Exotic Gardens still offers unusual specimens you won’t see elsewhere.

San Diego succulent expert and grower Carl Dykema has moved and expanded his Exotic Gardens succulent & cactus nursery, which was in North Park for 8 years.

Exotic Gardens is now at 14269 Olde Hwy. 80, El Cajon, CA, 92021. The new location is four or five times as big as the old one in order to better serve a clientele that includes collectors, home gardeners and landscape designers.

Exotic Gardens still offers unusual specimens you won’t see elsewhere, but now there is room for larger quantities of plants, and much larger specimens.

Exotic Gardens stocks locally grown aloes, bromeliads, cacti, staghorn ferns, imported pottery, and much more — over 100 species of succulents.  Each week there are new plants in the store seldom found in other nurseries, including unusual pachypodiums, large tree aloes, and many Euphorbias from seeds and cuttings. Especially noteworthy is Euphorbia jacksonii, with yellow and green mottled, branching stems.

Carl has off-site growing grounds on 2 acres, and has expanded his business to supply the plants that San Diego and surrounding areas are introducing to conserve water, protect homes from fires , and to make a unique, colorful, and more sustainable garden.

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