Lidl and B&Q have been unknowingly selling rare and expensive plants at cheap prices

Plant parents, listen up! Lidl and B&Q have been accidentally selling a number of rare plants that are actually worth thousands of pounds for a fraction of the price.

If you’ve recently bought a pet plant at either Lidl or B&Q, you should know that you could potentially be taking care of a green baby that is worth way more than what you bought it for.

Disease or variation?

Plants come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours which are constantly changing throughout its lifecycle. And unless you’re a professional, sometimes it's hard to know whether these changes are naturally occurring variations or if they’re actually a disease. Knowing the distinction is important, however, since plants that have these distinctive variations could be sold for thousands of pounds.

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Pink Princess Philodendron Severin Candrian/UNSPLASH

Recently, My London reported that supermarkets and DIY chains like Lidl and B&Q have been accidentally selling such rare and valuable plants for tens of pounds. Sometimes the plants are even sold at even lower prices because their variation is mistaken for a disease.

Given the common mix-up, plant experts have been taking the opportunity to buy the low-cost plants and resell them on online platforms for their real price (and more). According to the publisher, ‘even a single branch’ of some of these plants are being sold on eBay and Etsy for £3,000 and sometimes even over £4,000!

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Costly mistake

Of course, this doesn’t apply to all plants being sold in Lidl and Aldi, but there are five in specific that could be worth taking a close look at. They are:

  • Variegated Monstera Deliciosa
  • Variegated Monstera Adansonii
  • Philodendron White Princess or White Knight
  • Pink Princess Philodendron
  • Monstera Obliqua

All these plants have unique spots of white and holes which are easily mistaken for diseases. When in reality, it’s actually a variation that makes them even more priceless. On Etsy, just a single branch of Variegated Monstera Deliciosa is listed at £4,562.18 and a leaf of the Adansoni, from the same family, is being sold for £1,533.39.

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Variegated Monstera  Huy Phan/UNSPLASH
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