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7 Most Expensive Houseplants in Malaysia & Why

Updated 05 Apr 2022 – By Zafira Zaid


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Since lockdown began back in 2020, houseplants have piqued the interest of many - you must be one of them too. The  pandemic has made people turn into plant daddies and mummies as it has helped take our minds off being cooped up for too long, right?

For those who are new to the scene, you may think that houseplants are just common plants you can find at your local nursery at an affordable price. But surprisingly, certain houseplants can even cost up to thousands! 

Bet you don’t believe it right? Well, checkout for yourself:

1. VARIEGATED MONSTERA

variegated monstera albo deliciosa
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

alocasia azalanii plant
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

monstera obliqua plant
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

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

Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plant
Source: Planted Shack
 

BOTANICAL NAME: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
COST: RM34,205
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

gold of kinabalu orchid
Source: Twitter
 

BOTANICAL NAME: ROTCHSCHILD'S ORCHID (PAPHIOPEDILUM ROTHSCHILDIANUM)
COST: RM20,985
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

pink princess plant
Source: Homes Pursuit
 

BOTANICAL NAME: Philodendron erubescens ‘Pink Princess’
COST: RM5,451
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.

scam houseplants post
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.

 

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