buy house plants in Evanston at Cutlivate Urban Rainforest

Cultivate Urban Rainforest is the best place to buy house plants in Evanston IL.

Once you step into our warm and vibrant shop, you’ll ask yourself why you ever went anywhere else to buy your house plants. Not only do we have the best atmosphere of any plant shop or garden center on the Northshore, we also have just about any type of house plant your heart desires!

From Algerian Ivy to Alocasia Polly, Bird of Paradise to Cardinal Philodendron, Lemongrass to majestic Palms… you won’t believe the wide variety of tropical, native, and curious plants on offer.

Once you select the house plants you’d like to take home with you, don’t forget to stay and shop around for some new pots, organic soils, and other accessories to help accentuate the beauty of your new living decorations. In addition, you might find a piece of artwork from our gallery that perfectly complements the color and shape of your new leafy companions, or a book about wildflowers that you just can’t resist. We pride ourselves on offering house plants that will look and feel great in your home, answering any questions you might have about how best to care for your new (or repot your existing) plants, and helping you feel great about your purchases.

Remember that Cultivate is not only your go-to plant shop and garden center, but we are your spot to find unique home furnishings, nature-themed art, garden and home accessories, and gifts for everyone in the family. Stop in today to look around and chat! We look forward to meeting you soon.


Become a House Plant Expert

Everyone has an inner green thumb. Most house plants will thrive with a little attention to their specific requirements. We are here to help increase your plant know how.



Tillandsia or air plants can live almost anywhere with a filtered light and a little maintenance. Display an air plant in a pot, tuck one into a bit of driftwood, or simply place it on shelf or a desk. As long as you give them medium to bright indirect light and spray with spring, distilled, or rain water. Make sure you saturate your tillandsia and then shake out your plant so that water will not stay in the crevasse and rot your plant.


Give your succulents a minimum of 6 hours in direct sunlight. A southern- or western-facing window with little obstruction is preferred. When watering, wet soil dry and remain dry 2-3 days between waterings. (Water once every few weeks for a small pot; wait longer between waterings for a larger one). When watering, water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out bottom of pot. (During the winter, water less often.) Container must have drainage. Do not be alarmed if lower-level leaves wilt and fall off. This is not indicative of under-watering. The outermost foliage is the best indicator of succulent health.



With a couple exceptions, ferns are allergic to direct sunlight. Like most house plants, ferns are from the forest floor, where light is filtered and the soil rarely dries out. So with a little bit of attention paid to their moisture needs, ferns adapt well to indoor conditions. Plant ferns in a well composted, soilless medium (the one we use and sell is a very rich organic mix) and water them when a finger stuck one knuckle deep into the pot comes out dry. With the occasional cool water shower to rinse their leaves, most ferns will reward you with lush green foliage for years.