Not my actual fiddle-leaf fig tree. Photo: De Agostini Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images As you may have heard, Amazon sells plants now . Actually, it’s sold plants for a while, but the retailer’s recently centralized its offerings to form the Amazon Plants Store . The eight featured brands you’ll find on that page aren’t the only plant sellers on Amazon, but you can think of them as the most vetted options, the quality and prices comparable to what you’d find at the Home Depot (which makes sense because at least two of the featured brands list both Amazon and the Home Depot as retail partners). I buy a lot of things through Amazon, and like a true apartment-dwelling millennial, I appreciate a good houseplant . It’s well-known by now that houseplants lift your mood and purify your air . But the idea of something as complex (in the multicellular sense) and delicate as a plant being processed through Amazon’s vast shipping network in a cardboard box makes me a little uncomfortable. Then again, like anyone who has ever spent 20 minutes in an Ikea parking lot wresting a four-foot-tall yucca cane into a car trunk, I can appreciate the convenience of having plants delivered to my door with free two-day shipping. I gave it a try and ordered the Amazon Plant Store’s top-rated houseplant — a plant so trendy that even The Wall Street Journal just declared it “over” — the fiddle-leaf fig . The product page says, “Usually ships in 5-7 days,” but mine shipped the day after I placed the order and arrived two days later. It all went smoothly, just like any Amazon Prime order, nothing to see here. It came in a large cardboard box, clearly marked “This End Up,” and indicated that a live plant was inside. It was well-packaged, wrapped securely in paper and held in place by indentations in the box, set in a plastic grower’s pot filled with soil. In short, it was just about as seamless a transaction as I could’ve hoped for — as easy and hassle-free as buying a toothbrush . I was pleasantly surprised, even if it’s easy to imagine how it could go wrong: an extreme shift in weather or a missed delivery window might be all that separated me from the guy who left a one-star review with a grainy cell-phone picture of a dead plant (growers warn you not to try to buy these if your area is experiencing extreme temperatures). Costa Farms Ficus Pandurata Fiddle-Leaf Fig Live Indoor Floor Plant I was so satisfied with my fiddle-leaf fig that it led me down a rabbit hole of researching other plants for my apartment. These are the ones I’m looking at. Costa Farms Premium Live Indoor Burgundy Rubber Plant Shop Succulents 4” Aloe Vera Plant Kurt Weiss Greenhouses Live Red Anthurium Plant in a 5” White Ceramic Pot Shop Succulents 2.5” Terracotta Cactus Four Pack Shop Succulents Assorted Air Plants (Collection of 8) Brussel’s […]
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