What's New at Arid Lands Greenhouses

Recent Events

It is New Years Day 2019 in Tucson with cold rainy weather, and the mountains surrounding Tucson are white with snow. We're having our first winter in perhaps 5 years this year, and fortunately the freezing so far has not been severe. We're in the middle of inventory now, already having counted 56,000 plants with a probable endpoint of 75,000 not including seedling and cuttings flats. Those flats, and the numerous plants they contain, are why we usually tell people we have around 100,000 plants for sale each year. Aloes are our most numerous, with 13,800 counted.

We sell about 20,000-40,000 plants per year and keep our inventory going with a robust seedling and cutting production program. Some of you know to ask about the availability of rare species, and this time of year is a good time since our inventory reveals all, including some gems hidden among the more common species. If you've been following our catalog changes in 2018 year, you know that we have over 4,000 species/sizes and around 27,000 products for sale through our website. What's more, we've changed the listings to be a little friendlier to view in web browsers. We keep increasing the number of species that we have for sale. You can anticipate some new Aloes, Commiphoras, and geophytes, at the least, for sale in 2019.

Both of our German shepherds, Kaspar and Katia, are 2 years old now, and they are growing up quite fast. These two like to run so you will typically will find our gate closed, and you'll need to honk or call us to gain access. Unfortunately, Katia loves to announce herself by barking, which can scare some people who have had bad incidents with large dogs, but neither of our German shepherds would hurt a human being. If you are one of these people, please call in advance and we can keep our dogs away from you.

The change in Arizona's minimum wage law to $11/hr has had an impact on our small business, but some modest price increases a year ago have mitigated the effects. The only price increases we anticipate this year would be for larger plants or rare ones that we are unlikely to replace in the future. Shipping costs have risen faster than wages and it is likely we will have to increase some of our shipping costs this year to keep up. Things will be different in 2020, when the minimum wage goes to $12/hr.

Website News

Nearly 5 years ago, we have moved to a new webhosting service, and as a result our email addresses have changed. All of our previous email addresses have the same prefix but end in @aridlandswholesale.com. You can access our new site either by entering our old domain name (aridlands.com) in your browser or by accessing it through www.aridlandswholesale.com. Our new site is an upgrade in shopping cart to make personal information more secure in accord with changes in banking security. Now, we're revamping our product listings, particularly in Euphorbia, where we've changed from listing species alphabetically to listing them by form type. We hope this helps to more easily navigate our shopping cart. Because of excessive spam, we're gradually phasing in the new general email address of info@aridlandswholesale.com to replace aridqueries@aridlandswholesale.com.

We're shipping orders normally at this time. We have a Wholesale List available for January 2019, and it represents a serious makeover of our list. We're attempting to make our wholesale list look a little more like our on-line catalog to better aid wholeale customers find the plants they are looking for.

CITES Permit Update for International Customers

Of interest to our international customers, we have filed for a CITES master permit for most of our Aloe species. When and if that is approved, we will file for Euphorbias and other species as well, then finally for cacti. For a year now, we have listed all of our species according to their CITES restrictions on export.

We're shipping orders normally at this time. We have a Wholesale List available for January 2019, and it represents a serious makeover of our list. We're attempting to make our wholesale list look a little more like our on-line catalog to better aid wholeale customers find the plants they are looking for.

CSSA Convention in 2019

We will not go to the Cactus and Succulent Society of America Convention in California in 2019. It is too far to go and we find it difficult to haul plants safely.

International Travel

Bob was in South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya in April-May 2017. That trip was mostly about Sansevierias, particularly some new species. He likely will return to Africa sometime early in 2019, but where and when?

New Seedlings and Cuttings

Our production of seedlings of everything from rare Euphorbias to relatively common Adeniums has overwhelmed our greenhouse, prompting us to seemingly perpetually rearrange our inventory. The 2018 seedling production was our best ever, with a number of new species that we've never offered before coming up in droves. This is particularly true for Aloes, where we have a number of new species we've never even seen before, as well as some unusual geophytes and especially mesembs. We've had a bumper crop of cuttings in 2018 as well, and many of these will become available in 2019. We're starting to grow a lot of columnar cacti, which is a serious change for our business.

We planted more than 140,000 seeds of succulent plants and cacti in 2018. Much of what was planted in 2017-18 is listed in our on-line store, and expect more unusual species, as well as relisting of popular ones, this spring and summer as we get back to propagation and repotting. Some of the new plants are common, some are rare, and some have never been offered before anywhere. We like to think that the best is yet to come for our plant offerings to our customers.

With our 21,000 square feet, we now have the ability to grow larger plants without worrying about protection from winter frosts. In addition, we keep adding new shade structures this year for frost-tolerant species. Producing our own seed from plants that we can verify as real species is important to our ability to offer our customers the best plants that we can, and we are committed to propagation within our stock plants.

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