Instagrammable Plants To Give Your Indoor Garden A Glow Up

Instagrammable plants are a beautiful way to show off some of your favorite gardening successes and inspire your followers.

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There are many qualities to look for in houseplants. They should be easy to grow and maintain, safe for any pets or kids in the house, and able to live in typical household conditions. More important recently is to choose photogenic plants. Growing a houseplant is its own joy, but why not share it with others on Instagram? Here are some of the top, most instagrammable plants to show off your collection.

Popular Instagram Plants

Most people grow houseplants for the sheer pleasure of caring for them and the way they brighten up an indoor space. Another good reason is just to show off on Instagram. Instagram-worthy plants are photogenic, attractive, and often unusual.

Look for plants with striking foliage or flowers that bloom regularly or profusely and that have interesting colors and textures. Choosing attractive individual plants is important, but you’ll also boost your following online with attractive arrangements. Grow a variety and arrange them in interesting ways to get good plant pictures.

Your job in growing insta-worthy plants includes keeping them healthy and thriving and also taking a good picture. All the plant has to do is look pretty. You don’t have to become a full-on plant influencer, but sharing your favorite plants and all the care you’ve put into them is fun and rewarding.

Instagrammable Plants to Add to Your Collection

It’s most important to choose plants you love and that you can care for, given your home’s conditions. But if you’re looking for plants that will make a statement on Instagram and that also make good houseplants, here are some ideas:

1. Goeppertia

This is a family of tropical plants with unique, striped foliage. Common names for some of the species include rattlesnake plant, zebra plant, and peacock plant. The names describe the striping and variegation on the leaves, which are highly photogenic. Goeppertia do well in low light and prefer moist soil.

2. Chinese Money Plant

This is a classic houseplant and an Instagram favorite. It’s very easy to care for and produces round, shiny leaves that look in great pictures. Provide indirect light, good soil, and regular fertilizer to keep it happy. The Chinese money plant produces “babies” that you can clip off to root and repot or share with your Insta friends.

3. String of Pearls

String of pearls has some of the most unique foliage of all plants. The name is apt for this plant, with almost perfectly round, succulent leaves strung on thin stems. A hanging basket is a good way to show off the strings of pearls that require minimal light and only occasional watering.

4. Monstera

Also known as Swiss cheese plant, this tropical stunner has large leaves with deep lobes and even holes. Photograph the leaves against a light background to get the full effect. Monstera grows large and looks nice surrounded by smaller houseplants. Give it a spot with partial sun and provide adequate moisture in a pot that drains well.

5. Echeveria

Succulents like echeveria are very easy to grow indoors. Echeveria is a striking choice. It is a compact, low-growing plant with fleshy leaves that grow in a rosette shape. It comes in a range of colors, including pastel shades with hints of pink and blue. A mix of different colored echeveria in a pot is a pretty picture. Give them plenty of direct sunlight and a dry soil mix that drains very well.

6. Boston Fern

Ferns were all the rage during the original houseplant craze of the Victorian era. They’ve made a comeback, and a great choice for indoors is the easy-to-grow Boston fern. It is a compact, dense fern that grows well in containers and provides a textural counterpoint to other houseplants. It thrives in bright but indirect light with rich soil that is kept moist but not soggy.

7. Cactus

As long as you don’t have small kids or pets who will hurt themselves, any cactus can be a great choice for an Instagram post. Cactuses need very light soil, minimal moisture, and bright light. Some good varieties for houseplants include rat tail, angel wing, barrel, bishop’s cap, and Christmas cactus.

Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.