#21DaysofTrends: the Top Indoor Plants to Hunt Down Now
Meet the three species you should be adding to your indoor plants collection.
Indoor plants have become such a key element of contemporary interiors, there are even micro-trends within the overall trend now. Two years ago, the most on-trend plant you could covet was the fiddle-leaf fig, while the hanging moss ball or kokedama was the hottest way to display a house plant.
Right now we have our eye on two plants with disparate looks – although they are both fairly easy to take care of, so long as you position them well and water judiciously (basically, not too much). They are the supremely pretty Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides), and our new favourite succulents, the mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera) and coral cactus (Rhipsalis cereuscula).
Three indoor plants to add to your collection soon
Chinese money plant
With beautifully round, bright green leaves that have just the right level of fleshiness, the Chinese money plant is extremely attractive. It’s also easy to care for – just give it good light (but no direct sun) and water sparingly but regularly. And the added bonus? These plants self-propagate really easily. A happy pilea will regularly generate miniature versions of itself that are either attached to the main stem or appear just alongside it. Simply detach these mini-mes with care and repot for a friend, or start your very own potted money plant 'forest' at home.
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Mistletoe cactus and coral cactus
Right now some of the hottest indoor plants are trailing succulents, but these are surprisingly difficult plants to keep happy – everyone loves a string of pearls, but they are not that easy to grow. In their natural habitat, most of these succulents grow on the forest floor beneath an overhanging canopy of other plants through which light filters down to them. The result is that getting the balance of light and shade (and the amount of water you give them) just right can be a challenge.
Thankfully, much easier varieties – that still create a lovely trailing effect as they grow over the edges of their containers – are also available in the form of the genus rhipsalis. The mistletoe variety will create a really grand trailing effect, while the coral cactus is, as its name implies, a slightly more bushy grower.
Both these varieties are not indigenous to South Africa, and (perhaps as a result) are not that easy to track down. We did find coral cactus (Rhipsalis cereuscula) and mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera) plants recently at Kalk Bay Garden Shop in Cape Town, though, so let your local nursery know that you are on the lookout for these charming indoor plants, and they’ll most likely be able to locate at least one of the succulents for you.