JUNGLE MUSIC Palm Trees and Cycads That Will Grow in Your Area
What Our Nursery Can Offer You in Terms of
Assistance FREE CONSULTATION AT NURSERY
by Phil Bergman
Greetings from Jungle Music Palms and Cycads in Encinitas, CA.
Below is a short article on
one of the most common difficulties people have in creating a beautiful garden
in their locality. It presents the most common pitfalls and
mistakes that people make. Hopefully this article will help guide you to
creating your beautiful tropical garden.
THE PROBLEM OF SELECTING THE RIGHT SPECIES:
Having a nursery for almost forty years, it has long been apparent to me
that many people who want to create a lush and beautiful garden don't really have any idea
of which species of plants to select for their garden. Sure, there are
some self-educated enthusiasts who have studied up and arrive at our nursery
knowing exactly what they want. But, by far, the majority of people need
some guidance and have no idea which species will survive for them and give them
the tropical look that they seek. They need advice as to which species will survive in their
area and which species they really like the most. And, they need to know
the cultural requirements of these species. They often have
the concept that they'd like their yard to "look like Hawaii", but have no idea
where to begin and what species to select.
Unfortunately, not everything will grow everywhere.
One has to know what specific plants to select for their area. Mother Nature
designed it that way. As an example, I get calls weekly from people who would like to
grow the Red Sealing Wax Palm here in Southern California. This is not
possible in our locality and would require a garden
in the warmest area of the tropics. Southern California just gets too cold
for this species. Limitations of what one can grow are typically based on weather
characteristics; each given area can support certain species and not others.
Limiting factors include such things as cold experience during the winter,
maximal heat during the summer, air humidity and intensity of sun.
Selecting the right species of palms, cycas or tropical plants can be challenging. Hopefully we can
help you with some palm ideas.
An overly cold
winter can be a devastating thing to the garden of those who didn't research the best species
for their locality. And, such losses might incorrectly lead a person to
the assumption that "everything
dies" in their garden. This is not the case. They have either chosen
the wrong species to grow or have not been informed about the cultural
requirements of the plants they did purchase. Staff at home
improvement stores are famous for not knowing much about the species of plants
they sell. Some customers inappropriately assume if the store sells it, it must grow
"here". Unfortunately, many times this
is not the case. In our area in Southern California, such stores sell
Coconut Palms by the thousands and 99% of these are dead by the first
winter. The same could be said for a shade loving palm placed incorrectly
in full sun with a subsequent rapid decline. The customer either didn't
receive or didn't follow proper advice. People also assume that any palm
will grow indoors. But, there are certain species commonly sold as "house
plants" that are near impossible to grow inside. And yet they are sold as
of these failures result from not being told which species to grow in a given
area and not getting appropriate cultural advice.
To solve the problem of what to grow and how to grow them, one either has to do
a lot of research himself or get help from an expert.
KEYS TO SUCCESS WITH YOUR GARDEN:
PICK THE RIGHT SPECIES:
Palms, cycads and other tropical plants are the mainstays of creating a lush,
tropical garden. But, you must know what species to
select! There are literally thousands of different species of
these plants and all have their own specific growth requirements. And,
each of these different species have different cultural requirements.
all the factors involved, winter's cold is by far the most important thing to
consider. Plants are quite predictable in their cold tolerance. I would
refer people to our Cold Hardy Palm article at this site for information on cold
tolerance. At a certain temperature the plant fails to thrive ans starts
to look bad. At a
lower temperature it dies. These occurrences are fairly predictable.
Nurserymen in the business of growing many palm and cycad species have come to
understand the cold tolerance of all the species they offer.
GET GOOD CULTURAL ADVICE:
Next are the other cultural factors such as sun or shade, air humidity,
drainage, etc. To accomplish success, a consumer must either learn
these things as well through many hours of research or count on a nurserymen to
give him good advice. He should be offered and understand a list of species he can
grow. He must then decide which of these species he likes.
And finally, for the species he selected he must receive accurate
cultural advice. It is literally that simple: Know what
speciesw one could
grow and how to grow each of them. It's the same whether you're starting a
brand new garden or just adding a few species here and there in the
GUIDANCE WITH YOUR DECISIONS:
It is possible to create a
palette of plants that you like and have success with them.
All that is needed is guidance.
Many people think the best way to
solve this problem is to hire a designer or landscape architect to help with
design issues and selection of species.
Sometimes such an approach can assist you but often it doesn't really
give you the pallet of choices you seek. Alternatively, one an rely upon the advice of an experienced friend and get additional
assistance from books and the
Internet. Yes, these approaches can help guide you. But, this takes
a lot of time and there is a
That is to get advice
from people who know and actually grow tens of thousands of palms,
cycads or tropical plants. Who else knows what does
better in an area than someone who is actually growing them?
They have the
knowledge and experience to guide their clients. Our staff at Jungle Music
has literally had well over 100 years of experience in not only growing the plants
but also with helping customers achieve their
goals. We've been in business since 1977 and have grown almost any species
possible in Southern California. Yes, we've tried about everything
and know from experiencde what doesn't do well here. And, you can benefit from our
vast experience. Daily we share our experience, ideas and
advice with customers. And, we have compiled a lot
of data to help our customers achieve maximal
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:
There are several ways we offer help to customers regarding which
species of palms or cycads would do well in their area.
1. If you are a "do it myself person", you can review the wealth of information at this site, either on palms,
cycads or tropical plants. At this Site we have about a hundred articles
on the plants and their culture. There are also about ten thousand photographs. Or, consider below a more
time efficient way to solve your search - read below.
2. We have a free consultative service for serious customers who come to
our nursery. Most find this very efficient, time saving and rewarding.After you get here, we sit down and discuss youor growing
environment and what you are trying to Accomplish. Typically we look at dozens of photographs from an
assortment of reference books and sites, and help you come up with good landscape
design ideas that give you the exact look you are trying to create with the
perfectly chosen species. If you wish, bring photos of your yard.
From our years of experience with the species, we also will explain to you
cultural conditions needed, growth rates, and each species ability to survive in
your area. Many people are concerned about mature plant heights. We
are experts on that as well. We also know growth rates of the
species and have individual experience with all of them. This is a popular service we offer because enthusiasts get to
pick the exact species they like, know how to grow them and at the same time
pick out their favoite plants for their garden right then and there.
3. For those who feel it's necessary, we offer local
on site consultations.A staff member actually comes to your home, inspects your site and offers
suggestions on species that he thinks would work well for you. He
can envision would would do best in your garden and look the best. There is
a charge for this service and we usually reserve this for customers
close to our locality.
4. For mail order customers, contact us by phone or email.
Perhaps we can give you some ideas of species that would do well in your
area. We ship plants almost everyday to all parts of the
country and probably have an excellent idea of what species have a
chance in your area. This applies to houseplants as well.
There are very few specialty palm and cycad nurseries in the country.
We feel that our assistance is valuable to everyone. On a re3gular basis we actually advise
botanical gardens, landscape architects, designers and major landscape
companies. They consider us the authority on tropical plants. So, whether you like cold hardy palms or exotic tropical type cycads, we can
offer information for you and your garden.
Most garden enthusiasts, when adding
to or creating a new tropical landscape, need assistance in
selecting the right species for their area. And, they need
help on the culture of the plants they purchase. One can
spend a lot of time and more importantly money getting
professional help through landscape architects or design
consultants. We feel our nursery offers the same assitance
with more experience than most consultants and also typically
for free. We have over a hundred years combined experience
with the plants and can assist almost anyone achieve their goal
of a lush and tropical garden. And, it's not that
difficult. We explain choices and teach the customers how
to grow the plants. Once a pallet of plants is decided
upon, right then and there a customer can select and purchase
his plants before he forgets what he just learned. And,
even months or years later, we are available for continual
assistance on the plants and their culture.
Thank you for reading this. Contact us if you wish
assistance or want to set up an
appointment to learn more.