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THURSDAY, 27 APRIL, 2017

 

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

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.  No other nursery in Southern California has Pritchardias this big in 15g at the prices we're offering.  All are easily boxes 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 LARGE 15G PRITCHARDIA $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G PLANTS $200

Remember, these are well over a decade old.  Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this discount. The last row of photos show specimens in gardens.

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 glabrata Pritchardia beccariana
     

JUBAEA X BUTIA CAPITATA F1 HYBRID
QUICKER GROWING, FAT TRUNK
EXTREMELY COLD HARDY - FULL SUN
RETAINED LEAF BASES ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE 15G PLANTS
TWO SIZES BEING OFFERED!

For some reason, palm enthusiasts around the world love palm hybrids, especially inter-generic hybrids.  I don't quite know the fascination with this, but it is real.  This is particularly true if the two parents are an unlikely match.  Hybridization has given us such popular trees as the Mule Palm, Foxy Lady, and others.  Sometimes these crosses offer a cultural advantage: faster growth, more cold hardiness or even a nicer appearance.  Many feel that the cross between the Queen Palm and
Syagrus schizohylla is prettier by far than either parent.

Jubaea x Butia is another interesting hybrid that is super popular.  Often these are discovered by spontaneous hybridization (open hybridization) and only appreciated later.  The plants offered here are F1 hybrids (first cross).  Butia pollen fertilized the Jubaea blossom.   In the past, we've also had the reverse (Butia x Jubaea) which is a totally different appearing, more blue plant. 

J X B crosses have certain characteristics.  As a younger plant you may see barbs on the leaflet tips, folding back of the leaflet ends, or splitting of the leaflet tips.  Some of these things are shown below.  As a larger garden plant you always see retained leaf bases compared to the smoother trunk of pure Jubaea.  The leaves of the hybrid 15g shown here are keeled to some extent whereas pure Jubaea tend to be flat.  And, the petiole on the hybrid is definitely somewhat blue whereas Jubaea is green. 

If you don't want to wait for a seedling to get big, try one of these eight to ten year old plants.  They are cold tolerant to 15 degrees F. and love full hot sun.  I'd estimate growth rate to be two times faster than pure
Jubaea.  On special this morning I'm offering two sizes, both in 15g.  The first group shown below are large, the second group very large - two different prices.

REGULAR PRICE LARGE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $185
REGULAR PRICE VERY LARGE 15G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $250


But, mention this Special for these prices when you buy.  Both sizes are shippable but take a very large box.

First two rows of photos of the large size plants

   
Jubaea x Butia large 15g Jubaea x Butia large 15g Jubaea x Butia large 15g
Jubaea x Butia large 15g Jubaea x Butia large 15g Jubaea x Butia large 15g

Next three rows of photos of the very large 15g plants - followed by garden specimens or boxed plant

   
Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants
Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants
Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia



KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

The popular King Palm is also known as the Piccabeen Palm or Bangalow palm.  It is native to several areas in Australia.  It can in habitat get to sixty feet tall, but in Southern California is usually not over 40 feet tall.  It is crown shafted with a gray trunk.  The crown shaft is green with some brown speckled areas.  Leaf length is 8 to 10 feet.  It is not particularly rare.  Other species of King Palms are.  (we grow them all).  Ramenta is present on the back of the leaflets, a hallmark of this species.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  The triples we're putting on sale are triples in the 15g size.  Be aware, you can plant a single, double or triple.  All do great although the greater the number of plants put in, the slow the growth rate of all.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $125

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale. 

King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 
King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 
King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 

GERANIUM PLANTS, RED
NICE, GOOD SIZE 1 GALLON
GREAT FOR FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL

It's always a problem for us to provide nice  year long color for sun.  By this, I mean not annual plants that die at the end of the season.  To solve this problem, we just got in a few dozen pretty and outdoor grown Geranium.  These are a great perennial flowering plant.  Mature height is several feet.  Although there's lots of colors with Geranium, the color we selected is the popular red one.  It is a good grower and will have many clusters of large red flowers.  They are in one gallon plants and just going into blossom now.  The foliage is green.  They need full sun and most folks around here have no problem growing them.  Blossoming will continue for through summer.  These are easy to ship.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE GERANIUMS $8

Note: The last photo shows some very different hybrid and larger, showier plants.  From time to time we offer these (are more expensive), but have none at this time.


Geraniumred
Geranium red April Geranium red April
Geranium red April Geranium red April Geranium


DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD
LARGE 15G
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as one of the more rare Mexican cycads to find.  But, finding good sized Dioon holmgrenii right now on the market is almost impossible.  Shown here are some plants we recently got in.  This group of plants have an average caudex of 5 inches.  It is plants from this group that we're putting on sale.  This species loves hot sun.  It has a cold tolerance down to about 20 to 22 degrees F.  It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green and leaflets are armed with spines.  This 15g size can be mail ordered within the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS GROUP $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE THIS GROUP $375

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices. 

 
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenei Dioon holmgrenii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CONES
MANY COLORS, MALES AND FEMALES
PHOTOS FROM NURSERY & GARDEN SPECIMENS


Most of the photos here were taken from Encephalartos plants at the nursery.  All photos here show Encephalartos, a type of cycad native to Africa.  Both males and females cones are shown.  As most of you know, cycads are dioecious plants with both male and female reproductive parts.  In cycads they are called "cones".  Female cones look somewhat like a pineapple.  Male cones tend to look like a corn cob where the kernels have been eaten.   Pollen must make its way from the male cone to the receptive female.  This is usually accomplished by insects in the wild.  Domestically here in the U.S. it must be transferred manually. 

When successful and the timing is right, viable seeds result.  Seeds are often quite a bright color, often red (see last photo).  Cones come in a variety of colors including green, tan, brown, yellow and even red.  Tan and brown are the most common. 
E. ferox is striking because of it's red or orange cones. 

All cones are very attractive.  They last for about six months on the plant and then brown out and fall off the plant with age.  When pollinated, as they grow, one can see the colorful and often red seeds developing inside the cone (see photos below).  One must remember to wear gloves and a mask when handling cycad pollen.

Encephalartos altensteinii cone male
Encephalarto altensteinii m
ale cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox f
emale cone
Encephalartos ferox male cone
Encephalartos ferox
male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis
female cone
Encephalartos lkisambo female cone
Encephalartos kisambo
female cone
Encephalartos arenaris x lebomboensis male cone
E. arenarius x lebomboensis
male cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox
female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos villos cone with fruit
Encephalartos villosus c
one with fruit
Encephalartos horridus female cone
Encephalartos horridus f
emale cone
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus male
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis f
emale cone
Encephalartos trispinosus female cone
Encephalartos trispinosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos ferox male cones
Encephalartos ferox
male cones
Encephalartos arenarius male cone
Encephalartos arenarius
male cone, older
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo female cone
     

 

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 - SALE  PRICE $15


 
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, 26 APRIL, 2017

 

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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
EVERYONE LOVES THIS PALM
ONE OF THE BEST MADAGASCAR PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE

The Teddy Bear Palm has become super popular because it grows well in Southern California, has a rusty colored, fuzzy crown shaft, has a silver, ringed trunk and doesn't get too tall.  For most enthusiasts, it's among the "top ten" Madagascar palms.  Mature height is about 25 feet.  Right on the coast it does well with full sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  Growth rate is medium.  One can grow it in part day sun as well.  The average enthusiast, once he sees a mature plant, just "has to have one".   Expect a mature height in California of about 25 feet or a bit more.  Trunk diameter is usually about eight inches.  The crown shaft is the most prominent trait - fuzzy, rusty red and quite touchable.  The latter trait is why it's called the "Teddy Bear Palm". 

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40.00

Mention this Special for your discount.

Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This super popular  palm is native to south Florida and Cuba.  It gets a very tall trunk with a height of forty feet or more.  The crown shaft is long and a prominent green.  The base of the trunk is swollen just above the ground.  Often you'll also see bulging in the mid-trunk.  It is a full sun plant and some are growing it in desert areas with success - in full sun.  Cold tolerance is like a King Palm, about 25 degrees F.  The one gallon on sale are 2.5 years old.  Since I took these photos, they have put on another leaf.  There's a shortage of this species on the market.  These are easy to mail order.

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

Mention this Special for your discount.

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Royal Palm

 

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 $95
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

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SAGENTII
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

   

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put nice one gallon plants on special.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  This one gallon size is a piece of cake to ship and we can easily fit four plants into one box.  We ship plants in their pots with soil.

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

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The first four photos are of the 1 gallon size.  Following are 15g which are not available now and one shot from a local garden.

Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa

 

CROTONS - NEW BATCH RECENTLY IN
THIN LEAF VARIETY
MORE COLD HARDY
LOTS OF RED, BLACK AND GREEN COLORS
3 GALLON SIZE



Country or area of origin: Asia, India and Western Pacific
Mature height: Depends on species but anywhere from four feet to ten feet or taller
Sun Requirements:  In tropical areas, full sun.  Here in So Cal, perhaps some sun but filtered light in warm winter inland areas.
Cold Tolerance:  No species really tolerate a freeze.  Winter protection needed.  The variety shown here is more cold hardy than most.
Water Requirements:  Average
Rate of Growth:  Slow
Sizes Available: Variable, depending on season. 
Regular Prices:  3 gallon as shown $45
Size shown:  3 gallon - sometimes we have larger.
Comments:
The main issue with Crotons is cold. They just don't take it too well.  The thin leaf varieties are more cold hardy.  There are probably a hundred different species or types of Croton.  Some are smaller, some make "trees".  You just have to find a species that grows well in your area.  The plants just in are one of the better varieties for cold and should be possible by many along the coast.


Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf
Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf
Croton Croton Croton

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS


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

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

We are presently offering seedlings on special.

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  These little guys are easy to ship and do make a great houseplant.
 

Chamaedorea microspadix  CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX  CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX 
Chamaedorea microspadix
5g size at nursery, not on sale 
Chamaedorea microspadix
attractive red fruit of this species 
Chamaedorea microspadix
Mature clump in sun 
 

 

SUNDAY, 23 APRIL, 2017

 

LYTOCARYUM HOENII
NEAR EXTINCT SEMI-DWARF PALM FROM BRAZIL
NEWLY AVAILABLE 5G SIZE
COMPARISON TO LYTOCARYUM WEDDELLIANUM

This semi-dwarf pinnate palm gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet and is single trunk and has no crown shaft.  It is native to montane forests in Brazil and is near extinct in the wild.  It is rarely seen offered for sale.  The more frequently seen species of this genus is Lytocaryum weddellianum, also from Brazil rainforests.  The latter is a much smaller plant than L. hoenii and rarely gets to ten feet.  Hoenii can get up to fifteen feet tall and has a more robust appearance, a bit thicker trunk and wider leaflets.  Here I'm showing recently obtained 5g plants of Lytocaryum hoenii.  Although I no longer have weddellianum in the 15g size, I do have small plants for sale.  Both of these plants are filtered light species with a cold tolerance in the mid-twenties F.  I've found from experience that Lytocaryum seem to thrive on neglect.  Too much water, fertilizer or attention seems to not be right for them.  Just plant one, don't pay attention to it other than average watering, and they seem to do fine.

Lytocaryum hoenhei Lytocaryum hoenhei Lytocaryum hoenhei
Lytocaryum hoenhei Lytocaryum hoenhei Lytocaryum hoenhii
Lytocaryum hoenhei
lytocaryum hoenhei by TS RPS
Lytocaryum hoenhei by TS/RPS
Lytocaryum hoenhii
Lytocaryum hoenhei
Lytocaryum wedellianum
Lytocaryum weddellianum
lytocaryum weddelianum
Lytocaryum weddellianum
Lytocaryum wedellianum
Lytocaryum weddellianum

 

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

 

RHAPIS HUMILUS HYBRIDS BY LUIS HOOPER
RHAPIS LAOSENSES X HUMILUS
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ANYMORE
SMALL TO MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHTS
TWO SIZES AVAILABLE

True Rhapis humilus is from China and there are no known females in native populations in the wild and in private collections.  By Rhapis humilus, I'm talking about the robust tall species often seen in California that tolerates full sun in many areas.   But, there are males and males give pollen.  As this is a dioecious genus (both sexes need to set viable seed), one could take pollen from pure humilus and put it on flowers of other Rhapis species.  With hybrids, the first name in the hybrid is the seed bearing mother.  The second name is the pollen donating male.  So, it'd be impossible to have a cross that was "Rhapis humilus x ....".  The hybrids I'm showing you now are seed bearing other Rhapis species crossed with pollen of the true Rhapis humilus. Understand? 

Long time friend of mine, Louis Hooper, from Orange County, California has now retired from palms (photo of Luis below).  But, his most amazing accomplishment was the hybridization of existing Rhapis species.  His now famous Rhapis "Alicia" was Rhapis laosensis x humilus.  These are the plants being shown here in 5g and 1g size.  Expect a mature height of five to eight feet.  Note the limited number of wider leaflets with blunt tips. 

The first two rows show the 5 gallon size.  Rows three and four show our one gallon size.  I have very limited numbers of each.  They can be mail ordered and make great interior palms.  Or, in the garden, grow them in filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.

The last row of photos below show a Rhapis laosensis, Rhapis humilus and a now unavailable 15g of the cross of these two.

Luis hoope


Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis laosensis
Example of Rhais laosensis
Rhapis humilus
Example of Rhais humilus
Rhapis laosensis x humilus
R. laosensis x humilus, 15g (not available now)

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
THIN TRUNK, COLORED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This attractive and very thin trunk, crown shafted palm tree is native to Brazil and other South American countries.  It is a very elegant single trunk, crown hafted palm that grows well in many areas of Southern California.  Anticipate a height of twenty to twenty-five feet.  Crown shaft color ranges from green to a brown-purple.  Fruits are purple.  Trunk diameter is four inches.  Leaves are green with somewhat droopy leaflets.  This is a very attractive rare palm that, if given the right conditions, grows fairly rapidly.  It is also hard to find available.  Cold tolerance is about 25 to 27 degrees F.  We've been out of this species for a few months.  But, I recently acquired some one gallons shown below.  I'm putting them on special.  Also, I'm showing in the last row below, photos of presently unavailable 15 and 20 g plants from the nursery.

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

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


Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis

 

TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS
THE RARE STONE GATE PALM
SILVER BACKS TO THE LEAVES
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
NICE 5 GALLON JUST AVAILABLE

 

This is a very sought-after species of Trachycarpus because of the prominent blue color on the back of the leaves.  It is from China and discovered about 15 years ago by Gibbons and Spanner.  It comes from an elevation of approximately five to six thousand feet where it lives on steep cliffs in habitat.  Trunk height gets to about thirty feet and is covered by a fibrous brown material.  But, it is the leaves that make this such a sought-after species.  One of the most sought after varieties is from an area in China called "Stone Gate" and has almost white discoloration to the backs of the leaves.  So, when one looks up at this tree, the silver-blue color is very obvious.  There are also tiny teeth on the petioles.  The leaves are about four feet wide on two to three foot petioles.  Young plants may not show the blue color to the underside of the leaves when juvenile.  Seeds are very difficult to obtain from habitat so consequently plants are extremely expensive.

Photographs below depict the natural habitat of the Stone Gate variety of this species.  I wish to thank MG, TS, SR and RM for the photos below in the last row. You can see that this species is living on this near vertical cliff in habitat. 

Palm nurseries rarely have this species for sale.  And, it's almost unheard of to see a 5 gallon available.  Yesterday I got one single plant in.  And, it's for sale - but will sell quickly.  First come, first serve.  Just call me to order.  It's affordable but not inexpensive.

TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS
TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS
TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS BY mg AND ts
photo by MG and TS
TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS habitat by SR
photo by S.R.
TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS by RM
photo by RM

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
AKA RHOPALOSTYLIS SP. CHATHAM ISLANDS
A RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA ON STEROIDS!
SUPER BULGING CROWN SHAFT, GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This often hard to find species of crown shafted palm is from the Chatham or Pitt Islands, many hundreds of miles southeast of New Zealand.  It is known as probably the most southern growing of any palm species.  Compared to the other forms of Rhopalostylis sapida, it is much more robust, perhaps better at handling full sun and has a massively swollen crown shaft. I've been told plants can reach forty feet of height.  Also, this species or variety is a quicker grower than other forms.  Although some consider it a "species", presently you should properly refer to it as a form of Rhopalostylis sapida, either "oceana" or "Chatham Island".

Along the coast and a bit inland, it tolerates full sun quite well.  Inland areas would do better giving it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are 5g plants we're putting on special.  We may also have some 15g for sale. 

REGULAR PRICE BIG 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5G SIZE $65

Easy to mail order.  Remember, mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana
Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana by DP
photo by DP
Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana by PC Palmtalk
photo by PC at palmtalk

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "ORANGE CRUSH"
A BEAUTIFUL DYPSIS WITH NO SPECIES NAME
MANY TIMES SPORTS AN ORANGE CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
EXOTIC AND SOUGHT AFTER.


This is another exotic species that is near impossible to find.  It is native to Madagascar, gets to a mature height of about 20 feet, has an 8 inch thick trunk and, most appealing, is the smooth orange colored crown shaft. (see last photo).  We just got in a single 5 gallon that I wanted to show.  It is for sale.  At one point, orange crush was felt to be Dypsis pululifera.  But, that was proven incorrect by taxonomists.  It presently has not species name.  I'd start it in strong filtered light or slowly acclimate it to some sun.  Cold tolerance is probably not much below a freeze.  We have this one 5g available.  Like other super rare species, it is affordable but not inexpensive.  First come, first serve.

The last photo was taken by BGL.

 
Dypsis species orange crush   Dypsis species orange crush   Dypsis species orange crush  
Dypsis species orange crush   Dypsis species orange crush   Dypsis species orange crush pilulifera by BGL 
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM
TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Over our 40 year existence, I'd estimate that the nursery has sold several thousand of this very popular dwarf palm.  Typically we recommend putting in a small colony of them.  They look great like this and will get staggered heights.  Most garden plants are not over 3 to 4 feet tall.  But, the last picture shows a few that we've grown for decades and are head height.  Because leaves are at the top, such older plants look best with newer, smaller plants growing from the bottom.  If you have an older plant, put a few small ones at the base.  This species likes shade and has simple, non-divided leaves as shown.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

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

These are easy to ship and four in one box is no problem.  Just remember to mention this Special for the reduced price when you purchase.

 
CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti   Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti   Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti   Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
25 year old plants at nursery
 

 

SATURDAY, 22 APRIL, 2017

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
THE CHAMPAGNE PALM
RELATED TO THE BOTTLE AND SPINDLE PALMS
BUT, NO BULGE IN TRUNK
GREAT 15G AVAILABLE

On the Internet, you'll find little information on this super rare single trunk, crown shafted palm from the Reunion Island (Mascarene).  Jungle Music was probably the first nursery in the U.S. to offer this species for sale.  About 35 years ago I corresponded with an enthusiast from Reunion.  Back then there was no email.  He sent me seeds several times.  Soon I came to realize that there seemed to be two juvenile forms:  the red and the green.  Perhaps the red form has a bit more cold hardiness but most feel they are the same in terms of culture and cold tolerance.

The first plant shown this morning has mostly green on the trunk.  It has been grown outdoors as has the boxed specimen shown.  Expect a mature height of fifteen to twenty feet.  So, like the Bottle and Spindle Palms, this species is not tall.  The trunk will be about six inches thick.  The key to growing it is to acclimate it to your full sun.  It will die eventually if shaded out.  (similar to other Hyophorbe).  Our 15g size are 7 to 8 feet tall in their pots.  I'm also showing a few boxed plants.  Right now we've only got larger plants and no small ones.  But, hopefully that'll change soon.

 
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica
Larger boxed plant at nursery
Hyophorbe indica
This and next photo of boxed nursery plants
Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica by TS RPS
Garden specimen by TS/RPS

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
SINGLE TRUNK FILTERED LIGHT PALM
WIDE LEAFLETS WITH DRIP TIPS
15 GALLON AT NURSERY


This single trunk species is from Mexico and Central America.  It is pinnate like other Chamaedoreas with a trunk diameter of an inch or a bit more.  The leaves a five feet long with wide leaflets and prominent drip tips.  The trunks are dark green and prominent trunk rings are present.  Mature height is about ten to twelve feet.  The plant shown here has two plants in a 15g pot.  It likes filtered light.  Low temperatures tolerated are about to a freeze and this species likes filtered light.  We have a very scarce supply of this rare species.

Chamedorea arenbergiana Chamedorea arenbergiana Chamedorea arenbergiana
Chamedorea arenbergiana Chamedorea arenbergiana Chamedorea arenbergiana

 

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

 

BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
THE BLUE PINDO PALM
HARD TO FIND BLUE LIKE THESE
RUGGED AND COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to South America, this medium sized pinnate palm is quite popular.  But, they are normally green or a blue green in color.  The plants I'm showing here are a clone that is super blue!  They are very cool and super popular.  And, they are hard to find.  Mature height is 15 feet with a trunk diameter of about 18 inches.  They loves sun, even in the desert.  A bonus:  fruits are edible and taste good.  This is why it's also called the "Jelly Palm".  If you plant this clone in shade, the blue won't show as well.  This size can be shipped.  It is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165


Just remember:  Mention this Blog only special.

Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft

 

UNKNOWN SABAL SPECIES
SEEDS FROM PALM SPRINGS
LOOKS LIKE IT'LL BE A BIG LEAF SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BAND SIZED PLANTS


About four years ago a Palm Society member gave me seeds from a Sabal growing in a desert botanical garden near Palm Springs.  It had no species name.  I germinated the seeds and presently have very nice band sized plants, easily equivalent to  one gallon plant.  It should be a green leaf species and it reminds me of other species with large leaves.  It is a sun palm and we know takes temperatures that get down to about 20 degrees F.  Although we don't have a species name, we're calling these "Sabal species DN" - refer to them as this so you get the right plants.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $30

Easy to mail order.  Get four and I'll offer another 10% off.

Sabal species DN Sabal species DN Sabal species DN
Sabal species DN Sabal species DN Sabal species DN


SABAL PRINCEPS
AKA SABAL BERMUDANA
THICK TRUNK - LARGE LEAVES - RATHER TALL
TEN DAY SPECIES HUGE BAND SIZED PLANTS

The seeds for this plant came from a botanical garden in San Marcos, CA.  This garden has been around for many decades.  They have a nice collection of Sabal.  This particular plants was grown as a Sabal princeps.  Since they planted it, some taxonomists have lumped this species in with Sabal bermudana.  It is a big leaf species with blue green leaves and a thick trunk.  Leaves has that costopalmate curve to them.  It can easily get over 30 feet tall.  It is cold hardy to about 16 degrees F. and likes full sun.  These plants are huge for a band with roots coming out the bottom of the pot as shown.

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

Get four and get another 10% off!

Sabal princeps Sabal princeps Sabal princeps
Sabal princeps Sabal princeps Sabal princeps
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana


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


But, remember to mention this Special to get your discount.
 

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES
NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE

For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The 1.5 gallon plants here are 3 to 4 years old.  I have very limited numbers for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 G SIZE $115
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE $85

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  These would be simple to mail order.

Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

LIVISTONA NITIDA
TALL PALM WITH THINNER TRUNK
NATIVE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
FAIRLY QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is a fan palm that is native to Queensland.  We've found it to be quick growing.  It'll attain a mature height of 60 feet or more.  Trunk diameter is about 12 to 18 inches.  Its leaf stems are armed as shown here.  It prefers full sun, even in desert areas.  I've read reports of it tolerating snow in Georgia.  I'd estimate cold tolerance to be at least 20 degrees F.  The 5g on Special are nice size and ready for repot or planting in the garden.  When mature, the leaflets droop downwards.  This species was previously known as "Carnavon Gorge".  Habitat photo c/o M.C. in Australia.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your blog only discount.  These would be easy to ship.
 

Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida 
Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida by Mike Crisp, PACSOA 

 

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

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  These are easy to ship.

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

Mention this Special for your discount

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

 

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.  The last photo taken by GCIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Garden photo c/o K.G.III.
 

AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant
 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asperigus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
myeri

 

THURSDAY, 20 APRIL, 2017

 

PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM
SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM
ONLY A FEW AVAILABLE - 25 GALLON SIZE


This exotic suckering pinnate palm is native to Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.  It has thin trunks that can have a blonde color.  Leaves are somewhat narrow, green in color with an unarmed petiole.  Mature height in CA is usually about twelve feet although in the tropics they get much taller.  They like filtered light but can take a bit of morning sun.  Too much sun here will burn them.  Cold hardiness is into the upper 20's F.  I had a mature specimen that produced large numbers of purple fruit for years.  This species is similar to Pinanga kuhlii but has more repetitive regular leaves and less mottling to the leaflets.  Of note, some taxonomists consider these two species synonymous.

Shown here are some of the few 25g plants we're offering for sale.  We offered similar nine months ago and they sold out quickly.  These plants are about 8 feet tall, too big to ship via the usual carriers.


   
Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata


HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
GREAT INTERIOR AND GARDEN PALM
NEAR INTERIOR QUALITY MULTIPLE 1 GALLON
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1G PLANTS


We recently got in some very large and over-sized one gallon multiples of this species.  We might have a few singles.  On most, this means there are three, sometimes four plants per pot.  Average height is about 18 inches.  They can be easily shipped.  This is one of the most sought after house palms around.  But, they are also a great garden species.  They are slow growing and have dark green leaves.  In the garden, they take full sun along the coast or filtered light far inland.  Mature garden height is about 30 feet.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  This species is native to Lord Howe Island, also the home of Hedyscepe and H. belmoreana.  This size is simple to ship for you folks a long ways away.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1g $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

To get this discount, remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.

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Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm

 

ALCANTAREA IMPERIALIS
AKA VRIESIA IMPERIALAS
HUGE SUN LOVING BROMELIAD
WIDE, SUPER LONG THICK LEAVES
WITH SUN GETS PURPLE COLOR
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND

This sought after and hard to find Bromeliad is native to rocky slopes of mountains above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  It is one of the largest of all Vriesias.  It has leaves that are up to six inches wide and easily four feet long or longer.  Their substance is very thick and stiff.  But, there is no armor.  It tolerates our coastal full sun.  And, with sun it gets a dark purple color as shown below.  It's very impressive when given sun and well grown.  I've never had a customer who could resist one when they get up to three feet across.  We're offering some old, large 2 gallon plants that are well on their way to being a garden specimen.  I can ship these.  They are not inexpensive but well worth the money.  I got them in yesterday and only have three.  First come first sever.  The first two rows of photos show the plants I have.  The next two rows are garden specimens, some from shade and not showing the purple.

 
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Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea
Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea
Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea Alcantarea imperialis Alcantarea

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED
GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Rhopalostylis baueri, the Norfolk Island Palm, is native to two locations.  Norfolk Island (an Australian island) is the home of the classic Rhopalostylis baueri but there is also a population in Kermadec Islands, a New Zealand territory.  The population of Rhopalostylis baueri on Norfolk Island is near the elevated center of the island, rare elsewhere.  In this locality, it is threatened by rodents that eat the seeds and young seedlings.  In the Kermadec location, this species is found on Raoul Island.  It is more plentiful there because there have been efforts to eliminate the rat population.  Of note, it is this population of Rhopalostylis from the Raoul Island of the Kermadecs that were, at one time, considered to be Rhopalostylis cheesemanii.   In 2005 the latter was stripped of its species categorization and named a "variety" of R. baueri.  Many argue that it is a different palm and deserves its own species status.

In my experience, this species does best in less than full sun along the coast.  Half day morning sun is about perfect.  It has a cold tolerance into the low 20's F. and is being grown in the SF Bay area.  Those growers in Florida where there is heat and high humidity, tend to have problems with any Rhopalostylis. A significant difference between this species and R. sapida is the lack of the prominent bulging crown shaft.  Trunk diameters are about the same.  Anticipate a height typically of about 25 feet mature.


REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered.

Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri 


RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM
NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWNSHAFT
A FAVORITE OF ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native stands of Rhopalostylis sapida are found in temperate parts of New Zealand and also on coastal areas of Chatham and South Islands.  In these localities it is found in shaded forests and in the more moist bottoms of mountainous gullies.  One does not see it at high elevation where severe cold may be seen.  Rather it's in the coastal and warmer regions.  Being a slow growing species, it is reported that it takes ten to fifteen years in habitat before one begins to see a formed trunk.  One report done by the New Zealand government reported that it took forty years to show trunk and that ten meter trees were 200 years old.  The point here is that, as a species, the Nikau Palm is slow growing in its natural habitat.  Soil in the area is good draining and rainfall is ample

This is a single trunk palm that has green, upright leaves.  The hallmarks of this plant are the upright pointing leaves and the swollen crown shaft.  Almost always, the crown shaft is prominently larger in diameter than the trunk.  The trunk has rings from old leaf attachments.  Overall height after many decades is 25 to 35 feet or, on old specimens, even more.  Trunk diameter is eight to twelve inches.  Leaves are usually eight to twelve feet long.  Growth rate is slow.  Of note, the 15g shown here is a double.  Most of this size have only one plant in the pot.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered.

 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 

 

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM
FULL SUN - TEN FEET HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The plants shown here are a red hybrid form of Cordyline australis.  There are many different hybrids of this species.  The most common is called "Red Star".  They typically get to a height of ten feet, tolerate full sun and are cold hardy into the mid-teens F.   We're putting our 5g on special. 

REGULARPRICE 3G OR 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Cordyline australis red
Cordyline australis red Cordyline australis wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

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.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  The 15g size on sale are very large size.  One photo below shows the remarkable blue color to the seeds.  We also have available other sizes.

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


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

Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livisona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
EASTER CAPE BLUE CYCAD
FULL SUN, NEVER VERY BIG
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

One of the most popular blue cycads that we sell is this South African species from the Eastern Cape region (toward the ocean).  It is a very slow growing species that, in fifty years, is rarely over a height of five feet tall.  So, like the Dioon above, it'll always stay small and not obstruct a view.  The color is intensely blue.  I tell people it's like the color of a clear blue sky after you've thrown in a tiny bit of fog.  The other thing about this species, compared to E. horridus and trispinosus, is that it's much less spiny and very uniform in shape when mature.  Expect a trunk of no more than three feet and a crown width of no more than six feet.  It loves full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.

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

Remember: You must mention this Blog Only Special for this discount when you buy.  This size is a piece of cake to ship.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes for sale.  The last row of photos shows other larger nursery plants.

Encephalartos lehmanii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

WEDNESDAY, 19 APRIL, 2017

 

VISITING A TROPICAL LOS ANGELES GARDEN
HILLS OF THE WESTERN SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
SUPER HOT SUMMERS - COOLER WINTERS
LOTS OF CYCADS IN LARGE CERAMIC POTS

We've had a very long term customer who has an expansive garden in the somewhat rugged hills west of the San Fernando Valley.  I'd estimate his home is at an elevation of 800 feet.  It's in a very hilly, mountainous community off a windy and narrow entrance road.  He had the dream of creating a tropical garden with palms and cycads.  But, he has a lot of native oak trees which he also loves.  The latter led cultural problems including invasive oak roots and oak root fungus.  These soil issues made the garden's soil an unfavorable medium for the cycads, his favorite type of plant.  It took quite a few years to appreciate this problem and think of a handling.  His solution was to utilize very large yet beautiful ceramic containers for his cycads.  This led to his actually digging up some cycads and putting them in these large pots.  In some areas where he didn't suspect there was a problem he did leave cycads in the ground.  All of his cycads love his summer heat - typically in the 90's F. or higher.  His winters are cool, often into the mid-twenties.  Palms were more of a challenge for him because of his temperature extremes.  But, through trial and error, he's created a gorgeous tropical garden as shown below. 

This garden is situated on quite a few acres.  You'll note the physical layout of the garden follows his terrain.  He aesthetically used walls, walkways, water features and interesting planting areas.  It is laid out in a very artistic manner with great utilization of many types of plants.  Also note the usage of tropical companion plants and succulents to adorn the garden floor.  The results have been quite amazing.  You'd think a garden like this was designed by a landscape architect - but it wasn't.  Rather, with his vision of what he wanted to create and his knowledge of the plants, he created by himself this unique and beautiful tropical garden.  I'd like to show you some pictures taken yesterday. I hope you enjoy this photographic tour.  And, for you cycad enthusiasts, you might spot some very unusual species.

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Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley

 

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.

 
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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

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
HUGE CITRUS POT PLANTS - ALMOST 15G SIZE
LIMITED NUMBER
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


Most readers know of the Chilean Wine Palm, Jubaea chilensis.  It is known for it's massively thick trunk, stately appearance and large mature size up to at least forty feet.  But, they are very slow growing.  I recently visited an old time grower and found some very overgrown citrus pot plants and scooped them up.  They have been in these pots for 10 years in hot inland sun.  They are ripping the pots apart yet are super strong.  And, they've seen cold into the low 20's F.  So, here's an opportunity to get a "15 gallon sized plant" in an affordable-to-ship citrus pot.  This species likes full sun, even in the desert, and is cold hardy into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CITRUS POT PLANTS $75

Just mention this Special when you purchase for this price.  Easy to ship.

 
 
Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm
Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm
Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm Jubaea chilensis the Chilean Wine Palm

 


THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
MEDIUM SIZED UNUSUAL SUN PLANT
DROUGHT TOLERANT
LONG LEAVES LIKE KNITTING NEEDLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SUPER LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS


Country or area of origin:  D. longissimum is from Mexico.  
Mature height:  Typical garden height when old is six to seven feet, ground to top of the leaves.  In habitat, one can find six feet of trunk putting the plant to an overall height of ten feet or a bit more.
Sun Requirements:  Full sun in almost all localities. 
Cold Tolerance:  Upper teens F.
Water Requirements:  Low  
Rate of Growth:  Slow
Size shown:  One gallon are on special but also have 5g and 15g plants
Comments: This interesting drought tolerant plant is very drought tolerant and loves hot sun.  The crown of needle like leaves is about eight feet across.  Each leaf is about the size of a knitting needle and four to six feet long.  They come to a point but are not very dangerous except perhaps to one's eye.  The plant looks like a "Pom Pom on a Trunk".  Leaf color is blue to blue green. 

The first two rows show massively overgrown 1 gallon plants that I'm putting on special.  I'm also showing a couple of 15 gallon plants as well as two nice garden specimens, one in a decorative pot.  Note that the leaves are a definite blue-green on the sun exposed plants.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OVERGROWN 1 GALLON PLANTS:  $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  Although they'd take a very tall box, shipping should be very easy.

 
 
Dasylirion longissimum  Dasylirion longissimum  Dasylirion longissimum 
Dasylirion longissimum  Dasylirion longissimum  Dasylirion longissimum 
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum

 

 

SHIPPING OUT THREE PALLETS OF PLANTS
TO THREE DIFFERENT CUSTOMERS
TWO WERE SUPER PACKED
A BUSY DAY AT THE NURSERY


I've been told by readers that they like to see photos of things.  And, especially pictures of what's happening at the nursery.  Well, yesterday on Tuesday, we shipped out three large pallets of palms.  On each pallet there were at least twelve to fifteen 15 gallon plants and a load of piggy back one and five gallon.   These photos show how we frame out the pallet, add walls and security braces, load up the pallet with plants, shrink wrap it and then add all the Ag paperwork on the side.  These pallets went to Mississippi, Texas and Washington State.  I think you can get an idea of pallet shipping from the photos.  They went onto a semi-truck and will be out of our state probably by Wednesday mid-day.  Remember:  Get a pallet of plants and save 15% off regular prices.

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Pallet of plants Pallet of plants Pallet of plants
Pallet of plants Pallet of plants Pallets of plants
  Pallets of plants  

 

COLORFUL HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
NEW BATCH JUST IN - THIS TIME VIBRANT RED
GREAT COMPANION PLANTS FOR GARDEN
NICE 3 GALLON WITH MULTIUPLE 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.

In the first two rows of pictures you'll see our 3 gallon size that just got in.  The last two rows of photos show various Ti's in gardens.  The new plants are light red, prominent dark red and a hint of pink, black and green.  Over the next few months we'll be getting in all sorts of different types - unfortunately, these will be gone.

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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

 

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 needed 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

 

SUNDAY, 16 APRIL, 2017      

 

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


ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LEAF COLOR GREEN TO BLUE
STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
A COLLECTORS FAVORITE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  But, it gets larger than the E. arenarius above.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  Leaf color can be anything from a dark olive green to a brilliant blue.  Most plants are somewhere in-between.  It loves full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  When new customers visit the nursery to get a cycad, this is invariably one of the species on the top of their list.  It is a drop dead beautiful plant when grown well.

We're offering one gallon plants on our Ten Day Special.  They are about four years old.  Their mature color will be blue green.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $65

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.  The last row of photos shows plants in the wild and two larger nursery plants for sale.


Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius MR Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius


ACOELORRAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAURITOS PALM
SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
PHOTOS OF TREE IN FRUIT
ONE GALLON PLANTS - TEN DAY SPECIAL

This suckering fan palm has a wide native distribution spreading from Southern Florida (where it's known as the Everglade Palm), Mexico, some Caribbean Islands, Central America and far northern South America.  It has a fondness for water and can tolerate wet conditions.  Note the plant below that's surviving right on the ocean's edge.  It loves sun and heat.  People in the desert can grow it if they give it adequate water.   Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  Mature height is variable, somewhere between fifteen and thirty feet.  Trunks are thin and have an attractive fiber pattern.  It is known to grow better in the ground that in containers.

We're offering nice one gallon plants on a Ten Day Special.  We may have a few 5g.  Of note, fruits are small and orange in color.  The first five pictures show (in progression) a mature tree in fruit.


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

Remember: Mention this Special when you purchase.  The one gallons are shown in the last row of photos.


Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
This and next 4 pictures of tree in fruit
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Acoelorrhaphe in fruit
This tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Close up of Fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Tree near reflecting pond, Balboa Park, San Diego
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Two pictures mature tree right on water's edge
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Trunks of well maintained tree
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
One gallon plants available - shown here
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES


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 first plants shown are very old 20g.  You can see they've formed trunk with some aerial roots.  Next I'm showing our 5g.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners.

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium
Specimen in garden
Birds Nest Anthurium plant places.com website
Photo by Plant Places Website
Birds Nest Anthurium wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

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 $150

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'  


CROTONS - NEW BATCH RECENTLY IN
THIN LEAF VARIETY
MORE COLD HARDY
LOTS OF RED, BLACK AND GREEN COLORS
3 GALLON SIZE



Country or area of origin: Asia, India and Western Pacific
Mature height: Depends on species but anywhere from four feet to ten feet or taller
Sun Requirements:  In tropical areas, full sun.  Here in So Cal, perhaps some sun but filtered light in warm winter inland areas.
Cold Tolerance:  No species really tolerate a freeze.  Winter protection needed.  The variety shown here is more cold hardy than most.
Water Requirements:  Average
Rate of Growth:  Slow
Sizes Available: Variable, depending on season. 
Regular Prices:  3 gallon as shown $45
Size shown:  3 gallon - sometimes we have larger.
Comments:
The main issue with Crotons is cold. They just don't take it too well.  The thin leaf varieties are more cold hardy.  There are probably a hundred different species or types of Croton.  Some are smaller, some make "trees".  You just have to find a species that grows well in your area.  The plants just in are one of the better varieties for cold and should be possible by many along the coast.


Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf
Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf
Croton Croton Croton

 

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


DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS
TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This attractive shrub is from Mexico down to South America and has typically green leaves.  The plants were offering today in 5g size although we also have 15g variegated plants available.  They will produce weeping purple flower clusters.  The flowers have white edges and are very fragrant.  These flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 

This tree can be shaped and trained.  Left alone, it can get to about ten feet tall.  It prefers sun but does well in part day sun.  Like the Euphorbia above, it adds full sun color to the garden.  Cold hardiness is well into the 20's F.

We are offering very large 5g on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.  The final photo is c/o bcliving.ca website.

 
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant 
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta bcliving.ca 

 

DYPSIS PSAMMOPHILA
JUVENILE RED STEMS, LATER BLACK TRUNKS WITH WHITE CROWN SHAFTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This is a small to medium sized, suckering palm from Eastern Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 12 to 15 feet and the leaves are keeled.  When young, juvenile leaf stems and the base of the trunk have a prominent red color.  Later the trunks turn black or near black in color.  At the top of these dark stems are powder white crown shafts.  Shown here is a 5g plant demonstrating this prominent red color.  Other photos show the white crown shafts and dark trunks.  This is a filtered light species with cold tolerance into the upper twenties F. range. Of note, we are pretty well supplied with the band size.  Larger plants as shown in the sixth photo are very limited.

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

Note:  Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.  My thanks to Tobias Spanner from RPS for his photo of the mature plant.

Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila TS at RPS
by TS at RPS
Dypsis psammophila

 


ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM
FULL SUN, COLD HARDY, DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON SIZE

The nursery plants shown here very large plants for their container.  They are ready for the garden or to be repotted.  This species is native to Brazil and lives near the ocean, often on sandy dunes near beaches.  In general, it is very slow growing.  Mature height height is about six feet.  The leaves are plumose and fluffy.  It is a single trunk species although it has the appearance of being a suckering species.  It loves sun and heat.  If you need a small palm for full sun that you can see over, this is a great species for you.  These 1g are easy to ship in their containers with soil.  We also have other sizes available.

REGLAR PRICE ONE GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32.50

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

LOADING A PALLET OF CYCADS ONTO A TRUCK
ABOUT 1200 POUNDS OF PLANTS
PALLLET FRAMED IN TO PROTECT PLANTS

Recently we sent off a pallet of very large cycads to a warmer area of the East Coast.  Weather appeared good for the trip so we built a pallet and put the plants into it.  As you can see we strengthen it with cross braces for protection.  Without a lift gate and a pallet dolly, one cannot work with pallets this big or heavy.  In three to four days these plants will arrive at their destination.  I'm showing you these photos so you get a feel for what we mean when we say we can "ship by the pallet".

Pallet of Cycads onto Truck Pallet of Cycads onto Truck Pallet of Cycads onto Truck
Pallet of Cycads onto Truck Pallet of Cycads onto Truck  

 

SATURDAY, 15 APRIL, 2017

 

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

General Description:  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.

Bismarckia roots and digging:  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.  And, when you buy one, make sure you select the right spot for planting as moving it later might kill it.  (By the way, these rules also apply to many other types of palms including Brahea, discussed below).  One final point, if a grower supplier grows his plants over soil, Bismarckia quickly root into the soil below the pot.  If one then lifts that pot and the bottom roots (into the soil) tear, there is a 50% chance that that plant, in about 3 weeks, will decline and/or die.  So, never buy a Bismarckia that has rooted into the ground.

Culture:  Bismarckia nobilis prefers sandy, good draining soil.  It wants full sun, even in the desert.  The more intense your sun, the more blue it gets.  It is not a good plant for shade.  Planted in dark shade, this species struggles.  For more information on this species, check out our full review at this link:

READ COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE ON BISMARCKIA


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, but not shown here.

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

 

AECHMEA FASCIATA SPINELESS FORM
VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND
GREAT IN THE GARDEN OR INDOORS
LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE


An Aechmea is a type of Bromeliad.  Achema fasciata is from Brazil and quite well known for its ornamental qualities.  The variety we're offering here is much more user-friendly as it doesn't have any spines on the leaf edges.  It is quite rare to see this form offered.  Overall, the plant is urn shaped and gets to a maximum height of about 30 inches, often less.  Leaves are green with a silver hue and often are variegated with darker green colors.  The leaves of this variety take on a prominent silver sheen on both sides.  The blossom is a stunning pink and long lived.  This spineless species likes filtered light in most areas but can take a bit of sun.  We just got in these plants and already two have sold.  I'm showing a blossom from the standard, spiny form.

 
Aechmea fasciata spineless form Aechmea fasciata spineless form Aechmea fasciata spineless form
Aechmea fasciata spineless form Aechmea fasciata spineless form Aechmea fasciata

 

BRAHEA CLARA - BLUE FAN PALM, COLD HARDY
HUGE 15G PLANTS JUST AVAILABLE
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
TOLERATES HUMIDITY BETTER THAN BRAHEA ARMATA
PHOTOS COMPARING THESE TWO BRAHEAS


Presentation of the Plants We Just Got In:  We just got in a good number of gorgeous and huge 15 gallon Brahea clara.  This palm 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. 

We only have about ten of these Brahea clara for sale - and in only this size presently.  

 

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

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
HUGE, FLOWERING 15 G PLANTS JUST IN
MAYBE TWO SPECIES, SEE BELOW


Description of Sabal minor:  Sabal minor is a dwarf species of fan palm from the southern United States and is commonly found in the state of Texas.  It rarely gets foliage overhead with an average height of four to seven feet.  It has a long petiole and a small leaf.  The blossom produces an ample supply of small black seeds and juts upward into or above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a that is not overhead.  It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F. 

The Big 15g Plants we just got in - Maybe two different species:  Yesterday we got in a handful of mature, flowering 15g plants.  At a glance you'd think they were both the same - Sabal minor.  But, on closer inspection we found that several were taller but apparently the same age.  They also had bigger leaves and more silver color to the leaves.  The flowers were similar, jutting up to the tops of the leaves.  So, perhaps we have two different dwarf Sabals, both flowering in a 15g pot.  Could they be Sabal minor (the green ones) and Sabal etonia (the larger ones)?  We can't be sure and recontacted the grower.  He didn't really remember the seed source or exact history of the plants.  But, there's no question that both of these are dwarf Sabal species.  We were told that the ages from germination were about 15 years.   In any case, these are for sale.  The last two pictures are of Sabal minor in a garden and in fruit.


Sabal minor Sabal minor  Sabal minor
Sabal minor  Sabal minor  Sabal minor 
Sabal minor  Sabal minor  Sabal minor 
 

 

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 
 

 

FRIDAY, 14 APRIL, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES
NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE 

For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The 1.5 gallon plants here are 3 to 4 years old.  I have very limited numbers for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 G SIZE $115
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE $85

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  These would be simple to mail order.

Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

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.  Also, be aware that soon we'll no longer be able to get these.  They are a summr bloomer.

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

 

TILLNDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH
SOME MOUNTED - SOME NOT
AND READY FOR TREE TRUNKS OR HANGING
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!
GOING INTO BLOSSOM RIGHT NOW!


These New World epiphytic plants are great fun.  They are one of the many genera of Bromeliads.  Native to regions stretching from the Southern US down to South America, these plants attach to tree trunks, branches, posts, fences or anything they can find.  Most do not live in the ground.  They live off of natural rainfall or humidity and are not harmful to the hosting plant/tree.  All will flower.  Flower color depends on the species.  These flowers appear in spring-summer.  We have perhaps six to eight varieties.  Most growers divide plants into single plants and sell them one at a time.  We are offering bunches of many plants together.  Some bunches are a decade old.  You can put them on a piece of bark, wood or whatever you want.  We have both un-mounted and mounted on wood plants.  They are easy to care for outside.  Of note, they are not super expensive but are not cheap.  This is because they are so old.

The first two rows show the medium sizes.  The last row shows large.

REGULAR PRICE CLUSTER MEDIUM, $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER MEDIUM $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $50


PLANTS MOUNTED ON WOOD ARE $10 MORE PER PLANT THAN UNMOUNTED CLUSTERS.

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Weather permitting, I can ship these but they take a good sized box sometimes, especially if mounted. 

Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters tILLANDSIA CLUSTER 
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia cluster  Tillandsia clusters 

 

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 CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM
A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
DOES BEST IN LESS THAN FULL SUN
GETS TO SIX FEET TALL

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abreviation 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.

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum


CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF
DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are 1 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

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

Just mention this special when you buy.  I thank TS at RPS for usage of his photo below.
 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa 

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This is a super popular variety of ginger that blossoms in the summer.  Blossoms are white with yellow and red throats.  Mature height of these plants is six to seven feet.  The leaves are prominently variegated with lighter green and yellow.  Blossoms are long lived but not fragrant.  Blossoms occur during the summer.  I think they do best in part day sun although right on the coast folks grow them in full sun.  Cold tolerance is one of the better for ginger, probably the mid-twenties F.  The last photo shows our 15g size of the green form of this species which is not on sale right now.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger

 

MULE PALMS
BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)
MASSIVE 24 IN BOX SPECIMENS
MEDIUM HEIGHT - SUPER COLD HARDY!

Recently we got in a nice collection of massive 24 inch Mule Palms.  For those who don't know, this amazing hybrid doesn't look like either parent.  To make the Mule Palm, the seed bearing parent has to be the Butia capitata.  The pollen donor is the Queen Palm.  The reverse doesn't produce a palm anything close to the Mule Palm.  

They are remarkable because they are supper attractive.  Some say they have a resemblance to a Coconut.  They also usually just get to 25 feet - compared to the 60 foot height of the Queen.  And, they are very cold hardy - down to about 16 degrees.  I've got a customer in Tucson, AZ that can't grow Queen Palms b/c they freeze in the winter.  Our Mule Palms thrive there.  This hybrid tolerates desert sun.  And, they don't make any fruit to mess up your pool!  This is why they are called the "Mule" Palm.  What a combination of good qualities!

The plants we have are 12 feet tall with one foot thick bases.  They are lush and gorgeous.  We can deliver them to you as they are really too big for a smaller pickup truck.  They will not last long.  If the qualities I mentioned above appeal to you, consider getting one or more while we have them.

Mule Palms Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule palm Mule palm

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 $25

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 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST DESCRIBED SPECIES KING PALM FAMILY
FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Common Name(s):  Walsh River Palm
Native Locality:  In the Atherton Tableland, south and west of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.  Elevation there is 3500 feet. 
Overall Height:  In habitat up to 70 or 80 feet 
Trunk Diameter:  Thicker than all the other species, up to 18 inches.   Some swelling at base.
Leaf Length:  10 to 12 feet, upright, slightly twisted.  The petiole is very short, i.e. leaflets start near the trunk.
Leaflets:  Minimally silver underneath (other species more prominent) and no ramenta
Crown Shaft Color:  Green with hints of yellow or blue    
Presence of Ramenta:  Absent
Flower Color:  Creamy-white in color.  Note that this species has the largest flowers of any Archontophoenix
Other Comments:  Probably the largest species of the family.  It has upright, rigid leaves (not arched) and a thick trunk.   Good growing palm for sun and with cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F.

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

Mention this special when you purchase for your discount.  For the specimen plants below I wish to thank L.N. and P.D. 

Archontophoenix maxima ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA  Archontophoenix maxima 
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima UNKNOWN AUTHOR ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA PD  ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA 

 

PHOENIX LOUREIROI VARIETY HANCEANA
MOUNTAIN DATE PALM
SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZE
ALTERNATIVE TO LARGE CANARY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Shown here are some 5g plants of seeds that were labeled "Phoenix loureiroi variety hanceana".  There's always been confusion on naming this particular palm.  But, there are two varieties of P. loureiroi.  The variety discussed here and shown is Phoenix loureiroi variety loueiroi and this one is synonymous with hanceana.  It is a medium height, single trunk, armed pinnate palm from various regions in Asia.  Habitat stretches from central Asia down to the Philippines.  Mature height is variable but usually under twenty feet.  The specimen shown in Balboa Park, San Diego below is 20 years old and ten feet tall.  It's a sun species with a cold tolerance to at least the low 20's F.

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

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Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana 
Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii  Phoenix loureirii 
Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana 
 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
FAST GROWING - CENTRAL AFRICAN
HUGE PLANTS IN SMALLER ONE GALLON POT
GREAT BUY!
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS!

This species from Zimbabwe, Africa, and has similar species from local habitats.  For this reason, in the past, plants were considered to be part of the "Manikensis Complex".  Others put into this group later became species such as E. gratus, E. chimanimaniensis, concinus, bandula, etc.  Now most are recognized as legitimate species.
Encephalartos manikensis is a medium sized cycad.  Trunks can get up to three or even five feet tall.  Clustering does occur.  Leaves are about six feet long, leaflets one inch wide.  Leaves are held upright at about a 45 degree angle.  

As it is most Central African cycads, one will find that it does better with humidity than some of the South African species but is still quite as cold hardy.  It will tolerate a freeze and can usually take temperatures down into the mid-twenties.  Along the coast, full sun is tolerated well.  In desert areas, filtered light would be best.

These one gallons are huge - about the size of a nice 5g or even a small 15g.  Caudexes are two to three inches wide and leaves come up to your abdomen or chest.  They'd be cheap to ship because they're in one gallon pots.  Limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $79

Remember:  Mention this special.   

 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It usually does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited number of trunks.  Sometimes plants remain single trunk.  The crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

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

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 

 Dypsis lanceolata dYPSIS LANCEOLATA BAND Dypsis lanceolata 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
 

WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL, 2017

 

COCCOTHRINAX CRINITA
THE OLD MAN PALM
UNIQUELY INTERESTING FAN PALM WITH SCRAGGLY BEARD
JUST IN - 12 YEAR OLD 15G PLANTS
LOCALLY GROWN - NEVER AVAILABLE!


Coccothrinax crinita is native to Cuba and has two varieties - which depends on the length of fibers on the trunk.  And, fortunately for many present time professional baseball players, scraggly beards are in fashion so this palm is perfect!  I say this because the trunk of this species looks like a beard that's not been cared for its entire life.  The trunk is covered with dangling tan fibers that give it its common name.  Leaves are green and a bit silver underneath as shown here.

But, this palm is super slow growing.  At least I can say this is so in our hands in California.  Perhaps its faster growing in tropical areas, but not here.  It's near impossible for a nurseryman to provide the size of the 15g plants shown here.  They have 12 to 18 inches of trunk and are over ten years old.  Lois Rosten (now deceased) had a nice one in her front yard with three feet of trunk.  This took here twenty-five years!  This palms likes sun, heat and can take a freeze.  Presently, I only have about six available and got them in yesterday.  One sold on arrival.  I can mail order this size.  Mature height is about fifteen feet maximum.

Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm
Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm
Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm Coccothrinax crinita, the Old Man Palm
Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita trunk Coccothrinax crinita

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
ELEPHANT EAR PLANTS
FOUR TYPES SHOWN HERE
LUSH, EXOTIC, QUICK TROPICAL LOOK


Alocasia are a type of suckering tropical plant that many know as the "Elephant Ear Plant".  Most that one will see commercially are hybrids that have no native home.  With this said, natural species are typically found in the Old World and Asia.  The main differences between these plants are the overall height, the size of the leaves, the aggressiveness of growth, coloring and cold tolerance.  I am showing you here four hybrid varieties, each with their own charm.  Figure that they are not for full sun unless you are told otherwise.  But, the first variety can take full coastal sun.

1.  Row 1 and 2:  Alocaia "Cal - Odora", a dwarf species.  It rarely gets over five feet and has leaves that are typically under 12 inches wide.  Leaf color is green.  People like this one b/c of its dwarf size.
2.  Row 3:  Alocasia Calidora, a bigger species that will form significant trunks and has a larger leaf.  Color is green.  Leaves can get three feet long.
3.  Row 4:  Alocasia portoro, an attractive hybrid with an arrowhead shaped leaf and prominent leaf veins.  It can get to about six feet or a bit more.
4.  Row 5:  Alocasia species "black stem", a super attractive and charming species with black stems, silver to the back of the leaves and a medium height to five feet.  But, it's not as cold hardy as those above.

We presently have all of these available with some in limited numbers.  Also, from time, we get very exotic natural species that tend to be smaller and are quite stunning.

Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Calidora Alocasia Calidora Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
GORGEOUS LARGE PALM FROM NORTHERN THAILAND
OVERSIZED 15G AND 25G AVAILABLE

We've been selling this spectacular palm since its introduction to the market about three decades ago.  In habitat it lives in moist but elevated mountain forests in northern Thailand.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F and takes direct sun.  Mature heights reach thirty to thirty-five feet with a very thick and wide base.  It needs room in the garden.  Leaflets are more rounded than Caryota urens.  I think it's also more attractive than Caryota urens, but everyone has their own favorite.  Leaves are up to fourteen feet long and twelve to fourteen feet wide.  We have just replenished our supply of huge 15g and 25g - although both are in limited numbers.

Row 1 & 2:  15 gallon size
Row 3:  25g size
Row 4:  Specimens in gardens

Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND
FILTERED LIGHT PLANT - SHORTER STATURE

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of 7G size.  I never have too many for sale and am down to only a handful of 7g plants.  These plants like filtered light, get to about five or six feet tall, and are one of the only plants you'll find that provide truely blue blossoms.  It needs warmer coastal temperatures and probably won't take a hard freeze. 

Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
MATURE HEIGHT A BIT OVER TWENTY FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 5G SIZE


This single trunk, sun loving pinnate palm from southern  Madagascar gets to a height of about twenty feet or a bit more, likes full, hot sun and is cold tolerant to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are recently acquired huge 5g size.  We do have many sizes for sale including large 1 gallon, 15g and a few larger 25g.  Maximum height of this species is 20 to 25 feet.  Growth rate is medium.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $59


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this special price. 

 
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK PALM
UPRIGHT LEAVES

FROM NEW CALEDONIA

Shown here is a gorgeous example of one of the more beautiful of the New Caledonian palms.  Cyphophoenix nucele is from Lifou Island, gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and takes strong filtered light or part day sun in most coastal areas.  It has a thin trunk with lots of silver color.  Leaves tend to but upright as opposed to C. elegans where the leaves are more arched.  The last three pictures are from the late Mardi Darian's garden in Vista, CA.  You'll notice how healthy it looks in strong filtered light.  We also have 5g plants.  I'd estimate the cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Very limited numbers are available.  This 15g size can be shipped or delivered if needed.  The 15g shown here was grown from seed and is about eight years old.

Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


It is actually difficult to find this sun loving blue succulent for sale.  It is native to Mexico and felt to be the tallest Agave type of plant.  It gets to a height of typically under ten feet, has a fairly narrow trunk and fleshy, thick and peculiar shaped blue leaves.  Shown here are our band sized plants on special.  And, I'm showing a mature garden specimen taken by an unknown author.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  BTW, these are second generation plants from 'bulbils" from a customer's mature and fruiting plant.  They are easy to grow but growth rate is rather slow.  The bands on special are huge compared to market plants in the band size.  They are five years old.  Larger plants tend to be quite expensive if you can find them.  We do have 5g and 15g sizes.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Please mention this Blog only special to get this price.  These are simple to ship right to your door.

Fucrea macdouglii FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII furcraea macdougalii TS at RPS

 

PTYCHOSPERMA SCHEFFERI
SOLITARY TRUNK OR CAN SUCKER
MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is native to New Guinea like many Ptychosperma.  It can be single trunk or a suckering palm - there are two forms.  I am not sure which this one will do.  Trunks are thin and mature height is 20 feet or less.  Leaves are pinnate but leaflets are close set giving the appearance of a solid leaf.  But, as shown here, juvenile foliage can be simple.  I'd recommend filtered light or a bit of sun.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for this price.
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
GORGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
CURVED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Among staff members at our nursery, this is one of the favorites of all the cycads we grow.  Encephalartos longifolius is native to South Africa.  There are habitat populations with both green and blue leaves.  Both varieties are very desirable.  A nice thing about this species is that it gives a larger and faster growing blue cycad when compared to blue species like Encephalartos lehmannii and horridus.  Leave have a nice curve downwards as shown in some photos here.  It would not be unusual to get a plant with several feet of trunk in two to three decades.  Width of the crown is larger than lehmannii, usually six to seven feet.  E. lehmannii is more petite in comparison.  The bands on this special are about 2.5 years old with three to four leaves.  They can be easily shipped.  This species prefers full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $55


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

Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue cycad friends
Photo c/o Cycad Friends website
Encephalartos longifolius blue
15g at nursery
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Large double at nursery

Encephalartos longifolius blue
Close up leaves garden plant
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Another 15g at nursery
Encephalartos longifolius blue

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL BAND SIZE


This single trunk, non-crown shafted pinnate palm is native to Lord Howe Island.  It is known for it's tropical appearance, lush green leaves and slow growth.  It is a great coastal palm for the garden and also an ideal interior palm.  It reaches a mature height of about 35 feet in the garden and tolerates full sun or filtered light along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  The bands on special are about 2 years old.  They are easy and affordable to ship in their containers - either one or four.  I'd recommend repotting these this spring into a larger pot.  As a houseplant, because of their slow growth, one can anticipate years of enjoyment before they get too tall.  I'm putting the small bands on special with a really good price for four of them - which are cheap to ship in one box.

REGULAR PRICE SMALL BAND $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $25
OR, FOUR FOR $80

Just mention this Special for your discount.  The container size for these is about 5 inches tall.  These could benefit from a repot once purchased.
 
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea f. to the left - photo taken looking out of my
office window
 
Howea forsteriana 

 

SATURDAY, 8 APRIL, 2017

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF SPECIES - RARELY OVER FIVE FEET
FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NEAR MATURE SIZE NOW!
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 7G PLANTS

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

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Also, note we have very limited numbers of this size.
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Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 



PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
LARGE, COCONUT APPEARING PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This rare and nearly extinct species from Bolivia in South America is a single trunk pinnate palm that gets to about forty feet height with a twelve to eighteen inches in trunk diameter.  In its natural habitat high in the Andes Mountains, it sees a fair amount of cold weather.  In domestic gardens, reports of this species tolerating temperatures into the teens have surfaced.  Seeds are huge in size, expensive and germination is sporadic.  In most areas, this species tolerates full sun.  In the desert, part sun is probably better.  Give it plenty of room to grow - it is a large tree.  Many think it resembles the Coconut Palm, thus the common name.  The 5g on special are very nicely sized.  I'm also showing a 25 gallon plant below that is not on sale right now.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $65

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  My thanks to Gaston Torres and Andrew Henderson for usage of their photos below.

 
 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 

 

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

But, you must mention this Ten Day Special to get this price.

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

 


LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

CHINISE 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

Remember, mention this Special for this price!

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

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS

TEN DAY SPECIAL CHUNKY 15G PLANT

Trachyarpus 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.   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.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. 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.  Shown here are two nicely size nursery plants that are in 15g size and are representative this size size at the nursery. 

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

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
     

 

RHIPSALIS SPECIES
HANGING BASKET
BLOSSOMS IN SPRING
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I have had Rhipsalis in the past at the nursery but am not an expert on this genus.  This is a different one.  It appears to be similar to the "Mistletoe" Rhipsalis although I am not sure.  These are large plants in baskets. They hang down a foot or two.  They will have cream colored blossoms in the spring. Leaves have tubular type of leaf sections that divide, giving a fullness to the plant.  I only have a few of these for hanging outdoors in filtered light or a little sun.

REGULAR PRICE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30

Mention this Special for your discount.

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Rhipsalis species    

 

BLACK MONDO GRASS
ALSO SILVER AND GREEEN
GREAT GROUND COVER
TYPES OF OPHIOPOGON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

I have customers in all the time who are looking for an attractive yet small type of ground cover other than Ice Plant.  We carry several types of plants that would fit this bill.  But, one of the "Cadillacs" of ground covers is the Mondo Grass.  I am featuring here the Black Mondo Grass although we also have silver and the more commonly seen green form.  The Black Mondo Grass only gets about twelve inches tall and does not run.  It forms a well defined and small clump.  It's perfect along a walkway.  It wants to get some sun and is fairly cold hardy.  Full sun along the coast is ideal.  A mature clump will only get about 18 inches wide.  Note that these put out small purple flowers.  The specials are for the 1 gallon sizes.  On the garden photos below you'll note all are the green variety.  This is because this is the most common type available.  Black is quite hard to find.  Silver is near impossible to find.  The last photo shows a large form of the green variety.

REGULAR PRICE BLACK AND SILVER MONDO $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $17.50
REGULAR PRICE GREEN MONDO GRASS $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL GREEN MONDO $15

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.

Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens
Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Mondo grasses various
Mondo grass Mondo grass Mondo Grass
Mondo Grass Mondo Grass Mondo Grass

 

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.  The last photo taken by GCIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Garden photo c/o K.G.III.
 

AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant
 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asperigus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
myeri

LIVISTONA NITIDA
TALL PALM WITH THINNER TRUNK
NATIVE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
FAIRLY QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is a fan palm that is native to Queensland.  We've found it to be quick growing.  It'll attain a mature height of 60 feet or more.  Trunk diameter is about 12 to 18 inches.  Its leaf stems are armed as shown here.  It prefers full sun, even in desert areas.  I've read reports of it tolerating snow in Georgia.  I'd estimate cold tolerance to be at least 20 degrees F.  The 5g on Special are nice size and ready for repot or planting in the garden.  When mature, the leaflets droop downwards.  This species was previously known as "Carnavon Gorge".  Habitat photo c/o M.C. in Australia.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your blog only discount.  These would be easy to ship.
 

Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida 
Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida  Livistona nitida by Mike Crisp, PACSOA 

 

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 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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
VERY BEAUTIFUL BUT NOT THE MOST COLD HARDY KING
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE MULTI'S IN 1 GALLON

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  For types of King Palms, this species is stated to have the thickest trunk.  I don't think I agree with this and feel A. maxima is thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more.   The crown shaft is a bit bulging.  Below are some comments I'd like to make on this species.  I'm doing this because so few people really know much about the Purple King:

1.  It is NOT the most cold hardy of the King Palm group.  25 degrees F. will definitely burn it and lower temps will kill it.  Two decades ago people said it was the most cold hardy.  This is not true.
2.  The degree of purple color you see in the crown shaft is quite variable.  If you see a picture of one with an intense purple color like on grape candy, it is probably "photo-shopped".  Only once have I seen anything like this where the color is brilliantly purple.  Expect a light purple or reddish hue, which is much more common.  Sometimes they are more green than any other color.  And, you won't see the purple color when they are juvenile.  They have to have some trunk height before it can be seen.  So, when you buy one you just have to wait for the color.
3.  A good way to recognize this species as a juvenile nursery plant is from the yellowish color to the stem and petiole.  (see photos).  Also, the underside of the leaves are intensely silver as shown here.  The crown shaft is green on young plants.
4.  There are only two species of King Palms which have ramenta (small hair-like fibers) on the underside of the leaflets.  These are the A. cunninghamiana and A. purpurea.  So, check the underside of the leaves.  If you see ramenta and they are silver, you are looking at an A. purpurea.  

The plants on special here have just become available for sale and are huge 1 gallon plants.  Most are multiples (2 or 3 plants). 

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 1 GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE IN 1G $35


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Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g
Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea 1g Archontophoenix purpurea 1g

 

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 $27.50

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

 

THURSDAY, 6 APRIL, 2016

 

FAN PALMS
THEY ALL JUST LOOK LIKE MEXICAN FAN PALMS, CORRECT?
I DON'T THINK SO.

All photos here are of fan palms.  They were taken in the wild, in botanical gardens or at the nursery.  But, all are of fan palms of one species or another.  I've not labeled them because I'm presenting them as a group.  From a structure point of view, a fan palm is a palm where all the segments (or leaflets) radiate from one central area.  These can form a whole circle of leaflets, a half circle, or less.  Compare this to a pinnate palm where leaflets come off a central leaf stalk.  I.e., leaflets protrude laterally from a central stem, typically to either side.

Over the years I have heard people say hundreds of time things like "I don't like fan palms; they all look like Mexican Fans".  Or, "Fan palms look like "desert palms".  Or, "Fan palms are so boring; I like normal palms".  If you were like me and had studied palms for almost forty years, what would you say to such comments?  I usually just say something like "I understand" and show them typical pinnate palms.  But, I am aware that nothing could be further from the truth.

There are such exotic fan palms of all types, shapes, sizes, color and textures.  I've tried to demonstrate their varied appearance here.  Fan palms comes from all corners of the world.  Some are large trees, others tiny.  Some species are for shade only.  Some have silver undersides.  And, others are almost white in color. 

And, fan palms add a different look and dimension to the garden.  A garden composed of only pinnate palms like King Palms is quite boring.  One has to mix fans into a garden to add diversity and interest.  I hope you can see with these photos how you could do this.


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Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
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Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Serenoa licuala ramsayi
copernicia macrogossas kerriodoxa Licuala species
Fan Palm licuala ramsayi variegated rhapis

 

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COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA
VERY POPULAR FAN PALM
CUTE MEDIUM SIZED SUN PALM


This is a rather thin trunked fan palm native to Cuba.  It attains a height of typically twenty to thirty feet, rarely taller.  Below the crown of leaves is an attractive pattern of meshed and woven fibers.  The middle and base of the trunk are usually woody.  You will note the the leaves are prominently divided into thin, long leaf segments.  These leaves are held by a prominent petiole.  The dorsal color of the leaves is typically green with a blue-green or sometimes silver color below.  This species likes sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F. 

In general, all Coccothrinax are slow growing plants.  This is especially true in container grown plants.  In the ground they are quicker growing.  Shown here is a one gallon Coccothirnax miraguama.  Of note, there are several varieties of C. miraguama, but I won't get into this here.  Shown are C. miraguama in domestic plantings. For the garden, Coccothrinax are nice species to grow because they take sun and heat and don't take up too much room.  As you can see, the crowns of leaves are not large.  And, they are strikingly different than anything else you'd be growing.  We have various species of this genus for sale in a variety of species. 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA
COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA
COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA

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

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE, FULL 15G SIZE
FANTASTIC DEAL - NEAR INTERIOR QUALITY

We just got in about an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special.  Have you ever wondered why you hardly ever see Rhapis on sale?  It's because they are super slow growing.  The plants shown here are eight, maybe ten years old.  Therefore, growers have little motivation to sell them cheap.  The plants shown here are nice enough for a bank or hotel lobby, a professional office or even your living room. 

Rhapis excelsa
is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  The plants on special here are 15g size, very full with lots of canes.  They won't last long.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $285

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Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa


NEROGELIA -
RED SPECKLED
RED AND GREEN COLORED BROMELIAD
GREAT PART DAY SUN COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

These attractive Bromeliads offer a nice speckled combination of red and green and are easy to grow.  Our nursery is close to the Ocean and we grow them in full sun.  If you are inland, try part day sun.  They pup freely and are low maintenance.  They'll take temperatures into the upper 20's F. if you give them the right care.

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

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NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED    


HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
BULGING TRUNK ABOVE THE GROUND!
MUCH BETTER FOR CO CAL THAN THE BOTTLE PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

If you live in Southern California, the chances are 99% that a Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) will die in your garden.  They don't tolerate our winter's cold.  If you live along the coast, the chances are 75% that you can successfully grow the Spindle Palm.  Plain and simple.  You might ask why a certain depot type store only sells the Bottle Palm.  It's because the Spindle Palm can't be imported into CA from Florida because of lethal yellow disease.  So, one has to grow them from seeds here in California. And, that takes a long time.  But, that's exactly what we'd done.  So, we can offer you a Hyophorbe with a bulging trunk that you CAN grow and is on sale!

And, the Spindle Palm is easier to grow, gets taller and has a cigar shaped trunk that is super cool.  Mature height in 25 years is about 15 feet.  Peak height is about 20 feet in many decades.  The mature plants below are very old.  This species loves sun.  Cold hardiness is just below a freeze.  The five gallon size shown here are fantastic - very large for their pots with heights of 3 to 4 feet size.  They are ready for a 15g pot.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase


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Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

Back in the year 2000, I was the President of the International Palm Society.  One of my goals at the time was to break the monotony of Biennial meetings always being held in the United States.  I found them to be repetitious and sort of boring.  Certainly, no one at the time would have called them exciting meetings.   With this in mind, I set up the 1998 Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens.  That was a first.  And, to outdo that meeting, I arranged with the Palm Society of New Caledonia to have to 2000 Biennial in their country.  The palms of New Caledonia are some of the most exciting and pretties palms of the world.

This gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here are plants that we germinated about 8 years ago.  They are finally really nice 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $175


We only have a few of these, so don't dally.  It's a fabulous addition to any garden.  Mention this Special.
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Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis 
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

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


SUNDAY, 2 APRIL, 2017

 

BROMELIADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
VERSATILE, EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANTS
VAST ASSORTMENT TO SELECT FROM

Bromeliads are a type of plant, typically small in size, that are simple to grow and make great companion plants in the garden.  They are very versatile and, because most species grow epiphytically, can be used on poles, posts, fences, mounted to trees or simply grown in the ground among other plants.  Almost all species blossom once a year and the blossoms are long lived.  Blossoms appear in almost every color imaginable, anything from the rainbow.  Plants propagate by basal suckers and only really need care once a year when old plants are removed from the cluster.

Photographs here show plants that are attached to posts, mounted in trees and are used in water features.  There are some species that can get  up to five or six feet tall and are quite spectacular.  If one wishes, he can just put the bromeliad, with it's container, right into the ground. Some species tolerate full sun and many love filtered light and blossom well in such light.  

Although we are not a "bromeliad only" nursery, we typically have a great supply of the most desirable types available for sale.  We emphasize beauty and color in our Bromeliads rather than rarity.  We consider one of our specialties our ability to offer a great selection of interesting and colorful companion plants.  

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Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads landscape

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ENCEPHALARTOS SEEDLINGS
IN BANDS AND ONE GALLON
WHAT'S AVAILABLE WITH SOME SUPER RARE SPECIES
SOME IN LIMITED NUMBERS
EASY TO SHIP!

This post is not meant to educate you about Encephalartos.  Rather, it's merely a presentation of some of the smaller sizes of this genus that we have available.   The availability of these species changes over time.  We got these examples by cruising around the nursery and pulling plants for photos.  You'll note some are quite old for their container - maybe five to six years old.  Some are new seedlings.  So, shown here is what we found.  We did miss a few so the list available is probably greater than shown with pictures.  But, this is what we photographed.  All of these plants would be easy to ship.  But, we cannot ship them out of the country.  Just call us and we'll give you the best prices we can.  We've been around for a long time and I guarantee you we have the best selection of rare cycads in all sizes anywhere in the U.S.

Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos aplanatus
Encephalartos aplanatus
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos chimanimaniensis
Encephalartos chimanimaniensis
Encephalartos concinus
Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox curley leaf
Encephalartos ferox
curley leaf
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius
blue
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius
blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius x horridus
Encephalartos longifolius x horridus
Encephalartos manikensis 
Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos middelburgensis 
Encephalartos middelburgensis
Encephalartos msinganus 
Encephalartos msinganus
Encephalartos munchii 
Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos natalensis 
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis x arenarius
Encephalartos natalensis x arenarius
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos nubimontanus 
Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos pterogonus 
Encephalartos pterogonus
Encephalartos senticosus 
Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos tagulaneus 
Encephalartos tagulaneus
Encephalartos transvenosus 
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos trispinosus 
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos turneri 
Encephalartos turneri
Encephalartos umbeluziensis 
Encephalartos umbeluziensis
Encephalartos whitelockii 
Encephalartos whitelockii
cycad seedlings
One of forty tables of cycad seedlings
cycad table
Two more cycad tables

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
MADAGASCAR XEROPHYTIC PALM
SUPER RARE - THREATENED
BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE
 
This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge radicle is produced.  It resembles a cycad more than a palm.  It is like a huge carrot attached to the seed.  This root and subsequent roots are good size and very long, showing how this species adaptation to search for deep water in its natural habitat.  I am suspicious that these roots may also retain water for emergency purposes.  This species does tolerate drought but responds to watering.  It is extremely slow growing.  Expect a mature height of twenty feet and a cold tolerance of at lest 25 degrees F.

Shown below are containerized one gallon plants of
 Ravenea xerophila.  I've also shown one photo of a 15g plant.  Believe it or not, these 1g plants are already three to four years old.  The 15 gallon shown takes 8 years to produce.  Everyone who grows this species comments that 1) it is very slow and 2) it is typically blue, or a blue-green in color.   One final comment:  I think, that within a year or two, no nursery will offer this species in the U.S. and seeds will not come off the island of Madagascar.   

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


But, you must mention this Special when you purchase!

 
 
Ravenea xerophila  rAVENEA XEROPHILA  
Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila 
Ravenea xerophila  rAVENEA XEROPHILA
This row of photos shows garden plants
Ravenea xerophila 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM
TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Over our 40 year existence, I'd estimate that the nursery has sold several thousand of this very popular dwarf palm.  Typically we recommend putting in a small colony of them.  They look great like this and will get staggered heights.  Most garden plants are not over 3 to 4 feet tall.  The first two rows of photos show our one gallon size on sale.  The last row shows older photos of either five gallon size or one of a 30 year clumps that are mature and flowering.  We've found this species to look best when planted as a small colony of three to five plants.  A name sometimes used for this species is the "Whale Tail Palm".  This species likes shade and has simple, non-divided leaves as shown.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

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

These are easy to ship and four in one box is no problem.  Just remember to mention this Special for the reduced price when you purchase.

Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI 

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN
THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
YES, IT IS A MINIATURE AND STAYS SMALL!


I am really fond of this cute and dwarf type of Tree Fern native to an assortment of Pacific Islands stretching from Hawaii to the Asian Pacific.  The reason I like it is because it stays small over time.  To make this point, I am going to first shown you a 15g plant that we got from a private collection.  You'll see this plant in the first two rows of photos.  The third row shows a standard 5 gallon nursery plant.  You'll note that, in twenty years, three inches of trunk turns into two feet of trunk.  Now, that's either from super slow growth or genetics.  I think it's the latter.  The tallest specimen I've seen in a garden is about five feet tall overall.  Trunk diameter is four inches or less.  It likes filtered light and can take cold weather into the mid-twenties F or maybe a bit less.  We also have 1 gallon size for sale.  These are easy to mail order.  And, we have a new batch of five gallon plants arriving this week.

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.  My thanks to JD and Wikipedia or the garden photos below.
 

Sabal blackburniana  Sabal blackburniana  Sabal blackburniana 
Sabal blackburniana  Sabal blackburniana Wikipedia  Sabal blackburnianum by JD 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII
A HUGE CYCAD CROSSED WITH AN EXTINCT CYCAD
WILL MAKE POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE GREEN SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE OF THIS RARE HYBRID

This is one of the most rare and sought after hybrid cycads in the world.  Encephalartos woodii is extinct in the wild.  Only one original male plant is known to exist.  It is located in Durban Botanical Garden in South Africa.  Pups, over the years, have been removed.  Any plant in the world in any location came from this original male plant.  As we have no females, there has been intense work on using woodii pollen on other female Encephalartos cones.  Usually the female cone is Encephalartos natalensis.  But, the prettiest of all the hybrids is with E. transvenosus.  This is the cross I'm offering on sale here.

These are almost impossible to find!  We only have a few left.

It'll make a large cycad for sure.  I've seen pictures of E. transvenosus with over 20 feet of vertical trunk.  They look like a Canary Island Palm.  This cross will be quick growing, green in color and will have a huge crown of leaves.  Leaflets will be wide and have those noticeable wide barbs characteristic of E. woodii.  It'll take coastal full sun and tolerate down to about 22 degrees F.  The one gallon on special are three to four years old and very nice.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $95

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $75

Just remember - Mention this special for your discount.  The second and third rows of photos show a larger nursery plant and a botanical garden specimen of E. woodii.  
 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 

 

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.  On these sale plants, caudex sizes are one and a half to two and a half inches.

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   

 

FRIDAY, 31 MARCH, 2017

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES


This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  When I started with palms about forty years ago, enthusiasts frowned when I mentioned this species and said "unfortunately, Phil, you can't grow the Royal Palm here".  Well, I didn't buy that and instead had optimism over it's possibly doing well here.  And, exactly the latter has proven to be the case.  If you can grow a King Palm, there's a good chance you can grow a Royal Palm.

There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.  Natives to Florida are chagrined with the fact that "Roystonea elata" was determined not be a unique Royal Palm native to Florida but rather at most a variety of Roystonea regia.  Compared to the South American Royal Palm, Roystonea regia's leaves hang down past (lower than) the midway point of the crown.  Roystonea oleracea's leaves stop at the "half moon" point and don't hang down near the trunk. 

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  We have a pretty good supply available.  I hope you like the photos I'm showing here.  Note how the base of the Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

 

CYCADS IN UPSCALE LANDSCAPE
A FEW PICTURES RIGHT ABOVE THE OCEAN
CYCADS IN POTS AND IN THE GROUND

A long term client of the nursery sent me three photographs of multiple cycads he had purchased from our nursery.  He planted them around  his pool.  This client is fortunate enough to have an oceanfront Southern CA property, hanging on the edge of a cliff right above the ocean.  Literally, the waves are about 200 feet below his property.  His cycads perform great in his locality.  Many of his plants are being grown in the ground but some are in decorative containers.  I just wanted to show you how architectural and beautiful cycads can look if presented and planted properly.  These plants are quite stunning.

Cycads in upscale landscape Cycads in upscale landscape Cycads in upscale landscape

  

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.  The habitat photo was taken by an unknown author c/o Palmpedia.

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

 

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 $55

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

   

 

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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

  


END OF CURRENT POSTS FOR MARCH - APRIL, 2017

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Photographs of Some of Our Cold Hardy Palms Below
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There are a lot more cold hardy palms available than shown here


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*  Save money shipping by the pallet OR delivery by truck
 Up to 50% less by the pallet or truck compared to shipping plants individually
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*  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
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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".   


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

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

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

seedlings jungle music Street 1 CYCADS AND PALMS
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seedlings seedlings CYCAD TABLE

 

 

MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

Many of you who have called us or received emails over the years have communicated with one of our staff.  But, you may know nothing about them.  So, we thought we'd post a webpage that shows who they are and mentions a few points.  Just click on the banner to the left to read about our staff.
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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.




phil 4
photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

       

ArchontophoenixArchontophoenix cunninghamiana


Bismarckia
Bismarckia nobilis

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row

 

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