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Plants Shop Comparisons

Just getting into plants? Longtime plant enthusiast but looking to add to your collection? Somewhere in between? You've come to the right place - as we'll take a closer look at the different places to grow your plant game. 

Disclaimer: Some of these stores will be location specific, and may not be available for you depending on where you live. 

Let's get started. 

Online Options

Facebook Marketplace: One of the quickest and easiest ways to browse large selections of local plants is to browse the Facebook Marketplace. If you have a Facebook account, you'll most likely find a large number of plants for sale in your area, and often at a great price. You may even find that the seller will deliver to you, and we've had great experiences with this platform. Find a seller that has good reviews and is trusted by others, and it should be smooth sailing from there. Be sure to compare prices and shop around, so that you're not spending more than you have to. Have too many plants and need to get rid of some? Facebook Marketplace is a fast and easy way to sell, and getting a listing out only takes a few minutes. 

Etsy: Another great place to find a huge selection of plants is on Etsy. You can find virtually any and every plant on there - just look for a seller with many positive reviews. The plants usually arrive in nice packaging and while there may be a little damage during the travel, the wear and tear is usually minimal. Etsy is a great place to find some rare and exotic plants that you may have a hard time finding elsewhere. One caveat is that you'll usually end up paying more than other places - with fees, shipping, and other costs being added to your total. 

Mercari: A hit or miss option - we've had both good and bad experiences with Mercari. Some poor packaging, some great deals, and a lot of uncertainty. Worth a look, especially if you're looking for something more exotic or rare. 

In Person Options

Trader Joes: Out of all the in person chains we've been to, we have to give the crown to Trader Joes for both quality and price. While we've found a few places with better deals, it's often a toss-up on quality. We've been impressed with Trader Joes' plant care, and their plants are usually looking great. Be warned though - the plants are often swooped up in a hurry, and a new stock of plants may not make it past noon. Their selection usually isn't great, but the plants they do have are well cared for, at a great price. 

Ace Hardware: Ace is another place that we've been generally impressed with. Like Trader Joes, their selection isn't usually huge, but they have low prices and they generally take good care of their plants. We've gotten a nice variety of dieffenbachias there that we love. Their outdoor plant selection is much greater than their houseplant selection, which has been the case for many of these places. 

Walmart: A true hit or miss store, that often has great deals, if you go at the right time. Other times, the plants will be crispy, droopy, or flat out dead. Many of these places are in desperate need of someone that knows how to care for plants. 

Home Depot/Lowes: Quality of plants here is also hit or miss, but we haven't found plants in as abysmal of a condition as Walmart. The prices here are usually higher, but their selection is generally wider. Not a bad place to go if you want a good chance at a decent plant for an average price. 

Costco: Plants aren't often in stock, but when they are they usually go fast. Depending on your location, you may find some great deals on some Monsteras or snake plants. 

Local Nurseries: Local nurseries are a great place to find quality plants. Most nurseries know how to care for their plants, so you probably won't end up leaving with some droopy plant. You'll usually end up paying more, which is the cost of shopping local. However, if you're able to, we do encourage shopping at and supporting small businesses.

There are plenty of other options we weren't able to touch on, and if you have any suggestions, please drop them in the comments below. As houseplants have exploded in popularity, more and more places have begun stocking them. You'll find what works for you over time, and which places offer the most bang for your buck. 


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