While nothing truly beats buying houseplants in person, sometimes it can be a struggle to find exactly the type you’re looking for! That’s why I buy plants online typically. When I first thought of this solution, I was worried about the quality — would I pay money for something to arrive wilted or even dead?? But after shopping online for houseplants a few times, I’m here to say that it’s awesome and totally something you should consider next time you’re adding to your collection! Here are a few of my favorite sources + tips for how to buy plants online.
3 Tips to Consider When You Buy Plants Online
Read the reviews
This tip rings true for pretty much anything you buy online, but especially when purchasing houseplants. Check the seller reviews and look for things like plants arriving healthy, fast shipping, and even the plant being as described.
Ask the seller questions
Don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions! For example, ask about how the plant is currently being cared for, suggestions to transition the plant to it’s new surroundings, or even additional information about how they ship houseplants. I tend to be an over-communicator, so being able to ask a seller what I need to know is huge.
Research the heartiness of the plant
Any type of change will affect your plant. Even if you move an existing plant to another room, there will be a transition period. Imagine what it’s like when a plant gets shipped! Because of this, I always recommend researching how hearty the plant variety is before ordering. And just be aware: there could be some wilting, yellowing, and dropping of leaves as a new houseplant acclimates to it’s new surroundings. This is normal!
My Favorite Sources to Buy Plants Online
Etsy isn’t just for handmade or vintage goods anymore! You can also buy plants online via this site. It’s amazing how many online storefronts are dedicated to houseplants. I also love that I can buy the full package: a potted houseplant in a cute garden pot. It’s a great gift, too. Plus, Etsy is wonderful if you’re looking for a rare or hard-to-find locally plant.
I mean, speaking of being able to find anything… eBay is always my go-to source. I like to use this source to find specific plants, seeds, and clippings — especially because it can often be very budget-friendly. They’ve also made it easier to browse because you can narrow down the selections based on the sunlight needs, plant form, climate, and more.
If you just moved and need to get a jumpstart on your indoor garden, Amazon is a great resource. I love that you can buy plants online that come in a larger grouping, for example this collection of succulents. Then, while you’re shopping, you can get fertilizer, soil mix, and whatever else you may need!
Terrain is an aesthetic dream for me… I wish everything in our home looked like it came from their online catalog. It’s such a whimsical, laid back vibe. I was thrilled to see they now offer houseplants online, including a citrus tree! While it might not be the most affordable option, Terrain is great for specialty items for your collection. Plus, you can order seeds and bulbs as well.
Chances are you’ve seen an ad on Instagram from The Sill. They seem to be everywhere — and with good reason! I love their assortment of houseplants big and small, plus the stylish pots. The Sill has tons of additional features, like curating a cute gift and virtual care consultants in case your plant isn’t thriving!
Looking for a larger houseplant to buy online? Bloomscape is perfect for you! I love that it’s possible to order an extra large fiddle leaf fig. They also offer tons of resources for growing and caring for plants and tools like a grow light. When they first launched, they sent me a plant and I’m happy to report it’s still thriving!
Have you ever ordered plants from these online sources? Or do you have others to add to the list? Let me know!