• MK

The Best Budget-Friendly Places To Buy Plants

Updated: May 17, 2021

Spring is upon us... and I think I speak for everyone when I say that the season of regrowth is much, much anticipated this year. Each year its exciting when the snow melts and frigid winds settle down. But something about having a global pandemic dominating all aspects of life seemed to make the winter months drag impossibly on this time around.

I am so ready for warmth in the air, sunshine that never quits, and colors popping up from plants bursting back to life. Which means, of course, that I'm excited for spring decorating. Which really means: buying more plants.

I've been doing my plant shopping on a budget and if you want to save your money for other essentials, you should to! So join me in visiting these places that sell affordable plants to bring some life into your home and embrace the warm season.

If you've made it here, you're probably hunting for cute indoor plants to fill your home from floor to ceiling with...but you're not quite ready to pay big bucks for them. Or maybe you're not ready to make a financial commitment to a living thing when you've had...bad luck...with them in the past.

While you can go to your local garden center and pick up fallen leaves and try to grow them (yea- people do it), you might want to consider the easier options on this list of affordable places to buy plants. Let's check them out.


IKEA is great for a lot of things, especially when you're looking to upgrade your home for a reasonable price. Going into this giant store and looking around is both dangerous (for your wallet and trunk size) and inspirational. While IKEA might typically make you think of furniture, cabinets, and random household supplies, I accidently discovered the greatness of the IKEA plant section and stand by it to this day.

Artificial house plants are often pretty expensive, but IKEA has some amazing fake plant options that can add a nice touch in your home. For example, this potted eucalyptus plant looks so cute cascading off a shelf or out of a pot and looks real! It's only $4.99.

Larger artificial plants at IKEA, like this cool bamboo plant, are closer to $50, but even this is a comparably reasonable price- and worth it if you're lacking a green thumb.

This living snake plant has been a great addition to my living space for years now and is just $7.99. I also get live succulents here since you can find them for as little as $3.99.

Another reason to check out IKEA for plant decor is to explore their large variety of pots and plant stands. They can be anywhere from under $1 to about $30- all ridiculously reasonable. IKEA Is a one stop shop for a huge collection of plant decor this Spring!

Pro tip: Buy a cost friendly pot or plant stand at IKEA and do a DIY out of it! There are hundreds of DIY IKEA hacks you can do- make a quick YouTube search for inspiration.

Home Depot

I don't know if I just missed the memo or what, but I was semi-shocked to find out that Home Depot has a ton of living indoor plants, and that most of them won't break the bank. Of course they have a large Garden Center with a bunch of plant needs and gardening plants and accessories. Take a look inside though, and you'll see succulents, ferns, palms, and more plants that are perfect for decorating your indoor spaces or patio this Spring.

The last three times I went, I walked out with a plant that I didn't come there for. No regrets!

Home Depot has this mass cane with a pot for only $26. This is a common houseplant for air purification and a unique look. This gorgeous majesty palm I have my eye on is just under $20 in this size! I need to run over and grab one- it's the perfect plant for creating relaxing apartment vibes.

A three pack of aloe vera plants is also around 20 bucks, and there is a large variety of succulents for $20 or under, including this three pack for $15. Both of these plants are healthy to have around the house and are a great touch for shelving or window sills.

Discount Grocery Stores

While higher end grocery store plant prices sometimes alarm me (like actually lol), you might get lucky and find a sale at the local discount grocery store. They often have a variety of smaller succulents, aloe plants, and small plants that are great for placing on shelves, desks or window sills.

You have to go to the grocery store anyways, why not save time and turn your grocery shopping trip into a little home decorating trip as well? The plant options might vary each time you go, but another perk is that they often go on sale.

I did grab a cute palm on sale at the grocery store- at Harris Teeter (which I would actually call higher-end)- for under $10.

Its also worth checking out places like Costco, which might have indoor plants in their garden center at the right time of the year.