1. VARIEGATED MONSTERA
Source Image: First Classe
BOTANICAL NAME: VARIEGATED MONSTERA ALBO DELICIOSA
COST: From RM200 up to RM3,700
WHY: Very limited breed considering they CANNOT be grown from seed, and are lab-cultivated or from stem-cuttings from the mutated mother plant. It also has a slow propagation and requires delicate care.
The variegation, where the chlorophyll undergoes a chimera mix of tissue with the chlorophyll and tissue on the Monstera, creates random splashes of color in many shades with no two leaves shaped the same.
2. ALOCASIA AZLANII
Source: teal and terracotta
BOTANICAL NAME: ALOCASIA AZLANII (Red Mambo)
COST: RM420 to RM2,943 depending on size
WHY: Rare breed that can only be found in Sarawak that is difficult to propagate. Has green leaves with purple, dark red, or black veins colors that create a shiny unique leaf texture and color.
3. MONSTERA OBLIQUA
Source: Monstera Plant Resource
BOTANICAL NAME: MONSTERA OBLIQUA
COST: RM9,000 PER LEAF
WHY: A unique plant with naturally grown holes on its leaves that needs specific care. Has a slow growth rate and is difficult to propagate and can only be grown by specialized growers, which makes it rare.
4. OLD PINE BONSAI TREE
Source: Bonsai Tree Gardener
BOTANICAL NAME: PINUS BONSAI
COST: RM5.5 million
WHY: Grown for over 800 years old, the age adds to its value. It requires adequate care because the roots cannot grow to their normal length and needs constant repotting/relocating.
5. VARIEGATED PHILODENDRON MINIMA
Source: Planted Shack
BOTANICAL NAME: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
WHY: Its long variegated process has created different and unique shades of color combinations on the already oddly-shaped leaves. They also have a pattern block due to its neat foliage formation.
6. GOLD OF KINABALU ORCHID
BOTANICAL NAME: ROTCHSCHILD'S ORCHID (PAPHIOPEDILUM ROTHSCHILDIANUM)
WHY: Rare breed orchid that can ONLY be found in Sabah. The flower takes a long time to bloom and is becoming more extinct - adding to its high price.
7. HALF MOON PHILODENDRON PINK PRINCESS
Source: Homes Pursuit
BOTANICAL NAME: Philodendron erubescens ‘Pink Princess’
WHY: The pink variegation on the leaves are what makes this plant special than many. It can also grow both in soil and water, which makes it a very efficient plant.
Don’t let the price stop your interest
Investing on houseplants may seem all fun and easy, right? Many factors can contribute to the value of houseplants, so don’t let all the price scare you off from starting or adding to your houseplants collection.
Source: Facebook Kelab Peminat Aroid ( Caladium, Aglaonema, Alocasia, Colocasia Dll)
Back in 2020, while houseplants were selling like hotcakes, some people took advantage and disappeared with the money without providing the product. As seen from the screenshots, after the money transaction was completed, the “seller” proceeded to block the buyer without notice and update of the sold plant.
We would like for all of you to be careful and also to not involve yourself in these kinds of activities as you can face both imprisonment up to 5 years or fine, or even both following Section 417 of the Penal Code of Malaysia.
So, please make sure to check the authenticity of the plant and validity of the seller before buying an expensive houseplant. These days, many business scams are seen on the internet where people have lost lots of money, and the houseplants scene is also not excluded.
That being said, we don’t want you to fall into the same trap. Make smart choices and don’t stress yourself out with all the following-the-trend purchases.
*The above article is intended for informational purposes only. Loanstreet accepts no responsibility for loss that may arise from reliance on information contained in the articles.