Ode to Aldi House Plants

I have a slight addiction to Aldi house plants. They add a touch of beauty to my home. They add oxygen to the air inside my home, and they add some humidity during the dry winter months. They’re also so inexpensive that it’s not a big deal if I accidentally kill a few. So I usually can’t resist when Aldi rolls out house plants as Special Buys (ALDI Finds) at various times throughout the year.

Let’s go on a tour of my Aldi house plants …

Venus Fly Trap

The most exotic Aldi house plant I ever bought was a venus fly trap. It cost $5 and survived for several months before it withered, but my kids and I had fun with it while it lasted. We made many attempts to feed it small bugs.

venus fly trap

Rest in peace, venus fly trap.

Orchids

My husband sometimes likes to buy me orchids from Aldi for Valentine’s Day. Aldi usually sells them for $9.99, which is a better deal than you’ll find in most other stores. Years ago, I purchased two orchids from a big box retailer for a higher price, and they died within a year. My two Aldi orchids live on, though. In fact, one orchid my husband bought me more than a year ago recently bloomed again, from February through early July this year. The great thing about orchids is that the blooms last for months.

Aldi orchid

I’ve owned this orchid from Aldi for 1.5 years and it recently bloomed again. The blooms last for about six months. Amazing!

Aldi orchid

orchid

This is my other orchid from Aldi. It looks healthy, but it hasn’t bloomed in more than two years. Maybe someday …

Umbrella Plant

I’ve got a $1.99 Arbicola / Umbrella Plant in my bathroom. It’s been around the house for a couple of years.

Arboricola Umbrella Plant

Succulents

Succulents are enjoying popularity right now as home decor accessories, and Aldi has kept up with the trend. Several years ago at Aldi I purchased a cute pot planted with a variety of small succulents. The succulents had been on store shelves for a while. They were wilted, dry, and deeply discounted. I took the pot home and watered it, but some of the plants died a slow and lingering death, and only one succulent lived. I still counted it as a mostly successful venture, though.

succulent

The one plant that lived.

Then, when Aldi sold some mini succulents for $1.99 each this summer, I bought two and added them to the older pot to fill it up.

Aldi house plants

The same pot, with two additional occupants.

I also bought the mini succulent pictured below. It is cute and very tiny, and I placed it inside a turtle candle holder that belonged to my grandmother who recently passed away. When I saw the mini succulents in the weekly Aldi ad, I just knew that one of them needed to go in this turtle container. Grandma loved turtles and collected many turtle figures, and I feel happy every time I look at this colorful turtle and matching plant.

Aldi house plants

Christmas Cactus

I added a Christmas cactus to my plant collection during the holidays last year. We’ll see if it blooms again this December. By the way, the candle in the photo is also from Aldi.

Christmas cactus

Hyacinth

I’ll throw in one last picture of this little guy as well. Last spring, I bought a hyacinth in a pretty glass jar for $2.99 from Aldi. It was a house plant during the Easter season, and then it eventually got planted next to another older Aldi hyacinth in a flower bed outdoors.

hyacinth

I say the more, the merrier when it comes to affordable house plants.

Do you own any house plants from Aldi? What are your favorites? Which ones have lived the longest or bloomed the most? Let us know in the comments.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Senior Editor for Aldi Reviewer. She is also a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.

5 Comments

  1. I recently purchased several house plants from Aldi and I’m not having to muck luck with them. The umbrella plant is losing leaves fast and the other, I don’t know the name of it, but it’s leaves are drying and turning brown. What am I to do to save them before it’s too late?

  2. Put your orchid out in the sun over the summer to get it to bloom again, not the south side but maybe east or north. My exposure is north. I place it fairly close to the house but make sure it gets sunlight for some portion of the day, usually morning and again late afternoon. I’ve had several eventually develop the telltale flowering stem. Wait until the last frost is over of course.

    • Thanks for the tips. My non-blooming orchid did eventually bloom (it’s actually blooming at the moment). They are really lovely flowers!

  3. I ‘ve bought 4 regular (5″) Phals from Aldi – two in 2013, one in 2014 and the 4th in 2015. They’re all still alive. They all bloom once or twice a year.

    I experimented with keiki (cytokinin) paste in 2016 and got a nodal keiki from my 2013 white Phal. I cut off the keiki from the mother plant just this year.

    Two or 3 years ago, I purchased a mini Phal but gave it to someone as a gift. The someone manages to kill every plant she gets including the mini Phal. So, I decided, next time I buy a mini Phal, it’s going to be for me. I purchased 4 mini Phals this year (June 26 to Jul 2, 2019 Aldi finds)

    I got an anthurium (5″ pot) last Feb 2018. It’s still alive and hasn’t stopped putting out red leaves since Feb 2018.

    Two of my earlier purchases from Aldi were a chrysanthemum and an Easter lily. This was before I learned what I like and what I like are foliage that look robust and vibrant even without flowers. Mums and Easter lilies are only beautiful when they’re blooming and are much suited for outdoors than on year-round living on window stools indoors. I got rid of them after several years.

    That’s it so far. My other plants are from Home Depot, Jewel-Osco, travels, plant swaps. gifts. They all live indoors with me.

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