2020 Plant Trend Predictions From Our Global Plant Friends

by Elise and Madison December 10, 2019

2020 Plant Trend Predictions From Our Global Plant Friends

Now that it's December, we at WallyGro are looking ahead to the plant scene in 2020 and cooking up predictions for the plant trends to come. To get the dirt, we asked a wide spread of some of our global plant friends - plant parents, installers, and retail partners alike from around the world - what their predictions are for next year's plant-stravaganza. Here are their responses!

  

 Izabela, Plant Junkie

@theplantjunkie | Installer, Vancouver, Canada

To be honest, when it comes to houseplants, I wish people would not follow any trends and instead choose looks that they like and plants that can thrive in the environment that their space offers. But if I need to predict what plants will be gracing interior design magazines in 2020, I will bet on big, jungle-y, leafy ones such as Bird of Paradise, giant Peace Lily Sensation, Kentia Palms, and big Cast Iron Plants. That’s what I will be using a lot on my installs, and my clients love all of these so much.

  • Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)
  • Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
  • Peace Lily 'Sensation' (Spathiphyllum)
  • Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

 

Adam, Just Plants Bristol

@justplantsbristol | justplants-bristol.co.uk | Installer, Bristol, UK

From a personal view, I will be looking to use more Anthurium in green wall planting. The variety of flowers is great, and if the light is right they will just keep on giving. The foliage combines well with a variety of species so they work well in green wall planting schemes. The ‘Jungle bush’ variety makes for a stunning floor standing plant as well. It’s perfect in commercial spaces and a lovely alternative to more traditional house plants such as Spathiphyllum. And finally....they are one of the originals from NASA’s top performing air purifying plants list!

As a recommendation for the home… I get more and more questions about what the best plants for home are. The increase in plant-related social posts has opened up a whole new beast! My recommendation for the home, and especially the plant newcomer, would be Aspidistra elatior. It may not be the most dramatic of plants, but it is tough as nails, requires very little experience to maintain, and can be planted outside on patios or in gardens. I plant it underneath my tree ferns as an alternative to Hostas, as the snails don’t eat them! In the UK they are a touch expensive, but will thrive where light is low and are perfect for the novice.

  • Anthurium or Anthurium Jungle Bush
  • Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

 

Rachel, Jungle House

@junglehousegoods | junglehousegoods.com | Shop, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

2020 is going to be the year of the Peperomia! Compact, low maintenance, and super diverse - how could you go wrong? The Pink Lady Peperomia will take the spotlight. 

  • Pink Lady Peperomia
  • Peperomia

 

Chris Clark, Soltech Solutions

@soltech_solutions | soltechsolutions.com | Shop, USA

It’s fairly easy to predict that the Monstera and Fiddle Leaf Fig will continue to dominate search results and will be the most popular plants for houseplant enthusiasts. We predict the highest increase in popularity will be fruiting plants, in particular the Meyer Lemon Tree. As newer technology such as indoor fertilizers, watering systems, self-sustaining planters, and grow lights continue to develop, it will become easier and easier to maintain a healthy fruiting tree indoors. We know these trees are difficult to maintain, but we feel confident they will start trending in 2020.

  • Monstera deliciosa
  • Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
  • Meyer Lemon Tree (Citrus × meyeri)
  • Other fruit-bearing trees

 

Nick Cutsumpas, Farmer Nick NYC

@farmernicknyc | farmernicknyc.com | Installer, New York City, New York, USA

1. Fiddle Leaf Figs are trending out. They don't have the same appeal as they used to, and their reputation for being picky is becoming more known.

2. Alternative forms of fenestrated plants! Everyone loves the classic Monstera deliciosa, but other fenestrated plants like the Monstera adansonii and Raphidophora tetrasperma are becoming more popular.

3. More homegrown veggies! With grow light tech getting better and more stylish, more people will start growing windowsill herbs and vegetable gardens indoors.

  • Monstera adansonii
  • Raphidophora tetrasperma
  • Homegrown vegetables

 

 Rachael, Infinite Succulent

@infinitesucculent | infinitesucculent.com | Installer, San Diego, California, USA

In terms of the plant trends for 2020, my prediction is more of a style trend with some plant-type examples. I predict that 2020 will bring in more willow tree and bonsai shaped plants, a move away from the lush and leaf dominant tropicals that have been so prevalent over the last few years (although those will always be loved and lovely as well). I believe that houseplants with a more visible stem or trunk and with interesting leaf and branch shapes will dominate the 2020 plant trends!

For example, I think all kinds of dwarf trees will be leading the pack, including specimens like: dwarf citrus (which also have the added benefits of amazing smelling flowers and the fruit they produce), small olive trees and bushes and small or dwarf ponytail palms (and other indoor palms as well). I also think more willow-like species like the Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) and the Money tree (Pachira aquatica) will continue to gain in popularity.

On a total side note, a plant that I would love to get my hands on this year is the Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica). I love the cool shape of the leaves, the interesting colors on the leaves in the variegated species, and the contrast between the size and scope of the leaves and the thinner stems and branches!  

  • Dwarf citrus tree
  • Small olive tree/bush
  • Dwarf Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
  • Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)
  • Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica)

 

Cyril, Cyrilcybernated

@cyrilcybernated | North California, USA

I think the next “it” plant - well, it already is - will be the Anthurium clarinervium. Plant people are going crazy for those elaborate veiny and velvety leaves. They are such stunners, and definitely the flag-bearers of the Anthurium family. That’s because the warocqueanum is difficult to find.

  • Anthurium clarinervium

 

Jesse Nelson, Family Tree Nursery

@family_tree_nursery | familytreenursery.com | Shop, Kansas City, USA

I say the Nephthytis “Arrowhead plant” is going to be trending in 2020. It’s easy to care for, versatile as far as lighting, forgiving with watering, lots of fun colors, and a vigorous grower.

  • Arrowhead Plant (Nephthytis)

 

Pigment, Shop Pigment

@shoppigment | shoppigment.com | Shop, San Diego, California, USA

At Pigment, we think Ficus Audrey is going to be the plant to get in 2020. Ficus Audrey, or Ficus benghalensis, has been gaining popularity in our store thanks to her velvety green leaves and handsome white trunk. Because Audrey's a bit easier to care for compared to her cousin the Fiddle Leaf Fig, we love recommending Ficus Audrey for a minimalist yet green living space. 

  • Ficus Audrey (Ficus benghalensis)

 

 Monika, Plant Circle

@plantcircle | plantcircle.co | Shop, Berlin, Germany

For US plant trends in 2020, I predict it will be Anthurium clarinervium, and for Europe, it will be Philodendron Florida Ghost.

  • Anthurium clarinervium
  • Philodendron 'Florida Ghost'

 

Emma Terrell, The Urban Botanist

@theurbanbotanist | theurbanbotanist.ca | Installer, Ontario, Canada

I predict that King Sago palms, or Cycas revoluta, will be on trend next year for 2020. I love that you don’t need to have an incredibly mature or large Sago to still have a beautiful, well-developed looking plant; even 4" Sagos are sweet as can be. Easy to care for and absolutely stunning for all spaces.

  • King Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

 

Cara Anderson, Plant Roost

@plantroost | plantroost.com | Installer, Canada

I predict that food-bearing plants will be a trend in 2020, such as citrus trees, banana trees and coffee plants. It can be extremely difficult to provide the right indoor environment to promote food growth, however the challenge is all part of the fun of nurturing plants. What better feeling is there than to witness your plants thriving and giving back to you in the form of fresh, homegrown food. 

  • Citrus tree
  • Banana tree
  • Coffee plant

 

Nicole Laemers, Little Leaf

@littleleafshop | Shop, Washington, DC, USA

Our trendy plant prediction for 2020 is the Stephania Erecta 'Potato' Caudex Plant. It's like a whimsical combination of Nasturtium and the Chinese Money Plant. Our runner up choices are Citrus & Olive trees, as well as Anthuriums. Too many awesome plants to choose one. :)

  • Stephania Erecta 'Potato' Caudex Plant
  • Citrus tree
  • OIive tree
  • Anthurium

 

Marita McCausland, Into the Wild

@intothewild_plants | Shop, Hampton, VIC, Australia

Although this might sound completely biased to the product… we have just starting using the WallyGro planters and honestly it has changed the world of indoor plantscaping for us!

When it comes to space, these days we are often so limited. With apartment living on the rise and so many small office spaces needing to add life to their space, often it’s the big blank walls that we can’t afford to dress in expensive art that provide us the perfect canvas to create our very own living art with even more impact and ‘good feels’ than any picture or piece of art can provide. Ferns, Rhipsalis and Mistletoe cactus are my faves for creating perfect harmony in the gorgeous planters with the perfect amount of simplicity and texture combined. 

  • Ferns
  • Rhipsalis
  • Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)

 

Art Terrarium Plant Styling

@art_terrarium | Store/Installer, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

I’ve got my eyes on Chinese Fan Palms and the palm fam in general for next year 😍😍

  • Chinese Fan Palm (Livistona chinensis)

 

Nicole, Nieks_Servies

@nieks_servies | nieksservies.com | Spang Capelle, Netherlands

I think that big green plants like the Strelitzia and Monstera will be doing good in 2020 💚

  • Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)
  • Monstera deliciosa

 

Dee, Stay At Home Plant Mom

@stayathomeplantmom | Chicago, Illinois, USA

1. Ceropegia sandersonii – such a unique plant! The flowers look like small parachutes!

2. Hoya imperialis. Have you seen the flowers on these? Just gorgeous! Any type of Hoya, really - they reward you with beautiful flowers!

3. White knight philodendron. These are just beautiful!

4. Variegated ZZ plants. Everyone is going to be able to get their hands on the Raven ZZ, and they will want to add the variegated one to their collection.

  • Ceropegia sandersonii
  • Hoya imperialis
  • White Knight Philodendron
  • Variegated ZZ Plant

 

Liz, B. Willow

@bwillowbmo | bwillow.com | Shop, Baltimore, USA

This is not necessarily what I think will trend, but what I think should trend... Radermachera “China Doll.” I love the weepy and flowy nature of the foliage, and its glossy leaves. It introduces a high level of calm to a space. It’s also so easy to grow... super resilient. 

  • Radermachera 'China Doll' (Radermachera sinica)

 

Stephen, Sprout Home

@sprouthomechicago | sprouthome.com | Shop, Chicago, Illinois, USA

House plants have certainly taken a rise, and interest in them has been and still is on a steady upward trend. I think it's important to look at a big-picture idea of what gets us all going when it comes to our gardens, especially our indoor tropical plants (for those of us in cooler climates). The trend and interest is really pushing people toward the uncommon, unusual, and frankly unstable (consistent and proper pruning are often needed to maintain variegated forms’ healthy growth and keep a consistent pattern to their leaves). But what has gotten us started, what plants have prompted the gardeners that have seen the decades come and go of plants as companions being in and out of fashion? Many folks in the industry have been growing plants and enjoying them for many years. Myself: I'm a young one! I typically work with people that have been nurturing plants and working in the industry for years beyond my current time on earth (they have generations of experience on me!).

I'm going to propose that everyone slow down their hunt for the scarce-to-find items, and take a moment to appreciate the plants that perhaps our grandmother-grower, or uncle-plantsman kept around the house, that inspired some of us as children to be the plant parents we are today. And for these options, I admire the elegant leaves of a Spathiphyllum or "Peace Lily," especially considering the grandiose size of leaves like those of Spath 'Sensation.' Another source of foliage intrigue is found on the Aglaonema 'Cutlass' which has a green-on-green patterned leaf that is long and narrow. Its ease of growth and low shrub-like form mean most anyone has a convenient place in the home to keep one. A similar quality of striking color and form combination is found in the dependable Sansevieria, and for quality of form and distinctness of color I immediately think of 'Whitney.' 


I know these specific plants may not have been around for generations, but for some of us (I'm including colleagues that I've chatted with on this very topic of being a gardener versus being on-trend as well as myself) they're a wonderful reminder of the canopy of foliage that had impressed upon our young minds a wonder and appreciation for the natural world (near and far) around us. They're reminiscent of the Crassula clipping that's made its way through generations of a family (for me specifically, it's a Hatiora salicornioides that's been the friendship plant through a few generations and familial in-law combinations). They're also reliable, dependable and will give great satisfaction with little stress or headache when it comes to routine care and occasional troubleshooting.

  • Peace Lily ‘Sensation’ (Spathiphyllum)
  • Aglaonema ‘Cutlass’
  • Sansieviera ‘Whitney’

     

    What are your predictions? We hope you've been inspired to add some new plants to your plant family to greet the new year!





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