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Houseplant trends that will be hot in 2020

By Sereba Agiobu-Kemmer
18 January 2020   |   4:15 am
Indoor gardening is more popular than ever around the globe. Here’s prediction of trends that will be popular this year.


Indoor gardening is more popular than ever around the globe. Here’s prediction of trends that will be popular this year. While certain plants like monsteras and split-leaf philodendrons are still super popular and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down, we’ve got a hunch that these indoor gardening trends are also going to be big in 2020.

1. Houseplants with Colorful Foliage
Plants with pink leaves have been a recent trend, and we’ve seen that even tried-and-true favorites like snake plants and pothos that have splashes of white on their usually green leaves (known as variegation) are also very popular. One’s sure that houseplants with interesting colors and patterns on their leaves will attract even more fans—multicolored foliage like crotons, Chinese evergreens, and stromanthe will become especially trendy.

“We’re attracted to unique houseplants with exciting leaves because they help us express our personal style. In fact, colorful, attractive foliage came out as a top factor when choosing a new plant, according to recent surveys.

2. Unusual Succulents
Succulents continue to reign supreme as some of the most popular and easy-to-care-for houseplants. We’ve noticed that unusual varieties, like those shaped like jumping dolphins or rose buds, are especially hot commodities. And we’ve seen an increasing diversity of colorful succulents popping up on social media, including pretty pink ones, stunning red varieties, and even some that have near black leaves. No doubt that 2020 will bring some never-before-seen succulent shapes and colors as plant breeders and growers capitalize on this trend.

4. Houseplants as Living Decor
Showing off your prized houseplants in creative and stylish ways is part of the fun of growing them. In 2020, there will be a shift toward using plants as focal points, rather than having them fade into the background. We will see them increasingly showcased with minimalist shelving and planters so the focus is on the plants, but also paired with natural textures and materials (think stone, jute, leather, and wood grains) to enhance the plants’ aesthetic.

Rare Houseplants
Finally, we’re predicting that there will be a dramatic uptick in the demand for varieties in limited supply. Why have just a plain monstera when you could get a rare variegated houseplant? Even when it’s priced at nearly thousands of naira for a small, 6-inch pot, much-coveted plants like Monstera deliciosa albo-variegata are still challenging to find in stock, which only seems to fan the flames of people’s desire for them. Houseplants have become collectibles, so the more uncommon and hard-to-come-by, the better.

You don’t have to shell out big bucks for a rare plant to get in on these trends, though. Head to your local garden center and see if they’ve got any unique succulents or colorful tropicals that catch your eye. You’re bound to find plenty of affordable plants to tempt you. With 2020 here, we’re excited to watch all these trends make indoor gardening even more rewarding for us all.