Where’s the best place to buy plants online?
Updated January 15, 2021
Top Ranked Online Nurseries
From first to worst, our complete rankings are below. Winter still presents opportunities for some parts of the country to plant. This really would be the best time of the year to plant if the conditions are right. Plants need to focus their energy early on on establishing a root system, not battling heat to stay alive above ground. Unless you’re expecting sub-freezing temperatures for days within the next 3 to 6 weeks, start digging & planting!
The other thing to consider is the location of the nursery. Our top 2 ranked nurseries are in Michigan and have stopped shipping for the year. This is why we list the location of nurseries on our reviews of them. If you intend to order outdoor plants online, we recommend calling the nursery to confirm when your order will ship.
Unboxing Plants. Links are below to pictures and reviews from the many recent orders we placed with our top rated online nurseries. Our latest order was with PlantsByMail.com last month.
Trying to figure out what trees and shrubs you want can be a bit overwhelming. So many choices with new introductions every year. There’s A LOT to choose from! Shopping online you’ll find just about every variety of tree or shrub but who has the best quality at the best prices?
We worked with 4 of the largest online plant nurseries in the country for 10 years. We have also visited (to evaluate) or ordered plants from over 30 online garden centers. We know what to look for and we don’t hold back what we dig up (pun intended). This site is dedicated to helping you buy plants online with confidence at the lowest prices.
Nurseries ranked by rating score high to low.
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Before you place any order please make sure you verify when your plants will ship. Do it before giving them your money. Even southern nurseries that can ship year round face some exceptions & delays with extreme temperature conditions. Also know that if you are buying bareroot, it’s most likely to be delivered in the fall.
If a site says something like; ‘ships 7 to 10 days weather permitting’ call them to verify shipping status.
This is why we list the location of the nursery on each of their reviews. In most cases, it lets you know where your plants will be shipped from. Southern nurseries get a month or two head start on their growing season from their counterparts up north. Also, most northern nurseries will stop shipping in winter where many in the south can ship year round.
We placed orders for 16 plants from our top rated nurseries in the past year. You can view pictures and read the complete unboxing review for each by clicking on any of the links below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best mail order nursery?
Mail order is the same as saying online nursery. Before the internet became so popular, many nurseries used to send printed catalogs, so the name has stuck. We rank the top 24 mail order nurseries from first to worst.
Are there different types of online nurseries?
YES! There are 3 different types. 1) Wholesale growers who have a retail website. 2) Your typical retail nursery but many online do not have a retail storefront. 3) Drop Shippers. Websites that don’t have their own fields with plants and use third party nurseries to ship their orders. Nature Hills Nursery is an example.
Can you order houseplants online?
Yes! Literally hundreds of different houseplants are for sale online with delivery to your door. You can compare prices from our top-rated online garden centers on over 170 popular houseplants.
Where can I buy plants at the lowest prices online?
Just remember you usually get what you pay for. In order of our ratings high to low, here are 3 ‘low-cost’ online nurseries. Arborday.org, Greenwood Nursery, TYTY Nurseries.
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