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SATURDAY, 30 APRIL, 2016

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
THE REMOVAL OF MULTIPLE OFFSETS
CLASSIC FORM - BEAUTIFUL BLUE COLOR
ESTABLISHING PUPS IN PUMICE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OFFSETS

Some of you may remember a year ago when we brought in a very large private collection of rare cycads.  Many of these have since sold.  But, one E. trispinosus didn't and we were sort of glad that it didn't sell.  This is because it had about twenty very large offsets around the 16 inch mother caudex.  This plant was super prolific in making offsets. These pups ranged in size from about 5 inches to 8 inches.  And, almost all had beautiful leaves.  Many people said they wanted a pup when we removed them.  So, this past week we removed about fifteen of the offsets and put them into pumice.

Almost all had nice roots.  And, they were very simple to remove from the parent plant with a slight tap of a chisel.  We have put them all into pure pumice and treated them with Root Tone powder and a fungicide.  As most had nice roots, they will establish very quickly.  We decided not to cut off the leaves because they are so healthy, already with many nice roots.  The majority are in the six inch range with a few up to eight inches.  About four have already sold.  People have told us this is one of the most beautiful and classic E. trispinosus they've ever seen.  Sorry, but we do not know the sex of all of these offsets. It has not coned since we've had it.  But, all offsets will be the same sex.  This species takes full coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.    


TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OFFSETS:  $125 PER INCH OF CAUDEX
Encephalartos trispinosus with pups
Mother cycad with about 20 pups
Encephalartos trispinosus with pups
Same
Encephalartos trispinosus with pups
Close-up showing classic leaf form
Encephalartos trispinosus with pups
It's difficult to show with pictures, but the main
caudex had about 20 pups ranging from
5 to 8 inches
Encephalartos trispinosus with pups
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6 inches
This and next two pictures 6 inch pup
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6 inches Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6 inches
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6.5 inches
This and next 2 pictures 6.5 inch pup
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6.5 inches Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6.5 inches
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6 inches
This and next 2 pictures 6 inch offset
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6 inches Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6 inches
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6 inches
This 6 inch offset just had one leaf
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 8 inches
One of the larger offsets at 8 inches
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 8 inches
This 8 incher had leaves but limited roots
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 8 inches
As you can see, very few and short roots
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 8 inches
Same
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6.5 inches
This and next 2 pictures of a 6.5 inch offset
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6.5 inches Encephalartos trispinosus pup 6.5 inches Encephalartos trispinosus pup 7.5 inches
This and next 2 pictures 7.5 inch offset
Encephalartos trispinosus pup 7.5 inches Encephalartos trispinosus pup 7.5 inches Encephalartos trispinosus pups in pumice
This and next 3 pictures of pups put into pumice
so they can establish and grow into full, beautiful
specimens
Encephalartos trispinosus pups in pumice Encephalartos trispinosus pups in pumice Encephalartos trispinosus pups in pumice

 

THOSE PROMISCIOUS PHOENIX PALMS
THEY HYBRIDIZE LIKE CRAZY
LOOK HARD ENOUGH AND YOU CAN FIND PLANTS OF ABOUT ANYTHING ONE CAN DREAM UP

Certain types of palms will form intra-generic hybrids quite easily.  This means that any given plant within a genus will hybridize with another species from the same genus.  Usually the resultant offspring look like a cross of both parents.  This can be interesting to observe but certainly in domestic plantings is diluting out the characteristics of the pure species. 

One of the champions for doing this are the Date Palms - Phoenix palms.  This includes such classics as the Pygmy Date Palm, the Canary Island Palm and the Senegal Date Palm.  If you have a female Pygmy next to only a Senegal Date, wild things can happen with the seeds produced.  Remember, Phoenix are dioecious - males and females.  And, to make seeds, the females need pollen from a male.  They don't care where the pollen comes from.  Any pollen typically will work.  Therefore, domestic plants are very clone to hybridization.  Pure species must come from habitat where there's only one species found.

Ever since I first saw a suckering Canary Island Palm with about five massive 2 foot thick trunks, I was aware of this happening.  It is a curiosity for sure.  One of the best places to observe this hybridization is in the state a Florida.  There, there are literally millions of planted Date Palms of many species all over the state.  And, neighborhood to neighborhood, they are plants side by side.  I recently took a trip to Florida and will show below some of the many "hybrids" that I saw.  I'll make a few comments to guide you.  All the plants shown will probably make seeds and often they'll be then grown by someone.  These seeds give the hybrid resulting plants.  Although hybrids can look very interesting, other problems can occur.  One of the most famous is that, for someone who wants good edible dates for eating, you absolutely have to have isolated Phoenix dactylifera of both sexes with no other Phoenix in the area.  Otherwise you get inedible and bad dates - they taste terrible.  This is why in the California desert Date growing areas, only the Phoenix dactylifera are legal to own.  Another problem for the nursery market is the changing in appearance of the common Pygmy Date Palm.  Often plants coming in from Florida are not the pure and real thing.  Rather than soft, very flat leaves they can be plumose and stiff.

Below I'll show some plants I think are hybrids.  I'll comment on each and give my guesses as to what the parentage is.  My impressions are only my observations.  Who knows the exact parentage of any of these plants?  I'm showing five examples below but, if I had the time, could show dozens of examples.
PHOENIX HYBRID #1
SORT OF LIKE A CANARY, RIGHT?
BUT, NOT QUITE RIGHT
TAPERING TRUNK, SPARSE CROWN, SMALLER LEAVES

Remember that there are only about thirteen species of Phoenix palms known to exist.  So, when you find one and try to identify it, it should be one of these thirteen species.  Correct?  Well, this plant doesn't match any of them.  It has a tapering trunk, flat leaves, no attached leaf bases and a small crown of leaves.  I'd guess that both parents were single trunk species.  Maybe this is a Canary crossed with a Pygmy.  Who knows for sure?
Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid
Phoenix hybrid    

PHOENIX HYBRID #2
A WELL GROWN PYGMY?
I DON'T THINK SO
A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A HYBRID

For those of you who know Phoenix roebellenii, you'll spot immediately that this palm is way to big in all aspects to be a Pygmy Date.  The trunk is about 8 inches thick, the leaves are about 7 to 8 feet long and it's just too big.  Yes, it resembles a Pygmy.  But, size alone excludes it from being one.  I'd guess it has Pygmy blood in it, but something gave it the size - perhaps a Canary or Senegal date.  Sometimes crosses of the latter do produce single trunk palms.  There was a clustering of about six of these plants all in one community.  I'm sure they came from the same supplying nursery and were planted at the same time.
Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid
Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid
Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid
PHOENIX HYBRID #3
SUCKERING AND EVEN BIGGER THAN THE ONE ABOVE

This plant is suckering and has been kept to two trunks.  It is taller than the last hybrid.  The leaves are even longer.  It is an attractive palm but doesn't fit any known species.  My guess as to parentage is about the same as #2 above.
Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid
Phoenix hybrid    
PHOENIX HYBRID #4
RECLINATA X ROEBELLENII?

This interesting single trunk plant has leaves that resemble a P. reclinata.  Note that they are plumose in the last photo.  Pygmy Palms have flat leaves.  Also note the marked curve downward to the leaves, typical of P. reclinata.  But, it is single trunk and very tall.  I'd guess this hybrid is between a Pygmy and a Senegal Date and is different than those above in appearance.  Remember, hybrids take all forms and appearances. 
 
Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid
Phoenix hybrid    
PHOENIX HYBRID #5
CLOSEST TO RECLINATA
BUT, I THINK STILL A HYBRID

This plant is certainly the closest we've seen today to a Phoenix reclinata, the Senegal Date Palm.  But, it's crown of leaves are small.  Leaf lengths are very short.  The trunks are very thin and there's little in the way of retained fiber on the trunks.  This could be cultural but I think is rather due to hybridization.  Note the plumose leaves, typical of the Senegal Date.
Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid
Phoenix hybrid Phoenix hybrid  

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
TREES IN FRUIT

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

 

TRACHYCARPUS LATISECTUS
WINDMILL PALM FROM INDIA
MEDIUM ADULT HEIGHT
RARE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE

This species from high elevation areas in India is most known for the fact that it's leaf segments are wider than other species.  There are two varieties.  It is a tall species, up to forty feet, with a narrow trunk of six to eight inches.  Its leaves are green with a bit of glaucous color beneath.  For this genus, the leaves are wide, sometimes up to five feet with wide segments that are divided about half way into the leaf.  The petioles are about three feet long and the leaf shape is semicircular or near totally circular.  There is a hope that this species tolerates more heat.  Cold tolerance is yet to be determined.  We're suspicious it is not as cold tolerant as other species.  It is extremely rare in cultivation with few photos available of the native population. Both photographs below are of domestic plants, the first showing Martin Gibbons in the U.K.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special for you discount.
Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus
Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus
Trachycarpus latisectus by MR and Ts
Martin Gibbons/photo by MR and TS
Trachycarpus latisectus by TS and MG
Photo by TS and MG
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
SUN LOVING, LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGER BAND SIZE


This rather larger green species from the Cape region of South Africa can get a trunk up to fifteen feet.  The trunk diameter is stocky, up to two feet.  Leaves are typically six feet long.  Leaf color is green.  This species has a full head of many leaves.  It is most closely related to E. natalensis.  But, the base of the petiole is free of prickles or spines.  This is a fast growing plant and likes full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  We are having a special on older band size seedlings as shown.  These are NOT new seedlings but ready for a 5g pot or the garden.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Encephalartos altensteinii band
Band size on special presently
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Very old specimen at nursery
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS
THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


This species is native to the Mediterranean coast of Europe and the genus extends down into Morocco where plants become more blue in color and are known as C. cerifera.  Regular Med Fans are green to blue-green in color and one of the most cold hardy palms around.  They like sun and tolerate temperatures perhaps below 15 degrees F.  Color of the leaves and height of the stems is quite variable.  There are dwarf and very tall clones found.  Leaf stems are armed and the underside of the leaves is often silver.  We are offering huge 15g plants on special.  They can be mail ordered although it's a bit expensive because of the height and weight of these plants.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135


Blog only special.  You must mention it when purchasing.
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This is a rare cycad species from various mountainous regions in Mexico.  You hardly ever see them for sale, especially with any size.  These seed grown plants are over ten years old, have been outdoor grown for over five years and have seen part or near full day sun.  Mature plants have leaves about five to six feet long, narrow trunks that get up to 15 feet and minimal armor on the leaflets.  The plants on special are in 15g pots and have caudex size of six to seven inches.  They can take full sun right on the coast.  Otherwise, consider them a part day sun species.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The last two photos are from plants in the wild c/o J.O.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SIZE $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $450


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  We have several for sale at this price.
Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii by JO
habitat photo by JO
Dioon rzedowskii
habitat photo by JO

 

TUESDAY, 26 APRIL, 2016

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
EASY-T0-GROW CYCAD FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS THIS BATCH

This species of medium to large cycad from Madagascar tolerates full sun along the coast and filtered light inland.  It is fairly quick growing and has about six foot long green leaves.  The petioles are armed with small spines but the leaves themselves are not.  They are soft to the touch.  Trunks are vertical, usually under 12 inches thick.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. 

We are offering plants from a batch of 5g's that we got in.  These have been outdoor grown their entire lives and are ready to plant with minimal acclimation.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL FROM THIS BATCH 5G $75


You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when ordering.  These plants can be easily shipped to you.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
24 inch boxed nursery specimen
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

I feel this species should be in the Top Ten List of desirable palms for Southern California.  It is a good grower, is not overly large, has an attractive silver-blue trunk that is topped off with a rusty brown crown shaft that feels like velvet.  What else could you want? 

This species comes from Madagascar, gets to about 25 feet height and has a rather thin trunk of six inches typically.  If the trunk doesn't get any direct sun, it will maintain this color throughout its life.  With sun, it will develop a brown tan color.  So, you might consider planting the species where it will pierce the canopy but maintain shade on its trunk.  Along the coast Dypsis leptocheilos can be grown in full sun, all day long.  If you live far inland, I'd give it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  At our nursery in 2007, 25 degrees did not burn this species. 

Shown here is an assortment of sizes from 1g plants up to 25g.  Sizes available changes over time, but we try to always have this species in stock.  No palm garden is complete without a Teddy Bear. 

The fifth photo shows our 5g size which are on ten day special

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


You must mention this blog only special when ordering.  
 Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

BRAHEA DULCIS
MEDIUM SIZED ATTRACTIVE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This good looking fan palm comes from southern Mexico as well as various countries in Central America.  There is variability in this species: Some plants are green, others blue.  Some specimens get to twenty feet, others remain shorter. And, some even sucker to make multiple trunks.  But, all are attractive.  Over time, leaf bases fall away to give a smooth trunk.  We're offering our band size on these at a good discount.  Easy to ship.  The one shown is a double, not suckering.  This species likes part sun or full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25 OR
THREE FOR $60


You must mention this special to get this price.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA
photo by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA

 

SABAL MEXICANA
MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

At one time this species was much more prevalent in Texas, but in recent times its numbers have dwindled.  Native habitat extends from Texas down through Latin America on both coastal sides of these countries.  In habitat, specimens up to fifty feet have been observed.  Trunks are straight and columnar.  Trunk diameter is typically twelve to eighteen inches.  Most domestic plants are in the twenty to thirty foot range.  Old leaf bases are retained in the upper trunk area but will fall way with age.  The crown is green with a hint of silver and full.  This species is similar to Sabal palmetto but usually bigger with a larger crown of leaves.  Like the Palmetto Palm, it is very cold hardy, perhaps even to ten degrees F.

Shown here are some 5g plants which I'm putting on special.  I've also shown a 15g and some garden plants.  This is a full sun species and a great selection for someone in a colder area.

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


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
15 gallon nursery plant
Sabal mexicana
underside of leaf of 15g plant
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
SINGLE TRUNK, THIN TRUNK
PROBABLE MADAGASCAR SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This single trunk species of pinnate palm is probably from Madagascar although no one knows for sure.  In California, it is rather thin trunked - five to six inches thick.  In tropical areas it is more husky.  Leaves are plumose with very thin leaflets.  It likes heat and full sun.  This might be a good thing for those of you in inland areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES

We have available as shown 5g, band size and perhaps a few of the 15g left.
 
Dypsis plumosa
This and next 3 pictures 5g size
Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
15 gallon size
Dypsis plumosa
Band sized plants for sale
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

SATURDAY, 23 MARCH, 2016

 

REALLY NICE BROMELIADS
PINK NEROGELIA
SMALL, VERY PRETTY
A HARD COLOR TO FIND!

For those in search of colorful companion plants, you know that a difficult color to find is pink.  With our colorful Bromeliads, we usually have some in reds and purples.  But, recently we got in some definitely pink plants that are very pretty.  These can be added to the garden floor right in their pots.  You just bury the bottom portion of the pot and shower the plants with water every week or two.  They are easy.  Hopefully, there'll be others to chose from soon.   Remember, our spring color changes almost by the week.  Just drop in  and see what's new.
Pink Nerogelia Bromeliad
Pink Nerogelia Bromeliad Pink Nerogelia Bromeliad Pink Nerogelia Bromeliad

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SUPER SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
LEAVES GRAY-GREEN
IN A LIFETIME, NEVER VERY BIG

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This may prove to be the perfect cycad that one can buy when he wants an easy to grow sun species that, in his lifetime, will never get too big.  It's estimated that, in 40 years, you'll not get a trunk more than about 2 feet tall.  The old boxed nursery specimens shown here are "pre-cites" plants that were brought into the US in the early 1970's.  The plant below in La Habra was planted 30 years ago.  The last picture by JO shows a plant in the wild in Mexico that is estimated to be 1000 years old.  So, you get the point - slow growing!

We're offering 1 gallon at a great price.  These are nice plants with some size for the container.  They are 3 to 4 years old.  This species easily takes full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $40

Just mention this Special for your Discount.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes (very old) but these are not on sale right now.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Boxed specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
Very old specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
Leaf close up on 5g nursery plant
Dioon merolae
Another boxed specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
leaf close up view
Dioon merolae
Garden specimen in La Habra, CA

Habitat specimen, by JO.  Age perhaps
1000 years

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
EASTER CAPE BLUE CYCAD
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GET ONE ON SALE?
FULL SUN, NEVER VERY BIG

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON SIZE

One of the most popular blue cycads that we sell is this South African species from the Eastern Cape region (toward the ocean).  It is a very slow growing species that, in fifty years, is rarely over a height of five feet tall.  So, like the Dioon above, it'll always stay small and not obstruct a view.  The color is intensely blue.  I tell people it's like the color of a clear blue sky after you've thrown in a tiny bit of fog.  The other thing about this species, compared to E. horridus and trispinosus, is that it's much less spiny and very uniform in shape when mature.  Expect a trunk of no more than three feet and a crown width of no more than six feet.  It loves full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE $50

Remember: You must mention this Blog Only Special for this discount when you buy.  This size is a piece of cake to ship.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes but these are not on sale right now.

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
15 gallon nursery plant, not on sale right now
Encephalartos lehmannii
Boxed nursery specimen
Encephalartos lehmannii
close up of leaf
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another 15g nursery plant
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another
Encephalartos lehmannii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII
A HUGE CYCAD CROSSED WITH AN EXTINCT CYCAD
WILL MAKE POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE GREEN SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE OF THIS RARE HYBRID

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

These are almost impossible to find!

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

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

Just remember - Mention this special for your discount.
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
This and next 3 pictures of sale, 1 gallon plants
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus, showing size of mature plant
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalartos woodii with L.B.

 

LIVISTONA NITIDA
AKA LIVISTONA CARNAVON GORGE
TALL PALM, THIN TRUNK
REMARKABLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This tall and thin trunked fan palm comes from Central Queensland, Australia, where it is found among Eucalyptus forests in full sun.  Heights have been reported up to one hundred feet.  It has deeply divided leaves with thin leaflets.  These leaflets droop at their ends.  It does respond to ample water with faster growth.  Reports are that this species is quite cold hardy, into about the upper teens.  I've read anecdotes of this plant surviving in the Atlanta, GA area.  To we "old timers", this species was previously known as Livistona Carnavon Gorge, referring to its native locality.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this discount.  BTW, these 5g are nice size and chunky at the base.
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
Livistona nitida
25g plant, not on special
Livistona nitida by Daryl Occonor, PACSOA
photo by Daryl Occonor, PACSOA

Livistona nitida by Mike Crisp PACSOA
Livistona nitida by Mike Crisp PACSOA

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This interesting Asian species rarely gets over ten feet tall, suckers, has Caryota type leaflets with jagged ends and is silver on the underside of the leaflets.  Its blossoms are super fragrant (a nice treat).  It takes sun or shade in coastal areas and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  On sale are nice 1g plants.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $25

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

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINISE FAN PALM
BIG FLAT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1G

This Asian palm is quite attractive with its large and flat green leaves.  It is slow growing.  The 1g on special here are 3 years old and very nice.  This plant takes full or part day sun and is cold hardy into the teens F.  Many have grown this species as a houseplant.  Easy to ship.  BTW, this price is the same as a band yet these 1g are three times larger.

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

Mention this Special for your discount.
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis

 

THE GENUS BECCARIOPHOENIX
THREE DIFFERENT SPECIES

It was not too long 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", presently called Beccariophoenix fenestralis. 
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 alfredii 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

 

FRIDAY, 22 APRIL, 2016

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
TALL PALM WITH DROOPY ENDS TO LEAFLETS
COLD HARDYAND LOVES SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This tall Australian fan palm has a trunk about 12 inches in diameter and in many years can get over forty feet tall.  It is armed on the petioles.  Leaflets ends droop downwards giving it the name of Ribbon Palm.  It is an easy grow, likes sun and is cold tolerant into the upper teens F.

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

You must mention this Website Only special to get this price when you purchase.
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
AFRICAN CYCAD WITH HOLLY FERN-LIKE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE


This is a South African cycad species that prefers part day sun or strong filtered light.  It's easy to grow. Leaflets are shaped like the popular Holly Fern.  Also, cones are fire engine red, especially the females.  Sometimes they are bright orange.  Leaves get to about six feet and trunks are rarely over 2 feet.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110


To get this price you must mention this Blog special when purchasing.
Encephalartos ferox
Sale size, citrus pot
ferox large plant
larger mature nursery specimen to show what
it will become

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD
NO SPINES WHATSOEVER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT/5G SIZE

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say 'user friendly" because this is one of the few species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  I am going to show you an assortment of plants.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

*Large species with trunks slowly getting to over ten feet
*Leaf length typically six to eight feet, sometimes bigger.
*Trunk diameter to 18 inches
*Smooth petiole with no spines
*Great for strong filtered light or full sun along the coast
*Large interesting cones
*Leaflets soft and glossy green in color
*New leaves emerge upward, older leaves lay more horizontal
*Easy to grow

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.


Please see description at today's blog.  Very desirable cycad.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $175 - $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

You must mention this special at time of ordering to get this price.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
20 gallon size at nursery
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

   

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
GREEN BISMARCKIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

North of Madagascar is a chain of islands called the Comoros Islands.  This is the native habitat for this different species of Bismarckia.  It is different for several reasons.  First, it comes from a much more moist and windy locality than its blue cousin from Madagascar.  In the latter locality it is super hot and dry.  Secondly, the leaf color on this species is blue green, not blue as most of you are used to.  Third, the seeds have a different shape with flanges.  Lastly, there is a lot of red in this plant.  You see it on the spear and petiole.  Sometimes it's a pink color.

Shown here is an older 15g plant of Bismarckia Mayotte Island.  I am putting this size on special.  These plants are quite chunky and sun grown.  They have even seen temperatures of 102 degrees F. in a spring Santa Ana and did ok with that.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Limited numbers of this rare palm remain in our inventory.  So, if you are a "Madagascar Nut" and want to try different things, get one while I have them.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $145


Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island
Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island
Another plant showing red color
Bismarckia Mayotte Island TS RPS    

 

CEROXYLON AMAZONICUM
TOLERATES MORE HEAT THAN OTHERS IN THE GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

In case you hadn't noticed, it's very difficult to find any Ceroxylon around.  We are selling our limited number of 5g C. amazonicum at a discount.  They are native to the lower Andean slopes in Ecuador.  Yet, this is still over one mile in elevation.  The trunk is thin.  Expect a mature height of over 35 feet.  Cold tolerance is unknown, probably into the lower 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this discount at the time of purchase.
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
nursery 15g, no longer available
Ceroxylon amazonicum TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

TUESDAY, 19 APRIL, 2016

 

DIOON MEROLAE
THREE FEET OF TRUNK IN FIFTY YEARS

This is a slow growing New World cycad species that comes from Mexico.  It is very attractive.  One of the things that is particularly nice about this species is that the crown size is compact and not that large.  For this reason, it fits into a small sunny location in the garden where no other plant would work.  Its leaves are a silver-green in color and it holds many  leaves.  An extremely old plant might have a foot or two of trunk.  In the wild there are specimens that are possibly a thousand years old with many meters of trunk, often leaning over toward the ground.  But, from a practical point of view, it is a small plant.  If you grow this species, you'll probably find that it will take fifty years or more to get three feet of trunk. 
 
Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. and it prefers full sun except for harsh desert climates.  We offer many sizes of this species from seedlings up to trunked plants that are many decades old. 
For mail orders, this is a perfect size to ship.  We can easily ship plants up to the 15g size and even boxed specimens if needed.   Some of the nursery plants you see here are extremely old specimens.  The last pictures shows how new leaves are very upright.  If one cuts off older leaves, this species has very little lateral spread and can fit into rather small areas.  I hope that you like this cycad; it's one of my favorites. For upscale landscaping, nothing beats it.

By the way, we have an excellent supply of this species in all sizes. All are shippable right to your door.
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae box Dioon merolae cluster
an interesting clustering specimen
Dioon merolae crown of leaves

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
POSSIBLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

People from colder areas often call me seeking out this hard to find species.  It was described by Martin Gibbons and Tobias spanner ten to twenty years ago and is native to China.  It is felt to me a natural hybrid many eons ago but has been given its own species status.  It gets to about twenty feet height as shown in the photo below.  Cold tolerance could be below 10 degrees F. (not documented scientifically) and people often refer to it as the most cold hardy species of the genus.  We are offering our band size on special although we do have other sizes available.  . 

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

Note that our band size are pretty nice for their container.  both of these are very large for their containers.  Just mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this discount.
Trachycarpus takil
one gallon size
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Trachycarpus takil
band size
Trachycarpus takil
band size
Trachycarpus takil by MG and TS RPS
photo by MG and TS at RPS

GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO
DESIRABLE VARIAGATED FORM
GREEN STRIPES ON YELLOW STEMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I am not a Bamboo expert in any way.  I grow some plants but do not specialize in it.  But, I've always liked looking at the trunks of the variegated Timber Bamboo.  This species is a large bamboo and can get over thirty feet tall.  The stems are yellow with green stripes.  It likes sun and needs lots of water.  Nursery plants are from divisions of existing plants.  Such is the case with this seven foot tall plant we have for sale.  I can get more of these by special order.  But, right now I'm offering them at a discount.  This type of bamboo is never inexpensive.  Also, the trunks get thick, up to at least three to four inches thick. I've heard it can be grown as a houseplant in a bright room.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE THIS SPECIES $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  We only have a few available.
Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo
Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo, photo by FiberElement Website
Variegated Timber Bamboo,
photo by FiberElement Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FREDERICI-GUILIELMII
THIN LEAFED BLUE GREEN CYCAD
VERY COLD HARDY AND DIFFERENT


This South African cycad is almost never seen available in the size shown here.  This plant has a twelve inch caudex.  It has classic thin leaflets.  Leaf color is blue to blue-green.  Crowns of leaves are not overly large.  It loves sun and heat and want full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is almost down to 20 degrees f.  The container size on this plant is 25g. Leaf length of this species is about four feet although trunks can get over ten feet tall in centuries.  Of note, collectors call this species "EFG". 
 
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii  

 

COPERNICIA BERTEROANA
THIN TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM
NATIVE TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a fan palm you will hardly ever see available and never on special.  It is native to Hispaniola and reaches a mature height of about 30 feet.  But, in contrast to so many other Copernicia, the trunk is quite thin.  It is usually nine inches thick or less.  Leaves are green and flat. Segments of the leaf are only separated at their ends so that the leaf has a solid flat appearance.  New leaves are held upright and appear rigid.  There is a bit of blue on the leaf stems as shown here.  Old retained leaf bases fall off over time to give a clean trunk.  Petioles do have armor.

This is a full sun palm.  It's so rare to know of anyone growing this that we have little cold hardiness data.  I'd estimate it'll go into the twenties F.  On sale are very nice 5g plants.  I've shown close ups of a fruiting size tree; pictures I took recently.

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

But, remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing.
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery//large/palms/copernicia_bertroana_004.GIF

AEONIUM BLACK ROSE
BLACK-RED COMPANION PLANT

This succulent adds a different color to the garden.  Some plants are almost midnight black but do have hints of red.  We also have a variety that is much more green and even a variegated one that is yellow and green.  Plants don't get very large and can be trained to be short and full.  They tolerate coastal sun quite well and are cold hardy into the 20's F.  Shown here are one gallon and five gallon plants.  Both are on sale.  I realize this is not an unusual or rare plant.  Therefore, we'd give very good prices on these plants.
Aoeneum black rose Aeonium black rose
Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
GORGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
CURVED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Among staff members at our nursery, this is one of the favorites of all the cycads we grow.  Encephalartos longifolius is native to South Africa.  There are habitat populations with both green and blue leaves.  Both varieties are very desirable.  A nice thing about this species is that it gives a larger and faster growing blue cycad when compared to blue species like Encephalartos lehmannii and horridus.  Leave have a nice curve downwards as shown in some photos here.  It would not be unusual to get a plant with several feet of trunk in two to three decades.  Width of the crown is larger than lehmannii, usually six to seven feet.  E. lehmannii is more petite in comparison.  The bands on this special are about 2.5 years old with three to four leaves.  They can be easily shipped.  This species prefers full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $55


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

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

Encephalartos longifolius blue
Close up leaves garden plant
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Another 15g at nursery
Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE CHINESE WINDMILL PALM
TEN DAY SALE

Windmill palms are all of Asian origin.   Trachycarus fortunei is native to China and typically gets to a height of about 20 feet.  The amazing thing is that this is the second most cold hardy of all palms - taking down to about ten degrees F.  It takes full or part day sun.  It's a medium rate growing species.  It has a hairy trunk and (especially if the hairs are removed) is rather thin in diameter.  It makes a nice patio plant. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL
5g $45
Trachycrpus fortunei Trachycrpus fortunei
Trachycrpus fortunei Trachycrpus fortunei  

 

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

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
TEN DAY SALE

This Asian cycad is the most popular cycad in the world.  It is particular popular in Japan.  Very old specimens can have ten feet of trunk with multiple heads of leaves.  Along the coast it takes full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens.  It's a great patio plant and can be grown indoors.  On all these ten day specials, remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45
 
Cycas revoluta the Sago Palm Cycas revoluta the Sago Palm
Cycas revoluta the Sago Palm Cycas revoluta the Sago Palm  

 

PRITCHARDIA REMOTA
OVERHEAD TROPICAL FAN PALM
NATIVE TO HAWAII
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This attractive fan palm is native to the islands of Kauai and Nihau in the Hawaiian chain.  It lives at about 500 feet elevation or more in dry forests.  There, some plants are found on dry cliffs.  Maybe because of its natural habitat, it does quite well in Southern California.  Plants get up to about 20 feet height with a narrow trunk for their height.  Leaves are green with some divisions of the leaf segments.  Fruit is medium-large in size, up to 3/4 of an inch.  Culturally, this species takes full sun on the coast and wants morning sun further inland.  Cold tolerance is down to 25 to 27 degrees F. 
The plants on sale are one gallon although we may have larger sizes available.

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

Remember:  mention this Blog Special for your discount. 
 
Pritchardia remota  Pritchardia remota 
Pritchardia remota  Pritchardia remota  Pritchardia remota 
Pritchardia remota  Pritchardia remota   
 

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
DWARF PALM - FLUGGY LEAVES
NOT OVER SIX FEET TALL
TOLERATES SUN AND SOME COLD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

First and most important: What you see with these 15g plants is about what you'll get in the garden. This is because these are mature and flowering plants.  They are 12 years old!  They'll essentially not get much overhead, tolerate sun and are cold hardy to the low 20's or colder.  So, if you need a sun palm that stays small, this one works great.  As shown, leaves are plumose and sort of blue on the underside of the leaflets.  Leaf length is about four feet.

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

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptra arenaria Allagoptra arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

SUNDAY, 17 APRIL, 2016

 

HOW TO SUPPORT A TRANSPLANTED LARGE PALM TREE
PHOTOGRAPHS OF ONE TECHNIQUE

Whether you are in the industry of growing palm trees or you are an enthusiast with your own garden, the situation might arise where you want to move an overhead large palm tree.  First, you must research and decide if the palm will survive a dig.  Some species like the common King Palm do terribly with transplanting.  Others, like the Mexican Fan Palm, do excellent.  Also, you must also decide if a crane is needed and if you need the assistance of a skilled contractor to move the palm.  Sometimes very large root balls are needed that weigh too much for men to move.

But, once a given palm is dug and placed in its planting hole, how do you keep it from falling over or prevent the wind from blowing it down?  Shown here is one technique using a series of braces at the bottom of the trunk.  You will note that short sections of a 2 x 4 inch board are placed at the same support point around the trunk and then these have been banded together.  I'd think a metal band with a tightening device would be best.  Then, attached to these shorter boards are the legs for support.  They are nailed into the short boards and then secured in the ground.  The higher up on the trunk they reach, probably the more secure the tree is.  But, you must also use the right angle of attachment.  I hope these pictures help you tell how this support system could be placed on a palm.  These pictures are of dug Sabal palmetto on a roadway/bridge crossing the  Bay in Tampa, Florida.

Support for transplanted large palm tree Support for transplanted large palm tree
Support for transplanted large palm tree Support for transplanted large palm tree Support for transplanted large palm tree
Support for transplanted large palm tree Support for transplanted large palm tree  

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
SINGLE TRUNK BLUE FAN PALM
LOTS OF PHOTOS SHOWING SUPER BLUE LEAVES

The photographs here are presented just to shown the great blue color of this single trunk fan palm from Madagascar.  I can hear people saying already, "Mine is the most blue one around".

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Alma says "super blue!"

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
IN SHORT SUPPLY RIGHT NOW
SUN GROWN - READY FOR GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G

This interesting Madagascar palm is known for loving full, hot sun and a not overly tall height.  They typically get to about 22 feet tall in a lifetime. And, it's known for the multicolored, three-sided crown shaft as shown below.  It can be stunning.  It tolerates temperatures to about 23 or 24 degrees and can even take desert sun in many areas.  We have available nice 15g plants that were grown in full sun.  The plant bases are thick.  They are ready for your landscape.  We only have limited numbers, so don't wait on these guys.  They'll not last long.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $159

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

 

ASSORTED RARE PALM TREES
DESIRABLE 25 GALLON SIZE
MAKES FOR GREAT LANDSCAPING

In the past, the wooden 24 inch box was the traditional next step for moving up a 15 gallon sized plant.  But, nowadays there are very nice larger plastic containers.  One that we really like is the 25 gallon size.  We've found that customers much prefer them over the 24 inch box.  Not only are they easier to handle and plant, but they also last much longer.  And, the bottoms don't rot out.  Shown here is an assortment of seven rare palm species in the 25 gallon pot.  They are easy to dolly and two people can easily plant them.  Also, they typically fit nicely into a pickup or even a large SUV.  We can also deliver them or ship them on a pallet with other plants.
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida

 

DO YOU LIKE SMALL CYCADS?
HERE'S THREE DWARF ZAMIAS - ALL SUPER RARE
NONE GET OVER THREE FEET TALL

Shown here are three rare Zamia species - all dwarf species and all with minimal if any spines.  To reiterate their dwarf size, realize that all three of these plants are an estimated ten years old.  In fact, the first two are in cone.  They prefer nice filtered light or part day sun.  Figure that their cold tolerances are into the mid, perhaps lower 20'S F.  If you look carefully at the leaf stems and leaflets you'll notice there are minimal if any spines.  So, they are very "user friendly".  What a great addition to the garden floor where that "cute little plant is needed".  Of course, this is not the extent of our smaller cycads.  We have dozens to choose from.  All are easy to ship as their container sizes are either citrus pot or 5 gallon containers.  We hardly ever move them into larger pots - for what?  They are going nowhere fast in size! 
Zamia species dwarf Cuba in cone
Zamia species "dwarf Cuba" in cone
Zamia species dwarf Cuba in cone
Zamia species dwarf Cuba in cone Zamia portoricensis with female cone
Zamia portoricensis with female cone
Zamia portoricensis with female cone
Zamia portoricensis with female cone Zamia species Cayman Islands
Zamia species Cayman Islands
Zamia species Cayman Islands

 

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!
MORE PICTURES OF THE FLOWERS

In the past I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  At that time I didn't have good photos of the blossoms.  So, I am showing them now.  It gets clusters of very large red flowers and does it in the shade.  And, it flower all year long.  Right now, in the middle of winter, it's still making flowers.  The tree gets to a height of about six to eight feet.  It is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  So, one might say it's "leggy".  But, in a way this is good as it doesn't create dark shade below.  One can plant at its base.  And, what a load of color to see overhead in the shade!

The photos here shown the three inch blossoms arranged in clusters.  The color is deep red.  We have 15g available.

Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
GUADALUPE FAN PALM
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE "SHORTER" PALMS
VERY SLOW GROWING - MAXIMUM HEIGHT 15 FEET IN 50 YEARS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to a small island off the coast of northern Baja, Mexico.  Yes, this is a peculiar place to have a population of only one palm on this island.  Because of goats, this population is threatened.  They eat all the small seedlings.  They were introduced by the Mexican government to control pests & weeds.  But, it has backfired as far as the palms are concerned.  There are simply no smaller trees of this species in the native locality. 

The Guadalupe Fan is slow growing.  It has a rather stout trunk that is finely checked on close inspection (see photo).  It takes about 50 years to get ten feet of trunk.  So, availability of large, crane sized specimens is quite rare and they always have to be dug.  Leaf stems are fairly un-armed.  Leaves are minimally wavy.  They love full, hot sun and are cold hardy into the upper teens F.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special when you buy for this discounted, special price.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Note finely checked trunk
Brahea edulis
40 to 50 year old plants Mission Bay in San Diego

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE COLOR, NOT TOO TALL, COLD HARDY CLUMPING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

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

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

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
PUERTO RICAN HAT PALM
MASSIVE GRAY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This easy to grow species of large fan palm is native to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and some surrounding islands.  It is most known for its very thick and smooth trunk.  Trunk diameters can get over three feet and the trunk is a light gray color.  Heights can exceed forty feet.  Leaves are blue-green.  It is super cold hardy to the mid-teens F. and is a good grower in full sun.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $22.50
OR FOUR FOR $80

Remember: mention this Special for your discount.
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum

5 gallon size at nursery
Sabal causiarum
15 gallon at nursery
Sabal causiarum    

 

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

 

EUPHORBIA CONTINIFOLIA
THE CARIBBEAN COPPER PLANT
SEMI-DWARF, SUN, NOT TOO TALL
EASY COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

Remember, mention this Special for your discount.

Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia by statebystateggardening.com
Euphorbia continifolia by
statebystateggardening.com
 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
FRESHLY POTTED 1 GALLON
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We recently potted up some young Hedyscepes into 1 gallon pots.  This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  Along our coast here it takes full sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $30

Remember: Mention this special for this discount
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscpe canterburyana

 

LYTOCARYUM WEDDELIANUM
SEMI-DWARF - CUTE PALM
SHORT LEAVES, FINE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G & 2G POTS

This petite palm species is native to Southern Brazil and never gets over about 8 feet tall.  The tallest one I've seen in a garden here is smaller than this.  They have 3 foot long leaves with very fine leaflets.  Trunks are under 3 inches thick.  It prefers filtered light and seems to thrive on neglect in the ground.  Too much attention is not good for this species.  Cold tolerance is into the 20's F., probably about 27 degrees.  Three months ago we potted up young plants into 1 and 2 gallons.  Incidentally, this species has had a few name changes and some refer to it as Syagrus weddelianum. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
REGULAR PRICE 2G $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL EITHER SIZE THIS BATCH $35

Just mention this special for your discount when you purchase.
Lytocaryum weddelianum Lytocaryum weddelianum
Lytocaryum weddelianum Lytocaryum weddelianum Lytocaryum weddelianum

 

FRIDAY, 15 APRIL, 2016

 

RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
BANANA-LIKE LEAVES
ALL IN ONE PLANE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7-8 FOOT PLANTS

The Traveler Palm is native to the island of Madagascar.  It actually is not a true palm but is a member of the Strelitziaceae complex.  The banana like leaves are all in one plane.  This is called a "distichous" arrangement of the leaves.  It likes sun or part sun but will not tolerate temperatures below 32 degrees F.  A freeze damages it severely.  People love them because they are a user friendly tree and easy to care for except for their lack of cold tolerance.  They are more attractive than the Giant Bird of Paradise, less invasive and require much less maintenance.  Expect over time to get a trunk about 8 to 12 inches in diameter with soft green leaves.  They can sucker.  Merely remove the suckers to give a single trunk plant.  These plants are also somewhat difficult to find.  We're putting the 10g size on special for ten days.  They are 7 to 8 feet tall in their pots.  But, we also have 2g and 25g plants for sale.  The sale size is in limited supply.

REGULAR PRICE 10G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $139

For this price just mention this Blog Only Sale to get this price.  
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Wikipedia
Tropical and very large specimen - Wikipedia
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm

 

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

 

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

 

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
   

 

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

 

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 squat 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

 

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

 

DIOON MEJIAE
THE SOFT, WOOLY AND FRAGILE NEW LEAVES

I've discussed this genus of New World cycads previously.  But, today I wanted to discuss Dioon mejiae, another Mexican Dioon.  On this species, the new leaves emerge with soft wool and fur.  However, I was surprised to find that I had no photographs to demonstrate this.  Last year 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.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae  

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
COCONUT APPEARING, CROWN SHAFTED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This exotic palm from Ryukyu Islands (Japan) is about as tropical as you can imagine for a palm that can be grown here in Southern California.  It's not an easy species to grow because it won't really take a freeze.  But, if you are in a freeze-free area, you might want to try it.  It's hard to find in nurseries.  It is King Palm is height but ten times prettier if grown well.  On Sale are healthy two year old plants in band containers. 

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

You must mention this Blog only price when purchasing.  These will sell out quickly because I only have a few left.
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis

CARYOTA GIGAS
THE MOST POPULAR FISHTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 G SIZE

Twenty years ago, Caryota urens was the Fishtail Palm that everyone wanted.  But, in the past ten to twenty years, the "Thai Mountain Giant Fishtail" (Caryota gigas) has replaced it.  I think this is mostly because the leaves of the gigas are much prettier.  They seem to tolerate sun better and don't brown tip.  And, the leaves are enormous.  Typical leaf length is fourteen to sixteen feet long and as much as twelve feet across.  Trunk diameter, for a Fishtail, is enormous.  It can reach three feet.  Caryota gigas is not the biggest Fishtail Palm in the world, but presently it's the most popular.  Make sure a nursery plant is given enough room to grow.  Do NOT plant it right up against the house!

Cold tolerance of Caryota gigas is not quite as good as urens.  It goes down to the low 20's F.  Lower temperatures will burn the leaves.  We saw such burn in our 2007 winter freeze here.  Caryota urens takes down to about 18 degrees.  Shown here is an example of some nice 15g plants which we have for sale.  We also have smaller and larger sizes.

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

Just remember to mention this Special for your discount.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

THURSDAY, 14 APRIL, 2016

 

CYCADS IN UPSCALE LANDSCAPE
A FEW PICTURES RIGHT ABOVE THE OCEAN
CYCADS IN POTS AND IN THE GROUND

A long term client of the nursery recently sent me three photographs of multiple cycads he had purchased from our nursery.  He planted them around  his pool.  This client is fortunate enough to have an oceanfront Southern CA property, hanging on the edge of a cliff right above the ocean.  Literally, the waves are about 200 feet below his property.  His cycads perform great in his locality.  Many of his plants are being grown in the ground but some are in decorative containers.  I just wanted to show you how architectural and beautiful cycads can look if presented and planted properly.  These plants are quite stunning.
Cycads in upscale landscape
Cycads in upscale landscape Cycads in upscale landscape

 

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

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

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

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Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri
Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri
Archontophoenix tuckeri
5 gallon size, not on sale right now
Archontophoenix tuckeri by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Photo by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Archontophoenix tuckeri

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
TALL, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
OPEN CROWN, VERY ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Brahea brandegeei is rare and difficult to find.  Mature height is up to 80 feet in habitat.  Is it native to Baja California, Mexico.  Trunks are thin.  Crowns of leaves are open.  Leaf color is typically green as shown here.  One of the best places to see this species is in Balboa Park, San Diego, less than a half mile from where I live.  It wants full sun, tolerates wind and dry conditions and is a good growing species.  Despite it's beauty, its a solid grower and a fine addition to any garden.

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

I can mail order these with no problem.  Remember, mention this Special!
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei  

 

LYCHNIS CORONARIA
LOW PROFILE, SUN LOVING
WATER CONSERVING SUCCULENT
BRIGHT PURPLE SUMMER FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE
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This succulent is known for it's showers of intense, purple flowers.  The foliage is silver, soft and a little bit fuzzy.  It tolerates full sun, seems to be pretty cold hardy and is low profile.  Plant vegetative growth is not more than about 18 inches tall.  Flowers stand above the foliage.  It is a drought resistant plant.  I can ship these easily.

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

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

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTIAN FORM
BEST GROWING SPECIES
NO NEW RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G AND 5G

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35
REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65


We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but a better supply of the 1g.  Mention this Special for your discount.

Laccospadix australasica
5g on left, 1g on right
Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
     

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
STARTER SIZE 1 GALLON
GREAT HOUSEPLANT!
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I am presently offering an easy to ship and affordable starter plant of the one gallon Kentia Palm.  All are singles, not multiples.  They are not big but very healthy and at a good price.  These make a great interior palm.

TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
Howea forsteriana, kentia palm Howea forsteriana, kentia palm
Howea forsteriana, kentia palm Howea forsteriana, kentia palm
5 gallon size
Howea forsteriana, kentia palm
This plant is interior quality, 5 gallon
Howea forsteriana, kentia palm
25 gallon size at nursery
   

 

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

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

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


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Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa by John Dowe
In habitat by John Dowe c/o Palm Specialist Group

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

Please mention this special for this price.

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

 

THRINAX MORRISII
AKA LEUCOTHRINAX MORRISII
THE KEY THATCH PALM
ENDANGERED SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk fan palm is native to areas stretching from the Florida Keys into a variety of Caribbean Islands.  Mature plant height is quite variable, ranging from five feet to over 30 feet.  Trunk diameters are usually six to eight inches.  Leaves are green to silver-green with a white color on the underside.   Trunks do get smooth quite quickly.  This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  We can mail order these plants.

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

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Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax radiata
Thrinax radiata, a similar species

 

SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
TALL, POWERFUL FAN PALM
SMOOTH TRUNK
CAN GET OVER 50 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This tall and smooth trunked fan palm is native to Cuba and Hispaniola.  Leaf bases will remain for a while but eventually fall off giving a clean trunk.  Trunk diameter can get up to two feet.  Trunk color is gray to light brown.  Leaves are green.  It likes full, hot sun and does well in arid areas.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.

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


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Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis
Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis
Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis  

 

TUESDAY, 12 APRIL, 2016

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM THERE IS
TALLER, FASTER, DARKER GREEN
NO BROW TIP TO LEAFLETS IN SUN
THICK TAN TRUNK
SO, WHAT IS IT?

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

It's been in my garden for twenty-five or thirty years.  I don't remember the original source of the seeds or palm.  It is over 40 feet tall, larger than adjacent A. cunninghamiana in the same garden.  Below I will describe some of it's characteristics:

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

Faster growing and good performer

I've been growing plants from seeds from our mother tree for about six to eight years.  Customers love them and often ask for more.  We think  it's a real winner of a palm.  Available presently in one, two and five gallon size. The mature palm below is that actual tree in my garden that supplies us with the seeds.
Archontophoenix teracarpa
This and next 2 pictures triple in 5 gallon
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
1 gallon size
Archontophoenix teracarpa
5 gallon single
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note newly emergent red colored leaf
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Back side of leaf - minimal silver color
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Crown shaft juvenile plant
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
15 gallon nursery plant, not available right now
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note absence of brown tipped leaflets
Archontophoenix teracarpa
No browned leaflets in full sun
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Almost a blue crown shaft
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note massively thick trunk
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note how teracarpa towers over adjacent
regular King Palm and is a darker green
Archontophoenix teracarpa

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
A CLEAN, GREEN CROWN SHAFT
SMALLER THAN TERACARPA ABOVE
AND NOT AS VIGOROUS

I'm showing you another species of King Palm.  Archontophoenix myolensis is quite a pretty palm and is known by its clean, green crown shaft that is sometimes almost an emerald color.  It doesn't do as well as the teracapra with full sun and may shown burn on the leaflets.  And, it's probably not quite as cold hardy.  It is native to the region of Atherton Tableland west of Cairns in Queensland.  Anticipate a mature height of about 35 to 40 feet.  To read about a comprehensive article on all the species of King Palms, go to our article on the genus.

READ KING PALMS
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
photo by Tobias Spanner
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis PD
Photo by P.D.

 

THE MULE PALM
HYBRID OF BUTIA X QUEEN PALM
FAST GROWING, TAKES DESERT SUN
VERY COLD HARDY
LARGE PLANTS AVAILABLE

This is a manmade hybrid between the Pindo Palm, Butia capitata and the Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana.  The progeny look like neither adult and take on more of a Coconut Palm appearance.  This is a medium sized mature tree, probably getting up to about 35 feet.  The trunk is medium thickness.  Leaves are not plumose like the Queen but rather flat.  It takes full sun, even in the desert.  And, it is cold hardy to about 16 degrees.  I have a customer who lives in Tucson, AZ.  He loses all of his Queen Palms, but these hybrids thrive there, no problems.  Availability of Mule Palms in variable.  Right now we have some huge 25g as shown.  On occasion we have smaller, shippable sizes.  This palm is another real winner.
 
Mule Palm  Mule Palm 
Mule Palm  Mule Palm  Mule Palm 
Mule Palm  Mule Palm  by M.H. 
This and next photo by M.H.
Mule Palm M.H. 
 

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA
RARE SUCKERING ARENGA
VERY COLD HARDY
HUGE 5 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 

This rare species of Arenga is native to Tibet and the eastern Himalayan Mountains.  It grows at elevations of over a mile.  It is a suckering species that gets to a height of 15 to 20 feet.  It is very rare and near impossible to find.  I'd give it filtered light.  The 5 gallon plants shown here are about 8 years old and have four inch thick bases.  They would be the size of anyone's 15g stock.  These 5g can be shipped.  Although not totally worked out, cold hardiness is into the teens F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.  I can mail order this size.

Arenga micrantha  Arenga micrantha 
Arenga micrantha  Arenga micrantha  Arenga micrantha
Photo by T.S. at RPS 
 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
THE SILVER PALM
THIN TRUNK - FAIRLY TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 G SIZE

One would think that the native locality for this attractive fan palm would only be the island of Barbados.  But, it is found on quite a few Caribbean Islands.  It is a tall species for Coccothrinax.  In the wild it gets up to 40 feet with a very thin trunk.  It's common name comes from the fact that the undersides of the leaves are silver as shown here.  I've seen variability in this and some specimens in botanical gardens don't show the silver.  All Coccothrinax want sun.  All species are New World palms.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties as a rule.  We're offering nice 5g plants of this species on special.  They can be shipped.

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

Just mention this Special for this price when you purchase.
Coccothrinax barbadensis  Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis  Coccothrinax barbadensis  Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis  Coccothrinax barbadensis  Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis  Coccothrinax barbadensis  Coccothrinax barbadensis 

CEROXYLON ALPINUM
LOOK WHAT WE FOUND!
COLD HARDY
NATIVE TO THE ANDES MOUNTAINS

Recently I've been called by several customers looking for this desirable and cold hardy pinnate palm from the Andes Mountains in South America.  I told them we had C. amazonicum but not alpinum.  But, guess what.  We found one or two.  So, this post is for those seeking this species.  I, at most, have two 5g plants.  These can be shipped.
 
Ceroxylon alpinum  Ceroxylon alpinum 
Ceroxylon alpinum  Ceroxylon alpinum  Ceroxylon alpinum 
Ceroxylon alpinum     

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES
VERY SMALL CYCAD
GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare dwarf species of South African cycad is quite petite and never gets over four feet tall.  Leaves are gray-green to sea foam green and about three feet long.  A mature caudex is six to eight inches.  It likes sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  This is a rare and sought out species and never inexpensive.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $70


Just remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.
 
Encephalartos cerinus  Encephalartos cerinus 
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
5 gallon size, not on sale right now
Encephalartos cerinus

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
THE SINOLOAN HESPER PALM
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
FAIRLY RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This medium sized fan palm is from the southern area of Sinaloa in Mexico.  It lives in a harsh and dry area.  It survives super heat and tolerates harsh sun.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F. or a bit lower.  Mature plants can be under ten feet or up to 20 feet.  We are offering our 5g size on special.

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

Just mention this special for your discount.
Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata
Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
FAIRLY TALL WITH THIN TRUNK
MOST COLD HARDY COPERNICIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This tall fan palm has a thin trunk and can get to heights of 70 feet in habitat.  It is the most cold hardy of any Copernicia.  It likes full sun and can be grown in the desert.  It has a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  Leaf color is gray-green.  It is a good growing species.  Over time the trunk becomes clean of old leaf bases and debris.  We are putting our 5 gallon size on special.  Easy to ship.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.

Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
15 gallon size, not on sale right now
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba

 

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, 10 APRIL, 2016

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
BRANCHING TYPE OF TREE
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
NEWLY EMERGING RED LEAF

Native to northern Madagascar, this species lives in lowland localities, often near rivers or creeks.  The most prominent characteristic is that the primary trunk usually branches once, twice or three times giving a clustering palm appearance.  This can happen above or near the ground.  The trunk is fibrous, sort of shaggy in appearance.  Leaflets are rather narrow for a Dypsis and the newly emerging leaves are a red color as shown.  In Southern CA I've not seen plants over ten feet tall as of yet and mature heights are variable.  In habitat older plants can be over 40 feet.  The 15g shown here already has two trunks and I'm not sure if this is secondary to branching (underground) or if it was always two plants in one pot.  The last two pictures show an example in our locality.  We have these available in several sizes.
Dypsis crinita
This and next 4 pictures 15g size
Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita
5g size - Note newly emerging red leaf
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita

 

UNKNOWN RAVENEA SPECIES
POSSIBLY RAVENEA SP. "GIANT"
PLANT WITH LOST LABEL
DISCUSSION OF POSSIBILITIES

Sometimes at a nursery, the plant tags (labels) get lost and identification of that plant depends on one's ability to recognize it.  In searching inventory for a customer we found this 15g Ravenea.  There's no question it is a Ravenea, but which species?   What ensued was a discussion not only between myself, Jesse and my staff but also two knowledgeable palm enthusiasts who happened to be at the nursery yesterday at the same time.  Ravenea is a genus of palms that is native to Madagascar, the Comoros Islands and some surrounding areas.  All are single trunk to my understanding, have no crown shaft and are dioeceous palms (need a male and female to set seeds).  Most attain a fairly tall height except for Ravenea hildebrandtii which is a dwarf species.

On this plant note that the leaflets are fairly thin, the leaf is flat in cross section, the leaves seem to "twist" on their axis a bit and the petioles are marked with faint spots.  As a grower, I think about what Ravenea I germinated six to eight years ago or have been growing that would give a plant this size.  Enthusiasts would compare it to known plants in their garden.  Several thought this might be Ravenea species "Giant" which is shown in the last two pictures.  I do not know of a recognized species name for this plant.  The palm shown below is one of multiple mature plants at the garden of the now deceased Mardi Darian.  It got the name "giant" because of the extremely long, twenty foot leaves going almost straight up.  With this said, I think the 15g palm shown here is probably a Ravenea species "Giant" and should give the purchaser a palm with long upright leaves, a trunk about 12 to 16 inches in diameter and a mature height probably of about 30 feet.  Whatever it is, it is super rare and will be a winner in the garden.

Ravenea species possibly Giant Ravenea species possibly Giant
Ravenea species possibly Giant Ravenea species possibly Giant Ravenea species possibly Giant
Ravenea species possibly Giant Ravenea species possibly Giant
Ravenea species "Giant"
Ravenea species possibly Giant

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
GORGEOUS SINGLE TRUNK PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
NATIVE TO NEW CALEDONIA
25 GALLON, TEN YEAR OLD SPECIMEN
AS WITH MOST OF OUR PLANTS - LOCALLY GROWN IN SAN DIEGO

Back in the year 2000, I was the President of the International Palm Society.  One of my goals at the time was to break the monotony of Biennial meetings always being held in the United States.  With this in mind, I set up the 1998 Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens.  That was a first.  And, to outdo that meeting, I arranged with the Palm Society of New Caledonia to have to 2000 Biennial in their country.  The palms of New Caledonia are some of the most exciting and prettiest palms of the world.  Most species will grow for us in So Cal.  The 25 gallon Burretiokentia koghiensis shown here is a great example of an easy to grow species from New Caledonia. 

This year 2000 Meeting gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the native habitat for the plant being shown here.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  This 25 gallon palm is an estimated 10 years old, grown at our nursery.  We have several like this one.  It went from a band to a 5g, then to a 15g and now, after some time in a 25g pot, it is quite nice as you see.  You'll not see locally grown plants like this anywhere!  Most people merely broker weaker plants from Florida and don't mention to you where it was grown.  Locally grown palms are more sturdy and give the customer better results.  We also have available band size, 5g and 15g sizes of this species for sale.

Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
This palm is in a garden in San Clemente, CA
Burretiokentia koghiensis
This and last picture of habitat plant, New Caledonia
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VARIETY FURFURACEA
NICE 15G PLANT
LOTS OF WHITE/SILVER COLOR
PROMINENT WHITE CROWN SHAFT

On April 6th I put a variety of this genus on sale.  Today I wanted to show a different, even more rare type of Dictyosperma.   This 15g palm is Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea.  It is similar to the rubrum variety but is known for the white crown shaft and white leaf stems.  It is truly a gorgeous palm that many in this locality can grow.  I've not shown you one of these for over two years.  This plant is in a 15g pot.  We have a few for sale.  It's about six feet tall and already showing the silver color.  Anticipate a plant with a mature height of 25 feet, a trunk that's thinner than a King Palm, and a cold tolerance of about 27 degrees.  It will take coastal sun and should be a fine addition to your garden. 

Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea
Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea
Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea by David Transwell
Photo by David Transwell, PACSOA
Dictyosperma album variety furfuracea

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
MINIATURE SHADE PALM
METALLIC SHEEN TO LEAVES

This New World palm species is unique in that it has simple leaves that, under the right growing conditions, produces a definite metallic sheen to the leaves.  Several pictures show this nicely.  It has a narrow stem and never gets too tall.  I've had a few plants in the garden that, after 30 years, got up to six feet tall.  A downside is when a plant gets this old, it sort of looks like "leaves of a stick".  So, you want to plant colonies of this palm for fullness of the overall group.  I think a minimum of three together or up to six to eight is ideal.

Shown here are an assortment of plants and sizes.  It is a shade palm and cold tolerance to about 22 degrees F.  These are easy to ship and do nicely as a houseplant.  We have several sizes available for sale. 
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Fifteen year old group with 3 feet of trunk
Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
THE SMALLER ROYAL PALM FROM JAMAICA
COMPARE TO THE CUBAN ROYAL NEXT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

About five 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.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps by RL
Roystonea princeps by RL Roystonea princeps  

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
BLUE OR GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
BEAUTIFUL STACKING LEAFLETS


This cycad species makes a stunning specimen and is one of my favorites.  It is from South Africa, an easy cycad to grow, and in most areas likes full sun.  Its leaf color varies from green to blue, with many somewhere in between.  The leaves are curved toward the ground and in many specimens there is overlapping or stacking of the leaflets.  Some varieties have a rather blunt (non-pointed) tip to the leaflets and this form is sought after by collectors. 

All the photos shown here are of nursery plants.  This species is so cool that I thought I'd just show you a whole bunch of plants.  I hope you like this species because it looks great in the garden.  Most of these plants are large, but we have everything from seedlings up to coning sized specimens as shown here. In these pictures note the variation in the leaf color, the leaves that curve toward the ground, and the tight proximity of the leaflets.  If you only want one cycad, this might be a great choice.
Encephalartos longifolius pot Encephlartos longifolius 15g
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius box Encephalartos longifolius
E. longifolius E. longifolius E. longifolius leaf
E. longifolius, cit pot E. longifolius box E. longifolius bue

 

SHIPPING LARGER NUMBERS OF BIG PLANTS BY INDEPENDENT TRUCKERS
SECURING PLANTS ON PALLETS
AND A DISCOUNT WHEN YOU GET A PALLET OF PLANTS!


I just want to remind readers that it's very easy for us to ship larger plants by bunching them onto a pallet.  We frame out the pallet and shrink wrap it.  The advantage for you is that we can ship larger plants and this technique is so much more affordable that usual shippers like Fed Express or UPS.  But, you've got to fill the pallet to get the full benefit and savings.  For some, this is the perfect way to add to their garden.  We ship to all states in the country.  When you order plants by the pallet, you automatically get a 15% discount on the plants.  So, get more plants, bigger plants and save money!
pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants  

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
NICE BATCH OF CIT POT SIZE PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


The first six pictures here show an example of a really nice batch of citrus pot sized plants of this species.  It is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  The second picture shows the grouping of leaflets. 

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

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

 

SCHIPPIA CONCOLOR
VERY THIN TRUNK
MEDIUM HEIGHT FAN PALM
3G SIZE AVAILABLE - RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL!


This interesting and super thin trunked fan palm comes from Belize.  Taxonomically, one might think it's most closely related to Thrinax.  But, it is actually more akin to Cryosophila according to recent reports.  It has a 3 to 5 inch thick trunk.  It can get over ten feet tall.  Most that I've seen in botanical gardens are about ten to fifteen feet.  The crown of leaves is fairly open.  Fruits are light colored and large.  Leaves are green, near complete and soft.  Germination of seeds is quite easily but growing them from there is more of a challenge.

I'd recommend part day sun or coastal sun for this species.  I'm not positive about cold tolerance because they are quite rare.  But, I'd guess it's about a freeze at lowest.  We have several 3g plants available.  These can be shipped quite easily.

REGULAR PRICE 3G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Schippia concolor Schippia concolor
Schippia concolor Schippia concolor Schippia concolor
Juvenile plant in So Cal garden
Schippia concolor
This plant is older than the last
Schippia by TS at RPS
mature by TS at RPS
 

 

SABAL MEXICANA
MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

At one time this species was much more prevalent in Texas, but in recent times its numbers have dwindled.  Native habitat extends from Texas down through Latin America on both coastal sides of these countries.  In habitat, specimens up to fifty feet have been observed.  Trunks are straight and columnar.  Trunk diameter is typically twelve to eighteen inches.  Most domestic plants are in the twenty to thirty foot range.  Old leaf bases are retained in the upper trunk area but will fall way with age.  The crown is green with a hint of silver and full.  This species is similar to Sabal palmetto but usually bigger with a larger crown of leaves.  Like the Palmetto Palm, it is very cold hardy, perhaps even to ten degrees F.

Shown here are some 5g plants which I'm putting on special.  I've also shown a 15g and some garden plants.  This is a full sun species and a great selection for someone in a colder area.

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


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
15 gallon nursery plant
Sabal mexicana
underside of leaf of 15g plant
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

DIOON PURPUSII
KEELED LEAF MEXICAN CYCAD
CIT POT SIZE ON TEN DAY SPECIAL
NOT BIG PLANTS BUT SUPER RARE

This highly sought after and collectible species is native to Oaxaca, Mexico.  After several centuries, trunks can get up to 15 feet.  It is known for its prominently keeled dull green leaves, similar to Dioon califanoi.  Close examination will shown small spines on the leaflets.  It is rare to see this species for sale.  The plants on special are pushing 3 years old - not large but super rare.  This is a full sun species except in the desert.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F. or a bit colder. 

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $125


As always, mention this Special for your discount.
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii
Large specimen at nursery, now sold
Dioon purpusii by LR habitat
Photo by LR
Dioon purpusii HABITAT BY M.M.
Habitat photo by M.M.

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
SINGLE TRUNK, THIN TRUNK
PROBABLE MADAGASCAR SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This single trunk species of pinnate palm is probably from Madagascar although no one knows for sure.  In California, it is rather thin trunked - five to six inches thick.  In tropical areas it is more husky.  Leaves are plumose with very thin leaflets.  It likes heat and full sun.  This might be a good thing for those of you in inland areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES

We have available as shown 5g, band size and perhaps a few of the 15g left.
 
Dypsis plumosa
This and next 3 pictures 5g size
Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
15 gallon size
Dypsis plumosa
Band sized plants for sale
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

SATURDAY, 9 APRIL, 2016

 

ENCEPHALARTOS DOLOMITICUS
SUPER RARE BLUE CYCAD
ONE OF HARDEST CYCADS IN THE WORLD TO FIND
SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE

Encephalartos dolomiticus is one of the hardest cycad species in the world to obtain.  It is native to the eastern Transvaal District of the Republic of South Africa.  Although talked about, it was not formally described until 1988.  Trunks in the wild can get up to six feet tall.  It is an endangered species.  Leaves are strikingly blue.  They are upright and typically about three feet long.  There is an area of bare petiole at the base of each leaf.  Culturally, this species tolerates full coastal sun and is cold hardy down into the low 20's F.  Rarity is 10 on a scale of 10.  Seedlings are rarely available.

I have a limited number of seedlings available.  These can be easily shipped within the U.S.  They germinated about 18 months ago and are getting ready to throw another leaf.  If you are interested, don't dally as I suspect they'll sell out quickly.

For more to read on this species, click article (slow download - be patient) by
The Cycad Society. 

Update 9 April - SOLD OUT
 
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
photo by irieonline website
Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
nursery plant, now sold

 

MACROZAMIA MIQUELII
MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD
TOLERATES SUN OR SHADE
NEW ARRIVAL BOXED SPECIMENS
SEVERAL IN CONE

Native to Australia in the New South Whales and southern Queensland areas, this medium sized cycad has flat green leaves with leaflets that droop down somewhat.  The inner portion of the leaflets has a yellow to white area next to the leaf stem.  Overall size is not that large.  Trunks can get to about a foot tall with leaves about four feet long.  The plants we just got in are about 15 years old and we received two plants with male cones (see photo). 

Culturally, this is an easy species to grow.  It tolerates full sun on the coast but also does great in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is well into the lower 20's F. or colder.  The plants offered here have been outdoor grown in the northern San Diego County area and are in 24 inch plastic boxes.  Limited numbers are available.  Macrozamia miquelii is not easy to find and near impossible to find in the size I'm offering here.  As this is a slow growing species, this is a great size to guarantee success in the garden.

Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii by Chris Gray, PACSOA
photo in habitat, Chris Gray, PACSOA
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
SOUGHT AFTER SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LEAF COLOR BLUE TO GREEN
GNARLY, SPINEY LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES

This rare cycad species is native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is known for its spiny and prickly leaflets.  Some say it looks like a more green E. horridus.  But, surprisingly, there are forms that are almost identically blue to E. horridus and other forms that are dark green.  Certainly culture plays a part in leaf color (sun makes leaves more blue), but genetically there are different strains of this species, some being super blue in color.  Trunks get to about 3 feet tall in many decades.  Typical leaf length is four feet.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

The first six pictures are of a nice blue-green boxed specimen that is coning size with a caudex size of about 11 inches.  Also shown are other sizes.  This species lives on minimal water and can tolerate coastal sun or strong filtered light.  For a cycad, they are fast growing.  I'm offering a special on any plant we have of this species.


TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS WE HAVE
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
15 gallon size
Encephalartos arenarius
5 gallon size
Encephalartos arenarius
Another boxed specimen
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Extremely blue form of E. arenarius

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
SUPER BLUE 25G AVAILABLE
COLD HARDY TO 15 DEGREES F.

Yesterday a customer called me from Southern CA.  He lived about 45 minutes north of Riverside in the high desert.  He said his elevation was 4000 feet and he wanted to grow Bismarckia.  He loved blue palms.  However, I felt for his locality that Bismarckia was risky because of cold.  So, I mentioned the Mexican Blue Fan Palm.  It takes down to 15 degrees F. and would be an easy grow for him.  He Googled it to see if he liked it and was very pleased.  So, we took the pictures shown here.  These are 25 gallon plants and are in good supply.  But we also have 15g, 5g and smaller.  Any sized can be shipped or delivered.  And, btw, this is a water conserving species and takes full, not desert sun.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM
SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK T LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This smaller and very cute fan palm is native to areas of Florida, Mexico and into the Caribbean.  It has a blue green leaf color with more prominent silver on the underside of the leaf.  Mature height is rarely to twenty feet.  Leaves are about three to four feet across and prominently divided into segments.  It likes heat and sun.  It might also do well in desert areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We have available 5g and some 15g plants.  It is ideal for people who want shorter but attractive sun tolerant palms.  But, particularly in pots, it is slow growing.  We're putting bands on sale today but do have 5 and 15 gallon available.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase for your discount.
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
15 gallon size at nursery
Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata
back of leaf of nursery plant showing silver
Coccothrinax argentata  

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON 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 5G PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

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

Anthurium hookeri 5g 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

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
THINNER TRUNK THAN BRAHEA ARMATA
AND, FASTER GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


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 recently acquired six one gallon plants.  I germinated and have some bands as well, but these are much further along.  If you are in a cold area or love blue palms, you have to try one of these.  And, they are on sale!  Color will be blue when outdoors.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I wants heat and full sun.  Did you get that these are super rare and hard to find?

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


Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase for this discount. 
Brahea Species Super Silver Brahea species super silver
Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver
Band size, not on sale presently
Brahea species super silver Tobias Spanner
photo by TS, RPS, habitat
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
SINGLE TRUNK FILTERED LIGHT PALM
THICK TRUNK - PROMINENT WIDE RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


This species, along with Chamaedorea lineares, is one of the most sought after of the Chamaedorea family.  It is quick growing, gets to about 15 feet tall or more, and gets up to a 2 inch thick green trunk.  It has prominent white rings on the trunk with wide, green leaflets.  Well grown, this palm is a show stopper.  It is also super hard to find.  We've been out of them for at least six months - people always ask for them.  I just got in a limited supply of nice one gallon plants (shown) that are 18 to 24 inches tall in their pots.  This is a filtered light palm that will tolerate a freeze.

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

Remember: mention this Special for your discount.
 
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
15 gallon nursery plant, not available at this time
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Trunk of 15g plant
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Close up picture show trunk with rings - note
flower stalk forming
Chamaedorea woodsoniana

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA HYBRID
BY LUIS HOOPER
ONE GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Most in Southern California know of the palm pioneer, Luis Hooper.  He has been a member of the Palm Society for many decades.  Although elderly, he still works on the palms.  One of his most famous accomplishments is the creation of very desirable Rhapis hybrids.  A few days ago we got in some nice 1 gallon plants that a private collector got from Luis.  When I heard he had them, I jumped on them.  These are sought out nationwide.  This collector didn't recall the cross.  By my inspection, I'm pretty sure it's Rhapis multifida x laosensis.  Luis has done this cross before.  If so, this cross will make a palm that gets to about six feet tall, has thin canes and is very attractive.  It's for filtered light and will be cold hardy into the upper teens F. You'll hardly ever find these for sale any more.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $37.50

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis multifida x laosensis
Rhapis multifida x laosensis,
garden of Luis Hooper
Luis Hooper
Friend, Luis Hooper
 

 

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

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

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

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


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

Trithrinax campestris
This and next 4 pictures of 5g size on sale
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
15g size, not on sale right now
Trithrinax campestris
15 gallon size
Trithrinax campestris

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10/15G PLANTS

Recently new to our nursery, this exotic filtered light dwarf plant puts out clusters of huge flowers.  This variety is pink but they also can come in red, apricot, orange, yellow and a whole assortment of other colors.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  See how beautiful they are now - yet pictures from a month ago had no flowers.  Along the coast they can take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Plants are about as wide as they are tall and make a wonderful and colorful addition to the garden floor.  You'll not see this plant around too much. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
same plants one month ago
from Vipsad webstie
c/o Vipsad Website

Jacobinia from igarden Website Australia
photo from igarden website, Australia
 

 

FRIDAY, 8 APRIL, 2016

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
FANTASTIC MEDIUM SIZED PALM
GOOD SIZED 15G PLANTS

Almost all palm enthusiasts rave about this medium sized palm from Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 25 feet (perhaps somewhat more in the wild) and has a very narrow trunk.  The plants we've been recently offering are not small.  Perhaps the biggest ones have sold but the remaining plants are super nice.  It grows at a medium pace and has medium length and somewhat arching green leaves.  Trunk diameter is six inches. 

It tolerates full sun along the coast and might want part day sun in super hot areas.  Cold tolerance is probably 24 degrees F. although exact data is lacking.

The last photo here is one of my all-time favorites, c/o Palmpedia.  This shows two plants in the wild and how beautiful this species really is.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Arkive Website
by unknown photographer Arkive Website

Juvenile plant in garden
Ravenea glauca unknown photographer PalmPedia
One of my favorite all time photos by unknown
photographer at PalmPedia Website

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
MEDIUM TO TALL PALM FROM PEMBA ISLAND
SOMETIMES SUCKERING, SOMETIMES SINGLE TRUNK

This attractive medium sized Dypsis comes from the Island of Pemba off the coast of Madagascar.  It is sometimes single trunk, other times suckering.  This variability in the number of trunks is seen with quite a few Dypsis.  It gets to a height of thirty to forty feet, has silver or silver-green trunks with prominent rings, with six foot long leaves on short petioles.  The leaves are keeled in cross-section.  Growth is rapid.  In our area of Southern California, part day sun seems to work well.  Inland areas show put in strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  This morning I am showing two trunking out specimens in 25g containers at the nursery.  From ground to the top of the leaves they are about twelve feet tall.

Of note, in habitat, sometimes this is a suckering species and occasionally it is just one trunk.  I cannot predict for sure that these two plants will not sucker.

This species is similar to Dypsis lanceolata.  A way I recognize D. pembana when juvenile is by the upper stem, where you see a definite speckled tan color below the newly emerging spear.  Dypsis lanceolata has more of a silver color in this same area.  We only have a few of this larger size Dypsis pembana available.  We also have some 15g for sale.
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS

 

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 $140


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  

 

EUPHORBIA TIRUCALLI
STICKS OF FIRE PLANT
BRIGHT RED IN SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Sticks of Fire is a type of Euphorbia native to Africa and perhaps parts of the Middle East.  Generally, it doesn't get too tall but can make a large bush.  In bright sun, leaves can take on a very red color.  It survives in harsh climates and is drought resistant.  Plants shown here are in 5g pots and, in bright sun, will turn red over time.  It does exude a white, toxic sap that should not make contact with the eyes.  Leaves are tubular and narrow.  Color can be impressive.  At our late Fall Sale last month, these were so popular that we've brought them in again.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $35
 
Sticks of Fire Sticks of Fire 
Sticks of Fire  Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website
Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website
 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 or
THREE FOR $60 THIS SIZE


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis onilahensis band  Dypsis onilahensis

 

HYPHANAE COREACE
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN PALMS THAT FORK ABOVE THE GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Just mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Hyphanae coriacea
5g size
Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriaceae
Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriaceae
Hyphanae coriacea

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
blossom appearances

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This Asian species of suckering pinnate palm in known for several things.  First, it's cold hardy down to about 18 degrees F.  Secondly, it is durable but slow growing.  Finally, it has very fragrant blossoms.  Mature height is about ten feet.  Along the coast it takes sun or shade.  Sun exposure does not make it grow faster in my experience.  It can be grown as a container plant and is not armed.  Inland areas should grow this in filtered light. 

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

Remember to mention this special!.  We also have 1g size available.
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

DIOON EDULE
LOW HEIGHT CLUSTERING CYCAD
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G SIZE

This is a smaller species of cycad that is native to Mexico.  Surprisingly, it's probably the only species that will take direct desert sun.  Even the Sago Palm burns in the desert.  These specimens being offered are huge!  They have formed multiple suckers and are very full.  Leaf color is green to blue-green.  Cold tolerance is well into the upper teens F.  The plants offered are 12 years old from seed and busting out of their containers.  Mature plant height is five feet

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

BTW, this is the best price I've ever put on these old plants.  But, you must mention this Blog Special or they are sold at regular price.  It's a reward for reading our Blog.
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
SUPER RARE AND ONE OF THE PRETTIEST PALMS FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

When Jesse and I visited New Caledonia in the year 2000, one of the palms that stood out was this more rare form of Burretiokentia.  Native to Mount Koghi, this species stood to a height of about 25 feet and had a prominent white-green crown shaft.  The trunk is thin and the crown of leaves full.  I'd consider it a medium sized palm.  It is rare and hardly ever available to the public.  But, we're offering this great species at a very good price.

It take coastal sun or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties.  BTW, the last two photos are from our trip to the habitat.

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

Remember to mention this Special to get the discount.  Of note, we also have 5g and 15g sizes for sale.
burretiokentia koghiensis  burretiokentia koghiensis 
burretiokentia koghiensis  burretiokentia koghiensis  burretiokentia koghiensis
We also have 15g plants for sale 
burretiokentia koghiensis
Another 15g sized plant 
burretiokentia koghiensis  burretiokentia koghiensis 
 

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAT PALM
THIN TRUNK, RED COLORED FUZZY CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE BAND SIZE

This species is a favorite among palm enthusiasts.  It's quite easy to grow and doesn't get too large.  Mature height is about twenty-five feet with a thin trunk as shown in the last photo.  The crown shaft is quite fuzzy and rusty red in color; thus the common name.  It is a medium rate growing palm.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and takes down to the mid-twenties F.  If you live inland, consider part day sun or strong filtered light.  We're offering two year old bands of nice size on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR FOUR FOR $80

Just mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  We also have various other sizes available. 
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos
photo showing rust color crown shaft larger
nursery plant 
Dypsis leptocheilos
25g size nursery plant  
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 
 

 

ORANGE CLIVIA
JUST COMING INTO BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G PLANTS

Clivia are one of everyone's favorites for Spring.  This is because they reliably blossom this time of year in our locality.  The plants shown here are the orange variety.  They have huge blossoms coming out right now and will be in full color in a few weeks.  These plants like filtered light and are cold hardy to the low 20's F.  Of note, we also offer the rare yellow form of Clivia, but they are not on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 0RANGE THIS SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


Just mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.

Clivia Clivia
Clivia Clivia Clivia
typical orange blossom
Clivia
more rare yellow blossom which we have
Clivia unknown photographer Flikr
unknown photographer Flikr
Clivia unknown author
unknown photographer

 

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

I'm down to the last few of the large 15g that we're offering for sale on this, the Chilean Wine Palm.  These plants are approaching ten years old from seed!  As most know, they are unbearably slow to grow and getting a nice plant as shown in the first four photos seems to take forever.  Try it yourself some day from seed.  You'll know why it takes a decade to produce a nice sized Jubaea.  Interestingly enough, we ship a lot of this sized Chilean Wine Palms to people in colder states like Texas and South Carolina.

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

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

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

SANSEVERIA SPECIES
VERY OLD CLUSTERING PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Sanseveria are a durable smaller dwarf type of plant that have thick leaves and are largely unarmed.  They tolerate sun or partial sun and are fairly cold hardy.  The plants on sale are older plants in an 8 inch pots.  They have divided so much that they are busting out of their containers.  Leaf length on these is presently about 12 inches.  They should get longer in the ground.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25.

Easy to ship but mention this Special for your discount.  It's a Blog Only special.  We have limited numbers of these.    
Sanseveria species  Sanseveria species 
Sanseveria species  Sanseveria species  Sanseveria species 

WEDNESDAY, 6 APRIL, 2016

 

SYAGRUS BOTRYOPHORA
NATIVE TO EASTERN BRASIL
THINNER TRUNK
INTERESTING ARRANGEMENT OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 5G PLANTS

This fairly fast growing, single trunk palm gets to a height of about 30 feet and seems to do well in coastal Southern California climates.  Although the exact cold hardiness is yet to be worked out, it takes temperatures into the upper 20's F.  It is a sun species.  The interesting thing is the arrangement of leaves on the trunk.  Note how they are widely separated and stair-step up the trunk.  Oppose this to all the foliage at the top of the trunk.  This is less apparent in old and mature trees.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Just mention this Special for this price when you order.  These plants are about 5 feet tall, so shipping is a bit more.

Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora  

 

INGA EDULIS
ICE CREAM BEAN TREE
SOUTH AMERICAN TROPICAL TREE
PULP TASTES LIKE VANILLA ICE CREAM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G  SIZE


This is a good sized tropical tree from various countries in South America.  It tends to branch at a low height but can reach heights of over 75 feet with a very thick trunk.  The plant gets its name because the pulp inside the seed pod tastes like vanilla ice cream.  These plants came from a domestic tree  in La Mesa, Ca.  The plants on special are about 4 to 5 feet tall.  It's fairly rare  to see this species for sale.

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

Inga edulis Inga edulis
Inga edulis Inga edulis Inga edulis by Botanics.jp website
Photo by Botanics.jp website

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM
VARIETY RUBRA
GEORGEOUS THIN TRUNKED PALM
PROMINENT CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


This attractive, single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm is native to the Mascarene Islands.  Among enthusiasts, the  most talked about aspect of this species is that it's considered to be a monotypic species.  In other words, there may be sub-varieties of the species, but they are all just a bit different, mainly because of colors seen.  Remember, to a taxonomist, it's all about the flower and its parts.  If you stand side by side and compare palms, it doesn't matter that you'd swear they were all dramatically different.  It's just about the flowers.

This "variety" (rubra) gets to a height of thirty feet or more and has a prominent red color on the leaves (when young), the petioles  and other parts.  It is a sun species.  Cold hardiness is down into the upper twenties F.

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


Remember:  Mention this Special when purchasing.
Dictyosperma album rubra
This and next 4 pictures of 1 gallon size on sale
Dictyosperma album rubra
Dictyosperma album rubra Dictyosperma album rubra Dictyosperma album rubra
Dictyosperma album rubra
15 gallon size at nursery
Dictyosperma album rubra Dictyosperma album rubra

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
THE RIBBON PALM
FAST GROWING, LOVES SUN
DARN COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Several weeks ago I presented this species and there wasn't too much response.  I don't understand why.  This Australian fan palm is a great growing species (fast), has a thin trunk, tolerates full hot sun (even in the desert), peaks out at about 30 feet and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  If you see cold weather, it might be perfect for you.  A customer in Sacramento told me it's one of his best growing palms.  I'm putting the 5g size on special at a great price.

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

Just mention this Special for this price when you buy.
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
15g size, not on sale right now
Livistona decipiens
Note ends of leaflets hanging down like ribbons
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
RARE, TALL, SKINNY TRUNK
RUGGED PALM WITH GRACE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

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

I can mail order these but it'd be expensive b/c of the size of the box.  Remember, mention this Special!
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei  

 

ASSORTED SUCCULENTS
MANY TYPES AND SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL -
EVERY SUCCULENT WE HAVE -
ANY SIZE!

I've shown a ton of photos here, most taken recently, of assorted succulents we have at the nursery.  All are cool.  Most are smaller but we have large specimens as well.  The majority are a piece of cake to ship.  And, we're offering all on sale for ten days.

TEN DAY SPECIAL
20% OFF ANY SUCCULENT IN INVENTORY


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

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
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII
THE CLASSIC BAMBOO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 5G

This New World suckering shade palm has pinnate leaves and never gets much above 8 to 9 feet.  This is the reason it's so popular.  It's not my favorite suckering Chamaedorea, but it does fit inside the home of the average house without hitting the ceiling.  Outdoors, it wants filtered light and is cold hard into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  The 5g on sale here are oversize, about head height or more.

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

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Although a tall box is needed, these can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.
 
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifritii  

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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 5g size.  We do have many sizes for sale.   Maximum height of this species is 20 to 25 feet.  Growth rate is medium.

REGULAR PRICE 5g SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $49


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

    

ENCEPHALARTOS APLANATUS
RARE AFRICAN CYCAD THAT LIKES FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This species is from Swaziland in South Africa and is often compared to a similar species, E. villosus.  But, Encephalartos aplantus has longer leaves, sometime up to ten feet long.  For this reason, it's called "The Giant Villosus" on occasion.  It does not form a vertical trunk of any size and does not sucker; you get a single trunked plant with this species. Leaves are green, upright and somewhat curved downward.  Plants usually have six to maximum eight leaves.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. and it likes filtered light.  It is quite rare and hard to find.  We are often seedlings on special.

REGULAR SIZE BAND SEEDLING $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


You must mention this Blog only special at time of purchase to get this price.
Encephalartos aplanatus band E. aplanatus from plantzafrica.com
by plantzarica.com

 

TUESDAY, 5 APRIL, 2016

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
SPINELESS AUSTRALIAN CYCAD
DARK GREEN & FRIENDLY LEAVES
NEEDS ROOM IN THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

A few days ago we received from one of our customers about twenty Lepidozamia peoffskyana seedlings in one gallon pots.   They came from domestic seeds from his place of business.  The business had planted an assortment of these plants.  Over the years they've grown and there proved to be both sexes in the planting.  Without any hand pollination, seeds were formed.  And, they proved to be good.  He germinated a bunch and we received them recently.  They are one and two leaf seedlings.  This species will take full sun right on the coast but most enthusiasts give it part day sun or strong filtered light.  It needs some horizontal room as it makes a larger cycad.  Cold tolerance is actually quite good, perhaps into the upper teens F.  Folks are growing this plant in the SF Bay Area without a problem.  Leaves are soft to the touch and without any spines.  I am showing the 1 gallon sale plants and a few other sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $37.50

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for this price.  These are easy to ship.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
5 gallon size
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
24 inch boxed specimen
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Leaf detail
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

BRAHEA NITIDA
RARE GREEN FAN PALM
PRETTY COLD HARDY
TAKES SUN OR SHADE
TEN DAY SPECIAL TREE POT SIZE

I think that this rare Brahea species from Mexico is one of the prettiest species of the genus.  I say this because, when grown in filtered light, it has almost "Licuala-like" flat green leaves.  See photos below that shown this.  It certainly tolerates full sun but looks a bit different with lots of light.  In filtered light the leaves are soft, super flat and dark green.  You'll hardly ever see these for sale.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.  It's a real winner.  The first six pictures show the tree pot size which I've put on special.  Easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE TREE POT $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for this price.
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Photo in habitat by J.D. in full sun
Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida
15 gallon size.  How pretty is this?
Brahea nitida
Close up view leaf last plant
Brahea nitida
Clean leaf stems - essentially no spines

 

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

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

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

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii  Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
photo by Tobias Spanner, RPS
 

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND AND 5 GALLON SIZE


It is actually difficult to find this sun loving blue succulent for sale.  It is native to Mexico and felt to be the tallest Agave type of plant.  It gets to a height of typically under ten feet, has a fairly narrow trunk and fleshy, thick and peculiar shaped blue leaves.  Shown here are our band sized plants and 5g larger plants, both on special.  And, I'm showing a mature garden specimen.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  BTW, these are second generation plants from 'bulbils" from a customer's mature and fruiting plant.  They are easy to grow but growth rate is rather slow.  Larger plants tend to be quite expensive if you can find them.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30
REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


Please mention this Blog only special to get this price.  These are simple to ship right to your door.
furcrea furcraea macdougalii TS at RPS
photo by unknown author
Fucrea macdouglii
band size
Fucrea macdouglii
5g size
Fucrea macdouglii
5g size

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE
HUGE FLORID ORANGE BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON TREES


We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large orange blossoms.  This is a sun loving tree that can get fairly large with a canopy of twenty to thirty feet across.  It blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  There's a large tree several blocks from the nursery that had blossoms with color from June of last year until October.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F. 

Shown here are some seven foot tall 15g plants.  This species is a fast grower so these trees in the ground will be good sized in just a few years.  They were grown outdoors in a cooler part of our county.

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

To get this price, just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata photo by Wikipedia Commons
Photo c/o Wikipedia Commons

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
LUSH GREEN CYCAD
SUN OR PART DAY SUN IN SO CAL

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is a fast growing green cycad, medium sized, from Madagascar, the Comoros Islands and Eastern Africa.  It is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F. and can take full sun along the coast.  Some have even grown it as a houseplant.  The 5g plants we have on this special are nice healthy plants as shown here.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95.

Easy to mail order.  But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Limited numbers available.
Cycas thouarsii 5g
5g Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
Larger garden specimen

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
BLUE-GREEN SUCKERING FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and perhaps a bit taller when mature.  It does sucker.  The leaflet tips are softer than the pungent campestris.  On sale are these outdoor grown 15g plants.  It likes full sun and is pretty cold hardy, possibly into the upper teens F.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size, but we do have 5g as well.

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


As usual, mention our Blog when ordering to get this price.
Trithrinax schizophylla trithrinax schizophylla

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPCIAL $50 THIS SIZE

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora dale meyers math.hawaii.edu
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora Dale Meyers math.hi.edu
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora  

 

MONDAY, 4 APRIL, 2016

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
A SEMI-DWARF TROPICAL TREE
RARE NEW INTRODUCTION
NATIVE TO NEW CALEDONIA
MALE AND FEMALE FLOWERS

About a decade ago I was not aware of this exotic understory tree.  A friend had received seeds from New Caledonia, germinated and grew the seeds and then offered me some tiny plants.  He had a male and female plant (dioecious species) and thus was able to set seeds.  From the seedlings, I was able to grow them on.  They grew quite rapidly and within about four years were flowering.  This plant likes filtered light and peaks out at about 8 feet height.  It has broad, "Anthurium-looking" leaves as shown here.  The first plant shown here is a male in flower and was picked up by a customer today.  With pollen from this plant we pollinated our sole remaining female today and hopefully will get some seeds.  I've also shown a female blossom below.  Notice it's smaller and less branched.  The male blossoms are more white, fuller and fluffy.  You may also notice pollen dropping from the male blossoms.  If we have any more of this rare species for sale presently, it's just one or two.  I'm not positive as I'm writing this post.
 MERYTA BALANSAE male in flower  MERYTA BALANSAE male in flower
Meryta balansae male in flower
this and next 2 pictures of male blossom
Meryta balansae male in flower Meryta balansae male in flower
Meryta balansae male in flower Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
female blossom
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae eNDEMEA nc WEBSITE
Habitat pic by Endemea NC Website
Meryta balansae by TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS

 

PRITCHARDIA, THE HAWAIIAN PALM
ABOUT SIX SPECIES AVAILABLE
BIGGEST AND BEST 15G AROUND
OUTDOOR GROWN, SEEN SUN AND COLD
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm that typically get heights of fifteen to twenty-five feet.  They have lush green leaves that are flat or a bit wavy.  Often species have a lot of white tomentum on the leaf stems.  We call it the Hawaiian Palm because it's the only palm that is native to Hawaii.  Before men introduced other species, there were only Pritchardias on these islands.

For those of you who have read this Blog for a while, you'll remember that several years ago I bought out the private plant material of a nursery that was going out of business.  The species we got were all from true Hawaiian species only.  This included several hundred Pritchardias that were huge at that time in 15g plants, had been grown outdoors and seen full sun.  We put these plants in our outside growing grounds and kept up with their care.  They are now even bigger, easily the size of a boxed Pritchardia.  Sizes on some are eight feet in their pots with very thick trunks.  And, they are sun ready - instant planting material.  We have about five or six different species.


These plants take full coastal sun or part day sun inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps a bit lower.  They've seen all the cold we've had in the past three years.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185 THIS SIZE

But, remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price at the time of purchase.  All photos shown here are of these plants.
Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g 
Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g 
Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g  Pritchardia species huge 15g 
 
FOR THOSE WHO WANT EVEN LARGER PRITCHARDIA
HUGE BOXED SPECIMENS
VARIOUS SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL


The 15g described above are very large.  But, we have even larger plants in boxes that people can lift and move.  These are 24 inch boxed plants.  We have outdoor grown specimens as shown here, quite a few of them.  Many we've been growing for about twelve years.

REG. PRICE 24 INCH BOXED PRITCHARDIAS $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE  $395

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species HJD  Pritchardia species box 
 

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5g SIZE

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 of spring.  .

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

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

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
15 GALLON SIZE
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
5 GALLON SIZE ON SALE
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

 

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

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

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

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

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIIUM NIDUS
WIDE SWORD LIKE LEAF
SMALL FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Everyone loves this filtered light plant including the garden snail.  But, keep them away and these understory companion plants are real winners.  They don't like to go dry, so keep up on the water.  Salty water gives them brown tipped leaves.  The 5g plants here are very nice.  Mature height is about three feet.  They are cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  I'm putting them on a Ten Day Special.  I'm showing below the ruffled leaf form which I don't have at this time.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for the discount when purchasing.
 
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
BIRDS NEST FERN wIKIPEDIA
Photo c/o Wikipedia
BIRDS NEST FERN
Ruffled variety not available at this time
 

 

MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM
NICE, FULL 1G PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 1G PLANTS

The genus Adiantum or Maiden Hair Fern contains many species and cultivars.  If you Google the genus, you'll see all sorts of different looking plants.  What I'm showing here is the plant on the West Coast that we consider to be the "classic Maidenhair Fern".  They are full 1g.  They never get over two feet tall, like water and are best grown in filtered light. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price.  These are a great understory companion plant.
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
5g size not available at this time

 

VARIEGATED BRAKE FERN
PTERIS ENSIFORMIS EVERGEMIENSIS
SMALL FERN WITH VARIEGATED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

These nice one gallon plants have leaflets that are green and white and are very showy.  These are full 1g plants.  Mature height is about twelve to sixteen inches.  They enjoy water and are a filtered light, understory species.  It's rare to find these little guys.  We have limited numbers on this ten day sale. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.
 
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern  
     

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE SIZES $450-$550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $275
YES, YOU CAN PICK THE BIGGEST OF THIS GROUP OF LARGE 15G PLANTS


Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous.  And, they are a bargain at this price.   
 
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three photos, Ceratozamia
mexicana
plant #1
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three picture, plant #2
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Same species, 25g not on sale
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Different 25g plant
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species, one of the sale plants
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
another example of plants on sale

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND PLANTS

Pandanus utilus is called the Screw Pine but is not a pine at all.  It's actually a monocot (similar to palms) and native to Madagascar, the Mauritius Islands and some surrounding areas.  It gets it's name by the arrangement of leaves which come off the trunk in spiraling fashion, always the same direction.  Thus, the leaves spin off at different angles in a swirl.  Leaves are rather thin and have spines along the margins.  The trunk on this species is quite amazing.  It forms aerial roots (sausage like) that come to the ground for stability.  Trunks fork and form multiple heads of leaves.  Trunks can also be quite smooth, almost snakeskin-like.  It has large fruit clusters that are bigger than grenades.  Leaf color is green with a sheen of blue.

Overall height is variable, but old specimens can easily be over thirty feet tall with lots of branches.  As I type this I'm looking out my window at a Screw Pine in my garden that is 25 feet tall.  I love this plant.  It takes sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid-twenties F.  We are offering very old bands that are about six years old and a great buy.  They can be easily shipped.

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

Just mention this blog special when purchasing to get this price.


Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Band size on special for ten days
Pandanus utilus

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 $35

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

BRAHEA DULCIS
MEDIUM SIZED ATTRACTIVE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This good looking fan palm comes from southern Mexico as well as various countries in Central America.  There is variability in this species: Some plants are green, others blue.  Some specimens get to twenty feet, others remain shorter. And, some even sucker to make multiple trunks.  But, all are attractive.  Over time, leaf bases fall away to give a smooth trunk.  We're offering our band size on these at a good discount.  Easy to ship.  The one shown is a double, not suckering.  This species likes part sun or full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25 OR
THREE FOR $60


You must mention this special to get this price.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA
photo by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
EASY TO GROW, NOT TOO TALL
SUPER BLUE COLOR
SUPER COLD HARDY
SUPER NICE!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  Well, we just got in a small batch of them and am offering them at one of the best prices we've ever offered.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.

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

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size. 
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue P. craft
Photo by Paul Craft
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM
TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Over our 40 year existence, I'd estimate that the nursery has sold several thousand of this very popular dwarf palm.  Typically we recommend putting in a small colony of them.  They look great like this and will get staggered heights.  Most garden plants are not over 3 to 4 feet tall.  But, the last picture shows a few that we've grown for decades and are head height.  Because leaves are at the top, such older plants look best with newer, smaller plants growing from the bottom.  If you have an older plant, put a few small ones at the base.  This species likes shade and has simple, non-divided leaves as shown.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

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

These are easy to ship and four in one box is no problem.  Just remember to mention this Special for the reduced price when you purchase.

Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
5 gallon size, not on sale right now
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
plant in garden
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
25 year old plants at nursery

 

DYPSIS NAUSEOSA
AKA DYPSIS HIGHLAND REDNECK
INTERESTING RED CROWN SHAFT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Over the many decades we've been growing palms, I made friendship with Clayton York at Utopia Palms in Australia.  We'd chat from time to time about palms.  One of his keen interests was the palms of Madagascar.  About 15 years ago I had heard of the Dypsis species "highland redneck".  I never really knew what it was.  Clayton later described it.  The habitat photos below (c/o Palmpedia) were taken by him.  This species comes from southeastern Madagascar, has a thin trunk and gets to a height of about 40 feet. Note the red and fuzzy crown shaft in the photos.  Habitat elevation is 750 to 1000 feet.  Most are trying it in sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is presently not certain.  This species is super rare and not really seen on the market.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50


You know, mention this special.  These bands are easy to ship.
Dypsis nauseosa Dypsis nauseosa
Dypsis nauseosa Dypsis nauseosa Dypsis nauseosa
Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York
Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York
Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York
photo by Clayton York
Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York
photo by Clayton York

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
THE ONLY CYCAD FOR FULL DESERT SUN
DROUGHT TOLERANT
THE MOST COLD HARDY CYCAD
JUST IN - CONING SIZED 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G

This remarkable cycad is so useful in the garden.  It is the best species for super intense sun and tolerates temperatures to the mid-teens F.  I was once hired to do a study as to which cycad species is best for a rooftop garden on top of a high rise Las Vegas hotel and casino.  I gathered experience from every desert cycad enthusiast I knew.  The final conclusion was Dioon edule.  Nothing else would take that blasting sun and heat.  Native to Mexico, this species rarely gets over six feet tall.  Growth is very slow.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees.  The 15g we just got in were desert grown and are huge.  Many are coning as shown here.  Caudexes average 7 to 8 inches.  Leaves are green to gray green.  These plants are also very drought resistant. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $250

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

 
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

SUNDAY, 3 APRIL, 2016

 

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

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

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.
Butia capitata 25g April Butia capitata green
Butia capitata green Butia capitata green Butia capitata green
Butia capitata green Butia capitata green Butia capitata green

 

ASSORTED TROPICAL PLANTS
SIX INCH POT SIZE
LOTS TO CHOOSE FROM
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

We just got in a pretty nice assortment of all sorts of tropical green plants.  These are not flowering plants but rather green, understory companion type plants.  Included are about six different types of nice Philodendrons.  Some would be able to climb tree trunks.  In our area, almost everyone can grow these.  I'd anticipate none will take direct hot and full sun.  Filtered light would be better.  If you're looking for something different to add to the garden, these might fit the bill.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: $16 FOR ANY OF THESE PLANTS
Assorted tropical plants Assorted tropical plants
Assorted tropical plants Assorted tropical plants Assorted tropical plants
Assorted Tropical Plants Assorted tropical plants Assorted Tropical Plants
Assorted Tropical Plants Assorted Tropical Plants Assorted Tropical Plants

 

 

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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE GERANIUMS $8
Geranium red April Geranium red April
Geranium red April Geranium red April Geraniumred

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
2 FOOT+ PLANTS IN 8  INCH POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Dypsis lutescens is a suckering palm that tolerates coastal sun and gets to a height of about 14 - 18 feet.  It is the perfect plant for hiding neighbors, an ugly fence or an adjacent building.  Scan through our Blog and you will see an assortment of larger plants for sale.  Sometimes people want smaller, juvenile plants.  So, we sought out and are offering younger plants in 8 inch pots.  They have  multiple stems and would plant out at 2 feet of height or a bit more.  In our area, they have no problem with full sun along the coast.  They also do great in strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 23 to 24 degrees F.  The price we're offering here is cheaper than our band price and the plants are much larger.  

TEN DAY  SPECIAL 8 INCH PLANTS $25
Dypsis lutescens 8 inch pots Dypsis lutescens 8 inch pots
Dypsis lutescens 8 inch pots Dypsis lutescens 8 inch pots Dypsis lutescens 8 inch pots
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
20 gallon size at nursery - also available

 

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $27.50
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise

 

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

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

REGULARPRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $25


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Cordyline australis red Cordyline australis red
Cordyline australis wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia
   

 

CRYPTHANTHUS BROMELIADS
EARTH STAR BROMELIAD
SMALL, CUTE & COLORFUL
LOTS OF PINK AND RED!
TEN DAY SPECIAL

These smaller Bromeliads are known for the fact that they are a terrestrial type of Bromliad and do well planted right into the ground.  Contrast this to the epiphytic types that live on branches of trees above your head.  Small roots anchor these plants into the ground and do little in terms of absorbing nutrition.  A mature plant is usually no bigger than a dinner plate.  They take strong filtered  light or a bit of sun.  These plants are  in 4 inch pots.  We  only occasionally have them for sale.  They are a fairly rare Bromeliad to find.  We have two or three species.  All have pink and red with some brown colors.  Also, mail order is a piece of cake.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH PLANTS $15


 
Crypthansus bromeliads Crypthanthus 
crypthanthus  Crypthanthus  Crypthanthus 

 

PHOENIX CANARIENSIS
THE CANARY ISLAND PALM
LARGE LANDSCAPE STATEMENT TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Almost everyone recognizes this popular palm native to the Canary Islands.  Growth rate is slow.  Mature height can get over 30 feet and the trunk is quite thick.  They like full sun, are cold hardy into the teens F., and need room to grow.  We are putting 5 gallon size on super special.  This size can be mail ordered.  Usually this species is planted as a single but sometimes several together look nice (See last photo).  BTW, this price is so low that, for mail order customers, S/H may be more than the cost of the plant.  Remember, we ship plants in their pots with soil.  So, it would be a pretty big and heavy box.  Just call or email for a shipping quote to your area.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $25

Phoenix canaraiensis Phoenix canaraiensis
Phoenix canaraiensis Phoenix canaraiensis Phoenix canariensis
Interesting triple commercial planting

 

RAVENEA RIVULARIS
THE MAJESTY PALM
WITH GOOD CARE - BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL TRASH CAN GROWN PALMS
TWENTY YEARS OLD!

In the 1980's this species of Madagascar pam was introduced and touted to be "the palm of the future".  That didn't end up being the case because this species likes lots of water and fertilizer.  Without it, plants can turn yellow.  But, with good care it's a gorgeous species.  If your looks bad, give it water, fertilizer and magnesium.  They get a very fat trunk that tapers toward the top, like full sun along the coast and tolerated temperatures to about 25 degrees F.  In the days when we thought a deeper pot would give quicker growth, we used galvanized trash cans to grow plants.  The plant(s) on special are super old, 20 year old plants.  Mail order is not possible.  They weight 300 pounds and have a few feet of trunk.  BTW, finding old and large Majesty Palms is not easy.  They are essentially impossible to find nowadays in California. We only have a few for sale.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL $325

Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Photo in habitat by MR
 

 

THE AUTUMN FERN
DRYOPTERIS ERYTHOSA
COPPER RED LEAVES
SMALL COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS


I am going to include today some smaller but interesting ferns that you may not see around at nurseries.  The Autumn Fern is known for it's small stature and copper red emerging leaves during spring and fall.  They turn to green as time passes.  Plants stay under 18 inches tall and are compact.  This is a nice plant to fill smaller garden floor areas in filtered light.  I'm putting them on a ten day special.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15


Just mention this Special when purchasing.
Dryopteris erythrosora Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora Dryopteris erythrosora  

 

SATURDAY, 2 APRIL, 2016

 

NEW BATCH OF TI PLANTS
RED AND BLACK STRIPES
ABOUT 4 DOZEN JUST IN
STRIKING COLOR FOR THE GARDEN

Spring is here!  And, as advertised, we are getting in tons of color.  Just today we got in about four dozen Hawaiian Ti plants.  These have red and a dark-red to black variegation on the leaves.  In the pictures shown here I have included close-ups of the leaves.  Ti's are hybridize to shown the colors and patterns of color.  They are quite beautiful and instant color for the garden.  We recommend filtered light or a bit of sun.  These plants are about 3 to 3.5 feet tall now, all multiples per pot.   We'll have in several other new varieties in a few weeks.  People can't seem of get enough of these great companion plants.
Ti Plants red and black Ti Plants red and black
Ti Plants red and black Ti Plants red and black Ti Plants red and black
Ti Plants red and black Ti Plants red and black Ti Plants red and black

 

BEAUCARNIA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM
PECULIAR SMALLER SIZE TREE
SUPER SWOLLEN BASE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON TWO SIZES-
5 AND 15 GALLON POTS

As many of you already know, the Pony Tail Palm is not a palm at all.  Native to various areas of Mexico, this interesting plant has a very swollen base with strap like green leaves at the top.  It is also called the "Elephant Foot Palm" because of the swollen base.  In habitat, specimens have been known to live for hundreds of years and get up to a height of fifteen feet.  I've seen photos of jeeps parked on top of the base of one of these plants.  They love full sun and are cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  If the foliage is burned by cold weather, they usually come back.  They can fork or form additional trunks off their base.  We are putting two sizes on sale.

5 GALLON SIZE REGULARLY $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $39
15 GALLON SIZE NORMALLY $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $115

Both sizes can be shipped although it's expensive to ship the big ones.  Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this discounted price at the time of purchase. 
Beaucarnia recurvata
This and next 2 pictures our 15g size
Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata
Base of a 20g nursery plant

 

ADENIUM OBESUM
RED FLOWERING PLANT
CALLED "THE DESERT ROSE"
MINIATURE PLANT, USED FOR BONSAI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH PLANTS

As I have mentioned previously in this Blog, I am not an expert on succulents nor bonsai plants.  But, I know what I like and this is a great species to grow.  I specifically ordered in some smaller young Adenium that will have red blossoms as shown below.  This size and species are hard to find.  This species is native to Africa and blossoms are found that are yellow, white or red.  Of interest, it gets a bizarre trunk and mature is never too large.  In the ground and in habitat, plants get up to ten feet or more.  The trunk expands into a fat, contorted globular shape as seen below.  This occurs in pots or in the ground.  The flowers of our plants will be red and, when in full bloom, quite stunning.  It is water conserving and never gets large in a pot.  Cold tolerance is a bit below 30 degrees by estimate.  I'd recommend protecting it from cold.  Filtered light or some sun is ideal.

REGULAR PRICE 4 INCH THIS SPECIES $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $15 OR
FOUR FOR $50


These are easy to ship, weather permitting.  Mention this Special for your discount.
Adenium obesum red
This and next 3 pictures 4 inch pot size
Adenium obesum red
Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red
This and next 2 pictures bonsai mature blooming plant
Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red  

 

HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
THE BOTTLE PALM
SHORT PALM WITH FAT BASE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS
THREE PER CONTAINER!

I have so many calls from customers seeking out the Bottle Palm.  I much prefer the Spindle Palm because of its better cold tolerance.  But, people just love the swollen base and small mature size of this species.  If you never freeze, you can perhaps grow this.  It doesn't take a freeze.  It loves sun.  If you look at the pictures from the Fallbrook garden shown last month (Palm Society Meeting), you'll see a nice plant being grown in Fallbrook, CA.  Mature size of this species is about ten feet.  I am offering 2 year old triples per pot as starter plants for enthusiast who want to try one (or more).  Pot size is 4 inches.  Plants are about 10 inches tall.  They are on special.

REGULAR PRICE TRIPLES 4 INCH POTS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15 OR FOUR FOR $50


Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this price.
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
10 gallon size plant at nursery
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
squat 20 g plant from last year at nursery
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SLOW GROWING - COLD HARDY
MATURE SIZE TWENTY FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


I am offering nice 5 gallon plants of this super slow growing and cold hardy fan palm species.  In our area you can grow it in full sun or filtered light.  It'll take twenty years to get ten feet tall.  Leaves are flat and green.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  This is an easy grow in Houston or the SF Bay area.  These 5g plants are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $39


Remember to mention this Blog special when you buy.  These are easy to mail order.
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
15 gallon size at nursery

 

DUDLEYA BRITTONIA
BLUE TO CHALK WHITE
MINIATURE SIZE
LOVES SUN
TAKES HARDLY ANY WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH POTS

For the past few years we've been offering this strikingly "white" succulent that is native to North America.  It has a very small mature size, rarely over 12 to 16 inches wide.  Leaf color is white to blue.  If it gets more water in the summer it gets more of a blue color.  Spring to summer blossoms are a pink color.  Culturally, one should not over water it.  This can cause rot.  I met a friend who had an old one.  I asked him "How often do you water it?".  He said "never".  "Only rain water".  That says it all.  The 4 inch pots on special and shown here are very attractive.  They want full sun and are cold hardy into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $10


Mention this Blog Special when you buy.  Easy to mail order!
Dudleya brittonia
This and next 2 pictures of plants on special
Dudleya brittonia
Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia
This and next picture of larger plants at nursery
Dudleya brittonia

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
LOVES SUN AND HEAT
MATURE 20 TO 25 FEET
FLUFFY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Many of you are familiar with this single trunk, crown shafted palm from northern Australia that never gets much over 20 feet tall in our area.  It has very plumose leaves, thus giving it the name "Foxtail Palm.".  Trunk diameter is usually under 12 inches.  They don't like to be right next to the ocean as salt water burns the leaf tips.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Full sun is mandatory.  The plants on special here are squat 5g size with heights of about five feet.

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Special for hits price when you purchase.
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata

 

FRIDAY, 1 APRIL, 2016

 

CYCADS WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES
RARE SPECIMENS OF GOOD SIZE
AGES 20 TO 100 YEARS!
AN ASSORTMENT OF PLANTS

Yesterday we were contacted by a major and very well known theme park in the Los Angeles area.  They had a specific need.  They wanted several very rare cycads that would have upright leaves, staying away from patrons.  They also wanted them to be striking and different appearing than usual landscape material.  So, with this in mind, we took photographs of some of our cycads with upright leaves.  Realize that many species do this naturally - have leaves with a more upright orientation.  Other species will be upright on their new throws of leaves and then upright leaves relax down as the next swirl emerges.  To maintain upright leaves one would remove the lower, older swirls of leaves.  The photos here show plants we presented to the theme park architects.

Included were:

Dioon merolae, a 100 year old cycad with 2 feet of vertical trunk
Dioon holmgrenei, 25g 7 inch caudex.  New leaves are upright
Encephalartos altensteinii, box, caudex 12 x 20 inches, age 25 years, upright new leaves
Encephalartos gratus with about a 12 inch caudex and eight foot upright leaves
Encephalartos kisambo, a species with natural upright leaves, 24 in box, 13.5 inch caudex
Encephalartos natalensis, 25g container, recent leaves upright, caudex 8 x 11 inches, 20 years old
Encephalartos transvenosus, 15g clay pot, caudex size 20 inches
Encephalartos villosus, 2 plants shown, 24 in boxes, caudex sizes about 12 inches
Encephalartos whitelockii, naturally upright leaves, 24 inch box, double 9 inch caudexes

As most of you know, we have a great selection of mature rare cycads - probably one of the best selections in the country.  What you may not know is how actively we work with architects on getting these great plants into venues where many people see them.  This includes botanical gardens, theme parks, public plantings, museums, parks, etc.  But, we have enough inventory so that even enthusiasts like perhaps yourself can enjoy them as well.  With over 25,000 rare cycads available, there's something of every size for everyone.   
 
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae

Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
2 plants shown
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus 2 plants shown
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus 2 plants shown
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii

 

COLORFUL EXOTIC BROMELIADS
MANY DIFFERENT TYPES/SPECIES
NEW ARRIVALS ALMOST WEEKLY
LOTS OF REDS, PINKS & PURPLES

Almost weekly we get in a dozen or two of new, colorful bromeliads of many genera.  This includes Vriesias, Nerogelia, Aechmea and other types.  Shown here are some that we just got in.  Many of you probably haven't seen these types around.  Most are in prominent blossom and display great colors.  They are good for strong filtered light or a bit of sun.  A few take full sun.  No matter which ones you pick, they are easy to grow and survive over the years by producing small babies at their bases.  They don't take a lot of water and are easy to care for.  And, the color lasts for many months.  New offsets grow to make next year's flowers.  Drop by to get a few and put more interest into your garden.
Assorted colorful bromeliads Assorted colorful bromeliads
Assorted colorful bromeliads Assorted colorful bromeliads Assorted colorful bromeliads
Assorted colorful bromeliads Assorted colorful bromeliads Assorted colorful bromeliads
Assorted colorful bromeliads Assorted colorful bromeliads Assorted colorful bromeliads
     

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
NICE 15G AND 15G SIZE
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE PALM
FULL SUN - GREAT BLUE COLOR
COLD HARDY TO 15 DEGREES F.

Most people think of Butia capitata as a green or gray colored palm.  But, there is a clone that has intensely blue color.  People see them and love these plants.  We have available two sizes:  nice, big 25g and 15g.  Both sizes are sun grown and super cold hardy.  The 15g can be mail ordered but the 25g need to be hand delivered or sent by a pallet - they are too heavy for Federal Express to deliver.  Mature height is about 15 feet in most areas.  They demand full sun.  The last photo by my friend Paul Craft shows a mature plant that can be attained in about fifteen years.
Butia capitata blue
This and next four photos of 25g size
Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue
This and next picture 15g size
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Paul
Photo by Paul Craft

 

CHAMAEDOREA ELEGANS
THE PARLOR PALM
TWO VERY OLD SPECIMEN PLANTS
ABOUT 12 YEARS AGE
GREAT DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM

The popular Parlor Palm is not a rare species of Chamaedorea.  You'll see it sold across the country as a popular interior (house plant) palm.  But, what's unusual here is the size and age of the two seven gallon plants shown.  Both are doubles and one has over five feet of trunk.  This size has taken about 12 years to produce.  I guess this is an advantafge of having a nursery that's been around for 39 years.  Some plants just grow and grow.  These could be mail ordered with some special attention to packing.  The fourth picture shows the more commonly available 3 gallon size.  This is a shade palm outdoors and is cold hardy to about 24 degrees.
Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans
Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans
Typical 3 gallon size sold in nurseries
Chamaedorea elegans

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
RARE SPECIES OF SHADE LOVING PALM
LARGE 5G SIZE AVAILABLE
THICK TRUNK, TALL HEIGHT

This very rare species of Chamaedorea has a natural distribution that extends from Southern Mexico down into Columbia in South America.  It grows at elevations of up to a mile.  It is a single trunk species with a large, thick trunk that has prominent rings.  Leaves are green and long, up to five feet.  Leaflets are wide and widely spaced with drip tips.  Trunks are one of the thickest of the genus.  In the garden it wants filtered light and vertical room.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are a few large 5g plants that we are offering.  We have very limited numbers of this species.
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana

 

 

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


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

 

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


I just want to remind readers that it's very easy for us to ship larger plants by bunching them onto a pallet.  We frame out the pallet and shrink wrap it.  The advantage for you is that we can ship larger plants and this technique is so much more affordable that usual shippers like Fed Express or UPS.  But, you've got to fill the pallet to get the full benefit and savings.  For some, this is the perfect way to add to their garden.  We ship to all states in the country.
pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants  

 

PREPARING A PLANT FOR SHIPPING
THIS TIME A BLACK
TI PLANT
ALMA SHOWS YOU HOW WE DO IT


I want to show you how we prepare a plant for mail order/shipping.  Immediately to the right are three black Ti plants.  Our customer chose the biggest one, the plant on the left.  (note that there is a flower at the top of the plant).  Also note that this plant was a bit of a challenge.  One trunk goes laterally.  It would not bend upwards without damage.  You'd think that this meant we'd have to use a huge box to ship it upright.  We found a cheaper solution with less shipping charges for the customer.  This was to add a block of wood at the base, correcting the orientation of that longer trunk so it pointed straight up.

So, we attached that block, snow balled paper to the soil and applied a strong stake (1 x 2 lumber) to protect the plant during transport.  This means the plant won't slide on itself, damaging the canes, if Fed Express turns it upside down.  Alma then careful lifts the prepared plant and gently slides it into the pre-cut and measured box.  The stake goes to about an inch below the top of the box.  After inside the box, the top is securely taped.  (the bottom end is prepared before loading).  The last picture shows a plant in a box that is ready for the invoice and Ag permits on the outside of the box.  Inside we put a full complement of needed permits along with the original invoice.  Within a hour it's off to Fed Express for shipping.  There are few nurseries that take this much effort to prepare and ship plants.  But, we do.  We continually get feedback about how "prefect the plant was on arrival!"
Black Ti black ti
Black Ti Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box
Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box
Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box

 

 

SPRING IS HERE!!
SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS COMING IN RIGHT NOW
SELECTION WILL CHANGE ALMOST WEEKLY
FOR SURE THERE WILL BE SPECIALS!

For a nurseryman, one of the most exciting times of the year is spring and the new plants and color that become available at this time of year.  Our magical date here in San Diego is February 15th!  We've never in history had a freeze in the city beyond that date.  

I'm showing here a whole assortment of pictures of last year's spring color.  We hope to offer the same or even better choices this year.  We get new items in almost weekly and "whoosh", they are gone quickly.  Many are not offered a second time..  And, in the next several weeks we'll start  to bring in these items.   Along with these colorful and different companion plants, we'll also be offering rare palms and cycads that you haven't seen recently.  Yes, it's an exciting time of the year.  So, follow this Blog and return frequently to see new things that just arrived.  I'll post them first right here..

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

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

 

NEW!
COLLECTION OF BONSAI, CAUDICIFORM AND MINIATURE TREES

NEW COLLECTION JUST ARRIVED
RARE & BIZARRE CONTAINERIZED PLANTS

Last week we got in a dozen or so plants that are quite peculiar and different looking.  They were purposely grown in small containers for many decades to "bonsai" them.  This has given them unusual trunk and plant shapes and appearances.  All are quite unique.  I've created a separate webpage to view these plants with an introduction.

GO TO MINIATURE TREE PAGE

Caudiciform type plant Miniature tree
CLICK TO SEE RECENT CYCAD COLLECTION - ACQUIRED LATE DECEMBER, 2015
ORGANTIZED AND PRESENTED BY GENUS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
HUNDREDS OF RARE CYCADS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION

cYCAD COLLECTION

 
CLICK TO SEE COLLECTION RARE CYCADS

 

END OF POSTS FOR APRIL, 2016  

TO SEE EARLIER POSTS FROM MARCH, 2016 -- CLICK HERE

A LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE NURSERY
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC 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

 

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

 

 

RARE COLD HARDY PALMS AVAILABLE
AND WAY TO SAVE ON PLANTS & SHIPPING!


JUST ORDER A FULL PALLET (ABOUT NINE 15 GALLON SIZE
OR UP TO TWENTY-FIVE 5 GALLON SIZE) AND
GET A
GREAT DISCOUNT ON ON BOTH PRICE OF PLANTS & SHIPPING

2016 SPECIAL: FILL A PALLET FOR SHIPPING OR DELIVERY
AND SAVE 15% OFF REGULAR PLANT PRICES and
BIG SAVINGS ON THE COSTS OF DELIVERY!
AND, RECEIVE BIGGER PLANTS THAN MOST CARRIERS
WILL SHIP. 

BY THE PALLET GET PLANTS UP TO 8.5 FEET TALL   

(Call Us for Specifics on How It Works)

 

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 FF.

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 Craftt
BRAHEA CLARA
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK MEXICAN PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY

This palm is quite similar to the more commonn 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 MHH
 
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
AKAA 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 rightt
 

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 thee 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 SMALLESTT 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 TRITHRINAX 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 likee T. acanthicomaaabove.  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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Availability changes freuently.  We're always getting in new and different items

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

Floweringg Anthuriumm 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!

Geraniumss 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.   Geraniumm 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 Websitee
     
KALANCHOE, ASSORTED TYPES
MANY COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
THICK GREEN LEAVES

Kalanchoeeare 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, AUU
     
CROTONS
COLORFUL RED, BLACK GREEN AND YELLOW
MAKE LARGER PLANTS
WILL TAKE SOME SUN

Crotonssare 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
 Ligulariaa auburn.edu websitee
     
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL

Customers often shy away from the Elephant Earr Alocasiaa 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
     
CAVENDISHH 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.  Thesee Cavendishh 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 Wikipediaa
     
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    

 

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PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

Many of you who have called us or received emails over the years have communicated with one of our staff.  But, you may know nothing about them.  So, we thought we'd post a webpage that shows who they are and mentions a few points.  Just click on the banner to the left to read about our staff.
Jungle Music Staff Banner
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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 FIVE 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 takenn
at IPS Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens, year 1998..

phil 4
photographing oldd Ficuss trunk at Selby Garden, FLL


garden foggy morning
View outside my office window at dawnn
Phil Bergman
Phil Bergman at a private cycad garden this past summer 2014, Southern Californiaa
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 featuress Parajubaea torallyii andd Dioon merolae..  

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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 seee
what's happening at the Nursery.  I've included a few links below.  We'd love to have many of you follow us,
especially at Facebook.  Check it out.  These medias are fun.

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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
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