Consumer Reports: Buying Plants Online | 3 on your side
3 FROM YOUR TCÉ (3TV / CBS 5) – A little green goes a long way. At least that’s what scientists are saying about the power of plants and your sanity. Spending just 20 to 30 minutes a day in a green space is all you need to reap the mood-enhancing benefits of plants. And now, it’s easier than ever to shop online and have plants delivered to your doorstep. Consumer Reports just checked out a few online retailers to help you choose the right plants for your green space.
Consumer Reports looked at online retailers like The Home Depot and Amazon as well as collections curated by The Sill and Bloomscape, and flower delivery services Bouqs and UrbanStems, to find out what you’re actually getting and if it’s worth what you pay for. .
Bloomscape and The Sill plants include care tips and online customer support. And both offer trendy pots in different styles and colors for you to grow your plants. A ZZ plant in a 6-inch pot from The Sill costs around $ 63, and that’s before taxes and shipping.
The same plant from Amazon costs around $ 30 to $ 50. And depending on the seller, that may even include shipping. If you want to offer greenery, Bouqs and UrbanStems offer guaranteed delivery dates and often next day delivery. But again, it will cost you dearly and the choice is limited. At UrbanStems, a 6-inch ZZ plus shipping and taxes costs around $ 80.
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If you’re looking for a cheaper option, consider swapping plants with friends or even joining a “Buy Nothing” group on Facebook. CR says that if you are planning to buy plants online, try to choose ones that can survive the trip, such as those with thick structural leaves that are less likely to break during transport.
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