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The Sill Plant Subscription Box Review – December 2019

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Jan 12, 2020 | 7 comments

The Sill January 2020 plant subscription review

The Sill
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The Sill Plant Subscription is a plant subscription box that ships you a plant in an earthenware planter each month.

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

There are four different subscription options: Plants for Beginners, Medium Plants for Beginners, Low Light Plants, and Pet-Friendly Plants. All are $35 a month + $5 shipping.

You can choose the color of your planter (Mint, Grey, Black, or Blush) and change it monthly!

This is a review of the Pet-Friendly Plants subscription.

About The Sill Plant Subscription

The Subscription Box: The Sill Plant Subscription

The Cost: $35.00 a month + $5 shipping

The Products: A hand-potted plant in an earthenware planter.

Ships to: The contiguous US

The Sill December 2019 Box Review

I decided to choose the "pet-friendly" subscription option since our dog, Tucker, seems to enjoy nibbling on our houseplants. I also decided to change my planter color to "black" this month. You can swap planter colors every month if you so desire!

The plant was very carefully packaged, just like always. There was a special insert around the base of the plant to protect its roots and keep the dirt in place. And a heating pack was included since the winter months aren't awesome for shipping a plant.

Our plant arrived right in between the holidays, so it did spend a few days in its box before we could open it. I think it looked a little worse for wear because of this, but I am pleased with its condition against all of those odds.


There was a long teal envelope with some additional info on my new friend. It included a card with information specific to the type of plant inside as well as an additional sheet with care instructions related to what the plant might need right away as it has just spent a few days in a dark box.

Pilea Peperomioides Plant - Retail Value $22.00

Small Grant Planter - Retail Value $25.00

FYI: This plant arrived about 7 inches tall including the planter, and about 6 inches across. 

When I first signed up for this subscription, this plant was the one I really, really wanted. They have been nearly impossible to stumble across for me locally, and though my wonderful MSA co-worker Lacey gifted me a little baby one, it has struggled to really thrive. I am really happy to add this larger one to my collection.

This plant is nicknamed "the coin plant" or "the Chinese money plant" and it has a really interesting heritage. Though it had been grown and cultivated in China for years, when samples were sent to Kew Gardens in England, the scientists there were incredibly confused by this little plant because different characteristics matched totally different plant classifications. Though this plant wasn't a home garden darling right away, lore says that in the '40s, a Norwegian missionary brought some cuttings home, then the plant's "pups" were gifted from friend to friend until they became a regular fixture in Norwegian homes and are still closely associated with Scandinavian home decor. Although this is hard to imagine because this plant has become an Instagram darling (following in the footsteps of the Fiddleleaf Fig), this plant wasn't even commercially grown until the 2010s! They are hard to track down in stores because they are relatively slow-growing plants, which makes them less than lucrative.

Phew, ok. That was a lot of info. But I kind of geek out over stuff like this! It also adds a lot of value to a plant for me personally when I know its history.

Here you can see a close-up of the little spot within each "coin." So cute. These plants also shoot off little "pups" from the base as they grow, meaning you can dig those up and continue the tradition of sharing this plant with friends. Mine already has little baby leaves growing up from the center too, which bodes well for its future.

The Verdict: I am thrilled with my delivery from The Sill this month. I have wanted one of these plants for a long time! Although mine needs a little TLC, I still think it arrived in remarkably good condition for the time of year it shipped, somehow overcoming crazy holiday shipping and the cold. I can't wait to see it grow and I am already debating if I want to keep this one here at the MSA office or take it home.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first plant and pot combo will be from the January selections.

Check out our other reviews of The Sill along with our list of the best home subscription boxes for more ways to fancy up your space!

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

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Online plant store The Sill has a monthly plant subscription! Each subscription option is $35 per month with $5 shipping. You can choose the color of your planter (Mint, Grey, Black, or Blush). Choose between Low Light Plants, Plants for Beginners, or Pet-Friendly Plants.
Megan K.
Megan K.
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Amy in KC

I had no idea these were so rare. I am in the Midwest and not only does my local nursery have tons of them, I have also seen them at Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and IKEA. I, too, had bad luck with a pup given to me, but a bigger one I bought is doing great. It’s normal for the lower leaves to wilt and drop over time, so don’t be worried when you see that happen!

I still think this sub is crazy expensive! I go plant shopping a lot and am used to nursery prices that can be higher than grocery stores/mass garden centers, and their prices are still much more reasonable than this box.

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Megan K.

I have been looking for one for almost a year locally and found none, even in these same places! It’s actually nuts to me. Maybe its a regional thing?

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I have one of these too. If you end up digging up the pups I’d like to see how that works. I’m intrigued by these sub but the price tag seems steep. (I won’t tell you what I paid for mine at TJ in a (leaky) pot.

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Megan K.

Its def a splurge sort of sub. I actually think it lends itself more to gifting (in place of cut flowers).

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I totally agree that this is more of a splurge.. and a good alternative to cut flowers. I haven’t done the subscription but have placed quite a few orders since Black Friday (I did the plant parent club). The pots are really nice – I enjoy them a lot and find the “value” based on consistent colors and cute designs. They make me feel like my house is somewhat put together while my house is being constantly torn apart from my little children. Half of the plants I have ordered have had issues and they were great about sending replacements so far. This makes me hesitant about gifts until I get consistent orders since I wouldn’t want my family to have to email them with pictures to get what they should have gotten in the first place. I did send one gift I ordered from Black Friday and it got there a week before Christmas so I was worried it wouldn’t get there in time – luckily that one was perfect and my aunt was very happy. I’m torn about them because of this. They are doing a plant appreciation sale right now so if you are debating on trying them it may be worth them while some of their plants are 25% off. I find the parent plant worth the free shipping since I have been able to shop the sales over the holidays and have free shipping. The free gifts they sent for the membership were nice too.

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I’d love an update on how your previous deliveries are looking now that you’ve had them a couple of months and have been able to nurture. I’m almost ready to subscribe, but would love some follow up on quality and ease of care.

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Megan K.

Hey Rebecca! I can totally take a snap and add it to my next review. All of these have managed to stay in my office here at MSA and they all look really good, though my office is legit the most plant-friendly space on earth because it has 2 walls that are windows!

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