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A neighbor alerted me to the existence of a new plant seller in the area. Orange County Succulents. Here's their web site. Yee haw! Let's go plant shopping!
The location is your classic Southern California plant seller location: under high-power lines. Property that is not good for anything else (except maybe community gardens?)
It was good to see they were selling more than the standard Agave americana. I saw vilmoriniana, bovicornuta, guiengola, guiengola 'Creme Brulee', and others.
Quite a few tree Aloes available--barbarae and thraskii, mostly. The two gallon (I think) marlothii in the photo above were $24. No sign of gall mite, and stock looked fresh and well-grown. Palms, and specimen Euphorbias, too.
Lots of containers for sale, too. These I have not seen before: made from pieces of rusty steel, nearly a meter (3'+) across.
Plus the more common ceramic:
The smaller plants were a good deal, being well grown and with prices equal to or less than Big Box store prices.
The famous WWII-era blimp hanger barely visible in the background:
A healthy Chamaerops for $31.
They had some slightly-out-of-the-ordinary Aeoniums, 'Cyclops', for example:
A good selection of currently popular Euphorbias:
Can't remember this one, offhand. Not every single last plant was labelled, but most of them were, and they seemed correct.
An Aloe striata that has been in the sun a lot, giving it a beautiful bronze color:
Super bubbly-warty Echeveria hybrid:
Agave...guadalajarana, is it? The Agave famous for having more "a"s it its name than any other.
A four-branched Aloe plicatilis was $79.
Moving inside the hoop buildings, there were a large array of orchids (mostly Phaelenopsis) and house plants. The widest variety of Dracaenas I've ever seen in once place. The company wholesales as well as retails, so must be a good source for interior designers. Lots of interior pots and baskets as well as indoor plants.
They had 4" succulents for $2.40 (retail) and 2"-3" succulents for $1.20 (retail). These are reasonable prices and match or beat big-box prices.
Verdict: my impression is: good prices (if not jaw-dropping bargains), good (if not miraculous) selection, and well grown plants.
I bought a Medusa Euphorbia, E. caput-medusae(?), which I've been looking for at a decent price for quite a while. $2.40 for the 4", a decent price--I've seen the same thing for $6-$8 elsewhere. It will go into the ground out front, where it can become large and scary. As a test, I asked a salesperson if they could get an Agave titanota for me. I've been on the lookout for this species for a couple of years, and have yet to happen upon it anywhere. The salesperson said she would check and call me next week. We'll see what happens.