Welcome to Planet Desert

Welcome to Planet Desert

Planet Desert is a family owned wholesale/retail nursery based in Mendocino County in northern California.  We are dedicated to growing a wide variety of cacti and succulents and are constantly adding, developing and creating more products. We offer the best quality plants at the best prices possible.  After all, we've been in the business for years!

I developed a passion for plants way back in my early twenties. I grew up in the outskirts of Mexico City, surrounded by nature. My family owned a big piece of land which was divided between my parents, my brothers, my sister and me.  We each had our own house and shared common areas with a pool, a huge garden and some undeveloped land.  Eventually, my brothers and I built a greenhouse and launched a business selling poinsettias. That's when it all started.

I left the poinsettia business to my brother and worked some other jobs (not plant related). But, once you work with plants, soil, flowers, seeds, etc. there's no going back. I felt a yearning and I missed the smell of damp soil and watching how a few seeds can turn into a beautiful shrub, especially when nurtured with just the right amount of water and light! Gardening is truly therapeutic. I’m sure a lot of you will agree with me when I say that plants become part of the family, just like pets.

Twelve years ago my wife, my two beautiful daughters and I moved to California. We packed up and left Mexico with no specific plan. A true improvisation leading to a life project. Mendocino, our final destination, offered excellent conditions to go back to the plant business. Soon enough, I was experimenting with cacti and succulents and Planet Desert was born.

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  • Mark Ramirez
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  • Hayden P.
    Hayden P.

    I just got my cacti in today! Fantastic, very healthy specimen. I’m very happy with them! Thank you, I will buy again in the future!

  • Brian Janosik
    Brian Janosik

    Received my cactus and succulents a few days ago and very happy with everything !!! Your packaging was just fantastic, and all the plants were healthy and looking great. Appreciate your attention to detail . Also your selection is the best !! I would recommend this site to anyone !!! Will order again without hesitation. Grrrrrrreat experience !

  • Joann Vanderpool
    Joann Vanderpool

    I received a damaged plant… Who would I need to talk to?? Thank you.

  • Cyndy

    Received our cacti today. Packing was Super and our cacti arrived is great shape

    Love service and quality of cacti. Now we have found you, will be ordering more

    BIG THANK YOU!!! 😉

  • Cynthia A Garland
    Cynthia A Garland

    I received my first order from you today. I want you to know how impressed I am with the speed of delivery, the packaging and of course the beautiful, healthy plants. I stumbled upon your site and I am so happy I did. Locally I can only find a limited selection of plants, your selection is awesome! Thank you Planet Desert! I would definitely order from you again. Wishing you great success in 2019!!

  • Mar

    To whom it may concern….

    I want to order from you guys but I don’t see a telephone number. Do you guys have a contact number in case there is a problem with shipping?

    Thank you.


  • Latoyia C Oglesby
    Latoyia C Oglesby

    Thanks for your help as I totally understand your a busy man. Thanks again I also will be making that order o tommor .

    Thanks again MR. MARK

  • OAnh nG
    OAnh nG

    I from vietnam. I want to buy cactuslove. Please contact me at whatapps +84906652288

  • MaryJane Callihan
    MaryJane Callihan

    Thank you Mark for helping a newbie to the world of exotic cacti from other countries with specific information.
    All so different from the cacti we know of. Planet Desert is truly a customer friendly company.

  • Cynthia Blasko
    Cynthia Blasko

    Love your online store. Just received my order and was very impressed. Great selection of cacti. Reasonably priced and
    beautiful cacti. Nice sized and not puny. I like the idea of receiving potted plants and not bare rooted ones. Packaged beautifully and each potted plant is topped off with pea stones. Fast shipping. Pleased with my purchase and customer service is A-one. Plan to purchase more. Thanks to staff for paying attention to detail. Very satisfied customer and will recommend to others.

  • Collin

    You guys are fantastic! Great plant selection and they arrive very well packaged and quickly. I really like that you ship the plants in their pots so help protect the root structure. Your customer service is top notch and I’ll continue to support your business!

  • Tami V.
    Tami V.

    The most beautiful cactus!
    They are packaged perfectly and arrive so quickly.
    I have spread the word amongst my friends in the cactus world over the past year.
    They praise you also.

    A very happy customer.
    Tami V.

  • Pat Walker
    Pat Walker

    I live in SF Bay Area and would like to visit your store. I cannot find your address anywhere other than Mendocino County , Are you open to public ? If so, address please ? Thank you for you response.

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