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                WEDNESDAY, 16 JANUARY, 2019

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
QUITE RARE AND POPULAR
GNARLY & SPINY LEAFLETS
15G PLANTS SHOWN


It is quite amazing how popular and sought after this blue South African cycad is despite its pokey and unapproachable leaves.  Native to the Eastern Cape region, a very old plant can get a bit over three feet of trunk.  This means that it'll never be very large in a garden.  Leaflets tend to be quite barbed and spiny.  Leaf color is silver to blue.  This is why so many people like this plant.  It prefers full sun along the coast and part day sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  We have presently an exception selection of 15g size of this species.  This is quite rare as often we run out of E. horridus. In the first three rows of photos you'll see examples of 15g plants.  In the last row are more mature specimens.  I've found over many decades of growing this species that all are unique and rarely are two identical.  This species tends to sell out quickly.  

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

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.


 
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis
25 gallon at nursery
Euterpe edulis
Note thin green crown shaft
Euterpe edulis Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES


VERY SMALL CYCAD
GRAY-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare dwarf species of South African cycad is quite petite and never gets over four feet tall.  Leaves are gray-green to sea foam green and about three feet long.  A mature caudex is six to eight inches.  Below I'm showing a totally in cone mature nursery specimen with a 7 to 8 inch caudex (female)  likes sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  This is a rare and sought out species and never inexpensive.  WE do have an assortment of sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $65


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

Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus

 

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 24 months old with two, maybe three leaves.  It is a slow growing cycad and we rarely put them on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $90

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 eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
GREEN, RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD


TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY LARGE BAND PLANTS


This species of green South African cycad is a medium sized mature plant with trunks up to about five feet.  They are un-branched and have green leaves that are about five feet long.  The leaves are straight and leaflets point toward the end of the leaf.  In the wild stands in the Natal area of RSA, there are only about a hundred plants remaining.  Shown here in the first row of photos are 4 to 5 year old band plants - very large for their container.  The second row of photos show a huge boxed specimen at our nursery.  The last row shows domestic plants and a close up of the leaflets.  

We're putting older band seedlings on sale.  They'd be easy to mail order.  In our area, this is a full sun plant with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $50

Remember, mention this Special when you order.  We, of course, have other sizes of this species for sale. 

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Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans


ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!

SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 1G 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
And, sometimes there's a flush of light red on the new leaves


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

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!  The first garden photo below shows how spectacular, strong and powerful this species is.  The little King Palms to the right in the photo are the smaller and  regular cunninghamiana.  Note how the teracarpa is more robust, taller and has a darker green color - all these Archontophoenix the same age!
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Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpar
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM


MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
A VERY COOL PALM - PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


Earlier this month I discussed this species.  It is a single trunk fan palm is native to regions stretching from Mexico through Central America.  In the genus, there are multiple species.  All have prominent white powder on the underside of the leaflets as shown here.  Trunks are narrow.  Often you'll see what look like "spines" on the trunk.  But, these are a different structure - they are modified root spines.  They are quite interesting looking.  See photo below of trunk.

In most areas I'd suggest part day sun or strong filtered light.  Some have grown it in full sun right on the water.  Expect heights ranging from ten feet to well over twenty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.  Shown here are the 2g size which we're putting on special.  We don't have too many of these and they may sell out quickly.

REGULAR PRICE 2G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G  $45

Remember to mention this special for you discount.  My thanks to TS at RPS for his photo of this species below.



CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
Cryosophila stauracantha CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA TS RPS

 

HAWAIIAN CORDYLINE TI VAR. XEROX
COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS


COLOR THIS VARIETY DARK PURPLE-RED
NEW BATCH AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW

Cordyline Hawaiian Ti plants are a great way to add color to the garden.  They easily acclimate to filtered light growing conditions in our area but can be solely acclimated to coastal sun.  Most don't get much over six feet tall.  They have thin trunks and can take a freeze with some damage.  Sever cold will kill them.  Leaf color varies from pastels to reds to green and black.  We've found that the darker leaf varieties do better in our area. 

Shown here are the variety called "xerox".  They have wide leaves but the most impressive thing is the intense purple-red color.  We just got this batch into the nursery.  I'm also showing a few photos of usage of Ti Plants in the garden. 

Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox
Hawaiian Ti Cordyline xerox Ti Plants in Landscape Ti Plants in Landscape

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM SIZE - LOVES SUN AND HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


We just got in a handful of super blue, overly large 5g 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 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50

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

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

 

CYCAD - CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
INTERESTING AND FAIRLY COLD HARDY HYBRID


TAKES PART DAY SUN
NEVER TOO TALL 
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT PLANTS

With the introduction of the very rare Cycas debaoensis, it was just a matter of time before this cross was done.  It's between the Sago Palm (seed bearer with this cross) and the aforementioned debaoensis.  It is an interesting hybrid with bifurcation of the leaflets or leaf stems.  See photos below.  I'd recommend growing it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance should be into the upper teens F.

I anticipate it'll be a small to medium sized mature plants.  It's a great alternative to using the common 
Cycas revoluta.  Leaf color will be green and there will be some spines of the leaf stems.  Sorry, but there are no reputable photos of this hybrid in a mature size available at this time.  I'm putting our citrus pot size on special.  I'd estimate average caudex size is 2 inches or maybe even a bit larger.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE $135


These would be easy to mail order.  You must mention this special when you purchase to get this price.  


 
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS Cycas revoluta x debaoensis CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis

     
        

MONDAY, 14 JANUARY, 2019

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS VULCANO


VULCANO EUROPEAN FAN PALM
SMALLER AND MORE COMPACT VARIETY
SUPER COLD HARDY - TAKES HARSH WEATHER
FIRST TIME OFFERED


This is a distinct, new, and more compact variety of this cold hardy, suckering fan palm native to Mediterranean areas.  It was discovered at a nursery in Sicily, Italy and has been propagated from that line.  It is said to be a genetic variable of the regular DNA of the Chamaerops humilus and has tetraploidy.  So, it is unique.  It has stiff, small leaves and an overall compact form.  It never gets big yet has cold hardiness to 15 degrees F. and takes hot sun, even in the desert.  For the first time, we are offering this variety for sale in 1.5 gallon pots.  We only have a few.  These are hard to find and I suspect all will be sold by mail orders to folks in cold areas.  Price for these is $65.

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Chamaerops humilus vulcano Chamaerops humilus vulcano Chamaerops humilus vulcano Wikipedia
     

 

SOME UNUSUAL COLD HARDY PALMS AND CYCADS

AN ASSORTMENT OF IDEAS - A "SAMPLER"
ALL THESE SPECIES TOLERATE 22 DEGREES F. OR LESS
SOME DOWN TO 15 DEGREES!

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

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

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

PALMS AND CYCADS BELOW PRESENTED IN RANDOM ORDER


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

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
MINIATURE FLAME THROWER


THIN TRUNK, COLD HARDY, SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 5 GALLON SIZE


I am glad that I can offer this super slow growing and very rare plant in the 5 gallon size.  And, we are putting them on special.  These plants are an estimated six to seven years old.  This is one of the slowest growing species that you'll ever grow.  But, it reliably gets bigger over time.  Mature, its trunk is about 3 to 4 inches thick.  Newly emerging leaves are somewhat red.  One photo below shows this.  It is crown shafted and single trunk.  Mature height is about twelve to fifteen feet.  It is an under-canopy species.  I've not tried it in the sun.  

Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Folks in cooler areas like San Francisco can grow this species.  If you are impatient, get one of these.  It’s hard to find as a species and almost impossible to find with any established age.

REGULAR PRICE FIVE GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $75

You must mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.  


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Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata

 

POLYSCIAS RACEMOSE
THE POKULAKALAKA TREE


NATIVE TO HAWAII - ENDANGERED & RARE
1.5 GALLON AVAILABLE

This is an endangered and rare medium sized tree that lives in drier areas in HI.  Endemic localities are found on high elevation cliffs on the island of Kauai.  It has dramatic, hanging yellow and red flowers that are quite long and prominent.  Each blossom can have up to 250 individual flowers.  These flowers feed nectar seeking birds.  These dependent flowers are very impressive.  Leaves are green and the undersides have a golden fuzz. This species prefers full sun and can become deciduous with cold weather.  It is drought tolerant and wants good draining soil.  Although I don't know the cold tolerance, it has been grown by a few enthusiasts in our local conditions.

 
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Polyscias_racemose_Wikipedia Commons

MunroiRacemose National Botanic Garden HI
Photo by National Botanic Garden HI

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Polyscias racemose Flikr Unknown Author

 

CHAMAEDOREA GEONOMIFORMIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK, DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM


SMALLER SIMPLE LEAVES
NEVER OVER SEVERAL FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This species has a native distribution that spreads from Southern Mexico down throughout Central America.  There are some minor differences in plants from the various areas.  As mentioned above, Chamaedorea geonomiformis is single trunk and has a simple, bifed leaves as shown here.  It's mature height ranges from two feet up to about five feet tall.  When trying to identify this species, particularly look at the leaf size, shape, length and width.  You'll note that the leaves of this species are longer than they are wide.  Compare this to C. ernesti-agusti that has very wide leaflets.

Leaf color is green.  Vertical growth is slow.  We only have a few of these for sale.  I'd estimate cold hardiness into the mid to upper teens F.  This species does not like direct sun.  We have limited numbers available in the 1.5 gallon size.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1.5 GALLON PLANTS $50

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount!

Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis
Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis
Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
DWARF SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM


SUPER RARE - SIMPLE LEAVES
NEVER OVER A FEW FEET TALL
NEWLY AVAILABLE NICE 1.5 GALLON SIZE


This dwarf understory palm species has entire, very small leaves, a very thin trunk the size of a pencil and a mature height never over two to three feet.  It comes from high elevation mountainous areas of Mexico.  It's extremely rare and hard to find.  The three year old plants we are offering this year came from domestic plants in San Diego County.  We very rarely have them available in any size.  These a true collector item plants.  They prefer a filtered light environment and should be cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties F.  I can mail order these.  Limited numbers available! 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1.5 GALLON PLANTS $75
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $55

Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.

Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella
Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella
Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII


A BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN COLORED CYCAD
RARE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE CITRUS POT PLANTS


Native to Mozambique, this small to medium sized cycad grows in scrub forest among rocks and boulders.  It is distinguished by its blue to blue-green color and by having leaflets that are prominently spiny.  In my experience, leaf color is sometimes very blue, other times blue-green.  You'll sometimes hear the description as "soapy green" to describe the leaves, but these should be more of the blue leaf type.  Overall, the leaf color is variable but I've seen specimens that are as blue as an Encephalartos horridus

Trunk size is usually under three feet.  Upright leaves are about four feet long or less.  Leaves are keeled and leaflets are lanceolate and spiny.  This species likes full sun and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  The citrus pots size on sale are good, strong plants.  They came from parents domestically that both had extreme blue color.  These can be mail ordered but not outside the U.S.  

REGULAR PRICE THESE CITRUS POT PLANTS $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE BLUE MUNCHII $210

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


Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA X WOODSONIANA



DO YOU LIKE UNUSUAL CHAMAEDOREA?
THEN YOU SHOULD LIKE THIS HYBRID
FANTASTIC PARENTAGE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE

The plants I've put on special here should turn out to be something quite different and perhaps fantastic.  When someone hybridizes a palm, he tries to pick parentage that will give something special - preferably different and a plant not known to cultivation.  Chamaedorea costaricana is probably the best of the Bamboo Palms.  It suckers, gets to about 16 feet and is very attractive.  It's easy to grow.  If it had a weakness, it would be that the canes are only about an inch thick.  Then, consider crossing it with a shade palm with a much thicker trunk, longer leaves and wider leaflets. 

This leads you to C. woodsoniana, known for its beauty, thick trunk, long leaves with wide leaflets and exotic appearance.  The plants shown below are a cross between C. costaricana and woodsoniana with the woodsoniana being the seed bearer.  Our hopes are that these will be a suckering thick stem plant.  But, we've not seen evidence of it yet.  I only have a handful of these and all are good sized in 7 gallon pots as shown.  I can't show a mature cross because I don't know if it's ever been done before. 

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON THIS CROSS $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON THIS CROSS $95 


You must mention this special to get this price.  I only have three available.  It'll be a filtered light palm with a cold hardiness probably in the mid-twenties F.

Chamaedorea woodsoniana hybrid Chamaedorea woodsoniana hybrid Chamaedorea woodsoniana hybrid
Chamaedorea woodsoniana hybrid Chamaedorea woodsoniana hybrid Chamaedorea woodsoniana hybrid
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana at nursery
Chamaedorea woodsoniana hybrid
Chamaedorea woodsoniana by RPS
Chamaedorea costasricana
Chamaedorea costaricana

 

DYPSIS SPECIES UNKNOWN
SEEDS FROM A DOMESTIC PLANT IN VISTA, CA



SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
STEPPED TRUNK, VERY KEELED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON PLANTS 

A collector in Vista, CA that has an interesting and different Dypsis in his yard that has set seeds.  The plants being offered are from this plant and 1.5 gallon size and are about 3 years old.  There are some photos of the mother plant below.  He says it doesn't sucker but "split" above the ground.  So, in the photo, you see two trunks.  The interesting thing about this plant is the trunk.  It is medium sized, about six or seven inches thick.  But, there is a "step off" at each growth ring.  One normally doesn't see this with Dypsis.  Leaves are very keeled, about six feet long.  Leaflets almost touch each other side to side.  Overall height is twenty feet.  Flowers are red. 

This unknown species is tolerating full sun here and takes temperatures into the mid to upper twenties F.  These should take full or part day coastal sun.  I am unaware of anyone else selling this "species".


REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON $45

Remember:  You must mention this Blog Only Special for this price.


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Dypsis species keeled leaf dYPSIS SPECIES DYPSIS SPECIES

 

DWARF VARIEGATED SCHEFFLERA ARBORICOLA


LARGE 15 GALLON PLANT
VARIEGATION ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


We don't grow a lot of Schefflera.  This species is the dwarf variety with smaller mature size and smaller leaflets.  It is also the more sought after variegated form.  This species can make a small tree or be used as a shrub with pruning.  The plant for sale is wider than it is tall.  Perfect would be half day sun along the coast.  It's too wide to easily ship.  One photo below shows it being used as a privacy hedge. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $135

Dwarf Schefflera arboricola variegated Dwarf Schefflera arboricola variegated Dwarf Schefflera arboricola variegated
Dwarf Schefflera arboricola variegated Dwarf Schefflera arboricola variegated Dwarf Schefflera arboricola variegated
Dwarf Schefflera arboricola variegated Pinterest
Photo c/o Pinterest
   

 

UNKNOWN ZAMIA SPECIES
SEEDS CAME IN AS "MICROCYCAS CALICOMA"


LOOKS LIKE WILL BE THIN LEAFLET SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3-4 YEAR OLD PLANTS

About five years ago we got in seeds from a botanical garden in Florida.  They were labeled as "Microcycas calicoma" - a super rare and desirable Cuban cycad.  Unfortunately, after germination, this was found to not be the case.  We doubt they are some type of "miracle hybrid", but rather just a mis-identified seed.  In any case, we got a few seedlings and think they are some type of thin leaf Zamia.  We've put them on sale.  My guess is that they'd like some sun (probably not full sun in most areas)  and will be cold hardy a bit below a freeze.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS SHOWN HERE $65

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Zamia species unknown came in as Microcycas Zamia species unknown came in as Microcycas Zamia species unknown came in as Microcycas

 

ZAMIA VARIEGATA - AKA ZAMIA PICTA
TROPICAL ZAMIA WITH YELLOW BLOTCHES ON LEAFLETS


PREFERS FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NEW SEEDLINGS


This species has been known for decades as Zamia picta but in more recent times is being called Zamia variegata.  It gets its name from the fact that the leaflets contain yellow or gold colored streaks, blotches or spots on them.  It is a small cycad with stems under on foot in size.  Leaves are typically three to five feet long.  The leaflets are green.  The spots are variable in their intensity, but light colored and a yellow hue. On some plants these markings are more prominent than others. 

It is native to Mexico and Central America.  It prefers filtered light and should be protected from a freeze.  The last photo is by friend Rolf Kyburz.  Be aware this is a rare cycad and difficult to find for sale.


REGULAR PRICE SEEDLINGS THIS SPECIES $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE NEW SEEDLINGS $40

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

Zamia variegata seedlings new 1g Zamia variegata seedlings new 1g Zamia variegata seedlings new 1g
Zamia variegata seedlings new 1g Zamia variegata seedlings new 1g Zamia variegata picta
Zamia variegata picta Zamia variegata picta Zamia variegata picta Rolf Kyburz

 

TILLANDSIA CYANEA
THE PINK QUILL BROMELIAD


SLOW GROWING - PINK BLOSSOMS
CAN GROW EPIPHYTICALLY IN A TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES IN 8 INCH POTS

This attractive smaller Bromeliad is epiphytic, native to Ecuador, and lives on branches in trees.  It is never much bigger than shown here but will multiple forming small clumps.  It prefers filtered but bright light and is not for full, hot sun.  It has flat pink blossoms.  Each plant may put out several flowers as shown here.  These plants are five years old and just coming into blossom.  The main portion of the flower is pink.  From this emerge small violet-blue smaller flowers.  It hasn't done this yet.  These are super desirable and attractive.  If pot grown, it needs a quick draining soil.  Or, you can mount them on the trunk or branch of a tree.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Remember: Mention this Special.   These are easy to mail order and can be grown inside the house.

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Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea
Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea  

 

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 $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $105

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

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Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus by Ken Hill
  Photo by Ken Hill
Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus

 

 FRIDAY, 11 JANUARY, 2019

GERMINATING PALM SEEDS:

DO YOU HAVE BAD PALM SEEDS?
WHICH SEEDS TO PICK?
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A SEED IS NOT GOOD?
THE FLOAT TEST
THE PINCH TEST
CUT THE SEED OPEN
ALWAYS CLEAN OFF THE FRUIT

Many people love to germinate palm seeds and make their plants.  But, there are a few things you need to now right from the beginning if you want to successfully germinate.

1.  Get fresh seeds.  Right off the tree is best.
2.  Pick seeds that are mature, often colorful.  Green seeds germinate poorly.
3.  Remove the fruit from the seeds until you have a clean, often tan colored inner seed.  Fruit can contain chemicals that retard germination.
4.  Pinch test seeds.  Take the picked seeds (with or without fruit) and squeeze hard between two fingers.  They should never collapse.  Any seed that collapses between your fingers is no good.
5.  Float Test the seeds.  Cleaned palm seeds almost always sink in water.  Floaters are almost always bad.   Inner cavities of rot within the seed make them float.
6.  Cut open a few seeds.  The fruit should be white or light tan, solid and without signs of rot.  And, you definitely do not want to see inner cavities.  Inner cavities 99% of the time means the seed is bad.
7.  Remove all outer fruit before germinating.  Some experts feel that this outer fruit later has growth inhibitors.  Even fruit that is not a bright color or is dry or scaly must be removed.  This outer layer may be brown and hard but needs removal - see photos below.  After removing fruit, wash the seeds thoroughly to remove any remnant slime from the fruit.
8.  Always soak the cleaned seeds in pure water, especially if you had seeds shipped to you.  This rehydrates them.  If seeds are right off a tree and the fruit is moist and fresh, soaking is not necessary.  But, they would still be cleaned of any fruit.

Photos here show seeds with fruit, the float test with floaters and sinkers, seeds that failed the pinch test, seeds with hard outer layers that still have to have this layer removed and a few seeds cut open showing inner cavities (a bad sign).  For techniques on germination, see our recently updated article on 
Palm Seed Germination 
at this website.

Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Jubaea seeds ripe
Jubaea chilensis fruit, ripe
Jubaea chilensis cleaning fruit off seed
Cleaning fruit off Jubaea chilensis
Butia capitata seeds with yellow fruit
Butia capitata seeds with fresh, ripe and yellow fruit
palm seeds
Livistona saribus seeds with blue fruit
Green Chamaedorea tpejilote seeds
Green seeds Chamaedorea tepejilote
Green palm seeds
Green seeds, not ready to pick
Bad palm seed, collapsed
Bad palm seed, collapsed with pinch test
Bad palm seed
Bad seed, all collapsed with pinch test
Pelagodoxa henryana seed
You must remove the primative hard fruit from this Pelagodoxa henryanaseed
Metroxylon amicarum seed
Dry, scaly coat of Metroxylon amicarum must be removed
Attalea seeds
Same with these Attalea sp. seeds
Palm Seed Float Test
Float test:  Note floating seeds- no good
Palm Seed Float TEst
Float test - Astrocaryum seeds floating
Float Test Sinkers
Float Test:  Note good seeds sink to bottom
Cavity in Palm Seeds
Cavity in bad Astrocaryum mexicanum seeds
Palm Seed Cavity Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in palm seeds
Cavity in bad Gastrococos crispa seeds
Clean Jubaea seeds
Totally cleaned Jubaea seeds
Homogenious inside of a cut palm seed
Good seed cut open - firm inner tissue throughout
germinating cham benzei
Results of proper seed care and germination

 

POTTING UP A NEW PALM SEEDLING
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING TECHNIQUE
VEITCHIA SEEDLINGS


If you follow the techniques given in the article above, you will end up having seedlings that will need repotting into a growing container.  Shown here are some vigorous Veitchia seedlings that were germinated in a flat.  Flats are not our favorite for germinating (are not deep containers) but, for conservation of space, was what we used for these seeds.  You can see in the first two photos that these are well developed with about two or three leaves.  We prefer to have several leaves before we repot seedlings.

Photographs three to five show the seedlings after they've been removed from the germinating flat.  Note the compact and nice roots on the seedlings.  You must be careful when removing each seedling to protect the roots.  Cutting or damaging the roots can lead to damping off after removal. 

The last photo shows the seedling after being repotted into a one gallon.  Sometimes we put seedlings into our band containers ( 3 x 3 x 9 inches), but Veitchias typically are large, strong seedlings and respond better in a larger pot.  Of course, after potting up seedlings, water immediately and put them into filtered light.  Over time, you can give them more sun exposure. 

I hope this helps you have successful growing of your small new palms.


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Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 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 15 gallon on special and they are very nicely sized.  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.  These plants in this size pot are too big to ship by traditional carriers.  But, we can arrange delivery.  And, we also have 1g and 5eg sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $170

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The first six photos are our 15g size.  There's also one photo of our 5 gallon size which we also offer. 


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CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA PALMPEDIA
Photo c/o Palmpedia
CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
We also sell nice 5 gallon size
CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA rps
Photo c/o TS at RPS

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
CAN BE GROWN IN FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

You don't see this species offered that often.  It is native to the Pacific coastal mountains from Central Mexico down to Guatemala.  It has circular leaves that tend to be flat and a very glossy green on the upper side.  The underside of the leaves can be a bit silver.  Trunk diameter is a pleasant 12 inches and specimens can reach 30 feet of height after many decades.  

Regarding culture, it is not quite as cold hardy as other Brahea species like armata, clara and decumbens.  I'd suspect it may go into the upper teens F.  It is more tolerant of moisture and can be grown in filtered light if there's good drainage.  In the latter conditions the leaves are large, flat and shiny.  They sort of look like a Licuala leaf.

We just got in a limited number of nice 1g plants.  They are easy to ship.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE SHAVING BRUSH / FEATHER DUSTER PALM


UPRIGHT LEAVES
SWOLLEN CROWN SHAFT
TAKES SUN NEAR THE OCEAN

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

This is a single trunk palm that has green, upright leaves.  The hallmarks of this plant are the upright pointing leaves and the swollen crown shaft.  Almost always, the crown shaft is prominently larger in diameter than the trunk.  The trunk has rings from old leaf attachments.  Overall height after many decades is 25 to 35 feet or, on old specimens, even more.  Trunk diameter is eight to twelve inches.  Leaves are usually eight to twelve feet long.  Growth rate is slow.  Of note, we are putting nice 5g on Ten Day Specials.

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

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 5g size can be mail ordered.

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RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA


BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE


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.  These are very nice 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species available that often.  And, rarely one sale.

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


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

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

 

PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE
SUCKERING PALM, THIN TRUNKS


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Like many Ptychosperma species, this one is also from Papa New Guinea.  It is a medium sized clustering species with trunks that are one inch thick, premorse leaflets (jagged, chopped off at ends) and green leaves.  It gets to a height of about fifteen feet.  It is quite a rare species and we seldom have this species for sale.  Available now are nice one gallon plants that I'm putting on special.  This species would be considered a filtered light palm.  Cold hardiness is uncertain but I suspect most growers in my locality can succeed with this species.  Southern California growers manage well with most Ptychosperma species.  These can be easily mail ordered.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


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PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE
Ptychosperma lineare     

 

SABAL LOUISIANA
A RARE FORM OF SABAL


SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
CAN TAKE SOME SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

On the Internet there is a bit of discussion about this unusual type of Sabal.  It's much smaller than Sabal palmetto (like you'd see in Florida) but bigger than Sabal minor (like you'd see in Texas).  Searching shows that plants can develop five or more feet of trunk and they do tolerate full sun in Louisiana.  Leaves are medium sized mature and green in color.  The last photo shows a specimen that is in filtered light.  It's near impossible to find this "species" for sale. I have plants from apparently native seed that I'm offering on special here.  These would be easy to mail order.

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

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

Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana  
Sabal louisiana
Close up of base of plant 
Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana FreakPalmGuy at PalmTalk
photo by FPG PalmTalk 

 

VEITCHIA WININ
NATIVE ONLY TO VANUATU


SINGLE TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED
TALL PALM WHEN MATURE
SUPER RARE, HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to the Vanuatu Islands.  It can attain a mature height of over fifty feet.  Leaves are green, about eight feet long with somewhat drooping leaflets.  The trunk is gray in color and medium thickness.  This species makes bright red seeds.  It can tolerate full coastal sun and has been grown well by some in Southern California.   But, because of it's tropical nature, should only be tried by those in good climates.  We're offering nice 1 gallons on sale.  They've done well with our temperatures down to about 32 degrees F.

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

Remember to mention this Special when purchasing so you get this discounted price.  Mail order this size quite easy.

Veitchia winin   Veitchia winin Veitchia winin  
Veitchia winin   Veitchia winin   Veitchia winin  

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM


TEN DAY SALE BAND SIZE

This is a dwarf species of fan palm from the southern United States and is commonly found in the state of Texas.  It rarely gets foliage overhead with an average height of four to seven feet.  It has a long petiole and a small leaf.  The blossom produces an ample supply of small black seeds and juts upward above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a smaller plant.

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  These are shown in the first three photos.  I've also shown garden plants.  Be aware we have other, larger sizes for sale as well.

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

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.

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



            THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY 2019

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


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

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

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

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

 

BRAHEA ARMATA VERSUS BRAHEA CLARA
TWO COLD HARDY BLUE FAN PALMS
BUT, THERE ARE DIFFERENCES


Last year my son Jesse visited the garden of a long-time customer of ours who lives in Encinitas, CA.  I posted this last year but want to show it again because so many people ask about this.  This garden is a bit inland, perhaps eight miles from the ocean.  It sees highs in the nineties F. on a routine summer basis and cold temperatures in the twenties every winter.  His worst cold was in 2007 when his garden got down to about 22 degrees F.  The plants do get a lot of nice, not sun.  I'd estimate that his garden began about ten to twelve years ago.  So, his plants have some age but are not totally mature.  Most, but not all of his plants in the garden came from our nursery.

Below is a comparison in appearance of Brahea armata and Brahea clara.  I've discussed these two species before on this Blog.  Many argue that Brahea clara is, at best, a variety of B. armata.  Others say it's a separate species.  But, nowhere can you find side by side photographs of both so you can compare them.  Below you'll see this.  The most striking difference that I note at this time is in the petiole.  Brahea clara are more of a green color compared to the blue of armata.  In addition to the color, note the spines and armor on these stems.  Remember that both plants have seen essentially the same weather and are of comparable ages.  Also note how the Brahea clara leaf stems are clean and smooth.  There are none of the dorsal petiole hairs you see on the Brahea armata.  Rather, clara are smooth and shiny.  Also, the petiole of the B. clara also appears to be longer to me.  Perhaps clara leaves are somewhat more flat as well.

This is just one comparison of two plants and other individual plants could show other similarities or differences.  But, I thought these photographs would get you started on understanding these two "species".  Of course, we have both species for sale although our supplies of clara are very limited.  Both love hot sun.  Both take temperatures into the mid-teens F.  And, both are blue when mature.  We plan on getting in some one gallon B. clara in very soon.  These are easy to ship.  If interested, drop us an email or call. 

                                                                                            

BRAHEA ARMATA
 
BRAHEA CLARA
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Brahea armata Brahea clara
Brahea armata Brahea clara
Brahea armata Brahea clara
Brahea armata Brahea clara



BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
EASY TO GROW, NOT TOO TALL
SUPER BLUE COLOR  - COLD HARDY


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

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CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
A SEMI-DWARF TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM


GET UP TO ABOUT 8 FEET - SUCKERING SPECIES
COLD HARDY INTO THE UPPER TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This type of Bamboo Palm is known for several things.  First, it is one of the shorter true suckering and pinnate Chamaedorea.  It gets to a mature height of about 8 feet.  It is a great patio plant or can be grown inside.  It is also one of the more cold hardy types of Chamaedorea, only being beat out by C. radicalis.  Leaf color is green and sometimes there are hints of blue, a blue iridescence or even blue leaflet backs on this species.  Fruits are numerous and red in color.  Trunks are very thin. 

I'd recommend filtered light for this species although some have grown in in coastal sun.  Of note, it's one of the more cold hardy Bamboo Palms around, tolerating temperatures in the upper teens F.  The 2 gallon size in the first row of photos are very old for their pots.  I only have a handful of these available.  

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

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  The fifth photo shows a much larger 15g which is not on sale right now.


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Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix


THE MORETON BAY FIG - AUSTRALIAN BANYON
FICUS MACROPHYLLA
IN TIME WILL MAKE VERY LARGE TREE


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Our nursery normally doesn't grow a lot of non-flowering tropical trees.  But, we came across a popular Australian tree that may look small and cute in these photos but, in the ground, will form a colossal tree.  It prefers full sun and adequate water.  Slowly it get larger - and larger - and even bigger than that.  Trunks can get many feet in diameter and crown span can be over sixty feet.  Roots can spread above ground from the base of the tree or aerial roots drop from woody limbs, get to the ground and then form trunks themselves.  This tree should be planted in a large open area.

You can distinguish this species from similar Fig Trees like Ficus nitida and benjamina because the leaves are much larger.  They are a glossy green in color and yes, this tree produces small figs that are eaten by animals.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $20


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BRAHEA NITIDA
FLAT GREEN LEAF - NATIVE TO MEXICO


CAN TOLERATE LESS THAN FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This interesting fan palm is native to Mexico, where it lives in the western portion of the country in mountainous areas.  Its distribution extends down into Guatemala.  It attains a height of thirty feet with a stout trunk of one foot diameter.  The most attractive thing about this palm are its circular leaves, with only partial division of the segments.  This is particularly apparent when it is grown in filtered light.   In sun, the leaves are less flat and more divided.  When grown in shade, sometimes this species reminds me of a "Licuala-looking" palm in its leaf appearance.   

Cold hardiness is at least into the mid-twenties F.  It may in fact be more cold hardy.  The leaves are a shiny green with a white discoloration on the underside of the leaves.  The petioles are essentially un-armed.  From time to time we have this species available.  Shown here are nice 5g which I'm putting on sale.   The close up of the petioles shows the lack of armor.  Note the minimal division of the leaflets.  The plant in the garden below shows more circular, flat near entire leaves.  Compare this to the habitat photo, which was taken by a friend of mine, Justen Dobbs, in habitat and in full sun.  the leaves in full sun are more divided and not as tropical appearing..

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

Remember, mention this Blog Only Special for price at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers available..

 

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Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida


ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
PROBABLY VARIETY OF A. ALEXANDRAE
SWOLLEN BASE OF TRUNK


STEP OFFS AT THE GROWTH RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix Beatricae has always been a bit of a problem for taxonomists - whether it's truly a species or a variety.  Some feel it's a variety of A. alexandrae.  I won't get into that argument here.  But, the plants shown below came from seed from a A. beatricae.   Note the very swollen trunk base.  It flairs out.  It is also known to have notches or "step offs" at the growth rings.  I don't have a good photo close up of the latter.  These plants need to be repotted or go into the ground.  They can take coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  The 5g size singles are on sale but we may have a few multiples we'd offer at the same price.

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

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

 
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Archontophoenix beatricae Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricae

 

TILLANDSIA SPECIES JUST IN
AIRPLANT WITH YELLOW BLOSSOM
CLUSTERS WITH THREE TO FOUR PLANTS
NEVER HAD BEFORE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


Today we got in three Tillandsia clusters that we've not had before.  Our supplier told us they have yellow blossoms.  I don't know the species name (nor did the supplier) but they look reminiscent to Tillandsia fasciculata.  I've not seen them blossom as of yet.  The leaves are blue. These clusters can be mounted on a fence, post, tree trunk or you can just hang the wooden mount anywhere.  These are on sale for ten days.

To learn more about usage of Bromeliads in the landscape, see today's Blog elsewhere at this Website.

REGULAR PRICE THESE MOUNTED TILLANDSIAS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50


These should be easy to ship but remember to mention this Special to get the discounted price.

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ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM


FULL SUN, COLD HARDY, DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

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

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

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Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

HYPHAENE CORIACEA 
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN PALMS THAT FORK

ABOVE THE GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Shown here are the one gallon size of this branching palm from Africa.  Of course, you only see this branching habitat when it's in the ground and gets much larger.  It likes heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  The interesting thing about these plants is that they branch above the ground - to be contrasted with suckering from the base.

The first three pictures are Hyphaene coriacea in 1g size.  If you get one of these, make sure you have the heat, sun and room for one. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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


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Hyphanae coreacea    

 

THRINAX MORRISII
AKA LEUCOTHRINAX MORRISII
THE KEY THATCH PALM


ENDANGERED SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.

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Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii



SUNDAY, 6 JANUARY, 2018


HOW WE PREPARE PLANTS FOR SHIPPING
AN EXAMPLE WITH A LARGE FRAGILE POT
HOW WE DO IT - PROFESSIONAL PACKING

We continually get comments from customers of shipped plants on what an excellent and profession job we do with our shipping.  And, I must admit, this is true.  Case in point:  The plant shown here was a rare caudiciform bonsai in a fragile 20 inch ceramic pot.  The customer bought this plant in the pot.  He lives in Massachusetts.  So, we had to figure out how to ship it without breaking the nice container.  The pictures here show how we did it.

First, we used a plastic pot a little big bigger than the ceramic pot.  We lowered the plant pot into the surrounding plastic pot.  We then wrapped and padded the ceramic pot to absorb an impact.  We then stuffed paper balls above the dirt and attached four vertical boards to the height of the plant.  We then applied a lot of tape to stabilize it.  After this we took a heavy duty box and lowered the plant into the box.  We telescopically slid another box from above to go on the outside of the first box.  These two boxes were then securely taped together with extra duct tape over the most vulnerable area in the lower box (that's where they rupture if the box is dropped on its bottom).  We put on our shipping labels and, on the outside of the box, applied copies of about ten Agriculture Permits.  Then we shipped the plant the same day. 

It took two men an hour to do this.  Few nurseries go to this much trouble to ship plants. Only once or twice a year out of many hundred shipments do we have any damage to the box or plant.  Compare this to most nurseries that bang the root ball to free up soil and throw it in a box.  I think you'll be very pleased when you receive plants shipped by us.
And, almost always, we ship plants in their pots with soil!

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

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

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

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

And, fan palms add a different look and dimension to the garden.  A garden composed of only pinnate palms like King Palms is quite boring.  One has to mix fans into a garden to add diversity and interest.  I hope you can see with these photos how you could do this.
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Cryosophila kerriodoxa Licuala species
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KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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HYOPHORBE INDICA
RARE MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM
SLIGHTLY BULGING TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE D

AY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE
This is a medium sized, crown shafted, single trunk pinnate palm from Reunion Island.  There is a green and a brown-red form of this species.  The plants on special are the green form as far as I can tell at this time.  At the mature size, they seem to look more similar than different.  

Hyophorbe indica gets to a height of about twenty five feet, has a trunk diameter of about six inches, perhaps a bit more, and along the coast demands full sun.  If you grow it in shade, it will probably succumb to rot.  In far inland areas, I would recommend a part day sun application.  Cold tolerance appears to be in the mid-twenties, perhaps slightly lower. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $42.50

Remember:  Mention this Special when you buy.

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HYOPHORBE INDICA HYOPHORBE INDICA Hyophorbe indica TS RPS
  photo by TS, RPS

 

DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
CLUMPING MADAGASCAR PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFTS - VERY RARE


PLANTS SHOWN HERE FROM DOMESTIC SEEDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This clumping medium sized palm is native to Madagascar.  It has previously been called "Dypsis species white petiole".  It was formally described by Don Hodel about fifteen years ago.  It is most closely related to Dypsis baronii and known for its prominently white crown shafts.  Leaves are drooping with rather fine leaflets.  Trunks average about two inches diameter.  Plant height is a maximum of approximately fifteen feet. It can be grown in full coastal sun but should be allowed to grow up and into the sun.  So, starting in bright filtered light is best.  Exact cold hardiness is uncertain but most likely in the mid-twenties F. range.  I am putting one gallons on a Ten Day Special.  These are from domestic seeds.

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


Mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  These can easily be mail ordered.

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DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
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This and next photo by AL PACSOA
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SPANISH MOSS
TILLANDSIA USNEOIDES


HANGS FROM TREES, FENCES & POLES
TAKES LITTLE WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

REGULAR PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25

Mention this special for your Discount.
 
 

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Spanish Moss Spanish Moss Spanish Moss

 

ACOELORRAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM


SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
PHOTOS OF TREE IN FRUIT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE SUCKERING 5 GALLON

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

We're offering nice five gallon plants on a Ten Day Special.  These are shown in the first five photos.  Of note, fruits are small and orange in color.  The last four photos show garden plants.


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


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BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 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 5 gallon plants which are about 5-6 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!

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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

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BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS 
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LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM

COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

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


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

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RAVENEA GLAUCA
A THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR


SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


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

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

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

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DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS


USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This 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.

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Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
 


DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of 5g for sale.  They are quite nice and we're putting them on special.  They are in very limited numbers.  When these are gone, there may be no more until next year.  This species wants filtered light in a  warmer coastal area.  In somewhat colder regions, they may freeze but usually the underground bulbs come back in spring.  They get to about five feet tall. This plant is not for full, hot sun.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.

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FRIDAY, 4 JANUARY 2019

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SEEDLINGS
IN BANDS AND ONE GALLON


WHAT'S AVAILABLE ON SOME SUPER RARE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND & 1 GALLON - ALL ENCEPHALARTOS

This post is not meant to educate you about Encephalartos.  Rather, it's merely a presentation of some of the smaller sizes of this genus that we have available at the nursery.  Some customers like to buy small cycads.  So, we went around the nursery pulling one gallon and band plants.  All below are Encephalartos except for the first photo, Stangeria eriopus.  I'm showing about three dozen species You'll note some are quite old for their container.  A few are probably over five years old.  Only one or two are new seedlings. 

I hope this gives you an idea of our Encephalartos inventory in small sizes.  All of these would be easy to ship within the U.S.  And, our two most popular small sizes will be on sale for ten days.  Of note, availability does change over time.  If we don't have what you seek, we probably have a great substitute (or large plant) or will get in your chosen species in a while.
 

PRESENTED ALPHABETICALLY BELOW

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF REGULAR PRICE ON ALL ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES,  BAND & ONE GALLON SIZES


What a great way to start a collection all at once.  Just remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

Stangeria eriopus
Stangeria eriopus
Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos aplanatus
Encephalartos aplanatus
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos chimanimaniensis
Encephalartos chimanimaniensis
Encephalartos concinus
Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox curley leaf
Encephalartos ferox
curley leaf
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius
blue
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius
blunt tip
 Encephalartos longifolius x horridus
Encephalartos longifolius x horridus
Encephalartos manikensis 
Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos middelburgensis 
Encephalartos middelburgensis
Encephalartos msinganus 
Encephalartos msinganus
Encephalartos munchii 
Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos natalensis 
Encephalartos natalensis
 Encephalartos natalensis x arenarius
Encephalartos natalensis x arenarius
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
eNCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS BAND 
Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos pterogonus 
Encephalartos pterogonus
Encephalartos senticosus 
Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos tagulaneus 
Encephalartos tagulaneus
Encephalartos transvenosus 
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos trispinosus 
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos turneri 
Encephalartos turneri
Encephalartos umbeluziensis 
Encephalartos umbeluziensis
Encephalartos whitelockii 
Encephalartos whitelockii
cycad seedlings 
Cycad seedling bench, one of about
thirty benches with cycad seedlings

 

OUR CYCAD SOIL
GREAT DRAINING SOIL MIX
WE DO SELL IT BY THE 15 GALLON BAG

From time to time, I do work on making our cycad soil formulae better.  Our basic ingredients are pumice, coarse sand (#12), fir wood chips, fir shavings, peat moss, perlite, and a touch of high grade topsoil.  We also add dolomite and a slow release Osmocote fertilizer.  Be aware, there is no "perfect" single mix or formulae that you have to use.  At this website I do give a specific component ratios for a cycad mix.  (link below)  This soil shown will support most cycads and is quick draining.  One ideally might alter it for tropical species like lush Zamia.  When available in surplus, we do sell this cycad mix by the bag for those who don't have the capacity to make their own.  But, it's way to heavy and expensive to ship by mail order because of the weight.

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX


 
Cycad Soil  Cycad Soil  Cycad Soil 
Cycad Soil  Cycad Soil  cycad potting soil 

 

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


NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


We've found that customers really like this interesting Nerogelia.  This bromeliad has red speckling on the dorsal aspect of the leaves.  Sun seems to bring out this red coloring.   So, give it some sun.  If you are far inland, part day sun is better.  this bromeliad is sort of difficult to find.  These would make a nice companion plant that adds color to the garden.  Note, these are not single head plants but suckering with multiple growth points and heads of leaves! 

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

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

Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled
Nerogelia speckled    


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

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 


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

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

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  We have a pretty good supply available of assorted sizes. Note how the base of the well grown Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.  The first photo in row three was taken by a customer of ours in San Diego.

The plants I'm putting on special today are an easily shipped size of 5 gallon - about four to five feet in the pot. 

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase.
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
A MORE PETITE SPECIES OF THE WINDMILL PALM


SMALL, STIFF LEAVES
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS


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

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

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

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

  

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES


THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


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

We're offering nice 15g plants on special as shown.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $140

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing. 
 


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



    

SUNDAY, 30 DECEMBER, 2018

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES


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

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

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

Of note, we always have smaller sizes of this species available.  And, sometimes, we can offer 15g and do have huge 25g presently.

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

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA - DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES
LARGER, "USER FRIENDLY" CYCAD
GREEN LEAVES
NO SPINES AT ALL
NEEDS PLENTY OF ROOM TO GROW

Native to Queensland and northern New South Whales, Australia.  In habitat, plants have been known to reach heights of over thirty feet with trunks up to two feet wide.  But, realize that such trees can be centuries old.  It holds a crown of several dozen glossy green leaves.  The petioles and leaflets are totally spine free.  They are soft to the touch.  Leaf length is typically six to nine feet and have a gentle downward arch.  New leaves emerge vertically.  Trunks typically have old leaf bases attached.  Cones are very large.  Male cones are cylindrical, long and upright.  Overall appearance of this cycad is lush and tropical.  Because of the long leaves, it does need adequate room in the garden to grow.  It can be grown in full sun near the ocean but does quite well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Growth rate is slow.  From germination, it take us eight to ten years to grow a nice, large 15 gallon plant.  The specimens shown below would be considered "massive" nursery plants. They were all part of a thirty-five plant collection we obtained in January of last year.  Container sizes are mostly 35 gallon.  We do have smaller for sale.

 
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Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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VEITCHIA ARECINA
VEITCHIA ARECINA
VEITCHIA ARECINA

 

SABAL LISA
AN UNUSUAL FORM OF SABAL PALMETTO
STIFF, RIGID & LESS DIVIDED LEAVES
COLD HARDY - FULL SUN
HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS

In 1998 Riefer and Zona published an article on this unusual form of Sabal palmetto that was found in southwest Florida.  There are very few of these in habitat.  It is felt to be some type of genetic alteration of the typical palmetto.  Leaves are rigid, upright and less divided compared to the typical Sabal palmetto.  Indeed, it is a peculiar and different appearing fan palms.  It is a full sun palm that tolerates temperatures into the upper teens F. (Zone 7).  At this moment, I don't recall where we obtained seeds.  But, they probably came from a friend of the Nursery.  What's on special are seedlings in one gallon pots.  This palm is difficult to find on the market.  For more information, read the article - link given below.

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

Remember, Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Supplies are very limited.


LINK TO ARTICLE ON SABAL LISA
 
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SABAL LISA SABAL LISA SABAL LISA

 

RAVENEA JULIETTIAE
SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


GENTLY ARCHING LEAVES
SERIOUSLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD

TEN DAY SPECIAL ESTABLISHED 15G SIZE


This is an endangered species from eastern Madagascar.  There are perhaps just fifty trees remaining in the wild.  It gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet.  It has no crown shaft.  Leaves are green and arch gently downwards.   Leaflets are narrow and trunk diameter is about six inches or a bit more.  The fifteen gallon plants I'm putting on sale are eight to ten years old and very nice.  We only have a few.  It likes full sun and is being well grown by serious collectors in our area.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.

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


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

 
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Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae