Botany Lane Greenhouse, a producer of finished tropical plants, succulents, and specialty annuals in the Western U.S., recently announced it is expanding to provide young plants for growers and grower-retailers.
“We are excited to offer a large selection of succulent liners, including more than 50 varieties of Echeveria,” says Managing Partner and General Manager, Scott Fulton. “The succulent program is now in its 10th year of development and only growing. New gardeners and millennials are fascinated with the colors, shapes, and ease of care offered by succulents. We want our retailers to be able to capitalize on this multi-generational demand with a superior product.”
In addition to liners, Botany Lane, which is #80 on Greenhouse Grower’s 2017 Top 100 Growers list with more than 827,000 square feet of environmentally controlled production, has also expanded its retail-ready succulent planters to match the indoor/outdoor demand for modern and traditional garden consumers.
Botany Lane Greenhouses was founded in 2003 as a finished grower of annuals, perennials, and succulents for independent garden centers, landscapers, resorts, and municipalities for the immediate Colorado front range and mountain areas. In 2008, the company merged with High Plains Greenhouse (HPG), a young plant producer in Denver, and in 2013 opened a third location in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to expand production of tropicals.
In 2016, the operating company of Horta USA (doing business as Botany Lane Greenhouses) formed a new ownership team consisting of Byron Chrisman (Owner), Mitch McDonald (Owner, CEO, and Production Manager), and Scott Fulton (Minority Owner, General Manager). Because of this, the company is positioned well for an increased presence in the marketplace. New branding, a new website offering live availability ordering, and new customer-focused processes have allowed Botany Lane to widen its distribution area and serve more customers looking for young plant liner tropicals, succulents, and specialty annuals, as well as those in need of a comprehensive finished plant program.
Sought-after young plant products include flowering tropicals (bougainvillea, Hollywood Hibiscus, and Summer Romance Mandevilla), specialty crops (cordyline hybrids, geraniums, ensete, and specialty accent plants), and, of course, the succulent liners.
“Operating locations in varying climates has created an opportunity for Botany Lane to fill holes in the market for young and finished succulents and tropicals, ensuring that all retailers and growers are stocked with high-demand (and thus, high turnover) products,” Fulton says. “We ship young plants to all 50 states in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. We can help anyone experiencing shortages or in need of a consistent supply in these crops.”
For more information, go to BotanyLane.com.