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This startup makes shopping and caring for beautiful house plants easyeven if you don't have a green thumb

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 24 Feb 2021


<bi-shortcode id="disclaimer" class="mceNonEditable" data-type="insiderpicks">&nbsp;</bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored"><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5b845f5bb354cdbe318b56d4-1333/leonandgeorge-magenta-triostar.jpg" border="0" alt="leonandgeorge magenta triostar" data-mce-source="Lon &amp; George"></a></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><ul class="summary-list"><li><strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Lon &amp; George's</a>&nbsp;indoor house plants are easy to care for and each comes in a stylish ceramic planter.&nbsp;</strong></li><li><strong>I still own the plant I ordered in 2018, and continue to recommend Lon &amp; George for its robust plant selection.</strong></li><li><strong>I've also tested plants from The Sill and Bloomscape, see how <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/where-to-buy-plants-online" target="_blank" rel="noopener">they compare to Lon &amp; George</a>&nbsp;here.&nbsp;</strong></li></ul><bi-shortcode id="commerce-link" class="mceNonEditable" data-cardtype="small" data-pid="5f10c71e191824799d1bf638" data-purchase-option="">Bird of Paradise (small)</bi-shortcode><bi-shortcode id="table-of-contents-sticky" class="mceNonEditable" data-type="h2">Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky</bi-shortcode><p>Home and interior design magazines frequently espouse this simple trick for refreshing your space: add a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/where-to-buy-plants-online" target="_blank" rel="noopener">house plant</a>. It's not only a strategic aesthetic move<a href="https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_nature_makes_you_kinder_happier_more_creative" target="_blank" rel="noopener">research has found</a>&nbsp;exposure to nature improves emotional well-being, making you happier and even more creative.</p><p>I'm no scientist, but plenty of anecdotal evidence has also confirmed that shopping for and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/the-sill-online-plant-care-workshop-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">taking care of these beneficial house plants</a> isn't as easy as the magazines make it out to be.</p><p>After hearing similar feedback from friends, plant enthusiasts Ron Radu and Nico Bartoli wanted&nbsp;to show people that owning plants can actually be hassle-free and thus created <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Lon &amp; George</a>, a full-service online startup that delivers potted, responsibly sourced plants right to your door.</p><h2>What is Lon &amp; George'</h2><p>Radu and Bartoli started in 2016 by partnering with local growers who were looking for a change from big box stores and nurseries, which often placed unrealistic demands on crop growth or didn't store plants in optimal growing environments.</p><p>Though the company has now scaled to a point where the founders don't need to turn their own homes into mini-greenhouses, the level of care and attention remains: they source the highest-quality greenery from US growers, and all plants are stored under conditions that imitate their native climates.&nbsp;</p><p>Customers can choose from a collection of <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2Fplants%2Fcollection%2Fall-plants" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">attractive plants</a>, like the airy <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2Fplants%2Fbird-of-paradise-large%2Foption%2Foptn_4OANwRJvkwvYL8" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Birds of Paradise</a> or the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2Fplants%2Fjade-pothos-small" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Jade Pothos</a>, then pair their selection with a simple and stylish ceramic planter. You can also shop by "Benefits" (easy-care, air purifiers, safe for pets) and "Light" (medium-to-bright, low). Everything except shipping is included in the price: the plant, pot, wood stand, and care instructions. Shipping is only free on orders of $100 or more.&nbsp;</p><h2>Review of Lon &amp; George</h2><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored"><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/5b84612f8ea82ff5248b49b2-800/leon and george plant care.jpg" border="0" alt="leon and george plant care" data-mce-source="Lon &amp; George"></a></p><p>I ordered the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2Fplants%2Fzanzibar-gem-medium-scandinavian" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Zanzibar Gem</a>, namely because the website indicated it's "near indestructible" and can "handle long periods of neglect"music to the ears of traditionally terrible plant owners like myself. It can also handle low-light environments, so I could plan to keep it right at my office desk instead of a distant window sill.&nbsp;</p><p>The potted plant arrived upright in a box, and thanks to layers of cardboard support and bubble wrap, it emerged from the shipping journey fresh and unscathed.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2Fplants%2Fzanzibar-gem-medium-scandinavian" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored"><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5b8454b1b354cdb9228b49e5-800/my leon and george plant.jpg" border="0" alt="my leon and george plant" data-mce-source="Connie Chen/Business Insider"></a></p><p>Caring for my Zanzibar Gem has been a breeze. In the two years that it's sat on my desk, I basically water it whenever I think to (which is really not often) and coworkers comment how green and shiny it is. I've been pleasantly surprised about the plant's resiliency. Despite many desk moves and imperfect care, my plant has held up. Unfortunately, I haven't been at the office for the past six months due to the pandemic so I can't say how it's held up without water for half a year, but it was a great desk mate nonetheless.</p><p>If you're worried about plant care falling by the wayside, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Lon &amp; George</a> sends Weekly Plant Care Reminder emails to nudge you to pay a little more attention to your plant. You can also email a "plant doctor" at plantdoctor@leonandgeorge.com if you have specific questions and need personalized attention.&nbsp;</p><h2>The bottom line</h2><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored nofollow sponsored"><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5ea8967738bf2345be1f6704-800/leon and george 2.jpg" border="0" alt="leon and george 2" data-mce-source="Connie Chen/Business Insider"></a></p><p>My experience with the service couldn't have been easier. Since I live in a big city, it's inconvenient and tiring to visit a nursery and haul a large plant onto the subway, so having it delivered (the company delivers nationwide) instead was a major boon.</p><p>The potting was already done for me, and the site offers a lot of support if you run into any trouble while caring for your plant. Buying greenery from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Lon &amp; George</a>&nbsp;is also an investment back into the Earth because the company plants one tree in a US National Forest through the National Forest Foundation for every plant sold.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Lon &amp; George</a>'s selection of high-quality plants will appease plant parents of all types. If you're new to plant care, the site offers guidance and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2Fplants%2Fcollection%2Flow-maintenance-plants" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">low-maintenance options</a>, and if your room is already filled with greenery,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored nofollow sponsored">Lon &amp; George's</a>&nbsp;all-in-one service makes it that much more convenient to add to your collection.&nbsp;</p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.leonandgeorge.com%2F" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored">Shop all plants at Lon &amp; George here</a></h2><bi-shortcode id="commerce-link" class="mceNonEditable" data-cardtype="small" data-pid="5f10c71e191824799d1bf638" data-purchase-option="">Bird of Paradise (small)</bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/leon-and-george-plants-review-houseplant-delivery#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p>
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