The 10 Biggest Plant Moments on Houseplant Reddit from the Past Decade

published Aug 18, 2020
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If you’re in love with your plants, aspire to be a plant parent, or just love reading about plants, then consider the r/plants subreddit your virtual greenhouse. Last week, the group with 113K seedlings (aka members) commemorated a special milestone as it turned 10 years old—with plenty of memorable posts to reflect on.

To honor this unbeleafable moment (come on, you knew a plant pun was coming), we unearthed the most talked-about plant posts every year of the last decade. While many of the most popular threads sprouted from photos of beautiful species living their best plant lives, a few unexpected topics got thrown into the viral mix (like a dog in a planter—but more on the later).

See below to find out for yourself, and don’t blame us if you impulsively buy a new houseplant by the end:

2010: Identity crisis

Back when the r/plants group started showing its first buds, Redditor BigGrant put a call out to help identify this green wonder. While one commenter gave an honest answer of “I’ve never seen anything like it,” another came to the rescue and solved the mystery—it’s a Pilea Peperomioides, also commonly known as a Chinese money plant.

2011: Blossoming agave

Life is full of unexpected happenings, like this one Redditor’s agave patch that sprouted toward the sky after 20 years. User Ra__ threw down some knowledge after the initial posting, saying that agaves are often called “Century Plants” because of the time it takes for them to blossom. They also said that after an agave sprouts, the plant will unfortunately die, but the upside is that “once the spike matures, it will contain a thousand new baby plants that you can transplant and share.” Hooray for silver linings!

2012: Smelly yet stunning

Redditor Norville-Rogers posted about witnessing a Titan Arum blossom, which the commenters got giddy about. This pointy plant is commonly known as the corpse flower because of its decaying smell when it blooms. But because a Titan Arum is so rare and only blooms every 10 years or so, it’s a phenomenon that many plant enthusiasts would feel lucky to experience.

2013: Vine takeover

It’s a wonderful thing to see your plant thrive—so much so that you might display its vines wherever you can. Redditor Istrutnice decided to tape the vines of their houseplant over the walls and across the ceiling of their home, creating an enclosed, leafy sanctuary. As one commenter writes, what a beautiful way to let your pothos (or other flourishing plant) shine.

2014: Breaking stereotypes

When it comes to a Venus flytrap, you might initially think of the plant snapping its teeth shut around a poor fly. However, this image of a Redditor’s Venus flytrap called Chompy paints a totally different picture as white flowers bloom at the top. Like one group member writes, “Who knew how pretty and delicate the flowers were?”

2015: Jumping plant

If there was ever a believable scenario in which someone said, “My plants grew legs and walked away,” this would be it. After Redditor pe8ter shared the flourishing plant with the r/plant community, everyone wanted to know—what is it?! The concluding consensus was some sort of zucchini plant, but it was never officially confirmed.

2016: Wise jade

Is it just me, or does this jade plant looks like it has some wisdom to share? Templeofdank gave the plant-loving community something to admire by posting a photo of their 15-20-year-old jade plant. And commenters showed their appreciation by showering the jade (and its planter) with compliments.

2017: Potted dog

Bet this made you smile (how could it not?). While Redditor Spants23 clearly played a joke on their fellow seedlings by asking “anyone know what kind of plant this is?” it was very well received by the community. The top comment said, “Looks like a Golden Dogbane to me,” and another wrote, “Clearly a dogwood. I mean, it’s the gold color that gives it away.”

2018: Artsy houseplants

Redditor Lilyo posted this collection of plant art saying “Made a little series of cool plant drawings that I thought you guys might like,” and boy were they right. This museum-worthy display depicts six different kinds of plants in their natural green state surrounded by red patterned backdrops. If you’re interested in buying art from this Redditor, check their Instagram for their most recent work.

2019: Second-hand gem

This post alone proves that it’s worth checking Craigslist every now and again. Not only does user fiskurbee share that they snagged this 10-foot-tall dracaena for free (!?), but also explained how they transported the massive plant from one place to another. Turns out, having a car and wrapping the top in shrink wrap does the trick.

On an ending note, Robert Denison, a moderator for r/plants, told Apartment Therapy that anyone is always feel free to stop by r/plants to “show off any plants you are particularly proud of or if you just need some helpful tips or advice!” An excuse to show off plant babies and get free advice? Sold.