By Justin Hancock, Costa Farms Horticulturist
Photographs courtesy of Costa Farms
Houseplants continue to be trendy with plant parents embracing their love of indoor foliage and flowers. As plants continue with their popularity, we’re seeing trends within the trend. Check out the hot houseplant trends for 2022.
1. Bold Foliage
Plants with large, dramatic leaves continue to attract and hold the attention of plant parents. Monstera deliciosa is still a hot plant, as are Alocasias,Philodendrons, and even Fiddle Leaf Fig. More and more people are growing plants like Pothos and Little Swiss Monstera on moss poles to get them to develop larger leaves faster. With relatively few houseplants showing off large foliage like this, a big-leafed plant makes a noticeable impact.
Fenestration (leaves with naturally occurring cuts or holes) will also be a sought-after feature amongst plant varieties. If you don’t have room for a big monstera, look for a smaller species like Rhaphidophora tetraspermaor Baltic Blue pothos, which give you the same dramatic look, but on a much smaller scale.
2. Variegated Foliage
Variegation may be the collectible houseplant trait of 2022. It’s easy to see why a leaf edged, streaked, or splashed with white, cream, yellow, or pink attracts extra attention and makes a plant more sought after. Unfortunately, because many variegated varieties have less chlorophyll, this means they’re a little weaker than their non-variegated counterparts and it can make them more difficult for growers to produce. The smaller numbers of variegated selections available drives up their popularity among influencers, collectors, and plant parents.
3. Silver and Blue Hues
Plants that have bluish or silvery leaves are also hotter than ever. Selections such as Cebu Blue pothos, Moonlight Scindapsus, and Silver Dragon Alocasia have become very collectible. These tones create a fun contrast against the more typical dark green leaves commonly found on houseplants, and also make for lovely accents to variegated varieties, helping a plant collection feel more curated (and Instagrammable).
4. Red and Purple Hues
While pink-variegated plants are still hot, an up-and-coming trend we’re seeing is interest in plants that have rich red and purple tones. For example, we’ve noticed a lot of excitement around new varieties like Costus erythrophyllus Two Toner, which sports lovely purple-backed leaves. Peperomia caperata Schumi Red (which has lustrous red-purple foliage) and Geogenanthus ciliatus (a tradescantia relative which offers purple-black foliage) are two others with a lot of buzz. Of course, tried-and-true varieties like Zamioculcas Raven®, Colorful Aglaonema, and cane begonia varieties are as popular as ever.
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By Heirloom Roses
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