Trader Joe’s Just Brought Back This Unexpected Plant for $6 (It’s So Colorful!)

published May 7, 2024
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Potted succulents, ivies, and flowering plants are fun and all, but if you’re really looking for a conversation starter, then get to a Trader Joe’s stat. As spotted by the Trader Joe’s Costco Obsessed TikTok account, the grocery store just brought back its popular ornamental pepper plants and they’re as fun to talk about as they are to look at. And right now, you can pick up a plant for yourself (and all of your friends!) for just under $6 each.

Ornamental peppers love a lot of sunlight and warmth, so they make for great greenhouse or windowsill houseplants. Under the right conditions, you’ll see your pepper plants really take off and grow. They can be planted outside, but you’ll need to do so when it’s fully summer (the ground should be about 70 degrees Fahrenheit).

These plants should also be watered regularly and deeply when the plant’s soil feels dry to the touch — potted plants will dry out more quickly than those planted in the ground. But don’t let the plant sit in wet soil for too long; otherwise you’ll deal with root rot. 

Although the fruits may look like your favorite hot peppers, you’ll find that they don’t taste much like them. Ornamental peppers are edible, but the flavor is a lot more bitter than peppers that are cultivated to be eaten. It should also be noted that the leaves of the ornamental pepper plant are toxic for both humans and pets, so keep your cats and dogs away to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy.

These $6 pepper plants from Trader Joe’s will add a fun pop of color and interest to your summer herb garden or houseplant collection. Or, if you incorporate this plant into any summertime entertaining centerpieces, you’ll have yourself an instant conversation starter!