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Even if you don’t think you have a green thumb, many house plants are easy to care for and can brighten up even a small space. Besides, the benefits of cultivating an indoor garden are hard to ignore. According to NASA, (yes, NASA!) house plants can actually scrub the air of pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, as well as recycle carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Plants also release humidity into the air, which can be hugely beneficial if the air inside your home gets dried out by your heating and cooling system.
House plants bring psychological benefits too. A study conducted by Texas A&M also found that plants create a calming atmosphere that actually helps with memory, information retention, and even accuracy if you’re working in their presence. If that isn’t a good argument for adding a few plants to your living or work space, we’ve never heard one. When you can’t get to the nursery, or need some help picking the perfect greenery, try some of these great plant delivery services. Check with your company of choice before ordering, for updated shipping information, so you know when to watch for your new housemate to arrive.
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Because they ship in boxes that hold the pot in place, you don’t have to worry about your new green babies arriving smushed or spilled. Bloomscape also provides real-time customer support via chat and email if you need help figuring out how to care for them.
Leaf & Clay
Succulents show up in every other influencer’s photo these days, and with their low-maintenance attitude and array of colors, shapes, and sizes, we understand why. Leaf & Clay has a huge variety of both familiar and out-there succulents, as well as a subscription box if you just can’t get enough.
For those of us with, well, less-than-nurturing plant skills, Modern Sprout can help. They sell plant kits with everything you need to grow an indoor garden, no matter how little space you have. Some even live in mason jars, for an extra cute and compact plant.
The Brooklyn-based Horti aims to help urban plant-lovers cultivate any kind of indoor garden that suits their space and skill level. Its subscription boxes can start with hard-to-kill plants and slowly work up to less hardy varietals, as you learn how to help your jungle thrive. New Yorkers get a slightly cheaper price, but Horti will ship nationwide.
Working from the motto, “Plants Make People Happy,” The Sill is an online-first company that ships houseplants to people looking for one that suits their space and their style. It even has a “best for beginners” section, to help those who need a little hand-holding figure out what plants will work best for them.
Léon & George
This San Francisco-based plant delivery company has a wide selection of eye-catching plants in pretty pots, so you don’t have to worry about an ugly container interfering with your decor. They also provide lifetime care support, and a 30-day guarantee in case you have trouble adjusting to your new plant-mom lifestyle.
Lula’s Garden creates and ships out pretty arranged succulent gardens that make great gifts. They have petite versions for small spaces, up to larger boxes with a range of succulent shapes and colors. The largest boxes only ship local to Los Angeles, but the rest can be yours no matter where you live.
Shop local even from afar with Bouq’s, a flower and plant delivery service that partners with farmers and local artisans to source their greenery and bouquets. Despite the name, Bouq’s sells both cut floral arrangements and house plants, so you can choose whichever suits you best.
For a huge selection of green goodies, from hanging plants to succulents, herbs, air plants, and even trees, try this straightforward site. You can even shop by size, if you have a particular spot that’s just begging for a new leafy occupant.
While the brand first made a name for themselves for delivering fresh flowers, Urban Stems also sells plants. While the company only offers bicycle courier delivery in Washington, D.C. and New York City, they will will ship to any physical address nationwide. We especially love their quirky shaped pots, which add personality to any plant.
Nature Hills Nursery
To get the traditional nursery experience without leaving your couch, Nature Hills Nursery has just about every kind of plant you can imagine. If you need to restock your garden or have a landscaping project, this giant online nursery probably has the plants you need.
This plant-focused sister brand to Anthropologie has the same aesthetic as the bespoke clothing and decor retailer. It sells both live and fake plants, in addition to garden gear and decor, in case you want to can fake it til you make it in the greenery department. We won’t tell.
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