Most people would agree that having houseplants isn’t necessarily an expensive hobby. Even if you enjoy getting new pots, soil, plant food and different gardening tools every once in a while, this tends to be a pretty affordable pastime. Or at least that’s how it is for most people. The exception to this rule is an anonymous buyer in New Zealand who just recently spent nearly $20,000 on a single Monstera plant.
It all started when a rare Rhaphidophora tetrasperma was listed on a New Zealand auction site back in June 2021. This sparked a high-stakes bidding war between two plant-lovers and ended up reaching record-breaking levels. To win the auction, this anonymous buyer spent a shocking amount of $27,100 NZD – which is roughly equivalent to $19,000 USD. The Rhaphidophora tetrasperma species is native to Southern Thailand and Malaysia and is considered a rare one. The specific record-breaking plant, however, is unique in its own way: it has eight variegated leaves containing multiple colors and one new leaf ready to unfurl.
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Before this incredibly costly Monstera became the most expensive houseplant in the world, the previous record-holder was sold for the more affordable price of $5300 back in 2020. Interestingly enough, it was also a Rhaphidophora tetrasperma and was also sold in New Zealand.