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7 Underrated Places To Buy Houseplants Online

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04/02/2018 04:07pm ET
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Plants make us feel happier, calmer, relaxed and more productive, so it’s no surprise we like to fill our most intimate spaces with their energizing greenery. But, before you can begin to find creative ways to store, hang, and display your plants, you need to find out which plants to buy, and where to buy them.

Popping down to your local nursery or greenhouse is perhaps the best option, but it’s not always feasible for folks in rural areas or those who don’t have a car and instead rely on public transportation. (Can you imagine carrying a large Monstera home on the subway? No thanks).

Sometimes, purchasing your houseplants online is the easiest, smartest option, but there are a few things to remember. Buying plants online can sometimes be pricier than buying them in person, so do some price comparison to make sure that what you’re paying online is, in fact, a good deal.

Even more important, read the reviews of the seller to better understand how the plants are packaged, what they were like upon delivery, and how they differ from the photos online. Reviewers are your friends.

To help you find the best sites to buy plants online, we’ve curated some of our favorite online stores for greenery. Below, take a look at 7 underrated sites to buy houseplants:

Amazon
Amazon
Surprisingly, Amazon has a rather robust selection of houseplants (beyond succulents). The retailer promotes a curated collection of plant brands, from Shop Succulents and Colorchids to Brussel's Bonsai and Kurt Weiss Greenhouses. You'll find a variety of popular houseplants, like fiddle-leaf figs and parlor palms, but the variety won't be as robust as others on this list. Still, you can't beat it as a one-stop-shop for your plants, soil and potters.
Terrain

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Terrain
Terrain is the home and garden sibling to Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Whether you're looking for a house warming gift for your coworker, or a new houseplant for your living room, they have a curated selection of fresh greens that'll make your space feel vibrant and energized. Though be warned, some of their offerings are a bit pricey, so be sure to price shop for the best deal online.
The Sill

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The Sill
The Sill is perhaps one of our favorite online destinations for houseplants, and not just because of its easy-to-use interface and common-sense suggestions. You can choose plants based on criteria like "Low Light," "Bright Light," "Best For Beginners," and even "Pet Friendly." They ship nationwide, and even offer a 30-day return policy for folks who might not feel up to the task of plant parenting. Some plants even come with a 1-year guarantee, so there's hope for those who fear they can't keep even succulents alive.
Nature Hills Nursery
Nature Hills Nursery
Nature Hills Nursery started out in 2001 as a local tree nursery, but has since expanded its collection to include trees, shrubs, seeds, bulbs, bushes and other greenery that can be shipped across the country. Though they don't necessarily specialize in houseplants, they do carry an overwhelmingly large selection of potted plants, trees and seeds perfect for your balcony or patio.
Etsy
Etsy isn't just a destination for cute, handmade planters and potters (though it should be your go-to for them). The artisan-to-consumer marketplace also includes sellers who've cultivated quite the green thumb. You'll find a variety of houseplant sellers, like Houseplant Co., Spyloh and Hirts Gardens, with an even larger variety of greenery.
Lowe's
Lowes
Home improvement retailer Lowe's is an obvious destination for home and garden essentials, but you might not realize that many of their houseplants can be purchased online, too. Though Lowe's is likely to have a large selection of greenery, the one downside is that some of their selection can be pretty pricey, so make sure the plants you're eyeing can't be found cheaper elsewhere first.
Jet
Jet
If you're not an Amazon Prime subscriber, but want the one-stop-shop experience of buying your essentials and your houseplants at the same time, Jet has a pretty good selection of basic plants to get you going. The best part is that you can get free shipping when you spend more than $35, which, after stocking up on soil and a cute planter, you're pretty much guaranteed to hit that free shipping minimum.

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