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Must-Have Houseplants

Must Have Houseplants

Houseplants have evolved. From something you shove in a corner and dutifully care for out of guilt, into living and breathing trendy decor statements. Now very much in vogue, there are so many new opportunities to choose a houseplant that is not only stylish, but also matches your aesthetic and lifestyle. Each one of these plants have unique features that have earned them tons of attention on Pinterest, Instagram, and in the top decor magazines. Here’s our “must-have” list of popular houseplants:

fiddle-leaf figs placed indoors

Fiddle-Leaf Fig:
Even the New York Times loves and adores this trendy plant, calling it the “It Fig” when the fiddle-leaf graced its pages. The king of trendy houseplant decor, this plant features lush and tropical glossy leaves and a modern style that adds major style points to bright, airy rooms. First popular with the daring interior designers that brought it indoors, it has become increasingly popular and is now embraced by everyone that is on-trend, from Millennials to stylish homeowners. Bold, a deep green, and proud, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is the instant focal point of a room. They aren’t subtle, but just one is all you need to create a signature look.

Beauty isn’t always effortless. Fiddles have also earned a reputation for themselves as picky and finicky, needing just the right light, attentive watering and maintenance, and an aversion to being moved around. They’re famous for their big broad leaves, but these can need a bit of TLC to really make the plant the statement piece that you want. This bold beauty is definitely worth the effort you put in, but fiddles are best suited for plant owners that are confident in their abilities.

fiddle-leaf fig plant

Snake Plant:
Known commonly as Snake Plant, the Sansevieria is getting more and more popular by the week. One of its main draws is its striking vertical appearance and squiggly growth pattern, which makes it an ideal choice for adding personality to tight spaces that other plants might not fit. Not just convenient for corners though, the sleek lines on this plant bring an architectural flair to your home, along with air-cleaning properties. You’ll love having the presence of a plant to help make the winters easier to manage, but you’ll also love this plant’s ability to clear up airborne toxins like benzene, carbon dioxide, and xylene.

This plant doesn’t need a green thumb, meaning that it’s a great fit for anyone that falls in love with its beautiful lines. They’re drought-tolerant, thrive in nearly any light level except too much direct sun, and don’t need to be transplanted often. Keep their leaves wiped down from dust to have them looking their best.

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Air Plants:
For those who love decorating with plants but don’t have a lot of space to spare, air plants (also known as Tillandsia) are anything but your grandmother’s houseplant. They come in hundreds of shapes, textures, and sizes, all with a totally unique style. Because they grow without soil, creative and DIY plant lovers have taken to these plants enthusiastically, choosing to display them in stunning arrangements and designs. From tiny glass terrariums and cases to living driftwood sculptures, this is the most on-trend plant for people who embrace their plants by styling them in creative ways.

Air plants are practically designed to be experimented with, and with a little bit of nontoxic glue, you can make a living sculpture out of nearly any Tillandsia species. Take one home and you’ll have a conversation starter that will thrive with minimal care. While they don’t need soil, they still aren’t able to absorb everything they need through their pores and will need regular water baths. Mist them daily, but you might want to consider soaking them in water and allowing to drip dry every few weeks to keep them looking their best. Drip dry your air plant upside-down to prevent water from forming mold at the base of their leaves.
With minimal care requirements and a unique living habit that opens a world of possibility, it’s easy to see why these plants are taking over the interior design world.

fiddle-leaf fig plant

Zebra Plant:
We’ve seen succulents rise in popularity over the years, but the trend isn’t stopping, and people are starting to focus in on particular varieties of succulents and their unconventional looks. Zebra plants, also called Haworthia, are miniature and slow-growing plants that are some of the coolest-looking and trendiest succulent species around. They’re easier to care for than their other succulent relatives, and they look sharp in any display with their namesake crisp white lines running across the plant.

Needing bright and direct sunlight and very little upkeep, these petite plants are perfect for sneaking into your decor in unexpected places, from cute terrariums to mounted on fridge magnets. These plants stay quite small even after years of taking care of them, so find a spot for them that you can be sure that you get lots of opportunities to view them up close to appreciate everything about them that makes them so noteworthy and trendy.

fiddle-leaf fig plant

Boston Fern:
Some people still picture the fern as a Grandmother’s plant, meant for stuffy houses full of antiques, but we’re excited to prove you wrong and show just how on-trend and fashionable these plants actually are. While the plant variety is prehistoric, these tough plants help you out by pulling startling numbers of toxins from the air, and their leafy and bed-headed appearance gives them a unique charm that we’ve embraced once again. Perfect for the vintage-inspired designer and the modern decorator alike, adopting this plant is the perfect way to stay up-to-date with today’s design must-haves.

If you don’t want to clean up any dropped leaves, some other ferns might be better options for you, but we still love the old-fashioned charm of the Boston Fern. Thriving in well-lit rooms, these plants need regular watering and a little humidity to look their best. This plant will love you back with its powerhouse air-cleaning ability and retro charm.

Houseplants are an essential part of so many interior designs and it’s easy to imagine how you can build them into your home design. The world of plants is so diverse, there’s a trendy plant for any home, any lifestyle, and anyone. Fill your home with these lush green beauties to instantly freshen the look of any space.

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Decoding and Caring For Air Plants

The most popular trends in houseplant and indoor gardening is embracing the uniquely beautiful. From the jewel-toned, alien appearance of succulents to the broad-leafed tropical wonder of fiddle leaf figs, we’re embracing the plants that are like no other. When it comes to breathtaking and unique, though, nothing captures our eye quite like air plants.

Also known as tillandsia, these plants defy every expectation. They grow without soil, make the tall canopies of the jungle their home, and come in unique shapes and colors. We love the creativity that people have in displaying them in their home – after all, a home design and lifestyle as unique and exciting as yours deserves a plant that can keep pace.

Air Plant Basics:
Despite all of their unique characteristics, air plants are among some of the easiest houseplants to take care of. They’re slow growers with simple needs that cater towards unique ways of displaying them. Without the burden of planting them in soil, the options for them are almost limitless.

These plants survive mainly by taking in moisture and nutrients through tiny pores that line their leaves, so you’ll find that misting them regularly and occasionally submerging them is enough to keep them satisfied. With their easy care they’re the perfect plant for anyone – from those with a hectic schedule that doesn’t accommodate needier plants well to the houseplant connoisseur that is looking for a unique statement piece that brings something new and exciting to their home.

fiddle-leaf figs placed indoors

How to Take Care of Your Air Plant:
Despite their nickname, these plants can’t quite make it on air alone. Their soilless life certainly opens up lots of opportunities to get creative with design, but they are still plants that have some basic needs to live and thrive. They’re easy to meet, but understanding the basics can help clear up some popular myths and confusion, and understanding how they work helps you to help them thrive.

Air Plant Care – Water:
This is the most complicated part of air plant care, but it’s actually quite simple – even if it’s different from what you’re used to with other plants.

These plants come from a variety of places, from tropical jungles to cliff sides, and the type of plant helps you figure out their needs. It’s not complicated, though. If your air plant has lush, green leaves, it’s likely tropical and needs water 2-3 times a week. Misting will help, but your plants will need a drink by being run under a gentle stream of room-temperature water. If you notice drooping or curling leaves, you can give your plant a better refresher by submerging them for an hour. Just be careful not to submerge any blooms, as they’ll dissolve!

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Plants with silvery-grey leaves are from more arid homes, so they won’t need water as frequently. Dial back your misting and watering to 1 or maybe 2 times a week. Watch the curling and condition of your plant’s leaves for hints about what you need to do!

Be careful to use tap water and never distilled when you water, no matter they type of air plant. Distilled water is so pure it will draw nutrients out of the leaves and away from your plant! Thanks to their pores, they’re constantly feeding, so air plants don’t really need fertilizer. If your heart is set on it, though, you’ll need to be careful not to burn them with something too intense. Use an all-purpose fertilizer at a quarter strength and no more frequent than once a month.

fiddle-leaf fig plant

Air Plant Care – Light:

The second trick to a happy air plant is lots of light. Choose a spot for them that proudly puts them on display where they get lots of light – and you can appreciate them! The best spot is in a well-lit room, maybe near a window. They’ll even do well in offices with fluorescents, as long as there’s lots of light. Not only healthy for your plant, better lighting means that you can highlight your plant as much as possible. Given a bright and prominent place in your home, and it’s sure to quickly become a centerpiece.

Design Your Air Plant:
With care requirements out of the way, you’re free to imagine all the fun ways to bring an air plant home with you. While they don’t come with the same foolproof pot-on-a-windowsill design as some other houseplant classics, their unique look and needs opens the door to tons of fun and creative displays. A quick Pinterest or Google search will show you all the amazing things that people are doing to highlight their favorite air plants at home, but here are some of our favorite ideas that make the most of these unique and trendy plants:

Pre-made Arrangements: If you’re unsure or not confident about what to do with an air plant but you’ve fallen in love with their look like we have, it’s easy to still make a trendy statement. There are many premade options that you can select to bring one home – from driftwood arrangements to glass ornaments.

fiddle-leaf fig plant

Terrariums: Making a terrarium is a great way to play around with combining your favorite sizes, textures, and colors to make a fun a stylish arrangement! Keep in mind the different needs of tropical and arid air plants as you mix and match to ensure that you have a creation with needs that are easy to meet, but embrace the flexibility of a terrarium as a display piece that makes it easy to remove and water your plants. Try adding other decorative elements instead of soil – like colorful sand or crystals – and even hang your design for everyone to see!

Wood Displays: Another fun way to get a natural framing of your plant that celebrates it’s unique soilless needs, driftwood or grapewood are perfect options that are ready for display. You can use fishing line or wire to attach an air plant to your wood piece, or you can even use a very small amount of floral or hot glue to keep it attached.

We can instantly see why these plants are so popular as our eyes are naturally drawn to them as a centerpiece in a room. They’re incredibly versatile and unique, and we love to take advantage of all of their special qualities to make something that stands out. For anyone that is bored of the same, traditional houseplants, wants to capture the newest trends at home, or wants something that they can be more creative with in creating a signature design, air plants are a versatile and charming option that won’t disappoint!