Owner, Alan C Beverly , wishes to sell the business assets to a qualified buyer who will continue the work of preserving the endangered species Aloe polyphylla , spiral aloe. Business operations focus on keeping the largest private collection of breeding adult plants in the USA able to flower and produce seed to harvest and then germinate. Growing out juvenile plants for sale at the wholesale and retail level using mail-order sales and shipping plants bare root to all 50 USA states. Seed is sold worldwide .Because this species is classified as endangered there is significant restrictions on the export to other countries. There is NO permit from the host country to abet an application for export. I introduced this species to the nursery industry back in 1991, after taking some 10 years to observe its growing requirements. Considerable time was spent as a Peace Corps volunteer investigating the remaining populations in Lesotho. I have worked out solutions to all of the difficulties that had held this species away from successful seed propagation. In recent years, frustrated nurserymen who have yearned to add this species to their listing have turned to tissue culture to produce plants. These plants are inferior to real seedlings, not forming a 5 row spiral sequence of leaf for at least 6 years. All my plants are seed grown hybrids produced by hand pollination technique developed. This method of reproduction will, in time, overtake any tissue culture plants competing in the marketplace. This plant has several attributes which make it very unique. It is the only plant which is sold with a growth reference Right, or Left spiral orientation, and it is the most cold hardy of the genus Aloe, enduring night Winter temps as low as 15 F in its native habitat. This species for decades has been the most sought after ornamental offered by the commercial nursery industry. Brian Kemble, curator of the Ruth Bancroft Botanic garden and notable authority on cactus & succulent plants summarizes my efforts over the last 40 years.
“Aloe polyphylla is a unique and remarkable species from the high mountains of Lesotho, in southern Africa. Because its leaves are arranged in dramatic spirals, it is known widely as the “spiral aloe”. Although it was pictured in the work “The Aloes of South Africa”, a monograph of the genus published in 1950, it was almost unknown in horticulture until Alan Beverly took an interest in it (after spending time in the Peace Corps in Lesotho) and began unlocking the secrets of growing it successfully. In the decades since, he has grown thousands of plants from seed and allowed Aloe polyphylla to take a place of honor in California gardens. As a high-altitude species, it prefers cool conditions, so it is difficult to grow it hot-summer inland gardens. However, the foggy coastal belt in California suits it quite well, and thanks to Alan’s pioneering efforts it is today possible to find magnificent specimens in places like San Francisco or Santa Cruz. Because of the almost mythical aura that the species acquired when it was not available in nurseries, it remains a highly sought-after plant for which the demand will doubtless remain strong in future decades. It is a true botanical wonder that impresses everyone who encounters it.”
The business inventory: adult breeding plants in 35 gal tubs ( 35) , 22” diameter resin tubs for sales (33). Jars of seed (3x 1qt ) jars about 75,000 seed. The seed sells for $1 each and the 22” resin tubs retail for $1000.00.There are about 50 x 1 gal plants left at the 35 leaf stage. There are about $400 worth of boxes and some chemicals used. The breeding stock plants are worth much more. Seller will provide mail order customer lists. Owner offers to serve as a consultant to new owner for a period of two years, and maintain the website information resources on www.ecotree.net . Owner will train buyer in pollination biology, seed germination, early plant development , soil media, pesticides and how to package and ship plants . I will accept bids from qualified horticulturists who wish to have/acquire the leading position in the nursery industry for this species and demonstrate they understand that an entire collection of breeding plants is necessary to produce enough seed for commercial production. Beginning Feb 1,2024 I will interview candidates and show the nursery . Interested candidates are requested to submit a brief resume, indicating their education and industry experience. Please- only qualified candidates need apply. Please read through the articles on the website and visit the Facebook page Ecoscape before asking for an interview. I will detect those who haven’t prepared themselves. The Facebook videos are dated and do not depict what I have today.I leave the bid number up to the applicant, but have in mind a minimum figure. Buyer must arrange to pickup and transport all tub specimens. Seller pledges to NOT restart any business effort with this species.. Buyer should have a marketing plan in place. This species is NOT slow growing in its youth. A 150+ leaf adult plant can be raised in 8 years. After that the plant replaces older leaf retired with new leaf at a 1:1 ratio, the size remains the same.
Buyer should plan on immediately germinating a vast quantity of seed according to greenhouse space available and expect to have plants for sale according these growth expectations:
- 15-20 leaf stage in 4” containers after 12 months, retail $25
- 30-35 leaf stage in 1 gal containers after 24 months, retail $50
- 45-50 leaf stage in 5 gal containers after 36 months, retail $100
Non-woody monocotyledonous plant development rates are slowed when kept too long in small containers, but progress at faster rates when potted up again. Over-potting has become the rule with this species if owner wishes to see fastest growth.
Gross income from sales of seed and plants from the website order page, wholesale distribution to retail nurseries and retail sales to customers visiting the nursery. There is greater potential for sales than I have been able to generate. To date I know of no nursery growing out tub specimens.
- 2020 $27,000.00
- 2021 $29,530.00
- 2022 $32,000.00
- 2023 $30,000.00
We are suggesting a starting place for negotiations be $125,000.00