In Singapore, rare plants sell online for US$40,000 as hobbyists indulge a passion born of the pandemic

Some Singaporeans used their time spent socially distanced to adopt a pet, pick up a hobby or learn a new skill – while others, like 13-year-old Sin Hai, decided to launch a business venture, inspired by the eye-watering sums that some of the rarest, slowest-growing plant species can now fetch on Facebook and Carousell.A booming online marketplace for rare and costly houseplants has emerged in Singapore since last year, when pandemic-associated restrictions kept many indoors. Large examples of…

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