6 Places You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Buy Houseplants This Summer
Find Houseplants in the Most Unlikely Places
Bring nature indoors this summer with pretty houseplants that will add some life to your living space. Houseplants are known to decrease stress, improve air quality, and even accelerate healing. According to a study published by Texas Agriculture and Medicine University, houseplants have even been shown to improve concentration and memory, as well. Plants like ivy and spider plants have been shown to remove pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air, according to NASA’s clean air study.
Because of the recent popularity in houseplants, plant prices are rising at traditional plant shops and nurseries. Fortunately, there are other less conventional places to buy plants that usually offer fair prices. So take advantage of the extra summer light in your home, and invest in some new houseplants from a few of the shopping ideas below.
1) Hardware Stores
Hardware stores are often overlooked when it comes to looking for a houseplants jackpot. But stores like Lowes, Home Depot, and local hardware stores usually have a garden section stocked with healthy plants with which to greenify your home. Be weary, however, because often times potted plants from big hardware stores might not get as much water as they would like.
Once you take home your new plants from the hardware store, repot them in healthy, fresh soil and give them a big dose of water to help get them acclimated to your home environment.
2) The Grocery Store
Your local grocery store may have a small selection of houseplants and potted plants around the entryway of the store. While you may have trouble finding more rare plants in this setting, you’ll probably be able to find a healthy selection of ferns, succulents, and other well-known plant varieties.
There are a few downsides of buying your plants from the grocery store, however. The attendants at the grocery store may not have adequate knowledge to provide information about caring for the plants displayed. If you opt to pick out some houseplants at the grocery store, make sure that you have plenty of information about how to care for your new plants, and pay attention to how the plants are being stored in order to avoid growing difficulties later on.
Purchasing plants online is a new and popular way of bringing greenery into your home without going out of your way to get to a plant shop. Amazon offers a variety of basic and trendy plants like the ficus, the fig tree, and tons of succulents. You’ll even find some options with Prime two-day shipping.
The quality of the plant you are buying from Amazon may be higher than one you pick up from the hardware store or grocery store — many reputable plant growers use Amazon and other online interfaces in order to sell their plant stock. Because of this, prices may be slightly higher on Amazon than at your local grocery store.
As you shop for plants online at Amazon, think about where the plants you’re interested in are coming from. Is your home environment suitable for the plants you’re planning on buying? Because you’ll be purchasing your plants sight unseen, there will obviously be some variation between the plant you order and the plant that comes in the mail.
4) Craigslist and Freecycle
Websites like Craigslist and Freecycle are great for getting affordable (and often free!) plants from sources in your local area. Many people will list houseplants on Craigslist and Freecycle when they’re moving and can’t bring their plants with them, so there’s a good chance you’ll find a selection of healthy plants that just need to find new homes.
Be weary of picking up diseased plants or plants with pests that could infect other greenery in your home. Also note that there are no returns or refunds with Craigslist or Freecycle, so if you pick up a new houseplant that immediately dies the next day, the previous owner is no longer responsible.
Ikea’s plant section is often overlooked because it’s the last stop in that infamous winding maze that is the popular furniture store. But if you can scrounge up enough energy after you’ve made it through the kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom sections, then you may be able to score a gorgeous fig tree, palm tree, and a variety of other small plants. Ikea also offers a pretty wide selection of planters and pots, so your houseplant collection will be looking on point.
The one major downside to Ikea is that their website is not always user-friendly for online shopping. But if you have an Ikea near you, you may hit the jackpot for affordable houseplants.
6) Vintage Shops and Boutiques
Vintage shops and plant boutiques are becoming more and more popular, especially in urban areas. Feng Sway in Brooklyn is a stylish thrift shop to pick up vintage treasures alongside cacti, succulents, and other houseplants.
Some plant boutiques also have online buying options, like The Sill, in New York. Shop plants by categories like “pet-friendly” and “low light” to get the best plant for your home and lifestyle.