December 20, 2021

Where to Buy Houseplants in Greater Cincinnati

If there's one thing all Millennials and Gen-Z-ers love, it's houseplants.

According to Money.com, these generations aren't buying homes, but they are spending a bunch on pothos.

"For many 20 and 30-somethings dormers and a white picket fence seem impossibly out of reach. Making rentals feel more inviting and homey through greenery is a more realistic alternative," reads the article. "Millennials are willing to up their plant budgets because they consider it important to their sense of well-being — particularly when they work long hours at sometimes insecure jobs in bustling but cramped cities."

Are you one of these aspiring plant parents? Perhaps you already own a large collection of monstera and zz plants.  Maybe you've killed one or two or are desperately trying to keep your fiddle-leaf fig alive (why is it so hard???).

Whether you want to add to your collection or get growing advice to keep your plant children happy, these shops offer both physical greens as well as tips and even supplies to turn your home into an urban #jungalow. 
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The Budding Florist
1817 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
A graduate of DAAP, Ellie Wilke — the owner of The Budding Florist in Over-the-Rhine — specializes in creating "floral arrangements that are inspired by the inherent beauty of nature," she writes on her website. But the storefront offers more than flowers. Here you can find a variety of tropical plants, both big and small, in artful containers or ready to pot at home.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Budding Florist

1817 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
A graduate of DAAP, Ellie Wilke — the owner of The Budding Florist in Over-the-Rhine — specializes in creating "floral arrangements that are inspired by the inherent beauty of nature," she writes on her website. But the storefront offers more than flowers. Here you can find a variety of tropical plants, both big and small, in artful containers or ready to pot at home.

Fern
6040 Hamilton Ave., College Hill; 737 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a converted gas station, Fern offers minimal, modern and nature-inspired items. Find a carefully curated selection of unique hand-thrown pottery, homegoods, plant supplies and indie publications interspersed among the vast selection of houseplants, from tiny airplants to larger monsteras and coveted fiddle-leaf figs. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and can lend advice to any existing or future plant parent. Fern has a second location in Walnut Hills.
Photo: facebook.com/fernstudiocincinnati

Fern

6040 Hamilton Ave., College Hill; 737 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a converted gas station, Fern offers minimal, modern and nature-inspired items. Find a carefully curated selection of unique hand-thrown pottery, homegoods, plant supplies and indie publications interspersed among the vast selection of houseplants, from tiny airplants to larger monsteras and coveted fiddle-leaf figs. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and can lend advice to any existing or future plant parent. Fern has a second location in Walnut Hills.

Garden Grove Organics
106 E. Fourth St., Covington
Garden Grove Organics is housed in a renovated former Mexican restaurant in Roebling Point, and boasts a giant mural that pays homage to Little Shop of Horrors. While you won't find Audrey II inside, they offer all you'd need to grow her at home, from grow lights and reflective film to soil amenders and hydroponic systems. If you aren't ready to dive that far in, Garden Grove also has a selection of what owner Alex Fraser calls "hard-to-find house plants." They also host free classes, like the recent "‘Anatomy of a Grow Room."
Photo: Provided by Garden Grove Organics

Garden Grove Organics

106 E. Fourth St., Covington
Garden Grove Organics is housed in a renovated former Mexican restaurant in Roebling Point, and boasts a giant mural that pays homage to Little Shop of Horrors. While you won't find Audrey II inside, they offer all you'd need to grow her at home, from grow lights and reflective film to soil amenders and hydroponic systems. If you aren't ready to dive that far in, Garden Grove also has a selection of what owner Alex Fraser calls "hard-to-find house plants." They also host free classes, like the recent "‘Anatomy of a Grow Room."

Gia & the Blooms  
114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine; Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine
Contemporary and clean seasonal floral arrangements at an affordable price point. The interior of this little OTR urban jungle houses a larger-than-expected selection of items like greeting cards, candles and locally made ceramics along with lots of houseplants. There are air plants of all shapes and sizes, hanging and trailing options, super-tall cacti, $5-a-pop little plant buddies and more. Burlap-wrapped hand-built bouquets begin at $42, and Gia offers delivery.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Gia & the Blooms

114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine; Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine
Contemporary and clean seasonal floral arrangements at an affordable price point. The interior of this little OTR urban jungle houses a larger-than-expected selection of items like greeting cards, candles and locally made ceramics along with lots of houseplants. There are air plants of all shapes and sizes, hanging and trailing options, super-tall cacti, $5-a-pop little plant buddies and more. Burlap-wrapped hand-built bouquets begin at $42, and Gia offers delivery.

Fleurish Grounds  
5907  Bramble Ave., Madisonville
What started out as a pop-up in owner Christine Funke's garage turned into a brick-and-mortar storefront in Madisonville offering plants, pots, the shop's own coffee blend (from Urbana Cafe) and even curated vintage clothing. She dubs the shop's vibe as “modern coastal Midcentury," and shoppers can find everything from calatheas to palms and cacti inside. Funke posted to social media that the storefront itself is closing on Jan. 1, 2022 — "due to poor building management," she said — but promises Fleurish will continue to be operational online and through various pop-ups. There's even talks of a new location in the works. UPDATE: Fleurish Grounds says they'll be opening a new space in Newport with Flow Koffee and Kombucha.
Photo: facebook.com/fleurishgrounds

Fleurish Grounds

5907 Bramble Ave., Madisonville
What started out as a pop-up in owner Christine Funke's garage turned into a brick-and-mortar storefront in Madisonville offering plants, pots, the shop's own coffee blend (from Urbana Cafe) and even curated vintage clothing. She dubs the shop's vibe as “modern coastal Midcentury," and shoppers can find everything from calatheas to palms and cacti inside. Funke posted to social media that the storefront itself is closing on Jan. 1, 2022 — "due to poor building management," she said — but promises Fleurish will continue to be operational online and through various pop-ups. There's even talks of a new location in the works. UPDATE: Fleurish Grounds says they'll be opening a new space in Newport with Flow Koffee and Kombucha.

Buds  
3575 W. Kemper Road, Colerain Township
Colerain Township’s Buds is ready to meet all your flower needs — and then some. The shop is run by Donna Hoffman and Emily Bosse-Woolum, who decided to take the next step after years of creating centerpieces and bouquets at home for weddings. They wanted the ability to still function as a floral shop while they ventured out into more activities. Buds boasts a wide selection of pre-made arrangements and fresh flowers daily as well as arrangements that can be ordered to your specifications. They also offer a nice variety of houseplants. But what really sets Buds is are their DIY options. Visitors can build their own bouquets and succulent gardens, or work on larger projects for events. You can even book the space for private parties.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Buds

3575 W. Kemper Road, Colerain Township
Colerain Township’s Buds is ready to meet all your flower needs — and then some. The shop is run by Donna Hoffman and Emily Bosse-Woolum, who decided to take the next step after years of creating centerpieces and bouquets at home for weddings. They wanted the ability to still function as a floral shop while they ventured out into more activities. Buds boasts a wide selection of pre-made arrangements and fresh flowers daily as well as arrangements that can be ordered to your specifications. They also offer a nice variety of houseplants. But what really sets Buds is are their DIY options. Visitors can build their own bouquets and succulent gardens, or work on larger projects for events. You can even book the space for private parties.

Deerhaus Decor  
135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, Findlay Market
Located in Findlay Market, Deerhaus provides a brick-and-mortar location for local craftsmen and artisans to display their work, which ranges from soaps and ceramics to jewelry and woodwork. There are also unique maker-made items from across the United States that all share similar characteristics of being accessible and sustainable with a woodsy vintage vibe. Find locally made waxed canvas aprons next to naturally dyed raw silk scarves, salvaged breweriana and hand-sewn stuffed animals. The shop stocks a rotating selection of houseplants, including terrariums and vivariums in unique glass containers.
Photo: facebook.com/deerhausdecor

Deerhaus Decor

135 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, Findlay Market
Located in Findlay Market, Deerhaus provides a brick-and-mortar location for local craftsmen and artisans to display their work, which ranges from soaps and ceramics to jewelry and woodwork. There are also unique maker-made items from across the United States that all share similar characteristics of being accessible and sustainable with a woodsy vintage vibe. Find locally made waxed canvas aprons next to naturally dyed raw silk scarves, salvaged breweriana and hand-sewn stuffed animals. The shop stocks a rotating selection of houseplants, including terrariums and vivariums in unique glass containers.

Coda Co.  
400 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This hip and crafty shop features maker-made products from upcycled and natural materials, like macrame wall hangings (made by shop owner Kelti Ziese), along with a vast selection of boho-chic clothing and home decor. Kelti loves houseplants and it shows in the shop's curated selection potted beauties.
Photo: facebook.com/codacompany

Coda Co.

400 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This hip and crafty shop features maker-made products from upcycled and natural materials, like macrame wall hangings (made by shop owner Kelti Ziese), along with a vast selection of boho-chic clothing and home decor. Kelti loves houseplants and it shows in the shop's curated selection potted beauties.

District 78  
2908 Short Vine, Corryville
District 78 specializes in housemade soy wax candles, scented with a blend of fragrance oils, that are phthalate free, paraben free and 100% vegan. To complement your candle, snag a new houseplant. The shop carries different sized pothos, snake plants, cacti, philodendron and more — plus cute gardening-themed T-shirts and bags.
Photo: facebook.com/bydistrict78

District 78

2908 Short Vine, Corryville
District 78 specializes in housemade soy wax candles, scented with a blend of fragrance oils, that are phthalate free, paraben free and 100% vegan. To complement your candle, snag a new houseplant. The shop carries different sized pothos, snake plants, cacti, philodendron and more — plus cute gardening-themed T-shirts and bags.

Forage  
320 W. Four St., Downtown
Located next to sister boutique Koko, a sustainable shop and refillery, Forage is a self-described "interior plant shop and community for plant people. We’re on a mission to create a place where plants and the people who take care of them can thrive." Among their copious plant stock are ones for green-thumbs, brown-thumbs, low light and those that are pet-friendly, plus all the gear and goods you need to keep them healthy and happy.
Photo: Danielle Schuster

Forage

320 W. Four St., Downtown
Located next to sister boutique Koko, a sustainable shop and refillery, Forage is a self-described "interior plant shop and community for plant people. We’re on a mission to create a place where plants and the people who take care of them can thrive." Among their copious plant stock are ones for green-thumbs, brown-thumbs, low light and those that are pet-friendly, plus all the gear and goods you need to keep them healthy and happy.