About Us


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. 

Fifteen 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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