Hot houseplant trends grabbing our attention in 2021

New year, new me. Thank god the dumpster fire that was 2020 is done and dusted, and we can focus on the important things, like making our indoor jungles as LIT as possible. Here are our picks for houseplants trends this year that already have us in raptures.


1. Pink pink pink


On Wednesdays we wear pink. And are you even a plant parent if you don't have at least one shelf dedicated to your pink rose plants?


We all know (and love) every shade of green out there when it comes to indoor plants, but let's be honest here. It's pretty awesome to get some colors that pop against the green. And with plenty of pink houseplants out there, we aren't short of choices.


The cheapest and easiest pink plants are succulents, especially echeverias. The more sun they get, the more red and pink they turn. The same goes for your famous pink bubbles. Aglaonema are the new "it" plant in New Zealand, popping up across nurseries with their beautiful variations of red and pink. And begonias, where have you been? They've been dominating our social media for the past month with their vibrant flowers and iridescent leaves.


Nothing is hotter at the moment than your stromanthe triostar, which fly off the shelves, often before we post about them. And I haven't even touched on the ultimate PPP (pink princess philodendron). Do you have one?

2. Ficus Yellow Gem


I know, I know, I know. The words "ficus" and "IT plants" don't often fall in the same sentence, but hear us out.


Its cousin, the iconic fiddle-leaf fig" are so 2016. Times are changing. There is a new guy in town. Meet the Ficus Altissima "yellow gem." Bright, bold, and beautiful, the Ficus Yellow Gem is perfect to offset your stylish home space. Eventually they will grow into the iconic "tree" shape we know and love, with a thick woody stem as they age.


Trust us; these guys are going fast. Grab yours before they because more spendy and hard to find.

3. Extra-long trailing plants


One of the side-effects of the immense houseplant craze gripping the world is that wholesale nurseries are selling off their baby plants before they are mature (to keep up with demand), making it harder and harder to get our hands on big, bushy, and lush houseplants. But that's what we want - beautiful trailing plants.


I'll state the obvious. Big plants = a lot of time, and time costs money. If you want a big statement plant now to decorate your house, look to investing more. Also, bigger houseplants are a better investment because they are more robust, stronger, and, frankly, harder to kill.


The trend we see all over social media is long, lush, and full houseplants, trailing artfully down bookcases and covering the walls. Keep your eyes peeled for bigger houseplants, and be ready to snap them up if you see them.

4. Miniatures


Here at NODE, we are calling it first. As big lush houseplants are hot in 2021, so are tiny wee miniature plants that make you "ooh and ahh." And by miniature plants, we mean small plants, not baby plants or cuttings.


For example, lithops are one of the hottest plants we have at NODE. We can barely keep them on the shelves. Tiny, slow-growing, minimal care, and, let's be honest here, super funky looking, lithops are an "it" houseplant for 2021. Perfect for apartment living or even tiny house owners.


Other miniatures capturing our attention in 2021 are air plants such as tillandsias, purple oxalis, and all manner of cacti.

5. Wacky and weird feature plants


The final houseplant trend we are calling for in 2021 is unusual feature plants.


By now, many of us involved in the houseplant world are familiar with both the common houseplants you find in New Zealand and the more challenging, hard-to-get exotics we can't afford (I'm looking at you, Anthurium Warocqueanum). But let me be the first to say, there are so many more houseplants out there that are uncommon and usually weird looking but don't command a price tag of three months rent.


Shake up your urban jungle with a few "statement" plants. Plants that are unusual in appearance yet beautiful in their weird way. Like an Alocasia Polly (so many people don't think they are even real), or a Rhipsalis pilocarpa, or fishbone cactus - or any usual cactus, come to think about it.


Now tell us, what are the plant trends you see for this year? What did we miss? Share!


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