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TUESDAY, 28 JULY, 2015  

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ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM, TRIPLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I discussed this sought after species yesterday at length, so please look at that thread.  Along the coast this is a full sun species.  Far inland areas need part day sun.  Anticipate a mature height of 35 feet and a cold hardiness of 24 gto 25 degrees F.  The triples shown here are on sale.  They are about 7 feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $115

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at time of purchase.

King Palm King Palm
King Palm King Palm King Palm
King Palm
King Palm triple

King Palm double
 

 

KING PALM
WANT A LITTLE LARGER SIZE?
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE

See post above.  These plants are about 7 to 8 feet with some woody trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 25G THIS SPECIES $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25g $175

Remember: mention this Special at time of purchase to get your discount
King Palm King Palm
King Palm    

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, LOVES SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This palm species is native to Madagascar and gets to a mature height of about 20 to 22 feet.  It loves sun and can grow in full sun in the desert.  It has a cold hardiness about like a King Palm.  The hallmark of the species are the three sides, each flat, to the crown shaft.  Growth rate is medium.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE$50

Mention this Special for your discount.  This size is easy to mail order.
Triangle Palm Triangle Palm
Triangle Palm
15g at nursery, this size not on sale right now
Triangle Palm Triangle Palm

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THICK TRUNKED FISHTAIL PALM
5G SIZE BUT AS BIG AS A 15G

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This gorgeous palm species is native to northern Thailand and over the years has been known by many common names such as "Black Stem", "King Kong" and "Thai Mountain Giant Palm".  It gets to a height of about 35 feet, has a very thick trunk at the base, has bipinnate leaves (branched - rare for palms) and is super attractive.  In most coastal areas it takes full sun, responds to adequate water, and is cold hardy down to the low 20's F.  The 5g plants shown here are the ones on special.  They are huge for a 5g and can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Just remember to mention this Blog Special price when purchasing.  Limited numbers available.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas 

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5g SIZE

All of our Heliconia are grown from rhizomes from existing and flowering plants in Southern California.  This results in large, very strong growing plants as shown here.  Heliconia schiediana can take sun or part sun, gets to a height of sever to eight feet, and flowers freely in the summer.  It is very cold hardy.  Even if a hard freeze knocks down the leaves, plants usually come back vigorously in the spring.  Flowers are red/yellow or orange/yellow.  We have two varieties available.  Sizes available are 5g and maybe some bigger but they've been flying out with the arrival of spring.  .

We also have from time to time several other species available.

REGULAR PRICE HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
15 GALLON SIZE
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
5 GALLON SIZE ON SALE
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We've previously discussed this Australian mountain species of King Palm that occurs naturally north of the Australian city of Cairns.  It gets to a height of about thirty feet and is most known for the purple color to the crown shaft that is seen once the tree obtains some age.  It is fast growing and likes coastal sun.  It's not quite as cold hardy as the regular King Palm.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15G $145

You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when you purchase. Photos below are representative.  We don't have a lot of this size, but the ones we have are pretty nice.
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g 
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This is an intensely blue cycad from the Natal district of the Republic of South Africa.  It is slow growing an never gets very big.  A "huge" caudex would be two feet tall.  Leaves are super blue and the crown width is usually four to five feet.  Leaflets are straight with points at the end.  They are not as lobed or spiny as E. trispinosus or horridus.  But, E. lehmannii is equally as blue.  This species loves heat and sun and is cold hardy to 22 degrees F.  Desert enthusiast would give this species only a few hours of sun.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15% OFF ANY 15G PLANT THIS SPECIES

Shown here are three different 15g E. lehmannii.  We have quite a few to select from.  But, remember, to get the discount, mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase.
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF OR SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TOLERATES SUN / SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Chamaedorea radicalis is probably the most cold hardy of the Chamaedorea and tolerates temperatures down to about 18 degrees F.  There are two forms: non-trunking and trunking.  The enthusiast I got these plants from didn't know the form.  But, I'm betting they are the trunking form because they remind me of seedlings I've had of them.  Mature, they are remarkably different.  The regular form rarely gets over four feet tall.  It has medium width to the leaflets.  The trunking form gets to eight or ten feet and has a prominent crown shaft with thinner leaflets.  See photos below.

Also, the trunking form has a bit of silver to it's green stem and leaves.  And, it doesn't "crawl" on the ground like the regular form.  A far as I know they have similar cold hardiness.  Both can tolerate some sun.  In fact, along the coast, many are growing them in full sun.  In far inland areas, filtered light is needed.  Both forms are super desirable.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

This species looks nice as a colony of multiple plants below.  So, consider grouping several together.  And, as always, mention this Blog Special to get this price when purchasing. 
 
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, non-trunking form C. radicalis

Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, trunking form at the nursery (in blossom)
 

MONDAY, 27 JULY , 2015

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NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


We recently got in a small batch of this interesting Nerogelia.  This bromeliad has red speckling on the dorsal aspect of the leaves.  I've been told with some more sun this red coloring becomes much more intense.  I was also told it's a fairly uncommon clone to find.  These would make a nice companion plant with some color to add to the garden.  Note, these are not single head plants but suckering with multiple growth points and heads of leaves!

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANT $25

Easy to mail order.  Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled  

 

EPIDENDRUM ORCHIDS
COLORFUL AND EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Epidendrum Orchids are terrestrial orchids that can actually grow in the ground.  The are a stem type of orchid and have clusters of colorful small flowers.  Flower colors range through orange, red, purple and white.  Shown here is the orange variety.  Soon we'll have all sorts of colors available. In another month or two, all the stems of these plants will be loaded with flowers.  So, get them in the ground now!

These plants are about 2 feet tall with lots of canes. 
 

NORMAL PRICE FOR THESE ORCHIDS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


These are easy to mail order. Just mention this special to get the discount. 
Epidendrum Orchid Epidendrum Orchid

 

HEDYCHIUM GARNDERIANUM
THE KAHILI GINGER
COMING INTO BLOOM RIGHT NOW!
SUPER FRAGRANT FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS!

Although sometimes called the "Hawaiian Ginger", this plant is native to the Himalayas in Asia.  Is surprisingly cold hardy into the mid twenties F. and gets to a height of six to eight feet.  But, the amazing quality of this plant is it's florid, super-fragrant yellow and red blossoms.  They are short lived but absolutely stunning.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but most people grow it in part day sun or filtered light.  It is an easy to grow species and also easy to propagate from the rhizomes in the soil.

Blossoms are quite large as shown.  And, they are held in an upright fashion as opposed to the dangling, non-fragrant blossoms of Shell Ginger.  We only have mature 15g available.  They will flower in the next few weeks.  The fourth photo shows a blossom forming.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum
Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum
Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum

 

LIVISTONA AUSTRALIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED AUSTRALIAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G

This is a rather fast growing fan palm from Australia.  Unlike other species of Livistona, this one has a rather thin trunk of about 12 inches.  The most prominent characteristics to me are:

1.  A near circular swirl of thin leaflets as shown below
2.  A tall and thin trunk
3.  Droopy leaflets hanging down similar to L. decipiens
4.  Pretty good cold tolerance, probably into the upper teens F.
5.  An easy to grow species that likes full sun

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


We can ship this size.  To get this special price you must mention this Bog Only Special
Livistona australis Livistona australis
Livistona australis Livistona australis  

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS, 1.5G & 5G PLANTS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here two sizes:

1.5 gallon plants 4 years old
5 gallon plants 6 years old.

This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGLAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

REGULAR PRICE LARGE 5G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.
Brahea decumbens
5 gallon sized plants
Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
1.5 gallon sized plants
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
garden plant in sun showing blue color
Brahea decumbens

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAT PALM
THIN TRUNK, RED COLORED FUZZY CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE BAND SIZE

This species is a favorite among palm enthusiasts.  It's quite easy to grow and doesn't get too large.  Mature height is about twenty-five feet with a thin trunk as shown in the last photo.  The crown shaft is quite fuzzy and rusty red in color; thus the common name.  It is a medium rate growing palm.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and takes down to the mid-twenties F.  If you live inland, consider part day sun or strong filtered light.  We're offering two year old bands of nice size on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR FOUR FOR $80

Just mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  We also have various other sizes available. 
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos
photo showing rust color crown shaft larger
nursery plant 
Dypsis leptocheilos
25g size nursery plant  
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 
 

 

FURCREA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT THAT IS NOT TOO TALL
FLESHY LEAVES, THIN TRUNK, ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

About ten years ago a landscape architect asked me for about fifty of this very blue, drought tolerant succulent.  Actually, at the time I didn't really know much about this species.  So, I researched it and got quite fond of it.  A customer of mine had a tree that flowered and produced a large number of "bulbils".  These are small "plantlets" which I propagated.  Now, three years later, they are looking very nice.  We have two sizes on special. 

This species doesn't get overly tall, perhaps about ten feet with six feet of thin trunk.  Leaves are thick and blue in color.  It takes hot sun and is cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  It is relatively slow growing.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25
REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45

Just mention this Special to get the discount when you purchase.  Note, very easy to ship.
Furcrea macdougalii  Furcrea macdougalii 
Furcrea macdougalii  Furcrea macdougalii  Furcrea macdougalii 
Furcrea macdougalii  Fuecrea macdougalii  Furcrea macdoughalii RPS
photo by TS at RPS 
 

DIOON EDULE
THE MOST COLD HARDY AND DURABLE OF ALL CYCADS
HUGE 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

TAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS 
Dioon edule is a Mexican cycad that is probably the most durable of all cycads.  It's the only species that has a chance at taking the hot desert sun you see in Las Vegas and Phoenix, AZ.  It tolerates temperatures as low as 18 degrees and as hot as 115 degrees F.  They are much better for cold than other species. 

It is a smaller species of cycad.  It's rare to see trunks over two to three feet.  Crowns of leaves are also small, perhaps four to five feet across.  Leaf length is rarely over four feet.  There are variations of different varieties of edule, but none are huge plants.  Leaf color is green or gray-green.  A few tend a little toward blue. 

The plants shown here include huge 15g size..  The caudexes are about six to eight inches and many are suckering.  Some are in cone.  All are over ten years old from seed.  All can be shipped right to your door.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $235

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  Of note, we do have other sizes, bigger and smaller, for sale.  This 15g size can be mail ordered, no problem.
Dioon edule
15 GALLON SIZE, this and next 8 photos

Dioon edule
Allagoptera arenaria
Dioon edule Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
A BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about it.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form. The photo below is by Tim Brian in HI.  It is similar but not the same as the Mayotte Island form.  The latter has a lot of red in the petiole and stem.  It of course is a full sun palm.  This is a very rare palm to find as everyone seeks out the blue type.  But, we have them and they are showing nice cold hardiness to the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $145


You must mention this Blog Only price at time of purchase to get this special price.
Bismarckia green Bismarckia green
Bismarckia sp. green by Tim Brian
Green Bismarckia by T.B., Hawaii
   

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
DROOPY LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This popular species is from Madagascar and can be single trunk or suckering.  It has a leaf form where the leaf is flat in cross section and another form where the leaflets are very droopy, hanging down toward the ground.  The crown shafts are white as shown here or sometimes silver.  It likes coastal sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  We are offering the band size on special, droopy form.  This is a Blog only offering.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR FOUR FOR $85

You must mention this special when ordering.

Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis
photo by BC
Dypsis onilahensis  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
EXOTIC, TALL AND BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This often hard to find species can be easily grown in many parts of Southern California.  It likes heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about like a King Palm: 24 to 25 degrees.  It is fast growing and has a very nice, long green crown shaft.  Usually the base near the ground gets quite swollen and fat.  It is also quick growing.  If you are inland and don't get too cold, this might be a great species for you.  We are offering a good price on our 5g size.  They are three to four feet tall as shown.  Of note, we have three other species of Royal Palms for sale including borinquena an princeps.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
photo taken in Whittier, CA
Roystonea regia
Photo taken in San Diego, CA
Roystonea regia  

 

TILANDSIA SPECIES
AIR PLANTS MOUNTED TO A BOARD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON CLUSTER, TWO SIZES

Shown here are clustered Tilsandsia, an epiphytic type of Bromeliad.  I do not know the specific species nor did our supplier.  I don't know for sure but suspect the supplier brought these in from Mexico.  Each cluster was four or five plants.  Joaquin decided to mount them on some flat boards as shown here.  We have done this many times before.  They are tied on with fishing line.  They'll root onto the board and be happier than clams.

We have two sizes as shown although we're about out of the smaller clumps.  They tolerate full sun and just want to be hit by the hose ever week or two.  They'll most likely blossom in summer.  In my experience the blossoms are either pink, red or purple.  I haven't yet seen the blossoms on these plants.  On these boards the clusters will get bigger and bigger over time.  They are fun to have.  They can be mounted on a post, tied to a palm trunk or just displayed on the patio.  They seem to tolerate pretty cold weather but I'm not sure of the minimum temperatures they'll take.  We've never had cold issues with them at the nursery.  We have limited numbers available.  But, mention this Blog Special for you discount - these are easy to ship.

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES & PRICES:
SMALL SIZE AS SHOWN $35 (almost sold out)
LARGER SIZE AS SHOWN $55

Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species Tilandsia species

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM
HUGE SINGLE TRUNK SPECIMENS UP TO TENTY FEET TALL
BUT IN 24 INCH BOXES THAT MEN CAN MOVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE MONSTERS!

Photos here are of the King Palm from Australia.  The botanical name is Archontopoenix cunninghamiana.  As most of you know, there are about six types of King Palms.  They differ in the color of the crown shaft, the presence of silver on the underside of the leaflets and in the size of the fruit and overall tree.  Shown here are the classic King Palm. 

A major problem for those wanting nice landscape material is that, when you want height, you usually need to get 30 or 36 inch boxes.  Men cannot move these.  You need a tractor or crane and this is quite expensive.  Landscapers love when you need larger plants as their profits go way up. 

The plants shown here are absolutely massive for a 24 inch box that men can move with simple dollies.   Some are up to twenty feet tall standing next to you.  Using these plants could save a customer thousands of dollars in installation costs for the same size plants that are merely grown to a larger size in smaller boxes.  And, you also save because bigger boxed plants cost more.  But, you give up nothing as the trunk caliper and height of these plants is the same as typical 36 inch boxed King Palms.

We have singles that are very tall.  These will not last long.  Drop in to see them.  You'd need a good sized deliver truck if you pick some out.  They are way to big for even a large pick up truck.  But, of course, w can deliver these right to your curb.

REGULAR PRICE THESE MONSTERS $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL $450 FOR THIS GROUP

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price. 
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana King Palm
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana King Palm  

 

SATURDAY, 25 JULY, 2015

 

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                            SIZZLING PRICES!  ALL CAN BE SHIPPED
 
 
CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
DWARF, LOVES SUN & HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Native to northern parts of Africa, this sun loving, suckering fan palm tends to be shorter than its brother, the regular and green Med Fan.  Heights are rarely over eight feet with widths often being as wide as the plant is tall.  Cold tolerance 15 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $39!

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Chamaerops cerifera 5g Chamaerops cerifera 5g
Chamaerops cerifera 5g    

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS
THE GREEN MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Compared to C. cerifera above, the native habitat of this species is further north in the Mediterranean coast area of Europe.  Heights are variable, sometime to twenty feet.  It does sucker and leaves are green or blue green.  It also has a great cold tolerance of 15 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL5G $39

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
 
Chamaerops humilus Chamaerops humilus 
Chamaerops humilus  Chamaerops humilus   

BUTIA CAPITATA "BLUE"
BLUE PINDO PALM
LOVES SUN AND HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE 

This is the rare blue for of the Pindo or Jelly Palm.  Native to South America, this palm gets to a mature height of typically 20 feet and is cold hardy to 15 degrees F.  Growth rate is medium.  It's an easy species to grow.  And, it's really hard to find this blue form, especially on sale!

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $130

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
 
 
Butia capitata blue  Butia capitata blue 
Butia capitata blue  Butia capitata blue   
 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
MEDIUM SIZED, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G SIZE

This species of cycad is from Japan and can get to heights of eight to ten feet in many decades.  Growth rate is slow.  Leaf color is green.  There is minimal armor on the leaf stems.  It takes sun in most areas except in the desert.  Cold hardiness is about 18 degrees F. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $44.99

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
CYCAS REVOLUTA CYCAS REVOLUTA
CYCAS REVOLUTA CYCAS REVOLUTA  

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
THIN TRUNK, REASONABLY TALL
VERY GOOD COLD TOLERANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This Australian single trunk fan palm loves heat and is cold hardy into the teens F.  It has a thin trunk or it's mature 40 foot height.  It is quick growing and a nice addition to any garden.  Leaves have thin leaflets that droop at their ends.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $39

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Livistona decipiens decora 5g Livistona decipiens decora 5g
Livistona decipiens decora 5g Livistona decipiens decora 5g  

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
THE TRUE DATE PALM
FEMALES PRODUCE EDIBLE DATES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species of suckering pinnate pam is native to the Middle East, loves hot sun and is cold hardy to about 16 degrees F.  You need both sexes to get edible dates on a female palm.  Heights reach 30 feet.  Date growers prune off the suckers.  Eventually the mother plant stops trying to put out offsets.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $39


But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
SHORTER, SINGLE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I say "shorter" on this single trunk fan palm because it literally takes thirty years to get a height of twenty feet.  Mature height is about thirty feet.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  Trunks are hairy but this fiber can fall off over time.  Leaves are small and droop down toward their edges.  It takes sun or part sun in most areas.  Cold hardiness is below 15 degrees F.  This is one of the most cold hardy of all palms but will not grow in severe cold like the Midwest.  There it would definitely need winter protection. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $39

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei  

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 12 INCH POT SIZE


The plants shown here are Bird Nest Anthurium and on sale.  They prefer filtered light or a little bit of sun.  They can reach heights of about seven feet.  These plants are great companion plants for the garden floor.  The trunks will have adventitious roots and the leaves extend upwards.  The leaves can be five feet long or more.  They have a bit of wave to the surface.  In our area they tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 12 INCH POTS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $49

You must mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.  It's like a reward for reading this blog.

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not part of this Ten Day Special

PTYCHOSPERMA SALOMONENSE
QUICK GROWING, CROWN SHAFTED
SIMILAR TO PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS BUT FASTER GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare pinnate, crown shafted and thin trunked palm tree is from the Solomon Islands.  I have no idea why the species spelling is as it is.  Most growers comment that this species is very similar appearing to Ptychosperma elegans .  It gets a height of up to thirty feet with a four inch thick trunk.  Leaves are about five feet long.  Leaf color is green.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Compared to Ptychosperma elegans, this species is:

faster growing
taller
has wider leaflets
has larger leaves

It is a part day sun species and has a cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Perhaps one could grow it in full sun right on the coast.  It is rarely available.  I'm offering nice size band sized plants on special for ten days.

REGULAR PRICE BAND THIS SPECIES $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

You must mention this Blog Only Special when ordering to get this discount.  These plants are a piece of cake to mail order.
ptychosperma salomonense ptychosperma salomonense
ptychosperma salomonense ptychosperma salomonense Ptychosperma salomonense by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
SLOW, RARELY OVER TWELVE FEET
LIKES SUN AND TAKES HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This fan palm is native to an island off the coast of Baja California.  It is super slow growing.  A big plant has ten feet of fairly clean, barky trunk.  Leaves are green and flat.  It takes sun in almost all areas.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper teens.  Easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $39

You must mention this Blog Only Special when ordering to get this discount.  These plants are a piece of cake to mail order.

Brahea edulis 5g brahea edulis
brahea edulis    

 

THURSDAY, 23 JULY, 2015

 

BRISMARCKIA NOBILIS
VERY OLD PLANT IN GROUND
TRYING TO FIND A NEW HOME

Shown below are two pictures of a very established, in the ground, Bismarckia.  This palm was planted over twenty years ago by an enthusiast who has passed away.  His daughter is looking for someone interested.  It does need to be dug and craned to a new location.  In Florida, such digging is done frequently with success.  Here's in CA, it carries more risk.  So, anyone interested would have to take this into consideration.

It is available for a nominal cost.  The main expense would be the moving costs.  If interested, just give me a call.  It is accessible from the street for a large crane.  It has a trunk height of at least ten feet and an overall height of twenty feet.
 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
EXOTIC AND LUSH
NEVER TOO TALL
FOR PART DAY SUN / FILTERED LIGHT

I wanted to show you some very attractive 15g plants of an Alocasia species.  I'm not positive which species it is but it's similar to A. macrorrhiza.  It gets a mature height of about six feet and has huge, ruffled triangular leaves as shown.  These are a very lush and exotic companion plant for the garden floor.  These are not as overwelming as the more common Alocasia caldera.  They like water but will take some water restriction.  They are easy to grow.  We might also have some smaller sizes like 7g.
 
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species Alocasia species

 

DIOON SPECIES
FIVE GALLON SIZE
TIGHT, COMPACT LEAVES
OVERLAPPING LEAFLETS

We have several plants of this "Dioon species" at the nursery.  One might think this is a Dioon merolae, but it is not.  The leaflets are very tightly spaced, overlapping and the leaves are keeled.  The color is a gray green.  The caudex is somewhat furry as are the leaf stems.  It could be that these are the "Golden merolae", but we are not sure.  It'll be a sun species along the coast and probably not overly large.  I'd anticipate a height of six feet in thirty years.  We have several for sale.  I'd think it'd be cold hardy down to about 20 degrees F.
Dioon species Dioon species
Dioon species Dioon species Dioon species
Dioon species Dioon species  

 

HUGE SAGO PALM
CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE ONE SHOWN HERE AVAILABLE
AND, WE WANT AN EVEN LARGER PLANT!

We have the Sago Palm shown here available through an associate.  But, one of our client wants one even bigger!
If you have a larger one or know of a large one available, please let us know.  Our supply of Cycas revoluta is from small one gallons on up to 48 inch boxes.  This one is in an even larger container.
Cycas revoluta

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM

The ever so popular Cuban Royal Palm is a species that, forty years ago, was felt not possible to grow in Southern California.  Well, the last four decades have certainly proved that wrong.   There are literally hundreds of plants being grown successfully from Santa Barbara to San Diego.  In fact, I know of specimens (with some difficulty) being grown in the Bay Area of San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona.  Of all these pictures shown here, all were taken in the Southern California area except for the last row and the moonlight photo. 

This is a tall palm, growing to heights of nearly one hundred feet.  In Southern California anticipate a maximum trunk of fifty feet.  They don't grow as fast or as tall here as in more tropical areas.  This species has a long crown shaft and a swollen base that can exceed two feet in diameter.  The crown is spherical with some leaves hanging below the median mark of the crown.  Note, Roystonea oleracea (South American Royal Palm) leaves are typically not below the half way point of the crown. 

It is a sun loving species.  Growth rate is fast.  They respond to heat and adequate water.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties, no too different than a normal King Palm.  Our availability changes over time.  I am showing here an assortment of larger plants.  We sporadically have large ones available.  We also have smaller sizes including 5g and 15g.  Because this species is so sought-after, I am trying to show a lot of photos here.  We can possibly arrange larger plants if that's what you need.
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
  Roystonea regia  

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM VANUATU
EXTEMELY RARE PALM SPECIES


This is a crown shafted palm from the tropical island of Vanuatu.  It is extremely rare in cultivation or collections.  It has a height of 50 feet mature and produces large red flowers when the fruit matures.  Little is written or on the Internet about this species.  The trunk is about ten to twelve inches in diameter and the crown shaft is green and elongated.

This would be s species for (most likely) a frost free environment. It would need at least partial or possibly full sun.  I have no data on it as a houseplant.  But, it is absolutely a beautiful palm species.  We have limited numbers of 5g plants for sale. 
Veitchia spiralis
veitchia spiralis 

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFT PALM


This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown shafted palm tree from Australia.  Some refer to it as the "Alexander Palm", but this is a poor choice of names because of confusion with Archontophoenix alexandrae.  It is fairly cold hardy and tolerates temperatures well below a freeze.  I recommend starting it in part day sun or strong filtered light and allowing it to work its way up through the canopy.  Growth rate is about average.  Most prominent about this palm is its elegant appearance with a thin trunk, usually about four to five inches in diameter.  Mature height in this locality is usually under thirty feet.  The crown shaft is silver.  the leaflet tips are premorse and jagged at their ends (fifth photo).  This is one of the defining characteristics of this species.   . 

Shown first here are several 5g plants followed by a 15g.  Also shown are a few specimens.  Many have found this to be an ideal palm in Southern California.  Inland areas would require some sun protection whereas it'll grow in full sun along the coast.  We have limited numbers of these for sale.
Ptychosperma elegans
First five photos are 5g size
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans

 

TUESDAY, 21 JULY, 2015

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say 'user friendly" because this is one of the few species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  I am going to show you an assortment of plants.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

*Large species with trunks slowly getting to over ten feet
*Leaf length typically six to eight feet, sometimes bigger.
*Trunk diameter to 18 inches
*Smooth petiole with no spines
*Great for strong filtered light or full sun along the coast
*Large interesting cones
*Leaflets soft and glossy green in color
*New leaves emerge upward, older leaves lay more horizontal
*Easy to grow

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.  We have many sizes for sale including citrus pot size which are on special starting today. 
See below.
 
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
male cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT/5G SIZE

Please see description at today's blog.  Very desirable cycad.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

You must mention this special at time of ordering to get this price.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM JAPAN AND TAIWAN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

 
This suckering Asian palm rarely gets over ten feet tall and has medium width leaflets that are jagged at their apical ends.  The underside of the leaflets are silver.  But, from afar, it looks like a green palm.  It is thick with stems because it suckers heavily and cannot be seen through.  Therefore, it's a good species to block visibility.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  Flowers are very fragrant but seeds contain a substance which makes the skin itch. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


You must mention this blog only special to get this price when purchasing.
Arenga engleri  
 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS

TALL PALM WITH DROOPY ENDS TO LEAFLETS
COLD HARDYAND LOVES SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This tall Australian fan palm has a trunk about 12 inches in diameter and in many years can get over forty feet tall.  It is armed on the petioles.  Leaflets ends droop downwards giving it the name of Ribbon Palm.  It is an easy grow, likes sun and is cold tolerant into the upper teens F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

You must mention this Website Only special to get this price when you purchase.
Livistona deciipiens Livistona decipiens

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
AFRICAN CYCAD WITH HOLLY FERN-LIKE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE


This is a South African cycad species that prefers part day sun or strong filtered light.  It's easy to grow. Leaflets are shaped like the popular Holly Fern.  Also, cones are fire engine red, especially the females.  Sometimes they are bright orange.  Leaves get to about six feet and trunks are rarely over 2 feet.  The cit pot plants we're offering have caudexes of 3 to 4 inches - very nice!  They are a 15g size in a smaller pot.  It's a great price for what you are getting.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145


To get this price you must mention this Blog special when purchasing.
Encephalartos ferox
Sale size, citrus pot
ferox large plant
larger mature nursery specimen to show what
it will become

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This fan palm species is native to the Gulf states of the U.S., especially Texas.  It never gets much over six or seven feet tall.  It has blossoms that come up above the leaves and produce an ample supply of small black seeds.  And, it tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper teens F.  We're offering our 5g size on special.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


You have to mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Sabal minor Sabal minor

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
AN UNUSUAL TYPE OF "KING PALM"
BEAUTIFUL CLEAN, GREEN CROWN SHAFT
QUICK GROWING, GORGEOUS PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

At least once a month I'll talk about some of the unusual types of King Palms.  Of people who come to the nursery, I'd estimate that 75% are totally unaware of any species other than the more common Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.  And, among nursery staff around the state, it's about the same.  Few people know there are at least six different types of King Palms from Australia. 

This species is known for it's clean, gorgeous emerald green crown shaft.  If is not muddied or dirty with any other color.  It is easy to grow, native to Queensland, Australia, gets taller than a regular King Palm (up to sixty feet whereas cunninghamiana gets to forty feet) , and has a prominent silver on the underside of the leaves.

To read a comprehensive article describing the differences in all the
KING PALMS, CLICK HERE

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.  
Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis Tobias Spanner
photo by TS at RPS 
Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Photo by Luke Nancarrow at PACSOA 
 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Customers often shy away from the Elephant Ear Alocasia because of their potential size.  There is even one species that gets super tall and almost takes over the garden.  But, what I'm showing you here is a true dwarf with plants that never get much above your knees.  The leaves are a foot wide and color is green.  They are an ideal plant where you want a low profile companion plant to cover the garden floor.

This species can take full coastal sun or part day sun and filtered light in all areas.  They do like and respond to water.  We sell a ton of these but do have limited supplies.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.

REGULAR PRICE 5G PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

To get the discount, just mention this Blog Special when purchasing.  
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINESE FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, LUSH GREEN SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANT

This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Japan and Taiwan.  It is typically seen as a palm under twenty feet, but after many decades can get up to 30 or 40 feet tall with a trunk that is 12 to 18 inches thick.  It's crown is green and full with leaves that are about six feet across.  In shade the petioles stretch out and the leaves are larger and flatter.  In shade condition, it is fairly exotic appearing.  It is a very slow grower and it is not unusual for this species to take ten years to form any sort of trunk. This species is cold hardy into the upper teens F. 

We have for sale typically 5g, 15g and boxed sized plants.  Some of our boxes are quite large, as shown.  For this special, I'm putting the 15g size on sale.  This size can be shipped but are of good size as shown here.  In most area, this species tolerates full sun.  But, as mentioned, it can grow in strong filtered light.  It is also known to be used a an interior palm.  BTW, it is the most cold hardy of any species within the genus of Livistona.  It can take temperature into the upper teens F. easily.  


REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $150

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Easy to ship.   
Livistona chinensis 15g
15g plant
Livistona chinensis 5g
5 gallon size on special
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis 
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis 

 

MONDAY, 20 JULY, 2015

 

THE TROPICAL GARDEN OF MARDI AND CHERI DARIAN
LOCATED IN VISTA, CALIFORNIA
A MASTERPIECE OF DESIGN

On July 18, members of the Palm Society of Southern California were fortunate enough to visit the famous garden of one of the real pioneers in the world of palms, particular rare palms from Madagascar.  Dr. Darian's garden is located on top of a hill in Vista, CA and has ideal weather with warm summer breezes and rarely a freeze in winter.  This is a very large garden on 3.5 acres of rich, well draining soil.  Mardi started his work on the garden approximately sixty years ago and has literally hundreds of different species of palms thriving.  And, there's also a very nice collection of cycads and tropical companion plants, many mounted on tree trunks as shown here.  It's amazing how approximately 150 attendees just diasappeared into this vast garden.

The point of this presentation is not to identify individual rare palms.  Rather, I want to show you Dr. Darian's mastering of garden design.  As you meander through the endless pathways, you come to notice that around ever corner throughout the garden there are beautifully grown palms and cycads and then even more surprises.  The plants you see are surrounded by attractive and curious tropical plants of every variety.  He is a genius at presenting his well grown rare palm species species.  There are many areas of towering canopy trees with mid and lower level plantings as well.  Rarity of species abounds!  Tree trunks and the garden floor are loaded with colorful bromeliads, ferns, staghorns, orchids, Philodendron, Alocasia and a vast assortment of other plants.  Please view these pictures with the concept in mind of a well designed tropical garden.  Another day we can discuss species.  But, for now, just enjoy the garden's beauty.  You'll not see many gardens like this anywhere and rapidly realize how this has been his life's achievement.  Well done Dr. Darian.

 

Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Mardi Darian
Mardi Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian 
Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian 
Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian 
Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian 
Mardi Darian garden Mardi Darian garden Mardi Darian garden
Mardi Darian garden Mardi Darian garden Mardi Darian garden

 

 

THURSDAY, 16 JULY, 2015

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
THE PACAYA PALM
SINGLE GREEN TRUNK, LONG LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE

This single trunk species of shade loving palm is native to southern Mexico and Central America.  It has a gorgeous, thick green trunk about 2 to 3 inches thick with prominent white rings.  Leaves are four to five feet long and leaflets are green, thin substance and wide.  There is a yellow streak usually on the back side of the leaf stem.  This species is tall, sometimes to over sixteen feet.  It looks nice planted as a small colony with three to five plants, side by side.

This species doesn't tolerate full sun.  It needs filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid-twenties F. or a bit less.  Shown here are nice 5g plants about four to five feet tall in their pots.  In the last row you'll see our 15g size.  Both sizes are on sale for ten days.  Some are singles, others multiples in both sizes.  And, singles/multiples sell for the same price.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $75 - $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $60
REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL $160


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this discounted price.
Chamaedorea tepejilote
5g size
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
5 gallon size
Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g size, multiple
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Another 15g plant, single trunk

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
THE SATAKE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This single trunk and unbelievably beautiful species from the tropical islands of southern Japan has been grown by some in Southern California.  It is a bit of a challenge because this species does not tolerate a freeze.  I'd recommend starting it in filtered light and letting  it emerge over time into the sun.  Mature height is about twenty to thirty feet.  It has a shiny, smooth crown shaft that sometimes is a purple-brown in color.  It is pinnate, tropical appearing and a medium growth rate species.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $27.50

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis
 

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to the Mascarene Islands, this thin trunked, crown shafted palm gets to a height of about 25 feet.  This variety is called "rubrum" because of the red color that is present on the stems.  this often disappears over time.  Eventual height is about 25 feet.  This is a coastal sun or part day sun species with a cold tolerance in the upper twenties F.  On sale is the 15g size as shown here.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15g SIZE $150

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Distyosperma album var rubrum Distyosperma album var rubrum
Distyosperma album var rubrum Distyosperma album var rubrum
Plant growing outdoors in San Diego, CA
 

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE COLOR, NOT TOO TALL, COLD HARDY CLUMPING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the 15g plants I'm putting on special.  It is possible to mail order this size.

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $135

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price. And, for those of you a long ways away, these can easily be shipped by Fed Express right to your door.  They are great for colder areas.
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

DIOON EDULE
COLD HARDY & SMALL CYCAD
LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND CIT POT SIZE


We're offering a good buy on probably the most cold hardy of all cycads. Dioon edule is native to Mexico in very arid, hot and sunny habitats.  It is a semi-dwarf species and never gets over four to five feet tall.  Leaves are about three feet long.  What keeps it small is the fact that the trunk never gets over a foot or two tall in gardens.  So, overall one can almost always look over the top of the plant. This is important where there are view issues in the garden.

Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  It loves full sun and actually doesn't do well in shade.  Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant with a 3 to 4 inch caudex.  We're putting this size plant (3-4 inch caudex) on sale in 5g and cit pot size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CAUDEX IN CIT POT & 5G $125

But, you must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this discounted price.  Mail order?  Piece of cake.
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Large boxed Dioon edule at nursery. overhead view
dioon edule at nursery
Boxed specimen at nursery

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NEW SEEDLINGS


This shade loving species is sought after for several reasons:
It doesn't get too tall, rarely over 8 feet tall
It suckers and forms a nice clump
It has good cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
Leaves are sometimes iridescent and a blue color on their under side

It is a type of Bamboo Palm.  Trunks are very thin, sometimes just a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short, usually 2 to 3 feet.

We are presently offering seedlings on special. 
These photos were taken many months ago.  Presently seedlings have one to two more leaves than shown here.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $22.50
OR, FOUR FOR $75


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  These guys are easy to ship and do make a great houseplant.  I can ship the four band size in one box easily if you so choose.
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix
5g size at nursery, not on sale
Chamaedorea microspadix
attractive red fruit of this species
Chamaedorea microspadix

 

SUNDAY, 12 JULY, 2015

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED
THIN TRUNK
NOT TOO MANY LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL OVERSIZED 15G


You as a palm consumer have been really lucky lately.  This is because a grower had a keen interest in these plants and, for ten years, produced a batch of huge 15g plants.  I got a good number of these outdoor grown beauties.  This species is native to Madagascar, has a thin four to six inch trunk and gets to a height of about 25 feet.  One of my favorite habitat photos is shown below with the red cliffs in the background.  How gorgeous is this species?  It is a full sun plant in most areas and cold hardy to the upper teens to low 20's F. 

The 15g shown here are about 8 feet tall in their pots.  They'd be a challenge to mail order.  Growth rate is pretty good.  But, it's a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.

OVERSIDED 15G REGULAR $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $175


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.  Won't last long. 

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Arkive
habitat, Arkive website
Ravenea glauca
Domestic garden So California
Ravenea glauca
Another So Cal plant
Ravenea glauca
habitat, unknown author Palmpedia
Ravenea glauca
15g pot
Ravenea glauca
25g at nursery

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL
GORGEOUS 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana.  But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat. 

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to
Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter.  Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here is a 25 gallon sized plant that is abut ten feet tall.  This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  We have various sizes for sale including our big 3 gallons which are presently on sale (see below).  The last photo shows a leaf of a variegated plant of this species.   Compare this species with
Chamaedorea costaricana, shown above.  Of note, we have an assortment of sizes for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedoreahooperiana TS RPS
by TS at RPS
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea costaricana variegated
C. hooperiana, variegated

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
LUSH & TROPICAL EXOTIC CYCAD
UNDERSTORY - FILTERED LIGHT
GET THEM BEFORE THEY GO INTO BOXES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

We just acquired a few dozen absolutely huge 15 gallon Ceratozamia mexicana.  This is the "prototype" of the Ceratozamias. yet still fairly uncommon at nurseries.  It is native to tropical mountains in eastern Mexico where it grows in humid or arid areas under forest trees.  It is very cold hardy, probably going into the upper teens.  It is easy to grow in the SF Bay area.  It has green leaves that spread horizontally as shown here.  Leaflets are long and come to a point but aren't that sharp.  It is slow growing and a fifty year old plant has a caudex that reaches only about 18 inches height.  It prefers filtered light.

Now, about the plants on sale:  they are about twelve years old or more by estimate.  They have seen our local cold, being outdoor grown in northern SD County under shade cloth.  There are many to choose from.  Caudex size ranges from six to eleven inches.  Almost all have coned, so we could pick a sexed pair if one requests.  All are from the same seed batch.  I am showing two representatives of the smaller size here (see first eight pictures).  We do have larger ones. 

REGULAR PRICE 6 TO 8 INCHES $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $295

REGULAR PRICE 9 TO 11 INCHES, $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $375

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous.  And, they are a bargain at this price and will (within a few weeks) all go into boxes and be sold at a much higher price.
 
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three photos, Ceratozamia
mexicana
plant #1
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three picture, plant #2
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Same species, 25g not on sale
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Different 25g plant
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
another example of plants on sale

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
VERY SHIPPABLE 5G SIZE
NICE BLUE COLOR
COLD HARDY - LOVE HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Although not the most cold hardy of palms, Bismarckia can go easily into the low 20's F.  This means that folks in northern CA, Houston, South TX, the Central Valley of CA and many other areas can give them a try.  They love heat and sun.  In Phoenix and desert areas they thrive.  Just give them adequate water if you live in the desert.  These 5g nice blue form plants are easy to ship.  Just call us and we ship within 24 hours.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50


Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.

 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
 

 

LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA
THE CAPE RIVER LIVISTONA
TALL WITH THIN TRUNK
5G SIZE TEN DAY SPECIAL

This Australian fan palm is a very interesting species and also known as the "Wooly Livistona".  It is apparently threatened in habitat.   In the northeastern part of Australia it lives at an altitude of 200 meters.   It reaches a height of over fifty feet with a trunk that's a bit over a foot thick.  Leaf stems have barbs and leaves extend out six to eight feet.  It is most similar to Livistona marie but, by report, has larger fruit.

It enjoys full hot sun.  In previous years this species was more available but is quite hard to find now.  We have a limited number of 5g available.  Cold tolerance is unknown but probably into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $50

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.
 
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa by Darrel Occonor, Palmpedia
photo Darrel O'Connor, Palmpedia
   

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The 5g size shown here can be easily shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.

Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

 

CANNA TROPICANNA
EXOTIC FOLIAGE, GOLD FLOWER
GREAT UNDERSTORY PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This popular Canna Lily has exotic, multi-colored foliage with red, black, green and hints of yellow.  Blossoms are yellow to gold as shown here.  Plants are typically under head and take filtered light or coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties.  A bad winter can burn the foliage.  But, most coastal areas here grow these as perennial plants.  The pup out so you'll get a small clump over time.  The main thing here is that this variety gives the flowers but also very cool foliage.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

These are easy to ship.  Just mention this special for your discount.
Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna
Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna
Canna tropicanna Canna Lily
Other types of Canna Lilies
 

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
SHORT TO MEDIUM PALM
USUALLY SUCKERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species of pinnate palm is from Madagascar and has hairy, fibrous covering over its younger trunks, gets to a variable height of ten to thirty feet and typically clusters, forming three to four trunks.  It is also known for putting out new pink or red leaves. Trunks can branch above the ground or sucker at the ground.  For someone who likes smooth trunk, crown shafted palms, this one might not be for you.  But, it is impressive and needs some room to grow.  It would be best in sun or part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about mid-twenties F.  We've not had problems outdoor growing this species. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

This Blog Only Special would be easy to ship.  Remember to mention this post for your discount.
 
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita
Different plant showing red new leaf
Dypsis crinita
same
Dypsis crinita
garden specimen

 

BEGONIA RICHMONDENSIS
PINK FLOWERS, SMALL PLANTS
TAKES FULL SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This attractive and sun tolerant plant has pink to salmon colored blossoms.  The nice thing is that it can tolerate coastal sun.  Inland areas should utilize strong filtered light.  Plants get to about two feet tall and with age became full and lush.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Its another way to add great sun color in the garden.  The one gallon plants shown here are quite affordable.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

This Blog Only Special would be easy to ship right to your door. 
Begonia richmondensis Begonia richmondensis
Begonia richmondensis photo by growsonyou.com
photo c/o growsonyou.com
 

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G PLANTS

This species of blue fan palm is not only known for its intense blue color but also for the fact that it is extremely cold hardy.  It goes down to about 16 degrees.  It prefers dry heat and is a challenge to grow in humid areas.  These 25g plants have nice color and are sun acclimated.  They are begging to be planted into someone's garden.  This species is also very drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SALES PRICE $225

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, the first one is very close to our nursery, coastal Encinitas, CA.  The second is in El Cajon, CA.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

ALLAGOPTERA LEUCOCALYX
SOUTH AMERICAN DWARF PALM
BUT, THIS ONE SUCKERS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We have limited numbers of this super rare yet cold hardy dwarf palm from South America.  It gets to a height of six to seven feet, suckers (contrast to A. arenaria) and has fluffy plumose leaves.  It's also cold hardy at least down to the low 20's F.  The photos here from RPS show what mature trees look like.  It tolerates full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50

Just remember to mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Allagoptera leucocalyx Allagoptera leucocalyx
Allagoptera leucocalyx Allagopera leucocalyx TS at RPS
Photo by TS at RPS
Allagopera leucocalyx TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
SUPER RARE AND ONE OF THE PRETTIEST PALMS FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

When Jesse and I visited New Caledonia in the year 2000, one of the palms that stood out was this more rare form of Burretiokentia.  Native to Mount Koghi, this species stood to a height of about 25 feet and had a prominent white-green crown shaft.  The trunk is thin and the crown of leaves full.  I'd consider it a medium sized palm.  It is rare and hardly ever available to the public.  But, we're offering this great species at a very good price.

It take coastal sun or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties.  BTW, the last two photos are from our trip to the habitat.

REGULAR PRCIE BAND THIS SPECIES $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

Remember to mention this Special to get the discount.  Of note, we also have 5g and 15g sizes for sale.
burretiokentia koghiensis  burretiokentia koghiensis 
burretiokentia koghiensis  burretiokentia koghiensis  burretiokentia koghiensis
We also have 15g plants for sale 
burretiokentia koghiensis
Another 15g sized plant 
burretiokentia koghiensis  burretiokentia koghiensis 
 

 

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
BRILLIANT ORANGE OR RED FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Customers particularly love this deep red flowering Anthurium.  I've been selling them like crazy recently.  We also have white and orange and occasionally get in other colors.  The plants on special each have five or six blossoms.  Blossoms last for a month or more.  This is a filtered light plant that should be protected from frost.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Red Anthurium Anthurium red flower
Anthurium red flower Anthurium red flower Anthurium red flower

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 5 GALLON PLANTS

We also got in about a dozen nice blue E. trispinosus in 5g pot size.  I'd not say they were overly large for their pots, but they are a nice clone and blue.  Most have about five leaves.  They were potted in these containers about a year ago.  So, you won't have to repot them for at least a year or two.  They've been outdoor grown and seen our local cold.  In most areas, this is a sun plant with a cold hardiness of about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 5g $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $79

Easy to ship but remember to mention this special for your discount.  Note, this is not much more than a band size price for much older plants.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
older nursery plant not on special
Encephalartos trispinosus
Boxed nursery plant not on special
Encephalartos trispinosus
Another boxed nursery plant
Encephalartos trispinosus
Specimen in garden
Encephalartos trispinosus

FRIDAY, 10 JULY, 2015

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD
SOFT GREEN LEAVES
FAST GROWING

The first five pictures here show a nice 15g specimen of this species.  Native to Madagascar, the eastern coast of Africa and the Comoro Islands, this fast growing species gets to a native height of sometimes twenty feet or more.  Plants grown domestically are typically ten feet or a bit more in California.  The trunk is about eight to ten inches thick.  Leaves are five to six feet long and soft to the touch.  There is small armor on the leaf stem, but the leaflets have no spines.  Leaf color is green to blue-green. 

Along the coast this species tolerates full sun.  Far inland areas should utilize filtered light or morning sun.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available including nice 5g plants that are a piece of cake to ship. (see below)
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
very old dug specimen at nursery
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
5 GALLON SIZE
EASY TO SHIP
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

See description above.

REGULAR PRICE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL $75

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your discount.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii    

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
OVER-SIZED BAND CONTAINERS
DWARF SHADE OR SUN SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

There are two forms of this New World palm:  a dwarf form that doesn't get over four feet and a trunking form that gets to ten feet.  Blossoms and seeds are quite similar on both.  The leaflets on the trunking form are thinner than the dwarf form.  This is probably the most cold hardy of all Chamaedorea, going into the upper teens F. with ease.  I am not sure which form these bands will become.  Sometimes it's hard to tell when they are small.  These plants are three years old.  Some are multiples.  All are very strong and begging to be put into a bigger pot.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 EACH
OR, FOUR FOR $80

Obviously, easy to ship.  Just mention this Special to get your discount.  The last photo here shows the dwarf form of this species.
 
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS
EASY TO GROW - VERY PRETTY
A GREAT INTERIOR PALM!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This suckering palm species is native to Mexico and Central America.  It is one of about four types of "Bamboo Palms" and is probably either the best or in a stiff competition with C. hooperiana.  This species gets to a mature height of twelve to sixteen feet, has strong 1 inch to 1.5 inch trunks which are green in color with prominent rings, and about three to four foot long leaves.  It is an upright grower and does clump.  It doesn't run.  It takes filtered light or morning sun along the coast.  I've even heard of some growing it in full sun although I'd not recommend it.  It is a good growing species.

Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  Our special is on large 5g plants that are four to five feet tall in their pots and with multiple suckers.  These are real beauties!  I can mail order these.  They make great patio or interior palms.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at time of purchase.  We do have limited supplies.  A landscaper took a dozen yesterday.  He told us it was a great species for any garden.
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana  

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
THE "MADAGASCAR PALM"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE PLANTS

Although not a true palm at all, this succulent from Madagascar has very spiny trunks with un-armed green leaves at the top.  It's trunks can get up to about six inches thick and overall height is usually under ten feet. Sometimes plants will branch, even at the top, and give peculiar shapes overall.  Blossoms do appear and are white in color.  This is a popular garden plant as well as an interior species. Along our coast it demands bright sun.  Cold hardiness appears to be only to about a freeze.

We're offering some very nice about 3 foot tall 5g on special.  The trunks are super spiny.  They are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


Just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering.  We can easily ship this size right to your door.
Pachypodium lameri 5g
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia

 

CYCAS CURRANII
A GORGEOUS CYCAD FROM PALAWAN, PI
TROPICAL APPEARING, SOFT LEAVES

This species is a large sized plant that was originally discovered by an American visiting the Island of Palawan in the Philippines in 1906.  But, soon thereafter, lost it's status as a species until Ken Hill reestablished its species status in 1995.  Trunks attain a height of over thirty feet with a diameter one to two feet.  Leaf length is six to eight feet, Leaflets are about ten inches long, one half inch wide and, as the leaf ages, become somewhat dependent and droopy.  There is little information available on this species. 

Shown here are multiple nursery plants including a larger boxed specimen.  The 15g plants are about eight to ten years old and have heights in their pots of about seven feet.  Note how their leaves and the leaves of the box are not droopy as of yet.  I've shown another nursery plant where the leaves, with age, droop.  This is a part day sun species, perhaps tolerating full sun along the coast.  I have seen it tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I find it to be prettier than Cycas thouarsii. 
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Yao PACSOA
by Gorge Yao PACSOA
Cycas curranii
Droopy leaflet specimen
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Lao PlantAPalm
by George Lao PlantAPalm


ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
HIGH ELEVATION TANZANIAN CYCAD
VERY RARE - LIMITED NUMBERS AVAILABLE

Tanzania is a country north of Mozambique and south of Kenya in Central Africa.  A distant, remote and high elevation locality there is the home for Encephalartos bubalinus.  There is grows at elevations of up to 7000 feet.  With this said, one must realize that this species is not as cold hardy as more southern species in South Africa.  But, it will take temperatures down to the mid twenties F. Colder temperatures may result in leaf damage or defoliation of the crown.  It is a fast growing species that tolerates sun in many areas.

Trunk size gets to about six feet.  Leaves are two to five feet long.  Leaf color is an interesting gray-green and the leaflets are a bit cupped.  Shown here is a citrus pot and 15g plant with several garden specimens.
 
Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus 
Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus 
Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
by Colin Wilson, PACSOA 
 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
VERY OLD SPECIMEN OF A THIN LEAF MEXICAN CYCAD

Today I'm showing you a thirty five year old specimen of this smaller species of Mexican Ceratozamia from the state of Tamaulipas.  This species' trunk doesn't get over one foot in height.  So the plant you see here is about as large as it gets.  I've been growing it forever.  In more recent years, it throws new leaves but the trunk doesn't get any bigger.  Leaves emerge reddish-brown and are about five feet long.  In general, the leaves are flat or every so slightly keeled in cross section.  One picture below shows this nicely.  Leaflet width is one quarter to one half inch and their length is about twelve inches.  Surprisingly, the leaflet tips are not too pungent.  Trunks will sucker but, in general, don't branch. 

This specimen is in a box and has seen weather into the low 20's F.  I have customers who are exposing their plants to temperatures into the upper teens without damage.  Most people grow it in filtered light, but right along the coast it tolerates full sun.  I also have smaller plants available as shown in the citrus pot.  Although I don't recall the sex on this big plant, I am showing you a female cone of a smaller Cz kuesteriana. 

Feb. 1, 2013 update.  I found a female in our nursery and am showing the cone of this boxed plant in the last photo.
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
by Ian Edwards, PACSOA
Ceratozamia kuesteriana by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
female cone nursery plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana female cone
female cone, boxed plant
   

 

DIOON MEJIAE
A CENTRAL AMERICAN CYCAD WITH A SOFT TOUCH
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES!

Perhaps the "soft touch" comment above attracted to you to read this post.  I'll explain what I mean.  People often complain that cycads are "too stiff" or "too pokey".  I guess these things scare them.  Perhaps, in a way, Dioon mejiae was an attempt by Nature to appease these folks.

Although Lepidozamia is perhaps the most "user friendly" plant in the cycad world, Dioon mejiae, in parts of its growth cycle, may be even better.  When new leaves emerge they are extremely soft to the touch, furry with very fine hairs and quite delicate.  If you grab these new leaves too briskly, they may snap in half.  Looking at them, they appear very fuzzy and hairy.  It's quite appealing.  The first five photos here also show how the caudex can be spongy and soft as well.  This 7 inch caudex is covered with the softest wool you could imagine.  Also, Dioon mejiae, unlike Dioon spinulosum or rzedowskii, has minimal or no spines on the leaflets.  Close up photos here show this.  Unfortunately, in three to six months, the wool and hairs on the leaves and petioles does disappear and the leaves stiffen up, but leaflet spines remain absent.  So, it's hard not to consider this species designed for fragile collectors. And, if you trim older lower leaves, the upright stance of the most recent leaves prevents them from being in your face..

This species is native to canyons and hills at about one thousand feet elevation in Honduras.  Leaves are three to six feet, emerge upright with a slight arch, and stems get to over 20 feet tall in perhaps a hundred years.  Spines are absent or nearly so on the leaf margins and this helps in identifying this species.  In most areas, this is a filtered light species, although right on the coast it tolerates full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  You can see on the mature boxed nursery plant that the trunk does become woody with age.  But, new leaves continue to emerge with the soft touch described above. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY PLANT OF THIS SPECIES!

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at time of your purchase for the discount.



Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A TROPICAL APPEARING CYCAD
20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES - TEN DAY SPECIAL

Dioon spinulosum is a cycad that has potential to get quite tall and has exotic appearing dark green leaves.  Native to southern Mexico regions, it can develop (over centuries) trunks up to thirty feet tall.  In the 1800's Hunting Botanical Gardens imported a huge plant on horse drawn carts from Mexico with at least fifteen feet of trunk.  I saw this at a slide show at the Gardens.  Leaves of this species are typically four to six feet long.  Leaflets are wide for a Dioon species and armed along the edges.  Trunks are usually under a foot in diameter.  So, you have a taller plant with a narrow trunk.

Culturally I've found this species does best in strong filtered light or part day sun.  Along the coast some grow it in full sun but this will make the leaves more of a lime green color.  Leaves emerge green although, if you're lucky, they can emerge a pink-bronze color.  Cold tolerance is at best low 20's F.  I'd say about 23 to 24 degrees is its cold limit.  This species is not as cold hardy as some of the other Dioons I've recently discussed.

SPECIAL: FOR TEN DAYS, 20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES!

This is a great offer.  But, you must mention this Blog special to get the discount.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants and sizes.


Dioon spinulosum
This and next 3 photos are a large 15g plant
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
25g with curved trunk
Dioon spinulosum
Nice 5g plant
Dioon spinulosum
large outdoor grown 24 inch box plant
Dioon spinulosum
1 gallon plant
Dioon spinulosum
photo by JO
Dioon spinulosum
in Arboretum at Balboa Park, San Diego
Dioon spinulosum
another boxed plant at nursery

 

THURSDAY, 9 JULY, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
GETTING THAT GORGEOUS RED CONE
PICTURES OF A FEMALE PLANT

Many people are aware that the South African cycad Encephalartos ferox has red cones.  But, to get the super red color, you better pick a female.  The male cones tend to be orange.  A customer recently wanted a big, coning size female so I took these pictures.  It's not in cone right now but has several times coned in the past.  Caudex size is sixteen to eighteen inches.  Age is over 20 years.  Leaf color is dark green.  Leaflets resemble the "Holly Fern".  This is a species that tolerates some shade or full sun on the coast.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.  Crown width is about ten feet.  We have all sizes for sale.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox
male cone
Encephalartos ferox
female cone
 

 

DYPSIS HYBRID
D. PRESTONIANA SEED BEARER
WHO KNOWS WHAT IT IS?

One of the risks of getting domestic seeds from a garden is that you can get hybrids.  Such is the case with these plants.  We got in seeds from FL that were supposed to be "Dypsis prestoniana".  But, they don't look like previous presontiana we've grown.  Trusting that they came from this fellow's tree, they have to be a hybrid.  He's got lots of Dypsis so it's totally a guess and a gamble as to what they are and will look like.  But, I can guarantee you that they'll be interesting.  So far it's a super grower.  We only have 2g size available, limited numbers.
 
Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid
Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid  

 

DYPSIS BARONII
IDEAL SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM

Over the years and having grown between fifty and one hundred different species of Dypsis, I can say that Dypsis baronii is one of the best species of Dypsis for Southern California.  It is a reliably performing plant and quite beautiful.  Palm enthusiasts get real excited about the variety of color seen in the stem, crown shaft and new petioles.  The color in these plant parts varies from red to yellow to powder white.  Eventually, most plants give a silver green trunk with a light colored crown shaft as shown here.  Trunks are several inches thick, leaves are about five to six feet long and overall heights peak out under twenty feet.

Right on the coast this species can be grown in full sun although strong filtered light or part day sun is ok too.  Cold tolerance is into the mid and perhaps low 20's F.  Growth rate is slow to medium. 

Availability on this species is variable.  Right now we have 5g sizes available.   Also shown are some domestic plants and habitat shots by J.S.  Present availability includes 5g size and below.

 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii by JS Habitat
in habitat by JS 
Dypsis baronii  Dypsis baronii Madagascar by JS
in Madagascar by JS 
Dypsis baronii 
Dypsis baronii habitat by JS
 in habitat by JS
Dypsis baronii 
 

 

SCHIZOLOBIUM PARAHYBA
BRAZILIAN FIRE TREE, FERN TREE
GREAT TREE FOR LIGHT CANOPY
 

I am showing three sizes that we often have available of one of the best tropical trees for producing light canopy cover.  By this I mean it blocks out some of the light but not all.  This is possible because of it's horizontally held leaves with small leaflets and not overly large crown.  So, if you have intense sun and it's burning other plants, this species can reduce the light to perhaps a 50% level.

This South American tree is extremely fast growing and has an attractive, smooth green trunk.  It usually forks at the top.  The crown of leaves is open.  Flowers are yellow.  Growth rate is one to three meters per year.  It easily tolerates coastal sun and can get to heights above forty feet easily, sometimes taller.  Cold tolerance is about a freeze, but plants often come back even if defoliated. Be aware that most commonly this tree drops its leaves in winter, so prepare for sun breaking through at that time.  Perhaps plant it with an Enterlobium which drops it's leaves at a different time.

Shown here are one, five and a fifteen gallon plant.  I must mention that it's only rarely that we have the 15g size.  If you like this tree, I recommend that you grab what you can while it's available.  They are fast growers.  If you've ever looked for this species, you know it's always hard to find.  So, don't miss out.
Schizolobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba
Schizolobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba Schizolobium parahyba
Schizolobium parahyba schizolobium
Photo by biogeodb.str.si.edu website
by Flikr unknown author
From Flikr, unknown photographer

TODAY, A LOOK AT RHOPALOSTYLIS
I thought today I'd show you our presentation on the Shaving Brush Palms.  I'm doing this here, with various species/varieties together,
so you can compare them individually.  I have not included here all the varieties that are available, but this will serve as a good introduction
to the majority of Rhopalostylis that you will see.  I hope that you enjoy this group of palms and like seeing all of the photos.

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
SHAVING BRUSH PALM
FEATHER DUSTER PALM


This species is probably the first species that you'll encounter with the genus Rhopalostylis.  So, it's a nice palm to start with.  All Rhopaolstylis species are from New Zealand.  R. sapida has the most upright leaves of all the species and gets to about 25 feet height.  Such heights may take several decades.  When I think of this species, I remember mostly the upright leaves and the thick, bulging crown shaft. 

Rhopalostylis sapida
would also be on most people's top twenty list.  It can tolerate full sun if you are within five to eight miles of the ocean in Southern CA.  Most people in other areas give it morning sun or filtered light.  In the garden, getting any significant trunk from a nursery plant may take five to seven years. Cold tolerance is about 22 or 23 degrees F.  I recently saw some wonderful specimens of this species in the SF Bay area. 

The most common mistake is giving it too much sun if you live in a hot area.  Under-watering also makes this species like bad.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants we have for sale.  Also shown are photos to demonstrate the two main characteristics of this species: upright leaves and bulging crown shaft. 
Rhopalostylis sapida 25g Rhopalostylis sapida, 5g
     

Rhopalostylis sapida rusty 15g rhopalostylis spaida Rhopalostylis sapaida
Rhopalostylis sapida
25 gallon size
Rhopalostylis sapida 5g
5 gallon size
Rhopalostylis sapida 15g
15g size
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
Bulging crown shaft with leaflets close to stem
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
NORFOLK ISLAND PALM

The genus of Rhopalostylis are all from the main or surrounding islands of the country of New Zealand.  All species within this genus are single trunk, pinnate and crown shafted palms.  All are very attractive and all (for crown shafted palms) are surprisingly cold hardy.  Rhopalostylis baueri gets to a mature height of potentially over forty feet, although this is rarely seen.  It has green leaves, a trunk diameter of about eight to twelve inches and a crown shaft that is green in color.  The leaves tend to be re-flexed downward to some degree; i.e., they are curved and hang down. 

Many people get Rhopalostylis sapida and Rhopalostylis baueri mixed up and can't tell them apart.  I will make four comparisons here so you can tell which species you are looking at. 
First, the crown of leaves of the R. sapida is more upright.  If you look at the third photo (immediately below this text), you will note that the majority of leaves point strongly upward with sapida.  Now look at the second picture to the right of R. baueri.  Note how the crown is fuller and hangs down?  Also note that the leaves are curved more than with sapida.  Even in potted plants, the leaf appearance and differences are apparent between these two species.
Another difference is in the thickness or bulging on the crown shaft.  Rhopalostylis sapida has a much more prominent bulge than baueri.  The fifth photograph shows a baueri that has a crown shaft that is hardly thicker than the trunk.  The next photo shows how R. sapidas crown shaft is much thicker than the trunk.  Sometimes this is almost comical in how the crown shaft is so large.  
Another difference is that the petiole and leaf stem of R. sapida tends to be a gray color whereas baueri is a rusty brown color.  This is sometimes quite subtle. 
Also, the leaflets of sapida tend to crowd more closely to the stem; baueri have more bare petiole.  If you are comparing mature trees, Rhopalostylis sapida has longer leaves and the overall height of the tree is shorter, seldom over twenty-five feet. 

We have a great selection of both species for sale.  In terms of growth, I've found that R. baueri doesn't tolerate as much sun as sapida.  But, in inland locations, neither tolerate full sun.  R. baueri does best in part day sun (morning) or filtered light.  Both are cold hardy into the low 20's F. or possibly even into the upper teens. Both species grow quite well in San Francisco.

The last photograph is of Rhopalostylis baueri in my garden.  I am looking down from a deck at a very old tree.  Note the thin crown shaft, the green trunk (maintains this color when in shade) and the faint brown color in the leaf petiole. 
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
(not baueri)
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

R. sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
crown shaft
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueriRH Rhopalostylis baueri trunk
note bare petiole near stem

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

Rhopalostylis  cheesemanii is from Roul Island as opposed to Norfolk Island.  It reportedly has darker brown tomentum on the crown shaft and petioles compared to R. baueri and the fruits are larger in size.  But, the most remarkable thing is that some enthusiasts have noticed is that it is a more aggressive grower in Southern California.  In fact, opposed to R. baueri, it has been known to do quite well in full sun right along the coast.  One of our staff, Rusty, swears by this species and thinks it's far superior to other Rhopalostylis.  In his yard it has grown at a phenomenal rate. 

The pictures here show the dark petioles/color.  I have limited photos of larger plants.  Be aware that many people feel this should be considered a sub-variety of Rhopalostylis baueri.  The last photo is from my garden, looking down from above the palm.  You can appreciate the darker crown shaft on this photo.  Of note, this species is the one that people recently have referred to as having the "purple crown shaft".  This purple color has been reported from customers who previously bought this species from us. You can compare the color with the R. baueri above.
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
LITTLE BARRIER ISLAND VARIETY

This variety of Rhopalostylis sapida comes from a small island off the coast of New Zealand called "Little Barrier Island". This island is about fifty miles off the coast from Auckland.  It is not to be confused with other islands like Chatham Island, which is much further out from the main island.  Tourists and enthusiasts cannot visit Little Barrier Island.  It is a plant and game reserve.  So, getting seeds from this location is no easy feat. 

The Rhopalostylis from Little Barrier Island are known to be faster growing with larger trunks and bigger crown shafts.  But, reports are that this feature is variable on where the plants are growing there.  Those in full sun have bigger crown shafts.  But, it is noted, that full sun can burn the leaves a bit.  Shown here are pictures of a 5g and 15g of this species.  I'm also posting two photos from a friend of mine, Tobias Spanner, of this rarely seen "species".  Most consider this to be a varietal form of sapida.  Cold hardiness is reportedly into the low 20's F. and I'd recommend growing it in part day sun.  Inland areas may require filtered light or morning sun only.  We only have a few of these for sale. 

The photos here by Tobias Spanner show the appearance of this variety of Shaving Brush in the wild.   
Rhopalostylis sapida little barrier island 5g Rhopalostylis sapida little barrier island 5g
Rhopalostylis sapida little barrier island 5g Rhopalostylis sapida little barrier island 5g Rhopalostylis sapida little barrier island by Tobias Spanner
Photo by Tobias Spanner RPS
Rhopalostylis sapida little barrier island Tobias Spanner
Photo by Tobias Spanner RPS
Rhopalostylis sapida little barrier island 15g
A 15 gallon sized plant
Rhopalostylis sapida crown shaft
Rhopalostylis sapida in my garden

 

MONDAY, 6 JULY, 2015

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
A TYPE OF LADY PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT
IDEAL INTERIOR OR PATIO PLANT
VARIOUS SIZES AVAILABLE


This Chinese variety of the Slender Lady Palm has been felt by most authorities to be a separate species from the classical, rather tall form of Rhapis humilus.  The R. multifida is different in that it only gets to a height of eight to ten feet whereas humilus will reach heights over twenty feet with thicker canes.  Leaflets are long and come to a point in contrast to Rhapis excelsa (the Lady Palm) below.  The number of leaflets ranges from about fifteen to twenty-five per leaf.  Note on close-ups how the leaflet tips are pointed and not jagged.

This species does best in morning sun or filtered light although it can grow in full sun right on the coast.  The latter does make the leaf color more lime colored.  Cold tolerance is approximately 18 - 20 degrees F.  Fertilize sparingly - all Rhapis burn easily with too much salt.  Shown here are an assortment of sizes of this species being offered.  All are interior quality plants.  This species is a fabulous houseplant and often used in hotels and bank lobbies.  It's very classical appearing.
Rhapis multifida
5g size
Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida
7g size
Rhapis multifida
7g size
Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida
15g size
Rhapis multifida
15g size
Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
25g size
Rhapis multifida

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
BLUNT, JAGGED LEAFLET TIPS
WIDER LEAFLETS THAN HUMILUS OR MULTIFIDA
ANOTHER GREAT INTERIOR PALM

Shown here is the classic "Lady Palm" known as Rhapis excelsa.  Most people have seen this palm in gardens, homes or hotel lobbies.  It is known for it's wider leaflets with blunt, jagged tips.  Compared to the multifida and humilus, this form of Rhapis only carries four to ten leaflets (rarely more) per leaf.  Canes are more hairy and shaggy than the other two forms.  It also likes filtered light and does poorly with full sun.  Only Rhapis humilus tolerates full sun well along the coast.

Plant height is quite variable depending on the clone.  It can peak out at three feet or get to over ten feet.  All forms are slow growing and dioecious (males and females).  Both sexes are needed to produce seeds although propagation from suckers is quite easy.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  Shown here are an assortment of sizes.  Note also that R. excelsa is known for the strikingly different and rare variegated forms (all with different names) that we also offer for sale.  A few of the latter are shown here.
Rhapis excelsa
5g size
Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa
15g size
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
25g size, a taller clone
Rhapis excelsa
note blunt, jagged tips leaflets
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa variegated
this an next 3 pictures variegated
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa variegated

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
DESIRABLE, BLUE, SPINEY
LOVES FULL HOT SUN
AN ASSORTMENT OF SHIPPABLE 15G PLANTS

This is the most popular of all the South African cycads.  It is known for its very spiny and "pokey" leaflets that have pungent lobe tips.  It is not a large cycad - rarely over six feet from ground to top of leaves.  Caudex size peaks out at about 16 to 18 inches thick and two feet tall.  Leaf length is three to four feet with crown width usually about five feet.  This species likes full sun along the coast and part sun in the desert.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.

Shown here first are four to five 15g plants.  These are actually quite easy to ship in the pots.  They are ten years old with caudex sizes 4 to 7 inches.  Also shown are a couple of coning sized, boxed specimens.  We also have seedlings for sale.  Note that all the 15g pictures were taken within the last week.
 
Encephalartos horridus 15g Encephalartos horridus 15g
Encephalartos horridus 15g Encephalartos horridus 15g Encephalartos horridus 15g
Encephalartos horridus 15g Encephalartos horridus 15g Encephalartos horridus 15g
Encephalartos horridus 15g Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

PLANT BROKER VERSUS NURSERYMAN
SOME NURSERIES PRODUCE PLANTS
OTHERS JUST SELL PLANTS FROM ANOTHER SOURCE
HOW TO TELL WHICH IS WHICH
(Re-posted here from earlier date)

There's a dirty little secret among some people who sell plants.  That secret is that some people don't "grow plants" but merely buy someone else's plants, try to sell them to you and make it appear that they propagate plants.  And, unfortunately, they are often brokering plants grown elsewhere, in more tropical areas that won't do as well as locally grown plants.  Why would this be a secret?  Because they don't want you to go looking for their sources.  Otherwise, you wouldn't buy from them.  They may tell you that other plants "are in the growing area" which you don't see.

How do you tell who is who?  How do you know if a "nursery" is growing their own plant material or just brokering?  It's quite simple.  Look inside the nursery for evidence of germination.  Look for small plants in addition to large ones.  Look for plants of the same species in many sizes.  If you see none of these things, perhaps just one size of a given plant, you're almost guaranteed that that person is just selling other nursery's material.

Yes, Jungle Music does bring in plants from other sources.  But, it's most often young seedlings when we do.  And we then grow them up for years to the large palms your know us for.  I've found that I can't germinate everything.  We need some help.  So, we've had decades of history with reliable germinators who sometimes germinate seeds for us.  And, when we do find larger and super desirable things, we may bring them in.  But, 99% of our material we've grown ourselves.  Just looking at the our nursery, you realize this.  We've got a quarter million plants.

So, don't get fooled.  Deal with someone who really knows the plants and has been growing them himself, often for decades.  The pictures here show you some of the two miles of tables we put our plants on.  You'll see plants of all sizes - from new seedlings to 5g, 15g and larger plants.  I've shown a lot of seedlings here and flats of small plants.  I thought you'd like to know this.

Street 1 table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music Seedlings
seedling seedlings jungle music table jungle music
small cycads street jungle music  jungle music
seedlings seedlings assorted ferns

 

ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS
FILTERED LIGHT TOLERANT CYCAD
CONING SIZED, OUT DOOR GROWN SPECIMEN

In the past, I have discussed this species at length.  This morning I thought I'd show you a nursery specimen that has been outdoor grown for the past ten years.  This plant is in a 24 inch box cointainer. It has coned and you'll note the old male cones hanging from the caudex.  If they were fresh they would be yellow in color.  It has a caudex size of about 12 inches.  Leaf length is six to eight feet.  Leaflets are narrow and have marginal spines.  This plant demonstrates mature size that you'd get in the garden.  The trunk will not get more vertical height.  From this point, such a plant most likely would sucker.  Leaf length will not get longer. 

This South African cycad species is known for tolerating less than full sun.  In fact, if grown in full sun it can get a bit bleached out in color, carrying a lime green color rather than a dark olive green.  In far inland areas, it absolutely can not tolerate full hot sun.   It's cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. without cold protection.  We have an excellent supply of this species in all sizes from small to large.  They can easily be mail ordered right to your door. 
 
 Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Note thin leaflets
Encephalartos villosus
Plant tilted so you're seeing "from above"
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
different 25g plant
Encephalartos villosus
Another, 15g plant
Encephalartos villosus

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 12 INCH POT SIZE


The plants shown here are Bird Nest Anthurium and on sale.  They prefer filtered light or a little bit of sun.  They can reach heights of about seven feet.  These plants are great companion plants for the garden floor.  The trunks will have adventitious roots and the leaves extend upwards.  The leaves can be five feet long or more.  They have a bit of wave to the surface.  In our area they tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5g OR 12 INCH POTS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

You must mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.  It's like a reward for reading this blog.
Birds Nest AnthuriumAn Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not part of this Ten Day Special

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
EXOTIC CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZE

Encephalartos kisambo is a fast growing species native to Kenya where it grows at elevations of 3000 feet. It is a medium sized mature plant with trunks to eight feet.  Leaves are green to soapy green in color, stand erect and are six to ten feet long.  Leaflets are 1.5 inches wide, pungently tipped at the end, and spiny along the margins.  This is a fast growing species that can tolerate our coastal sun.  Far inland locations should use part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties, perhaps a bit lower.  We had no leaf damage at the nursery in 2007 with lows of 25 degrees F.  Shown here are bands that we have on a ten day reduced price.  Also shown are other sizes we have and a domestic specimen.  Note the cone color is yellow.

Of note, these are
strong four year old seedlings, average 16 inches tall in the band size.  They are not wimpy one leaf seedlings.  They are ready to be repotted into a 5g pot.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
OR, THREE FOR $135


Just mention this Blog special.  These are simple to ship by mail order.  No coupon double discounts.  Seeing how seeds on this species average $5 to $6 each with 50% germination and three to four years growing time, this is a very good deal.

Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo
 boxed specimen at nursery, three photos
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This South African cycad is a dwarf species with caudex size of six inches or less and leaf length of three, perhaps maximum four feet.  It's an understory species, good for filtered light or perhaps more sun along the coast.  It is quite fern like in appearance and cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  It's great as a patio plant or nice in a smaller spot in the garden.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145


Just mention this Blog special when ordering
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, THICK TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE 5 G SIZE

We replenished our supplies of this sought after and great smaller fan palm with a thick trunk.  So, I thought I'd offer them on special.  This is a single trunk fan palm from the small island off the coast of northern Baja California, Guadalupe Island.  It is extremely cold hardy, surviving into the upper teens F.  It is sun loving, gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet and has a trunk diameter of about eighteen inches.  The fan leaves are green and stiff.  Seeds are plentiful, black in color at maturity.  This plant demands full sun and is good for desert areas.  Trunks in time are fairly smooth appearing to the eye but a bit rough to the touch.  They are very slow growing and many times difficult to find on the market.  If you live in a colder area and like rare palms, this one's definitely right for you.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SALE PRICE 5G $45



Just mention this Blog special when ordering  to get this price.  These plants are easy to mail order.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

SATURDAY, 4 JULY, 2015

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
BLUE AND SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This blue fan palm gets to a mature height of twenty feet in many decades.  It is slow growing but, from the beginning, is intensely blue in color.  Cold hardiness is 15 degrees F.  It prefers dry heat but some have succeeded in growing it in more humid areas. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at time of purchase.  Easy to mail order.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

CARYOTA URENS
SINGLE TRUNK FISHTAIL
TALL AND QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This fast growing, canopy-forming Fishtail Palm is from northern Thailand and often referred to as the Cold Hardy Mountain Fishtail.  You can distinguish it from Caryota gigas by the leaflet appearance and the white trunk below the leaves - gigas is dark green to black when juvenile.  Mature height ranges from forty to seventy feet.  Trunk diameter is about 16 to 18 inches.  Cold hardiness is the upper teens F.

Remember, all Caryota palms are monocarpic - they die after flowering.  This species is taller than and has a thinner trunk than C. gigas.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185 (tall plants)
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $150

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get your discount.  These are too big to ship without usage of pallets and independent truckers.

Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens  

 

DRACENA REFLEXA
SONG OF INDIA
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 15G

This small tree was available on the market about a decade ago and in our locality is difficult to find presently.  We had some plants that got so big in 5g that we had to repot them into 15g this winter.  They are at least seven feet tall and branching.  Mature height in the ground can reach 15 feet.  In pots, they tend to be smaller.  The leaflets are variegated and the trunks are thin.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Part day sun or filtered light is ideal for this species.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150

Limited numbers available.  These are pretty much too big to ship except by a pallet.
Song of India Song of India
Song of India Song of India Song of India
Song of India    

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This fan palm species is known for not looking like an arid or more desert appearing species.  This is because it's native habitat is in the more tropical southern Japanese islands and Taiwan.  It is a lush green palm.  It is slow growing and only gets to a height of about 20 feet although habitat plants can reach 40 feet.  You'll not see anything like that in most U.S. gardens.  Leaves are rather flat and the terminal part of the leaf segments will hang downwards as shown here.  Petioles with age lose their spines. 

To get a ten foot plant in our locality may take 20 years.  It can be grown in filtered light or sun.  Cold tolerance is about 17 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $45


You must mention this Blog special to get this price when purchasing.
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
DIFFICULT TO FIND SPECIES FROM JAMAICA
THIN TRUNK WITH DROOPY LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This Royal Palm species is from moist areas in southern Jamaica where it grows very near the ocean.  It is known for its very green leaves, long crown shaft and droopy leaflets. Also, it's unique to the Royal Palm family in that the trunk is quite thin an usually doesn't bulge at the bottom.  I suspect that the cold hardiness is not quite as low as R. regia (Cuban Royal Palm), but it should tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Heights are up to sixty feet in decades.  It's quite rare to see this species for sale.  And, in about a month, all of these will be repotted into larger pots.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25


You must mention this Website only special when ordering to get this special price.  These seedlings on sale are one to two feet tall and can be shipped easily, weather permitting.
roystonea princeps roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps roystonea princeps by RL
photo by RL
roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps by RL    

 

PRITCHARDIA, THE HAWAIIAN PALM
ABOUT SIX SPECIES AVAILABLE
BIGGEST AND BEST 15G AROUND
OUTDOOR GROWN, SEEN SUN AND COLD
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE PLANTS


Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm that typically get heights of fifteen to twenty-five feet.  They have lush green leaves that are flat or a bit wavy.  Often species have a lot of white tomentum on the leaf stems.  We call it the Hawaiian Palm because it's the only palm that is native to Hawaii.  Before men introduced other species, there were only Pritchardias on these islands.

For those of you who have read this Blog for a while, you'll remember that several years ago I bought out the private plant material of a nursery that was going out of business.  The species we got were all from true Hawaiian species only.  This included several hundred Pritchardias that were huge at that time in 15g plants, had been grown outdoors and seen full sun.  We put these plants in our outside growing grounds and kept up with their care.  They are now even bigger, easily the size of a boxed Pritchardia.  Sizes on some are eight feet in their pots with very thick trunks.  And, they are sun ready - instant planting material.  We have about five or six different species.


These plants take full coastal sun or part day sun inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps a bit lower.  They've seen all the cold we've had in the past three years.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL $175 THIS SIZE

But, remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price at the time of purchase.  All photos shown here are of these plants.
Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g 
Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g 
Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g 
 
FOR THOSE WHO WANT EVEN LARGER PRITCHARDIA
HUGE BOXED SPECIMENS
VARIOUS SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL


The 15g described above are very large.  But, we have even larger plants in boxes that people can lift and move.  These are 24 inch boxed plants.  We have outdoor grown specimens as shown here, quite a few of them.  Many we've been growing for about twelve years.

REG. PRICE 24 INCH BOXED PRITCHARDIAS $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE  $375

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species HJD  Pritchardia species box 
 

 

BRAHEA DULCIS
MEDIUM SIZED ATTRACTIVE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This good looking fan palm comes from southern Mexico as well as various countries in Central America.  There is variability in this species: Some plants are green, others blue.  Some specimens get to twenty feet, others remain shorter. And, some even sucker to make multiple trunks.  But, all are attractive.  Over time, leaf bases fall away to give a smooth trunk.  We're offering our band size on these at a good discount.  Easy to ship.  The one shown is a double, not suckering.  This species likes part sun or full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25 OR
THREE FOR $60


You must mention this special to get this price.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA
photo by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA

 

FRIDAY, 3 JULY, 2015

 

PHOENIX ACAULIS
DWARF DATE PALM
RARELY OVER SIX FEET TALL
SMALLER THAN A PYGMY DATE

Native to Asia with habitats from India through China, this suckering small Date palm gets leaves to five or six feet long with a subterranean trunk that doesn't get much vertical height.  It's often said to be "trunkless".  Leaves are somewhat plumose and do have spines.  It tolerates full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the low 20's F.  We have available a few 15g plants as well as some band containers.  Mature, this palm is smaller than Phoenix roebellenii that is typically sold as the "smallest Date Palm." 
Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix acaulis RP
photo c/o TS at RPS
Phoenix acaulis Jack Tomsky Palmpedia
photo by Jack Tomsky Palmpedia
 

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM
15G AND 5G AVAILABLE
LOVES SUN AND HEAT

This smaller and very cute fan palm is native to areas of Florida, Mexico and into the Caribbean.  It has a blue green leaf color with more prominent silver on the underside of the leaf.  Mature height is rarely to twenty feet.  Leaves are about three to four feet across and prominently divided into segments.  It likes heat and sun.  It might also do well in desert areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We have available 5g and some 15g plants.  It is ideal for people who want shorter but attractive sun tolerant palms.  But, particularly in pots, it is slow growing.  Our 15g plants are ten years old.

 
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata

 

UNIQUE DWARF DIOON SPECIES
VERY OLD PLANT, SHORT LEAVES
COMPACT CROWN
ONE OF A KIND CYCAD

We've been growing this cycad for well over twenty years.  We don't really know what it is.  The leaf/leaflet appearance is almost like a cross between edule and merolae.  But, it's smaller than either of these.  It has leaves that are about 30 inches long and a very compact crown.  Trunk height is twelve inches with a diameter of five inches.  It has a pup or two.  You could easily fit this 15g plant in the back seat of your car.  It wants full sun. I'd estimate cold hardiness to be the upper teens F.  It would be ideal for a sunny location of a garden in a colder area where a small plant is needed.  We only have this one plant.  It has coned but I don't recall the sex.  It is a very cool plant.
Dwarf Dioon Dwarf Dioon
Dwarf Dioon Dwarf Dioon Dwarf Dioon
TRINTHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE FAN PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to offer some very nice 5g plants as shown below.  I'd estimate their age at 6 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

Overall height of this species is up to twenty feet.  Multiple stems are produced, but usually the number is just several.  Leaves are small, typically about two feet wide.  The segments of the leaves are pointed and sharp.  Trunks retain old leaf bases but, like
Washingtonia, eventually fall off.  This is a drought tolerant species and can take temperatures well into the 100's F. and cold tolerance is into the teens.  Of note, most specimens I've seen are blue.  The last two photos show a mature plant that is blue-green in color, probably due to the fact that it's not getting full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size that is on sale
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size on sale
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris 15g

 

NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


We recently got in a small batch of this interesting Nerogelia.  This bromeliad has red speckling on the dorsal aspect of the leaves.  I've been told with some more sun this red coloring becomes much more intense.  I was also told it's a fairly uncommon clone to find.  These would make a nice companion plant with some color to add to the garden.  Some clusters have four or five plants.  They have a plant diameter of 18 inches.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANT $35

Easy to mail order.  Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled nerogelia

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

I am not really a fruit tree grower and don't pretend to be an expert on this subject.  But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer on sale a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana  

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
SINGLE TRUNK, GETS TO EIGHT FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a very sought after palm for multiple reasons.  It resembles a Chamaedorea radicalis but is stronger, taller, has a thicker trunk and is more vigorous.  Mature height is eight feet or a bit more.  Some trunk will form.  It also tolerates a fair amount of sun along the coast.  And, it is quite durable with thick leaflets.  It can also take filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here on sale are band size seedlings.  Some are multiples. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25

Limited numbers.  You must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g nursery plant
Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g pot, two plants in one container

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE BOXED SPECIMENS
LARGE SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM

TEN DAY SPECIAL


An associate of mine has extremely large Howea forsteriana with up to almost 25 feet of trunk.  They are in 36 to 48 inch boxes and are crane material.  He has singles and multiples.  All were field grown in sun and were boxed several years ago.  He has a huge selection.  Normally he sells these for $250 per trunk foot.  But, I convinced him to offer a ten day special on them.  They are ready to go.

So, he has reduced them $175 per trunk foot.  Contact me if interested or for more information.  Also, he can deliver himself or arrange delivery to your location.

TEN DAY SPECIAL AS ABOVE
Howea forsteriana huge plant  

 

THURSDAY, 2 JULY, 2015

 

PHOENIX ACAULIS
DWARF DATE PALM
RARELY OVER SIX FEET TALL
SMALLER THAN A PYGMY DATE

Native to Asia with habitats from India through China, this suckering small Date palm gets leaves to five or six feet long with a subterranean trunk that doesn't get much vertical height.  It's often said to be "trunkless".  Leaves are somewhat plumose and do have spines.  It tolerates full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the low 20's F.  We have available a few 15g plants as well as some band containers.  Mature, this palm is smaller than Phoenix roebellenii that is typically sold as the "smallest Date Palm." 
Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix acaulis RP
photo c/o TS at RPS
Phoenix acaulis Jack Tomsky Palmpedia
photo by Jack Tomsky Palmpedia
 

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM
15G AND 5G AVAILABLE
LOVES SUN AND HEAT

This smaller and very cute fan palm is native to areas of Florida, Mexico and into the Caribbean.  It has a blue green leaf color with more prominent silver on the underside of the leaf.  Mature height is rarely to twenty feet.  Leaves are about three to four feet across and prominently divided into segments.  It likes heat and sun.  It might also do well in desert areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We have available 5g and some 15g plants.  It is ideal for people who want shorter but attractive sun tolerant palms.  But, particularly in pots, it is slow growing.  Our 15g plants are ten years old.

 
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata

 

UNIQUE DWARF DIOON SPECIES
VERY OLD PLANT, SHORT LEAVES
COMPACT CROWN
ONE OF A KIND CYCAD

We've been growing this cycad for well over twenty years.  We don't really know what it is.  The leaf/leaflet appearance is almost like a cross between edule and merolae.  But, it's smaller than either of these.  It has leaves that are about 30 inches long and a very compact crown.  Trunk height is twelve inches with a diameter of five inches.  It has a pup or two.  You could easily fit this 15g plant in the back seat of your car.  It wants full sun. I'd estimate cold hardiness to be the upper teens F.  It would be ideal for a sunny location of a garden in a colder area where a small plant is needed.  We only have this one plant.  It has coned but I don't recall the sex.  It is a very cool plant.
Dwarf Dioon Dwarf Dioon
Dwarf Dioon Dwarf Dioon Dwarf Dioon

TRINTHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE FAN PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to offer some very nice 5g plants as shown below.  I'd estimate their age at 6 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

Overall height of this species is up to twenty feet.  Multiple stems are produced, but usually the number is just several.  Leaves are small, typically about two feet wide.  The segments of the leaves are pointed and sharp.  Trunks retain old leaf bases but, like
Washingtonia, eventually fall off.  This is a drought tolerant species and can take temperatures well into the 100's F. and cold tolerance is into the teens.  Of note, most specimens I've seen are blue.  The last two photos show a mature plant that is blue-green in color, probably due to the fact that it's not getting full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size that is on sale
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size on sale
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris 15g

 

NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


We recently got in a small batch of this interesting Nerogelia.  This bromeliad has red speckling on the dorsal aspect of the leaves.  I've been told with some more sun this red coloring becomes much more intense.  I was also told it's a fairly uncommon clone to find.  These would make a nice companion plant with some color to add to the garden.  Some clusters have four or five plants.  They have a plant diameter of 18 inches.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANT $35

Easy to mail order.  Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled nerogelia

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

I am not really a fruit tree grower and don't pretend to be an expert on this subject.  But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer on sale a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana  

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
SINGLE TRUNK, GETS TO EIGHT FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a very sought after palm for multiple reasons.  It resembles a Chamaedorea radicalis but is stronger, taller, has a thicker trunk and is more vigorous.  Mature height is eight feet or a bit more.  Some trunk will form.  It also tolerates a fair amount of sun along the coast.  And, it is quite durable with thick leaflets.  It can also take filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here on sale are band size seedlings.  Some are multiples. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25

Limited numbers.  You must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g nursery plant
Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g pot, two plants in one container

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE BOXED SPECIMENS
LARGE SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM

TEN DAY SPECIAL


An associate of mine has extremely large Howea forsteriana with up to almost 25 feet of trunk.  They are in 36 to 48 inch boxes and are crane material.  He has singles and multiples.  All were field grown in sun and were boxed several years ago.  He has a huge selection.  Normally he sells these for $250 per trunk foot.  But, I convinced him to offer a ten day special on them.  They are ready to go.

So, he has reduced them $175 per trunk foot.  Contact me if interested or for more information.  Also, he can deliver himself or arrange delivery to your location.

TEN DAY SPECIAL AS ABOVE
Howea forsteriana huge plant  

 

TO SEE EARLIER POSTS FROM JUNE, 2015, CLICK HERE

 

A LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE NURSERY
PERSONAL PHOTOGAPHIC TOUR
ALMA AND THE PLANTS

Yesterday was a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy.  Regardless, we were quite busy with customers at the nursery.  Somehow Alma found the time to take pictures of the front entrance to our nursery.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  I hope the gorgeous blue Encephalartos show well in these pictures.  They are huge and unique.

 
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Alma Jungle Music

 

FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE COLD WEATHER -
 QUICK LOOK AT SOME MORE COLD HARDY YET

RARE PALM SPECIES

BEING REPOSTED FROM LAST MONTH BECAUSE OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK
BUT THIS TIME WITH A GREAT DISCOUNT ON PALLETS OF PALNTS!

SUMMER SPECIAL: FILL A PALLET
FOR SHIPPING OR DELIVERY

AND SAVE 15% OFF REGULAR PLANT PRICES!

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

This pinnate palm rarely gets over six feet tall, is native to coastal Brazil and has fluffy leaves (plumose).  It's a sun species with a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

This suckering Asian species doesn't get over about ten feet tall and has silver color to the back of the leaflets.  The leaflets have chopped ends.  It'll take coastal sun and part day sun inland.  Cold tolerance about 18 degrees F.  
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri  
BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
THE BLUE PINDO PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - YES, BLUE COLOR!

This variety of the South American Pindo Palm is super color because of its unusual blue color.  It gets to a height of about fifteen feet in three decades and is single trunk.  It loves full sun and is cold hardy to 15 degrees F.
Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft
BRAHEA CLARA
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK MEXICAN PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY

This palm is quite similar to the more common Brahea armata.  It loves sun, takes cold to 15 degrees and is blue in color.  It gets to a height of no more than 20 feet.  Compared to the common Mexican Blue Fan Palm, it has longer petioles and is faster growing.  Another curious difference we've discovered is the stem armor.  Rather than simple, uniform curved spines, the armor is more like a bad set of shark's teeth as shown here.
Brahea clara Brahea clara
Brahea clara Brahea clara Brahea clara

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

This suckering species of fan palm develops a blue color with age and sun.  Shown is a 5g.  We never can keep them in stock to get them to 15g.  They love hot sun, get to a height of no more than six feet and sucker.  this is an ideal palm where views are a concern.  They are very slow growing.
 
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens  
BUTIA X SYAGRUS
THE MULE PALM
HYBRID THAT LOOKS LIKE NEITHER PARENT

This surprisingly very cold hardy palm is being grown in areas that routinely see bad weather.  When Queen Palms die in Tucson, AZ, this one survives.  It gets to 25 feet and loves hot sun.  Some say that, when mature, they look a little bit like a Coconut.  It's also a very good growing hybrid with lots of vigor.  It likes sun and is cold hardy to about 16 or 17 degrees.
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Mule Palm by Mark Heath
photo by MH
 
COPERNICIA ALBA
TALL THIN TRUNK
SINGLE STEM FAN PALM


Copernicia is a rare genus of fan palms mostly native to Caribbean Islands such as Cuba.  This species has a thin trunk and gets over 40 feet tall.  For an exotic genus, it's surprisingly cold hardy perhaps into the upper teens F.  It loves sun and heat.
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba  
JUBAEA CHILENSIS
CHILEAN WINE PALM
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM

This thick trunked pinnate palm is slow growing but manages to get a trunk fatter than any other palm.  Native to Chile, it can reach a height of 40 feet and trunk diameter of 4 feet.  It loves hot sun and is cold hardy to 16 degrees.  The 15g plant shown here is 10 years old.  This is why this species is more costly than other palms.  The trunk is also smooth as shown here with no attached leaf bases.
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

This Asian species never really gets to a height much above 25 feet.  It's so slow growing that anything over ten feet seems to take an eternity.  It has a twelve inch thick trunk and flat green leaves.  In most areas it takes full sun but also tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 18 degrees F.
lIVISTONA CHINENSIS lIVISTONA CHINENSIS
lIVISTONA CHINENSIS lIVISTONA CHINENSIS  

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
MEDIUM TO TALL HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK

This Australian fan palm can get over 40 feet tall, has a thin trunk and droopy leaflets.   Because of the latter fact it's known as the Ribbon Palm.  Leaflets hang toward the ground.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It's quite handsome.
Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens  
PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM
CLUMPING SPECIES MEDIUM SIZE

This is a type of Date Palm that clusters.  It gets its name from the fact that trunks recline (lean) with age and height.  It has a variable height.  But, you can count on at least 15 feet.  Some clumps get taller.  It loves sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
clumping palm to the right
 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

This Date Palm is native to the island of Crete, southern Greece and some nearby islands.  It is a suckering palm and not quite as tall as the Phoenix dactylifera.  Its dates are not edible.  Leaf color is typically lime green.  Height can get up to thirty feet.  Leaves are quite plumose.  Cold tolerance is about 17 degrees or lower and it loves full and hot sun. 

Phoenix theophrasti Phoenix theophrasti
Phoenix theophrasti Phoenix theophrasti Phoenix theophrasti
SABAL CAUSIARUM
TALL FAN PALM
THICK CONCRETE LIKE TRUNKS

This Caribbean fan palm can get rather tall, up to fifty feet.  Its remarkable characteristic are the thick, concrete colored and appearing trunks.  They are really impressive and get up to two feet thick.  Leaf color is blue green.  This palm loves sun and is cold hardy into the mid to upper teens F.
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum  
SABAL MINOR
THE SMALLEST SABAL
DWARF PALM - SIX FEET TALL

This fan palm is native to the southeastern part of the U.S.  It rarely gets over six feet tall.  It puts out blossoms that are taller than the leaves, producing many small black seeds.  Leaves are sort of large compared to its dwarf height.  It can take sun or shade and is cold hardy to 15 degrees.  
Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor  

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

This Asian species of Windmill Palm is quite difficult to find.  That's because it's very slow growing.  The 15g plant shown here is about 8 years old.  They typically don't get tall.  In a few decades, a ten foot palm could be expected.  They love full sun and are cold hardy to 15 degrees F.  Leaves are quite small and flat as shown here.
 
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X ROMANZOFFIANA
THE COCONUT QUEEN
BEAUTIFUL HYBRID PALM YET COLD HARDY

We don't know as of yet the cold hardiness of this very handsome hybrid palm developed in Thailand.  It's quite a new thing.  It is prettier than both parents.  Anticipated height is 30 feet, so it's shorter than a standard Queen Palm.  It likes full sun and appears to be cold hardy down to about 20 degrees F.
Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm
Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm by JI

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

This South American, single trunk fan palm is unlike some of its suckering kin below.  This plant gets to a height of about 20 feet and has a random pattern of long spines protruding from the trunk.  Leaves are green, medium sized.  It likes sun and is cold hardy well into the upper teens F.  The trunk is indeed different - liked by some, hated by others.
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma  

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

This South American species is nothing like T. acanthicoma above.  It suckers, has a prominent blue color and has sharp points on the end of its leaf segments.  But, it is attractive and cold hardy to about 17 degrees F.  Expect a mature height of ten to twenty feet.
 
Trithrinax capestris Trithrinax capestris
Trithrinax capestris  

 

 

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JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR SPRING COLOR AND COMPANION PLANTS!

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

Flowering Anthurium are low profile plants that rarely get over 18 inches tall.  They like filtered light and have a surprisingly long flowering season.  In fact, some will continue to put out flowers until fall.  Flower sizes vary from about 2 inches up to 4 inches across.  An individual flower may last well over a month.  Plants are also quite durable with thick, prominently veined leaves.
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
     
COLEUS, LOTS OF COLORS
LARGE, FULL PLANTS

Coleus is a type of plant that will get quite big and full.  They can grow in partial sun but filtered light enhances their colors.  They need a bit of trimming of ends of stems to keep them from getting too large.   These plants are already two by two feet in size.  Blossoms should be pinched off as well.  Colors are stunning.  They are a bit cold sensitive but with some protection, many folks get them to winter over.  They make a stunning plant for a patio container. 
Coleus Coleus
Coleus Coleus Coleus
     
COLORFUL GERANIUMS
FANCY HYBRID PLANTS
NOT THE ONES YOU MOM USED TO GROW!

Geraniums will take more sun than most of the other plants here.  The ones shown now are fancy hybrids with large, two-toned flowers.  And, the flowers are huge for this species.  They are just starting their blooming cycle now.  Geranium are reasonably cold hardy.  We hope to continually be getting in new exciting colors. 
 
Geranium Geranium
Geranium Geranium  
     
PINSTRIPE GINGER
DWARF SPECIES NOT OVER THREE FEET TALL
THIN WHITE STRIPES ON GREEN LEAVES
RED AND WHITE UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS

We've been carrying the Pinstripe Ginger for about a year.  People love that it's a dwarf species, will take some sun and has really attractive foliage.  Blossoms are medium size, upright, white in color with red throats as shown here.  We've usually carried 15g size but can now offer 5g plants as shown here.  Filtered light is best for these plants.
Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger
Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger care of SouthEastGarden Website
photo c/o Southeastgarden Website
     
KALANCHOE, ASSORTED TYPES
MANY COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
THICK GREEN LEAVES

Kalanchoe are a type of tropical succulent with florid blossoms of many colors of the rainbow.  Flowers are long lived.  Plants are usually about 2 feet tall at maturity and like filtered light.  Surprisingly, the leaves are remarkably thick and fleshy.  The plants we have in a good sized for what's on the market.  We'll be getting in new colors every few weeks.
Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors
Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors
Kalanchoe, assorted colors    
     
CALENDIVA
JUST COMING INTO FLOWER
LARGE FLOWERS IN RED, PINK AND WHITE
FABULOUS PLANTS

These plants are similar to Kalanchoe but have bigger, more impressive flowers.  They have similar thick, succulent like fleshy green leaves.  They like filtered light and don't get too big.  These plants are good size and just in buds now.  You can see they are about to open and will be in full flower in a week or two. 
Calendiva Calendiva
     
Calendiva Calendiva Calendiva from Bunnings.com AU
Photo c/o Bunnings Website, AU
     
CROTONS
COLORFUL RED, BLACK GREEN AND YELLOW
MAKE LARGER PLANTS
WILL TAKE SOME SUN

Crotons are a tropical and colorful plants that will, over time, get some size.  They tolerate part day sun here and full sun in the tropics.  Colors are stunning.  They are not super cold hardy but often winter over for folks.  One may need to prune them to maintain a smaller size.  We get in various types over the season.  
Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton
     
FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
LARGE 5G PLANTS
VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND

This unique species of tropical tree is known for it's huge leaves that are pleated, reach up to three feet long and have red veins.  It is one of the most collectible trees in the world.  It is very difficult to propagate and rarely seen for sale.  The plants we have now came from a special propagating company and will be gone quickly.  And, you can save.  Google this plant, look at it and you'll "have to have one".  I've got one 15 feet tall in my garden. It's survived San Diego weather for three decades.  Although not inexpensive, it's a "must have" species.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
VARIEGATE DWARF GINGER
NEW SPECIES FOR US
SUPER ATTRACTIVE AND SHORT

This is a new Ginger variety for us.  We've not had it before.  I've been told it makes a smaller plant for strong filtered light and has upright blossoms.  The variegated pattern is quite attractive.  Otherwise, I can't say a lot about it.  Limited availability. 
Variegate Dwarf Ginger Variegate Dwarf Ginger
Variegate Dwarf Ginger Variegate Dwarf Ginger  
     
BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
GETS FOUR FEET TALL

This species of fern never gets over four to five feet tall.  It likes filtered light and plenty of water.  But, it's super cute appearing and very popular.  Some may know of it as a "Silver Fern".  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  Leaves are 2 to 2.5 feet long.  The plants we have are high quality 5g plants. 

 
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  
ALOE BLUE ELF
SMALL SUCCULENT IN FLOWER
NICE 2G PLANTS
SMALL, COMPACT -  FULL SUN

This smaller succulent is from South Africa, reaches 18 inches in height and has an orange-red flower as shown here.  Plants like full sun and heat and are tolerant of cold down to about 20 degrees F.  They have just gone into flower now.  This would be a good species next to a pathway or garden border near people.  It's very attractive.  Foliage is blue.
Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf
Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf
LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES
YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER

This is an interesting plant we propagate ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  They form small clusters of shiny green leaf plants that don't get over 18 inches.  Flowers come in the fall are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water.  Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It's a good "indicator plant" for how well you are watering the garden.  They'll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  Available 1g, 2g and some 5g plants.
Ligularia  Ligularia 
Ligularia  Ligularia  Ligularia auburn.edu website
 Ligularia auburn.edu website
     
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL

Customers often shy away from the Elephant Ear Alocasia because of their potential size.  There is even one species that gets super tall and almost takes over the garden.  But, what I'm showing you here is a true dwarf with plants that never get much above your knees.  The leaves are a foot wide and color is green.  They are an ideal plant where you want a low profile companion plant to cover the garden floor.

This species can take full coastal sun or part day sun and filtered light in all areas.  They do like and respond to water.  We sell a ton of these but do have limited supplies.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
     
CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

I am not really a fruit tree grower and don't pretend to be an expert on this subject.  But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.

Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
     
AGAVE ATTENUATA
SEMI-MINIATURE SUCCULENT
BLUE GREEN COLOR

This species gets a mature height of about six feet.  They have thick, fleshy leaves without any spines.  Trunks get to about 3 inches thick.  They can sucker from the base.  They like full sun and have a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  We have 5g and 15g available.
 
Agave attenuata  Agave attenuata 
Agave attenuata    

 

 

 


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MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

Many of you who have called us or received emails over the years have communicated with one of our staff.  But, you may know nothing about them.  So, we thought we'd post a webpage that shows who they are and mentions a few points.  Just click on the banner to the left to read about our staff.
Jungle Music Staff Banner
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RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

I like to remind plant enthusiasts to recycle their plastic containers.  We will take them and give you a credit toward any purchase at the nursery.  Or, if you just don't know what to do with them and are conservative minded, drop them off at our nursery location.  We'll put them to good use.  We've been doing this for decades and think it's the right thing to do for the environment.  We are especially looking for larger pots, 15g and bigger.  We also really appreciate 7g pots and citrus pots. 

So, don't give them to the garbage man for your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!
plastic pot pots

  

THIS PALM, CYCAD AND TROPICAL PLANT BLOG
WHY DID I CREATE IT?  WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
HOW DO I WRITE MY POSTS AND SELECT TOPICS?
PRESENTLY GOING ON FOUR YEARS, THOUSANDS OF POSTS.


For those of you who know our Website, you are aware of the fact that this site offers a tremendous amount of information on the palms, cycads and an assortment of tropical plants.  I started this website over twenty years ago.  It was one of the first websites in the world on palms and cycads.  And, it is presently one of the largest for sure.  Yes, we are a nursery and, to survive and support this Site, we must sell our plants.  But, as I looked at internet sites over time, I found it quite disappointing that, with most plant sites, it is apparent that the only motive of sites was to sell their products.  Little information was shared.  But, in my opinion, the point of the Internet was to share information.   So, our website from its inception had the mission of offering free information for the reader to learn about the plants, their culture and educate them on species they could grow.  To accomplish this I've written and posted about a hundred articles on plants and species. 

Doing this was made easier by the fact that I've been studying, growing and learning about palms and cycads now for almost forty years.  I've been involved with and learned from many plant organizations and am the past President of the International Palm Society and the Palm Society of Southern California.  And, I've traveled the world multiple times studying plants in gardens and habitats.  This allowed me to accumulate literally tens of thousands of photographs over the years.  And, as Jungle Music began in 1977, I've had decades of experience with growing the plants and learning their culture.  The nursery has also been a great source of feedback from customers.  I've learned the successes and losses they've had and how any given species grew for them.  The latter has been in invaluable part of gaining knowledge about the plants.  One can read forever, but actually growing, observing and caring for the plants is, in my opinion, the best source of learning. 

Plant reference books tend to be very scientific.  They are written typically by taxonomists who use terms and phrases that few can understand.  Some are not this way, but the majority are.  And, practical cultural information is rarely present, especially not for different growing areas.  People want to know "Can I grow it?".  My goal at this Site has been to share information that people could understand and use, especially in the selection of the right species for their gardens. 

Years ago I spent large amounts of time making contributions to discussion sites and groups on the Internet.  But, it became apparent that all this information is lost within a month or two.  Old posts on servers are literally just deleted.  And, they tend to be a difficult way to gather good information.  And, discussion groups are notorious for not being available to search engines.  So, I abandoned discussion groups and started this Blog four years ago with the goal of making a resource point for plant information that would persist over time.  Presently there are thousands of posts on the threads of this Blog.  My next project is to make information from the years of this Blog to be presented in an easily searchable format, organized by species, groups or cultural areas.  Hopefully this will be available in the next twelve months. 

With a daily schedule like a farmer, I tend to get up very early in the morning.  It's quiet before the sun comes up and there's few distractions.  And, as I sit down at my computer, I have no idea what I'm going to write about any given morning nor what I will put on one of our Ten Day Specials.  I just think of a subject and do it right then and there.  I might have an idea from the day before or remember a confusion people have on a subject that I'd like to clarify.  I learn at the nursery the most common things that people don't understand.   I am convinced that, if one read this blog on a repetitive basis for a year or so, that person would become very knowledgeable and a lot more comfortable with growing rare species.. 

Outside my office window I can see into my garden for inspiration.  The garden at dawn is just magical.  And, this is what I've done this morning.  Every time I post on this Blog, it takes me several hours.  I try to add interesting anecdotes, stories and cultural tips.  Hopefully I've got some good and recent photographs the reader hasn't seen.  I try to explain terms that might stump the reader.  Some "experts" may not agree with everything I put here, but posts are my viewpoint on the subject.  I mostly utilize my own photos, but will credit those from friends or acquaintances when used.   I invite anyone with pictures or information about cool species to contact me.  I may add it to this Blog.  And, I always give credit for any donated photographs. 


Hopefully, as I travel, visit more gardens and faraway parts of the world, I can share more with you over time.  It does amaze me when I come across a species or topic that I've never discussed on the Blog.  But, it happens all the time.  My promise to you is I will continue this Blog for as long as I can and continually try to improve it and make it interesting.  Thank you for reading.

Note to readers: On review, this is a long winded post.  If you read to this point, as a reward to you for your perseverance, email me and I'll send you a 15% off coupon. 

Phil Bergman on left, and on right, past president IPS, Horace Hobbs.  photo taken
at IPS Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens, year 1998.

phil 4
photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


garden foggy morning
View outside my office window at dawn
Phil Bergman
Phil Bergman at a private cycad garden this past summer 2014, Southern California
Phil Bergman

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

We're now up to our fifth video on "Plant Picks of the Week".  This week features Parajubaea torallyi and Dioon merolae.  

Click here to see this short Video.

 

JUNGLE MUSIC AND SOCIAL MEDIA
THERE'S LOTS OF WAYS TO CHECK OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE NURSERY.

For some time, our nursery has had a real presence on social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. 
We've vastly expanded this in recent times.  So, if you're on the go only with your smart phone, it's easy to see
what's happening at the Nursery.  I've included a few links below.  We'd love to have many of you follow us,
especially at Facebook.  Check it out.  These medias are fun.

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JUNGLE MUSIC PALMS, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS
RANDOM PHOTOS OF OUR ENTRANCE

Recently we shot an assortment of photos of what the front of our nursery looks like.  I think you'd have to agree that we are loaded with tons of beautiful plants.  Please give us a visit.  We're 25 minutes north of San Diego, 90 minutes south of Los Angeles and just off Freeway 5.  There's a directions button at the top of our Home Page.
 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

About half of our nursery plants are grown outdoors at the nursery.  The other half are inside our greenhouses.  We have twelve greenhouses.  In general, the outdoor plants are acclimated better to our weather or sun and tend to be larger and more mature in size.

For those of you who haven't visited us, our street front is about three hundred feet long in a residential neighborhood.  We chose such a neighborhood on purpose because our city is known for its nurseries and green attitude.  Nurseries are nestled among homes.  It's quite inviting to visit nurseries here.  We have several acres overall dedicated to the plants.  This includes shaded or shade cloth areas, hot sun areas, a display garden area and a large propagation and growing grounds.  We also host an educational center and lecture hall.  We are just minutes off the major freeway (Fwy 5) in our town of Encinitas, California.  So, it's an easy trip.  Please drop in a visit us.
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO

 

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ALTHOUGH NOT PLANTS FOR SALE, THE INFORMATIONAL POSTS BELOW
WILL BE USEFUL OR INFORMATIVE TO MOST WEBSITE VISITORS

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

For those of you who may be seeking out a good palm book that is easy to read and very educational, I highly recommend this publication.  As you know I rarely recommend a particular book.

In 2003, Paul Craft and Robert Lee Riffle published their first edition of this book.  It was felt by most at that time to be the best palm publication around.  But, as time went by, more palm species were discovered and Paul Craft wanted to improve on his first book.  Robert Lee Riffle unfortunately passed away, but Paul teamed up with noted botanist and author, Scott Zona, formerly of Fairchild Tropical Gardens and a few months ago published the second edition of this fine book.  It deals with about 900 species of palms and has about 1000 photographs.  It is particularly good for those of you trying to make sense of the many Dypsis species.

I have been a friend of all three authors mentioned above, but have had a long term comradery with Paul Craft and his wife Patty.  Thirty-five years ago, Paul and I were the only growers in the United States that had nurseries specializing in palms.  So, we became close friends and have communicated over these many years.  I can tell you that his work on this book is superb.

And, he's offering a special price (need to verify still being offered) to you of $47.95 (normally $59.95 retail price).  Maybe you can get him to send you a signed copy!  And, shipping within the U.S. is included with this price.  It's a real bargain for such a fine book.  If interested, just click here to order this great palm book.  You'll not be disappointed.

Of note, I am just promoting this book because of its merits and have no fiscal relationship with this publication.       
Encyclopedia of Cultivate Palms Paul and Patty Craft

 

SHIPPING LARGER NUMBERS OF BIG PLANTS BY INDEPENDENT TRUCKERS
SECURING PLANTS ON PALLETS


Our usual technique of shipping plants is to utilize Federal Express ground service.  The customer calls us, places his order, and usually the same day plants are put into boxes in their containers, soil and all, taken down to the Federal Express shipping center and are on their way.  The customer receives his plants several days later looking exactly like they did at our nursery.  This shipping method is good for plants up to about 15g size.  And, we can piggyback smaller plants with bigger plants to shave shipping costs.  It's even possible to get four or five plants in the same box by putting smaller ones in with the main plant. 

But, other times people want larger plants (too tall and heavy for Fed Exp to delivery) or a larger number of plants where it would require twenty-five or more boxes.  For this type of order, it's much more affordable to use an independent trucking service.  Sometimes, if space is available, we merely slide free standing plants into the truck and they are delivered without packaging them together or putting them on a pallet.  Other times we will put plants onto a 4 foot wooden pallet, add reinforcing wood sides to the pallet and wrap the whole bundle in shrink wrap plastic.  Which technique is used depends mostly on the requirements of the trucking company and whether the plants will be moved from one truck to another en route.  Inside the pallets we piggyback all sorts of smaller plants from band size to even double-stacked 15g.allo plants.  On one pallet it's quite possible to get twelve to fourteen larger plants along with a whole bunch of smaller ones.  This method works on plants up to about 8 feet tall.  Taller than this won't fit under the truck roof and must be individually laid down.  Such tall plants cannot be put on a pallet.  .

The photos shown here were an order of 38 plants that went to a botanical garden on the east coast a few days ago.  They demonstrate what the pallets look like once they are completed.  Each pallet weighs 750 to 1000 pounds.  The palletized plants are being put onto a lift gate of a a bobtail truck.  This truck goes up to Los Angeles and from there are moved into a 53 foot semi truck that goes across the country.  Delivery time is 3 to 4 days and the plants easily tolerate the trip.  And, from a cost point of view, shipping this way is much less expensive than shipping one plant at a time by Federal Express . 
pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants  

ANNOUNCING:
NEW VIDEO ON JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY
PALM TREES, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS


Recently staff members have created and published a ten to twelve minute video that shows you our recent nursery expansion projects, our various growing areas of our 2.5 acre nursery, lots of unusual species of plants and our new educational center where we delivery lectures and films.  We think it's fun and you'll enjoy it and that it's worth your time.  Please watch it and email us feedback.  Or, like us on Facebook or Tweeter.  Thank you.

TO SEE THE JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY VIDEO, CLICK HERE
     Jungle Music Nursery Video

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Below are pictures of about thirty five palm species that all do well in Southern California.  I am leaving this post and the one after it on my current Blog because people tell me that's it's very useful to them.  In the group of palms below,  I left off the most common species that, it seems, everyone knows about.  So, there are no Queen Palms and Mexican Fan Palms below.  But, this group includes species that may be a bit unusual and more interesting.  This is not a complete list.  For instance, within any given genus, there may be dozens other species that do well here.  If I showed every species that you can grow, it would be too overwhelming.  So, I've kept it simple and show representative pictures.  I think, for a starting point, this will suffice. 

I have chosen to show mature plants in gardens.  I tried to use mostly pictures from gardens in Southern California to show examples.  Some are from elsewhere.  This provides a quick view of species that you may want to try.  Some are for sun, others for shade.  Some are more difficult to grow than others.  I'm not commenting on each species presently.  But, throughout my Blog, there are comments on almost all of these.  If you don't live here in Southern California, realize that many of these species may live in your area as well.   

I hope you enjoy this.  We, of course, have most or all of these palms for sale at the nursery in an assortment of sizes.  And, for your enthusiasts, we probably have several hundred other cool species for you to try.

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobiis
Brahea armata Palm Tree in California
Brahea armata

Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas
 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
Coccothrinax
Coccothrinax species 
Copernicia species
Copernicia baileyana
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species 
Cyphophoenix species
Cyphophoenix species' 
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens (habitat)
 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis 
Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Howea forsteriana Palm Tree in California
Howea forsteriana 
Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
 
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis 
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens
Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi 
phoenix rupicola
Phoenix rupicola
Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata 
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia species 
Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species 
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca 
Ravenea species giant
Ravenea species 
Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida 
Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena 
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Syagrus pseudococos
Syagrus pseudococos 
Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 


On all the genera above there may be many more species within the same genus that also grow well for us here.  I apologize if I haven't
included your favorite species in this group, but this is meant to be a brief introduction and I wanted to keep it simple.  I have utilized these
species in a brief article summarizing Palms for Southern California elsewhere at this website.

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


For growers here on the West Coast, there are black plastic containers that most of us use on our plants.  Surprisingly, there are differences between the pots used
on the West Coast and East Coast of the U.S.  Here we refer to most containers by "gallon size"  On the East Coast pots are referred to by "diameter in inches".  So,
back East you might find a plant in a "14 inch pot".  Here is might be called a "15 gallon pot".  If you visit our price and availability catalog, plants are shown by their
pot size.  I'm hoping that this Blog post this morning will help clarify what individual pots look like.

 

CONTAINER SIZE PHOTO EMPTY CONTAINER PHOTO OF PLANTS IN
THIS CONTAINER
BAND SIZE CONTAINER
This pot is 3 x 3 x 9 inches, square in shape.  It is used for seedling plants.  For most growers, it has replaced the one gallon pot.  It is a bit deeper and easier to place in carrying trays.  It also conserves space on benches because these can be placed close together.  You can get a pretty nice plant in a band container, sometimes up to 30 inches tall.
band container chamaedorea in band
ONE GALLON POT
This is a very common pot used, especially by flower growers and those producing small shrubs.  It's a typical first step after germinating a seedling.  We prefer using the band containers above as they conserve table and bench space more efficiently and are deeper.  Diameter of this pot is six inches but it's only about seven inches deep.
one gallon pot plants in 1g pots
     
TWO GALLON POT
This pot is 7 to 8 inches wide and about 8 inches deep.  It is a nice size to move a band plant into.  But, it is not particularly deep, so you have to make sure the roots fit into the container. This pot will produce an average plant that is about 2 feet tall. We grow a lot of palms in these pots.
2g pot empty plant in 2g oot
FIVE GALLON POT
This pot is 10 inches wide and about 10 inches deep.  It produces a plant that is one of the most common sized palms that we sell.  It is popular because it's not too heavy to lift and plants are typically three to five feet tall, depending on the species. 
5 gallon pot plants in 5g pots
SEVEN GALLON POT
We really like this container because it produces a good sized plant but isn't as heavy to carry as a 15g.  But, for some manufacturing reason, this pot costs twice as much as a 15g.  Therefore, most growers aren't buying this sized pot very much nowadays.  It is 12 inches wide, and about 12 inches deep.
7 gallon pot palm in 7g pot
FIFTEEN GALLON POT
This is the most popular sized purchased by people who want a landscape or near-landscape ready size of plant.  This container typically supports a palm from four to eight feet size.  Weight of this size of container with soil and plant is usually sixty to ninety pounds.  It's size is 15 to 16 inches wide and 16 inches deep.  Note how this size pot usually has a nice carrying lip at the top of the pot.  
15g pot plant in 15g pot
TWENTY/TWENTY-FIVE GALLON POTS
This is the next size up from a 15g.  These pots are typically about 18 to 20 inches wide and 16 to 18 inches deep.  They weight anywhere from 125 to 150 pounds with their soil.  They can produce a plant larger than the 15g, typically 8 to 10 feet. They usually have a flat lip on the top as shown. The pot shown here is actually a 25g pot.  20 g are a bit smaller.
25 g pot plant in 25g pot
24 INCH BOX CONTAINER
This box is 24 inches wide, square in shape and about 22 to 24 inches deep.  The weight of this container depends on the mix, but is anywhere from 175 to 300 pounds (this heavier weight is if one is using a very heavy soil).  It takes two men to lift one of these.  We prefer plastic boxes as shown here, but they are much more expensive than wooden box.  They last a very long time.
24 inch box plant in 24 inch box
ALL POT SIZES IN A ROW
This pot shows all the sizes lined up in a row.  In order, left to right are:

band size
one gallon
two gallon
five gallon
seven gallon
fifteen gallon
25 gallon
24 inch box

There are a few more pots that we use and I haven't discussed here.  These include:

Citrus pots:  these are 8 x 8 x 14 inches, a tall pot for the diameter and good for cycads
Deep bands:  These bands are about twice the size of a normal band
Thirty gallon pots:  These are a step up from the 25 gallon size and pretty heavy
Thirty inch boxes:  These are very heavy, hard to lift, so we rarely use them

empty pots in a row


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