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SUNDAY, 26 MARCH, 2017

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM
PROPAGATED USUALLY ONLY BY DIVISIONS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS


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

Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively as hardly ever are seeds available.  We do have several mother plants for this purpose (shown below).  We have very limited numbers of one gallon plants I'm putting on special.  This size is shown in the first two rows of pictures below.  I highly recommend this species. 

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


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

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

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This super popular  palm is native to south Florida and Cuba.  It gets a very tall trunk with a height of forty feet or more.  The crown shaft is long and a prominent green.  The base of the trunk is swollen just above the ground.  Often you'll also see bulging in the mid-trunk.  It is a full sun plant and some are growing it in desert areas with success - in full sun.  Cold tolerance is like a King Palm, about 25 degrees F.  The one gallon on sale are 2.5 years old.  Since I took these photos, they have put on another leaf.  There's a shortage of this species on the market.  These are easy to mail order.

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

Mention this Special for your discount.

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Royal Palm


BRAHEA ACULEATA
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE
THIN TRUNK
RETAINED OLD LEAF BASES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single stem fan palm is native to northern and western Mexico.  It is not a tall palm.  Heights vary from 12 to 25 feet with an 8 to 10 inch thick trunk.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  Old leaf bases will persist for some time on the trunk but eventually fall off making a smoother trunk.  The crown is not overly large.  Growth rate is medium.  It is a full sun species with cold tolerance down to the lower 20's F.  The special today is for the 5g size.  I've previously but bands on sale as well.

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

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

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


BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
A TALL, QUICK GROWING BRAHEA
GREEN LEAVES, SORT OF WISPY
THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Rarely do I have this hard to find palm and even more rarely do I put it on special.  It's one of the hardest of the Braheas to locate.  It can reach heights of over 80 feet and is native to Baja California, Mexico.  Trunks are thin.  Crowns of leaves are open.  Leaf color is typically green as shown here.  One of the best places to see this species is in Balboa Park, San Diego, less than a half mile from where I live.  It wants full sun, tolerates wind and dry conditions and is a good growing species.  Despite it's beauty, its a solid grower and a fine addition to any garden.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165
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I can mail order these but it'd be expensive b/c of the size of the box.  Remember, mention this Special!

Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

HYPHAENE CORIACEA 
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN PALMS THAT FORK ABOVE THE GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriaceae HYPHAENE CORIACEA Hyphanae coriaceae

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  It has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants shown here appear to be the droopy leaflet form, although I can't be positive.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50 OR FOUR FOR $100


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.

Dypsis onilahensis band Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
 Dypsis onilahensis DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SMALLER BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE

This species is native to Mexico and in habitat lives in sun or partial sun locations.  It doesn't get that tall.  Anticipate a mature palm of not much more than ten feet.  It is cold hardy at least to 20 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  Leaf color can be green or almost blue, especially on the underside of the leaves.  The plants we have on special are suppose to be the "blue" variety.  They are not new seedlings but rather three to four years old and on about their eighth leaf.  With more age, they should show more blue color.  Although not on sale, I'm showing you our 5g size which is showing some blue. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $32.50

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Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis

 

SATURDAY, 25 MARCH, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
GORGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
BLUE AND GREEN FORMS
A LOOK AT BLUE NURSERY PLANTS

Among staff members at our nursery, this is one of the favorites of all the cycads we grow.  Encephalartos longifolius is native to South Africa.  There are habitat populations with both green and blue leaves.  Both varieties are very desirable but today I'm showing you the blue variety.  A nice thing about this species is that it gives a larger and faster growing blue cycad when compared to blue species like Encephalartos lehmannii and horridus.  Leave have a nice curve downwards as shown in some photos here.  It would not be unusual to get a plant with several feet of trunk in two to three decades.  Width of the crown is larger than E. lehmannii, usually six to seven feet.  E. lehmannii is more petite in comparison.  The bands shown in the last row are about 2.5 years old with three to four leaves.  The first two rows show a 15g plant with a caudex of 6.75 inches.  Several other plants are shown in the bottom row.  This species prefers full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  All plants can be easily shipped anywhere within the U.S.

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

CROTONS - NEW BATCH RECENTLY IN
THIN LEAF VARIETY
MORE COLD HARDY
LOTS OF RED, BLACK AND GREEN COLORS
3 GALLON SIZE



Country or area of origin: Asia, India and Western Pacific
Mature height: Depends on species but anywhere from four feet to ten feet or taller
Sun Requirements:  In tropical areas, full sun.  Here in So Cal, perhaps some sun but filtered light in warm winter inland areas.
Cold Tolerance:  No species really tolerate a freeze.  Winter protection needed.  The variety shown here is more cold hardy than most.
Water Requirements:  Average
Rate of Growth:  Slow
Sizes Available: Variable, depending on season. 
Regular Prices:  3 gallon as shown $45
Size shown:  3 gallon - sometimes we have larger.
Comments:
The main issue with Crotons is cold. They just don't take it too well.  The thin leaf varieties are more cold hardy.  There are probably a hundred different species or types of Croton.  Some are smaller, some make "trees".  You just have to find a species that grows well in your area.  The plants just in are one of the better varieties for cold and should be possible by many along the coast.


Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf
Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf Croton Thin Leaf
Croton Croton Croton

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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 are some 5g nursery plants and photos of mature specimens.  Note the woven material on the trunk.  It is very interesting to see in person.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price when you buy.


Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
15 gallon size - not on special
Arenga pinnata

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
THE "MADAGASCAR PALM"
SPINY TRUNK - WHITE BLOSSOMS
NEVER GETS TOO TALL


Although not a true palm at all, this succulent from Madagascar has very spiny trunks with un-armed green leaves at the top.  It's trunks can get up to about six inches thick and overall height is usually under ten feet. Sometimes plants will branch, even at the top, and give peculiar shapes overall.  Blossoms do appear and are white in color.  This is a popular garden plant as well as an interior species. Along our coast it demands bright sun.  Cold hardiness appears to be only to about a freeze.  The first plant has just come out of winter so the leaves are smaller.  Later in the summer they'll get larger like the last several photos.  We have only 5 gallon size available.  The trunks are super spiny.  They are easy to ship.  One photo below shows the white blossoms that mature plants produce in summer.

Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri
Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri
Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri blossom Pachypodium lameri


BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
RECENTLY DESCRIBED, MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZED PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

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

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

Beccariophoenix alfredii BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII RPS Beccariophoenix alfredii

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNUBA 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 carnuba 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
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SAGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM
INTERESTING TRUNK - MATURE 15 FEET
EXOTIC AND RARE - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

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

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


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


FRIDAY, 24 MARCH, 2017

 

LUSH HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
EXOTIC AND LUSH
PASTELS AND PINK
TWO TYPES TO CHOOSE FROM


We just got in a nice assortment of two different types of Hawaiian Ti plants.  They are the usual size, approximately three feet, but the colors are something we haven't had for a while.  We normally have dark red Ti's.  But both of these new ones have a pastel feeling to them.  There are two different varieties.  The first type has pink on the leaf margins.  On the second, there is more pink in the central leaf.  Both are gorgeous.  These want filtered light and can be set back if you get temperatures well below a freeze.  They are in 3 gallon pots and can be shipped.

  

Type 1 below    
Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 1 Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 1 Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 1
Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 1 Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 1 Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 1
Type 2 below    
Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 2 Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 2 Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 2
Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 2 Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 2 Hawaiian Ti Pastels type 2

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TUCKERI
TALLER KING PALM TYPE
FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This tall, single trunk form of the King Palm is native to northern Australia in the Queensland district.  There is lives in moist areas, often along rivers.  It can reach heights up to 60 feet in habitat and has a prominent green crown shaft.  The fruits are large for a King Palm species.  The trunk is not very thick.  It's usually under 12 inches thick.  Growth rate is fast.  For best appearance, give it part day sun if you can.  Cold tolerance is the mid-twenties F. but not colder.

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

Mention this Special for this discount.
 
 Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri
 Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Photo by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
 
Archontophoenix tuckeri
 

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

 

GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE
SUCKERING LARGE PLANT
LOOKS LIKE A BANANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

At the onset, I might comment that I really don't like Giant Bird of Paradise.  I say this because they are high maintenance plants and can be invasive.  But, people keep asking for them.  So, I brought in a small number of over-sized 5 gallon plants that are quite large and on special.   This species gets to a height of about 20 feet and freely suckering.  The plants on sale here are huge for their pots.  They could be mail ordered.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $27.50


Giant Bird of Paradise

Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of paradise Giant Bird of Paradise

 

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM
FULL SUN - TEN FEET HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 OR 5 GALLON SIZE

The plants shown here are a red hybrid form of Cordyline australis.  There are many different hybrids of this species.  The most common is called "Red Star".  They typically get to a height of ten feet, tolerate full sun and are cold hardy into the mid-teens F.   We're putting our 5g on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 3G OR 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.


Cordyline australis red
Cordyline australis wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia
Cordyline australis red

 

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA
TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 G SIZE

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

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


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

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

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
COMMON BUT AFFORDABLE
PLANTS WITH FOOT OF TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G SIZE

This is probably one of the few times that I'll present such a common cycad as the Sago Palm.  But, I do acquire them once in a while, usually with large collections.  So, I have to sell them.  The plants I'm putting on special are big for a 10g pot and have been grown in sun.  They have nearly a foot of trunk.  The price, I think, is very good.  This species takes coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 17 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125

Please mention this special for this price.


Sago Palm


Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm
Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
VERY NICE BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS
BIFURACTION ALREADY EVIDENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

When cycad enthusiasts have pollen and a receptive female cycad cone, you know some type of pollination is going to take place.  This is the way we see all sorts of crazy crosses.  Many of these hybrids are done haphazardly with no thought about the cross.  But, with this said, there is some rationale to the hybrid I'm showing you now.  Cycas debaoensis, from China, is known for it's mutipinnate leaves.  They are very cool.  Leaf stems can split to the third order.  Contrast this with the common Sago Palm that has simple pinnate leaves.  But, the Sago is super cold hardy and female cones are very available.  A cross could give a larger plant with bifurcating leaves and more cold hardiness.  That would be desirable.

I don't know if this is the reason that a friend did this cross.  But, it intrigued me so I brought in some hand selected plants that are showing the bifurcation in the seedling stage.   Please see photos.  There are no mature specimens around that I know of so I can't show mature cycad photos.  I'd anticipate a medium sized plant that hopefully will take sun and be fairly cold hardy, hopefully into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


These are easy to mail order.  Remember to ask for your discount.

Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis

 

TUESDAY, 21 MARCH, 2017

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
CHUNKY 15 GALLON NOW AVAILABLE
VERY NICE, RARE PALM
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


We are proud to announce that, for the first time in over two years, we are offering very sturdy 15 gallon, outdoor grown specimens of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  For those of you who don't know, this species is native to Lord Howe Island.  This location is also home to the Howea forsteriana and belmoreana as well as the dwarf crown shafted palm, Lepidorrhachis mooreana.  Hedyscepe canterburyana is the only species of this genus and native to the mountains of this island about 2/3 the way up.  This gives it some cold hardiness, down to the mid twenties or perhaps lower.  It has a thin, prominently ringed silver trunk and gets a mature height of about twenty to twenty-five feet.  The crown shaft and trunk are prominently silver.  These 15g won't last long, so don't dally.

Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana

 

CLIVIA - ORANGE BLOSSOMS
OVERSIZED PLANTS
SPRING BLOOMER

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G PLANTS

Clivia are one of everyone's favorites for Spring.  This is because they reliably blossom this time of year in our locality.  They are one of the first plants to bloom in spring.  The plants shown here are the orange variety.  They have huge blossoms that come on in the spring.  These are big plants, all suckering - so they'll give multiple flowers.  They like filtered light and are cold hardy to the low 20's F.  Most people find that these plants are one of the easiest plants in the garden to grow.  They can be mail ordered. 

REGULAR PRICE 0RANGE THIS SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $38.25


Just mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.

Clivia orange Clivia orange Clivia orange
Clivia orange Clivia orange Clivia orange

 

CYCAS MEDIA
MANY TO CHOOSE FROM
GORGEOUS AND RARE GREEN CYCAD
DOESN'T GET SUPER BIG
LEAVES FAIRLY USER FRIENDLY"

For those of you who like green, fairly "user friendly" cycads, this one might be for you.  It sports a thin trunk and leaves five to six feet long.  The trunk is narrow.  It is native to north-eastern Australia.  The leaves are leathery.  It is natively from an elevation of up to 3000 feet, likes part day sun in most areas and is cold hardy into the mid, perhaps low 20's F.  Mature heights average about ten feet.  Shown here are two 15g plants currently at the nursery - various trunk sizes.  I'm also showing two very nice 20 gallon plants.  I can ship many of these as long as they are not too big.


cycas media cycas media cycas media
cycas media
Close up of the trunk
cycas media
Ricardo next to plant for size
cycas media
A much older 15g at the nursery
cycas media
Alma next to another plant with 30 inches of trunk
cycas media
Another in a 20g pot
cycas media

 

COCCOTHRINAX CRINITA VARIETY BREVICRINAS
A RARE FORM OF THE OLD MAN PALM
NATIVE TO CUBA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

The palm species shown here is the more rare form of Coccothrinax crinita.  Both the regular C. crinita and this form are native to Cuba.  This form is said to have shorter hairs on the trunk and to be a little bit more "neat" appearing.  For anyone who has grown one of the Old Man Palms, the one thing you'll agree on is how slow they are.  The seedlings here are three to four years old.  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.  It loves sun and heat and is cold hardy somewhere into the mid-teens F. And, by the way, those fibers/hairs covering the trunk are its hallmark.  The pictures of the mature plants below are of the regular crinita - no reliable photos are available for this variety as it is so rare.

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


Remember:  Mention this Blog special!
 
Coccothrinax crinita var brevicrinas  Coccothrinax crinita var brevicrinas  Coccothrinax crinita  
Coccothrinax crinita     


ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII
A HUGE CYCAD CROSSED WITH AN EXTINCT CYCAD

WILL MAKE POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE GREEN SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE OF THIS RARE HYBRID

This is one of the most rare and sought after hybrid cycads in the world.  Encephalartos woodii is extinct in the wild.  Only one original male plant is known to exist.  It is located in Durban Botanical Garden in South Africa.  Pups, over the years, have been removed.  Any plant in the world in any location came from this original male plant.  As we have no females, there has been intense work on using woodii pollen on other female Encephalartos cones.  Usually the female cone is Encephalartos natalensis.  But, the prettiest of all the hybrids is with E. transvenosus.  This is the cross I'm offering on sale here.

These are almost impossible to find!

It'll make a large cycad for sure.  I've seen pictures of E. transvenosus with over 20 feet of vertical trunk.  They look like a Canary Island Palm.  This cross will be quick growing, green in color and will have a huge crown of leaves.  Leaflets will be wide and have those noticeable wide barbs characteristic of E. woodii.  It'll take coastal full sun and tolerate down to about 22 degrees F.  The one gallon on special are three to four years old and very nice.  The last row of photos shows a larger nursery plant of the same cross.

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

Just remember - Mention this special for your discount.
 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII  ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII  ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

We're offering nice 5g plants on special as shown.

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

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing. 
 

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
SUPER RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE 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 three to four years old and carrying about four leaves.  BTW, 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.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS/THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110

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   

 

DIOON EDULE
COLD HARDY & SMALL CYCAD
LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND CIT POT SIZE

We're offering a good buy on probably the most cold hardy of all cycads. Dioon edule is native to Mexico in very arid, hot and sunny habitats.  It is a semi-dwarf species and never gets over four to five feet tall.  Leaves are about three feet long.  What keeps it small is the fact that the trunk never gets over a foot or two tall in gardens.  So, overall one can almost always look over the top of the plant. This is important where there are view issues in the garden.

Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  It loves full sun and actually doesn't do well in shade.  Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant with a 3 inch caudex.  We're putting this size plant (3 inch caudex) on sale in 5g and cit pot size.  The last row of photos shows garden plants and two nursery specimens near coning size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $150-$175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CAUDEX IN CIT POT & 5G $125

But, you must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this discounted price.  Mail order?  Piece of cake.
 
 
Dioon edule    Dioon edule 
Dioon edule  Dioon edule  Dioon edule 
 

 

PRITCHARDIA MARTII
ANOTHER HAWAIIAN SPECIES
FROM THE ISLAND OF OAHU
BIG FLAT LEAVES
RUSTY SILVER UNDERNEATH
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I remember visiting Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu years ago and talking to the late botanist Ray Baker.  This Garden is west of the city, nestled right next to the foot of a range of mountains.  Ray was responsible for the fantastic collection of palms at the Garden.  Ray pointed up to the mountains towering over the garden.  He told me that "right up there. That's where I collected Pritchardia martii."  Native habitats for this species are on steep cliffs at elevations of 300 to 2000 feet.  It can get to a height of thirty feet.  But, the trunk is much thicker than P. minor above.  The leaves are also wider, very flat and a rusty-silver below.  This palm is super attractive and any palm enthusiast will love it.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It takes coastal sun or part day sun.  The 5g on special aren't as big as the minors above but very nice - and hard to find!  Note the wide, puffy leaves at this stage.  This is typical of P. martii.

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

Mention this Special for this unpublished discount price. 

Pritchardia martii  Pritchardia martii  Pritchardia martii 
Pritchardia martii  Pritchardia martii  Pritchardia martii 

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

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


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

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

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

 

FRIDAY, 17 MARCH, 2017

 

CARYOTA MITIS
NICE INTERIOR QUALITY 5G PLANTS
FOR THE HOME, OFFICE OR PATIO
LIKE FILTERED LIGHT
LIMITED NUMBERS

Caytoa mitis is a suckering type of Fishtail Palm from Asia.  In habitat, plants can get up to twenty or twenty five feet.  In our locality they tend to be shorter.  They do sucker forming a clump of stems.  Trunk diameter is typically about four inches.  Leaves are bi-pinnate, branching.  Leaflets are as shown below.  The plants shown here are imported from Hawaii and perfect for a business office, hotel lobby or bank.  Or, for your living room.  They like filtered light outdoors and are cold hardy to the mid to lower 20's F.  Shown are our 5g size.  We also have exterior grade 15g for sale (not shown here).  These 5g plants are five to six feet tall in their pots.  They are not difficult to mail order via Federal Express.
Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g
Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g
Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis

 

CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
ELEGANT MEDIUM SIZED, SINGLE TRUNK PALM
WIDE LEAFLETS
VERY NICE AND FULL 3 GALLON, INTERIOR QUALITY

This attractive palm is native to regions stretching from southern Mexico down into Central America.  Of note, it is a single trunk species.  We found that, as a specimen with multiple plants in one pot, they are fuller and more attractive as they grow.  This is what I'm showing below.  They typically get to a mature height of seven to eight feet.  These 3g plants are interior quality, imported from HI.  They are about six feet tall or a bit more in their pots.  In  the past we've had larger ten gallon plants that were eight feet tall and more difficult to ship.  But, these 3g are quite easy to box up and deliver right to your door.  Once again, these are perfect for inside the home or business.  Call us if you'd like to order one.  These always sell out quickly.
 
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata

 

COLORFUL NEROGELIA BROMELIADS
PINK AND RED SPECKLED
FOR THE GARDEN, PATIO OR INSIDE
NICE VIBRANT COLORS

If you've ever visited our nursery, you know that we usually have a good selection of color for the garden.  Part of our colorful plant offerings include Bromeliads.  These are low profile plants that have colorful leaves with blossoms.  They are quite easy to grow.  Shown here are two different types of Nerogelia.  These Bromeliads are quite easy to grow and typically have colors of red, pink, purple and sometimes yellow.  Often these colors are solid on the leaves but can be striped of speckled as the second plant shown here.  They typically like filtered light but some take full sun.  One can actually just plant the containerized Bromeliad right into the ground.  We probably have about thirty different types/species of these plants.  They are easy to mail order.

Nerogelia pink Nerogelia pink Nerogelia pink
Nerogelia pink Nerogelia red speckled Nerogelia red speckled
Nerogelia red speckled Nerogelia red speckled Nerogelia red speckled


SPRING FERN BONANZA SALE!
ALL ONE GALLON SIZE
MANY INTERESTING TYPES, SOME RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SALE - ANY TYPE $15 EACH

We just got in a great selection of exotic ferns of many types/species.  All are in one gallon pots.  One should assume that most want filtered light although the leather fern can take full coastal sun.  Some are very cold hardy - the Japanese Painted Ferns can go into the teens with ease.  Ferns as a rule like adequate water, so you can let them go dry.  All these plants area ready for spring planting or can be mail ordered.  These are low profile plants, not "Tree Ferns".  Most will never be over two or at most three feet tall.  Some stay under 18 inches.  I've given the common names as well as the scientific name for each type presented.  We have limited numbers of all these ferns.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - ANY FERN BELOW 1 GALLON SIZE
REGULAR PRICE $20 - SALE  PRICE $15


 
BIRDS NEST FERN
Asplenium nidus

   
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern

Cliff Brake Fern
Pellaea falcata

   
Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern
Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern 

EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN

Davallia trichmanoides

 
   
EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN 
EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN 

JAPANESE PAINTED FERN

Athyrium niponicum "Pictum"

COLD HARDY, DECIDIOUS
 
   
JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN 
JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN 

KOREAN ROCK FERN

Polystichum tsus-simense

 
   
KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN 
KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN 

LACE FERN

Nephrolepsis cordifolia "duffi"


   
Lace Fern Lace Fern Lace Fern
Lace Fern Lace Fern Lace Fern

LEMON BUTTON FERN

Nephrolepis cordifolia 


   
Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern
Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern

LEATHER FERN
Rumohra adiantiformis 
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN


   
Leather Fern Leather Fern Leather Fern
Leather Fern Leather Fern Leather Fern

MAIDENHAIR FERN
Adiantum fragrans

   
MAIDENHAIR FERN MAIDENHAIR FERN MAIDENHAIR FERN
MAIDENHAIR FERN Maidenhair Fern MAIDENHAIR FERN

TASSEL FERN
Polystichum polyblepharum


   
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern Tassel Fern
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern Tassel Fern


BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHI PALM
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

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

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

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

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


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

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


DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM
FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering forms.  It is native to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks - "tristichous".   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  It is a difficult species to find nowadays.  I'd recommend growing it in full sun along the coast.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  We have large one gallons on special.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.
 
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis

THURSDAY, 16 MARCH, 2017

 

ACOELORRAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAURITOS PALM
SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
PHOTOS OF TREE IN FRUIT
ONE GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE

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

We're offering nice one gallon plants for sale.  We may have a few 5g.  Of note, fruits are small and orange in color.  The first five pictures show (in progression) a mature tree in fruit.


Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
This and next 4 pictures of tree in fruit
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Acoelorrhaphe in fruit
This tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Close up of Fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Tree near reflecting pond, Balboa Park, San Diego
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Two pictures mature tree right on water's edge
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Trunks of well maintained tree
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
One gallon plants available - shown here
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

LUSH & EXOTIC LANDSCAPE IDEAS
A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR
EMPHASIS ON THE PLANTS

After blogging here for five years, I've learned that, more than anything, people enjoy seeing pictures.  So, I thought I'd just post a bunch of pictures of tropical and lush landscape with emphasis on the plants of course.  I am particularly showing lots of companion types of plant material and understory plantings.  This is meant to be no more than a pictorial presentation.  One wants surprises and interesting plant material around ever turn or curve of the garden pathway.  It makes the garden so much more fun for you (and others).  Hopefully you'll get some ideas here.  All one needs is a place to find the plant material and a little guidance.  We feel we can help on both counts.

Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape
Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape
Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape
Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape
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Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape
Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape
Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape
Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape
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Lush Exotic Landscape Lush Exotic Landscape Pandanus
Exotic Tropical Plants Exotic Tropical Plants Exotic Tropical Plants
Exotic Tropical Plants Exotic Tropical Plants Exotic Tropical Plants
Exotic Tropical Plants tropical plants Exotic Tropical Plants
Exotic Tropical Plants Exotic Tropical Plants Exotic Tropical Plants
Ceratozamia europhyllidia Brunfelsia Vriesia imperialis
Anthurium Coccothrinax crinita Pentagonia
Anthurium species Butterfly Begonia
Pandanus Licuala Philodendron red congo
Exotic Tropical Plants Begonia Croton

TO SEE THE EXPANDED VERSION (MORE PHOTOS) OF TROPICAL PLANTS ABOVE, CLICK HERE

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
SEMI-DWARF IN SIZE
A FEW INTERESTING OLDER PLANTS


This semi-dwarf species is native to Veracruz, Mexico.  It has a mature plant height typically of three to four feet.  I’ve seen a rare “large” specimen to five feet.  It suckers and tends to form a clump of plants.  In habitat, trunks can get over two feet tall.  This is rare.  An eight in wide and one foot tall caudex is more often seen.  Leaves vary in length from two feet to five feet, depending on growing conditions.  Bright light or sun makes plants smaller and more compact.  Leaflets are wide, rounded at the ends and without spines.  This plant can take full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 23 degrees F.  For a cycad collector, this species may be one of the cycads that shows burn from winter's cold.  In filtered light the leaves will “stretch” a bit.  Shown below are some older plants.  I'll make comments on each one below.  All have been container grown and have character you see with age.  And, all are for sale.

25 Gallon Container
Multiple heads of leaves
zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea zamia furfuracea
15 gallon container
Many trunks/heads of leaves
zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
7 gallon container
Split primary trunk, two heads of leaves
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea

 

WEDNESDAY, 15 MARCH, 2017

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM
BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
NO NEW RED LEAF - SUCKERS OVER TIME
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G AND 5G


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

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35
REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60


We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but a better supply of the 1g.  Mention this Special for your discount.
 
 Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica  LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA 
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
 5g on left, 1g on right
 
Laccospadix australasica 

 

THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
MEDIUM SIZED UNUSUAL SUN PLANT
DROUGHT TOLERANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G

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

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

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

Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum

 

BUTIA CAPITATA
THE PINDO OR JELLY PALM
GREEN FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON

This single trunk South American pinnate palm is very durable and cold hardy.  It loves sun and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  If you've been following our Blog, you know that there is a green form and the popular blue strain.  Both are Butia capitata.  Today I'm showing you the green form.   Most would consider this to be the "standard form".  Mature heights on both are typically15 to 20 feet in this area.  Leaves arch downwards as shown.  Mature leaf color will be green to blue green.  The blue form has definite blue leaves.  The fruit of both are edible and some people make a jelly from the fruit, thus giving a reason for one of the common names for this palm.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  The 25g on sale here are about seven years old. The photos of the mature palms below were taken at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $210


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

Butia capitata green Butia capitata green Butia capitata green
Butia capitata 25g April Butia capitata green

 

DIOON EDULE
A SMALLER CYCAD
SUPER COLD HARDY
TOLERATES SUN, EVEN IN DESERT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BLUE-GREEN 1G PLANTS


Dioon edule is a remarkable cycad species for multiple reasons.  First, it takes hot blazing sun and heat.  It can be grown in desert areas in full sun.  Most cycads can't do this.  Secondly, it is cold hardy - probably one of the best cycads species for cold.  It'll go into the teens F. for sure.  Finally, it never gets very big.  A five foot tall plant with a foot or two of caudex is about maximum for this species.  But, it will often cluster and form a clump of plants.  The special today is on very nice 1g plants.  Note they are not new seedlings but have some size.  And, they have a nice blue-green color.  These are simple to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1G $40

Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this price.

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Dioon edule dioon edule

 

MONDAY, 13 MARCH, 2017

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
VERY BEAUTIFUL BUT NOT THE MOST COLD HARDY KING
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE MULTI'S IN 1 GALLON

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  For types of King Palms, this species is stated to have the thickest trunk.  I don't think I agree with this and feel A. maxima is thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more.   The crown shaft is a bit bulging.  Below are some comments I'd like to make on this species:

1.  It is NOT the most cold hardy of the King Palm group.  25 degrees F. will definitely burn it and lower temps will kill it.  Two decades ago people said it was the most cold hardy.  This is not true.
2.  The degree of purple color you see in the crown shaft is quite variable.  If you see a picture of one with an intense purple color like on grape candy, it is probably "photo-shopped".  Only once have I seen anything like this where the color is brilliantly purple.  Expect a light purple or reddish hue, which is much more common.  Sometimes they are more green than any other color.  And, you won't see the purple color when they are juvenile.  They have to have some trunk height before it can be seen.  So, when you buy one you just have to wait for the color.
3.  A good way to recognize this species as a juvenile nursery plant is from the yellowish color to the stem and petiole.  (see photos).  Also, the underside of the leaves are intensely silver as shown here.  The crown shaft is green on young plants.
4.  There are only two species of King Palms which have ramenta (small hair-like fibers) on the underside of the leaflets.  These are the A. cunninghamiana and A. purpurea.  So, check the underside of the leaves.  If you see ramenta and they are silver, you are looking at an A. purpurea.   

The plants on special here are huge 1 gallon plants.  Most are multiples (2 or 3 plants).  

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


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this discount.  The two habitat photos below were taken from the wild in Queensland.  The last photo shows a nursery 15g plant.

Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

ASSORTED PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
THE HAWAIAAN PALM
ABSOLUTE HUGE 15G PLANTS!
OVER SIX SPECIES AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY 15 GALLON PRITCHARDIA


Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm.  Most do not get overly large and many are under fifteen feet tall.  Along the coast they tolerate full sun.  There are about 25 species with habitats ranging from Hawaii to some South Pacific islands.  We only grow the Hawaiian varieties as they do the best in Southern California where most will take coastal full sun.  Or, grow them in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties or a bit lower. 

I'm showing you here a whole assortment of 15g plants.  We have about 8 different species in this size.  No other nursery in Southern California has Pritchardias this big in 15g size at the prices we're offering.  All are easily boxed sized specimens.  Some have three to four feet of trunk and are about 14 years old.  All are outdoor grown in sun.  Leaves on some species are totally flat.  Others have a wave to the leaf. Some are colored on the undersides.  There's a perfect Hawaiian Palm for anyone.  These are way too big and tall for mail order but can be trucked.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE 15G SIZE $245
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY 15G PRITCHARDIA $195


Note:  Most are a 24 inch box size.  All are fabulous.  These are too big to ship by Fed Express.

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Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia remota Pritchardia beccariana

 

ALOE PLICATILIS
THE FAN ALOE
FANS OF CANDLELABRA ARRANGED LEAVES
GRAY-GREEN LEAVES
NEVER VERY TALL


This South African succulent is known for its slow growth, small to medium mature size and the unique arrangement of stacked leaves at the end of each branch.  It is very reminiscent of a candelabra of leaves.  Leaves are about a foot long and very thick and fleshy.  It likes full sun, minimal water and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  Mature height is six to eight feet with a crown width about the same.  In the spring it produces attractive red flowers as seen below.  We got in this 20 gallon plant that's at least 10 years old.  This is the only one of this species that we have presently.  Although these photos were taken too early this winter, presently this plant is throwing many red colored blossoms like the last photo.

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Aloe plicatilis Aloe plicatilis Aloe plicatilis
Aloe plicatilis by world of succulents website 
photo by World of Succulents Website
   

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM THERE IS
TALLER, FASTER, DARKER GREEN
NO BROW TIP TO LEAFLETS IN SUN
THICK TAN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL

I am reposting this topic because it's important to those folks that want to grow a type of King Palm.  At the onset, I'd like to inform you that "teracarpa", as applied to this genus, is not a recognized species.  The word means "big body".  We have given this name to a palm in my private garden that is a type of King Palm.  But, no one has been able to identify it.  Initially we thought it might be A. maxima.  But, it doesn't key out correctly and doesn't match other A. maximas we've grown at the nursery.  So, to communicate with people about this palm, we give it the name Archontophoenix "teracapra".

It's been in my garden for twenty-five to thirty years.  I don't remember the original source of the seeds or palm.  It is over 40 feet tall, larger than adjacent A. cunninghamiana in the same garden.  The first picture to the right shows its vigor and size.  And, how much nicer it looks compared to the adjacent regular A. cunninghamiana and how it towers over them. 

Below I will describe
some of it's characteristics:

Taller than other King Palms (see photo to right)
Color of leaves darker green (see photo)
NO burning/browning on the leaflets in full sun (compared to regular King Palm which burns)
Blue colored crown shaft when mature
Super thick trunk
Larger seeds but not as large as A. purpurea
Faint silver color to back of leaves
No ramenta on leaflets
Sometimes newly emergent red leaf

Faster growing and good performer
Overall just a prettier tree than the regular King Palm

I've been growing plants from seeds from our mother tree for about six to eight years.  We have one, two and some 5g plants.  But, they sell out quickly. 
 
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZED ARCONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"

Remember, mention this Special for your Discount!

Archontophoenix teracarpa
5 gallon single
Archontophoenix teracarpa
5 gallon multiple
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note newly emergent red colored leaf
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Back side of leaf - minimal silver color
Archontophoenix teracarpa
1 gallon size
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Crown shaft juvenile plant
Archontophoenix teracarpa
15 gallon size, sold out right now

Archontophoenix teracarpa
Back of leaf

Archontophoenix teracarpa
Tree in San Diego.  Note height next to
adjacent regular King Palms.  Also, note the
darker green color and better
appearance overall.
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note absence of brown tipped leaflets
Archontophoenix teracarpa
No browned leaflets in full sun
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Almost a blue crown shaft
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note massively thick trunk
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note how teracarpa towers over adjacent
regular King Palm and is a darker green
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Super thick trunk

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES


Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  The first plants shown are very old 20g.  You can see they've formed trunk with some aerial roots.  Next I'm showing our 5g.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners.

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium
Specimen in garden
Birds Nest Anthurium plant places.com website
Photo by Plant Places Website
Birds Nest Anthurium wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

AURICARIA SPECIES
POSSIBLY A. ANGUSITFOLIA
A CONIFEROUS EVERGREEN
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
LARGE 15G SIZE AVAILALBLE

Auricaria is a genus of evergreen coniferous plants that tend to be tall and have unusual leaves and leaflets.   There are 19 known species with native distributions spreading from New Caledonia, Australia, New Guinea, Norfolk Island and into various countries of South America.  They  typically large and upright trees with some getting heights over 250 feet.  This species tens to have all its branches at the top of the tree with a horizontal arrangement.  It is a dioecious genus with male and female pine cones on individual plants.  The seeds of the female cones are typically edible by report.  I obtained the plant shown here from a private collector in the San Francisco area.  It's in a heavy 15g sized clay pot and is about 7.5 feet tall as it stands.  I think it may be Auricaria angustifolia from Brazil.  I made this determination from the leaves and leaflets which are quite unique.  If so, it has potential to get over 150 feet tall.  This species has most of it's foliage high up the trunk with limbs held out in a horizontal fashion.  I think this plant has already seen temperatures in the low 20's F. and it likes sun.  It is for sale of course.

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Auricaria species Auricaria species Auricaria species
Auricaria species
Notice horizontal leaves
Auricaria angustifolia by proto4u.org webstie
photo by Prota4u.org website
 

 

SATURDAY, 11 MARCH, 2017

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
BLUE COLOR, VERY COL HARDY
LOVES SUN AND HEAT

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON 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 one gallon plants have nice color and are very good sized for their container.  They show nice blue color.  This species is also very drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SALES PRICE $30

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, the 2nd and 3rd photos show a tree in flower. 
 

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM
PROPAGATED USUALLY ONLY BY DIVISIONS
TWO AND FIVE GALLON AVAILABLE


I am presenting this species presently because people often confuse it with C. fragans  or other simple leaf Chamaedorea species.  Native to Mexico, it suckers, rarely gets over six feet tall, has short petioles and has small, entire leaves as shown here.   The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a totally different fashion.  It is called "stolinifera" because it forms new "stolons".  These are vegetative stems that emerge from the base of an older trunk.  They then shoot laterally, sometimes below the soil's surface, to reappear a short distance from the mother stem.  They look like "snakes" going over the soil surface, sometimes diving into the dirt to root.  Often they'll wildly shoot out of the pot, then turn upwards to form a new vertical stem.  This ability to shoot out new stolons often creates a very wide mature clump.

Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively as hardly ever are seeds available.  We do have several mother plants for this purpose.  We have very limited numbers of two and five gallon plants.  I highly recommend this species.  I have shown a two gallon and a five gallon plant here.  It takes about three years for a two gallon to become a nice five gallon plant. 


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

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDEANA
TROPICAL FLOWERING PLANTS
DON'T GET OVERLY TALL
GORGEOUS BLOSSOMS
FIVE GALLON AVAILABLE

Country or area of origin:  Tropical Americas and a few Pacific Islands
Mature height:  H. schiediana is usually only 6 feet tall
Sun Requirements:  Full sun or at least half sun
Cold Tolerance:  Cold tolerant to mid-twenties F.  Plants damaged from cold often come back the following spring from underground rhizomes.
Water Requirements:  Average
Rate of Growth:  Medium to fast
Sizes Available:  Typically 5g and sometimes larger
Regular Prices:  5g $75, 15g $175
Size shown:  5g (first row of photos) 7g (second row)
Comments: 
The key to growing Heliconia is to pick species that do well in your area.  This means that they produce leaves but also flower.  We've found the best species for cold to be H. schiediana.  These plants sucker over time to form clumps.  They propagate with easy from divisions.   All the photos here are of H. schiediana.  We do, on occasion, get about five other types of Heliconia at the nursery which you can grow here in So Cal.

Heliconia schiedeana Heliconia schiedeana Heliconia schiedeana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiedeana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiedeana Heliconia schiedeana Heliconia schiediana TS RPS

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO C. PLUMOSA
TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  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
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia

DYPSIS PSAMMOPHILA
JUVENILE RED STEMS, LATER BLACK TRUNKS WITH WHITE CROWN SHAFTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This is a small to medium sized, suckering palm from Eastern Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 12 to 15 feet and the leaves are keeled.  When young, juvenile leaf stems and the base of the trunk have a prominent red color.  Later the trunks turn black or near black in color.  At the top of these dark stems are powder white crown shafts.  Shown here is a 5g plant demonstrating this prominent red color.  Other photos show the white crown shafts and dark trunks.  This is a filtered light species with cold tolerance into the upper twenties F. range. Of note, we are pretty well supplied with the band size.  Larger plants as shown in the sixth photo are very limited.

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

Note:  Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.  My thanks to Tobias Spanner from RPS for his photo of the mature plant.

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Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila TS at RPS
by TS at RPS
Dypsis psammophila

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGOUS CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.
 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

 


ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM
FULL SUN, COLD HARDY, DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON SIZE

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

REGLAR PRICE ONE GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32.50

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

FRIDAY, 10 MARCH, 2017

 

STAGHORN FERN
PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATA
EPIPHYTIC FERN THAT LIVES IN TREES
ANTLER TYPE LEAVES
MOUNTED PLANTS AVAILABLE

Country or area of origin:  South America, Africa, southern Asia, Australia and PNG
Mature height:  Form epiphytic clumping plants that in many decades can reach several meters width
Sun Requirements:  Part sun or filtered light
Cold Tolerance:  Low 20's F. by estimate
Water Requirements:  Low   
Rate of Growth:  Slow
Sizes Available:  Mounted on wood as shown
Regular Prices:  Wood mounted $35 - Cluster prices dependent on size
Size shown:  Mounted on wood, assorted clusters and epiphytic plants in trees overhead.
Comments: 
 This species grows in trees.  Often all you see when you look up in the rainforest, all you see is a large clump of leaves with their brown shields.  We sell them mounted on wood (sort of epiphytic) where you'd hang them on a branch or a nail in a fence. Or, you can remove the wood and apply them right on a trunk as shown below.  Give them part sun.  Spray them about ever week or two with water and fertilize them every few months with liquid fertilizer.  They are reliable performers.

Note:  The last photo is of another type - Moosehorn Fern

 

Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern Moosehorn Fern

 

CHAMAEDOREA ELEGANS
THE PARLOR PALM, "NEANTHA BELLAE"
AVAILABILITY OF VERY NICE 3G SIZE
GREAT DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM
WONDERFUL HOUSE PALM

The popular Parlor Palm is not a rare species of Chamaedorea.  You'll see it sold across the country as a popular interior (house plant) palm.  We have available very nice 3 gallon plants.  They are about two feet tall and are multiples - many plants per pot.  Remember, this is a single trunk palm natively.  But, putting many together gives a very full appearance.  Mature height is rarely above six feet in several decades.  It prefers filtered light and can be grown indoors. These could be mail ordered with some special attention to packing.  The last row of photos shows a few very old plants at the nursery along with one in a garden.  Note that the trunk is thin and the leaves are short.  This species is cold hardy to about 24 degrees.

Chamaedorez elegans Chamaedorez elegans Chamaedorez elegans
Chamaedorez elegans Chamaedorez elegans Chamaedorez elegans
chamaedorea elegans chamaedorea elegans chamaedorea elegans

 

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

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
TALL AND ELEGANT SINGLE TRUNK PALM
27 INCH BOXES AVAILALBLE - NICE!


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

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

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  Shown here are some very nice 27 inch boxed plants that men can carry.  They are about 15 feet tall.  Limited numbers are available.


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

 

TUESDAY, 7 MARCH, 2017

 

AECHMEA SPECIES YELLOW
BROMELIAD THAT GETS FOUR FEET TALL
IMPRESSIVE BLOSSOMS
GOOD GROUND COVER


For some time we have been trying to establish stock for propagation of large, yellow or yellow-green Aechmeas.  These plants are impressive in that they can get four feet tall and very adequately work as a ground cover between larger plantings.  The first three photos show a plant that we acquired and should help fulfill our goal of providing plants of this sort.  I don't have a species name on this plant but it is definitely an Aechmea - a type of Bromeliad.  We got in about fifty desirable and fairly rare similar Bromeliads.  The second row of photos shows larger Bromeliads used in the landscape.

 
Aechmea large yellow Aechmea large yellow Aechmea large yellow
Aechmea large yellow Aechmea large yellow

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE BUTTERLY OR ARECA PALM
NOW AVAILABLE 20 GALLON, 12 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE.

For about a month we've been out of our larger sized Dypsis lutescens.  But, I am pleased to announce that we just got in a limited number of 20 gallon that are about 12 feet tall.  This is a suckering palm species from Madagascar that is medium sized mature, seldom over 18 feet in Southern California.  It has attractive, thin trunks with a prominent yellow color on the petioles and inner crown of stems.  It has a medium growth rate.  Along the coast, it prefers sun or very bright filtered light.  In inland areas it cannot take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  We also have smaller plants available.  We remind people that this palm is the most popular palm for blocking the neighbor from looking over the fence into your yard!  For this reason we also call it the "Neighbor Blocking Palm".  The fourth photo below by Y.D. in Solana Beach, CA shows his attempt to hide a fence.  The last two photos by GA were taken in Encinitas, CA.  We also have smaller squat 15g available.

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

Very limited numbers available.  You must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of ordering to get this discounted price.

 
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Chamaedorea macrospadix
Dypsis lutescens by Y.D. Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 


SUNDAY, 5 MARCH, 2017

 

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

Yesterday, 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 

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED
GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


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

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

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

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM
NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWNSHAFT
A FAVORITE OF ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

This is a single trunk palm that has green, upright leaves.  The hallmarks of this plant are the upright pointing leaves and the swollen crown shaft.  Almost always, the crown shaft is prominently larger in diameter than the trunk.  The trunk has rings from old leaf attachments.  Overall height after many decades is 25 to 35 feet or, on old specimens, even more.  Trunk diameter is eight to twelve inches.  Leaves are usually eight to twelve feet long.  Growth rate is slow.  Of note, the 15g shown here is a double.  Most of this size have only one plant in the pot.

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

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

 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $125

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 

LYCHNIS CORONARIA
LOW PROFILE, SUN LOVING
WATER CONSERVING SUCCULENT
BRIGHT PURPLE SUMMER FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE.

This succulent is known for it's showers of intense, purple flowers.  The foliage is silver, soft and a little bit fuzzy.  It tolerates full sun, seems to be pretty cold hardy and is low profile.  Plant vegetative growth is not more than about 18 inches tall.  Flowers stand above the foliage.  It is a drought resistant plant.  I can ship these easily.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15
 

 Lychnis coronaria  Lychnis coronaria  Lychnis coronaria
Lychnis coronaria by Plants-Shopping.FR website
photo by Plants-Shopping.FR website
 
   
     

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TUCKERI
TALLER KING PALM TYPE
FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This tall, single trunk form of the King Palm is native to northern Australia in the Queensland district.  There is lives in moist areas, often along rivers.  It can reach heights up to 60 feet in habitat and has a prominent green crown shaft.  The fruits are large for a King Palm species.  The trunk is not very thick.  It's usually under 12 inches thick.  Growth rate is fast.  For best appearance, give it part day sun if you can.  Cold tolerance is the mid-twenties F. but not colder.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32.50

Mention this Special for this discount.
 

 Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri
Archontophoenix tuckeri by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Photo by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri
 

AGAVE ATTENUATA BLUE
NICE 15 GALLONS WITH TRUNK
A TRUE "DR. SEUSS" PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G 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 15G $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $185

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

 

GERANIUM PLANTS, RED
NICE, GOOD SIZE 1 GALLON
GREAT FOR FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL

It's always a problem for us to provide nice  year long color for sun.  By this, I mean not annual plants that die at the end of the season.  To solve this problem, we just got in a few dozen pretty and outdoor grown Geranium.  These are a great perennial flowering plant.  Mature height is several feet.  Although there's lots of colors with Geranium, the color we selected is the popular red one.  It is a good grower and will have many clusters of large red flowers.  They are in one gallon plants and just going into blossom now.  The foliage is green.  They need full sun and most folks around here have no problem growing them.  Blossoming will continue for through summer.  These are easy to ship.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE GERANIUMS $8

Note: The last photo shows some very different hybrid and larger, showier plants.  From time to time we offer these (are more expensive), but have none at this time.


Geraniumred
Geranium red April Geranium red April
Geranium red April Geranium red April Geranium

GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE
SUCKERING LARGE PLANT
LOOKS LIKE A BANANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

At the onset, I might comment that I really don't like Giant Bird of Paradise.  I say this because they are high maintenance plants and can be invasive.  But, people keep asking for them.  So, I brought in a small number of over-sized 5 gallon plants that are quite large and on special.   This species gets to a height of about 20 feet and freely suckering.  The plants on sale here are huge for their pots.  They could be mail ordered.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $27.50

Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise

 

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM
FULL SUN - TEN FEET HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The plants shown here are a red hybrid form of Cordyline australis.  There are many different hybrids of this species.  The most common is called "Red Star".  They typically get to a height of ten feet, tolerate full sun and are cold hardy into the mid-teens F.   We're putting our 5g on special. 

REGULARPRICE 3G OR 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Cordyline australis red
Cordyline australis red Cordyline australis wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

FRIDAY, 3 MARCH, 2017

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - SUPER POPULAR
ANNOUNCING ARRIVAL GREAT 25G PLANTS




Many of you are familiar with the Foxtail Palm of Australia.  Native to the Queensland area it reaches a mature height of twenty-five to maximum thirty feet.  It has a narrow trunk for its height, typically 8 to 12 inches.  Sometimes it will swell a bit at the base or in the middle of the trunk.  It gets its name from the very plumose or fluffy leaves, reminiscent of the tail or a fox.  Growth rate is medium although it can stall if it doesn't see enough heat.  It requires full sun as well.  Plants in shade don't do well.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.  The ideal location is not in the close to the ocean coastal strip but inland a bit because of more heat.  It is unclear to me if it'll take full desert sun.  Feedback appreciated.



The plants we are offering are very large 25g, ready for you sunny location.  In the pots, they are about 14 feet tall with some woody trunk.  I've shown a photo of several interesting things below.  First, this species makes huge, egg sized red fruits.  Also, planted as a colony of two or three plants together, they look great. (Just like King Palms).  Finally, the crown shaft is silver-green and it's not uncommon to see a bulge in the central trunk as shown here.  These 25g won't last long so don't dally.

Wodyetia bifurcata 25g Wodyetia bifurcata 25g Wodyetia bifurcata 25g
Wodyetia bifurcata 25g Wodyetia bifurcata 25g Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 25g Wodyetia bifurcata 25g Wodyetia bifurcata 25g
Wodyetia bifurcata 25g Wodyetia bifurcata 25g Wodyetia bifurcata 25g

 

CARYOTA URENS
A TALL AND FAST GROWING SPECIES
BEST PALM FOR MAKING CANOPY
HUGE 24 INCH BOX PLANTS FOR SALE

For most, this is probably the fastest growing species that you could add to your garden.  And, it is not unusual for this species to get over sixty feet tall!  It is one of the most successful species for establishing a canopy.  It is not unusual to put in a standard 15g sized Caryota urens and have a plant that's over thirty feet tall in three or four years.  It's natural habitat stretches from India to northern Thailand. Trunk diameter is 12 to 18 inches and the color is white.  There is tomentum on the trunk.  If you scratch this tomentum or write your name, it'll be there for the life of the palm. 

This is a multi-pinnate palm with long wide leaves.  Leaves branch to the second order.  It's canopy produces a lot of shade.  It responds to good draining soil and adequate water.  Because of it's height, strong hurricane type winds can blow this species over to the ground.  Shown here are several beautiful 24 inch box specimens.  Their heights in the boxes is about sixteen feet.  We also have a limited supply of smaller plants.  Compared to Caryota gigas, this is a much taller tree with a thinner trunk.  Also, growth rate is faster.  As it is a monocarpic species, anticipate a life of about twenty years.  Blossoming occurs prior to the plant's dying.  It takes about four to five years for the blossoming cycle to end. 


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

 

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

 

NEROGELIA - RED SPECKLED
RED AND GREEN COLORED BROMELIAD
GREAT PART DAY SUN COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

These attractive Bromeliads offer a nice speckled combination of red and green and are easy to grow.  Our nursery is close to the Ocean and we grow them in full sun.  If you are inland, try part day sun.  They pup freely and are low maintenance.  They'll take temperatures into the upper 20's F. if you give them the right care.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Discount for this reduced price when you purchase.
 
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED    

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
BULGING TRUNK ABOVE THE GROUND!
MUCH BETTER FOR CO CAL THAN THE BOTTLE PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

If you live in Southern California, the chances are 99% that a Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) will die in your garden.  They don't tolerate our winter's cold.  If you live along the coast, the chances are 75% that you can successfully grow the Spindle Palm.  Plain and simple.  You might ask why a certain depot type store only sells the Bottle Palm.  It's because the Spindle Palm can't be imported into CA from Florida because of lethal yellow disease.  So, one has to grow them from seeds here in California. And, that takes a long time.  But, that's exactly what we'd done.  So, we can offer you a Hyophorbe with a bulging trunk that you CAN grow and is on sale!

And, the Spindle Palm is easier to grow, gets taller and has a cigar shaped trunk that is super cool.  Mature height in 25 years is about 15 feet.  Peak height is about 20 feet in many decades.  The mature plants below are very old.  This species loves sun.  Cold hardiness is just below a freeze.  The five gallon size shown here are fantastic - very large for their pots with heights of 3 to 4 feet size.  They are ready for a 15g pot.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase


Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

Back in the year 2000, I was the President of the International Palm Society.  One of my goals at the time was to break the monotony of Biennial meetings always being held in the United States.  I found them to be repetitious and sort of boring.  Certainly, no one at the time would have called them exciting meetings.   With this in mind, I set up the 1998 Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens.  That was a first.  And, to outdo that meeting, I arranged with the Palm Society of New Caledonia to have to 2000 Biennial in their country.  The palms of New Caledonia are some of the most exciting and pretties palms of the world.

This gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here are plants that we germinated about 8 years ago.  They are finally really nice 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $175


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

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

 

THURSDAY, 2 MARCH, 2017

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
ELEPHANT EAR PLANTS
FOUR TYPES SHOWN HERE
LUSH, EXOTIC, QUICK TROPICAL LOOK


Alocasia are a type of suckering tropical plant that many know as the "Elephant Ear Plant".  Most that one will see commercially are hybrids that have no native home.  With this said, natural species are typically found in the Old World and Asia.  The main differences between these plants are the overall height, the size of the leaves, the aggressiveness of growth, coloring and cold tolerance.  I am showing you here four hybrid varieties, each with their own charm.  Figure that they are not for full sun unless you are told otherwise.  But, the first variety can take full coastal sun.

1.  Row 1 and 2:  Alocaia "Cal - Odora", a dwarf species.  It rarely gets over five feet and has leaves that are typically under 12 inches wide.  Leaf color is green.  People like this one b/c of its dwarf size.
2.  Row 3:  Alocasia Calidora, a bigger species that will form significant trunks and has a larger leaf.  Color is green.  Leaves can get three feet long.
3.  Row 4:  Alocasia portoro, an attractive hybrid with an arrowhead shaped leaf and prominent leaf veins.  It can get to about six feet or a bit more.
4.  Row 5:  Alocasia species "black stem", a super attractive and charming species with black stems, silver to the back of the leaves and a medium height to five feet.  But, it's not as cold hardy as those above.

We presently have all of these available with some in limited numbers.  Also, from time, we get very exotic natural species that tend to be smaller and are quite stunning.

Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Calidora Alocasia Calidora Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
GORGEOUS LARGE PALM FROM NORTHERN THAILAND
OVERSIZED 15G AND 25G AVAILABLE

We've been selling this spectacular palm since its introduction to the market about three decades ago.  In habitat it lives in moist but elevated mountain forests in northern Thailand.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F and takes direct sun.  Mature heights reach thirty to thirty-five feet with a very thick and wide base.  It needs room in the garden.  Leaflets are more rounded than Caryota urens.  I think it's also more attractive than Caryota urens, but everyone has their own favorite.  Leaves are up to fourteen feet long and twelve to fourteen feet wide.  We have just replenished our supply of huge 15g and 25g - although both are in limited numbers.

Row 1 & 2:  15 gallon size
Row 3:  25g size
Row 4:  Specimens in gardens

Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of 5g for sale.  They are not quite as big as the ones shown here.  But, now they are on special.  It needs warmer coastal temperatures and gets to about five feet tall. Filtered light is best.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.

Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

  

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK PALM
UPRIGHT LEAVES

FROM NEW CALEDONIA

Shown here is a gorgeous example of one of the more beautiful of the New Caledonian palms.  Cyphophoenix nucele is from Lifou Island, gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and takes strong filtered light or part day sun in most coastal areas.  It has a thin trunk with lots of silver color.  Leaves tend to but upright as opposed to C. elegans where the leaves are more arched.  The last three pictures are from the late Mardi Darian's garden in Vista, CA.  You'll notice how healthy it looks in strong filtered light.  The nursery plant shown is a 15g but we also have 5g plants.  I'd estimate the cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Very limited numbers are available.  This plant can be shipped or delivered if needed.  It was grown from seed and is about eight years old.

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

 

SHELL GINGER
ALPINIA ZERUMBET
VARIAGATED FORM
GREEN LEAF FORM
HANGING, LONG LASTING RED AND WHITE FLOWERS
HUGE 15G PLANTS AVAILABLE


Country or area of origin:  East Asian
Mature height:  Typically 6 to maximum 10 feet, generally taller than the Kahili Ginger.  There are dwarf cultivars.
Sun Requirements:  Full sun in near coastal areas, part day sun or filtered light inland
Cold Tolerance:  Plants tolerate a freeze and do well into the mid-twenties F. 
Water Requirements:  Average although they can take extra water
Rate of Growth:  Medium to fast
Sizes Available:  Typically 5g and 15g
Regular Prices:  15g $150
Size shown:  15g
Comments: 
This type of Ginger has the green leaf form and the variegated leaf form as shown.  These are quick growing plants that do sucker and form clumps.  Flowers are long lasting whereas Kahili Ginger are short living.  Blossoms hang downwards.  Individual flowers look like small shells.  They are not fragrant.  These plants are an easy way to "create that Hawaii look".

The first two rows below show the green form.  The third row shows the variegated form.  The bottom two rows show Shell Ginger in gardens.  All nursery plants shown here are the 15g size.

Shell Ginger Green Shell Ginger Green Shell Ginger Green
Shell Ginger Green Shell Ginger Green Shell Ginger Green
Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated
Shell Ginger in Garden Shell Ginger in Garden Shell Ginger Variegated
Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger blossom Shell Ginger Variegated

 

TI PLANTS
THE "HAWAIIAN TI PLANT"
DWARF OR SEIM-DWARF COLOR
RED, PINK, GREEN, PASTELS AND BLACK
QUICK COLOR FOR FILTERED LIGHT
SOME ACCLIMATE TO SUN
JUST STARTING TO COME IN

Country or area of origin: Southeastern Asia, Australia, PNG, Polynesia
Mature height: This type of tropical Ti plants are rarely over six to eight feet tall. 
Sun Requirements:  Along the coast, it's best to grow them in a bit of sun or filtered light.  Over time they can be acclimated to full sun.  In inland areas, one must grow them in filtered light.
Cold Tolerance:  Temperatures above a freeze are idea although a few varieties can take into the upper 20's F. 
Water Requirements:  Moderate
Rate of Growth:  Moderate growing 
Sizes Available: 3 gallon and perhaps a few 15g
Regular Prices:  $35 to $45
Size shown:  3g   
Comments: These colorful Ti's are propagated in tropical areas and shipped to California.  Most come from HI and FL.  People like them because they add great color to the garden.  Shown here are some nice cultivars we've had in the past few years.  Availability is changing every month.  We've found the darker the colors, the easier they are to grow.

In the first two rows of pictures you'll see our 3 gallon size that just got in.  Over the next month or so we should have a nice assortment of different types.
Ti Plants Red Ti Plants Red Ti Plants Red
Ti Plants Red Ti Plants Red Ti Plants Red
Ti Plants in garden Ti Plants in garden Ti Plants in garden

 

 

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RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

I 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!
plastic 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

  


END OF CURRENT POSTS FOR MARCH, 2017

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WITH THE BEST SPECIES AROUND

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Photographs of Some of Our Cold Hardy Palms Below
Shipping By the Pallet - Best Way to Save on Larger Orders of Big Plants


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


HOW IT WORKS & BENEFITS OF SHIPPING BY THE PALLET OR DELIVERY:

*  Save money shipping by the pallet OR delivery by truck
 Up to 50% less by the pallet or truck compared to shipping plants individually
*  Easier and cheaper to send much bigger plants up to 24 inch box size and 8.5 feet tall
*  Can double stack smaller plants on top of larger ones in pallet to maximize number of plants
*  Get plants that are way too big for Fed Express or UPS
*  Typically same arrival times (or quicker) as ground services with UPS or Federal Express
*  Shipped by independent trucking companies
*  Plants shipped safely, usually in framed out pallets as shown below or safely store in trucks
*  Get a discount up to 15% off on the regular price of the plants themselves when you get a large load  

 

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
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)

CLICK TO SEE FULL PRESENTATION
 
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
 
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
 
Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
 
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
 
Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri
 
 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
 

(or, look at the quick review below) 

COLD HARDY PALM TREES
A Quick Look at Some 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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SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS 
SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY
SOMETIMES EVEN ON SPECIAL!


If you like different and colorful companion plants for the floor of the garden, check out these plants.  Remember, a garden is not complete until you put in the companion plants and add some color.  Our selection changes frequently and, on some, are seasonal.  Examples of such plants are given here with a link below to a new Website Article recently published on "Tropical Plants".  

I THINK YOU'LL FIND THAT JUNGLE MUSIC IS YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR RARE AND COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS YOU CAN'T FIND ANYWHERE!


Croton Rieger begonia coleus
aoenium blossom Hedychium giner kalanchoe
begonia richmondensis guzmania jacobinia
Ti plant strobilanthus coleus
kalanchoe Pavonia wikipedia
Pavonia, c/o Wikipedia
spring color
Pink Ti Alocasia Black magic
nerogelia Heliconia tillandsia
Tillandsia bromeliad spring color
spring color
This photo and last from our Display Garden
coleus calendiva
curly croton pinstripe ginger spring color
geranium geraneum Croton
philodendron prince of orange croton
anthurium miniature heliconia orchid

 

 

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A LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE NURSERY 
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR
ALMA AND THE PLANTS 

Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma.  Regardless, we were quite busy with customers at the nursery.  Somehow Alma found the time to take pictures of the front entrance to our nursery.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  I hope the gorgeous blue Encephalartos show well in these pictures.  They are huge and unique.

 
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Alma Jungle Music
FRONT JUNGLE MUSIC ENTRANCE TO GREENHOUSE JUNGLE MUSIC

 

PLANT BROKER VERSUS NURSERYMAN
WHAT SOME SELLERS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
HOW TO TELL WHICH IS WHICH


There's a dirty little secret among people who sell plants.  That secret is that some people don't "grow plants" but merely buy someone else's plants, try to sell them to you and make it appear that they propagate plants.  And, unfortunately, they are often brokering plants grown elsewhere, in more tropical areas that won't do as well as locally grown plants.  Why would this be a secret?  Because they don't want you to go looking for their sources.  Otherwise, you wouldn't buy from them.

How do you tell who is who?  How do you know if a "nursery" is growing their own plant material or just brokering?  It's quite simple.  Look inside the nursery for evidence of germination.  Look for small plants in addition to large ones.  Look for plants of the same species in many sizes.  If you see none of these things, perhaps just one size of a given plant, you're almost guaranteed that that person is just selling other nursery's material.

Yes, Jungle Music does bring in plants from other sources.  But, it's most often young seedlings when we do.  And we then grow them up for years to the large palms your know us for.  I've found that I can't germinate everything.  We need some help.  So, we've had decades of history with reliable germinators who sometimes germinate seeds for us.  And, when we do find larger and super desirable things, we may bring them in.  But, 99% of our material we've grown ourselves.  Just looking at the our nursery, you realize this.  We've got a quarter million plants.

So, don't get fooled.  Deal with someone who really knows the plants and has been growing them himself.  The pictures here show you some of the two miles of tables we put our plants on.  You'll see plants of all sizes - from new seedlings to 5g, 15g and larger plants.  I've shown a lot of seedlings here and flats of small plants.  I thought you'd like to know this.

seedlings jungle music Street 1 CYCADS AND PALMS
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table jungle music table jungle music Seedlings
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small cycads street jungle music  jungle music
seedlings seedlings CYCAD TABLE

 

 

MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

Many of you who have called us or received emails over the years have communicated with one of our staff.  But, you may know nothing about them.  So, we thought we'd post a webpage that shows who they are and mentions a few points.  Just click on the banner to the left to read about our staff.
 Jungle Music Staff Banner
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THIS PALM, CYCAD AND TROPICAL PLANT BLOG
WHY DID I CREATE IT?    
WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
HOW DO I WRITE MY POSTS AND SELECT TOPICS?


PRESENTLY GOING ON SIX YEARS, THOUSANDS OF POSTS.


For those of you who know our Website, you are aware of the fact that this site offers a tremendous amount of information on the palms, cycads and an assortment of tropical plants.  I started this website over twenty years ago.  It was one of the first websites in the world on palms and cycads.  And, it is presently one of the largest for sure.  Yes, we are a nursery and, to survive and support this Site, we must sell our plants.  But, as I looked at internet sites over time, I found it quite disappointing that, with most plant sites, it is apparent that the only motive of sites was to sell their products.  Little information was shared.  But, in my opinion, the point of the Internet was to share information.   So, our website from its inception had the mission of offering free information for the reader to learn about the plants, their culture and educate them on species they could grow.  To accomplish this I've written and posted about a hundred articles on plants and species.    

Doing this was made easier by the fact that I've been studying, growing and learning about palms and cycads now for almost forty years.  I've been involved with and learned from many plant organizations and am the past President of the International Palm Society and the Palm Society of Southern California.  And, I've traveled the world multiple times studying plants in gardens and habitats.  This allowed me to accumulate literally tens of thousands of photographs over the years.  And, as Jungle Music began in 1977, I've had decades of experience with growing the plants and learning their culture.  The nursery has also been a great source of feedback from customers.  I've learned the successes and losses they've had and how any given species grew for them.  The latter has been in invaluable part of gaining knowledge about the plants.  One can read forever, but actually growing, observing and caring for the plants is, in my opinion, the best source of learning.  
  

Plant reference books tend to be very scientific.  They are written typically by taxonomists who use terms and phrases that few can understand.  Some are not this way, but the majority are.  And, practical cultural information is rarely present, especially not for different growing areas.  People want to know "Can I grow it?".  My goal at this Site has been to share information that people could understand and use, especially in the selection of the right species for their gardens.   

Years ago I spent large amounts of time making contributions to discussion sites and groups on the Internet.  But, it became apparent that all this information is lost within a month or two.  Old posts on servers are literally just deleted.  And, they tend to be a difficult way to gather good information.  And, discussion groups are notorious for not being available to search engines.  So, I abandoned discussion groups and started this Blog four years ago with the goal of making a resource point for plant information that would persist over time.  Presently there are thousands of posts on the threads of this Blog.  My next project is to make information from the years of this Blog to be presented in an easily searchable format, organized by species, groups or cultural areas.  Hopefully this will be available in the next twelve months.    

With a daily schedule like a farmer, I tend to get up very early in the morning.  It's quiet before the sun comes up and there's few distractions.  And, as I sit down at my computer, I have no idea what I'm going to write about any given morning nor what I will put on one of our Ten Day Specials.  I just think of a subject and do it right then and there.  I might have an idea from the day before or remember a confusion people have on a subject that I'd like to clarify.  I learn at the nursery the most common things that people don't understand.   I am convinced that, if one read this blog on a repetitive basis for a year or so, that person would become very knowledgeable and a lot more comfortable with growing rare species.    

Outside my office window I can see into my garden for inspiration.  The garden at dawn is just magical.  And, this is what I've done this morning.  Every time I post on this Blog, it takes me several hours.  I try to add interesting anecdotes, stories and cultural tips.  Hopefully I've got some good and recent photographs the reader hasn't seen.  I try to explain terms that might stump the reader.  Some "experts" may not agree with everything I put here, but posts are my viewpoint on the subject.  I mostly utilize my own photos, but will credit those from friends or acquaintances when used.   I invite anyone with pictures or information about cool species to contact me.  I may add it to this Blog.  And, I always give credit for any donated photographs.    


Hopefully, as I travel, visit more gardens and faraway parts of the world, I can share more with you over time.  It does amaze me when I come across a species or topic that I've never discussed on the Blog.  But, it happens all the time.  My promise to you is I will continue this Blog for as long as I can and continually try to improve it and make it interesting.  Thank you for reading.

Note to readers: On review, this is a long winded post.  If you read to this point, as a reward to you for your perseverance, email me and I'll send you a 15% off coupon.    














Phil Bergman on left, and on right, past president IPS, Horace Hobbs.  photo 
taken at IPS Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens, year 1998.




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photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


garden foggy morning
View outside my office window at dawn
Phil Bergman
Phil Bergman at a private cycad garden summer 2014, Southern California
Phil Bergman

 

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

We're now up to our fifth video on "Plant Picks of the Week".  This week features Parajubaea torallyiii and Dioon merolae.  

Click here to see this short Video.

 

 

JUNGLE MUSIC AND SOCIAL MEDIA
THERE'S LOTS OF WAYS TO CHECK OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE NURSERY.

For some time, our nursery has had a real presence on social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.   
We've vastly expanded this in recent times.  So, if you're on the go only with your smart phone, it's easy to see what's happening at the Nursery.  I've included a few links below.  We'd love to have many of you follow us, especially at Facebook.  Check it out.  These medias are fun.

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ALTHOUGH NOT PLANTS FOR SALE, THE INFORMATIONAL POSTS BELOW 
WILL BE USEFUL OR INFORMATIVE TO MOST WEBSITE VISITORS

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

For those of you who may be seeking out a good palm book that is easy to read and very educational, I highly recommend this publication.  As you know I rarely recommend a particular book. 

In 2003, Paul Craft and Robert Lee Riffle published their first edition of this book.  It was felt by most at that time to be the best palm publication around.  But, as time went by, more palm species were discovered and Paul Craft wanted to improve on his first book.  Robert Lee Riffle unfortunately passed away, but Paul teamed up with noted botanist and author, Scott Zona, formerly of Fairchild Tropical Gardens and a few months ago published the second edition of this fine book.  It deals with about 900 species of palms and has about 1000 photographs.  It is particularly good for those of you trying to make sense of the many Dypsis species. 

I have been a friend of all three authors mentioned above, but have had a long term comradery with Paul Craft and his wife Patty.  Thirty-five years ago, Paul and I were the only growers in the United States that had nurseries specializing in palms.  So, we became close friends and have communicated over these many years.  I can tell you that his work on this book is superb.

And, he's offering a special price (need to verify still being offered) to you of $47.95 (normally $59.95 retail price).  Maybe you can get him to send you a signed copy!  And, shipping within the U.S. is included with this price.  It's a real bargain for such a fine book.  If interested, just click here to order this great palm book.  You'll not be disappointed.

Of note, I am just promoting this book because of its merits and have no fiscal relationship with this publication.            
Encyclopedia of Cultivate Palms Paul and Patty Craft

 

ANNOUNCING:
NEW VIDEO SERIES ON JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY 
PALM TREES, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS 


Recently staff members have created and published a ten to twelve minute video that shows you our recent nursery expansion projects, our various growing areas of our 2.5 acre nursery, lots of unusual species of plants and our new educational center where we delivery lectures and films.    We think it's fun and you'll enjoy it and that it's worth your time.  Please watch it and email us feedback.  Or, like us on Facebook or Tweeter.  Thank you.

TO SEE THE JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY VIDEOS, CLICK HERE
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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.

       

Archontophoenix
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 species
Copernicia baileyana
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species   
Cyphophoenix species
Cyphophoenix species   
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens
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

There are a few more pots that we use and I haven't discussed here.  These include:

Citrus pots:  these are 8 x 8 x 14 inches, a tall pot for the diameter and good for cycads
Deep bands:  These bands are about twice the size of a normal band
Thirty gallon pots:  These are a step up from the 25 gallon size and pretty heavy
Thirty inch boxes:  These are very heavy, hard to lift, so we rarely use them

empty pots in a row

 

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