Cultivate Urban Rainforest is your plant shop

in Evanston

filled with indoor plants both odd and unusual .

We search an ever-expanding list of growers and suppliers to track down plants that are odd and unusual—like carnivorous plants and air plants—as well as the tried and true. At Cultivate you’ll see orchids that will surprise you, succulents that will astound you, and rarely seen specimens that will take your breath away. We are also excited to offer a selection of house plants that are non-toxic for cats and dogs, as well as terrariums and other enclosures that will help keep plants and companion animals safe from each other.

At Cultivate, we believe that art and nature belong in both the home and the garden, so our selection of plants, furnishings, and gifts includes items for every indoor and outdoor space you can imagine. In addition to high-quality imported and salvaged furniture, we have pots for your indoor and outdoor plants, ferns, vintage prints, 100% organic soil, glassware, gardening books, and so much more. We could be your one-stop shop for all things home and garden.   To get a feel for all that we have to offer, just click here to see a 360-degree virtual tour of the shop on Google. Then, hit the road and come on by: Our beautiful oasis is ready to welcome you!


Become a Plant Expert

Everyone has an inner green thumb. Most house plants will thrive with a little attention to their specific requirements.



You may know these wonders as air plants. A bit misleading cause they do need light and water. They got moniker because they grow on trees, thus they live a soil free existence.  The genus Tillandsia from the bromeliad family.

Here’s the scoop for you plant parents for what they need to thrive.

Light: Full spectrum light via light bulbs or the Actual sun. Bright indirect or filtered light is best.

Water: Saturate your plants with distilled water. This prevents mineral deposits on your plants. Shake upside down to prevent water from settling in the nooks and crannies. Pooled water could cause plants to rot.

Air Circulation: After watering your tillandsia provide enough air circulation for them to dry off with in four hours or less. This is also to prevent rotting.


Light: Minimum of 6 hours DIRECT SUNLIGHT. A South or West facing window with little obstruction is preferred. Water: Let 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 pot. When watering, water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out bottom of pot. During winter, water less often. Containter must have drainage. Do not be alarmed if lower level leaves wilt and fall o. This is not indicative of under-watering. The outermost foliage is the best indicator or succulent health.



Light: indirect 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)

Water: Stick your finger one knuckle deep into the pot comes out dry it’s time to water. With the occasional cool water shower to rinse their leaves, most ferns will reward you with lush green foliage for years.