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The 5 best places to buy succulents online

When it comes to buying succulents and cacti online, there’s always the risking of shipping going wrong and weather conditions interfering. Unfortunately, nothing can be guaranteed when live plants are packed into a box, out of a pot, and sent on their way to a new home. If it’s too cold, they can get damaged. Too hot? They could be damaged. Boxes get bumped around in transit, and the last thing you want is to take a broken plant out of the box.

Lucky for you, there are sellers that are aware of everything that could go wrong and do their best to make your experience positive! There’s no true guarantee, but these five succulent shops strive to get happy, healthy plants to you in the safest way possible (sometimes in the form of monthly subscription boxes, and who doesn’t want a new plant at their door every month?).

The Succulent Source

The Succulent Source has been family-owned and operated for 15 years! With five kids, they’re a big family –– but that’s just the heart of the business. The succulents they sell are grown and cared for in their local California-based nursery, and the kids even help hand-pick orders just for you! Who doesn’t love that?

The Succulent Source team ships thousands of plants each week, so you can trust that they’re familiar with the risks and how to best package your plants to help ensure their safety. They ship plants all year long, so you can order any time (spring, summer, fall, or winter). The Succulent Store has cuttings, DIY succulent projects, and a monthly subscription club you can join on top of their specialty: weddings.

What makes them stand out?

The Succulent Source prides themselves on their beautiful wedding options. From guest favors to bridal accents (like bouquets) to centerpieces and decor, you can order their fresh, happily-grown succulents for all your wedding, shower, and event needs.

Price range: Pre-made arrangements start at $37.50. Wedding favors start at $5.55. Monthly club membership starts at $30 a month with three, six, and twelve month options.

A succulent in a terrarium

Planet Desert

Another family-owned nursery in California, Planet Desert is dedicated to growing a variety of succulents so you’ll never run out of options. The team began caring for succulents 18 years ago when the family moved to California, and soon thereafter moved to SoCal where they discovered the Mediterranean weather was perfect for growing healthy, happy succulents for them to sell.

Like The Succulent Source, they are experts at shipping and delivering their plants, which can bring you some peace of mind when picking out one of the many rare beauties they have to offer.

What makes them stand out?

The owner of Planet Desert, Mark, actually goes on what he calls “cactus tours” to find rare and beautiful succulents from other nurseries, gardens, and even deserts –– just to bring them directly to you! What does this mean for the store’s stock? It’s always rotating. With Planet Desert, if you see something you like, don’t hesitate! It may not be there tomorrow.

Price range: Because of the rarity of some of the finds, prices vary. Occasionally you can find individual succulents for as low as $3.99 or as high as $120.00. It all depends on the variety!

Succulent Market

Succulent Market has been growing succulents and cacti for over 50 years. You can pick from over 100 different varieties of succulents and cacti on their online store and have them delivered right to your door. They sell varieties like aloe, haworthia, and echeveria. They also have cuttings, bulk options, and potted plants for sale.

What makes them stand out?

The Succulent Market offers a lot of variety and has a lot of experience under their belt. Their stock is filled with many different varieties of succulents and cacti, each of which has been kept happy, healthy, and hardy. The care they give to their plants helps improve the chance that it will arrive to you as safely and soundly as possible.

Price range: Individual succulents start as low as $5.99. Succulent cuttings start at $19.99 for an assorted pack of twenty.

Leaf & Clay

Leaf & Clay prides themselves on their great shipping policies and amazing customer service. They ship their succulents bare-root (without their nursery pot) in order to help protect the planet and lower the cost of shipping! All the succulents are packed by hand. Leaf & Clay even gives advice on how to best care for your plant once receiving it. Since the plant will be shipped bare-root, they recommend taking it out of the shipping and packaging immediately and planting it in a new pot using dry soil. And really, this can be said when buying succulents online anywhere! It never hurts to have an extra pot on hand for when the plant arrives.

What makes them stand out?

Leaf & Clay’s fast, reliable shipping policies and willingness to help you solve any problem make them stand out among the rest. They urge that if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your purchase, you should email them at hello@leafandclay.co to try to resolve the problem. They can’t offer refunds on live plants, but they do give store credit for plants damaged during shipping.

Price range: The Plant Club subscription starts at $24.70 per month and can be a one-time purchase, monthly payment, three months prepaid, or six months prepaid. The mystery box subscription starts at $19.95 and can be monthly, three months prepaid, or six months prepaid. Individual succulents start as low as $4.00.

An assortment of different succulents

Succulents Box

Succulents Box is perhaps one of the larger online sellers with over 300 varieties of succulents and cacti listed in their store. Their plants range not only in price but in popularity and rarity, too! Every succulent is grown locally in California nurseries. Best of all, they’ll include detailed care instruction cards so you won’t be totally lost when your new plant arrives home. The succulents may need up to a week to acclimate to the environment after being shipped, but not to worry! With proper care, they should be able to live happy and healthy in your hands.

What makes them stand out?

Succulents Box is perhaps one of the most interesting online succulent sellers because they have a focus on sustainability and helping the environment. In 2020, they donated 2 percent of their proceeds and sales to help support the CDC Foundation in the fight against Covid-19. Before that, they donated to One Tree Planted –– a non-profit focused on worldwide reforestation by partnering with countries around the globe to plant trees and restore forests after fires and floods, as well as help protect habitats. Succulents Box has also supported Smile Restaurant, which provides thousands of meals every day (at a cheaper cost) to people in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Price range: Subscription boxes start at $5.50 a month for one succulent and increase depending on the number of succulents included in the box and if you decide to prepay in advance (for three months, six months, or twelve months). Individual succulents start as low as $5.45.

Bonus: local nurseries

If you don’t want to take the risk of shipping damage, weather conditions, and anything else both out of your control and out of the control of the seller, you can always drive over to a local nursery! Many local sellers will have succulents and cacti available for sale, but not necessarily as much variety as these online sellers. As long as you do a bit of research, read reviews, and look at how much experience they have growing, selling, and shipping plants, you should be able to minimize the risk of plants arriving damaged on your doorstep. Plus, who doesn’t love being able to unlock their phone and order a cute new succulent without having to set foot outside your home? We know we do.

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