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this place is a must see for all who love cactus, succlents, or simply the UNUSUAL. i have visited the Cactus King several times, the first when located in the Montrose area (a very long time ago). the owner is very willing to share his knowledge with visitors to ensure success with their plant selections. today i am still enjoying plants that i purchased from the Cactus King many years ago.
On February 24, 2009, butterflysawait from Houston, TX wrote:
The Emmense collection of Cacti is overwhelmingly Wonderful! This is the key point to visiting this place, Not for the Owner. He is Rude and sarcastic, and thats NOT my imagination! His manner put me off, had he been nicer I may of bought more plants. I will go to another garden shop before I go back to him! Never the less his place is worth checking out. My Rate for the store...A+. The Owner...F.
On January 28, 2009, BobGoblin from Vinton, LA wrote:
First, if you are into growing cacti and succulents, you simply have to visit this nursery. The Cactus King has a larger selection of cacti and succulent than any other nursery. You will want to re-pot most of the plants you puchase soon after getting them home. The larger plants tend to be potted up in what appears to be mulch, and the smaller ones are often potted in coconut fiber.
The plants located outside are typically hardy to at least zone 8. The plants located in his greenhouses tender and are usually best for raising as houseplants or in a greenhouse.
My two qualms about the nursery: First, most plants are not labeled so you'll have to catch the Cactus King and ask him what they are. Bring a pen and paper, or better yet, bring some labels and a marker! Second, while some of the plants are priced, others are not and you'll have to ask him how much he is selling them for.
My complaints are minor in comparison to the great selection of plants he has. Also, in one of the older greenhouses (the other reviewer referred to it as a tent--its more like an old wooden shed with sun cloth across the top) he has smaller plants that you can get for a great discount if you buy in larger quantities.
His "art" is pretty cool--Americana at its finest! The Cactus King himself is a pretty unique fellow. While it is a two hour drive for me, I'll definitely be paying the Cactus King another visit.
If you love cacti and succulents, you owe yourself this experience.
I went here a few years ago, so I don't know what the conditions are like now. The "Cactus King" himself was there the days I visited and there was no one else there at the time so he was able to show us around and answer questions.
He has many large cacti/succulents kept outside, and then there are 2 tents for the smaller plants. I have purchased many plants from him and all have survived with no problems. He told me what kind of soil to use for each plant, what the plants were called (since some were not labeled), and where to put them in my garden. He said it is wise to give them similar conditions to what they had at the nursery so they don't go in to shock. It can be hard to grow some of the cacti from his dry tent outdoors in wet Houston, so make sure you have a sunny dry spot to put these. If not, buy some of the plants he keeps outside because they have already been conditioned to the Houston climate.
Be sure to check out his "art" - homemade pieces he created from trash. Funny guy.