Welcome back to Darryl’s Discoveries, where I search out the rarest and most beautiful specimens from our network of independent nurseries and specialty growers to find exotic plants and trees that are sure to impress even the most ardent of collectors. You have to act fast though because these plants are only available in extremely small quantities. Once they are sold out, it could be a while before we see them again.

As an email subscriber to PlantVine, you will have exclusive access to these plants before they are made available to the general public — and even our social media followers. If you aren’t already subscribed to our mailing list, you can do so here. You should also follow along with me on the official PlantVine social media platforms, including Instagram. I’ll be doing videos of some of my favorite Discoveries to tell you more about these rare and exotic specimens.

This week’s Discoveries will be available to purchase for our email subscribers on Thursday, Aug 11 at noon EST. They will then go on sale to the general public at 4 p.m.

Keep on planting, 
-Darryl

Philodendron Mayoi

Philodendron Mayoi

These vining philodendrons are native to the Brazilian rainforests. Philodendron Mayoi (or Philodendron Tahiti as they’re often called), are sought after for their exotic vibe and large, arching leaves. They make great beginner plants because they’re so easy to care for and are relatively pest free. Just keep an eye out for the usual suspects such as thrips.

Although it can tolerate a couple hours of direct sunlight, they do best in bright, indirect light. Philodendron Mayoi is considered fairly rare and are usually sold as small plants. I’ve got 6 large specimens for those of you looking for instant impact or mothers for propagation.

Calathea Beauty Star

Calathea Beauty Star

Want a nice, fully grown calathea without having to wait for it to grow (and possibly kill it in the process)? Then grab one of these beautiful Calathea Beauty Star plants at a great price. The tall reddish stems end with elegant striped leaves. The undersides of those leaves usually have a beautiful light burgundy color. These plants typically to about 3ft tall, making these are full-sized specimens!

Variegated Whale Fin Sansevieria

Nicknamed the Whale Fin, the Sansevieria Masoniana features uniquely shaped paddle-like leaves. Though slow growing, the Whale Fin can reach a truly impressive size compared to other members of the genus. This rare form of the popular Whale Fin Sansevieria is defined by yellow stripes of varying thicknesses and intensities. You usually find them selling as single leaf cuttings, but our plants are fully rooted and full with 2-3 leaves.