Apopka may not have a lot to lure anyone living outside it's city limits for a visit, or within it for that matter. I can say this because I lived there for 2 years. While I knew that Apopka does boast it's title of being the Indoor Foliage capital of the world, I always thought to myself, so what, who cares.
I'm not a farmer or a landscaper, I can barely keep air plants alive, so living in this mecca of greenery meant nothing to me. I do however have a soft spot for succulents and cacti for no other reason than that I find them adorable and hard to kill. So for quite some time, like a fool, I had been buying my plants at markets or even Home Depot and Lowe's. All the while, for almost as long as I have been alive, Florida Cactus Inc. has been growing some pretty stunning plants right there in the APK. That's street for Apopka. Ya dig?
I took a drive over and just a little ways off Hwy 441, down a tiny dirt road are several greenhouses brimming with beautiful life.
I met a very kind woman who instructed me on the process for someone coming from off the street to make a purchase. Normally they are dealing with selling these babies wholesale to the places that I had been going! It's a great way to cut out the middle man not to mention having a much wider variety to select from.
There was a price list and map of the nursery in their office, and black cartons you fill up with your choices. A few areas were not for sale yet and were marked off with a ribbon, but there was still more than I could possibly process. Lots of variety, different sizes and shapes. It was succulent overload.
I give a lot of credit to the people I saw outside in this heat taking special care of these precious potted wonders. I barely lasted 10 minutes before sweat was pouring off my body.
I can't wait to go back when the weather is a little cooler and take more time to inspect each greenhouse carefully. It's very peaceful. Next shindig I throw will absolutely be outfitted in these beauties.
Housewarming? You get a succulent!
Wedding shower? You get a succulent!
New Job? You get a succulent!
New Baby? You get a cactus.
I will be the Oprah of the foliage world.
I would recommend to anyone that buys succulents or cacti to visit this nursery and meet some of the very lovely people I got to speak with today. It felt so much better than walking into Home Depot, that is for sure.
In total I bought 18 succulents/cacti, all differing sizes and my total was under $40. Much cheaper than when I have bought from other places. Tell a friend, take a field trip, and explore! The four Taco Bells within a 3 mile radius would be happy to have you.