Tiny house plant with just four leaves sells for £4,000

If you’ve been to a flower market or plant shop and splurged a little too much on greenery for your home you’re not alone.

But you’re nowhere near the splurge levels of this buyer, who’s just paid over $8,000 (£4,060) in New Zealand for a tiny house plant that only has four leaves.

Bids on the largest trading site in the country. Trade Me, began racking up for the variegated monstera minima, and it’s now the most expensive plant ever bought on the site.

The previous record-holder was beaten by a whopping $1,650 (£838) once the final price of $8,150 (£4,138) was hit.

Variegated plants are somewhat rare, with white and green spots across the leaves. These leaves, in particular, sport a fetching half-and-half colouring.

This particular seller, from Auckland, had planted their tiny monstera in a 14cm pot, and described it as ‘very rare’, with ‘4 leaves with stunning yellow variegation on every leaf’.

‘Normal’ versions of the plant can be bought from Canopy Plants for £22, so the colourway on this one (which sold to someone on the Hibiscus Coast) seems to be what’s caused the mark-up.

Ruby Topzand, a spokeswoman for Trade Me, said: ‘While we have seen over 1,600 searches for minimas in the last seven days, they are far from the most popular houseplant on site.

‘By comparison, we saw over 65,000 searches for hoyas in the past week.

‘Hoyas are the most popular plant, followed by monsteras, succulents, and snake plants.’

Particularly during lockdown, plants have become an affordable way for us to brighten up our spaces and bring the outside in.

From plantfluencers gaining massive popularity to buying bamboo plants and strings of pearls in our droves, it’s safe to say plant parenting has gotten somewhat out of hand.

Some people are even incorporating foliage to their nudes.

Let’s just hope that the proud new owner of this minima will get plenty of use out of it – and not overwater it and waste a cool 4k.

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