ArizonaEast Expands Into Apopka, Florida

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Press Releases | One Comment

The Northeastern grower opens a second distribution and growing facility

MINOTOLA, NJ, October 5, 2016 – ArizonaEast, a producer of easy care, water wise cacti and succulents headquartered in Southern New Jersey, announces today the opening of their second facility located in Apopka, Florida. Expansion into one of the largest horticultural hubs in the country offers two key benefits to customers: one, ArizonaEast is taking advantage of Florida’s warm, humid environment to expand the company’s plant offering; and two, the additional shipping point expands ArizonaEast’s reach into new territories in a push toward national distribution.

Foliage in a marble-printed planter from ArizonaEast's Spring 2017 collection.

Foliage in a marble-printed planter from ArizonaEast’s Spring 2017 collection.

“Our expansion into Apopka is a boon to our production and distribution capabilities,” says Brian Vitale, Co-Founder and CEO of ArizonaEast. “Not only are we now able to deliver product more efficiently into the Southeast, but adding 110,000 square feet of greenhouse space in Florida greatly enhances our ability to grow a wider selection of product to better meet the diverse needs of our retail partners.”

Industry veteran Don Gator has joined ArizonaEast to assist with the Southeastern expansion by overseeing shipping, logistics and brokering at the Apopka facility. Formerly of Gator Plant Company, Don brings more than four decades of experience to his new role, and, as of October 12, customers of Gator Plant Company are to be serviced by ArizonaEast in perpetuity.

Started over a decade ago with a mission to provide the highest quality cacti and succulents to the independent garden center trade, ArizonaEast has steadily built key relationships with a variety of plant retailers with the goal of delivering high quality product that speaks to a new generation of plant lovers. The company is bringing fresh ideas to market through aggressive product development efforts aimed at reframing the lens through which consumers see the plant industry by encouraging them to bring home décor to life by adding easy-to-care-for terrariums, planters and container gardens to their space.


ArizonaEast was founded in 2005 by two brothers with a passion for plants, a penchant for business and a positive prediction about the future of succulents. In just over a decade, the fresh approach and millennial perspective of co-founders Brian Vitale and Joe Vitale have made the company a force to be reckoned with in the burgeoning succulent industry. ArizonaEast’s Northeastern growing facility has made water wise, easy care plants available to plant retailers throughout the Eastern United States and beyond. Visit us online at for more information.