Succulent Studio Plant Subscription Box Review – January 2018
Succulent Studio is a plant subscription box that ships you two Southern California-grown succulent plants each month.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
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
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!
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!
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!
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:
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.
What do you think about Succulent Studio?