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RAVENEA JULIETIAE
A RARE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

This is a rather thin trunked, tall pinnate palm that is rarely seen and native to eastern Madagascar.  How I found out about this species has always made this species special to me.  About twenty years ago at a meeting in Florida, just before the book, Palms of Madagascar, was released, I met and talked to its authors, John Dransfield and Henk Benjtee, both of Kew Gardens in the U.K.  Both of these taxonomists and field researchers had heard about this unusual Ravenea species.  They drove for hours trying to get a look at it, always with no results.  Out of frustration, they stopped the car on a remote dirt road, got out the binoculars and started an intense scanning of the horizon, hoping for a glimpse of this yet to be described species.  With them was Henk's wife, Julie.  In frustration, they were about to give up their search.  Then, Henk's wife pointed to a large specimen just feet from the car and by the side of the road.  She said, "Maybe it's this one".  And, it was!.  Right in front of them was the specimen they used to describe this species.  And, because of her "assistance", it was named after Julie.

Trunk height is thirty feet with a diameter of only about six inches.  Leaves are recurved a bit and leaflets are widely spaced.  Leaf color is green.  We've found this species to be very slow growing.  We recently obtained some 5g plants that are six or seven years old.  The close up of the base shows how this species is "keeled" like most other Ravenea.  The first two habitat photos were taken by Henk Bentje and are from the Kew Gardens website.  The last photo was taken by a long time friend of mine, Rolf Kyburz, and is from PACSOA.  As this species is so rare in cultivation, little is known abut its specific requirements.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance to be into the twenties F.  I anticipate it will tolerate coastal sun.  If you live in a hotter, inland area I'd recommend giving it partial sun protection.
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae 5g
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae by H. Beenjte Ravenea julietiae by H. Benjtee at kew Gardens
Ravenea julietiae by Rolf Kyburz PACSOAu
photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA
   

 

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
UNDERSTORY DWARF PALM
CUTE AND SMALL


This typically small, dwarf type of single trunk palm is native to one locality in Mexico where it is threatened and near extinction.  It has small and simple leaves (not pinnate as most Chamaedorea).  These apically bifed leaves are about six to eight inches long and have a metallic sheen to them; thus the name of the species.  Trunks are thin, about a half an inch or so.  Height is typically four feet, although very old plants can get taller.

This species looks it's best in the garden when planted as a small colony.  They are a shade loving species.  They can also be used as a small interior palm.  Cold hardiness is perhaps into the low 20's F.  Colonies looks the best so you can avoid the "leaves on a stick" appearance you get with an old single plant. Such colony plantings are full and lush appearing.

Shown here are our 1 or 1.5 gallon plants.  We presently have some single plant containers as well as a limited number of multiples.  I am also showing a colony in a larger pot as well.  This is a very desirable species.  We have limited numbers available.  I called it "cute" above because that's what it is.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM?

It seems that almost everyone loves the Royal Palm.  This is a group of New World pinnate palms with tall trunks, swollen bases, and long green crown shafts.  The problem is that some people are in areas that get too cold.  After our Southern California freeze in 2007, I received many reports that Roystonea borinquena did better with the cold than other species of Royal Palms.  I certainly don't want to suggest that this species is good for people who routinely see temperatures into the low 20's.  But, if you live in an area where once in a while you get into the mid-twenties, this might be a better species to try.  It might give you a degree or two more cold hardiness.. 

It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few surrounding Caribbean Islands.  Overall height is up to fifty feet, trunk diameter is 18 inches with a long prominent emerald green crown shaft, leaf length up to fifteen feet.  The base is not as swollen as the Cuban Royal, R. regia.  Growth rate is moderate.  It likes full sun.  It withstood the 2007 freeze where it saw temperatures of 24 degrees.  I think the reader should assume that any mid-twenties temperatures will most likely damage a Royal Palm.  In time, we'll know for sure if this species is better with cold.  We try to have this species available in various sizes.  Shown is a 15g plant.  Note that on none of the photos here of large plants is the trunk base massively swollen.
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
MEDIUM SIZED, GORGEOUS NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Among palm enthusiasts, one of the most popular genera is Burretiokentia.  B. hapala is one of the easiest of all the Burretikentias to grow in Southern California.  It is a medium sized palm, getting up to about twenty feet here.  I prefer that this species is grown in part day sun or filtered light although some have grown it in more sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.

It has shiny green leaves and a brown colored crown shaft.  Mixed in with the brown is some silver and green.  Leaf length is about six to seven feet and the trunk is rather thin at about six inches or so.  Shown here are photos of two plants, a 25g and a 5g.  We have a limited selection, especially on the larger sizes.   

If you like palms, you have to try this species. 
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

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NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
AVAILABLE NOW!

First of all, for all you budding palm taxonomists, I should mention that the name above is a fictitious common name.  We came up with this name because the derivation of "tera" is "monster" and "carpa" refers to body.  And, this perfectly describes the palm I'm discussing here this morning.

In my own garden in San Diego, I have one Archontophoenix palm that is distinctly different from another others I have grown.  I do not recall the original seed source for this palm and didn't appreciate it until it displayed its amazing traits.  Here are some of its characteristics:

1.  It is much taller than Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.  It towers overhead adjacent King Palms.
2.  It has an extremely thick trunk diameter, 2 to 3 times thicker than the average King Palm.
3.  Impressively, there is a  LACK OF BROWN TIPPING TO THE LEAVES in full sun.  In my garden, other King species in full sun have brown tipped leaflets.
4.  It has a large and elongated yellow-blue crown shaft, different than another other Archontophoenix I've grown.
5.  It produces larger seeds than regular King Palms but smaller than A. purpurea.  They are red in color.
6.  There is a slight silver color to the back of the leaves.  7.  In full sun, the leaves are DARKER GREEN in color than regular King Palms.
8.  It has an extremely fast growth rate

We have long considered this to be am Archontophoenix maxima.  I've mentioned this ad this Blog.  But, it's not identical to A. maxima we've grown at our nursery from reliable seed sources in Australia.

So, we simply call it Archonotophoenix "teracarpa".  We have 2 and 5g sizes available.  I'm showing a 5g double plant here.  Photos of the large tree here are of the actual tree in my garden that has produced the "teracarpa" seeds.  At present, I'd estimate its height at forty to fifty feet.  If you like King Palms, you can't do better than this one.        
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Note that it towers over adjacent other  King Palms,
darker green in color, no brown tipping or yellowing
Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

 

SUNDAY, 28 DECEMBER, 2014

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM JAPAN AND TAIWAN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

 
This suckering Asian palm rarely gets over ten feet tall and has medium width leaflets that are jagged at their apical ends.  The underside of the leaflets are silver.  But, from afar, it looks like a green palm.  It is thick with stems because it suckers heavily and cannot be seen through.  Therefore, it's a good species to block visibility.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  Flowers are very fragrant but seeds contain a substance which makes the skin itch. 

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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

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

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Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100


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Encephalartos ferox
Sale size, citrus pot
ferox large plant
larger mature nursery specimen to show what
it will become

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This fan palm species is native to the Gulf states of the U.S., especially Texas.  It never gets much over six or seven feet tall.  It has blossoms that come up above the leaves and produce an ample supply of small black seeds.  And, it tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper teens F.  We're offering our 5g size on special.

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


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Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
TALL, THIN TRUNK NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Many palm enthusiasts prefer a tall palm that is elegant appearing, has a thin trunk, is pinnate and has a nice colored crown shaft.  Cyphophoenix nucele certainly meets all these criteria and gets to a height in habitat of about fifty feet.  But, such heights may take many decades to achieve in your garden.  This species is native to the Loyalty Islands east of New Caledonia.  It's growth habits are about the same as Cyphophoenix elegans but it is said to tolerate soils that are more limey (higher pH).  I've found that it's best to begin it in filtered light and let it grow up into more light over time.  Inland areas demand continual filtered light.  The trunk is about six, perhaps eight inches thick.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Leaves are flat and a nice green color.

Shown here is first a nice 15g plant of good size.  We are extremely limited on this size but have a good selection of 5g plants.  The mature plants shown here are from gardens, mostly in Southern California.  Note how most of these are in somewhat protected areas.  Cold tolerance is at best into the mid to upper twenties F.  We have limited numbers of this species for sale. 

Compared with the Cyphophoenix elegans, I find that the leaves of this species are more upright, have very little arch to them.  The leaflets themselves are wider than C. elegans and more crowded on the leaf stem.  Trunk diameter is about the same, six inches.  Overall height is similar as well.  We have both species available at the nursery.
CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
5 gallon sized plant
Cyphophoenix nucele
juvenile garden plant in Southern CA
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
NEW ZEALAND PALM
BULGING CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT

5 GALLON SIZE PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL
 

Plain and simply put, this is a superior and great palm for Southern California.  It is fairly cold hardy and the only thing you have to decide is how much sun to give it.  Up to about eight miles from the ocean, it tolerates full sun.  Further inland it needs part day sun.  Far inland requires filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  This species is an easy grow up in the SF Bay area. 

Shown here are the 5g plants we're putting on special.  ARE is a large and nice 25 gallon plant along with other assorted sizes we offer.  This species is most known for it's large, bulging crown shaft and upright leaves.  The crown of leaves is "V-shaped" as shown on large specimens below.  Maximum height is about 30 feet.  Growth rate is slow, especially when young.  I've found that I can't get a vertically trunked plant in a 24 inch box no matter how long I grow it.  To get trunk, this species really has to be in the ground.  Native habitat is New Zealand.

Remember, large specimens in the garden move poorly.  Don't dig one to move to your garden as your chances for success are less than ten percent.  We have a pretty good supply of this (and other Rhopalostylis species) for sale.


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


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Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

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

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

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

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT/5G SIZE

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

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

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Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
THIN TRUNKED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Shown here is a good sized 15g plant of this rare and hard to find species.  Native to mountainous areas of New Caledonia, this species is not that difficult to grow in Southern California.  Here's some facts about this species:

•  Thin trunk about 6 inches in diameter, sometimes thicker
•  Typical height about 30 feet although in habitat gets over 50 feet tall
•  Crown shaft is silver-green
•  When juvenile in a pot, the crown shaft is triangular in shape, reminiscent of the Triangle Palm
•  Can tolerate part day sun along the coast
•  Cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.
•  Growth rate medium, faster in the ground
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
5g nursery plant
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

MONDAY, 22 DECEMBER, 2014

 

CHAMAEDOREA WARSCEWICZII
SOLITARY PALM, SHADE LOVING
WIDE LEAFLETS, UP TO TWELVE FEET TALL

This interesting species of Chamaedorea is native to Costa Rica and Panama where is grows from lower elevations up to over 2000 feet.  It does not sucker.  It is quite rare and seldom seen.  It has a thin trunk and very wide leaflets.  The terminal (apical) leaflet is very wide compared to the others.  Trunk color is green with prominent light colored rings.  Flowers are unique but I will not discuss this here.  The plant shown in the first four photos is about seven feet tall and very attractive.  It is about eight years old and flowering size.  From time to time, we do obtain seeds and grow this species.  It requires filtered light.  Cold hardiness is uncertain but it will take a freeze.
Chamaedorea warscewiczii Chamaedorea warscewiczii
Chamaedorea warscewiczii Chamaedorea warscewiczii Chamaedorea warscewiczii Colin Wilson
photo by Colin Wilson, Australia
Chamaedorea warscewiczii Colin Wilson
photo by Colin Wilson
Chamaedorea warscewiczii
Leaflets on younger plant
Chamaedorea warscewiczii by TS at RPS
Chamaedorea warscewiczii by TS at RPS

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
INDIVIDUAL PLANT WITH VERY CURVED LEAVES
ATTRACTIVE AND DIFFERENT

More than with palms, cycads will show variation in form.  In other words, you can get a batch of seeds.  Certain plants from the same seed batch will look different.  The plant shown today is such a plant.  It is different because it has a very pronounced curve to the leaves.  They go upwards and then dramatically arch and curve downward toward the ground.  Other plants of the same species grown nearby are not doing this.  So, it's hard to say it's just culture.  My suspicion is that it will maintain this look in the garden.  The plant is in a 15g container with a caudex of about six inches.  It is, of course, for sale.
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana

 

BROMELIADS
ADD COLOR AND SOMETHING DIFFERENT
IN THE GROUND, ON TREE TRUNKS, ON A POST, ON THE FENCE
A GREAT COMPANION PLANT

At the nursery we continually get in new species and types of Bromeliads.  Of the nursery plants shown here, all are Nerogelia, a type of bromeliad.  This genus is known for it's vibrant colors, often pink, red or purple.  And, they have amazing blossoms as well. The latter are often blue or red.  These plants add color to the garden and are so easy to grow.  You can literally tie them onto a tree trunk, onto a pole or put them on a trellis.  They are epiphytic and don't hurt anything.  Just water them (spray lightly) about once every week or two and occasionally spray them with a liquid fertilizer.  They are colorful and very satisfying.  In the ground, you can just put the pot right into the soil.  Drop by and see our ever-changing selection of Bromeliads.
Nerogelia Nerogelia
Nerogelia Nerogelia Nerogelia
Nerogelia Nerogelia Nerogelia
Nerogelia Nerogelia Nerogelia
Nerogelia Bromeliads in the landscape Bromeliads in the landscape
Bromeliads in the landscape Bromeliads in the landscape Bromeliads in the landscape

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
BLUE TO DARK OLIVE GREEN
A WHOLE ARRAY OF LEAF COLORS

As most of you are aware, it's very difficult to get information on plant species, especially with lots of photos demonstrating the species.  This includes internet articles and reference books.  So often you're left wanting more photos.  This morning I decided to help alleviate this problem and illustrate the wide variety of leaf color with the South African cycad species Encephalartos longifolius.  I'm showing you lots of photos of nursery plants and garden specimens.  Especially note that leaf colors vary from blue like an Encephalartos horridus to the darkest green.  And, you'll see every combination in between.  I think the photos here will demonstrate this.

A few key facts about this species include:
•  Leaf color blue to green with sometimes a striking bluish ploom on new leaves.
•  Like with other blue cycads, the blue color is the result of a blue waxy substance produced by the leaflets
•  A blue leaf's wax can be rubbed off showing a dark green leaflet below
•  Stem height up to 15 feet in centuries and up to 18 inches thick
•  Leaves 3 to 7 feet long, sometimes prominently keeled with leaflets pointing upwards
•  Leaves often curved downward at the end and bowed.  See third photo.  Sometimes this can be a 270 degree curve.
•  Prefers sun in most coastal areas
•  Cold tolerance about 22 degrees
•  Huge female cones, up to 80 pounds.

I absolute love this species and highly recommend it.  I decided to write this because a few days ago a customer was interested in this species and asked for photos of some medium sized plants.  And, it went from there.  Be aware we have plants of all sizes and these are easily shipped anywhere in the country.  I've not shown smaller plants here.
 
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM JAPAN AND TAIWAN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

 
This suckering Asian palm rarely gets over ten feet tall and has medium width leaflets that are jagged at their apical ends.  The underside of the leaflets are silver.  But, from afar, it looks like a green palm.  It is thick with stems because it suckers heavily and cannot be seen through.  Therefore, it's a good species to block visibility.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  Flowers are very fragrant but seeds contain a substance which makes the skin itch. 

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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
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Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100


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Encephalartos ferox
Sale size, citrus pot
ferox large plant
larger mature nursery specimen to show what
it will become

 


 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE SHAVING BRUSH PALM
5 GALLON SIZE PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE
 

This single trunk palm is from New Zealand, cold hardy to the lower 20's F, takes coastal sun if you live near the water and is slow growing.  We're offering our 5g size on special. 

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


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Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 

 

SATURDAY, 20 DECEMBER, 2014

 

GREAT GIFT IDEA
PINK TILLANDSIA CLUSTER IN BLOOM
AND, AFFORDABLE

Last month I talked about unusual species of Tillandsias that we got in and all were clusters, not single plants.  One variety of these has just gone into blossom, just in time for the Holidays.  I had thought these were T. bergeri, but the blossoms seem different.  These are mounted on a cedar board with a bit of moss behind them.  You'd just hang them on something and water occasionally.  I'd recommend giving them a bit of direct sun as well.  These are a type of "Air Plant".  And, they are affordable at $25 and can be easily shipped anywhere in the U.S. (weather permitting). 
Tillandsia cluster in blossom Tillandsia cluster in bloom
Tillandsia cluster in bloom Tillandsia cluster in bloom Tillandsia cluster

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
AN UNUSUAL TYPE OF "KING PALM"
BEAUTIFUL CLEAN, GREEN CROWN SHAFT
QUICK GROWING, GORGEOUS PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

At least once a month I'll talk about some of the unusual types of King Palms.  Of people who come to the nursery, I'd estimate that 75% are totally unaware of any species other than the more common Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.  And, among nursery staff around the state, it's about the same.  Few people know there are at least six different types of King Palms from Australia. 

This species is known for it's clean, gorgeous emerald green crown shaft.  If is not muddied or dirty with any other color.  It is easy to grow, native to Queensland, Australia, gets taller than a regular King Palm (up to sixty feet whereas cunninghamiana gets to forty feet) , and has a prominent silver on the underside of the leaves.

To read a comprehensive article describing the differences in all the
KING PALMS, CLICK HERE

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


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Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis Tobias Spanner
photo by TS at RPS 
Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Photo by Luke Nancarrow at PACSOA 
 
CHAMAEDOREA ELATIOR 
A CHAMAEDOREA THAT "CLIMBS"
MAKES TRANSITION FROM SIMPLE LEAF TO PINNATE LEAF

This peculiar species of shade loving palm comes from southern Mexico and Central America.  When a customer sees a juvenile plant (see one gallon plant below), they find it appealing and stunning with its huge simple, entire leaves.  Little do they know that, over time, this palm changes dramatically.  The first five photos here show in detail how it changes into a thin trunked palm with long, curved leaves that are pinnate, not simple, in form.  These leaves are modified to "hook" onto other structures.  They typically climb into the overhead canopy and can get over fifty feet tall.  They not not have spiny structures like a Rattan Palm but the terminal leaflets are firm and easily grap other stems and branches.This peculiar species of shade loving palm comes from southern Mexico and Central America.  When a customer sees a juvenile plant (see one gallon plant below), they find it appealing and stunning with its huge simple, entire leaves.  Little do they know that, over time, this palm changes dramatically.  The first five photos here show in detail how it changes into a thin trunked palm with long, curved leaves that are pinnate, not simple, in form.  These leaves are modified to "hook" onto other structures.  They typically climb into the overhead canopy and can get over fifty feet tall.  They not not have spiny structures like a Rattan Palm but the terminal leaflets are firm and easily grap other stems and branches.

We sporadically have this species for sale and typically sell out when they are still in that simple leaf stage.  But, now you know that they just mature with age.  Is it with grace and beauty?  You be the judge.  In terms of beauty (in my opinion), I'd say no.  In terms of function, it's certainly allowed the species to persist..

TO READ ABOUT LOTS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHAMAEDOREAS, CLICK HERE
Chamaedorea elatior
An older plant that has gone from simple leaf
to pinnate form   
Chamaedorea elatior 
Chamaedorea elatior  Chamaedorea elatior  Chamaedorea elatior 
Chamaedorea elatior
A plant just about to make the transition 
Chamaedorea elatior
A one gallon plant with simple, entire leaves 
Chamaedorea elatior
A garden plant that's ready to "climb" 
 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
MEDIUM SIZED, SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We purchased in a large number of very beautiful 15g plants of this species and for about a year have been offering them at the great price below.  Unfortunately, this special may end soon as we're running out of stock.  Native to the island of Madagascar, this species has an intense blue color to the leaves.  Although it's unknown how tall it'll get in Southern California, we anticipate a mature height under forty feet.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It is a full sun species, even in the desert. And, it's three times faster growing than the Mexican Blue Fan Palm.  This size can be shipped right to your door.  And, they are presently only $30 more than much smaller 5g plants.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

This is a Blog only special.  You must mention this price when purchasing. Soon, we'll be running out of these, so don't dally.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis by TB
photo by TB
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
FAST GROWING, CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

This Central African cycad makes a large plant.  It has very upward pointing leaves, especially on new throws, and is green in color.  It is moderately armed with spines.  The older leaves will hang downwards.  It needs some room in the garden.  Along the coast it will take full or part day sun.  Far inland areas require some sun protection.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  It is a fast growing cycad.  The plant shown here will be massive in five to ten years.
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
RARE CYCAD FROM NORTHERN TANZANIA

Many of you have perhaps never heard of this medium sized green cycad that grows at an elevation of 4000 feet in the rocky hills of Tanzania in Eastern Africa, bordered by Kenya to the north and Mozambique to the south. It is a green cycad with leaves about four to five feet long.  It's trunk gets to six feet tall with a width of approximately 18 inches.  On cultivated plants, I've noted that sometimes the color is a gray-green.  Leaflets of juvenile plants are cupped.  Mature leaflets are narrow as shown. This species can be grown in sun along the coast.  It needs good soil drainage.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid twenties, perhaps down to about 22 degrees.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants and a mature specimen. . 
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
 

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM?

It seems that almost everyone loves the Royal Palm.  This is a group of New World pinnate palms with tall trunks, swollen bases, and long green crown shafts.  The problem is that some people are in areas that get too cold.  After our Southern California freeze in 2007, I received many reports that Roystonea borinquena did better with the cold than other species of Royal Palms.  I certainly don't want to suggest that this species is good for people who routinely see temperatures into the low 20's.  But, if you live in an area where once in a while you get into the mid-twenties, this might be a better species to try.  It might give you a degree or two more cold hardiness.. 

It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few surrounding Caribbean Islands.  Overall height is up to fifty feet, trunk diameter is 18 inches with a long prominent emerald green crown shaft, leaf length up to fifteen feet.  The base is not as swollen as the Cuban Royal, R. regia.  Growth rate is moderate.  It likes full sun.  It withstood the 2007 freeze where it saw temperatures of 24 degrees.  I think the reader should assume that any mid-twenties temperatures will most likely damage a Royal Palm.  In time, we'll know for sure if this species is better with cold.  We try to have this species available in various sizes.  Shown is a 15g plant.  Note that on none of the photos here of large plants is the trunk base massively swollen.
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena

 

THURSDAY, 18 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

ZAMIA LEAF APPEARANCE

There is a tremendous array in the appearances of the leaves of this genus.  In terms of orientation, some are very upright. 
Others, like Zamia pseudoparastitica, are very dependent and hang downwards, way below the stem.  Many new leaves
as they flush from the stem are green.  But, others are gold, bronze, brown or red emergent.  These colors are transient and
typically revert to a green color over time.  Leaf length can be as short as one foot long in some dwarf species.  Others have
leaves of six or more feet.  Leaflet appearance is also variable.  Most species have serrated edges, but many are smooth
without teeth.  Pictures below will show the variation in the appearance of leaves.  Of note, some of the most sought after
species have wide, exotic leaflets.  The leaf stems of Zamia are typically armed with small spines.  Some species have
almost or completely smooth petioles.  One species shown below, Zamia picta (Z. variegata), has variegated yellow splotches
on the leaflets.  Below are pictures of an assortment of Zamia leaves.  I hope you like them. 

HERE'S A LINK TO OUR ARTICLE ON THESE EXOTIC ZAMIA PLANTS: CLICK HERE

Zamia cremnophila leaves
Zamia cremnophila leaves

Zamia dressleri newly emergent leaf
Zamia elegantissima leaves
Zamia elegantissima leaves 
Zamia muricata leaf
Zamia muricata leaf 
Zamia picta leaf
Zamia picta leaf 
Zamia skinneri red form leaves
Zamia skinneri leaves 
Zamia splendens leaf
Zamia splendens leaf 
Zamia vasquezii leaves
Leaves of Zamia vasquezii 
Zamia obliqua
Zamia obliqua 
Zamia pseudoparasitica
Zamia pseudoparasitica in a basket
Zamia kickxii
Zamia kickxii
Zamia skinneri Robert Martin
Zamia skinneri, red emergent by R. Martin

HOWEA BELMOREANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This is the "other Kentia" from Lord Howe Island.  It comes from a native higher elevation than forsteriana, is slower growing, and has an umbrella shaped crown of leaves.  Along the coast it can take full sun.  cold tolerance is 23 to 24 degrees F. 

REGULAR PRICE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


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Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
PARAJUBAEA SUNKHA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species of South American Palm from Bolivia is the smallest palm of this genus.  It is usually 29- to 25 feet maximum when mature.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.  These "grow like weeds" by report in the San Francisco area.  Some call this genus the "South American Coconut".  It is a full sun plant.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


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Parajubaea sunkha  Parajubaea sunkha 
LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
COLD HARDY, FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Palm enthusiasts love this rapid growing palm known as the Ribbon Palm from Australia.  For it's height of thirty to forty feet, it has a very thin trunk and leaflets than hang strait down towards the ground.  It is a very attractive fan palm that many can grow easily.  Cold hardiness is about 18 degrees F.  It likes full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

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Livistona decipiens 5g  Livistona decipiens 
ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
AFRICAN CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL


This South African cycad species is popular because it is medium sized, has a holly fern like leaflet, tolerates filtered light or part day sun and has a strikingly red cone.  It is easy to grow and has a cold tolerance of 22 degrees F

TEN DAY SPECIAL
20% OFF REGULAR PRICE, ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES


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Encephalartos ferox  Encephalartos ferox wikipedia
by Wikipedia 

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

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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


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

COCCOTHRINAX, THE  GENUS
THIN TRUNKED, DESIRABLE FAN PALMS

A ways back I got an email from someone requesting that I write about some unusual fan palms.  I try to think of something that would be fun for readers to see.  So, I thought "why not talk about the entire genus of Coccothrinax".  This morning I will synopsize this genus and show a whole array of photographs of nursery plants and mature species.

Coccothrinax are thin trunked, small to medium sized fan palms from Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and perhaps into Central America.  They vary in height from five to ten feet up to forty feet or more.  Trunk sizes are usually thin with six inches being common.  This species has inter-species hybridization that is poorly worked out.  So, the taxonomists vary on the number of species in this group.  It is somewhere between fifteen and forty.  Leaf color varies from green to silver, often with the underside being silver.  Some trunks show great woven patterns of fibers while others are hairy.  Almost all species are solitary palms.  They are monoecious and have small, typically black fruited seeds.  Most trunks become clean wood over many years.  Almost all like sun and heat.  Some species may even take inland desert sun.  Many are cold hardy into the mid twenties F. 

Coccothrinax are very rare to find in nurseries.  Because of my interest in them, we always have an assortment for sale.  Nurserymen hate growing these because they are so slow in containers.  But, there's a secret about this.  Just get them into the ground and they are medium growers.  You can have a nice tree in a matter of five to ten years.  Shown here is an assortment of containerized plants, one gallon to fifteen gallon sizes.  Also shown are an assortment of many mature species.  The nice thing about Coccothrinax is that they are not big, all are interesting appearing and pretty, and nothing else in the palm world is quite like them.  This genus is one that we are the nursery highly recommend.  They'll add diversity to your garden.
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis                  
Coccothrinax miraguama v. havanensis









 Coccothrinax argentea leaf below
 Coccothrinax argentea leaf

     
Coccothrinax dussiana
Coccothrinax dussiana
Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax alta
Coccothrinax alta 
Coccothrinax readii
Coccothrinax readii 
Coccothrinax miraguama var roseocarpa
Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa 
Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa
 Coccothrinax miraguamar v. roseocapa
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita 
Coccothrinax crinita trunk
Coccothrinax crinita trunk 
Coccothrinax miraguama
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax agentea
Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax species SElby
Coccothrinax species Selby Gardens 
Coccothrinax miraguama
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax proctorii leaf
Coccothrinax proctorii leaf 
Coccothrinax spissa
Coccothrinax spissa 
Coccothrinax scoparia
Coccothrinax scoparia 
Coccothrinax radiata
Coccothrinax radiata 
Coccothrinax proctorii
Coccothrinax protcorii 
Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax litoralis
Coccothrinax litoralis 
Coccothrinax leaf
Coccothrinax leaf 
Coccothrinax spissa, swollen trunk
Coccothrinax spissa, cigar trunk 
Coccothrinax inaguensis
Coccothrinax inaguensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
THE SILVER PALM
SILVER COLORED MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM

Having just read above about Coccothrinax as a genus above, I thought that I'd show you a nice 15g size of Coccothrinax argnetata.  This species is native to Florida and some Caribbean Islands.  The dorsal surface of the leaves is silver-green, the underside is prominently silver. The trunk is thin, about six inches, and overall height is typically under twenty feet.  The most prominent feature is the silver sheen as you look up into the leaf crown.  It is similar appearing to Coccothrinax argentea, but more silver and shorter.  It is slow growing and extremely difficult to find.  It likes sun and is cold tolerant into the mid, perhaps low 20's F.  
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 

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

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

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


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

 

FOUR EASY TO SHIP, GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS!
Below are four green South African cycads.  All are rare Encephalartos from the Republic of South Africa.  All are in citrus pot containers, which makes
shipping quite affordable.  We ship plants in their pot, soil and all.  This avoids the immediate losses and almost guaranteed one year set
back seen with bare root plants.
 Few nurseries ship plants with their soil, but we can do it because we are a CA Certified Nursery with agricultural
permits for all states with the U.S.  Most customers rave about our plant quality and shipping technique.  Please read our reviews at this website.  And,
when it comes to cycads, we think we offer the most complete selection of rare plants around.  I can't tell you how many people opted for other "cheaper"
nurseries and then tried us.  They universally regretted not dealing exclusively with our nursery from the beginning. 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
This cycad is sometimes difficult to find and is threatened in habitat.  it is a green, medium sized species that prefers sun and has excellent cold tolerance.  Leaves get to six feet and trunks to ten feet.  It prefers sun.
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
This species is a fast growing green cycad that has leaves six feet long and a stout trunk.  It can get a trunk well over ten feet and has a large crown of many leaves.  It makes a large, centerpiece type of cycad that needs room.  It likes sun and is cold tolerant to at least 22 degrees F.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
This species is Central African and very rare.  Leaflet color is a bit of gray green and mature leaflets have little armor, something nice for some collectors.  It makes a good size plant and can tolerate full sun in most areas.  Cold tolerance is not quite as good as the South African cycads, but well into the mid, perhaps a bit lower 20's F.
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
ENCEPHALARTOS PIET RETIEF
This is a medium sized green species that has now been classified as a variety of E. lebomboensis.  It is a good grower, can get a trunk up to ten feet in many decades, and has a medium sized crown.  Cold tolerance low 20's F.  Sun plant.
Encephalartos piet retief Encephalartos piet retief

TREE FERNS AVAILABLE
ASSORTED SIZES, SPECIES

Our nursery does not specialize in ferns.  But, for some reason, we have accumulated a nice selection of good sized Tree Ferns in 5g, 15g and 25 gallon size.  Some of these have up to four feet of trunk.  These include Cyathea cooperi. and other species.  My favorite has always been the Brentwood Tree Fern.  It has no known native habitat.  I've used it in my garden and now have trunks about forty feet tall.  Check out the pictures below of this variety.  We'll have this variety available soon, limited numbers.

Tree ferns, in general, are considered water-loving, filtered light plants.  But, some species can tolerate full coastal sun.  Some species tolerate temperatures well into the twenties F. and there's lots of tree ferns growing up  in northern California.  Remember, many species come from cool areas of New Zealand and southern Australia.  Blended in with palms and other tropicals, I think they look great and give a nice effect.  Their only downside is the "itchy" fibers from the leaves that fall when you clean off dead leaves.  But, overall, they are woth it because of their very cool appearance.    
Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern Tree Fern
Tree Fern Tree Fern
Brentwood Tree Fern in foreground near Howea
Tree Fern Wikipedia photo
photo by Wikipedia Website

SABAL PALMETTO
THE PALMETTO PALM

This medium to large fan palm is native to the United States and an assortment of Caribbean islands including Cuba.  It's native habitat extends as far north as North Carolina.  It is amazingly salt tolerant.  In Florida you can see it right up into the coastal dunes.  I've seen plants just a few feet from the bay at Tampa Bay and thriving.  It is green in color and has a trunk that is of variable heights, ranging from ten feet to up to eighty feet.  I once had an order for "tall" Palmettos and thought they only get up to a height of about twenty feet.  On inquiring from a broker in Florida, I quickly came to find that specimens are available (dug from locality) with heights of well over fifty feet.  You'd think that perhaps this species could be threatened by digging.  I'd invite you to just pick a locality in Florida and drive around.   There are so many Palmettos near the water that you couldn't begin to count them all.

This is a durable, hardy palm with obvious salt tolerance.  I've also seen palms growing in the sand around ocean beach goers.  It's cold hardiness is into the mid teens F. and it prefers full sun for optimal growth.  However, it does tolerate partial shade.  Also, it can tolerate desert conditions if given adequate water.  Trunks have a "criss-cross" pattern of attached leaf bases.  Later the palm sheds these to show a fairly smooth appearing trunk.  With my comments above, you'd think there are lots of these available in CA.  This is not the case; they are hard to find.  Shown are some 5g plants, domestic and native mature plants and an interesting divided head specimen.

Finally, for those of you displaced from South Carolina, you can bring a little of your state to your present location by growing this palm.  Sabal palmetto is your state tree.  We can ship one right to your displaced location. 
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto double head by JS
photo by JS
Sabal palmetto Jacksonville Zoo Website
photo from Jacksonville Zoo Website

 

 

MONDAY, 15 DECEMBER, 2014
TONS OF HOLIDAY SPECIALS BELOW!

RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
NEW ARRIVAL 25G AND SQUAT 15G SIZE
IF YOU DON'T FREEZE, LUSH TROPICAL PLANT IN ONE PLANE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 SIZES

This is a tropical tree from Madagascar that gets over thirty feet tall.  But, it can be grown in Southern California if you don't freeze.  It gets a trunk about ten inches to a foot wide, brown in color.  The leaves are flat and green, reminiscent of a banana leaf.  This species does sucker.  In my opinion, specimens look best if suckers are removed.  This provides better viewing of the flat plane of leaves that go from side to side.  This characteristic is called "distichous", all in one plane.

Hard wind can tear the leaves.  So, a protected location is probably best.  Cold tolerance is down to a freeze.  Temperatures of thirty degrees or below will "melt" this plant overnight.  It is a good and fast growing species and tolerates full or part sun.  Folklore says to plants the leaves going east to west, i.e. with maximal southern exposure.

We have available two sizes in limited numbers:  the 25g are over twelve feet tall.  The squat 15g are about 8 feet tall.  Both sizes are on sale for ten days.  If you wanted one of these, act quickly because I rarely have them available.

15G SIZE REGULAR $300
SALE PRICE $200 THIS SIZE
25G REGULAR PRICE $450
SALE PRICE $300 THIS SIZE

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.
Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size
Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size, about fourteen feet tall
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size
Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis
squate 15g size, about 8 feet tall
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis
squat 15g size
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis habitat by JS
photo in habitat, Madagascar by JS
Ravanala madagascarensis
Plant being grown in Orange County, CA
Ravanala madagascarensis Wikipedia
photo from Wikipedia

 

WHEN ORDERING PLANTS:
DO YOU WANT BARE ROOT PLANTS WITH CHOPPED OFF ROOTS AND LEAVES?
OR
PLANTS SHIPPED WITH ALL THEIR LEAVES, IN A CONTAIN WITH SOIL?
HOW JUNGLE MUSIC IS DIFFERENT

When most people order plants by mail order, they don't really consider how the plant will be sent to them.  But, it's critical to realize that bare root plants, whether a palm or cycad, have a much higher immediate mortality rate and usually have at least a one year setback To make things worse, leaf and/or root pruning is also needed when plants are sent bare root.  And, specifically with cycads, this means you most likely will get a plant with chopped back leaves that must go into pumice, not soil. It is far from ready for the ground.  The leaves are cut back to prevent dehydration of a stressed plant.  I would say that the majority of Internet plant providers ship plants to you  bare root.

So, why would a nursery do this?  It could be to "save money" on shipping, but what a high price to pay for small savings.  More importantly, it could be that the sending nursery is not really a certified nursery and is forbidden from sending a plant with its soil.  "Certified Nursery" means that a nursery's state agricultural department checks the nursery and their plants on a regular basis to make sure plants are disease and insect free.  If you've ever ordered plants by mail and didn't receive agricultural permits with your order, you bought plants from such a bootlegging nursery.  It's required by state laws that such permits accompany the plants sent.

To comfort you about Jungle Music, we are a California Certified Nursery and almost always ship our plants in their container, soil and all, and do include all required Ag permits.  Only when someone demands it will we ship bare root.  Bare rooting cycads means leaves have to be cut back, roots pruned back, and the customer has to re-establish the plant in pure pumice for one year.  Only after this can plant into the soil or cycad mix. 

I am going to show you some bare root cycads here and how the leaves must be pruned off. (we rarely do this)  I will also show you how we almost always ship our plants: in their containers with soil.  We feel our shipping policy and techniques are second to none.  You decide which plants you'd rather get.  99% of our orders are sent in their pots with soil and their entire leaves!  Also, I'll show a few photos sent to me by customers of cycads received after they took them out of their shipping box.
Encephalartos trispinosus bare root
Bare rooted cycad.  We hardly ever ship plants
this way


Encephalartos trispinosus bare root
Encephalartos dolomiticus bare root
See how leaves are cut off and roots exposed?


Encephalartos poggei bare root
You can see this is not the way to ship plants
Encephalartos poggei bare root
A larger cycad with leaves cut back for bare
root shipping.  Less than 1% of our mail orders
are shipped like this.
Mail Order box
Plant loaded into box and  ready to ship
mail order box
palm trees for sale
wooden stakes are used to stabilize plant
mail order palm
plant inserted into top loading box, soil and all
mail ordeer palm
top cap is added to accommodate larger plants
PALM TR5EES FOR SALE MAIL ORDER
from customer, condition of boxes on arrival
mail order plant
photo from customer; perfect condition on arrival
mail order cycad
photo from customer of cycad received

 
   
mail order cycad
photo from customer of plant after removal from box
mail order cycad
customer's cycad after removal from box
mail order cycad
large cyad after removal from shipping box
Mail Order Scott
Photo from happy mail order customer, showing his plants
   

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

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

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

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

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
A LARGE AND EASY-TO-GROW SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
VARIOUS NURSERY PLANTS

This species of South African cycad comes from various regions in the RSA and gets a caudex height of sometimes over 15 feet with a 12 to 14 inch diameter.  Such heights takes many decades to achieve.  Leaves are typically five to six feet long.  A main characteristic in identifying this species is the lack of prickles or spines on the lower leaf stems.  If you look at the photo in the last row below, it demonstrates this trait.  There are various forms of this species an one, Bushman's River, is extinct in the wild and particularly attractive.  This is a sun species and has a nice cold tolerance to about 21 degrees F.

Photos here show several nursery plants and a few from gardens.  This is  a larger green species and quite easy to grow.  A nice 15g plant will be very showy in about three to five years.  We have a vast assortment of sizes of this desirable species.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/ENCEPHALARTOS_ALTENSTEINII1-01262005.JPG Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/ENCEPHALARTOS_ALTENSTEINII1-01262005.JPG http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/ENCEPHALARTOS_ALTENSTEINII1-01262005.JPG

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SENTICOSUS
THE LEBOMBO CYCAD

It's always hard when you finally learn some plant names only to find that, at the same time, a taxonomist has changed the names.  Thus is the case with this species.

In 1996, Encephalartos lebomboensis was split into two species: E. lebomboensis and E. senticosus.  The difference between the two had to do mostly with the fact that senticosus has a greater number of orange-yellow cones (up to four) and lebomboensis typically just has one.  The common name, "Lebombo Cycad" can still apply to either species.  E. senticosus is a good sized plant with trunks up to twelve feet.  Leaves are five to six feet long and curve downwards somewhat.  Leaves are green and leaflets spiney.  The leaflets get smaller as they get closer to the caudex.

This is a fast and good growing species.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  It likes sun (along the coast) and sandy soil.  Give it adequate room as the crown has good size.  It is very attractive when well grown and in a visible location.  Shown here is a whole assortment of this species with sizes from boxes (several) down to band seedlings.  We have a great assortment for sale and they are easy to ship. 
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus by Colin Wilson Quail

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40


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

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
SMALL SHADE CYCAD, MALE CONE

For many years we have been growing this species of shade loving South African cycad that looks more like a fern than a cycad.  I just photographed a male plant in cone in a citrus pot.  So, I wanted to show it here.  I have also included one photo below of a female cone on a different plant.   This is a small cycad species.  Leaves are usually four feet long or less.  Caudex size is typically six inches or less.  Plants in 15g pots frequently cone and, as you can see, so do older citrus pot plants.  It's not unusual for us to have five to ten plants coning at the same time..  Right on our coast, some people are growing this plant in full sun. But, most grow it in filtered light.  It holds typically three or four leaves which are a lush green color.  The male cone is thinner but not necessarily taller.  The shape of the female cone is more like a pineapple.  Setting seeds is not difficult on this species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Stangeria eriopus male
Stangeria eriopus male Stangeria eriopus male
male cone
Stangeria eriopus FEmale
female cone
Stangeria eriopus male
two male cones on a different plant
Stangeria eriopus  

 

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


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

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


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

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Encephalartos altensteinii band Encephalartos altensteinii

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk pinnate palm is felt to be probably native to Indonesia and gets its common name from the fact that sugar is harvested from the trunks of mature specimens.  This is a tall species and can get up to fifty feet of height.  The trunk is thick, often to 24 inches, and covered with a mesh of woven fibers.  Leave can get quite long, well over twenty feet.  The top of the leaflets are dark green but the underside is silver.  The overall leaf appearance resembles a Caryota but this species is not bipinnate and Caryota leaflets are never silver underneath.    This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  Several mature trees are located in the San Diego area.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


Blog only special must be mentioned when purchasing.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
LARGE CYCAD FROM MILE HIGH LOCATION IN KENYA
GREAT SPECIES FOR SO. CALIFORNIA

I was quite pleased yesterday when one of our staff, Ricardo, found this beautiful large specimen in our growing area.  It is Encephalartos tegulaneus, a rare Central African cycad from the country of Kenya.  It is rarely seen available on the market and develops a large trunk that, in many decades, gets up to twenty feet tall or more.  Native populations of this rare and endangered species have been found at elevations of 7200 feet.  Leaves are five to six feet.  Leaflets are narrow to medium in width, minimally armed and somewhat cupped in shape. 


This is a seed grown outdoor cycad with a caudex that is 12 inches thick and almost as tall.  It has a full crown of leaves that have been thrown in full sun.  The box is a 24 inch size.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance at 22 degrees F.  It' already seen 25 degrees in the past without damage.  We only have this one large specimen but do have other sizes available.
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus
box leaned toward you to show crown from above
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
different plant, 15g size, at nursery
Encephalartos tegulaneus
close up showing cupped leaflets, typical color 

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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


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

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


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

 

WALLICHIA DISTICHA
SINGLE TRUNK, LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
A VERY INTERESTING AND PECULIAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This unusual palm that has all of its leaves in a single plane.  That is to say from the front, it is a fairly large, "Caryota-appearing" palm tree.  But, looking from the side, it is narrow and you can hardly see it.  The dictionary definition of "distichous" is:  "Arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis: distichous leaves. "  In this case, the trunk of the palm is the axis. 

This species is native to the Himalaya Mountains in Asia, spreading from northern India across to northern Thailand.  There it grows at altitudes of up to 4000 feet.  Because of it's heritage and as you might guess, it does have some cold hardiness and can easily be grown in many areas of Southern California.  It tolerates temperatures down to about the mid to upper twenties F.  It prefers full sun.  Mature height is about 30 feet.  Usually this species is single trunk, but in the wild suckering specimens are found.  This is not to confuse it with another suckering species, Wallichia densiflora,  which is always a clustering species. 

Wallichia could be confused with Arenga and Caryota, both of which are also from the same part of the world.  All have leaflets that have jagged or toothed apical ends as shown here.  All also go through a flowering process that begins at the upper trunk and works its way down the trunk over time.  And, all have stems that die after suckering.  When there is only one stem (as with this species), the tree will die after it flowers.  Seeds of Wallichia disticha are very small as shown here.  The back sides of Wallichia and Arenga leaflets are silver whereas Caryotas are green on the back side.  This helps in identifying the genus.  Trunks of Wallichia disticha are also covered with dense brown fibers as shown here.  

We have very limited numbers of this species for sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for you.

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


But, remember to mention this Special to get your discount.
Wallichia disticha
a 5 gallon nursery plant
Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
back side of the leaves is silver
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
tiny seeds from fruiting Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
trunk detail showing woven fibers
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
Note jagged sides and ends of the leaflets
Wallichia disticha
great photo showing leaves in one plane
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
a removed blossom from a local tree brought to nursery
Wallichia disticha
This juvenile specimen will become more distichous
with age
Wallichia disticha
close up photo of leaf/leaflet detail
Wallichia disticha
detail of upper trunk near leaves
Wallichia densiflora
Wallichia densiflora, a totally different appearing palm

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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


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

 

DYPSIS BARONII
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is also a popular suckering palm species from Madagascar.  Rarely you'll see single trunk plants.  Like so many things from Madagascar, as a group this species is quite variable and you may consider plants as belonging to the "Dypsis baronii complex".  Typically plants get up to about 20 feet tall.  They prefer part day sun or filtered light and tolerate mid-twenties temperatures.  Shown here are the band size we have for sale and a mature specimen from the wild.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
OR, THREE FOR $60

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii by JS
habitat photo by JS

 

SATURDAY, 13 DECEMBER, 2014

 

COCCOTHRINAX BORHIDIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CUBAN FAN PALM
MOST SOUGHT AFTER COCCOTHRINAX?


This endangered species has a small native population in only one location near the ocean in northern Cuba.  Until about fifteen years ago, getting one of this species was essentially impossible.  Now, there are a few around.  Many feel it is the most interesting and attractive species in the genus Coccothrinax.  It is a small to medium size mature tree with a thin trunk as shown in the last photo. 

The crown of leaves is compact, the petioles are short and the leaves are rigid and well divided.  The trunk does have a petticoat (which can be removed) and a fibrous substance attached.  This is a sun loving species and cold tolerance is unknown.  However, I suspect it is in the mid to upper twenties F.

Shown here are the limited numbers of 2g which we have available.
Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidiana
Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidian Rolf Kyburz PACSOA
habitat photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA

 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA VAR HAVANENSIS
RARE, THIN TRUNKED SUN FAN PALM

Coccothrinax miraguama is only found on the island of Cuba.  There are several varieties of this species.   The variety of this genus that has a natural habitat near Havana, the capitol, is called C. miraguama variety havanensis.  They are medium sized species, up to about thirty feet. This is a fan palm with a crown width of about twelve feet.   All plants within this genus are mostly known for the interesting pattern of woven fibers on the trunk as shown below.  This woven mesh is mostly right below the trunk.  Further down the trunk of an older specimen, the trunk is clean and bare.  As a species, Coccothrinax miraguama is often felt to be one of the prettiest of the genus. 

Shown here is a 7g plant of the variety havanensis.  It is about six years old.  Although I don't have any pictures specifically of this mature plants of this variety (it is super rare), I am showing several photos of the species C. miraguama.  This is a sun loving species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.   Of note, compared to the Coccothrinax barbadensis previously described, this species has thinner leaflets, is somewhat shorter and has the interesting woven pattern on the trunk.    

 
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis  Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis 
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis  Coccothrinax miraguama by Univ. of Florida
Coccothrinax miraguama by Univ. of Florida
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax miraguama trunk by SF landscape and gardens website
by SF Lanscape and Gardens website 
Coccothrinax miraguama roseocarpa   

 

SABAL BERMUDANA
THE BERMUDA PALM
THICK TRUNK, BIG LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Native to the island of Bermuda, this nearly extinct species is a medium sized fan palm that gets to about twenty feet in height and has a one foot thick trunk.  Its leaf color is green or blue green.  It tends to be larger than Sabal palmetto.  It has round leaves and a fairly clean appearing trunk.  Growth is quite slow for a Sabal.  It prefers full sun and is remarkably cold hardy, probably into the mid teens F.  There are reports of it going to about 16 degrees.  Shown here are some 15g plants.  An interesting thing that I found, while taking these photos, was the presence of long, white wispy hairs around the leaves and petioles.  This is similar to the hairs you see with Livistona decipiens.  I have not seen this characteristic in print, but have photographed it hear for you to see.  I've also seen such hairs on Sabal ursesana.  Another interesting thing is the very clean and sharp edged petioles of Sabal bermudana.  They are cupped on the ventral side. 

Over the years many have asked for this species and I've only been able to supply smaller sizes.  Now we can offer nice sized chunky 5g in addition to the smaller plants.  

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

To get this price, mention this Blog Special at time of purchase.
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana  

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is not what I'd call a super rare species of palm, but for some reason they are near impossible to find.  We have a limited number of nice 15g plants for sale.  An example is shown here. Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet. 

The colony of plants shown here are located near Mission Bay Park in San Diego.  I'd estimate they are about forty years old.  This species likes full sun, can tolerate desert conditions and is cold hardy to the mid-teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant.  Presently the only size we have available are the 15g plants.  But, we do have other Brahea species in smaller containers.

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


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Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis 15g
Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis Brahea edulis7

 

LICUALA RAMSAYI
A LICUALA THAT CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

If you're reading this and live in a tropical area or a place like Miami or Hawaii, good for you.  This species is a piece of cake for you as are most Licualas.  But, if you live in our locality in Southern California, there are only a handful of Licualas that are possible here.  Licuala ramsayi is one of them.  It's not a slam dunk to grow but many are succeeding  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  It prefers to get some sun and doesn't tolerate total dark shade.  It'll stall with lack of light.

Native to the Cairns area of Queensland, Australia, this species will with  time grow over head, sometimes forming trunks fifteen feet or more.  It has circular flat leaves with prominent division of the segments as shown on the mature trees below.  We are offering a limited number of 5g plants.  Call us and we'll coach you on how to succeed with this species.
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This desirable, single trunk pinnate palm was introduced for the first time about twenty-five years ago from Madagascar.  It will tolerate full sun along the coast, has a silver, prominently ringed trunk, has a fuzzy, orange-brown crown shaft and gets to a height of about twenty five feet.  It is a medium rate growing species and has a cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F. 

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


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Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
LIKE A "SUCKERING KENTIA PALM"
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This attractive, suckering pinnate palm is from Australia and has thin trunks and mature height of about fifteen feet.  Its leaves are about four feet long.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun; further inland part day sun or strong filtered light.  It is a medium rate growing species that has bright red fruit at maturity.  It is very attractive appearing and reminds many of the Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm) but smaller in size and suckering.  It is fairly rare and hard to find.  The form offered today is the more cold hardy and freely suckering mountain variety and survives in the SF Bay area.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.

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


Blog only special, mention this special when ordering.  Easy to mail order. 
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
THIN TRUNK, TALL, SILVER-GREEN FAN PALM

As you might expect with the name, this species is native to the Island of Barbados, but is also found in Trinidad, Tabago and northern Venezuela.  This is a medium to tall height, thin trunked fan palm that can get up to forty feet in the right environment.  Trunk diameter is always less than six inches; leaves are three feet across.  The color of the leaves is green to silver-green.  The underside of the leaves is more prominently silver than the dorsal side. 

This is a sun loving palm that can be grown in Southern California.  Cold tolerance is perhaps to the mid-twenties F.  Coccothrinax are known to be slow growing, especially in pots.  The plant shown here is in a 7g plant and probably about six to seven years old. It is about four to five feet tall.  Also shown are several mature specimens.
Coccothrinax barbdensis Coccothrinax barbdensis
Coccothrinax barbdensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
TROPICAL TREE WITH HUGE PLEATED LEAVES
RARE, UNUSUAL, AND COLD HARDY

It really doesn't matter what your area of plant specialty is.  Everyone who sees this medium sized tree falls in love with it.  Native to New Guinea, it has the most spectacular and unusual leaves of almost any tropical tree.  They are green in color, huge in size, with prominent pleats in the texture and irregular leaf edges.  Also, note the red veins in the pictures.  In terms of size, I've read they can reach two feet wide and three feet long.  My personal tree's leaves haven't gotten quite this large.  Overall height of this species in my experience is about twenty feet.  The canopy of leaves is open with secondary limbs reaching out a distance with a cluster of leaves at the end.  Or, one can prune it to make a more compact tree that is shorter.

This rare species is almost impossible to find.  This is because it cannot be propagated by tip cuttings and seeds are usually not produced by it's prominent "figs".  Air layering (or similar technique) is the only successful means of making new plants. In my garden I've got two reasonable large trees and I can vouch for the fact that tip cuttings do not root out.  My trees do produce about 3 inch sized figs, but they've never had seeds.  BTW, these fruits are reportedly edible although I've not had one. 

I am presently offering 5g size.  The price is $200 (net). This is a very good price for a near impossible species to find.  A few have already sold.  I can mail order them.  They take partial or full sun in our area.  Cold hardiness is uncertain to me, but probably into the mid twenties F. and perhaps lower.  I can mail order any of these plants, weather permitting.  Once these are gone, it'll probably be next year before I get them again.  The photos show plants recently brought in.  I have three or four left in the 5g size.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis by Matt Bradford
photo by Matt Bradford, PalmTalk
Ficus dammaropsis by Wikipedia Commons
photo by Wikipedia Commons 

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY PHOENIX
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I have previously discussed this extremely cold hardy species of Phoenix.  This species is suckering (typically) and is from the island of Crete.  It is a bristly palm with lots of spines.  It has a pronounced yellow color in its petioles.  But, most important to people in cold areas, it is possibly the most cold hardy of all the Phoenix, even better than the Canary Palm.  It is somewhat smaller than Phoenix dactylifera and the leaves are green in color.  Shown here are views of 15g plants.  We presently have 5g and 7g for sale.  It likes sun and cold tolerance should be about 15 degrees F.  The last photo shows a single trunk plant (RPS website), perhaps pruned this way or perhaps naturally single trunk.  You can see that it is a medium sized palm species.  These plants are easy to ship by mail order.

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


Just mention this Special at our Blog to get your discount at the time of purchase. .
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS
Single trunk plant by TS at RPS website

 

FRIDAY, 12 AUGUST, 2014

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
A VERY COLD HARDY CYCAD
BLUE GREEN LEAVES
SMALLER MATURE SIZE
MANY SIZED PLANTS FOR SALE


Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants of this very cold cycad from Southern China.  There is grows at elevations up to 6000 feet in wooded mountainous areas.  Mature trunk height is typically not over four feet.  Leaves are four feet long and the trunk, especially at the top, is covered with a rust colored fur.  Leaf color is green to gray-green.  This leaf color seems to be variable.  Cold hardiness is probably well into the teens, equally as cold hardy as the common Sago Palm.  But, this is a smaller plant and more adaptable to many gardens.

Plants shown here are mostly in the 15g size.  We also have band size, 5g and often larger specimens in 20g or boxes.  The hardest thing to remember about this species is how to spell it.  But, if you sound it out phonetically, you can spell it.  Undoubtedly, some nursery will coin a common name like "The Chinese Sago" but this hasn't happened as of yet.  This species is very easy to mail order.  It prefers sun in most areas.
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
note the rust colored fuzz
Cycas panzhihuaensis Mike Gray PACSOA
Photo by Mike Gray, PACSOA, showing green leaf color
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
a plant showing more gray color
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Boxed nursery plant

 

ENCHEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
HARD TO FIND BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


This is a blue species of cycad that is native to the Republic of South Africa.  Like many of the other blue cycads from this area, this species is never a large plant.  A caudex of three feet would be considered "huge".  Propagation is the results of germination of pure, fertile seeds or by removal of offsets.  This plant, as of yet, has no offsets and a caudex size of five inches.  It's in a large clay pot.  It's a very handsome plant with a nice blue color.  You'll not that the last photo shows a mature plant growing in a very hot climate in our area.  The "blue color" can turn almost a silver-blue color with intense sun. 

Except in the desert, this species demands full sun.  Trunk diameter can rarely get to sixteen inches.  Leaves are about four feet.  Leaflets, especially toward the end, twist towards the center of the plant.  This trait is how you'd tell it from the similar species, Encephalartos lehmannii.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $850
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $700

If bought for mail order, you might consider transporting in a lighter, plastic pot.  Just remember to mention this Blog Special to get the discount.

Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
A SHADE TOLERANT CYCAD
BEAUTIFUL ORANGE OR RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE PLANT IN CERAMIC POT


Encephalartos ferox
has always reminded me of a Holly Fern.  This is because of the shape and spination of the leaflets.  This species is also native to South Africa and never forms a vertical trunk.  It is also a part day sun or filtered light cycad.  As you may know, most Encephalartos want full sun along the coast.  However, its most famous trait is the fact that cones are orange or fire engine red in color.  A plant like the one shown here should cone in about six years in the ground, perhaps a bit longer.  This species does sucker over time.  But, primary trunks are rarely over 14 to 16 inches wide.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

The plant shown here on special is in a fancy orange ceramic pot (like its future cone).  Caudex size is about four inches.  It would make a great patio plant and can survive in this pot another ten years. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $300

Just mention this Blog Special to get the discount when you purchase.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox
A red-orange female cone
Encephalartos ferox
A larger nursery plant

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
SUPER SLOW GROWING
VERY LARGE 15G AVAILABLE


Jubaea chilensis is native to Chile in South America.  It is known as the palm with the widest and thickest trunk in the world.  Trunk diameters can exceed four feet.  Growth rate is extremely slow.  A plant in a container puts on girth (width of base) before it puts on height.  Therefore, in any given pot, not all plants are the same.  With the same overall height, you can have older very thick based plants.  So, when you buy a plant, look at or ask about the the basal diameter.  The two 15g plants shown here are very stout and about 7 to 8 years old.  They are about twice as old as most 15g plants of this species.

Jubaea can get to heights over forty feet in a lifetime.  Leaf color is green (although we offer the rare blue underside form of this species).  They demand full sun and can be grown in some desert areas.  Culturally, you must be very patient because of their slow growth.  Think of the future.  Cold tolerance is well into the teens, probably about 16 degrees F.  We also have larger and smaller plants for sale.
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $30
 
Sticks of Fire Sticks of Fire 
Sticks of Fire  Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website
Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website
 

 

WEDNESDAY, 10 AUGUST, 2014 (BONUS POSTS - OTHERS EARLIER TODAY)

 

SUPER NICE RED AND BLACK TI PLANTS
SUPER WIDE LEAVES FOR A TI
2G SIZE, ABOUT TWO FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

Just yesterday we got in some exceptional Ti plants.  I like them because the leaves are twice as wide as a normal Ti.  Leaves are black and red/pink.  The older leaves are very dark.   Ti are the most commonly sought out of all the companion plants for the garden.  They prefer filtered light or just a little bit of direct sunlight.
Limited numbers are available.

REGULAR PRICE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 2G SIZE $30

Remember to mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Ti red black 2g
Ti red black 2g Ti red black 2g
Ti red black 2g  

 

MANGO TREE
15G SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL


This is a locally grown 15g Mango Tree that is about six feet tall in its pot.  It came form a grower who lives in an area that routinely sees low winter temperatures in the mid-twenties F.
It would prefer sun and should fruit for those in good areas of Southern California.  We have very limited numbers.

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

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price.
Mango Tree
Mango Tree Mango Tree

 

PAPAYA TREE
NICE 15G SIZE TREES THAT SHOULD FRUIT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


We rarely can offer Papaya Trees that are close to fruiting size.  The plant shown here should fruit within a few years.  It needs an area that doesn't see hard freezes.  It wants full sun or half day sun at least.  Plant height is about six feet.

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

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

 

WEDNESDAY, 10 AUGUST, 2014

 

ASSORTED PHOTOS OF INDIVIDUAL PLANTS FROM RARE SUCCULENT COLLECTION
ALL ONE OF A KIND PLANTS - ALL FOR SALE


Last week I gave you a preview of a cactus and succulent collection we received from a long time friend and customer
of the nursery who passed away.  All these plants were grown in the Berkeley area of Northern California.  Most of them
did not have identifying tags in them.  But, I was told many are very rare and unusual as our friend was an avid collector. 
Therefore, I cannot identify the species names on these plants.  Not being a cactus and succulent expert, I won't even try
to guess at names.  But, all are for sale.  There are many more plants than I am showing you here today.  Hopefully you'll see
a few you like.  Most can be easily shipped right to your door. 

What a great garden addition or Holiday gift these would make.  Most would like sun and all have seen weather into the low 20's F.
My goal is to find a fine home for all of his collection.  Although I can't confirm it, this person was a long time collector of rare
plants and many of the plants below could be over 20 years old.  Almost all are in fancy ceramic or terracotta pots.  And the
pots themselves may have cost what I'm charging for the plant.  One final point:  If you are an expert, you might spot a
super rare plant in this collection.  I'll remind you they were being grown by an avid collector who wanted the most rare plants
that he could find.

 

Plant #1
Height about 8 feet
In ceramic pot
Price $150
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
     
Plant #2
Dwarf suckering cactus
In a ceramic dish, about a dozen heads
Red-brown spines/hairs
Price $65
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents    
Plant #3
Dwarf suckering cactus
In ceramic dish
About two dozen heads
Pink flowers, white hairs
Suspect is very old specimen that will never
   get much bigger
Price $85
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #4
Dwarf suckering cactus
In a ceramic dish
Interesting green with tan spines
About a dozen heads
Price $65
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #5
Super dwarf suckering cactus
In ceramic dish
Newer stems green, older tan
Cute and tiny
Price $55
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #6
Bonsai Ficus species Rock Fig
Probably Ficus palmeri
In ceramic pot
Shiny green, flat leaves
Popular species for Bonsai growing
Just forming bulbous trunk
Price $65
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents    
Plant #7
Another Ficus bonsai plant
In green ceramic dish
Showing bulbous trunk
Will continue to look even more cool
Price $75
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #8
Another old bonsai plant
In large ceramic dish
Deciduous species, possibly Ficus species
Height about 30 inches
Just budding out new leaves
When leafed out will be very cool appearing
Price $95
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #9
Unknown type or species
In terracotta pot
Blue green leaves
Soft to the touch
Price $65
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Plant #10
Large, branching specimen
In large ceramic pot
Overhead height
Has a "Euphorbia" appearance
I'm sure very old specimen
I have not seen flowers yet
Price $150
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #12
(Plant #11 sold)
Agave appearing plant in ceramic pot
Striped leaves
Soft to the touch
Very interesting plant
Price $65
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #13 (the lucky plant)
Variegated leaf
Small spines on margins but
Somewhat soft to the touch
In larger terracotta pot
Price $85
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents    
Plant #14
Round basketball sized Cactus
Interesting brown and green stem
In medium sized ceramic pot
Price $75
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents    
Plant #15
Aloe type plant in medium size ceramic pot
Interesting "zig-zag" bands on leaves
Suckering with several heads
Price $75
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #16
Super blue color
Freely suckering
Older clump
Short stature
Price $55
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #17
Blue succulent in ceramic dish
Fine armor on leaf edges
Very cool looking
Price $65
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents    
Plant #18
Small but striking light bands
In terracotta pot
Super appealing appearance
Suspect is very rare
price $55
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #19
Blue green leaves
Super long old blossom
In ceramic pot
Slight armor, soft leaves
price $55
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  
Plant #20
In very large designer ceramic pot
Clustering, armored
Plant larger than looks here
Old long blossom spikes
Blue-green leaves
Suspect pot cost more than charging here
Price $150
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents    
Plant #21
(A good number on which to stop)
A very peculiar, cyclops-like succulent
Very bizarre appearing
Blue-green color
Long thin leaves
In ceramic pot - over two feet tall
Price $85
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents
Rare cactus and succulents Rare cactus and succulents  

 

CARYOTA URENS
TALL, CANOPY FORMING
FASTEST GROWING PLANT IN THE GARDEN
HUGE 24 IN BOX AND 15G PLANTS

This is probably the fastest growing palm species that any of you may attempt to grow.  From a nice 15g plant you can have a tree over the roof in several years.  Trunk diameter is about sixteen inches.  Height potential is above fifty feet.  They obviously like sun when mature.  They are easy to grow.  Brown tipping to the leaves is improved with extra water.  Cold tolerance is about 19 to 20 degrees F.

This species is native to northern Thailand and has been called the "Cold Hardy Mountain Fishtail".  Shown here are 14 foot boxed plants and ten to twelve foot 15g.  Limited availability.
Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
LARGER BASE OF TRUNK THAN C. URENS
BIGGER LEAVES
PEAKS OUT AT 35 FEET
GREAT 15G AND 25G PLANTS AVAILABLE

This species is also from Northern Thailand.  It is different than C. urens above in that it doesn't get as tall and has larger leaves.  It is a great shade and canopy forming species.  The base of the trunk is up to almost three feet wide, so give it lots of room.  It appreciates ample water and is fast growing.  Cold tolerance is about 21 to 22 degrees F. 

Shown here are first the 25g size and then the 15g sized plants.  Both are very large for their pots.  Limited numbers available.  Every enthusiast should have either this species or the Caryota urens above.  These are too big to ship without using a delivery truck.  But, we have 2g and 5g available.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

THE COCONUT QUEEN
HYBRID: SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X ROMANZOFFIANA
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS PALM
LIMITED NUMBERS 15G AVAILABLE NOW

This hybrid is in such demand for several reasons.  First, it's super rare and has only been produced by one source.  Second, it is a drop deal beautiful palm.  Third, it has pretty good cold tolerance and is being tried by folks in Northern California.  Lastly, it is prettier than a Queen Palm and not as large.

My suspicion is that it will reach a height of twenty five feet, tolerate temperatures into the low 20's F, and love most areas' full sun.  It sells out very quickly and I can hardly keep them in stock more than a few days.  Shown here are nice 15g plants.  They are not cheap but oh so nice.
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen Coconut Queen
photo by J.I.

 

WEDNESDAY, 9 DECEMBER, 2014

 

Assorted Companion Plants

We continually get in seasonal companion plants.  Most recently this included a load of interesting ferns.  We have both the Australian and Tasmanian Tree Ferns in 5g size along with a new batch of very nice Blechnum Ferns.  We got in about six or eight types of different and very colorful Bromelidads, including some Vrieseas with interesting leaf markings.  And, we always try to have lots of red or pink Ti's available.  Drop by and see what's new in the nursery.
Assorted companion plants
Australian Tree Fern
Assorted companion plants
Vriesea
Assorted companion plants
Silver Fern
Assorted companion plants
Maidenhair Fern
Assorted companion plants
Assorted Ferns, Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Blechnum Fern
Assorted companion plants
Birdsnest Fern
Assorted companion plants
Clustering Nerogelia
Assorted companion plants
Closeup same
Assorted companion plants
Red Ti Plants

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A SMALLER RAVENEA FROM MADAGASCAR

If you were to return thirty years to a time where Ravenea were just being introduced to the nursery trade, you'd find famed Mardi Darian saying how Ravenea rivularis was the "palm of the future".  This was because it was fast growing, full and quite attractive.  Then followed "Ravenea madagascarensis variety monticola" which was more attractive, near impossible to find, and had a thinner trunk than the stout rivularis.  Then came an onslaught of other new species of Ravenea off this small island and adjacent habitats.  There was almost a frenzy about them because every one introduced could survive here in Southern California.

As new species cropped up, one very interesting one arrived and we growers began offering: Ravenea glauca.  It seemed similar to Ravenea hildebrandtii (an eight foot dwarf species) but was bigger in size.  It got to the perfect height of about twenty feet.  Then we found it had sun tolerance in a lot of areas, had a thin trunk and a very beautiful crown of leaves.  From a landscape point of view (not rarity), it became the poster child Ravenea that would work for almost everyone in our locality.

It has a thin trunk, rarely over eight inches.  It gets to a desirable height of under twenty-five feet.  It is a good growing palm and will take full coastal sun with ease.  Cold tolerance seems to be in the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  Leaves are about six, perhaps eight feet long when older.  It has no crown shaft and a tan colored central crown as shown.  Leaves are green. It is the perfect species and quite beautiful.

Shown here is a huge 15g plant that came in with the nursery inventory we purchased and I mentioned yesterday.  We also have 2g, 5g and other sizes available. 

My favorite picture of this species is from a famous locality in habitat against the red cliffs (see below).  I have my own photo of this (can't find right now) so I've shared a similar photo from my friend, Dean Ouer, below.  This is really a great palm and a good grower.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Arkive Website
In habitat, photo at Arkive Website
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca habitat MR
In habitat by M.R.
Ravenea glauca habitat MR Ravenea glauca palmpedia
in habitat at PalmPedia
Ravenea glauca TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

MORE PHOTOS OF BISMARCKIA MAYOTTE ISLANDS
PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE RED COLORS SEEN

Previously I introduced some seven year old Bismarckias that are not from Madagascar but rather from the Mayotte Islands. Some feel these may be a different species.  The seeds are a bit different in shape and the overall appearance of the mature plants are different. 

I showed how this species is more of a green to blue green species unlike the silver blue regular Bismarckia nobilis (see description below).  I also made mention of how the stems are more of a red color.  Today I wanted to show this in more detail.  When I've talked to people who are growing these plants in their gardens, this is always the first thing they mention.

Photographs here not only show how the leaf stems have a lot of red in them but how the leaf colors have hints of pink and red in them a well.  Although I'm not sure if it's consistent, the petioles also seem to be smoother, shinier and free of the often seen dark hairs on regular Bismarckia.. 

It's hard to draw conclusions about these observations.  They could be merely a display of color secondary to colder temperatures we see in Southern California.  Unfortunately, there's nothing on the Net about this. 

All I can say for sure is that people in our locality who are growing this species love it and highly recommend this species of Bismarckia (if it is a different species)
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island    

 

ATTRACTIVE MEDIUM TO LARGE CYCADS
AN ASSORTMENT OF SPECIES

I thought I would quickly show you some cycads from around our nursery.  I've selected an assortment of plants
with some blue Encephalartos.  I'll make a few brief comments about the species shown.  But, this is more of a visual presentation
than an informational one.  I hope you enjoy some of these plants.  For you "palm only" folks, not to worry; more palms tomorrow.
 

 

DIOON MEJIAE
This is an attractive Central American Dioon species with distribution from Southern Mexico into Honduras.  New leaves emerge upwards and, at the time of being thrown, are unbelievably soft and wooly.  Mature leaflets tend to have no or minimal spines.  Oppose this to Dioon spinulosum which is much more spiny.  Color is green, overall height typically under ten feet.  Filtered light usually required or perhaps part sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance low 20's F.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae  
DIOON MEROLAE
This Mexican species of cycad is very slow growing with one hundred year old trunks just being four to five feet of height.  The crowns of leaves are gray-green, trunks are about a foot or less in diameter and leaves are three to four feet long.  This is a compact cycad.  New leaves emerge upwards and will lay down over time.  They like full sun along the coast, part sun inland.  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties f.  A 15g plant is shown here.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae  
ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS BLUE
I don't know for sure if this is the coveted true 'blue form" of Encephalartos arenarius from South Africa.  It may well be.  I imported quite a few of these several decades ago and this might be one of them with years of subsequent growth.  They are an arenarius but share qualities of E. horridus with blue color and leaf shape.  This is a sun plant with cold hardiness of approximately 22 degrees F.  Inland desert areas and desert locations would require part day or filtered light. 
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
This sought after species of South African cycad comes from the northern Transvaal area.  It is similar in appearance to E. middleburgensis.  It's leaflets tend to be upright with a strongly keeled leaf.  Color ranges from green to blue.  It is a sun loving species except for far inland areas.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
ENCEPHALARTOS MIDDLEBURGENSIS
This is another sought-after Transvaal South African species that has color range from green to blue.  This specimen is a blue-green.  It also has upright leaves.  It is a sun species with similar cold tolerance as eugene-maraisii.  Both this and the last species are always difficult to find in nurseries.  But, they are just gorgeous as they get larger in the garden. 
Encephalartos middleburgensis Encephalartos middleburgensis
Encephalartos middleburgensis Encephalartos middleburgensis  

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
This blue species of cycad is from the Natal district of South Africa.  It is a small to at most medium sized plant.  A very old plant will have a twelve inch trunk. Three feet of trunk is the maximum.  The color is blue and the leaflets are extremely spiny, probably one of the most spiny of all cycads.  They want full sun in coatal areas but need protection from full sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance is the low twenties F.  Interestingly, this is the most popular species among new enthusiasts.
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
This Central African cycad makes a large plant.  It has very upward pointing leaves, especially on new throws, and is green in color.  It is moderately armed with sines.  The older leaves will hang downwards.  It needs some room in the garden.  Along the coast it will take full or part day sun.  Far inland areas require some sun protection.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  It is a fast growing cycad.
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo    

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
CENTRAL AFRICA
Cycad enthusiasts love unknown species. This species is obviously from Central Africa.  I say this because of the light colored caudex that is furry and white.  Also, note that the new leaves and stems are extremely hairy and fuzzy.  There is an assortment of species that are either un-named or recently named from this part of Africa.  This plant will probably be a good sized plant, reasonably cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties, and fast growing.  I would recommend part day sun for this interesting cycad.  And, yes, those leaves are so fun to touch when emerging.  They are as soft as almost anything in the plant world.
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species  
ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
 This is another Central African cycad.  It makes a large plants and is very fast growing.  It has eight foot leaves.  With several sets of leaves, it is quite full and requires a good amount of room in the garden.  This boxed specimen is well on it's way.  It's a sun species along the coast.  All Central African species could use some sun protection in super hot inland areas.  cold tolerance should be into the low 20's F. 
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis     
ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
This is a South African cycad species that is similar to Encephalartos lehmanii.  Except, with princeps, the distal leaflets are rotated on their axis to face the center of the plant.  They don't just lay down flat like the lehmanii.  Leaves are often keeled.  The color is quite blue.  The first four photos of one plant are to show the orientation of the leaflets.  The last photo is of another plant outdoors in sun.  With outdoor sun, this species becomes intensely blue.  It's a full sun plant for coastal areas.  Cold hardiness is pretty good, down to at least 22 degrees F.    
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 
Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps  Encephalartos princeps 

 

SUNDAY, 7 DECEMBER, 2014

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
MEDIUM SIZED NEW CALEDONIA PALM
UPRIGHT LEAVES, CROWN SHAFT
NICE 15G AVAILABLE


I highly recommend this good growing, single trunk and crown shafted species from the mountains in New Caledonia.  It is super attractive and is quite versatile.  Inland areas can grow it in part day sun.  Along the coast it loves full sun.  Mature height should reach at least 25 to 30 feet.  The crown shaft is dark green if in filtered light but sort of silver green in full sun.  Trunks maintain a green color in filtered light.  The leaves are held upright in a "V-shaped" crown pattern, somewhat reminiscent of Rhopalostylis sapida.  Trunk diameter averages about ten inches.

The nursery plant shown here in the first five photos is a 15g size.  We also have 5g and sometimes larger 25g.  Cold tolerance is a bit better than a King Palm at about 23 to 24 degrees F.  You will also note on the leaf stems that there is a speckling of white blotches over the green stem.  It's sort of a "mealy bug" appearance and is typical of this species.
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
25g nursery plant, sometimes available
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kyle Wicomb PACSOA
Photo by Kyle Wicomb PACSOA

 

PHILODENDRON XANADU
LOW PROFILE, GREEN COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This species or hybrid of Philodendron is very popular among those in the landscape field.  It has prominently divided leaves, gets to a height of not more than three feet and clusters in a tight bunch of stems.  Leaves get up to about a foot in length with long petioles.  It likes filtered light and grows well in protected areas that don't see harsh cold.

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

These 5g plants are nicely sized as shown.  BTW, we have all sorts of much more rare and exotic Philodendrons for sale.  Like with all our Ten Day Specials, mention this Blog Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Philadendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu
Philodendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu  

 

PHOENIX ROEBELENII
THE PYGMY DATE PALM
DOMESTICALLY A SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
BUT, PLANTED AS MULTIPLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G SIZE MULTIPLES


As I've mentioned at this Blog before, the whole appearance and nomenclature of all the domestically drown Date Palms (Phoenix) is quite variable and confusing.  This is because these palms are so promiscuous and hybridize like crazy.  Plants you see in gardens just don't quite match what you read in books.  This is because seeds collected domestically often are hybrids with some other nearby Phoenix.  To see the "real thing", you have to have plants grown from seeds gathered from habitat plants where there are no other Phoenix around. 

Natural stands of the Pygmy Dates in habitat are often suckering.  But, grown here in the U.S., these palms are always single trunk.  Somewhere the clustering genetics of this species were lost.  To make up for this, growers put three or four plants in the same pot.  Therefore, the consumer thinks it's "suckering".  But, it doesn't.  If you buy a triple, you'll never have more than three plants. 

The plants here on special are in 10g pots and have either three or four plants per container.  They are nice sized, almost five feet in their pots.  At maturity, heights are rarely over ten feet.  Grown as "multiples", these clump as a whole is slower growing.  This is a sun only species (they stall in shade) and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  This 10g size can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 10G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Phoenix roebelenii Phoenix roebelenii
Phoenix roebelenii Phoenix roebelenii Phoenix roebelenii
Phoenix roebelenii Phoenix roebelenii Phoenix roebelenii

 

GIANT PYGMY DATE PALMS
AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
FOR THOSE WHO "NEED BIG NOW!"

We can offer super large Phoenix roebelenii plants that have seven to eight feet of knobby trunk.  Most plants are singles and overall height is up to ten feet.  These are Hawaiian grown plants.  They are not inexpensive and typically ten to fifteen years old.  They are in 25 gallon containers and can be delivered.  But, they are way to big to ship by Fed Express or UPS.  Just call us to inquire about these monster plants.

Buyers of this size typically are professionals who use these plants in hotel lobbies, shopping centers, amusement parks and similar venues that demand large specimens.  Sometimes they are used inside of homes (bright light) or in upscale gardens.
Phoenix roebelenii Phoenix roebelenii
Phoenix roebelenii    

 

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

REG. PRICE 24 INCH BOXED PRITCHARDIAS $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE  $400

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species HJD  Pritchardia species box 
 
CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUNKING  FORM
GS HEIGHT TO EIGHT FEET, COLD HARDYDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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


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

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

  

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 

ASSORTED SUCCULENT COLLECTION FROM SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
MANY DECADES OLD
ALL FOR SALE

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the family of a friend and long term customer of the nursery.  He lived in the East SF Bay area.  His son informed me that our friend had passed away.  He had been a long time collector of succulents and cycads.  He said his mother just didn't have the knowledge or energy to care for the potted plants.  This led to a trip up to their area and back with several hundred unidentified succulent species.  This included all genera - Cactus, Agave, Euphorbia, Echeveria, and others.  All these plants arrived here at the nursery and are for sale.

Like any avid collector, plants had been put into very nice ceramic pots.  I've been told that some are over 20 years old.  And, I've noted there are no duplicates.  He would try to get one of a lot of different species.  And, our friend was a collector, so I suspect some are quite rare.  I, myself, am not an avid enthusiast of the succulents.  So, I shall not try to identify them all.  But, all are for sale.  And, we're offering very fair prices on this collection.  I'm showing you some of them here.
Succulent unknown Succulent unknown
Succulent unknown Succulent unknown Succulent unknown
Succulent unknown Succulent unknown Succulent unknown
Succulent unknown Succulent unknown Succulent unknown
Succulent unknown Succulent unknown Succulent unknown
Succulent unknown Succulent unknown Succulent unknown
Succulent unknown Succulent unknown Succulent unknown
Succulent unknown Succulent unknown  

 

AURICARIA SPECIES
A TYPE OF PRIMITIVE CONIFER
ALSO, A VERY JURASSIC TREE
NICE 15G FOR SALE


I have always wanted to grow Auricaria at our nursery.  The problem has always been availability of seeds or small plants of unusual species.  This is why I became immediately attracted to the near extinct Wollemi Pine when it became briefly available about ten years ago.  When my friend above (see post on succulents) passed away, I was told there was an unusual type of Pine Tree in his collection.  I had hoped that it would be the Wollemi Pine, but on inspect I think not.  Rather, it's some species of Auricaria, the Auricaria family,  but distinct in its own right.  These plants are native to the Southern Hemisphere but in Jurassic times their habitat spread as far north as England.

All make large trees and produce "pine cones".  Almost all tolerate humidity and cool weather.  This is why it thrived up in the Bay Area of San Francisco.  Now it's here in Southern California at our nursery and is looking for a home.  It is about seven feet tall and the trunk has forked giving multiple branches and heads of leaves.  For those interested in this amazing group of plants, follow the link below for a good description.:
http://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/the-araucaria-family-past-present/
Auracaria species Auracaria species
Auracaria species Auracarium species Auracara species
Auracaria species Auracaria species Auracaria species
Auracaria species Auracaria species Auricaria auricaria c/o Wikipedia Commons
Auricaria auraucana c/o Wikipedia Commons

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
REALLY GOOD SIZE 1 GALLON PLANTS
ON THEIR FIFTH AND SIXTH LEAVES
SUPER BLUE SPECIES
BLOWOUT SALE PRICE UNTIL SATURDAY


Just yesterday I got in some well grown and oversized one gallon E. lehmannii that are on their fifth or sixth leaf.  This is a sought after blue cycad from South Africa.  It loves sun and heat.  The longest leaves on this plants are up to sixteen inches.  I have limited numbers at this price.  These are not wimpy small seedlings.  And, I'm passing a great deal on to customers.  But, like everything else with this sale, it all ends tomorrow, Saturday.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $75
BLOWOUT SALE PRICE 1G SIZE $50

To read more about BLUE CYCADS, CLICK HERE
Encephallartlos lehmannii Encephallartlos lehmannii
Encephallartlos lehmannii Encephallartlos lehmannii Encephallartlos lehmannii
a 15g nursery plant
Encephalartos lehmannii
nursery specimen in box
Encephallartlos lehmannii Encephallartlos lehmannii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII
PERHAPS THE MOST INTERESTING WOODII HYBRID
GREAT ONE GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE
NICE BLOWOUT DISCOUNT

As many of you are aware, Encephalartos woodii is an extinct species and only one male plant is known to exist.  That one plant, over the decades, has produced offsets which have found their way around the planet.  Although still unbelievably rare, those plants produce male pollen which can be used to hybridize other female Encephalartos.  The plants shown here are such a cross.

Genetically closest to E. woodii is E. natalensis.  And, most activity with hybridization has been done with natalensis.  But, crosses with E. transvenosus have proven to be dramatic and perhaps more interesting hybrids.  This cross gets wide leaflets with prominent lobes.  The plants offered here this cross.  They have about four to five leaves and are very nice.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $75
SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50, ENDS TOMORROW

I'm showing photos of a larger plant below of this cross from the nursery.
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
older plant, same hybrid
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
COLD HARDY BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM
NICE BOXED SPECIMEN
33% DISCOUNT UNTIL TOMORROW

This South American fan palm is known to have excellent cold hardiness, easily going into the low 20's F.  It is also a tall palm, up to over fifty feet tall.  Leaves are a blue-green color and trunk size is about a foot, perhaps a bit more.  They like sun and heat.  Shown here is an old 24 inch boxed plant.  it has been outdoor grown.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $450
SPECIAL UNTIL TOMORROW, $300

Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
GORGEOUS TEN YEAR OLD 15G PLANTS
LONGER LEAVES THAN OTHER DIOONS
SUPER BLOWOUT PRICE UNTIL TOMORROW

This attractive and very rare Mexican Dioon is different from other similar species (merolae, caputoi, etc.) in that the leaves are longer.  Caudexes are also sort of furry as shown here.  Leaflets are closely spaced, armed and curve toward the end of the leaf.  These plants on special have about six inch caudexes.  This is a rare cycad to find in this size.  They can be shipped.  This species likes full sun in many areas and is cold tolerant down to the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $450
BLOWOUT PRICE, ENDS TOMORROW, $225
THAT'S' 50% OFF REGULAR PRICE!
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii  

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
RECENTLY REMOVED TRUNKS AVAILABLE
TWO TO THREE FEET LONG
SUPER BLOWOUT PRICE

The Sago Palm is the most commonly grown cycad worldwide.  It is native to Japan and Southern China.  Over a long period of time, plants slowly get taller and sometimes branch above the ground.   A ten foot tall specimen may be a hundred years old.  At the base of the plants, offsets or suckers are produced.  Enthusiasts will often remove these suckers to let the primary trunk be more easily seen.  The trunks offered presently are such removed trunks.  I'd estimate it took ten years to form these trunks.

They are two to three feet long.  They will root out nicely in a cactus and succulent mix, pumice, or probably even just in the garden.  Root stimulants such as Root Tone help assist the formation of roots.  These trunks offered are about eight to ten inches thick and quite heavy, as you can imagine.  But, they would be easy to ship as they have no roots or leaves.  One could root these out in a pot in a greenhouse, in the patio or garden or maybe even in the home.  Many people have been successful inside their house, but light is needed.  By the way, the typical retail price for rooted out/leafed out plants is about $200 per foot of trunk.  So, this is a good way to get a big plant at a great price.  These trunks should be great plants by this coming summer. But, we cannot guarantee everyone's success with them.

BLOWOUT PRICE: $3.50 PER INCH OF TRUNK, EXACT LENGTHS MEASURED FROM TIP TO THE BASE.  OFFER ENDS THIS SATURDAY!

I've shown a photo below of one removed last year.  It has rooted out and thrown leaves already. 
I have about a dozen of these for sale.  We'd pack them nicely if shipped, but s/h charges do apply.  If any don't sell, we'll root them out ourselves..  
Cycas revoluta trunks Cycas revoluta trunks
Cycas revoluta trunks Cycas revoluta trunks Cycas revoluta trunks
Cycas revoluta trunks
Trunk rooted and leafed out last year/td>
Cycas revoluta trunks
Trunk rooted and leafed out last year
Cycas revoluta

 

DIOON EDULE, 15 GALLON SIZE
SINGLE OR SOME WITH SUCKERS
SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
LOVES SUN, HEAT AND TAKES THE COLD

There's only three days left to get a great buy on these twelve year old cycads in fifteen gallon size.  This species, Dioon edule, is native to Mexico and is known as the most cold hardy cycad and will take hot desert sun.  These plants on special are huge for their pots.  Some a suckering.  Cold tolerance is easily into the upper teens F.  Mature plant height is seldom over about five feet.  Leaf color is green to blue-green.  Mature trunks are typically one to maximum two feet tall./span>

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $350
BLOWOUT SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $200 - OFFER ENDS THIS SATURDAY


And, yes.  I can ship these easily in a box, roots, leaves and all right in the pot.  
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A MORE EXOTIC APPEARING CYCAD
LIKES FILTERED LIGHT, WIDER LEAVES THAN OTHER DIOONS
BLOWOUT SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species is native to Southern Mexico and possibly some parts of northern Central America.  It can form trunks over ten feet tall in hundreds of years.  Crowns of leaves are green with about six foot long leaves that arch downwards.  It is very tropical and exotic appearing.  One would grow this species in partial sun or strong filtered light.  The 15g plants here are just beautiful.  They can be shipped.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $350
BLOWOUT SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

Sale ends SaturdaySome grow this species inside the home.
Dioon spinulosum 15g Dioon spinulosum 15g
Dioon spinulosum 15g Dioon spinulosum 15g Dioon spinulosum

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
A BLUE PALM THAT LOVES HEAT AND SUN
SUPER SLOW GROWING
OLD 15G AVAILABLE AND ON SALE

This unique species from southern Madagascar is rarely available, especially with any size.  The plant shown here is in 15g size and at least ten years old.  Yes, they are unbelievably slow growing.  It loves heat and sun.  Exact cold tolerance is unknown but felt to be into the mid, perhaps low 20's F.  And, this and others of this species are on sale at 20% off until this Saturday.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Tobias Spanner
photo c/o RPS, TS
 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014

 

CYCAS TANQUINGII
SUPER RARE EXOTIC CYCAD
TRUNK-LESS SPECIES FROM CHINA

LONG EXOTIC LEAVES
ONE PLANT AVAILABLE


This rare cycad species was first described in 1996 and comes from the Yunnan region of China where it borders with North Viet Nam.  It develops a very short caudex, rarely over one foot tall.  But, the leaves are lush and long, usually up to seven feet.  I've only offered a few of these for sale during our history at the nursery.  On Saturday, we found this "lost plant" in our older cycad growing area.  This plant is near coning size with seven to eight foot leaves with long, slightly armed petioles.  Leaflets are long and narrow, green in color.  A mature leaf can hold up to 200 leaflets.  This plant is in a 15g container.

As it's so rare, there is almost no cultural information on this species nor Internet photos of it.  I'd recommend strong filtered light or morning sun.  I'd anticipate cold hardiness to be similar to other species from the region and probably go into the low 20's F.  This is the only plant we have for sale, but, until Saturday, it's offered at 20% off.

I wish to thank the late Ken Hill for his lifelong work on cycads and the last photo below.
Cycas tanquingii Cycas tanquingii
Cycas tanquingii Cycas tanquingii Cycas tganquingii by TBGS Kenn Hill
photo by Ken Hill, Royal Bot Garden Sydney

 

CORDYLINE HYBRID
GREEN, RED AND YELLOW
BLOWOUT SALE

Many of you have seen the Hawaiian Ti's which I've shown at this Blog over the years.  They are a type of Cordyline.  Well, there's another type that doesn't have those wide leaves seen on the HI types.  Rather, these Cordylines have thinner leaves.  But, they tolerate more cold and thrive in full sun when compare to the Hawaiian types.

Shown here is a hybrid Cordyline that is variegated with yellow on green and a flush of pink and red.  Anticipate mature heights of eight feet or less.  Cold hardiness is well into the twenties.  This is the first time I've ever offered this hybrid.

BLOWOUT PRICE 5G SIZE $18.99 UNTIL SATURDAY
Cordylilne green and red Cordylilne green and red
Cordylilne green and red Cordylilne green and red  

 

CYCAS NEOCALEDONICA
THE ONLY CYCAD OF NEW CALEDONIA
SPINELESS PETIOLES
LARGE 15G PLANT AVAILABLE


When my son Jesse and I visited New Caledonia in the year 2000, one of the first plants we saw was a Cycas species that was quite remarkable in that the leaf stems essentially had no spines.  Locals there were quite proud of their Cycas neocaledonica.  And, I agree that all other Cycas species have spines.

But, left to the taxonomists, many have now regrouped this species with Cycas seemannii which is similar but has a lot of spines.  In New Caledonia, they'll not hear of this.

This is a gorgeous specimen with about 14 inches of trunk.  It has the potential to get quite a few feet of trunk, have long green leaves and even tolerate some sun.  Cold hardiness is down into the low 20's F.  This plant is for sale and 20% off until Saturday.  By the way, it's near impossible to find this species at a nursery. 
Cycas neocalidonica Cycas neocalidonica
Cycas neocalidonica Cycas neocalidonica Cycas neocalidonica
Cycas neocalidonica Cycas neocalidonica Cycas neocalidonica

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
PECULIAR APPEARANCE - LONG NEEDLE SHAPED LEAVES
LOVES HEAT, SUN AND TAKES COLD
BLOWOUT SPECIAL BIG 15G PLANTS!

This unusual succulent from Mexico is known for it's "pin cushion" appearance with four to five foot long, un-branched, narrow, rounded leaves.  Them emanate from a central stem that is usually under three feet tall when totally mature.  The last picture is typical.  Leaves are a gray-green.  Stems are about 12 inches or less in diameter.  Spread is about six to eight feet.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It has to have sun.

This specimen is about as large as a 15g gets.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $250
BLOWOUT PRICE THIS SIZE $140

Plant age ten years.  Limited supplies.  Sale ends Saturday
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Dasylirion longissiumum Dasylirion longissiumum Dasylirion longissiumum Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
RARE SINGLE TRUNK SPECIMEN
SILVER TRUNK AND CROWN SHAFT
HUGE 25 GALLON SPECIMEN
20% OFF UNTIL SATURDAY


This is a great example of Dypsis pembana from Pemba Island off the coast of Africa.  Most plants grown of this species are suckering.  See the last two photos by Al Bredeson.  But, in habitat, there are single trunk forms. They get a bit taller and have more stout trunks.  We think that's what this plant will be.  Anticipate a height of twenty to twenty five feet.  It'll want full sun along the coast and some protection inland.  It should tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.

This plant is already twelve to fourteen feet tall in a 25 gallon pot.  It's almost too big for our greenhouses.  It is too big to ship except by a trucker.  We only have one like this.  And, it's 20% off until Saturday.
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
photo by Al Bredeson, suckering form
Dypsis pembana aL bREDESON
photo by A.B., close up to show multiple trunks.

 

 

THIS PALM, CYCAD AND TROPICAL PLANT BLOG
WHY DID I CREATE IT?  WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
HOW DO I WRITE MY POSTS AND SELECT TOPICS?
PRESENTLY GOING ON FOUR YEARS, THOUSANDS OF POSTS.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

Recent trip photographing cycads

 

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

                    Facebook                      Instagram                    Twitter

 

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

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

ASSORTED PHOTOS
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

Recently my son Jesse went around with a camera to show you some pictures of a few of our outdoor growing areas.  Readers typically enjoy it when we show such photos.  You'll see here palm trees, exotic cycads and lush tropical species.  I hope you enjoy these photos.  Of course, all plants are for sale.

For those of you who haven't visited us, our street front is about three hundred feet long in a residential neighborhood.  We chose such a neighborhood on purpose because our city is known for its nurseries and green attitude.  Nurseries are nestled among homes.  It's quite inviting to visit nurseries here.  We have several acres overall dedicated to the plants.  This includes shaded or shade cloth areas, hot sun areas, a display garden area and a large propagation and growing grounds.  We also host an educational center and lecture hall.  We are just minutes off the major freeway (Fwy 5) in our town of Encinitas, California.  So, it's an easy trip.  Please drop in a visit us.
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants Assorted pictures of nursery plants
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TO CONTINUE READING EARLIER POSTS FROM NOVEMBER, 2014, CLICK HERE

 

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

TO SEE THE JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY VIDEO, CLICK HERE
     Jungle Music Nursery Video

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobiis
Brahea armata Palm Tree in California
Brahea armata

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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