$40,000 for a plant: Lush gardening goes luxe with quest for rare plants

The pandemic has fuelled the recent surge in prices of rare and exotic plants as demand is currently outstripping supply. PHOTOS: JASON QUAH, THE CHLOROFEEL SHOP, NG SOR LUAN, RABBIT ISLAND
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In June, a Singapore collector shelled out $40,000 for a rare and exotic philodendron houseplant from Candy Floriculture, a nursery in Thomson Road.

The Instagram post showing the back of the camera-shy collector as he walked off with a Philodendron Spiritus Sancti was the talk of the town and trained the spotlight on a growing community of serious plant collectors who seem to be immune to sticker shock.

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