october prime day 2022

All of the (Actually Good) Houseplants at Amazon Prime’s Early Access Sale

Photo-Illustration: María Jesús Contreras

When we ordered snake plants from nine online nurseries to test whose plants would arrive quickest and in the best condition, a Costa Farms plant fulfilled by Amazon came in first place. “It’s cheap, it’s fast,” concluded Strategist editor Maxine Builder, and the plant arrived healthy and undamaged: Upon pulling it out of the box, “it looked fantastic, especially given the price.”

Today, for Amazon Prime’s Early Access Sale, a lot of Costa Farms houseplants — including the snake plant that scored top marks in our ranking — are on sale, with discounts of up to 42 percent off, useful if you’re trying to add some greenery to your home or if you’re doing some early holiday shopping for a gardener. (If you need help keeping a plant alive until December, we have resources for that, too.) But act fast — the sales end at 11:59 p.m. PT tonight (or 2:59 a.m. ET on Thursday, October 13), and some items may sell out before then.

The bird of paradise earned a mention in our ranking of the next status plant — plus, it’s “a lot easier than the fiddle-leaf fig,” says Benito Gonsales, plant buyer at Saifee Hardware & Garden in the East Village. “Just give it bright light and water it once per week.” It can even flower annually under the right conditions.

For a wackier addition to your sill, consider this 15-to-20-inch ponytail palm.

A snake plant is a great option for new gardeners — it’s low-maintenance and can thrive in dimmer areas (just make sure to avoid watering already-damp soil).

This bundle of four air-purifying plants — the mix varies based on availability but can include peace lilies, snake plants, and ivy — is 18 percent off today.

A pothos is a superlatively unkillable, fast-growing houseplant — great for new gardeners or to give as a housewarming gift.


This tropical 3- to 4-foot-tall palm tree is an incredible 42 percent off today.

For an intermediate gardener, this glossy red anthurium would make a wonderful gift.

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The (Actually Good) Houseplants at Amazon Prime’s Early Sale