A Nursery Transforms Itself

With the new year we decided it was time to put some long awaited changes into effect here at Desert Creations. We've rearranged the interior of our gift shop, transformed the back office into a vault of rare books, and expanded on our selection of hand thrown pottery, gardening tools, and top dressing. But some … Continue reading A Nursery Transforms Itself

Legendary Adenia Spinosa

Many succulents can start off small but with the proper care and the right conditions, some can grow to massive proportions. That was the case with these giant Adenia spinosa we received last month, each weighing over 60+ pounds and absolutely ready to not move an inch. Crowned with a bristling forest of thorny branches … Continue reading Legendary Adenia Spinosa

Bare Root Bonanza

Whenever shipping a cactus or succulent specimen to it's new home, we always send items bare root to reduce the shipping weight and prevent any humidity buildup from residual moistures in the potting soil. Of course, there's also an additional benefit that comes un-potting out plants which is getting to see the hidden elements of … Continue reading Bare Root Bonanza

Raiders of the Lost Greenhouse

For the past few months there had been talk of a private nursery collection which lay outside of LA which Desert Creations was set to acquire. While we were assured the collection was ready for pickup, the record Winter rains had essentially grounded our efforts to make the three hour drive to pock it up. With several … Continue reading Raiders of the Lost Greenhouse

And the Cacti Keep Coming

You know Spring is coming fast when we begin brining in specimens at the rate we have lately. From big deliveries packing our delivery van to multiple flats of collectible Haworthias, we're already having to get creative with available space. But for nursery visitors, the abundance of new items offers a chance to expand collections, discover new … Continue reading And the Cacti Keep Coming

Incoming Haworthia

Yesterday we showed off a range of the incredible new specimens which arrived in one flat after another this earlier this week. But as mentioned, the delivery was so big we couldn't hope to cram all the content into one blog post. Today, Desert Creations proudly shows off it's newest additions to the shelves, a wide … Continue reading Incoming Haworthia

New Week, New Arrivals

One of the most exciting times to be working at Desert Creations involves the arrival of new specimens. When the white van rumbles into the parking lot, it's a time for rolling up sleeves, unloading boxes, and drawing out one flat after another of unique succulents and cacti. If last week's evening delivery got your attention, … Continue reading New Week, New Arrivals

Evening Delivery

Yesterday Gerald woke up at the crack of dawn to take the nursery van down to San Diego. The mission: to secure multiple flats of new plants for the nursery, load up the van, and brave fierce afternoon traffic conditions on the way back to Northridge. As the sun began dipping late in the afternoon, … Continue reading Evening Delivery

A Grand Un-Potting

Un-potting is a fascinating time for us at Desert Creations. Whether it's prepping one of our unique cacti and succulents for shipment or moving a plant into a larger vessel, we get to finally see the most intriguing parts of plants otherwise concealed below layers of soil and top dressing. As the potting soil is gently brushed away … Continue reading A Grand Un-Potting

New Arrival – Dioscorea Macrostahcya, the “Mexican Yam”

Of the many unique specimens we receive here at the nursery, dioscorea tend to draw the most inquiries and speculative stares from customers; their bark-like skin, knobbly texture, and a squat profile speaks more to the look of a alien tree stump. Rest assured, these unique specimens are as full of life as any other … Continue reading New Arrival – Dioscorea Macrostahcya, the “Mexican Yam”