Plant Influencers Say You Should Buy These 16 Trendy Plants ASAP

Bold colors, camouflage-like leaves, a variegated Fiddle-leaf fig and more

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Ask any plant parent if they have a wishlist they’re constantly adding to and the answer will almost always be yes. With the plant scene growing all over the world, it’s easier to find new species. The fact is, plants are having their moment, and plant parents are reeling to expand their collections.

We spoke with several plant influencers and collectors to find out what plants they can't wait to get their hands on. And since I'm a collector with more than 70 plants and counting, I also include my picks. Here are the 16 trendy plants we can't wait to add to our collections.

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    Alocasia Frydek

    Alocasia Frydek

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    Shelley, from @shelleys.indoor.jungle, has a pretty impressive collection in her Malta home. Her wishlist plant is ”definitely the Alocasia Frydek! For anyone who knows me, you'd know I'm a sucker for alocasias. I just love their long stems and elegant, yet intimidating looks, and I think they're such eye-catching plants.”

    She knew so much about it that you could tell that she really wanted it. “They love filtered, bright light and can dry out slightly between waterings. You might notice some slight warping of the leaves if they're too thirsty!” This plant is pretty hard to come by. “If I had to get one, I'd have to get it online as they can't even be found locally in Malta...and online they're quite expensive, so I've really been on the fence as to whether I should go for it or now...I'm sure one day I'll cave in because I drool whenever I see one.”

  • 02 of 11

    Anthurium Regale, Philodendron Verrucosum, and Philodendron White Princess

    Anthurium Regale

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    Barbados-based Shari from @caribcultivated said she couldn’t pick one plant when it came to her wishlist. Her first choice was the Anthurium Regale. “This baby is royalty in a plant. The size of the mature leaves make such a statement and the velvet texture looks so, so beautiful. Simple but elegant," she said.

    Her next two both fell in the Philodendron family. The Philodendron Verrucosum is “classy and alien-like," she said, adding “the veins on leaves emerge in a glowing neon green and provide a stunning contrast for the rich forest green of the velvet leaves. Talk about out of this world! The fuzzy petioles are the icing on the cake.”

    And lastly, the Philodendron White Princess which she thinks is a lot prettier than the pink princess. “The hot pink on some of these leaves is unbelievable! And the pure white variegation looks even brighter than an Albo Monstera!”

  • 03 of 11

    Philodendron Strawberry Shake, Philodendron Paraiso Verde, and Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor

    Strawberry Shake Philodendron

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    Montreal-based Marie, aka @crazy.plantmama, is a fan of the Philodendrons and variegated plants and has several on her wish list.

    She is lusting after the Philodendron Strawberry Shake which she says “gives a beautiful quadricolor variegation that is not often found in plants, with hues of orange, pink, yellow and green.”

    She also was close to getting her next wishlist plant, the Philodendron Paraiso Verde. “I was actually supposed to get one last week, but the deal failed as the plant didn’t survive the importation. It is a very rare plant. It has a mottled variegation, with different shades of lighter green and creamy white, and a few darker spots here and there.”

    With her last wishlist plant, the Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor, she highlights an issue collectors are increasingly aware of. “While this plant is high on my wish list, I am also concerned with ethical sourcing, which seems to be a problem with this particular plant. It has a beautiful tricolor variegation, showing a lovely camouflage pattern that is all shades of army green. This plant is known for being a little bit fussy, despite being in the aglaonemas family. I am patient and won’t get just any that comes my way before asking specific questions.”

  • 04 of 11

    Philodendron Melanochrysum

    philodendron melanochrysum

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    Jade, who is based in the UK, shares her amazing Monstera collection on Instagram @jadesjunglegram. Clearly the Philodendron family is having its moment because her wishlist plant is the Philodendron Melanochrysum, “a truly stunning plant with it's incredible elongated heart-shaped, velvet leaves and contrasting veins,” she said. She “love(s) how the new leaves come out in a gorgeous copper/brown colour before gradually turning a beautiful deep green.”

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  • 05 of 11

    Hoya sarawak cream

    hoya sarawak cream

    Unsolicited Plant Talks

    Marisa from @leafygreens_ is a Utah-based lover of hoyas, so it’s no surprise that her wishlist plant falls in that family. “My ultimate wishlist plant for 2021 is a Hoya sarawak cream! Although I’ve liked hoyas for some time now, I really got into them over this past year,” she said. Marisa first learned about this plant in February after seeing it on Instagram.

    “Its large, round, veiny, textured, dark green leaves are just so gorgeous and dreamy," she said. "Unfortunately, I rarely see them offered here in the US, and when they are, they often come with quite the hefty price tag (especially with the rising popularity of plants/hoyas). Hopefully I can’t get my hands on one soon!”

  • 06 of 11

    Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata

    monstera albo

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    Jeff from @_thevibespace lives in California and has quite the plant collection. His wishlist plant is a Variegated Monstera, also called a Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata. “When I first got into houseplants, the monstera leaf caught my eye because of its unique foliage! I’ve got two normal ones but having this variegated one would be my dream,” he said.

  • 07 of 11

    Alocasia Rugosa

    Alocasia Rugosa

    My Home Nature

    Stu, another UK plant lover can be found at @plantastic_mr_fox. His wishlist plant is the Alocasia Rugosa. “It’s so beautiful with matte, textured leaves. Alocasias have become increasingly popular amongst house plant collectors and are now more and more available in garden centres and plant shops,” he said. He’s right, you can even find some varieties of Alocasia, like the Polly, at stores like Ikea for a pretty fair price!

  • 08 of 11

    Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig

    variegated fiddle leaf fig

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    Nick Cutsumpas of @farmernick just moved to Los Angeles, and his wishlist plant is one that I didn’t even know existed. He said it “has to be the Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig. The variegated monstera is all the rage right now but the Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig has beautiful eggshell colored leaf outlines that are absolutely stunning.” I’ll be keeping my eye out for that one. 

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  • 09 of 11

    Polka Dot Begonia

    polka dot begonia

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    Emily Sanchez from @classycasita lives in San Diego, and her wishlist plant is "would have to be a Polka Dot Begonia," she said.

    "The look of it reminds me of the holiday season and can bring so much life to any room.” It’s not the easiest plant, but she knows that. “Although it can be trickier to care for, I think having a bit of a high-maintenance plant can encourage more effort for plant and self-care, and who doesn't need a little more patience and self-care?“

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    Anthurium Warocqueanum

    anthurium warocqueanum

    We Love Aroids

    Hungary-based Diana from @rosecray said that her wishlist plant is always changing, and that “there is just one plant that I can’t get over. I have a baby version of it but I would really like to own a mature Anthurium Warocqueanum," she said. "I love the long dark leaves and the beautiful bright veining." She said while she searches for the "perfect queen anthirium" she'll keep growing her small one and hoping "to see bigger and bigger leaves as it matures."

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    Cebu blue pothos and Myrtillocactus geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku

    Cebu Blue Pothos

    Indoor Home Garden

    And finally, there's my own wishlist. I have an ever-growing collection, which I post frequently on my plant Instagram, @taylorathomewithplants. My own wishlist never has more than one or two plants on it at a time. At the moment, I’m dying to get a cebu blue pothos. It’s so beautiful, with its amazing blue hue to its leaves, and it's considered to be very rare. I just can’t find one in the UK, which makes me sad.

    My other wishlist plant is a “boob cactus.” Its Latin name is Myrtillocactus geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku (try saying that even one time). It’s a quirky little cactus that looks like, you guessed it, breasts. It’s a super unique plant and while I’ve been able to locate them in the UK, they are not cheap, which is why it remains on my wishlist.