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WEDNESDAY, 17 OCTOBER, 2018

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The 15g plants on special are chunky and nice.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $160


Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
 
 
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi MR
Habitat picture Madagascar by MR
 
 Dypsis decaryi dypsis decaryi

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SAGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM


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

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

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


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

 

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA


TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to northeastern Australia.  It has previously been referred to as the Cape River Livistona.  Formal description was first done by John Dowe in 1998 - followed by other revisions.  It gets to heights above thirty feet with a trunk diameter of 10 to 18 inches.  In habitat it tolerates hot and arid conditions.  It is a full sun species with cold hardiness to at least the low 20's F.

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


Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Habitat photo by John Dowe c/o Palm Specialist Group

Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa by John Dowe Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa  


CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $65

Just mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

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

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 Ptychosperma lineare  PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE
PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE
Ptychosperma lineare     

 

CAVENDISH BANANA
DWARF CULTIVAR


QUITE COLD HARDY
FRUITS WITH MATURE PLANTS UNDER SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


We are not tropical fruit growers.  But, we appreciate how popular growing bananas is.  So, we're offering a banana cultivar that offers two nice qualities:  Short stature and pretty good cold hardiness.  The Cavendish Dwarf cultivar hardly ever gets above six feet tall.  We have a few 20 gallon, older plants where the top of the leaves at most get to your face.   This banana wants full sun in most areas.  Cold hardiness is at least to the low 20's F.  If cold does kill the growth above the ground, it typically comes back when weather warms.  And, yes it does produce edible bananas.  In fact, this variety of banana is often sold in organic farmer's markets. 

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount!

Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Wikipedia
Photo of Cavendish Bananas by Wikipedia
Cavendish banana

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT


MEDIUM SIZED UNUSUAL SUN PLANT
DROUGHT TOLERANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G

This interesting drought tolerant plant is native to Mexico and extremely drought tolerant.  In gardens, I've seen a few older plants with a few feet of trunk.  But, this species can actually get a trunk that is six or eight feet tall in fifty or a hundred years.  It loves hot sun.  The crown of needle like leaves is about eight feet across.  Each leaf is about the size of a knitting needle and four to six feet long.  They come to a point but are not very dangerous except perhaps to one's eye.  The plant looks like a "Pom Pom on a Trunk".  Leaf color is blue to blue green.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.  They like hot sun.  I'm offering a nice discount on these good sized 15g specimen plants. 

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

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

Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Mexican Grass Plant Dasylirion longissimum
Mexican Grass Plant Mexican Grass Plant Mexican Grass Plant

 

KALANCHOE BAHARENSIS
THE VELVET ELEPHANT EAR PLANT


SMALL TREE TYPE OF SUCCULENT
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
SORT OF BIZARRE APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G SIZE


This small to medium sized succulent has silver gray leaves with a thin trunk and mature height of ten to fifteen feet.  Leaves are thick to the touch and soft.  They feel somewhat furry.  When you bend a leaf then can snap and have a thickness to them.  Leaves are undulating and somewhat triangular shaped.  Flowers appear in winter and are yellow.  It'll take full sun or part shade.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Kalanchoe baharensis Kalanchoe baharensis Kalanchoe baharensis
Kalanchoe baharensis Kalanchoe baharensis  

 

SABAL "RIVERSIDE" HYBRID
AN UNKNOWN BUT INTERESTING CROSS

FIRST TIME EVER OFFERED
SHOULD BE SUN LOVING & COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

The bands I'm putting on a Ten Day Special are a hybrid of the very popular Sabal riverside.  The seed bearer was the S. riverside.  Unfortunately, I do not know what the mother was pollinated with.  In any case, it'll give a different looking fan palm.  If you know the appearance of a young Sabal riverside, you'd agree these hybrids do not share the typical appearance of this species.  I'd anticipate it being good size, sun loving with green or blue green larger leaves.  It should get at least to a height of twenty feet and take cold into the teens F.  So, try something different.  Easy to ship.  BTW, not knowing the parentage, I cannot show a mature plant. 


REGULAR PRICE BAND $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $32.50

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


SABAL RIVERSIDE hybrid SABAL RIVERSIDE hybrid SABAL RIVERSIDE hybrid
SABAL "RIVERSIDE" HYBRID    

 

            SATURDAY, 13 OCTOBER, 2018

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
STUNNING RED FEMALE CONE
GREEN HOLLY FERN - LIKE LEAFLETS


The first six photos below are of a 15g Encephalartos ferox at the nursery that has put out an almost "Fire Engine Red" female cone.  I fear the real color is not showing on this Webpage, but it's true red in real life.  This plant is for sale.  The caudex size is 12.5 inches.   I've found that male cones don't have the same intensely red color.  See last photo.  Leaves are green and leaflets are armed with small spines.  Many say the leaves look like a Holly Fern.  Mature, this is a medium sized cycad that likes either filtered light inland or some sun along the coast.   But, it's best not to grow it in full sun anywhere locally as leaves tend to get a lime green color.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F. 

I have shown an assortment of other photos below including a smaller plant at the nursery.   We have a nice assortment of sizes available.  But, only mature, larger plants will cone.

Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox female red cone

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

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.  All photos but one show plants on sale while the garden shot was provided by T.S.   
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa by TS RPW Chamaedorea plumosa

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - CROWN SHAFT

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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


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

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $35

Remember, mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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

 

AEONIUM JACK CATLIN
DWARF SUCCULENT
GREEN LEAVES WITH RED FRINGES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This dwarf succulent is best known it's small size, rosettes of green leaves with red edges.  It loves sun and is easy to grow.  Over time plants will have forking trunks with tons of leaves.  It's easy color for the garden without getting too big.  I've even had customers who use it as an interior plant in a bright location.  The first five photos show our 5g size on sale.  The last photo demonstrates the size and color of Aeoneum blossoms - bright yellow.  These can be mail ordered.

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

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Aeonium jack catlin Aeonium jack catlin Aeonium jack catlin
Aeonium jack catlin Aeonium jack catlin Aeonium blossom
NEOROGELIA HYBRID
LARGE, PURPLE, REDDISH THROAT
GOING TO BE A GOOD SIZED PLANT
JUST IN, ONLY A FEW AVAILABLE


This is the first time we've had this particular variety of Neorogelia.  First, these are very large and wide plants.  the leaf color is purple with older leaves turning green.  The plant's throat has a flush of red mixed with the purple.  It'll want filtered light and should be a great colorful addition to the garden.  We only have several presently.
Neorogelia large purple Neorogelia large purple Neorogelia large purple
Neorogelia large purple Neorogelia large purple  

 

NEOROGELIA HYBRID
RED CLUSTERING FIREBALL
SUPER POPULAR, TAKES SOME COASTAL SUN
FULL, OLDER PLANTS WITH LOTS OF HEADS

This popular Neorogelia has been a mainstay of our inventory for years.  I just just wanted to remind people that they, with a bit of sun, get a nice red color.  Individual heads are rather small but the group of heads is strong and robust.   The overall effect is great with lots of action and color.  I'd recommend a few hours sun along the coast and very strong filtered light inland.
Neorogelia red clustering Fireball Neorogelia red clustering Fireball Neorogelia red clustering Fireball
Neorogelia red clustering Fireball Neorogelia red clustering Fireball  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS
SUPER RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


NATIVE TO THE TRANSVAAL DISTRICT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This sought after and very rare blue to blue-green South African cycad is native to the Limpopo Province in northern RSA.  There it is critically endangered with a few hundred plants remaining.  It lives on granite mountain slopes at an elevation of about 2000 feet.  It prefers full sun and is an average speed growing species.  Mature size is over ten feet in habitat in centuries.  Leaf color in full sun is typically blue.  It is considered one of the more rare of the "Transvaal" South African cycads.  Shown here are 1 to 2 year old germinated seedlings that we have put into 1.5 gallon pots.  They were grown from domestic seed and pollinated by a very knowledgeable enthusiast.  Most have two leaves.  I'm showing five pictures of these plants we're putting on sale as well as several specimens we have or have had at the nursery.  Also shown are several garden specimens.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $95


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

 
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE BELMORE SENTRY PALM / CURLY PALM


THE "OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA"
CURVED LEAVES - UMBRELLA SHAPED CANOPY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species of single trunk, "non-crown shafted" pinnate palm is native to medium elevations on Lord Howe Island.  At one time is was possible to import seeds of this desirable palm along with Hedyscepe and Lepidorrhachis.  Because of conservation laws, the island can no longer legally export seeds or seedlings.  This has created a shortage of the more rare species from this locality.

Howea belmoreana is different from the Howea forsteriana (classic Kentia Palm) as it has curved leaves and an umbrella-shaped crown.  It also might be a bit more cold hardy.  It prefers filtered light or a little sun inland and can take more sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.  Growth rate, like the Kentia, is slow.  The 5g shown on special here are fairly nice.  They were potted up in early winter from over-sized one gallon.  These can be mail ordered.

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


Remember:  Mention this special for your discount when you purchase

Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

STAPELIA GIGANTEA
VERY DIFFERENT SUCCULENT
HUGE FLOWERS
NATIVE TO SOUTH EAST AFRICA
CARRION SMELL TO FLOWERS

This is a rare and super unusual type of succulent that has columnar armed, green stems that only get about 8 inches tall.  Then, as a surprise, it puts out huge 10 inch flowers that are literally bigger than the plant itself.  These hairy flowers are a faint tan color with hints of pink and yellow.  The center is red.  The scent of the flower reminds on of rotting flesh, similar to species of Amorphophallus.  This is a novelty plant that wants filtered light.  BTW, the blossom is short lived, only lasting about three days.
Stapelia gigantea Stapelia gigantea Stapelia gigantea
Stapelia gigantea Stapelia gigantea Stapelia gigantea


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

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


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

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

 

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


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

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


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Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia
 



            WEDNESDAY, 10 OCTOBER, 2018

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
VERY HARD TO FIND SPECIES
OFFERING NICE 5 GALLON SIZE


This endangered semi-dwarf palm species is from the Comoro Islands, close to Madagascar.  It has a very thin trunk. Although reports of twenty foot palms in habitat exist, in most domestic gardens don't expect anything over ten feet in a lifetime.  Trunk diameter is two to three inches.  Leaf size is three to four feet.  Most have grown this species in part day sun or filtered light.  However, I have one customer growing it well in full sun.  Cold hardiness is in the mid-twenties F.

Below I am showing our offering of the 5 gallon size which we have available.  This 5g size is easy to ship.  Or, if you live locally, drop by the nursery.  This palm does fine in Southern California and is the ultimate of pinnate leaf palms where "short" is needed.  I've shown below several shots of mature garden specimens to illustrate this species height.  Also shown in the last photo is a 25g plant which we sometimes have available.


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CARYOTA RUMPHIANA
THE AUSTRALIAN FISHTAIL PALM
SMALLER THAN CARYOTA URENS
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE

This is a single trunk, monocarpic (when it flowers, the tree dies) species of palm native to northeastern Australia, PNG and the Philippines.  It has a more slender trunk and doesn't get as tall as Caryota urens.  The trunk is more narrow.  In my yard it has gotten to a height of about 40 feet.  And, it may have a longer life in the garden than either C. urens or gigas.  In my garden it has outlived all of the urens and still looks great after twenty-five years.  The urens died about five to seven years ago, same age.  But, I suspect it doesn't take the cold as well as urens.   Mine has seen temperatures at worst into the mid-twenties.  I'd estimate it'll maybe go into the low 20's F.    to C. urens and for sure C. gigas, the trunk is much more narrow.  Leaves are green and about 8 to 10 feet long.  The problem is that you hardly ever see this species for sale.  This is because it's rare in cultivation and a tree has to die to get the seeds.  This means that seeds are rarely available.  But, available now are some young plants in one gallon pots in very limited numbers.   

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CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM
SILVER UNDERSIDE TO THE LEAVES
MODIFIED SPINES ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It can get up to a height of 25 feet but most garden specimens are under 15 feet.  Two things are quite noteworthy:  First, the undersides of the leaves are a silver-white.  A picture below of a nursery plant shows this.  Secondly, the trunk is narrow and covered with "modified" spines.  They are not real sharp and are not true spines.  The dorsal side of the leaves is green. 

This palm likes strong filtered light and right on the coast may take part day sun.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be in the high 20's F.  Growth rate is medium.  The last photo by Tobias Spanner shows a near mature tree.  You have to have an overhead crown of leaves to really see the silver color. 
The 5 gallon on special are shown in the first five photos.  Also shown are a few 15 gallon at the nursery.

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

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

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CYCAS BIFIDA
OLDER 15 GALLON PLANT AVAILABLE
DIVIDED LEAFLETS
SUPER RARE CHINESE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 15 GALLON PLANT

I am showing here a cycad that is native to China and very rare and hard to find.  It is known for its divided leaflets.  Off the leaf stem you typically see two leaflets, sometimes more.  Leaves go straight up in the air and are green in color.  This is a cold hardy species that likes filtered light.  Leaf length is typically about six feet, sometimes more in the garden.  

Cold tolerance is down into the lower 20's F.  The plant shown here is about twelve years old in a 15g pot.  We recently decided to put it into this 15g pot to promote leaf size.  It'd be a bit difficult to ship as it would require a tall box.  But, it is possible.  Caudex size is about 4 inches.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $525


Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this discount.  The garden specimen is by Chinese Gardening Nursery.

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Cycas bifida Cycas bifida by China Gardening Nursery  

 


CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THINK TRUNK PALM
UPRIGHT LEAVES - FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Shown here is a gorgeous example of one of the more beautiful of the New Caledonian palms.  
Cyphophoenix nucele is from Lifou Island, gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and takes strong filtered light or part day sun in most coastal areas.  It has a thin trunk with lots of silver color.  Leaves tend to but upright as opposed to C. elegans where the leaves are more arched.  The first garden photo was taken in Vista, CA.  You'll notice how healthy it looks in strong filtered light.  I am also showing a few 15g available at the nursery.

The plants shown here on special are the 5g size.  We may also have other sizes available.  I'd estimate the cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Very limited numbers are available.  This plant can be shipped or delivered if needed.  They have been grown from seed and are about 7 years old.


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

Remember:  mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM - NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA
ELEGANT SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
CROWN SHAFT - THIN TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk palm species is native to the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia.  It has a rather thin trunk that typically is six to eight inches thick.  Leaves are about six feet long.  The crown shaft is silver green in color and the leaves are green.  Mature height is about 25 feet on average.  It tolerates temperatures into the 20's F.  I've been growing one in my garden for about 40 years.  It's still gorgeous.  Some plant them as small colonies, two or three together.  We're putting our 2g size on special.  It's been a while since we've offered this species or size 

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

Remember to mention this Special.  These can be mail ordered.

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ZAMIA FISCHERI
AKA ZAMIA VASQUEZII


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

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

The two plants shown here in the first two rows below are eight to ten years old.  One is a female in cone (illustrated).  I am also showing (last row) two super robust garden specimens.    

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT THIS SPECIES $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discounted price! 

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RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM 
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS


ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

Shown here is the 2 gallon size of the Lady Palm.  We are offering them on special.  Have you ever wondered why you hardly ever see Rhapis on sale?  It's because they are super slow growing.  The plants shown here are about five years old and locally grown.  Rhapis excelsa is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS BATCH 2 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase

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PHILODENDRON RADIATUM
CLIMBING PLANT WITH LARGE LEAVES
NATIVE TO THE AMERICAS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

As some of you know, we offer a pretty nice selection of unusual Philodendron that you normally would only be able to get my mail order from a few nurseries.  This species is from the Americas - distribution from Mexico to South America.  I have leaves that, in tropical areas, get to widths of 3 feet and can have as many as ten leaf lobes.  I'd recommend filtered light.  It seems to tolerate a freeze.  We have a limited number of 2 gallon.  I'm putting them on a ten day Sale.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 2 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $45

Remember:  Mention this Special at time of purchase!

 

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SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE
PHOTOS OF TREE CLOSE TO OUR NURSERY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G ORANGE-RED TYPE

We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large blossoms.  Over 99% of the trees you'll see have the orange or red-orange blossoms.  There is also a rare yellow blossoming form (last photo).  In our area, this makes a medium sized tree as shown below.  It blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  It wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F.  The garden photos shown were taken a few days ago just a few blocks from the nursery.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special when you buy.

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ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
COMPACT PLANT WITH NO SPINES


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 2&3 G PLANTS


This popular dwarf cycad is from Mexico and rarely gets over four feet tall.  Plants do cluster and form low profile clumps.  Stems can get typically to about 12 inches although taller stems are seen in the wild.  Leaves are almost always under 36 inches long.  Leaflets are wide, short and have no spines or armor.  This is a very user friendly plant.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and needs filtered light in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F, perhaps a bit lower.  

We're offering here 3 gallon plants.  They are nice plants for starting in the garden.  We do have larger plants that are not on sale right now.  But, this size can easily be shipped right in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


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

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ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN


CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant
 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asparagus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
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SUNDAY, 7 OCTOBER, 2018

 

THE CYCADS
BY LORAN WHITELOCK
NEAR PERFECT USED COPY AVAILABLE


We normally do not sell books.  Yesterday, the widow of a cycad enthusiast came by the nursery.  She had a handful of books that she wanted to sell.  I'm showing two important books here.  Essentially neither is available new at this time.   Both are true collector's books.

The first book is
The Cycads by Loran Whitelock.  This is the original publishing of this book in 2002.  It's probably the best publication on cycads ever produced.  This copy is in very excellent shape, near pristine with the dust cover.  You really can't tell that it's ever been opened or read.  It's difficult to find such nice copies of the book available.

Price $150
(sales tax applies in CA)
Shipping $10 anywhere in the U.S.

Usually superb used copies of this book sell for a hundred more than this price.


Monday Morning:  This book has sold