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Horti Houseplant Subscription Review – March 2018

Emily Cosnotti
ByEmily CosnottiMar 18, 2018 | 9 comments

Horti Plant Subscription Box

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Horti is a new houseplant subscription box for urban dwellers that not only sends plants but educates you on how easy it can be to take care of them. Pick how often you'd like to receive a new plant--monthly or bi-monthly--and a plant, plant pot, and dehydrated soil will be shipped right to your door. NYC based subscribers can also choose a bi-monthly plan that includes a plant and additional planting accessories.

Horti Plant Subscription Box Live Plants Inside Tape

This is a review of the Newbie US, $35 every other month, box. According to the Horti site:

Every two months, you will receive a 6” plant (or two or three smaller plants) with a beautiful hand-painted pot or planting accessory, along with the key information to sustain it.

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About Horti Houseplant Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Horti

The Cost: $35.00 + free ground shipping

The Products: Each box will include a 6" robust houseplant with a hand-painted pot or planting accessory, soil, and care instructions.

Ships to: US

Horti March 2018 Review

Envelope with info cards inside

My shipment from Horti came with an envelope with info cards inside, sealed with a branded Horti sticker.

Air Plant Care Card

This card provides a brief overview of Tillandsia, better know as Air Plants:

"Tillandsia Bromeliads absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves. They are Epiphytes, meaning that they grown on another tree, host, or object."

It also lets me know where air plants come from, how much light they need, how and how often to soak my new plant, and how warm to keep it. My new air plant will want bright indirect sunlight, is pet-safe, and will do well with less care. Sounds perfect!

Air Plant Species List

Next, there's a list of possible air plants that Horti might send. I've always had trouble figuring out the exact type of air plant I've got when I've picked them up before. My new plant is a Xerographica. I haven't thought of a clever name for him yet but maybe you can help -- I'll let you meet him first.

Carefully packaged plant

Here's how everything looked straight out of the box. The plant is well-packed in a foam envelope and the planting accessory is wrapped in bubble wrap.

Just like last time, my shipment was delayed to winter storms and cold here on the east coast. I am so glad that Horti cares about its plants arriving safely. My airplant was also packed with a small heat pack to keep it nice and warm on its journey to me.

Large Xerographica Air Plant

Large Xerographica Air Plant Detail

Large Xerographica Air Plant

Large Xerographica Air Plant in hands for scale

Xerographica Air Plant - Retail Value $20.00

This month I opened my new plant box to find a giant air plant. I'll be honest, I had been looking forward to receiving a new potted plant this month - you know, something that roots in dirt and has leaves. I've gotten air plants in previous boxes and I like that they seem to be able to survive the neglect I dole out but there's something less exciting about an air plant to me. I was impressed by the sheer SIZE of this plant though! It's so big it looks like it could walk around on its own. It's very squid-like and its tentacles (I'm sure that's not what they're called) seemed to curl around my hands when I held it.

Hanging Plant Pot

Hanging Plant Pot Side View

Bottom of hanging plant pot

Hanging Plant Pot - Estimated Value $8.00

My new air plant came with a hanging plant pot. Because air plants don't have roots and don't need to be planted into soil, you can just plop them into pretty much anything and let them live. Hanging vessels like these are really popular for air plants. This one hangs from clear fishing line, which looks great if you want to hang it in front of a window. This vessel has a teardrop shape and a white glaze. Unfortunately, my giant air plant was just too giant to fit securely into this pot. His plant butt fit but he needed to be pushed in there to be really secure and I was too worried about injuring him. I have a habit of collecting vessels though, so I found the perfect home for him in a brass pot.

Plant Boner Enamel Pin

Plant Boner Enamel Pin

Back of enamel pin

Cactus Enamel Pin - Retail Value $8.00

This enamel pin definitely made me giggle. I like that Horti has a sense of humor about plant enthusiasts. I am not quite bold enough to sport this around town but I have offered it as a gift to Marne, who likes it very much but is wondering if she needs another enamel pin.

The Verdict: If you're trying to grow your houseplant collection and have trouble finding good local sources for plants - this subscription might be for you! I loved my last shipment so much and was really looking forward to this month's arrival. I was disappointed to open the box and see an air plant, but I do appreciate the size of it. I have never seen such a huge air plant in a shop, only on the internet, and am impressed. It is a bummer that the hanging vessel they sent along was a little too small for this plant. Once I put the giant air plant into a brass pot I had just purchased this week and put it on my kitchen shelf, it made me instantly happy. I will find a smaller air plant for the hanging vessel so it is not a loss. The inclusion of an enamel pin was great, though probably a little racy for some! Overall, this month's box did not wow me like last month's, but I'm still excited to see what I get next.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? I can't say that you'll get the same plant and vessel combo as me if you sign up today, but they will get a plant shipped out to you quickly after you subscribe!

Value Breakdown: At $35.00 (includes free shipping) the average cost of each item is $11.67.

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Emily Cosnotti
Emily Cosnotti
Emily is a design enthusiast who loves beautiful objects. She's really into vegan snacks, corgis, home goods, and minimalist makeup. She is currently fostering a healthy subscription addiction.

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A thought occurs:

• Packaging for a small, teardrop-shaped ceramic plant holder
• Packaging for a delicate, ENORMOUS, Live, Tillandsia Xerographica
• “Live Plants Inside” shipping label (shippers read this – for a small fee)
• Climate control plant heat pack

“Free shipping” can really start to add up, non?

• A healthy Tillandsia specimen of THAT size would usually run $30-$40
• Hanging Air Plants= TRENDY= Hi-Demand= Inflated Planter Price= $14

Goofy pin, or no pin, $35, WITH shipping included, is actually less than plenty of botanical retailers would charge for that cute setup.

P.S. Plants typically do most of their actual growing (as in, their literal increasing in physical size) at night, though not exclusively. That means that Horti packed the Xerographica air plant with such attention to the plant’s specific needs, that the air plant may well have grown a bit larger, after posting. Kept warm and insulated from the bitter cold and drying winds – inside a (reasonably dark) cardboard box – may have been a sort of, ‘long winter’s nap,’ that allowed the giant Air Plant to grow to Amazonian proportions (both kinds of ‘Amazonian!’).

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Marne Orenich

LOL to “plant butt”, Em!
So many enamel pins, so little jacket space…

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“Plant butt”? Lol!! That and the “plant boner pin” crack me up. You made my day!

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Hilarious! I think that was a bold choice to send! And cute plant & container. I think the curation is really nice even tho the fit wasn’t right.

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Liz Petrus

I love it! And I love the pin! But even more, it’s hysterical that Marne wonders if she needs another pin! Too funny! But I do agree that $35 is a bit much for what you received.

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The container is adorable! Agree with the others that this package should have cost less than $35, and I don’t need that pin, either.

Maybe you could name the plant “Calamari”, since he does look like a squid, as you mentioned (and definitely looks like a he).

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For that price, an air plant (or succulent) is not what I expect. And to not even fit in the container?

I’m also.a really boring person who doesn’t find the pin funny.

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Oh wow! I missed your last review of this so I didn’t even realize this sub existed. I just signed up for the Pet Friendly subscription.

It’s really frustrating that the pot for the air plant is too small but I’m hoping it was just a one time issue.

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Interesting but not what I would expect for $35.

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