Philodendron sodiroi aff. in a semi hydro set up using LECA

Why Are Houseplants So Popular?

Houseplants have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with many people turning to indoor gardening as a way to bring a touch of nature into their homes and to improve their mental and physical health. But how did houseplants become so popular, and why are they having a moment now?

One reason for the popularity of houseplants is the increasing awareness of the benefits they can provide. Studies have shown that houseplants can improve air quality, reduce stress, and even boost productivity. In an increasingly urbanised and digital world, houseplants offer a way to connect with nature and bring a sense of calm and relaxation to our daily lives.

The rise of social media and the influence of influencers ( Instagram in particular) has played a role in the trend, with many users sharing their own houseplant collections and offering tips and inspiration for others looking to start their own. This has helped to create a sense of community around indoor gardening and has made it easier for people to discover and learn about different plant species.

Another factor is the increasing availability of houseplants. With the rise of online plant retailers and the expansion of plant sections in traditional retail stores, it has become easier for people to purchase and houseplants, including rarer species that weren't previously available to us in the UK. The trend towards smaller living spaces, such as apartments, has also led to an increase in the popularity of small, low-maintenance plants that can be easily cared for in a limited amount of space.

With their ability to improve air quality, reduce stress, and bring a sense of nature into our homes, it's no wonder that houseplants have become such a popular addition to our daily lives.


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