In recent years the popularity of houseplants has seen a huge increase. According to the National Gardening Association, houseplant sales surged by 50% between 2016 and 2019. And then the pandemic hit.
The last year or so of the pandemic (we’ve lost track at this point) has hugely contributed to the booming houseplant trend. The Royal Horticultural Society reported a 22.8% increase in their July sales alone compared to the previous year, through both their website and garden centres.
The scale of the trend can very obviously be seen throughout social media, with the tag #houseplants being used almost seven million times on Instagram. It’s interesting to see quite how many people started the pandemic with very few plants and now have their own home jungles.
So why exactly has the pandemic caused such a surge in houseplant popularity? We list five top reasons below.