Interior Plant Trends: Old is New Again

Monstera swiss cheese plant indoor plant trendsA cursory glance at any recent wedding, garden or interior design magazine reveals a trend that has become dubbed: "The Houseplant Revival of 2017.”Millennials and Baby Boomers alike have fallen hard for covering apartment walls, corners and countertops with containers of houseplants. We’ve posted about this trend on our Facebook company page citing motivations ranging from social media hashtag popularity to young singles looking to fill that void in their lives usually occupied by a significant other.

Whatever the motivation behind the current indoor plant trend; houseplant collections are not new. Potted plants have graced Victorian parlors and most likely your grandmother's windowsill. This time around, however, the reason behind the indoor plant trend appears to be more therapeutic.

Trend with benefits

Bringing nature indoors, cleaning the air and a need to nurture are all cited as reasons. Baby Boomers view the craze more nostalgically, driving up the prices of used macramé plant hangers and terrarium jars while wistfully remembering their youth spent -- or misspent -- in the 70s.

Garden Media Group's 2017 report, Grow 365, predicted that indoor gardening would become more important and mainstream. Since then, plant retailers have seen a phenomenal growth in sales worldwide, as home gardeners rush to outfit "junagalows" with plant decor.

Book stores and local libraries now contain a new crop of gardening guides and books that list "indestructible" house plants. Not surprisingly, those same house plants frequently make appearances in commercial interior landscaping installations.

Check out those leaves!

One standout on the hot houseplant list of 2017 is the genus Monstera, a large leafed sub-tropical vine. Monstera deliciosa (Mexican Breadfruit) has showy "split" or "cut" leaves. It is sometimes confused with the Tree Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum - image below), which also has split leaves. But it is the interesting shape of the leaves that has made this plant the darling of floral, interior, and other designers this year. The leaves have found their way into bud vases at weddings, and as a motif, onto rugs, clothing, jewelry, and even fingernail art.

split leaves indoor plant trend

Monstera deliciosa is a fast growing, relatively easy-care plant that likes humidity. It grows up to six feet tall and can be kept outdoors in warmer climates. Younger leaves sometimes do not immediately exhibit the characteristic split leaves. Care should be taken in handling this plant as it is categorized as poisonous, especially in households with children or pets.

Another popular Monstera is Monstera Adansonii. It is called a “Swiss Cheese Plant” due to the oval holes or "windows" cut into the leaves (lead image above). Other names for this Monstera include “Window Leaf” or “Shotgun Ivy.”

A fast growing, humidity-loving woody vine, Monstera Adansonii likes bright light and a trellis or post for support. Otherwise, it will sprawl. It is also often seen dangling from a hanging pot or trailing across a wall, where it creates a dramatic display, again due to the holes in its leaves. This houseplant is also considered poisonous.

Call it a trend or even a fad, but bringing some greenery indoors is a “craze” that will never go out of style and what’s good for the home is almost always compatible with the workplace. Consider taking advantage of the amazing benefits of indoor plants for your commercial facility. Please use the quote form on our Interior Plantscaping Services page to request a free, no-obligation quote today.

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