I’ve spent the last two weeks preparing this blog post for Leaf & Clay (it took me a hot minute just to pot up all of the succulents!) and I’ve truly enjoyed every second of it. It’s rare that you come across such a fabulous company – everything from the quality of the plants – to the outstanding customer service – and everything in between has been nothing short of phenomenal.
This is a sponsored post with affiliate links that I wrote on behalf of Leaf & Clay. As always, all thoughts my own!
As much as I enjoy driving into town to shop for succulents, I don’t enjoy it at all when I see that they have been left for dead by store employees. I guess it’s not their fault that they pour water over the lithops while the Christmas cactus are laying there bone dry. That’s exactly why I decided to look elsewhere for my succulents.
I first tried a shop on Etsy, but had a less than stellar experience (the first package was the wrong order AND really late, then the second had diseased plants with more thrips, mealies, and aphids than I care to bring into my home).
So Who Are Leaf & Clay?
You may have already seen Leaf & Clay on Instagram (their hashtag alone has 80,670 mentions!) and is actually where I first heard of them myself. They are an online succulent and cacti retailer located in California that carry a massive selection of stunning plants.
I went a little crazy and ordered over 65 echeveria, lithops, cacti, haworthia and other various succulents (you know, for review purposes) *giggles*
Here’s how it went.
Shipping and Delivery:
I placed my (massive) order on a Tuesday night and it was filled and shipped the very next day! I had the package in my hands – in North Carolina – by Friday. Amazing. Keep in mind that they ship live plants Monday-Wednesday so plan accordingly.
I absolutely LOVE that Leaf & Clay ships their plants bare root. This makes it so much easier for me since I always re-pot them anyway (and you should too!). I’ll write a post soon on the best way to re-pot your new succulents, no matter if they come in a nursery pot, or bare root. Either way, it’s a good idea to remove all peat from the roots and put them into a fast draining mix.
My Leaf & Clay Order:
At Leaf & Clay, you can order individual plants or you can go for their unique, hand-selected variety packs. This was perfect for me since I have such a hard time choosing single plants. I’m not picky when it comes to succulents plus, who doesn’t love a surprise?!
Awesome Echeveria – 12 various rosette-shaped echeveria succulents / $4.50 per plant
Pastel Party – 12 gorgeous pastel succulents / $4.50 per plant
Weirdo Pack – 12 wild looking succulents (split rock, tiger jaw, lithops, etc) / $5.40 per plant
Cactus Cuties – 6 MINI cacti (squeeeeee!) / $3.00 per plant
Everything Pack – 12 succulents and cacti (a little of everything) / $4.50 per plant
Haworthia ‘Star Window Plant’
Haworthia mirabilis mundula
Haworthia retusa acuminata variegata
Fenestraria Baby Toe’s (massive 6″ plant!)
Lipidaria ‘Karoo Rose’
Variegated Bear’s Paw
What makes collecting succulents so much fun are the ENDLESS varieties (especially with all the crazy hybrids!). What also makes it interesting are the fascinating textures like the fur that’s on this Kalanchoe ‘Teddy Bear’.
I was super excited when I unwrapped this A.W.E.S.O.M.E Crassula Moonglow. It’s one that I had been wanting for a while and believe it or not, I actually had it in my cart but took it out before ordering! If you decide to get one of the variety packs, you’ll get a hand-picked selection of gorgeous succulents and they will probably look WAY better than anything you’d be able to find yourself (especially if you live in small-town USA like me).
I have to give it to Leaf & Clay, they actually do an amazing job of selecting the plants. I was a tad worried they would just grab “whatever” and throw it in the box but that’s not the case at all!
All of the succulents come delicately wrapped in white tissue paper and are covered with shredded crinkle paper as filler. I tried to sort the plants according to each variety pack for photos (like all the pastels, echeveria, weirdos, etc) but gave up.
I’m pretty sure these are some from the Weirdo pack. (above)
A big THANK YOU to Renee on Instagram (@r.bledsoe) who helped me to identify this Variegated Indian Corn Cob cactus. Up until this order from Leaf & Clay, I only had one cactus – now I have over 10!
The Good, the Bad…..the Ugly?
I’ve told you about all the “good” things about ordering from Leaf & Clay – but what about the bad? There’s got to be some, right? I honestly had a tough time trying to figure out some negatives to add in here. (What’s an honest review without them, right?) Anyone who has read my blog knows that I can be brutally honest when it comes to my opinion on things and well, I just don’t have very much to say here.
IF I had to point out something (and I’m reaching at this point) it would be these brown spots on the string of bananas. At first glance, it appears that it is either diseased – or may even be scale – and takes away from the overall appearance of the plant. Thankfully, it’s [probably] only edema and is very common, especially in the “String of ____” varieties. My string of pearls has this also, but not quite as much. Edema is caused by abnormal water retention and is not serious at all.
The Ginormous Baby Toes Succulent
Have you ever seen such a HUGE pot of baby toes?? This beauty is massive and literally takes both hands to hold! If you want something a tad smaller, they also have these in 2.5″ and 4″.
I really like the playfulness of this Echeveria Irish Mint. It’s a hybrid and is similar to the Echeveria Topsy Turvy. Oh, that reminds me. How often do you order things online and they look EXACTLY like the photo in the description? Rarely if ever, right? Not with Leaf & Clay. If you CLICK HERE, you’ll see that my plant (above) looks exactly like the Irish Mint on their website! As a matter of fact, most all of my new succulents look the exactly the same, if not better!
I adore the Tiger Jaws succulent and it’s one of Vic’s faves too! This is actually 3 plants but I decided to keep them together because it looks so neat. Depending on which way you look at them, they totally look like an animal with its mouth open showing their big teeth! The “teeth” on this plant are soft, so no worries about getting poked!
The Leaf & Clay Cacti Collection
What you WILL get poked with are these. I didn’t really start to appreciate cacti until recently when I started to pay more attention to them in bloom. Their flowers are so detailed and just absolutely stunning.
Another close up of a beautiful flower in bloom!
Leaf & Clay Cactus Cuties
I ordered a 6 pack of the cactus cuties, but I kinda wish I had ordered the pack of 12! They are SO adorable!
Just look how TINY it is. I can’t get over how cute they are. If you’re not a fan of cacti, get these and you will instantly be converted.
Here you can see their standard 2.5″ cacti and beside it, one of the itty bitty cacti cuties!
Leaf & Clay Lithops
I have more lithops than I can count but what I didn’t have were green ones – but now I do! Check out the Lithops ‘Verde’ here.
This is what the lithops will look like after you separate them and G.E.N.T.L.Y clean the roots. All I have to do now is pot them up in some pumice (from General Pumice Products, of course) and they’re ready to go!
Leaf & Clay Haworthias
I was super excited to see all of the haworthias on the Leaf & Clay website! They even have some that I haven’t seen anywhere else! Haworthias propagate so easily and I love the way the windows are clear allowing you to see the veins when you hold them up to light. I didn’t want to put them in such huge pots (the ones on the right) BUT the roots were so big and full, I had no other choice. You don’t see me complaining tho! I still might move them to smaller pots but I’ll have to find some proper ones first.
I’ll be honest. When I first set out to order from Leaf & Clay, I was just a little bit skeptical. I think this goes back to the not-so-great experience I had on Etsy mixed with knowing what the succulents look like at our local stores. I guess this was a lesson in you can’t judge everyone by the actions of a few. But yeah, I totally can’t wait to place my next order…..especially now that they have Crassula Morgan’s Beauty back in stock!
If you want gorgeous succulents, excellent customer service, awesome prices on an amazing selection, look no further. If you still want to purchase half-dead plants, well, you know where to find them. *cough Lowe’s cough cough*
Disclosure: Leaf & Clay Succulent Haul is a sponsored post thanks to the generosity of Leaf & Clay™. However, all opinions expressed are my own, including thoughts in tweets. I received compensation, either monetarily, with a free product or both in exchange for this post. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.