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

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

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

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

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

Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 

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 $185


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

Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis 
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

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 THESE HUGE 1 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $69

Remember:  Mention this special.  We'll be putting these into bigger containers (for those that don't sell) after this offering, so don't miss out as they are cheap to ship.   

 
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 Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

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.  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.

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

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
LIMITED NUMBER OLD SUCKERING 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to offer some very nice 5g plants as shown below.  I'd estimate their age at 7 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

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

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


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


Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
15 gallon size
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAF
SINGLE TRUNK - GORGOUS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a super popular single trunk, pinnate palm from New Caledonia.  It is known as the Flame Thrower Palm because of its newly emerging red leaf.  This color lasts for two to three weeks and ranges in color from a dark burgundy to a pinkish-red.  Mature height is about 25 to 30 feet with a thin to medium girth trunk that has a long green crown shaft. Sometimes you'll see marbling of the trunk - known as the watermelon trait.  There is also a blond crown shaft form called Chamberyonia hookeri.  Growth rate is slow with most plants making two leaves a year.  It tolerates full sun right on the coast.  Far inland, people give it filtered light or morning sun.  Cold hardiness is about 23 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $32.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price.  These are easy to mail order.

 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia m band Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TALL TRUNKING FORM
LOOK BEST IN SMALL COLONIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BANDS


There are two forms of Chamaedorea radicalis:  The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to Mexico.  The trunking form is what I'm putting on special presently.  It has a thin trunk with rings, gets way overhead and tolerates coastal sun.  The last photo shows how big a 5g can get.  These are fast growing and have a cold hardiness perhaps into the upper teens F.  They look best with several growing size by side.  The bands on sale have two or three plants per pot.  This is a good buy.

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

Please mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount


Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form

 




   
               SATURDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER, 2018

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS


USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON 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  gallon plants on special as well as some garden plants.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

VARIEGATED CARYOTA MITIS
WHITE/YELLOW ON GREEN LEAVES
SUPER RARE - HARD TO FIND

YOUNG SEEDLINGS OFFERED ON TEN DAY SALE!


About a year ago out of HI I received seeds of variegated Caryota mitis.  They germinated well and are now two leaves.  Surprisingly, all have shown variegation.  The mother plant, of course, was a variegated specimen.  The variegation pattern on each plant is different - no two are exactly the same.  The photos show this to some degree.  The last photo from Palmpedia shows a close up of the variegation of this species.  Although these are not so big, they are super rare.  This is the first time we've ever offered them.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SEEDLING $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

Variegated Caryota mitis seedllings Variegated Caryota mitis seedllings Variegated Caryota mitis seedllings
Variegated Caryota mitis seedllings Variegated Caryota mitis seedllings Variegated Caryota mitis Palmpedia

 

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.  Also, we are down to our last plants, so be quick to order or they might be gone.

 
 
Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila   
Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila 
Ravenea xerophila  RAVENEA XEROPHILA  Ravenea xerophila 

 

ASSORTED PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
THE HAWAIIAN PALM

OLD AND NICE SPECIMENS IN LARGER POTS
MULTIPLE SPECIES AVAILABLE


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 three different species that are representative of this genus.  all are between ten and fifteen years old and in 25 gallon pots or 24 inch boxes.  All have some degree of trunk.  On pair are over 14 feet tall in their pots. We have a pretty good supply of such large specimen Pritchardiuas.  Almost 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.  We have about eight different species of Pritchardia in these sizes.

Pritchardia species large green flat leaf Pritchardia species large green flat leaf Pritchardia species large green flat leaf
Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia species
Pritchardia sapecies Pritchardia sapecies Pritchardia sapecies

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA - MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM


TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is a great cold hardy plant, being able to tolerate temperatures down into the mid-teens F.  It is hard to find this cultivar of the True Date Palm.  This is the one that gets blue and makes the best tasting dates.  The plants I'm offering on special were grown in a greenhouse so they are not showing that blue color yet.  But, they will when given direct sun and heat.  Remember, you need a male and female to get dates and the female bears the fruit. 

These are nice 5g plants about three to four feet tall.  They demand full sun, can get up to 40 feet tall and inherently can sucker.  One would remove the suckers if he wants a single trunk.

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

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount. The fifth and six figures are stock photos to demonstrate the color.  They are not the plants on special today.  Of note, we only have limited numbers of these 5g plants available.  Don't dally.

Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
GREAT BARRIER ISLAND FORM
ROBUST GROWER - HUGE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


There is very little published on this rare form of Rhopalostylis sapida.  It is native to only a small island off the coast of North Island, New Zealand.  It is rarely available.  It is said to have a huge, thick crown shaft when mature, long leaves, wide leaflets and to be one of the most vigorous growing Rhopalostylis.  I am showing one photo c/o RPS below of a mature tree.  These can be mail ordered and would prefer part day sun in most areas.  If you are inland, do not put in full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Remember:  Mention this Special when purchasing. 
Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island
Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island RPS Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
ENDANGERED SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
THIS BATCH HAVE BLUE LEAVES
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE ROOTED OFFSETS BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS

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.  We have rooted out a number of large offsets from a blue mother plant.  They are gorgeous and well rooted.  This has taken them 18 months to root out and throw leaves.  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.  We have about six or eight of them for sale, various sizes.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE THESE OFFSETS - $130 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER

Remember:  Mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount. 

Encephalartos arenariius blue Encephalartos arenariius blue Encephalartos arenariius blue
Encephalartos arenariius blue Encephalartos arenariius blue Encephalartos arenariius blue

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
5G SIZE AVAILABLE

HANGING WHITE FLOWERS - LAST WEEKS!
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 $45

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

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 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

 

BEAUCARNEA RECURVATA
THE BOTTLE OR ELEPHANT FOOT EAR PALM


TAKES HOT SUN AND SIGNIFICANT COLD
GETS FAT AND SOMETIMES BIZARRE BASES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G SIZE


As many of you know, Beaucarnea recurvata is not a palm at all.  Native to Mexico, it is a member of the Asparagasea family.  It has strap green leaves atop a thinner trunk with a swollen and sometimes bizarre shaped base.  These bases get so fat and wide that I've seen pictures of a Jeep parked on them.  The are slow growing and mature height is usually ten to fifteen feet.  They like sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is reported to be into the upper teens F.  Cold weather may cause them to defoliate, but they usually come back.  We putting great sized 5g on sale.  The first five photos show the plants on sale.  After that are larger nursery specimens and a huge garden plant, photo c/o Floridata.  These 5g plants are a piece of cake to mail order.

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

Remember:  mention this special when you purchase to get this price.


 
Beaucarnea recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata
Beaucarnea recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata
Beaucarnea recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata Floridata Beaucarnea recurvata

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
POSSIBLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of Windmill Palm is always sought out by palm enthusiasts, especially those in colder areas.  This is because this species is felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus with reports of it easily tolerating temperatures into the single digits F.  This, of course, varies with the duration or cold and other conditions.  We try to keep up with having this species available.  Today I'm showing our 5g plants which we're putting on special.  We have limited supplies, so don't dally.  It tolerates coastal sun quite well and part sun far inland.  The last photo shows Rusty by a 15g which we occasionally have.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70


Just remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  I wish to thank Tobias Spanner and Martin Gibbons for their photo.  They not only discovered this species but were also the source of seeds for these plants.

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL

Trachycarpus takil by TS and MG
photo by TS and MG
Trachycarpus takil

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA BLUE
NICE 15 GALLONS WITH TRUNK


A TRUE "DR. SEUSS" PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20/25G SIZE
ONLY SEVERAL LEFT IN STOCK

For quite a few years we've been offering this blue variety of Agave attenuata in larger sizes.  We are finally down to just several plants and I'm putting them on special.  They have formed this narrow, three to four inch diameter trunk with a huge head of stiff blue-green leaves without a sharp point at the end.  The tips of the leaves are pliable and safe to the touch.  These plants are quite unique and attractive.  Obviously, they are quite old.  I've found that, if you remove the basal suckers, they seem not to go into blossom.  When this species blossoms, that blossoming trunk will die.  So, if you get some of these, trim off the suckers.  They take full coastal sun but in inland areas prefer part day sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $250

Mention this Blog Only Special for this price.  These are too big for shipping by the usual carriers.  But, by the pallet it is possible.

Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata



                 FRIDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER, 2018


LUSH TROPICAL ALOCASIA
AN AMAZING SELECTION OF UNUSUAL SPECIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
EXOTIC, RARE, VARIOUS HEIGHTS AND SO BEAUTIFUL

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ALL ALOCASIA BELOW

Alocasia are a rather large group of broad leaved suckering plants that are native to Asia and tropical areas of Australia.  Most produce rhizomes or tubers and produce suckers at the base of the primary plant.  All have exotic and broad leaves that come in an assortment of sizes and colors.  Most have prominent veins as shown below.  All are exotic and appealing.  There are about eighty natural species in the wild and even more hybrids.  Many plants below are hybrids developed for beauty.

Right now we have a great selection of unusual and hardly ever seen Alocasia.  Availability on these rare plants does change over time.  Sizes of the plants shown below vary from small 1 or 2 gallon pots to 15 gallon containers.  Regular prices range from $25 to $200, depending on size and species.  Many can be mail ordered but putting them in box could damage the fragile leaves.  There are some sun species below and some that are very cold hardy.  All like good draining soil and ample moisture on the roots.


TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF REGULAR PRICES ON ALL ALOCASIA SHOWN BELOW

Please inquire as to the sizes available and prices of any species below that you like.  Some may sell out abruptly and some cannot be restocked.

 

ALOCASIA CALIDORA
THE ELEPHANT EAR ALOCASIA
HYBRID FROM ASIA
UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES
GETS SIX TO TEN FEET TALL


This hybrid Alocasia has it's origin in Asia.  It is a strong grower and is almost always over six feet tall.  The leaves are diamond shaped, upright and green in color.  It does form a trunk and puts of suckers.  It also tolerates full coastal sun but would want some sun protection in far inland areas.  Leaf size can be four feet long by three feet wide.  It is sensitive to a severe frost but has been grown in Zone 8.  Below is a very similar dwarf species that is a miniature of the A. calidora.

Alocasia calidora Alocasia calidora Alocasia calidora
Alocasia calidora Alocasia calidora Alocasia calidora

 

DWARF ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
NEVER OVER THREE TO FOUR FEET TALL
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
THE IDEAL PLANT IF YOU WANT "SMALL"


This hybrid was developed to give a much smaller plant.  Otherwise, it's very similar to A. calidora above.  Leaves are green.  Leafs are rarely over 18 inches in size.  A mature clump is usually three to four feet tall.  It's a good growing species and is easy to grow in San Diego.  It tolerates full coastal sun here.  It has potential to burn with severe cold weather.

Alocasia cal-odora Alocasia cal-odora Alocasia cal-odora
Alocasia cal-odora  Alocasia cal-odora  Alocasia cal-odora
Alocasia cal-odora  Alocasia cal-odora   

 

ALOCASIA DARK STAR
SMALLER HYBRID VARIETY WITH DARK STEMS
VERY ATTRACTIVE
FAIRLY COLD HARDY

This hybrid variety is known for it's near black stems and dark veins on the leaves.  Leaf color is green, both sides.  Overall mature height is about three feet.  This plant will sucker and has been said to grow in Zone 9.  There are reports of it taking down to the upper teens F.  It is a hybrid of multiple other varieties.  It is said to tolerates full sun, but I'd probably recommend part day sun or less, especially if you are far inland.  Note how the leaves are slightly ruffled with irregular edges. 

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Alocasia dark star Alocasia dark star Alocasia dark star
Alocasia dark star Alocasia dark star  

 

ALOCASIA LUTEA
THE YELLOW GIANT TARO
YELLOW STEMS AND VEINS
GOOD SIZED - TAKES SUN

This hybrid variety is similar to A. microrrhysos below.  It typically gets to a height of six to eight feet.  Leaves are green and diamond shaped.  But the stems are super yellow as are the leaf veins.  It will produce suckers.  We recommend part day sun or strong filtered light with well draining moist soil.  Although it's said to tolerate down to Zone 9, we consider a sever cold spell to be risky to this variety.  So, protect it as best as you can.  Note that the leaves have yellow markings both on the top and below.  

Alocasia lutea Alocasia lutea Alocasia lutea
Alocasia lutea Alocasia lutea Alocasia lutea

 

ALOCASIA MICRORRHIZOS
AKA ALOCASIA MICRORHIZA
THE GIANT TARO ALOCASIA
LARGE LEAVES, TEN FEET TALL OR MORE
PREFERS PART SHADE


This larger species of Alocasia is green in color and can reach heights up to eight feet.  I can tolerate a bit of sun but prefers filtered light and good draining soil.  It is sensitive to a hard freeze.  Leaves can be up to four feet long.  There is a slight ruffle to them as well.  Leaves are upright on long stems.  This species prefers moist and well drained soil. This species is native to various areas in Asia.

Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza
Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza
Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza  

 

ALOCASIA PORTORO
GOOD SIZED, QUICK GROWING
ARROWHEAD SHAPED LEAVES
SOMEWHAT DARK STEMS
TAKES SUN IN COASTAL AREAS


This quick growing Alocasia reaches height of over six feet and can tolerate sun along the coast.  Or, part day sun or strong filtered light inland is preferred.  Leaves are large, up to three feet long with green top and undersides.  It seems to winter over here fine.  Leaves stems are dark but not black.  Also note the wavy texture to the leaves.  To hide a fence or building, these would work fine.

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Alocasia portoro alocasia portora alocasia portora
alocasia portora alocasia portora alocasia portora

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD
LARGE DARK GREEN TO BLACK LEAVES
PROMINENT VEINS - PURPLE UNDERSIDE
GETS TO SIX FEET TALL


This is a hybrid of an Asian Alocasia that is medium sized - up to six feet with rather large leaves.  Leaves has prominent venation, light colored.  Leaves are two to three feet long with purple undersides.  This is a super attractive plant that likes good draining soil and a bit of sun or strong filtered light.   It does like moisture.  It grows in zones 9B to 11.

Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield  

 

ALOCASIA SERENDIPITY
MAROON COLORED UNDERSIDES
BLACK-GREEN CRINKLED LEAVES
SHOW STOPPER


This is a medium mature sized hybrid Alocasia that can get up to six feet tall with large dark green to black green leaves.  The leaf surface is wavy and almost "crinkled".  The underside of the leaves is a maroon or red and the leaf stems are very dark, near black.  It likes partial sun or strong filtered light and has some degree of cold hardiness.

Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity
Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity
Alocasia serendipity    

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
DWARF SPECIES
SUPER COLD HARDY
PURPLE ON BACK OF LEAVES


This very cold hardy species of Alocasia is known for it's small overall size, the deep  purple backs to the leaves and the fact that it can be grown in zones 7B.  Leaves are a dull green with shiny purple backs.  Overall height three feet.  It likes strong filtered light or a bit of sun.  We usually have smaller sizes - no plants ever get big enough for a 7 or 15 gallon pot.

Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii

 

ALOCASIA WILLIAMS HYBRID
VERY COLD HARDY
SMALL PLANT MATURE - PURPLE BACKS TO LEAVES
PART SUN OR SHADE


This very cold hardy variety of Alocasia is said to be grown in Zones 7b and above.  It is small, rarely over three feet tall.  Leaves are prominently veined with purple backs.  Leaves are arrowhead shaped with ruffles and an irregular edge.  Hybridizers say that, along the coast, it can tolerate full sun although it flourishes in part day coastal sun and strong filtered light.  Give it well draining soil that you keep on the moist side.
Alocasia williams hybrid Alocasia williams hybrid Alocasia williams hybrid
Alocasia williams hybrid Alocasia williams hybrid Alocasia williams hybrid
Alocasia williams hybrid    

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COLORFUL HAWAIIAN TI  - VARIETY XEROX
WIDE PURPLE LEAVES
GOOD SIZED MULTIPLE PLANTS
GREAT COMPANION PLANTS FOR GARDEN

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 just gotten in.  Availability is changing every month.  We've found the darker the colors, the easier they are to grow.

We just got in this hard to find variety of Ti Plants.  They are very cool with wide, dark purple leaves. They can be shipped.  If you've been by the nursery in the past few years, you haven't seen this variety.  And, when sold out, we probably won't have them for another few years.

Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox
Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox
Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox  

 

COLORFUL RED BROMELIAD
NEOROGELIA RAPHAEL
FILTERED LIGHT HYBRID PLANT
INSTANT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN


This is just a quick post of an attractive variegated Bromeliad with great red color.  Note the white next to the dark green on the leaves.  The central blossom is brilliantly red.  This variety is for filtered light and will sucker freely.  It is easy to care for.

Neorogelia raphael Neorogelia raphael Neorogelia raphael
Neorogelia raphael Neorogelia raphael Neorogelia raphael

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE BLUE MEXICAN FAN PALM
LOVES HEAT AND AND DRY SUN
IS COLD HARDY TO ABOUT 15 DEGREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We have available a handful of super large and old 5 gallon Brahea armata which we're putting on special.  This species is native to Baja California and reaches a mature height of about twenty feet.  Leaves are intensely blue.  Petioles are armed with small hook shaped spines.  The trunk is fairly thick and flowers are spectacular.  They reach far out from the crown of leaves.  It's cold hardy to about 15 degrees, loves dry heat and is slow growing.  The hotter, sunnier and dryer you are, the more blue they get.  When planting, be super careful not to disturb the roots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $65

Remember: Mention this Blog Special for your discount when you buy! 

Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS
BLUE WITH THINNER TRUNK THAT B. ARMATA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS
Shown here is a 5 gallon plant of a Brahea species from Mexico that is presently known as "Brahea species Super Silver".   Undoubtedly someone will describe it in the near future.  Seeds have been available only twice.  These plants are from the first batch that came along.  It is a blue plant but doesn't show the blue until older.  It wants full hot sun and would be perfect for the desert.  I suspect the cold tolerance is similar to Brahea armata, about 15 degrees F.  But, compared to the later, this species trunk is much thinner and it is faster growing.  But, the blue color is just as intense.  Shown here is the 5g size.  Limited numbers.  Mature plant photo below c/o RPS.

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


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Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver bRAHEA SUPER SILVER ts rps

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM

EXOTIC AND TROPICAL APPEARING
SMOOTH CROWN, COLORED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Euterpe edulis is a fun palm to grow because it is super attractive, has a narrow trunk and a beautiful, smooth crown shaft.  I have had several in my garden.  On mine, the crown shafts were a purple-green color but it's more common to see them as a lime green.  Maximum height is about thirty feet with about a four inch thick trunk.  Leaves tend to arch down and leaf color is green.  This species likes to start in filtered light and work it's way into full sun along the coast.  It's cold hardy into the upper teens F.  Anticipate a plant life of about thirty years.  Also of note is the fact that the hearts of this palm are edible and a delicacy in many areas.   

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price. 
The first specimen photo is c/o Wikipedia.

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Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Wikipedia
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM


TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3-4 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 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.  The plants offered today are single plants.  This species is usually not over 3 to 4 feet tall mature although occasionally you'll see them taller.  The first four photos show our  5g size.  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 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

These are easy to ship.  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

 

                SUNDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER, 2018

SOME GREAT SPECIALS ON SMALLER RARE CYCADS BELOW
MOSTLY SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES
 
   
ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS   

This species very rare blue cycad is endemic to the Limpopo province, South Africa.  It can be found at high elevations in the mountains (around one thousand meters), in low deciduous forest and precipitous slopes and cliff (in partial and full sun).  The species is almost gone in the wild, populations are small and scattered.  It is among the species located in the Transvaal region of South Africa, and is highly sought after. 

This is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants.  As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a blue/green color to a powdery white and everything in-between.  The leaflets and petioles are mildly armed and can be almost completely unarmed in some cases.  In coastal and inland areas, this plant prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  For desert areas, I could recommend partial sun or filtered light.  We are offering strong seedlings in band containers at a discount.  The last row  of pictures show larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $95

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discount at the time of purchase.

Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGANUS
NEARLY EXTINCT IN THE WILD
GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This species is endemic to Msinga district in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa.   E. msinganus is on the verge of extinction, where ever shrinking populations are small and scattered.  This is a small to medium sized plant.  Leaves get about about five feet in length.  Stems can reach up to three meters over the centuries, but it is rare to see anything close to that size.  This species was originally called Encephalartos msinga (after its locality) but was later formally described as Encephalartos msinganus.  The leaves on this species are relatively short, are green and generally are heavily armed on the leaflets and petioles.  It is quite rare to see this plant in cultivation and some make the argument that it is equally rare to some of the (very rare) Transvaal species.  In coastal and inland areas, this species wants to be in sun.  For desert areas, this species should be grown in partial sun or filtered light.  It requires a soil that drains well.  The plants on sale are 3 years old with about three to four leaves.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discount at the time of purchase.

Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga
Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL AREA
VERY SOUGHT AFTER BY ENTHUSIAST
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This species is endemic to the Waterberg range in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.  Their habitat is dry and arid.  They grow on steep rocky slops, grasslands and savanna.  It is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length generally does not exceed a meter and stems can get about four meters high.  Of the Transvaal (previous province within South Africa north of the Vaal River) species, this is the most common.  That being said, this species is still exceptionally rare and almost extinct in the wild. 

The leaves on this species can vary from a blue/green color, to a powdery silver and in some cases be an aquamarine.  Leaflets twist almost perpendicular to the petiole, giving them a 'stacking' appearance (like blinds).  In coastal and inland areas, this species prefers to be in the full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.
The seedlings on special are 18 month old with two leaves.  We rarely put them on special.


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $85

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discount at the time of purchase.


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Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
RARE & SOUGHT AFTER "BLUNT TIP" VARIETY
DEFINITELY DIFFERENT APPEARING
HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

This rare South African cycad is from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  There is a leaflet form of this species that is quite different.  I've shown several photos of the leaflets below.  They do not come to a sharp point but rather a muted or rounded off tip.  Most find this form to be super attractive.  It's become sort of a collector only item. 

Anticipate that it will prefer 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, E. longifolius is usually one of their favorites.  When they see this form, they just "have to have it". 

REGULAR PRICE BAND BLUNT TIP E. LONGIFOLIUS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

As always, mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

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Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND PLANTS

Shown below is our band size plants of the desirable blue South African cycad, Encephalartos trispinosus.  Most people find it's very similar to E. horridus.  It is a small to medium sized mature blue cycad with leaflets that have prominent lobes.  But, be aware that this species is quite variable and has many forms.  There is even a spineless leaflet form.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  These band sized plants are easy to ship.  The last row of photos shows a larger nursery specimen and two garden plants.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $52.50

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS


ENCEPHALARTOS BLUE LONGIFOLIUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

LEAF COLOR BLUE TO GREEN
STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON BLUE VARIETY

This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  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.  The plants going on Special will have nice blue leaves if in full sun.  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.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1 GALLON $62.50

Remember:  Mention this blog only special.

Encephalartos longifoliius blue Encephalartos longifoliius blue
Encephalartos longifoliius blue Encephalartos longifoliius blue Encephalartos longifoliius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

DIOON EDULE VARIETY QUERETARO 
VERY BLUE LEAVES
FAIRLY COLD HARDY - LOVES SUN


NEVER TOO LARGE OF A PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON CYCAD


This is an attractive variety of the cold hardy Dioon edule cycad.  It is native to the Queretaro region of Mexico.  It gets mature trunks up to four feet tall.  It is a full sun species with a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  In habitat, it grows at elevations up to 4000 feet.  Leaves are about four feet long, leaflets are revolute and leaf color is a blue or blue green as shown here.  This is an easy cycad to grow that wants full sun, even in most desert areas.  It's rarely offered for sale. 

About eight months ago we offered a small number of this species on special.  They all sold out within a week.  We just got in some more and are again doing a special.  Shown here are some very nice 1 gallon plants already showing their blue color.  Caudex sizes are about ping pong ball size or larger.  The last row of photos shows larger nursery plants, some of which may still be available.  This one gallon size on special is easy to mail order.  

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $55


Remember: Mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro
Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro


ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD ONE GALLON PLANTS

Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  This species is small to medium in mature size.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus).  The plants we are putting on special are the blue type.  To get this color they will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  You could expect to have a nice garden sized plant from these old one gallons in five to seven years.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are four years old.  These are showing their blue color already at this stage and not in sun – so you’ll get blue.  Easy to mail order.  I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE ONE GALLON $65

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you order.

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Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue



            THURSDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER , 2018


BEST CYCAD SPECIES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



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Encephalartos arenarius 
Encephalartos arenarius
Macrozamia communis 
Macrozamia communis
Cycas panzhihuaensis  
Cycas panzhihuaensis
    

 

DINING IN THE GARDEN
WHAT'S NICER THAN EATING OUTSIDE
MEMORIES OF MARDI DARIAN



Now deceased and long time friend of mine, Mardi Darian of Vista, California would entertain friends and visitors at an outdoor dining area behind his house.  This garden dining location was enchanting and beautiful.  Nestled right among towering palms and tropical plants, one could take in the panoramic view of the garden while enjoying a fine meal.  All of us should be so lucky.  Mardi really had a great eye for garden design.  He passed away in August, 2015 and has been missed by many plant enthusiasts.

outdoor dining area dining area outside dining outside
dining outside Mardi Darian mardi darian

      

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING
GREAT INTERIOR OR PATIO PLANT


This species was named about a decade ago after a friend of mine and Palm Society member, Luis Hooper.  It is a suckering, medium sized shade palm with thin trunks and prominent rings on the trunk.  Overall height peaks out at about twelve feet.  Clumps do not run.  Leaf color is green and leaf length is four feet.  It is similar to Chamaedorea costaricana but with longer leaves and a fuller appearance overall.  It is an easy species to grow and does great as an interior palm.  I'd recommend filtered light in the garden.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps lower.  We have a good selection of larger plants and very limited supply of smaller plants.  The garden photo below is c/o RPS.

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA TS RPS CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA

 

CYPHOSTEMA BAINESII
DWARF YET SHOWY CAUDICIFORM PLANT
THICK BLUE GREEN LEAVES
NATIVE TO AFRICA
OLD 15G PLANTS NOW AVAILABLE


Just today we got in five very old 15g plants of this caudiciform type of water conserving plant from Namibia, Africa.  It is sun loving, somewhat cold tolerant (to upper 20's F) but doesn't like wet and cold winters.  Mature height is around five feet.  Leaves are wide, thick and blue-green in color.  Flowers are prominent with the production of red fruit as shown here.  It is deciduous in winter - the time to stop watering!  When the plant loses its leaves, you can see the bottle shaped trunks that may divide or split.  Then, when spring arrives, new leaves are formed.  The lower photos show the mother plant(s) that gave seeds to grow the 15g plants shown here.  This species is similar to Cyphostema juttae but shorter in stature.


Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae
Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae
Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae
cyphostemma bainesii cyphostemma bainesii cyphostemma bainesii

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT


MEDIUM SIZED, TAKES FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 & 15 GALLON 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.  Well grown specimens can get a bit taller.  Shown here are two sizes we are putting on special.  The first row of photos is our 15g size.  The second row is the 5g size.  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.  Plant ages are five to six years.  They are easy to grow but growth rate is rather slow. 

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

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

Please mention this Blog only special to get this price. 

Furcraea macdougalii  Furcraea macdougalii  Furcraea macdougalii 
Furcraea macdougalii  Furcraea macdougalii  Furcraea macdougalii 
Furcraea macdougalii by RPS
photo by RPS 
Furcraea macdougalii Garden World Images
photo by GardenWorldImages  
Furcraea macdougalii by Daily Bruin 
photo by Daily Bruin

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL


BEAUTIFUL CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.  We're putting 4 year old band size on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50 FOR A BAND

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  Like the post above, these plants are equivalent to other nurseries' 5g size.  


Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii by cloudforest.com website
  by Cloudforest.com Website
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

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.  After trying to identify the species over many years and with no success, we coined the name "Archontophoenix teracarpa".  The closest species to it would be A. maxima but it's not the same.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
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 $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!

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


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 low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $155

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   


BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM


POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
NEW ARRIVAL OF GREAT 20 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 20G PLANTS

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

This plant is a good growing species.  It is sensitive to root damage, so bare rooting shipped plants is not advised.  Most will die.  This also applies to buying Bismarckia by mail order.  Bare root plants usually die.  Fortunately, we ship plants in their pots with soil.  Bismarckia prefers sandy, good draining soil.  The more intense your sun, the more blue it gets.  It is not a good plant for shade.  For more information on this species, check out this link:

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


I'm showing you here some nice squat 20 gallon plants that we just got in.  They have nice color and size.  We also have some 5g and maybe some one gallons for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 20G THIS SPECIES $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G AS SHOWN $275

Remember, mention this Special for your discount when purchasing.

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

   

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
YES, WILL PRODUCE BANANAS!


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

I am not really a fruit tree grower and don't pretend to be an expert on this subject.  But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer on sale a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.  Most folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas.  I also have larger sizes.

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

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

 

THE SILVER FERN
PTERIS ARGYRAEA


INTERESTING SILVER ON GREEN ON THE LEAFTOP
MEDIUM SIZED FERN
CLUMPING - USUALLY THREE TO FOUR FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANT

This is a most interesting "variegated" fern from India.  Originally I thought this was a tree fern from New Zealand, but that is not the case.  This species does not get overhead, clumps and likes filtered light.  It wants ample water during the growing season.  People who see this plant very much like it.  It makes a nice filtered light companion plant.  These can be shipped.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

Silver Fern Cyathea dealbata Cyathea dealbata
Cyathea dealbata Silver Fern Silver Fern

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPENIUM NIDUS


FILTERED LIGHT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Most people know of the Birds Nest Fern.  It does not tolerate much sun and needs adequate water.  Letting them go dry is hard on them.  We just got in some oversized and nice 1gallon that I'm putting on special.  I'm showing a very old plant from our nursery and a photo of this species growing epiphytically in a tree.  If you do this, just get them enough moisture.  Most know this plant so I won't say much more.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $15


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Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern

 

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM


SUCKERING TROPICAL FAN PALM WITH SOME COLD TOLERANCE
MEDIUM SIZED - RATHER THIN TRUNKS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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This species is native to a vast region stretching from Florida, Mexico and Central American, down through the Caribbean Islands into northern South America.  It has thin fibrous trunks that average about four to five inches diameter.  Height is variable.  In more tropical regions it can get up to twenty feet or more.  In Southern California it usually tops out at about fifteen feet.  With occasional pruning, it is fairly tidy and attractive.  Leaves are small and green in color.  Growth rate is medium.

One nice thing about this species is that it can tolerate temperatures below 20 degrees F.  It's not known for being super cold hardy, but can take some cold.  It also likes heat, sun and lots of water. Shown below are our 5g plants which we're putting on Ten Day Special.  The photo below by the pond was taken at Balboa Park in San Diego and the last photo shows a tree in fruit.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price at the time of purchase.

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII


           
               
WEDNESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER, 2018

 

VEITCHIA MERRILLII HYBRID
POTENTIAL TO GROW SOMETHING THAT CAN'T BE GROWN HERE
PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAP
I'LL TELL YOU THE STORY

There is an interesting story behind the plants I'm showing you here.  About two years ago, we go some seeds from a botanical garden that were labeled as Veitchia merrillii (aka Adonidia merrillii).  This palm resembles a miniature Royal Palm, so it is a popular choice by enthusiasts who see it in tropical areas.  Rarely does it get over twenty feet tall and many people like this smaller size.  But, native to the Philippines, you might expect it'd be too tropical and cold sensitive to grow here.  Well, that is the case and I don't know of one mature tree in Southern California.  Customers call us and want it, but I always tell them it's not possible for our climate.

Where we got the seeds from, there were other mature Veitchias in the same area of the garden.  The seeds looked to be the right size for merrillii - the anticipated small size as you see with this species.  Seeds of other Veitchia species are much larger.  Of note, here most of the other species do survive our winters.  Of the thirty seeds that germinated, about half died off quickly in our greenhouses the first winter.  We figured - that makes sense - cold sensitive.  But, to our surprise, the other half grew quite well.  As they got bigger, it was apparent that they looked nothing like a true species one gallon Veitchia merrillii we have grown in the past.  The prominent speckling and dark color to the leaf stems was not expected - merrillii is plain green usually.  And, there is a diversity of appearance of the various plants even at this stage.  Some still have simple leaves.  See the first photo.  All these things suggest that the seeds we got were hybrid seeds. With what, we don't know for sure.

We figure these are a hybrid of a Veitchia merrillii crossed with something else.  Most likely it's with another species of Veitchia that are more cold tolerant.  This is to our customer's benefit as this means perhaps they can grow these and end up with a smaller palm that resembles V. merrillii. So far, this batch of survivors seem to be good growers.  It could be that these will be known as the "cold hardy merrillii" if our logic proves right.  And, if they were pollinated by a palm of another genus, who knows.  But, we're excited about them.  We can only offer only about a dozen plants, all in one gallon.  The garden photos show some seed bearing Veitchia merrillii in an assortment of tropical locations.  Our plants should have many of the characteristics such as smaller size as the seed bearing parent.  It'll be exciting to see how these do.   

Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid
Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid   Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid
Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid Veitchia merrillii prob hybrid
Veitchia merrillii Veitchia merrillii Veitchia merrillii

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM
SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK T LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON IZE

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 presently only a few 2 gallons and smaller.  It is ideal for people who want shorter but attractive sun tolerant palms.  But, particularly in pots, it is slow growing.  We're putting our 2g size on sale today as shown below.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $47.50

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

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

 

CYCAS MULTIPINNATA
ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST RARE CYCADS
LEAVES THAT BRANCH TO THE THIRD ORDER
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED NICE SEEDLINGS

In about the year 2000, this rare green Chinese cycad was introduced to the world.  It had formally and only been mentiooned by unpublished communications as being part of the  "Micholitzi Complex".  It is an understory cycad that has branching leaves to the third order.  Leaves can get rather long, perhaps up to eight feet and are held upright.  It is native to southern China and northern Viet Nam.  It is endangered with very few native habitats in the wild.  cold tolerance is about to the low 20's F.  Rarely do you see it for sale but we have a very limited number of two to three leaf seedlings presently.  These can be mail ordered within the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $100

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase for this reduced price.

Cycas multipinnata Cycas multipinnata Cycas multipinnata
Cycas multipinnata Cycas multipinnata Cycas multipinnata
Cycas multipinnata
Cycas multipinnata Cycas multipinnata

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


Native to the Mascarene Islands, this thin trunked, crown shafted palm gets to a height of about 25 feet.  This variety is called "rubrum" because of the red color that is present on the stems.  You'll see this on the photos below.  But, often disappears over time.  This is a coastal sun or part day sun species with a cold tolerance in the upper twenties F.  I've had one in my garden for years in San Diego. 

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


Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.

Dictyosperma album red Dictyosperma album red Dictyosperma album red
Dictyosperma album red Dictyosperma album red Dictyosperma album red
Dictyosperma album red Dictyosperma album red Dictyosperma album red

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
GORGEOUS SINGLE TRUNK PALM
SUPER RARE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Discovered by John Dransfield and named after a U.K. executive of Macdonald's Hamburgers (who funded the expedition to Madagascar), this single trunk palm is new to the market, super rare and quite attractive.   It has orange-brown leaf bases at the point of trunk attachment, plumose leaves and gets to a height of about 25 to 30 feet.  It is single trunked with a medium thickness and prominent rings.  It takes full sun in coastal areas and, once established, is a good growing palm.  Shown here is an example of our 5g size.  We're putting them on special.  On occasion we have larger or smaller sizes for sale.  These are easy to ship.  Growers tell us that this species takes temperatures into the 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $75

Remember, mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana MB Dypsis prestoniana John Dransfield RBK Dypsis prestoniana TS at RPS

 

LYTOCARYUM WEDDELLIANUM
THE MINIATURE COCONUT PALM
BUT, THIS ONE IS SUCKERING!


Native to southeastern Brazil, this palm species is called the "Miniature Coconut" but in no way resembles it morphologically.  It is a dwarf palm, single trunk with a very thin trunk.  Anticipate a mature height of under eight feet or more likely six feet.  It has wispy leaves with thin leaflets and, although a flat pinnate palm, has a bit of fluffiness to the leaves.  It prefers filtered light and is cold hardy to about 25 degrees F.  Also, it seems to thrive on neglect.  Too much water, fertilizer or "care" may do it in.  Just plant it and forget it. 

This particular plant is different.  We don't know why but the photos clearly show that, off the primary stem, there are two plants growing.  This s more of a curiosity, but very interesting.

 

Lytocaryum weddelianum this one suckering Lytocaryum weddelianum this one suckering Lytocaryum weddelianum this one suckering
Lytocaryum weddelianum this one suckering Lytocaryum weddelianum Lytocaryum weddelianum

 

AEONIUM JACK CATLIN
DWARF SUCCULENT
GREEN LEAVES WITH RED FRINGES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
This dwarf succulent is best known it's small size, rosettes of green leaves with red edges.  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.  I've even had customers who use it as an interior plant in a bright location.  The first five photos show our 5g size on sale.  The last photo demonstrates the size and color of Aeoneum blossoms - bright yellow.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $35

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Aeonium jack catlin Aeonium jack catlin Aeonium jack catlin
Aeonium jack catlin Aeonium jack catlin Aeonium blossom

 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA VARIETY ROSEOCARPA
UNUSUAL VARIETY OF A SMALL TROPICAL FAN PALM
THIN TRUNK, STIFF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


Coccogthrinax miraguama is a rather thin trunked fan palm native to Cuba.  They typically attain a height of twenty to thirty feet.  Below the crown of leaves is an attractive pattern of meshed and woven fibers.  There are varieties of this species in various areas of Cuba.  This is such a "variety".  All these types are a little different from the mother species.  All 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 our 2 gallon size of Coccothirnax miraguama var. roseocarpa, a Cuban variety of the miraguama.  Note the flat leaves with stiff leaflets and hints of silver.  I have no photos of pure roseocarpa from habitat although the large palm shown is a roseacarpa hybrid. 

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.  

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE $45

Remember, mention this Blog Only Special.


Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa
Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa hybrid

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMEREI
THE MADAGASCAR PALM
SPINY TRUNK, MEDIUM TO SMALL SIZE
WILL PRODUCE WHITE FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Although not a true palm at all, this succulent from Madagascar has very spiny trunks with un-armed green leaves at the top.  It's trunks can get up to about six inches thick and overall height is usually under ten feet. Sometimes plants will branch, even at the top, and give peculiar shapes overall.  Blossoms do appear and are white in color.  This is a popular garden plant as well as an interior species. Along our coast it demands bright sun.  Cold hardiness appears to be only to about a freeze.  We have only 5 gallon size available.  The trunks are super spiny.  They are easy to ship.  A cultural note:  water minimally during cold weather and don't put it where it gets too much rain.  The plants we have are mostly single but we do have a few triples for sale.  Most have about 18 inches of trunk.


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

Mention this special for your Discount.

 
 
Pachypodium lamerei Madagascar Palm Pachypodium lamerei Madagascar Palm Pachypodium lamerei Madagascar Palm
Pachypodium lamerei Madagascar Palm Pachypodium lamerei Madagascar Palm Pachypodium lamerei

 

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


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

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


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

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia
 

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SARGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM

INTERESTING TRUNK - MATURE 15 FEET
EXOTIC AND RARE - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

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

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


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

 

 

             SUNDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER, 2018

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD
SHINY, DARK GREEN LEAVES
SLOW GROWING BUT NEEDS SOME ROOM

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say "user friendly" because this is one of the few cycad species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a great selection of this species including a large collection of mature, huge plants recently obtained. (shown in the third row below)  I am going to show you an assortment of plants of different sizes.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

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

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.

Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana


BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
A BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE COLOR
VERY ATTRACTIVE, LARGER FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about it.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form. One photo below by Tim Brian in HI is of a green Bismarckia.  The last three pictures were taken in Florida.  On these green Bismarckias, often you'll see red in the leaf stem or a hint of it on the leaves..  Of course, this is a full sun palm.  This is a very rare palm to find as everyone seeks out the blue type.  But, we have this more rare green form and have found they are showing nice cold hardiness to the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $160


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Bismarckia green Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia green Bismarckia sp. green by Tim Brian
Green Bismarckia by T.B., Hawaii
Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia green Bismarckia green Bismarckia green

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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. 

Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  It takes full coastal sun.  The degree of purple in the crown shaft is variable but never "lollipop" purple.  The underside of the leaves is silver and there is ramenta hairs only on this side.  On younger plants the leaf bases and leaf stem tend to have a yellow color.  I'm showing our 5g size which we're putting on a Ten Day Special

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


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ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA

 

ZAMIA FISCHERI
AKA ZAMIA VASQUEZII


DWARF GREEN MEXICAN CYCAD
CONES AT A SMALL SIZE - NEVER OVER 3 TO FOUR FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE
 

This is  small Mexican cycad with stems typically under one foot tall in size and leaves green in color and up to three feet long, sometimes shorter.  It usually holds about five or so leaves, sometimes more.  It is a variable species and leaflets can be lanceolate or wedge shaped.  Leaflets are quite thin in texture and have soft spines on the margins.  Overall, this species has a "fern-like" appearance and would not be considered spiny.  The names "vasquezii" replaced the more commonly known name of "fischeri" in the past fifteen years or so.  The plant shown here in the first row below about eight years old and is a female in cone.  I have other plants not in cone. 

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT THIS SPECIES $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

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ZAMIA FISCHERI ZAMIA FISCHERI ZAMIA FISCHERI
Zamia fischeri ZAMIA FISCHERI Zamia fischeri

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM

VERY POPULAR, EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  It has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  Some growers in our area have been successful in growing this species in full sun.  It is quite popular among enthusiasts.  The plants we're putting on special are the 5 gallon size.  Note on the close-ups of the trunks that there is variability with the color of the crown shaft.  Even with this, I think both plants as they mature will show the classic white crown shaft when large.  These can be mail ordered. 

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

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Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis BQ Dypsis onilahensis

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK PALM
UPRIGHT LEAVES
FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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.  Several 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 to ten years old.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE 15G $200


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

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM
CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
RARE SPECIES - SELDOM SEE FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 15G SIZE

This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm native to Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.  In the wild, plants get to over 75 feet tall.  In So California it is more typical to see one to 30 to 40 feet.  They have a light colored crown shaft, speckled dark or black color near the inner crown area and sometimes on the leaf stems.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflet tips are pointed or slightly blunted.  The trunk is narrow for a tall palm.

Shown here are nice 15g size which we're putting on special.  There are quite a few people who are growing this species in the coastal strip in our area.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $170


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VEITCHIA ARECINA VEITCHIA ARECINA VEITCHIA ARECINA
VEITCHIA ARECINA
VEITCHIA ARECINA
VEITCHIA ARECINA

 

COCOS NUCIFERA
THE COCONUT PALM
NOVELTY - SPROUTED SEED IN 6 INCH POT
NOT COLD HARDY BUT EASY TO SHIP
FAIRLY POPULAR AS A HOUSEPLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL GERMINATED SEEDS

The Coconut Palm has no native habitat.  In its beginning, it probably floated by ocean to almost all the tropical continents of the world and can be found in many locations.  No one has a precise origin.  It has a large seed that provides the fruit we eat as "coconut".  It is an attractive landscape plant but doesn't do well long term in Southern California.  It dies because of the winter cold.  The seeds germinate easily.  The plants on special here are germinated Coconut seeds in six inch pots.  They're easy to ship.  I'm offering them on special.  For most, these would be an interior type plant - or, at the least, need winter protection.  If you get one, I'd repot it into at least a 2 gallon pot on arrival.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 6 INCH POTS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $27.50


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Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera

 

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


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

 

COLORFUL AECHMEA BROMELIAD
MULTI-COLORED AND VARIEGATED
ORANGE PUPS
PROBABLY A. COMATA VAR MAKOYANA
TEN DAY SPECIES THIS TYPE

I'm showing here a 5 gallon example of a prolific and rather large species of Aechmea.  This is a Bromeliad that takes full sun and is a vigorous grower.  The plant is a variegated Bromeliad and has orange offsets as shown here.  It also has yellow, green, pink and sometimes and almost red-orange color.  We have either 5g or sometimes 7 g plants available.  These came from an offsets from a private collection.  The leaves are armed with small spines and the leaf-tips also have a spine.  These can be shipped.  I'd estimate mature height at three feet or a bit more.  Although we can't be certain, they appear to be comata var. makoyana.  I have no garden pictures of this type.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES 

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Aechmea prob. comata var makoyana Aechmea prob. comata var makoyana   Aechmea prob. comata var makoyana  
Aechmea prob. comata var makoyana      


THURSDAY, 30 AUGUST, 2018

 

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!  Be aware, we are almost out of this size.

REGULAR 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.

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

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM


SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK TO 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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS

This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  The leaflets of this species are narrow without any spines on the leaflets.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  Trunks can get to five feet, but one with two to three feet of trunk is very old.  Leaf color in sun is intensely blue.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F. 

Shown below are two nice sized plants in 20/25 gallon pots.  Each plant is shown in two rows of photos.  Both have caudexes of about 8 inches. We also have seedlings, 5 gallon and much bigger plants than shown here.  This is one of the more popular cycads that we sell at the nursery.

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii  
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii  
Encephalartos lehmannii unknown author Encephalartos lehmannii MR Encephalartos lehmannii MR

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
TWO NICE SIZED PLANTS FOR SALE


GREEN TO BLUE GREEN LEAVES
LOVES SUN - RE-CURVED LEAVES
GORGEOUS WHEN MATURE

Encephalartos longifolius is from the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is among the favorite species of all cycad enthusiasts.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to brilliant blue - and everything in-between.  The plants shown here both have caudexes about 8 inches.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold hardiness of 22 degrees F.  These plants will develop into medium sized mature cycads over the years with potential for trunk in a lifetime of at least five feet.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available from sale - both larger and smaller.

Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
NICE FLOWERING TREE IN BONITA, CA
ABOUT FOURTEEN YEAR OLD


Today I was emailed a photo of a Royal Palm that a customer (T.W.) bought as a small plant from us in 2004.  He planted it in Bonita, CA - a community east of Chula Vista.  He got an email about our End of the Summer Sale and emailed me this picture.  I thought I would share it with you here.  It's a very attractive Royal Palm.  Bonita is known for getting fairly hot is the summer and also sees winter temperatures into the mid-twenties from time to time.  Unfortunately, he only sent this one photo.  Of note, we have an assortment of sizes from seedlings to very large 25 gallon for sale. 

Roystonea regia Bonita, CA TW

 

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 $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
POSSIBLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species of Windmill Palm is always sought out by palm enthusiasts, especially those in colder areas.  This is because this species is felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus with reports of it easily tolerating temperatures into the single digits F.  This, of course, varies with the duration or cold and other conditions.  We've been out of this species for about 2 years and now can offer nice 1 gallon plants on special.  We have limited supplies, so don't dally.  It tolerates coastal sun quite well and part sun far inland.  Only a few of these left.

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


Just remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  I wish to thank Tobias Spanner and Martin Gibbons for their photos.  They not only discovered this species but were also the source of seeds for these plants.

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Trachycarpus takil
Juvenile takil leaf
Trachycarpus takil
Base of one gallon size
Trachycarpus takil by TS and MG
photo by TS and MG

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

The Australian Tree Fern in native to several areas on the eastern side of Australia.  It is a fast growing tree fern that can get to a height of over forty feet.  I have several with twenty-five feet of trunk.  I'm about 8 miles from the ocean and they take my sun fairly well.  Trunks can get up to twelve inches thick although most are more thin.  This species is a bigger alternative to the Tasmanian Tree Fern and has a thicker trunk and longer leaves.  This species tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.  It is cold hardy into the upper twenties or lower.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $100

Mention this special when you purchase.  Mail order possible on this size.  The garden photo is c/o Plantlust website.


AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI
AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI PlantLust Website

 

AECHMEA BLANCHETIANA
LARGER TYPE OF COLORFUL BROMELIAD
TOLERATES FULL SUN - FAIRLY COLD HARDY
DIFFICULT TO LOCATE
MULTIPLE LEAF COLORS SEEN


This is a great Bromeliad for Southern California - or for many areas in the country where severe cold is not seen.  Native to eastern Brazil, they get heights of three to four feet and tolerate full sun easily here along our coast.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F.  There are varieties that show yellow, orange, red and several other colors.  I prefer the colorful forms although green is also seen.  The problem is that they are hard to find.  These are a fantastic full sun companion plant.  Shown below are plants that just became available.  We have five or six for sale. They came from a yellow-orange mom as offsets. They should grow in sun to show nice color.   


Aecchmea blanchetiana Aecchmea blanchetiana Aecchmea blanchetiana
Aecchmea blanchetiana Aecchmea blanchetiana flower-db Website
Photo by flower-db.com
Aecchmea blanchetiana

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
NATIVE TO PEMBA ISLAND
A FEW LARGER PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 20 GALLON SIZE

When I first heard of this palm from Pemba Island about 30 years ago, I sought out photographs and all that I saw were single trunk palms.  About two decades ago when seeds started becoming available, a suckering form appeared.  So, there are single trunk and suckering forms of this species.  Both get to a height of 25 feet, have an attractive green trunk and a light colored crown shaft.  Leaves have a graceful arch and the leaflet color is green.  It's a great alternative for the garden.  Note how the trunks are rather thin.  The two plants shown here are going to be the suckering variety.  Along our coast it will take full sun but I'd recommend filtered or morning light inland.  The plants shown are in 20g pots.

REGULAR PRICE THIS 20G SIZE $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $350
 

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers are available.

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Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana tranquilometro
Photo by Tranquilometro
Dypsis pembana by AB
This and next Photo by A.B.
Dypsis pembana by A.B.

 

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS


This is a rare green cycad from China.  It is different than the Sago Palm - smaller and, to me, more attractive.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  It tolerates coastal sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  Some feel it's one of the most cold hardy cycads in the world - even better than the Sago Palm.  Mature height should be about eight feet.  They can sucker, but much less than the Sago.  Leaflets are narrow without armor except on the tips (pointed).  

The 15 gallon plants shown have caudexes in the four to five inch range.  We also have larger and smaller plants for sale.  The special is for the size shown (as cycads are sold by caudex size, not pot size).

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CAUDEX $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $340

This size can be shipped or delivered.  Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.

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Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

PLUMERIA - HOT PINK TO RED COLOR
VERY DIFFERENT
HARD TO FIND THIS COLOR


We just got in a great colored Plumeria.  A few days ago I showed some blossoms from our inventory.  But, this one is really different.  I only have this one plant.  It's about five feet tall.  The blossom color would make a great color for lipstick. 


Plumeria hot pink Plumeria hot pink Plumeria hot pink
Plumeria hot pink Plumeria hot pink  

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED THIN TRUNK

GOOD SIZED PLANT(S) FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20 GALLON SIZE


Many folks like plants that don't have a super thick trunk and don't get too tall.  Such is the case with this species.  Ravenea glauca is native to Madagascar, has a thin six inch trunk and gets to a height of about 25 feet.  One of my favorite habitat photos is shown below with the red cliffs in the background.  How gorgeous is this species?  It is a full sun plant in most areas and cold hardy to the upper teens to low 20's F.  

The 20 gallon plant shown here is feet or a bit more in height.  We do have smaller sizes for sale that are easy to ship.  Growth rate is pretty good.  It is a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.  We only have a few available.

REGULAR PRICE 20 GALLON $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20 GALLON $300

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.
The last photo from Palmpedia is by an unknown author.

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Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Arkive Website Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Palmpedia unknown author

 

MONDAY, 27 AUGUST, 2018 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
RARE MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM
SLIGHTLY BULGING TRUNK
EXOTIC AND DIFFERENT
NICE 15G AND LARGER - AND SEEDLINGS!