Cal Seedling Company was founded in 1993 by Michael Owens, in Oxnard California. Mike’s background was Production Manager for a finished bedding plant nursery for 8 years. From that experience, Mike realized at the time, that most of the big plug suppliers had a “one size fits all” approach to business, and he felt there was a need for a plug supplier that could be more accommodating to the needs of the small, as well as the large grower. Mike started the company from the ground up, building on product quality, value and long term customer relationships.
The Oxnard facility was less than ideal, but it taught us how to grow quality plants under challenging conditions. Within 3 years, it became obvious that the business was outgrowing the Oxnard location. In 1998, the company relocated to a 10-acre property in Arroyo Grande, California. We have since acquired another 10 acres, and we now operate with approximately 1.6 acres under cover.
The move has been overwhelmingly positive, as the Central Coast region offers excellent growing conditions for our products. For example, our pansy seedlings finish outside, producing a quality plug, hardened and conditioned naturally. Our job has always been to do the difficult things to make the customer’s life easier. We strive to provide the best quality, value and dependability for our customers. We recognize that all of our customers have different needs and expectations, and we strive to do our best to accommodate them.