The Best Succulent Subscriptions for Hardy Plant Lovers

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Succulent Subscriptions
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As far as houseplants go, succulents bring a unique visual appeal and are extremely beginner-friendly plants for budding gardeners. They retain water well, so they don’t require constant watering, making them the perfect plant even for when you’re away for extended periods. Succulents are also equipped to withstand harsh, dry climates, which means they'll do just fine whether they’re sitting in your living room, outside in your garden, or even in the back of a mail truck. If you want to fill your home with these low-maintenance plants, getting them delivered through a subscription service is both a convenient and secure option.

With a succulent subscription, you can expect a fresh batch of these plants delivered to your door every month (or whatever frequency of your choosing). Before you can start experiencing the excitement of a new plant arriving on your front step, there are several factors to consider such as affordability, succulent variety, shipping, and more when committing to a succulent subscription. Prepare to bring more greenery into your life with minimal hassle when you sign up for one of these fully vetted succulent subscriptions.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Mountain Crest Gardens

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Mountain Crest Gardens

Key Specs

  • Subscription Plans: One monthly plan with four tiers
  • Free Shipping? Yes (except Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Nationwide Delivery? Yes

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • First shipment comes with starter supplies

  • Guarantees no repeat succulents for a year

  • Random bonus succulent in every shipment

  • Offers a replacement, refund, or store credit if succulent arrives damaged

Cons
  • Box previews are shown after you’re charged

Why We Chose It

The variety and quality of succulents you get for $18 a month makes Mountain Crest Gardens’ Ultimate Succulent Club our top succulent subscription choice. The succulents are homegrown at Mountain Crest Gardens’ nursery in Northern California, and they’re shipped soon after they’re harvested to ensure maximum freshness. The standard $18 plan nets you two unique succulents that correspond to a monthly theme, along with information about your succulents and a mystery bonus plant. 

In your first box, you’ll also get everything you need to start a succulent collection, including a foliage cleaning brush, a care guide, and a succulent tool kit. If you’re a succulent fanatic, you can upgrade your subscription to a higher tier and receive even more succulents with each delivery (up to five for $25) at an increased monthly cost. But even with the standard plan, you'll likely have a diverse collection of plants after only a few shipments since Mountain Crest Gardens guarantees no repeat succulents for a year.

While we love the great value Mountain Crest Garden offers, its preview system is confusing. The service allows subscribers to see an upcoming box about two to three weeks before delivery, but customers are charged for each new box a month before it ships. While you can likely skip the delivery or call customer service to remedy this situation, it's not certain whether or not the charge goes through. Regardless, all orders are covered by a 14-day quality guarantee that ensures a replacement, refund, or store credit if your succulents arrive damaged.

Best on a Budget: Succulent Studios

Succulent Studios

Succulent Studios

Key Specs

  • Subscription Plans: One monthly plan
  • Free Shipping? No
  • Nationwide Delivery? Yes

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Costs only $17 a month with a fixed shipping rate

  • No duplicates in the same delivery

  • Option to skip any month with no charge

  • Succulents are shipped in plastic-free, biodegradable packaging

Cons
  • Subscribers can’t choose which succulents they want

Why We Chose It

For only $17 a month—including shipping—Succulent Studios will send you two organically grown succulents sourced from a second-generation nursery in Southern California. Although the two plants you’ll receive are pre-selected, Succulent Studios grows hundreds of unique succulent and cacti species, changing the variety every month according to the season. Each pair of succulents is also curated by an expert, so you won’t have to worry about getting two identical succulents in one delivery.

Your succulents will be around eight weeks old when you receive them, so they'll need a few weeks of consistent watering before they can be transferred into their permanent pot. For convenience, the succulents come in a biodegradable container so when you do eventually plant them, you can place them directly into the soil. If you want skip a delivery, or even send it to another address as a gift, Succulent Studios allows you the flexibility to do so—free of charge. No matter where it's sent, the included shipping rate will stay the same.

Best for Gifting: Succulents Box

Succulents Box

Succulents Box

Key Specs

  • Subscription Plans: Five plain boxes; Four boxes with clay pots; One, three, six, and 12-month plans available
  • Free Shipping? No
  • Nationwide Delivery? Yes

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Six or 12-month plans come with a free gift

  • Shipments arrive in decorative packaging

  • Flexible subscription length and reschedulable deliveries

  • Option to ship in temperature-controlled packaging

Cons
  • Succulents with clay pots cost nearly double

Why We Chose It

If you want to surprise someone with a box of succulents every month, you'll find the most giftable subscriptions through Succulents Box. Every month, your recipient can expect to receive one to four succulents, either with or without clay pots. Along with the quantity and pot material, you can also select a delivery length of one, three, six, or 12 months, establishing a flexible price range between $6 to $480 plus shipping. With any of the plans, you can reschedule or skip deliveries at your convenience, but if you sign up for the six or 12-month plan, every delivery will also come with a free random plant or pot.

While shipping will cost you extra each month, for an additional $7 per delivery, Succulents Box will deliver your plants in temperature-controlled packaging so you can ensure your recipient gets their succulents in the best condition possible. Whether or not you decide on this feature, the succulents come in a decorative eco-friendly box, saving you extra cash on gift wrapping.

Best Variety: Leaf & Clay

Leaf & Clay

Leaf & Clay

Key Specs

  • Subscription Plans: One, three, and six-month plans available
  • Free Shipping? Yes
  • Nationwide Delivery? Yes

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Each delivery contains four unique succulents

  • Subscribers have access to exclusive succulent varieties

  • Every month’s assortment is hand-selected

  • Succulents are shipped with bare roots to minimize damage during delivery

Cons
  • Pots and soil are not included with monthly deliveries

Why We Chose It

For $25 a month including free shipping, you’ll receive a new variety pack of four exclusive succulents when you sign up for Leaf & Clay’s The Plant Club subscription. The succulents that come in the subscription boxes are all 2.5 inches in size, but that’s where the similarities end. With every delivery, each succulent will feature a unique set of colors and growth forms, and no repeats occur because the assortments are hand-picked by Leaf & Clay.

Leaf & Clay removes every plant from its original pot and ships it with little to no dirt to reduce shipping damage. Due to this reason, it’s best to make sure you have soil and pots on hand before your succulents arrive.You may notice that your succulents are on the drier side because of the lack of soil, but they will quickly bounce back once you plant and water them. Your collection of succulents will only grow bigger (and more unique) with every new shipment of four plants, but if you need a little breathing room you can cancel or pause your subscription whenever you’d like.

Best for DIY: My Garden Box

My Garden Box

My Garden Box

Key Specs

  • Subscription Plans: Six subscription boxes; One, three, six, and 12-month plants available
  • Free Shipping? No
  • Nationwide Delivery? Yes (except Alaska, Hawaii, and Arizona)

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Comes with everything you need to start and maintain a succulent collection

  • Easy to follow instructions guide you through each step of the planting process

  • ID tags are provided to help you differentiate all your succulents

  • Guarantees you won't get the same succulent within a 12-month period

Cons
  • High price point that doesn’t include shipping

Why We Chose It

Many people love succulents because they’re low maintenance, but My Garden Box’s Succulent’s Monthly plan caters to those who enjoy the process of planting and cultivating them. For $50 (excluding shipping), you’ll get an assortment of succulents that each come with their own labels and illustrated instructions. Additionally, each delivery comes with a decorative pot and goodie kit to help get you started. Each assortment is a surprise, so you can look forward to learning how to care for a new succulent species every month.

The Succulents Monthly subscription contains four plans, allowing you to pay month to month, or prepay for three, six, or 12 months. Even if you prepay, you can still pause or reschedule a month’s delivery before it ships out. Because each shipment is a DIY kit with an unpotted succulent, be prepared to assemble everything as soon as it arrives to ensure your succulent doesn’t go too long without soil or water.

Best for Beginners: The House Plant Box

The House Plant Box

The House Plant Box

Key Specs

  • Subscription Plans: 12 monthly boxes; Two quarterly boxes; Monthly, quarterly, biannual, and annual plans available
  • Free Shipping? Yes
  • Nationwide Delivery? Yes, except to Alaska and Hawaii

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Succulents come with care instructions that can be accessed through a QR code

  • Plant Care customer service team provides extra guidance for beginners

  • Every month’s box of succulents ships free

  • Can pause subscription for months at a time

Cons
  • Locked into just one succulent per month

Why We Chose It

With so many different succulent species out there, it can be hard to determine which succulent is the best for plant parents to start out with. The Succulents Box subscription from The House Plant Box aims to relieve any uncertainty you may have by offering one succulent per month that comes with a care card with a unique QR code printed on it. This QR code will direct you to a comprehensive guide on the type of succulent you received, and how to best care for it. For $16 per month including free shipping, we found this subscription plan to be the most accessible for new succulent owners.

Just because every succulent comes with its own care instructions, doesn’t mean you’re all on your own when your subscription box arrives. If you still have more questions, The House Plant Box encourages subscribers to contact the dedicated Plant Care team Monday through Friday via an online form, phone, or email if you need additional help or have any questions. In addition to the succulent box, The House Plant Box also offers a variety of other plant subscriptions ranging from air plants to cacti that might also pique your interest.

Final Verdict

When it comes to succulent variety, quality, and overall price, Mountain Crest Gardens’ Ultimate Succulent Club subscription is the clear winner. For as little as $18 per month, Mountain Crest Gardens sends you a unique batch of themed succulents complete with plant info and labels, and even a random bonus succulent. The first month’s shipment also provides you with essential planting supplies, making it perfect for beginners and anyone who enjoys the gardening process.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can You Pause or Cancel a Succulent Subscription?

    While it isn’t a given, a lot of succulent subscription services allow customers to to pause or cancel their plan. The House Plant Box, for example, allows you to cancel your subscription via an easy-to-use account dashboard, while My Garden Box asks that you email customer service and request this option. If you’re not sure who to contact to adjust your plan, it’s always best to reach out to your subscription provider via email or phone to get more information.

  • How Often Should You Water Succulents?

    Succulents are easy to maintain and are drought-tolerant, but that doesn’t mean you can just water them whenever you remember to. Some types of succulents, need to be heavily watered during the summer, while others may only require water when the soil dries out. But no matter what type of succulents you get, overwatering is never a good idea.

  • How Long Do Succulents Live?

    Because there are so many different succulent species, it’s hard to determine an average lifespan for this plant type. Some succulents like Hens and Chicks can last up to three years, while others like Jade plants can live for hundreds of years. Ultimately, the better you care for your succulents, the longer they’ll live.

Methodology

We researched nearly 30 plant companies to determine which services provided dedicated succulent subscriptions. After collecting this data, we scored and rated each subscription service based on the following criteria:

  • Price range
  • Shipping costs
  • Same- and/or next-day delivery
  • Nationwide availability
  • Subscription options
  • Customer service accessibility
  • Sustainability

Succulent subscriptions that were affordable, had flexible delivery options, and multiple customer service lines received extra points during our scoring phase. Additionally, succulent subscription services that offered free shipping or practiced sustainability methods rose above other companies. Any plant delivery companies that didn’t offer succulent subscriptions didn’t make it past our initial round of research.

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