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Minimum Plant Order



Shipping Charges

Foreign Orders



Plant Sizes


Catalog Numbers

Gift Certificates


Visitors Welcome



  Minimum Plant Order (not including books, shipping or supplies). Minimum international order is  (plus phytosanitary certificate if required).

How to order: You may place an order one of three ways. You can print the order form (see right hand corner of this page) and fill out your order and mail it to us at Living Stones Nursery 50 E Blacklidge, Tucson, AZ 85705. You can print the order form and fax us the order to 520-628-8773 or you can call 520-628-8773 Wed through Saturday 9:00am to5.00pm MST and place an order by phone. We are sorry but at this time we don't do online ordering. For payment we accept personal checks, money orders, Visa or MasterCard.

Terms : Payment in U.S. funds must accompany order; check, money order, Visa, or MasterCard. We do take phone orders, but please keep in mind our business hours are 9:00 to 5:00pm MST, Wednesday thru Saturday. Orders can be faxed at any time to our regular number - (520) 628-8773.

Shipping : We ship all year, and have had excellent results during cold weather. However, it is impossible to protect shipments from cold damage when exposed to prolonged sub-freezing temperatures. Orders received during the winter months will be processed on schedule unless you request delayed shipping. Please consider your weather carefully when you place your order and give us a delayed shipping date after which you think it will be safe to ship to your area.

We do our best to ship within 2 weeks of receipt of order. Our plants are shipped bare root (without soil), individually wrapped and labeled. 

Shipping Charges : In order to minimize the time your plants spend in transit, we ship only via Priority Mail. Please add  of your plant order. There is a minimum shipping and handling charge of . Do not include these handling charges for books. Applicable charges for books, if any, will be stated with the book listing. Please note: we do not automatically send out an email confirmation when your order is shipped. We ship plants Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Normal Priority delivery is two to three days depending on where you live.

(See order form.)

Arizona Residents Only: add 8.6% for sales tax.

Foreign Orders : Must be accompanied by a Master Card or Visa number, or a bank draft drawn on an American bank. This may be obtained from your own bank. Please include for Airmail and handling. Exceptions are Mexico and Canada: add for these two countries with a minumum of $.. Phytosanitary certificates required by importing country are  US funds, customers must supply any permits, shipping labels, or forms required by their government for plant importation.
     We regret that we are no longer able to ship plants to the European Union because we cannot meet EU quarantine requirements.

C.I.T.E.S. RESTRICTED PLANTS : The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has produced a list of plants that are illegal to send out of the country unless accompanied by a CITES permit. At this time, we cannot ship CITES listed plants out of the country. This does not apply to interstate shipments, or to U.S. territories, including the District of Columbia, Guam, The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Trust Territories, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

These restricted plants are marked 'Cites Restricted Plants' in the text of the catalog.

Plant Sizes : All of the Mesembs, unless otherwise noted as larger, will fit at least a 3 inch pot. The standard Lithops are generally one to two headed making them 1 to 2 inches in size. We have found that they do best potted several together in at least a 6 inch pot.

The following size key applies to the 'Other Succulents' and does not refer to plant potential size, but rather to the associated pot size.

S - 3 inch pot M - 4 inch pot L - 6 inch pot XL - 8 inch pot

The cacti, unless otherwise noted, are sized for a 3 to 4 inch pot, the higher priced plants being the slower growers (e.g. Ariocarpus retusus are 6 years old).

Gift Certificates : For those who would like to send friends a gift of plants but prefer to let them do the choosing, we suggest our Gift Certificate which is available in any amount above the minimum order of  plus shipping charges. Each Gift Certificate will identify the donor. A great gift for a plant friend or for someone you would like to introduce to the pleasure of growing succulent plants.

Catalog : We have stopped  producing a printed catalog. We will be sending out periodic mailings throughout the year.

Correspondence : We do attempt to answer your questions. Please use a separate sheet of paper for your questions when enclosed with an order (you may also email, click here ). 

Visitors Welcome : The plants in this catalog may be purchased at our retail location in Tucson at Plants for the Southwest, 50 E. Blacklidge. This is also our Living Stones Nursery location. (Note: LSN mailing address is 2936 N. Stone, Tucson, AZ, 85705) Retail hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00 to 5:00; if you are coming from out of town, please call first to avoid disappointment: 520-628-8773.If you are planning a visit during the summer keep in mind the desert sometimes gets very HOT and we might be inclined to close.If you would like to pick up any collections in person please call ahead so we can get them ready.

Wholesale : Plant shops please use your letterhead to request our wholesale list. We are primarily a retail nursery but once a year we have a selection of propagules that we wholesale.

WHEN YOUR PLANTS ARRIVE :Unwrap them carefully and lay them out in subdued light in a warm, airy place while you get your potting materials together. It is best to trim back some of the roots as the small, dried ends will no longer function and are of no use to the plants. As is the case with the stemless types such as Lithops, the dried leaves that may be on your plant when shipped are best left on as they help prevent abrasion of the new skin and possible subsequent infection.

Most succulents do best in a well-drained growing medium. Bagged 'cactus mix' is suitable or regular potting mix can be added to an equal volume of small gravel or best, pumice. The main requirement is a porous soil that drains quickly. Good drainage is essential so make sure to use pots with drainage holes. Since most succulent soil mixes contain little or no nutrients, it is a good idea to fertilize periodically (once or twice a year) after the first year or so. We recommend a low nitrogen, water soluble fertilizer at 1/2 the manufacturer's recommended strength, applied only during the plant's growing season.

When potting, have your mix only slightly moist so that when the pot is tapped on the bench, the soil will settle around the roots of the plant. Water in lightly, only enough to insure good root contact, and place in a semi-shady spot for a day or two, gradually moving the plants to a sunnier location. A bright outdoor patio is ideal, keeping in mind minimum temperature limits. A sunny south window or a bright spot in the greenhouse suits them well, though the bright sun may need to be diffused to prevent sunburn if the plants are placed close to the glass. Many apartment dwellers are growing succulent plants successfully under florescent lights using a day length of 12 to 16 hours, with the plants about 12" from the tubes.

Minimum temperatures are various and unless you know otherwise, these succulents should not be subjected to freezing. Succulent plants love ample air circulation and are best grown outdoors when temperatures allow. If grown indoors a small fan is recommended to improve air circulation. (Very low wattage fans designed to cool stereo cabinets are available.) Be careful of sunburn when moving plants from low light to brighter light. Also, beware of repeated showers that might keep the soil too wet.

When and how often to water? Only you can answer that for your particular growing conditions. Keep in mind that when you do water, the plants want to grow, so water cautiously during their dormant period, just enough to keep them alive and to prevent their roots from drying out completely. They can withstand drought far better than wet, soggy soil. More plants have been killed by excess watering than the lack of it. Let the soil dry out between watering and when in doubt about watering, wait a while. Succulents are tenacious plants and a few more days or weeks without water will do them little harm, while drenching an already damp pot can result in rot within a very short time.