Rare Variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperm (Monstera Minima) Plant Sold for Over $ 19,000

The most expensive houseplant ever sold.

By: THURSD. | 06-04-2024 | 4 min read
Indoor Plants

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma goes by many names, such as Mini monstera, mini split-leaf, Ginny philodendron. The variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is having a huge moment in the spotlight currently. (The normal green one is quite easy to find nowadays, as many growers stepped into the space after the plant became a trend in 2018, thanks largely to social media.)

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

Many plants have common names at nurseries and garden centers that can be confusing, and Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is definitely one of those. It doesn’t help that this plant’s leaves look a lot like the Monstera Deliciosa’s leaves. And Monstera Deliciosas are still often mistakenly referred to as philodendrons. However, this houseplant is neither a Monstera nor a Philodendron, although they are all in the same family Araceae (plants in this family are often referred to as "aroids"). Read all there's to know in this article: 'Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma - All There's to Know About This Houseplant'.


Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma - on Thursd.


Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is a totally separate genus, and is endemic to a separate part of the world! While Monstera and Philodendron species are native to Central and South America, Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is found in Southern Thailand and Malaysia. And then, the ones with white leaves came into trend.

Variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

The Variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma is having a huge moment in the spotlight currently, thanks largely to social media. Search this plant online, and you might find an unrooted cutting with one leaf for $500 USD. Post in a buy/sell/trade plant group on Facebook, and your messenger will blow up.


Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Variegata
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Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Variegata With Just 9 Leaves Sold for a Record $ 19,297

After a bidding war at a New Zealand site in June 2021, a scarce white variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma plant, a.k.a Monstera Minima, was recently sold for a whopping sum in an online auction. It fetched a cool $ 19,297 to become "the most expensive houseplant ever sold" on the public sale website – Trade Me.


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The Most Expensive Houseplant Ever Sold

Bids for the "very rare white variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma" closed Sunday night, rising in the last four minutes as bidder "foliage_patch" battled the eventual winner, tagged "meridianlamb." Trade Me spokesperson Millie Silvester told CNN that the plant was the most expensive houseplant 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 1,600 watchlists, which just goes to show how much Kiwis adore houseplants."


Variegated Monstera Minima (Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma) for sale



Variegation refers to two or more different colors in the leaves of the plant. These types of plants are very trending at the moment. Last Year, a Variegated Monstera was sold, and then was this plant the most expensive plant. Read about this plant here: "Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata – The Most Expensive Plants in the World?"


Variegated Monstera Minima (Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma ) on Thursd.
Variegated Monstera Minima of $19,000

White (Albo) is the most wanted variegation, and you also have yellow variegated plants, and even different shades green is also a kind of variegation. Read about different sorts of monstera variegations here: "All Variegated Monstera Plants Together – Albo, Aurea, Sport & Thai Constellation."


Variegated Monstera Minima (Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma ) comments
Comments after the auction on 'Trade me'

Rhapidophora Tetrasperma

Rhapidophora Tetrasperma is also known as Monstera Minima, and is native to Thailand and Malaysia, according to the Royal Gardens at Kew's online plant register. The seller, "Hurley88" said the condition of this specimen was "used" and that pickup from its location in New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, was preferred. There were 248 bids for the plant. You can definitely say that expensive house plants the new interior design objects.


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The Lighting Needed for the Variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

It requires bright, filtered light. Outdoors, direct sun is fine; indoors, a little bit of dappled sun is fine as well. Keep it near a west-facing window (northern hemisphere), and outdoors I keep it in a bright shade that gets a touch of the morning sun. Rhapidophora Tetrasperma is decidedly not a low-light plant - it will grow slowly and will produce small foliage if placed in an area with too little light. 

The Watering Needed for the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Variegata

It likes to stay pretty moist, at least during the growing season. But, understand that the plant is more sensitive to overwatering than having it a bit too dry once in a while. In the winter, let the root ball dry out a bit before rewatering.



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