Where do YOU shop for succulents? See fellow succulent lovers’ favorite sources—both mail-order and walk-in—below, and add yours in a comment too!
What if the succulents you want aren’t available near you?
It’s a common dilemma: Those succulent nurseries you want to buy from that are beyond driving distance don’t offer shipping. Reason being the challenges of packaging and transporting live plants. Good news: Mail-order succulent suppliers now offer a broader selection than ever. It’s become big business, and many online vendors don’t even want walk-in customers.
Because I’m in Southern CA—near more succulent nurseries and growers than anywhere else in the world—I seldom obtain succulents by mail. (A notable exception is Mountain Crest Gardens, who sent me assorted sempervivums to trial in my garden. I can attest that their plants and packaging are impressive.) Anyway, my lack of experience with online nurseries is why I need your help. But first, if you’re in southern CA, you need to know about what I call…
“The Altman Empire”
Several years ago in a South Carolina garden, I saw a nice crested lady fingers cactus (Mammillaria elongata cristata) from the local Home Depot. Seems I had crossed a continent to see a plant that had originated a few miles from my home! It came from Altman Plants, the largest grower of succulents in the US, which supplies Lowe’s and Home Depot garden centers.
Altman Plants is strictly wholesale but sells retail at Oasis Water Efficient Gardens in Escondido, CA; online at ShopAltmanPlants.com; and at the Nursery Outlet Farm Stand at 906 Buena Creek Rd., Vista, CA—a resource that may be unique.
Consider: You’ve shopped for clothes and other wares at outlet stores—why not succulents? At Altman’s Nursery Outlet Farm Stand you’ll find perfectly good “seconds” (overgrown or slightly damaged plants) at bargain prices. See more in a video I made this month with manager Lecia Smith: Bargain Succulents at San Diego’s Nursery Outlet Farm Stand (3:01).
So, where do YOU shop for succulents?
Help me and our fellow succulent aficionados by sharing your favorite sources! Simply leave a comment below, telling us:
(1) Your city or region
(2) What you’ve purchased
(3) What sources you recommend, and why (mail-order, walk-in or both)
(4) Anything else on this topic that might be helpful.
And if you’re a supplier, let us know what you specialize in and whether you offer shipping.
Btw, my San Diego Succulent Nurseries, Public Gardens and Destinations page now includes Los Angeles and Orange County. It’s challenging to keep the list current, so if you see outdated or missing info, I’d be grateful to know. Thanks!
Also on this site:
- For outstanding variety, quality, service, pricing and shipping: Mountain Crest Gardens.
- For dry-climate, outdoor, and collectible succulents: Altman Plants.
- For “wierdos” and “rarities” not found elsewhere: Leaf & Clay (photos below), Rare Succulents, and Grigsby’s.
- For party favors, bouquets, weddings and projects with small succulents: The Succulent Source.
- For succulents acclimated to the Bay Area and beyond: Succulent Gardens Nursery.