Houseplants are making a comeback. The increased interest in urban gardening has seen the popularity of “bringing the outside in” rise. The indoor plant market has subsequently grown by 32% in the past two years*.
Foliage plants have been leading the revival, causing so much demand that growers have been struggling to keep up. Old-fashioned and more traditional plants are also coming back into fashion, with yucca, ficus, cacti and succulents all becoming popular once again, and the Monstera (aka. the Swiss cheese plant) being recognised as office plant of the year recently.
Self-watering planter manufacturer, Lechuza, has noted the impact of the rise of popularity of houseplants and believes this to be linked with the emerging customer base who enjoy plants and the benefits of them, but don’t have the time or space to tend to a full garden. Lechuza’s Key Account Manager, Ian Riggs, explains: “Recent market data shows that the sales of houseplants are enjoying sustained and substantial annual growth, and forecasts indicate this will continue. However, further data shows that many people don’t know how to look after their plants – houseplants are, once again, opening up gardening to a new audience who seek style and convenience, but they don’t necessarily have green fingers.”
City living with no outdoor space has seen people creating gardens indoors as well as being a way of improving interior aesthetic. Houseplants are also a great way of improving air quality around the home.
Houseplants can be surprisingly tricky to maintain, and top maintenance tips largely focus around watering which may seem obvious but is often the downfall of new gardeners, with many either over or under watering. Most houseplants prefer watering from below, to keep the leaves dry and prevent scorching. Lechuza planters solve both of these issues and will supply the optimum amount of water required to keep houseplants thriving with very little human intervention required.
Through placing importance on easy maintenance, convenience and aesthetics, Lechuza’s extensive range of planters are a natural fit for customers perhaps lacking in time, gardening know-how, or space. The sleek and stylish planters have been carefully designed to offer an array of shapes, colours and sizes that complement both modern and traditional interiors and gardens. With a water reservoir at the bottom of each planter, the sub-irrigation system provides plants with the exact amount of water they need for optimum growth for up to 12 weeks, meaning they can be left without the need for watering for weeks on end.
* Source: Total Garden Care, GfK Management Report, 2018