Do Leaf – A Great Way to Find More Interesting Plants

by Fern on February 24, 2010

in Product Review

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I recently became aware of a great new site called Do Leaf when they offered to send me some plants so that I could test out their site (it’s still in beta). Do Leaf is the brain child of Sarah, Ryan, and Micah who were fed up with the mediocre selection of plants at their local big box stores. They decided to put their web development skills to work creating a portal where people like you and me can find plants from specialty nurseries all over the country.

I ordered three plants: Ficus ‘Ruby,’ Nutmeg Scented Geranium , and Catnip. Here are the photos of the unboxing…

The plants were happy to get out of the box!

I planted the catnip under my apple tree. I’ve already pinched off a few leaves and fed them to my cats. They strongly approve!

Aren’t these leaves stunning? I was really impressed with the size of this Ficus. It sells for $7 through Do Leaf, but similar sized houseplants sell for around $20 at my favorite local nursery. And quite frankly, they aren’t as interesting.

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The Do Leaf site has over 400 plants and seeds currently listed, ranging from Curly Boy Croton to Peachy Sunrise Day Lily, and a whole heck of a lot in between. It seems like more plants and new nurseries are being added all the time.

In our day and age of corporate customer service automatons, I’ve become obsessed with businesses that act “real.”  I think Do Leaf is just the sort of company I would love to hand my hard earned dollars. I like the idea of supporting young people who saw a problem and created a solution. People who are passionate about what they do and how they do it.

With that in mind, I think I am going to order a few of these ‘Grape Magic’ Hemerocallis (Day Lilies). I’ve been dreaming about a planter near my front door that had purple lilies and orange Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker Plant). The only problem is that I challenged myself to grow stuff from seed/bulb this year. Plant lust or personal challenge?! I’m not sure I have enough self-control to resist…Does “bareroot” count as growing something from seed or bulb?

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