Anyone born in the ’80s or ’90s knows that buying a house has never been harder than it is right now.
In fact, new research from realestate.com.au found that our property prospects are now so damn dismal that 20% of young Aussie renters have already just accepted that they’re going to be renting forever.
As Harry Styles so handsomely said, “it’s a sign of the times” and boy, don’t we know it.
But, just because we suspect we might not end up as homeowners, that’s not to say we’ve started giving up on being domestic gods/goddesses altogether. In fact, it looks like quite the opposite might be happening.
While young Aussie home ownership might be going down the proverbial toilet it seems that, just like us, millennials all over the world are making up for it by investing precious dollarydoos on a home decor trend: indoor plants.
Bascially, the prophecy your plant-loving housemate espoused all those years ago is coming to fruition: Houseplants are having a Pinterest-worthy renaissance.
Google searches for a plethora of indoor flora species have risen significantly over the last eight years, The Economist reports.
The publication sounds that particularly popular plant varieties include String of Pearls, Devil’s Ivy, Succulents, Aloe Vera, Swiss Cheese, Jade, Cactus and Hanging Plants.
And it’s not just Australia getting in on the indoor plant action. The interior plant frenzy is also prevalent in Europe, with the number of plant sales from The Netherlands (one of the world’s biggest plant producers), experiencing a 150% increase in plant exports between 2000 and 2016.
When you jump across the pond to America, the story is the same, with millennials believed to account for one-third of all houseplant sales.
Check us out, eh? A generation of savvy green thumbs nurturing our little cacti until the property market gets its act together.