So... 2020 and plants... Yeah.
How many of us became plant people in 2020? How many of us were reminded in 2020 why we don’t usually buy plants? lol.
Anyway let’s not go there. This post is about buying plants online during a pandemic. Plenty of people are perfectly comfortable going to the store to buy their plants during a pandemic. Others are scared or due to extremely high risks or other factors choose to order *live* plants online. Last year, I was one of them and I bought a number of plants from American Plant Exchange. Here’s what I learned..
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Shipping, Delivery, Initial Inspection
The shipping time varied depending on if I ordered from Amazon or Etsy and even within that depended on the plant ordered. Overall I thought the shipping was good, they each came in really nice sturdy cardboard boxes and they were wrapped well.
Initial inspection of the Monstera, it seemed to have either not been planted deep enough in the pot, or got jostled out in transit.
I ended up transplanting it into this affordable white planter from Amazon and it has done surprisingly well.
Initial inspection of the coffee plant was... something isn’t right here. There were tons of branches cut off and I wondered if they had been cut off to grow additionally cuttings from. When I reached out to American Plant Exchange they said it was bad parts of the plant being cut off. Which... honestly wasn’t reassuring. That plant struggled all last year and unless a spring time miracle happens, I’d say it’s not going to bounce back, but we’ll see.
How Did The Plants Hold Up?
American Plant Exchange Green Sansevieria Trifasciata Zeylanica Live Plant, 6" Pot, Indoor/Outdoor Air Purifier
American Plant Exchange Split Leaf Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa Live Plant, 3 Gallon, Green
Dwarf Pomegranate Bush, 6" Pot, Fruit Producing!
Pros and Cons of Buying Plants Online
What I Learned From Buying Plants Online from American Plant Exchange
Compare prices. American Plant Exchange has plants for sale on Etsy and on Amazon.
Some of the price differences were huge for the same size plant.
Consider buyer protection and customer service. If you have an issue, it probably going to be resolved easier and faster via Amazon. YMMV. Hopefully you don’t have an issue though!
Buying plants from anywhere is such a tricky endeavor. If the plant doesn’t make it, it’s hard to know if it was a problem with the plant itself, the environment it was put in, the care (or lack there of) it was given, the transit or what! But I guess that's true of any plant you buy isn't it?
Will I Buy Plants Online in 2021
Also Read: Best and Worst Purchases of 2020