Trader Joe’s Is Selling This “Unicorn” Plant For Less Than $10

published Oct 27, 2021
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When you head to Trader Joe’s to pick up a new plant, the sky’s the limit as to what you’ll find. There could be an olive tree begging to be purchased, or a cat planter perfect (or purrfect) for your growing Halloween collection. And if you go to your local Trader Joe’s right now, you may just find a unicorn in the wild.

According to a couple of TJ’s fanatics, the grocery store is currently selling gorgeous Alocasia Polly (aka African Mask plants) for just $9.99. This isn’t the first time one of these green babies has been spotted at a TJ’s, but it’s far from being a regular.

“I think I found a unicorn at #traderjoes,” Instagram user @mother2plants wrote on Oct. 25.

Alocasia Polly is a subtropical plant that can be a bit fussy and is a recommended plant for those with an established green thumb. For example, it likes to have moist soil, but if watered too often, its leaves will turn yellow and begin to drop. And it likes to stay warm but doesn’t enjoy direct sunlight and may even begin to burn.

Basically, you want to turn its environment into something similar to a rainforest. If you can, keeping it in a warm greenhouse is best, but it will also do well in indirect sunlight within humid environments like a bathroom or kitchen. You can keep a spray bottle full of water nearby, too, to ensure it’s staying moist.

“Love that it comes with a secondary planter too,” another Trader Joe’s shopper wrote on Oct. 26. It ensures that the soil within the pot is well-drained, which is crucial to avoiding root rot.

If all goes according to plan, you can end up with a beautiful, two-toned plant that can grow up to two feet tall and produce massive leaves that may just upstage every other plant in your home.

Alocasia Polly plants have been recently spotted at Trader Joe’s locations from California to Texas, so check your local TJ’s to see if they have a unicorn waiting for you to take home.