Study reveals the most expensive houseplants sold

Curious to find out which houseplants sell for most, Homedit analysed data from plant webshops, eBay and other auction sites. Homedit.com trawled through online data to reveal some of the costliest houseplants sold. It found that earlier this year a ‘mint variegated Monstera Deliciosa’ sold in the UK for £28,200 on eBay. After winning the bid, however, the buyer realised they weren’t happy with the price and refused to pay. The plant was resold a few weeks later for £8,000.

Homedit.com also surveyed 3,673 Brits who own at least one houseplant to find out more about their spending habits:

  • 9% of those surveyed said they own more than 200 houseplants
  • Over 13% of people admitted they spent over £2,500 on plants alone so far
  • 48% have spent between £101 and £500 on a single houseplant
  • Nearly 11% have spent over £1,000 on the upkeep of their plant collection
  • More than 31% said they had killed a houseplant they spent over £50 on
  • Nearly 22% of Brits surveyed said they had argued with a family member, partner, or roommate about the number of plants they own
  • Despite this, a whopping 98% of those people said they didn’t get rid of any plants because of the argument
  • A staggering 88% said they frequently sneak plants into their home
  • 76% of participants admitted they were addicted to buying more houseplants

Homedit spoke to Shane Tan, an avid plant owner on Instagram. “I started collecting houseplants when I moved to the UK several years ago and decided the best way to spruce up my flat was to fill it with greenery. I caught the rare houseplant bug a couple of years ago, luckily before the pandemic hit and prices skyrocketed.

 “I definitely have seen the plant addiction explode [during the pandemic]. Demand is at an all-time high now; stocks are low worldwide and as people discover more interesting plants to expand their collection, naturally it’s going to be competitive, and prices will increase and add to that vicious cycle.”

HouseplantSelling PriceSold
Large Monstera Obliqua£16,523 ($23,000 USD)Private auction
Musa Ae Ae (variegated banana plant)£15,088Etsy
Philodendron Spiritus Sancti£7,600eBay
Monstera Sierrana£6,701eBay
Variegated Monstera Minima£4,210 ($8,150 NZD)Trade Me (NZ)
Variegated Hoya Carnosa Compacta£3,405 ($6,500 NZD)Trade Me (NZ)
Philodendron Lynamii£2,600Therareplantshop.co.uk
Monstera Aurea (yellow variegation)£2,000eBay
Variegated Adansonii£1,281Plnts.com
Extra Large Variegated
Monstera
£1,199Plantsforallseasons.co.uk

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