Halloween is just around the corner, and we're predicting a spooky houseplant trend as plant lovers show off more unusual varieties. Usually, we might pick up some pumpkins and other frightening decorations to make a seasonal display.
But houseplants could be your secret weapon for making some dramatic and original Halloween decorating ideas - that are also eco-friendly. From red tipped leaves, freaky fungi and a cactus that looks like a human brain, there are all kinds of options.
Group them together with some skulls and candles and you've got yourself a scary but sustainable arrangement for spooky season.
Garden experts at Gardening Express recently conducted some research to find out the most spine-chilling plants on the planet. The list included bleeding tooth fungi - which look absolutely vile (warning, it's pictured below) - plus bat flowers and devil's claw.
As for the scary plants that are also straightforward to grow, there's the brain cactus, the Chinese lantern plant (at the very top of this article) and witch hazel. 'These plants certainly aren’t for every gardener,' a Gardening Express spokesperson admits.
'But they are great fun to look at in the run-up to Halloween.' Some smaller varieties, such as the brain cactus below, would look brilliant placed in bell jars or cloches, from Amazon. We think this would work brilliantly as a table centerpiece to impress guests.
Alternatively, you could display larger cacti or red tipped plants in the garden to terrify trick or treaters. As we mentioned, if you're looking for ways to have a more environmentally holiday season, incorporating plants into your decor is a great way to go.
The Royal Horticultural Society says that as well as being both bold and beautiful, the use of houseplants as part of your fall décor is a great way to cut down on the single-use plastics found in many seasonal decorations.
Though looking after houseplants may seem scary if you're new to indoor gardening, it doesn’t have to be. Google low-maintenance plants like spider plants, snake plants and cacti that don't need much watering.
Anna from Plant Pet Club recommends using stripy spider plants and or ferns for a Halloween display. She says these are 'perfect for covering up with some webs and spiders.'
The houseplant expert also suggests glueing some googly eyes to living stones, like Lithops, or lining up carnivorous plants like Venus Fly Traps.
Other plant retailers such as Thompson Morgan have some great options. Whether we're decorating a windowsill or a whole house, choosing more sustainable Halloween decorations will make a significant impact.