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Living Desert Plants is a home-based specialist plant nursery focusing on rare succulents and cacti. We place our focus on succulents that are not generally available in large retail nurseries. Much of our range is imported and propagated before being made available. At Living Desert Plants, you will find the weird and wonderful that you cannot find easily elsewhere.

What started as a tiny collection on a single table, is now a fully-fledged home-based nursery. This is the LDP story.

This venture found its roots as a hobby-turned-business created by Harry Lewis in early 2018. Harry was able to get the nursery up and running using valuable knowledge gained from his years as a nature conservationist. His respect and admiration for nature is at the core of LDP’s ethos, and this extends to the plants in our care. Whether it’s plants for sale or plants in our personal collections, we give them the individual attention they deserve, and provide them with the highest possible standard of care.

All our plants are legal, nursery grown specimens, and we have been certified by Cape Nature as a registered Grower and Seller of Protected Flora since 21/05/2018.

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Latest blog posts & videos

Living Desert Plants Newsletter – March 2024

What is happening at Living Desert Plants? 2024 is a big year for us, with many substantial changes and updates to our plant availability. Read more about what we have been up to below. This is the Living Desert Plants Newsletter – March 2024 edition. Stellenbosch succulent and cactus nursery We officially opened the succulent . . .

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Rare Plant Fair Calendar 2024

Living Desert Plants is primarily an online nursery, though we do have stalls at a variety of events throughout the year. If you want to meet us in person, then this is the list of rare plant fairs to attend for 2024! Plant & Swap Festival We will have a stall at the Plant & . . .

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Living Desert Plants Newsletter – January 2024

What is happening at Living Desert Plants? This is a big year for us, with many substantial changes and updates to our plant availability. Read more about what we have been up to below. This is the Living Desert Plants Newsletter – January 2024 edition. New nursery location We have moved! Our new home-based nursery . . .

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The best potting soil for your succulents & cacti

Succulents and cacti are renowned for their resilience and survivability. However, these plants will only thrive in specific soil conditions that mimic their natural habitat. Putting together the correct potting soil is essential for nurturing your plants. In this article, we will dig into the main soil mediums that we use at Living Desert Plants, . . .

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How to grow Haworthia from seed

In our previous article, we discussed how to go about pollinating Haworthia in order to encourage them to produce seed. The next step would be sowing and germinating these seeds. In this blog, we will describe our sowing process step-by-step. We will also delve into finer details about a variety of other factors. Keep in . . .

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How to pollinate Haworthia

Haworthia is a genus of dwarf succulents native to southern Africa. These succulents are well known for their ability to easily hybridize between species. This allows dedicated collectors and breeders to produce a wide variety of attractive and sought after cultivars. While these plants are relatively easy to care for, they can be tricky to . . .

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