The Arid Room at Tula Plant and Design

In the newly opened Arid Room at Tula Plant and Design (59 Meserole Ave), rare cacti and succulents suck up the abundant sunlight from the south-facing windows.

The Arid Room at Tula

The expansion of the plant shop is a natural progression for owners Christan Summers and Ivan Martinez who started selling plants from a Tula-branded truck in 2016, before preparing and opening their Greenpoint retail space while having their first baby a few years later. 

The Tula truck (courtesy of Tula)

Cacti and succulents are longtime favorites of Summers: “There’s something really extraordinary, in the most literal definition of extraordinary, in desert and arid plants,” she said. “The way they grow; the forms that they take; the blues that they make.” A large underground community of arid plant collectors helped make Tula a success in its start-up years.

Arid Room plants

An e-commerce portion of the website is in the works and the business will soon offer nationwide shipping on Arid Room plants as well.


New visitors to the Tula store can expect much of the same aesthetic as the Tula truck’s potted arrangements, with a focus on handmade pottery that has expanded in the shop display.

This fact is important when considering plant care and sunlight: some succulents tend to be a bit more dependant on abundant sunlight. Because it gets cold in the desert, she says that cacti can easily withstand NYC winters from inside an apartment even near a chilly window.

Tula shop hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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  1. When you write a story always leave the cross st so the reader does not have to google/search for it… what cross streets are between 59 Mesorole?

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