There are so many reasons why a plant subscription box makes for a great gift—either for someone you love, or for yourself. After all, it’s no secret that having plants around offers a ton of benefits, from boosting your concentration, improving air quality, and even making you a more compassionate person. (Plus, they look pretty.) But if you’re bad at plants, like me, those benefits disappear in the amount of time it takes for an asparagus fern to turn brown and die. The best plant subscription boxes are here to help change that—many are geared toward beginners, and come with detailed instructions on how to care for your Plant of the Month. And, hey, if you accidentally kill one at least there’s another one coming next month so you can start fresh.
That said, obviously you don’t have to have a reputation as a plant murderer to enjoy these monthly deliveries. They eliminate your “which plant to buy next” decision fatigue because they choose the plant for you, and even give you the chance to discover new plants. Plus? You don’t even need to leave your couch-desk! And TBH, they’re a fun surprise to get every month, and who couldn’t use a little serotonin boost these days?
Here, we rounded up the best plant subscription boxes, from houseplants to gardening to succulents. Shop them below.
Best plant subscription boxes
Have you ever opened up the cabinet underneath your kitchen sink and discovered the remains of the monstera you shoved in there last month? Have you ever shoved a dying monstera into your oven because your situationship was on their way over? And then completely forgot about it until a month later when you turned your oven on? Then this is the subscription for you (me)!
Horti starts you off with hardy, easy-to-care plants; as the months go on, and you become more confident in your plant-care abilities, you’re sent more exotic plants. Of course, very detailed instructions on how to take care of them are included. (Also worth a mention: they have plant insurance options.) When you order your subscription, you can choose between three options: new to planting, pet-friendly, and Horti’s pick. You can also choose between plain or colorful terracotta clay pots, or skip the pot all together.
Subscriptions and pricing
Month-to-month: from $28/month
6-month story: from $12
12-month journey: from $240
6″ clay pot and saucer
This subscription is also great for beginners (though all levels will love it). Every month, you receive a medium-sized plant, plus a ceramic pot in either black or white to plant it in. The plants are sourced from local growers, and their ceramic planters are made by a woman-owned pottery company.
You get a different variety of plant every time, but don’t let the unknown worry you—each one will be easy to care for, and you have access to The Sill’s plant parents if you have any questions.
Plans and pricing
Month-to-month classic subscription: $60
Month-to-month pet-friendly subscription: $65
1 easy-care plant
1 7″ diameter ceramic planter
Best gardening subscription boxes
These seed pods are designed to be used with the brand’s SmallGarden, which comes with 10 basil seed pods to start. You choose one plant per cycle from a variety of options, including sage, moss rose, lettuce mix, and mint. Your new pods will ship out just before it’s time to harvest what’s already in your garden, so the timing of each shipment is different. (For instance, basil will be ready to harvest in about 45 days, while rosemary can take between 70-80 days.)
It’s almost impossible to mess up—the planter syncs to an app, which alerts you when you need to tend to your plants. The app also lets you control the light schedule and check on the water level of your garden.
Plans and pricing
Automatic deliveries of SeedPod refills, timed to arrive when your current pods are almost ready to harvest, from $20
This subscription is designed to make gardening a family affair. Each month’s box has a different theme (past boxes have included themes around tropical houseplants or bonsai trees).
Both new and experienced gardeners alike enjoy this monthly box. One reviewer, who purchased it for her expert-gardener mother, says, “I was worried this would be too basic for her, but she absolutely loves it…It’s so nice that each box comes with all the ‘accessories’ needed to pot the plants.” Another reviewer calls this box one of the best purchases she has ever made, adding, “each box is well thought-out and nicely packed, it really makes you feel like you’re opening a present. The effort it takes to assemble is very minimal, but so much fun to do.”
Plans and pricing
3 months: $38/month
6 months: $37/month
12 months: $36/month
Tools and materials (ex. soil, planters, decorative pebbles)
Best succulent subscription boxes
Receive five cute little succulents each month when you subscribe to this box. The succulents are grown in a greenhouse, and there are over 60 different types, so you don’t have to worry about repeats. They come in their nursery containers; you can either keep them there or re-pot them.
Overall, reviewers are happy with their subscription. One raves that they “gave this as a gift to my favorite botanist and he freaked out :),” adding that the plants were very healthy. Another commented that she was expecting “grocery store cacti” but these exceeded her expectations. “The plants are beautiful!” she says. (For tips on caring for your new little succulent babies, click here.)
Plans and pricing
3 months: $29/month
6 months: $28/month
12 months: $27/month
5 succulents, each labeled with plant name and care instructions
If you like succulent arrangements but dislike DIY, here you go: this subscription includes a pre-potted succulent and cacti arrangement. “The plants (all 3) were already professionally planted in a very elegant dark grey pot—no fumbling on my part getting dirt everywhere,” says one reviewer. “And best of all, lots of details about the plants and instructions on care and maintenance.”
Each box has a theme that is the inspiration for the arrangement. For instance, a previous November box had a coziness theme and featured an arrangement including fuzzy succulents and cacti in a bronze ceramic pot, plus a couple of additional goodies like a succulent duster.
Reviewers like that this box is “thoughtfully, carefully, and meticulously packaged,” and say that the plants inside are “just gorgeous.”
1 mini cactus/succulent arrangement
Decorative rocks and/or moss
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