First it was the fiddle-leaf fig (ficus lyrata) that took over the homes of green thumbs and interior-lovers across the country. Next the large-leafed monstera deliciosa (aptly labelled the Swiss cheese plant) swooped in a couple of years later to take over the crown of the coolest indoor plant in town. So what are the cool new indoor plants on the block?
We asked self-confessed plant nerd and co-founder of indoor plant delivery service , Lauren Camilleri, to predict the next It-plants so you can snap them up at the nursery before every other apartment-dweller does.
1. Fiddle-leaf fig (ficus alii)
Dubbed by Camilleri as “the next big thing”, the sabre fig is officially the next fiddle-leaf fig and is ready and raring to make a statement in your home. “The overwhelming popularity of the fiddle-leaf fig means some of the more unusual and interesting figs are sometimes overlooked,” says Camilleri. “With long thin leaves reminiscent of an Australian native and a tough robust nature, it’s about time it enjoyed its moment in the spotlight.”
2. Mini monstera (rhaphidophora tetrasperma)
While it may be referred to as the mini monstera due to the similar shape of its foliage, Camilleri confirms that the rhaphidophora tetrasperma is no relation to the popular monsteradeliciosa. “This gorgeous greeny is a little hard to get your hands on, but that makes it all the more appealing,” explains Camilleri. “While Monstera can get a little overwhelming and unruly, the rhaphidophora is a little more compact — perfect for those of us in small apartments where space is at a premium.”
3. Watermelon peperomia (peperomia argyreia)
As its nickname suggests, the leaves of the watermelon peperomia display an uncanny resemblance to the sweet fruit’s rind. “The thick, succulent leaves resembling the rind of a watermelon are a sight to behold and can grow quite large considering the smallish size of the plant overall,” notes Camilleri. “It can take a bit of adjustment to get the water and light requirements right with this guy, but persevere, because it’s well worth the effort.”
4. Peacock plant (Calathea orbifolia)
“Possessing some of the most striking tropical foliage out there (just ask her), this dazzling diva calls for a bit of gardening experience to keep her in check,” says Camilleri of the high maintenance calathea orbifolia, suitably known as the peacock plant. “The voluptuous, striped calathea orbifolia, is a total show-off and worth every bit of effort to keep those gorgeous leaves happy and healthy — high humidity, moist soil and a regular watering regime is really important to avoid the leaves curling and browning,” she adds.
5. Wax plant (hoya carnosa)
According to Camilleri, the hoya carnosa is for the succulent lovers who want to branch out to some indoor foliage. “The Hoya carnosa provides the best of both worlds,” says Camilleri of the glossy plant, which is also referred to as the wax plant due to its waxy foliage and stems. “Blessed with thick, juicy leaves these trailing beauties will bring the lushness without the effort — she’ll even reward a bit of neglect with some banging blooms in the forms of pretty balls of teeny tiny five-pointed stars that smell as sweet as they look.” Hardy, shiny and pretty? We’ll take 10, thanks.