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Plant Trends 2021: Say Hello to These Five Favorites

Posted on February 28 2021

Plant Trends 2021: Say Hello to These Five Favorites

When it comes to trends, you have to keep up, so you don’t get left behind. If you had worn chunky sneakers, “mom jeans,” and a crop top three or four years ago, people would have thought you were living in the past! Now, you’re all the rage. Houseplants are no different. With all the attention they get on social media, it’s hard to keep up with the “in” and “out” plants. Sadly, everyone might be tired of seeing your Pilea Peperomias. They aren’t quite as taboo as the old “duck-lips” selfie, but your followers would rather see these Plant Trends of 2021:


Calathea Orbifolia

 Also known as The Round-Leaf Plant, and for obvious reasons. These Calatheas sport large, almost perfectly round, light green leaves, with gently tapered silver bands. After closer inspection, a network of tiny lines makes up these metallic streaks. This plant is breathtaking from any angle and any distance: subtle enough to go with every trending 2021 decor style and striking enough to stop you in your steps!


One of the best parts: Calatheas are non-toxic to humans and pets. Here are a few basic care requirements:


  • Soil: Well-draining. If using a traditional potting mix, modify it with extra perlite.
  • Light: Filtered, medium light.
  • Water: When the topsoil feels crumbly. Never allow your Calathea to dry out completely.
  • Humidity: High.
  • Fertilizer: During the growing season, use a 20-20-20 blend monthly at ¼ strength.

Philodendron Birkin

When you think of a mutant, something strange and other-worldly might come to mind. (Or some crazy teenage turtles.) Philodendron Birkins are a mutant of the ‘Rojo Congo’ but are far from strange. They’re simply stunning. A sparkling, dark green background is painted with contrasting, white pinstripes. Each new leaf keeps you guessing because it is unique. 


Why is the Birkin going to be a Plant Trend in 2021? COVID-19 hasn’t loosened its grip yet (although we are hopeful!), and everyone needs a little whimsy in your home office!


Birkins are toxic to humans and animals. They are relatively easy to care for and thrive in ‘normal’ Philodendron conditions. 


  • Soil: Well-draining. If using a traditional potting mix, modify it with extra peat.
  • Light: Bright filtered light. Insufficient light will cause the Birkin to revert, losing its mutation. 
  • Water: When the first 1-2 inches of soil is dry.
  • Humidity: Average to High
  • Fertilizer: During the growing season, use a 20-20-20 blend monthly.

Monstera Deliciosa

This plant has staying power: it defies all trends! If you’re looking for an absolute classic, the Monstera Deliciosa is for you. Large, luscious, face-sized leaves split when the plant reaches maturity, earning its nickname “The Swiss Cheese Plant.” 


The foliage of this plant is toxic to people and pets.


  • Soil: Well-draining. If using a traditional potting mix, modify it with extra peat.
  • Light: Medium to Bright Filtered Light.
  • Water: Allow soil to dry out between watering.
  • Humidity: Average to High.
  • Fertilizer: During the growing season, use a 20-20-20 blend every two weeks.

Monstera Minima 

If you’re going for the Monstera Deliciosa look but are a little short on space, this is the plant for you! Prepare for instant gratification because Monstera Minima’s grow 6-12 feet each season if given the proper care. Additionally, the leaves split at a young age, compared to the Deliciosa. They easily attach to trellis’, totem poles, and walls: giving you the esthetic of that Boho Instagram-able Kitchen you can’t stop staring at. 


Why did they make the 2021 Plant Trend List? After a year of avid plant purchasing, your jungle might be running low on floor space. Start climbing the walls with the Monstera Minima!


Monstera Minima’s are toxic to pets and people! 


Fast fact: the Monstera Minima isn’t a Monstera at all! (It’s not a philodendron either.) These plants come from the Rhaphidophora family and an entirely different continent! 


  • Soil: Well-draining. If using a traditional potting mix, modify it with extra perlite, pine bark, or horticultural charcoal.
  • Light: Bright filtered light.
  • Water: Allow first 1-2 inches to dry out. Maintain evenly moist soil during the growing season. 
  • Humidity: Average to High.
  • Fertilizer: During the growing season, use a 20-20-20 blend monthly.

Alocasia Polly

This hybrid is perfect for tabletop spaces that need spicing up! As an Alocasia hybrid, these plants do not reach the enormous heights of their cousins. They get their max at around 2 feet tall. With thick, glistening leaves coupled with striking veins and ruffled edges, the Alocasia Polly is an absolute showstopper. Keep it solo or cluster it with neutral plants for a jungle-house vibe.


Why is the Alocasia Polly one of the Plant Trends of 2021? Minimalism is “in:” White cabinets, white counters, and neutral colors. The ‘Polly’ makes a statement with a small footprint. 


These plants are toxic to pets and people.


  • Soil: Well draining. If using a traditional potting mix, modify it with extra perlite and coco chips.
  • Light: Bright filtered light.
  • Water: Kept evenly moist.
  • Humidity: High.
  • Fertilizer: During the growing season, use a 20-20-20 blend monthly.

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