Have you ever wondered what you can spend on just one houseplant? Some plants are so expensive that for the same money you could secure your retirement, buy a house or a luxury car. We have selected the most expensive traded indoor plants for you.
1st place: Expensive pensioners - very old bonsai
Hardly surprising: the older a bonsai tree, the more expensive it is. There are bonsai trees that are several hundred years old and call for a price like a large family home. Of course, almost nobody can afford such a copy. The good news is that you can't tell if a bonsai is several hundred years old or several decades by looking at it. Ready-made bonsai can be bought online for less than 50 euros. But you can also grow your own bonsai and you can do that with almost any tree species, even with well-known native woods. The trick is to give the tree little space for root growth with little substrate and to prune it often so that the small tree looks like its big siblings, just in pupa size. In addition, to achieve this, the branches of the tree must be regularly wrapped with wire to shape them in the direction you want them to face.
2nd place: Expensive flower - the Shenzhen Nongke orchid
This rare orchid fetches a record price. This particular orchid was bred at China's Shengzen Nongke University. If you want to buy such an orchid, you have to put up to 250,000 euros on the table. It took the researchers around 8 years to breed this orchid, which is why the price is so high. This plant only flowers every 5 years, so it requires a lot of patience from the owner. The rare Shengzen Nongke orchid will probably remain a dream, because most plant lovers cannot afford this price. However, there are orchids in all price ranges below this price and also very cheap orchids that are still pleasing to the eye and are a stylish, understated accent in any interior.
3rd place: Expensive tree friend - Philodendron billietiae variegata
Just like the Monstera plants, this rare philodendron also belongs to the arum family. Specimens of this rather inconspicuous houseplant can be worth up to 5000 euros on the Internet. The peculiarity of the philodendron is that they can grow in substrate, but also as epiphytic plants on trees (philodendron = Greek for tree lover). The more unique the coloring and variegation of the leaves, the more money the plant is worth. Cuttings of this plant are trading on Ebay classifieds for 1,500 euros, not exactly a bargain. If you want such a specimen, you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket, because this plant is a collector's item among house plants. Other philodendron variants are significantly cheaper and would be worth considering if you have a smaller budget!
4th place: The houseplant classic - expensive Monstera
The most expensive houseplant ever auctioned was a mini monstera (Monstera minima) with rarely white colored leaves and a whopping 9 leaves. For the equivalent of 16,000 euros, this small plant was auctioned in New Zealand on the "Trade Me" platform, New Zealand's Ebay. The houseplant trend experienced real hype there and interested parties outbid each other. Other Monstera variants are also very popular and can easily be worth several hundred euros. Variants from the Monstera family such as the Monstera dubia or the Monstera Thai Constellation. If you don't have several hundred euros to buy such an exclusive specimen, but still want to own one, then your green thumb is required. The cuttings of these plants are already available for less than a hundred euros on the relevant auction websites. If you want to know more about Monstera plants or buying plants on Ebay and Co. If you want to find out then take a look at our magazine!
5th place: An expensive rarity - Syngonium Strawberry Ice Halfmoon
The third plant in the bunch, which also comes from the aroid family, is the Syngonium Strawberry Ice Halfmoon. The leaves of this plant stand out due to their soft pink color. This is a special feature for plants, because the "waste" of the high-energy red sunlight in the form of red flowers or leaves is a pure luxury. Due to the lower absorption of energy by the photosynthetically inactive pink parts of the leaves, the plant grows more slowly than representatives with purely green leaves. The variant Synogium Strawberry Ice has leaves that are asymmetrically pink in color. The Strawberry Ice Halfmoon variant is also characterized by the fact that the leaves are symmetrically divided in color at the so-called leaf scar. One half of the leaf is green, the other side of the leaf is pink. An absolute rarity that can cost up to 1000 euros. Tip for the saver: The variant with asymmetrical pink leaves can be purchased for less than 100 euros.
The right plant care
Anyone who spends a lot of money on rare plants also wants to take care of them in the best possible way. That is why using a good quality fertilizer is a must for any plant lover. Why? Regular fertilizing is essential for the long-term health and growth of your plant, as fertilizer provides it with vital nutrients. Because of the continuous absorption of nutrients through the roots of a plant, these are eventually used up in the soil. Our FARBIO® organic fertilizer for green plants also supports you in caring for your green darlings!
Especially trendy: foliar fertilizer! They represent a quick and easy form of liquid fertilization - they provide the plants with targeted nutrients that they can immediately absorb and utilize through the leaves. The FARBIO® organic micro-complex protects and heals your plant. With innovative nano technology, micronutrients (manganese + zinc) and copper complex.
Everything you need to know about well-known and not so expensive houseplants can be found in our Plants AZ .