Not since the \u201970s have houseplants played such a vital role in our homes and our hearts. And back then there weren\u2019t even any social media \u201cplantfluencers\u201d (#houseplantsofinstagram) or pandemic-induced home stays to further sweeten the pot(s). Indeed, houseplants are, in a word, \u201chuge\u201d right now, says Danny Quinn of Wells Hollow Farm in Shelton. \u201cIt\u2019s like nothing we\u2019ve ever seen, or even imagined before.\u201d The 150-year-old farm, for example, which simply \u201cdappled\u201d in a few dozen houseplants prior to March, has since stocked an entire greenhouse with some 500 varieties \u2014 and are running with it. So, yes, prospective plant parents, since the choices out there are vast and astonishingly varied, there is bound to be a houseplant (or 10) that suits you. Herewith are some favorites from indoor-gardening experts from around the state to get you started: Time to bring in the green. 1. Easy does it Emily Cross of Clinton\u2019s From Stem to Fern calls Sansevieria trifasciata, more commonly known as the snake plant, her \u201cbachelor\u201d or \u201cweekender\u201d plant. \u201cThey\u2019re the most forgiving\u201d plants, says Cross (in other words: difficult to kill) and will tolerate low light and let\u2019s just say a less-than-regular watering schedule \u2014 heck, \u201ceven if you forget to water them for a few weeks they\u2019ll be fine,\u201d Cross says. Finally, despite the fact that your grandmother no doubt boasted a snake plant or two of her own, they have a \u201cmodern\u201d look, Cross says, and come in lots of varieties, some of which stay small and compact, others that can get up to seven feet tall and still others, like Cross favorite Sansevieria cylindrical, that resemble the rays of a starfish. 2. Share the love There\u2019s a lot to love about Ceropegia woodii, akastring of hearts, if you ask Quinn. After all, this trailing beauty, which Wells Hollow sells in hanging baskets, boasts what Quinn calls \u201cperfectly heart-shaped leaves\u201d paired on slender vines that can quickly reach all the way to the floor if you let them. It also happens to be \u201cwildly popular,\u201d \u201csuper easy\u201d to care for and, well, just plain pretty. 3. Succulent? Sure. \u201cThe \u2018succulent craze\u2019 has been going on for years now,\u201d says Pat Cannon of Manchester\u2019s Woodland Gardens, but that doesn\u2019t mean it shows signs of slowing. Instead, fans of the easy-to-love (and care for) little green dudes whose water-holding capabilities endear them to attention-challenged owners everywhere, are looking for more unusual varieties, Cannon says, and are finding them in all sorts of shapes, colors and textures. Case in point: Senecio peregrinus, otherwise known as string of dolphins, whose crescent-shaped, bluish-green leaves on graceful trailing stems serendipitously resemble teeny-tiny leaping dolphins, right down to their dorsal fins. 4. We speak for the trees Quinn predicts that Ficus benghalensis, aka Ficus Audrey, a \u201ccousin\u201d of the coveted fiddle-leaf fig, will be the next \u201cit\u201d tree \u2014 and that it\u2019s going to happen in the very near future. Fiddle-leaf figs can be a bit \u201cdifficult,\u201d according to Quinn, starting with the fact that they don\u2019t transition well from greenhouse to home and can become \u201cvery unattractive very quickly.\u201d The fair Audrey, on the other hand, makes the move with ease, is more forgiving when it comes to water and light requirements, and with velvety emerald-green leaves veined with white, is quite the looker. In fact, legend has it that Ficus Audrey, which is also the national tree of India, is the tree under which Buddha sat for 49 days to achieve enlightenment. 5. Share the wealth One of the reasons that Darlene Granese of Van Wilgen\u2019s Garden Center in North Branford likes Pilea peperomioides, a native of southern China more commonly known as the Chinese money plant, is that it\u2019s a \u201cplant made for sharing.\u201d In fact, this happy little guy with its bright green pancake-shaped leaves (yup, it\u2019s also called the \u201cpancake\u201d plant), produces baby \u201cplantlets\u201d from both from its roots and its stem, which can then be separated from their mama, settled into a pot of their own and shared with those you hold near and dear \u2014 \u2019tis the season, after all. 6. Up in the air Tillandsia xerographica is the queen of the air plants as far as From Stem to Fern\u2019s Cross is concerned. Native to Mexico, South and Central America, where they can be found hanging high in the canopies of subtropical forests, \u201cxeros\u201d grow entirely without soil. Instead, their deceptively delicate-looking silver-green leaves, which curl into compact rosettes as they grow, pull the nutrients and humidity they need right from the air itself. Cross recommends giving these easy-to-maintain lovelies a fresh \u201cspritz\u201d of water each day and keeping them away from forced-air heating or air-conditioning vents, even fans \u2014 which she discovered the hard way last summer when a ceiling fan caused a grouping of xeros she had on display beneath it to revolt. 7. Cream or sugar? Although Coffea arabica has, of course, been around for a long time, \u201cmany people don\u2019t realize you can grow it as a house plant,\u201d says Laurelynn Martin, co-owner of Logee\u2019s Plants for Home and Garden in Danielson. In fact, \u201cin my opinion [coffee] is one of the best house plants to grow because it has the hallmark of beauty, fragrance and ease of culture,\u201d Martin says. Think lateral branching like a Christmas tree, shiny green leaves, fragrant white flowers, and round green beans that turn into bright red coffee \u201ccherries.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s very ornamental,\u201d sums up Martin \u2014 and, yes, (because we know you\u2019re wondering), if you patiently wait a year or so to get your plant up to size, you should be able to harvest enough beans to brew your own pot of joe, according to Martin \u2014 bonus! 8. One for the wish list Philodendron erubescens, \u201cPink Princess,\u201d is \u201call the rage,\u201d when it comes to in-demand houseplants, says Martin, not to mention a bit of a status symbol in this increasingly competitive world. \u201cPink leaves are a phenomenon in the plant world,\u201d says Martin, and the unique intensity and pattern of light- to vibrant-pink variegation on each princess makes it what she deems a \u201cstunning showpiece.\u201d Fair warning: If you (or Santa) are lucky enough to happen upon one, you had best be prepared to dig deep: When Logee\u2019s, for example, has availability, each 4-inch pot currently goes for $399.95, and, because that doesn\u2019t happen as often as devotees would like, you can sometimes find these lovely ladies going for upward of $1,000 on websites like eBay or Etsy. This article originally appeared in Connecticut Magazine. You can subscribe here , or find the current issue on sale here . 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