One of the first things you probably want to figure out when you decide to become a plant person is what are the best places to buy houseplants online?
Houseplants seem like one of those things that my mother would say, “I don’t know, I have to see it in person”. Which she says about everything and never wants to buy anything online.
But, I am adventurous and I don’t really feel like traipsing all over the free world to find houseplants, so I want to know the best places to buy houseplants online.
It’s probably more adventurous to go out traipsing for houseplants, so that is probably not the greatest choice of words. What I mean is I just don’t want to have to put regular pants on while I’m buying houseplants.
Ok? Let’s get started with the online houseplant buying.
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Should You Buy Houseplants Online?
Now, I made a little joke at the expense of my mother, but she is a smart woman and there have been many, many times when I have not listened to her and later regretted it.
It’s possible she could be right about not buying houseplants online.
But after doing a lot of research, I’ve found several places that I would feel totally comfortable buying plants from online.
I think what is important about buying plants, no matter where you are buying them from, is that you’re buying from a reputable plant place who knows plants and that there is some type of help available to you if you’re a beginner.
When I think about buying a plant from Home Depot or I think about buying a plant from a place like Bloomscape (which we’ll talk more about in a minute), I feel 1000x more comfortable with Bloomscape.
I don’t care that they are online. Plants are their whole deal and they have some pretty cool help options.
Home Depot, well, I don’t think I have to explain why getting help with my plant from Home Depot might not work out so well.
Unless you’ve never been to Home Depot. Then the point is, they aren’t known for “helpfulness”.
What to Look for When Buying Plants Online?
As I was doing my research on the best places to buy plants online, I found a few things that stood out to me as important to look for in online plant sellers.
- They should be about plants and plants only. I like the idea of that singular focus because it tells me there’s no back up plan if they mess up on selling plants. So there’s a lot riding on their customers being happy with their plants.
- They should have good pictures that show me what I’m getting and they should have really good descriptions of what to expect with the plant. Like how much light and how much water. Without these, you could end up with a plant that isn’t a great fit for you and your home.
- They should have some type of help. Several of the online plant sellers I found had some really unique help options and almost all of them had at the very least solid documentation on how to care for plants.
- Bonus: It would be great if there were some type of guarantee, but it seemed that this was a toss up from retailer to retailer and I can understand it. It’s a living thing and if it dies, it’s highly likely that I am the one responsible for that.
5 Best Places to Buy Houseplants Online
Alright, so with all of that stuff out of the way, here the 5 best places to buy plants online.
Bloomscape is my #1 of the 5 if you’re going to force me to pick a favorite. It’s a really cool website. It’s super easy to look around and browse.
I never felt overwhelmed or confused by what would be a good choice in plants for me. The information is laid out in a way that is absolutely perfect for a beginner.
- Great pictures – The pictures are pretty but they are also helpful because they show the scale of the plant so that you have an idea of what will be arriving on your doorstep.
- Great descriptions – It’s important to know what the plant needs for light and water and Bloomscape does the best job of describing this, clearly and concisely.
- Fully grown as shown and potted, saucers included. This is important because most of the other places I looked at do not send you a “potted” plant. You can get a pot to go with your plant, but your pot arrives in the plastic nursery pot and you have to repot it. This can be stressful for the plant.
- Pretty pots in your choice of color – They have beautiful color choices (the indigo is my favorite) and the pots all come with drainage and saucers to catch on seeping water.
- Plant Mom available for help – I love this. I have a real-life Plant Mom, but if you need help, there’s a Plant Mom at Bloomscape you can contact! How cool is that?
- App to help care for your plants – If you’re not into real-life people helping, there’s also an app!
- Free shipping over $75 – Love free shipping and I don’t think you will have any trouble spending over $75 as you will see in the cons section.
- 30 Day Guarantee! – Very important to me.
- Expensive – Bloomscape is one of the more expensive plant sellers I found, however, it’s not exceedingly more expensive than anywhere else AND they are the only one I found with a really great guarantee AND you get the really awesome pot and all the help, so I would 100% pay a little extra here if I had it to spare.
The Sill is another beautiful site that is easy to navigate and find the size or level of difficulty type of plant that you need.
I do have to say that I found The Sill just a smidge more overwhelming for a beginner than Bloomscape, but only just a smidge.
The Sill leaves some things up to the buyer like, pot or no pot or pot with a hole in the bottom or pot without a hole in the bottom?
I’m sure for pro plant people this is not a problem, but as a beginner, I’d rather that choice be made for me.
- Great pictures! – There are closeups to show the details on some of the plants and lifestyle pics so you can get an idea of what they look like in a living space.
- Plant Parent Club – The Sill has a membership for $39/year that gives special discounts and workshops plus free shipping which I think is a pretty cool idea.
- Plant Parent Set – I love this idea and I will be purchasing it. It’s a set of 3, 5 or 7 plants that are perfect for a beginner plant parent. It felt completely un-intimidating because there are no decisions for me to make in this case. Buy the plants. The end. These don’t come with pots, though. Just the plastic nursery ones.
- Lots of different price points – There are expensive (over 150 bucks) larger plants, but the Plant Parent Set starts at just $48 for 3 plants and $76 for 7!
- Access to plant care experts – The Sill has customer service via their contact form and there are also free and paid workshops offered.
- Plant Subscription – I love the idea of a monthly plant.
- Faux Plant options – I don’t know if this is really a pro, but they do have beautiful faux plant options. You know. Just in case it doesn’t work out between you and your real plant.
- Plants arrive in their nursery pot and then you have to choose whether or not to pot them – As a new plant owner, I don’t want to make decisions like that for a plant I spent a lot of $$ on
- Returns on damaged items only. – Meaning, not stuff you killed. Just things that got damaged.
Horti is adorable. Adorable pots, adorable ideas. The site is super simple since it’s a subscription, there’s not really a whole lot you have to do to figure out what to get.
You just get the subscription.
- Subscription plan – For $25/month you get a plant from Horti. They are so smart because they start you off with easy, unkillable plants and then slowly introduce you to more complex plants.
- Pretty Hand painted pots – These are hands down my favorite pots.
- Order a Jungle option if you just can’t wait for one plant a month – If you want an instant jungle, you can get that, too.
- Plant Kindness program – Horti has started a “random acts of kindness” program and I think it’s pretty awesome.
- Small plants – These are all smaller plants but that’s really ok because plants are meant to grow.
Greenery Unlimited has tons of variety. They’ve got tons of different types of plants and lots of different options for pots.
They’ve also got a really great search navigation so that you can look at just the plants that will work for you.
- Great pictures! – Greenery Unlimited has a sense of humor. I love the pics they use to show the scale of their plants.
- Variety of different pots or no pot at all – There’s lots of different colors and shapes to choose from here.
- Range of price points – There are expensive plants here. But, you can look at smaller or less exotic varieties if you don’t want to spend a ton of cash.
- 30 Day Guarantee on small plants – This is a very good thing!
- No guarantee on the big plants unless damaged and then you have to contact them within 24 hours. – This is not so great, but I understand it, too.
- No interactive help like some of the others. – The real live help to me is important for a beginner plant person, so this is a bit of a bummer, but there is a plant care database.
You can get real living plants from Etsy! I love shopping Etsy. I love supporting those smaller shops. Just like going to a small nursery, there’s just something special about shopping on Etsy.
- Buy from individual plant growers. – Buying plants on Etsy has the feel of going to a nursery without the putting on real pants part.
- Unique plants – I saw plants on Etsy that were really unique that I can’t say I saw on the other sites I looked at.
- Lots of customer reviews w/pics usually. – This is great because you get to see exactly what to expect from your plant when it arrives and I have to say, for some shops, what people actually got, did not look like the main picture on Etsy of the fully grown plant. So keep an eye on that so you know what to expect.
- Most don’t seem to come with pots but this can vary. – So you get to buy a cute pot, too!
- Guarantees are dependent by the individual shop owner.
- Help is going to vary based on the individual shop, too.
Let’s Get Our Plants!
I’m ready to buy some plants. I hope you are, too.
I’m starting with the Plant Parent starter kit and I’m going to pick out one plant from Bloomscape, too.