Now that we live in a society where plants are so popular they’re covering entire walls and the inspiration for cupcakes, it means that there are such things as status houseplants. In the past year, we’ve seen the rise and rise of the sweet potato vine, the banana leaf, and air plants. So, what’s the plant most likely to be Instagrammed in 2019?
Below are the four frontrunners for 2019’s most popular houseplant title
1. The Janet Craig
Known in less fun parts as dracaena deremensis, it’s not just the mini-palm tree aesthetic that’ll make this tree popular. The Dracaena Janet Craig and other varieties of dracaenas are commonly seen in offices and retail spaces because of how easy they are to care for. You’re about to start noticing them everywhere.
They work well in homes because unlike other more temperamental tree plants, Janet Craig is incredibly easy to care for and will adapt to nearly all light conditions. The biggest tip for keeping this plant healthy is to not overwater it.
2. The Ponytail Palm
The Ponytail Palm is a tree that goes by several other names—elephant foot tree, bottle palm tree, and it’s botanical name beaucarnea recurvata. The Ponytail Palm is a great pick for the neglectful indoor gardener or plant parent with a busy schedule because it’s pretty drought tolerant.
Actually one of the easiest ways you can kill this plant is by overwatering it. Experts recommend putting it somewhere dry with indirect sunlight.
3. The Red Prayer plant
One of the prominent plant trends seen emerging is colorful plants that have accents or hints of red and pink shades. The prayer plant also sometimes called the Herringbone Plant or Maranta Prayer Plant has what look like magenta veins that contrast the dark green leaves.
This plant is fast growing, which means it’s great for people who thrive on instant gratification. This plant adapts to nearly all light conditions and should be watered when the top one to two inches of soil are dry. Beyond that, keep misting your Prayer Plant regularly as well It’s also a fascinating plant to watch since its leaves lay flat during the day, but at night they fold up like hands in prayer.
4. The Philodendron Hope SelloumIf you’re only going to have one plant, the Hope Selloum should be it. With its huge, almost heart-shaped leaves, it’s a showstopper and conversation piece. Experts recommend this plant because it’s easy, is a great air-purifier, and will do best in bright, indirect light. The other appeal of this plant is that unlike other common philodendron houseplants that trail, this one has an upright growth habit—it grows tall, then wide.
And as far as upkeep goes, the plant thrives in indirect sunlight, with regular misting and watering only when the top part of the soil is dry.