Trader Joe’s $5 Mini Plants Are “Very Cute” (You’ll Want a Dozen!)

published May 12, 2024
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Trader Joe's Grocery Store, Cary, North Carolina, USA, May 16, 2022
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The only thing that can make you happier than a new plant is an adorably miniaturized version of that plant. Trader Joe’s has your back with mini alocasia and philodendron planters if you’re looking for living decor that will make you smile every time you walk into your home. 

On May 6, the @trader.joes.plants Instagram account shared two photos of what Trader Joe’s is calling “mini foliage,” showcasing the pint-sized alocasia and philodendron. The alocasia is in what looks like a light blue pot with a honeycomb design, and the philodendron is nestled in a white planter with subtle vertical squiggles providing some textural interest. According to the Instagram account, the plants cost $4.99 each, and you might even be able to find different minis at your local Trader Joe’s. In the caption of the two-photo carousel, @trader.joes.plants shared, “They had a huge variety at my store!”

One of the commenters said what you’re also probably thinking, calling the minis “very cute!” And you’d be hard-pressed to disagree. Priced at just under $5, you can stock up on a few minis to sprinkle throughout your home. If you’re unfamiliar with these plants in the cutest little pots you’ve ever seen, you’ll want to know how to care for them. 

According to what horticulture writer Molly Williams previously told Apartment Therapy, philodendrons are great for beginners. She calls them a “tolerant and forgiving” plant that can even survive in low light for a while. You also want to make sure you don’t overwater them, so forgetting about your philodendron for a few days (likely) won’t end in disaster.

People with less-than-green thumbs should steer clear of alocasia. Williams said this plant “can quickly suffer” if you’re not sure what you’re doing. She called them “water-needy” and “incredibly temperature sensitive.” Of course, you can put in the work to properly care for the alocasia, but if you want no-fuss cuteness, opt for the more resilient philodendron.