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Why should you start plant collecting?
Collecting new plants for your indoor jungle can be a fun and rewarding (albeit sometimes addictive!) experience.
Whether you just enjoy the feeling of growing your current number of plants (either by propagating them or by regularly purchasing new additions) or if you're intending to develop your own stock of rare plants, collecting is a great hobby that can be tailored to suit your specific needs and interests.
What types of plants can you collect?
Simply put, you can start collecting any kind of plant you want!
Finding a particular plant type that you like and that suits your skill level / home environment provides a great foundation for beginning a collection, especially if that plant type has a lot of different varieties, such as with Philodendrons.
There are around 489 species of Philodendron, encompassing many beautiful foliage shapes, patterns and colors, so there's really something for everyone.
Did you know that there are also often variegated versions of common plants? You can always switch things up in this way too!
Other plants that can make great choices for collectors include Coleus plants, Hoyas, Aroids and Begonias.
Growing your Collection
Getting your hands on a rare, sought-after variety of plant can sometimes be a challenge, but it's totally worth it!
Why not try joining a Plant Society to keep track of your favorite types and meet other like-minded people? There are even a number of Facebook groups you can join to chat with fellow collectors, ranging from groups for general plant lovers to more specific groups if you're looking for something in particular.
Trading plants with friends is a really enjoyable experience, and connecting with other collectors can help make it easier to find a particular plant that you might really want.