SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC GARDENING FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Cactus Jungle is a Bay Area nursery, growing our own Cactus and Succulents and California Natives in Berkeley and the Bay Area.
We here at Cactus Jungle believe that good sustainable practices are based in all of us making our own informed choices. We are not a certified organic nursery, because we do not believe that the certification process benefits small local growers when giant agribusinesses control the certification process and are able to get highly processed and energy-intensive products certified.
Our choices are based in 3 areas:
grow all our own cactus and succulents, including parent stock and seed
source plants, and
use only the same products that we offer for sale, available for anyone
to see and purchase for their own use.
LOW ENERGY USE
We grow all our hardy plants outside in the Bay Area, under natural sunlight. There is no additional energy usage whatsoever. The few plants we grow that aren’t hardy are grown in greenhouses with minimal energy and lighting in winter, and none the rest of the year. Our plants are healthier because they are grown slow, outside in natural conditions.
As a local grower in the Bay Area, the potted plants are not being trucked in from other parts of the country.
do not use perlite, an energy-intensive product produced in a blast
furnace, in any of our soil mixes. We use only natural
Our custom soil blends do not use any forest or peat products, and are not releasing locked-up carbon into the environment.
Our low-energy practices help to lower the carbon footprint of our gardens.
are a farm in the city. We have replaced hardscape industrial land with
green planted materials, helping to cool the urban environment and
replacing a source of carbon released into the environment with a new
You can ask us questions about our choices, and how they might relate to your priorities.
GROWN LOCALLY - All our cactus and succulents are locally grown in terra cotta or coir fiber pots, at no more cost than other nurseries charge for plastic.
Fiber Pots - All our 3" landscape succulents and 4" California
Natives are in coir fiber pots. They are made of the same organic
material (coconut coir fiber) used as the base for our soil mix and can
be placed straight in the ground without unpotting, thus keeping the
tender roots from being disturbed. They biodegrade in place, no waste.
SOIL MIXES - All our plants are potted in our own custom soil mix, which uses the highest quality and longest lasting 100% organic materials, including our own blend of organic slow release fertilizers with all the natural micronutrients that plants need to thrive. We are peat-free.
FERTILIZERS - We offer 100% natural and organic fertilizers, nutrients and pest control.
LOW WATER - All our plants are climate appropriate and low-water in the Bay Area without chemicals or additives.
- Our cactus and succulents and
Organic Gardening for Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area
Cactus Jungle Nursery and Garden, 1509 4th St. Berkeley, CA (510)
Serving Berkeley, Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area
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