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The 10 Best Places To Buy Houseplants Online

Lauren Nowacki7-Minute Read
March 10, 2021

Houseplants make the best houseguests – and not only because they’re quiet and tidy. Indoor plants liven up a space and add color; and, more importantly, they improve your mental and physical health in several ways. Their ability to purify and moisturize the air helps relieve dry skin, alleviate respiratory problems and reduce the occurrence of headaches. Their presence is believed to lower stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity and even improve pain tolerance.

It’s easy to see the benefits of indoor flora, but finding the right plant for your lifestyle is more difficult. Perusing the garden aisle without any guidance can be intimidating – especially if your experience with plants is a little, well, green. Luckily, online shops have made it easier to purchase the perfect plants for your home.

We’ve rounded up some of the best places to buy houseplants online that offer a variety of pre-potted greenery with care instructions and tips from experts. And they’re only a click away.

Tips For Buying Houseplants Online

Before you hop online to shop, make sure you’re prepared. While several of these shops provide guidance as you click through your options, it can still be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to creating a safer, greener home with less frustration and overwhelm. 

Put In The Research

Different types of plants need different environments to thrive, so it’s important to research the best type of indoor plant to fit your climate, including your home’s temperature and humidity levels and the amount of sunlight that comes into the home.

You’ll also need to consider your lifestyle. If you’re a jet setter who travels for days on end, a low-maintenance plant that only needs to be watered once a week may be a better option than one that needs daily care.

Once you find the houseplant that best fits into your life, you may be able to find an online shop that specializes in that specific plant.

Prior to ordering, you’ll also want to research how to care for that type of plant to make sure it’s reasonable for you in terms of commitment – both your time and money.  

Prepare To Repot

You won’t have to repot every plant you purchase online right away, but there may come a time you’ll have to go through the process. When determining whether you need to report your plants, look for these signs:

  • The plant’s stopped growing.
  • The soil has receded.
  • The roots are coming out of the container.
  • The roots are pushing the plant out of the container.
  • The soil no longer absorbs the water.

Repotting takes patience, but it’s relatively simple. When repotting your plant, you’ll want to move it to a container that’s only slightly bigger than the current one, about 3 – 6 inches. You’ll slowly remove the plant from its current pot by turning it on its side or upside down and gently tapping on the container. Pour a layer of fresh soil into the container, set the plant inside and fill in extra spaces with more soil. The plant should sit an inch or so below the rim and the soil shouldn’t be packed tight.

Plants typically need to be repotted every 12 – 18 months. However, depending on the type of plant, how it was shipped and the condition it’s in when you receive it, you may need to repot it as soon as it arrives.

The Best Places To Buy Houseplants Online

Ready to start shopping? Here are our best picks for places to buy houseplants online in 2021.

1. Bloomscape

Created from five generations of greenhouse growers, Bloomscape delivers houseplants directly from the greenhouse to your door. Indoor plants range in price from $35 – $195 and vary in type, from plant size and care difficulty to how pet-friendly they are or how much indoor light they need. Bloomscape plants come in sleek pots made from 80% recycled plastics and don’t require repotting upon arrival. While Bloomscape doesn’t currently accept returns on plants, all plants are guaranteed for 30 days after their arrival, as long as you don’t repot them.

Plant parents can also purchase tools and accessories necessary to care for their plants, including potting soil, pruners and watering cans. They can also download Bloomscape’s app, Vera, which provides watering reminders, plant profiles and fertilizing follow-ups. For even more assistance, you can read the shop’s blog or get in touch with Bloomscape’s official Plant Mom and her team.

2. Etsy

Etsy isn’t just a place to purchase one-of-a-kind products from independent artists, crafters and builders. It’s also an online shop to purchase houseplants from independent growers across the country. Shop by such categories as light requirements, rarity, plant type or price. You can also narrow your search down to shops that offer free shipping.

Each shop provides a different experience, some more personal than others. We recommend reading each shop’s profile and reviews sections to get a better idea of how they conduct business and what to expect.

3. The Sill

The sill sources its plants from local growers and delivers them inside ceramic planters made by a female-owned pottery company. The Sill’s stock of live plants includes moss balls, air plants, ferns, succulents and snake plants – to name just a few – and range in price from $5 – $229. While you can buy plants individually, you could also sign up for a monthly plant subscription to receive a new plant and grow pot every month.

Those looking to learn more about plant parenting can take one of The Sill’s online workshops. Topics range from learning about specific plants and soils to building terrariums and prepping your plants for seasonal changes.

4. Urban Sprouts

If you’re in the Renton, WA area, you could visit the Urban Sprouts brick and mortar location. For any other location, you can hop online to peruse their extensive collection of plants that range in price from $4 – $145. You can shop by plant type, size, leaf color, and light or water requirement. Along with hundreds of plants to choose from, Urban sprouts also sells plant care essentials, gift sets, jewelry and bath and body products.

While Urban Sprouts ships to 48 states, excluding Hawaii and Alaska, the shop doesn’t recommend shipping certain plants long distances and considers them “ship at your own risk.” All sales are final. Keep in mind, too, some listings are for the plant only and planters and accessories must be purchased separately.

5. Home Depot

Home Depot may be best known as a home improvement store, but it also offers a wide selection of houseplants that you can purchase online, many with free delivery. With more than half of its houseplant inventory costing $10 – $40, Home Depot offers wallet-friendly options for aspiring plant parents on a budget. You can also purchase non-potted plants, which can lower the cost even more. You can filter your options to include specific light or water requirements, mature size and even such characteristics as whether it’s air purifying, drought-tolerant or low-maintenance.

6. Plants.com

With a mission to cultivate happiness, Plants.com makes shopping for the right plant even easier with options to shop by lifestyle and room. Each plant (ranging from $20 – $150) comes directly from the shop’s greenhouse, has a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and is sent with a care card to help keep it growing. Plants.com also offers flexible shipping dates to help accommodate your schedule and keep your plant safe.

For more assistance, check out the shop’s Greenhouse Blog, which offers more care tips and guides for decorating your home with plants.

7. Terrain By Anthropologie

The plants at Terrain By Anthropologie come in a variety of stylish containers and range in price from $28 – $98, though there are a few exclusive pieces, like a fresh Spanish Moss Chandelier or a Mounted Staghorn Fern, that cost a few hundred dollars. A garden, home and lifestyle brand, Terrain By Anthropologie sells a sophisticated collection of not just houseplants, but also fresh bouquets, floral arrangements, shrubs, fruiting trees, wreaths and garlands.

8. Teleflora

The houseplants purchased on Teleflora are hand-delivered by a local florist and come in a variety of pots, including ones in the shapes of cars, animals and baskets. Choose from blooming plants, green plants, orchids or tropical plants that cost anywhere from $30 – $175. The shop also Teleflora sells gift packages, with balloon, chocolate and stuffed animal options. Unlike many other online plant retailers, Teleflora offers international shipping and same-day delivery for some options.

9. ProFlowers

As the name suggests, ProFlowers is known for its floral bouquet deliveries, but the online shop sells a variety of plants for your home for $35 – $90. These varieties include green plants, flowering plants, succulents and bamboo. Several plants are crafted by local florists and can even arrive the same day you order them. The site also provides guides for caring for each specific plant, along with tutorials and free printables.

Along with houseplants, you can also order gift baskets, gourmet foods, candies and cookies to send to loved ones or buy as a gift for yourself.

10. Amazon

Like anything else on Amazon, the houseplants sold from the popular retailer come from independent suppliers across the country and range in price from under $25 to over $200 – including live bonsai trees that are up to 45 years old. With more than 1,000 results for “plants,” you may want to narrow your search, which you can do by average customer review, brand, price, plant format, seller and packaging. You may even choose plants that offer international shipping.

Along with a vast selection of houseplants, Amazon also offers its wildly popular prime features for many plants, which provides free delivery.

The Bottom Line

These are just some of the best places to buy houseplants online. While preparing to order your next houseplant online, consider researching not just the plant, but also the shops you’re thinking of purchasing it from. No matter what shop you choose, make sure that you’re choosing a houseplant based on the current season and climate you live in and the type of lifestyle you’re accustomed to.

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    Lauren Nowacki

    Lauren Nowacki is a staff writer specializing in personal finance, homeownership and the mortgage industry. She has a B.A. in Communications and has worked as a writer and editor for various publications in Philadelphia, Chicago and Metro Detroit.