Houseplant Trends for Fall

fall houseplant trendsJust when you thought your window sills had reached their fill, another tempting houseplant plant trend arrives. Tropical plants with bizarre and beautiful stripes and patterns have hit the shelves of small nurseries and big box stores alike. Early fall shipments include tried and true indoor favorites like snake and prayer plants and dieffenbachia, but in a dazzling array of variegated and unusual color varieties.

Here are a few indoor plants to look for:

Dumb Cane, Leopard Lily (Dieffenbachia)

One of the easiest to grow indoor plants, Dumb Cane is an interior plantscaping favorite. A native of the American tropics, it grows well in most indoor light conditions, except direct sunlight. It prefers moist, but never soggy soil.

Too much light can cause fading of its colorful patterned leaves and while old leaves drop with age, this plant responds to trimming off leggy top growth.

dumb cane fall houseplant trend

Dieffenbachia plant cells contain calcium oxalate, which can cause inflammation and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and even vocal chords. While responsible for the plant’s common name (Dumb Cane), these effects are temporary and are easily treatable.

Oyster Plant, Moses in the Cradle, Boat Lily (Tradescantia spathacea)

This native from Central America is an easy beginner’s house plant that is also grown as an outdoor ground cover. Its upright sword-shaped leaves grow in rosette-shaped clumps, often striped. Two and three-toned varieties offer spots of color (pink, purple, white) and interesting texture. Tiny flowers hide deep within in the “boat shaped” leaves.

oyster plant fall houseplant trend

Oyster plants of the purple leave variety are ridiculously easy to propagate. Just break off a stem offshoot and plant it!

Prayer Plant, Rabbit Tracks (Maranta leuconeura)

This familiar house plant is a bit more finicky than the others on this list. But the beautiful veining on its large oval leaves make the prayer plant worth the trouble. And, at night, pairs of leaves close, as if in prayer.

A native of Central and South America, it prefers bright indirect sun and high humidity. Unlike most other houseplants, the prayer plant prefers to be evenly moist. Browning leaf tips mean too much light.

Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth (Ledebouria socialis ‘Silver Leopard’)

This member of the Lily family is a native of South Africa. Its mass of strappy foliage is punctuated by grey and green leopard spots with red undersides.

silver squill fall houseplant

Although this easy-care houseplant requires warmer temperatures, it’s pest and disease free. It can handle dry conditions because it stores water in visible bulblets. When pot-bound, this plant will produce white flowers. All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested, so keep away from pets and children.

Snake Plant, Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

This member of the Agave family is a native of Nigeria. A darling of the interior plantscaping industry (and your grandmother), it grows just about anywhere with very minimal care. It tolerates medium to very low light and a wide range of temperatures.

snake plant fall houseplant trend

Characterized by sword-shaped leaves in alternating stripes of dark and light, snake plants add a touch of verticality to indoor garden designs. They like to be pot-bound and tolerate most situations, except for full sun and over watering.

Snake plants bring the added benefit of air-purifying ability. This makes them excellent additions to indoor commercial plantscaping installations such as restaurants, or even the home bathroom.

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