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The Sill Medium Plant Subscription Box Review – June 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Jul 3, 2020 | 11 comments

The Sill Medium plant subscription box June 2020

The Sill
3.5 overall rating
2 Ratings | 1 Reviews

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

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. The Sill also has a new Medium Size Plant subscription that is $55 a month with free shipping.

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

This is a review of the new MEDIUM subscription for $55/month.

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About The Sill Medium Plant Subscription

The Subscription Box: The Sill Medium Plant Subscription

The Cost: $55.00 with free shipping

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

Ships to: The contiguous US

Good to Know: There is also a smaller plant subscription that is $35 + shipping.

The Sill Medium Plant Box Review June 2020

The plant was very carefully packaged, just like always. It arrived in a super tall box! I was so excited to see what was inside.

The base of the plant was covered by a protective organic material sheet (straw?) and a rubber band to keep the dirt in the pot.

I did not receive an info packet this month.

Alocasia 'Polly'

Medium Blush Grant Planter - Buy a medium-size for $34.00

FYI: This plant arrived about 14 inches tall inside the planter and about 11 inches across. The planter alone measures about 6 inches tall.

What a cutie! Although she didn't quite need the height this box provided (I thought they had sent me a baby giraffe when I saw how tall the box was) I am glad he Sill team decided to err on the side of giving her more headspace. Alocasia always feel so tropical to me and their needs are similar: bright light and humidity. This is a summer sort of plant for sure. I love the detailed arrowhead-shaped leaves with their white veins and beautifully purple patterned undersides. The stems are delicate and arching, and although I did have one that was so bent I had to trim off the leaf, most arrived in great condition, charmingly nodding at me as I examined my new arrival.

Our plant arrived inside an inner plastic pot that was perfectly nestled inside the ceramic pot. I actually really appreciate this because most of the pots from The Sill do not have drainage holes and this allows me to monitor the hydration levels of my plants closer and helps me make sure they aren't sitting in too much water.

The Verdict: This was my first delivery from the medium The Sill subscription option and I think I prefer this to the smaller one. I love that there is a larger plant, larger pot, and free shipping. For some reason, I am one of those people who totally feel like I get a better deal when I don't have to pay for shipping! The plant itself arrived beautiful and healthy, and I actually didn't have anything like it in my home already, which is impressive since I have 50+ in my space right now. The overall size difference here is certainly noticeable, so if you are willing to spend a little more on your Sill subscription, the newer larger size is a little more pricy, but totally justifies the minor added cost, especially since shipping is free. Also, we all can agree that The Sill is pricy, but I have used it to deliver plants to friends and loved ones multiple times in the last few months instead of even pricier flowers, so it might be a good option for anyone even if you aren't into the idea of a sub.

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 July 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!

What do you think about the larger The Sill Plant Subscription?

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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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On MSA comments I have been a long-time defender – in principle – of the of this sub. Yes, the plants are more expensive than what you get at a box store, but I argued that assuming they are premium quality (beautiful and healthy), once you factor in shipping, handling, time saved, and convenience, the cost of the smaller plant sub is not crazy. BUT then I ordered from them. (And this was prior to the pandemic.)

My experience definitely did not live up to my expectations. The plants I received were NOT premium quality. If I had seen them in a store, I would have passed them over. I received 3 plants, one was misshapen in a way that it will never rebound from, a second (rubber plant) had leaves that were cut and/or insect damaged, and the third (a succulent), arrived with its lower two rounds of leaves wrapped in dried sphagnum peat moss. When I unwrapped it, those two bottom tiers of leaves were rotting – they had turned to mush. In addition, I also ordered a watering can from them, and it arrived dented. I contacted their customer service and their lack of concern and inadequate response, sealed the deal – That was the end of that sub for me!

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I’m so torn about The Sill. I love the planters so I keep ordering them. I recently ordered a money tree and they wrapped the base great but not were the leaves were so all the leaves were broken off. I let them know about the packaging and they said they would send out a replacement plant. I got my replacement plant the same day as my subscription plant and opened the replacement box and it just had one thin wrapping of paper and crushed. I was swearing because I was so mad. Then I opened my sub box and there was the cutest little fern and a my medium planter plant instead of the small size I’m supposed to get. Both of those plants in the other box were well wrapped and I’m so excited to have them. I’m not sure why I got the fern too but I think it may go in the money tree pot since I have two money trees that look just awful now and a cutie that needs a pot. I feel that their customer service has always been stellar when there’s been issues but unfortunately there has been a LOT of issues with poor quality plants once they arrive.

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Amy in KC

Thanks for sharing your experience. I LOVE plants so I always read this review even though I don’t think I would ever pay for it. I do a lot of shopping at both local nurseries and big box stores, so I’m well-versed in the world of houseplants and therefore don’t think this sub is anything special, especially for the price! I am sure MSA is tired of people saying that, but I wish they would review other plant subscriptions out there that are less expensive.

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I am torn between the “My Garden Box” and “The Plant Club” which actually might be the same parent company?? I really want a houseplant subscription (or two or three? lol) and would love if MSA had reviews on The Plant Club and My Garden Box to compare and contrast.

Thank you Beth for posting your experience. I have really been on the fence about The Sill. They seem to have this minimalist vibe, but with a luxury price point. That in and of itself isn’t bothersome, but to hear you don’t get what you pay for consistently? I don’t know if I’m ready to take the plunge.

Amy in KC

Beth and Megan – Thanks for your responses! Beth, were you the same Beth who suggested Mountain Crest Gardens’ succulent box on MSA’s Plant Sub Box list recently? I checked their website and it looks fantastic and very affordable. I want to try it soon and would love to see it reviewed here.

I did really appreciate that Plant Sub Box Roundup, although many of the options weren’t for me (again … price being a factor when I could go to a local place and get the same or similar plant for the same price or cheaper, and I can pick the plant myself instead of trusting the shipping process — BUT, I understand this is not the case for everyone).

In my searches for other gardening boxes, there is one called “My Garden Box” that also seems to be a little pricey, but the difference for me is they appear to come with not only the plants, but a container, the correct soil/media for the plant, and decorative accents, which as an avid gardener I always appreciate. It seems very well-curated and I’d love to see reviews of this too. It’s on my list to personally try out as well.

Finally, “The Bloomin’ Bin” looks really cool, and it has multiple tiers for various budgets. The higher tiers are pretty expensive and the lower tiers look like they’re mostly just seeds, so while it doesn’t check my boxes of being in a more affordable price range for already grown plants, it does look very unique and would be a cool box for you all to review, maybe even just once?

Megan K.

Hey Amy! I appreciate the feedback. Are there any specific subs you have your eye on that you would like to see a review for? I can absolutely take that info back to the rest of the team and see what we can do. <3


can you list some of the other plant subs? I’m not familiar with them but would definitely be interested. thanks!


I’m glad you mentioned most Sill pots don’t come with drainage holes! I prefer having that, so it’s good to know who does and who doesn’t offer them.

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Megan K.

Yeah, I am a drainage hole enthusiast. It’s actually the one big thing I am not crazy about. Some of their designs do have them though! I feel like I hit the jackpot when those arrive.

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