The 20 houseplants Brits want most in their homes

Manisha Mehta

5-minute read

26th August 2020

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a chaotic year so far, and with many people still working from home, it’s not surprising to see that our home offices are being transformed into calm and tranquil areas with the help of some trusty house plants.

According to research, indoor plants can improve concentration, productivity and well-being by 47%, so with all this chaos around us, which ones have we been searching for the most this year to keep us calm and productive? Online broker, Mojo Mortgages analysed search trends to find out the top 20 Brits want in their homes…

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1. Spider Plant – 27,100 searches

One of the easiest indoor plants to maintain, the Spider Plant produces oxygen whilst purifying the air in your home and office by absorbing carbon monoxide. Additionally, Spider Plants are non-toxic and are in fact edible, making them safe for pets and young children.

2. Peace Lily – 27,000 searches

The beautiful peace lily plant is all about its name. It symbolises peace, prosperity, tranquillity, solitude and purification. As per Feng Shui, this plant balances all the energies and converts negative energies to positive which is why it is recommended to place the plant at home or workplace.

3. Snake Plant – 22,200 searches

These indoor plants come from Africa, Madagascar, and southern Asia. They are found in dry climates and are very used to harsh conditions, and this in turn, makes them one of the easiest houseplants to care for. Snake plants are also called: Mother in Law’s Tongue, Vipers Bow String Hemp and the Devils Tongue.

4. Aloe Vera Plant – 22,000 searches

It's not just a sunburn soother. Grown at home, aloe vera can provide some tropical flair to your desktop or garden as an easy-going succulent. As well as looking great on your WFH desk, the juice from its leaves can be used to relieve pain from scrapes and burns when applied topically.

5. Bonsai – 148,000 searches

Bonsai plants represent oriental exoticism and give the room where they are placed a special elegance and distinction. Today, they have become the maximum expression of floral art. Caring for bonsai is an age-old art and its origin dates back to ancient China, where these miniature trees were cult objects for Taoist monks.

6. Money Tree – 12,100 searches

The legend which gave this plant its name says that the money tree plant will bring great wealth to its owner, and the trunks are usually braided together to"lock in" luck and fortune. Once the trunks have been braided, they will continue to grow this way, but it occasionally might need some trimming to keep it all in place.

7. Jade Plant – 9,900 searches

Jade plant is also known as Chinese rubber plant - both names which have been inspired by its deep green colour rather than its actual origin. The Jade plant can survive prolonged periods of drought due to ability to store water in the leaves, stem and root – so you don’t have to worry about watering it all the time.

8. Anthurium – 8,100 searches

Due to its minimal care needs and its flowering for months at a time, the anthurium makes the perfect choice for beginner plant owners. Providing an anthurium with about half a glass of water a week, it will easily give you eight weeks of colourful flowers, and they’ll keep growing- every newly formed leaf will have a new flower growing next to it.

9. Swiss Cheese Plant - 8,000 searches

Also known as the Monstera Deliciosa, the Swiss Cheese Plant has that name thanks to the holes and splits in its leaves which make it easily recognisable. It’s also known as the Fruit Salad Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Ceriman, Custard Plant and the Split-Leaf Philodendron.

10. Chinese Money Plant – 7,900 searches

The Chinese money plant, also known as the missionary plant, lefse plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, or just pilea (short for its scientific name of Pileapeperomioides) is originally from the southwestern Yunnan province of China.Popular folklore maintains that a Norwegian missionary, Agnar Espegren, took cuttings home with him in the 1940s, and shared them with friends and family. Those plants were spread throughout Scandinavia, and eventually the world, as people passed cutting between friends.

Read the full top 20 list below:

Name of plant Number of searches
Spider Plant 27,100
Peace Lily 27,000
Snake Plant 22,200
Aloe Vera Plant 22,000
Bonsai 14,800
Money Tree 12,100
Jade Plant 9,900
Anthurium 8,100
Swiss Cheese Plant 8,000
Chinese Money Plant 7,900
Fiddle Leaf Fig 6,600
Dracaena Marginata 4,400
Lucky Bamboo 4,000
String of Pearls Plant 3,900
Golden Pothos 2,900
String of Heart Plant 2,400
Croton 1,900
Moth Orchid 1,000
Majesty Palm 260
Lemon Lime Dracaena 200

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