The Royal Horticultural Society has announced its intentions to grow their houseplant and floristry selection.
The RHS has recognised the need to respond to the growing demand for houseplants. Last year, RHS Garden Wisley saw a 65% increase in houseplant sales.
They are responding to this by expanding their houseplant and cut flower offering at their gardens. They will also offer sustainable floristry advice, houseplant courses, workshops and improved content at their shows.
RHS Wisley Garden has also announced its next project titled "Giant House plant takeover", taking place in its temperate glasshouse from January 2020.
In a survey of the public, the RHS found that nearly three quarters (72%) of adults had a houseplant in their home with this figure rising to four in five (80%) of 16-24-year-olds. A fifth of owners also said they use plants in the home to boost their health and wellbeing.
According to research by the Society, houseplants can improve air quality by trapping and capturing pollutants, regulating humidity levels and providing a wide range of mental health benefits.
Chris Moncrieff, Head of Horticultural Relations at the RHS said: “The Houseplant and Cut Flower Advisory Group will support the increasing numbers of gardeners who are displaying, propagating and harvesting plants in the home. Indoor displays are often the first step to a life-long fascination with gardening and we want to make sure we seize the opportunity to get as many people as possible growing.”
House plants have been in the news for a while, with more companies jumping on the opportunities they bring every day.
According to a recent study, British plant retailers have shifted 70% more houseplants this year than in 2018.
According to the report, Brits buy an average of two houseplants per year at £8.12 each, meaning the country collectively spends £529 million annually.