoor plant enthusiast. This stunner has specific needs that have to be met to keep it healthy.

4. CALATHEA: The calatheas have ruled the gardening world for very long but 2020 saw their return to the centre stage and they are all set to rule it into 2021. The calatheas are one of the most stunning plants with their dark foliage and variegations that can rival any painters Like all tropical plants, they also love indirect light, warmth, and humidity.

5. CHINESE MONEY PLANT: With its round coin shaped leaves, it is very apparent why the plant is named such. Emerging as a global favourite on the indoor plant scene, this fits very well in almost all décor themes. A happy trooper that requires very little care and does best in bight indirect light. What’s the best part is that it sprouts babies like crazy, so one plant can be many in no time.

6. MISTLETOE CACTUS: The statement maker of the year, the mistletoe cactus is a lush succulent with stems that hang down like shaggy hair. This easy to care for plant lives happily all year round. If cared for properly, the succulent/cactus might also reward you with mistletoe-like berries.

7. STRING OF HEARTS: Our personal favourite for this year, this trailing plant is easy to care and grow for with its patterned leaves. Place it in hanging baskets or put it on shelves and watch it trail down and spread its magic.


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