5 houseplant trends, from pops of color to macrame

There are plants that Jack Carlisle, owner of The Potting Shed by Carlisle in Orange, has come to call “Instagram ‘It’ plants,”  because customers always request them by pulling out their phones and showing him pictures of them on the popular app. Houseplants got even trendier in 2020 amid the start of the pandemic as the burgeoning interest area was amplified on social media.

Two years later, owning foliage is still cool, but like everything else, from fashion to home decor, tastes in houseplants have evolved with time.

Here are trends to know about.

Creeping, crawling, and cute
The early part of the pandemic was dominated by big and bulky showstoppers like monsteras, but in 2022 it’s all about the trailing and vining plants like philodendrons, pothos, and scindapsus, said Melissa Murillo, owner of Plants by Yours Truly in Huntington Beach. “The majority of the vining plants are at such an easy-care level, but they’re so rewarding when they grow and you see them expanding and just getting bigger and bigger,” Murillo said. “People love when you notice a difference in a plant every time you turn around and look at it.”

Propagate, but make it art
Annette Gutierrez, co-owner of the store Potted in Los Angeles, said that as people have picked up how easy it is to propagate certain varieties of houseplants, elegantly designed containers for rooting have become increasingly popular, from upscale vases to test tubes. She mentioned products she recently started carrying from San Diego-based company Modern Botanical.

Macrame without a time machine
Just as some of the most classic varieties have come back into vogue, so have some of the decorative accouterments. Carlisle said that hanging pots decorated with macrame – a knotted, rope-like material – are popular again.

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