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Potted, Sealed, Delivered

Whether you're avoiding the nursery or plant store due to the pandemic or just love the convenience of things delivered, there are a lot of options these days for ordering a plant online and having it shipped to your doorstep. We've rounded up details on the top options and, for context, priced a ZZ plant — a tropical plant, also known as Zanzibar Gem, that's nearly ubiquitously available — for each (keep in mind that the size of this specific plant may vary by retailer). Whether you're a veteran plant parent or a newbie on the green scene, here are all the places you can engage in some plant-happy online retail therapy. 


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Prices and availability are subject to change.


The Sill | Best for Customization
The Sill

The Sill | Best for Customization

Around $20 and up

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ZZ plant price: $38-$63 — medium size, includes pot, height not listed

Shipping: Flat-fee rates range from $5-$25; Plant Parent Club members get free shipping

Returns: The Sill will replace plants that arrive damaged or dead. 


The Sill has nearly 50 plants to choose from, although a number of them require being put on a waitlist. What we love about this service is the ability to customize plant size and the pot it comes in — something others don't always offer. Some plants, for example, come with as many as seven pot color options, and varying styles as well. Note that The Sill also has plant subscription options ($42/month and up) and offers workshops.

Bloomscape | Best for After-the-Fact Support
Bloomscape

Bloomscape | Best for After-the-Fact Support

$35 and up

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ZZ plant price: $150 — includes pot, 24-33 inches tall

Shipping: Free on orders $75 and up; otherwise $7

Returns: Will replace damaged plants within 30 days of purchase.


Bloomscape has a pretty extensive collection of indoor plants — more than 50, according to our calculations, from an Aglaonema Spring Snow to that ZZ plant. Prices start at around $35 and go north from there, on up to around $200. All plants come potted — in many cases you can choose from a selection of pots — with customized care instructions straight from Bloomscape's greenhouse. Bloomscape is also unique in that it offers real-time plant expert support should you need it via email, chat, or tweet. 


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Plants.com | Best for a Wide Variety
Plants.com

Plants.com | Best for a Wide Variety

$19 and up 

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ZZ plant price: $120 — includes pot, 24-27 inches tall

Shipping: Free on orders $75 and up; otherwise $8

Returns: Will replace damaged plants within 30 days of purchase.


If you're looking for a seller with variety, Plants.com is a good choice. The site has a huge selection, including succulents, air plants, tropical and flowering plants, hanging plants, and more; you can also choose from different sizes. A delivered plant will be potted for you directly from the company's greenhouse, and the site has a blog with tons of plant care tips.

Horti | Best for Plant Subscriptions
Horti

Horti | Best for Plant Subscriptions

Around $20 and up per month for a subscription

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ZZ plant price: $29 — includes 6-inch pot, height not listed

Shipping: Varies depending on size of your order and your location

Returns: Will replace damaged plants free of charge within three days of delivery. 


While Horti does offer some individual plants for delivery, we particularly love its relatively inexpensive subscription option that lets customers build a collection, one plant per month. Subscribers can choose from three options — new to planting, pet-friendly, and Horti's pick — as well as from types of pots or "naked" plants, which come in temporary pots. Horti also sells plant bundles under its "order a jungle" section.

Terrain | Best for People Who Like to Pot Their Own Plants
Terrain

Terrain | Best for People Who Like to Pot Their Own Plants

Around $28 and up 

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ZZ plant price: $54 — 10-20 inches tall, includes plastic grower's pot

Shipping: Most plants have a $10 shipping fee

Returns: If a plant arrives "damaged, dead, or does not meet your expectations," Terrain will replace it free of charge or issue a refund within 48 hours of delivery. 


Terrain sells furniture, decor, and gifts in addition to plants. Most plants on its site don't come potted, which makes it a good option for those who prefer to do their own. Terrain also has a larger selection than most other online sellers for those looking for something a little different.


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Greendigs | Best for Plant Shopping by Space Available
Greendigs

Greendigs | Best for Plant Shopping by Space Available

$30 and up 

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ZZ plant price: $55 — includes pot, height not listed

Shipping: Free on orders $75 and up; otherwise $12

Returns: Reach out to Greendigs within 14 days if a plant arrives damaged or showing signs of stress. A representative will "walk you through a quick revival process.” If the plant does not improve within seven days, the company will replace it for free.


If you're the type who thinks of choosing plants in terms of the space you have available for them, Greendigs makes this easy, listing them by categories such as shelf, table, hanging, or kitchen (you can also narrow the selection by bright, medium, or low light). Another thing about Greendigs is that each plant purchase comes with a starter supply of plant food — a nice touch.


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Lazy Gardens | Best for Cacti and Succulent Lovers
Lazy Gardens

Lazy Gardens | Best for Cacti and Succulent Lovers

Around $7 and up 

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ZZ plant price: ZZ plant not available at Lazy Gardens

Shipping: Rates depend on location and shipping method

Returns: Refunds, exchanges, or store credit issued for damaged items within 72 hours.


If you're all about succulents and cacti, Lazy Gardens might be for you. It has a pretty large selection helpfully broken down by categories such as beginners, low-light, and hanging. There's also a rare plants selection to explore. Note that all plants come in a nursery pot.


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Home Depot | Best for Budget Plants
Home Depot

Home Depot | Best for Budget Plants

Most under $50

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ZZ plant price: $49 — includes pot, 24 inches tall

Shipping: Free on some orders; otherwise rates depend on location and shipping method

Returns: Will replace damaged plants free of charge within three days of delivery.


Home Depot makes it easy to buy in four categories — houseplants, succulents and cacti, bonsai trees, and orchids — and includes section criteria such as size, trending plants, lighting conditions, and by features such as low maintenance, pre-potted, pet-safe, and more. The big-box store's prices are typically pretty cheap when compared with other services, so it's a good option for tight budgets.


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Amazon | Best for Free and Fast Shipping
Amazon

Amazon | Best for Free and Fast Shipping

Around $21 and up

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ZZ plant price: $29 — includes pot, 12 inches tall

Shipping: Free on Prime orders; can vary on others

Returns: Amazon's return policy on live plants says "fresh flowers, live indoor plants, or insects are not returnable to Amazon, but may be refundable." Details can vary by individual seller. 


There's very little you can't buy from Amazon these days, and a search for "houseplants" in the retail giant's plants, seeds, and bulbs section yields just under 1,000 results (and a section just for cacti and succulents). Scrolling through the selection, we spotted many popular plants, including snake plants, rubber plants, Majesty Palm, monsteras, fiddle leaf figs, and tons more. Many are eligible for two-day shipping.


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Etsy | Best for Supporting Small Businesses
Etsy

Etsy | Best for Supporting Small Businesses

Around $21 and up

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ZZ plant price: $30 and up — temporary pot, 16-22 inches tall 

Shipping: Depends on the seller; many offer free shipping

Returns: Varies by seller.


Etsy has a section with plenty of houseplant options, including succulents and cacti, herbs, and air plants. If you know what you're looking for, it's also easy just to search by the name; you'll likely come up with some options.


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Urban Stems | Best for a Unique Pot Selection
UrbanStems

Urban Stems | Best for a Unique Pot Selection

Around $35 and up

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ZZ plant price: $80 — includes pot, 13-14 inches tall

Shipping: Free on orders over $85; otherwise fees depend on the size of plant

Returns: Will replace damaged plants free of charge within three days of delivery.


Urban Stems has around 35 pre-potted plants you can order for delivery, with options to narrow the selection by size, price, plant attributes, and more. It can be a little tough to search by plant name, as the site swaps in titles such as "The Charleston" (for the ZZ plant) instead of listing them by actual name. It does offer next-day and, in some cases, same-day delivery. And we like its pots, many of which seem more interesting than other online sellers.


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Bouqs | Best for a Not-Overwhelming Selection
The Bouqs Co.

Bouqs | Best for a Not-Overwhelming Selection

Around $44 and up

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ZZ plant price: $79 — includes pot, height not listed

Shipping: Delivery is free with a subscription; otherwise $12 and up

Returns: Will replace damaged plants free of charge within three days of delivery.


Bouqs focuses mainly on flower delivery but has a small selection of plants, and each comes already planted in an attractive pot. Delivery dates can run a couple of weeks out, so this wouldn't be a good option if you're trying to green up your space quickly.


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