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The Sill Medium Plant Subscription Box Review – August 2020

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

There are a few 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 $60 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 $60/month.

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

About The Sill Medium Plant Subscription

The Subscription Box: The Sill Medium Plant Subscription

The Cost: $60.00 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 August 2020

The plant was very carefully packaged, just like always. The Sill team always seems to go overboard to make sure these plants arrive safely. I certainly appreciate it!


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


The included info sheet was rather lacking in actual info. Instead of giving the plant name, it just stated “Tropical Plant”. Eh….


Red Aglaonema in Medium Dolores Planter – Retail Value $69.00

FYI: This plant arrived about 11 inches tall inside the planter and about 8 inches across. The planter alone measures about 6 inches tall.

A showstopping beauty with vibrant green, pink, and red foliage – the easy-going Aglaonema only looks hard to care for. This low maintenance houseplant will add a pop of color to any interior space, but to keep its coloring bold, place your Aglaonema in bright to medium indirect light indoors. 

This might be the first month I am less enthused about this subscription. Sure, it is a pricy one. I have always known that. But the value is generally there for me with the included knowledge and the thoughtful way the plant was planted and transported to me. This month was disappointing on both counts. I had to look up the plant myself (not a HUGE deal, but still..) and it actually wasn’t even really planted? The Sill has moved to sending plants inside plastic planters nestled inside the ceramic ones, which I totally support because often The Sill planters don’t have drainage holes and I would rather water a plant in the plastic one with proper drainage then set it back inside the ceramic planter between waterings. This plant did indeed arrive inside the plastic planter but literally, it was just three smaller plants rubber-banded together with no real soil. I had to use some of my own potting soil to truly plant these inside the planter, and when a plant subscription is $60 a month I at least expect the plant to be planted.

On a positive note, I absolutely love the Dolores style planter. Though I prefer the matte finish pots from The Sill, something about this spiral shape really makes me smile.

Another smile for the charming red and pink patterns on this plant. I love it when a plant arrives looking like each leaf was hand-painted. And the new leaves start up in the CUTEST little spirals.

The Verdict: This medium delivery from The Sill was a bit of a dud in terms of HOW the plant was presented. This is really unusual for this subscription so I am anxious to see next month if the delivery is the same. I know this is a smaller business that might be working out some kinks in this new larger delivery, and I have been really happy with it up until now, so I am willing to give them the benefit of a doubt and see what delightful green thing they send next month.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this sub is temporarily sold out but you can sign up for the waitlist!

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!

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

Posted in Home Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, The Sill Reviews| Tags: the sill | 14 comments

Comments (14)

  1. I read this review every month because I’ve been considering a plant subscription as a gift for several people for awhile now. Every month I wonder why none of the other services are reviewed in addition to/instead of this one. I have never seen anything mentioned in the reviews of this service that make it even remotely superior to others. I read the MSA post dedicated to “9 plant subscription services” and there are so many others that are affordable and seem to offer so much more. If MSA pays for this one out of pocket I just wonder why they won’t consider reviewing a different one? If they were receiving it for free I would understand. I would love to see any of the others reviewed, especially the one Anne mentioned above. Just my 2 cents.

  2. Wow, I got my Red Chinese Evergreen at Lowe’s for $5 when they had a switch of season. And in the regular they are about $15 or so.

  3. SIXTY dollars?? Wow.

  4. No soil? I would be livid. Clearly that is not what people sign up for at such a premium price.

    since MSA pays for this sub, i think you should contact the Sill about this and report their handling of it. That would be truly valuable for readers.

  5. If anyone is interested in learning how to make a spiral pot similar to this one, get “Make it in Air-Dry Clay: 20 Creative Projects for Modeling, Sculpting & Crafting” by Fay De Winter. You don’t need a kiln or fancy tools for this version. In the book, the spirals are painted pretty, pastel colors.

  6. I ended up cancelling last month because I just don’t see the value. The month before they gave me an extra small planter and when I reached out to them about it, they said it was a premium plant and that was why. And last month I got a plant that would have been cheaper to buy from their site since I have the plant parent membership.

  7. The dehydrated soil is so easy to ship and use. There is no reason you should have had to find soil.

    I see a lot of comments about getting plants cheaper. Please support local nurseries if you have them!

    • I’m all for local nurseries but I think mean Walmart & other big boxes – in that case I support dollars to The Sill!!!

  8. Holy moly that is an expensive plant, lol. I go get several plants for that amount of money. I have three ‘tropical’ plants that I purchased five years ago at a grocery store that are still doing great, for a third of that money on one plant.

  9. I am on the waitlist for this. I love the little pots and how securely they ship.


  11. This is crazy expensive. I don’t get it. I can find as nice a plant at Walmart.

    • I get plant club monthly. This was my second month, it’s $25 plus shipping and you get the plant, a pot for it, soil, topper if needed, and even a little magnet with the plant name and a drawing.

      The Sill just seems wildly overpriced for everything they sell, subscription or not.

      • Anne, that sounds like a great sub! Thanks for the info. I’ll check it out.

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