‘Welcome to the home office little dude!’ Shoppers baffled by the $15 ‘pet rock’ for sale in Aldi’s new catalogue
- Aldi Australia recently added an unusual pot plant to its homewares collection
- The plant doesn’t require a pot, instead grows from a large volcanic rock
- The $14.99 shrub has been compared to pet rock crossed with a pot plant
Aldi Australia has been making serious inroads into the stylish and affordable homewares market.
However, the discount retailer’s most recent offering of a rock crossed with a pot plant has left shoppers baffled.
The home accessory, priced at $14.99, went on sale this week as part of Aldi’s weekly Special Buys.
The ‘desk rocks’ come with a piece of imported Indonesian volcanic rock which sports a small shrub that sits in a grey shallow bowl filled with pebbles.
Aldi is offering a house plant which grows out of a volcanic rock as part of its Special Buys this week
‘A hardy, low-maintenance indoor plant growing on a piece of organic rock. No potting mix required,’ reads information about the unusual plant.
The unconventional homeware item has shoppers split; some say they love it while others aren’t so sure.
One person recently shared a snap of the unique pot plant to their Instagram page revealing it took pride of place on their desk.
‘Welcome to the home office little dude!’ They captioned the post adding: ‘I think I need a name for it. Any suggestions?’
One person recently took to Instagram to share a snap of the unusual pot plant on their desk
Others on Facebook said while they appreciated quirky design, the plant wasn’t one they were keen to add to their collection.
‘This is the ugliest thing I’ve seen from Aldi,’ said one.
While another said: ‘Oh look… a plant without a pot but just as expensive.’
A third said: ‘A pet rock and a plant. Bargain!’
A few commenters said they’d bought the plant the last time these had gone on sale and had found them to be quite hardy.
The house plants have shoppers divided with some saying they loved them, and others declaring them the ‘ugliest thing’ they’d see
‘We bought one from the last time they were in store. It has grown so much,’ said one.
‘I’ve had one for two years and haven’t killed it,’ said a second.
Some said if the plant was sold somewhere more upmarket, shoppers could expect to pay at least $100 more.
‘Buy that in a bonsai shop and add $100 to the price,’ said one.
While another added: ‘That’s bonsai art there, roots over rock as they call it. Put glad wrap around the rock over the roots so it keeps moisture in it.’