Do you own a houseplant that you lovingly nurture? You could very well be a plant parent. It’s a term coined by the millennial generation and a trend that has exploded in popularity since the pandemic lockdowns.
What’s a plant parent?
The houseplant trend was already in motion pre-COVID, but since the pandemic lockdowns, millennials’ obsession with greening their homes is now stronger than ever, with 7 in 10 millennials calling themselves a plant parent (OnePoll).
To be a plant parent is as simple as getting a houseplant and nurturing it as you would a child or pet to help it grow and thrive. Although caring for plants is nothing new, this trend is one to embrace wholeheartedly as it’s not only good for your health, but it can become a source of joy and contentment and will brighten and reinvigorate your home.
Create an urban jungle
Millennials’ obsession with plants is turning their homes into urban jungles as they collect and decorate the corners of every room with different varieties. Creating a lush urban jungle is as easy as styling a collection of indoor plants in each room. Plants can sit in the corner on the floor, on a plant stand, box or chair, be placed on a side table, shelf or at the top of a cupboard, or hung from the ceiling in a macramé plant holder. There’s no right or wrong way to create an urban jungle in your home, but below are a few tips for creating an extra special space.
How to create an urban jungle in your home
- When styling a collection of plants, use boxes, chairs, or plant stands to vary the height of each plant.
- Build layers of interest by styling various plants with different leaf shapes, textures and colours.
- Place your plants in bold pots that make a statement – check out Pop Up Pots.
- Mix your plant selection with various hardy and high-maintenance plants to make it easier for you to care for your collection.
Recommended indoor plant varieties
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
- Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
- Maidenhair fern (Adiantum aethiopicum)
- Pothos / Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)
- Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)
- Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
- String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
- Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis)
- Zenzi ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
- Monstera (Monstera deliciosa)
- Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
- Calathea (Calathea)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
- Polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
- Rattlesnake plant (Calathea lancifolia)
- Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus)
Gift ideas for plant parents
Do you know someone that’s crazy for plants? A Pop Up Pot Gift Set could be the perfect gift for them.
Featuring beautiful hand-painted abstract artworks by Jackie Anderson, these origami-style pots come flat, and once received, they simply assemble with a quick pop and a push. The pots can be placed anywhere around the home, inside or outside to brighten a space.
The Sow’ n Sow x Jackie Anderson Pop Up Pots Gift Set includes all three sizes of Pop Up Pots making it a perfect gift for any plant parent.