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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.
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 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 henryana seed
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

 

VARIEGATED GINGER


UNKNOWN SPECIES
VERY INTERESTING LEAVES 

I was going to put this plant on special.  I brought it forward to our sales area and took these photos.  But, in the two hours before we closed, someone bought it.  I don't know the species.  It came from a private collection without a species label.  But, thought you'd enjoy seeing the leaves with their unusual pattern of variegation and without one leaf almost totally white!

 

Variegated rare Ginger, unusual   Variegated rare Ginger, unusual   Variegated rare Ginger, unusual  
Variegated rare Ginger, unusual   Variegated rare Ginger, unusual   Variegated rare Ginger, unusual  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS

NEWLY EMERGING RED LEAVES
FAIRLY TALL CROWN SHAFTED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE 


By popular demand I have put this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species of King Palms. Mature heights can read 60 to 80 feet.  Compare this to the height of the common King Palm at about 40 to 50 feet.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color. 

It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  Of note, as you see on one photo below, the newly emerging leaf is red.  I wish to thank L.N. below for his picture of a mature tree.  The plants I'm putting on special are 5 gallon size.  Most are multiples and the one shown below is a double with two plants in the pot.  In the last row of photos, I'm showing two 15 gallon plants, but they are not on special right now.

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


Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

Archontophoenix maxima   Archontophoenix maxima   Archontophoenix maxima  
Archontophoenix maxima   Archontophoenix maxima Luke Nancarrow  Archontophoenix maxima  

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE
THIN TRUNK FOR THIS GENUS

NEVER OVER ABOUT 20 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE

This single stem fan palm is native to northern and western Mexico.  It is not a tall palm.  Heights vary from 12 to 25 feet with an 8 to 10 inch thick trunk.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  Old leaf bases will persist on the trunk but eventually fall off making a smoother trunk.  The crown is not overly large with fairly compact and small green leaves.  Growth rate is medium.  It is a full sun species with cold tolerance down to the lower 20's F or a bit lower.  The special today is for the 2g size.  This size can be easily shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 2G $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G $50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special as this price is not posted anywhere else.

Brahea aculeata  Brahea aculeata  Brahea aculeata 
Brahea aculeata  Brahea aculeata  Brahea aculeata 
Brahea aculeata  Brahea aculeata   

 

COLORFUL THIN LEAF CROTON
ALSO CALLED "CURLY LEAF CROTON"


RED, YELLOW, ORANGE, BLACK AND GREEN!
MOST COLD HARDY VARIETY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH POT SIZE


Crotons are a family of plants that are colorful and quite tropical.  Enthusiast instantly like them.  In tropical areas like South Florida and Hawaii, they are seen quite commonly.  There are many species in this family and a whole variety of leaf shapes, leaf sizes and plant heights.  Most like at least some sun.  The problem is that most don't do well here in Southern California.  The plant on special is what we've found to be the most cold hardy Croton.  Known for it's thin and often curled leaflets, it still has all the colors you're looking for.  I'd suggest not growing it if you definitely have harsh weather or frequent freezes.

REGULAR PRICE 6 INCH $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $22.50


Croton thin leaf  Croton thin leaf  Croton thin leaf 

 

BILLBERGIA SPECIES - A BROMELIAD
SUMMER BLOOMER WITH PINK BLOSSOMS


HUGE CLUSTERS IN POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLD PLANTS


Billbergia is a type of Bromeliad that grows quite well in the ground.  They are from Mexico, Central and South America and some Caribbean locations.  Most are summer bloomers with large pendent blossoms that have colorful petals.  The representative photo below is from Wikipedia.  The plants we're putting on special are five to ten year old cluster plants with about ten to twenty plants per pot.  When they blossom they'll give a huge display of long-lasting color.  Usually when you buy Bromeliads, you just get one plant.  Then you wait ten years to get a cluster like these.  They take coastal full sun and can survive a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE THESE CLUSTERS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS $75


These can be shipped.  Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get this special price.


Billbergia species  Billbergia species  Billbergia species 
Bilbergia species  Bilbergia species  Billbergia blossom Wikipedia 

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHACOMA
AKA TRITHIRNAX BRASILIENSIS

MEDIUM SIZE, COLD HARDY FAN PALM FOR SUN
TWO PLANTS SHOWN - ONE FROM SUN, ONE FROM SHADE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk tropical fan palm is noted mostly for its spiny trunk.  The spines are long, randomly directed and almost needle sized.  It is native to South America and gets to a height of about twenty feet.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Unlike Trithrinax campestris , the leaflet tips on this species are not sharp nor pointed.  It is a medium rate grower.  These plants are easy to ship.  The fruits of this species are a yellow color and very attractive.

Another interesting point:  The plant on the left was grown in bright sun.  The other one in filtered light.  Note how the sun grown plant is more compact with shorter leaf stems.

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


Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.


Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma 
Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma 
Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma   

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS
THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
POSSIBLE DWARF FORM OFFERED


COLD HARDY, LOVE HOT SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 1 GALLON PLANTS


This species is native to the Mediterranean coast of Europe and the genus extends down into Morocco where plants become more blue in color and are known as C. cerifera.  Regular Med Fans are green to blue-green in color and one of the most cold hardy palms around.  They like sun and tolerate temperatures perhaps below 15 degrees F.  Color of the leaves and height of the stems is quite variable.  There are dwarf and very tall clones found.  We’ve grown quite a few of these and these two plants drew attention.  They look different with very small, compact leaves compared to others.  And, the one gallon on the left below has four suckers already.  This tells you something is different about these plants.

Leaf stems are armed and the underside of the leaves is often silver.  This is a suckering species.  Mature heights are variable, anywhere from about eight feet up to fourteen feet.  But, the plants shown may be a clone that only gets to six or eight feet height.  We are offering this size on special.  They can be mail ordered easily.  

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


Blog only special.  You must mention it when purchasing.  I have no photos of the dwarf Med fan available presently.


Chamaerops humilis poss dwarf 1g May   Chamaerops humilis poss dwarf 1g May   Chamaerops humilis poss dwarf 1g May  
Chamaerops humilis poss dwarf 1g May   Chamaerops humilis poss dwarf 1g May   Chamaerops humilis poss dwarf 1g May  

 

RHAPIS (MULTIFIDA X HUMILIS) X R. MULTIFIDA
A SUPER RARE HYBRID BY LOUIS HOOPER


PROBABLE CROSS THAT WILL NEVER BE DONE AGAIN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This may be one of the last times I can offer Rhapis hybrids by the famous Luis Hooper of La Habra, CA.  As many of you know, he is one of the few people who has ever done unusual Rhapis crosses and is presently unable to deal with the plants any more because of health issues.  The plants being offered are about five years old and an F2 hybrid.  The R. multifida x humilis was back-crossed with multifida.  This should give an attractive palm with small, thin leaflets and mature height of about ten feet.  Trunks should be tidy and about an inch thick.

Anticipate they'll be green in color, slow growing and want filtered light.  They should be cold hardy to about 22 to 24 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65 (SUPER RARE)
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $50

Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special.  I have no photos of mature plants for this cross.  This is probably the first time it's been offered for sale.


Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida band   Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida band   Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida band  
Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida band      

 

DYCKIA SPECIES
A SOUTH AMERICAN BROMELIAD


LOVES ARID, DRY LOCATIONS
GETS RED IN SUN – ONLY A FEW AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL DYCKIA CLUSTERS

Dyckia is a genus of the Bromeliad family and is native to Brazil and central South America.  There are over 150 different species.  These plants are from high altitude, fairly rugged, like sun and heat and live in rocky, sort of undesirable, locations.  They are a terrestrial plant and not epiphytic in trees.  Thus, their roots actually grow in the soil.  This is different than almost all other Bromeliads.  The plant shown here is pretty old and has suckered.  The reason people like Dyckia is because they take dry and hot conditions and shown a prominent red color in bright sun.  I’d estimate plant ages at ten years.

REGULAR PRICE THESE DYCKIA CLUSTERS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $60

These are easy to ship and should be cold hardy into the low 20's or below.
  I only have a few available for sale.


Dyckia species red clustering  Dyckia species red clustering  Dyckia species red clustering 
Dyckia species red clustering  Dyckia species red clustering  Dyckia species red clustering 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


STUNNING RED FEMALE CONE
GREEN HOLLY FERN - LIKE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER BAND SIZED PLANTS  

Encephalartos ferox is a green cycad from South Africa.  It does not trunk.  It has “holly fern-like” leaflets and develops red cones with maturity.  Most grow it in filtered light.  It can take part day sun right on the coast.  Leaf length gets up to perhaps six feet.  Leaflets are a bit prickly.  Photos below show the almost "Fire Engine Red" female cone.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F.  The band sized plants on special have caudexes of 1 to 1.5 inches are about six years old.  These are NOT new seedlings and are ready for repotting.  I’m also showing some more mature nursery specimens.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD BAND PLANTS $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BAND SIZE $45

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


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

 

SUNDAY, 19 MAY - 28 MAY, 2019

 

RHAPIS HUMILIS
RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM

 
GET TO OVER 20 FEET AND TAKE COASTAL SUN
TWO FIVE GALLON DIVISIONS JUST AVAILABLE


Rhapis humilis is a tall, suckering and thin trunked fan palm.  It is a type of "Lady Palm" and this species is one of the most sought after.  This is because it's a great growing species, has strong canes that don't bend over and gets significantly tall for the genus - tallest of the Rhapis genus.  It does sucker and produces canes averaging one inch or a bit bigger in diameter.  Leaves hold up to twenty leaflets that are narrow, a bit droopy, dark green and come to a point at their ends.  The more common Rhapis excelsa leaflets come to a blunt tip at the end of the leaflets.  The amazing thing about this species is that it attains such tall heights.  I've seen specimens that have reached twenty-four feet!  Compare this to the average height of a R. excelsa at six to eight.  Finally, the Rhapis humilis is known to tolerate full sun along the coast.

Below I’m showing you two 5 gallon plants that are from divisions off a mature, sun grown specimen in Southern California. (photo with two plants)  They were removed about a year ago and grown outdoors.  Both are established and growing well.

Normally, when I offer this species, it’s larger, very expensive divisions that are way overhead.  Here’s a chance to get a smaller division at a more affordable price.  Also shown are monster sized plants that we sometimes have available. 

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Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM


PROPAGATED USUALLY ONLY BY DIVISIONS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS FROM MORE RECENT DIVISIONS


This is a suckering dwarf to semi-dwarf simple leaf palm that is native to Mexico.  It suckers, rarely gets over six feet tall, has short petioles and has small, entire leaves as shown here.   The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a totally different fashion.  It is called "stolinifera" because it forms new "stolons".  These are vegetative stems that emerge from the base of an older trunk.  They then shoot laterally, sometimes below the soil's surface, to reappear a short distance from the mother stem.  They look like "snakes" going over the soil surface, sometimes diving into the dirt to root.  This ability to shoot out new stolons often creates a very wide mature clump.

Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively as hardly ever are seeds available.  Below are five 5 gallon plants that were divided and potted up outdoors from mother plants a year ago - outdoors.  This size is shown in the first two rows of pictures below along with a few smaller plants.  I highly recommend this species.  

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS BATCH $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON THIS BATCH $80

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special.

Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
THE DWARF SUGAR PALM


SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE

This interesting Asian species rarely gets over ten feet tall, suckers, has Caryota type leaflets with jagged ends and is silver on the underside of the leaflets.  Its blossoms are super fragrant (a nice treat).  It takes sun or shade in coastal areas and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  On sale are nice 5 gallon plants (first six photos).  Also shown below are larger nursery plants.

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

But, mention this Special to get this price.  Easy to mail order.


Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
EXAMPLE OF NICE PLANT AT THE NURSERY
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  This species is small to medium in mature size.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus). 

The plant shown below is more of a green leaf variety.  It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  You could expect to have a nice garden sized plant from these old one gallons in five to seven years.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are four years old.  These are showing their blue color already at this stage and not in sun – so you’ll get blue.  Easy to mail order.  I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

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

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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


DROP DEAD GORGEOUS PALM SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

Shown here are the band size I'm putting on special.  I'm also showing several other sizes we often have for sale.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $37.50

Remember:  Mention this Special for you discount.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK CHAMAEDOREA
LIKE 
C. RADICALIS ON STEROIDS!


NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
5 GALLON SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I have not shown this species that often because it's rarely available and very difficult to find.  It is native to Mexico at high elevations near Chiapas.  It is a single trunk, understory palm that has sort of a thick trunk up to 1.5 or 2 inches.  The flowers are reminiscent of Chamaedorea radicalis as they shoot high into the foliage.  Its overall appearance is also similar to the trunking radicalis but with bigger leaves, wider leaflets and a thicker trunk.  It gets up to about 10 to 15 feet.

It grows in filtered light and seems to be cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  We have a limited number of 5 gallons available (first five photos).   Some pots have two plants per pot - so there's a chance to set some seeds.  These can be mail ordered.  I'm also putting them on special.  Please appreciate that this is a super rare species and is seldom offered for sale.  Note that the photos below show several larger plants from the nursery.

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


Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  Can be shipped.   

Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei

 

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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

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

 

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 HUGE BAND 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 bands on sale are huge for their container and need repotting.  We have limited numbers.  

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE BANDS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

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

 

RARE CYCAS SPECIES
ALL OLD FOR CONTAINER SIZE



THESE PLANTS CAN BE MAIL ORDERED
DIFFICULT TO FIND SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL OUR OUR RARE CYCAS SPECIES


Below you will see an assortment of six unusual Cycas species of cycads that we photographed recently.  These have all been seed grown at our nursery.  Estimated ages are eight to twelve years.  They were not repotted so most are large caudexes for their pots and didn't grow to their potential.  All need to go into the ground or be repotted.  All these plants have seen a freeze or colder at our nursery and are doing fine. 

Cycas is a genus of Old World plants native to areas stretching from China southwards through Asia, into Australia, surrounding areas and west over to Africa.  There’s even one native to Madagascar.  In general plants are larger than the Ceratozamia.  There are over one hundred species in this genus.  The common Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta, is a member of this group of cycads.  Most species have a cylindrical trunk with leaves emerging from the top.  The leaves of most are green in color although there are some difficult to grow blue species.  There’s even some species (see below) that are quite different and have branching leaves, much like the Fishtail Palms.  As a group, Cycas are fast growing and range in height from head level to way overhead.  

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY RARE CYCAS IN STOCK -
20% DISCOUNT OFF OF REGULAR PRICE


All of the plants shown below are a shippable size.  We have many more rare Cycas than shown here.


Cycas campestris

Citrus pot size

   
Cycas campestris Cycas campestris Cycas campestris
Cycas campestris Cycas campestris  

Cycas clivicola var lutea

Citrus pot size

   
Cycas clivicola var lutea Cycas clivicola var lutea Cycas clivicola var lutea
Cycas clivicola var lutea Cycas clivicola var lutea  

Cycas loei
AKA Cycas petraea
5 gallon

   
Cycas loei Cycas loei Cycas loei
Cycas loei Cycas loei  

Cycas pectinata
15 gallon

   
Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata
Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata  

Cycas species no spines
Unknown species
Citrus pot

   
Cycas species no spines Cycas species no spines Cycas species no spines
Cycas species no spines Cycas species no spines  

Cycas tansachana
Citrus pot

   
Cycas tansachana Cycas tansachana Cycas tansachana
Cycas tansachana Cycas tansachana  

 

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
myeri

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE COLOR, NOT TOO TALL, COLD HARDY CLUMPING PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the 15g plants I'm putting on special.  It is possible to mail order this size but our 5g size is much less expensive to ship and I'd offer a good price on them as well. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price. And, for those of you a long ways away, these can easily be shipped by Fed Express right to your door.  They are great for colder areas.

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera    

 

THE SILVER FERN
PTERIS ARGYRAEA

INTERESTING SILVER ON GREEN ON THE LEAF TOP


MEDIUM SIZED FERN
CLUMPING - USUALLY THREE TO FOUR FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANT

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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

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

 

PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM


SUCKERING, SOMETIMES LARGER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special


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

 

THURSDAY, 16 MAY, 2019

 

INTERIOR QUALITY PALMS - PERFECT CONDITION


ALL AVAILABLE NOW AND DESIRABLE SIZE FOR MAIL ORDERING
PLANTS IMPORTED FROM HAWAII OR FLORIDA


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

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

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


CARYOTA MITIS
5 GALLON SIZE
MULTIPLE STEMS
BIPINNATE LEAVES (BRANCHED)
INSIDE, CAN GET TO 12 FEET TALL
Catyota mitis Catyota mitis
Catyota mitis Catyota mitis Catyota mitis
CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
5 GALLON WITH MULTIPLE PLANTS
MAXIMUM HEIGHT ABOUT 8 FEET
PUFFY GREEN LEAFLETS
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
MULTIPLE PLANTS ONE POT
GREAT INTERIOR PALM
3 - 5 GALLON SIZE
IN CONTAINER, TYPICAL PEAK HEIGHTS TO 6 OR 8 FEET INSIDE
Howea forsteriana 3g Howea forsteriana 3g
Howea forsteriana 3g Howea forsteriana 3g Howea forsteriana 3g
HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
5  - 7 GALLON SIZE
LARGER THAN ABOVE
MULTIPLE PLANTS PER POT
SUPER BEAUTIFUL!
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g
RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
FULL AND LARGE 5 GALLON
GREAT FOR LOWER LIGHT CONDITIONS
BIG YET SHIPPABLE SIZE
SUCKERING FAN PALM
PEAKS OUT 8 FEET INSIDE
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
THINNER AND MORE TIDY CANES
SIMILAR TO RHAPIS HUMILUS BUT SHORTER
MORE LEAFLETS PER LEAF
POINTED LEAFLET TIPS
5 GALLON SIZE
SUCKERING SPECIES
SUPER DESIRABLE FORM OF THE LADY PALM
MATURE HEIGHT 8 TO 9 FEET
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Note:  More species available than shown here    

 

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 $300

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

Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD
LARGE DARK GREEN TO BLACK LEAVES
PROMINENT VEINS - PURPLE UNDERSIDE


GETS TO SIX FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS AS SHOWN

This is a hybrid of an Asian
Alocasia that is medium sized - up to six feet with rather large leaves.  Leaves has prominent venation, light colored.  Leaves are two to three feet long with purple undersides.  This is a super attractive plant that likes good draining soil and a bit of sun or strong filtered light.   It does like moisture.  It grows in zones 9B to 11.  We just got in some great plants that we repotted into 15g as they needed more root room.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

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

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

 

ALOCASIA DARK STAR
SMALLER HYBRID VARIETY WITH DARK STEMS


VERY ATTRACTIVE
FAIRLY COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 3 GALLON

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


REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


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

 

ALOCASIA SUMO
LARGE LEAVES - VERY TROPICAL

DARK STEMS, GREEN - PURPLE LEAVES
SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 3 GALLON

This is a hybrid of Alocasia portora.  After several years, overall plant size is six to eight feet.  Leaves are large, up to three feet across.  Leaf stems are purple-black and the undersides of the green leaves is purple.  It prefers filtered light and has been reported to grow in zone 7B.  So, it might go dormant in winter but should come back strong in spring.   We have only a handful of these.

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 GALLON $75


Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo

 

SYAGRUS SANCONA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN FOXTAIL PALM

VERY PLUMOSE LEAVES
HARD TO FIND BUT NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

This is one of the pretties Syagrus you can buy.  It gets its common name from the fact that the leaves are very plumose (multi-ranked or fluffy), resembling the Foxtail Palm.  As the photographs show, the trunk is thin for the height of this palm.  And it is prominently ringed.  Mature height can be 50 feet or more.  It is native to about six countries in the northern part of South America.  It prefers full sun once acclimated and is cold tolerant down to the mid-twenties F.

We just potted up some nice three to four leaf seedlings and put them in one gallon pots.  We don't have too many.


REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $37.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special to get this price.

Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona
Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

Mention this Special when you purchase. 


Australian tree fern Australian tree fern Australian tree fern
Australian tree fern Australian tree fern Australian tree fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian tree fern Australian Tree Fern

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM


NICE BAND SIZED PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The band size shown below are between three and four years old.  This is the only size we currently have available.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.  My thanks to Wikipedia for the more mature plant photo below. 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA

 

ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN ROYAL PALM TREE


FOLIAGE TYPICALLY MORE UPRIGHT

DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


This is a single trunk, pinnate and tall crown shafted palm tree is from northern South America and the Greater Antilles Islands.  The crown shaft is green, long and tubular.  As opposed to the Cuban Royal Palm, Roystonea regia, the leaves of R. oleracea tend to not hang down below the half-way point of the sphere of the crown.  In other words, if the crown were thought of as a circular area of leaves, on this species the leaves are from 9PM to 3PM.  The leaflets of this species are also more broad than the Cuban Royal.  The trunk is gray colored.  Height is typically under fifty feet although some specimens are about a hundred feet tall. 

It's a full sun palm with a cold hardiness into the mid to upper twenties F. We have a limited number of this hard to find type of Royal Palm.  

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL1 15G $165


Mention this Blog Special for this price.  


Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGER COLD HARDY CYCAD


A CYCAD THAT EVENTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A PALM TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

This larger cycad is native to Queensland, Australia.  Over many decades, it establishes a thick trunk and can get ten to twenty feet tall.  It is recognizable because of its long, curved and keeled leaves (V shaped in cross section).  Other species like M. johnsoni and communis have much flatter leaves.  The nursery plant shown here is in a 5 gallon pot and is about eight years old.  The caudex size is about three inches.  You’ll notice the keeled leaves on the photos.  It wants full sun.  It might even work in some sun in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  We have a whole assortment of sizes of this species.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON OF THIS SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON THIS SIZE $150

This size is easy to ship.  Mention this Special to get this price when purchasing.

Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei  

 

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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


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

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

 

TUESDAY, 14 MAY, 2019

 

COCONUT PALM
COCOS NUCIFERA


A GORGEOUS TROPICAL PALM
BRIGHT LARGE YELLOW FRUIT
VERY DIFFICULT TO GROW IN SOUTHERN CA 

There is hardly a palm more beautiful than Cocos nucifera, the Coconut Palm.  Although no one knows for sure it's original native habitat, presently they are found naturalized in tropical areas around the world.  They tolerate heat and sun, live right near salt containing oceans and get to a height of about 40 feet.  The yellow colored fruits are produced in abundance.  You might recognize store bought coconuts that are brown.  These are the seeds and within the thick fibrous husk of the fruit.  From a cultural point of view, this palm doesn't have a lot of cold tolerance.  It succumbs with temperatures below the upper thirties F.  There are few if any Coconuts flourishing in Southern CA.  All the photos here were taken in the Miami, FL area.  We do carry them from time to time in smaller sizes but try to talk the customer out of getting one.

Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Coconut Palm

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
BEAUTIFUL NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


HUGE 25 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON PLANT


This super desirable species from New Caledonia has a striped crown shaft, green ringed trunk and flat green pinnate leaves.  Because of the striping, it's known as the "Tiger Palm".  Leaves are green, the trunk is think and often ringed.  Mature height 25 to 30 feet.  We have several 25 gallon like the two shown below.  They are eight to nine feet tall.  In terms of culture, this species tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F. and does great with part day sun along the coast.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 25G PLANTS $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $450


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this discount,  Crown shaft photo by friend RK. 

Burretiokentia vieillardii 25g Burretiokentia vieillardii 25g Burretiokentia vieillardii 25g
Burretiokentia vieillardii 25g Burretiokentia vieillardii 25g Burretiokentia vieillardii 25g
Burretiokentia vieillardii 25g Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia viellieradii by RK

 

CARYOTA KIRIWONGENSIS
EXTREMELY RARE FISHTAIL


BEAUTIFUL LEAFLETS, GOOD SIZED WHEN MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This medium to tall tropical Fishtail species is so rare that we've only had a few in our nursery history.  It has large leaflets and a super attractive appearance in the garden.  Anticipate a mature size of 35 feet or a bit more.  This plant is about ten years old and eight feet tall.  We have this one and maybe one other.  Believe me:  If you like Fishtails that are different, this plant is for you.  It takes full coastal sun and has seen freezes at the nursery without injury. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $325

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special!
Photo c/o TS RPS

Caryota kiriwongensis Caryota kiriwongensis Caryota kiriwongensis
Caryota kiriwongensis Caryota kiriwongensis Caryota kiriwongensis
Caryota kiriwongensis TS RPS    

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA
LARGE, SUPER COLD HARDY SUCKERING PALM


SILVER BACKS TO THE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This is the most cold hardy species of the genus - goes down to the upper teens easily.  And, it's near impossible to find available anywhere.  Mature size is about 20 feet.  Mature, it's about twice the size of an average Arenga engleri.  The leaflets are green with very silver on the back.  The large 15g shown here is 12 years old and 8 to 10 feet tall in the pot.  I doubt you'll find this size and species elsewhere.  This size is too big to ship.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $240


Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you buy!
Photo by Eric, CFPACS

Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Eric CFPACS

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY


LIMITED NUMBER OLD SUCKERING 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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


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

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
A MEDIUM SIZED, DIFFERENT TYPE OF SYAGRUS


VERY OLD SPECIMEN ALREADY FLOWERING!
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT


This is an extremely slow growing type of Syagrus.  This plant is twelve years old and already has made a flower!  It has nice vertical trunk and is probably the biggest one available in Southern CA.  It's in a 15g pot and the latest leaf is well overhead.  By the way, this is the seed bearer of the desirable "Coconut Queen'.  So, in a few years, you can create your own.  Estimated age 12 years.

REGULAR PRICE THIS 15G PALM $300
SALES PRICE THIS ACTUAL PLANT $250

On garden photo, it's the palm in the foreground.

Syagrus schizophylla huge 15g Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla
Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla
Syagrus schizophylla    

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM


BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
SORT OF LIKE A SUCKERING KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain suckering form.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It sort of looks like a suckering Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.

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


We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but hopefully more will become available over time.  Mention this Special for your discount. 
 

Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica mountain form
Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica mountain form
Laccospadix australasica mountain form Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

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

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
RARE MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM


SLIGHTLY BULGING TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE 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.


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

 

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  

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII
THE MOST CLASSIC OF THE BAMBOO PALMS


MATURE, FLOWERING SIZE 15G
FILTERED LIKE, SHORTER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This New World suckering shade palm has pinnate leaves and never gets much above 8 to 9 feet.  This is the reason it's so popular.  It is sought out as one of the most popular interior palms.  This has been the case for about 100 years.  A good thing is that it does fit inside the home of the average house without hitting the ceiling.  Outdoors, it wants filtered light and is cold hard into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  The 15g on sale here are about ten or more years old and locally grown. They shouldn't get any taller and have about as many canes as a 15g pot will support.  And, they are much more sturdy and hardy than imported plants.  They've seen all of our cold weather. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $160

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

 
CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII
CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT


MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES!


The first six pictures here show an example of a really nice 15 gallon mature plant with male cones.  It is a clustered specimen with three main coning caudexes.  This species is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  Pictures below demonstrate this.  

I'd recommend filtered light.  It doesn't take up much room so it can fit into any garden.  It's a very "cute" species that people like.  It's also a wonderful patio plant.  I'd give it filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  These cycads are super easy to ship anywhere within the U.S.  We ship plants in their containers, soil and all.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES!

Shown below are this nice 15g male plant and a citrus pot at the end.  Also, I'm showing you garden specimens.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.   

Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae ceratozamia hildae

 

SATURDAY, 11 MAY, 2019

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER SPECIES

BLUE LEAVES - SMALL TO MEDIUM MATURE
CITRUS POT SIZE AVAILABLE


We just got in this citrus pot size of Encephalartos princeps.  We've been out of this species for about six months.  A three decade plant may have two feet of caudex and an overall height of six feet.  Plants above eight feet are rarely seen.  This South African cycad loves heat and sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  It grows at an average speed.   The plant shown here is $250 and has about seven or so leaves.  This is a very difficult species to find.

Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos prnceps  Encephalartos prnceps 
Encephalartos prnceps  Encephalartos prnceps  Encephalartos prnceps 
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 

 

PRITCHARDIA HILDEBRANDTII
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN TROPICAL FAN PALM
TOLERATES COASTAL FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE


This popular fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about twenty feet.  Leaves are usually green but there is a blue-leafed form.  Trunk diameter is about 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate with a bit of wave in the cross section.  Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  The 25g we have shown here is about 12 feet tall in the pot and is about 12 years old.  I’d estimate it’s the size of a 30 to 36 inch boxed plant.  It’s way too big for mail orders but could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $450

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA

 

RARE PINNATE PALM FROM PUERTO RICO
SOME 5 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Prestoea is a genus that is very closely related to another palm genus, Euterpe.  It is found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  Essentially all Euterpe are crown shafted palms.  Many of the Prestoea are not.  There are also distinctions between the flowers of these two genera.  Also, many of the Prestoea are suckering.  But, there is one that is single trunk.  This is Prestoea montana, native to mountainous areas of Puerto Rico.  I've always known of this species as not having a crown shaft.  But, I've seen photos (including ones from native habitats) where a crown shaft is seen.  

The hallmarks of this species are its wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and its overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a beginner species.  Shown here are some 5g plants that we just got in.  Previously, we've only had a few 15g plants.  We're putting the 5g plants on special.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price!

 
Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana 
Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana 
Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana 



JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - BUT SLOW GROWING


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

The sought after species, Jubaea chilensis, gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The band size on sale are about three years old.  They have three to four juvenile leaves.  This species is very slow growing and puts on trunk girth before getting taller.  We do have larger sizes for sale.  These would be easy and affordable to ship.

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

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount

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

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRAZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF

 

SUMMER BLOOMER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.  Also, be aware that soon we'll no longer be able to get these.  They are a summer bloomer.


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

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
A MORE PETITE SPECIES OF THE WINDMILL PALM


SMALL, STIFF LEAVES
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON 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 5 gallon on special are about five years old and showing their fan leaves. 


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

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

Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus by MG

 

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 Ten Day Special when you purchase.  These special are like a reward for reading our Blog.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL AREA

 

VERY SOUGHT AFTER BY ENTHUSIASTS
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER ONE GALLON PLANTS

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 in a hundred years.  It is one of the Transvaal (previous province within South Africa north of the Vaal River) species.  This species is 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 plants shown on special are older one gallon plants with five or so leaves.  They are an estimated five years old.  We rarely put them on special.


REGULAR PRICE THIS BATCH OF ONE GALLON $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115

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


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

 

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 $55

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Only a few left!

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

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!
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archonotophoenix teracarpar
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


SEE ABOVE

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

Remember:  Mention this Special!  Note - some singles and some multiples available.

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



Archonotophoenix teracarpa

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY, 8 MAY, 2019

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A FAVORITE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


TWO NEAR CONING SIZED NURSERY PLANTS
BOTH ARE FOR SALE


Below are two large specimens, both near coning, of the desirable blue South African cycad, Encephalartos lehmannii.  This species is native to the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  Thirty to fifty year old plants typically have caudex heights of two to three feet.  But, in many centuries, foliage can get above the head.  This species is slow growing, likes heat and full coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.   Note that the leaflets are spineless except at the leaflet tip. 

The first plant shown is in a 20 gallon pot and has a caudex of 9.5 inches with a 4 inch pup.  The second is in a 25 gallon pot and has a caudex of 13.5 inches.  Both are for sale and available.

Many people want blue cycads and quite a few don't like the "pokiness" of E. horridus or trispinosus.  So, this species is their favorite.  These two plants can be shipped.  Inquire if you'd like to know plant prices or shipping costs.  The last habitat photo is by friend MR.

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii 20g 9.5 inches with 4 inch pup Encephalartos lehmannii 20g 9.5 inches with 4 inch pup
Encephalartos lehmannii 20g 9.5 inches with 4 inch pup Encephalartos lehmannii 20g 9.5 inches with 4 inch pup Encephalartos lehmannii 26g 13.5 inches
Encephalartos lehmannii 26g 13.5 inches Encephalartos lehmannii 26g 13.5 inches Encephalartos lehmannii 26g 13.5 inches
Encephalartos lehmannii 26g 13.5 inches Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii MR

 

MOREL MUSHROOMS
A CULINARY TREAT


BUT, AT OUR NURSERY?
WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?


This post is not going to tell you that we sell or offer Morel Mushrooms.  Rather, it's a story.  I have rarely tasted anything quite as nice as a well prepared morel sauce.  Morels are not typically farmed - rather collected wild from the floor of forests.  They are one of the most sought after mushrooms in the world because of their unique and exquisite taste. 

One Christmas I had the idea of giving my son, Jesse, a gift of a "Morel Starter Kit".  I was hoping he'd grow them.  He tried but with no results or mushrooms.  He had grown them in a deep wooden tray.  With no results he brought them to the nursery.  Not knowing what to do with them, he threw the contents of the tray (soil and mycelium of the morels) underneath our first growing table near the perimeter of the greenhouse.  He didn't tell me he did this.

About five years later, outside the nursery wall, mushrooms appeared and appeared to be morels.  I couldn't believe it.  But, asking Jesse how they could have possibly gotten to our nursery, he told me about that tray and what he did with it.  We verified with the Ag Dept. here that they are indeed morel mushrooms.  So, we had the answer.  The photos show the morels outside of the plastic wall of the greenhouse in partial sun.  This is about the fourth year they've appeared.  The second row of photos are from nature.nbc.mo website.  morel mushroom npr.org and New Sherald website.

Morel mushrooms at greenhouse Morel mushrooms morel mushrooms
Morel Mushroom Morel Mushroom Morel mushroom the new sherald website

 

SABAL BERMUDANA
TALL FAN PALM FROM BERMUDA


THICK TRUNK, BLUE GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANT


This species of fan palm is native to Bermuda and has apparently naturalized on nearby islands.  It is a tall species attaining heights of sixty to eighty feet in many decades.  Leaf petioles are bare but have sharp edges.  Leaf diameter can reach six feet.  Color is green, sometimes blue-green.  Trunks are thick, tan colored and columnar.  Seeds are dark brown to black and almost a half of inch in size.  The 15g size below is on special.  This species wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the teens F.

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


Remember to mention this Special to get this price when purchasing.

Sabal bermudana  Sabal bermudana  Sabal bermudana
 Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana  Sabal bermudana

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED


GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

Mention this Blog Only Special when you buy.

 

Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi MR
Habitat picture Madagascar by MR
 
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Dypsis decaryi 

 

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL


HEIGHTS UP TO EIGHTY FEET!
THINNER TRUNK THAN CARYOTA GIGAS
TEN DAY SPECIES VERY NICE BOXES

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BOXED SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOXED SIZE $450


Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

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

 

SYAGRUS KELLYANA
NEW SPECIES - MEDIUM HEIGHT PINNATE PALM

FIRST TIME OFFERED
NICE SMALLER ALTERNATIVE TO QUEEN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS


In 2010, this species of palm from Brazil was named as a new species of Syagrus.  It's closely related to S. picrophylla.  It has a rather thin trunk and gets a mature height of ten to twenty feet.  Leaves are plumose and prominently arching, green in color and the crown of leaves is compact and full.  Leaf length is ten feet, shorter than the Queen Palm and it's smaller and neater appearing than the Queen Palm.  Note there seems to be no "low hanging" leaves.  Seeds of this species are extremely large, well over an inch long.  Most are predicting it'll do fine in Southern CA although hard data is not yet available.  It's a full sun species.  This is the first time we've ever offered it for sale.

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


Remember:  Mention this Special Price when purchasing!
Photos are c/o RPS and Palmpedia.

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Syagrus kellyana Syagris kellyana palmnut website Syagrus kellyana Palmpedia
Syagrus kellyana Palmpedia Syagrus kellyana RPS  

 

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.  Garden photos below c/o freakpalmguy/palmtalk and plantsinusa website.


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Sabal louisiana Sabal louisiana Sabal louisiana
Sabal louisiana freak palm guy palmtalk Sabal louisiana plantinusa website  

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
GORGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
CURVED LEAVES


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $55

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

Encephalartos longifolius blue

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

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


ONE GALLON - EASY TO SHIP
GREAT PATIO, INTERIOR OR GARDEN PALM
MULTIPLES OR SINGLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

 
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The popular Kentia Palm is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees  Howea belmoreana  and  Hedyscepe.   The Kentia does great here in So California.   It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  Plants can be easily shipped for folks who are looking for an interior plant or one for the patio/garden.  

I'm showing you here both single plants although we also have multiples.  We have limited numbers of both.  Shown below are our 25 gallon size to shown what these will eventually look like.
 

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40


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

Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS


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


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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM


COLD HARDY - MATURE, NOT OVER SEVEN FEET
TEN DAY SALE STYROFOAM CUP 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 is essentially trunk-less.  It has a long petiole and a small green 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 $20

These are easy to mail in their pots - as flimsy as the pots are.  BTW, we didn't pot up these plants and would never use Styrofoam containers.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.



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Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM


NICE CROWN SHAFT - TRUNK WITH RINGS
GOOD GROWER HERE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Native to an island near Vanuatu, this single trunk palm may be a real winner for us in Southern California.  One might think it'd be no better than V. arecina or joannis.  But, so far, reports are excellent on it's performance here.  In habitat it has up to a fifty foot, thin, prominently ringed trunk.  Leaves are green and growth rate is said to be fast.  As far as cold tolerance, we are not sure.  Hopefully it's well into the 20's F.  All the nursery pictures here are of the 5g size.  This is the only size we have.  It's a sun or part sun species in most coastal areas.  It is also super rare.

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

Remember:  Ask for you Blog Only discount.  Both photos of garden plants below are c/o Palmpedia.

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Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis palmpedia Veitchia spiralis

 

SUNDAY, 5 MARCH, 2019

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


TWO SMALLER SIZES AVAILABLE - ONE AND TWO GALLON
BOTH EASY TO SHIP
GREAT PATIO, INTERIOR OR IN THE GARDEN PALM


Howea forsteriana, the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees Howea belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  The Kentia does great here in So California.   It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  Shown here are two sizes that are well established and good size.  Both can be easily shipped for folks who are looking for an interior plant or one for the patio. 

FIRST ROW PHOTOS: These are 2 gallon, multiples, about three feet tall in pots
SECOND ROW PHOTOS:  These are singles in one gallon, about 2 feet tall in pots
THIRD & FOURTH ROW PHOTOS:  Other sizes we offer with a few garden pictures


Click here for an article on this species from our website

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Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
HOWEA FORSTERIANA HOWEA FORSTERIANA HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HOWEA FORSTERIANA HOWEA FORSTERIANA HOWEA FORSTERIANA

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
A GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

CONING SIZED SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

Encephalartos paucidentatus is endemic to the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa and the northwestern part of interspersed on steep, rocky hillsides in forests and brushlands.  The climate is hot and gets moderate rainfall.  This is a medium to large sized plant.  Leaves can reach a length between one and a half to two and a half meters.  Stems can grow quite large, reaching heights of over six meters over centuries.  This species can sucker, but does do sparingly when it does.  The name 'paucidentatus' comes from the Latin words meaning "few toothed", which is in reference to the leaflets having few spines (or teeth).  This species is affiliated with and can closely resemble Encephalartos heenanii and Encephalartos transvenosus, especially as the localities intersect. 

This species is a relatively fast grower, and can flush once to twice a year (depending on climate).  Female cones are a yellow color, where males cones are more brownish.  Both emerge very wooly, but this gradually dissipates as cones mature.

In coastal and inland areas, this species is good for full or partial sun.  For desert areas, this plant needs to be in filtered light or shade. It is showy, tropical looking, makes a spectacular show and carries a full crown.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20’s F.

The plant shown here is in a 24 inch box and has a caudex size of 14 inches.  We do not know the sex.  It is for sale.  See the first six photos below.   We also have other sizes for sale on this species.


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Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
THE SILVER DATE PALM


TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species of Date Palm is from India and Pakistan and somewhat resembles the Canary Island Date Palm.  But, the trunk is much thinner, the crown is not as large and it is more rounded in shape.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Overall height can reach forty to fifty feet. Over time and with cleaning, the trunk can take on a "knobby" appearance.  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 $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing. 

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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM

RECENTLY DESCRIBED
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZED PLANTS


This species of exotic palm is from the island of Madagascar.  It is the third of three Beccariophoenix species described from this palm-loaded country.  It is so sought after because some feel that it's the prettiest species of the three.  And, because is may possess the best cold hardiness.  I've documented other Beccariophoenix species tolerating temperatures below 25 degrees at our nursery.  So, this species may survive in areas like San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston.  It grows to a height of about thirty feet and does. not have a crown shaft.  Leaves are long and minimally curved.  The crown of leaves are densely placed.  Growth rate is medium in most areas and along the coast it likes sun.  This species is rather hard to find.  We're putting our limited supplies of 5g plants on ten day special.  See first six photos.  Last photo is our 15g size.

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

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

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


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Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii

 

RAVENEA JULIETTIAE
SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


GENTLY ARCHING LEAVES
SERIOUSLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD
SOON, VERY FEW RAVENEA AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5G 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 five gallon plants I'm putting on sale are about seven years old and very nice.  We only have a few available, shown in the first five photos.  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.

COMMENT ON AVAILABILITY:  Ravenea are a dioecious type of palm.  It takes a male and female to set seeds.  No more seeds are coming in from Madagascar.  And, in domestic gardens, rarely does anyone manually pollinate flowers.  So, the days of rare Ravenea are numbered.  Get them while you still can!

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $80

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  The last photo was taken by friend R.K.  The 5g size on sale is shown in the first five photos.  The sixth photo is our 15g size.

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Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae
  Ravenea julietiae RK  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
SINGLE TRUNK - LONG CROWN SHAFT - LOVES SUN
TALLER AND STATELY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

The Cuban Royal Palm is super popular, especially to people who know the species. It is native to south Florida, Cuba, Mexico and some Caribbean islands.  In Florida, it was previously known as the Florida Royal Palm (Roystonea elata) but later regrouped with R. regia.  It is single trunk with a long green crown shaft.  The trunk is thick and light colored.  The base usually swells near the ground.  Anticipate a height of thirty to fifty feet in many decades.  They love sun and are cold tolerant down to about 25 degrees F.  They are also quick growing.  People who have one in their garden usually tell me it's one of their favorite palms!  I'm putting our one gallon on sale.  And, way below, I'll show some larger 25g plants.

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

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

TO READ MORE ABOUT ROYAL PALMS, CLICK HERE


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Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

TRACHYCARPUS MARTIANUS
SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM


HIGH ELEVATION FAN PALM
WHITE WOOLY MARKINGS ON STEMS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
  
In more recent times, it's been fairly difficult to find this species of Windmill Palm from northeastern India and China.  There it grows at elevations up to 7500 feet.  Although reasonably cold hardy, it is not as cold hardy as a few other species of this genus.  As it ages, it gets a bare trunk, old leaves falling away.  The hallmarks of this species are the markedly divided leaves and the white clumps of hairs that are on the leaf stems.  One of the photos below shows this.  Remember the latter and you'll always be able to recognize it.  It is a medium growth rate palm for sun along the coast.  Cold hardiness is into the lower 20's or perhaps the upper teens F.  We only have a couple of these available.  This size can be mail ordered.  The mature plant shown below (next to last photo) is care of Martin Gibbons in the UK and was taken in Nepal.  The 5 gallon on special is shown in the first six photos.

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

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


Trachycarpus martianus Trachycarpus martianus Trachycarpus martianus
Trachycarpus martianus Trachycarpus martianus Trachycarpus martianus
Trachycarpus martianus Trachycarpus martianus Nepal MG Trachycarpus martianus

 

TRACHYCARPUS LATISECTUS
WINDMILL PALM FROM INDIA


MEDIUM ADULT HEIGHT
RARE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This species from high elevation areas in India is most known for the fact that it's leaf segments are wider than other species.  There are two varieties.  It is a tall species, up to forty feet, with a narrow trunk of six to eight inches.  Its leaves are green with a bit of glaucous color beneath.  For this genus, the leaves are wide, sometimes up to five feet with wide segments that are divided about half way into the leaf.  The petioles are about three feet long and the leaf shape is semicircular or near totally circular. 

There is a hope that this species tolerates more heat.  Cold tolerance is yet to be determined.  We're suspicious it is not as cold tolerant as other species.  It is extremely rare in cultivation with few photos available of the native population. The photo of a large tree below is of a domestic plant.  The plants on special are very overgrown and large 1.5 gallon.  They are equivalent to a 5 gallon plant.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1.5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember to mention this Blog Special for you discount.  The sale size is shown in the first five photos.  The sixth photo shows a 5 gallon plant.  The eight photo shows Martin Gibbons who, along with Tobias Spanner, has been instrumental in describing and naming many Trachycarpus.

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

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
DROP-DEAD BEAUTIFUL


5 INCH CAUDEX IN 5 GALLON POT
LIGHT GREEN LEAVES - CAN BE SHIPPED
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT


We do not have an exact identification of the species name of this gorgeous Ceratozamia.  It has four leaves that are about four feet long with a uniform light green color with drooping leaflets.  Petioles are armed with small spines as are all Ceratozamia.   We do not know the sex.   The caudex is approximately five inches.  In most areas this is a filtered light species.  It perhaps can take a bit of morning sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  This actual plant is on special.  It is a stunningly pretty and would love to find a nice home.  We cannot show a mature specimen as we don't have the exact identity of this species.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $300


We can only ship it within the U.S.  Call if you wish to purchase this plant.

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Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia speces Ceratozamia speces
Ceratozamia speces Ceratozamia speces  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I have not seen one this tall.  Despite taxonomic descriptions that state this species has the "thickest trunk" of any King Palm, I don't agree.  I think that A. maxima and our “teracapa” are much thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more on the A. purpurea

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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this discount.  The first five photos show the 5g size on sale.  The sixth photo shows color of the crown shaft on a 15g plant. 


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Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea
Palm in San Diego
Archontophoenix purpurea
Palm in habitat, Australia
Archontophoenix purpurea
Palm in Southern CA

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TUCKERI
TALLER SPECIES OF KING PALM TYPE


PEACH RIVER KING PALM
FAST GROWING

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAN SIZE PLANTS



This This tall, single trunk form of the King Palm is native to northern Australia in the Queensland district.  There it lives in moist areas, often along rivers.  This was named after a botanist from a botanical garden in Australia.  It can reach heights up to 60 feet in habitat and has a prominent green crown shaft.  The fruits are large for a King Palm species.  Trunk diameter is usually under 12 inches thick.  Growth rate is fast.  For best appearance, give it part day sun if you can.  Cold tolerance is the mid-twenties F. but not colder.  I’d like to credit Luke Nancarrow for his photo in Australia.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $50

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Mention this Special for this discount.


Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri
Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri
Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri by Luke Nancarrow,

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE ARICURY PALM, THE ARIKURYOBA PALM


SINGLE TRUNK PALM NATIVE TO BRAZIL
FEMALE PARENT OF THE GORGEOUS COCONUT QUEEN
MEDIUM MATURE SIZE – NOT OVER TWENTY FEET TALL


TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE


This single trunk species is from Brazil and never gets very tall.  Usually they are never over twenty feet in height.  A most prominent feature of this species is the retention of the leaf bases as shown below.  It is super slow growing and, when mature, makes sherbet orange fruits of good size.  It is unusual for a Syagrus because it has modified small spines (more like saw edge prominences) of the leaf stem.  It tolerates full sun in coastal climates and is cold hardy to about 25 degrees of a bit lower.  Mature heights of this species is rarely over 20 feet.

When you cross this palm with pollen from a Queen Palm and you have one of the best looking palms ever - The Coconut Queen Palm.  We have these available in larger sizes and feel it’s one of the best palms you can grow in the garden.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.  The 5g size on sale is shown in the first five photos with the 6th photo being a 15g plant.  See below in the next post for one gallon also on sale.


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Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla
Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE ARICURY PALM, THE ARIKURYOBA PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

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


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Syagrus schizophylla 1 gallon Syagrus schizophylla 1 gallon  

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM


MEDIUM HEIGHT - CROWN SHAFTED
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.  It's also seen on the leaflets of younger plants (sixth photo).  But, this read color usually 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.  It has a thin trunk.  Estimated mature height is usually twenty feet or a bit more.   

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

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

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Dictyosperma album rubrum Dictyosperma album rubrum Dictyosperma album rubrum
Dictyosperma almbum Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album

 

COFFEE TREE
COFFEA ARABICA
 


IN MANY AREAS, YES – YOU CAN GROW COFFEE TREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS


Although all of us at the nursery love coffee, growing coffee trees is not really something we actively pursue.  But, years ago I had a mature coffee tree in my garden.  It made tons of fruit and seeds (coffee beans).  I collected these seeds, took them to the nursery and have been growing them there.  I'm on about the fifth generation of plants.  I.e., a propagated plant grows, makes fruit and we do it again.  It's taken a few decades to get to our fifth generation of plants.  The one gallons below have been grown from fifth generation trees from the original tree in my yard.  When they flower, blossoms are white.  Seeds are red to purple.  Surprisingly, coffee trees don’t want full blazing sun.  Filtered light or a few hours of sun are best.  Also, give them a frost free location.  One good sized tree will produce hundreds of fruits.

 

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON COFFEE TREE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

The garden tree shown is c/o Sweet Marias in Berkeley, CA.  This is a company that sells green coffee beans for roasting.

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Cafe arabica Cafe arabica Cafe arabica
Cafe arabica Cafe arabica Coffee Tree Sweet Marias

 

IRISINE HERBSTII
DARK RED SEMI-DWARF PLANT



GREAT FOR COLORFUL EDGES IN THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


This is a semi-dwarf bushy plant that is known for it's dark red to purple leaves and stems.  It is super attractive and can be used for color in shady areas of the garden.  It will tolerate some sun or maybe full sun right on the coast.  You can use it in shady areas if the light is intense filtered light.  It is native to Brazil and reaches a height of three feet or a bit more.  A plant will often be three feet wide.  It is a great plant for accenting color and is fairly easy to grow.  It tolerates a freeze but not too much lower.  We have one gallon size on sale as shown.  The garden shot is c/o screen-hedge-plants-AU.

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


Remember:  Mention this Special for the sale price. 

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Irisine sp. poss herbstii Iresine species poss herbstii Irisine - screen-hedge-plants - AU

 

POLYSCIAS RACEMOSA
SUPER RARE AND NEAR EXTINCT HAWAIIAN TREE



FIRST TIME EVER OFFERED
VERY UNUSUAL HANGING BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


This highly unusual and super rare tree is native to Hawaii.  It is mostly known for its long, dependent and colorful clusters of blossoms.  Blossom color is a combination of yellow, cream and dark red.  Each flower stalk can have up to 200 blossoms.  See photo below.  Mature tree height is about twenty feet with a narrow trunk.  At one point this tree was felt to be extinct in habitat.  This is the first time we've had it for sale and in only limited numbers.  It wants part or full sun.  Cold tolerance is down to a freeze.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special for this discounted price when you purchase.  Photos of the tree and blossom are c/o NTBG and nativeplants.hawaii.edu

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Polyscias racemosa Polyscias racemosa Polyscias racemosa
Polyscias racemosa by NTBG Polyscias racemosa nativeplants.hawaii.edu  

 

FRIDAY, 3 MAY, 2019

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA

THAT TOLERATES COLD
WE HAVE A FEW 15 GALLON PLANTS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND


This morning I'm showing you a hard to find suckering palm from northern India, Tibet and surrounding areas.  Quite remarkably, its native habitat is at elevations of 5000 to 7500 feet.  As you'd suspect, it tolerates temperatures way below freezing, probably into the upper teens F.  I don't really know for sure as of yet.  But, it's felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus Arenga.  

It's not a small Arenga It can get up to 20 feet with trunks about 8 inches (mature) in diameter.  Like other species of the genus, the trunks are hairy and a bit shaggy.  Leaves are large and silver colored on their underside.  It is a part day sun or filtered light species.

Shown here is a 15 gallon nursery plant.  A habitat photo by T. Spanner is also shown.  For those of you in colder areas, this is a great palm.  We only have a few for sale.

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Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha by TS RPS Arenga micrantha

 

CYCAS THOUARSII


VERY SIMILAR TO CYCAS CIRCINALIS
MEDIUM TO LARGE GREEN CYCAD FROM EASTERN AFRICA AND ADJACENT ISLANDS
EASY TO GROW - TAKES COASTAL SUN

Cycas thouarsii is often mentioned as "coming from Madagascar", and that it does.  But, there are also native populations in multiple eastern African countries and in the Comoros Islands.  It is a large cycad that can get trunks over thirty feet tall and twelve to eighteen inches thick.  But, in the short term of 20 years, anticipate a trunk height of six or eight feet in the ground.  Leaves are green, tend to be upright and have a length of six to nine feet.  A healthy plant can throw forty new leaves all at once.  Leaflets are paired and bright green.  Leaf stems are armed with small hooks.  Leaflets are leathery and reduced in size toward the base of the leaf.

Cycas circinalis is the trade name for a very similar plant known as the Queen Sago.  Probably, most of the plants in the United States are not the true species which is from India.  From an appearance point of view, it is quite similar to C. thouarsii and often these two are considered the same.  Both of these species thrive in coastal Southern California and tolerate full sun right on the coast.  In fare inland areas, part day sun is preferred. 

Shown below are very nice examples of these species.  The older 15g are 30 year old plants that have been locally grown outdoors in sun.  We also have some boxed specimens and smaller sizes for sale.  The 5g size can be easily shipped.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20’s F.

  
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Cycas circinalis Cycas thouarsii Cycas circinalis
Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis
Cycas thouarsii Cycas circinalis

 

DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE
SUCKERING VARIETY
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

 

WHITE CROWN SHAFT
USUALLY SINGLE TRUNK – THESE PLANTS SHOULD SUCKER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This extremely rare palm from Madagascar is reported to be critically endangered with only about ten or less palms remaining in the wild.  It may become extinct in the very near future.  We obtained seeds of a suckering variety of this species.  It is typically single trunk but some report from the wild describe doubles or even plants with three trunks have been seen.  Trunks are typically thin and the crown shaft prominently white when mature.  Mature plant height is about twenty-five feet.  It is a great growing palm perfect for Southern CA and tolerates full sun along the coast.  Reported cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  I have limited numbers of these “suckering” available.  On the garden plants, I'm showing the classic single trunk form.  I don't have photos of large suckering plants.   

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember to mention this Special at the time of ordering.

 

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Dypsis suckering ambositrae Dypsis suckering ambositrae Dypsis suckering ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae

 

BLACK MONDO GRASS
GREAT GROUND COVER


TYPES OF OPHIOPOGON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE BLACK MONDO GRASS $25

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.

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Mondo Grass black Mondo Grass Mondo Grass

 

BANANA - YELLOW FLOWERING
ENSETE LASIOCARPUM - AKA MUSELLA LASIOCARPUM


CHINESE DWARF YELLOW BANANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON PLANTS


Country or area of origin: China, high elevation
Mature height: In ground, typically 3 to 5 feet 
Sun Requirements:  Sun in coastal areas
Cold Tolerance:  To low 20's F. or even colder   
Water Requirements:  Ample water
Rate of Growth:  Fast growing in ground
Sizes Available: 5g size, sometimes bigger 
Regular Prices:  5 gallon $85
Size shown:  5 gallon 
Comments: This dwarf species does not bear fruit and never gets over your head. The prominent yellow flower is impressive

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $60 

Blossom photo c/o Wikipedia

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MUSELLA LASIOCARPUM Musa lasiocarpa yellow MUSELLA LASIOCARPUM

 

PRITCHARDIA MINOR 
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM


EASY TO GROW IN OUR AREA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of Pritchardia never gets overly large.  The mature specimen shown in the last row of photos is growing in San Diego and in many years has just reached the roof of a single family home.  I'd estimate you'll get a mature height of ten to fifteen feet in two decades.  Trunk diameter is about eight inches.  Native to the Island of Kauai in HI, this species is quite rare and grows at high elevation in locality.  It tolerates full sun here if you are not too far inland.  Cold tolerance is about 26 to 27 degrees.  The last two pictures of this fruiting tree were taken by KM.  We presently have a limited number of good sized five gallon plants on special.  We may have larger and smaller sizes available. 

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

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

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Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor
Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM 
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS


ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

We have grown these plants from seeds.  They are about 3 years old.  Rhapis excelsa is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  The plants on special would be easy to ship.  I’ve also shown some garden specimens below.  The last photo shows a larger 20 year old 25 gallon at the nursery.  We have a good selection of these larger specimens.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

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

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM

 
NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWN SHAFT
A FAVORITE OF ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

This is a single trunk palm that has green, upright leaves.  The hallmarks of this plant are the upright pointing leaves and the swollen crown shaft.  Almost always, the crown shaft is prominently larger in diameter than the trunk.  The trunk has rings from old leaf attachments.  Overall height after many decades is 25 to 35 feet or, on old specimens, even more.  Trunk diameter is eight to twelve inches.  Leaves are usually eight to twelve feet long.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F. 


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


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

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
THE SATAKE PALM


NATIVE TO JAPAN - RARE TO FIND
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This single trunk and unbelievably beautiful species from the tropical islands of southern Japan has been grown by some in Southern California.  It is a bit of a challenge because this species does not tolerate a freeze.  I'd recommend starting it in filtered light and letting  it emerge over time into the sun.  Mature height is about twenty to thirty feet.  It has a shiny, smooth crown shaft that sometimes is a purple-brown in color.  It is pinnate, tropical appearing and a medium growth rate species.  These are seed grown plants in 5 gallon size.  The plant shown appears to be a double (two plants one pot).

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON PLANTS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $75

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  This size can be mail ordered.

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Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
COLD HARDY, BLUE SUCKERING FAN PALM

 

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, you hardly ever see it for sale.  We have some older one gallon plants we’re putting on special.  Over time they’ll become very blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

Overall height of this species is up to twenty feet.  Multiple stems are produced, but usually the number is just several.  Leaves are small, typically about two feet wide.  The segments of the leaves are pointed and sharp.  Trunks retain old leaf bases but, like Washingtonia, eventually fall off.  This is a drought tolerant species and can take temperatures well into the 100's F. and cold tolerance is into the teens.  Of note, most specimens I've seen are blue.   The first four photos show the 1 gallon on sale.  Also shown are a 15 and 5 gallon plant.

REGULAR PRICE 1G THIS SPECIES $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


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

Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris