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MiMo Garden Center
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Here’s where you can buy plants in Miami right now

The best places to buy plants in Miami will help you exercise your green thumb with exotic varieties, succulents and more

By Virginia Gil
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These last few months of lockdown have sparked numerous unexpected interests. For some, not being able to enjoy the best restaurants in Miami has inspired them to try their hand at cooking. While for many others, plants have been the curious hobby they’ve newly adopted. It’s not unusual considering the number of hours we’re spending inside these days. Filling our private spaces with greenery connects us to the outside world and brings some necessary freshness to rooms we’ve probably grown tired of now. So where does one buy plants in Miami? You could procure them from big-box stores, but the better alternative is the handful of locally owned nurseries and shops we’ve outlined for you here. You’ll find these places offer affordable prices, a wide variety of exotic and rare blooms and, in some cases, even deliver to your home. Time to show off those green thumbs.

Where to buy plants in Miami

Midtown Garden Center
Photograph: Courtesy Midtown Garden Center

1. Midtown Garden Center

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You could spend hours browsing the aisles at this friendly, blooming oasis in the middle of urban Wynwood. They carry all kinds of indoor and outdoor plants, which you can choose to have them plant for you in one of their many beautiful planters or opt to bring it home and plant yourself. There’s also in-house florist, Zoom Bloomz, selling fresh-cut flowers and affordable custom bouquets. It’s dog-friendly, so bring your pooch and make it an outing with lunch at the on-site taco truck, Tacomiendo. During regular times, the center offers horticultural events like terrarium classes. We look forward to those again soon.

Apollo Plants
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2. Apollo Plants Miami

Humans aren’t the only ones struggling through the current global crisis, local flora is feeling the effects too. That’s where Apollo Plants comes in, rescuing discarded plants and plants in peril and selling them online at a considerable discount. Consumers get to purchase directly from the nurseries in Homestead that they wouldn’t otherwise visit, and farmers benefit from the newfound business. Apollo also partners with local designers on one-off potted and hanging creations, such as the funky stacking planters by Miami-based clothing brand Simonett.

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MiMo Garden Center
Photograph: Courtesy MiMo Garden Center

3. MiMo Garden Center

Just up the road is Midtown Garden Center’s smaller but equally charming sister store. Open only a few months, it’s stocked with a variety of indoor and outdoor plants, plus a wide selection of very forgiving succulents and cacti–which is what you’ll want to reach for if you have a black thumb. Looking to revamp your lawn? Check out the adorable garden accessories and oversize planters. Landscapers will find plenty of inspo browsing the inventory here.

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4. Richard Lyons Nursery

The namesake behind this 10-acre nursery began his career as a real estate lawyer before devoting himself to his true passion nearly 20 years ago. He still mans the place, and would’ve been more than willing to give you a tour on his golf cart before lockdown. Social-distancing practices aside, Lyons’ is filled with special exotics, native plants, tropical fruit trees, herbs and even minis suitable for Bonsai. The curated selection is a dream for horticulturist in search of something unique.

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5. Kreative Gardens

These guys created (and patented!) the root orb plant system, a unique way to cultivate plants by weaving its roots with organic materials. The exposed orb is easy to care for and keeps plants safe while making the whole system—growing roots to flourishing tips—more aesthetically pleasing than regular planters. Kreative Gardens’ sells all kinds of plants with this type of system at its home stores (Coconut Grove and Tropical Park area) as well as retailers around town.

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6. Little River Cooperative

This all-encompassing urban farm has a plant nursery, offers in-home installations of edible gardens and even participates in a CSA program. Especially at the height of the crisis, the coop worked as a conduit between locals and numerous organic farms who needed help unloading a surplus of fresh produce. Their sprawling plant nursery opens fall through spring (it’s currently closed for summer) and sells mostly vegetables and culinary herbs. Care for them right and, besides decorating your space, these beauties will return the favor with a bountiful harvest.

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7. Florida Nursery Mart

Landscapers, rejoice. This full-service nursery has you covered with plants, sod, mulch, lawn decorations and more. Customers can shop online and get their items delivered or schedule in-house pickup. Whether virtually or IRL, Florida Nursery’s staff will guide you in finding the type of plant best suited for your space.

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