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Friday, 4 March 2022

Buying plants in Cairo is now easier than ever

Buying plants in Cairo has in recent years become easier than ever: Once you’ve determined what you’re looking to add to your home (or even if you’re undecided and still looking to browse) there are tons of options for buying house plants in the city now. From online sites with home delivery services to traditional outlets, here’s a look at some of the options that can help get you on your way.

If you’re looking for convenience: Check out sites like Mashtal or Nabat. Both boast extensive lists of indoor and outdoor plants — everything from herbs, fruit trees, cacti and decorative plants to outdoor landscaping solutions and consultations — and deliver to most locations in Cairo. You can also get your gardening essentials like potting soil, fertilizer and shears from them. BONUS: Mashtal has a few guides that might help you navigate their site and decide on the most appropriate plants for your space.

Choosing a more artisanal route: If you’re just starting out and looking to cultivate a more fashionable arboretum inside your home, you might want to check out Plant Cult, who’s primary ambition is to “introduce Hard to Kill plants to complete beginners.” You’ll be able to buy some of the toughest indoor plant species, potted in a variety of colorful and decorative pots, from their site. They do safely packaged home deliveries as well.

Instagram sellers worth checking out: Pages like Greenology, GreenPro and Planty also sell a number of nicely potted house plants that come delivered directly to your doorstep. Some of their plant offerings are a bit larger in size and a little more difficult to take care of than what Plant Cult has to offer, but they also have cheaper options. Shoot them a DM on Instagram or Whatsapp to get the ball rolling.

A little more on the gardening side of things: You’ll find a good selection of vegetable seeds and soil at places like ZeroChemia in Maadi.

And of course, if you want to avoid your journey into plant parenthood being mediated by a screen, visit an actual mashtal: If you’re a resident of the Republic of Maadi, you’re no stranger to the long stretch of plant nurseries lining both sides of the train tracks on Road 250. Pop your head into any section and take a look at some of the plants on display for yourself. You might find ceramic pots available at some of the nurseries but they’re typically not great. Bring some newspaper or a plastic bag to line the bottom of the plastic container your plant is likely potted in to avoid soil getting everywhere on your way home. Elsewhere around the city, keep an eye out for plant nurseries and small-scale sellers on quiet streets and roundabouts.

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