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A History of Brown Bulb Ranch and Golden State Bulb Growers
Over 100 years ago, Mr. James A. Brown bought five acres of land in Capitola, California to establish a growing business. In 1920 Mr. Brown made a trip to Europe where he became acquainted with the methods of propagation used there. Before leaving, he purchased over 750,000 bulbs of various types for trial in Capitola. Calla lilies were amongst the bulbs purchased. image of founder James Brown

Throughout the years, Mr. Brown and his posterity perfected their methods of growing and hybridizing their crops. They firmly established a business which became known as Golden State Bulb Growers.

In 1989, the company moved its headquarters, including offices, greenhouses and warehouses from Capitola to Moss Landing. Colored Calla Lilies became the firm’s largest crop sold under the trade name Callafornia Callas.
Golden State Bulb Growers and CallaCo today
The cut flower division of Golden State Bulb Growers was established a few years later. CallaCo utilized the exclusive Callafornia Callas breeding program, and over 100 years of growing experience by its parent company, to bring fresh cut callas to wholesale and retail markets.

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