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Our Favorite Vivero


We recently made a trip to our favorite vivero (nursery). We needed some new plant material to replace the two giant palms that we had removed (another blog coming soon).

There are numerous viveros in the metropolitan Mérida area.  Some have good, healthy plants, others not so good.  Some charge based upon their assumption of your ability to pay, others are more honest.

We use Vivero Ucu. (Click the preceding link for the phone number and e-mail address.) The owner’s name is Alex. He’s German-born, but lived most of his life in Ciudad de México. He speaks five or six languages, so there will seldom be a language barrier. And the best part, he’s extremely knowledgeable about the plants he has – how much sun they can stand, watering, fertilizing, how big they will get, growth rates, everything. If he doesn’t have the exact plant you are looking for, he has a pool of other viveros from which to draw for the exact plant you want.

All of his plants have the prices listed on them so everyone pays the same price at Vivero Ucu. For larger plantas (plants) and árboles (trees) he will deliver and plant them for a very small fee. He also carries el césped (sod) and la tierra (soil).

IMG_1883IMG_1884He is located about 1 kilometer beyond Caucel on Highway 281, well before Ucu. Highway 281 is Avenida Jacinto Canek or Calle 59A in Merida. The vivero is on the right side of the road as you are travelling west. If I remember my kilometer markers correctly, he is about 17 km from the heart of Mérida.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. yucatango permalink
    14/06/2011 12:03

    Thanks for posting this. I was just beginning to look for a vivero.

  2. 14/06/2011 12:13

    I have heard good things about this vivero, I keep forgetting to go out and look around. I love looking at plants, and I usually buy something too 🙂 I use Eduardo, on the periferico, and he is also excellent. Really though, I go to all of them fairly regularly even though I have no more space for plants.

  3. 14/06/2011 19:50

    Thanks for this post Nancy. We have lots of questions about many of the plants we have, some that we want to replace and others that need some attention. Even with a watering system most of the plants looked stressed and anemic a few weeks ago. Hopefully, the rains will help. I think they need some good compost and/or fertilizer.

    Will put Alex and Eduardo on the top of our list for viveros. Gracias


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