Letting Go of Perfectionism in Your Houseplant Collection: Embracing Imperfection and Enjoying the Journey

Letting go of perfectionism when it comes to our houseplant collections can be a liberating and rewarding experience.

Houseplants have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people turning to indoor gardening as a way to add a touch of nature to their homes. Unfortunately, the pressure to maintain a perfectly curated collection of houseplants can become overwhelming. In this blog, we will explore the negative impact of perfectionism on our houseplant collections and offer some tips for letting go and embracing imperfection.

Perfectionism is often defined as the need to achieve flawlessness or excellence in everything we do. While striving for excellence can be a positive trait, when taken to an extreme, it can become debilitating. When it comes to houseplants, perfectionism can manifest in a number of ways. For example, you may feel the need to have a perfectly curated collection of plants that are all in peak condition, with no signs of pest or disease. You may also feel the need to have a perfectly organized and aesthetically pleasing display of plants in your home.

The problem with perfectionism is that it can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety. If you’re constantly striving for perfection, you may find yourself obsessing over your plants and constantly worrying about their health and appearance. This can take away from the joy of having houseplants in the first place, and can even lead to burnout or giving up on your hobby altogether.

So, how can we let go of perfectionism when it comes to our houseplant collections? Here are a few tips to get you started:

Accept that imperfection is natural.

Plants, like all living things, are not perfect. They will have imperfections, and that’s okay. In fact, some imperfections can even add character and beauty to your collection. Instead of striving for perfection, try to embrace the unique qualities of each of your plants.

Focus on the journey, not the destination.

Instead of fixating on achieving the perfect collection, try to enjoy the process of caring for your plants. Learning about different species, experimenting with new care techniques, and watching your plants grow and thrive can be incredibly rewarding. Remember, the journey is often more important than the destination.

Give yourself permission to make mistakes.

No one is perfect, and we all make mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up over every little misstep, try to view mistakes as opportunities for learning and growth. If a plant dies or doesn’t thrive, use it as a chance to reflect on what you can do differently next time.

Let go of comparison.

It can be tempting to compare your collection to others on social media or in real life, but this can be detrimental to your mental health. Remember that everyone’s journey with houseplants is different, and what works for someone else may not work for you. Focus on your own collection and what brings you joy.

Prioritize self-care.

Taking care of plants can be a relaxing and therapeutic activity, but it’s important to prioritize your own well-being as well. If caring for your plants becomes too stressful or overwhelming, take a step back and give yourself a break. It’s okay to take time for yourself and prioritize your mental health.


In conclusion, letting go of perfectionism when it comes to our houseplant collections can be a liberating and rewarding experience. By accepting imperfection, focusing on the journey, giving ourselves permission to make mistakes, letting go of comparison, and prioritizing self-care, we can enjoy our plants and the benefits they bring to our homes and our lives. Remember, houseplants are meant to bring joy and beauty to our lives, not add stress and anxiety.

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Return Policy

Last Updated July 2, 2022

Thank you for your purchase. We hope you are happy with your products! However, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may be able to return it to us for a full refund or store credit. Please see below for more information on our return and exchange policy.


Plants: Plants are eligible for a full refund or exchange with returned within seven (7) days of the purchase date. All returned plants must be in their original nursery pots with tags intact and proof of purchase. Plants may be exchanged for another plant of equal or lesser value. We are not responsible for the death or damage of plants that have been removed from their original pots after purchase. 

Non-plant goods: Any non-plant goods (pottery, macrame, plant care products, etc.) can be returned in new, unused condition for a full refund or exchanged for another item of equal or lesser value within fourteen (14) days of purchase. Packaging may be opened, but the product must be unused and returned with all of its original, undamaged packaging. 

Return Process

To return an item, contact us by email at ashley@pollenplant.co

For Plant returns/exchanges:

  • Title email “Return/exchange [your order #]”
  • please provide a detailed description of why you wish to return or exchange the plant, including any damage/pests/etc. 
  • Include a picture of the plant in its original pot.

For non-plant returns/exchanges:

  • Title email “Return/exchange [your order #]”
  • A brief description of why you wish to return the item
  • A photo of the unused item in its original packaging

All return requests will be responded to within 1-2 business days. If the return is appropriate, a pickup date and time will be arranged free of charge.


After we receive your returned item and inspect its condition, we will process your refund or exchange. Refunds will be sent to your original method of payment. Refunds might take 1-2 billing cycles to post to your credit card statement, depending on your bank. We will notify you by email when your return has been processed.


Plants that have been removed from their original nursery pots are not eligible for return or exchange.

Non-plant items that have been used or damaged (including any packaging) are not eligible for return or exchange.

All sales are final on discounted items, and they cannot be returned or exchanged.


Questions or concerns about our return policy? Please contact us at ashley@pollenplants.co

Delivery Details

All orders will be fulfilled by either home delivery or local pick-up. 

At checkout, you will select “delivery” or “pickup” and choose your preferred date and time to receive your order. 

We require at least 24 hours to process your order.

Home Delivery

We currently deliver to the following towns:

  • Portsmouth
  • Dover
  • Durham
  • Somersworth
  • Epping
  • Newmarket

Delivery is available Monday-Friday 11am-6pm

Home delivery is subject to a $6.00 delivery fee

Your items will be delivered within the 30 minute time frame you selected at checkout. We recommend choosing a delivery time when you will be home. If no one is home to accept the order, your items will be placed on your doorstep and out of direct sunlight whenever possible. We are not responsible for lost or damaged goods that are left at your door. 

Please contact us if you need to change your delivery date or time! We are happy to make reasonable accommodations. 


Pick-up is available for free at our greenhouse located in Somersworth, NH

Pick-up hours are Monday-Friday 11am-6pm.

Our greenhouse is located at a private residence, so please be respectful of your chosen pick-up time

Please contact us if you need to change your pick-up date or time.

Automatic refunds will not be issued for unclaimed orders. We will contact you to arrange a new pick-up date and time.