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LICUALA RAMSAYI
A SUPER TROPICAL FAN PALM
NEAR FULL CIRCULAR LEAVES
CAN BE GROWN IN MANY AREAS OF SO CAL
A FEW 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
About twenty years ago when my son, Jesse, and I visited Queensland, Australia, we made it a point to seek out and see Licuala ramsayi.  This was because this species has been proven to grow in coastal areas of Southern California.  Some day I'll show photos from that trip.  We just got in some 5g plants to present here now.  The last photo shows a mature plant.  Mature plants are about fifteen to perhaps twenty feet tall with huge overhead and circular leaves.  These leaves are divided but the overall appearance is almost a full circle of closely spaced leaflets.  Trunks are narrow, about four to six inches.  Petioles are mildly armed.  

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

  

CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE
THE TALLEST PALM IN THE WORLD
SO. AMERICAN - COLUMBIA AND NO. PERU
FAIRLY COLD HARDY - OK FOR NOR CAL AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This tall, fairly cold hardy palm is native to mountainous regions in Columbia and Peru.  It has been grown by many in colder areas including parts of the coastal San Francisco Bay Area.  It has a gray to white columnar trunk with upright green leaves that have a silver color to the underside.  Trunks show prominent rings and are covered with a waxy material that is used in foods in native localities.  Mature specimens in the wild have been reported to be almost 200 feet tall.  It likes humidity and moisture and can tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F.  It prefers to start growing into filtered light and to work its way into full sun.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discounted price.

 
Ceroxylon quindiuense Ceroxylon quindiuense Ceroxylon quindiuense
Ceroxylon quindiuense Ceroxylon quindiuense
Ceroxylon quindiuense
Ceroxylon_quindiuense_cocora_wikipedia (Custom)
Habitat photo c/o Wikipedia

  

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM
EXOTIC AND TROPICAL APPEARING
SMOOTH CROWN, COLORED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Euterpe edulis is a fun palm to grow because it is super attractive, has a narrow trunk and a beautiful, smooth crown shaft.  I have had several in my garden.  On mine, the crown shafts were a purple-green color but it's more common to see them as a lime green.  Maximum height is about thirty feet with about a four inch thick trunk.  Leaves tend to arch down and leaf color is green.  This species likes to start in filtered light and work it's way into full sun along the coast.  It's cold hardy into the upper teens F.  Anticipate a plant life of about thirty years.  Also of note is the fact that the hearts of this palm are edible and a delicacy in many areas.  

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.


 
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis
25 gallon at nursery
Euterpe edulis
Note thin green crown shaft
Euterpe edulis Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

  

TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS
SUPER RARE ASIAN FAN PALM
SILVER UNDERNEATH LEAVES
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
TWO 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

We are pleased to offer a few 5 gallon size of Trachycarpus princeps.  This species is, by far, the most sought after of all Windmill Palms.  Some call it the "Silver Back Windmill".  

It is from China and discovered about 20 years ago by Gibbons and Spanner.  It comes from an elevation of approximately five to six thousand feet.  Trunk height gets to about thirty feet and is covered by a fibrous brown material.  But, it is the leaves that make this such a sought-after species.  One of the most sought after varieties is from an area in China called "Stone Gate" and has almost white discoloration to the backs of the leaves.  So, when one looks up at this tree, the silver-blue color is very obvious.  There are also tiny teeth on the petioles.  The leaves are about four feet wide on two to three foot petioles.  Young plants may not show the blue color to the underside of the leaves when juvenile.  However, sometimes it does appear on small plants.  Seeds are very difficult to obtain from habitat so consequently plants are expensive. 

We only presently have two of these for sale.  I wish to thank R.M, MG/TS and SR for their photos used below.

Trachycarpus princeps Trachycarpus princeps Dec Trachycarpus princeps
Trachycarpus princeps Trachycarpus princeps
Photo by M
BRET BELYEA RPS
Photo by TS/MG

Trachycarpus princeps by SR
Trachycarpus princeps by SR Trachycarpus princeps by SR
This and past 2 photos by SR

   

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
VERY HARD TO FIND SPECIES
OFFERING NICE 5 GALLON SIZE


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

Below I am showing our offering of the 5 gallon size which we have available.  This 5g size is easy to ship.  Or, if you live locally, drop by the nursery.  This palm does fine in Southern California and is the ultimate of pinnate leaf palms where "short" is needed.  I've shown below several shots of mature garden specimens to illustrate this species height.  Also shown in the last photo is a 25g plant which we sometimes have available.


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

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR


SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

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

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


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


KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA


MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

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

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

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


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

 

FRIDAY, 29 DECEMBER, 2017

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
GREAT BARRIER ISLAND FORM
ROBUST GROWER - HUGE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


There is very little published on this rare form of Rhopalostylis sapida.  It is native to only a small island off the coast of North Island, New Zealand.  It is rarely available.  It is said to have a huge, thick crown shaft when mature, long leaves, wide leaflets and to be one of the most vigorous growing Rhopalostylis.  I am showing one photo c/o RPS below of a mature tree.  These can be mail ordered and would prefer part day sun in most areas.  If you are inland, do not put in full sun.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when purchasing.

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Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island
Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island RPS    

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
A RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM
ONE OF THE BEST PALMS FOR INSIDE
GREAT GARDEN PLANT AS WELL
NICE 7 GALLON SIZE JUST IN

I haven't been able to recently offer this superior fan palm as they have been out of stock for a while.  But, recently we got in some very nice 7 gallon plants.  This species is from China and is often mistaken for Rhapis humilus.  But, it is a smaller species to itself.  It is one of my favorites because it performs so well inside the home or office and also is quite easy to grow outside.  It gets to a height of about eight or ten feet - Rhapis humilus can get over 20 feet tall.  The stems of multifida are much more attractive than the common Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa.  It also carries more leaflets per leaf than the Lady Palm and is overall a more attractive plant.  The leaflets are narrow and come to a point like Rhapis humilus.  Side by side, the majority of our customers prefer the Rhapis multifida to the Rhapis excelsa.

We import interior quality plants from Hawaii.  In the first two rows of photos below I am showing the 7 gallon we have now.  If you look at the stems, you'll see that they are thin and not the typical shaggy appearance of the Lady Palm.  Do not confuse R. multifida with Rhapis humilus.  They are not the same despite what many nurserymen tell you.  True Rhapis humilus gets much taller with fatter canes.  R. multifida makes a better interiorscape palm for most enthusiasts.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties or lower, F.  Outdoors, this species prefers filtered light.   One must be careful not to give Rhapis too much fertilizer or leaf burn may occur. 

The last photo below shows the largest nursery size we every have - in a 25g pot.

 

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Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

DIOON PURPUSII
THE FISHBONE CYCAD
NATIVE TO OAXACA, MEXICO
VERY RARE IN COLLECTIONS
NICE 15 GALLON BEING OFFERED


This medium sized rare Mexican cycad gets its common name because the leaf stem and leaflets look like the bones of a fish after the meat is removed.  It is known for its narrow upright leaves that are keeled and narrow.  It also has an ample amount of tomentum on the leaflets and leaf stem.  Mature specimens in the wild get to up to fifteen feet height after many centuries.  Leaves are a gray-green.  Leaflets have spines, especially when young.  But, the most prominent feature is the upright and strongly keeled leaves.  This species takes full coastal sun and is cold hardy well into the low 20's F.  It is rare to see an outdoor grown specimen like shown here.  I'd estimate the age of this plant at seven to eight years.  The last two photos my MS are from the wild.  I've shown a lot of photos here as the reader seldom has the opportunity to see detail pictures of this species.


Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii  Dioon purpusii  Dioon purpusii 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
QUITE RARE AND POPULAR
GNARLY & SPINY LEAFLETS
5G AND 15G PLANT SHOWN

It is quite amazing how popular and sought after this blue South African cycad is despite its pokey and unapproachable leaves.  Native to the Eastern Cape region, a very old plant can get a bit over three feet of trunk.  This means that it'll never be very large in a garden.  It prefers full sun along the coast and part day sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  We just got in a new selection of E. horridus including a nice 5 gallon plant.  In the first row below you'll see this 5 gallon plant with a two inch caudex.  Below that in the third and fourth rows are two 15 gallon plants with four to five inch caudexes.  I've found over many decades of growing this species that all are unique and rarely are two identical.  The last row of photos shows a larger nursery plant and several garden specimens.  Our 5g and 15g sizes are easy to ship.  This species tends to sell out quickly.  We can hold any purchased plants for free for later shipping when weather is an issue.
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

BRAHEA NITIDA
FLAT GREEN LEAF - NATIVE TO MEXICO
CAN TOLERATE LESS THAN FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This interesting fan palm is native to Mexico, where it lives in the western portion of the country in mountainous areas.  Its distribution extends down into Guatemala.  It attains a height of thirty feet with a stout trunk of one foot diameter.  The most attractive thing about this palm are its circular leaves, with only partial division of the segments.  This is particularly apparent when it is grown in filtered light.   In sun, the leaves are less flat and more divided.  When grown in shade, sometimes this species reminds me of a "Licuala-looking" palm in its leaf appearance.  

Cold hardiness is at least into the mid-twenties F.  It may in fact be more cold hardy.  The leaves are a shiny green with a white discoloration on the underside of the leaves.  The petioles are essentially un-armed.  From time to time we have this species available.  Shown here are nice 5g which I'm putting on sale.   The close up of the petioles shows the lack of armor.  Note the minimal division of the leaflets.  The plant in the garden below shows more circular, flat near entire leaves.  Compare this to the habitat photo, which was taken by a friend of mine, Justen Dobbs, in habitat and in full sun.  the leaves in full sun are more divided and not as tropical appearing.

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

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Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida

 

RHAPIS HYBRID
DONE BY LUIS HOOPER
PROBABLY WILL BE DWARF PLANT
FOR  INTERIOR OR FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This may be one of the last times I can offer Rhapis hybrids by the famous Luis Hooper of La Habra, CA.  As many of you know, he is one of the few people who has ever done unusual Rhapis crosses and is presently unable to deal with the plants any more because of health issues.  I don't know for sure what this hybrid is, but can guess at it.  Luis used three plants to do his hybrids:  Rhapis laosensis (a dwarf), R. multifida (a semi-dwarf) and R. humilis (the tallest species of the genus).  By looking at these plants - short stature, wide leaflets, small number of leaflets - I'd say that the seed bearing plant was R. laosensis.  And, I'm guessing this was crossed with multifida.  I would predict a mature height of six feet or a bit more.  These plants will take temperatures into the upper teens F. and can be shipped easily.  They'll want part day sun or filtered light.  They do excellent indoors.

REGULAR PRICE THESE RARE 5G HYBRIDS $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $75

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SUNDAY, 24 DECEMBER, 2017

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES!


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

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

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

Shown below are this nice 15g male plant and a citrus pot at the end.  Also, I'm showing you garden specimens.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.  

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BANDS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35
REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60
REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165


We have available 5g size as shown in the first row of photos.  The second row shows the 5g, bands and then a 15g plant.  Mention this Blog Only Special for these prices when you purchase.  The garden pictures were all taken in the San Diego area.
 
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Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

 

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

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

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

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Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

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

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

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

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Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
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Habitat picture Madagascar by MR
 
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Dypsis decaryi 

 

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

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

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


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Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila 
Ravenea xerophila  rAVENEA XEROPHILA
This row of photos shows garden plants
Ravenea xerophila 

 

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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


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Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
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THURSDAY, 20 DECEMBER, 2017

 

RHAPIS HUMILIS
RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM
TWO LARGE SPECIMEN PLANTS JUST IN
LARGEST WE'VE EVER HAD
GET TO OVER 20 FEET AND TAKE COASTAL SUN

Rhapis humilis is a tall, suckering and thin trunked fan palm.  It is a type of "Lady Palm" and this species is one of the most sought after.  This is because it's a great growing species, has strong canes that don't bend over and gets significantly tall for the genus - tallest of the Rhapis genus.  It does sucker and produces canes averaging one inch or a bit bigger in diameter.  Leaves hold up to twenty leaflets that are narrow, a bit droopy, dark green and come to a point at their ends.  The more common Rhapis excelsa leaflets come to a blunt tip at the end of the leaflets.  The amazing thing about this species is that it attains such tall heights.  I've seen specimens that have reached twenty-four feet!  Compare this to the average height of a R. excelsa at six to eight.  Finally, the Rhapis humilis is known to tolerate full sun along the coast.

Below I'm showing you two plants in extra deep 35 gallon pots.  They have been imported from HI.  They are absolutely huge specimens, the largest plants of these species we've ever had.  Heights are about 16 feet.  The pots are so full with stems that they'll probably need repotting into a larger container soon.  The first three rows of photos show these plants and the bottom row (by FM & MR) show plants in domestic plantings.  These two plants are not inexpensive and truly deserve a great private or botanical garden for display. 

TO READ A FAIRLY THOROUGH ARTICLE ON RHAPIS HUMILIS, CLICK HERE


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ENCEPHALARTOS BLUE LONGIFOLIUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LEAF COLOR THIS SPECIMEN VERY BLUE
STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
PRESENTATION OF A NICE GARDEN SPECIMEN

This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  Leaf color can be anything from a dark olive green to a brilliant blue.  Most plants are somewhere in-between.  It loves full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  

When new customers visit the nursery to get a cycad, this is invariably one of the species on the top of their list.  It is a drop dead beautiful plant when grown well.  I showing below a coning sized plant from a garden in El Cajon, CA.  This is about ten miles east of San Diego.  It has seen super hot summer weather and cold temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  The last photo is of a starter 15g plant at the nursery.


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

 

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

(See Article Above)


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $55


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Encephalartos longifolius blue

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

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
NEW ARRIVAL - SQUAT 15G MULTIPLES
MORE THAN ONE PLANT PER POT!
TEN DAY SPECIAL

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifuracata, is native to Queensland, Australia and is a single trunk palm.  It gets to about twenty-five feet height, has fluffy plumose leaves, is crown shafted as shown below and is single trunk.  It loves heat and sun.  I've grown these plant for several decades as a single trunk palm - one plant per pot.  But, over the past few years have been getting more and more calls from people looking for several in one pot.  I just haven't grown them this way.  But, because so many people asked for them, I came across and purchased  a supply of "multiples".  These have four to five plants in each pot.  This seems a bit peculiar to me, but who knows?  I'm showing some photos below of several triples in domestic gardens.  We have limited numbers of these multiples.  They are seven to eight feet tall in their pots. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE SQUAT 15G MULTIPLES $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP $160

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

This is an 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 rare species for sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for you.

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


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Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha

 

PRITCHARDIA LANAIENSIS
POSSIBLY AKA PRITCHARDIA GLABRATA
SUPER RARE SPECIES
15 GALLON SHOWN


Pritchardia lanaiensis is from mountainous elevations on the island of Lanai.  For years we grew it and, as you'll see with this nursery plant, the leaves are not droopy.  The fifth photo below by Eikoff shows what I'd expect as our plant would mature.  But, recently authorities have lumped P. lanaisensis in with Pritchardia glabrata, shown in the last  photo.  Note the super droopy ends on the leaves of the latter.  It doesn't appear to be the same to me.  In any case, this is a small to medium height species native only to Lanai.  It has green, rather flat leaves.  We only have a few for sale. 

These have sold out as of 12.21.17

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Pritchardia lanaiensis Pritchardia lanaiensis Eikoff Pritchardia GLABRATA

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


It is actually difficult to find this sun loving blue succulent for sale.  It is native to Mexico and felt to be the tallest Agave type of plant.  It gets to a height of typically under ten feet, has a fairly narrow trunk and fleshy, thick and peculiar shaped blue leaves.  Shown here are our band sized plants on special.  And, I'm showing a mature garden specimen taken by an unknown author.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  BTW, these are second generation plants from 'bulbils" from a customer's mature and fruiting plant.  They are easy to grow but growth rate is rather slow.  The bands on special are huge compared to market plants in the band size.  They are five years old.  Larger plants tend to be quite expensive if you can find them.  We do have 5g and 15g sizes.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

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

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

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

Mention this special when you purchase for your discount.  For the specimen plants below I wish to thank L.N. and P.D.  Also, because our "Archontophoenix teracarpa" is an un-described species/variety, I called A. maxima the "largest" of the family.  But, the teracarpa is even bigger!

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Archontophoenix maxima UNKNOWN AUTHOR ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA PD  ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA 

 

SUNDAY, 17 DECEMBER, 2017

 

READ BELOW LAST POST FOR TODAY:
Description New Cycad Collection Just In and On Sale!

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES

This unique and larger cycad is native to Uganda.  In fact, at one point it was called the "Uganda Giant Cycad".  This is because it has leaves that extend almost straight up toward the sky and can be twelve feet long or more.  Leaflets are narrow and armed with small spines.  The caudex is a light color and in the wild can be up to ten feet tall.  Historically, as this species is similar to E. laurentianus, it was called also "Encephalartos laurentianus Lake George", referring to its specific habitat. 

The nursery plants I'm showing today are various sizes.  Realize we have sizes from small to large.  Note the appearance of these plants with their long leaves with narrow leaflets.  Enthusiasts love this species because it's a good growing cycad.  Right on the coast I'd give it half day sun.  It's not quite a sun-tolerant as many of the South African species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

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Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII

 

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


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

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

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Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
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KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
10G PLANTS - SEVEN FEET TALL
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"


This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.  We have available multiple sizes, small to larger.  I'm showing a few examples below. 

Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet
Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Areca Palm Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens
Larger 20g also available at a good price
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

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

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

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

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

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 

 Dypsis lanceolata dYPSIS LANCEOLATA BAND Dypsis lanceolata 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
 

 

THE MOOSEHORN FERN
PLATYCERUM SUPERBUM
GROWS EPIPHYTICALLY
MOUNT ON WOOD OR TREE TRUNK

Platycerum are a type of fern that we know as the "Staghorn Fern".  But, the normal type you see, P. bifurcatum, has deer antler types of leaves.  They are narrow and reach out from the attaching shield.  There's another type known as the "Moosehorn Fern" where the leaves are entire, stretching across the width of the plant.  These leaves can get up to six feet across.  They are not easy to find.  The standard Staghorn is not difficult to locate.  Both are an epiphytic type of plant that can be mounted on a tree trunk or grown on a wooden base.  They are not hard to care for but you don't want to let them go dry.  I water them by just spraying with a hose and occasionally give them some liquid fertilizer mixed into the water.  They can take a bit of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is typically into the mid to perhaps low twenties F.  We get these in from time to time and can get one for you at any time - special order.

Update:  12/21/17 just got in two nice plants this size


Platycerum superbum moosehorn fern Platycerum superbum moosehorn fern Platycerum superbum moosehorn fern
Platycerum superbum moosehorn fern Platycerum superbum moosehorn fern Platycerum superbum moosehorn fern
Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum by floragreatlakes.info website
Photo by floragreatlakes.info website
   

 

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


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

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

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

 

NEW CYCAD COLLECTION JUST IN!
SMALL COLLECTION FROM NORTH ORANGE COUNTY, CA
CONTAINER GROWN PLANTS - NOT DUG
HUGE PLANTS FOR CONTAINER SIZE
AND, ALL ON SALE UNTIL THIS SATURDAY!


I was contacted by a cycad enthusiast who wished to sell his small cycad collection.  He lives in an area about 15 miles east of Long Beach, CA.  All plants were only grown in containers and just arrived a few days ago.  Some of the 5 gallon plants are massive, big enough for being in 24 inch boxes.  I think you can recognize this from the photos.  On a few, the containers were falling apart.  So, we had to repot these into 25 gallon pots.  All were receiving good sun and never in a greenhouse.  He had, over time, collected all of these plants from local sources.  We purchased this collection and wanted to show them to you now.  At this time, I've not created a website page for these plants.  I will soon - at which time you'll see more comprehensive photos.  And, for a few more days, all are on special!  Some plants in this collection are twenty years old.

UNTIL DECEMBER 23rd, ALL OFFERED AT 20% OFF PRICES SHOWN BELOW!
 
Be aware that this is an opportunity to get some of these at affordable shipping rates because they are in smaller pots.  Remember that cycads are sold by caudex size, not container size!


CYCAS THOUARSII
Container7 gallon pot
Caudex: 5 x 15 inches
Comments:  Larger vertical trunk, nice leaves.  Great starter specimen
Regular price $675
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii    

ENCEPHALARTOS WOODII
HYBRID

Container15 gallon pot
Caudex: 14 inches
Comments:  The seller didn't know the parents of this obvious E. woodii hybrid.  After study, we think it's an E. longifolius seed-bearing parent.  The leaflets are stacking, loaded with white hairs and this gives a slight blue color in the sun.  Leaves are also recurved.  It's an enormous 15g plant.
Regular price $3800
This plant has sold


Encephalartos woodii hybrid Encephalartos woodii hybrid
Encephalartos woodii hybrid Encephalartos woodii hybrid Encephalartos woodii hybrid
Encephalartos woodii hybrid Encephalartos woodii hybrid  

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO

Container2 gallon pot
Caudex: 8 inches
Comments:  This plant has to be one of the larger 2 gallon plants we've every had.  Notice the long, upright leaves with the classic leaflets for this Central African species.
Regular price $850
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo  

ENCEPHALARTOS LEBOMBOENSIS

Container2 gallon pot
Caudex: 9 inches
Comments:  This South African cycad is another huge plant in a small container.  The caudex is wider than the container and is "growing out" of the pot.  It'll be only medium size mature, takes full sun and has green leaves. 
Regular price $900
Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS

Container25 gallon pot
Caudex: 12.5 x 12 inches
Comments:  This Central African cycad has green leaves, is a good grower, takes full sun and shouldn't have more than four feet of trunk mature.  It required repotting as its container was torn.  It's a very nice, rather large specimen.  It is coning size but we don't know the sex.
Regular price $1800
Encephalartos manikensis ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS

Container5 gallon pot
Caudex: 9 inches
Comments:  This South African green cycad needs room in the garden.  They, in a few centuries, actually take on the appearance of palm trees with a husky trunk.  It takes full sun and is fast growing.
Regular price $900
Encephalartos transvenosus ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
Container
15 gallon pot
Caudex: 7 inches
Comments:  This popular blue South African cycad never gets very large.  Along the coast it takes full sun and is fairly cold hardy.  It's known for its prominent blue color and barbed leaflets.  This is a superb specimen with lots of leaves and character.
Regular price $1200
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS  

ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS
Container
25 gallon pot
Caudex: 12.5 x 9 inches
Comments:  This South African cycad never forms any vertical trunk, tends to have upright green leaves and has narrow leaflets.  It does well in part sun along the coast and is a favorite for filtered light growing inland.  Females have gold cones.  This is a known male.  You can see the cone stalk.  The cone fell off in transport.  Note that leaflets are narrow and barbed. This plant required repotting into a 25g pot b/c it's container was ripped apart because of caudex size.
Regular price $1450
ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS MALE IN CONE ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS MALE IN CONE
ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS MALE IN CONE ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS MALE IN CONE ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS MALE IN CONE

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
Container
5 gallon pot
Caudex: 9 inches
Comments:  This is a very popular Central African cycad.  Please see description of the species in the lead article above in today's Blog.  Its leaves are long and green with narrow leaflets, the leaves are upright and growth rate is fast.  Along the coast it takes full sun - far inland, part day sun is better.  This is a great species named after Lauran Whitelock from Los Angeles. 
Regular price $1300
ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII


LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
Container
5 gallon pot
Caudex: 7.5 inches
Comments:  This spineless and user friendly cycad is native to Australia.  It will take at least half day sun along the coast and likes filtered light far inland.  Leaves are shiny, green and long. It needs room to grow and, in many decades, gets an overhead trunk.  It is very lush and tropical appearing.  This is a great mail order plant (huge for its 5 gallon container) because of the small pot size.  It should explode with growth in the ground.
Regular price $800

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA  

REMEMBER, ALL CYCADS THIS COLLECTION AT 20% OFF UNTIL 23 DECEMBER!

 

WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER, 2017

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED FOLIAGE
PINK FLOWERS
NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRETTY 5G SIZE

There are many types of Begonias used as companion plants in the garden.  This particular variety is one of our favorites because the backs of the foliage are red and the blossoms (present now) are super pink.  It likes filtered light, sometimes will take full sun and is very durable.  It tolerates a freeze and uses average water.  Right now these are on special.  But the way, you can prune them to give a fuller, more low profile plant.  These plants have pink blossoms with red backs to the leaves.  The last photo shows landscape using a white variety of Begonia.

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

Mention this Special for your discount

Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Begonia in landscape

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN
CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

This evergreen fern is native to South Africa and only gets about one to two feet tall and three to four feet wide.  It doesn't run or take over the garden - it stays as a smaller clump.  It has tight, fluffy green leaves as shown here.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water.  The last photo taken by GCIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Garden photo c/o K.G.III.
 

AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant
 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asperigus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
myeri

 

SHIPPING OUT THREE PALLETS OF PLANTS
TO THREE DIFFERENT CUSTOMERS
TWO WERE SUPER PACKED
A BUSY DAY AT THE NURSERY


I've been told by readers that they like to see photos of things.  And, especially pictures of what's happening at the nursery.  Well, yesterday on Tuesday, we shipped out three large pallets of palms.  On each pallet there were at least twelve to fifteen 15 gallon plants and a load of piggy back one and five gallon.   These photos show how we frame out the pallet, add walls and security braces, load up the pallet with plants, shrink wrap it and then add all the Ag paperwork on the side.  These pallets went to Mississippi, Texas and Washington State.  I think you can get an idea of pallet shipping from the photos.  They went onto a semi-truck and will be out of our state probably by Wednesday mid-day.  Remember:  Get a pallet of plants and save 15% off regular prices.

pallet of plants pallet of plants pallet of plants
Pallet of plants Pallet of plants Pallet of plants
Pallet of plants Pallet of plants Pallets of plants
  Pallets of plants  

 

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

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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price.

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

 

DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS
TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

We are offering very large 5g on sale.

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.  The final photo is c/o bcliving.ca website.

 
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant 
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta bcliving.ca 

 

HOW DOES ONE TELL IF HIS PALM IS DEAD?
IS MY PALM STILL GROWING?
HOW FAST IS IT GROWING?
MARK THE NEW SPEAR!


It is surprising that many palm enthusiasts don't know how to tell if their palm is alive or dead after some type of insult such as severe cold.  It's simple to determine if the plant is alive and growing.  Mark the central newest spear side by side while marking an adjacent fully extended leaf.  See the photo.  Then watch for the two moving apart.  The line of the new spear moves upward while the adjacent mark on the full size leaf stays the same.  Look at the difference movement of the new spear over time.  You can also tell how fast it's growing.  During the growing season (when warm), most palms will show a quarter of an inch or more of vertical new spear growth per day.  To confirm a serious problem, you'd note that there is no movement of the spear over several weeks.  But, if the new leaf spear is green, don't give up.  Just give it an extended period of time and watch for movement.   The photo shown here is of a marked spear on a  15 gallon Dypsis decaryi.  Note the horizontal black permanent marker marks. The new spear is on the left in the photo.
  
marking a palm spear for growth 
 
JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRAZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF
PRE-ARRIVAL SALE
BEEN SOLD OUT FOR A FEW MONTHS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

Recently new to our nursery, this exotic filtered light dwarf plant puts out clusters of huge flowers.  This variety is pink but they also can come in red, apricot, orange, yellow and a whole assortment of other colors.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  See how beautiful they are now - yet pictures from a month ago had no flowers.  Along the coast they can take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Plants are about as wide as they are tall and make a wonderful and colorful addition to the garden floor.  You'll not see this plant around too much.  We sold them like crazy last year as everyone wants color for shady areas.  In a week or a bit more, I'll be getting in about six or eight more.  I'm offering them now for people to reserve.  Then, they'll be gone again.  Easy to ship.  BTW, they blossom in the spring.  So, if you get one now, you'll have color soon.  One picture below shows the plant in winter, no blossoms.

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM
A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
DOES BEST IN LESS THAN FULL SUN
GETS TO SIX FEET TALL

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abreviation for "cataractarum".   For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find.  Nowadays it's very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here.  It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall.  It really doesn't form any trunk.  It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds.  It is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. and I'd recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light.  It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America.  With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy.  At the nursery, we offer mostly large plants, either 10 or 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

SATURDAY, 9 DECEMBER, 2017

 

ELEVEN VERY INFORMATIVE PALM ARTICLES!

Below is a collection of newer palm tree articles that I've added to this Website over the
past six months or so.  Some are short, others are more comprehensive.  Of note, the first
article,
"Palm Tree Encyclopedia" lists all the articles I've ever written for this site with
links using both the common and scientific names.  I hope you enjoy reading them.  All have
tons of pictures. 
Just click on any of the links below.

Palm Tree Encyclopedia banner

  Palm Tree Encyclopedia   Quick view genus/species OR common palm names
with links to articles
See Palm Tree Encyclopedia

tropical plants

 

Shaving Brush Palm Banner    

  Rhopalostylis, the genus:  Shaving Brush Palm, the Nikau Palm, the
Feather Duster Palm and the Norfolk Island Palm.  Plus other varieties.
 
Read about Rhopalostylis

Rhopalostylis sapida

 

Bottle Palm banner    

  The Bottle Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis.  Article on this species with
comparison to the Spindle Palm, H. verschafeltii.
 
Read about the Bottle Palm

Hyophorbe v.

 

  The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifurcata  A thin trunk,  crown shafted and
attractive palm that doesn't get tall
.
 Read about Foxtail Palms

Wodyetia

 

Majesty Palm Banner

  Majesty Palm, Ravenea rivularis  Larger palm tree from Madagascar with a
thick trunk. 
Read about the Majesty
 

Ravenea rivularis

 

Mule Palm Banner

  The Mule Palm  This is a short article on this hybrid between the Pindo
and Queen Palms.  Cold hardy and beautiful.  
Read Mule Palm

Mule Palm

 

Mediterranean Fan Palm Banner    

  Mediterranean Fan Palm, Chamaerops humilus.   Short article on this suckering
fan palm from Europe -
Click to learn about Mediterranean Palms

Chamaerops humilus

 

Royal Palm Banner    

  The Royal Palm, Roystonea regia.  Short article loaded with photos on this popular single
trunk palm with photos of nursery plants and other species.  Cultural info given.    
See Royal Palm

Roystonea regia

 

Buttia capitata banner photo by PC    

  Butia capitata, the Pindo Palm or Jelly Palm.  Read about forms. species and hybrids
of this genus. 
Read Pindo Palm

Butia capitata

 

Traveler Palm Banner    

  The Traveler Palm, Ravenala madagscarensis.  Photos and culture -
 
Click here to read this article.

Ravanala

 

Banner Water Conservation    

  Water Conservation and Still Have A Tropical Garden
Co
mprehensive article: Have a tropical garden and save water.  See how.  Click for Water Conservation

Dioon edule

 

WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER, 2017

 

CLINOSTIGMA SAVORYANUM
THE PACIFIC BEAUTY PALM
NEWLY POTTED ONE GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE
SECOND GENERATION FROM LOCAL TREE!


This is a gorgeous and exotic crown shafted palm that many in our area can grow.  We have been out of them for over a year and just received seedlings from a locally and domestically grown specimen that flowered and set viable seeds.  Everyone loves this palm.  It is single trunk, crown-shafted species comes from Bonin Island near Japan.  It has been proven possible to grow this species in warmer areas of Southern California.  It is very exotic appearing with a prominent green crown shaft.  Interestingly, there are several species of Clinostigma that can be grown here.  But the savoryana is the best and easiest for us.  It can potentially get to a height of 30 feet or more and prefers a sunny location.  Cold tolerance is down to bout a freeze. 
 
Clinostigma is a very exotic pinnate palm and would be one of the more exotic and unusual of palm types possible in this area.  Shown here are one gallon pots that were recently potted up.  Yes, they are small but (to grower's delight) the seeds came from a seeding tree in the Orange County area.  Also shown are a variety of sizes of domestic plants in Southern California. 

 

Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana
Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana
Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana

 

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER, 2017

 

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

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

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


Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
This and next 4 pictures of tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe in fruit
This tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Close up of Fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Tree near reflecting pond, Balboa Park, San Diego
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Two pictures mature tree right on water's edge
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Trunks of well maintained tree
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
One gallon plants available - shown here
Accoelorrhaphe wrightii 5g
This & next photo show our 5g size
Accoelorrhaphe wrightii 5g



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Country or area of origin:  South America, Africa, southern Asia, Australia and PNG
Mature height:  Form epiphytic clumping plants that in many decades can reach several meters width
Sun Requirements:  Part sun or filtered light
Cold Tolerance:  Low 20's F. by estimate
Water Requirements:  Low   
Rate of Growth:  Slow
Sizes Available:  Mounted on wood as shown
Regular Prices:  Wood mounted $35-$45 Cluster prices dependent on size
Size shown:  Mounted on wood, assorted clusters and epiphytic plants in trees overhead.
Comments: 
 This species grows in trees.  Often all you see when you look up in the rainforest, all you see is a large clump of leaves with their brown shields.  We sell them mounted on wood (sort of epiphytic) where you'd hang them on a branch or a nail in a fence. Or, you can remove the wood and apply them right on a trunk as shown below.  Give them part sun.  Spray them about ever week or two with water and fertilize them every few months with liquid fertilizer.  They are reliable performers.

Note:  The last photo is of another type - Moosehorn Fern, which we occasionally have for sale as well.
 

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

 

  

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RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

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

  


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


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*  Can double stack smaller plants on top of larger ones in pallet to maximize number of plants
*  Get plants that are way too big for Fed Express or UPS
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*  Shipped by independent trucking companies
*  Plants shipped safely, usually in framed out pallets as shown below or safely store in trucks
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SHIPPING PLANTS BY THE PALLET

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


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

 

COLD HARDY PALMS AT THE NURSERY

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

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A Quick Look at Some Cold Hardy Species

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria  Allagoptera arenaria 

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X ROMANZOFFIANA

THE COCONUT QUEEN
BEAUTIFUL HYBRID PALM YET COLD HARDY

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

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SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS 
SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY
SOMETIMES EVEN ON SPECIAL!


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

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

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

 

 

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A LOOK AT THE NURSERY
QUICK PHOTO TOUR


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

 
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music PLANTS AT NURSERY Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music nursery shadecloth Front of Jungle Music
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Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music nursery shadecloth
FRONT JUNGLE MUSIC ENTRANCE TO GREENHOUSE JUNGLE MUSIC

 

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

       


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


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

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZES


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

 

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

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









SIZES WE USE NOT SHOWN HERE


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

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

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

cycad in 36 inch box
Cycad in 36 inch box

 

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