At Plunt.co, we play favourites. And we believe not all plants are created equal, as much as we would like them to be. So here, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite “can’t-go-wrong” houseplants that cannot go wrong in any decor!
Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig)
The all-time favourite must be the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) which has been featured extensively in architectural digests and magazines. This gorgeous houseplant, with its lush, shiny and violin-shaped leaves is a stunning addition to any homes and can grow up to 2m or even taller with the right conditions.
But while, it is not exactly the easiest to keep this plant in its prime, the good news is, it’s not that difficult too. Start your fiddle off right by positioning it at a bright spot in your home, but not under direct sun. These tropical plants thrive in a lot of very bright, indirect light. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, don’t move it! Fiddles are creatures of habit and will flourish once they’ve found a happy, sunny home. Water when the top two inch of soil is dry, and occasionally turn the plant slightly so that the leaves receive equal sunlight and don’t start to grow toward a light source.
Ficus Elastica (Rubber Plant)
The Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica), or the Rubber Plant, is like a dark prince in shiny black armour who decides to grace your home with his handsome, manly presence. An easily cared for Ficus native to southern Asia, they can grow up to 200 feet tall, but as a houseplant, they look good in any pot and size.
As the Ficus elastica likes to be in soil with a good amount of moisture, avoid placing it somewhere dry, such as near the vent, air-con compressor, or in direct sunlight. Bright, indirect light is ideal although this one is unusually tolerant of lower light spaces for a Ficus. To keep the plant happiest though, it is commonly recommended to place it by a southern facing window with sheer curtains for the brighter light to filter through.
The Monstera deliciosa is perhaps one of the most recognisable of all time. At the height of its popularity in the 80s, its unique leaf motif has been replicated from wallpaper to beddings. It is making a huge comeback in recent years, with the rare and more expensive variegated versions of the plant, namely the Albo and Thai Constellation which help propel its popularity even further.
Also known as a Swiss cheese plant, the monstera is known for its broad, heart-shaped leaves and their distinctive perforated pattern that will give any room an unbeatable, bold punch of lush greenery. The plant does well at a spot with full morning sun or indirect sunlight throughout the day. Due to the plant’s natural tropical climate, it needs humidity. Add a humidifier, spray it frequently with water or grow it in rooms of the home where the humidity is high and watch it grow into the monster it is meant to be!
Raphidophora Tetrasperma (Mini-Monstera)
With leaves resembling the Monstera Deliciosa, this vining plant is sometimes referred to as the mini-monstera, or Monstera Minima. But this is not actually a monstera as they come from a different species altogether.
The Raphidophora Tetrasperma is quickly gaining its popularity in recent months for its beautiful foliage and easy growth. Taking care of this plant is relatively easy as long as it receives bright sunlight, good air-circulation and moist soil. The leaves of this plant has small six-inch split lobes with roots that tend to latch itself to whatever surface they find which helps stabilize itself as it grows. Give it a moss pole and watch it grow into a statement piece of your home.
Pilea Peperomioides (Chinese Money Plant)
More well-known by its very auspicious name – the Chinese Money Plant – this curious looking plant stands out, largely for its leaves which very much resemble coins. Other names include the UFO plant due to the structure of the plant which grows in all directions to look like a UFO, or the friendship plant for the offsets that it produces which you can simply dig out and share with a friend.
The Chinese money plant is a pretty basic houseplant and will thrive under basic houseplant care. Intense to moderate light, watering when the potting mix is clearly dry to the touch and average indoor. And it loves sun. Just give it time to acclimatize if you move it directly from deep shade to an intensely sunny spot.