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  • Aubrey Miles Is The Ultimate Plantita! Her Most Expensive Plant Is Worth P300,000

    Don't worry — the wais mom has a way to turn her expenses into earnings.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Aubrey Miles Is The Ultimate Plantita! Her Most Expensive Plant Is Worth P300,000
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Aubrey Miles
  • Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Aubrey Miles was already a certified-plantita. Back in 2018, she was already showing how big and small plants can transform a home into a relaxing space. Now, the actress and mom of three shares she is caring for more than a hundred plant species in her collection — and she even bought a greenhouse for them!

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    In an interview with Summit Original Videos, Aubrey reveals that her first ever plant — a ZZ plant — was bought in Quezon City Circle. She shares that her collection kept growing because plants made her happy — “Parang I have a hundred kids that [don’t] complain,” she shares with a laugh.

    “Iba ‘yung feeling na na-go-grow ko sila. I feel like, “Oh my god, from little seed[s] and now they are trees,” she says, adding that it feels like a personal achievement every time she sees her plants grow.

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    Of course, she can’t help but have favorites. One of her most precious plants is a Monstera, which has been with her for nine years. “Just my favorite because siya yung never gives up on me. Never nag-give up kahit na muntik nang mamatay, nabuhay ulit, muntik nang mamatay — nabuhay,” she shares.

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    Just like any collection, Aubrey also cares for rare plants that she was able to acquire for quite a sum of money. If you thought Jinkee Pacquiao's "elephant ear" plant was expensive, just wait 'til you hear Aubrey's. Her most expensive plant to date is a variegated billietiae worth Php300,000. Yes, you read that right: three hundred thousand pesos.

    “You know sometimes when they ask me, parang I feel like they think I’m crazy or insane to pay that much,” she says. “Probably the most is Php300,000. Then some are like, Php100,000 or Php150,000.”

    Despite shelling out hundreds of thousands for her plants, the “Mother Plant,” as she likes to call herself, earns her money back by propagating it. “Propagation is [when] you cut them and then you grow. So I sell them to get my money back,” she explains.

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    Though it might sometimes look like her plants are overtaking their home, Aubrey shares that her family loves them. Having the plants around is relaxing and it makes them feel like they’re on vacation even when they’re living in the city. Her youngest, 20-month-old Rocket also enjoys being surrounded with plants.

    Aubrey shares that having plants is like having pets. “Love them and then they will love you back more,” she says. Even her kids know how it makes her feel! “When I care for them, the kids also, parang na-fe-feel nila ‘yung vibe ko — I’m happy.”

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    Watch her video below and see how her beautiful home comes alive with her plant collection. She also shares some tips on how you can be a plantita or plantito yourself!

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