Weird and wonderful houseplants can be both hard to track down and expensive. But there is an easy solution: grow them from seed
After years of banging on about the joys of houseplants, I am so glad to see that a new generation are cottoning on to their charms. So much so in fact that certain species have achieved cult status. Few would have imagined five years ago that millennials would be clamouring to track down the rare variegated Monstera that has gone viral on Instagram, or the Pilea peperomioides, which at one point were selling for more than £60 each for a tiny plug plant on internet auction sites.
I believe that a significant driver for this surprising horticultural phenomenon is that large parts of the notoriously risk-adverse and slow-moving horticultural industry have simply not noticed this interest, creating a disjunct between desire and availability. Apart from those in a handful of east London independents, your average houseplant section is still the preserve of assembly-line moth orchids and boring kentia palms.