René Geissler’s Cacti & Succulent Nursery

Matt knows just how much I love cacti and succulents. So at the end of our holiday last week he did a bit of research on the internet and found out about a wonderful man called René Geissler. René has been growing cacti and other succulents from seed for over forty years and has an amazing nursery! We rang to make an appointment and I couldn’t wait to meet him and see all his wonderful plants.

Rene Geissler, Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse, Slimbridge

On one side of the greenhouse is René’s personal collection, where there are so many amazing, mature plants. The other side has rows upon rows of plants which he has nurtured from seed and which are for sale. I spent quite a while looking up and down, seeing so many varieties that I had never seen before.

Rene Geissler, Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse, Slimbridge

René Geissler, Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse, Slimbridge

René was so generous with his time and gave me lots of handy tips for caring for my own cacti. He told me that he gets visitors from all over the world, who come to see his amazing collection.

René Geissler, Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse, Slimbridge

I picked two plants and Matt picked two as well. It would have been easy to spend hours there and I would love to visit him again. Thank you for your time and valued advice René!

René Geissler, Cacti and Succulent Greenhouse, Slimbridge

The British Cactus and Succulent Society has a great website, where you can find out if there is a branch or nursery near you. All photos were taken by my husband, Matthew Cleveland.

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