October 30, 2014

Business Profile

Growing Opportunities at Sun Bulb and Better-Gro

Based in Arcadia, Sun Bulb produces plant bulbs and orchid supplies.

Art Levy | 9/28/2011
Phalaenopsis - Moth Orchid
Phalaenopsis ("Moth Orchid")

Sun Bulb was born in 1956 in the trunk of A.P. Hollingsworth's car. Hollingsworth and his wife, Mildred, would buy a trunk full of caladium bulbs and resell them. Later, the company became one of the state's major producers of orchids. Today, A.P.'s sons — Tom, 60 and Rodney, 62 — run the 50-employee Arcadia company. Bulbs are only about 10% of the business now, with most of the growth coming from orchid supplies, such as fertilizers and mixes, sold under the Better-Gro brand. "The opportunities for growth are still out there," says Tom Hollingsworth. "It just takes, like most businesses, innovation and taking advantage of your experience to increase your business."


Tags: Southwest, Agriculture, Environment

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