Revealed: the plant of the year for 2022

This amenable plant is said to represent optimism

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The plant of the year 2022 has been revealed as the baby rubber plant! Floral gift retailer, 1-800-Flowers, voted this low-maintenance plant as the variety to best sum up the mood as we head into the new year.

So if you're on the lookout for the best indoor plant for our post-lockdown lives, a baby rubber plant (Peperomia Obtusifolia) is a great option.

baby rubber plant or Peperomia obtusifolia in a pot indoors

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Plant of the year 2022

Alfred Palomares is Vice President of Merchandising at 1-800-Flowers.com. 'The symbolism behind the baby rubber plant is really about good fortune, good luck, and happiness,' he says.  

'All those qualities tie back to the idea of 2022 being about joy.' The floral gift retailer describes the plant of the year 2022 as something unique and different, making it a wonderful plant gift for the plant lovers in your life.

The plant looks just like the fan-favorite rubber plant, but won't grow so tall. As its botanical name Peperomia Obtusifolia suggests, it's a member of the pepper family, a group of around 3,600 plants, including creeping hearts and the trailing jade plant.

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The baby rubber plant can grow to around a foot in height

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This new 'it' plant is said to represent optimism, perfect for the new year. But the best thing is that it's one of the best low maintenance indoor plants as it's so easy to care for. With succulent, moisture-retaining leaves, it will forgive you for leaving it while you go on vacation and will manage if the ongoing return to offices means we can't be such hands-on plant parents as we were before.

The baby rubber plant is native to the rainforests of South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Florida. Its leaves are glossy and teardrop-shaped, and despite its name, it can grow to around a foot tall.

baby rubber plant or Peperomia obtusifolia in a pot indoors

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Its preferred conditions include indirect sunlight and a temperature of between 65 and 75˚F Fahrenheit (18 - 24˚C). In the wild, it grows in high humidity.

It's also considered one of the top plants for beginners, making it great option if you're just starting your own indoor garden ideas. Simply water it just once a week in the summer and every two weeks in winter, only when the soil is dry. Like many plants, it can suffer from aphids (find out how to get rid of aphids in our guide) as well as mealybugs, and will struggle with root rot if overwatered.

Out in the garden, the tulip has been named the flower of the year 2022, another plant associated with hope and happiness.

Millie Hurst
Millie Hurst

Millie joined Gardeningetc in early 2021. At this time of year, she enjoys getting festive with some wreath making and loves creating a vibrant display of containers in her small urban garden. She loves picking up new plants at the local garden center and is never without some fresh flowers at home. Her favorite houseplant is her variegated pothos that's currently climbing its way over her bookshelves.