This Is the “It” Plant of 2024 (and You’ll Want One for Every Room!)

published Jan 14, 2024
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Each year, a bevy of paint companies select a color of the year, setting the tone for the trendiest color palettes in the coming months. But have you ever heard of a company selecting a plant of the year? It makes sense, given how often plant trends come and go. In 2024, the plant care company easyplant’s plant of the year is none other than the Dracaena Janet Craig Compacta, a highly adaptable tropical stunner.

Native to Southeast Africa, the Dracaena’s lush forest green foliage makes it a gorgeous addition to any room — and it won’t only look nice in your room, it’ll thrive there, too. 

“This resilient plant thrives in spaces with direct sunlight to indirect low light, making it the perfect plant to elevate any space,” easyplant’s 2024 Plant Trends Report said of the Dracaena. “Its deep-green, angular leaves add texture, something we’ll see more of when it comes to home design in 2024 and beyond.”

When it comes to caring for your Dracaena, the online plant nursery Greenery Unlimited recommends watering it every 10 to 14 days, which allows the soil in which it’s planted to dry between waterings. Given that the Dracaena is accustomed to a warm environment, the site also recommends caring for your plant by regularly using a humidifier or routinely misting it. As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t place your Dracaena next to an AC or heater full-time, since it’s known to drop its leaves if conditions are too dry.

Ready to add one of these beauties to your plant collection? If you’d prefer to invest a bit of money in ensuring your Dracaena will be well-watered, you can nab one from easyplant for $269. 

It’s a higher price tag, but it includes free shipping and a self-watering planter, which will give you everything you need to ensure your plant thrives in your space.

Buy: Dracaena Janet Craig Compacta, $269