The Sill Review: Become A Plant Lady In Training
Lately, I've been feeling like adding some plants to my home. After watching some videos on YouTube of other people sharing their plant collections in March, I decided that it was time to become a plant lady. The site that I turned to for that was The Sill. In case you wanted to check out a new place to purchase plants, I wanted to post my The Sill review for you. Are you ready to become a plant lady in training? Keep reading!
Note: My The Sill review contains affiliate links. I am a part of The Sill's affiliate program. Don't worry. I only share products I adore on this website. Thanks for supporting the brands that make The Happy Arkansan possible.
The Sill Review: Ordering Plants
First, I am going to talk about ordering plants from The Sill in general. I have placed an order for plants on The Sill and ordering was so straightforward and smooth. I feel like there are tons of plant choices on The Sill, but the site is super easy to navigate. One thing I loved is that I didn't get decision fatigue while picking the plants I would love.
The pricing on The Sill is very reasonable. You can easily get a plant for less than $15. If you have more to spend, you can spring for something or a little bigger or in a planter. When I ordered plants from The Sill, I got two medium sized plants for $43 including shipping. It was a bit confusing for me at first because I thought I got the smallest plants available, but there were many plants cheaper than the ones I got. If you are a newbie, I would start small. I am getting growth on my plants, but for weeks I thought I was killing them because I didn't know how to water them properly. Your plants will grow with you, so you don't need to go big so quickly.
As a new plant parent, one thing I adore about buying from The Sill is the information. Each plant comes with an information card, but the website is also very informative. On each plant's page, there is a plant care guide if you scroll down. In the picture below, you'll see the plant care guide for my snake plant. There is also a plant bio you can read to get more information about the plant you are picking up.
Why is this information so crucial? The team at The Sill truly wants you to be knowledgeable, and I think that's so cool. I never felt like I was being thrown into plant parenthood without resources. The Sill website is teeming with freshly updated information about how to take care of your plants. Have a question? The Sill probably has support for you. Also, there is a forum for The Sill for even more plant help.
When it came to shipping plants, it was always quick for me. I received all my orders within a week. The plants were delivered via UPS Ground, and they arrived at my door in mint condition. These plants are shipped with quite a lot to make sure they arrive fresh and undamaged. You have to be careful when opening everything up, so you don't get plant soil everywhere. The Sill only ships to the contiguous US.
I do want to mention that shipping can be delayed if you live in a place that is currently experiencing freezing temperatures. The Sill doesn't want your plants to be damaged in transit. They will delay your order shipment for the sake of your plant babies.
The Sill Review: Ordering Plants Using A Subscription
Now, let's talk about The Sill subscriptions. I currently am on the second month of a The Sill subscription. My subscription to The Sill is one of my favorites. It's a real treat yourself moment every month, but it's bound to last for years. I love how easy it is to start a subscription. They make sure you are always up to date with what your subscription is doing which I love.
Types Of Subscriptions
The Sill currently offers three types of subscriptions:
- Low Light Plants
- Plants For Beginners
- Pet-Friendly Plants
Each one comes to your door at the beginning of every month with a cute plant in an Earthenware planter. Since I don't have the best light coming into my living room/office, I picked the low light plant subscription box.
These subscriptions are just $35 + $5 shipping every month. These are currently only available in the contiguous US, just like all of their plants.
When you sign up for a subscription, you have to stay subscribed for at least three months. After your three months are up, you can pause or cancel your subscription service. Since you need to pay for three boxes, the total commitment is at least $120.
I honestly feel that the value you get from the subscription service is immense. Unlike just buying one-off plants, you get an experience with the subscription. It's such a fun surprise to see what plant and planter you will be surprised with when they put your box together. Each planter is unique and can be used for a long time to come, even after your plants outgrow their planter. Overall, though, value is subjective. What I think of as valuable may not be to you.
The Perks Of Having Plants Around The House
The Sill has a long blog post dedicated to the perks of having plants in your home. For me, it came down to the following reasons:
Taking Care Of Plants Means Watching Things Grow
One of the main reasons I wanted plants in my home was to watch them grow. I found some new growth on my ZZ plant the other day, and it was such a fun finding. Being able to say that I was able to raise something, give it love, feed it water, et cetera to make it grow was awesome.
Plants Purify The Air In Your Home
While I live in the south and most air outside is clean, it never hurts to purify what's in your home. Adding a few plants around your home is a surefire way to purify the air a bit. Plants are a fantastic, natural, and easy way to cleanse your home. The Sill has a list of air purifying plants you can purchase from them if you'd like to check it out.
Plants Add A Pop Of Color To Your Home
On top of purifying your home, plants add a pop of color to your home. Plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Looking at my window sill and all the beautiful plants I have on display is one of my favorite things to do. If you can spring for the extra money, The Sill has a wide array of pots, which make your plants stand out more.
The Sill Plant Quality
Ordering plants online isn't easy. You want to make sure you are getting quality plants. I want to assure you that The Sill has some of the best quality plants around.
Of the six plants I've received from The Sill since March, 5/6 arrived perfectly to my door. I did have one that was pretty dinged up, but I wholeheartedly believe it was a UPS problem and not a bad plant from The Sill. Check out some of my other plants to see what I'm talking about.
Meet My ZZ Plant
Or should I say my two ZZ plants? If you listened to my podcast episode on plants, you know my ZZ plant is like my baby. I bought this plant in late March and I recently had to repot it this June. My ZZ plant was getting way too large for the original nursery pot, so I found a beautiful white pot on Amazon to put it in. While my dad and I were repotting this beauty, we took a bit of it off the plant and repotted the smaller plant back in the nursery pot. I am hopeful that this will work and before I know it I will have two ZZ Plants. They are doing well so far, but only time will tell.
Meet My Calathea Freddie
As far as quality goes, my Calathea Freddie was the worst plant I ever received from The Sill. I don't think it was something The Sill did, though. I honestly feel like it was more of a UPS problem than a The Sill problem. I'm slowly trying to nurse this plant back to life with lots of sunshine, water, and love. It's already starting to make some progress since I first got it.
Meet My Bird's Nest Snake Plant
Last, but not least, meet the latest addition to my plant family: my Snake Plant Hahnii or Bird's Nest Snake Plant. This is a gorgeous snake plant that grows a bit different from the traditional snake plant, I have one of those too and I love it. These plants are a bit slow growing, but they are so beautiful! This one arrived in perfect condition. I honestly couldn't have asked for a more beautiful plant.
Should You Use The Sill To Get Plants?
So, do I recommend The Sill to get plants? Yes. As a newbie to plant ownership, I find this site so useful. I can read up on a ton of information, get gorgeous plants, and all for reasonable prices. Yes, there are a few splurge items on the site, but many of them are under $15. It doesn't matter what your budget is; The Sill has something for you. I love that it has something whether you are on a ramen or caviar budget.
Conclusion: The Sill Is The Best Place For Millennials To Get Plants
To wrap up this The Sill review, I want to touch on this: The Sill is the best place for millennials to get plants in my opinion. Especially if you are looking for indoor plants, I feel like they can't be beaten. I love that I can get easy to digest information, affordable plants, and lots of options all in one place. The Sill is a convenient website that makes picking a plant you'll love a breeze.