We all know that 2020 was a rough time for houseplant lovers: the sudden rise in demand for certain houseplants created an economic bubble around those plants *cough* Monstera deliciosa Albo borsigiana *cough* Philodendron florida ghost *cough* and also marginally raised the prices of most other plants. Taking into account the influx of new plant lovers, the evolving situation with the pandemic, as well as current trends, it’s possible to make a decent prediction about what kinds of houseplants will do well in the new year. In this post, I’ll be making 4 predictions about plant trends in 2021. Do keep in mind that I’m writing this purely for
my your entertainment, so these could be completely off. It’ll be interesting to come back to the list at the end of the year in retrospect, so I might do another post about this at the end of the year.
1. Thai Constellation prices will take a hit
When you buy a Thai Constellation, keep in mind that it costs very little to propagate both for nurseries which mass produce the plant, and for growers who propagate from cuttings. Given how little it costs to propagate them, the main driver of price is everybody’s expectations of how much the plant should cost, which means that sellers can get away with selling these plants for exorbitant amounts in auctions (which also drives up the fixed price). Moreover, I’d imagine that by now, people in the know are probably propagating these plants as much as possible to take advantage of the economic bubble around them, which increases the supply of the plant, albeit not dramatically. I think what will drive the prices down most dramatically is the fact that these plants are already in tissue culture, and were originally meant to roll out en-masse in 2020, but the rollout was pushed back because of the pandemic. This will somewhat balance out the supply and demand for the plants.
2. Interesting textures will trend
Variegation is great, but it’s been trending for quite a while now. I think the next big trend will be leaves and petioles with interesting textures. For a while now, plants with interesting textures have taken been on the back-burner compared to variegated plants because it can be hard to show the extent of their aesthetic appeal on Instagram and YouTube, which are arguably the most influential platforms for trending houseplants. However, 2020 has seen rare and uncommon houseplants grow in popularity, and many plants with unusual textures (ie. velvet or satin-like finishes) are uncommon at the very least, ranging from the mostly-accessible-but-steadily-in-demand plants like the Scindapsus pictus “Silvery Ann” and the Alocasia reginula “Black Velvet” to the rare (at least here in Australia) Philodendron gloriosum, Philodendron glorious, and Philodendron melanochrysum. I expect that the wave of new houseplant enthusiasts will also gain confidence in the gardening skills they developed in 2020 and finally purchase rarer houseplants like these in 2021.
3. Flowering perennials will be in
Sorry Cyclamens, but it’s not cool at all when y’all shed your leaves, turn into spiky brown spheres for half the year, and just take up space. I think 2021 will be a year when plant lovers will fall in love with flowering plants again, since I’d imagine that some people are still working from home due to the pandemic and others are working from home simply because it is more convenient and their workplaces now have the capacity to allow such arrangements. Flowers are amazing for lifting mood and creating an atmosphere of cheerfulness or calmness. Ever wonder why the folks who stage homes always work with white phalaenopsis orchids? I think because they’re welcoming and exude an energy that makes people feel warm and at home. If you’re looking to get some flowering perennials, orchids, Begonias, Hoyas, Anthuriums and Peace Lilies are all great choices.
4. Succulents will continue to reign supreme
Okay so I may have badmouthed succulents on this blog in the past, but I can acknowledge that they’re just great plants to buy, sell, and grow. In fact, I believe that they won’t just continue their supremacy, I actually think they’ll experience a spike in sales. The first reason why I think this is the case is because those who will continue working from home may feel compelled to plant up any unfinished areas of their gardens with succulents, since they’re spending much more time at home, and bare, barren earth in the back or front yard is a complete eyesore. I tend to find that a lot of succulents will survive and thrive in soil that other plants will not be able to survive in, which makes them perfect for planting up barren areas in the garden. If you add to this the fact that they also make for great gifts, they look great indoors, they flower and propagate easily, they’re bound to do well in 2021. The other reason why I expect succulents to do better than usual in 2021 is because with a portion of the global workforce returning to work in their offices rather than working from home, I’m expecting that people will want to look for more low-maintenance plants for their office desk or their homes, as newer hobbyists will have less time to take care of plants like ferns and aroids, which require more time and effort.