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    Grow It for the ‘Gram: These Are the 5 Most Photoworthy Houseplants on Instagram

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    It’s no surprise that the best Instagram influencers make good use of their greenery. The #jungalow trend is alive and well, and nearly every week our new decor series features creative designers staging plants for the ‘gram.

    But when decorating (and let’s be honest, photographing) your own home, how do you decide which plants to feature?

    A recent survey by Internet Gardener analyzed a pool of over 6 million Instagram posts to discover which plants people love most. Keep reading to discover the internet’s five favorite plants, with expert tips on keeping them alive and photoworthy.

    1. Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa)

     

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    It’s easy to see why the Swiss cheese plant would steal the game—this leafy gem can grow to majestic sizes, offering a fresh respite in any sunny corner of the house.

    According to the survey, this popular plant accounted for roughly 7.3% of all indoor plants on Instagram, racking up an average of 745 likes per post.

    “Let’s be honest: It’s incredible to look at, and the shadows cast across the wall when the lights are dimmed is something worthy of any Instagram photo,” says Peter Shelton, founder of the interior design blog Rooms Solutions.

    Grow your own: Since Swiss cheese plants tend to be showstoppers, it’s best to display them in places where you spend a lot of time.

    “Because of their size and color, the leaves contrast beautifully again minimalist interiors,” Shelton says.

    Bright living rooms or bedrooms work especially well for these plants, especially since they’ll need all that indirect sunlight to keep them healthy.

    2. Princess Blue (Echeveria)

     

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    Coming in not far behind the Swiss cheese plant is this gorgeous hybrid succulent. Cherished not only for its mood-boosting shade of blue but also for its adorably small size, it’s a favorite of minimalist apartment dwellers.

    Just be warned: Succulents might not need a lot of water, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily easy to grow.

    “Echeveria are hard to grow inside because they need a lot of sun,” explains Ana Carlson, Instagram plant influencer and owner of Sill Appeal. “The beautiful succulents we see on Instagram are either posted by people who live in places like California and can grow them outside year-round, or people showing their new plants.”

    Grow your own: Indoor-dwelling echeveria need a lot—and we mean a lot—of sun to stay happy. Try a south-facing windowsill, or if you live in a dry climate, a sunny corner of your porch. Just remember, if your plant starts looking stretched and dry, resist the temptation to drown it in water; just move it to a sunnier place where it can soak up more rays.

    3. Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides)

     

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    Although it might see slightly less air time than Princess Blue, the Chinese money plant never fails to impress when it does make an appearance.

    ”The more you look at it, the more adorable it becomes,” Shelton says.

    What’s more: When this plant is thriving, it will grow baby offshoots that can be easily cut to share with friends—which is why it’s also called the “friendship plant.”

    “The Pilea will always be one of my favorites,” Carlson says. “I love this plant because of the adorable babies and round leaves.”

    Grow your own: Pileas, which originally grew in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of Southern China, used to be hard to find and relatively expensive unless you had a friend who could share some cuttings with you.

    “Having this plant was a status symbol a couple of years ago,” Carlson says, “and people paid a lot of money for tiny babies.”

    But since their popularity has grown on social media, mainstream plant sellers like Home Depot and Walmart started selling them. On Amazon, you can buy a 2-inch pot for $14.

    4. Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

     

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    This low-maintenance leafy wonder will forgive you if you forget to water it, or even if you leave it in a dark corner of your house. It’s no wonder Instagram loves this plant— not only does it grow at an incredible rate, but it also requires literally nothing to thrive.

    “This plant is popular because it’s easy to find and very forgiving of less than ideal conditions,” Carlson says. “In South Florida you can see it climbing up trees. In darker homes, they may lose some of their variegation but still look beautiful in hanging baskets.”

    Grow your own: The one caveat to this hardy plant is that its leaves are toxic when ingested. If you have kids or pets who might be tempted to take a bite, we recommend keeping this as a hanging plant that’s out of reach. Try placing it in a macrame plant hammock in any room of your home, and remember to water sparingly.

    5. Boston fern (Nepholepis fern)

     

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    The Boston fern is another classic houseplant that brightens up any space, and with the amount of real estate it takes up on Instagram (3.64%, according to the survey), it’s pretty obvious the Internet agrees.

    “Boston ferns are the plant version of a firework, with bright green fronds that spill out from the center,” Shelton says.

    Grow your own: This plant would make for an excellent statement piece in just about any room of the house, were it not for one minor detail: It really likes humidity. Bright indirect light, overall cool temperatures, and plenty of moisture will keep this fern happy, which is why the loo is an ideal spot for it—just in time for your next #bathroomgoals post.

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