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Plant Life Balance predicts: low maintenance statements

In December 2019, Plant Life Balance released Australia’s first-ever plant trend report after months of  research and chats with the experts to find out why people buy plants and from where; Australia’s favourite plant species; where we get our plant-spiration from; and what we find the biggest challenges in plant care to be.

Each month we’ll dive into a new trend to spill the dirt on what’s hot in the world of plants in 2020.

Australians love plants

The latest industry reports estimate that plant sales from retail nurseries total over $1.3 billion annually, which equates to approximately a whopping 330+ million plants bought by Aussies each year!

While we love all our leafy friends equally, styling experts suggest bigger is better with easy-care large statement plants such as the indoor tree fast emerging as the new ‘it’ plant, kicking the fussy fiddle leaf fig off its throne. We’re now seeing a preference towards lower maintenance, large plants that retain the same visual impact.

THE PREDICTION: Easy-care indoor trees and clusters

Aussies tell us that they have managed to kill at least 72 million plants in the past year. With our lives getting busier everyday, and an ever-increasing need to be water-wise, it’s no wonder low maintenance plants are seen as an attractive choice.

Hard-edged man-made materials dominate today’s world, so it’s vital to incorporate greenery into the home for our health. Indoor trees with their beautiful leaf structure and sturdy trunks impart a strong style statement while being great for purifying the air.”

Jason Chongue

Styling your statements

Statement plants don’t have to be all about the one bold plant, either. With 30% of Aussies owning more than five house plants, clusters of varied species can create one living, breathing visual statement – a trend that is popping up on the social accounts of plantfluencers and interior stylists alike.

When it comes to styling, Jason recommends grouping larger plants, such as the umbrella tree, with hanging vines like devil’s ivy and smaller planters of peace lilies. Interior stylist Suzy Coassin reminds us that impressive plant styling can be achieved on a shoe-string budget by using common household items such as books, magazines, plant stands, an old thrifted box or any other decor items. These items can be used to raise one or more plants off the ground, giving the eye different levels to be drawn to around the room.

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Getting your beloved plant off the floor is a task. First, you need to find the right plant stand, right amount of books or thrift your little heart out until you find THAT quirky piece you’ve been after for years. Right? Wrong! Stop searching and do what every instagramable home does and go with the basic stool with the basic price. Usually the right height for your medium size plant, these guys do their job and most importantly get the job done without searching the globe. Of course, if you do find that unicorn of a thrifted item, grab that too as if you don’t, you will think about it for the rest of your life. #truestory #plantstands #designtips #MOMme | pic via @momagency ________________ #homedecor #designhacks #plantstyling #thriftedstyle #thrifteddecor #fleamarketflip #fleamarketfinds #crazyplantlady #urbanjungleblogger #devilsivy #pothos #pothosplant #apartmenttherapy #affordabledecor #affordablestyle #budgetfriendly #instagramable #stellarspaces #interiorrewilding #plantspiration #picoftheday #plantsmakepeoplehappy #urbanjungle #urbanjungleblogger #urbanjunglebloggers

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Ready to get plant shopping? Here’s our top picks for easy-care indoor trees and cluster varieties:

Top three indoor trees

  • Dragon Tree
  • Rubber Tree
  • Olive Tree

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Today marks my fiancé and I’s last anniversary until we get married so I thought I’d celebrate the occasion by sharing one of my favorite plants- this stunning 30+ year old rubber tree he got me for our anniversary last year. It’s truly my favorite 🥰 • Ps. Sorry she’s not against the exposed brick.. she’s a heavy one • #tellyourplantfriend #ficuselastica #rubberplant #rubbertree #rubbertreeplant #ficus #ficusfriends #ficusfriday #myplantaesthetic #myplantlifebalance #myplantlovinghome #myplants #myplantlife #plantparent #plantsofinstagram #plantsplantsplants #plantdecor #decoratingwithplants #plantlovers #plantparenthood #plantparent #plantparentcommunity #plantparentclub #houseplantsofinstagram #houseplantclub #houseplantcommunity #houseplantcrazy #house_plant_community #houseplantsmakemehappy #houseplanthoarder #houseplanthome

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Easy-care cluster essentials

  • Philodendron
  • Devil’s ivy
  • Peace Lily

Wild card up-and-comers

  • Rhaphidophora tetresperma
  • Pilea
  • Hoya

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Happy #caturday !! Mia the cat was pondering today…she’s wondering what mummy was thinking when she collected nearly 100 plants and now we need to move them all 1/2 a mile up the road to our new house🤣. What do you think she’s thinking? #planthoarder (20% OFF all my ‘ready to ship’ stock ends TONIGHT. Last sale of the year!) . . . . . . . . . . #BamaluzHome #iplanteven #pileapeperomioides #pilea #lifearoundplants #neutralhome #plantsmakepeoplehappy #myplantlovinghome #tropicalplants #houseplantlove #cornerofmyhome #stylingwithplants #planteriordesign #plantparenthood #ihavethisthingwithplants #houseplantclub #plantlovinghome #urbanjunglebloggers #crazyplantlady #pocketofmyhome #plantgang #weeklyfluff #bohohome #bohemiandecor #catsandplants #catsarelife #petsandplants #furrybotanist

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Feeling inspired to craft a cluster of your own, but not sure where to start? Head to your local Plant Life Balance accredited nursery to check out what statement species are in stock, and which would suit your space’s needs.

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