We’ve traveled the world researching and mastering the techniques of growing these gorgeous flowers. Our easy-care, long-lasting and vibrant orchids make any space more beautiful. Matsui Orchids are available from fine grocers, florist and retailers throughout California and nationwide. We offer a wide range of stunning colors, sizes and varieties to compliment any home, business or office decor.
When Andy Matsui founded Matsui Nursery in 1967, he set out to make the world a more beautiful place. In 1998, we started the nation's first orchid retail program and today we're one of the world's largest potted orchid growers. Proudly grown in California's Salinas Valley, we're delighted to bring our easy-care and long-lasting orchids to our customers throughout North America.
We hand grow millions of beautiful, high-quality orchids every year.
Our journey started when Andy Matsui traveled to the US from Japan in 1961 and learned how to grow mums in a one-year Farm Bureau training program. The opportunity to start his own business coupled with the striking and vast expanses of California had Andy hooked and he soon moved permanently to California with his wife, Mary, and their first daughter — now Matsui Nursery's president — Teresa Matsui.
When Andy founded Matsui Nursery in 1967, he set out to make the world a more beautiful place. He soon purchased 50 acres in California’s Salinas Valley and put up our first greenhouses. We grew chrysanthemums, then roses. In the 1990s, Andy got interested in orchids and started to grow them on large scale. In 1998, we converted our nursery to growing orchids and became a pioneer in the industry when we started the nation’s first orchid grocery retail program that year.
Today, our expert greenhouse team hand grows millions of beautiful, high-quality orchids under our 2.8 million square feet of greenhouses, the equivalent of about 64 football fields, in the Salinas Valley and New Jersey. We grow the industry's largest variety of orchids, including Phalaenopsis, Miltonias, Exotics, Cymbidiums, and much more. Matsui Nursery's orchids can be found at specialty florists, wholesalers, and fine retailers, with greatest availability on the West Coast.
Our mission is to make lives more beautiful, one orchid at a time.
Doing better by doing good.
Years ago, we took part in a PG&E sponsored initiative to replace our greenhouse single-ply fiberglass with Lexan polycarbonate acrylic. In the first year, we reduced our energy costs by nearly 40% due to reduced heating and cooling needs. In addition, the Lexan proved to create an ideal atmosphere for our orchids.
As California faces one of the worst and longest droughts in years, farmers throughout the state are working hard to reduce their water usage. At Matsui Nursery, we’re fortunate that, as compared to most agricultural crops, our orchids don’t demand a lot of water to thrive. Nevertheless, we respect our limited natural resources and continually strive to minimize our impact on our fragile earth.
Two years ago, we began utilizing a mixture of moss and bark for planting our orchids which allow us to use about 30% less water than those planted in traditional bark-only medium. At our 74-acre main facility in Salinas, each of our greenhouses collect rainwater runoff and diverts it to one of four reservoirs on our property, which re-perk the groundwater aquifer below. We've also developed a technique to reclaim wastewater from our reverse osmosis system. In addition, we have an underground post-irrigation network that collects excess irrigation water then channels it back into the groundwater supply.