Plant-fluencer Alan Chan reveals which indoor plant is best suited to your personality. From the bold and brave to the sensitive souls, there’s a soil mate out there for everyone…
If you adopted a plant baby (or a few hundred like me) last year, and they’re alive and thriving, you might be getting the itch. Feeling perhaps it’s time to add a new addition your indoor plant jungle.
Bringing plants into the home is nothing new but ensuring your plant baby pairs with your personality helps you not just have a leafy friend, but a soil mate.
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For the bold and the brave
If bold colours are your thing, you can’t go past a Caladium. Coming in greens, whites, pinks and reds, their big foliage are screaming for attention!
This fast-growing vine lives up to its South American namesake – bright and loud! Give it a well-lit spot and plenty of water and it’ll be growing right past you like the girl from Ipanema!
For the modest maven
Lacking the huge showy flowers of their orchid cousins, Jewel Orchids are often overlooked. However, if you spend the time to get to know them up close, you’ll discover their delicate leaves sparkle in the light with an array of lightning patterns.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Although she’s probably one of the biggest trends in house plants of the past 10 years, the Fiddle Leaf isn’t going to warm up to just anyone who shoves her next to the chaise. Learn to treat her well and she will reward you with deep green glossy leaves, and an insta-worthy living room.
For the the straight-talker
There really isn’t anything more straight-to-the-point than a snake plant’s leaves! Add to that the architectural shapes and the fact this may just be the easiest care houseplant of them all.
Tillandsia (Air plants)
Blurring the boundaries between houseplant and décor, Tillandsia don’t even need soil to grow. As the clear winners of the Low Fuss Award, an occasional spritz of water is all they need!
For the curious detective
With slow and steady growth, Hoya vines don’t necessarily catch the eye. Don’t dismiss them though – they are just quietly preparing themselves for a spectacular show of their delicate, unique flowers.
Also known as the Chinese money plant, Pilea displays unusual coin shaped leaves suspended on long stalks, giving it a mildly alien feel. When on a bright window sill, the leaves will bob ruminatively in the breeze.
For the ‘feel first, think later’
Just like its name implies, this super cute palm-like plant is acutely aware of its surrounds. Whenever the leaves are touched they will fold themselves up as a form of protection. If that isn’t adorable enough, it also does the same to go to sleep at night!
Showing off striking pink, white, and green foliage, Stromanthe is always wearing its emotions on its leaves. It will open itself up during the day to catch the light, and close up again to sleep at night.
Take a leaf of faith and give your soil mate a chance. Remember, I’m rooting for you!
Alan Chan of @plant.jungle is a millennial plant-fluencer, obsessed with creating his own indoor jungle. He has partnered with plant-powered meal delivery service Soulara to give advice on how best to take care of a new plant baby or to pair you with your ultimate ‘soil mate’. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or message@livesoulara on February 13th to submit questions to Alan.