The 18 Best Places to Buy Plants Online
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Few things are more convenient than online shopping, but it can be hard to take the plunge when you’re ordering a living thing like a plant. After all, you want to make sure it’s the best quality possible so it looks gorgeous and lasts—and also in good shape when it actually gets to you. After all, plants are the new pets! That’s why it’s so important to shop at an online retailer with a reputation for top-notch blooms, fast delivery, and fantastic customer service. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the process with this list of the best places to buy plants online.
These e-nurseries cater to at-home gardeners, offering convenience and accessibility to a wide variety of species, and they’ll even curate a collection for you. Also, did we mention that you don’t have to leave your couch to buy the perfect plant? So whether you’re looking for something specific like air-purifying plants, hard-to-kill plants, low-light indoor plants, or just the overall best indoor plants, the following 18 websites have what you need to nurture your green thumb and reap all the health benefits of gardening.
Founder Justin Mast has gardening in his blood—he is the fifth generation of greenhouse growers in his family, whose members were among the first to bring tulips to the United States from the Netherlands. So buying plants online at Bloomscape is a no-brainer. The e-nursery offers a great selection, tons of useful information and tips online about care, and live plants delivered directly from the greenhouse to your door in about a week. They also guarantee that every plant will arrive in great condition and will replace any that turn up damaged within 30 days.
Since it launched in 2012, this New York–based online plant delivery business has opened several brick-and-mortar stores in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, but its mission remains the same: to demystify plants for newbies. To that end, they host online workshops, offer plant subscriptions, have an online plant-care library, and carry accessories and decor items as well. They also sell bouquets so gorgeous you’ll want to preserve them, as well as an array of artificial florals. In the unlikely event that a plant is dead on arrival, The Sill will always offer a replacement or full refund.
This online plant purveyor embraces all things plant-based, from groceries to personal care items to pet supplies. Their live plant selection is vast—you’ll find everything from Guatemalan air plants to succulents—and their prices are amazingly low. If the plant you’re interested in isn’t in stock, you can sign up for the waitlist to be notified when it is. Plus, they ship across the United States and Canada and have a full refund policy on damaged or dying plants, so you’ll never be disappointed or stuck with a subpar product.
Where else can you buy plants online by room, size, or feng shui? This online behemoth uses a network of local growers to deliver a wide variety of live plants—all potted in organic, eco-friendly soil in the pots pictured, direct from the greenhouse to your door. Every plant comes with a 30-day guarantee, and the site also offers a discount for veterans.
This company excels in floral gifts, whether they’re cut, dried, or live, and whether you’re looking for flowers or flowering or leafy-green plants. With locations in more than 20 major metropolitan cities, Urban Stems works with Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and has one of the cutest arrays of planters. Their selection is heavy on orchids and succulents, but what you get is high quality in an attractive package when you buy plants online here.
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This site catering to “urban gardeners” bills itself as the e-harmony of plants and people, matching you with the perfect greenery, whether you have pets or a brown thumb. And there’s no arguing that Horti’s signature two-tone painted terra cotta pots are adorable enough to make a love connection. The shop also offers subscriptions and a signature Order a Jungle service, which allows buyers to sign on for a curated selection of between five and 20 plants, for an instant home greenhouse. “We take care of the curation and connect you with hard-to-kill varieties at first, and slowly introduce you to more difficult plants as you progress in your journey with us,” says CEO Puneet Sabharwal. The company also offers a Plant Kindness program, which allows donors to gift a plant to a random stranger; the company donates five plants a month itself.
Nature Hills Nursery
This online gardening megastore sells anything you can put in the ground or on it: bulbs, fruit trees, grass, even outdoor furniture. It grew from a brick-and-mortar nursery in Omaha in 2001 to a massive e-commerce business but remains mostly family-owned. Shoppers can buy plants online by searching by growing zone, although it’s good to keep in mind plants ship that way, too, and there may be a delay on some due to seasonality because the site refuses to compromise the life of its plants by shipping them in unsatisfactory conditions.
Are you a plant newbie? This is the site for you! Every plant on this website has a handy key with emoji-like icons that shows its care level, size, and pet-friendliness at a glance. They grow all the plants they sell in their San Diego nursery and offer fun bundles like “Spiders and Snakes” and “Femme Fatale” (a ponytail and lady palm). Plus, they use eco-friendly shipping and have a 30-day replacement policy. If you’re a pet parent, by the way, you’ll want to steer clear of these plants that are poisonous to dogs.
This small, curated collection prides itself on “sustainable plants,” ones that have been grown responsibly in a nursery that has taken measures to reduce or remove conventional pesticides and develop water conservation practices, according to co-founder Alex Bates. The plants have a simple, striking aesthetic in their weathered terra cotta pots, as do the assortment of textiles, decorative accents, and faux florals you’ll also find here. If faux is your thing, check out these artificial plants you really can’t tell are fake.
The company got its start with fancy herb gardens in frosted colored glass jars—they were one of Oprah’s favorite things—and it still offers plenty of products that pay homage to its culinary roots, like pizza garden seed ball kits and hydroponic kitchen gardens. But the online retailer recently branched out to live plant bundles that include succulents and tropical foliage. The latter, offered at $50 for three plants, is a great starter kit for any beginner.
Soil & Clay
This relative newcomer offers everything a new plant mom or dad needs: pots, tools, and even furniture at really reasonable prices. Even better? The plant selection is diverse and easy to navigate by water and light needs, size, pet friendliness, and ease of care. If you’re looking for an outdoor setup, check out these container garden ideas that will inspire you to create your own.
As you would expect, this big-box retailer has a huge selection, low prices, and some of the easiest customer service, including a 90-day return policy and a one-year guarantee on outdoor plants. And it’s just as easy to buy plants online here as it is to buy them in person. “Ordering plants at HomeDepot.com is an excellent way to find plants that will thrive in your region, home, or landscape,” says Jennifar McComish, the store’s live goods merchant. “You’ll want to start by figuring out how cold it gets where you will plant them, then shop in your hardiness zone online.”
Wish you could have the convenience of your Amazon Prime membership when you’re buying plants online? You can! If ease, free shipping, and fast delivery are what you’re looking for, Amazon’s Costa Farms store can’t be beat. They have a wide selection of live plants—palms, succulents, dragon plants, and more—and deliver free in days. Talk about instant gratification.
Founded by California and Hawaii transplants who missed West Coast and tropical foliage once they moved to New York, Rooted is on a mission to reconnect people to nature and make plant purchases easy and fun. The site offers a 14-day guarantee, free shipping on all plants, and free plant-care advice and tips via email and text. And all the plants—from Becky, the ponytail palm, to Carol, the ric rac cactus—are grown and cared for at the company greenhouse, so there are no middlemen. Plus, you’ll get a good laugh while reading the clever product write-ups. Who knew plant shopping could be so much fun?
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As on-trend and affordable as always, Target debuted its Hilton Carter for Target collection on May 14 in stores and online. The collection features 65 real and faux plants (plus accessories), from birds of paradise to monsteras and succulents. “Faux plants are great for individuals who don’t have time to care for living plants but still want that lush look in their space, or in areas of the home that don’t get much light,” says Carter.
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When it comes to buying faux plants online, it’s hard to beat the selection at Afloral, whose realistic selection would fake out a botanist. The company has found that people seek out artificial plants because the real deal can’t thrive in their space, they don’t have the time to properly care for their plants, or they have children or pets that don’t mix well with greenery. It helps that the quality of fake plants has increased tremendously in recent years—there are even some varieties marketed as “real-touch” that feel like live plants. Many have an internal wire in stems and leaves that allows you to bend them into organic shapes, and they can be sprayed to resist fading from UV light. Hanging plants such as pothos tend to be favorites, and the most care they’ll need is an occasional dusting.
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The Bouqs Co.
While this company was first known for their namesake bouquets, they bring the same quality and transparency to live plant delivery. They partner with local farmers who use sustainable growing practices—like minimizing waste and recycling water—and guarantee their products. Even better? A top-notch customer service team will help if anything you ordered fails to thrive. That said, lead floral designer Kaylyn Hewitt, has a bit of advice when choosing the perfect plant: “When you’re shopping online, look at the care instructions and cross-check the kind of care with where you want to put your new plant and the time you have to take care of it.” If things go south, so to speak, you’ll want this information on how to revive a dead plant. Yes, it’s possible!
This relatively new plant purveyor has one of the largest selections of hanging baskets, as well as kitchen herbs and some pretty cute gardening accessories, including an elegant glass and brass mister and cool copper plant markers. An online lookbook also provides inspiration for placing and styling your new purchases. The site doesn’t allow returns or exchanges, but it does offer a 14-day refund policy for any plant that arrives damaged.
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