The best plants to buy from Amazon’s (continuously growing) selection

Fiddle-leaf fig plant in a tan pot.De
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Best options for plant-parents of all gardening levels

Buying plants virtually has become easier (and
more curated
) since we were
first introduced
to Amazon’s plant store, and while most of
us shelter in place during the
pandemic
, more people than ever are taking up
indoor gardening
. Plus, a
hanging plant
or succulent can do more than look good in your
window: Houseplants are known to
purify your air
,
reduce anxiety,
and even
improve concentration
, all welcome antidotes to this
stressful time
when we’re cooped up inside.

We’ve combed through Amazon’s (continuously growing)
selection of
indoor plants
to find the best in-stock options for
plant-parents of all gardening levels, fit for those with floor
space or a bare windowsill alike. (One note: As people experiment
with being more
self-sufficient
, the availability of seeds, soil,
and
plants
is fluctuating online, including on Amazon. Since many

small businesses
that sell edible plants are deemed essential,
you can check a
local nursery
or greenmarket for plants,
too.)

Best floor plants Green planter holds leafy plant.

The
status plant
that started it all and is
still a best-seller
. Former Strategist writer David Notis was
once a fiddle-leaf skeptic but quickly found that among his other
plants, this one “is an instant visual impact — a $35 piece of
interior design that gets better every day.” Although this
fiddle-leaf fig appears to be slightly smaller than the (currently
out of stock) two-foot version that Notis bought, the plant grows
best in indirect sunlight, meaning it can flourish indoors; as of
last year, Notis’ design-y houseplant has grown almost three feet
in height.

Black planter holds tall plant with large leaves.

While most of the status plant runners-up (namely the Ficus
Audrey
) are out of stock online, there are still some in-stock
birds-of-paradise plants for sale on Amazon, if you want your
apartment to look like an East Village cocktail bar. Benito
Gonsales, plant buyer at Saifee Hardware & Garden,
says the plant is easier to care for than a fiddle leaf. “Just
give it bright light and water it once per week,” he says, adding
that you can get it to flower annually “if you take care of
it.” The shorter bird-of-paradise plant from
Costa Farms
is not available, but this slightly taller and
slightly more expensive version from a reputable third-party seller
is still in stock.

Green planter holds short plant with red and green leaves.

According
to
visual merchandiser Chikako Ishii Frank, there’s been a
“pink plant” trend as of late, to which the pink-toned Chinese
evergreen (a.k.a. Aglaonema) fits right in. It comes recommended by
two plantfluencers, including Summer Rayne Oakes, author of

How to Make a Plant Love You
and host of the YouTube series
Plant One
on Me
, who especially
recommends
the plant for somewhat-experienced plant parents
“who can’t grow flowers in their home, because Aglaonema can
really give a nice brightness of color.”

Black planter holds short plant with glossy dark green leaves with a hint of red.

Another pink-toned floor plant is the rubber plant. Upon
arrival, the shiny, dark, “burgundy” leaves will be smaller
than they look in this photo, but they’ll grow super-tall over
time.

Woven planter holds short plant with heart-shaped leaves.

One of the few houseplants out there with its own “day of the
week” hashtag on Instagram — “#monsteramondays,” in case
you were wondering — the monstera has been on the fiddle leaf’s
tail for years now, and it’s still popular as ever. They can get
really big, and they tend to grow out rather than up, so make sure
you have a lot of floor space available. The irregularly shaped
leaves are part of the charm.

Black planter with tall sharp green leaves.

Snake plants make for another great floor plant. They’re very
tolerant of low light and infrequent watering, and since they grow
straight up, they’re ideal if you want something that doesn’t
take up too much air space in your living room. Plus,
we’ve said
that buying from Amazon is the most convenient and
cost-effective way to get this plant.

Black planter with thin light green shoots.

We recommended the parlor palm in our roundup of the best

pet-safe plants
, so it would be a great option for anyone for
whom that is a concern. The foliage is a little more delicate and
detailed than that of your average floor plant.

Best countertop plants Beige and white planter with a short plant.

The ZZ plant is one of our most stood-behind plant
recommendations because it’s one of the heartiest and most
foolproof species out there, and it also has a unique, almost
Jurassic look. In the “before time,” David bought a ZZ plant
while researching office-friendly
plants
and found that over the course of a year it doubled in
size with nothing but overhead fluorescent light and infrequent
waterings every week or so from a mugful of office-sink water. This
12-inch version will ship directly from Amazon in a
white/natural-toned planter.

Terra cotta planter with a plant that has medallion-shaped leaves.

The Chinese money plant is also referred to as the “sharing
plant,” since it’s known to sprout miniature “baby plants”
out of the surrounding soil, which are easy to repot and share with
a friend. The
Costa Farms version
of this plant, complete with a ceramic

planter
and mid-century-style wooden plant stand, is no longer
available, but you can still get those same plant accessories

separately on Amazon
. Don’t dillydally: This plant is already
in low stock.

Black planter with large leaves and a white flower.

Peace lilies are quite possibly the best air purifier of all
houseplants (a
NASA study
found that it removed benzene and formaldehyde from
the air). They’re easy to care for, too. Senior editor Anthony
Rotunno wrote about his beloved
peace lily
— named Marilyn — which has moved with him to
three different apartments. “It’s among the hardiest green
things I’ve ever encountered,” he says.

White planter with a tall white plant and a few leaves.

And while the low-maintenance peace lily does indeed flower,
it’s not quite the same effect as a blooming orchid. Orchids are
by no means effortless — it does take some work to care for them
— but we spoke with a few
orchid experts
who told us that orchids actually aren’t as
difficult as many believe, especially when it comes to this variety
cultivated specifically for its adaptability, the phalaenopsis
“moth” orchid. You can get the plant the flower in an array of
pots — including this white ceramic pick — or opt to get
another one of Amazon’s many
pots and planters
separately.

Best windowsill plants Small terra cotta planters hold succulents.

One the other end of the spectrum, succulents are generally
considered quite easy to care for as long as you can give them
enough light, and they can handle sitting in dry soil for a while.
This four-pack of assorted miniature succulents would instantly
upgrade a sunny windowsill.

Squared terra cotta planters hold various cacti.

If you’d prefer something prickly, consider this four-pack of
cacti. Although they can handle direct sunlight, cacti do need to
be watered and taken care of or else they’ll die, which is
exactly why managing editor Maxine Builder
consulted
with three cactus professionals about the best
potting soil and fertilizer for your spiny plant.

Small terra cotta planter with a sharp succulent plant.

Aloe vera is a classic, easy-to-grow succulent, and, as a bonus,
you can break off a leaf to treat cuts and burns with the gel
inside.

Small terra cotta planter with a green and red plant.

Jade is another hardy succulent that can fit on a small but
bright and sunny spot on your windowsill. It naturally grows into
the shape of a miniature tree or bush.

Best window-hanging plants Hanging planter with trailing leaves.

This plant is also famously easy
to keep alive
and a fast grower, making it an ideal pick for
new plant-parents. Erin Marino, director of brand marketing at

the Sill
,
says
you’ll know when the plant needs to be watered, because
the leaves have a “visible wilt,” but “they’re super-hardy,
so they bounce back right away,” she adds.

Black planter with spiky green and yellow leaves.

We wrote about ocean spiders and named them one of the
best hanging plants
for new plant-parents. Baylor Chapman, a
plant stylist and author of
Decorating With Plants
, especially likes how well these plants
spread from the baby “spiderettes” that grow from the bottom of
their leaves: “They can root in something else, so if you had one
growing up over a window, it could root from pot to pot if you did
it that way.” Plus, ocean spiders are at the top of all of our
experts’ lists of
pet-safe plants
.

Hanging planter with trailing heart-shaped leaves.

Another plant that’s both easy to propagate and hang is the
philodendron. “The tendrils can get really, really long. You can
clip it back and start new little plants from your cuttings, or you
can kind of just let it go crazy,” explains Jessie Waldman of
Pistils Nursery in
Portland, Oregon. This species is known as “cordatum,” from the
Latin word meaning “heart-shaped,” referring to the plant’s
leaf shape.

Hanging planter with dark green leaves.

A closely related plant to the philodendron, this silvery
variety is nicknamed the satin pothos. “It has a really matte,
cool texture and pattern on the leaves, which people just wanna
touch,” explains Waldman. The satin pothos is technically a
scindapsus, not a philodendron, meaning it fares even better in low
light.

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The best plants to buy from Amazon’s (continuously growing)
selection