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WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
TREES IN FRUIT

Wodyetia bifurcata, a species from Queensland, Australia, is known for it's fluffy leaves, medium stature and bright red and large fruit.  Shown here are several plants in fruit in various stages.  Fruit first appears green.  Fruit will attain full size but still be green.  Then it changes to a light yellow, then to orange and finally to a prominent red.  At this red stage it may fall to the ground.  When red, it is ready to be removed and germinated.  Green fruit germinates poorly.  Fruit size is about like a small chicken egg.  Seeds inside are brown and prominently grooved.


wodyetia in fruit
Tree with ripe red fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
First tree in fruit.  All seeds are green
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Another specimen with ripening fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit wodyetia fruit

 

PRITCHARDIA MINOR IN SAN DIEGO
MATURE AND FRUITING FOR YEARS
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
ENABLES US TO OFFER YOU NURSERY PLANTS


This morning I decided I wanted to show you photographs of a mature Pritchardia minor that's thriving in central San Diego, CA.  For many years our nursery has been selling young plants that come from the seeds of this mother tree.  It is a magnificent specimen.  I'd estimate its height to be fifteen feet with a trunk diameter of eight inches.  Native to the Island of Kaui in HI, this tree is quite rare and grows at high elevation in locality.  It tolerates full sun here if you are not too far inland.  The last three photos show nursery plants.  All these pictures of this fruiting tree were taken by KM.  Although availability changes over time, we hope that we can continue to offer this unique species in the future.



Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
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Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego

 

TRACHYCARPUS LATISECTUS
WINDMILL PALM FROM INDIA


MEDIUM ADULT HEIGHT
RARE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE

This species from high elevation areas in India is most known for the fact that it's leaf segments are wider than other species.  There are two varieties.  It is a tall species, up to forty feet, with a narrow trunk of six to eight inches.  Its leaves are green with a bit of glaucous color beneath.  For this genus, the leaves are wide, sometimes up to five feet with wide segments that are divided about half way into the leaf.  The petioles are about three feet long and the leaf shape is semicircular or near totally circular.  There is a hope that this species tolerates more heat.  Cold tolerance is yet to be determined.  We're suspicious it is not as cold tolerant as other species.  It is extremely rare in cultivation with few photos available of the native population. Both photographs below are of domestic plants, the first showing Martin Gibbons in the U.K.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35


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Trachycarpus latisectus
Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus
Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
RARE CYCAD FROM KENYA


UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE 

This is a large Central African cycad with an erect trunk up to thirty feet that is native to Mt. Lolokwe in the center of Kenya.  It is a fairly high elevation plant, up to 2000 feet natively.  As shown in the photos, leaves are four to six feet long and go upwards at about a 60 degree angle.  Color is a gray-green, definitely not a lime color.  The leaves are basically flat in cross section.  Leaflets are thin, crowded and perhaps slightly cupper - and are spiny along the margins.    

Like most cycads, this species likes good draining soil.  I'd recommend less than full sun with perhaps half day sun along the coast.  Inland areas would require bright filtered light. At our nursery, this species tolerated 25 degrees F. with no problem.  I suspect the coldest it will take is a few degrees below this.  Although this species is getting near impossible to find, we do have an assortment of sizes available including a large, near coning boxed plant. We are presently offering new seedlings on Special.  These are the first seedlings we've offered in many years and are shown in the first four photos.  I am also showing several other sizes of nursery plants.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SEEDLINGS $60

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Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band
Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED FOLIAGE
PINK FLOWERS


NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRETTY 5G SIZE

There are many types of Begonias used as companion plants in the garden.  This particular variety is one of our favorites because the backs of the foliage are red and the blossoms (present now) are super pink.  It likes filtered light, sometimes will take full sun and is very durable.  It tolerates a freeze and uses average water.  Right now these are on special.  But the way, you can prune them to give a fuller, more low profile plant.  These plants have pink blossoms with red backs to the leaves.  The last photo shows landscape using a white variety of Begonia.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40

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Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Begonia in landscape



CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS

DWARF SPECIES - RARELY OVER FIVE FEET


FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NEAR MATURE SIZE NOW!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE

This is an interesting species that has two forms: a trunk-less form and one with a small to medium sized trunk.  It is from Mexico.  All forms are single trunk.  The trunk-less form has leaves three feet or less and never gets tall.  This is the form I'm offering on special here.  When this form blossoms, the flowers shoot up from he base of the plant and are typically taller than the leaves.  If you have a female, very pretty red seeds form if pollinated.   On the coast, some have grown this variety in a far amount of sun.  Of course, it thrives in filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  The unique thing about these 7g plants is their size. All are multiple about three feet tall.  They are ready for the garden and can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 7G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G $89


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Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
BLUE, SUCKERING DWARF FAN PALM


NEVER OVER SIX TO SEVEN FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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 our 5 gallon sized plants which are about six 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.  Expect a mature height in 20 years of five to seven feet.  Even though these 5 gallon are not huge plants, they are very large for a 5g for this species.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGULAR PRICE LARGE 5G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 5G $62.50


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Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHCI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE FAN PALM
FROM SONORA, MEXICO
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This medium sized fan palm gets to a height typically of twenty to twenty-five feet, has a rather narrow trunk for a Brahea and a smaller crown of green fan shaped leaves.  It is a medium rate growing palm that tolerates full sun. Exact cold tolerance is not known but felt to be into the low 20's F.  It could be lower but is not documented.  The one gallon plants on sale are at least 4 years old and very nice.  These are easy to mail order.  Please note that the last photo is a 15g plant at the nursery.  All the other nursery plants are one gallon.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35

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Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans 

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

In the mid-1980's I began to grow some of the very cool palms from new Caledonia.  By 1995 I was totally into it and this led to my arranging the fantastic International Palm Society Biennial trip to New Caledonia that happened during my tenure as President in the year 2000.  I just didn't know of a better place for a bunch of palm enthusiasts to go and see some of the best palms in the world.  This species, Burretiokential hapala, is one of those palms.

It is a crown shafted palm with a rather thin trunk of about eight inches that gets to a height of approximately 25 to 30 feet.  I has an intriguing brown color to the stems and crown shaft area.  It does not have the stripes you'd see with the Burretiokentia vieilllardii.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F, or perhaps a bit less.  So, it's comparable to a King Palm.  If you can grow a King, you can grow this species.  One of the keys to culture is not letting the ground it's in go dry.  This species, like Chambeyronia, responds to water. 

Shown here are the band size I'm putting on special.  The one larger nursery plant below is a nice 25 gallon.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30

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Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala 
Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala 
Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS


BAND SIZE WITH TWO OR THREE PLANTS/POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


By popular demand I have put this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species of King Palms.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.  It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  I wish to than L.N. below for his picture of a mature tree.  The plants I'm putting on special are band size.  Most are multiples.  In the last row of photos, I'm showing two 15 gallon plants, but they are not on special right now.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Of note, our Archontophoenix "teracarpa" is probably a larger King Palm but still escapes exact species identification.

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Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima by L Nancarrow Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima

 

 

SATURDAY, 29 JULY, 2017

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY PHOENIX
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I have previously discussed this extremely cold hardy species of Phoenix.  This species is suckering (typically) and is from the island of Crete.  It is a bristly palm with lots of spines.  It has a pronounced yellow color in its petioles.  But, most important to people in cold areas, it is possibly the most cold hardy of all the Phoenix, even better than the Canary Palm.  It is somewhat smaller than Phoenix dactylifera and the leaves are green in color.  Shown here are views of 15g plants.  We presently have 5g and 7g for sale.  It likes sun and cold tolerance should be about 15 degrees F.  The last photo shows a single trunk plant (RPS website), perhaps pruned this way or perhaps naturally single trunk.  You can see that it is a medium sized palm species.  These plants are easy to ship by mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155


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Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS  

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
LARGE, DARK & HOOKED SPINES
MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This medium to tall fan palm is native to southeast Asia.  It can get to heights of thirty-five feet or more.  It is an interesting palm that is easy to grow and has a very ornamental leaf with deep divisions of the segments.  Its segment almost make a complete circle.  Leaf color is green.  The spines on the petioles tend to be dark in color and dramatic, usually the thing most people remember most about this species.  Another interesting thing is that the seed fruit is blue in color as shown below.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  The 15g on sale is good sized.

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


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Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus   

 

THE KING PALM
ARCHONOTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
POPULAR "TRIPLES"
THREE IN A POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

On special are doubles and triples of the ever-popular "King Palm".  This species is native to Australia and typically gets to a mature height of thirty-five to forty feet.  It tolerates coastal sun quite well and has a cold tolerance down to about 25 degrees F.  It is very fast growing and responds to good culture and water.  The 15g on sale have been outdoor grown under shade clothe.  They are about six feet tall in their pots. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $99


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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple  Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple  Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple 
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple  Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple  Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple 

 

WALLICHIA DISTICHA
SINGLE TRUNK, LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
A VERY INTERESTING AND PECULIAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This unusual palm that has all of its leaves in a single plane.  That is to say from the front, it is a fairly large, "Caryota-appearing" palm tree.  But, looking from the side, it is narrow and you can hardly see it.  The dictionary definition of "distichous" is:  "Arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis: distichous leaves. "  In this case, the trunk of the palm is the axis. 

This species is native to the Himalaya Mountains in Asia, spreading from northern India across to northern Thailand.  There it grows at altitudes of up to 4000 feet.  Because of it's heritage and as you might guess, it does have some cold hardiness and can easily be grown in many areas of Southern California.  It tolerates temperatures down to about the mid to upper twenties F.  It prefers full sun.  Mature height is about 30 feet.  Usually this species is single trunk, but in the wild suckering specimens are found.  This is not to confuse it with another suckering species, Wallichia densiflora,  which is always a clustering species. 

Wallichia could be confused with Arenga and Caryota, both of which are also from the same part of the world.  All have leaflets that have jagged or toothed apical ends as shown here.  All also go through a flowering process that begins at the upper trunk and works its way down the trunk over time.  And, all have stems that die after suckering.  When there is only one stem (as with this species), the tree will die after it flowers.  Seeds of Wallichia disticha are very small as shown here.  The back sides of Wallichia and Arenga leaflets are silver whereas Caryotas are green on the back side.  This helps in identifying the genus.  Trunks of Wallichia disticha are also covered with dense brown fibers as shown here.  

We have very limited numbers of this rare species for sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for you.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $65


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Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha 
Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha 
Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha  Wallichia disticha 

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK  & LEAFLETS
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of Dypsis is felt to probably be from Madagascar although an exact native habitat locality is unknown.  It has been known by various names over the years including "Dypsis ambositrae".  But, the latter name was incorrect and not the true name and this palm.  Because of the plumose leaves it later received the name "Dypsis plumosa".  In cultivation in our locality it likes full sun.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  Mature height is about 20 feet or a bit more.  It also has a very narrow caliper of trunk until it ages.  So, you have to be patient.  Cold tolerance is probably into the lower 20's F.

REGULAR BAN PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25

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Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
MAJESTIC BLUE FAN PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
NURSERIES IN SHORT SUPPLY THIS PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Every serious gardener or palm enthusiast In So Cal has to have at least one of this species in their yard.  In my opinion, this is the best of all the blue fan palms.  Well grown, mature plants are just stunning.  The color is a definite blue.  Stem size averages about 18 to 20 inches (sometimes thicker).  Heights here in CA should get up to over 30 feet with ease and several decades of growth.  The leaf crowns are full.  They love heat and sun. 

The only downside is that they only tolerate temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  If you get colder than this you would defer to the also blue Brahea armata which goes to about 15 degrees F but is also intensely blue in color.  The one gallon Bismarckia on special are in the strap leaf stage but should be produce fan leaves this summer.  BTW, the "purple" color you see in the leaf of the 4th photo is this species natural response to cold and it's presence or absence has nothing to due with eventual color other than the fact that it shows a plant is indeed the blue form of Bismarckia. 


REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

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Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis BISMARCKIA NOBILIS

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SUPER SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
LEAVES GRAY-GREEN
IN A LIFETIME, NEVER VERY BIG

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This may prove to be the perfect cycad that one can buy when he wants an easy to grow sun species that, in his lifetime, will never get too big.  It's estimated that, in 40 years, you'll not get a trunk more than about 2 feet tall.  The old boxed nursery specimens shown here are "pre-cites" plants that were brought into the US in the early 1970's.  The plant below in La Habra was planted 30 years ago.  The last picture by JO shows a plant in the wild in Mexico that is estimated to be 1000 years old.  So, you get the point - slow growing!

We're offering 1 gallon at a great price.  These are nice plants with some size for the container.  They are 3 to 4 years old.  This species easily takes full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $47.50

Just mention this Special for your Discount.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes (very old) but these are not on sale right now.  The habitat photo is by J.O.  Also shown are very old nursery specimens.

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Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED, NARROW TRUNK
VERY "CUTE PALM" WITH GREEN OR SILVER GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

We at the nursery are very proud that we offer a good selection of these interesting New World fan palms.  This species is native to the Caribbean region and gets to heights of about 30 feet in many decades.  Leaf color is green to silver-green and trunks are typically six inches thick or a bit more.  This species loves full hot sun and is cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.  Many are growing it with good success.  In pots, all Coccothrinax are painfully slow.  It's taken us five to six years to produce the 5g plants you see here.  We do have other sizes for sale and multiple other species of this genus.  In the ground they are much faster.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60

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Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS



LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

CHINESE FAN PALM
BIG FLAT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1G

This Asian palm is quite attractive with its large and flat green leaves.  It is slow growing.  The 1g on special here are 3 years old and very nice.  This plant takes full or part day sun and is cold hardy into the teens F.  Many have grown this species as a houseplant.  Easy to ship.  BTW, this price is the same as a band yet these 1g are three times larger.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $30

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Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
LIVISTONA CHINENSIS LIVISTONA CHINENSIS LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES "ROSEA"
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS
LARGE 5G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This climbing vine is native to Australia and will trellis up a fence or pole or climb up the trunk of a tree.  This variety is hard to find and has large, white, trumpet shaped flowers that have a deep red throat.  There are other color varieties including pure white which we also can offer.  It grows in the shade or sun but flowers better with sun.  It is very cold hardy with reports of it surviving temperatures into the teens F.  These 5g plants are huge for there pot and ready to be planted or moved into 15g pots.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this discount at the time of purchase.

Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea
Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea rosea

 

JASMINE SPECIES
WHITE BLOSSOMS IN CLUSTERS
SUPER FRAGRANT
SUMMER BLOOMER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


We just got in some very fragrant white Jasmine plants in 5g pots.  These are not the same as the more common  Trachelospermum jasminoide that you will see in most nurseries.  The blossoms are bigger, are super fragrant and have bigger petals.  This is the first time we've offered these plants.  They are a vining plant, so use a trellis or let them climb on a fence.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
Jasmine species white Jamine species white
Jamine species white    

 

SPANISH MOSS
TILLANDSIA USNEOIDES
HANGS FROM TREES, FENCES & POLES
TAKES LITTLE WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Spanish Moss is actually a small, wispy type of Bromeliad - a flowering type of plant.  The natural habitat for this plant ranges from the southern U.S. down through Mexico into Central and South America.  It is even found in Australia.  It is an epiphytic plant that hangs onto almost anything it can find.  It loves to hang from tree branches or trunks.  It requires very little water and will grow without any applied fertilizer.  We are selling small clumps we've attached to wood.  Or, we can ship them without the wood.  You  can hang them anywhere you want.  Just spray them once in a while with water.  These clumps are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $22.50

Mention this special for your Discount.
 
 
Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss 
Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss  spanish moss 

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN
CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This evergreen fern is native to South Africa and only gets about one to two feet tall and three to four feet wide.  It doesn't run or take over the garden - it stays as a smaller clump.  It has tight, fluffy green leaves as shown here.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.
 
AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri 
AsperAgus Fern Myeri  Asperagus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri 


WEDNESDAY, 26 JULY, 2017

 

CANNA LILIES
TWO TYPES AVAILABLE
BEAUTIFUL SUMMER SHOW
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Canna lilies are a summer type plant.  They do somewhat dormant in the winter.  With cold the foliage looks tattered.  But, as spring comes on, leaves begin to grow rapidly and with summer they explode.  They get about four feet tall. They like sun or part sun.  I'm showing two types:  Canna tropicana and a Canna with pinstripe green leaves.  Both are on sale.  A representative flower is shown below from a previous crop.  They'll all be blossoming soon.

REGULAR PRICE 5G CANNA $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $35

Remember to mention this Special when purchasing

Canna tropicana Canna tropicana Canna tropicana
Canna tropicana Canna pinstripe Canna pinstripe
Canna pinstripe Canna pinstripe canna flower

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
STRONG ONE GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

We got in some very strong one gallon Kentia Palms and we're putting them on special.  Some are singles.  Some are multiples.  These make a great interior palm but also take full sun outdoors along the coast.  Interior areas require less sun or filtered light.  They are native to the Lord Howe Islands.  The first three photos show the 1g size on sale.  Following are larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

Easy to mail order.  Mention this Special.

Howea forsteriana 1g Howea forsteriana 1g Howea forsteriana 1g
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

BEAUCARNIA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM
PECULIAR SMALLER SIZE TREE
SUPER SWOLLEN BASE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON POTS

As many of you already know, the Pony Tail Palm is not a palm at all.  Native to various areas of Mexico, this interesting plant has a very swollen base with strap like green leaves at the top.  It is also called the "Elephant Foot Palm" because of the swollen base.  In habitat, specimens have been known to live for hundreds of years and get up to a height of fifteen feet.  I've seen photos of jeeps parked on top of the base of one of these plants.  They love full sun and are cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  If the foliage is burned by cold weather, they usually come back.  They can fork or form additional trunks off their base.  We are putting two sizes on sale.


15 GALLON SIZE NORMALLY $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $135

Both sizes can be shipped although it's expensive to ship the big ones.  Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this discounted price at the time of purchase. 


Beaucarnia recurvata
This and next 4 photos show 15g size
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata
This is our 5g size
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Floridata Beaucarnia recurvata

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G

I'm down to the last few of the large 15g that we're offering for sale on this, the Chilean Wine Palm.  These plants are approaching ten years old from seed!  As most know, they are unbearably slow to grow and getting a nice plant as shown in the first four photos seems to take forever.  Try it yourself some day from seed.  You'll know why it takes a decade to produce a nice sized Jubaea.  Interestingly enough, we ship a lot of this sized Chilean Wine Palms to people in colder states like Texas and South Carolina.  This size are not the biggest 15g we offer, but fairly old and very nice.  Typical basal trunk diameter is four to six inches on this batch.  I do have massive 15g that are 10 inches in diameter, but they cost more.  This size is an affordable size for people who want to save a lot of years of growing time.

Ultimate height can reach at least forty feet (in several decades) and trunk diameter up to four feet.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Seeds are large and globular as shown here.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Mail order, in the pot with soil, totally possible.

Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

PRITCHARDIA REMOTA
TALL, OVERHEAD TROPICAL FAN PALM
NATIVE TO HAWAII
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This attractive fan palm is native to the islands of Kauai and Nihau in the Hawaiian chain.  It lives at about 500 feet elevation or more in dry forests.  There, some plants are found on dry cliffs.  Maybe because of its natural habitat, it does quite well in Southern California.  Plants get up to about 25 feet height with a narrow trunk for their height.  Leaves are green with some divisions of the leaf segments.  Old leaves may form a petticoat on the trunk as shown here.  Fruit is medium-large in size, up to 3/4 of an inch.  Culturally, this species takes full sun on the coast and wants morning sun further inland.  Cold tolerance is down to 25 to 27 degrees F. 
The plants on sale are one gallon although we may have larger sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35

Remember:  mention this Blog Special for your discount. 
 
Pritchardia remota Pritchardia remota Pritchardia remota
PRITCHARDIA REMOTA Pritchardia remota

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
ENDANGERED SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
COLOR GREEN, BLUE GREEN OR GREEN
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This endangered South African cycad is native to the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is sometimes called the Alexandria Cycad because its native population is near the town of Alexandria where only about fifteen hundred plants remain in the wild.  Mature, it is medium sized cycad with a trunk height up to six feet but more typically two to three feet.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to blue green.  There is actually a small population of super rare plants that are known as the "True Blue Arenarius"- and produce a slightly different male and female cone.  Leaflets are prominently barbed and spiny.  One might consider the closest relative to this species to be Encephalartos horridus from a leaflet shape viewpoint.

Culture is quite simple.  Along our coast they tolerate full sun but also do well in partial sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. although plants are easy to cold protect.  The one gallons I'm putting on special are nicely sized with a blue-green leaf color.  They are about four to five years old.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $70

Remember:  Mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.  The last row of photos shows two coning sized nursery plants and a garden specimen.

Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
FAIRLY TALL WITH THIN TRUNK
MOST COLD HARDY COPERNICIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This tall fan palm has a thin trunk and can get to heights of 70 feet in habitat.  It is the most cold hardy of any Copernicia.  It likes full sun and can be grown in the desert.  It has a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  Leaf color is gray-green.  It is a good growing species.  Over time the trunk becomes clean of old leaf bases and debris.  We are putting our 5 gallon size on special.  Easy to ship.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.


Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba  Copernicia alba 

 

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!
AND, BLOSSOMS ALL YEAR LONG!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G SIZE

In the past I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  This species in unique because it grows in the shade, never gets over about eight feet tall, blossoms in the shade and never stops blossoming.  Yes, in the dead of winter you'll see red blossoms.  And, these trees are prolific.  The 20g size I'm showing here have twenty to thirty blossoms.  I just got them in.  I've never had plants of this size for sale. This species is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  Blossom size is two to three inches in length.  Pictures here show them quite well.  This species is also very difficult to find, especially with any size.  I'm putting these large 20g plants on special for ten days.

REGULAR PRICE 20G SIZE $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G $239


Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount when you purchase.  Limited supplies only.  BTW, our 15g are $185.  So, it's not that much more to get a taller and fuller tree.
 
PAVONIA MULTIFLORA  PAVONIA MULTIFLORA  PAVONIA MULTIFLORA 
Pavonia  PAVONIA MULTIFLORA  Pavonia 

 

SUNDAY, 23 JULY, 2017

 

VRIECANTAREA JULIETTA
LARGE PURPLE BROMELIAD HYBRID
FROM ALCANTAREA IMPERIALIS
EXOTIC, RARE AND GORGEOUS
VERY LIMITED NUMBERS

Shown below are two unique and super rare Bromeliad hybrids.  One of the parents is Vriesia imperialis (aka Alcantarea imperialis).  These plants show mottled purple, silver and green on the top of the leaves and are an intense purple-red on the underside.  The plants shown are about two feet across presently and mature can be three to four feet wide with a similar height.  They like filtered light and are cold hardy down to a freeze.  They are about the epitome of exotic and rare Bromeliads.  Parentage comes from South America.  I just have several for sale and doubt that I can get more.  BTW, these are fairly old plants.  The garden photo in the last row of photos is of the V. imperialis mother.


Vriecantarea Julietta alcantarea Vriecantarea Julietta alcantarea Vriecantarea Julietta alcantarea
Vriecantarea Julietta alcantarea Vriecantarea Julietta alcantarea Vriecantarea Julietta alcantarea
Vriecantarea Julietta alcantarea Vrisea imperialis Vriecantarea Julietta alcantarea

 

NEROGELIA HYBRID
DEEP PINK AND RED
MEDIUM SIZED
STUNNING COLORS

Here I am showing a very attractive different Bromeliad with powerful pink-red colors.  It should prove easy to grow and will pup over time.  Anticipate a mature width as shown here with a height maximum of about a foot.  It'd be a nice companion plant for color on the garden floor.  These would be easy to ship.  Filtered light would be best.  Limited supply.
Nerogelia pink-red Nerogelia pink-red Nerogelia pink-red
Nerogelia pink-red Nerogelia pink-red  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS X WOODII
HYBRID WITH AN EXTINCT SPECIES
GOOD SIZED MATURE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

The pollen bearer for this South African cycad hybrid is Encephalartos woodii.  It is extinct in the wild.  There are no known females.  Because it is impossible to produce seedlings of pure E. woodii, enthusiasts have used the pollen from a mature male pure E. woodii to cross with other similar species.  It is felt that Encephalartos natalensis is genetically the closest to E. woodii.   Therefore, and historically, pollen has been used to pollinate receptive female cones of this species. Shown here is our band size of this hybrid.  And, I'm putting it on a Ten Day Special.  Also 
shown are several larger nursery plants to give you a feel for what they'll look like over time.  It has always been felt that doing such a hybrid gives a "normal" collector the chance to have a plant that has similarities to woodii.  These bands are an F1 hybrid and the first photo shows the band size we have.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase for this discount.  Easy to mail order.

Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii

 

ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MYER"
NON-RUNNING, ATTRACTIVE, NEVER TALL
JUST IN - ONE GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

This evergreen fern is native to South Africa and only gets about one to two feet tall and three to four feet wide.  It doesn't run or take over the garden - it stays as a smaller clump.  It has tight, fluffy green leaves as shown here.  Fruit/berries are red when blooming.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water.  The last photo taken by KGIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Easy to mail order.  


asparagus fern myeri asparagus fern myeri asparagus fern myeri
asparagus fern myeri asparagus fern myeri asparagus fern myeri by Carl Gerscens III

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM
DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to areas extending from southern Mexico down to Columbia.  They are often grown for food as the male blossoms are cooked and eaten as a delicacy.  This species doesn't take sun here - it'll burn.  But, in shade it thrives in temperatures down to the mid-twenties F.  It is quick growing and has a rather thick, prominently ringed dark green trunk.  Flowers are quite prominent and, if you have several plants closely situated, the chances are you'll obtain fruit without even trying.  The last photo shows a flower with green fruit.  This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry.  I personally like the looks of a collection of several plants grown together.  Over time, as they age and get overhead, there will be some "stair-stepping" of the crowns and this is quite attractive.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples of our 5g that are on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $60

Just mention this Special for your discount.

Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

   

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
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE CURLY OR SENTRY PALM
CURVED/REFLEXED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This more rare type of Kentia Palm is from Lord Howe Island, the home also to the more common Howea forsteriana.  But, the Belmore Palm grows at a higher mountain elevation than the forsteriana.  Therefore, it possesses a bit more sturdiness and cold tolerance.  The hallmark of this species is the curve seen in the leaves.  They curve downwards toward the ground.  Thus we get the name "Curly" Palm.  Some call it a type of "umbrella" palm as well.  Expect a height up to 35 feet or a bit more with a six to eight inch trunk.  The 5g on special here are quite nice and 5 years old.  Note:  Photos below, first row 5g size on sale.  Second row 15g not on sale right now.  Last row are garden specimens.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.

Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
HOWEA BELMOREANA HOWEA BELMOREANA
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
RECENTLY DESCRIBED, MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZED PLANTS

This species of exotic palm is from the island of Madagascar.  It is the third of three Beccariophoenix species described from this palm-loaded country.  It is so sought after because some feel that it's the prettiest species of the three.  And, because is may possess the best cold hardiness.  I've documented other Beccariophoenix species tolerating temperatures below 25 degrees at our nursery.  So, this species may survive in areas like San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston.  It grows to a height of about thirty feet and does not have a crown shaft.  Leaves are long and minimally curved.  The crown of leaves are densely placed.  Growth rate is medium in most areas and along the coast it likes sun.  This species is rather hard to find.  We're putting our limited supplies of 5g plants on ten day special. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.

CREDITS:  My thanks to TS at RPS for the habitat photos.

Beccariophoenix alfredii BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII RPS Beccariophoenix alfredii

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
YES, WILL PRODUCE BANANAS!
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.  Most folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas.  I also have larger sizes.

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana
5 gallon size shown here
Cavendish banana
20 g size also available
 

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk pinnate palm is felt to be probably native to Indonesia and gets its common name from the fact that sugar is harvested from the trunks of mature specimens.  This is a tall species and can get up to fifty feet of height.  The trunk is thick, often to 24 inches, and covered with a mesh of woven fibers.  Leave can get quite long, well over twenty feet.  The top of the leaflets are dark green but the underside is silver.  The overall leaf appearance resembles a Caryota but this species is not bipinnate and Caryota leaflets are never silver underneath.    This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  Several mature trees are located in the San Diego area.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $60


Blog only special must be mentioned when purchasing.

Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata  

  

 

THURSDAY, 20 JULY, 2017

 

BOWENIA SERRULATA
A SMALLER CYCAD WITH BIFURCACTING LEAVES
NATIVE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
COMMON NAME "BYFIELD FERN"
ONE PLANT FOR SALE


Shown below is a single plant that I have available at the nursery.  It is super rare and near impossible to obtain in the U.S.  Native to a small distribution in Queensland, Bowenia serrulata grows in moist environments in the region of Byfield and perhaps one or two other habitats.  The most interesting thing about it are the bifurcating leaf stems.  These petioles actually fork and give off secondary stems.  The leaflet edges are slightly serrated, thus the scientific name.  But, as seen so often with common names, this is a cycad and not a fern.  Leaves get up to five feet long and are shiny green in color.  It prefers filtered light and moist, well draining soil.

The plant shown here is in a 7 gallon pot.  Its caudex is at least three to four inches below the soil.  We think its size is about three inches in diameter.  It can be shipped but is in a squatty 7 gallon pot.  I only have this one available.  It came from the collection we dug about three weeks ago.  We got a fairly good root ball. 

Update:  This plant sold 6AM Thursday

Bowenia serrulata Bowenia serrulata Bowenia serrulata
Bowenia serrulata Bowenia serrulata Bowenia serrulata
     

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL:  BAND SIZE & ONE GALLON



This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  I say this because some people don't like spines and prickles.  The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps.  Trunks can get to five feet, but one with two to three feet of trunk is very old.  Leaves average about four feet long and are strongly curled.  Sometimes they'll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve.  Leaf color is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  In shade or inside a greenhouse they are often green.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun.  Next to Encephalartos horridus, this is the second most popular cycad we grow.

Shown below in the first row is our band size.  The second row shows the 1g size.
The third row are larger nursery plants and the last row shows garden specimens.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50
REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $62.50


Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii


RAVENEA GLAUCA
A THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

Just available is a new batch of very nice 15 gallon Ravenea glauca.  On smaller Ravenea, R. hildebrandtii is the smallest - a true dwarf.  This species Ravenea glauca is not that small, but it isn't super big at maturity.  It should max out at about 25 feet.  The trunk is narrow.  Leaves are green and soft to the touch.  In most areas it likes full sun.  In the desert, filtered light would be better.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold hardiness seems to be down to the mid to low 20's F.  These 15 gallon plants are very nice.
I wish to thank Palmpedia and RPS for photos below.

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


Remember:  You must mention this website special for this price when you purchase.

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca unknown author Palmpedia Ravenea glauca TS RPS

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SARGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM
INTERESTING TRUNK - MATURE 15 FEET
EXOTIC AND RARE - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This sought after and very rare pinnate palm is native the Keys in Southern Florida.  It has a tidy silver trunk with very prominent rings as shown below.  Leaves are slightly plumose and not too long.  The prominent thing about this palm is that it has a very slow rate of growth here in California.  It may be quicker in south Florida, but not here.  The 1 gallons on special here are four years old!  Expect a mature height of no more than fifteen feet.  And, in this area, this height will take forty years to achieve.  It is a full sun palm in most areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $40


Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase. 
 
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
WATER CONSERVING - LOVES SUN AND HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SUPER NICE 1 GALLON

This single trunk blue fan palm is native to Baja California, Mexico.  It is known for the definite blue color of the stiff fan leaves.  Rate of growth is slow.  In Southern California it is rare to see a domestic plant over twenty feet tall although reports are, that in habitat, they get almost twice this height.  The trunk is stocky.  Blossoms extend well out beyond the leaves.  It wants full sun, loves the desert climate and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  The 1g size on sale are very nice.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $32.50


Remember to mention this Blog Only Sale for you discount at the time of purchase.
 
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Brahea armata 1g Brahea armata 1g Brahea armata 1g
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNUBA WAX PALM
WATER CONSERVING
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Brazil and is a single trunk fan palm with a not too large crown of leaves that are green in color.  Sometimes they'll be blue-green.  Overall height can get over fifty feet.  Old leaf bases can be adherent to the trunk making rough as shown in the last photo.  Economically, the leaves of this species produce a wax that makes carnuba wax.  The latter is marketed for various usages including car and shoe wax.  This palm wants heat and sun and is cold hardy to at least the lower 20's F.  We are offering our 1g plants on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35


Remember, mention this Special!

Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

   

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

Last year we 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.

The plants on sale 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.   

REGULAR PRICE THESE SIZES $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $350

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 short time) all go into boxes and be sold at a much higher price.  The first two rows of photos are examples of the plants on sale right now.

 
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species, one of the sale plants
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen

 

COLORFUL HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
NEW TYPES IN ALL THE TIME
GREAT COMPANION PLANTS FOR GARDEN
NICE 3 GALLON WITH MULTIPLE PLANTS


Country or area of origin: Southeastern Asia, Australia, PNG, Polynesia 
Mature height: This type of tropical Ti plants are rarely over six to eight feet tall.  
Sun Requirements:  Along the coast, it's best to grow them in a bit of sun or filtered light.  Over time they can be acclimated to full sun.  In inland areas, one must grow them in filtered light.
Cold Tolerance:  Temperatures above a freeze are idea although a few varieties can take into the upper 20's F.  
Water Requirements:  Moderate 
Rate of Growth:  Moderate growing  
Sizes Available: 3 gallon
Size shown:  3g and garden specimens   
Comments: These colorful Ti's are propagated in tropical areas and shipped to California.  Most come from HI and FL.  People like them because they add great color to the garden.  Shown here are some nice cultivars we've had in the past few years.  Availability is changing every month.  We've found the darker the colors, the easier they are to grow.

We are always getting in new Hawaiian Ti plants.  They almost always have red in them - sometimes subtle, other times more prominent.  Background colors include black and green.  Sometimes we get in pastel colors.  All are very nice.

Hawaiian Ti Plants Red Hawaiian Ti Plants Red Ti plants
Hawaiian Ti red Hawaiian Ti Plants Red Hawaiian Ti Plants Red
Hawaiian Ti Plants Red Hawaiian Ti hawaiian ti
Hawaiian Ti Hawaiian Ti Plant Hawaiian Ti Plant

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM
POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
NEW ARRIVAL OF GREAT 15 GALLON PLANTS

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  We've concentrated mostly on the blue form although there is also a green form of Bismarckia which we also have for sale.    However, most prefer the blue form.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  It' not certain how tall they'll get in domestic gardens here, but I anticipate about the same.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.

This plant is a good growing species.  It is sensitive to root damage, so bare rooting shipped plants is not advised.  Most will die.  Dug or transplanted plants from the garden suffer a 50% to 100% death rate in our areas.  In the tropics, diggers have more success doing this. The bottom line, if you mail order a Bismarckia, never get it sent to you bare root.  Bismarckia prefers sandy, good draining soil.  The more intense your sun, the more blue it gets.  It is not a good plant for shade.  For more information on this species, check out this link:

http://www.junglemusic.net/articles/Bismarckia nobilis/bismarckia_nobilis.html

I'm showing you here some nice 15g plants that we just got in.  They are from a locally grown interior location in SD County.  We also have nice 5g, equally as nice.

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

   

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
EASY TO GROW, NOT TOO TALL
SUPER BLUE COLOR
SUPER COLD HARDY
SUPER NICE!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  To satisfy our customer demand, we recently got in some more of the 15g size.  But, there are very limited numbers.  We are offering them at one of the best prices we've ever offered.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.

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

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size. 

Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue P. craft Butia capitata blue

 

ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL
EASY TO GROW, GOOD COMPANION PLANT
5G AND 15G - TEN DAY SPECIAL!

Those who have been following this Blog have seen this great and easy to use companion plant in previous threads.  Customers love this plant because it stays small and is so easy to put in shady areas of the garden.  Yet, it looks so tropical and lush.  It can take coastal full sun but looks its best in half day sun or strong filtered light.  It's cold hardy into the 20's F.  But, it does like water.  We're putting two sizes on sale.  These can be mail ordered.

Photos below:
First Row, 5g size
Second Row, 15g size
Last Row, plants in a garden setting


REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135

Just mention this Blog Special for this price and discount when you purchase.

Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora

 

 

SUNDAY, 16 JULY, 2017

 

SOME UNUSUAL COLD HARDY PALMS AND CYCADS
AN ASSORTMENT OF IDEAS - A "SAMPLER"
ALL THESE SPECIES TOLERATE 22 DEGREES F. OR LESS
SOME DOWN TO 15 DEGREES!

Whether you live in CA, TX or the Gulf States, there are a lot of unusual palms and cycads that you can grow that are very cold tolerant species.  Over our history, we have helped many hundreds of customers from cold areas pick out great but different species that have proven for them to be good growers.  You don't have to only accept the common species available in your area.  Below is a sampler in random order to give you some ideas.  We certainly have dozens more species that would probably do well for you.

All the plants shown here will tolerate temperatures down to about 22 degrees or lower.  Some will even go down to the mid-teens F.  The Encephalartos need cold protection below 20 degrees.  Plants shown here are mostly 15 gallon size with a few 5 gallons. 

We have all these species available for sale and
can work out the most affordable shipping method to get plants right to your door.  If you live in Sacramento, the SF Bay area, Houston, northern Florida or other colder areas, you may be able to grow all or most of these plants.  We also have smaller sizes available that we ship through Federal Express.  Contact us and we'll work out the best species for your area.  Remember, this is only a "sampler" and that we have many more desirable cold hardy species than shown here.

PALMS AND CYCADS BELOW PRESENTED IN RANDOM ORDER


     
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
15g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
15g
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
Phoenix loureirri
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
5g
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima
15g
Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima
Brahea brandegei
Brahea brandegei
15g
Brahea brandegei
Brahea brandegei
Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens
5g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
15g
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Dioon edule
Dioon edule
15g
Dioon edule
Dioon edule
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
citrus pot
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus 15g
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia 15g
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens 5g
Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
15g
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla
15g
Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla
Brahea edule
Brahea edule
15g
Brahea edule
Brahea edule
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15g
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus 15g
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei 15g
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei
15g
Blue Butia capitata 25g
Blue Butia capitata 15g
Blue butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata 15g

 

BRAHEA CLARA - BLUE FAN PALM, COLD HARDY
TOLERATES HUMIDITY BETTER THAN BRAHEA ARMATA
PHOTOS COMPARING THESE TWO BRAHEAS
FROM TIME TO TIME THIS SPECIES AVAILABLE


Brahea clara is native to Sonora, Mexico.  It is closely related to Brahea armata that is most commonly seen in Baja California but also found in Northwestern Mexico.  The latter likes dry, desert conditions.  In contrast, Brahea clara tolerates growing in more humid areas as might be seen in Texas or Florida.  The first two rows of photos are of the plants we're offering.  The nice blue specimen photo is c/o Cloudforest.com website.  Some argue that Brahea clara doesn't deserve a "species" status and is rather a natural hybrid of armata with brandegei. 

So you can tell the difference between these two palm, I am comparing the two in text and pictures.  Note that the last two rows of photos compare these two "species" next to each other fashion.  If you have what you think is Brahea clara but aren't sure, these pictures should help you figure it out.  Remember, both like full hot sun.  Brahea clara is much faster growing.

COMPARISON BRAHEA CLARA AND BRAHE ARMATA


1.  Petiole Color:  The most striking difference is that the leaf stem of the Brahea clara are more of a green color compared to the blue of armata.

2. 
Presence of hairs on the petioles:  The Brahea clara leaf stems are clean and smooth.  There are none of the dorsal petiole hairs you see on the Brahea armata.  Rather, clara are smooth and shiny.  As shown below, both sides of the Brahea armata leaf stem are hairy, making them a rough surface and more of a brown-blue in color.

3. 
Shape and Arrangement of the spines:  You'll see that the teeth on the clara are more irregular, sometimes wide and different in spine shape.  The armata are repetitive and regular. 

4. 
Length of the petiole:  Although not shown well here, the length of the petiole of Brahea clara (trunk to leaf) is longer than Brahea armata, giving the former a more open look.

Of note, most of the photos for comparison in the last two rows of pictures were take at a private garden in Encinitas, CA. 

 

Brahea clara Brahea clara Brahea clara
Brahea clara Brahea clara Brahea clara
Brahea clara Brahea clara by cloudforest.com

Photos comparing petioles of Brahea clara with Brahea armata.  
   
Brahea clara
All photos this row of Brahea clara
Brahea clara Brahea clara
Brahea armata
All photos this row of Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

HOW DOES ONE TELL IF HIS PALM IS DEAD?
IS MY PALM STILL GROWING?
HOW FAST IS IT GROWING?
MARK THE NEW SPEAR!


It is surprising that many palm enthusiasts don't know how to tell if their palm is alive or dead after some type of insult such as severe cold.  It's simple to determine if the plant is alive and growing.  Mark the central newest spear side by side while marking an adjacent fully extended leaf.  See the photo.  Then watch for the two moving apart.  The line of the new spear moves upward while the adjacent mark on the full size leaf stays the same.  Look at the difference movement of the new spear over time.  You can also tell how fast it's growing.  During the growing season (when warm), most palms will show a quarter of an inch or more of vertical new spear growth per day.  To confirm a serious problem, you'd note that there is no movement of the spear over several weeks.  But, if the new leaf spear is green, don't give up.  Just give it an extended period of time and watch for movement.   The photo shown here is of a marked spear on a  15 gallon Dypsis decaryi.  Note the horizontal black permanent marker marks. The new spear is on the left in the photo.

  
marking a palm spear for growth 
 

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
A GREAT NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
THIN TRUNK, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON PLANTS!

Not too far from the capitol city of Noumea in New Caledonia is a medium sized mountain named Mt. Koghi.  In the years 2000 I visited this habitat and saw Burretiokentia koghiensis in person.  It is an endangered species.  It gets taller than Burretiokentia  hapala, up to sixty feet in the wild.  Also, the leaves are more upright than Burretiokentia hapala and the crown is often described as a "shuttlecock" in form.  It is also silver to white colored.  It is a fairly open crown of leaves. On a scale of "rarity", this palm is easily a "9".

Shown here are the 15g size which I'm putting on special.  They are very large for their containers.  But, I don't have too many.  Although, at the nursery, we argue of the attributes of all the Burretiokentia, I think this species might be one of the easiest to grow.  A bit of sun or very strong filtered light would be about right.  Average water is neede once established.    Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It's another great palm species to try.  Of note we also have the 5g size and a few 25 gallon plants.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $185


Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.

Burretiiokentia koghiensis Burretiiokentia koghiensis Burretiiokentia koghiensis
Burretiiokentia koghiensis Burretiiokentia koghiensis Burretiiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

THE FOXTAIL PALM
WODYETIA BIFURCATA
SUPER POPULAR - NOT TOO TALL
FLUFFY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE 25G AVAILABLE
12 FEET TALL OR MORE!

This single trunk, crown shafted, plumose leaf palm species is native to Queensland, Australia.  It was first discovered to cultivation about 25 to 30 years ago.  Plants are protected and native seeds cannot be exported.  Leaves are quite plumose (fluffy) as shown.  Mature height is up to about 25, perhaps 30 feet.  The crown shaft is silver.  Trunks are thin for their height.  It loves heat and sun.  If you are right on the ocean, this palm is a challenge.  But, further inland it produces a magnificent specimen that doesn't get too tall.  I don't know why, but this palm is particularly popular  among female enthusiasts.  We have very limited numbers of tall 25g plants.  These will sell out quickly.  It is hard, particularly during the off season, to find this palm with any size.

REGULAR PRICE 25G SIZE $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 25G PLANTS $395


Just mention this Special for this price when you purchase

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Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palm Foxtail Palm
Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palm
Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata foxtail palm

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
10G PLANTS - SEVEN FEET TALL
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G/SQUAT 15G PLANTS


This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.  I am offering nice squat 10 & 15g plants on special for ten days.  They are about 8 feet tall in their pots.  We do have limited numbers of larger and smaller sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet
Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Areca Palm Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens
Larger 20g also available at a good price
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

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 $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


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

 


arenga engleri
Arenga engleri  

 

INTERIOR QUALITY PALMS - PERFECT CONDITION
ALL AVAILABLE NOW AND DESIRABLE SIZE FOR MAIL ORDERING
PLANTS IMPORTED FROM HAWAII

Most of the plants you'll purchase from nurseries have been grown at that nursery and has seen all the aspects of weather.  This may include cold weather, wind, rain or hail, and trauma from being moved around in a nursery.  Opposed to this are plants that were grown specifically for interior-scapes.  This means plants are instantly ready for bank lobbies, hotels, professional offices and upscale businesses.   They are also perfect for interior usage in your home.  When one purchases such plants they are often sold with a contract for professional maintenance.  We do not do the latter, but we can provide the same top quality interior palms for you home or business.  And, we can offer advice on how you can maintain the plants.

Below are some examples of sizes that can be mail ordered or easily delivered.  Most are five to seven feet tall.  Both larger and smaller sizes may be available.  This is the perfect size for most home and business applications.  Availability changes over time.  These plants are beautiful and without any blemishes, scars on the leaves or unsightly leaflets.  They have been grown in a tropical area, typically Hawaii, and pampered to look beautiful.  Be aware that interior quality palms are more expensive than regular nursery stock.  But, some customers demand this quality.  If you see a species you like but don't want interior quality, most likely we offer it as well as part of our regular inventory. 

If you want any of these plants, just drop by the nursery or give us a call for mail order.  - 619 291 4605
As these are imported plants from tropical areas, availability changes over time but most can be special ordered if we don't have them.

CARYOTA MITIS
5 GALLON SIZE
MULTIPLE STEMS
BIPINNATE LEAVES (BRANCHED)
INSIDE, CAN GET TO 12 FEET TALL
Catyota mitis Catyota mitis
Catyota mitis Catyota mitis Catyota mitis
CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
5 GALLON WITH MULTIPLE PLANTS
MAXIMUM HEIGHT ABOUT 8 FEET
PUFFY GREEN LEAFLETS
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
MULTIPLE PLANTS ONE POT
GREAT INTERIOR PALM
3 GALLON SIZE
IN CONTAINER, TYPICAL PEAK HEIGHT 12 FEET INSIDE
Howea forsteriana 3g Howea forsteriana 3g
Howea forsteriana 3g Howea forsteriana 3g Howea forsteriana 3g
HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
5 GALLON SIZE
LARGER THAN 3G ABOVE
MULTIPLE PLANTS PER POT
SUPER BEAUTIFUL!
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g
RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
FULL AND LARGE 5 GALLON
GREAT FOR LOWER LIGHT CONDITIONS
BIG YET SHIPPABLE SIZE
SUCKERING FAN PALM
PEAKS OUT 8 FEET INSIDE
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
THINNER AND MORE TIDY CANES
SIMILAR TO RHAPIS HUMILUS BUT SHORTER
MORE LEAFLETS PER LEAF
POINTED LEAFLET TIPS
5 GALLON SIZE
SUCKERING SPECIES
SUPER DESIRABLE FORM OF THE LADY PALM
MATURE HEIGHT 8 TO 9 FEET
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Note:  More species available than shown here    

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix teracarpa is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm - actually towers above them
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60

Remember:  mention this Special!

Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

Archonotophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note super thick trunk for a King Palm
archontophoenix teracapra
Note no tip burn on leaflets

 

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


Although Lepidozamia is perhaps the most "user friendly" plant in the cycad world, Dioon mejiae, in parts of its growth cycle, may be equally as good for folks who like "not too pokey" of a cycad.  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.

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

 

 

FRIDAY, 14 JULY, 2017

 

INSTANT LANDSCAPE WITH RARE PALM SPECIES
DESIRABLE 25 GALLON SIZE
MAKES FOR INSTANT APPEAL

In the past, the wooden 24 inch box was the traditional next step for moving up a 15 gallon sized plant.  But, nowadays there are very nice larger plastic containers.  One that we really like is the 25 gallon size.  We've found that customers much prefer them over the 24 inch box.  Not only are they easier to handle and plant, but they also last much longer.  And, the bottoms don't rot out.  Shown here is an assortment of multiple rare palm species in the 25 gallon pot.  We certainly have many more species available in this size, but these will give you the idea.  They are easy to dolly and two people can easily plant them.  Also, they typically fit nicely into a pickup or even a large SUV.  We can also deliver them or ship them on a pallet with other plants.

Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

I've discussed this great New Caledonian species before because it is such a good species for those of us in Southern California.  It comes from high elevation in its native habitat, is a good growing palm and can tolerate full sun easily along the coastal strip.  Its cold hardiness is down to about 23 degrees, better than the King Palm or Kentia Palm.  It has an average trunk diameter of eight to ten inches and a mature height of usually about thirty feet.  It can also be grown in part day sun or strong filtered light. 

Shown here is a nice 25g plant along with other sizes.  You'll notice that the leaf color in the sun is blue-green in a way.  It is certainly not a lime green color.  Also, some new leaves may emerge with a hint of red color.  Growth rate is good.  We have a reasonable assortment of all sizes although our larger plants are almost sold out.  This species is highly recommended in So Cal.

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kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis leaf kentiopsis oliviformis

   

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT
ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE!

This species of Burretiokentia comes from the highest elevation of the three species of this genus from New Caledonia.  It grows at altitudes of almost 4000 feet.  It has a thin trunk of about six inches and can get to sixty feet tall.  It has a prominently bulging crown shaft that is known for it's diagonally dark markings.  Thus, the name "Tiger Palm".  The crown shaft is reddish-brown in color and has prominent striations as shown below.  Younger trunks are green with rings unless exposed to sun.

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the other Burretiokentia, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  We're putting the 15g on Special

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15GALLON $175

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

There is some type of seductive quality to this rare species of Dioon.  I think it's because of the compact, rigid, keeled and curved leaves.  At times they are a bit bizarre appearing - but very appealing.  This is a species that takes on the mature appearance over time.  As a young plant you might think it's a "ho-hummer".  But, as it ages, it develops its traditional appearance and gets more attractive.  Leaves are four to five feet long.  In a domestic situation, a plant with a three foot trunk would be enormous.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $145

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.
 
Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon_califanoi_005.GIF  http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon-califanoi991.jpg   

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
SLENDER TALL AND CLEAN TRUNK
SMALLER GREEN LEAVES
LIKES SUN AND HEAT


I'm showing you a rare and very cool 5g plant.  This is Coccothrinax barbadensis.  It comes from Trinidad,  Venezuelan Antilles, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and probably other Caribbean locations.  It is a taller species with a very thin, clean trunk.  Trunks have been described as "flagpoles" and get over forty feet tall.  With age, old leaf bases fall off giving a clean look.  It has fan leaves about five feet across.  Both upper and lower sides are green.  It likes sun, heat and is cold hardy into the twenties, probably about 25 degrees F. or so.

This is a 5g plant shown here.  It would be easy to ship.  We may have 15g size as well.  Coccothrinax are slow to grow and produce in containers.  They are much quicker in the ground.  This is a great starter size for you.  At this stage, a grower has over five or six years into producing a 5g plant as shown here. I am also showing some garden plants.  The last photo is one of our 15g nursery plants.  Of note, we may have smaller sizes available than are shown here.

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Coccothrinax barbadensis COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

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 our 1.5 gallon plants which are about 4 years old.  They are quite old for their containers.  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 $39

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.

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Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM
SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK T LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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.  We're putting bands on sale today but do have 5 and 15 gallon available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $30

Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase for your discount.

Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA


UNUSUAL SPECIES FERN SALE!
ALL ONE GALLON SIZE
MANY INTERESTING TYPES, SOME RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SALE - ANY TYPE $15 EACH

We recently got in a great selection of exotic ferns of many types/species.  All are in one gallon pots.  One should assume that most want filtered light although the leather fern can take full coastal sun.  Some are very cold hardy - the Japanese Painted Ferns can go into the teens with ease.  Ferns as a rule like adequate water, so you can let them go dry.  All these plants area ready for spring planting or can be mail ordered.  These are low profile plants, not "Tree Ferns".  Most will never be over two or at most three feet tall.  Some stay under 18 inches.  I've given the common names as well as the scientific name for each type presented.  We have limited numbers of all these ferns.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - ANY FERN BELOW 1 GALLON SIZE
REGULAR PRICE $20 - $25 - SALE  PRICE $15

Note:  Limited supply on some species


 

BIRDS NEST FERN
Asplenium nidus

   
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern

Cliff Brake Fern
Pellaea falcata

   
Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern
Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern 

EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN

Davallia trichmanoides

 
   
EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN 
EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN 

JAPANESE PAINTED FERN

Athyrium niponicum "Pictum"

COLD HARDY, DECIDIOUS
 
   
JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN 
JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN 

KOREAN ROCK FERN

Polystichum tsus-simense


 
   
KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN 
KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN 

LACE FERN

Nephrolepsis cordifolia "duffi"


   
Lace Fern Lace Fern Lace Fern
Lace Fern Lace Fern Lace Fern

LEMON BUTTON FERN

Nephrolepis cordifolia 


   
Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern
Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern

LEATHER FERN
Rumohra adiantiformis 
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN

   
Leather Fern Leather Fern Leather Fern
Leather Fern Leather Fern Leather Fern

MAIDENHAIR FERN
Adiantum fragrans

   
MAIDENHAIR FERN MAIDENHAIR FERN MAIDENHAIR FERN
MAIDENHAIR FERN Maidenhair Fern MAIDENHAIR FERN

TASSEL FERN
Polystichum polyblepharum

   
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern Tassel Fern
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern Tassel Fern


WEDNESDAY, 12 JULY, 2017

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD
SOFT GREEN LEAVES
FAST GROWING

The first four 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)

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Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii 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 $85

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your discount.  Be aware, very limited numbers available.

Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

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.

     
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Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
HAS RED OR ORANGE CONE
LEAFLETS LIKE HOLLY FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS


This fairly rare cycad species is native to the Natal region of South Africa and Mozambique.  It is most known for the appearance of the leaflets - they resemble the leaflets of a Holly Fern.  I would consider this a medium sized cycad as it really doesn't get much trunk height.  But, leaves can be six feet long so it's hard to consider it to be a dwarf plant.  Also notable are the prominently orange or red cones on mature plants.  The photos show this.  Leaf color is green with spines on the leaflets.  Caudex size is usually one, perhaps two feet mature.  It prefers filtered light or a bit of sun.  This is not to say more coastal areas cannot grow it in full sun.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.   The plants on sale are not new seedlings. They are over three years old with caudexes of about an inch.  You might ask "why do they just have one leaf?"  The answer is that, when a large plant fills the band with roots, the amount of soil just can't support two leaves at once.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BAND SIZED PLANTS $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE BAND $40

Easy to ship.  But, to get this price, mention the Blog Only Special.

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Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox 

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM
SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED TRUNK
SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG BAND SIZED PLANTS


This is one of my favorite Sabal Species.  It's native to various Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico and Cuba.  It can get to height of at least 35 feet and has a trunk that is smooth and a light tan to gray color.  Trunks are thick, up to about 30 inches.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Growth rate is good and it likes sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F.  The bands on sale are nicely sized and easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30

Remember:  Mention this Special!

 
  
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 

 

PRITCHARDIA MUNROI
EXTEMELY RARE HAWIAAN FAN PALM
MEDIUM SIZE - HEIGHT TO FIFTEEN FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL MASSIVE 3 GALLON PLANTS


This Hawaiian species of Pritchardia is native to the eastern and drier parts of the island of Molakai.  It was named after a botanist who worked their the habitat.  It gets to a height of about five meters with typical leaf width four to five feet.  It has a long green leaf stem.  Essentially all of the Hawaiian Pritchardias can be grown in Southern CA.  The species from the South Pacific are problematical because of our cold winters.  This species takes full sun right along the coast but wants part day sun or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  The 3 gallon plants on special are absolute huge and massive for their containers.  They are over four feet tall, more like a 7 gallon sized plant.  We have limited numbers this size.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 2G $55

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.
 

Pritchardia munroi  Pritchardia munroi  Pritchardia munroi 
Pritchardia munroi  Pritchardia munroi  Pritchardia munroi 
Pritchardia munroi  Pritchardia munroi RPS  Pritchardia munroi 
 

 

TUESDAY, 11 JULY, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
HUGE SPECIMEN FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION
THIRTY TO FORTY YEARS OLD
AVAILABLE FOR SALE

This green Central African cycad is native to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.  It is a prototypical cycad for a group of similar "species" in this region that are known as the "Manikensis complex".  This would include such varieties or species as E. bandula, concinnus, chimanimaniensis and others. Taxonomists are still working out which plants deserve species status. In any case, E. manikensis  is a medium sized green cycad with trunks up to four to six feet.  Leaf lengths are also four to six feet long with glossy green leaflets.  This is a quick growing species good for coastal sun or part sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  

The plant shown here in the first two rows was recently acquired from a private collection.  It's in a 45 gallon container and has a 21 x 32 inch trunk.  It is definitely botanical garden quality.  And, right now, it's for sale at a discount.  Shortly I'll publish a webpage with this plant and about fifty more.  Prices for all will be shown there but you can email me for specifics on this plant.

Encephalartos manikensis type 45 gallon caudex 21 x 31.5 inches

Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis type 45 gallon caudex 21 x 31.5 inches
Encephalartos manikensis type 45 gallon caudex 21 x 31.5 inches Encephalartos manikensis type 45 gallon caudex 21 x 31.5 inches Encephalartos manikensis type 45 gallon caudex 21 x 31.5 inches
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis

 

PEAT MOSS VERSUS SPHAGNUM MOSS
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
ARE THEY THE SAME IN THEIR USAGE?


Over the years, I've found that many people don't know the difference between peat moss and typical sphagnum moss.  I'll try to explain it here and tell how their usages are different.

Peat moss is a fibrous material that is not living and typically comes from Canada.  There is harvested from "peat moss bogs", packaged and shipped worldwide for gardeners to use.  These moss plants grow year after year on their often shaded locations.  This years growth is on top of last years - and this goes on for centuries with the lower layers dying.  So, at the bottom, there is this dead fibrous material.  These lower levels are harvested and ground up for bagging.  At Jungle Music, peat moss is a component in all of our nursery mixes.  The first photo shows a handful of peat moss.  Note that it is fine in texture.  It comes in a compacted bale but, once broken apart, has this appearance.  In a potting soil, it adds organic filler, it opens up the soil and promotes drainage.  It does add acidity as well and, when used, one must often add dolomite to control acidity.  Once added to a soil one really can't see it.  For seed germination, it is often mixed together with perlite.  If you use a mix with a lot of peat moss, never let it go totally dry or it will "brick up" and repel water.

Spagnum moss is the living material that is on top of the peat moss bogs.  There it grows year after year.  Localities where it can be found are worldwide including Canada, Peru and the northern U.K.  These plants are harvested alive but die off from desiccation after they are harvested and packaged.  The second photo shows this type of moss.  Note the long, fluffy and coarse appearance.  At our nursery we use this sphagnum moss mostly in two ways.   First, we use it on the outside of wire baskets to hold in the soil. (third photo below) The second is to germinate or root certain types of plant material (seeds, cuttings, etc.).  Slightly damp, it's the component used for the baggie technique of germination.  I've known of people who use it in a potting mix but it is difficult to mix it evenly with other components.  Other growers may use it as a top dressing on potted plants.  A final interesting thing is that sphagnum moss is a neutral pH at the time of purchase.  Peat moss is very acidic as mentioned above.   The second photo below shows sphagnum moss out of the bag. 

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peat moss 
sphagnum moss
sphagnum moss 
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TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
TAKES SUN OR PART DAY SUN - MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
NICE 5G AVAILABLE

Trachycarpus fortunei is the most commonly available and commonly grown of the Windmill Palms.  It is of Chinese origin .  It is referred to as the Chinese Windmill Palm, the Windmill Palm, or the Chusan Palm.  Note how the term "Windmill Palm" can refer to this particular species or to the genus as a whole.  In present time this species is being grown worldwide in a whole variety of environments.  It is not uncommon to see it growing in colder areas of the United States, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and southern portions of Australia and Africa. 

Most specimens one will see are in the height range of ten to twenty feet.  However, the oldest of trees may reach forty feet height.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  Without the fibrous wrapping, the trunk is thinner.  So, as one looks at a specimen Windmill Palm, the trunk is deceptively thicker appearing than the trunk actually is.  Depending on the dedication of a person doing the pruning, it can occur that there remains a small portion of the woody petiole protruding from the fibrous trunk.  Over time, one can cut and tidy up the appearance of this trunk such that all that is seen is a fibrous trunk.  And, eventually even this debris will fall from the trunk and reveal a thinner woody trunk.

The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments.  Sometimes this is almost to the point of petiole attachment and on other specimens the division only goes half way to the central point.  Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  This is likewise variable.  Petiole length varies from two to four feet, sometimes dependent on sun exposure.

We have very nice 5g plants available as shown.  Of course, we have smaller and bigger plants for sale as well.

 

Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 

RHAPIS HYBRIDS
DUG FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION
PROBABLY CROSS OF LAOSENSIS AND MULTIFIDA
SEVERAL EIGHT FOOT TALL PLANTS AVAILABLE


Several weeks ago we dug up a large clump of an interesting Rhapis palm.  It was about ten feet tall and several feet across.  We divided it into four sections and potted them up into 15g pots.  In the pots, they are about eight feet tall, all with multiple mature stems.  We have seen no flowers.  The trunks are fairly tidy and quite thin.  The leaves have limited numbers of leaflets and some are wide.  Through deduction, we've guessed that they are a cross between Rhapis laosensis and multifida.  But, this is only a guess.  All four clumps are for sale for you Rhapis enthusiasts.

 

Rhapis hybrid  Rhapis hybrid  Rhapis hybrid 
Rhapis hybrid  Rhapis hybrid  Rhapis hybrid 
     
 

SABAL MARITIMA
RARE AND TALL FAN PALM
HUSKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

For those folks that enjoy cold hardy fan palms, you might consider this hard to find species.  Native to Cuba and Jamaica, it gets to a height of about fifty feet, is cold hardy into the mid-teens F., and loves full hot sun.  The plants we have on special are 2 year old bands.  This species is a good grower and have a thick trunk and large green leaves.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $27.50

Remember, mention this Special.  Easy to mail order.
 

Sabal maritima  Sabal maritima  Sabal maritima 
Sabal maritima  photo by Jason Schoneman Palmpedia
photo in habitat, Cuba, by Jason Schoneman
 
Sabal maritima 

 

GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE
SUCKERING LARGE PLANT
LOOKS LIKE A BANANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

At the onset, I might comment that I really don't like Giant Bird of Paradise.  I say this because they are high maintenance plants and can be invasive.  But, people keep asking for them.  So, I brought in a small number of over-sized 5 gallon plants that are quite large and on special.   This species gets to a height of about 20 feet and freely suckering.  The plants on sale here are huge for their pots.  They could be mail ordered.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $30

Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise

 

BUTIA CAPITATA
THE PINDO OR JELLY PALM
GREEN FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON

This single trunk South American pinnate palm is very durable and cold hardy.  It loves sun and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  If you've been following our Blog, you know that there is a green form and the popular blue strain.  Both are Butia capitata.  Today I'm showing you the green form.   Most would consider this to be the "standard form".  Mature heights on both are typically15 to 20 feet in this area.  Leaves arch downwards as shown.  Mature leaf color will be green to blue green.  The blue form has definite blue leaves.  The fruit of both are edible and some people make a jelly from the fruit, thus giving a reason for one of the common names for this palm.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  The 25g on sale here are about seven years old. The photos of the mature palms below were taken at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $210


Just remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  Be aware that 25 gallon plants are near impossible to ship by UPS or Fed Express.  Palletizing orders or independent truckers are the only way to ship such plants.

Butia capitata green Butia capitata green Butia capitata green
Butia capitata 25g April Butia capitata green

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM
FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering forms.  It is native to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks - "tristichous".   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  It is a difficult species to find nowadays.  I'd recommend growing it in full sun along the coast.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  We have large one gallons on special.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.

 
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis

 

ASSORTED PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
THE HAWAIAAN PALM
ABSOLUTE HUGE 15G PLANTS!
OVER SIX SPECIES AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY 15 GALLON PRITCHARDIA


Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm.  Most do not get overly large and many are under fifteen feet tall.  Along the coast they tolerate full sun.  There are about 25 species with habitats ranging from Hawaii to some South Pacific islands.  We only grow the Hawaiian varieties as they do the best in Southern California where most will take coastal full sun.  Or, grow them in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties or a bit lower. 

I'm showing you here a whole assortment of 15g plants.  We have about 8 different species in this size.  No other nursery in Southern California has Pritchardias this big in 15g size at the prices we're offering.  All are easily boxed sized specimens.  Some have three to four feet of trunk and are about 14 years old.  All are outdoor grown in sun.  Leaves on some species are totally flat.  Others have a wave to the leaf. Some are colored on the undersides.  There's a perfect Hawaiian Palm for anyone.  These are way too big and tall for mail order but can be trucked.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE 15G SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY 15G PRITCHARDIA $195


Note:  Plants are in a 15g but bigger than other nursery's 24 inch box size.  All are fabulous.  These are too big to ship by Fed Express.

Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia remota Pritchardia beccariana

 

DIOON EDULE
A SMALLER CYCAD
SUPER COLD HARDY
TOLERATES SUN, EVEN IN DESERT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BLUE-GREEN 1G PLANTS


Dioon edule is a remarkable cycad species for multiple reasons.  First, it takes hot blazing sun and heat.  It can be grown in desert areas in full sun.  Most cycads can't do this.  Secondly, it is cold hardy - probably one of the best cycads species for cold.  It'll go into the teens F. for sure.  Finally, it never gets very big.  A five foot tall plant with a foot or two of caudex is about maximum for this species.  But, it will often cluster and form a clump of plants.  The special today is on very nice 1g plants.  Note they are not new seedlings but have some size.  And, they have a nice blue-green color.  These are simple to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1G $40

Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this price.

Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule3 dioon edule
Dioon edule dioon edule


 

BAMBUSA MULTIPLEX 'ALPHONSE KARR'
COLD HARDY CLUMPING BAMBOO
GREEN STRIPES ON GOLD CANES
MATURE HEIGHT 15 TO 30 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This bamboo is one of the "clumping" types as opposed to one that has a tendency to run and spread.  It is known for its yellow trunks with vertical green stripes of varying width and form.  Mature height in the ground is 20 to 25 feet.  In a pot they do quite well and get up to 15 feet.  This is a good botanical privacy blocking species.  It can also be grown indoors.  Cold tolerance is apparently into the upper teens F.  It likes sun and water.  Shown here is our 15g size.  We only grow a few varieties of Bamboo but think this is a nice one - if you like Bamboo.  We also have nice 5 gallon available and would give a discount on them as well.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price.

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' BY MrBamboo website Australia
Photo c/o MrBamboo Website, Australia
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'  

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO C. PLUMOSA
TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  Note that if you wipe the crown shaft with you thumb, you'll wipe off the frosty while as shown below.  Now that the "Baby Queens" have gotten so much notoriety, it's very difficult to find glaucifolia.  These 5g and multiples. This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  I apologize that I don't have any good garden pictures of this species, but the large nursery plants will give you an idea of their mature appearance.  Note that these plants on special are multiples - several plants in each pot.

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


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGOUS CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30 FOR A BAND

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.
 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM
A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
SEMI-DWARF TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15G POTS

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abbreviation for "cataractarum".   For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find.  Nowadays it's very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here.  It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall.  It really doesn't form any trunk.  It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds.  It is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. and I'd recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light.  It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America.  With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy.  At the nursery, we offer mostly large plants, either 10 or 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS
SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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.  Typical mature height is usually six to eight feet.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun and tolerates cold temperatures to 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 band size that we have put on special.  These are a simple mail order item.  Be aware these are huge band plants, well rooted.  They are not wimpy seedlings.  Note they are already going palmate.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special!

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF
PRE-ARRIVAL SALE
BEEN SOLD OUT FOR A FEW MONTHS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

Recently new to our nursery, this exotic filtered light dwarf plant puts out clusters of huge flowers.  This variety is pink but they also can come in red, apricot, orange, yellow and a whole assortment of other colors.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  See how beautiful they are now - yet pictures from a month ago had no flowers.  Along the coast they can take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Plants are about as wide as they are tall and make a wonderful and colorful addition to the garden floor.  You'll not see this plant around too much.  We sold them like crazy last year as everyone wants color for shady areas.  In a week or a bit more, I'll be getting in about six or eight more.  I'm offering them now for people to reserve.  Then, they'll be gone again.  Easy to ship.  BTW, they blossom in the spring.  So, if you get one now, you'll have color soon.  One picture below shows the plant in winter, no blossoms.

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.

Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea from Vipsad webstie

 

 

THURSDAY, 6 JULY, 2017

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
PERHAPS A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM
PHOTOGRAPHS OF MATURE PALMS

During the winter of 2007 when we had a severe cold spell, I came to find that this species or Royal Palm seemed to posses more cold hardiness than Roystonea regia and others that are more commonly seen.   Our area got down to about 25 degrees F.  An enthusiast about a mile from the nursery said his R. regias were totally burned but the Roystonea borninquena went untouched.  Because of this I pursued seeds and grew more.  We've sold a lot of this beautiful palm since then.  It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few other islands.  You'll note the absence of the super swollen base often seen with other species.  It likes full sun, enjoys ample water and can get to heights over forty feet.  More recently, availability has been less plentiful but we plant to carry them as much as we can.  Shown here are mature specimens of this species and examples of 15g plants at our nursery.  We also have other sizes.

Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena ROYSTONEA BORNQUENA

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
A VERY COOL PALM - PRETTY COLD HARDY


This single trunk fan palm is native to regions stretching from Mexico through Central America.  In the genus, there are multiple species.  All have prominent white powder on the underside of the leaflets as shown here.  Trunks are narrow.  Often you'll see what look like "spines" on the trunk.  But, these are a different structure - they are modified root spines.  They are quite interesting looking.  Right on the coast, this species can take full or part day sun.  Most would grow it in bright filtered light.  Expect heights ranging from ten feet to well over twenty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.  Shown here are photos of the 15g size at the nursery.  Notice the white backs to the leaflets.  Also shown are photographs of a Cryosophila unknown species to show the typical appearance and trunk covered with "spines".  We usually have an assortment of sizes available.

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII
THE CLASSIC BAMBOO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 5G

This New World suckering shade palm has pinnate leaves and never gets much above 8 to 9 feet.  This is the reason it's so popular.  It's not my favorite suckering Chamaedorea, but it does fit inside the home of the average house without hitting the ceiling.  Outdoors, it wants filtered light and is cold hard into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  The 5g on sale here are oversize, about head height or more.

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

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Although a tall box is needed, these can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.   Thanks to RPS for the last photo.

Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifritii CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII by RPS

 

SABAL "RIVERSIDE"
A PALM WITHOUT A HOME
SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

This "species" is a perplexing enigma.  No palms are truly native to Riverside, CA.  No one knows it's true native habitat.  With this said, the only known plant of this "species" came from Riverside, CA.  All subsequently grown plants originated from the "mother plant" which was in Riverside.  Therefore, the name has stuck with it.  It is probably a Caribbean species of Sabal.    It is super cold hardy, to about 15 to 16 degrees and wants full sun.  The trunk is fairly thick and the leaves are blue-green.  The petiole is long.  Rate of growth would be considered medium for a fan palm.  It's difficult recently to find this species.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  I only have limited numbers for sale.


Sabal riverside Sabal riverside Sabal riverside
Sabal riverside Sabal riverside Sabal riverside
Sabal riverside Sabal riverside Sabal riverside

 

COCCOTHRINAX CRINITA VARIETY BREVICRINAS
A RARE FORM OF THE OLD MAN PALM
NATIVE TO CUBA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

The palm species shown here is the more rare form of Coccothrinax crinita.  Both the regular C. crinita and this form are native to Cuba.  This form is said to have shorter hairs on the trunk and to be a little bit more "neat" appearing.  For anyone who has grown one of the Old Man Palms, the one thing you'll agree on is how slow they are.  The seedlings here are three to four years old.  One suffers through "blades of grass" for the first two years or more.  Finally palmate leaves appear as shown here.  This is a dwarf species, unlikely to get over ten feet.  It loves sun and heat and is cold hardy somewhere into the mid-teens F. And, by the way, those fibers/hairs covering the trunk are its hallmark.  The pictures of the mature plants below are of the regular crinita - no reliable photos are available for this variety as it is so rare.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30


Remember:  Mention this Blog special!
 
Coccothrinax crinita var brevicrinas  Coccothrinax crinita var brevicrinas  Coccothrinax crinita  
Coccothrinax crinita     

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This species of Date Palm is from India and Pakistan and somewhat resembles the Canary Island Date Palm.  But, the trunk is much thinner, the crown is not as large and it is more rounded in shape.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Overall height can reach forty to fifty feet.  This is a sun species in all areas with a cold tolerance into the teens F.

We're offering nice 5g plants on special as shown.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing. 
 

Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris 
Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris 

 

DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA
THE TASMANIAN TREE FERN
FAIRLY COLD HARDY, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G SIZE 

This typically single trunk tree fern is native to Southeastern Australia and Tasmania.  It is much slower growing than the Australian Tree Fern above and has a mature height typically of 8 to 10 feet although they can get even taller.  Trunks are a similar diameter to the Australian Tree Fern.  Of note, apparently the lower trunk is filled with old, decaying trunk material and new roots grow through this material to get water and nutrition.  Cuttings of the top of the trunk can be re-established and root out.  This plant likes a bit of sun or filtered light and also loves water.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F. or lower.  The 5g on sale here are very nice as shown.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  The last photo below is by Balconygardenweb website and is fantastic!
Tasmanian Tree Fern  Tasmanian Tree Fern  Tasmanian Tree Fern 
Tasmanian Tree Fern    Dicksonia antarctica by balconygardenweb.com 

 

THRINAX MORRISII
AKA LEUCOTHRINAX MORRISII
THE KEY THATCH PALM
ENDANGERED SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to areas stretching from the Florida Keys into a variety of Caribbean Islands.  Mature plant height is quite variable, ranging from five feet to over 30 feet.  Trunk diameters are usually six to eight inches.  Leaves are green to silver-green with a white color on the underside.   Trunks do get smooth quite quickly.  This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  We can mail order these plants.  For more information, please see recent photos/description in this Blog.

REGULAR PRICE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.

Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
YES, WILL PRODUCE BANANAS!
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.  Most folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas.  I also have larger sizes.

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana
5 gallon size shown here
Cavendish banana
20 g size also available
 

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
DWARF PALM - FLUFFY LEAVES
NEVER OVER SIX FEET TALL
TOLERATES SUN AND SOME COLD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

First and most important: On sale here are nice one gallon A. arenaria.  They are big for their pots.  This species is native to Brazil and has habitats right on the beach next to the ocean.  It loves full hot sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's or colder.  So, if you need a sun palm that stays small, this one works great.  As shown, leaves are plumose and sort of blue on the underside of the leaflets.  Leaf length is about four feet.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagopotera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria
Click photo above to enlarge
Allagoptera arenaria
Mature specimen
Allagoptera arenaria
Note plumose leaf

  

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
SUPER RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE PLANTS

This species is native to the Ituri Forest in the Congo in Central Africa.  It is extremely rare to see it offered for sale.  This cycad would not be as cold hardy as plants further south in South Africa.  But, it should take weather into the mid-twenties F.  E. ituriensis is known for its long, upright leaves reaching well over twelve to fourteen feet tall.  It towers over E. whitelockii in terms of length.  Leaflets are armed and narrow.  The plants on special are three to four years old and carrying about four leaves.  BTW, if you search the Net for photos of this species, they are essentially nonexistent.  This is because of political instability of the area, remote native location and the risk of Ebola infection.  Certainly this has hampered availability of this species worldwide.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS/THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110

Just mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Only a few available at this price.
 
 
Encephalartos ituriensis  Encephalartos ituriensis  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS 
ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS 
ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS   

 

BLACK ROSE
AEONIUM ARBOREUM

BLACK-RED COMPANION PLANT
SMALL AND EASY TO GROW
AND, JUST FOR FUN - SHOWING OTHER COLORS

Country or area of origin: Canary Islands
Mature height: In ground, typically 2 to 3 feet
Sun Requirements:  Sun in coastal areas
Cold Tolerance:  To mid-20's F.   
Water Requirements:  Water conserving
Rate of Growth:  Fast growing in ground
Sizes Available: 1g, 2g and 5g - varies
Regular Prices:  1 gallon size as shown $25
Size shown:  1 gallon
Comments:
This dwarf succulent is best known for it's almost black leaves.  It loves sun and is easy to grow.  Over time plants will have forking trunks with tons of leaves.  It's easy color for the garden without getting too big.  The first six photos show a one gallon planted in the ground in front of our nursery about 18 months ago.  Note that it's in flower now, showing a super yellow color.  These plants can be shipped.  Our availability varies, but we try to always have this black variety in stock.  We also have green and several variegated forms as well.  I'm showing other colors in the bottom row. 

Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Aeonium Aeonium

 

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 inch caudex.  We're putting this size plant (3 inch caudex) on sale in 5g and cit pot size.  The last row of photos shows garden plants and two nursery specimens near coning size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $150-$175
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  Dioon edule  Dioon edule 

 

SUNDAY, 2 JULY, 2017

 

SALE ON RARE ENCEPHALARTOS SEEDLINGS!
African Cycad Starter Kit Banner
Shown are the 15 species of band size
Encephalartos on this special

AFRICAN CYCAD STARTER KIT 
SALE ON RARE ENCEPHALARTOS
FIFTEEN BAND SEEDLINGS TO PICK FROM


MIX OR MATCH- BAND SIZE SPECIAL
BUY NINE AND GET 20% DISCOUNT

OFF REGULAR PRICES!!
EASY TO SHIP!  EXAMPLES BELOW

CLICK TO READ MORE & SEE PRICES

Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS
MATURE 15 GALLON FEMALE PLANT AVAILABLE
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND
GLAUCOUS LEAVES, PLANT IN FRUIT

This is a solitary trunk dwarf species from Guatemala and Belize.  It was only introduced into the trade in the past two decades.  Stems are thin and a white-tan color.  Leaves are blue green with an iridescent sheen.  Leaves are pinnate and sometimes simple, especially when young.  Height of this palm is usually under three feet, but plants in the wild have been reported to be five to six feet.  It is cold hardy to about a freeze and prefers filtered light.  Planting in small colonies is very attractive.  The plant we just acquired was dug from a garden and is in fruit.  I suspect the seeds shown will be hybrids if they are viable.  This plant is in a 15g pot and is a mature specimen.  It is available for sale.

 
Chamaedorea adscendens Chamaedorea adscendens Chamaedorea adscendens
Chamaedorea adscendens Chamaedorea adscendens Chamaedorea adscendens
Chamaedorea adscendens  Chamaedorea adscendens  Chamaedorea adscendens 
Chamaedorea adscendens  Chamaedorea adscendens  Chamaedorea adscendens 


DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIUM
FORTY YEAR OLD SPECIMEN
NEEDLE LIKE LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN, HEAT & IS VERY COLD HARDY

Recently we acquired this forty year old specimen from a private cycad garden.  It is in a 25 gallon container and has a caudex that is 11 inches wide and 18 inches tall.  It is definitely coning size although we don't know the sex of this plant.  The main characteristic of this species and the Latin derivation for "angusti" is "thin".  It is known mostly by the fact that it has very thin leaflets.  Some would give it species status while others (most) consider it to be a variety of Dioon edule.  This Mexican species has stems that are typically under three feet in height, although taller specimens exist in habitat.  Leaves are three to four feet long and leaflets are a quarter inch in width.  It prefers full, hot sun and is cold tolerant into the upper teens.  Such temperatures may burn the leaves but often the plant survives.  It is an attractive species because it is not overly large, doesn't get tall or big, and will hold many leaves, all with a large number of the almost needle like leaflets.

You'll note on the leaflet detail photos that you can "see through" the leaves because leaflets are super thin and spaced apart from each other.  Many find this very desirable.  This species will sucker freely at the base as seen below.  Leaf color is green, sometimes with blue or silver tones.  This plant is for sale.  It was dug and we'd give a very good price on it.  Just email me for more information.

Dioon angustifolium  Dioon angustifolium  Dioon angustifolium 
Dioon angustifolium  Dioon angustifolium  Dioon angustifolium 
Dioon angustifolium  Dioon angustifolium  Dioon angustifolium 

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUIM
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED COMPANION PLANT
BEST IN FILTERED LIGHT
EXOTIC AND TROPICAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL THREE SIZES!

Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  The plants shown here are three sizes: 2 gallon, 5 gallon and 15 gallon.  ALL THREE SIZES ARE ON SALE.  The 5 gallon size is the most popular.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   Plants are very slow growing.  It takes about eight years to get one up to a 15 gallon size.  These plants are real winners and you can't do better if you are looking for a tropical companion plant.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $40
REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $140


Remember: mention this Special when you purchase.  Then you'll get this Blog Only discounted price.


Anthurium hookeri
2, 5 and 15 gallon size
Anthurium hookeri
15 gallon size
Anthurium hookeri
5 gallon left, 15g right
Anthurium hookeri
5 gallon size
Anthurium hookeri
2 gallon size
Anthurium hookeri
2 gallon size
Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE
LIKES HEAT AND SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This species of Agave in native to northern Mexico with perhaps extension into the U.S.  It is not a large plant.  Mature height is up to four feet with a similar spread of the leaves.  The leaves are thick and fleshy and soft at the end.  There is no terminal hard point to them.  The leaves go out and then curve downward.  They are slow growing, green to blue-green in color.  Culturally, they are xerophytic with low water requirements, are somewhat tropical appearing for an Agave and like full, hot sun.  By the way, they get their common name b/c of their mature appearance (last photo) that sort of resembles an octopus.

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

Easy to ship.  Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price.


Agave vilmoriniana
All nursery plants 5g A. vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana
     
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana Univ. of Arizona Pima County Website
Photo c/o website Univ. of Arizona, Pima County

 

COCONUT PALM
COCOS NUCIFERA
A GORGEOUS TROPICAL PALM
BRIGHT YELLOW & LARGE FRUIT
VERY DIFFICULT GROW IN SO CAL
MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THIS! 

There is hardly a palm more beautiful than Cocos nucifera, the Coconut Palm.  Although no one knows for sure it's original native habitat, presently they are found naturalized in tropical areas around the world.  They tolerate heat and sun, live right near salt containing oceans and get to a height of about 40 feet.  The yellow colored fruits are produced in abundance.  You might recognize store bought edible coconuts that are brown.  These are the seeds and within the thick fibrous husk of the fruit.  From a cultural point of view, this palm doesn't have a lot of cold tolerance.  It succumbs with temperatures below the upper thirties F.  There are few if any Coconuts flourishing in Southern CA.  All the photos here were taken in the Miami, FL area.  If you really like the looks of the Coconut Palm and live in Southern California, it's best to pick a "look-alike" species that can grow here.  We offer these alternatives for sale as it's just not ethical to sell a Coconut to a customer for outdoor growing, knowing it will die for them.

CONTACT US FOR SUBSTITUTE SPECIES THAT MAYBE YOU CAN GROW.  ALL PHOTOS BELOW ARE THE CLASSIC "COCONUT PALM".


Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Coconut palm
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera cOCONUT PALM

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THE THAI MOUNTAIN GIANT FISHTAIL
"KING KONG" FISHTAIL
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 24 INCH BOXES

This very popular palm is favored because or its huge, shade producing leaves.  They can get to fourteen feet long with a twelve foot width.  They are green in color, sometimes a bit mottled in color.  The latter is a nice thing to the eye.  Leaflets are rounded and scalloped at the edges - more liked than other Fishtail palm leaflets that are often "chopped" appearing.  Mature height is up to about thirty to thirty-five feet.  Trunk diameter is thick, sometimes up to 30 inches at the base.  Because of the sizes of these palms, you have to give it plenty of room and full sun.  If it's hot, give it extra water.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  It is native to mountainous areas in northern Thailand.

REGULAR PRICE BOX SIZE $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE $385


Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

 
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas box
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL
HEIGHTS UP TO EIGHTY FEET!
THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIES VERY NICE BOXES
TWELVE FEET TALL OR MORE

Although this is not the tallest of all Fishtail Palms, be aware that it is much taller than C. gigas.  But, the trunk is more thin.  As an estimate of trunk diameter, think "telephone pole" size, white in color, and easily heights over fifty feet.  This is one of the quickest growing palms known.  A plant like shown here will be thirty feet tall in a few years.  Leaves are not as long or wide as Caryota gigas.  Their leaf color also is not as dark a green.  Brown tipping of leaflets can occur, especially if not given enough water.  Another important point:  All Caryotas are "monocarpic".  This means that, after a period of fifteen to twenty years age, the plant will blossom.  It flowers, hopefully produces seeds, and slowly dies over three to four years. 

Cold tolerance is lower than Caryota gigas, down into the upper teens F.  Because of their height, these palms always end up in full sun.  The boxes sized plants shown here are easily twelve feet tall, sun grown and very nice.  We have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE BOXED SIZE $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOXED SIZE $385


Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

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

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
10G PLANTS - SEVEN FEET TALL
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G/SQUAT 15G PLANTS


This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.  I am offering nice squat 10 & 15g plants on special for ten days.  They are about 8 feet tall in their pots.  We do have limited numbers of larger and smaller sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet
Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Areca Palm Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens
Larger 20g also available at a good price
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE 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 BAND $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, note the prominent blue color of the leaves.  This is the hallmark of this species.

Brahea armata band Brahea armata band Brahea armata band
Brahea armata Brahea armata band Brahea armata

 

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
A MORE PETITE SPECIES OF THE WINDMILL PALM
SMALL, STIFF LEAVES
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS


This interesting palm, known as the Dwarf Chusan Palm, does not have a well known natural habitat.  Some think it may have originated with a dwarf cultivar of T. fortunei.  It is very slow growing with a hairy trunk.  Leaves mature are about two feet across, stiff and flat and do not flex down at the ends.  A decades old plant may have a trunk under ten feet tall.  It wants full sun and may be equally as cold hardy (down to 15 degree F. or colder) as the common Windmill Palm.  The bands on special are three years old and already showing their fan leaves.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM
SILVER UNDERSIDE TO THE LEAVES
MODIFIED SPINES ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It can get up to a height of 25 feet but most garden specimens are under 15 feet.  Two things are quite noteworthy:  First, the undersides of the leaves are a silver-white.  A picture below of a nursery plant shows this.  Secondly, the trunk is narrow and covered with "modified" spines.  They are not real sharp and are not true spines.  The dorsal side of the leaves is green.  This palm likes strong filtered light and right on the coast may take part day sun.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be in the high 20's F.  Growth rate is medium.  The last photo by Tobias Spanner shows a near mature tree.  You have to have an overhead crown of leaves to really see the silver color.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha by TS RPS

 

PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM
SUCKERING, SOMETIMES LARGER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This species of suckering Date Palm is typically felt to be native to South Africa although other populations have been reported in the Middle East, Madagascar and some tropical islands.  It is an armed palm with sharp spines on its leaf stems.  It loves full sun and heat.  Mature heights are variable.  Some plants only get to about fifteen feet.  But, I've seen plants with a mature height and many stems up to 35 feet.  Trunks average about six inches thick and are covered with fiber.  It is a dioecious palm where both sexes are needed to set fruit.  The bands on sale here are very large for their container as you can see.  These can be easily shipped.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $27.50

Remember:  Mention this Special

Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata

 

 

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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 and citrus pots.  However, tiny pots like 4 or 6 inch are not containers that we really utilize.   

So, don't clutter the environment by giving them to the garbage man or your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!
plastic pot
15 gallon pot
pots
Array of pots starting with the band size on the 
left and ending on the right with a 24 inch box

  


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GET A GOOD SELECTION OF PLANTS
WITH THE BEST SPECIES AROUND

ANY TYPE - PALMS OR CYCADS
AND, SAVE MONEY ON DELIVERY & THE PLANTS!

Photographs of Some of Our Cold Hardy Palms Below
Shipping By the Pallet - Best Way to Save on Larger Orders of Big Plants


There are a lot more cold hardy palms available than shown here


HOW IT WORKS & BENEFITS OF SHIPPING BY THE PALLET OR DELIVERY:

*  Save money shipping by the pallet OR delivery by truck
 Up to 50% less by the pallet or truck compared to shipping plants individually
*  Easier and cheaper to send much bigger plants up to 24 inch box size and 8.5 feet tall
*  Can double stack smaller plants on top of larger ones in pallet to maximize number of plants
*  Get plants that are way too big for Fed Express or UPS
*  Typically same arrival times (or quicker) as ground services with UPS or Federal Express
*  Shipped by independent trucking companies
*  Plants shipped safely, usually in framed out pallets as shown below or safely store in trucks
*  Get a discount up to 15% off on the regular price of the plants themselves when you get a large load  

 

SHIPPING PLANTS BY THE PALLET

Shown here is how we typically "palletize" plants for customers.  You can see that plants are secure and travel safely.  Also note that some plants are over eight feet tall.   These are "non-stackable pallets".   


pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants

 

COLD HARDY PALMS AT THE NURSERY
SHORT PICTORIAL TOUR OF HARDY & TOUGH NURSERY PLANTS
SOME TAKE DOWN TO 15 DEGREES F! 
(Sample Plants Shown Below - Click below for full presentation)

CLICK TO SEE FULL PRESENTATION
 
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
 
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
 
Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
 
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
 
Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri
 
 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
 

(or, look at the quick review below) 

COLD HARDY PALM TREES
A Quick Look at Some Species

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 

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 
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 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 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 
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  Mule Palm by Mark Heath 
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 
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 

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 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 
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 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 
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 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 

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

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 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 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

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SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS 
SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY
SOMETIMES EVEN ON SPECIAL!


If you like different and colorful companion plants for the floor of the garden, check out these plants.  Remember, a garden is not complete until you put in the companion plants and add some color.  Our selection changes frequently and, on some, are seasonal.  Examples of such plants are given here with a link below to a new Website Article recently published on "Tropical Plants".  

I THINK YOU'LL FIND THAT JUNGLE MUSIC IS YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR RARE AND COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS YOU CAN'T FIND ANYWHERE!

Croton Rieger begonia coleus
aoenium blossom Hedychium giner kalanchoe
begonia richmondensis guzmania jacobinia
Ti plant strobilanthus coleus
kalanchoe Pavonia wikipedia
Pavonia, c/o Wikipedia
spring color
Pink Ti Alocasia Black magic
nerogelia Heliconia tillandsia
Tillandsia bromeliad spring color
spring color
This photo and last from our Display Garden
coleus calendiva
curly croton pinstripe ginger spring color
geranium geraneum Croton
philodendron prince of orange croton
anthurium miniature heliconia orchid

 

 

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AT ONCE - ONE PAGE

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TROPICAL PLANTS

DESCRIPTION , PHOTOS, AVAILABILITY and REGULAR PRICES

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A LOOK AT THE NURSERY
QUICK PHOTO TOUR


Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma, one of the staff.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  We're showing these photos so you get a feel for our Nursery.

 
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music PLANTS AT NURSERY Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music nursery shadecloth Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music nursery shadecloth
FRONT JUNGLE MUSIC ENTRANCE TO GREENHOUSE JUNGLE MUSIC



PLANT BROKER VERSUS NURSERYMAN
WHAT SOME SELLERS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
HOW TO TELL WHICH IS WHICH


There's a dirty little secret among 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.

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.  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.

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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.
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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 SIX 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.




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photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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View outside my office window at dawn
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Phil Bergman at a private cycad garden 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 torallyiii 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.

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us. 

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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, now you can get it at a discount at Amazon.com - a very good price.  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

 

ANNOUNCING:
NEW VIDEO SERIES 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 VIDEOS, CLICK HERE
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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Below are pictures of about thirty five palm species that all do well in Southern California.  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.

       


KING PALM
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 baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species 
Cyphophoenix species
Cyphophoenix species' 
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens mr
Dypsis decipiens (habitat) 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis 
Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana

Howea forsteriana

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 SIZES


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.
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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

(of note, occasionally we'll use larger 35g, 45g and larger boxes than shown).  So, 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
35 - 45g containers
30 inch boxes
Rarely 36 inch boxes
Larger pots/boxes can get very heavy and are too heavy to mail order by usual means - independent trucker needed for these.

empty pots in a row

 

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