Best Gardening Subscription Boxes

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Best Gardening Subscription Boxes

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Whether you want to grow your own food or create a floral paradise, a botanical subscription box will help you get started.

Featuring everything from indoor decor to seeds and DIY plant potting, here are our top picks for the best gardening subscription boxes.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: The Sill

"The Sill’s end goal is to deliver plants as healthy and happy as possible each month."

Most Unique: Seed Bank Box

"The brand focuses on seeds for edible gardens, and delivers eight to 10 different varieties in every box."

Best for DIY: The Plant Club

"Deliveries also often come with extras that have in the past included slate plant labels with a wax pencil."

Best for Seasoned Gardeners: Bloomin’ Bin

"Just Seeds Premium allows subscribers to choose between fruit and vegetable, flower seeds, or both."

Best for Outdoor Planting: Urban Organic Gardener

"Deliveries include expanding seed-starter soil pods, planting label markers, Epsom salt soil fertilizer, and more."

Best Containers: My Garden Box

"This DIY subscription service sets itself apart with its charming and crafty containers for plants."

Best Overall: The Sill

The Sill

The Sill

Trendy online plant store The Sill offers two different monthly delivery boxes that will make a nurturing plant parent out of almost anyone. The Classic Plant subscription box ($60 per month) delivers one medium plant and a planter in the color of your choosing (black or cream) each month. Shipping is included.

The Pet Friendly Plant subscription box ($65 per month) is another popular option. This box comes with a non-toxic plant and a ceramic pot in either black or cream. Shipping is included.

The Sill’s end goal is to deliver plants as healthy and happy as possible each month. Some plants are delivered fully-potted, and others will require a little more TLC upon arrival. Subscriptions can be paused or canceled anytime after the first three months.

Most Unique: Seed Bank Box

Seed Bank Box

Seed Bank Box

Seed Bank Box specializes in delivering organic, heirloom, and non-GMO seeds for flora varieties that you won’t find at most stores.

That includes seeds for plants such as Blue Shelling Pea, Chiko Burdock, Parisian carrot, and Early Purple Sprouting broccoli. (Sound familiar? Probably not). The brand focuses on seeds for edible gardens and delivers eight to 10 different varieties each month.

Seed Bank Box offers just one kind of monthly delivery that becomes less costly per month the longer the subscription. A one-time delivery is roughly $22. Both the six-month subscription for $122 and 12-month subscription for $240 monthly bring the cost down to about $20 per month, including shipping.

Best for DIY: The Plant Club

The Plant Club

The Plant Club

The Plant Club brings living decor indoors with its monthly subscription box that lets subscribers get their hands a little bit dirty.

Each delivery comes with everything you need to pot a new houseplant, including the month’s featured plant, a decorative container, custom-blended potting mix, and assembly instructions. Deliveries also often come with extras that have in the past included goodies like slate plant labels with a wax pencil.

The Plant Club offers one kind of delivery every month, but there are different subscription options including a one-time delivery (around $39 per box), three-month prepaid subscription (about $38 per box), six-month prepaid subscriptions (about $37 per box), and a 12-month prepaid subscription (approximately $36 per box). Flat rate shipping for all subscription options is $4.95.

Best for Seasoned Gardeners: Bloomin’ Bin

Bloomin’ Bin

Bloomin’ Bin

Bloomin’ Bin gives plant enthusiasts the chance to grow their own greenery from seeds, with monthly deliveries that revolve around different themes like June’s Asian Vegetables and Amaranth and July’s Cabbage and Celosia. Bloomin’ Bin offers five subscription types: Just the Seeds of the Month, Just Seeds Premium, Just the Plants and Seeds, Just the Microgreens, and Just the Herbs.

Starting at $4.50 per month, Just the Seeds of the Month includes two to eight seed varieties that are the company’s seeds of the month. You can choose to pay month per month, or if you buy three, six, or 12 months in advance, you get a discount per month. You can also choose between fruit and vegetable, flower seeds, or both. You can opt for purchasing a binder to hold the seeds and plant care instructions that come included with your seeds. You can also have the instructions laminated for an additional fee.

For live plants, you'd select the Just the Plants and Seeds option. This option requires a 6-month minimum order. For $20 per month, you get two to three live plants (the "Less" option) and two seeds to plant on your own. This price includes a flat shipping fee for every box. You can opt for "Standard" for three to five live plants or "More" for five to seven plants per shipment, the cost increases as well.

Best for Outdoor Planting: Urban Organic Gardener

Urban Organic Gardener

Urban Organic Gardener

On top of being a great resource for information on urban farming, Urban Organic Gardener has a monthly seed delivery service that’s great no matter where you live.

Offered in two tiers, the Monthly Mystery Box (around $5 per month with free shipping) provides subscribers with up to five different kinds of seeds per month, plus seed-starting soil pods and planting markers.

The UOG Pro Membership (around $15 per month with free shipping) gives subscribers five different kinds of seeds per month that are curated based on subscribers’ experience in gardening, access to sun exposure, and where they’ll grow the seeds (like in a container or a raised bed). It also includes expanding seed-starter soil pods, planting label markers, Epsom salt soil fertilizer, planting instructions, and more.

Best Containers: My Garden Box

My Garden Box

My Garden Box

Inexperienced gardeners will have the chance to grow their green thumb with My Garden Box.

The DIY subscription service delivers everything you need to enjoy a new houseplant, from soil and pots to the plants themselves, every month. Each box comes with illustrated instructions, garden care tips, and preportioned ingredients that make planting and enjoying a new piece of greenery a cinch.

My Garden Box sets itself apart with its charming and crafty containers for plants. Past containers including a small, metal watering can and moss ball containers, as well as more traditional pots.

Each delivery costs about $39 with a month-to-month subscription. That cost goes down depending on the frequency of the subscription. For example, prepaying for a year’s worth of houseplant projects brings the monthly cost down to about $36. Shipping is an additional $13 per delivery.

FAQs

What is a Gardening Subscription Box?

Gardening subscription boxes are recurring shipments of plants or seeds, which are sent right to your front door. Subscription plans are usually monthly but some are offered on a bimonthly or seasonal basis. Some subscriptions are intended for avid gardeners, while others are geared toward beginners.

What Is Included in a Gardening Subscription Box?  

Gardening subscription boxes usually contain either seeds or plants that recipients can use to create or enhance their home gardens. Boxes with seeds typically include a variety of fruit, vegetable, or flower seeds, and plant subscriptions usually include a plant or two with soil in containers. Some boxes are curated based on the subscribers’ preferences, experience, and where the plants will grow. Most boxes include planting instructions, care tips, and may also have other items such as unique planters, plant labels, or fertilizer.

How Much Do Gardening Subscription Boxes Cost?

The cost of gardening subscription boxes varies greatly depending on whether you’re receiving seeds or plants. Boxes that contain all seeds can range between $5 to $20 per box, while plant subscriptions are usually between $25 to $60 per box. Prices vary depending on the type and size of the plants, containers, and what else is included in the box. Many companies give discounts for longer subscriptions and some charge an additional fee for shipping.

How We Chose The Best Gardening Subscription Boxes

When selecting the best gardening subscription boxes, we considered skill set, subscription options, budget, urban farmers, and gardening varieties (i.e. seeds vs. plants).

We included basic plant options alongside services that offered rare seed varieties. For instance, we chose Seed Bank Box because it had the most unique seeds for edible gardens, while Bloomin' Bin focuses on rotating monthly seeds. We also wanted to provide the best options for those looking to grow living plants indoors (The Plant Club) and outdoors (Urban Organic Gardener).

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