Houseplant Trends for 2018

A miniature citrus tree against a white and orange background.

There has never been a better time for indoor plants than 2018. Although pothos and rubber trees have dominated the houseplant market in recent years, new trends are on the rise. From patterned foliage to indoor citrus, here is a quick look at which houseplants are trending as we enter the new year.

Citrus Trees

You do not have to have a large garden to grow a fresh crop of fruit. Dwarf fruit trees are small enough to grow in a living room and generate a good-sized crop each year. This includes Meyer lemons, which bloom after the fall, give off a great scent, and feature bright green foliage for most of the warm months. The only downside to fruit trees is that they generally require a little more care than your usual houseplant.

Color Is In

A tri-color oyster plant.

Houseplant enthusiasts may have a green thumb, but they are set to explore more colors than ever this year. One popular choice is the Pink Princess Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens), which comes with spots of light pink on its leaves. Another option is the Tri-Color Oyster Plant (Tradescantia), a selection that features deep tones of pink and purple throughout its foliage. Not only does the oyster plant thrive inside or out, but it’s also very easy to grow and only requires watering every other week.

Healing Plants Are on the Rise

Speaking of useful plants, healing plants are off to a great start in 2018. These plants can help purify air by removing harmful toxins, reducing stress, muffling sound, and even controlling humidity. This multi-use aspect is making them as popular as ever and they will likely continue to trend higher as the year goes on.

Patterned Leaves

A calathea plant with patterned leaves.

Vibrant colors aren’t the only trend coming in 2018. Plants that have patterned foliage are among the top sellers online. This includes the patterned plant Calathea ‘Freddie.’ This variety of Calathea features a lovely pattern on both sides of its leaves, which also rise and lower depending on the time of day. If you are looking for both color and patterns, check out the Rattlesnake Plant (Calathea lancifolia) whose patterns include tones of purple.

Aquatic Plants

For those gardeners who struggle with the growing season, aquatic plants are right up your alley. These plant varieties live in water, so you do not have to worry about drowning them in the precious liquid. They are also great alternatives to traditional houseplants and can be placed in whatever decorative jar or container you chose. A good example of aquatic plants is the Marimo “Moss Balls” (Aegagropila linnaei). These water dwellers are native to freshwater lakes and enjoy dark places, making them perfect for the beginner.

Another good aquatic variety for beginners is the Amazon Sword Plant (Echinodorus bleheri or Amazonicus). Apart from its exotic name, this plant is usually used inside aquariums and is very low-maintenance. It features strong roots and vibrant foliage, making them a great fit for just about any environment.

Plants That Are Coming Back

Aloe vera plants.

Although there are a lot of new trends in 2018, there are a few plants that are seeing a resurgence. This includes Aloe vera, which offers an interesting foliage pattern and is a plant that you can get some use out of in the summer. Aloe is great for healing sunburns and does not require much work to harvest. When you need a good healing lotion, simply cut off one of the lower leaves and squeeze out some gel.

What About Monstera Deliciosa?

Monstera deliciosa was one of the most popular plants of 2017, and it is already off to another strong start this year. This plant is great for adding an interesting visual to a space and is popular among designers. It's also easy to care for, but does require the right lighting conditions to meet its maximum potential.