Buying plants online: Pros & cons

by Lili Patch 11/16/2022

Buying plants online can be a fun and convenient way to add to your garden or houseplant collection. However, there are also some disadvantages to consider. If you're interested in buying plants online, here are some basic pros and cons to be aware of:

Pros

Wider selection

Certain areas of the world have a much higher concentration of rare and beautiful plants. While you might not have many local opportunities to purchase from a wide selection of plants, buying plants online offers you a world of possibilities. You can find some more common options at better prices, and more exotic and uncommon varieties not sold nearby.

Order from experts

There are myriad options for online plant sellers who are experts in their field. If you are interested in a particular type of plant, like begonias or aroids, you can easily find the best possible selection sold by professionals who know every detail about the product. Smaller nurseries and retailers who specialize in certain plants are much easier to connect with, learn from and buy from when shopping online.

Cons

Every plant is unique

One of the joys of plant shopping is choosing the perfect plant from among the group. Each plant is a bit different, and even when cultivated and grown to exact specifications, the plant you order online will never exactly match what you might find on the website. Buying plants online has a necessary element of surprise, which can be fun—or frustrating, especially if you value the ability to find the perfect specimen.

Travel damage is common

Unfortunately, even the most carefully packed and shipped plants can sustain damage in transit. When ordering online from a seller far away, you always run the risk of receiving a plant that's been stressed or damaged by the journey. While most plants bounce back and adjust to their new homes within a few weeks, some more delicate varieties are more susceptible to harm on the way to your door.

Buying plants online can be a fun and rewarding experience. However, it's important to understand the inherent risks and downsides. Keep these tips in mind when shopping for plants online.

About the Author
Author

Lili Patch

Radio Personality turned Realtor; I welcome the opportunity to turn house selling and house hunting into a fun and educated experience. House buying should feel like you're shopping with a friend, and I will keep you in the loop the entire time so you will not be wondering what you just signed or what happens next. It's that seamless, and we may even have lunch or dinner. I do this because when I started my real estate journey on the east coast, buying my first condo at the age of 18, I was clueless. I wished I had someone who had made that a stress free transaction- but it wasn't, and thats how I got the Real Estate bug. Let's take a step back first though to my first "job", I studied communications and entered the broadcasting industry. Through the years I purchased some more properties, and felt there was a gap that needed to be filled in the Real Estate profession. I set the bar very high on skill set & customer service. I have Real Estate Licenses in 4 states, which means I have more education, and training than most agents. My level of knowledge, strategy and experience is what sets me apart. I know how important being an astute negotiator is, being relentless, and answering the phone when it rings. I have earned certifications as a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), a Certified Home Marketing specialist (CHMS), and a Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA).

Meeting with people and traveling both east coast and west coast has given me a broad appreciation of the different laws, protections, and scenario's you encounter in real estate. Having the benefit of my communication background coupled with the vast knowledge of multi-state experience has been the backbone of my success.