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The Dos and Don’ts of Online Plant Delivery Services

Whether you are a gardener or not, plants have a way of brightening your living space and outdoor areas. They provide health benefits that we must not overlook. For example, they use a process called photosynthesis to remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen. Trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene are among the pollutants they remove.

Even if it’s just moving from one table to another in the same house, a potted plant or houseplant becomes stressed when it’s expected to change locations. Imagine the anguish when the greenery is delivered from afar. Learning how to care for the foliage to relieve the shock is a challenge for many new gardeners.

Plants make the air more humid, which is helpful if the air in your home becomes dry due to continuous heating and cooling. They also have psychological benefits as studies like this one here, have discovered that indoor plants calm the atmosphere in homes and offices. This helps with memory, accuracy, and information retention.

The Dos and Don’ts of Online Plant Delivery Services
The Dos and Don’ts of Online Plant Delivery Services

The Dos of Buying Plants Online

Today, a large number of people shop online. This includes gardeners looking for exotic plants to use in their indoor spaces that aren’t native to their area. The only problem with ordering foliage and having it shipped is that it causes the greenery to be distressed.

Plants dislike being moved from one location to another, even within the home, much less being transported in a box far from their natural habitat. Gardening enthusiasts will find instructions for acclimating their new green friend to the environment in online nurseries.

1. Read Reviews from Customers

There are many sellers on the internet, but before you choose one, you should research what others have to say about the company and its services. After reading the seller’s website reviews, do yourself a favor and check for reviews on sites like Yelp and Google. You’ll know exactly what to expect when you place an order this way.

Pay attention to the star ratings as well when reading reviews. Customers usually rate businesses on a scale of 1 to 5. The number of stars a customer gives in their feedback will help you figure out how they feel about the plant and/or service.

2. Unpack upon arrival

It is suggested that new plants be ordered during the warmer months of the year. Examine the nursery’s location in relation to your weather conditions and how the plant will transition during the shipping process.

It might be better to wait until there’s more consistency between the two, especially if you’re ordering from a more tropical region with colder temperatures throughout the year.

3. Consider Your Landscape

Another thing to think about is how the plants will look in your yard. Take note of the expected height of the plant at maturity, as well as how it will spread, as you browse through the catalog. This will assist you in determining the best location for the plant.

4. Attempt to repot too soon

A common mistake made by many new gardeners is to transplant their foliage as soon as it arrives. The foliage, like any living being, requires time to adjust after being shocked by the trip (in a dark box) and finding itself in unfamiliar surroundings.

Allow two weeks for acclimation before taking this step, according to the experts. More strength can be gained after that time, and you can learn about proper transplanting techniques to avoid health risks. If you received a “bare root” variety, don’t wait two weeks to plant it; you’ll need to do so right away.

5. Choose Express Delivery

If you’re making a long-distance purchase, paying for express shipping isn’t out of the question. Plants should not be kept in a box for more than 5 days; otherwise, they will be dead when they arrive. It’s only a few dollars more for express delivery, and the less time your plants spend in transit, the healthier they’ll be when you get them.

6. Place in direct sunlight immediately

For a while, the plant was kept in a dark box. Even if the variety is a sun-loving species, it takes time to adjust, about two weeks in indirect lighting.

The greenery can then be gradually introduced to its new location. You can scorch the leaves if you place the foliage in direct sunlight too soon.


A plant is no different than any other living creature when it comes to hating change. Moving from one location to another in the home is stressful enough, but shipping foliage in a dark package with no water from one destination, perhaps in a different climate, to a new location is even more stressful.

Not all plants are sensitive to the same degree. Some can be quite resilient, with the ability to travel and show only minor signs of distress. In most cases, however, you shouldn’t expect the species you buy online to start growing and thriving right away.

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