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TUESDAY, 29 AUGUST, 2017

 

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

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

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm - actually towers above them
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk

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

Remember:  Mention this Special!

Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archonotophoenix teracarpa

Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note no tip burn on leaflets
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note super thick trunk for a King Palm

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN CYCAD
LARGE, NICE 15 GALLON
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as a rare Mexican cycad that is difficult to find.  But, finding good sized Dioon holmgrenii right now on the market is almost impossible.  Shown here are some plants that have nice size and form.  This group of plants have an average caudex of 5 inches.  It is plants from this group that we're putting on sale. 
This species loves hot sun.  It has a cold tolerance down to about 20 to 22 degrees F.  It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green and leaflets are armed with spines.  This 15g size can be mail ordered within the U.S.


REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS GROUP $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE THIS GROUP $375

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices. 

 
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenei Dioon holmgrenii

 

 

JUBAEA X BUTIA CAPITATA F1 HYBRID
QUICKER GROWING, FAT TRUNK
EXTREMELY COLD HARDY - FULL SUN
RETAINED LEAF BASES ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

For some reason, palm enthusiasts around the world love palm hybrids, especially inter-generic hybrids.  I don't quite know the fascination with this, but it is real.  This is particularly true if the two parents are an unlikely match.  Hybridization has given us such popular trees as the Mule Palm, Foxy Lady, and others.  Sometimes these crosses offer a cultural advantage: faster growth, more cold hardiness or even a nicer appearance.  Many feel that the cross between the Queen Palm and
Syagrus schizohylla is prettier by far than either parent.

Jubaea x Butia is another interesting hybrid that is super popular.  Often these are discovered by spontaneous hybridization (open hybridization) and only appreciated later.  The plants offered here are F1 hybrids (first cross).  Butia pollen fertilized the Jubaea blossom.  

J X B crosses have certain characteristics.  As a younger plant you may see barbs on the leaflet tips, folding back of the leaflet ends, or splitting of the leaflet tips.  Some of these things are shown below.  As a larger garden plant you always see retained leaf bases compared to the smoother trunk of pure Jubaea.  The leaves of the hybrid 15g shown here are keeled to some extent whereas pure Jubaea tend to be flat.  And, the petiole on the hybrid is definitely somewhat blue whereas Jubaea i
s green. 

If you don't want to wait for a seedling to get big, try one of these eight to ten year old plants.  They are cold tolerant to 15 degrees F. and love full hot sun.  I'd estimate growth rate to be two times faster than pure
Jubaea.  On special this morning I'm offering the 15g size. 

REGULAR PRICE NICE 15G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $250


But, mention this Special for these prices when you buy.  Both sizes are shippable but take a very large box.

   
Jubaea x Butia large 15g Jubaea x Butia large 15g Jubaea x Butia large 15g
Jubaea x Butia large 15g Jubaea x Butia large 15g Jubaea x Butia large 15g
Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants
Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants Jubaea x Butia, very large 15g plants
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia

 

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

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

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


Remember, mention this Special!

Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

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 $45

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.  The first row of photos are the 1 gallon size on special.  I've also shown larger nursery specimens, a garden plant and a picture of 1000 year old plants from the wild (photo by JO).

Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

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 Mexican Grass Plant Dasylirion longissimum
Mexican Grass Plant Mexican Grass Plant Mexican Grass Plant

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
FAST GROWING - CENTRAL AFRICAN
HUGE PLANTS IN SMALLER ONE GALLON POT
GREAT BUY!
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS!

This species from Zimbabwe, Africa, and has similar species from local habitats.  For this reason, in the past, plants were considered to be part of the "Manikensis Complex".  Others put into this group later became species such as E. gratus, E. chimanimaniensis, concinus, bandula, etc.  Now most are recognized as legitimate species.
Encephalartos manikensis is a medium sized cycad.  Trunks can get up to three or even five feet tall.  Clustering does occur.  Leaves are about six feet long, leaflets one inch wide.  Leaves are held upright at about a 45 degree angle.  

As it is most Central African cycads, one will find that it does better with humidity than some of the South African species but is still quite as cold hardy.  It will tolerate a freeze and can usually take temperatures down into the mid-twenties.  Along the coast, full sun is tolerated well.  In desert areas, filtered light would be best.

These one gallons are huge - about the size of a nice 5g or even a small 15g.  Caudexes are two to three inches wide and leaves come up to your abdomen or chest.  They'd be cheap to ship because they're in one gallon pots.  Limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $79

Remember:  Mention this special.   

 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST DESCRIBED SPECIES KING PALM FAMILY
FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Common Name(s):  Walsh River Palm
Native Locality:  In the Atherton Tableland, south and west of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.  Elevation there is 3500 feet. 
Overall Height:  In habitat up to 70 or 80 feet 
Trunk Diameter:  Thicker than all the other species, up to 18 inches.   Some swelling at base.
Leaf Length:  10 to 12 feet, upright, slightly twisted.  The petiole is very short, i.e. leaflets start near the trunk.
Leaflets:  Minimally silver underneath (other species more prominent) and no ramenta
Crown Shaft Color:  Green with hints of yellow or blue    
Presence of Ramenta:  Absent
Flower Color:  Creamy-white in color.  Note that this species has the largest flowers of any Archontophoenix
Other Comments:  Probably the largest species of the family.  It has upright, rigid leaves (not arched) and a thick trunk.   Good growing palm for sun and with cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F.

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

Mention this special when you purchase for your discount.  For the specimen plants below I wish to thank L.N. and P.D.

Archontophoenix maxima ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA  Archontophoenix maxima 
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima UNKNOWN AUTHOR ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA PD  ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA 

 

SATURDAY, 26 AUGUST, 2017

 

ANTHURIUM PLOWMANII
RARE TROPICAL UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE
AND, TWO VARIEGATED PLANTS!


We just got in a handful of a very attractive, rare and unusual filtered light companion plant - Anthurium plowmanii.  The last time we had these was two years ago.  Like other Birdsnest Anthuriums, the are a rosette type of plant with thick long leaves.  But, this species has very ruffled or wavy leaves.  They make cylindrical flower cones that give small red seeds.  Leaf length is three to four feet.  Native habitat stretches from Brazil north in South America.  Culture requires filtered light.   Cold hardiness is uncertain but definitely these plants take a freeze.

And, we got in two very attractive variegated plants and three green forms.  The second set of photos show the variegated plants.  These will sell out quickly so don't dally if you want one.  They can be mail ordered. 

Anthurium plowmanii Anthurium plowmanii Anthurium plowmanii
Anthurium plowmanii Anthurium plowmanii Anthurium plowmanii
     
Anthurium plowmanii variegated Anthurium plowmanii variegated Anthurium plowmanii variegated
Anthurium plowmanii variegated Anthurium plowmanii variegated Anthurium plowmanii variegated

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD
WE HAVE A FEW 15 GALLON PLANTS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND

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

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

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



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

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
NICE 15 GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE

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

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


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

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
"THAI MOUNTAIN GIANT", "KING KONG PALM", "BLACK STEM FISHTAIL"
COMPARISON WITH
CARYOTA URENS


Yes, this beautiful large palm from northern Thailand has been given a lot of common names.  I'm showing you today some boxed size plants of this species.  We also have 15g for sale.  But, I thought I'd make a few points about this plant that you may not know and make some comparisons to Caryota urens:

•It has an extremely thick fat trunk that can get up to three feet wide (see last photo).  This is much thicker than C. urens.
•Trunk height in Southern California is hardly ever over 35 feet, less than most of us expected.  C. urens can get over 60 feet with ease.
• It appears to tolerate full sun better than C. urens.  By this I mean it has less brown tipping on the leaflets
• It appears to have a shorter life span than expected, often blossoming in less than 15 years. This is less than C. urens.
• It has very wide and long leaves, up to fifteen feet in length and provides good shade underneath.  Caryota urens' leaves are smaller but still quite large.
• It is not as cold hardy as C. urens and will burn in the low 20's F.  But, most plants will survive and return from temperatures of 20 degrees f.
• It is quick growing but does not put on vertical height as fast as Caryota urens.
• If your plant doesn't look good, it's probably from your lack of giving it adequate water (if there's no cold burn)
• It is the most popular Fishtail Palm presently.  In the past, before this species introduction, C. urens was the most popular.  I think people really like the leaves and leaflet shape..

We have a great selection available and can ship smaller sizes up to 15 gallon plants.  Photos shown here are only of Caryota gigas.


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

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM
GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

The palm shown in the first two rows is a 5 gallon size of Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Here's some facts about this species:

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

We have very limited numbers available of this species and only several in this 5 gallon size.  But, we also have some band sized plants.


Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS


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

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

We are presently offering seedlings on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25
OR, FOUR FOR $85


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

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

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
GREAT INTERIOR AND GARDEN PALM
NEAR INTERIOR QUALITY MULTIPLE 1 GALLON
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1G PLANTS


We recently got in some very large and over-sized one gallon multiples of this species.  We might have a few singles.  On most, this means there are three, sometimes four plants per pot.  Average height is about 18 inches.  They can be easily shipped.  This is one of the most sought after house palms around.  But, they are also a great garden species.  They are slow growing and have dark green leaves.  In the garden, they take full sun along the coast or filtered light far inland.  Mature garden height is about 30 feet.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  This species is native to Lord Howe Island, also the home of Hedyscepe and H. belmoreana.  This size is simple to ship for you folks a long ways away.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1g $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

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

Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAF
SINGLE TRUNK - GORGOUS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a super popular single trunk, pinnate palm from New Caledonia.  It is known as the Flame Thrower Palm because of its newly emerging red leaf.  This color lasts for two to three weeks and ranges in color from a dark burgundy to a pinkish-red.  Mature height is about 25 to 30 feet with a thin to medium girth trunk that has a long green crown shaft. Sometimes you'll see marbling of the trunk - known as the watermelon trait.  There is also a blond crown shaft form called Chamberyonia hookeri.  Growth rate is slow with most plants making two leaves a year.  It tolerates full sun right on the coast.  Far inland, people give it filtered light or morning sun.  Cold hardiness is about 23 degrees F.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price.  These are easy to mail order.

 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia m band Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TALL TRUNKING FORM
LOOK BEST IN SMALL COLONIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BANDS


There are two forms of Chamaedorea radicalis:  The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to Mexico.  The trunking form is what I'm putting on special presently.  It has a thin trunk with rings, gets way overhead and tolerates coastal sun.  The last photo shows how big a 5g can get.  These are fast growing and have a cold hardiness perhaps into the upper teens F.  They look best with several growing size by side.  The bands on sale have two or three plants per pot.  This is a good buy.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $30


Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form

 

BAMBUSA MULTIPLEX 'ALPHONSE KARR'
COLD HARDY CLUMPING BAMBOO
GREEN STRIPES ON GOLD CANES
MATURE HEIGHT 15 TO 30 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This bamboo is one of the "clumping" types as opposed to one that has a tendency to run and spread.  It is known for its yellow trunks with vertical green stripes of varying width and form.  Mature height in the ground is 20 to 25 feet.  In a pot they do quite well and get up to 15 feet.  This is a good botanical privacy blocking species.  It can also be grown indoors.  Cold tolerance is apparently into the upper teens F.  It likes sun and water.  Shown here is our 15g size.  We only grow a few varieties of Bamboo but think this is a nice one - if you like Bamboo.  We also have nice 5 gallon available and would give a discount on them as well.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price.

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' BY MrBamboo website Australia
Photo c/o MrBamboo Website, Australia
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'  

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF
PRE-ARRIVAL SALE
BEEN SOLD OUT FOR A FEW MONTHS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/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.  We sold them like crazy last year as everyone wants color for shady areas.  In a week or a bit more, I'll be getting in about six or eight more.  I'm offering them now for people to reserve.  Then, they'll be gone again.  Easy to ship.  BTW, they blossom in the spring.  So, if you get one now, you'll have color soon.  One picture below shows the plant in winter, no blossoms.

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

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

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

 

TILLNDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH
SOME MOUNTED - SOME NOT
AND READY FOR TREE TRUNKS OR HANGING
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

These New World epiphytic plants are great fun.  They are one of the many genera of Bromeliads.  Native to regions stretching from the Southern US down to South America, these plants attach to tree trunks, branches, posts, fences or anything they can find.  Most do not live in the ground.  They live off of natural rainfall or humidity and are not harmful to the hosting plant/tree.  All will flower.  Flower color depends on the species.  These flowers appear in spring-summer.  We have perhaps six to eight varieties.  Most growers divide plants into single plants and sell them one at a time.  We are offering bunches of many plants together.  Some bunches are a decade old.  You can put them on a piece of bark, wood or whatever you want.  We have both un-mounted and mounted on wood plants.  They are easy to care for outside.  Of note, they are not super expensive but are not cheap.  This is because they are so old.

The first two rows show the medium sizes.  The last row shows large.

REGULAR PRICE CLUSTER MEDIUM, $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER MEDIUM $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $50


PLANTS MOUNTED ON WOOD ARE $10 MORE PER PLANT THAN UN-MOUNTED CLUSTERS.

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Weather permitting, I can ship these but they take a good sized box sometimes, especially if mounted. 

Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters tILLANDSIA CLUSTER 
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia cluster  Tillandsia clusters 

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


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

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

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

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

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.

Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

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

It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  These 5g and multiples. This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.

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


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia chamaedorea glaucifolia

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
DURABLE AND EXOTIC
GREAT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 or 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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

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

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium

Photo by PlantPaces website
Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not on sale presently
Anthurium hookeri

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

ACOELORRAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM
SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
PHOTOS OF TREE IN FRUIT
ONE GALLON PLANTS - TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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


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

Remember: Mention this Special when you purchase.  The one gallons are shown in the last row of photos.


Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
This and next 4 pictures of tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe in fruit
This tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Close up of Fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Tree near reflecting pond, Balboa Park, San Diego
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Two pictures mature tree right on water's edge
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Trunks of well maintained tree
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
One gallon plants available - shown here
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

 

FRIDAY, 25 AUGUST, 2017

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.

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

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $40
REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
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 Laccospadix australasica  LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA 
Laccospadix australasica
5g on left, 1g on right
 
Laccospadix australasica  Laccospadix australasica 

 

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

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

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

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

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
WATER CONSERVING - LOVES SUN AND HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SUPER NICE 1 GALLON

This single trunk blue fan palm is native to Baja California, Mexico.  It is known for the definite blue color of the stiff fan leaves.  Rate of growth is slow.  In Southern California it is rare to see a domestic plant over twenty feet tall although reports are, that in habitat, they get almost twice this height.  The trunk is stocky.  Blossoms extend well out beyond the leaves.  It wants full sun, loves the desert climate and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  The 1g size on sale are very nice.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Only Sale for you discount at the time of purchase.
 
Brahea armata 1g Brahea armata 1g Brahea armata 1g
Brahea armata 1g Brahea armata 1g Brahea armata 1g
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL
EASY TO GROW, GOOD COMPAION PLANT
5G AND 15G - TEN DAY SPECIAL!

Those who have been following this Blog have seen this great and easy to use companion plant in previous threads.  Customers love this plant because it stays small and is so easy to put in shady areas of the garden.  Yet, it looks so tropical and lush.  It can take coastal full sun but looks its best in half day sun or strong filtered light.  It's cold hardy into the 20's F.  But, it does like water.  We're putting two sizes on sale.  These can be mail ordered.

Photos below:
First Row, 5g size
Second Row, 15g size
Last Row, plants in a garden setting


REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135

Just mention this Blog Special for this price and discount when you purchase.

Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora

 

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

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

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

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

Remember, these are well over a decade old.  Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this discount. The last row of photos show specimens in gardens.

Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia beccariana

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

      

WEDNESDAY, 23 AUGUST, 2017

 

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. 

     
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kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS Kentiopsis oliviformis by Kyle Wicomb PACSOA
  by Kyle Wicomb PACSOA
kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS

 

OUR CYCAD SOIL
GREAT DRAINING SOIL MIX
WE DO SELL IT BY THE 15 GALLON BAG

From time to time, I do work on making our cycad soil formulae better.  Our basic ingredients are pumice, coarse sand (#12), fir wood chips, fir shavings, peat moss, perlite, and a touch of high grade topsoil.  We also add dolomite and a slow release Osmocote fertilizer.  Be aware, there is no "perfect" single mix or formulae that you have to use.  At this website I do give a specific component ratios for a cycad mix.  (link below)  This soil shown will support most cycads and is quick draining.  One ideally might alter it for tropical species like lush Zamia.  When available in surplus, we do sell this cycad mix by the bag for those who don't have the capacity to make their own.  And, as of today with a new batch of soil arriving, we do have it for sale.  But, it's way to heavy and expensive to ship by mail order because of the weight.

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

 
Cycad Soil  Cycad Soil  Cycad Soil 
Cycad Soil  Cycad Soil  cycad potting soil 

 

TWO SUPER RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS
ENCEPHALARTOS DOLOMITICUS
ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS


It's actually quite rare for a cycad nursery to get these two blue South African cycad species in at the same time.  I got them in on Monday afternoon and they were sold by early Tuesday morning.  Regardless, I thought I'd share photos of these two species as one so rarely sees them for sale.  The reader can get an idea of what these species look like.  The first two rows of photos are of the dolomiticus.  The third and fourth are the nubimontanus.  Both plants had caudexes of about four inches.

Encephalartos dolomiticus
This and next row are E. dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos nubimontanus
This and next row are E. nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus

  

FOUR DIFFERENT CERATOZAMIAS ON SPECIAL
THREE FIVE GALLON PLANTS
ONE TWENTY GALLON PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ALL FOUR


We just got in some Ceratozamias and are not quite sure exactly what species these four plants are.  All appear similar to the classic "Ceratozamia mexicana" but on close examination the leaflets are shorter, fatter and the leaflet texture is thicker and more stiff than the mexicana.  Taxonomists are working on reclassifying all sorts of Mexican cycads, so we may have correct ID in the future.  All are of Mexican origin and would prefer filtered light.  They should be cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  All are on sale.

(photos in same order as shown here)
Plant #1, 5g, caudex 6 inches, sale price $185
Plant #2, 5g, caudex 4 inches, price $150
Plant #3, 5g, caudex 3.5 inches, price $135
Plant #4, 20g, caudex 7 inches, price $250


The first three plants are easy to ship in their container.  Plant #4 may need bare rooting for mail order.  Remember:  Mention this Special.

 
Next 3 rows show photos of 5g plants - three plants
Two rows at bottom are one individual 20g plant
   
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
20 gallon plant below
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species

 

CRINUM AMABILE PURPLE LEAF
LARGE CRINUM TYPE LILY
AKA "QUEEN EMMA LILY"
OVERHEAD WITH STRIKING FLOWERS
PURPLE-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G DIVISIONS


This Lily is native to all sorts of locations throughout the world including southern Asia, Australia, and Africa.  It is known for it's spiraling display of long, heavy substance leaves that are upright and four to six feet long.  Their color is green and dark purple.  Flowers are white with purple centers and markings.  It grows like other Lilies by making offset tubers that make new plants.  We recently obtained some divisions from a garden's established mother plants.  These were put into 5g pots and are shown here.  They are not huge so we're putting them on special.  These plants are harder to find than one would think.

Expect a mature height of six to seven feet, definitely overhead.  As mentioned, they clump and form a great display of foliage.  They will not "run" or take over an area.  They tolerate full or part day coastal sun and can take a freeze.  Temperatures in the 20 to 25 degree range will damage the foliage but plants reappear in the spring. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $42.50

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

 

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Crinum Lily Purple Crinum Lily Purple Crinum Lily Purple
Crinum Lily Purple Crinum Lily Purple Crinum Lily Purple

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  After growing this species for a few years, we are finally able to offer some 15g plants.  All are multiples with several plants in each pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  Although these plants are not as tall as we've had in previous years, this is about the only size on the market right now.  We also have 5g and 1g available. 

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

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



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Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE
RARE CYCAD FROM EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
THIS VARIETY HAS BLUE LEAVES
PROMINENT LEAFLETS SPINES

This sought after rare cycad is from the Republic of South Africa.  It is similar to E. horridus but the leaflets are less lobed and leaf color is anywhere from green to blue.  The two plants shown here are in a 15g pot and a small box.  Both are the "blue" variety.  It is a good growing species in Southern California.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  Far inland, part day sun or even strong filtered light is best.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Leaf length is three to five feet.  A very mature plant may have three feet of trunk or a bit more. 

At the nursery we have a handful of this blue form as well as the classical green form as well.  These have been outdoor grown and are ready for planting. 


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER CYCADS IN THE WORLD

BELOW AN ASSORTMENT OF 15 GALLON PLANTS

There is a saying among cycad enthusiasts that "you can never have too many horridus".  After 40 years as a nurseryman growing cycads, I can say this is definitely true.  E. horridus is always the cycad that I run out of in smaller sizes.  The Latin derivation for the word "horridus" is "prickly or bristly".  This species is one of the most gnarly and spiny cycads of any.  But, at the same time, it is also one of the most beautiful and striking of all cycad species. 

Leaf color is powdery blue.  This is dependent on the plant receiving direct sunlight and on heat.  Remember, the blue color is from a powder that the leaflets exude as a protection from desiccation.  So, in the shade or in a humid greenhouse, the plant doesn't need to produce this powder. 
E. horridus is a smaller to medium sized plant.  A caudex that is three feet tall is considered "enormous" for this species and hardly, if ever, will get taller.  Crown width is typically three to four feet, rarely larger.  Leaves often are re-curved downward or even upon themselves with a 360 degree circle.  Leaflets are prominently barbed with a backward flip to the proximal barb.  Growth rate is slow.  This species loves sun, growers but in desert areas must only give part day sun or the leaves will burn.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

Below is an assortment of 15g plants we presently have at the nursery.  Caudex sizes are 4 to 6 inches.  We also have larger and smaller plants.  All are for sale.  I'm showing one huge nursery specimen below as well. 


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

 

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

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

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

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


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


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

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

Just available is a new batch of very nice 15 gallon Ravenea glauca.  On smaller Ravenea, R. hildebrandtii is the smallest - a true dwarf.  This species Ravenea glauca is not that small, but it isn't super big at maturity.  It should max out at about 25 feet.  The trunk is narrow.  Leaves are green and soft to the touch.  In most areas it likes full sun.  In the desert, filtered light would be better.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold hardiness seems to be down to the mid to low 20's F.  These 15 gallon plants are very nice.
I wish to thank Palmpedia and RPS for photos below.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175


Remember:  You must mention this website special for this price when you purchase.  The habitat photo was taken by an unknown author c/o Palmpedia.

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Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca unknown author Palmpedia Ravenea glauca TS RPS

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM
DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to areas extending from southern Mexico down to Columbia.  They are often grown for food as the male blossoms are cooked and eaten as a delicacy.  This species doesn't take sun here - it'll burn.  But, in shade it thrives in temperatures down to the mid-twenties F.  It is quick growing and has a rather thick, prominently ringed dark green trunk.  Flowers are quite prominent and, if you have several plants closely situated, the chances are you'll obtain fruit without even trying.  The last photo shows a flower with green fruit.  This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry.  I personally like the looks of a collection of several plants grown together.  Over time, as they age and get overhead, there will be some "stair-stepping" of the crowns and this is quite attractive.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples of our 5g that are on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

Just mention this Special for your discount.

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Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

  

 

SUNDAY, 20 AUGUST, 2017


THE RARE COCONUT QUEEN PALM
SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X QUEEN PALM
A BEAUTIFUL HYBRID PALM
WILL BE UNAVAILABLE EVERYWHERE SOON
NOW AVAILABLE 15 GALLON SIZE

This interesting hybrid originated in Thailand by a grower  and propagator of rare palms.  It is a cross between the common Queen Palm and an unusual type of palm from the same genus, Syagrus schizophylla.  The latter is the seed bearer (female)and is pollinated by pollen from the male flowers of a Queen Palm.  The offspring have proven to be quite beautiful and looks nothing like other parents.  It has good cold tolerance, possibly into the upper teens F.  These will be a medium to large palm with an anticipated mature height of about 25 feet.  The trunk will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less.  The attached photos of mature plants (credit to JI ) show that the mature plants do not resemble what we all know as the Queen Palm.  I don't know if I'd say they resemble a Coconut, but they are attractive.

This is a very rare hybrid to come across.  Availability is sporadic.  The cross is no longer being done so one cannot find starter or smaller sizes for sale presently.  Within a year or two, none will be available except for huge and expensive boxed specimens.  We just got in some of the last 15 gallon plants on the market.  Trust those who have grown them - this will be one of the prettiest palms in your garden.  Be aware that these may be sold out soon so don't dally if you want one.

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Coconut Queen 15g Coconut Queen 15g Coconut Queen 15g
Coconut Queen by J.I. Coconut Queen Coconut Queen by JI

 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII BLUE
SMALL-MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD FROM MOZAMBIQUE
JUST ARRIVED - TWO 20 GALLON PLANTS

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 group 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 other Central African cycads of the "manikensis alliance" 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 two 20 gallon plants that we just got in.  They are the blue form and, in hot sun, will get more blue.  Caudex sizes on these plants are about 4 to 5 inches.  Both were grown from seed and not dug.  Both are for sale.  It's super rare to find established larger plants of blue munchii for sale.

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Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue

 

CHAMAEDOREA POCHUTLENSIS
IMPOSSIBLE PLANT TO FIND
RECENT ARRIVAL - DIVISIONS OF GARDEN SPECIMEN
FIRST TIME OFFERED IN THIRTY YEARS!

It's been over thirty years since I've been able to offer this species of understory, suckering Chamaedorea.  It is a type of "Bamboo Palm" because it suckers and has narrow trunks like a Bamboo.  It is rumored that this species was used to make the famous Horace Anderson hybrid "Irving Cantor".  A friend of the nursery had an old specimen clump in his garden and offered us some divisions from that clump.  They were dug about a month or two ago and are establishing themselves now.  We have about six to eight that we can offer for sale.

This species hasn't been offered for sale for decades.  Seeds are never available.  It is native to the Pacific mountain regions of Mexico and prefers understory conditions.  Mature height is ten to fifteen feet with a trunk diameter of about an inch.  Canes have prominent rings.  Leaf color is green. 

Over the decades I have had many calls of people seeking this species and have never had it.  How I have a limited number for sale.  As they were dug divisions, that aren't too spectacular yet.  But, this species should do well and kick in over time.  The last three photos are c/o unknown contributors at PalmPedia.

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Chamaedorea pochutlensis Chamaedorea pochutlensis Chamaedorea pochutlensis
Chamaedorea_pochutlensis Palmpedia Chamaedorea_pochutlensis Palmpedia Chamaedorea_pochutlensis Palmpedia

 

SUPER COLORFUL BROMELIADS
INSTANT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
CONTINUALLY NEW PLANTS ARRIVING

What can I say other than look at the photos.  These plants not only have vivid colors but are so easy to grow.  They make fantastic companion plants for the garden floor, can be mounted on posts or tree trunks or can be grown as a house or patio plant.  We always have a great selection that is continually changing.  We have plants for shade, some for sun, bigger varieties and petite plants.  Send me an email or drop into the nursery if you'd like to learn more.  These are easy to mail order.  We can get quite a few in one box.

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Colorful Bromeliad Colorful Bromeliad Colorful Bromeliad
Colorful bromeliads Colorful bromeliads Colorful bromeliads
Colorful bromeliads Colorful bromeliads Colorful bromeliads
Colorful bromeliads Colorful bromeliads Colorful bromeliads

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
DICKSONIA ANTARTICA
TALL SPECIMEN TREE FERNS
5G AVAILABLE

We are presently able to offer a limited number of this stately tree fern from Australia.  Native habitats stretch down eastern Australia from Queensland to the south of the country.  This species can tolerate full coastal sun if you allow it to grow into sun.  Trunks are six to ten inches thick and heights can get to over 40 feet.  I have several in my garden that are about this size.  This is a larger, faster growing plant than the Tasmanian Tree Fern.  These 5g plants can be shipped although they take a good sized box.  The last photo is from Plantlust website.

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Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Plantlust Website

 

KERRIODOXA ELEGANS
ATTRACTIVE FAN PALM
SILVER BACKS TO THE FLAT LEAVES
BLACK LEAF STEMS
OCCASIONALLY AVAILABLE


During the IPS Biennial in 1998, we got a chance to see Kerriodoxa in habitat in the area of Phuket, Thailand.  This is not a large palm.  I'd estimate mature heights we saw were ten feet.  Leaves are very wide, about five to six feet across.  To the touch they are thin.  These leaves are minimally divided and very silver on the back side.  Leaf stems are prominently black in color and mildly armed.  Culturally, they can be grown here and possess a little cold hardiness.  I suspect they go down to about a freeze.  I'd recommend filtered light.  From time to time we do offer smaller plants for sale.  But, realize that growing this palm is not a slam dunk.  One photos below shows a palm pioneer, U. A. Young, from Tampa, FL.  He had a nice specimen that survived many cold winters. 

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Kerriodoxa elegans Kerriodoxa elegans Kerriodoxa elegans
Kerriodoxa elegans
Photo showing black petioles
Kerriodoxa elegans Kerriodoxa elegans UA Young
Photo with the late U.A. Young in Tampa, FL

 

ALOE BAINESII
AKA ALOE BARBERAE
THE TREE ALOE
NEW ARRIVAL VERY LARGE 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

I think this is the first time that I have presented the Tree Aloe, Aloe bainesii, the largest Aloe in South Africa, its native habitat.  Trees can reach a height of up to forty feet with a three foot trunk diameter.  It's not seen this large in the U.S. and is more typically about twenty feet tall.  It is a garden specimen type plant and has a very neat crown of leaves.   The leaves, as you can see here, are narrow, armed with small spines and very thick.  Juvenile trunks are tubular and fatten in the ground with age.  This is a very slow growing plant.  The 5g shown here are about six to eight years old.  In the ground they grow faster.  This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  It blossoms in the winter with pink flowers.  The garden specimen photo is c/o Wikipedia. 

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


Be aware this is a difficult species to ship b/c of the long, stiff leaves.  It can be done but requires an oversized box.  To get the sale price, just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

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Aloe bainesii Aloe bainesii Aloe bainesii Wikipedia

 

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 $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $30
OR FOUR FOR $100


Remember: mention this Special for your discount.

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Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum

 

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 (see photo).  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 on special with an even better deal when you get four.  I do have other sizes. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $27.50
OR FOUR FOR $90


These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.

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SABAL MINOR SABAL MINOR SABAL MINOR

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
VERY SIMILAR TO ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


Shown here are three five gallon nursery plants of this South African blue cycad.  It is known for its super blue color in sun, prominent spines on the leaflets and small to medium mature size.  In almost all areas, full sun is recommended for this species.  Part day sun is needed in the desert.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  I just got in some 5g plants with golf ball sized caudexes.  I got a good price on them and am passing that on to the customers.  But, I only got three or four.  Two are the nicest and first come, first serve.  These are easy to ship within the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS $95

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

 

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Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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 band sized plants.

REGULAR PRICE BAND 1G $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $27.50

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


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CYCAS THOUARSII
EASY-T0-GROW CYCAD FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 & 3 G 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 2 and 3 gallon plants we just got in.  These have been outdoor grown their entire lives and are ready to plant with minimal acclimation.  Caudex sizes are about 2-3 inches, some larger.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL FROM THIS BATCH 2 & 3 G $
70

You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when ordering.  These plants can be easily shipped to you.

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Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii


LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES
YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

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.  In full sun, give them plenty of water.  These plants do sucker and are easy to propagate from divisions. This is a great "filler plant" to put in areas where you want something but don't know what to use.  We have other sizes but are offering really nice 5g on sale.

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

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

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Ligularia Ligularia Ligularia

 

 

FRIDAY, 18 AUGUST, 2017

 

ZAMIA LINDENII
NICE SPECIMEN JUST AVAILABLE
EXOTIC AND TROPICAL LOOKING
NEAR SPINELESS LEAFLET


Back in the days when it was easier to get exotic seeds, I had a few sizes of this rare tropical Zamia.  Presently it's near impossible to get seeds.  Today I got in a nice, conning sized plant from Fallbrook, CA.  It was outdoor grown for years.  Mature, trunks get to about five feet tall with a six inch thickness.  Leaf length is about five feet.  Leaf color is green and leaflets are long, pointed and free of spines.  It likes filtered light.  Native stands in its natural habitat in Equator are threatened.  I was lucky enough to see specimens in the wild many years ago.  It is strikingly beautiful.  But, I only have this one plant and it is for sale.  Caudex size is six by ten inches.  I do not know the sex.  The leaves you see are an emerging set of new leaves - soft  to the touch.  They will lengthen over time.  This is a really cool plant.
 
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Zamia lindenii Zamia lindenii Zamia lindenii
Zamia lindenii Zamia lindenii Zamia lindenii

 

AECHMEA SPECIES IN FLOWER
WHAT A SHOW!
BOY, DID WE HAVE THIS ONE MIS-IDENTIFIED

Several months ago I started bringing in an attractive Bromeliad.  I was told it was a "spineless Aechmea fasciata".  Indeed, they had no spines on the leaves.  But, the leaf appearance and color didn't look like Aechmea fasciata - which has prominent silver striation. At that point I had seen no blossoms.  Then one threw out the branching orange blossom as shown here.  Aechmea fasciata has a totally different pink blossom as shown in the last photo.  So, these suddenly became an "Aechmea species" and rapidly sold out.  The blossom is striking.  I'm not a Bromeliad expert.  Perhaps someone reading recognizes what species this is and can email me.  I'm going to try to get more of these.  The last photo is c/o Wikipedia.

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Aechmea species in flower Aechmea species in flower Aechmea species in flower Wikipedia

 

BEAUCARNEA RECURVATA
THE BOTTLE OR ELEPHANT EAR PALM
TAKES HOT SUN AND SIGNIFICANT COLD
GETS FAT AND SOMETIMES BIZARRE BASES

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G SIZE

As many of you know, Beaucarnea recurvata is not a palm at all.  Native to Mexico, it is a member of the Asparagasea family.  It has strap green leaves atop a thinner trunk with a swollen and sometimes bizarre shaped base.  These bases get so fat and wide that I've seen pictures of a Jeep parked on them.  The are slow growing and mature height is usually ten to fifteen feet.  They like sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is reported to be into the upper teens F.  Cold weather may cause them to defoliate, but they usually come back.  We putting great sized 5g on sale.  The first five photos show the plants on sale.  After that are larger nursery specimens and a huge garden plant, photo c/o Floridata.  These 5g plants are a piece of cake to mail order.

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

Remember:  mention this special when you purchase to get this price.


 
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Beaucarnea recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata
Beaucarnea recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata Floridata Beaucarnea recurvata

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
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 $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $30

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

Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40.00

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

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
POSSIBLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species of Windmill Palm is always sought out by palm enthusiasts, especially those in colder areas.  This is because this species is felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus with reports of it easily tolerating temperatures into the single digits F.  This, of course, varies with the duration or cold and other conditions.  We've been out of this species for about 2 years and now can offer nice 1 gallon plants on special.  We have limited supplies, so don't dally.  It tolerates coastal sun quite well and part sun far inland.

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


Just remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  I wish to thank Tobias Spanner and Martin Gibbons for their photos.  They not only discovered this species but were also the source of seeds for these plants.

Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil
Juvenile takil leaf
Trachycarpus takil
Base of one gallon size
Trachycarpus takil by TS and MG
photo by TS and MG

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS


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

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

We are presently offering seedlings on special.

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


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

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

 

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $47.50


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

 

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

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

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

Mention this Special for your discount.

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

TUESDAY,  15 AUGUST, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SEEDLINGS IN BANDS
A SAMPLING OF RARE SPECIES
MANY TO CHOOSE FROM

PHOTOS TAKEN IN THE PAST WEEK OR TWO

All the time we have customers who contact us looking for rare cycads but in smaller sizes.  Like many growers, we utilize "band" containers to grow our seedlings.  These band pots are 3 x 3 x 9 inch containers.  Decades ago we utilized one gallon pots.  But, the bands are deeper than one gallons and give perhaps better growth than the one gallon and conserve table space.  We were among the first nurseries in the U.S. to utilize these containers.  Today, bands are a standard practice for growing many types of young plants.

Below are some photos taken in the past few weeks of some band sized Encephalartos.  They were chosen at random from our nursery stock.  Obviously we have many other types of cycads in these pots.  But, I thought you'd like to see what such Encephalartos seedlings look like.  Average age is two to three years.  This is just a sampling of the scores of species that we offer for sale.

By the way, these band sized plants are so easy to ship.  It's quite affordable to get a good number (in their containers with soil) into a small box and ship via Federal Express.  But, we cannot export them out of the U.S.


Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Assorted Encephalartos seedlings
Assorted Encephalartos seedlings shown above

 

 

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
NICE BAND SIZED CONTAINERS AVAILABLE
GORGEOUS SINGLE TRUNK PALM
SUPER RARE MADAGASCAR PALM

Discovered by John Dransfield and named after a U.K. executive of Macdonald's Hamburgers (who funded the expedition to Madagascar), this single trunk palm is new to the market, super rare and quite attractive.   It has orange-brown leaf bases at the point of trunk attachment, plumose leaves and gets to a height of about 25 to 30 feet.  It is single trunked with a medium thickness and prominent rings.  It takes full sun in coastal areas and, once established, is a good growing palm.  Shown here are our band sized seedlings.  On occasion we have larger sizes for sale.  These are easy to ship.  Growers tell us that this species takes temperatures into the 20's F.


Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana by John Dransfield
This and next photo by John Dransfiele, RBK
Dypsis prestoniana by John Dransfield RBK Dypsis prestoniana by Matt Bradford
Photo  of juvenile, La Mesa, CA by M.B.

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 15G $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $185

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

Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Example of 15g plant on sale
Agave attenuata

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA - MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM
TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

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

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

 

RARE, CLIMBING PHILODENDRON SPECIES
VERY UNUSUAL LEAF - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL - ONLY ONE SIZE AVAILABLE

Shown in the first 3 pictures is a rare and un-described species of Philodendron.  Many plants of this genus are climbers.  This means that they will literally climb up a fence, pole or trunk of another tree.  Such is the case with the species shown here.  Please note its interesting leaf shape.  We got stock of this species from a large botanical garden in LA where we have an exchange program.  It comes from a plant in the wild.  For sure, you'll not find this species at any local nursery.  This plant has seen a freeze at our nursery and is a good grower.  The last two pictures show epiphytic Philodendron on trunks of larger trees with one close-up photo of the attaching roots.  Of note, we have a lot of Philodendron that you'll find nowhere else and many are climbers.  This is super fun in the garden to watch them grow up a palm trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON AS SHOWN $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $42.50

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

Philodendron Species Philodendron Species Philodendron Species
Philodendron Species Climbing PHILODENDRON CLIMBING PHILODENDRON

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

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

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 1 GALLON SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35

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

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

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

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

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 

 Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
MADAGASCAR XEROPHYTIC PALM
SUPER RARE - THREATENED
BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE
 
This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge radicle is produced.  It resembles a cycad more than a palm.  It is like a huge carrot attached to the seed.  This root and subsequent roots are good size and very long, showing how this species adaptation to search for deep water in its natural habitat.  I am suspicious that these roots may also retain water for emergency purposes.  This species does tolerate drought but responds to watering.  It is extremely slow growing.  Expect a mature height of twenty feet and a cold tolerance of at lest 25 degrees F.

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

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


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

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

 

SUNDAY, 13 AUGUST, 2017

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
LARGE, COCONUT APPEARING PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This rare and nearly extinct species from Bolivia in South America is a single trunk pinnate palm that gets to about forty feet height with a twelve to eighteen inches in trunk diameter.  In its natural habitat high in the Andes Mountains, it sees a fair amount of cold weather.  In domestic gardens, reports of this species tolerating temperatures into the teens have surfaced.  Seeds are huge in size, expensive and germination is sporadic.  In most areas, this species tolerates full sun.  In the desert, part sun is probably bettr.  Give it plenty of room to grow - it is a large tree.  Many think it resembles the Coconut Palm, thus the common name.  The 5g on special are very nicely sized.  I'm also showing a 25 gallon plant below that is not on sale right now.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  My thanks to Gaston Torres and Andrew Henderson for usage of their photos below.

 
 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK  & LEAFLETS
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of Dypsis is felt to probably be from Madagascar although an exact native habitat locality is unknown.  It has been known by various names over the years including "Dypsis ambositrae".  But, the latter name was incorrect and not the true name and this palm.  Because of the plumose leaves it later received the name "Dypsis plumosa".  In cultivation in our locality it likes full sun.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  Mature height is about 20 feet or a bit more.  It also has a very narrow caliper of trunk until it ages.  So, you have to be patient.  Cold tolerance is probably into the lower 20's F.

REGULAR BAN PRICE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $30

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Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165
.

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

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

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriaceae Hyphaene coriacea Hyphanae coriaceae

 

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 

 

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

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

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

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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 on special.  And, I'm showing a mature garden specimen taken by an unknown author.  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.  The bands on special are huge compared to market plants in the band size.  They are five years old.  Larger plants tend to be quite expensive if you can find them.  We do have 5g and 15g sizes.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Please mention this Blog only special to get this price.  These are simple to ship right to your door.

Fucrea macdouglii FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII furcraea macdougalii TS at RPS

 

BLACK MONDO GRASS
GREAT GROUND COVER
TYPES OF OPHIOPOGON
DOESN'T RUN OR TAKE OVER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE BLACK MONDO GRASS $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE $17.50


Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.

Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens
Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Mondo grasses various
Mondo grass Mondo grass Mondo Grass
Mondo Grass Mondo Grass Mondo Grass

 

LIVISTONA NITIDA
TALL PALM WITH THINNER TRUNK
NATIVE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
FAIRLY QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is a fan palm that is native to Queensland.  We've found it to be quick growing.  It'll attain a mature height of 60 feet or more.  Trunk diameter is about 12 to 18 inches.  Its leaf stems are armed as shown here.  It prefers full sun, even in desert areas.  I've read reports of it tolerating snow in Georgia.  I'd estimate cold tolerance to be at least 20 degrees F.  The 5g on Special are nice size and ready for repot or planting in the garden.  When mature, the leaflets droop downwards.  This species was previously known as "Carnavon Gorge".  Habitat photo c/o M.C. in Australia.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $57.50

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your blog only discount.  These would be easy to ship.
 

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

 

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

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

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


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

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

 

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

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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.

Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
MATURE HEIGHT A BIT OVER TWENTY FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 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 recently acquired huge 5g size.  We do have many sizes for sale including large 1 gallon, 15g and a few larger 25g.  Maximum height of this species is 20 to 25 feet.  Growth rate is medium.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $59


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

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

 

 

SATURDAY, 12 AUGUST, 2017

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
RARE TO SEE - A 25 GALLON AVAILABLE

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

Last week I showed 5g which we have available.  A customer wanted to see a photo of a larger plant.  So, I took these photos of a big 25g plant.  We don't have many of these.  In the pot, it's seven to eight feet tall.  It's so old and big, it's near impossible to ship by Fed Express.  But, if you like the species, the 5g are easy to ship.  Or, if you live locally, drop by the nursery.  This palm does fine in Southern California and is the ultimate of pinnate leaf palms where "short" is needed. 

Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

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.  For more information, please see recent photos/description in this Blog.

REGULAR PRICE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.

Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii

 

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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70

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

Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifritii CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII by RPS

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing. 
 

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

 

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

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

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


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Coccothrinax crinita var brevicrinas Coccothrinax crinita var brevicrinas Coccothrinax crinita

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 10 AUGUST, 2017

 

BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
THE BLUE PINDO PALM
HARD TO FIND BLUE LIKE THESE
RUGGED AND COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to South America, this medium sized pinnate palm is quite popular.  But, they are normally green or a blue green in color.  The plants I'm showing here are a clone that is super blue!  They are very cool and super popular.  And, they are hard to find.  Mature height is 15 feet with a trunk diameter of about 18 inches.  They loves sun, even in the desert.  A bonus:  fruits are edible and taste good.  This is why it's also called the "Jelly Palm".  If you plant this clone in shade, the blue won't show as well.  This size can be shipped.  It is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $160


Just remember:  Mention this Blog only special.

Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata Blue Butia capitata Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15G PLANTS

It's interesting that, despite our inventory of a quarter million plants, we do run out of species or sought after sizes of certain species.  Such is often the case with the popular 15 gallon size of the Chilean Wine Palm.  I know private and back yard growers who sometimes have things we need.  So, I make some phone calls to locate what we need for customers.  This led to the acquisition of the 15 gallon Jubaeas shown here.  They are not huge but very nice.  Basal diameters are about 4 -5 inches.  But, they are nicely sized and the price is right.  This species gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The 15g shown here are 8 years old.  I'm offering them at the lowest price I've ever given to customers on this size.  This price applies to this particular batch of Jubaeas only.  I am passing this good pricing on to you as we got them at a very good price.  If you want honkers, bigger ones - we do have them.  But, this size (as shown) is affordable and can be shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $200

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount.

Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan
Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

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

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

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


REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175

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

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

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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 $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE
$55

You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

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 $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30 OR
THREE FOR $75


You must mention this special to get this price.

Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA
photo by Angelos Porcelli PACSOA
Brahea dulcis  

 

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

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

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

Mention this Special for this discount.
 

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

 

SUNDAY, 6 AUGUST, 2017

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
NEWLY AVAILABLE 5 GALLON SIZE

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

I have available a limited number of plants in an assortment of sizes.  But, we just got in some 5 gallon plants.  This species is always hard to find.  The older tree below is from Montgomery Foundation in Miami. This palm does fine in Southern California and is the ultimate of pinnate leaf palms where "short" is needed. 

Ravenea hildebrandtii   Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii   Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii   Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
YELLOW CROWN SHAFT
YES, IT DOES THROW A NEW RED LEAF!
LIMITED NUMBER 5 GALLON AVAILABLE

This is the blond version of the popular "Flame Thrower Palm", Chambeyronia.  This variety is called Chambeyronia hookeri.  Compared to the more commonly seen Chambeyronia macrocarpa, it has a blond or yellow colored crown shaft - not the dark green.  Taxonomists argue that they are both the same.  But, once you've seen this yellow version, you'll attest to it being a different plant.  I just got in some nice 5g plants.  This species is very hard to find.  It will take coastal sun - filtered light far inland - and is cold hardy to about 22 to 23 degrees F.  Mature height tends to be about 25 feet.  The last photo shows a 25 gallon at the nursery.  But, realize these are always in short supply in larger sizes and sell out quickly.

Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI

 

DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
USUALLY SINGLE TRUNK

This extremely rare palm from Madagascar is reported to be critically endangered with only about ten or less palms remaining in the wild.  It may become extinct in the very near future.  It is typically single trunk but some report that doubles or even plants with three trunks have been seen.  The trunk is thin and the crown shaft prominently white when mature.  Mature height is about twenty five feet.  It is a great growing palm perfect for Southern CA and tolerates full sun along the coast.  Reported cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  I have limited numbers available.  The garden specimen below has been growing easily in eastern Encinitas, CA.

Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae  Dypsis ambositrae  Dypsis ambositrae 

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
GORGEOUS, CROWN SHAFTED, SINGLE TRUNK
FROM THE KERMADEC ISLANDS
NEW ARRIVALS:  5G AND 1.5 GALLON
 

The main historical controversy has been over the native population of Rhopalostylis located on Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec Islands of New Zealand.  Because of patriotism, New Zealanders would certainly like to consider this population a species all to itself.  But, most people now consider it to be a variety of Rhopalostylis baueri, the Norfolk Island Palm.  Of course, calling it a subspecies doesn't set well with those from New Zealand.  They would argue that the things different include more round and larger fruit, and brown hairs present on the crown shaft.  Also, some say it's a more robust growing species.  If you wish to recognize it as a different palm, right now the correct name would be Rhopalostylis baueri var. cheesemanii or kermadescensis.  I'd recommend part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  If you are far inland, grow it in filtered light.  The first two rows of photos show the 5g we are offering,  The third row the 1.5g size.  The last photo shows one of our 15g which we often have available.

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 


              SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
DURABLE AND EXOTIC
GREAT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

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

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium

Photo by PlantPaces website
Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not on sale presently
Anthurium hookeri

 

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

This is a fairly quick growing, single trunk fan palm from Australia.  For the genus, the trunk is rather thin.  It 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 $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Just mention this Special for this price when you buy.

Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

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

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

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

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


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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE CYCAD FROM EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
GREEN TO BLUE LEAVES
PROMINENT LEAFLETS SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 2 GALLON PLANTS


This sought after rare cycad is from the Republic of South Africa.  It is similar to E. horridus but the leaflets are less lobed and leaf color is anywhere from green to blue.  It is a good growing species in Southern California.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  Far inland, part day sun or even strong filtered light is best.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Leaf length is three to five feet.  A very mature plant may have three feet of trunk or a bit more.  Shown here in the first five photos are the 1 gallon plants on sale.  The last row shows garden plants with a close up of a mature leaf.  The plants on special are several years old and carrying four to six leaves.  They are about ready for a 5 gallon transplant or to go in the ground.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 2 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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

Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos aenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos aenarius

 

TILLANDSIA CYANEA
THE PINK QUILL BROMELIAD
SLOW GROWING - PINK BLOSSOMS
CAN GROW EPIPHYTICALLY IN A TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH PLANTS


This attractive smaller Bromeliad is epiphytic, native to Ecuador, and lives on branches in trees.  It is never much bigger than shown here but will multiple forming small clumps.  It prefers filtered but bright light and is not for full, hot sun.  It has flat pink blossoms.  Each plant may put out several flowers as shown here.  These plants are five years old and just coming into blossom.  The main portion of the flower is pink.  From this emerge small violet-blue smaller flowers.  It hasn't done this yet.  These are super desirable and attractive.  If pot grown, it needs a quick growing soil.  Or, you can mount them on the trunk or branch of a tree.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $18.50

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Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea
Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea  

  

RHIPSALIS SPECIES
HANGING BASKET
BLOSSOMS IN SPRING
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I have had Rhipsalis in the past at the nursery but am not an expert on this genus.  This is a different one.  It appears to be similar to the "Mistletoe" Rhipsalis although I am not sure.  These are large plants in baskets. They hang down a foot or two.  They will have cream colored blossoms in the spring. Leaves have tubular type of leaf sections that divide, giving a fullness to the plant.  I only have a few of these for hanging outdoors in filtered light or a little sun.

REGULAR PRICE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30

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Rhipsalis species Rhipsalis species Rhipsalis species
Rhipsalis species    

 

VARIEGATED MULTI-COLOR AECHMAE
GREAT BROMELIAD FOR THE GARDEN FLOOR
FLUSH OF RED IN CENTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TYPES


The Bromeliads shown are types of hybrid Aechmea.  They are nicely sized and a wonderful addition to the understory landscape.  They will take a bit of sun or strong filtered light.  An occasional spray of water and quarterly sprays of fertilizer is all they need.  You can plant the pot right into the soil  We have at least 40 different types of Bromeliads for sale.  The last photo shows Bromeliads being used in the landscape.

For an pictorial article on Bromeliads in the Landscape, CLICK HERE

REGULAR PRICE THIS TYPE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS TYPE $27.50

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Aechmea Bromeliad variegated multicolor Aechmea Bromeliad variegated multicolor Aechmea Bromeliad variegated multicolor
Aechmea Bromeliad variegated multicolor Aechmea Bromeliad in landscape  

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
GETS FOUR FEET TALL
ONE GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Blechnum Ferns are an understory plant that is a dwarf species, rarely over four to five feet tall.   Some call it the "Miniature Tree Fern'.  It's trunk is about ankle size and above is a small head of leaves as shown below.  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.  We have both 5g and 1g plants and are putting the one gallon on sale - see first row of photos.  The second row of photos show a few larger nursery plants. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $17.50

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Blechnum Tree Fern Blechnum Fern Blechnum Tree Fern
blechnum fern
blechnum fern
Blechnum Fern

 

 

THURSDAY, 3 AUGUST, 2017

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

FAN PALMS
THEY ALL JUST LOOK LIKE MEXICAN FAN PALMS, CORRECT?
I DON'T THINK SO.

All photos here are of fan palms.  They were taken in the wild, in botanical gardens or at the nursery.  But, all are of fan palms of one species or another.  I've not labeled them because I'm presenting them as a group.  From a structure point of view, a fan palm is a palm where all the segments (or leaflets) radiate from one central area.  These can form a whole circle of leaflets, a half circle, or less.  Compare this to a pinnate palm where leaflets come off a central leaf stalk.  I.e., leaflets protrude laterally from a central stem, typically to either side.

Over the years I have heard people say hundreds of time things like "I don't like fan palms; they all look like Mexican Fans".  Or, "Fan palms look like "desert palms".  Or, "Fan palms are so boring; I like normal palms".  If you were like me and had studied palms for almost forty years, what would you say to such comments?  I usually just say something like "I understand" and show them typical pinnate palms.  But, I am aware that nothing could be further from the truth.

There are such exotic fan palms of all types, shapes, sizes, color and textures.  I've tried to demonstrate their varied appearance here.  Fan palms comes from all corners of the world.  Some are large trees, others tiny.  Some species are for shade only.  Some have silver undersides.  And, others are almost white in color. 

And, fan palms add a different look and dimension to the garden.  A garden composed of only pinnate palms like King Palms is quite boring.  One has to mix fans into a garden to add diversity and interest.  I hope you can see with these photos how you could do this.

Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax crinita Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax species Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm hemithrinax ekmaniana
Fan Palm licuala grandis Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Licuala elegans
copernicia baileyana Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax montana copernicia macrogossas
Cryosophila kerriodoxa Licuala species
Rhapis subtilis Serenoa Fan Palm
licuala ramsayi' licuala ramsayi variegated rhapis
Fan Palm Fan Palm Coccothrinax

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

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

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Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

VARIEGATED FURCREA
VERY UNUSUAL - RARE AND DIFFICULT TO FIND
NEVER GETS VERY TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This smaller but super attractive succulent is known by the species name of Furcrea foitida.  It never gets over five feet tall and has very prominent green and yellow/white variegation.  It is often as wide as it is tall.  It is very slow growing and likes our coastal sun.  These are hard to find and nice for a sunny spot where a smaller plant is needed.  It can also take part day sun and is cold hardy to 25 degrees F.

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

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Variegated Furcrea Variegated Furcrea Variegated Furcrea
Variegated Furcrea Variegated Furcrea
Variegated Furcrea Variegated Furcrea by gardencreationsbytoni website
photo by gardencreationsbytoni website
Variegated Furcrea

 

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


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

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

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

 

 

TUESDAY, 1 AUGUST, 2017

 

ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN ROYAL PALM
THE CARIBBEAN ROYAL PALM
GETS VERY TALL


This tall, crown shafted pinnate palm is native to northern South America including Venezuela and Columbia.  But, it's native distribution also extends to the Lesser Antilles Islands (Trinidad and Tobago).  Because it occupies both areas, it is known both as the South American and Caribbean Royal Palm.  But, it gets more confusing than this - Venezuela claims there Royal should be called R. venezueliana and there are definite other Caribbean species including borinquena, altissima and others. 

If you look at the nursery plants below you'll note a 5g in the first row and 1.5 g in the second.  The third row shows garden plants.  Those super tall specimens are 100 years old and well over 100 feet tall.  Look carefully and you'll see little people at the base of the trunks.  Also not that the leaves of this species tend to stay above the half way meridian of the leaf sphere area.  They don't hang down like with R. regia.  Also note the wider leaflets than you'd see with the Cuban Royal.  This is a full sun species with a cold hardiness not quite as good as Roystonea regia.

I have limited numbers available.

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

 

LICUALA RAMSAYI
FULLY CIRCULAR, DIVIDED LEAF
RARE SPECIES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


About twenty years ago when my son, Jesse, and I visited Queensland, Australia, we made it a point to seek out and see Licuala ramsayi.  This was because this species has been proven to grow in coastal areas of Southern California.  Some day I'll show photos from that trip.  We just got in some 5g and 1.5 gallon plants to present here now.  The last row shows a plant growing in So Cal and a mature specimen.  Mature plants are about fifteen to perhaps twenty feet tall with huge overhead and circular leaves.  These leaves are divided but the overall appearance is almost a full circle of closely spaced leaflets.  Trunks are narrow, about four to six inches.  Petioles are mildly armed. 

Surprisingly this species likes a bit of sun along the coast.  In shade, it's growth rate stalls.  Cold hardiness is right about at a freeze.  Shown here are some nursery plants.  We just got in a few.  If you want one, don't dally as they'll be gone soon.

Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET

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

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

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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
MAJESTIC BLUE FAN PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

Every serious gardener or palm enthusiast In So Cal has to have at least one of this species in their yard.  In my opinion, this is the best of all the blue fan palms.  Well grown, mature plants are just stunning.  The color is a definite blue.  Stem size averages about 18 to 20 inches (sometimes thicker).  Heights here in CA should get up to over 30 feet with ease and several decades of growth.  The leaf crowns are full.  They love heat and sun. 

The only downside is that they only tolerate temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  If you get colder than this you I would defer you to the also blue Brahea armata which goes to about 15 degrees F but is also intensely blue in color.  The 15g on sale are very nice and blue in color.


REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $160

But, you must mention this Ten Day Special to get this price.  Of note, super limited numbers available!
 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF
DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are 1 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

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

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa 

 

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.  I wish to thank Clayton York in Australia for the photos in the last row.

Dypsis nauseosa  Dypsis nauseosa  Dypsis nauseosa 
Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York  Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York  Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York 

 

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 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



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RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

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

  


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


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


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

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

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


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

 

COLD HARDY PALMS AT THE NURSERY

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

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A Quick Look at Some Cold Hardy Species

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria  Allagoptera arenaria 

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X ROMANZOFFIANA

THE COCONUT QUEEN
BEAUTIFUL HYBRID PALM YET COLD HARDY

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

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

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

 

 

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A LOOK AT THE NURSERY
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Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma, one of the staff.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  We're showing these photos so you get a feel for our Nursery.

 
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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

       


king palm
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
 

Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobiis
Brahea armata Palm Tree in California
Brahea armata
Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
Coccothrinax
Coccothrinax species 
copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species 
Cyphophoenix species
Cyphophoenix species' 
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens mr
Dypsis decipiens (habitat) 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis 
Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana

Howea forsteriana

Howea forsteriana 
Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
 
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis 
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens
Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi 
phoenix rupicola
Phoenix rupicola
Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata 
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia species 
Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species 
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca 
Ravenea species giant
Ravenea species 
Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida 
Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena 
sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Syagrus pseudococos
Syagrus pseudococos 
Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 


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

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZES


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

 

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

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









SIZES WE USE NOT SHOWN HERE


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

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

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

cycad in 36 inch box
Cycad in 36 inch box

 

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