You’re in Luck, Trader Joe’s Is Selling Shamrock Plants For St. Patrick’s Day

updated Mar 6, 2020
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Trader Joe’s knows how to lean into a theme. Everyone’s favorite low-budget, high-quality grocery store is now selling shamrock plants for St. Patrick’s Day alongside their corned beef and Blarney scone soda bread, and yeah, you should definitely pick one up to press your luck.

Instagrammer @TraderJoesObsessed shared their St. Patrick’s Day Trader Joe’s haul in a recent Instagram post. Not only did they pick up the St. Patrick’s Day staples (green cabbage, Kerrygold butter, Dubliner Irish cheese, and corned beef brisket), they also shared that Trader Joe’s is currently peddling shamrock plants for $4.99 (last two slides in the Instagram post below).

See any four-leavers on there?

Shamrocks, Gaelic for “little clover,” are deeply rooted in Irish folklore, hence why they’re so attached to the upcoming holiday. It’s said that St. Patrick used shamrocks to teach fellow Christians about the holy trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. However, even before Christianity came into existence, shamrocks and clovers (which botanists argue may or may not be the same thing) held significance among Pagans, as well.

According to TimesOnline.com, druids thought three-leaf shamrocks warded off evil spirits, and four-leaf clovers provided magical protection. Again, the line between shamrocks and clovers here is blurred.

However, what we do know is that the shamrock plants sold at Trader Joe’s are a member of the Oxalis wood sorrel family, and are fairly easy to care for. Potted shamrocks go dormant in the summer, and therefore do well in dark areas with limited watering when their leaves die back.

But, when new shoots arrive in the spring, keep the shamrock’s soil moist while the shoots grow. Then, water the plant two to three times per month, as GardeningKnowHow.com recommends, and allow the soil to dry out in between waterings.