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Succulent Studio Plant Subscription Box Review – January 2018

succulent studios box design

Succulent Studio is a plant subscription box that ships you two Southern California-grown succulent plants each month.

succulent studios unboxing february 2018

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

succulent studios february 2018 review

About Succulent Studio Plant Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Succulent Studio

The Cost: $10.00 per month + $6.50 shipping

The Products: Two succulent plants grown in Southern California using organic media and fertilizers.

Good to Know: Currently, the plants aren’t labeled in the box, but you can find out their names by following Succulent Studios on social media! (Thanks to Erin at Succulent Studio for filling us in via the comments!)

Ships to: US

Succulent Studio February 2018 Review

how the plants are packaged in succulent studios february 2018

The plants come secured in this cleverly designed box. The care instructions (keep in lots of sunlight and water when soil is dry, or every 7-10 days) are printed on the inside of the lid, which is nice—no extra papers to worry about! I also like that each plant has its own little “car seat” for the journey. They’re both in pretty good shape for having traveled across the country!

two small succulents

Here are my two plants out of the box! They’re packed with a bit of hay around their roots, which holds the soil still and keeps them standing up tall in the box. Both of the little sprigs are just around 2 inches tall. They’re just li’l babies!

tiny money tree

succulent studios plant with hay removed

Crassula Ovata Gollum Plant

UPDATE: There’s no information about what kind of plants you get each month, but thanks to Erin from Succulent Studios, who commented about the plant names, I found out that you can find out the species by checking out the Succulent Studios social channels. At first, I thought this little guy was a money tree, because of the similar texture and shape of its leaves. Originally, I said: “I’ve got a big money tree in my apartment right now, so I recognized this little version right away.” Just goes to show you I’m new at plants—I was way off with my guess! “The leaves are cool and smooth and feel a little like plastic. It’s almost like this plant has a bunch of little paws instead of leaves. The money tree I do have is doing pretty well with minimal attention, so I’m hoping this one will be just as hardy.” So far, this crassula ovata gollum is just as hardy as my money tree, and seems to be enjoying its sunshiny spot on my window sill!

tiny succulent in square container

succulent without hay on it

Portulacaria Afra Prostrata Plant

UPDATE: Originally, I’d said “I’m not actually sure what this little succulent is! It’s not listed with the subscription box, nor do I recognize it from my limited plant experience.” But thanks to a helpful comment from Erin at Succulent Studios, I now know to check their social pages for the details on the plants. On their Facebook page, Succulent Studios notes that this is a “portulacaria afra prostrata”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before. The stem has a wood-like appearance, like a typical tree or bush might have, and the leaves are dark green and feel like thick clover leaves.

The Verdict: These plants are super small, but that also means they’re super cute! This is my second box, and already, I’m enjoying the tiny plant community that’s gathering on my office window sill. I just really wish I knew more about each species! (UPDATE: In case you didn’t see my notes above, I found out that you can look for the species names on the Succulent Studios Facebook page!) Not having an info card is kind of a bummer in this situation. (Still true—it’s nice to know I can check out social media for more plant details, but it’d be great not to have to take that extra step.) I do love that they’re saving on paper by printing the care instructions on the inside of the box.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Sign up here to get the next upcoming plant pair!

Value Breakdown: After shipping, this box cost $16.50, meaning each plant costs $8.25. While I’ve gotten larger individual plants for that amount, I’ve usually found them at chain hardware stores, where I’m unsure of the details of the growing process. It’s possible that the organic aspect makes the higher price point reasonable… Maybe? Plant experts, please comment about what YOU think about the value! I’d love to get your perspective.

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

Posted in Eco-Friendly Subscription Boxes, Home Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: succulent studio | 23 comments

Comments (23)

  1. Do they come with something to plant them in?

  2. Thank you for another review, Anna! I’m so excited to announce that YES, we do have info cards for the boxes now. They include both the scientific and common names of each plant as well as a few specific care tips. The team and I love reading your reviews and really appreciate all the feedback that’s shared here in the comment section. We get a lot of good ideas from you 🙂

    • Do they come with something to plant them in?

      • Hi Carissa!

        Each succulent comes potted in a black plastic pot that has drainage holes. The succulents will be happy and healthy in these pots for up to a few months, at which point many subscribers choose to repot them so they’ll continue growing 🙂

  3. That’s the perfect size if you want to put it in a terrarium.

  4. Why not just go Lowes or the nursery and pay the $2.79 and pick the ones you want. Where is the value in this box?

  5. Aha! Many MANY thanks to Erin @ Succulent Studio for sharing how to see what plants are in each shipment! Apparently, you can check their social channels for deets on the monthly plants. According to their post for January, these are portulacaria afra prostrata and crassula ovata gollum. My apologies to Erin for not figuring that out sooner! I’ll be updating the post to make other readers aware 🙂

    Oh, and if you want to see the social post I’m talking about, you can check it out here:

    Thanks everyone for your helpful comments!

  6. I think it’s so ugly what they did with the second plant, completely unacceptable

  7. I received the same plants when I recently signed up. I live in MN, so I am a little worried about when I am going to get my next shipment and if it will survive. I also have been looking for tiny succulents, so I was excited to signup. I am now happy to find out the names of these plants.

  8. I love the idea of the sub, but the second plant is in terrible (aesthetic) shape!! It is clear that the new growth was pinched off of of ALL of the branches (no doubt used to start new plants). What you have left at the end of each branch is a like a “stump.” So now the branches are not terminating in their normal way, nor will they continue to grow from those end points. One or two stumps might be acceptable on a larger plant, but that one looks downright awful.

    Plus, I agree with Marie. The cost is too high for those tiny plants.

    What do they do to protect the plants from cold while in shipment?

  9. At the very least, it wouldn’t kill the people packing them to take a pen and write the plant name in the box. A silver or gold Sharpie, written on the container, is the least they could do.

    Or they could team with MSA to have a contest for the readers to guess the names of the plants each month, haha.

  10. I’m currently building my new indoor garden, starting with all kinds of herbs. I’ll keep an eye on this sub.

  11. The second plant gets HUGE, you have been warned! Ours is about 4 feet tall now and we keep breaking off extra branches to place around the yard too.

  12. YES an info card would be very helpful

    • Hi Kathryn! We’ve actually started including info cards in our boxes now! They include the scientific name, common name, and specific care instructions and facts about the plants. Hope this helps some 🙂

  13. The one on the left is an Elephant Bush and the right is Gollum Jade (common names).
    I really want to like this sub, but it’s not quite there for me. First, those plants are not worth $8.25, organic or no. (Houseplants don’t really need to be ‘organic’ anyway. If chemicals are a concern, wash them, repot them and you’re good to go). 2 inch pots typically cost $2, and I’ve found some for as little as a quarter in ‘last chance’ and ‘stressed plants’ areas. For the cost, at the very least an information card is expected. It would be worth it if they came already potted in ceramic pots in conjunction with some sort of pottery studio.

    • I agree that for the price, an info card should be included. Would help make it seem like a better value.

      • Hi Marie and Bethany! We do include info cards in our boxes now! It took us a minute to settle in a design, but they are beautiful and include the scientific name, common name, and specific care instructions and facts about the plants. Hope this helps some 🙂

  14. Hi! I’m pretty sure the second plant is a kalanchoe.

    • Its not a Kalanchoe. Jade plant is more likely. Kalanchoe are more paddle like leaves with some scalloping edges.

  15. I believe you can check on their website at this time to see what the exact names are of the succulents. The people running this subscription commented on the previous review and mentioned that.

    • Thank you so much for pointing that out, Kelly! I didn’t see their comment. Super helpful 🙂

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