The Houseplant Trend and How to Get Growing
Thursday Jan 21st, 2021
Caring for houseplants is becoming increasingly popular as we find ourselves spending much more time at home. Many of us are turning to plants as a way to refresh spaces that we’re growing tired of or to bring a bit of the outdoors in.
Not only do houseplants visually improve your home, they are known to have some positive health benefits such as reducing stress and helping to increase concentration. This makes them a helpful addition to your home office or work space. Certain varieties of houseplants can also help with air purification and reducing pollutants. Most importantly, there’s the subconscious satisfaction when a plant thrives under our care that makes us feel good. And who doesn’t want that?
It’s possible you may not have the best track record when it comes to keeping houseplants alive and you may be apprehensive to get in on the craze. Not to worry! When it comes to houseplants it’s just a matter of finding the right variety for you. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites and there’s something for everyone!
Our pick for beginners
Sansevieria trifasciata, or “snake plant” as it is sometimes called, are ideal for beginners as they can go long periods of time without water. They also don’t require a lot of sunlight which is convenient. They have strong, stiff leaves and can range in size from six inches to over six feet tall for certain varieties.
Our favourite for the season
A Frosty Fern (Selaginella kraussiana) is a little trickier to grow but makes for a lovely seasonal gift as they don’t grow much beyond eight inches. The white new growth of this plant looks as if it’s been frosted with icy cold, making it very fitting for bringing a little outdoors inside this winter season.
With earth tones, natural textures and abstract designs paving the way in 2021 decor trends, the Bunny Ear Cactus (Opuntia Microdasys) is sure to be a popular one. Sometimes also called the “polka-dot cactus”, this plant loves full to partial sun.
Our pick for small spaces
The “ZZ” plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) is great for smaller spaces as it generally won’t grow any larger than three feet tall. It’s also an easier houseplant to care for as it tends to do best if you just let it be. As an added bonus, the “ZZ” plant is also an air purifying plant.
Our pick for big spaces
You’re likely familiar with the gorgeous Ficus Lyrata, or “Fiddle Leaf Fig'' as it’s commonly called. This houseplant has become incredibly popular over the last few years (and will cost you a pretty penny to purchase) but is still our favourite for larger spaces as they can grow up to three meters tall indoors. A little trickier to grow but you’re set once you’ve found the perfect location for this houseplant to thrive.
Where to buy
Ottawa is home to many lovely shops where you can find the perfect houseplant. Below are just a few local spots to help get you started.
Westboro / Flowers Talk Tivoli at 282 Richmond Road
Wellington West / Blumenstudio at 1395 Wellington Street West
Glebe / Bloomfields at 783 Bank Street
Little Italy / Plant & Curio at 173 Preston Street
Byward Market / Flower to the People at 246 Dalhousie Street
In addition to the many health and wellness benefits, houseplants also make for a thoughtful gift for the person you’re just not sure what to buy for. It’s important to note though that some houseplants may be harmful to children and pets. It’s always best to do some research on the specific variety before gifting or welcoming your new plant home.
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