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THURSDAY, 30 APRIL, 2015

 

Sorry for my absence, but we've been preparing our biggest sale of the year.

I've set up a separate Website page for this huge blowout sale.  Something for everyone.
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SUNDAY, 26 APRIL, 2015

 

ASSORTED SUCCULENTS
ALL ON SALE!
A QUICK PHOTO TOUR
TEN DAYS -  25% OFF RIGHT NOW!

In Friday's Blog in started a 10% off any succulent.  We don't pretend to be succulent experts.  But, we do appreciate them and offer a reasonable supply of cool succulents.  We've found most are durable, most like sun and most are good for garden locations close to pathways where they can show off their unique look and flowers.  Many are presently in spring color with interesting and different flowers.  I'm showing a few like Becaurnia, Fucrea, Dasylirion and others that do attain some height and size.  But, most are smaller mature plants.

From pictures shown here, many taken yesterday, you'll see some more plants that we have (do check photos from Friday as well).  We have various sizes.  Most are easy to ship.  Remember to mention this Blog Special to get your discount.  From today, this Special is over in eight days.

Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
NICE 25G PLANTS
LARGELY SUN GROWN, GOOD SIZE

Shown here are some 25g plants that are almost instant landscape.  Their height is about 12 to 14 feet in the pots.  Most are single trunk or have a small second plant.  All have been growing in 70% sun or more.  All have nice basal caliper.

This species, native to Lord Howe Island, has long been a favorite for Southern California growers.  It attains a mature height in sun of about 30 feet in 30 years.  Trunks are thin and fruit is red.  Growth rate is slow.  This is a species where buying size pays off.  We also have smaller and larger plants for sale.

Of note, this species makes an excellent interior or patio palm and is often used in hotel lobbies, banks and office buildings.  Smaller 5g plants are easy to ship right to your door.  The majority of these photos were taken yesterday because a customer wanted several plants.


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

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
ONE 5G AVAILABLE
SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
GOOD GROWER, SUPER BLUE AND THINNER TRUNK

About two years ago we ran out of this un-named but super desirable blue Brahea.  It resembles a Brahea armata but is faster growing, gets taller and has a much thinner trunk.  It is native to Mexico.  Seeds have only been available twice.  The last batch came out an estimated seven years ago.  I had about 50 plants and they flew out of the nursery, particularly to people who see cold weather.  I thought I was out of them, but yesterday found one sole 5g plant with some age.  It has two plants, but the second is not a sucker.  So, it's a double, 2 plants one pot.

Color will be blue when outdoors.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I wants heat and full sun.  I'd say this plant shown here is about 6 years old.  It's the only one this size that I have.  But, I am offering young seedlings.  I have one flat of them.  They'll be gone soon.  This 5g will most likely sell by tomorrow.  So, if you want one, get it now.  The last two pictures by TS are from habitat.

Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver
Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver
Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver TS RPS
Photo TS RPS
Brahea species super silver
photo by TS RPS

 

UNKNOWN BRAHEA SPECIES
PROBABLY BRAHEA DECUMBENS
LOOK HOW IT'S TURNING BLUE
OLDER 5G PLANT
SOLVE THE MYSTERY

Sometimes it happens that a plant is lost in inventory only to be discovered later.  The plant shown here in the first seven pictures is such a plant.  But, the label was missing.  So, we have to look at it and figure out what it is.  It becomes sort of a "puzzle" for us.  But, we take it as a challenge.  So, as you look at this plant you'll first note its size is not great.  That makes you think it'll be a smaller species.  Then you notice it's blue.    And, you notice the leaves are small and the petioles are minimally armed.  With this information, there's only a few species it could be.  Brahea armata leaves look different and at this stage the spines would be more prominent.  And, it would be bigger with a fatter trunk.  Brahea dulcis has a fuller leaf.  Brahea clara looks different, once again with prominent armor.  Brahea aculeata is a possibility but the color is wrong and it would be bigger at this stage.  And, the leaves don't get this blue in my experience.  Finally, it doesn't look like the "super silver" above with it's deeper, pleated leaves. 

So, what is it?  We calculated it has to be Brahea decumbens.  I'd estimate age at 8 years.  For those of you who have gotten one from us or another source, you know that its leaves are green and only with age do they turn blue.  I think this is what has happened here.  It's lost for a few years and the leaves are indeed turning blue. 

I'm showing this plant so you learn to identify your palms or others in nurseries.  Yes, it's true, green decumbens eventually get blue like the last picture.  This one just has more age.  I've compared this plant to known decumbens and you'll see they're almost identical.  We have bands, 1g and 5g for sale, including this one.

Brahea species probably decumbens Brahea species probably decumbens
Brahea species probably decumbens Brahea species probably decumbens Brahea species probably decumbens
Brahea species probably decumbens Brahea species probably decumbens Brahea decumbens
known B. decumbens
Brahea decumbens
known B. decumbens
Brahea decumbens
known B. decumbens
Brahea decumbens
B. decumbens in garden

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
RARE DWARF SO AFRICAN CYCAD
LOOKS LIKE A FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This South African cycad is a dwarf species with a mature caudex size of six inches or less and leaf length of three, perhaps maximum four feet.  It's an understory species, good for filtered light or perhaps more sun along the coast.  It is quite fern like in appearance and cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  It's great as a patio plant or nice in a smaller spot in the garden.  Right on the ocean you can grow in full sun.  Inland areas would do better with strong filtered light or AM sun.  We have almost ten year old citrus pot plants for sale.  Some are near coning size.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $160


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Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus

 

PHILODENDRON BIPENNIFOLIUM
THE HORSEHEAD OR FIDDLE LEAF PHILODENDROn
CLIMBING SPECIES WITH UNUSUAL LEAF

It's happened over time but we have a pretty nice selection of rare Philodendrons, both climbing and rossett forms.  Luckily, we are fortunate to be on an exchange program with a well known botanical garden and get really cool aroids from time to time.  They want rare palms and cycads.  In return, we get rare aroids.  So, on any given day, you may drop in and see tropical companion plants that you just can't find elsewhere.

This species is from Brazil.  I am actually showing two different plants that I think are both consdiered to be bippenifolium.  But, they are a little different.  The third photo shows how juvenile leaves are totally unlike the mature arrowhead shaped leaves.  This is a climbing species that can go well into the canopy from roots in the ground.  It is a shade loving plant that tolerates temperatures down to about a freeze.  Come by and check out the unusual species that we offer.

Philodendron bipennifolium  Philodendron bipennifolium 
Philodendron bipennifolium  Philodendron bipennifolium  Philodendron bipennifolium 
Philodendron bipennifolium  Philodendron bipennifolium 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
THE "MADAGASCAR PALM"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE PLANTS

Although not a true palm at all, this succulent from Madagascar has very spiny trunks with un-armed green leaves at the top.  It's trunks can get up to about six inches thick and overall height is usually under ten feet. Sometimes plants will branch, even at the top, and give peculiar shapes overall.  Blossoms do appear and are white in color.  This is a popular garden plant as well as an interior species. Along our coast it demands bright sun.  Cold hardiness appears to be only to about a freeze.

We're offering some very nice about 3 foot tall 5g on special.  The trunks are super spiny.  They are easy to ship.

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


Just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering.  We can easily ship this size right to your door.
Pachypodium lameri 5g
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia

 

CYCAS CURRANII
A GORGEOUS CYCAD FROM PALAWAN, PI
BEAUTIFUL, TRUNKING 15G PLANTS


This species is a large sized plant that was originally discovered by an American visiting the Island of Palawan in the Philippines in 1906.  But, soon thereafter, lost it's status as a species until Ken Hill reestablished its species status in 1995.  Trunks attain a height of over thirty feet with a diameter one to two feet.  Leaf length is six to eight feet, Leaflets are about ten inches long, one half inch wide and, as the leaf ages, become somewhat dependent and droopy.  There is little information available on this species. 

Shown here are multiple nursery plants including a larger boxed specimen.  The 15g plants are about eight to ten years old and have heights in their pots of about seven feet.  Note how their leaves and the leaves of the box are not droopy as of yet.  I've shown another nursery plant where the leaves, with age, droop.  This is a part day sun species, perhaps tolerating full sun along the coast.  I have seen it tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I find it to be prettier than Cycas thouarsii. 

Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Yao PACSOA
by Gorge Yao PACSOA
Cycas curranii
Droopy leaflet specimen
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Lao PlantAPalm
by George Lao PlantAPalm


ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
HIGH ELEVATION TANZANIAN CYCAD
A LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE


Tanzania is a country north of Mozambique and south of Kenya in Central Africa.  A distant, remote and high elevation locality there is the home for Encephalartos bubalinus.  There is grows at elevations of up to 7000 feet.  With this said, one must realize that this species is not as cold hardy as more southern species in South Africa.  But, it will take temperatures down to the mid twenties F. Colder temperatures may result in leaf damage or defoliation of the crown.  It is a fast growing species that tolerates sun in many areas.

Trunk size gets to about six feet.  Leaves are two to five feet long.  Leaf color is an interesting gray-green and the leaflets are a bit cupped.  Shown here is a citrus pot and 15g plant with several garden specimens.
 

Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus 
Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus 
Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
by Colin Wilson, PACSOA 
 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
NICE 15G PLANTS AVAILABLE
NURSERIES ARE RUNNING OUT OF THEM IN CALIFORNIA


Several things have led to the shortage of this sought after blue fan palm from Madagascar.  First, the recent bad economy and recession led to the clsoing of many nurseries.  This dropped supply of palm trees.  Secondly, Florida became unpopular as a sourcde of California plants because they often received root damage from collection or transport and tended to die soon after arrival.  Third, seeds out of Madagascar have been nearly nonexistent.

So, finding Bismarckia is more of a challenge than it used to be.  We still have a nice selection, but it's dwindling.  If you want this sun loving and pretty cold hardy species, I recommend getting one soon.


Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis by T.B.
photo by T.B.
   

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
THE SMALLER ROYAL PALM FROM JAMAICA
COMPARE TO THE CUBAN ROYAL NEXT

About four years ago I was lucky enough to make contact with a fellow that loves palms and often goes to Jamaica.  He told me he visited Roystonea princeps in habitat and asked if I wanted seeds.  That was a "no-brainer" for me and I replied "of course".  This relationship has let to a good supply of this desirable tall crown shafted Royal Palm.

Compared to Roystonea regia (discussed below), this is a shorter palm, maximum height to sixty feet (not one hundred like regia).  Also, the trunk is more narrow with a small amount of basilar bulging.  Finally, the leaflets are multi-ranked giving a plumose appearance with some leaflets hanging down in a dependent fashion.  The crown shaft is emerald green. 

Growth rate is similar to other Royals and cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are 2g, 5g and a 15g plant.  Presently we have the two smaller sizes from this wild collected seeds.  The two habitat photos were taken by RL.  Note the rather narrow trunk for a Royal Palm and the fluffy leaves.

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS 5G Roystonea princeps
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps by RL
Roystonea princeps by RL Roystonea princeps  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
5G AND 15G AVAILABLE


The ever so popular Cuban Royal Palm is a species that, thirty years ago, was felt not possible to grow in Southern California.  Well, the last three decades have certainly proved that wrong.   There are literally hundreds of plants being grown successfully from Santa Barbara to San Diego.  In fact, I know of specimens (with some difficulty) being grown in the Bay Area of San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona.  Of all these pictures shown here, all were taken in the Southern California area except for the last row and the moonlight photo. 

This is a tall palm, growing to heights of nearly one hundred feet.  In Southern California anticipate a maximum trunk of fifty feet.  They don't grow as fast or as tall here as in more tropical areas.  This species has a long crown shaft and a swollen base that can exceed two feet in diameter.  The crown is spherical with some leaves hanging below the median mark of the crown.  Note, Roystonea oleracea (South American Royal Palm) leaves are typically not below the half way point of the crown.  It is a sun loving species.  Growth rate is fast.  They respond to heat and adequate water.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties, no too different than a normal King Palm.  Our availability changes over time.  I am showing here an assortment of larger plants including boxed plants that weight 500 pounds and are almost sold out.  We also have smaller sizes including 5g and 15g.  Because this species is so sought-after, I am trying to show a lot of photos here.  We can even arrange specimens with three to five feet of woody trunk if you are so inclined.

By the way, I've written about Roystonea borinquena previously.   So, this gives three "Royal Palms" to choose from.  R. borinquena may be the most cold hardy of all the Royals.

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

 

SATURDAY, 25 APRIL, 2015

 

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

Yesterday was a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy.  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

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
OVERSIZED 5G PLANTS
PRETTY MUCH THE PERFECT HOUSE PLANT

I've found over the years that there are a lot of palms that can survive inside the house.   Of course, a palm's survival is dependent on culture and interest in the plants, but some species definitely do better than others.  Of the winners, the Kentia Palm shown here is at the top or near the top of the "best" list. 

The 5g plants shown here are about seven years old.  What is unique about them is their size for the pot size.  They are huge, six to eight feet tall.  We have multiples and singles.  What these plants mean is that we can ship a great sized interior palm at an affordable rate.  We grow these specifically for large mail order palms.  Most growers would have these plants in a 15g and shipping them would be four times the price of a 5g.  And, one saves on the decorative pot because they can fit into a smaller interior container. 

These plants can be shipped anywhere inside the U.S., in their pots, soil and all.  Although some of our plants are eight feet tall, most people prefer those six feet tall because they are cheaper to ship and one has more time before they hit the normal nine foot ceiling.

Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g Howea forsteriana 5g

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
RECENTLY REPOTTED 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH

We recently repotted some over-sized 5g Dypsis decaryi into 15g pots.  They'll do fine in these pots for 2 to 3 years.  They are nice size, about size feet tall.  As a special we're offering them at a very good price.  They like full sun and are cold hardy to about 24 degrees.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $95

We only have a limited supply of these plants above.  This special applies to the plants recently repotted.

Dypsis decaryi 15g Dypsis decaryi 15g
Dypsis decaryi 15g Dypsis decaryi 15g Dypsis decaryi 15g
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THAI MOUNTAIN FISHTAIL PALM
GORGEOUS WITH THICK TRUNK
OVER-SIZED 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Yesterday I showed you an unusual Fishtail Palm, Caryota rumphiana.  Several customers told me they'd never heard of that species.  But, they did know Caryota gigas.  It has become the most requested Fishtail from our nursery.  It gets to a height of about thirty feet, has fourteen foot long leaves that are about twelve feet wide and sports an extremely thick base to the trunk.  It is a monocarpic palm and lives about twenty years.

The 5g plants I'm showing are at least six feet tall in their pots and ready (demanding) repotting into a 15g or going into the ground.  They can be mail ordered.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.

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

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

Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
25g size not on sale
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

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.

Street 1 table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music Seedlings
seedling seedlings jungle music table jungle music
small cycads street jungle music  jungle music
seedlings seedlings assorted ferns

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA VARIETY ZUIKONISHIKI
GORGEOUS VARIEGATED RHAPIS
SEVERAL PLANTS AVAILABLE


Two summers ago I was privileged enough to present to you specimens from a vast collection of rare, variegated varieties of Rhapis excelsa.  That were almost entirely Japanese clones of this group of rare plants. 

Shown here today is another plant from that collection.  We have others for sale as well.  This plant is in a five gallon container, is about head high and has some new suckers at the base.  The dark green contrasted with the cream and yellow colors is very striking.  This plant is for sale.  Although not inexpensive, these are unbelievably hard to locate for the garden.  If you have interest in this plant or others that we have, please call me or email.
Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki
Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THE BAILEY FAN PALM

If you mention this magnificent and large fan palm
to any palm enthusiast, he will immediately praise this gorgeous species.  Native to Cuba, it has a thick and fairly tall trunk with beautiful large, upright leaves.  When I first saw this species in specimen size at Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami, I was awestruck.  I will share pictures from that trip with you below.  It was a great tragedy when Hurricane Andrew blew down some of these huge relics.  As I recall, staff at the garden were able to salvage some of them by up-righting the trunks and bracing them.

Trunk size on this species is up to about fifty feet with a trunk diameter of two feet.  The trunk is clean and smooth, tan in color.  Leaves are circular, upright, and the crown size is about fifteen feet.  Leaves are green and the large crown is a bit crowded appearing but gorgeous.  The underside of the leaves is slightly glaucous.  Also note how the petioles are very light colored, almost white, with small black armor.  The leaf stems are very attractive.

One seldom sees this species for sale because growing it from seed is painfully slow.  We recently obtained some outdoor grown 5g plants that are showing numerous fan leaves. It has taken seven years to produce this size of plant.  This species likes sun and appears to be cold hardy into the mid, possibly the lower 20's F.  If you like this species, you just have to obtain what's available and be patient.  It's like growing a Jubaea.  It just takes time to get an enormous specimen, but if you give it good culture you should be successful.  Fortunately, growth rate in the ground is faster than in pots.

We have limited numbers of these for sale.  This includes 5g plants as shown and a limited number of bands that are very nice.  If you would like to try one of these really special plants, let us know soon.
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
C. baileyana on right
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plant in ground in Southern CA
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Close up of petioles younger plant
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plants in habitat
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana  

THE GENUS BECCARIOPHOENIX
THREE DIFFERENT SPECIES

It was not that many years ago when Beccariophoenix was felt to be a monotypic genus with only one species.  Now it is recognized that there are three different species:

Beccariophoenix species "windows".  My understanding is that there is yet to be a species name for this one.
Beccriophoenix madagascarensis, previously known as "Beccariophoenix no windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii, a more recently named species.

All three are single trunk, medium to large plants from Madagascar.  Along the coast, all can take full sun.  Cold tolerance is certainly into the mid-twenties F.  Of the three, Beccariophoenix madagascarensis is probably the easiest to grow.  It is very slow growing.  But, some feel that B. alfredii is equally easy and may have more cold hardiness.  "Windows" is exciting because of the leaf openings, thus the name.  But, over time, these windows are lost and it becomes a pinnate palm. 

Shown here are pictures of all three.  We have various sizes for sale from small to large.
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix "windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix Wikipedia
Beccariophoenix probably "windows"
Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix "windows"
Beccariophoenix
Beccariophoenix probably '"windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfrdii by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix no windows
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccriophoenix no windows
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS
FILTERED LIGHT TOLERANT CYCAD
CONING SIZED, OUT DOOR GROWN SPECIMEN

A few weeks ago I discussed this species at length.  This morning I thought I'd show you a nursery specimen that has been outdoor grown for the past ten years.  This plant is in a 24 inch box cointainer. It has coned and you'll note the old male cones hanging from the caudex.  If they were fresh they would be yellow in color.  It has a caudex size of about 12 inches.  Leaf length is six to eight feet.  Leaflets are narrow and have marginal spines.  This plant demonstrates mature size that you'd get in the garden.  The trunk will not get more vertical height.  From this point, such a plant most likely would sucker.  Leaf length will not get longer. 

This South African cycad species is known for tolerating less than full sun.  In fact, if grown in full sun it can get a bit bleached out in color, carrying a lime green color rather than a dark olive green.  In far inland areas, it absolutely can not tolerate full hot sun.   It's cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. without cold protection.  We have an excellent supply of this species in all sizes.  They can easily be mail ordered right to your door. 

 
 Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Note thin leaflets
Encephalartos villosus
Plant tilted so you're seeing "from above"
Encephalartos villosus

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 12 INCH POT SIZE


The plants shown here are Bird Nest Anthurium and on sale.  They prefer filtered light or a little bit of sun.  They can reach heights of about seven feet.  These plants are great companion plants for the garden floor.  The trunks will have adventitious roots and the leaves extend upwards.  The leaves can be five feet long or more.  They have a bit of wave to the surface.  In our area they tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 12 INCH POTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

You must mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.  It's like a reward for reading this blog.

Birds Nest AnthuriumAn Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not part of this Ten Day Special

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
EXOTIC CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZE

Encephalartos kisambo is a fast growing species native to Kenya where it grows at elevations of 3000 feet. It is a medium sized mature plant with trunks to eight feet.  Leaves are green to soapy green in color, stand erect and are six to ten feet long.  Leaflets are 1.5 inches wide, pungently tipped at the end, and spiny along the margins.  This is a fast growing species that can tolerate our coastal sun.  Far inland locations should use part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties, perhaps a bit lower.  We had no leaf damage at the nursery in 2007 with lows of 25 degrees F.  Shown here are bands that we have on a ten day reduced price.  Also shown are other sizes we have and a domestic specimen.  Note the cone color is yellow.

Of note, these are
strong four year old seedlings, average 16 inches tall in the band size.  They are not wimpy one leaf seedlings.  They are ready to be repotted into a 5g pot.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
OR, THREE FOR $135


Just mention this Blog special.  These are simple to ship by mail order.  No coupon double discounts.  Seeing how seeds on this species average $5 to $6 each with 50% germination and three to four years growing time, this is a very good deal.


Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo
 boxed specimen at nursery, three photos
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 
Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo  Encephalartos kisambo 

 

FRIDAY, 24 APRIL, 2015

 

CARYOTA RUMPHIANA
A FISHTAIL YOU DON'T OFTEN SEE
SMALLER LEAFLETS AND TRUNK
25G PLANT AVAILABLE

This species of Fishtail Palm comes from various locations in the South Pacific including the Moluccas, New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines and other areas.  The most notable difference between this species and others that are more known is that this palm has a smaller trunk, a smaller canopy and smaller leaflets.  if you look at the second picture to the right you'll see that individual leaflets are not large.  One of our workers brought it out and I immediately spotted what it was.  I have had one in my garden for many years.

It is not as an aggressive grower as C. urens or gigas.  The trunk is about 14 to 16 inches and the leaves on mine are about eight feet long.  For an enthusiast who wants a smaller Fishtail, this could be the right species for you.  In terms of culture, I don't think it's as cold hardy.  But, if you live in coastal Southern California, you should be able to grow it. I'd estimate it'll go into the mid to low 20's F.  I only have a few of these available at most.
Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana
Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana
Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM
5G PLANTS AND SMALLER AVAILABLE

For those of you who have followed this Blog, you remember we have offered in the past really nice 15g plants of this species.  Well, they are finally out of stock.  We presently have 5g and smaller of this, perhaps the most cold hardy of the Trachycarpus.  Our knowledge of this species comes from the research by M. Gibbons and Tobias Spanner.  The last picture shows the plant in the wild.  This windmill can tolerate temperatures into the low teens F.  It can be identified as a nursery plant by the offset hastula (at the end of the leaf stem and base of the actual leaf) and the tidy fibers at the superior trunk below the leaves.  It is a very attractive palm.  These 5g and smaller plants can be easily shipped.

Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
stock photo, older plant
Trachycarpus takil
stock photo, 15g plant
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil by MG and TS
photo by M. Gibbons a T. Spanner

 

PTYCHOSPERMA SALOMONENSE
QUICK GROWING, CROWN SHAFTED
SIMILAR TO PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS BUT FASTER GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare pinnate, crown shafted and thin trunked palm tree is from the Solomon Islands.  I have no idea why the species spelling is as it is.  Most growers comment that this species is very similar appearing to Ptychosperma elegans .  It gets a height of up to thirty feet with a four inch thick trunk.  Leaves are about five feet long.  Leaf color is green.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Compared to Ptychosperma elegans, this species is:

faster growing
taller
has wider leaflets
has larger leaves

It is a part day sun species and has a cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Perhaps one could grow it in full sun right on the coast.  It is rarely available.  I'm offering nice size band sized plants on special for ten days.

REGULAR PRICE BAND THIS SPECIES $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

You must mention this Blog Only Special when ordering to get this discount.  These plants are a piece of cake to mail order.
ptychosperma salomonense ptychosperma salomonense
ptychosperma salomonense ptychosperma salomonense Ptychosperma salomonense by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
BAND SIZE AVAILABLE


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

I have available a limited number of band size plants.  These are on about their fourth to fifth leaf.  I'm working on getting some nicer 5g plants but don't have them yet.  This species is always hard to find.  The older tree below is from Fairchild Tropical Garden.

For those interested, we also have 5g available as well as soon some nice 15g.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
available now, 5g plants look like
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
RARE DWARF MEXICAN ZAMIA (CYCAD)
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5G PLANTS

I acquired a batch of 5g plants of this species from a private collector.  They are quite old, over ten years or more since germination.  By report, seeds were authenticated by experts.  This is a small species, rarely over 3 feet in height.  It tolerates coastal sun or filtered light.  There are essentially no pictures of this species on the Internet.  You've probably never seen coning sized plants like this for sale.  The plants on special are coning and a few are suckering.  Caudex size is about 4 inches, mature. This is an ideal plant for someone who wants a small cycad near a pathway or in the foreground of the garden.  It is also a very nice potted patio plant.  Exact cold tolerance is unknown, but it's definitely into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.  I've only get about five to ten left.  This is a great price on such a rare cycad. 
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga  

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
SHORTER, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is  single trunk fan palm from Guadalupe Island, Mexico.  It has a rather stout trunk and gets about ten feet of trunk in thirty years.  It is cold hardy well into the teens F. and loves full, hot sun.  It can be grown in desert areas. It is also a good oceanfront palm and tolerates salt airs.  (see photo of plants right by Mission Bay).  It is fairly slow growing.  Also, for some reason, it is difficult to find.  We are offering nice 5g plants on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


Blog only price.  Mention this special when ordering to get this price.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

BECAURNIA RECURVATA
THE PONYTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We just got in our spring supply of this popular succulent plant that is certainly not a true palm.  Yet, all of its common names call it one.  Native to Mexico, this plant typically gets ten to fifteen feet tall with a peculiar, expanded caudex at the base and a crown of strap like leaves.  These emerge upward and than hang down in a fountain fashion.  As shown here, sometimes new leaves show a red tint. 

The most amazing thing about this species is the bizarre forms it can take on.  It can have multiple heads of leaves, multiple emerging trunks from the caudex base and the size of the base can get massive.  I've seen photos of small cars parked on top of the base of this species.

Shown here are nice 5g plants with about five inch bases.  This size is affordable and easy to ship.  It is a sun loving species and cold hardy somewhere into the mid-twenties F.  Cold may damage the leaves but usually plants come back the following season.

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

Just mention this Blog Ten Day Special when purchasing to get this price.
Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata
Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata
Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
POPULAR FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


This tropical appearing cycad is from the Oaxaca area of Mexico.  Domestically, a plant with three to six feet of trunk is about thirty to fifty years old.  But, in natural habitats, plants are found with trunks up to thirty feet.   These trunks are usually six to twelve inches thick and rarely branch above the ground.  Crowns hold numerous green to gray-green leaves (grown in sun) that are four to six feet long and gently arched.  Leaflets are eight inches long or less and have small spines along their margins although these may be lacking on very old plants. 

Shown here first is a boxed nursery plant that I've been growing for about 25 years.  It has a male cone.  I've also shown other nursery plants including the one gallon size on special. 

Culture is quite simple if you provide good draining soil and don't give this species too much sun.  It can tolerate full sun in high humidity areas or right along our coast.  Inland areas require filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to lower twenties F.  I've never lost one outdoors in our locality.  They make excellent patio potted plants and can be grown inside the home.  We have an excellent selection for sale but only a handful of the super old plants as shown here in the first three photos.  It has over 2 feet of trunk and the plant in the bright orange box shows four feet of trunk.

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

These one gallons are supere nice and easy to ship.
Dioon Spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
One gallon size presently on special
Dioon spinulosum
new leaves emerging on rare red emergent form
Dioon spinulosum
Old plant in Balboa Park Arboretum, San Diego
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery/cycads/Dioonspinulosum0475.jpg
photo by JO

 

DIOON MEROLAE "GOLDEN FORM"
A DIFFERENT VARIETY OF D. MEROLAE

Sometime about fifteen years ago, cycad enthusiasts began to see a different form of Dioon merolae become available.  By report, the new emerging leaves were a different color, sort of a golden green.  This color was reportedly due to tomentum on the newly emerging leaves.  We had never seen such a thing, so there was a lot of enthusiasm about this new form of merolae.  The seeds were also larger in size and were from the region of Oaxaca, Mexco, whereas regular merolae seeds were from Chiapas.  I've grown several hundred of this form and have yet to see a good example of golden new leaves.  But, I thought I'd mention it here because you will hear about it.  Shown are several juvenile plants.

But, I would comment that my decades of experience with both palms and cycads has taught me that one always sees variation within a species in habitat.  If you collect and grow a species from a habitat location and then travel one hundred miles and collect seeds of the same species from that location, you will see differences between the two plants.  Seed collectors have informed me that just moving over one mountain range may demonstrate notable differences.  We've definitely seen this with Dypsis from Madagascar.  The same applies to cycads as well.  There are at least six forms of Encephalartos natalensis.  As our "Golden merolae" get larger, Over time, I think we'll know if they are going to end up different.  I apologize but I don't have a photo of a mature Golden merolae plant.   
Dioon merolae golden form Dioon merolae golden form
Dioon merolae golden form Dioon merolae golden form  


LIVISTONA SARIBUS
HUGE BARBS, FULL LEAVES, BLUE SEEDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

When I was early in my career as a palm guy, I was awestruck by this species.  I couldn't believe how dangerous and vicious the spines were.  But, for some reason, it became a magnet for my interest and attention.  Spines can be as long as three inches, are often black in color, and at maturity can be curved like a doctor's sewing needle.  They are ferocious!  And, the leaves form a full circle; 360 degrees of leaflets. Imagine holding a cut leaf with these huge barbs and this five to six foot fan of a leaf!

Native distribution of this species is wide, from China down through the Malaysian peninsula, and into the Islands of the Philippines and Indonesia.  Trunk height can reach 90 feet in the wild, although domestically plants are usually forty to fifty feet maximum.  Old leaf bases fall off to give a gray colored trunk.  Petioles are long and, as mentioned, heavily armed for battle.  Interestingly enough, seeds at maturity are a beautiful blue as shown below.  This is a sun loving species.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's, perhaps lower.  Shown here are several recently acquired 5g plants and a boxed plant, some mature specimens, and a final picture from the South Texas Palm Society showing the amazing barbs on the petioles. Once you learn the characteristics of this species, you'll not have trouble spotting one in a garden.

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

To get this price you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing. 
Livistona saribus
5 gallon size on special
Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
by John Volk, Palm Society South Texas

 

ASSORTED SUCCULENTS
MEDIUM SIZED POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We just got in a nice assortment of succulents, mostly in the Echeveria  and Agave genera.  There are some very rare plants such as Dudleya.  All are very attractive and many are in blossom.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS MOSTLY $25 TO $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25% OFF

Just mention this special when purchasing to get the discount.
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Agave vilmoriniana  succulent Dudleya

 

MONDAY, 20 APRIL, 2015

 

RAVENEA JULIETIAE
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED IN HABITAT
5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

This thin trunk palm species is native to eastern Madagascar.  Because of habitat destruction (slashing/burning to produce charcoal), there are presently felt to be less than fifty mature palms remaining.  It was discovered by John Dransfield and Henk Beentje about two decades ago.  Henk told me how he named it.  These two palm pioneers were stymied by their inability to find it in habitat.  Then, out of the blue, Henk's wife Julie pointed to a nearby plant that proved to be what they were searching for.

It is almost always over ten feet tall and can get up to thirty feet.  For its height, the trunk is very thin at six to eight inches.  It is dioecious and you need both sexes to set seeds.  Leaves are pinnate, flat in cross section and not plumose.  The photos show how the leaflets are thin. 

This is a palm that is available now but in the not too distant future will be totally unavailable.  It's shown here in our 5g size.  I'd recommend acclimating to coastal sun if possible.  Inland areas should give part day sun.  As this species is super rare, we don't really know for sure its cold tolerance, but I'd guess it's at least in the mid-twenties F.  It can be shipped easily.
Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae
Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae Ravenea julietiae
Ravenea julietiae by Beentjie
photo by Henk Beentje

Ravenea julietiae RBGK Henk Beentje
by Henk Beentje RBGK
Ravenea julietiae Kyburz PACSOA

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS, 1.5G & 5G PLANTS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here two sizes:

1.5 gallon plants 4 years old
5 gallon plants 6 years old.

This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGLAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

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

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.
Brahea decumbens
5 gallon sized plants
Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
1.5 gallon sized plants
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
garden plant in sun showing blue color
Brahea decumbens

 

DYPSIS HYBRID PALM, ONE GALLON
DOMESTIC CROSS WITH D. ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

These plants came from seeds from a domestic garden where a Dypsis onilahensis hybridized with some unknown other Dypsis species.  Seeds came off a pure D. onilahensis tree.  Reports on this cross so far are that it's a great grower and more cold hardy than regular D. onilahensis.  The grower lives in a colder area and says these "did fine" while regular onilahensis suffered. So, for you cooler climate guys, this might be a great species for you to try.  I've only got ten of them and there are no more available.  I'd only be guessing at predicting future appearance.  So, it's sort of a fun gamble.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G HYBRIDS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $35

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing. 
Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid
Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid

 

NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS
OLDER, CLUSTERING PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


We recently got in a small batch of this interesting Nerogelia.  This bromeliad has red speckling on the dorsal aspect of the leaves.  I've been told with some more sun this red coloring becomes much more intense.  I was also told it's a fairly uncommon clone to find.  The plants we got are full and suckering with multiple pups coming.  These would make a nice companion plant with some color to add to the garden.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANT $30

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

 

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
RARE MADAGASCAR CYCAD
VERY USER FRIENDLY WITH FEW SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


This cycad species is native to Madagascar and surrounding areas.  It has a cylindrical caudex and overall height can reach twenty feet.  It can also sucker.  Its popularity is probably because it is lush and tropical appearing and because the leaflets are soft and not armed.  There are some small spines on the inner leaf stems.  It likes coastal sun or filtered light far inland.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid  to lower twenties F.

Shown here are some huge and old 15g plants that we just got in yesterday.  Their ages are ten years or more.  They have been outdoor grown and are ready for your garden.  The trunk sizes on these is twelve inches or more.  They are holding huge, thick crowns of many leaves.  I only have about six or eight of these, so if you like them, don't dally.  My regular 15g plants are nowhere as big as these beauties.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES/SIZE $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $285

You must mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  I also have other sizes for sale.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
Boxed specimen at nursery
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
5 gallon size at nursery also for sale

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD
LARGE 15G AND 25G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TWO SIZES

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as one of the more rare Mexican cycads to find.  But, finding good sized Dioon holmgrenii right now on the market is almost impossible.  Shown here are some plants we just got in.  They are both at least ten years old and in 15g and 25g pots.  The larger ones have caudex sizes of about nine inches.  You never see plants like this on sale.

This species loves hot sun.  It has a cold tolerance down to about 20 to 22 degrees F.  It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $300

REGULAR PRICE 25G $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $400

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices.  And, you'll note these prices are a bit lower than last time I got these beauties in.
Dioon holmgrenii
25 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii
15 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

 

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.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana  

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
THICKEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
COLD HARDY, MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS


I've certainly mentioned this majestic palm before at this Blog.  As many of you know, its thick trunk can reach diameters of four feet.  Height can reach fifty feet.  This is the most expensive single specimen palm that any garden can acquire.  It has very slow growth rates.  It takes at least eight years to produce the 15g plants as shown here.  This species loves full sun, is cold hardy into the mid teens F., and is being grown in cold areas like western Texas and the San Joaquin Valley in CA.

Shown here are 15g plants that have basal diameters of six inches or so.  I only have a few of these left. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 PLANTS $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL $195

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

 

EPIDENDRUM ORCHIDS
COLORFUL AND EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Epidendrum Orchids are terrestrial orchids that can actually grow in the ground.  The are a stem type of orchid and have clusters of colorful small flowers.  Flower colors range through orange, red, purple and white.  Shown here is the orange variety.  Soon we'll have all sorts of colors available. In another month or two, all the stems of these plants will be loaded with flowers.  So, get them in the ground now!

These plants are about 2 feet tall with lots of canes.   They are just coming into blossom now.  One plant could be divided up and put in many areas of the garden.  

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

To get the discount, mention this S[special when you purchase. These are easy to mail order.
Epidendrum Orchid Epidendrum Orchid

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
SUPER STACKED LEAFLETS
ONE OF THE COOLEST EXAMPLES OF THIS SPECIES AROUND

Encephalartos arenarius is native to South Africa.  There are variations in it's leaf and leaflets appearance as well as in its color (blue to green).  Sometimes the leaflets are rather wide, other times fairly narrow.  But, they are always well lobed and armed.  The plant shown here is different, unique and appealing for various reasons.

First, the leaflets are very crowded.  There is no gap between them.  Secondly, the leaflets stack; one lays over the next as shown.  Thirdly, the leaflets are quite wide (side to side) and are rolled on one side and cupped.  This is highly unusual.  Finally, the lobe on the edge of the leaflet is huge in size.  One with experience will automatically see the similarities of this plant with Encephalartos latifrons, a highly sought after species.

Although I feel this plant is a true E. arenarius and not a hybrid, one must remember that there are natural hybrids between these two species.  This plant shown today is a very old specimen in a box with a very large caudex.  It is for sale and would make a fantastic addition to any garden.  It can take coastal sun or filtered light far inland.  It's cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.

The last two photos show more typical Encephalartos arenarius leaflets and leaf appearance. 
Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets
Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets
Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets Encephalartos arenarius
leaf of another plant showing more typical leaflets
Encephalartos arenarius
another example of typical leaf/leaflets

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
ROOTSPINE PALM / STAR PALM
GORGEOUS SILVER UNDERSIDE OF LEAVES


 

This thin trunked fan palm is native to southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It is known as the Rootspine Palm because of the prominent spines near the base of the trunk.  It is known as the Star Palm because, as one views from below, the leaves are reminiscent of "stars".  Overall height can reach thirty feet.  Trunk diameter is typically four inches.  But, the most striking feature of this palm is the brilliant silver color on the underside of the leaves.  The tops side is shiny green.  Leaves can reach six feet across and are supported by long petioles.

The crown overall is fairly open, showing off the gorgeous individual leaves.  Many are growing this species in our area if they don't get too cold.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  It tolerates strong filtered light and even full sun along the coast.  Shown here is a nice 5g plant.
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha TS RPS
photo c/o Tobias Spanner at RPS
Cryosophila stauracantha by PALMARIS www.palmaris.org
C. stauracantha by PALMARIS www.palmaris.org

 

FRIDAY, 17 APRIL, 2015

 

DIOON CAPUTOI
VERY LARGE 15 PLANT AVAILABLE
THIN LEAFLETS
SUPER RARE


This small and extremely rare species of Dioon is native to the Puebla district of Mexico.  Originally it was felt that there were only about fifty plants in the wild, but more recent research has turned up other localities.  It is a small plant with very thin leaflets that are separated, somewhat like a comb.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  Leaflets come off the rachis at an angle, pointing toward the end of the leaf.  It is a full sun plant with cold hardiness to at least 22 degrees and probably colder.

The plant shown here has an almost 9 inch caudex with a 3 inch buried pup.  I don't know of another plant this large in a nursery.  It could be easily shipped anywhere within the U.S.
Dioon caputoi Dioon caputoi
Dioon caputoi Dioon caputoi Dioon caputoi
Dioon caputoi Dioon caputoi  

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
A SEMI-DWARF INTERIOR OR GARDEN FAN PALM
OUTDOOR GROWN SPECIMEN

We've been offering this rare type of Lady Palm for over a decade.  Native to China, it is known for its rather short mature height of about eight to nine feet, its thin leaflets that come to a point and the large number of leaflets (segments) per leaf.  Leaf color is green, trunks are narrow and can be cleaned up nicely.

It is different than R. excelsa in that it is taller (in general), has more leaflets and the tips are pointed.  It is different from R. humilus in that it is shorter and the canes are more narrow.

This is a perfect garden, patio or interior palm.  It is a very handsome palm.  It likes filtered light and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  The plant shown here is seven feet tall in a 15g pot.  We also import interior quality plants in 5g and 7g size.  Let us know if you'd like one of these beauties for your home.
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida
close up of canes different plant
Rhapis multifida
different nursery specimen, mature
Rhapis multifida
interior quality plant imported from HI

 

SABAL MINOR
SUPER DWARF FAN PALM
MATURE PLANT IN FRUIT
IN A 15G POT!

It is rare that we can offer a mature Sabal minor like this in a container.  Literally, it probably won't get much bigger.  And, as shown, this plant is loaded with mature black fruits.  Its basal diameter is about eight inches.  Its leaves are full size, fanned.  It is about six to maybe seven feet tall.  This is the last of this batch that we have to offer.  Native to the southern U.S., you might think that one could simply go out and dig one up.  But, there's a problem.  They rarely survive the dig.  So, you have to start small.  But, not with this rarely offered huge 15g plant!

I can ship this one if you wish.
 
Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE SUCKERING FAN PALM
USUALLY DOESN'T GET TOO TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This blue fan palm is native to Morocco.  It is a type of Mediterranean Fan Palm and known for its intense blue color in full sun. In my experience, it doesn't get as tall as the green form.  In hot sun the blue really develops.  This plant was grown in partial sun near the ocean, so it doesn't show the blue that well.  But, if you have hot and full sun, this plant will turn super blue.  Its a full 15g and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.

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

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  It's a piece of cake to ship this plant right to your door.
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera  

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUNKING FORM
GETS HEIGHT TO EIGHT FEET, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Chamaedorea radicalis is the most cold hardy species of the Chamaedorea genus.  It will go down to about 18 degrees.   There is a trunking form of this dwarf palm that forms some trunk and gets to about 8 feet tall.  This form is what's on sale today.  It'd probably prefer strong filtered light or morning sun.  We don't know if it's cold hardiness is identical to the dwarf, trunkless form.  However, it is known for its more narrow leaves.  You'll notice that, just like the dwarf form, it throws blossoms at a younger age.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount when ordering.  BTW, it should make a great houseplant as well.
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 15G PLANTS

This dwarf type cycad is native to the Veracruz area of Mexico and gets its name from the fact that the leaflets are very thick and feel like cardboard.  But, as you know, this is a cycad and not "a palm".  The color is green.  In sun, this cycad is more of a lime green.  In shade it is a dark olive green.  Caudex size gets to about six inches, sometimes more.  Leaf length is typically three feet or a bit more.  Overall height of this cycad is usually under four feet.  It suckers freely.

I think it looks its best in filtered light or part day sun.  Right along the coast you can grow it in full sun.  People like this species because it stays small.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It is not a super cold hardy plant, but pretty good.  These 15g plants on sale are about ten years old and coning.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE THIS SPECIES $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

We don't have too many of these, so don't dally.  Mail order is quite easy.
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea

SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
A TROPICAL APPEARING SABAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G  SIZE


This rather tall New World fan palm comes from Mexico and Central America.  It can get to over sixty feet tall.  It has a thin trunk for its height.  An interesting thing is the blue back to the leaflets and the near complete, circular presence of the leaf segments.  It likes sun along the coast but can tolerate filtered light where it is a darker green.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


You must mention this Blog only sale when purchasing.
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis  

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
LOOKS LIKE A CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


When I first saw one of these I thought "how cute is that?"  And, they are very cute.  They stay small, typically not getting over five to six feet tall mature.  The leaves are upright, green in color, two feet long and reminiscent of a cycad.  The trunk is narrow, typically three to four inches.  And, the crown of leaves is very compact and tidy.  It is very easy to trim and maintain and works very well as a companion plant in the garden floor.  It is native to South Pacific Islands including New Caledonia, Hawaii and Fiji.  It is a filtered light plant and likes plenty of water.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40


To get this discount, mention this Blog Special when ordering.  BTW, this plant is also known as the "Silver Fern" or the "Silver Lady Fern".  These are a piece of cake to mail order.
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum Growingontheedge website
mature specimen from Growingontheedge website
Blechnum gibbum fern CAl Hort Soc website
photo c/o Cal Hort Soc Website

 

ASPLENIUM NIDUS
BIRDS NEST FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG ONE GALLON PLANTS

This species of Aspleniaceae is also from South Pacific Islands but its native habitat stretches into India and Eastern Africa.  Natively it is an epiphytic species that lives in trees (see photo).  But, it adapts nicely to container growing.  It is known for its long, wide and somewhat firm/thick leaves.  I've seen (and had at the nursery) huge specimens with five foot long leaves.  They are breathtaking when large.  The plants here on special are very large one gallon plants.  They are ready to be potted into a 5g pot.  This species likes filtered light.  It can tolerate a bit less watering than most of the other ferns shown here.  It does poorly in hot full sun.  So, plant it in filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON PLANTS $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50

These are easy to mail order (weather permitting).  Just mention this Special to get your discount.
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern HawaiianForest website
photo c/o HawaiianForest Website 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Mysarawak Travellog
photo c/o Mysarawak Travelog 
 

THURSDAY, 16 APRIL, 2015

 

THIS MORNING - A FEW VERY UNUSUAL TROPICAL TREES, PLANTS & SHRUBS
Plants you may have never seen or heard of.

 

EUPHORBIA CONTINIFOLIA
THE CARIBBEAN COPPER PLANT
SEMI-DWARF, SUN, NOT TOO TALL
EASY COLOR FOR THE GARDEN

This rare, red leafed plant tolerates full sun along the coast.  It's hard to find color for full sun areas.  This one satisfies that need.  It is native to Mexico, Central America and parts of South America.  Left alone, it can get up to about eight or ten feet tall.  But, it can be pruned and trained to remain smaller and bushy if one wants.  It has a cold tolerance of 25 to 30 degrees.

But, this is a deciduous tree and will drop off its leaves when winter comes, only to return with gorgeous 3 to 4 inch red leaves.  The plants we have available are in 15g pots and about seven feet tall.  The fourth picture shows the great color this plant offers.  Of note, it also makes a great containerized patio plant.

It is very unusual to see this and a few of the other species below offered for sale
.
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia by statebystateggardening.com
Euphorbia continifolia by
statebystateggardening.com
 
 

 

DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS
TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM

This attractive shrub is from Mexico down to South America and has typically green leaves.  The plants were offering today in 5g and 15g size have variegation. They will produce weeping purple flower clusters.  The flowers have white edges and are very fragrant.  These flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 

This tree can be shaped and trained.  Left alone, it can get to about ten feet tall.  It prefers sun but does well in part day sun.  Like the Euphorbia above, it adds full sun color to the garden.  Cold hardiness is well into the 20's F.

We are offering 5g and 15g for sale.

Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta bcliving.ca
photo c/o bcliving.ca
Duranta gardenerdirect.com
photo by gardenerdirect.com

 

BEGONIA RICHMONDENSIS
PINK FLOWERS, SMALL PLANTS
TAKES FULL SUN ALONG THE COAST

This attractive and sun tolerant plant has pink to salmon colored blossoms.  The nice thing is that it can tolerate coastal sun.  Inland areas should utilize strong filtered light.  Plants get to about two feet tall and with age became full and lush.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Its another way to add great sun color in the garden.  The one gallon plants shown here are quite affordable.
Begonia richmondensis Begonia richmondensis
Begonia richmondensis photo by growsonyou.com
photo c/o growsonyou.com
 

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA
THE BRAZILIAN PLUME

HUGE PINK FLOWERS FOR 6 MONTHS
FILTERED LIGHT BEST
UNUSUAL AND RARE

This rare blush/small tree gives almost continual blossoms from late spring to fall.  They are native to the Americas, Asia and Africa.  There are quite a few forms and colors of this species.  They have been described only briefly.  Flowers are large and typically pink in color.  Leaves are an attractive green, four to six inches in size. 

Plants are rarely over six feet tall and rather open.  The stunning thing is the flowers.  Individual flowers are tubular and together make large pink clusters.  They are also fragrant.  We have 5g plants available for sale.

   
Jacobinia carnea  Jacobinia carnea 
Jacobinia carnea  jacobinia carnea localwiki.org
photo by localwiki.org 
Jacobinia by gardenhelper.org
by gardenhelper.org 
 

 

THE LEATHER FERN
RUMOHRA ADIANTIFORMIS
EVERYGREEN, SMALL, TAKES FULL SUN!
NICE 5 GALLON AVAILABLE

I'm mentioning this small every green fern for two reasons:  First, it's nearly indestructible.  Second, it tolerates full coastal sun and takes little water.  Both of these latter things are rare for a fern.  It's a great filler plant for the garden floor.  Leaves are glossy green.  It's very durable and never gets over 2 feet tall.  It is cold hardy well into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  We have 5g size available.

Leather Fern  Leather Fern 
Leather Fern  by sm.watersavingplants.com
by sm.watersavingplants.com 
 
 

 

WEDNESDAY, 15 APRIL, 2015

 

REMINDER!
HUGE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF RARE CYCADS
NEW AT THE NURSERY
SEE BLOG 21 & 22 MARCH BELOW

In case you missed it, we acquired a huge private collection of super large cycads last month.  I blogged in on the 21st and 22nd of March.  It shows lots of photos.  All are of good size.  Some have caudexes over two feet.  Some have sold, but there's a lot left including many desirable blue Encephalartos.  Click here to see collection.
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos trisinosus Dioon rzedowskii Encephalartos trispinosus

 

BLUE AGAVE ATTENUATA
DR. ZEUSS OR WHAT?
GREAT OLD SPECIMENS AVAILABLE
FAIRLY COLD HARDY - SUN PLANTS

If you've followed this Blog, you'll remember that a year or two ago we had a nice selection of these large blue Agave.  They'll get about four to five feet in a few decades.  The trick to maintaining these tall trunks is to remove the suckers at the base.  As you can see, it's worked well on these plants.  We've just obtained another small batch of these for the discerning enthusiast who wants size.  Available in 15g and 25g.  These can be shipped by pallet and we probably can supply about ten total plants.  Call us if interested.
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata

 

BLUE YUCCA ROSTRATA
SUPER COLD HARDY
SUPER BLUE, DWARF TO SEMI-DWARF
SUPER DESIRABLE

It's hard to find this blue, medium sized succulent that tolerates temperatures down into the single digits F.  It is native to some very southern areas of the U.S. and Mexico.  Decades ago I tried growing some from trunks collected in Mexico and these never did well or looked great.  It became clear that seed grown plants were much nicer and prettier. These plants came from seeds of a nice blue clone.  They'll get up to about ten feet tall, have crowns about five feet across and are slow growing.  It's hard to find nice 15g plants like this. 

These plants want full, hot sun.  Their appearance is similar to Dasylirion but they form a narrow trunk about six inches thick.  It'll take them decades to get overhead.  So, if you see cold and want a dwarf blue species, this species is idea.  Easy to ship.

Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata by USF.edu
photo c/o USF.edu
 

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
LARGER AUSTRALIAN CYCAD WITH SOFT, TOUCHABLE LEAVES

This is a very exotic and rather large cycad species from northeastern Australia.  It can get up to 20 feet of trunk with a spreading crown up to twenty feet in width.  The leaflets are unarmed and the petioles have no spines.  This is why, at our nursery, we call this species a "User-Friendly" cycad.  You can literally brush the leaves against your face with no prickles.  Color is dark green, sometimes a bit lime-green if in intense sun.   The most common mistake made with this species is that the gardener doesn't give it enough room for the laterally spreading crown. 

This is a rather easy species to grow.  It is frost tolerant and can take temperatures well into the low twenties F.  Surprisingly, along the coast, it can tolerate light exposures from full sun to shade.  Inland areas would require filtered light or part day sun.  It likes good draining soil.  Also, it makes an excellent potted cycad.  Container growing will stunt the size it will eventually get.  If grown inside the house, you'd give it adequate sun and plenty of room.  Leaves can easily get up to six feet or more.  But, because of its soft leaves, it makes a good interior cycad and nothing is quite as dramatic appearing...

This cycad is highly recommended for people who don't see bitter cold.  Shown here are a variety of sizes that we offer for sale with a few shots of domestic plants.  The last photo is a male cone that came up on one of our larger nursery plants.

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

EASY TO SHIP CYCADS
FIVE GALLON AND CITRUS POT SIZES


Today I thought I'd quickly show you some cycads that are in very easy to ship containers.  When you start with a seedling, you definitely have years to go before you see a landscape ready plant.  With the five gallon/citrus pot size, you have a plant that is of adequate size for the garden yet doesn't cost an arm and a leg to ship.  As most people know, we are a certified grower and can ship plants in their containers directly to any of the states in the U.S.  Doing this rather than bare rooting means you'll have less immediate losses and you won't have the almost guaranteed one year set back that you see when plants are bare rooted.  Below I'll make minimal comments on the species and show a citrus pot/5g plant and a mature specimen to the right.  It's designed for quick viewing.  I hope you enjoy these photos.  I'm just randomly picking some species.  If you are interested in obtaining any cycads of this size, just give me a call.  We can usually ship plants within 24 hours via Federal Express.  We have about 100 different species of cycads in this size for sale.  I can actually send email photos of the exact plant you'd be receiving if you prefer.  
cycads on table cycads cycad alley
Encephalartos trispinosus
A blue South African species that likes heat and sun.  As a mature plant it is small to medium in size.
Encephalartos trispinosus cit pot Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos natalensis
Another South African cycad but green in color.  It makes a medium to large plant as shown and prefers full sun in coastal areas.
Encephalartos natalensis cit pot Encephalartos natalensis
Stangeria eriopus
A very different appearing type of cycad from South Africa.  It has a fern-like appearance, is a dwarf type of plant and prefers filtered light in most areas.
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
A large species of cycad that has softer, unarmed leaflets and leaves.  It can get a large spread of leaves.  In most areas it prefers filtered light but can take full sun along the coast.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Ceratozamia hildae
A dwarf Mexican cycad that has leaves typically not over four feet long and prefers filtered light in the garden.
Ceratozamia hildae Ceraatozamia hildae
Dioon merolae
A very beautiful Mexican species that is slow growing, takes years to get 3 feet of trunk, prefers full sun in most areas and has a medium sized crown. 
Dioon merolae cit pot
Dioon edule
This is a small to medium sized cycad from Mexico that is probably the most cold hardy of all cycads and the most able to take hot desert sun. 
Dioon edule 5g Dioon edule
Encephalartos lehmanii
This is a very desirable species from South Africa that's mature size ranges from small to medium.  The color is intensely blue with no side barbs on the leaflets.  It prefers heat and full sun in most areas.  Desert culture would be part day sun. 
Encephalartos lehmanii 5g Encephalartos lehmannii
Cycas thouarsii
This is a medium to sometimes tall species of cycad from the Island of Madagascar.  It is quick growing and prefers filtered light or sometimes full sun along the coast. 
Cycas thouarsii 5g Cycas thouarsii
Macrozamia communis
This is a medium sized Australia species that gets about eight feet tall and is fairly cold hardy.  It prefers full sun except in the hotter desert areas. 
Macrozamia communis cit pot macrozamia communis
Encephalartos transvenosus
This South African species will, over many decades of growth, get extremely large with substantial vertical trunk as shown in the habitat picture to the right.  It prefers full sun along the coast.
Encephalartos transvenosus cit pot Encephalartos transvenosus
Zamia standleyi
This is one of many tropical Zamias that we grow.  This species is a medium sized plant, exotic, and prefers filtered light.
Zamia standleyi cit pot Zamia standleyi
Zamia muricata
This is another tropical Zamia but from Venezuela.  It has a bit of cold hardiness and likes filtered light.  In the right areas, it is easy to grow.
Zamia muricataa cit pot Zamia muricata
Dioon mejiae
This is a medium sized cycad that comes from Mexico and parts of Central America.  It tends to throw upright leaves that emerge soft and fuzzy.  It is best grown in less than full sun, even along the coast.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae

ALOCASIA CAL - ODORA
SUCKERING DWARF ELEPHANT EAR
HARD TO FIND - NEVER OVER ABOUT FOUR FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!


I am putting on special today a very desirable companion plant.  This Alocasia is a form of Elephant Ear Alocasia.  But, this one is a hybrid created to be a dwarf plant.  It has smaller leaves one to two feet large and only gets up to maximum chest height.  It is easy to grow and suckers.  Propagation is easy.  It prefers filtered light or full sun is tolerated right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $95

You must mention this Blog Only special to get  this price at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers available.  The last photo below shows the non-dwarf form of this type of plant.  It gets to eight to ten feet with much larger leaves.
Alocasia Cal - Odora
This and next four photos are the 5g size this species
Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
This and the next two photos are the 15g size
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
This is a different clone, not a dwarf.  This one is the
trade is known as Alocasia calidora. 

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TREE POT SIZED PLANTS


This single trunk, sun loving pinnate palm from southern  Madagascar gets to a height of about twenty feet or a bit more, likes full, hot sun and is cold tolerant to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are nice, plump tree pot plants.  I'm selling these for the same price as a band but they are twice as big.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this special price.  
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
15g plant not on sale
Dypsis decaryi

 

TUESDAY, 14 APRIL, 2015

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
MINIATURE FLAME THROWER
THIN TRUNK, COLD HARDY, SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

I was fortunate enough several days ago to talk an enthusiast out of a flat of Actinokentia divaricata.  I've not offered these in band size for about five years.  This is one of the slowest growing species that you'll ever grow.  But, it reliably gets bigger over time.  Mature, its trunk is about 3 to 4 inches thick.  Newly emerging leaves are red.  It is crown shafted and single trunk.  Mature height is about twelve to fifteen feet.  It is an under-canopy species.  I've not tried it in the sun.  Native to New Caledonia, this plant takes about 2 years from seed to produce the band sized plants seen here.

Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Folks in cooler areas like San Francisco can grow this species.  These bands have three leaves on most.

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

You must mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.  Only one flat available.  These will sell out soon or I'll be repotting them into larger containers.  I have essentially no bigger plants available. 
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
this species in habitat, year 2000

 

CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
SHADE PALM - PUFFY WIDE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


A highly recommended species is Chamaedorea oblongata because most people find it very attractive. This special is on band size.  This is a single trunk, shade loving species that is native to Mexico and Central America.  They get to about ten feet tall and have puffy, wide leaflets.  The plants on special are either singles of multiples.  They are about 14 to 16 inches tall.  This plant doesn't take sun and is cold hardy to the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
leaf on mature plant


mature plant at the nursery

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


For a few years now I've been selling this super popular variety of the Pindo Palm.  These plants are different in that they are very blue compared to the gray-green regular Butia capitata.  I can no longer offer the 5g size (out of stock and not available for three years) but have some 15g left.  And, now I'm offering them at a discount.  This is a full sun palm, gets to 20 feet and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees.

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

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  Mail order possible.
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft
 

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
BRANCHING MADAGASCAR PALM WITH NEW RED LEAVES

This species is native to northeastern Madagascar where it lives at elevations of about eight hundred feet and is found in forest areas and along streams.  Dransfield renamed the genus from "Vonitra" to "Dypsis" when he published his book on Madagascar palms.  This species has fibrous trunks that are small to medium in diameter size and branch above the ground.  A mature plant typically has several trunks.  In California, anticipate a mature height of about twenty feet although they are taller in the wild.  New leaves emerge red, sometimes purple-red as shown here.  There is no crown shaft.  Trunks have shaggy hair. 

Shown here are some 5g plants with illustrations of the new red leaf.  I'd grow it in part day sun or full sun along the coast.  Inland areas require strong filtered light. It will take a freeze.  We have limited supplies of these for sale.

 
Dypsis crinita  Dypsis crinita 
Dypsis crinita  Dypsis crinita  Dypsis crinita 
Dypsis crinita
plant in Vista, CA 
Dypsis crinita  Dypsis crinita by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS 

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A TROPICAL APPEARING CYCAD
20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES - TEN DAY SPECIAL

Dioon spinulosum is a cycad that has potential to get quite tall and has exotic appearing dark green leaves.  Native to southern Mexico regions, it can develop (over centuries) trunks up to thirty feet tall.  In the 1800's Hunting Botanical Gardens imported a huge plant on horse drawn carts from Mexico with at least fifteen feet of trunk.  I saw this at a slide show at the Gardens.  Leaves of this species are typically four to six feet long.  Leaflets are wide for a Dioon species and armed along the edges.  Trunks are usually under a foot in diameter.  So, you have a taller plant with a narrow trunk.

Culturally I've found this species does best in strong filtered light or part day sun.  Along the coast some grow it in full sun but this will make the leaves more of a lime green color.  Leaves emerge green although, if you're lucky, they can emerge a pink-bronze color.  Cold tolerance is at best low 20's F.  I'd say about 23 to 24 degrees is its cold limit.  This species is not as cold hardy as some of the other Dioons I've recently discussed.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

This is a great offer.  But, you must mention this Blog special to get the discount.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants and sizes.
Dioon spinulosum
This and next 3 photos are a large 15g plant
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
25g with curved trunk
Dioon spinulosum
Nice 5g plant
Dioon spinulosum
large outdoor grown 24 inch box plant
Dioon spinulosum
1 gallon plant
Dioon spinulosum
photo by JO
Dioon spinulosum
in Arboretum at Balboa Park, San Diego
Dioon spinulosum
another boxed plant at nursery

 

DASYLIRION WHEELERI
THE "BLUE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT"
THIRTY YEAR OLD SPECIMENS AVAILABLE


Several weeks ago I brought in a thirty year old specimen of this Mexican species of blue, drought tolerant plant.  Someone saw it the first day and bought it.  So, I brought in another as shown here.  It also sold within 24 hours.  So, it might be that these plants are by special order as I perhaps can get one or two like this again.  These are truly 30 years old from an old collector.  They love sun, are cold tolerant perhaps into the upper teens, don't get to much trunk (aren't super tall overall) but have a great full crown of long, blue leaves.  Leaves are armed with small spines.  The trunks are about 14 inches thick.

Sun is needed by this species.  It is drought tolerant.  Smaller plants are often green but get blue with age and sun.  If you'd like one of these beauties, just let me know and perhaps I can get you the size you want.  They are not any bigger than these for sale on the market as best as I know.
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
CENTRAL AFRICAN GREEN CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES

I discussed this species recently but wanted to touch on it again and show more photos.  Twenty years ago this rare Central African cycad was essentially not available.  But, nowadays, it is seen for sale from time to time.  It is native to southern Kenya and is a medium sized plant with trunks up to twelve feet, perhaps more.  Leaves can reach ten feet long and tend to be held in an upright fashion.  This upright nature is invariably seen with new leaves.  Older leaves will relax and lay more horizontally.  This species can cluster and is very fast growing.  It puts on a pretty big shown of leaves.  Leaflets are fairly wide, but what I look for to identify this species are the upright leaves and the leaflet shape.  Leaflets gradually and symmetrically come to a point in the terminal leaflet.  Spination is present but not excessively so.  Of note, cones are yellow, sometimes almost a canary yellow color. (see last photo)

Shown here is first a nice 15g plant with a six inch caudex.  I am also showing a band size seedling, a group of 15g plants, a few nursery boxed specimens and plants in gardens.  This species, being Central African, can tolerate full sun right on the coast.  Most other areas require part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance appears to b in the mid to low 20's F.  We have all sizes available and can ship any sized plant right to your door.
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
new flush of leaves not fully green yet
Encephalartos kisambo

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
FAT SNAKESKIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE!


About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  The owner was a fellow who knew a lot about palms, cycads and certain tropical trees.  His name was Bill Seaborne.  To old time enthusiast, this name might ring a bell.  He even wrote a book back then on tropical plants.  In any case, Bill (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species of tropical tree.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they had the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine with a hint of red.  But, the trunk is massive and swollen at the base.  It is a green trunk and has a  snake skin type of texture.  

Growth rate is quite fast.  I have a few 15g trees for sale.  But, it's the 5g size that I'm putting on special.  This size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE FOR 5G IS $65
SPECIAL 10 DAY PRICE 5G $45

You must mention this Blog Only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris by angv.gov
by anbg.gov
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia
by Adelaide Zoo, Australia, website
   

DIOON EDULE
TWO VERY NICE OLDER CYCADS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES


This cycad is known well known as one of the more cold hardy of all the cycad species.  It has a small crown size (usually under four feet), shorter leaves and tolerates the hottest of summer sun.  And, it is cold hardy into the teens F.  dex height is rarely up to three feet, so this makes it a very small, sun loving garden cycad.  It tolerates drought exceptionally well.  Note the lack of spines on the leaflets as shown below.

The two plants shown here are about ten years old.  They are representative of the ones on sale.  Many are clustering.  These plants have already seen temperatures into the low 20's F. for sure. 

REGULAR PRICE $475 THIS SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $300 THIS BATCH
REGULAR PRICE THESE 25G $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 25G $400
(note specimens could be suckering)

I've only got these two batches/sizes on special, so remember to ask for this Blog Only Special price.  Mail order possible. 
Dioon edule
15G left, 25g right
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule  Dioon edule 


SUNDAY, 12 APRIL, 2015

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAX BRASILIENSIS
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS ONE?
GNARLY & SPINEY TRUNK
LOTS OF NURSERY CHOICES

I've found over the years that some people love spines and needles on their palm trees.  Others can't stand them.  Well, if you like gnarly, this one is for you.  Known as the Spiny Fiber Palm, this South American single trunk species is medium size, typically fifteen and maximum twenty feet tall.  It likes sun and is cold hardy well into the teens F.

What I'm pushing here are the spines.  Every Trithrinax species has something sharp.  I suspect this is for the plant's protection.  Trithrinax campestris has sharp tips on the leaflets and so does T. schizophylla.  But, T. acanthicoma saved the spines for the trunk.  The leaves are soft - you could kiss them.  Not so with the trunk.  The photos here demonstrate this.  Don't "pull a Rusty" and poke yourself.

We have an assortment of sizes.  A customer from the NE U.S. recently got one of these huge 15g, so I had some recent photos available of these huge plants.  They have a few feet of trunk with all the needles.  We also have nice 5g and even some larger 25g or boxes.  All can be shipped.

So, if you are ready for this one, We've got them!

Trithrinax acanthicoma
twelve year old 15g
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
5g size
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Watch out Rusty!
Trithrinax acanthicoma
huge 20 g size
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
boxed nursery specimen
Trithrinax acanthicoma
younger tree Balboa Park, S.D.
Trithrinax acanthicoma http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery//large/palms/trithrinax_acanthocoma_003.GIF
mature tree San Diego area

 

BECCARIPIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE "CALIFORNIA COCONUT"
FAIRLY COLD HARDY & ATTRACTIVE
NICE 5G AVAILABLE

I discussed this increasingly popular Madagascar species that has been quite the rage lately.  This is because its rare, attractive and fairly cold hardy - down to the low 20's F.  People in northern CA are growing this palm.  It's single trunk, non-crown shafted, has a husky but not fat trunk and gets over 30 feet tall.  People say it resembles the Coconut Palm, thus the common name.  The crown of leaves is large and green in color.  Flowers form at the base of the crown.  It's a good growing species that does not have "windows" like another Beccariophoenix species. 

Shown in the first five pictures are our 5g size.  We also have a few 15g and also some bands.  These are easy to ship.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii
15g size
Beccariophoenix alfredii RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
NICE 5G AND 15G AVAILABLE ON TEN DAY SPECIAL
QUICK GROWING AND SOME COLOR

I have visited the habitat for this species in the Walsh River area of Queensland, Australia.  I was anticipating seeing the most purple of colors on the crown shaft.  But, they are not that lollipop purple color you'd like to see.  Yes, they were a purple color but not intense.  The pictures below show the color.  And it is quite nice.

You can spot this species when juvenile by two ways:  First in the presence of ramenta (tiny brown hairs) on the underside of the silver leaflets.  Secondly by the fact that the leaf stems and crown are a bit yellow. This is always present.

This species gets to about 30 feet and is fairly quick growing.  Minimal temperatures are about 25 degrees.  It takes coastal full sun.  Shown here are 5g and 15g plants.  The last picture is from habitat.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50
REGULAR PRICE 16G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get the discount.
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
15g size
Archontophoenix purpurea
15g size showing sokme purple
Archontophoenix purpurea
actual color, not photo-shopped
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
habitat photograph

 

COLORFUL RED/PINK HAWAIAAN TI
ADD COLOR TO THE GARDEN
NICE, TALL 3G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TI'S

If you've read this Blog for a while, you know we love colorful Ti plants.  Shown here are multiples that are about 3 feet tall.  It's instant color for the garden.  Our selection of Ti's changes frequently.  These will be replaced by different ones within a few weeks.  These have red and pink in abundance.  They go down to a frost temperature and prefer filtered light.  Some acclimate them to coastal sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE TI'S $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Just mention this Special to get the discount.
Ti Ti
Ti Ti  

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
A SHORTER FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, SOME BLUE IN LEAVES
FEW 15G AVAILABLE

This rather rare species of fan palm is from Mexico and never gets much taller than ten to twelve feet.  Leaf stems and leaves often show a blue tinge to the green.  Leaves are divided into segments as shown here.  We have limited numbers of these available.  A 15g plant is shown.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F. and they like full sun.  We should also have smaller sizes available. 
Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata
Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
GREAT FOR THE GARDEN OR INSIDE
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS BAMBOO-TYPE OF PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE - EASILY TO SHIP

This Central American species of "Bamboo Palm" gets to a height of 14 to 16 feet and suckers, making a small clump.  It doesn't run or take over areas typically.  It has one inch, prominently ringed trunks and pinnate leaves.  In most areas it prefers filtered light or a bit of morning sun.  Some customers along the coast have grown it in full sun.

Our 5g plants here are on sale.  They are perfect houseplants and do well inside.  We also have large plants for sale and some smaller.  To get the discount, just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
15g size, not on  sale today
Chamaedorea costaricana RPS
photo c/o RPS
Chamaedorea costaricana

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM TALL, THIN TRUNK
VERY "CUTE" FULL SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Last month I discussed this species but thought I would presently put them on special.  As a genus, we've found that many enthusiasts in Southern California can grow Coccothrinax.  This species, from the islands of Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, get to a height of about thirty to forty feet and have a trunk diameter that is under six inches.  This means that Coccothrinax barbadensis is quite tall with an extremely thin trunk.  It has woven fibers on the upper trunk and, with age, these fibers fall away leaving a clean trunk.  Leaf size is three feet.  The dorsal side of the leaves is green and there is a silver color to the underside.  You can see this on the last photo below. 

It is a sun loving species and grows better in the ground than in a pot.  Growth rate is slow at first but accelerated when in the ground.  Cold tolerance is probably in the upper 20's F., although this is not well worked out.  Shown here are the 5g size which is on special.  These can easily be sihpped.

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

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

 

FRIDAY, 10 APRIL, 2015

 

UNUSUAL TILLANDSIA CLUSTERS
IN FULL FLOWER
WONDERFUL PLANTS FOR
PUTTING ON PALM TRUNKS
BLOSSOMS LAST A MONTH OR TWO

Once these cute little air plants are mounted on a piece of wood, they really take no work at all.  Or, one could mount them on a tree trunk as long as that trunk is not toxic or a "bark shedding" tree.  Then, they just do their thing.  These two species have just come into blossom.  I've found that the blossoms lasts a month to six weeks.  The blue ones shown here are very nice.  And, over time, these clusters just get bigger and bigger.  This means a lot more flowers every spring.

They can be easily mail ordered and are fairly affordable.  The clusters shown here are $45, which is a very good price for something so cool and interesting.  They take sun/strong filtered light and tolerate a freeze.  Limited numbers available.  Now that they are in blossom, they'll sell quickly.
Tillandsia cluster in bloom Tillandsia cluster in bloom
Tillandsia cluster in bloom Tillandsia cluster in bloom Tillandsia cluster in bloom
Tillandsia cluster in bloom Tillandsia cluster in bloom Tillandsia cluster in bloom
Tillandsia cluster in bloom Tillandsia cluster in bloom  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
TYPE OF A. ALEXANDRAE
BLUGING BASE OF TRUNK
5G ON TEN DAY SPECIAL - SINGLES, DOUBLES,TRIPLES

This "species" is probably a cultivar of Archontophoenix alexandrae.  The hardest thing is remembering how to spell "beatricae".  Most people write it like a woman's name, which is not correct.  This palm is known for two things: prominently swollen base, sort of bulging.  And, also it's known for easily visible and palpable "step offs" at the trunk rings.  The underside of the leaves are silver and the crown shaft is green.  It tolerates full coastal sun like any type of King Palm and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

Just mention this Special when ordering/purchasing to get your discount.
Archontophoenix beatricae Archontophoenix beatricae
Archontophoenix beatricae Archontophoenix beatricae Archontophoenix beatricae
Archontophoenix beatricae    

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, SUCKERING AND BLUE!
GREEN NOW, BLUE LATER
SUPER RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This cold hardy Mexican palm is known for it's small stature and blue color.  Mature plants are about six feet tall or a bit more.  Suckers do form so that several small heads of leaves appear.  Although juvenile plants are green, in the sun and in the ground they turn blue.   Cold hardiness is at least to the low 20's F.  These 5g plants are about 6 years old.

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

Just mention this Special to get your discount.
 
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
THE PERFECT BAMBOO PALM
SUCKERING, TO TWELVE FEET
GREAT 15G AVAILABLE
DOES WELL ON PATIO OR INSIDE HOUSE


This wonderful species was named after a friend of mine, Luis Hooper, from the La Habra area in Southern California.  He was on a field trip with Don Hodel (author of the book on Chamaedorea) that led to the plant being named after him.  It's native to Central America, is green in color with one inch thick trunks, reaches about 12 feet height and will hold many canes.  Its leaves are longer than C. costaricana and it is fuller with canes in general appearance.

It tolerates bright filtered light or morning sun.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees, perhaps a bit colder.  It's being grown in the SF Bay area and is a fantastic patio or interior palm.  We have very nice 15g for sale as shown here.
Chamaedorea hooperiana
15g, this and next 4 pictures
Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana
larger 20g at nursery
Chamaedorea hooperiana
green fruit on female plant
Chamaedorea hooperiana TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
PECULIAR SHAPE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This Madagascar species has this common name because the crown shaft is flat on three sides, like a triangle.  It loves full sun and is cold hardy to about 23 degrees.  Mature height is about 20 feet. 

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

Mail order easy (in the pot with soil) and get the discount by mentioning this Special.
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi    

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
TWELVE FOOT TALL 20G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL!

We hardly ever have Dypsis lutescens available at this size, so take advantage now.  These beauties just became available and will sell out quickly.  They are about 12 feet tall in their 20g pot and ready for the garden.  They are great for hiding neighbors or unsightly structures.  Mature height varies, typically 12 to 16 feet in our area.  Trunk diameter is about 2 to 3 inches mature.  They'll take coastal full sun or filtered light.  The plants on special are full, lush plants!

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $375

Just mention this Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
photo by DO
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens by DO
photo by DO

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
MEDIUM SIZED, THIN TRUNK
TAKES FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This Madagascar palm is known for its medium size of about 20 feet mature and for the thin trunk averaging 6 inches.  It has a silver crown shaft, plumose leaves and prominent trunk rings.  It likes full sun and has a cold tolerance into the low 20's F.  As a juvenile plant the trunks are thin but they fatten up with time in the garden.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50

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

Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

BLECHNUM FERN
MINIATURE TREE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G

This popular fern never gets over five to six feet tall and has a small crown of leaves.  The trunk is about 3 inches thick.  It likes filtered or morning sun and plenty of water.  Cold hardiness appears to be in the mid to lower 20's F. 
We offering the very shippable 5g size on special.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

Remember: mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
larger specimen not on sale

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
THIN TRUNK, UP TO 25 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G

This Australian species is known for its medium height of about 25 feet, a thin trunk of four inches and a silver crown shaft.  The leaflet ends are jagged as shown here.  Growth rate is medium.  They tolerate coastal sun but need filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is easily into the mid-twenties F.  The plants on special are 5 year old 5g size.

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

Just mention this Special for you discount when you purchase.
 
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans

 

THURSDAY, 9 APRIL, 2015

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE BEACH OR SAND PALM
DWARF AND SUN LOVING
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G

I got a batch of twelve year old 15g Beach Palms from a desert grower.  I couldn't believe how nice and full they were.  Some were even fruiting.  This species is native to the sand dunes along the beaches outside of Rio de Janero in Brazil.  They tolerate wind and salt.  They are cold hardy perhaps into the upper teens and like full sun.  The remarkable thing is that this is a dwarf species, essentially never over six feet tall.  They are super slow growing and take years to put on any height.

Note how the leaves are plumose, very fluffy.  The leaflet backs are silver.  Growth rate is slow.  These make an ideal palm where a view is concerned or where you have salty wind.  If you have a property next to the ocean, this species is perfect.  The 15g shown here can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $200

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.  Note that this is the first and only time I've put these on special.
Alagoptera arenaria Alagoptera arenaria
Alagoptera arenaria Alagoptera arenaria Alagoptera arenaria
Alagoptera arenaria Alagoptera arenaria Alagoptera arenaria

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
DWARF SUGAR PALM
TAKES SUN/SHADE & COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This Asian species of suckering palm is known for it's jagged leaflet tips, its silver underside to the leaflets, its fragrant blossoms and its overall small to medium size.  A large plant would be ten to twelve feet.  It takes sun or filtered light and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  The 5g on sale are quite nice and can be easily shipped.

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

Remember to mention this Special to get your discount.
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
RARE, SMALL-MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD FROM MOZAMBIQUE

This has always been a species of cycad that I have particularly liked because of the interesting soapy green to blue color of the leaves.  It is native to central Mozambique where a single family of plants grows on Zembe Mountain.  The trunk of this species gets to about a meter height with a crown width of approximately six feet with leaf length of approximately four feet.  Young leaves are often blue and plant leaf color varies from green to blue.  It can be distinguished from a similar species, Encephalartos manikensis, by the fact that the leaflets are more toothed, leaves are more keeled, and leaves are more erect. 

It is a sun loving area in most areas but can take part day sun.  Although not as cold tolerant as South African species, it does take temperatures into the mid to low 20's F.  Shown here are multiple nursery plants and some more mature garden specimens.
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos munchii munchii habitat
donated photo, habitat in Mozambique
Encephalartos munchii
 

ENCEPHALARTOS "BANDULA"
A SPECIES OR VARIETY FROM MOZAMBIQUE

North of South African in Mozambique and adjacent countries, you will find multiple cycads of green or blue-green color that are often referred to as the "Mankinensis Complex".  This group includes not only Encephalartos manikensis, but other plants which have either become their own species or are still just part of the "family".  This includes such species as E. chimanimaniensis, munchii, concinnus and multiple others.  There is yet a lot of field work to be done on these species to determine which will eventually obtain species status.  Until then, they just remain as part of the "complex".   

Such is the case with Encephalartos "bandula".  When I started in cycads about 30 years ago, collectors talked like it was a species for sure.  But, when taxonomists looked more closely, they said "wait a minute, we're not sure".  This plant gets a caudex of about one to two meters with leaves four to five feet long.  Leaflets are spiny and cones are reportedly green.  Leaf color is green with hints of blue.  Shown here is a citrus pot plant and various garden specimens.  It is a sun appreciative species with cold tolerance about like E. munchii, into the mid to low 20's F. 
Encephalartos bandula Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bandula Encephalartos bandula Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bandula Encephalartos bandula  

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

CYCAS CURRANII
A GORGEOUS CYCAD FROM PALAWAN, PI

This species is a large sized plant that was originally discovered by an American visiting the Island of Palawan in the Philippines in 1906.  But, soon thereafter, lost it's status as a species until Ken Hill reestablished its species status in 1995.  Trunks attain a height of over thirty feet with a diameter one to two feet.  Leaf length is six to eight feet, Leaflets are about ten inches long, one half inch wide and, as the leaf ages, become somewhat dependent and droopy.  There is little information available on this species. 

Shown here are multiple nursery plants including a larger boxed specimen.  The 15g plants are about eight to ten years old and have heights in their pots of about seven feet.  Note how their leaves and the leaves of the box are not droopy as of yet.  I've shown another nursery plant where the leaves, with age, droop.  This is a part day sun species, perhaps tolerating full sun along the coast.  I have seen it tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I find it to be prettier than Cycas thouarsii. 
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Yao PACSOA
by Gorge Yao PACSOA
Cycas curranii
Droopy leaflet specimen
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Lao PlantAPalm
by George Lao PlantAPalm

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
CHINESE THIN TRUNK LADY PALM
MATURE SPECIMEN TEN FEET TALL


This species was introduced to the trade about twenty years ago.  Originally it was quite confusing as to what it was.  It doesn't get as tall as the true Rhapis humilus and has many more leaflets than R. excelsa.  This specimen is about as tall as it will ever get.  It has about ten canes that are ten feet tall.  Each leaf holds about twenty leaflets that come to a fine point at the end (like humilus).  This is a fifteen year old plant that we dug from a retiring dentist who was moving out of the area and couldn't take his plant.  We dug it three to four years ago.

Culturally this species likes filtered light.  I does not tolerate full sun without yellowing.  It makes an excellent interior palm.  Cold tolerance is to the low twenties F., perhaps a bit lower.  We have this specimen and perhaps one more of comparable size for sale.

Of note, if this is too big for you, by special order we can get you 5g and 7g which are 6 feet and 8 feet tall.
Rhapis mulitifida Rhapis mulitifida
Rhapis mulitifida Rhapis mulitifida Rhapis mulitifida
Rhapis mulitifida Rhapis mulitifida  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM WITH COMMENTS ABOUT THE COLOR

This species of King Palm is from the Mount Lewis region in Queensland, Australia.  It comes from high elevation.  Because of the latter fact, it was hoped that this desirable palm would be the most cold hardy of the King Palm group.  Remember, there are about six types of King Palms.   Well, this did not prove to be the case and it is, in fact, not as cold hardy as several other species.  But, it does sport a sometimes nice, purple like color to the crown shaft.  You must be aware that this is quite variable.  Sometimes it's a cool purple color, other times it's sort of a boring color of purple.  But, it is not the same as the normal Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.

Shown here is a nursery grown Archontophoenix purpurea that is beginning to show the purple color.  Seedlings and small plants never show the color.  I advise customers to not expect color until the palm has a few feet of trunk.  And, I cannot predict with confidence which individual plant will show the most color.  It's sort of a gamble. On the Net if a photo looks unreal, the color has probably been altered. 

Hallmarks of Archontophoenix purpurea that you might look for on nursery plants include:
1.  Single trunk, crown shafted, showing hints of color in the crown shaft (pictures 3 and 4)
2.  Underside of the leaves prominently silver
3.  Noticeable yellow color to leaf stem and spear (fifth picture below)
4.  Ramenta (dark hairs laying longitudinally along the under side of the leaflets) on the back side of the leaflets (last photo, hard to see because these hairs are quite small).  Only this species and the common King Palm have ramenta.  This is a way to distinguish this species from other Archontophoenix with silver on the back of the leaves.

I could go on and on about this species, but this is enough for today.  It takes full sun along the coast and is cold tolerant to perhaps 26 to 27 degrees F., whereas the regular King Palm goes down to 25 degrees. 

FOR THOSE INTERESTED, HERE'S A LINK TO MY ARTICLE ON ALL THE TYPES OF KING PALMS: SEE KING PALMS


Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontopheonix purpurea
Archontopheonix purpurea Archontopheonix purpurea Ramenta

 

DASYLIRION WHEELERI
THE "BLUE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT"
THIRTY YEAR OLD SPECIMENS AVAILABLE IN 25 GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


Several weeks ago I brought in a thirty year old specimen of this Mexican species of blue, drought tolerant plant.  Someone saw it the first day and bought it.  So, I brought in another as shown here.  It also sold within 24 hours.  So, it might be that these plants are by special order as I perhaps can get one or two like this again.  These are truly 30 years old from an old collector.  They love sun, are cold tolerant perhaps into the upper teens, don't get to much trunk (aren't super tall overall) but have a great full crown of long, blue leaves.  Leaves are armed with small spines.  The trunks are about 14 inches thick.

Sun is needed by this species.  It is drought tolerant.  Smaller plants are often green but get blue with age and sun.  If you'd like one of these beauties, just let me know and perhaps I can get you the size you want.  They are not any bigger than these for sale on the market as best as I know.

REGULAR PRICE 25G SIZE $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL $275

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

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
FAT SNAKESKIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE!


About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  The owner was a fellow who knew a lot about palms, cycads and certain tropical trees.  His name was Bill Seaborne.  To old time enthusiast, this name might ring a bell.  He even wrote a book back then on tropical plants.  In any case, Bill (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species of tropical tree.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they had the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine with a hint of red.  But, the trunk is massive and swollen at the base.  It is a green trunk and has a  snake skin type of texture.  

Growth rate is quite fast.  I have a few 15g trees for sale.  But, it's the 5g size that I'm putting on special.  This size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE FOR 5G IS $65
SPECIAL 10 DAY PRICE 5G $45

You must mention this Blog Only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris by angv.gov
by anbg.gov
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia
by Adelaide Zoo, Australia, website
   

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species of Agave in native to northern Mexico with perhaps extension into the U.S.  It is not a large plant.  Mature height is up to four feet with a similar spread of the leaves.  The leaves are thick and fleshy and soft at the end.  There is no terminal hard point to them.  The leaves go out and then curve downward.  They are slow growing, green to blue-green in color.  Culturally, they are xerophytic with low water requirements, are somewhat tropical appearing for an Agave and like full, hot sun.  By the way, they get their common name b/c of their mature appearance (last photo) that sort of resembles an octopus.

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


Easy to ship.  Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price.
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Univ. of Arizona Pima County Website
photo c/o website Univ. of Arizona, Pima County

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE

This fan palm is native to very hot areas of Mexico and is thought of as a nice garden species for the following reasons:
Beautiful blue color
Tolerates the hottest sun conditions
Good for desert areas
Super cold tolerant down to about 15 degrees F.
Doesn't get too large, typically 20 feet
Tolerates drought conditions
Has low water requirements.

We're offering ten day specials on two sizes as shown here.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Mention this special when purchasing.  Mail order possible.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
5g size
Brahea armata Brahea armata
15g size
Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata in flower a few blocks from the nursery
Brahea armata
inland San Diego area showing nice blue color

 

TUESDAY, 7 APRIL, 2015

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
NORFOLK ISLAND PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!
JUST IN AND SUN GROWN

Nine out of ten people who grow palms would tell you that Rhopalostylis baueri is from New Zealand.  Well, that's part true.  But, this species has two native habitats.  One is in Norfolk Island, which is about 900 miles east of Australia and a part of the Australian Commonwealth.  The other habitat is in the Kermadec Islands, which are 600 miles northeast of New Zealand, half way to the Island on Tonga.  So, this palm actually has two nationalities.

It is a type of Shaving Brush Palm.  The main difference between this palm and Rhopalostylis sapida is that the baueri has more of a brown color to the petioles, less bulging of the crown shaft and the leaves are curved downwards.  The bare petioles are also longer, especially when juvenile.  Also, along the coast, it is a little less sun tolerant compared to sapida.

We just got in some very overgrown and sun grown plants.  They were so large and chunky that we had to repot them.  So, they aren't established in their pots yet but will be soon.  Right on the coast you could grow them in full sun but in most areas I'd recommend part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $125
REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $200

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
 
Rhopalostylis baueri
This and next 4 photos are the 25g size
Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri
This and next 2 photos 15g size
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
VERY DIFFERENT SUN LOVING CYCAD

KEELED LEAF, TIGHTLY SPACED LEARLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE CYCAD

This species of cycad is native to central and southern Mexico.  It gets a trunk that is up to eight feet tall after centuries.  It has leaves that are strongly keeled with tightly spaced, armed leaflets that come off the rachis at a 90 degree angle.  Leaf color is green to gray-green.  It is slow growing and likes sun and heat in most areas.  The plant shown here is in a 25g container and has a six inch caudex with two small pups.  We recently acquired this plant.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $850
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $650


Just mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.  This one only on discount.


Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi

 

CYCAS CIRCINALIS
THE QUEEN SAGO
FAST GROWING AND SUN TOLERANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

This is a fast growing cycad native to India.  For some time its taxonomic identity has been argued.  It gets trunks well over fifteen feet over decades.  A plant like the one shown here could have three feet of trunk is about ten years in Southern CA.  It has long green leaves and a full crown.  Along the coast it takes full sun quite easily and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  The plant on special here is in a 5g pot and has a caudex size of six inches, large for the pot size.  It's ready for the ground.

REGULAR PRICE THIS CYCAD $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $175

Just mention this special to get the discount.
Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis
Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis

 

DYPSIS AMOBOSITRAE "RED"
A VERY COOL MEDIUM SIZED PLANT WITH RED COLOR AND WHITE CROWN SHAFT

For decades I've received seeds of palms from Madagascar that were an unknown or un-described species.  The seeds for this current plant came in as "Dypsis ambositrae".  Over the years I've received "ambositrae" seeds only to be disappointed that it was not the "real thing".  The plants I'm showing you today appear to be the real Dypsis ambositrae.  Because of the red color, we call them "ambositrae red". 

Shown are what we have available in limited numbers: 2 gallon and maybe some 5g plants.  This species has a soft green, keeled and arching leaf.  Crown shafts are red at this point but when mature will be powdery white.  Expect a plant size in California of fifteen to twenty feet.  Trunks are thin.  This is a dividing species, somewhat like D. decipiens.  But, the stems are much thinner.  When mature, it still holds on to some of the red stem color.

This is a great species for those who want to try something new.  Reports so far is that it is a quick growing species that is an easy and beautiful addition to the garden.  I apologize for the lack of mature plant photos, but they are not available. 
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red
A different 2g plant showing red color
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red

 

BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA
THE COLD TOLERANT MULE PALM
AND PRETTIER THAN A QUEEN PALM!
SEVERAL LARGE 25G AVAILABLE


Some of you might not be familiar with this desirable hybrid  cross of the Pindo Palm with the Queen Palm.  You hardly ever see them around because it takes a person, on a ladder, to tediously hand pollinate the Butia flowers with pollen from the Queen.  This is a lot of work.  It results in an offspring that doesn't look like either parent.  It is a good growing hybrid that gets to a height of perhaps 25 feet, has green leaves, a thinner trunk than the Butia mother, and tropical appearing foliage.  Some say that it even resembles a Coconut.  The surprising thing is that it survives approximately 16 degrees F.  This is not quite as good as the Butia capitata cold tolerance, but this hybrid will be alive long after the common Queen Palm dies from cold.  Because of rarity and difficulty in producing seeds, this hybrid is never a cheap plant.

The photo here shows the nice, chunky 25g we just got in.  They are about ten inches thick at the base and about ten feet tall.  They have been sun grown and have seen temperatures into the teens F.  We also have 5g for sale.  The latter are an easy mail order item.   Note on the first mature plant photo below how the crown looks nothing like either parent.  Plain and simple, this is a great plant for folks in cold areas.  I highly recommend this hybrid.
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
donated photo
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
donated photo
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm

 

DIOON MEJIAE
THE SOFT, WOOLY AND FRAGILE NEW LEAVES

Recently I discussed Dioon mejiae, another Mexican Dioon.  At that time I mentioned how the new leaves emerge with soft wool and fur.  However, I was surprised to find that I had no photographs to demonstrate this.  Yesterday I found a nursery plant that was throwing new leaves.  So, I took photographs to demonstrate the appearance of a new swirl of leaves on this species.

The leaves shown here have been emerging for about a week.  They are up about sixteen to eighteen inches.  Trust me that they are softer than any new leaf you've felt.  If you think of the soft fur of a young kitten, you are close to the sensation that touching these leaves gives you.  But, they are super fragile.  Rough handling will snap them right off. 

And, like with all cycads, never turn or rotate a cycad that is throwing new leaves.  If you do, the leaves will adjust and twirl to re-orient themselves to the sun.  If you have to move a plant that's throwing new leaves, mark the sun orientation precisely with a label or marker and put it back with the exact same sun orientation after you find it a new spot.  And, always be careful when handling new cycad leaves.  As hard and leathery as they are later, when young they are quite fragile and snap easily.

I'll try to shown you some more photos of these same leaves in a few weeks with further size.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae  

 

DIOON MEROLAE
A HUNDRED YEAR OLD SPECIMEN AND A THOUSAND YEAR OLD PLANT IN THE WILD

Recently we were inspecting inventory and I saw a gorgeous nursery specimen of Dioon merolae.  I felt I just had to take some photographs for my readers.  The plant shown here is in an orange box and has over 2 feet of trunk.  It is a superb nursery specimen of this species.

Native to Mexico, this is a slow growing species with a crown of leaves that is about six to eight feet maximum across.  The trunk is usually about a foot thick, sometimes thicker on old specimens.  Remember, old leaf attachments leaves leaf scales on the trunk.  Each scale represents one prior leaf.  By counting the number of scales on a trunk and dividing by the number of leaves in an average throw, you can come up with the number of throws any given plant has had.  Add to this about ten years to begin to form a trunk and divide the estimated frequency of throwing new leaves and you come up with an estimated age of any plant.  With this in mind, we figure the specimen shown here at the nursery is about a hundred years old.  It was imported into the U.S. before CITES laws prevented importing large cycads in the 1970's. 

So, this is a special nursery plant and very old.  Along the coast, this is a full sun species with a cold tolerance to about 22 degrees F.  In the garden it takes about thirty years to get a foot of trunk.  The photos here show the various parts of this species.  The old specimen photo by J.O. below may be a plant that is one or two thousand years old.  Note how the leaves of this species overlap and have a gentle downward arch to them.  Leaf color is a gray-green. 

We have all sizes of this species for sale with something for everyone.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
photo from above, looking into the crown
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
note stacking of leaves with a arch downward
Dioon merolae
female cone
Dioon merolae habitat by JO
Habitat photo Mexico by JO

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ALL SIZES!

All of our Heliconia are grown from rhizomes from existing and flowering plants in Southern California.  This results in large, very strong growing plants as shown here.  Heliconia schiediana can take sun or part sun, gets to a height of sever to eight feet, and flowers freely in the summer.  It is very cold hardy.  Even if a hard freeze knocks down the leaves, plants usually come back vigorously in the spring.  Flowers are red/yellow or orange/yellow.  We have two varieties available.  Sizes available are 5g and maybe some bigger but they've been flying out with the arrival o spring.  .

We also have from time to time several other species available.

ALL HELICONIA 15% OFF FOR TEN DAYS, applies to any species of Heliconia we have!

This special applies to any other Heliconia that we have in stock.  Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.

Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK, FLUFFY LEAF, FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


For about six months we've been out of the 15g size on this New World Chamaedorea.  Of note, it is a single trunk species that is fast growing and has a trunk diameter of 1.5 to 2 inches.  The leaves are plumose and fluffy.  To my disappointment it has been called the "Baby Queen", a bad name because it is not a Syagrus and nothing like the Queen Palm.  Boy do some folks have marketing tools!

In any case, it's an ideal plant where you don't want too much height, have a narrow garden area to plant in, and want something that quickly gets overhead.  These 15g plants are all several in the container to give a fuller crown of leaves.  They are about six feet tall.  They'll all be gone in a week or so, so don't dally on this one.  Along the cost they take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  I've shown pictures of the plants from last summer below.  Our present plants will look like this in three to six months.  
Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa
Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa
last batch of these we offered this past summer
Chamaedorea Plumosa
over time what trunks will look like
Chamaedorea Plumosa  

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SHORTER FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This fairly rare fan palm from Central Mexico is known for its slow growth rate, wide fan palm leaves, medium height trunk to ten feet and leaf color ranging from green to blue green.  It will never be as blue as the other Brahea which I've discussed here recently, but some varieties definitely have a blue tinge to them.  These came from a seed batch named as the "blue" variety.  The last photo shows the anticipated leaf color over time on these plants.  Note how the leaves are wide and flat.  They are quite attractive.

It can be grown in coastal sun or part sun / strong filtered light.  In inland areas I would not recommend full sun.  Cold tolerance is the upper teens F.  It's not as cold hardy as other more common Braheas.  I'm offering two sizes on special.  BTW, it takes time outdoors and age to show the blue color.


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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  Easy to mail order.
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
5 gallon size
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
one gallon size
by A. Porcelli PACSOA
photo by A. Porcelli PACSOA

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
MEDIUM SIZE GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

New Caledonian palms are super popular and very sought after.  One of the genera there is Burretiokentia.  They are all medium tall, crown shafted palms with an assortment of colors to their crown shafts.  Of this genus, Burretiokentia koghiensis is one of the prettier and easiest to grow species of the group.  The crown shaft is silver-white mixed with green.  They are a very good species for part day sun along our coast.  You should anticipate a mature height of about 25 feet with a thinner trunk.  When in the nursery, you can spot them because the base of the plant is triangular in shape, unique to this species.  See photo below.

On special presently are three to four leaf seedlings of this species in the band size.  They are two years old.  It'll take about 2 to 3 years to make a big 5g from these plants.  I can mail order these with ease.  BTW, this is one of the hardy species of  Burretiokentias to find.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE, $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

You must mention this Blog special to get this price when you purchase.
Burretiokentia koghiensis band Burretiokentia koghiensis band
Burretiokentia koghiensis band Burretiokentia koghiensis band Burretiokentia koghiensis
15 gallon size, not on sale
Burretiokentia koghiensis
5 gallon size, not on sale
Burretiokentia koghiensis band
note the triangular shape to this plant's base
Burretiokentia koghiensis
mature plant in habitat

 

DIOON CAPUTOI
ON THE OF RAREST DIOONS
SMALLER SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

Not only is it super difficult to even find this species for sale, it's even more rare to see a ten year old plant with any size offered.  This plant has a five inch caudex and is in a 15g pot.  Native to the state of Puebla, this Mexican cycad is known for its very thin leaflets that are widely spaced.  Leaf color is green to blue green. Mature size is typically under five feet tall.  Native plants are very limited in numbers and it is thought to be critically endangered although recently other populations of this plant have been discovered.

The point here is the emphasize the rarity of this small Dioon.  The plant shown here was germinated and grown for over ten years.  It has classic form.  It can be shipped within the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $350

Just mention this Special to get your discount.
 
Dioon caputoi Dioon caputoi
Dioon caputoi  Dioon caputoi by MM   

 

MONDAY, 6 APRIL, 2015

 

CHAMAEDOREA BRACHYPODA
SEMI-DWARF, SHADE LOVING
TWENTY YEAR OLD SPECIMEN

The plant I'm showing you here is a botanical garden quality and very old specimen.  It stands at a mature height of about seven feet.  It likes filtered light.  Full sun would fry this species.  Native to Honduras, trunk diameters are very thin, about a quarter of an inch.  Leaflets are simple and bifed as shown here.  Leaf length is about eight inches.  It is a dioecious species and you need both sexes to set seeds.

Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  Not only is it hard to find this species, it's near impossible to get a mature fruiting clump as shown here.   We might have two older specimens like this.
Chamaedorea brachypoda  Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX SPECIES "WINDOWS"
NEW NAME: BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS
COCONUT APPEARING PALM
CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHER CA

About twenty years ago, when new species from Madagascar were the rage, I started growing this unusual palm that, at the time, had only the name "Beccariophoenix species windows".  And, this was an accepted name among enthusiasts and is still being used today.  Surprisingly, it took at least fifteen years for a taxonomist to give it a name - presently B. fenestralis.  And, this was only at the insistence of collectors who wanted it to get a formal scientific name. 

It is a large palm, over 30 feet tall and is very reminiscent of a Coconut Palm (see last photo by Ray Baker).  The reason for the name "windows" was the very apparent windows that formed in the central areas of the leaves.  I've illustrated this here.  These openings would continue to be formed until the palm became more mature, at which time leaves were more typically pinnate. 


There's no question that it can be grown here in Southern California.  The 6th photo below shows a specimen on its way and being grown in Encinitas, CA in full sun.  Also of interest, it is more cold hardy than a King Palm and has taken temperatures to about 24 degrees at our nursery.  I'm showing here a 20g and a boxed nursery plant.
 
Beccariophoenix species Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Species being well grown in Encinitas, CA
Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis by Ray Baker, Palmpedia
photo by Ray Baker, Palmpedia

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
FANTASTIC PALM FOR SO CALIFORNIA
NICE SELECTION AT THE NURSERY

My son Jesse and I visited the habitat of this species in New Caledonia about fifteen years ago.  This is atop Mount Koghi, about 30 minutes outside the capitol of Noumea.  There we saw specimens that were about twenty-five feet tall with rather thin trunks.  The crown shafts were triangular in cross section and silver-green in color.  As shown here, new leaves can flush a bit of red.

This species does very well in our area and can tolerate strong filtered light or even full sun along the coast.  It has a cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F.  We have available a good assortment of this species from seedlings to 20g plants as shown here.

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

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY GREEN CYCAD
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE
EASY TO GROW

Although fairly rare, we do have this species available in many sizes and it is a great cycad for the garden.  I say this because it is very tropical and lush appearing.  And, given basic cycad care, it's easy to grow.  It is native to central and southern Mexico.  In the wild it is threatened.  A huge specimen would have a two foot tall caudex.  Leaves tend to come out horizontally and have a length of at least six feet.  So, you have to give it some room.  Leaflets are not wide and come to a point.  Petioles are armed.

Overall this is a green leaf cycad but new flushes can be red as shown here.  It prefers filtered light but may take full sun right on the coast.  Morning sun is about perfect.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  We offer a huge selection of this species.  All can be shipped right to your door.  If you live in a cooler area, this is a great species for you.  And, it'll make your garden look so much better.  Shown here are about four nursery plants.
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Paul Kennedy PACSOA
photo by Paul Kennedy, PACSOA
Ceratozamia mexicana

 

JUNGLE MUSIC
A FEW PHOTOS OF ONE OF OUR GROWING AREAS
CYCADS, PALMS AND EXOTICS

I thought this morning I'd show you a few pictures that Jesse took recently of one of our growing areas at the nursery.  You'll note cycads and palms of good size and lots of cool plants.  We have about three acres of growing area and this one is just outside our Education Center.  Remember, we have about a quarter million plants, so we do need room for growing.  But, we have a species and size for everyone.  In the fourth photo notice the building with the flat roof and green door.  That's our Education Center Hall where we can give talks and lectures for up to 50 people.  There's a fully stocked kitchen for preparing food for special events.  Come by and we'll show you our expanded nursery with many new display areas.
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music

 

DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIA
A VERY OLD SPECIMEN WITH SUPER THIN LEAFLETS

If I had my camera ready about a month ago, I could have shot a photo of this new flush of leaves with their pink-brown color.  It was just gorgeous.  But, I didn't get around to it.  So, you only get to see leaves in green.  I'd like to make a few points about this Mexican cycad.

Its overall size is never that large.  This is a 30 year old plant with about a 16 inch tall caudex.  Planted out, the height is under four feet.
It can sucker and make a clustering plant.  See offset here.
It is a full sun cycad with a cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
It tolerates harsh and hot conditions.
It has some of the thinnest leaflets  of any cycad
It's a great plant for a sun area where you want to "look over" the plant.

We have other plants of this species available in an assortment of sizes.
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
NICE 20 GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE
PERFECT "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"

We have available some 17 inch (sort of a 20g pot) Dypsis lutescens that are full with canes and about eight to nine feet tall in their pots.  This is a highly recommended species that does quite well in most areas of Southern California.  They develop cane diameters of three inches and the overall plant height here is rarely up to twenty feet.  In tropical areas they can get taller.  Mature clumps can have as many canes as you wish although, left alone in Southern California, seeing six to ten trunks is about normal.  This species prefers sun or part day sun here.  It is not a shade palm.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties or perhaps a bit lower.

We only have limited numbers available. 

WATCH RUSTY TALK ABOUT THIS SPECIES: CLICK TO SEE VIDEO
dypsis lutescens 20g dypsis lutescens
dypsis lutescens
dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

Dypsis letpocheilos is native to Madagascar and a very popular species here in California.  It has a silver and prominently ringed trunk, a red-rust colored fuzzy crown shaft and an overall height of 20 to 25 feet.  It's a medium speed growing palm with a cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F.  It tolerates full sun along the coast but needs filtered light far inland.

Shown first to the right is a 12 foot tall 25g followed by our band size and a 15 gallon plant.  I've shown an assortment of garden plants as well as this palm in habitat.  We usually have a pretty good supply of this species available.  Customers love this palm.  For the right garden, we highly recommend it.
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
habitat photo by JS

 

SUNDAY, 5 APIL, 2015
     Bunny

 

TROPICAL TI PLANTS
PINK-RED IN COLOR
GREAT UNDERSTORY COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

Ti's are a tropical type of colorful understory plant that can be grown in Southern California in many areas.  If you don't get too cold, they over-winter fairly well.  Most grow them in filtered light although right on the coast you can slowly acclimate them to full sun.  Maximum height is about six feet although most plants are shorter.  Colors range from dark green/black through red tones and into pastels.  We've found the red and red-black ones are the easiest to grow.  The photos here might not really show the vibrant color of these plants.  They are super cool looking.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  Of note, as almost all Ti plants sold in CA are imported, their availability, colors and types vary over time.  Next month we'll have a different type for sale.  But, the ones shown here are one of the best.
Ti, pink-red Ti, pink-red
Ti, pink-red Ti, pink-red Ti, pink-red
full plant in a ceramic pot

 

UNKNOWN ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
"PAUCIDENTATUS-LIKE"
FOR A COLLECTOR WHO WANTS SOMETHING DIFFERENT
NICE 15G PLANT

Approximately 20 years ago we imported some small cycads from South Africa of unknown species name.  They were described as Encephalartos "paucidentatus-like" with origins tracing back to E. heenani locality.  We only have this one left from that batch.  It's in a 15g pot and has a six inch caudex.  Note that it's a green plant with long, thin leaflets that are armed.  Leaflet tips come to a point and the petioles are armed with prickles.  It matches no other species we've grown and to this date remains a mystery.  If you want an unusual species that no one else has, you might consider this plant.  It'll be a full sun cycad with an anticipated cold hardiness into the low 20's F.

Encephalartos species like paucidentatus, 6 inch, 15g Encephalartos species like paucidentatus, 6 inch, 15g
Encephalartos species like paucidentatus, 6 inch, 15g Encephalartos species like paucidentatus, 6 inch, 15g Encephalartos species like paucidentatus, 6 inch, 15g
Encephalartos species like paucidentatus, 6 inch, 15g Encephalartos species like paucidentatus, 6 inch, 15g  

 

CYATHEA COOPERI
AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
LARGE, OLD 25G AND 15G AVAILABLE
GIVE THAT SUPER TROPICAL LOOK TO THE GARDEN

The Australian Tree Ferns are quite easy to grow.  Some enthusiasts grow them in coastal full sun but most grow them in part sun or filtered light.  They eventually pierce above the canopy and grow into full sun.  In my garden I have a special clone that I've been growing for 30 years.  They are now about 35 feet tall and absolutely gorgeous.  Nothing gives that tropical appearance like a tree fern.

The thing to remember is that they need water.  If you under-water them the leaves turn brown. But, supplement them if this happens and they are gorgeous again in a month.  They are quick growing.  Shown here are large 25g with 4 feet of trunk and 15g with 30 to 36 inches of trunk.  Limited numbers available.  BTW, it's hard to find nice plants with this age and height. 

We also have shippable 5g of this species as well as the smaller Tasmanian Tree Fern in the same size.

 
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern
A better view to show the crown
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern

 

 

 FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE COLD WEATHER -

A QUICK LOOK AT SOME MORE COLD HARDY YET
RARE PALM SPECIES

BEING REPOSTED FROM LAST MONTH BECAUSE OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK
BUT THIS TIME WITH A DISCOUNT ON PALLETS

Recently a customer who lives in the Central Valley area of California wanted to try some unusual palms that could do well in his area.  Below are some pictures of some of the plants we suggested for him to try.  Most will take temperatures into the low 20's F. and some into the mid-teens.  He wanted to get a whole pallet full of nice palms which we can truck up to him at an affordable rate.  Shipping by the pallet reduces individual plant shipping charges to about 1/3 of what it normally costs to ship one plant.  Below, I'll make minimal comments other than a few basic facts below and mostly show photos.  Most of these plants are 15g size.  A few are 5g. 

Of note, he already had the common palm species which you can find at most nurseries.  So, I won't cover items like the Queen Palm, the Mediterranean Fan Palm, and similar things.  Surprisingly, the Pygmy Date Palm with its inability to take significant cold would not be a good choice for him.  Yet, nurseries carry them there.  This is not a totally comprehensive list in any fashion.  We could easily double or triple options shown here given time and space on this Blog, but these will suffice for today.  We randomly chose these species because many are quite different than customers would see in nurseries in colder areas.  Incidentally, we try to keep all of these species in stock, so if any interest you just give us a call and we can ship to you as well. 

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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
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
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
Blue Butia capitata 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 clara 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
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 Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Mule Palm by Mark Heath
photo by MH
 
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
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
Jubaea chilensis 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 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
Livistona decipiens 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 reclinata Phoenix reclinata
clumping palm to the right
 

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
Phoenix theophrasti 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 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
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
Trachycarpus wagnerianus 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
Syagrus schizophylla x Queen palm 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 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 Trithrinax capestris
Trithrinax capestris  

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HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
THE BOTTLE PALM
VERY COLD SENSITIVE
BEAUTIFUL
BUT
NOT THE BEST HYOPHORBE FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TWO OTHERS ARE BETTER!


We get in nice Bottle Palms like shown here from time to time out of Florida.  Down there, because of the intense heat and humidity in Southern Florida, this species grows well and sort of fast.  They are exported to all areas of the country.  But, there's a problem.  Out of probably 100 sold here in California, within twelve months 95 will be dead.  They just don't like our weather here.  So, when we sell one, we give the most strict of warnings to our customers.  If you must grow a Hyophorbe, it is a lot better to grow verschaeltii or indica.  They are more tolerant of our weather and you have a chance at growing them.

But, if you must, we can offer a plant to you like shown here.  Availability changes over time.  Figure you have to winter protect it.  Because of this, container growing is better and you can put it in the garage on the coldest nights.  This species needs full sun and succumbs to temperatures in the thirties. If it weren't for our winter cold, this would be a great palm for here.  But, with 37 years of experience, I can say that you most likely wouldn't succeed without cold protection.  The photos here of garden plants are all from Hawaii.  I'd estimate this species here won't tolerate 37 degrees or less.  And, most sooner or latter will see this kind of temperature. 

We have both H. verschafeltii & indica in stock in an assortment of sizes.  Photos below of larger plants of these two species which DO WELL HERE in many areas.
 
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii, a much better choice
for Southern CA
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii,
Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
THE SMALLER ROYAL PALM FROM JAMAICA

About four years ago I was lucky enough to make contact with a fellow that loves palms and often goes to Jamaica.  He told me he visited Roystonea princeps in habitat and asked if I wanted seeds.  That was a "no-brainer" for me and I replied "of course".  This relationship has let to a good supply of this desirable tall crown shafted Royal Palm.

Compared to Roystonea regia (discussed below), this is a shorter palm, maximum height to sixty feet (not one hundred like regia).  Also, the trunk is more narrow with a small amount of basilar bulging.  Finally, the leaflets are multi-ranked giving a plumose appearance with some leaflets hanging down in a dependent fashion.  The crown shaft is emerald green. 

Growth rate is similar to other Royals and cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are 2g, 5g and a 15g plant.  Presently we have the two smaller sizes from this wild collected seeds.  The two habitat photos were taken by RL.  Note the rather narrow trunk for a Royal Palm and the fluffy leaves. Down in this Blog I put the band size on special.  But, we do have larger plants for sale.
ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS 5G Roystonea princeps
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps by RL
Roystonea princeps by RL Roystonea princeps  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
A GREAT PALM FOR SOUTHERN CA


The ever so popular Cuban Royal Palm is a species that, forty years ago, was felt not possible to grow in Southern California.  Well, the last four decades have certainly proved that wrong.   There are literally hundreds of plants being grown successfully from Santa Barbara to San Diego.  In fact, I know of specimens (with some difficulty) being grown in the Bay Area of San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona.  Of all these pictures shown here, all were taken in the Southern California area except for the last row and the moonlight photo. 

This is a tall palm, growing to heights of nearly one hundred feet.  In Southern California anticipate a maximum trunk of fifty feet.  They don't grow as fast or as tall here as in more tropical areas.  This species has a long crown shaft and a swollen base that can exceed two feet in diameter.  The crown is spherical with some leaves hanging below the median mark of the crown.  Note, Roystonea oleracea (South American Royal Palm) leaves are typically not below the half way point of the crown.  It is a sun loving species.  Growth rate is fast.  They respond to heat and adequate water.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties, no too different than a normal King Palm. 

Our availability changes over time.  I am showing here an assortment of larger plants.  We also have smaller sizes including 5g and 15g., although in limited supplies.  Because this species is so sought-after, I am trying to show a lot of photos here.  We can even arrange specimens with three to five feet of woody trunk if you are so inclined.

By the way, I've written about Roystonea borinquena previously.  Check it out if you are interested.  Some feel it is the most cold hardy of all the Royals.
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
  Roystonea regia  


BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
LIKE A REGULAR PINDO - JUST BETTER

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

OK, I'll admit that the title above is biased.  But, to my eyes the blue Butia capitata is more striking, interesting and attractive than the regular green form of Butia capitata.  I'm finishing off today's blog with this rare form of the Pindo.  Reference books describe the species as "green", "blue green" or 'blue".  But, it's just plain difficult to find the really blue plants. 

We have been fortunate to have a limited numbers of these available.  Our 5g size is sold out.  But, we still have a few 15g and 25 gallon plants.  They hold all the same characteristics as the normal Pindo but have the "
Bismarckia blue color".  These are sun plants and cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.
 
 

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

Just mention this Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata 
Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata 
Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata by Paul Craft
Photo by friend of mine, Paul Craft/span> 

 

LIVISTONA AUSTRALIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED AUSTRALIAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G

This is a rather fast growing fan palm from Australia.  Unlike other species of Livistona, this one has a rather thin trunk of about 12 inches.  The most prominent characteristics to me are:

1.  A near circular swirl of thin leaflets as shown below
2.  A tall and thin trunk
3.  Droopy leaflets hanging down similar to L. decipiens
4.  Pretty good cold tolerance, probably into the upper teens F.
5.  An easy to grow species that likes full sun

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


We can ship this size.  To get this special price you must mention this Bog Only Special
Livistona australis Livistona australis
Livistona australis Livistona australis  

 

SATURDAY, 4 APRIL, 2015

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SALE BAND SIZE

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

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  This is the first four photos.  I've also shown garden plants, a 5g plant and seeds on a blossom.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Sabal minor
band size container plants
Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor
5 gallon size3 nursery plant
Sabal minor Sabal minor
blossom jutting above the foliage, nursery plant

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
AKA TRITHRINAX BIFLABELLATA
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND AT NURSERIES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE


I also wanted to remind you about this species today because we have available a few very large 15g and 5g plants.  In the palm world, there is an argument over whether T. schizophylla and T. biflabellata are the same species.  Taxonomists have presently lumped the two together into the species of T. schizophylla.  This species has a wide distribution from Bolivia, across through Paraguay and into southern Brazil and Argentina. . 

This is a suckering species.  Like T. campestris, it is so unusual to see that few nurserymen have ever heard of it.  There is almost no information on the Internet about it.  It is a palmate palm, suckers, and gets to about 15 feet tall.  Compared to Trithrinax campestris, it is less blue.  But, the leaves are blue-green as shown here.  We have over the years had small plants of this species available.  Recently we acquired some very nice 5 gallon plants as well as these large 15g.  These are already suckering with one to two stems.  This species likes sun, can tolerate some drought, and is probably cold hardy into the low 20's F.  An acquaintance of mine, Gaston Torres, took the habitat picture below in Argentine habitat.  (from PACSOA Website).  For those of you who want something different and experience cold weather, this is another unusual species to try. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155


To get these prices, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  and, we are almost out of both sizes.
 
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax biflabalata
Trithrinax biflabalata Trithrinax biflabalata Gaston Torres
Photo by G. Torres in habitat
 

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
BEAUTIFUL LARGE FAN PALM WITH STOCKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


I have discussed this remarkable species before, but because I have available some great 5g and huge 15g plants, I felt I had to mention it again.  It is unique in the palm world because of its huge, thick trunk that is light tan to white in color. The trunks of this species are stunning.  The trunks get over thirty feet and can be over two feet thick.  The crown of rounded leaves is beautiful against the sky.  Leaf color is green to blue-green.  There is a prominent petiole. 

This species likes full hot sun and can tolerate desert heat.  Its cold hardiness is into the mid-teens F.  The first four photos are the 15g plants followed by two photos of the 5g size. I can ship either size anywhere within the U.S.

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

Just mention this special when ordering to get the discount.  Limited numbers available and we'll probably sell out soon.
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum   

   

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SHORTER FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL - TWO SIZES

This fairly rare fan palm from Central Mexico is known for its slow growth rate, wide fan palm leaves, medium height trunk to ten feet and leaf color ranging from green to blue green.  It will never be as blue as the other Brahea which I've discussed here recently, but some varieties definitely have a blue tinge to them.  These came from a seed batch named as the "blue" variety.  The last photo shows the anticipated leaf color over time on these plants.  Note how the leaves are wide and flat.  They are quite attractive.

It can be grown in coastal sun or part sun / strong filtered light.  In inland areas I would not recommend full sun.  Cold tolerance is the upper teens F.  It's not as cold hardy as other more common Braheas.  I'm offering two sizes on special.  BTW, it takes time outdoors and age to show the blue color.


REGULAR PRICE 1G PLANTS $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $30

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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  Easy to mail order.
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
5 gallon size
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
one gallon size
by A. Porcelli PACSOA
photo by A. Porcelli PACSOA

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
MINIATURE FLAME THROWER
THIN TRUNK, COLD HARDY, SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

I was fortunate recently to get a flat of Actinokentia divaricata.  I've not offered these in band size for about five years.  This is one of the slowest growing species that you'll ever grow.  But, it reliably gets bigger over time.  Mature, its trunk is about 3 to 4 inches thick.  Newly emerging leaves are red.  It is crown shafted and single trunk.  Mature height is about twelve to fifteen feet.  It is an under-canopy species.  I've not tried it in the sun.  Native to New Caledonia, this plant takes about 2 years from seed to produce the band sized plants seen here.

Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Folks in cooler areas like San Francisco can grow this species.  These bands have three leaves on most.

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

You must mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.  Only one flat available.  These will sell out soon or I'll be repotting them into larger containers.  I have essentially no bigger plants available. 
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
this species in habitat, year 2000

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF OR SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TOLERATES SUN / SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Chamaedorea radicalis is probably the most cold hardy of the Chamaedorea and tolerates temperatures down to about 18 degrees F.  There are two forms: non-trunking and trunking.  The enthusiast I got these plants from didn't know the form.  But, I'm betting they are the trunking form because they remind me of seedlings I've had of them.  Mature, they are remarkably different.  The regular form rarely gets over four feet tall.  It has medium width to the leaflets.  The trunking form gets to eight or ten feet and has a prominent crown shaft with thinner leaflets.  See photos below.

Also, the trunking form has a bit of silver to it's green stem and leaves.  And, it doesn't "crawl" on the ground like the regular form.  A far as I know they have similar cold hardiness.  Both can tolerate some sun.  In fact, along the coast, many are growing them in full sun.  In far inland areas, filtered light is needed.  Both forms are super desirable.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
OR THREE FOR $65

This species looks nice as a colony of multiple plants below.  So, consider grouping several together.  And, as always, mention this Blog Special to get this price when purchasing.   
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, non-trunking form C. radicalis

Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, trunking form at the nursery (in blossom)
 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
COLD HARDY, SHORT TRUNK AND SMALL STIFF LEAVES

Trachycarpus wagnerianus has always been one of my favorite Windmill Palms because it has small, stiff leaves, a nice hairy trunk and small overall size. It is native to high elevations in China.  In domestic plantings, you hardly ever see one with a trunk more than eight to ten feet tall.  They are definitely shorter than T. takil and fortunei.  Leaf size is typically twelve to eighteen inches across.  The segment ends do not reflex down toward the ground like other species of Windmills.  It is common for most of the leaves to be directed upwards, not hanging down.  Cold hardiness is somewhere between ten and fifteen degrees F.  They like sun in most areas.  But, they are extremely slow growing.  The ones in gardens below probably took a decade or two to get this tall. 

Shown here are nice 15g, 5g and 1.5 gallon plants.  All are available for sale.  We occasionally get boxed plants as well.  You'll find in searching around that wagnerianus are sometimes a bit difficult to find, especially pretty ones.  Make sure if you plant one not to ever let it get shaded out by surrounding plants that get overhead.  T. wagnerianus doesn't do well with shade and may rot on you and be lost.  Once established, this species also doesn't need a ton of water, so one might consider it a water conserving species.
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15 gallon size
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
5 gallon size
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
1.5 gallon size
Trachycarpus wagnerianus by MG in the UK
by MG in the United Kingdom
Trachycarpus wagnerianus

CERATOZAMIA "PACIFICA"
RARE CYCAD FROM THE PACIFIC SIDE OF MEXICO


A few days ago we found this rare species in our inventory.  It is a large plant for a citrus pot.  The caudex is 5 inches.  It has overwhelmed the soil in this container so it's only holding one leaf.  But, I'm showing it because you hardly ever get to see one.  It's a green leaf cycad with leaves up to about six feet.  They are either upright or dependent.  The unusual thing is that it's the only Ceratozamia from the western area of Mexico near the Pacific Ocean.  The name as given here is not a true, accepted scientific name as of yet.  This may be the only plant of this species that I have.
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
COLD HARDY, THIN LEAF MEXICAN CYCAD WITH RED FLUSH

This high elevation species is from the Tamaulipas area of Mexico and grows at an elevation of up to a mile.  Perhaps this explains its excellent cold tolerance.  It is a smaller cycad species with stems that are never over about a foot tall.  The leaves are green but emerge red or a brown-red color.  In cross section the leaves are flat or slightly keeled.  The petioles are armed with small spines.  Leaf length is three to five feet and a plant usually holds about four to eight leaves.  Small offsets can appear at the base of the primary stem. 

Shown here are a 15g plant with a six to eight inch caudex and a mature coning sized plant in a box.  I am also showing a close up of the leaf and a female cone.  On the last picture note the new flush of red leaves.  This color persists for about a month.  In terms of culture, this species can tolerate full sun if you are right along the coast.  Otherwise, figure it'll need filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 20 to 22 degrees F.  Some say it might take a bit colder.  We have this species in limited supplies from small plants on up to male and female coning specimens.
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana by Ian Edwards PACSOA
photo by Ian Edwards PACSOA

 

DIOON EDULE VARIETY "RIO VERDE"
BEAUTIFUL NEW FLUSH ON THIS COLD HARDY, SUN LOVING CYCAD

As Loran Whitelock mentions in his excellent book on cycads, Dioon edule populates many localities along the eastern coast of Mexico.  In each locality and population, plants are somewhat different.  Differences are in the leaf size and shape, leaflet width and angle of insertion, leaflet margins, native elevation and colors of newly emerging leaves.  When enthusiasts would visit these various populations, they'd appreciate the differences between them.  This lead to names being selected for different populations.  Thus we ended up with "rio verde", "rio pescado", "tamaulipas", "palma sola" and many others.  These names were often given by the exact locality where the plants were seen.  Whitelock states that calling them all "Dioon edule" is inadequate and doesn't do them justice.

Dioon rio verde is one of these populations from San Luis Potosi, occurring at an elevation under 1000 feet.  This variety is a fairly large Dioon with stems up to six feet and leaves four to six feet long.  Leaves are flat in cross section and arch a bit.  The most notable thing is the blue-gray color of newly emerging leaves.  This is shown here.

I am also showing an older garden specimen. Note they pup freely.  This is a full sun species and has a cold tolerance probably about 20 degrees F.
Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde
Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde
Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
LARGE GREEN CYCAD FROM EASTERN AFRICA AND ADJACENT ISLANDS

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

Shown here is a nice boxed specimen ready for someone's garden.  We usually have a pretty good supply of this species from small to large plants.  It's a great plant for part day sun in our locality.  If you are far inland, consider filtered light.  And, right on the water, it can easily take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties F, but definitely not much lower than that.  This species is a quick growing cycad and makes a wonderful patio plant.  The last picture shows a plant in habitat in Madagascar. .
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii by JS
habitat photo by JS

ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS
AN UPRIGHT CYCAD WITH GOLD CONES
TOLERATES FILTERED LIGHT
 

This is an attractive, small to medium sized cycad from South Africa that, in most circumstances, prefers partial sun or filtered light and never gets overly large.  A mature plant might have a cuadex of twelve to fourteen inches, and this is mostly subterranean (below the ground).  Leaves are green in color, have thin leaflets with some spines, and are six to eight feet long, often held in an upright position.  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties F.  Suckers can form at the base.

One of the things I like most about this species are the beautiful cones.  Male cones are yellow, as shown below.  Female cones are yellow to brilliant gold in color.  A female cone will hold its color in the garden for about six months.  And, the female cones are quite large, sometimes almost to two feet in length. Below I am showing you a nice golden colored cone with red seeds.  It's quite impressive.  This is absolutely striking with these prominent colors.  Note that the female cones are thicker in diameter.  The male cones are thinner and look like corn cobs with the kernels removed.  This is typical of Encephalartos cones.  The females have more of a "pineapple" look.  Below you'll see pictures of the cone falling apart and showing beautiful red seeds.  

If you prefer the upright leaves, you  might consider cutting off the lower, more horizontal leaves.  This can be done without hurting the plant if you have a hardened set of new, more upright leaves.  Shown here is an assortment of photos including nursery plants, cones and garden specimens.  We have a wide variety of sizes for sale including mature, coning sized specimens.  And, they can easily be shipped throughout the U.S.
Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus male cones
Encephalartos villosus male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus male cone
Encephalartos villosus male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus garden
     

These photographs were taken over time and show you the same gold cone above and what happens over time with a cone of Encephalartos villosus.  You'll note the female cone is dehiscing and falling apart.  This dehiscence of the cone starts at the top and works its way downward.  Week by week, the cone breaks apart a bit more.  I'd estimate it takes about a month or two for the entire cone to fall apart once the seeds are fully developed in the cone.  The cone is supported by a very thick stalk.  We removed the cone for photos.  Note the cut surface of the transected stalk in the last photo.  Also note how this plant is starting to throw new leaves (photo #5) even before the cone has finished dehiscing.  The contrast of the red against the cold is very attractive.  These seeds would normally be cleaned of any fruit and stored for three to six months before they'd be ready for germination.  This allows the embryos in the seeds to develop during this "after-ripening" period.  Seeds should be stored in a dark, dry location such as a house cabinet and kept in a bag that breathes well.  Growers use nylon stockings or paper bags for storage.  Someday soon I'll write an article about cycad seed development and germination.  Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds
Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds
Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds

 

WEDNESDAY, 1 APRIL, 2015

 

NORMANBYA NORMANBYI
TALL, THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED PINNATE PALM FROM AUSTRALIA

This exotic and single trunk pinnate palm is from the Queensland area of Australia and nearby New Guinea.  It is the only species of this genus.  In habitat, it prefers moist areas and can attain a height of over fifty feet with a trunk that is four to six inches thick.  The crown shaft has black colored tomentum.  Leaves are six to eight feet long, pinnate is a slightly plumose fashion.  Leaflets are irregular, sometimes wedge shaped with jagged apices and the underside of the leaflets is silver.

One could confuse this species with another Queensland palm, Wodyetia bifurcata.  Normanbya has wider leaflets, a thinner trunk and the underside of Wodyetia leaflets is never silver.  This species can tolerate full sun right along the coast but otherwise should be considered a part day sun or strong filtered light plant.  Cold tolerance is down to about freezing. 

Shown here is a 5g and 15g nursery plant and some mature specimens.  Note the silver crown shaft, the silver underside of the leaflets and the wedge shaped leaves with irregular ends.  Very few palms share all these characteristics.  Although I don't have a photo of it, I know of a Normanbya in the Clairmont area of San Diego that is in full sun with about twenty feet of trunk, looking very nice.  Usually we have one or two of these available but this could change over time.
 
Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi
Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi
Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi
Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi by HJD
photo by HJD
 

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
LARGE 15G PALMS


We just got in about a dozen sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  This is the New Caledonian palm that throws the burgundy-red new leaf.  It is crown shafted, gets to about 25 feet height and is very slow growing.  Sometimes the trunk develops what is known as the marbled "watermelon trunk".  Leaflets are wide and thick in texture and touch.  Color is a glossy green.  The last photo shows a new red leaf on a nursery plant.  This color lasts for two to three weeks.

What people often don't know is that this palm does fine in full sun right along the coast.  The plants we got in have been in the process of being acclimated to full sun.  They are almost ready for sun in your garden.  Last time we got these in they sold out in three days.  These plants are chunky and the new spears on some are up to seven feet or more.  Anticipate a cold tolerance in the low 20's F.  We are charging a bit of a premium on this batch, but they are well worth it.  We also got in asome great 7g as well.
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa by HJD
photo by HJD
Chambeyronia macrocarpa red leaf

 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
A SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


This hard to find South African species of cycad comes from the northern Transvaal district.  It is similar to E. cupidus but has longer leaves and a longer petiole.  In full sun the leaves are blue and upright.  Stems can get over six feet tall.  It is a sun loving species in most areas and an average rate growing plant.  Shown here is a  15 gallon sized plant with about a 3 inch caduex.  Anticipate the cold tolerance to be about 22 degrees F. 

The last photo from the Cycad Pages website shows the nice blue color of this species.  For cycad enthusiasts, this species is a "must have".
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
a different nursery plant (archives)
photo by Ken Hill, Cycad pages Website
photo by Ken Hill, Cycad Pages Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LAURENTIANUS
LONGEST LEAFED CYCAD IN THE WORLD
CITRUS POT AND 15G SIZE AVAILABLE


When I first got into cycads, one could only dream about the possibility of ever having this species in his garden.  It was impossible to obtain!  But, over the years, a few seeds have become available but you'll rarely see one offered.  We have several citrus pot and 15g plants for sale.  This species is known for its enormous length to the leaves.  They can reach over 20 feet and usually go upright.  They are green in color.  The most prominent identifying trait are the long and wide leaflets that have prominent barbs on both sides and at the end of the leaflet.  Once you recognize this, you'll always be able to ID this species.

Native to Central Africa, this plant can take part or (possibly) full sun along the coast.  It is not one of the most cold tolerant Encephalartos, but can go into the twenties F.  Shown here are a few citrus pot plants and a 15g plant.  Check out the close up views of the leaves and leaflets and watch for the spines and pitchfork ends.
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
New flush of leaves on a nursery plant, 15g
Encephalartos laurentianus
Juvenile garden plant with estimated twelve
to fourteen foot leaves.  Compare to the five foot fence.

 

THIS IS THE END OF APRIL, 2015.  TO SEE MARCH POSTS, CLICK HERE

 

JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR SPRING COLOR AND COMPANION PLANTS!

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

Flowering Anthurium are low profile plants that rarely get over 18 inches tall.  They like filtered light and have a surprisingly long flowering season.  In fact, some will continue to put out flowers until fall.  Flower sizes vary from about 2 inches up to 4 inches across.  An individual flower may last well over a month.  Plants are also quite durable with thick, prominently veined leaves.
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
     
COLEUS, LOTS OF COLORS
LARGE, FULL PLANTS

Coleus is a type of plant that will get quite big and full.  They can grow in partial sun but filtered light enhances their colors.  They need a bit of trimming of ends of stems to keep them from getting too large.   These plants are already two by two feet in size.  Blossoms should be pinched off as well.  Colors are stunning.  They are a bit cold sensitive but with some protection, many folks get them to winter over.  They make a stunning plant for a patio container. 
Coleus Coleus
Coleus Coleus Coleus
     
COLORFUL GERANIUMS
FANCY HYBRID PLANTS
NOT THE ONES YOU MOM USED TO GROW!

Geraniums will take more sun than most of the other plants here.  The ones shown now are fancy hybrids with large, two-toned flowers.  And, the flowers are huge for this species.  They are just starting their blooming cycle now.  Geranium are reasonably cold hardy.  We hope to continually be getting in new exciting colors. 
 
Geranium Geranium
Geranium Geranium  
     
PINSTRIPE GINGER
DWARF SPECIES NOT OVER THREE FEET TALL
THIN WHITE STRIPES ON GREEN LEAVES
RED AND WHITE UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS

We've been carrying the Pinstripe Ginger for about a year.  People love that it's a dwarf species, will take some sun and has really attractive foliage.  Blossoms are medium size, upright, white in color with red throats as shown here.  We've usually carried 15g size but can now offer 5g plants as shown here.  Filtered light is best for these plants.
Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger
Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger care of SouthEastGarden Website
photo c/o Southeastgarden Website
     
KALANCHOE, ASSORTED TYPES
MANY COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
THICK GREEN LEAVES

Kalanchoe are a type of tropical succulent with florid blossoms of many colors of the rainbow.  Flowers are long lived.  Plants are usually about 2 feet tall at maturity and like filtered light.  Surprisingly, the leaves are remarkably thick and fleshy.  The plants we have in a good sized for what's on the market.  We'll be getting in new colors every few weeks.
Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors
Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors
Kalanchoe, assorted colors    
     
CALENDIVA
JUST COMING INTO FLOWER
LARGE FLOWERS IN RED, PINK AND WHITE
FABULOUS PLANTS

These plants are similar to Kalanchoe but have bigger, more impressive flowers.  They have similar thick, succulent like fleshy green leaves.  They like filtered light and don't get too big.  These plants are good size and just in buds now.  You can see they are about to open and will be in full flower in a week or two. 
Calendiva Calendiva
     
Calendiva Calendiva Calendiva from Bunnings.com AU
Photo c/o Bunnings Website, AU
     
CROTONS
COLORFUL RED, BLACK GREEN AND YELLOW
MAKE LARGER PLANTS
WILL TAKE SOME SUN

Crotons are a tropical and colorful plants that will, over time, get some size.  They tolerate part day sun here and full sun in the tropics.  Colors are stunning.  They are not super cold hardy but often winter over for folks.  One may need to prune them to maintain a smaller size.  We get in various types over the season.  
Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton
     
FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
LARGE 5G PLANTS
VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND

This unique species of tropical tree is known for it's huge leaves that are pleated, reach up to three feet long and have red veins.  It is one of the most collectible trees in the world.  It is very difficult to propagate and rarely seen for sale.  The plants we have now came from a special propagating company and will be gone quickly.  And, you can save.  Google this plant, look at it and you'll "have to have one".  I've got one 15 feet tall in my garden. It's survived San Diego weather for three decades.  Although not inexpensive, it's a "must have" species.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
VARIEGATE DWARF GINGER
NEW SPECIES FOR US
SUPER ATTRACTIVE AND SHORT

This is a new Ginger variety for us.  We've not had it before.  I've been told it makes a smaller plant for strong filtered light and has upright blossoms.  The variegated pattern is quite attractive.  Otherwise, I can't say a lot about it.  Limited availability. 
Variegate Dwarf Ginger Variegate Dwarf Ginger
Variegate Dwarf Ginger Variegate Dwarf Ginger  
     
BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
GETS FOUR FEET TALL

This species of fern never gets over four to five feet tall.  It likes filtered light and plenty of water.  But, it's super cute appearing and very popular.  Some may know of it as a "Silver Fern".  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  Leaves are 2 to 2.5 feet long.  The plants we have are high quality 5g plants. 

 
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  
ALOE BLUE ELF
SMALL SUCCULENT IN FLOWER
NICE 2G PLANTS
SMALL, COMPACT -  FULL SUN

This smaller succulent is from South Africa, reaches 18 inches in height and has an orange-red flower as shown here.  Plants like full sun and heat and are tolerant of cold down to about 20 degrees F.  They have just gone into flower now.  This would be a good species next to a pathway or garden border near people.  It's very attractive.  Foliage is blue.
Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf
Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf
LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES
YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER

This is an interesting plant we propagate ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  They form small clusters of shiny green leaf plants that don't get over 18 inches.  Flowers come in the fall are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water.  Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It's a good "indicator plant" for how well you are watering the garden.  They'll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  Available 1g, 2g and some 5g plants.
Ligularia  Ligularia 
Ligularia  Ligularia  Ligularia auburn.edu website
 Ligularia auburn.edu website
     
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL

Customers often shy away from the Elephant Ear Alocasia because of their potential size.  There is even one species that gets super tall and almost takes over the garden.  But, what I'm showing you here is a true dwarf with plants that never get much above your knees.  The leaves are a foot wide and color is green.  They are an ideal plant where you want a low profile companion plant to cover the garden floor.

This species can take full coastal sun or part day sun and filtered light in all areas.  They do like and respond to water.  We sell a ton of these but do have limited supplies.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
     
CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

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 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.

Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
     
AGAVE ATTENUATA
SEMI-MINIATURE SUCCULENT
BLUE GREEN COLOR

This species gets a mature height of about six feet.  They have thick, fleshy leaves without any spines.  Trunks get to about 3 inches thick.  They can sucker from the base.  They like full sun and have a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  We have 5g and 15g available.
 
Agave attenuata  Agave attenuata 
Agave attenuata    

 

 


NEW NURSERY VIDEO
SPRING COLOR AND COMPANION PLANTS
AND, A FEW CYCADS
RICARDO AND RUSTY SHOW YOU THE NURSERY

One of Rusty's favorite things to do is to show the nursery by video.  So, yesterday he and Ricardo made a new video emphasizing colorful companion plants.  And, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to show you some very cool cycads.  So, take the tour with them.  Click on LINK BELOW

JUNGLE MUSIC SPRING VIDEO TOUR - CLICK FOR COLOR, COMPANION PLANTS AND CYCADS

nURSERY COLOR


 



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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
Click on the banner above to meet our Staff

 

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 pots and citrus pots. 

So, don't give them to the garbage man for your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!
plastic pot pots

  

 

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 FOUR 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.

phil 4
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 this past 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 torallyi 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.

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

                    Facebook                      Instagram                    Twitter

 

JUNGLE MUSIC PALMS, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS
RANDOM PHOTOS OF OUR ENTRANCE

Recently we shot an assortment of photos of what the front of our nursery looks like.  I think you'd have to agree that we are loaded with tons of beautiful plants.  Please give us a visit.  We're 25 minutes north of San Diego, 90 minutes south of Los Angeles and just off Freeway 5.  There's a directions button at the top of our Home Page.  
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 
Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale  Front of Jungle Music Palms for Sale 

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

About half of our nursery plants are grown outdoors at the nursery.  The other half are inside our greenhouses.  We have twelve greenhouses.  In general, the outdoor plants are acclimated better to our weather or sun and tend to be larger and more mature in size.

For those of you who haven't visited us, our street front is about three hundred feet long in a residential neighborhood.  We chose such a neighborhood on purpose because our city is known for its nurseries and green attitude.  Nurseries are nestled among homes.  It's quite inviting to visit nurseries here.  We have several acres overall dedicated to the plants.  This includes shaded or shade cloth areas, hot sun areas, a display garden area and a large propagation and growing grounds.  We also host an educational center and lecture hall.  We are just minutes off the major freeway (Fwy 5) in our town of Encinitas, California.  So, it's an easy trip.  Please drop in a visit us.
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO

 

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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

 

SHIPPING LARGER NUMBERS OF BIG PLANTS BY INDEPENDENT TRUCKERS
SECURING PLANTS ON PALLETS


Our usual technique of shipping plants is to utilize Federal Express ground service.  The customer calls us, places his order, and usually the same day plants are put into boxes in their containers, soil and all, taken down to the Federal Express shipping center and are on their way.  The customer receives his plants several days later looking exactly like they did at our nursery.  This shipping method is good for plants up to about 15g size.  And, we can piggyback smaller plants with bigger plants to shave shipping costs.  It's even possible to get four or five plants in the same box by putting smaller ones in with the main plant. 

But, other times people want larger plants (too tall and heavy for Fed Exp to delivery) or a larger number of plants where it would require twenty-five or more boxes.  For this type of order, it's much more affordable to use an independent trucking service.  Sometimes, if space is available, we merely slide free standing plants into the truck and they are delivered without packaging them together or putting them on a pallet.  Other times we will put plants onto a 4 foot wooden pallet, add reinforcing wood sides to the pallet and wrap the whole bundle in shrink wrap plastic.  Which technique is used depends mostly on the requirements of the trucking company and whether the plants will be moved from one truck to another en route.  Inside the pallets we piggyback all sorts of smaller plants from band size to even double-stacked 15g.allo plants.  On one pallet it's quite possible to get twelve to fourteen larger plants along with a whole bunch of smaller ones.  This method works on plants up to about 8 feet tall.  Taller than this won't fit under the truck roof and must be individually laid down.  Such tall plants cannot be put on a pallet.  .

The photos shown here were an order of 38 plants that went to a botanical garden on the east coast a few days ago.  They demonstrate what the pallets look like once they are completed.  Each pallet weighs 750 to 1000 pounds.  The palletized plants are being put onto a lift gate of a a bobtail truck.  This truck goes up to Los Angeles and from there are moved into a 53 foot semi truck that goes across the country.  Delivery time is 3 to 4 days and the plants easily tolerate the trip.  And, from a cost point of view, shipping this way is much less expensive than shipping one plant at a time by Federal Express . 
pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants  

ANNOUNCING:
NEW VIDEO 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 VIDEO, CLICK HERE
     Jungle Music Nursery Video

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Below are pictures of about thirty five palm species that all do well in Southern California.  I am leaving this post and the one after it on my current Blog because people tell me that's it's very useful to them.  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 Palm Tree in California
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 SIZE


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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