The Trendiest Houseplants to Brighten Your Home in 2020

October 23, 2020

If you’re looking for a way to liven up your home, adding real-life plants is one of the best ways to it. A pop of greenery on the windowsill, the wall or the coffee table can make your home feel more inviting and fresh.

Whether you’ve never watered a plant in your life or you’re an experienced plant lover, there are a few signature plants you may have noticed that are popular this year– and for good reason! They look great and are simple to care for. We at Alma wanted to make it easier for you to find the plants you’ve noticed but maybe never named.

Enjoy two of the top houseplants trending in 2020:


Have you noticed that magazines, interior designers and maybe even your friends and family are increasingly featuring plants with thick, cactus-like leaves? These short little plants are full of character, offering a unique addition to any home.

They are called succulents because of their think, sap-filled leaves (from the Latin word sucus, meaning “juice” or “sap.”) They originate in climates with long dry seasons and store water in their leaves, like a cactus, but they often look like a blooming flower.

These plants are not only popular because they are pretty — ranging in colors like green, red, pink and blue — they are also extremely easy to care for. These are some of the main care tips for succulents:

  1. Give them lots of light. These happy little plants need lots of sun, typically about six hours per day (depending on the variety).
  2. Rotate them. Make sure to let every side of your succulent enjoy sunbathing by rotating them frequently.
  3. Water their soil. Just like every plant, succulents need water, but avoid getting their leaves wet to prevent them from getting moldy.

Air plants

Welcome to the plant species that doesn’t even require dirt. These fun little houseplants are often featured in unconventional holders — instead of pots, they are often displayed in fashionable bowls.

The little green decorations are called air plants, because air is all they need. Known as epiphytes, they grow naturally on other plants (like tree branches) rather than in soil. They typically have long, twirling leaves that vary in shape in size, depending on the type.

They make a great low-maintenance and fashionable addition to any home, and have lots of fun ways to be displayed since they don’t need soil. You can even hang them upside down! Here are some of the top care tips for air plants:

  1. Avoid direct sunlight. Air plants are low-light plants, so they do best in the shade or a few feet away from your windows.
  2. Keep them warm. Air plants come from warm, arid climates, so if you live somewhere cold make sure to keep them inside. They do best at temperatures between 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Soak them. You will want to let your air plants sit in a bowl of water for 10 to 20 minutes at least once a week.

Looking for your own succulents or air plants? Check out our selection of fresh house plants on our website. When you order from Alma, you will receive plant-specific care instructions alongside your delivery.