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7 Easy Rare Plants for Beginners

Written by Caroline Chou


Posted on September 14 2023

Houseplants for beginners are simple to grow and can generally endure inconsistent watering, uneven or poor lighting, and temperature fluctuations. They may thrive in dorm rooms, offices, and even dark rooms. Here are 7 rare plants to get started with, either their price point is affordable, easy to take care of, or both:

1.    Philodendron pink princess

Philodendron erubescens 'pink princess' is certainly one-of-a-kind. Pink and warm, rich chocolate brown complement the foliage, while the stems are a magnificent dark crimson. The plant's pink tint lends itself to the common moniker, blushing philodendron. Philodendrons are particularly popular houseplants, especially among those who are new to gardening or believe they have a black thumb. They are native to tropical woods, where they grow in the understory and on trees. As a result, the lovely leaf plants make excellent climbers, can tolerate low light levels, and are wonderfully easy to care for.

2.    Philodendron white wizard

Philodendron white wizard is a highly sought-after and uncommon variegated Philodendron. The white variegation is quite visible and may be found on both the stem and the foliage.To have optimum colors, ensure that the light should be on the brighter side. This type, like most Philodendrons, prefers moist but well-draining soil and some humidity. It should be anchored or let to climb up moss poles as it grows. Many aerial roots form in higher humidity settings, giving the plants a lovely appearance.

3.    Philodendron melanochrysum

Philodendron melanochrysum, often known as black-gold philodendron, is a rare variety of vining philodendron that has become popular as a houseplant due to its beautiful foliage. Their silky leaves are dark green with highly contrasted yellow veins and can grow up to 24 inches long. While these plants might be difficult to find, they are surprisingly simple to care for once you possess them.

4.    Burle marxe variegated

Burle marxe variegated is a shrub that belongs to the Araceae family. The leaves are thin and heart-shaped. The leaves, like most Philodendron plants, are glossy and full of texture. This is a lovely unusual variegated variety. Here is how to care for this rare plant:

  • Water when the topsoil feels dry; droopy leaves can indicate too much or too little water.
  • Use medium light: Although a Philodendron may thrive in low light, it grows more quickly and looks better in medium light.
  • They prefer warmth; avoid exposing them to chilly temperatures.
  • They enjoy humidity, and mist every few days.

5.    Ring of fire

The ring of fire is the world's rarest and most valuable Philodendron. The leaves have five different colors. The Philodendron Ring of Fire is thought to be a cross between Philodendron Tortum (polypodioides) and Philodendron Wendlandii. It can work in a variety of lighting conditions, but it shines brightest when kept in direct sunshine. Water your philodendron when the top 1/3 layer of soil (or top 1/3 of the stick) is dry. However, the soil should never be any drier than that.

6.    Monstera Albo

Monstera 'Albo' is a popular home plant because of the beautiful variegation that can appear on its leaves. This variegation in Monstera 'Albo' is caused by a spontaneous mutation that changes the quantity of chlorophyll (green) in the leaves.

Monstera 'Albo' is very expensive because the color is generated by a natural mutation that is not reliably handed down through seeds. it's cutting and doesn't have a 100% success rate in recreating the same variegation. Furthermore, this plant grows slowly, is in high demand, and has a limited supply.

7.    Philodendron Florida beauty

The Philodendron Florida Beauty is a beautiful evergreen hybrid plant that belongs to the Araceae family. It is more expensive compared to other Philodendron varieties. It's a trailing or climbing plant that's thought to be a hybrid between Philodendron pedatum and Philodendron squamiferum.This plant has striking leaves and flowers. The leaves have a dark green color with varying variegation that might be splotches or cover the full leaf. The flowers are cream in color, which contrasts wonderfully with the leaves.

Philodendron Florida Beauty requires bright indirect light, as well as rich, well-draining potting soil. Watering should be done regularly, but only enough to keep the soil mildly damp rather than waterlogged. This plant thrives in temperatures no lower than 50°F (10°C) and humidity levels of at least 50%.

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