These plant stores make it easy to order and care for plants even if you have a notorious black thumb
Mar 21, 2022
If you want to send your plant to someone in the US or even select areas of Europe, Leon & George emerges as the clear winner. It's the only service that ships to Alaska and Hawaii, plus several other countries . However, the selection may differ depending on which country you're shipping to. Shipping fees
The Sill : $5 (for orders under $10); $10 (for orders between $10 and $100); $25 for orders over $100
Bloomscape : Between $7 and $22, depending on the size of the plant
Expect to pay shipping fees starting at $5. For each service, the standard shipping fee depends on your order total. Plant prices
We compared the prices of each service's potted, medium-sized Calathea Medallion (not currently available at all retailers). While The Sill had the lowest price for the plant itself, Bloomscape was ultimately the cheapest place to buy it after you factor in shipping. We've found these results to be fairly consistent across each brand's product range. Since both plant and shipping prices vary by company, we recommend that you check each website if you want to pay the lowest price. The example above is for one specific plant and the same results may not apply for other plants. Packaging
We've ordered plants from all three services, and the way they all arrived is pretty similar: in a cardboard box, wrapped carefully in generous padding or bubble wrap. We were impressed by how safely delicate plants reached us. Sometimes, there was a little soil spillage, but overall they arrived unscathed and ready to place on our desks or windowsills immediately. Caring for your plant
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Care instructions are enclosed in the deliveries from each of these services, but what if you lose the instruction card, or you need additional assistance? The Sill : You'll find many online and offline resources for plant care, including a library of articles with answers to common questions and weekly care and project-based workshops. I tested one of The Sill's classes and found it informal and informative. Here's the full review . Leon & George : La Résidence is the brand's dedicated blog for plant care tips and guides, decor tips, and more. You can also email the company for specific questions about your plants. Bloomscape : The company offers general care tips along with guides for every single type of plant sold. Its library of resources is the most organized of the three services, and you can send a message to the " how to grow " team for specific recommendations. Return policies
It's tricky to return a live plant when you didn't buy it directly from a brick-and-mortar store. However, the three online shops may be able to provide a replacement depending on the situation, and they won't require a direct return. The Sill : Returns and replacements are handled on a case-by-case basis. Leon & George : 45-day guarantee for plants that have not died due to neglect. Leon & George will replace your plant, but a delivery fee may apply. Bloomscape : 30-day guarantee for plants and pots that arrive damaged. Bloomscape will replace your plant and won't charge a delivery fee. Additional accessories
In addition to plants, these shops offer items that help you take care of your new greenery (or just accessorize it). Here are some fun products we found in each online store:
The Sill : Sells planters, potting mix, watering accessories, and decorative "message pops"
Just because they originated online doesn't mean they can't be found in real life. If you want to see the plants in person and still have them delivered directly to your home, you can visit one of these physical storefronts. The Sill : Stores in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. Leon & George : Flagship showroom in San Francisco. Bloomscape : Currently does not have any physical stores. The bottom line
Depending on the specific type of plant you're looking for and the level of plant education you expect from your experience, you'll prefer one service over another. You may also take shipping locations, shipping fees, and return policies into consideration. While The Sill offers the best giftable plants and care resources (on- and offline) and Leon & George is the only service that ships to all 50 states, Bloomscape has the best overall shopping experience and the cheapest shipping fees. Having tested them all, we trust each to get you the plant you want, but we like Bloomscape the most because the site is user-friendly and offers a large variety of plants, from simple ferns to towering cane plants. It has unique accessories, plus you'll feel supported as you learn how to become a successful plant parent. The reasonable prices, 30-day guarantee, and good shipping policies don't hurt, either. Comparatively, we found the selections of Leon & George and The Sill to be less robust, and The Sill's various tiers of shipping costs can get cumbersome.