A House Plant Has Sold On Trade-Me For Record-Breaking $27,000

scandal 16/06/2021

A rare house-plant has just sold for $27,000 following a bidding war on Trade Me, creating a new record for the highest selling plant on the platform.

It was only a month ago that we were freaking out about the Philodendron Florida Ghost plant that sold for $12,000 on Trade Me, which at the time was the highest price point that a plant had been sold for on the Kiwi auction platform.

Well, as of this week, that record has been blown entirely out of the water with the sale of a “very rare” white variegated rhaphidophora tetrasperma (whatever that means) for $27,000.

Native to Southeast Asia, the plant is often called a “mini monstera” for its resemblance to the common houseplant; although the two plants are not related.

Spokeswoman for Trade Me, Millie Silvester, confirmed that the plant was “the most expensive house plant ever sold” on the auction site.

“After a heated bidding war in the auction’s final minutes, the rare plant had over 102,000 views and more than 1600 watch lists, which just goes to show how much Kiwis adore house plants,” she told CNN News in a statement.

“House plants have become the ‘it’ item over the last couple of years. We’ve seen prices creep up and up as more kiwis jump on this trend,” Silvester added.

The description for the expensive plant was as follows: “This plant has eight leaves with the ninth just about to uncurl. Each leaf has excellent variegation as does the stem and is well rooted in a 14cm pot,” seller “Hurley88” read.

The plant sale was finalised at a whopping $27,100 with a total of 248 bids being made during the auction’s running time. The final bidding war took place in the last four minutes of the auction between two assumed plant-fanatics, user “foliage_patch” and the eventual winner “meridianlamb.” Congratulations, we certainly hope the splurge was worth it?