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MONDAY, 13 AUGUST, 2018


 
ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
THE MOST POPULAR BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
JUST SHOWING YOU A NICE SPECIMEN
THIS PLANT IS FOR SALE


We just got in a very nice rooted offset of Encephalartos horridus.  This is the most sought after blue South African cycad.  It has gnarly leaflets with lots of spines, is intensely blue, and never gets very large.  A plant with four to five feet of overall height is usually decades old.  We can ship this species to anywhere within the U.S.  This plant has about an eight inch caudex.  E. horridus make a spectacular patio plant if you don't walk into them.

Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS


This popular small cycad is native to Mexico where it lives in filtered light environments.  Plants from the ground to the top of the leaves are rarely over six feet tall.  The most notable thing about this cycad is the grouping of the leaflets.  This can be just two leaflets opposed and side by side.  More common there's a group of four, and occasionally more.  Leaflets tend to be wide and short.  Caudex size is rarely over eight inches.  This plant wants filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It also makes a great patio plant.  The plants on sale are nicely sized 1 gallon with caudexes of one to two inches. 

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

Easy to mail order.  Remember to mention this Special.
 
CERATOZAMIA HILDAE CERATOZAMIA HILDAE CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
CERATOZAMIA HILDAE CERATOZAMIA HILDAE CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
ceratozamia hildae CERATOZAMIA HILDAE Ceratozamia hildae


DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS

USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order but we don't have too many left.

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

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 

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

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
RARE GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1.5 GALLON PLANTS

This species is endemic to KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.  Specifically it is come from one population in the Vryheid district, which it shares with a cultivar of Encephalartos natalensis (Encephalartos natalensis var. Vryheid).  Larger specimens are found in full sun, where smaller specimens can be in shade. This is a medium sized species.  The leaves on this species get about a meter and a half.  Stems can reach a height of approximately three meters over a very long time.  As plants mature the leaflets are not as heavily armed as younger specimens.  E. aemulans is a moderate grower, but will flush regularly each year.  For coastal and inland areas, this species wants to be in sun.  Shown below are the band

The plants on sale are huge 1.5 gallon plants - about a 5g size for most nurseries.  Caudexes are about 2 inches.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 1.5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Remember, mention this Blog Special for this discounted price.

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans from Botany.CS website

 

COCCOTHRINAX CRINITA
THE OLD MAN PALM


NATIVE TO CUBA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON PLANTS

The palm species shown below is Coccothrinax crinita.  It is native to Cuba.  It is called "The Old Man Palm" because of the long hairs on the trunk that hang downwards - resembling a beard on an elderly man.  For anyone who has grown one of the Old Man Palms, the one thing you'll agree on is how slow they are.  The plants on sale here are over five years old, in one gallon pots and just showing the hairy trunks.  After germination, one suffers through "blades of grass" for the first two years or more.  Finally palmate leaves appear as shown here.  This is a dwarf species, unlikely to get over ten feet in a few decades.  But, there are reported plants with over 20 foot heights.  It loves sun and heat and is cold hardy somewhere into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Remember:  Mention this Blog special!  And, that only a few are available.

Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita

 

COCCOTHRINAX  - UNKNOWN SPECIES-
THIN TRUNK TROPICAL FAN PALM
TYPICALLY MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Coccothrinax are typically a thin trunked fan palm that are of medium height.  Some species can get to forty feet but most are in the ten to twenty foot height range.  Many have interesting matting or weaving on the trunks.  Often there are silver tones on the leaves.  Almost all prefer full coastal sun and are pretty good on cold hardiness - into the twenties F.  The seedlings on sale are of an unknown type of Coccothrinax.  They are three to four years old.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $32

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

Coccothrinax species Coccothrinax species Coccothrinax species
Coccothrinax species Coccothrinax species  


COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNAUBA WAX PALM
WATER CONSERVING
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Brazil and is a single trunk fan palm with a not too large crown of leaves that are green in color.  Sometimes they'll be blue-green.  Overall height can get over fifty feet.  Old leaf bases can be adherent to the trunk making rough as shown in the last photo.  Economically, the leaves of this species produce a wax that makes carnauba wax.  The latter is marketed for various usages including car and shoe wax.  This palm wants heat and sun and is cold hardy to at least the lower 20's F.  We are offering our 1g plants on sale.

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


Remember, mention this Special!
 
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES


NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE 

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

REGULAR PRICE 1 G SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE $65

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


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

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
THINNER TRUNK THAN BRAHEA ARMATA
AND, FASTER GROWING
SOON NO LONGER AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1.5 GALLON PLANTS


Shown here are 1.5gallon plants of a Brahea species from Mexico that is presently known as "Brahea species Super Silver".   Undoubtedly someone will describe it in the near future.  Seeds have been available only twice and no more seeds are on the horizon.  It is a blue blue palm tree but doesn't show the blue until older.  It wants full hot sun and would be perfect for the desert.  I suspect the cold tolerance is similar to Brahea armata, about 15 degrees F.  But, compared to the later, this species trunk is much thinner and it is faster growing.  Also, the blue color is just as intense as with the Mexican Blue Fan Palm.  Shown below are the 1.5 gallon size.  Limited numbers.  Mature plant photos below c/o TS at RPS.

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


Remember to mention this Special for this discounted price.  These can be easily air mailed ot folks in colder areas (or super hot as well).

 

Brahea super silver Brahea super silver Brahea super silver
Brahea super silver Brahea super silver by Tobias Spanner RPS Brahea super silver

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
SUPER RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONG UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS

This species is native to the Ituri Forest in the Congo in Central Africa.  It is extremely rare to see it offered for sale.  This cycad would not be as cold hardy as plants further south in South Africa.  But, it should take weather into the mid-twenties F.  E. ituriensis is known for its long, upright leaves reaching well over twelve to fourteen feet tall.  It towers over E. whitelockii in terms of length.  Leaflets are armed and narrow.  The plants on special are four years old and carrying about four leaves.  They are four to five years old.  If you search the Net for photos of this species, they are essentially nonexistent.  This is because of political instability of the area, remote native location and the risk of Ebola infection.  Certainly this has hampered availability of this species worldwide.  The first seven photos show the plants on special.  These are equivalent to a 5 gallon plant.  Caudexes are about two inches.  We also have other sizes available. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE OVERGROWN 1G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

Just mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Only a few available at this price.
 


Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN


IS A CLUMPER - NOT A 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

 

SATURDAY, 11 AUGUST, 2018

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

Today I'm going to show you lots of pictures of one of my favorite palms, the desirable Bismarckia nobilis.  It is native to Madagascar.  It is a fan palm with a rather stout trunk of sixteen to about twenty-four inches in diameter.  Heights can reach over forty feet although it's unclear how tall they will grow domestically in the U.S.  Leaves are blue in color as are the leaf stems.  Leaves are broad and essentially flat.  With cold weather and on juvenile plants, leaves can take on a purple color from winter's cold. 

Bismarckia love full hot sun.  It can be grown in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The pictures shown today are of assorted trees of varying heights.  I've tried to show plant detail that you'll not find easily on the Internet.  Remember that this is a dioecious species with male and female trees.  One needs both a male and female palm with cross-pollination to set viable seeds.  The seeds shown here are maturing seeds on female plants.

I hope you like this species.  It looks best (in my opinion) planted as a single specimen.  I have shown a few pictures of plants at the nursery at the bottom.  

  
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
bismarckia Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
     
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS


TALL WITH THICK TRUNKS - FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 1 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.  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 thank L.N. below for his picture of a mature plant.  The plants I'm putting on special are 1 gallon size.  As you can see, they are very nice size and super healthy.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.



Archontophoenix maxima PACSOA Luke Nancarrow ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA archontophoenix maxima
archontophoenix maxima ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA archontophoenix maxima


CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE GOLDEN FLAME THROWER PALM
GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
GOLD CROWN SHAFT - NEW RED LEAF

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

The first five photos below show band sized Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Here's some facts about this species:

•  Growth habit and care about the same as macrocarpa
•  Along the coast will tolerate full sun if you're are not too far inland
•  Crown shaft is yellow-tan colored and quite prominent
•  Cold tolerance is about 23 degrees
•  Growth rate on this species like macrocarpa is slow to medium but improves once planted in the ground.
• Trunk diameter is about 8 inches typically and overall height of mature plants is about 25 feet
•  Leaflets are shiny green, thick and sturdy, and quite wide as shown
•  Like macrocarpa, about 95% of the time throws newly emerging red leaf as shown here.  Rarely a plant will not throw new red leaves and there's no way of predicting this.  I've shown a photo to illustrate a new red leaf.
• Also makes a great interior palm inside the home

We have very limited numbers available of this species.  On occasion we have larger plants like 5g, 15g and 25g.   

REGULAR PRICE BAND $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32

Remember to mention this Special when purchasing so you get this discounted price.  Mail order this size quite easy.  I wish to thank RPS for usage of of the crown shaft close up photo.

Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri RPS Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
NICE BAND SIZED CONTAINERS AVAILABLE
GORGEOUS SINGLE TRUNK PALM
SUPER RARE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Discovered by John Dransfield and named after a U.K. executive of Macdonald's Hamburgers (who funded the expedition to Madagascar), this single trunk palm is new to the market, super rare and quite attractive.   It has orange-brown leaf bases at the point of trunk attachment, plumose leaves and gets to a height of about 25 to 30 feet.  It is single trunked with a medium thickness and prominent rings. 

Culturally, it takes full sun in coastal areas and, once established, is a good growing palm.  Shown here are our band sized seedlings.  On occasion we have larger sizes for sale.  These are easy to ship.  Growers tell us that this species takes temperatures into the 20's F.

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


Remember to mention this Special for your discount!  I thank RPS for the habitat photos.



Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana RPS Dypsis prestoniana RPS

 

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

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

Anticipate that it will prefer full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  
When new customers visit the nursery to get a cycad, E. longifolius is usually one of their favorites.  When they see this form, they just "have to have it". 

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

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

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

 

 

LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA
TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.  My thanks to John Dowe for usage of his habitat photo below.

Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa by john dowe Livistona lanuginosa

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $48

Mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
MADAGASCAR XEROPHYTIC PALM
SUPER RARE - THREATENED


BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


But, you must mention this Special when you purchase.  Also, we are down to our last plants, so be quick to order or they might be gone.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE


TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS

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

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

We are presently offering seedlings on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $27.50
OR, FOUR FOR $95


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

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


CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 1 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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

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

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM


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

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

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

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

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.  Note, limited supply available.


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

 

FRIDAY, 10 AUGUST, 2018

 

ENCEPHALARTOS IN HABITAT
RUGGED TERRAIN IN SOUTH AFRICA
A PICTORIAL PRESENTATION OF HABITAT CONDITIONS
ALL PHOTOS FROM THE WILD

Recently, a long time supporter and friend of the nursery visited us to give me many photographs he had taken of Encephalartos in the wild in South Africa.  He is M.R. and did give me permission to share the pictures with you.  The point of this presentation is to not show you individual species or characteristics of a given plant.  Rather I am trying to demonstrate the very rugged and rough terrain that these prized plants endure in the wild.  They are obviously not pruned, fertilized or watered.  They take what Nature gives them.  And, they have survived for hundreds of million of years.  They live on cliffs, between rocks, in grassy fields and atop mountains.  You may notice black trunks on some, the result of fires sweeping through the area.  You'll see old leaves handing below a crown of newer leaves.  You'll see that these plants seem to thrive hanging over rock embankments and on cliffs.  They just seem to find a spot and grow there.  Hopefully you'll appreciate that this is a surviving genus of plants and certainly worth protecting in the wild.

 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS   

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

This is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants.  As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a blue/green color to a powdery white and everything in-between.  The leaflets and petioles are mildly armed and can be almost completely unarmed in some cases. 


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


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

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
SINGLE TRUNK PALM WITH PUFFY WIDE LEAFLETS
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE, OLDER 1 GALLON

This single trunk, understory pinnate palm is native to Mexico and various Central American countries.  It is most known for its thin trunks and puffy, short and wide green leaflets.  Mature height is almost always under ten feet.  It wants good draining soil, adequate moisture and filtered light.  It is not for full sun.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F, perhaps a bit colder.  The one gallons we have on sale are multiples with several per pot.  This species looks best as a multiple planting.  They are quite large for their pots, about 3 feet tall.  The last row of photos show older nursery plants that are essentially mature and flowering size.

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

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

 

Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA HYBRID
FROM FRUITING P. RUPICOLA
UNKNOWN POLLEN SOURCE
SHOULD BE GOOD SIZED PHOENIX WITH AN ATTRACTIVE CROWN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

We are offering today something we've never had before.  These are seedlings from a Phoenix rupicola with no known male Phoenix in the area.  So, it's hybridized with some neighborhood Date Palm.  P. rupicola is a single trunk palm of moderate to tall mature size.  It is known for is soft and luscious leaves.  You can imagine the possibilities - with a reclinata, canariensis, or even a Pygmy Date.  Any will be interesting with probable hybrid vigor.  I can't show any mature palms as I don't know for sure what it'll become.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discount at the time of purchase.  The last photo shown the crown of a P. rupicola.

Phoenix rupicola hybrid Phoenix rupicola hybrid Phoenix rupicola hybrid
Phoenix rupicola hybrid Phoenix rupicola hybrid Phoenix rupicola

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGANUS
NEARLY EXTINCT IN THE WILD
GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

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

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

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



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

 

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

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

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


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

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



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

 

PHOENIX ACAULIS
DWARF DATE PALM
RARELY OVER SIX FEET TALL
SMALLER THAN A PYGMY DATE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Native to Asia with habitats from India through China, this suckering small Date palm gets leaves to five or six feet long with a subterranean trunk that doesn't get much vertical height.  It's often said to be "trunkless".  Leaves are somewhat plumose and do have spines.  It tolerates full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the low 20's F.  We have available a few 5g plants that we've putting on special.  Mature, this palm is smaller than Phoenix roebellenii that is typically sold as the "smallest Date Palm."  But, it does sucker. 

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

Remember:  To get this discounted price, mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  The garden photo is c/o Palmpedia.

 

Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Palmpedia Website

 

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


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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS DOLOMITICUS
ONE OF THE MOST RARE CYCADS IN THE WORLD
BLUE TRANSVAAL SPECIES SO AFRICA
UNBELIEVABLY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL PLANTS, 5G SIZE

This species is endemic to the Limpopo Province, South Africa.  The climate is hot, but can experience freezing temperatures during winter months.  Its habitat consists primarily of rugged grasslands and rocky outcroppings and deposits.    The soil has rich deposits of dolomite.    E. dolomiticus  is small to medium in sized.  The leaves on this species are approximately one meter in length, though this can vary.  Stems can reach up to two meters in height over the centuries.  The name 'dolomiticus' is derived from the soil in which it grows.  One of the most striking features of this plant is its stunning blue color.  There are few, if any, Encephalartos that have the color of E. dolomiticus.  The color can vary from a powdery white color to a grayish/white to an almost aquamarine blue color.  The crowns of leaves tend to be upright and compact, which makes it an ideal candidate for smaller to medium sized planting spaces.  This species is a highly sought after Transvaal species, not only for its extreme rarity, but also its extreme beauty. 
 

In coastal and inland areas, this species prefers to be in full sun but can tolerate a little bit of shade (has to get at least a few hours).  In desert areas, this species wants to be in partial sun or filtered light.   For most cycad collectors, this species is in the top three or four "must grow" plants.  As it is very hard to come by, many people search far and wide to get this plant.  We just got in the three small 5g plants as shown.  They certainly aren’t big now.  But, we got them so we could offer enthusiasts the chance to get this rare plant at a reasonable price.  Be aware that, as I post this, one has already sold.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $285
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $240

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus irieonline website

 

WEDNESDAY, 8 AUGUST, 2018

 

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


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


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

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


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


Remember: Mention this Blog Special for your discount.


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


ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS -
BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD ONE GALLON PLANTS

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

The plants we are putting on special are the blue type.  To get this color they will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  You could expect to have a nice garden sized plant from these old one gallons in five to seven years.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are four years old.  These are showing their blue color already at this stage and not in sun – so you’ll get blue.  Easy to mail order.  I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

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

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

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

 

NANNORRHOPS ARABICA
THE WHITE NANNORRHOPS


SUCKERING FAN PALM - NEVER TOO BIG
PROBABLY THE LAST TIME TO BE OFFERED BY US
MIGHT BE LAST TIME OFFERED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON

Native to Afghanistan, this near white palm species never gets overly large, perhaps up to eight feet.  It does sucker so a plant can be as wide as it is tall.  The striking thing about this palm is the color.  Note that there are also gray and green forms of this species.  This is the blue, almost white one.  It loves sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be into the teens F.  We have put our 1 gallon size on special.  We have very few remaining and no more are in the pipeline.  And, because of no seed sources recently, this may be the last time we every offer them.  Note that, when this species is small, it is a bit tricky to get it established in the ground.  I'd think it best to grow it on to a bigger plant before putting it in the garden.

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

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase. 


Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica
Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica  

 

BRAHEA NITIDA
FLAT GREEN LEAF - NATIVE TO MEXICO


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


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

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

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

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


Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida

 

HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
GREAT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
PRESENTING TWO RED TI'S - WIDE AND NARROW LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


Cordyline Hawaiian Ti plants are a great way to add color to the garden.  They easily acclimate to filtered light growing conditions in our area but can be solely acclimated to coastal sun.  Most don't get much over six feet tall.  They have thin trunks and can take a freeze with some damage.  Sever cold will kill them.  Leaf color varies from pastels to reds to green and black.  We've found that the darker leaf varieties do better in our area.  Shown here are two red varieties - one with wide leaves, the other with more narrow leaves.  We just got them in and are putting both on sale.  The first four photos show the thin leaf variety - the next four photos show the wider leaf plants.  All the nursery plants are 3g size.

REGULAR PRICE HAWAIIAN TI $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TI PLANTS $37.50


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


Hawaiaan Ti red thin leaf Hawaiaan Ti red thin leaf Hawaiaan Ti red thin leaf  
Hawaiaan Ti red thin leaf Hawaiaan Ti red wide leaf Hawaiaan Ti red wide leaf
Hawaiaan Ti red wide leaf Hawaiaan Ti red wide leaf Hawaiaan T  

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS
EASY TO GROW - VERY PRETTY
A GREAT INTERIOR PALM!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering palm species is native to Mexico and Central America.  It is one of about four types of "Bamboo Palms" and is probably either the best or in a stiff competition with C. hooperiana.  This species gets to a mature height of twelve to sixteen feet, has strong 1 inch to 1.5 inch trunks which are green in color with prominent rings, and about three to four foot long leaves.  It is an upright grower and does clump.  It doesn't run.  It takes filtered light or morning sun along the coast.  I've even heard of some growing it in full sun although I'd not recommend it.  It is a good growing species.

Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  Below I'm showing our five gallon size which I'm putting on special.  I also showing a mature garden plant.  This is a great palm!

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this Blog Only discounted price. 

 
Chamaedorea costaricasna Chamaedorea costaricasna Chamaedorea costaricasna
Chamaedorea costaricasna Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricasna

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
UPRIGHT LEAVES - TAKES COASTAL SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

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

The first five photos show our 1g size that we're putting on special.  The sixth photo shows some of our nursery's 15g.  On the garden photos note the long, green and smooth crown shaft.  This species is highly recommended in So Cal.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

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Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL MONSTER 5 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 5g plants on special are unbelievable tall for their 5g pot - about 8 feet!  It'd be difficult to ship one of these because of the box height.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $65

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BLUE LONGIFOLIUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

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

This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  Leaf color can be anything from a dark olive green to a brilliant blue.  The plants going on Special will have nice blue leaves if in full sun.  It loves full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  

When new customers visit the nursery to get a cycad, this is invariably one of the species on the top of their list.  It is a drop dead beautiful plant when grown well.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1 GALLON $60.00

Remember:  Mention this blog only special.

 

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

 

FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST, 2018 


 
ENCEPHALARTOS BLUE LONGIFOLIUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LEAF COLOR THIS SPECIMEN VERY BLUE
STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
PRESENTATION OF A NICE GARDEN SPECIMEN


This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  Leaf color can be anything from a dark olive green to a brilliant blue.  Most plants are somewhere in-between.  It loves full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  

When new customers visit the nursery to get a cycad, this is invariably one of the species on the top of their list.  It is a drop dead beautiful plant when grown well.  I showing below a coning sized plant from a garden in El Cajon, CA.  This is about ten miles east of San Diego.  It has seen super hot summer weather and cold temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  The last photo is of a starter 15g plant at the nursery.

Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

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


ALOCASIA LUTEA
THE UPRIGHT GOLDEN ELEPHANT EAR PLANT
YELLOW STEMS - PROMINENT YELLOW VEINS
TROPICAL COMPANION PLANT - FILTERED LIGHT


LARGE LEAVES - AVERAGE HEIGHT EIGHT FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3-5 GALLON SIZE

This is an attractive understory companion plant that is native in various areas of Asia - stretching from India down into Indonesia.  It grows from underground rhizomes.  If you experience colder winter temperatures, plants can go dormant and lose their leaves.  But, they typically come back when weather warms.  In warmer areas it is a perennial.  It gets to a height of about eight feet and likes filtered light. Leaves are about three feet across when mature, sometimes larger.  Leaf stems are yellow and the leaves are slightly ruffled with prominent yellow veins on both sizes.  The plants on special are in a ten inch pot.  This species is very difficult to locate and we only have them available every few years.  They will sell out quickly.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 10 INCH PLANTS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


But, you must mention this Blog Only
Special at the time of purchase to get your discount. 

ALOCASIA LUTEA ALOCASIA LUTEA ALOCASIA LUTEA
ALOCASIA LUTEA ALOCASIA LUTEA ALOCASIA LUTEA
ALOCASIA LUTEA

Alocasia lutea Plantslikve.com Website
Alocasia lutea Plantslikve.com Website
 

 

BUTIA CAPITATA, BLUE FORM
VERY BLUE IN BRIGHT SUN
COLD HARDY, TOUGH PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE
For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  Earlier this month we put our 15g size on sale.  But, some customers wanted larger so we have put our 25g on sale as well.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size.

Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue P.C.

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

Earlier this month I showed you 7g and 15g Jacobinia carnea.  A few days ago I got in nice 1 gallon in blossom and am putting them on sale below.  This exotic filtered light dwarf plant puts out clusters of huge flowers.  This variety is pink but they also can come in red, apricot, orange, yellow and a whole assortment of other colors.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  See how beautiful they are in summer when blooming.  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. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $27.50

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

Jacobinia justica Jacobinia justica Jacobinia justica
ROBYN COHEN ROBYN COHEN Jacobinia carnea from igarden website Australia


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
MEDIUM SIZED, THIN TRUNKS
GET TO ABOUT FOURTEEN FEET TALL
ALSO, WILL TAKE SOME SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  Note that if you wipe the crown shaft with you thumb, you'll wipe off the frosty while as shown below.  Now that the "Baby Queens" have gotten so much notoriety, it's very difficult to find glaucifolia.  These 5g and multiples. This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  I apologize that I don't have any good garden pictures of this species, but the large nursery plants will give you an idea of their mature appearance.  Note that these plants on special are multiples - several plants in each pot. 

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


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA  CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA  CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA 
CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA  CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA  CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA 

 

ECHEVERIA RUFFLES
SUCCULENT WITH RUFFLES AT END OF LEAVES


DWARF SPECIES - TAKES FULL SUN IN MOST AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH SIZE

This smaller, drought tolerant hybrid succulent is unique in that it has gray-green leaves with reddish ruffled ends on the leaves as shown here.  Overall height mature is about a foot.  They take full sun along the coast but can be somewhat frost sensitive.  They blossom in late summer with red flowers.  Also, provide good draining soil. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $27.50


Echeveria ruffles  Echeveria ruffles  Echeveria ruffles 
Echeveria ruffles  Echeveria ruffles   


VRIESEA HYBRID
HIEROGLYPHIC MARKINGS


HINTS OF PINK AND RED
EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Among Bromeliad enthusiast, many consider the genus of Vriesea to be the kings.  They tend to be very exotic with interesting leaf markings, have spectacular flowers and make very nice filtered light companion plants.  Just in are a group of hybrids of this genus.  I do not know the parentage.  They are green leafed with dark transverse markings and hits of pink and red in the throat.  I only have five or six available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $30


Vriesea hybrid  Vriesea hybrid  Vriesea hybrid 
Vriesea hybrid  Vriesea hybrid   



PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA - MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM


TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

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

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



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



NEOROGELIA MEDUSA
BRIGHT RED BROMELIAD - STUNNING COLORS
GREEN OUTER LEAVES - FIREBALL ON THE INSIDE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH POTTED PLANTS

We just got in a few dozen of this very attractive Bromeliad.  The red inner leaves are super intense.  The older outer green leaves mix with other things in the garden.  I'd recommend filtered light.  This hybrid variety has always been popular.  I can ship them.  Maybe you want to try one inside the home.  Also, a great patio plant for color.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

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

 
Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa
Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa
 

FRIDAY, 27 JULY, 2018

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
FOR A CYCAD, VERY COLD HARDY
TOLERATES DESERT SUN - ONE OF BEST FOR THIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 15 GALLON PLANTS

Dioon edule is a typically small to medium sized sun-loving cycad from Mexico.  There are known to be about six different varieties of this species - all from different localities.  Leaves are typically green to blue-green.  Leaflets at pointed at the end and otherwise un-armed.  Dioon edule is one of the few cycads that tolerates hot direct desert sun.  The Sago Palm can't claim this ability.  Cold tolerance is excellent, being able to take cold weather into the teens F.  We recently got in a handful of great 15 gallon plants with caudexes of about 7 to 8 inches.  They are gorgeous.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP OF CYCADS $225

This is a great buy.  But, remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Mail order possible.

DIOON EDULE
DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE
DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE
DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE

 

RHAPIS HUMILIS
RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM
TWO LARGE SPECIMEN PLANTS AVAILABLE
LARGEST SPECIMENS YOU'LL SEE FOR SALE
GET TO OVER 20 FEET AND TAKE COASTAL SUN


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. 

Plants like we're showing here are near impossible to find.  We only just got in these two and I think this may be the last time we'll be offering them.  They are perfect for an upscale garden or interior usage application.  Garden photos by FM and MR.

 

RHAPIS HUMILIS RHAPIS HUMILIS RHAPIS HUMILIS
RHAPIS HUMILIS RHAPIS HUMILIS
RHAPIS HUMILIS
Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELDS
LUSH TROPICAL COMPANION PLANT
DARK GREEN LEAVES, SOMEWHAT PURPLE ON BACK
HARD TO LOCATE
JUST GOT IN SEVERAL MORE!

We offered these gorgeous plants about a month ago and the all sold within a few days.  So, we tried like heck to get some more and have several right now.  This is a gorgeous companion plant that gets to six feet tall, has wide well veined leaves and likes filtered light.  It's the epitome of lush and tropical appearing.  It is a suckering plant with dark green leaves, purple-green backs and prominent yellow veins on the underside.  It is native to Asia.  I anticipate they won't be around too long.

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

 

SERENOA REPENS
THE SAW PALMETTO
SEMI-DWARF FAN PALM
GREEN TO BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This semi-dwarf fan palm is a suckering palm native to the SE portion of the United States.  Typical heights are about six to seven feet although there are plants to ten feet.  Leaf color is more commonly green.  However, there are sought after blue clones of the suckering palm.  Leaves are small, typically two to three feet across.  Leaf stems are armed.  It is a full sun palm with a cold tolerance into the upper teens F.


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


Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
SERENOA REPENS SERENOA REPENS SERENOA REPENS

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL
STRONG 2G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species (Chamaedorea hooperiana) would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana.  But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat.  

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Both are suckering types of Bamboo Palms.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter. Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here are some 2 gallon, younger plants that we are offering. This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  We have various other size for sale, 7g to 25 gallon size.    

REGULAR PRICE 2G $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G $40

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.  I'm showing you a large and old 25g plant at the nursery.  The last photo is by T.S.


Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedoreahooperiana TS RPS  

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G PLANTS

This species of blue fan palm is not only known for its intense blue color but also for the fact that it is extremely cold hardy.  It goes down to about 16 degrees.  It prefers dry heat and is a challenge to grow in humid areas.  These 25g plants have nice color and are sun acclimated.  They are begging to be planted into someone's garden.  This species is also very drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SALES PRICE $225

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, both photos were taken in El Cajon, CA.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM
A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
SEMI-DWARF TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15G POTS

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abbreviation for "cataractarum".   For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find.  Nowadays it's very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here.  It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall.  It really doesn't form any trunk.  It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds.  It is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. and I'd recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light.  It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America.  With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy.  At the nursery, we offer mostly large plants, either 10 or 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS
SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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.  Typical mature height is usually six to eight feet.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun and tolerates cold temperatures to 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 band size that we have put on special.  These are a simple mail order item.  Be aware these are huge band plants, well rooted.  They are not wimpy seedlings.  Note they are already going palmate.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25

Remember:  Mention this Special!

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

SPANISH MOSS
TILLANDSIA USNEOIDES
HANGS FROM TREES, FENCES & POLES
TAKES LITTLE WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

REGULAR PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25

Mention this special for your Discount.
 
 
Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss 
Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss  spanish moss 

 

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


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

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


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

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia
 

 

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

CHUNKY 15G ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

Trachyarpus fortunei is the most commonly available and commonly grown of the Windmill Palms.  It is of Chinese origin .  It is referred to as the Chinese Windmill Palm, the Windmill Palm, or the Chusan Palm.  Note how the term "Windmill Palm" can refer to this particular species or to the genus as a whole.   It is not uncommon to see it growing in colder areas of the United States, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and southern portions of Australia and Africa. 

Most specimens one will see are in the height range of ten to twenty feet.  However, the oldest of trees may reach forty feet height.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown here are two nicely size nursery plants that are in 15g size and are representative this size size at the nursery. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI

 

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON SIZE

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put nice 15 gallon on special and they are very nicely sized.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  These plants in this size pot are too big to ship by traditional carriers.  But, we can arrange delivery.  And, we also have 1g and 5eg sizes.

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

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


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

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY, 25 JULY, 2018

 

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, it's 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 are also shown.  For those of you in colder areas, this is a great palm.  We only have a few for sale.


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


ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
NICE 15 GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE

As many of you know, Arengas are usually suckering palms.  But, there are several single trunk species.  Arenga pinnata is one of these.  It is felt to be native to Indonesia and is a large palm.  It is a pinnate palm with a fibrous trunk made from woven fibers.  Overall height is forty to fifty feet and the trunk gets to a diameter of two feet.  The leaves are held upright and can be over twenty feet long.  The leaflets, like all Arenga, has jagged terminal ends.  

This is a monocarpic species and will die when the plant flowers.  Other suckering Arenga has new trunks to replace dying flowering trunks.  But, since this species has only one trunk, like a Caryota it will be gone a few years after the flowers appear.  The Sugar Palm is a full sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here is a 15g nursery plant and photos of mature specimens.  We also have 5g for sale.  Note the woven material on the trunk.  It is very interesting to see in person.


Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G

I'm down to the last few of the large 15g that we're offering for sale on this, the Chilean Wine Palm.  These plants are approaching ten years old from seed!  As most know, they are unbearably slow to grow and getting a nice plant as shown in the first four photos seems to take forever.  Try it yourself some day from seed.  You'll know why it takes a decade to produce a nice sized Jubaea.  Interestingly enough, we ship a lot of this sized Chilean Wine Palms to people in colder states like Texas and South Carolina.  This size are not the biggest 15g we offer, but fairly old and very nice.  Typical basal trunk diameter is four to six inches on this batch.  I do have massive 15g that are 10 inches in diameter, but they cost more.  This size is an affordable size for people who want to save a lot of years of growing time.

Ultimate height can reach at least forty feet (in several decades) and trunk diameter up to four feet.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Seeds are large and globular as shown here.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Mail order, in the pot with soil, totally possible.

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



DYPSIS LUTESCENS

THE ARECA PALM
10G PLANTS - SEVEN FEET TALL
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G/SQUAT 15G PLANTS


This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.  I am offering nice squat 10 & 15g plants on special for ten days.  They are about 8 feet tall in their pots.  We do have limited numbers of larger and smaller sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

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

Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet
Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Areca Palm Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens
Larger 20g also available at a good price
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
A MORE PETITE SPECIES OF THE WINDMILL PALM
SMALL, STIFF LEAVES
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS


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

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

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

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

 

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


This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It can get up to a height of 25 feet but most garden specimens are under 15 feet.  Two things are quite noteworthy:  First, the undersides of the leaves are a silver-white.  A picture below of a nursery plant shows this.  Secondly, the trunk is narrow and covered with "modified" spines.  They are not real sharp and are not true spines.  The dorsal side of the leaves is green.  This palm likes strong filtered light and right on the coast may take part day sun.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be in the high 20's F.  Growth rate is medium.  The last photo by Tobias Spanner shows a near mature tree.  You have to have an overhead crown of leaves to really see the silver color.

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

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


Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha by TS RPS

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA BLUE
NICE 15 GALLONS WITH TRUNK
A TRUE "DR. SEUSS" PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G SIZE
ONLY SEVERAL LEFT IN STOCK

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 20G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $225

Mention this Blog Only Special for this price.  I can mail order these but, because of size and weight, it'd be pricey.


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

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

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

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix teracarpa is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm - actually towers above them
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk
Sometimes, as shown here, its new leaf is a red-green color


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

Remember:  mention this Special!

Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archonotophoenix teracarpa
This plant is a multiple
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note no tip burn on leaflets
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note super thick trunk for a King Palm

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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 $135

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    

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED
THIN TRUNK
NOT TOO MANY LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G


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

The 15g plants shown here are six feet or a bit more in height.  They'd be a challenge to mail order.  But, we do have smaller sizes for sale that are easy to ship.  Growth rate is pretty good.  It is a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.

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


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

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL
GORGEOUS 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species (Chamaedorea hooperiana) would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana.  But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat. 

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to
Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter.  Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here is a 15 gallon sized plant that is about ten feet tall.  This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  We have various smaller sizes as well - and maybe a few 25 gallons. 

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

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.  The last photo is by T.S.

Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedoreahooperiana TS RPS

 

FRIDAY, 20 JULY, 2018

 

PRITCHARDIA MINOR IN SAN DIEGO
MATURE AND FRUITING FOR YEARS
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
ENABLES US TO OFFER YOU NURSERY PLANTS


This morning I decided I wanted to show you photographs of a mature Pritchardia minor that's thriving in central San Diego, CA.  For many years our nursery has been selling young plants that come from the seeds of this mother tree.  It is a magnificent specimen.  I'd estimate its height to be fifteen feet with a trunk diameter of eight inches.  Native to the Island of Kaui in HI, this tree is quite rare and grows at high elevation in locality.  It tolerates full sun here if you are not too far inland.  The last three photos show nursery plants.  All these pictures of this fruiting tree were taken by KM.  Although availability changes over time, we hope that we can continue to offer this unique species in the future.



Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
TREES IN FRUIT

Wodyetia bifurcata, a species from Queensland, Australia, is known for it's fluffy leaves, medium stature and bright red and large fruit.  Shown here are several plants in fruit in various stages.  Fruit first appears green.  Fruit will attain full size but still be green.  Then it changes to a light yellow, then to orange and finally to a prominent red.  At this red stage it may fall to the ground.  When red, it is ready to be removed and germinated.  Green fruit germinates poorly.  Fruit size is about like a small chicken egg.  Seeds inside are brown and prominently grooved.


wodyetia in fruit
Tree with ripe red fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
First tree in fruit.  All seeds are green
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Another specimen with ripening fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit wodyetia fruit

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
LUSH & TROPICAL EXOTIC CYCAD
UNDERSTORY - FILTERED LIGHT
GET THEM BEFORE THEY GO INTO BOXES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE CONING SIZED 15G PLANTS

Last year we acquired a few dozen absolutely huge 15 gallon Ceratozamia mexicana.  This is the "prototype" of the Ceratozamias. yet still fairly uncommon at nurseries.  It is native to tropical mountains in eastern Mexico where it grows in humid or arid areas under forest trees.  It is very cold hardy, probably going into the upper teens.  It is easy to grow in the SF Bay area.  It has green leaves that spread horizontally as shown here.  Leaflets are long and come to a point but aren't that sharp.  It is slow growing and a fifty year old plant has a caudex that reaches only about 18 inches height.  It prefers filtered light.

The plants on sale are about twelve years old or more by estimate.  They have seen our local cold, being outdoor grown in northern SD County under shade cloth.  There are many to choose from.  Caudex size ranges from six to eleven inches.  Almost all have coned, so we could pick a sexed pair if one requests.  All are from the same seed batch.   

REGULAR PRICE THESE SIZES $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $350

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous.  And, they are a bargain at this price and will (within a short time) all go into boxes and be sold at a much higher price.  The first two rows of photos are examples of the plants on sale right now.

 
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species, one of the sale plants
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen

 

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL
HEIGHTS UP TO EIGHTY FEET!
THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIES VERY NICE BOXES
TWELVE FEET TALL OR MORE

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 $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOXED SIZE $400


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

 

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

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

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

Remember: Mention this Special!
 

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

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE BELMORE SENTRY PALM / CURLY PALM
THE "OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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

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

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

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES "ROSEA"
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS
LARGE 5G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This climbing vine is native to Australia and will trellis up a fence or pole or climb up the trunk of a tree.  This variety is hard to find and has large, white, trumpet shaped flowers that have a deep red throat.  There are other color varieties including pure white which we also can offer.  It grows in the shade or sun but flowers better with sun.  It is very cold hardy with reports of it surviving temperatures into the teens F.  These 5g plants are huge for there pot and ready to be planted or moved into 15g pots.

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

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

Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea
Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea rosea

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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


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

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of 7g for sale.  They are quite nice and we're putting them on special.  They are in very limited numbers.  When these are gone, there may be no more until next year.  This species wants filtered light in a  warmer coastal area.  In somewhat colder regions, they may freeze but usually the underground bulbs come back in spring.  They get to about five feet tall. This plant is not for full, hot sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 7G PLANTS $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL $85 THIS SIZE

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Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

 

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 $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $27.50

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


BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPENIUM NIDUS
FILTERED LIGHT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $14

Easy to ship.


Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here our 1.5 gallon plants which are about 4 years old.  They are quite old for their containers.  This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $39

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

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

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THE THAI MOUNTAIN GIANT FISHTAIL
"KING KONG" FISHTAIL
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 24 INCH BOXES

This very popular palm is favored because or its huge, shade producing leaves.  They can get to fourteen feet long with a twelve foot width.  They are green in color, sometimes a bit mottled in color.  The latter is a nice thing to the eye.  Leaflets are rounded and scalloped at the edges - more liked than other Fishtail palm leaflets that are often "chopped" appearing.  Mature height is up to about thirty to thirty-five feet.  Trunk diameter is thick, sometimes up to 30 inches at the base.  Because of the sizes of these palms, you have to give it plenty of room and full sun.  If it's hot, give it extra water.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  It is native to mountainous areas in northern Thailand.

REGULAR PRICE BOX SIZE $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE $385


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Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas box
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

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NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

I'd like to remind plant enthusiasts to recycle their plastic containers.  We will take them and give you a credit toward any purchase at the nursery.  Or, if you just don't know what to do with them and are conservative minded, drop them off at our nursery location.  We'll put them to good use.  We've been doing this for decades and think it's the right thing to do for the environment.  We are especially looking for larger pots, 15g and bigger.  We also really appreciate 7g and citrus pots.  However, tiny pots like 4 or 6 inch are not containers that we really utilize.   

So, don't clutter the environment by giving them to the garbage man or your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!

15g pot
15 gallon pot
pots
Array of pots starting with the band size on the left and ending on the right with a 24 inch box

  

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There are a lot more cold hardy palms available than shown here


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SHIPPING PLANTS BY THE PALLET

Shown here is how we typically "palletize" plants for customers.  You can see that plants are secure and travel safely.  Also note that some plants are over eight feet tall.   These are "non-stackable pallets".   


pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants

 

COLD HARDY PALMS AT THE NURSERY

SHORT PICTORIAL TOUR OF HARDY & TOUGH NURSERY PLANTS
SOME TAKE DOWN TO 15 DEGREES F! 
(Sample Plants Shown Below - Click below for full presentation)

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A Quick Look at Some Cold Hardy Species

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

This pinnate palm rarely gets over six feet tall, is native to coastal Brazil and has fluffy leaves (plumose).  It's a sun species with a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.

Allagoptera arenaria  Allagoptera arenaria 

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

This suckering Asian species doesn't get over about ten feet tall and has silver color to the back of the leaflets.  The leaflets have chopped ends.  It'll take coastal sun and part day sun inland.  Cold tolerance about 18 degrees F.  
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri 
BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
THE BLUE PINDO PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - YES, BLUE COLOR!

This variety of the South American Pindo Palm is super color because of its unusual blue color.  It gets to a height of about fifteen feet in three decades and is single trunk.  It loves full sun and is cold hardy to 15 degrees F.
Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft
 
BRAHEA CLARA
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK MEXICAN PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY

This palm is quite similar to the more common Brahea armata.  It loves sun, takes cold to 15 degrees and is blue in color.  It gets to a height of no more than 20 feet.  Compared to the common Mexican Blue Fan Palm, it has longer petioles and is faster growing.  Another curious difference we've discovered is the stem armor.  Rather than simple, uniform curved spines, the armor is more like a bad set of shark's teeth as shown here.
Brahea clara Brahea clara 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

This suckering species of fan palm develops a blue color with age and sun.  Shown is a 5g.  We never can keep them in stock to get them to 15g.  They love hot sun, get to a height of no more than six feet and sucker.  this is an ideal palm where views are a concern.  They are very slow growing.
 
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens 
BUTIA X SYAGRUS
THE MULE PALM
HYBRID THAT LOOKS LIKE NEITHER PARENT

This surprisingly very cold hardy palm is being grown in areas that routinely see bad weather.  When Queen Palms die in Tucson, AZ, this one survives.  It gets to 25 feet and loves hot sun.  Some say that, when mature, they look a little bit like a Coconut.  It's also a very good growing hybrid with lots of vigor.  It likes sun and is cold hardy to about 16 or 17 degrees.
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm  Mule Palm by Mark Heath 
COPERNICIA ALBA
TALL THIN TRUNK
SINGLE STEM FAN PALM


Copernicia is a rare genus of fan palms mostly native to Caribbean Islands such as Cuba.  This species has a thin trunk and gets over 40 feet tall.  For an exotic genus, it's surprisingly cold hardy perhaps into the upper teens F.  It loves sun and heat.
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba 
JUBAEA CHILENSIS
CHILEAN WINE PALM
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM

This thick trunked pinnate palm is slow growing but manages to get a trunk fatter than any other palm.  Native to Chile, it can reach a height of 40 feet and trunk diameter of 4 feet.  It loves hot sun and is cold hardy to 16 degrees.  The 15g plant shown here is 10 years old.  This is why this species is more costly than other palms.  The trunk is also smooth as shown here with no attached leaf bases.
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

This Asian species never really gets to a height much above 25 feet.  It's so slow growing that anything over ten feet seems to take an eternity.  It has a twelve inch thick trunk and flat green leaves.  In most areas it takes full sun but also tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 18 degrees F.
lIVISTONA CHINENSIS lIVISTONA CHINENSIS 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
MEDIUM TO TALL HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK

This Australian fan palm can get over 40 feet tall, has a thin trunk and droopy leaflets.   Because of the latter fact it's known as the Ribbon Palm.  Leaflets hang toward the ground.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It's quite handsome.
Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens 
PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM
CLUMPING SPECIES MEDIUM SIZE

This is a type of Date Palm that clusters.  It gets its name from the fact that trunks recline (lean) with age and height.  It has a variable height.  But, you can count on at least 15 feet.  Some clumps get taller.  It loves sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

This Date Palm is native to the island of Crete, southern Greece and some nearby islands.  It is a suckering palm and not quite as tall as the Phoenix dactylifera.  Its dates are not edible.  Leaf color is typically lime green.  Height can get up to thirty feet.  Leaves are quite plumose.  Cold tolerance is about 17 degrees or lower and it loves full and hot sun.  

Phoenix theophrasti  Phoenix theophrasti 
SABAL CAUSIARUM
TALL FAN PALM
THICK CONCRETE LIKE TRUNKS

This Caribbean fan palm can get rather tall, up to fifty feet.  Its remarkable characteristic are the thick, concrete colored and appearing trunks.  They are really impressive and get up to two feet thick.  Leaf color is blue green.  This palm loves sun and is cold hardy into the mid to upper teens F.
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum 
SABAL MINOR
THE SMALLEST SABAL
DWARF PALM - SIX FEET TALL

This fan palm is native to the southeastern part of the U.S.  It rarely gets over six feet tall.  It puts out blossoms that are taller than the leaves, producing many small black seeds.  Leaves are sort of large compared to its dwarf height.  It can take sun or shade and is cold hardy to 15 degrees.  
Sabal minor Sabal minor 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

This Asian species of Windmill Palm is quite difficult to find.  That's because it's very slow growing.  The 15g plant shown here is about 8 years old.  They typically don't get tall.  In a few decades, a ten foot palm could be expected.  They love full sun and are cold hardy to 15 degrees F.  Leaves are quite small and flat as shown here.
 
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X ROMANZOFFIANA

THE COCONUT QUEEN
BEAUTIFUL HYBRID PALM YET COLD HARDY

We don't know as of yet the cold hardiness of this very handsome hybrid palm developed in Thailand.  It's quite a new thing.  It is prettier than both parents.  Anticipated height is 30 feet, so it's shorter than a standard Queen Palm.  It likes full sun and appears to be cold hardy down to about 20 degrees F.
Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm by JI

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

This South American, single trunk fan palm is unlike some of its suckering kin below.  This plant gets to a height of about 20 feet and has a random pattern of long spines protruding from the trunk.  Leaves are green, medium sized.  It likes sun and is cold hardy well into the upper teens F.  The trunk is indeed different - liked by some, hated by others.
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

This South American species is nothing like T. acanthicoma above.  It suckers, has a prominent blue color and has sharp points on the end of its leaf segments.  But, it is attractive and cold hardy to about 17 degrees F.  Expect a mature height of ten to twenty feet.
 
Trithrinax capestris

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aoenium blossom Hedychium giner kalanchoe
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Pavonia wikipedia
Pavonia, c/o Wikipedia
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Pink Ti Alocasia Black magic
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Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma, one of the staff.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  We're showing these photos so you get a feel for our Nursery.

 
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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Below are pictures of about thirty five palm species that all do well in Southern California.  In the group of palms below,  I left off the most common species that, it seems, everyone knows about.  So, there are no Queen Palms and Mexican Fan Palms below.  But, this group includes species that may be a bit unusual and more interesting.  This is not a complete list.  For instance, within any given genus, there may be dozens other species that do well here.  If I showed every species that you can grow, it would be too overwhelming.  So, I've kept it simple and show representative pictures.  I think, for a starting point, this will suffice.   

I have chosen to show mature plants in gardens.  I tried to use mostly pictures from gardens in Southern California to show examples.  Some are from elsewhere.  This provides a quick view of species that you may want to try.  Some are for sun, others for shade.  Some are more difficult to grow than others.  I'm not commenting on each species presently.  But, throughout my Blog, there are comments on almost all of these.  If you don't live here in Southern California, realize that many of these species may live in your area as well.      

I hope you enjoy this.  We, of course, have most or all of these palms for sale at the nursery in an assortment of sizes.  And, for your enthusiasts, we probably have several hundred other cool species for you to try.

       

king palm
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobiis
Brahea armata Palm Tree in California
Brahea armata
Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
Coccothrinax
Coccothrinax species 
copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species 
Cyphophoenix species
Cyphophoenix species' 
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens mr
Dypsis decipiens (habitat) 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis 
Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana 
Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis 
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis 
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens
Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi 
phoenix rupicola
Phoenix rupicola
Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata 
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia species 
Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species 
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca 
Ravenea species giant
Ravenea species 
Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida 
Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena 
sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Syagrus pseudococos
Syagrus pseudococos 
Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 

On all the genera above there may be many more species within the same genus that also grow well for us here.  I apologize if I haven't included your favorite species in this group, but this is meant to be a brief introduction and I wanted to keep it simple.  I have utilized these species in a brief article summarizing Palms for Southern California elsewhere at this website 

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZES

For growers here on the West Coast, there are black plastic containers that most of us use on our plants.  Surprisingly, there are differences between the pots used on the West Coast and East Coast of the U.S.  Here we refer to most containers by "gallon size"  On the East Coast pots are referred to by "diameter in inches".  So, back East you might find a plant in a "14 inch pot".  Here is might be called a "15 gallon pot".  If you visit our price and availability catalog, plants are shown by their pot size.  I'm hoping that this Blog post this morning will help clarify what individual pots look like. 

CONTAINER SIZE PHOTO EMPTY CONTAINER PHOTO OF PLANTS IN 
THIS CONTAINER
BAND SIZE CONTAINER
This pot is 3 x 3 x 9 inches, square in shape.  It is used for seedling plants.  For most growers, it has replaced the one gallon pot.  It is a bit deeper and easier to place in carrying trays.  It also conserves space on benches because these can be placed close together.  You can get a pretty nice plant in a band container, sometimes up to 30 inches tall.
band container chamaedorea in band
ONE GALLON POT
This is a very common pot used, especially by flower growers and those producing small shrubs.  It's a typical first step after germinating a seedling.  We prefer using the band containers above as they conserve table and bench space more efficiently and are deeper.  Diameter of this pot is six inches but it's only about seven inches deep.
one gallon pot plants in 1g pots
     
TWO GALLON POT
This pot is 7 to 8 inches wide and about 8 inches deep.  It is a nice size to move a band plant into.  But, it is not particularly deep, so you have to make sure the roots fit into the container. This pot will produce an average plant that is about 2 feet tall. We grow a lot of palms in these pots.
2g pot empty plant in 2g oot
FIVE GALLON POT
This pot is 10 inches wide and about 10 inches deep.  It produces a plant that is one of the most common sized palms that we sell.  It is popular because it's not too heavy to lift and plants are typically three to five feet tall, depending on the species.   
5 gallon pot plants in 5g pots
SEVEN GALLON POT
We really like this container because it produces a good sized plant but isn't as heavy to carry as a 15g.  But, for some manufacturing reason, this pot costs twice as much as a 15g.  Therefore, most growers aren't buying this sized pot very much nowadays.  It is 12 inches wide, and about 12 inches deep.
7 gallon pot palm in 7g pot
FIFTEEN GALLON POT
This is the most popular sized purchased by people who want a landscape or near-landscape ready size of plant.  This container typically supports a palm from four to eight feet size.  Weight of this size of container with soil and plant is usually sixty to ninety pounds.  It's size is 15 to 16 inches wide and 16 inches deep.  Note how this size pot usually has a nice carrying lip at the top of the pot.     
15g pot plant in 15g pot
TWENTY/TWENTY-FIVE GALLON POTS
This is the next size up from a 15g.  These pots are typically about 18 to 20 inches wide and 16 to 18 inches deep.  They weight anywhere from 125 to 150 pounds with their soil.  They can produce a plant larger than the 15g, typically 8 to 10 feet. They usually have a flat lip on the top as shown. The pot shown here is actually a 25g pot.  20 g are a bit smaller.
25 g pot plant in 25g pot
24 INCH BOX CONTAINER
This box is 24 inches wide, square in shape and about 22 to 24 inches deep.  The weight of this container depends on the mix, but is anywhere from 175 to 300 pounds (this heavier weight is if one is using a very heavy soil).  It takes two men to lift one of these.  We prefer plastic boxes as shown here, but they are much more expensive than wooden box.  They last a very long time.
24 inch box plant in 24 inch box
ALL POT SIZES IN A ROW
This pot shows all the sizes lined up in a row.  In order, left to right are:

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









SIZES WE USE NOT SHOWN HERE


Deep band containers
Citrus pots
25 gallon
30 gallon
35 gallon
45 gallon
30 inch boxes
36 inch boxes

Note:  Larger pots/boxes can get very heavy and are too heavy to mail order by usual means - independent trucker needed for these.

empty pots in a row 
Pots sizes lined up in a row - see text to left

cycad in 36 inch box
Cycad in 36 inch box

 

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