Lidl and B&Q have been accidentally selling £4,000 worth of plants for £10

Supermarket giant Lidl and retailer B&Q have been accidentally selling thousands of pounds worth of rare plants at a reduced price.

So if you picked up all sorts of greenery at your local Lidl, B&Q or others, you might be sitting on a fortune.

What supermarkets don’t know is that small natural variations in common plants can make them extremely valuable.

What’s more, these variations are sometimes mistaken for diseases, and stores sell the plants at discounted prices.

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Some of the plants sell in stores for around £10, but can fetch much higher online, even for a small part such as a leftover or stem.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that your local store will have rare plants in stock, but it does serve as a good reminder to take a look the next time you visit.

These are some of the rare plants you can find:

Variegated Monstera Deliciosa

Perhaps the most common plant to find in any store, the Monstera Deliciosa is better known as the Swiss Cheese Plant due to the holes in its leaves.

And while a regular green plant isn’t worth much, a variegated monstera is pretty rare.

Some of these plants develop white markings on their stems and leaves, occasionally putting out an entire white leaf.

Because the signs can be subtle on young plants, stores often mix them up with the plain variety and sell them for tens.

Even a single plant branch could end up costing thousands, with Etsy’s most expensive listed at £4,562.18.

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And as little as a single five-inch stick is selling on the Facebook Marketplace for £1,399.

Find the rare beauty by looking for white lines on the stems or a constellation-like pattern on the leaves.

Variegated Monstera Adansonii

The strain is all the rage among plant lovers, and the smaller cousin of the Swiss Cheese plant is even more valuable.

These plants are hungry and need to be fed throughout the winter unlike other houseplants.

If they are not, they develop white spots that cause stores to sell them cheap.

But these spots are easily mistaken for the beginnings of the variety, which has the same telltale white stripes on the stem as Deliciosa.

On Ebay, the most expensive Adansonii for sale is listed at £3,699.

And if you don’t want to part with your plant, a single leaf can sell for up to £1,533.39 on Etsy.

Philodendron White Princess or White Knight

With over 400 species of Philodendron in the world, stores can have a hard time telling them apart.

And just like the Monsteras, there’s a white-leaved Philodendron worth hundreds.

Philodendron White Princess and White Knight look very similar, with bright green leaves streaked with white that could be mistaken for disease or damage in unsuspecting stores.

On Etsy, these beauties sell for up to £4,216.82 for a White Knight and the White Princess is for sale on various sites for approximately £400.

Pink Princess Philodendron

The Pink Princess Philodendron or PPP is very similar to the White Knight and White Princess, but has a pink variety instead of white.

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You may see it in stores because it is easy to propagate and the pink color looks stunning.

But it can take a while for it to show as more than a shadow on a baby plant, hence the potentially low price.

A mature plant costs up to £2,228 on Etsy and a single leaf cutting could easily fetch £200.


Perhaps one of the rarest houseplants out there, Monstera Obliqua’s brittle leaves can be mistaken for pest damage.

In fact, you’ll be forgiven if you think it’s an Adansonii that has been a caterpillar’s dinner.

But a genuine Obliqua is among the most sought after plants by enthusiasts and could make you a lot of money.

A single sheet is for sale on Etsy for £1,590 and on Ebay for £1,250.

On Facebook Marketplace, a small plant costs £1,000.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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