Rare plants and when to get them

Once you start your passion for plants, it doesn’t stop. At first, you’ll often start with easy care plants and as your confidence grows you’ll start obsessing over unusual, unique and difficult to find species. In short, you’ll become obsessed with collecting rare plants! 

 

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Once you start your passion for plants, it doesn’t stop. At first, you’ll often start with easy care plants and as your confidence grows you’ll start obsessing over unusual, unique and difficult to find species. In short, you’ll become obsessed with collecting rare plants! 

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Finding rare plants can be a bit of a challenge. This is due to the way in which they are grown. As they are more difficult to cultivate, it takes longer for growers to develop the species to a mature enough size that they will be safe to transport and this means they are always limited in terms of availability. However, here at Leaf Envy we are obsessed with rare plants too, so we’ve put together a general guide on our top 4 rare plants and when to get them.Please note, this is a general guide and we cannot guarantee that the rare species will be ready in the timeline stipulated. This is due to the fact that seasons change and cultivating plants is as much down to skill as it is subject to the elements.

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Philodendendron Verrucusum: Janurary 

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Characterised by its awe inspiring velvet leaves with a splashed red underbelly, the Philodendron Verrucosum is an incredibly unique species of the Araceae family. Starting its life as a small seed growing in the canopy trees of the South American rainforest, the Philodendron Verrucosum eventually matures and reaches the soil with its roots. This plant is a personal favourite of the Leaf Envy team and is incredibly photogenic.

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Calathea White Fusion: February

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Characterised by white, green and lilac marbled leaves and a pale purple underbelly, the White Fusion is one of the most distinctive and rare in the Calathea family. As it is so variegated it can be a bit more fussy than other Calatheas in the genus. Be sure you have enough light in your home for this species otherwise you run the risk of losing its variegation. 

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Philodendron Pink Princess: June

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The Philodendron Pink Princess is an absolutely stunning, and very rare houseplant with beautiful pink variegation on dark green-black leaves. Known for their variegation, Pink Princesses produce dark, almost black leaves which fade to a lighter green - maintaining that famous pink variegation. You'll want to give this plant as much indirect light as possible and a moss pole to climb on as it grows.

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Monstera Thai Constellation: July 

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As the name suggests, this celestial beauty has creamy speckles of variegation on its leaves like the constellations in the sky. Just like the Monstera Deliciosa, this plant enjoys bright, indirect light with a moist but well-drained soil and moderate to high humidity levels. She's a fast grower, and loves to climb - so if you let her - she will produce mature foliage quicker.

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Have a rare plant you’d like us to find? We are plant nerds just like you, so would love the challenge! Drop us a message at info@leafenvy.co.uk and we’ll do our best to find it for you.


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