If you have bad luck making (and keeping) plant friends, you’ll be relieved to know not every houseplant needs a natural green thumb. We’ve sought out some of the best evergreen plants for pots that not only thrive inside all year round but are right on trend. These plants flourish indoors and are low maintenance, making them ideal for gardeners of all skill levels.
5 Best Trendy Plants For Pots
1. Stone Crops
Stone crops may be the most diverse group of succulents that survive in tough environments and are easy to grow. These resilient plants get their name from the fact that they are typically seen in barren, rocky environments. But don’t worry, you can also easily grow them in pots.
According to The Spruce, choose a pot with holes for adequate drainage so there isn’t excess moisture around the root of the plant. Stone crops thrive when placed near a window. They like full sun, but they will tolerate some shade. One of the beauties of gardening in containers is that the pots can be moved around to take advantage of shifting sun/shade patterns in the landscape.
At Eminence Organics, we’ve even used this plant as an ingredient in our Stone Crop Collection. Stone crop has been used as a healing plant for centuries and now you too can make use of its nourishing effects.
2. Spider Plants
From college students to keen travelers, you’ll spot spider plants in all kinds of homes for good reason. These inexpensive plants are low maintenance and can handle a few missed waterings every now and then. You can display them in pots in hanging baskets or by the window in a single pot. Usually, spider plants prefer to be placed somewhere where they can receive moderate sunlight, but as this plant is adaptable, it can also tolerate lower light conditions. They can also easily manage temperature fluctuations as well.
For all the plants listed, rotate your plant periodically for even growth, dust the leaves occasionally and take the opportunity to inspect for pests.
If you’re not interested in blooms, this trailing vine can withstand little to no sunlight and sporadic watering. In an office or a dull space, a pothos plant will brighten up the space instantly. This plant can even adapt to fluorescent lights. There are many different types for you to look into, but you can let it sit in a pot and let it trail, or you can even have it climb on a trellis indoors.
Pothos thrive when they have moist soil and only need an occasional watering. The most popular pothos plant is the Marble Queen pothos, identified by its dark glossy leaves flecked with white. It grows well in low light as well as sunlight, so its placement in the house depends on your preference.
4. Jade Plant
Jade plants are popular houseplants amongst apartment-dwellers because they stay relatively small. Boasting oval green leaves on thick stalks, these green succulents adjust well indoors to warm, dry conditions. Ensure you place it in bright, indirect sun.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac and Garden Beasts, jade plants require you to water them frequently during the spring and summer months. To avoid over-watering, check that the soil dries out before you water the plant again. The plant goes dormant during winter, and only needs a maximum of two watering sessions during this season.
5. Rubber Plants
Rubber tree houseplants have large, waxy, oval-shaped leaves. Easily influenced by its surroundings, this plant can live in a small pot to minimize its size or a large pot with room to grow into a medium size indoor tree. Let it grow to your desired height and then regularly prune it so that it stays that way.
Rubber tree houseplants are best placed behind a sheer curtain near a window because they need bright light but prefer indirect light and not too much heat. Their watering requirements are dependent on the seasons. During summer and spring, keep the soil of your rubber tree moist but don’t overwater it. You’ll notice the leaves turning yellow and brown if you give them too much to drink. During fall and winter, water only when the top inch of the soil becomes dry. Like all the plants on this list, rotate the plant periodically for sun exposure to ensure even growth.