My backyard garden and house plants collection is growing day by day. Aside from purchases from the public market, via online plant sellers, and also during plant exhibitions and fairs, there are now a fair amount of growing plants from own propagations and offshoots. Yey, yeyyy! Happy dance!
I’m becoming a certified plant tita more and more and happy about it ahaha. Plants take the stress away and it brightens up the room. 🙂
Last year, I was listing all expenses related to our house construction, including shopping for home furnishings and essentials. Plants were listed under home essentials, because why not, right? Heheh. Because of it, I now have the plants’ price list to share with you all.
I’ll also show what the plants look like when I brought them home. Some of them has really grown big like the Philodendron selloum, which you can see on my Youtube video “Penfires ornamental favorites”
Where To Buy Plants?
If you want to buy plants, the first thing you should check is your local market or palengke, chances are there are plant sellers there.
There are also legit online plant shops, especially for cactus and succulent, in Facebook Marketplace, Shopee, and Lazada.
Plant barters are a thing now too. You may want to join community groups like this. You’ll not only learn about plants name, most likely you’ll discover too plants that you want to add to your bucketlist. 🙂
You can also watch out for plant shows and garden expo in your area. It is in these events where I’ve purchased most of my more ‘expensive’ plants. Madaming dayong sellers usually in these fairs and they bring with them rare items like golden barrel, carnivorous plants, monstera, rare orchids, and more.
But do take note, I noticed that plants for sale during expos are more expensive versus the exact same specie sold in the merkados. That’s why I only buy the uncommon plants in these expos.
*If I think the plant is fairly common, I seek them first in the local market.
The major advantage of attending plant expos and garden shows is that not only you get to view rare species, you also get to interact with the sellers and experts. You can ask them for tips like what is the most appropriate watering schedule for a particular specie, if this or that plant likes direct sunlight or not, what to do if you encounter pests, or if the leaves are beginning to turn brown in its edges, etc.
Another place to check if you want to buy plants are the backyard garden shops, usually these are along the national highways especially those going to the mountain barangays. Example the several street side gardens along Cebu’s Transcentral Highway.
You can also check the Agricultural office, maybe they have plants for sale, or be giving out for free seeds and seedlings.
In Cebu, there are lots of plant sellers in the vicinity of the Guadalupe church, along the highway in Busay and Sirao, inside the T. Padilla market, in Liloan too. There is also a garden center in SM Cebu near the MyBus terminal. From time to time, Parkmall Mandaue host plant shows.
In Lapu – Lapu, I usually buy from the plant sellers beside the Muelle Osmena Wharf. Shout-out to Nanay Susan, my fave seller there.
House Plant Selling Prices
These are the purchase prices of house plants when I acquired them and how they looked like back then.
Plant Sourced from the Public Market
Good thing I have plant pics when they were newly bought so I can show you guys how they look like back then together with their selling prices.
All these below were sourced from Opon merkado plant center, at the back of the church, beside the wharf.
- Calathea vittata ₱100.00 (without the pot)
- Calathea majestica “White Star” ₱100.00 (without the pot)
- Cobra Fern “Kulot” ₱250.00
- Philodendron “Moonlight” ₱100.00
- Thai Beauty ₱60.00
- Licuala Big ₱350.00
- Licuala Small ₱250.00
- Anthurium Golden Imperial ₱25.00
- Alocasia Black Velvet P200 (without the pot)
- Philodendron selloum ₱350.00
- Foxtail P150.00 (without the pot)
- Stromanthe Red Label Big ₱100.00
- Stromanthe Red Label Small ₱60.00
- Snowball P50
- Mickey mouse violet and pink P50
- Philodendron xanadu ₱100.00
- Gumamela ₱150.00
- Five Fingers ₱100.00
- Portulaca (3 for P100) ₱40.00
- Ornamental Banana ₱150.00
- Gabi – gabi dwarf ₱50.00
- Turtle’s Vine ₱50.00
- Wave of Love ₱200.00
- Money tree ₱150.00
- Peace Lily ₱150.00
- Katakataka “Mother of Millions” ₱10.00
- Katakata “Mother of Thousands” ₱10.00
- Anahaw ₱200.00
Plant Sourced from Plant Fair and Garden Expo
- Monstera Adansonii ₱200.00
- Calathea lancifolia “Rattlesnack” ₱250.00
- Cobra Fern ₱500.00
- Jermanii ₱1,000.00
- Trichocereus cordobensis ₱175.00
- Peruvian Apple Cactus ₱650.00
- Pink Nerve Plant ₱200.00
- Silver Nerve Plant ₱150.00
*My friend Tonette bought a bunch of silver nerve plants from a Cebu-based Facebook seller, she got these six for only P60 each. A lot cheaper than the P150 I bought in Parkmall Mandaue’s plant expo, but mine is planted in ceramic pot, that probably explain the price difference.
- Zebra Cactus ₱150.00
- Hen and chicks succulent ₱40.00
- Kalanchoy ₱200.00
Plant from SM Cebu Garden Shop
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria cylindrica) ₱200.00
*The garden shop in SM Cebu is where I usually buy moss peat and vermicast.
I buy pots usually from SM department store, Grandmall, Ace Hardware, Cebu Home Builders, and sa merkado din.
Plants from Facebook Marketplace
- Various cactus set of 30 pcs ₱1,000.00
- Various succulent set of 30 pcs ₱1,000.00
Use the plant’s prices info above as rough guide. Do more research about the type of house plant you want to buy and try your best to determine the fair price range by asking different sellers for prices or friends who buy plants.
Remember that aside from demand and supply, commonness and rarity, prices are also affected by the plant size; the bigger and more mature plants are more expensive. Another thing, the pots used also affect selling prices, those plants placed already in decorative pots are generally selling for higher amounts. Plus, location of shop, usually road side gardeners sells their plants cheaper versus the ones in malls and plant roadshows.
I’ll try my best to update this post whenever I buy new plants. But it won’t be anytime soon since we are not going out even though it’s already GCQ in Mactan.
If you want to see the current state of some these plants, check out this Plantbox by Penfires Youtube video.
I have also just started growing herbs and veggies from seeds. Quarantine made me do it lol. My first harvest from the backyard garden were bell peppers. 🙂
Hope you’ll visit and subscribe to Penfires Youtube channel. It’s where I do walk throughs and more garden sharing. Thanks in advance for your visit sa YT ko. 🙂
By the way, I’ve got a bunch of welcome plants or “zz plants” or Zamioculcas, also different types of snake plants (Sanseverias), spider plant, Alocasia amazonica (Alocacia “Polly”), Alocasia frydek, Rhaphidophora pertusa, aglaonema – given by family and friends and some from trash rescue hehe.
Don’t be shy to ask around, who knows someone has extra plants earmarked for gifting or barter. Or even available plants for sale.
Let’s enjoy our plants and gardens!