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FRIDAY, 28 FEBRUARY, 2014

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA
RARE PINNATE PALM FROM PUERTO RICO


Prestoea is a genus that is very closely related to another palm genus, Euterpe.  It is found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  Essentially all Euterpe are crown shafted palms.  Many of the Prestoea are not.  There are also distinctions between the flowers of these two genera.  Also, many of the Prestoea are suckering.  But, there is one that is single trunk.  This is Prestoea montana, native to mountainous areas of Puerto Rico.  I've always known of this species as not having a crown shaft.  But, I've seen photos (including ones from native habitats) where a crown shaft is seen. 

The hallmarks of this species are it's wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and it's overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a beginner species.

Shown here is a very nice sized 15g.  It is for sale.  I've also shown an assortment of photos including the last photo of plants in habitat.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.
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prestoea montana prestoea montana Prestoea montana c/io TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS
prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana c/o wikipedia, unknown author
photo c/o Wikipedia, unknown author

 

DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA
TASMANIAN TREE FERN

This species of evergreen tree fern in native to southeastern Australia, especially in coastal areas.  Reportedly it can get to heights over thirty feet but I have not seen ones this tall in Southern California.  Trunk diameter is about six inches or a bit more.  Crown width is usually about eight to ten feet.  The nice thing about this species is its cold tolerance.  It can thrive in cooler yet moist environments.  It's being easily grown in the UK in many areas and also in San Francisco.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees.  It prefers filtered light and ample moisture.  We try to keep an inventory of these in stock.  Shown here is a 5g plant. 
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia, unknown author

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGE AUSTRALIAN CYCAD
GOOD COLD HARDINESS
SEVERAL VERY SHIPPABLE SIZES

This is probably the largest of all the Macrozamias and is native to Australia.  It can attain heights of up to fifteen feet, perhaps taller.  It develops a thick trunk up to two feet in diameter.  Leaf length can be eight feet.  The hallmark of the leaf is that it is "keeled" or "V-shaped" in cross section.  Leaf color is green or blue-green.  There are reports of some colonies displaying more blue than others. 

As a younger nursery plant, this species, like most Macrozamias, is not attractive.  The leaves tend to be scattered in arrangement.  But, with patience, the crown becomes very organized and symmetrical.  This is a sun species with a cold hardiness perhaps into the high teens.  Certainly it takes the low 20's easily.  Growers in the San Francisco area say it's easier to grow than most Encephalartos.

I'm showing here a 15g plant with a 7 inch caudex and a citrus pot plant with a 2.5 inch caudex.  Both can be easily shipped right to your door.  We do have larger boxed plants as well as smaller available.
Macrozamia moorei
15g plant with 7 inch caudex
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Citrus pot plant with 2.5 inch caudex
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Larger box specimen.  Note that leaves are 'keeled"

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
MEDIUM SIZED AFRICAN CYCAD
GORGEOUS BUT GNARLY
THREE EASILY SHIPPABLE YET GOOD SIZED PLANTS

This attractive South African cycad has become ever increasingly popular.  To my eye it is quite similar to Encephalartos horridus but typically not quite so spiny and certainly usually less blue.  Yet, the leaves are prominently armed with large lobes like with horridus.  It is a medium sized mature plant with a span typically of about six feet or a bit more.  A large plant would have a trunk of three feet with an overall height of six to eight feet.  Leaf color is blue to green or somewhere in between.  Leaflet width is variable.  My favorite are the clones with super wide leaflets.  It tolerates coastal full sun but in many areas does better with part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

Shown in sequence here are three good sized plants as labeled.  The first two are in 15g pots and the third one is in a 7g pot.   I can ship any of these with no problems within the U.S.  As you know, as we are a CA certified nursery, we ship plants in their containers, soil and all with all the needed agricultural permits for shipping.  We do have larger and smaller plants available. 
Encephalartos arenarius
15g sized plant, 5.5 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
15g plant, 6 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
7 gallon sized plant, caudex 4 inches
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Encephalartos arenarius
garden plant with new flush of leaves
Encephalartos arenarius
larger nursery specimen
Encephalartos arenarius blue
a rare very blue form of E. arenarius

 

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
A PALM THAT'S FROM VANUATU AND GOOD FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

There are about eight species of Veitchia in the world.  All are from the islands of the South Pacific and are single trunk.  All are pinnate and some get quite tall.  Many feel that species of Veitchia are a good alternative to the King Palm.  They tend to have dark hairs and coloration in the upper stem at the crown and in the proximal petioles.  (see photo of 5g plant).  On most species, cold tolerance is a little bit less than the King Palm, but many can be grown here.  I think they are, in general, potentially more attractive than Archontophoenis in a way and certainly get taller.

Veitchia arecina specifically is from Vanuatu.  Vanuatu is an island that is east of Australia and northeast of New Caledonia.  Remember, a lot of great palms for us come from New Caledonia.  Trunk height of Veitchia arecina can get well over fifty feet and its diameter is about a foot.  So, it's a thin but tall crown shafted palm.  It's base is swollen, the trunk is ringed and the crown shaft is silver green and long.  Along the coast here it wants full sun.  Inland areas may need protection.  Rate of growth is medium.  Shown here is a 15g and 5g plant, along with some garden specimens. We try to always have an assortment of Veitchia in stock. 
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina    

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
THIN, PETITE TRUNKS AND SMALL LEAVES
A SUPERIOR INTERIOR PALM

I have previously discussed this medium sized fan palm from China.  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 ten feet.  The stems 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.  Side by side, the majority of our customers prefer the Rhapis multifida to the R. excelsa.

We import interior quality plants from Hawaii.  I have shown a 5g and 7g plant here.  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 interorscape 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.
 

Availability on this species is variable and sometimes it's a special order item.
rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 5g
rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 5g
rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 7g rhapis multifida 7g

 

THURSDAY, 27 FEBRUARY, 2014

 

SPRING COLOR IS ON ITS WAY!
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Now is the time of year that we start to get in all those great colorful companion plants for the garden.  Most of the things here we've gotten in during the past week.  There's much more than shown here and I'll update with different new items as time goes by.  And, as a colorful special, get a discount for the next ten days.

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Spring color Spring color
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Hedychium, plant now and blossoms in summer
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Spring color
plant now, summer blossoms
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CYCLANTHACEAE SPECIES
RARE PALM LIKE FLOWERING PLANT

For at least a decade I've been growing these two plants that appear to be a palm but are not.  They are some type of Cyclanthaceae.  This is the genus of the Panama Hat Plant, the plant that provides the fibers to make the Panama hats.  You'll notice that they have peculiar blossoms.  These particular flowers are old and spent.  As I recall, when fresh, they have yellow and purple colors.  Shown are a 5g and 15g plant.  The leaves are silver-green on the backs.  Both are available for sale to the collector of rare and unusual tropical plants.  Sorry, but I don't have a species name.  Obviously, this is a New World species from Central America. 

Cyclanthaceae species Cyclanthaceae species
Cyclanthaceae species Cyclanthaceae species Cyclanthaceae species
Cyclanthaceae species Cyclanthaceae species Cyclanthaceae species
Cyclanthaceae species Cyclanthaceae species Cyclanthaceae species

 

TUESDAY, 25 FEBRUARY, 2014

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLONIFERA
MULTI-TRUNKED, SHORT, SHADE PALM
NURSERY PLANTS WITH BOTH SEXES IN SAME CONTAINER


This species is native to higher elevation areas of Mexico.  Above I said "multi-trunked" instead of "suckering" to make a point: This species propagates by a very different technique than the average "suckering palm".  It forms stolons which are produced at the base of a mature trunk, often underground.  These stolons then crawl and shoot across the soil only to dive back into the soil at a different location.  Sometimes they'll root just laying on the soil.  Then these new rooted out stems turn upwards and make a new vertical stem.  It's quite fascinating how they do this.  Sometimes new "plants" will emerge from the weep holes at the bottom of the pot.  Sometimes they'll crawl up the side of the container, desperately looking for soil.  It's as if the plant shoots tethered torpedoes out to form new trunks. 

Leaves are simple, small and cute.  A typical width of a leaf would be four to six inches.  Trunks are super thin, sometimes as narrow as a quarter of an inch.  Plant height is rarely over six feet.  Leaf color is green, both sides.

What's unique about these 2g plants being offered is that we potted up stem offsets from mother plants of both sexes.  This means that one could set seeds from a single potted plant(s).  We did this two years ago and they are firmly rooted and healthy.  But, I have a limited number available.
Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera
Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera
different 5g plant
Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera female
Chamaedorea stolonifera
one of our "mother" plants in a box
Chamaedorea stolonifera
another "mother" plant
Chamaedorea stolonifera
one gallon plant showing how cute they are

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5 INCH CAUDEX PLANT

This popular South African blue cycad is known for it's blue color, prominent large spiny lobes on the side of its leaflets and it's small to medium mature size.  It loves heat and sun.  Far inland, part day sun may be adequate.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.  This recently repotted plant has a five inch caudex and nice color.  The stem is round and well shaped.  It is in a 15g pot.  It can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $450

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Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
MONSTER SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MONSTER NURSERY PLANT FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

People are amazed to find out really how big this South African cycad can get with a couple hundred years under its belt.  Specimens with heights over thirty feet are not uncommon in habitat.  It needs a lot of room in the garden.  Leaves can reach a length of seven to eight feet.  Trunk diameter can be two feet.  Really, it looks more like a palm than a cycad when it gets big.  Along the coast it wants sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It is fast growing.

Shown here is a thirty year old nursery specimen.  It is huge for a plant being sold from a nursery.  Trunk height is over 20 inches, diameter almost a foot.  It's in a 24 inch box.  We can ship this plant to anywhere within the U.S.

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I only have one like this.  It's perfect for an upscale garden or project.  By the way, I took these photos yesterday for a customer who likes super big cycads. 
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Yes, that big "palm tree" on the right is actually a
mature E. transvenosus in habitat

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
EXOTIC THIN TRUNKED SHADE PALM

This palm is an understory species from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.  It gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet with a thin trunk of about an inch or a bit more.  It has wide, irregularly spaced leaflets on leaves that can get over five feet long.  These leaflets can be up to six inches wide and come to a prominent "drip tip" at their ends.  A few days ago we took a photo of a nice 5g plant.  I'm also showing an old photo of a more mature plants and one of a female blossom with near-mature black seeds. This is one super attractive species.

In terms of culture, it is a shade loving species.  So, one would plant it under canopy.  It would probably look great as a small colony of three or four plants.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  It is a rare species to see in gardens but is worth seeking out.
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana    

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD WITH COLOR EMERGING NEW LEAVES

This attractive cycad comes from the Sierra Mountain Range in Mexico near Tamaulipas.  There is grows among overhead oak trees.  It is a small to medium sized plant, perhaps at most getting a four foot tall caudex.  Leaf length is four to five feet.  Leaflets are long and narrow, coming to a point.  Leaflet color is green.  But, newly emerging leaves are a brown-red as shown below.  With the photo by Ian Edwards below, you can see how attractive a new swirl of leaves can be.  Petioles can be smooth or armed with small spines.  A female cone is shown below.

This is an easy to grow species.  It can take coastal full sun but inland demands filtered light.  Cold tolerance is to the low 20's F.  This species is being grown in northern CA and in some other states where they see cooler weather.  The first four pictures here show a 15g male plant with a six inch caudex.  I'm also showing a juvenile seedling and a close up of a female cone.  Soil should be well draining in the garden.  This species also makes an attractive containerized patio plant.  
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
A young plant in a tree pot
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Coning sized old plant in nursery box
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
different plant showing red-brown emerging leaves
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
female cone nursery plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Close up photo mature leaf nursery plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana  by Colin Wilson
photo by Colin Wilson
Ceratozamia kuesteriana  by Ian Edwards PACSOA
photo by Ian Edwards c/o PACSOA

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
MEDIUM TO LARGE CYCAD FROM MADAGAASCAR

People often mention this is the only cycad from Madagascar.  But, it's my understanding that it's not unique to Madagascar and can also be found in the Comoros Islands and parts of Eastern Africa.  So, it may be unique to Madagascar but that's not the sole habitat for this species.  It is a good sized plant with trunks over twenty feet tall in many decades.  In the garden, we've found leaf length to be about six or seven feet, although in habitat they can be longer.  The trunk is usually about six to eight inches thick on well grown plants.  The color of the leaves is green.  Along the coast, this species tolerates full sun.  But, in hotter inland areas, full sun causes leaf yellowing or burn.  So, there I'd recommend filtered light or morning sun.  In the desert it can receive no direct sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 24 degrees F.

Shown here is a very nice, outdoor grown specimen.  We had it in our full sun.  We're bout a quarter mile from the ocean.  Notice the pine needles on the trunk, a dead ringer that a plant is outdoor grown.  This trunk is about 20 inches tall.  Also shown is an interesting triple trunked specimen in a 15g (this plant recently sold) that Joaquin is standing next to.  The last photo shows a full head of leaves on a garden specimen.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAX BRASILIENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G PLANTS

In contrast to other species in this genus, Trithrinax acanthicoma is a single trunk species from southeastern Brazil. Although taller plants are reported, the usual height I've seen in cultivation is 25 feet or less.  The trunk is about a foot in diameter and covered with fibers, matting and irregularly oriented needles.  The latter is a very prominent feature.  I find it quite intriguing.  But, for some people it's just too much and "scares" them.  If you look at the last photo below you will see the spines.  This is a full sun species and tolerates inland and even desert climates.  Although it's distribution is further north (in S.A.) than T. campestris, it has very good cold tolerance.  This species has tolerated the upper teens F.  It is a fairly quick grower, faster than the other two species by far.  Its leaves are larger than other species above and typically are about four feet across.  If I were to give an comparison to a more common palm, it's like a Windmill Palm on steroids and with a spiny type trunk.  But, It's more robust than the Windmill and has larger leaves.  Shown here is a 7g nursery plant.  We have available seedlings, 5g, 7g, 15g and perhaps a few very large boxes. 

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I've been growing this species for 35 years and have always known it as T. acanthicoma and have chosen to stick with this name.  But, taxonomists often refer to this species as Trachycarpus brasiliensis.
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma  

 

SUNDAY, 23 FEBRUARY, 2014

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
DWARF SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This suckering pinnate palm from Taiwan and surrounding areas is a small species, rarely over ten to twelve feet tall.  It has fibrous, matted trunks that are typically four to six inches in diameter.  Leaf length is three to six feet.  The leaflets are wide with jagged ends as shown here.  The back side of the leaflets are silver.  Blossoms are very fragrant.  Seeds are black and gloves should be worn when collecting them.

This species is fairly cold hardy, probably down into the upper teens F.  It's an easy grow in the SF Bay area.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but most people grow it in part day sun or strong filtered light.  It is very slow growing.

Shown here are very nice band sized seedlings on their third leaf.  Their age is 1.5 years. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20
OR THREE FOR $50

These are easy to ship.  But, to get this price when you buy, you must mention this Blog Special.
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
same species in a box at the nursery
Arenga engleri
mature plant, Balboa Park, San Diego.

 

CERATOZAMIA PLUMOSA
THE FLUFFY FORM OF CZ NORSTOGII
LEAVES THAT TWIRL ON THEIR RACHIS


Over the weekend a customer wanted to see photos of a Ceratozamia plumosa that I have for sale.  So, I took some photos of one we had.   First, let me comment on this species name.  Right now the formal name (at this point in time) is Ceratozamia norstogii.  But, taxonomists admit there are "two forms" and that this fluffy one will get a new name soon.  I prefer to stick with the name we growers have called it for forty years: "Ceratozamia plumosa".  And, this name was once the formal name.  No Ceratozamia species has more name changes than this species.

This species has thin leaflets.  Leaf length is three to four feet when mature.  Trunks are rough textured and rarely  over twelve to eighteen inches, often with suckers.  Petioles are spiny.  New leaves emerge bronze or red-brown. 

But the hallmark of this species is that leaves twirl on their axis.  The leaf, as it grows, actually spins.  This can be up to a full 360 degrees.  This gives the appearance that the leaves are "plumose".  But, really they are not as you could "un-twirl" the leaf and the leaf would then be flat.  Oppose this to a truly plumose species where leaflets emerge at different points on the stem axis and "un-twirling" would make no difference. 

This particular customer asked "why don't I see a full 360 degree twirl" on this plant?  My answer is that it's not a precise thing and you don't always get the 360 twirl.  And, if you do, it's usually on a well established garden plant.

I do have a few of these for sale including some larger plants.  Note this plant shown is a male with a small male cone on the caudex and one spent cone.  Caudex size on this plant is probably about 3 inches; it is subterranean.   
Ceratozamia plumosa Ceratozamia plumosa
Ceratozamia plumosa Ceratozamia plumosa Ceratozamia plumosa
Ceratozamia plumosa
note male cones
Ceratozamia plumosa
garden specimen
Ceratozamia plumosa
a different nursery plant showing some twirling
of leaves
Ceratozamia plumosa
different plant showing bronze emergent new leaves
Ceratozamia plumosa
close up photo showing leaflet detail
Ceratozamia plumosa
garden plant showing twirling leaves

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
POSSIBLE CERATOZAMIA ALVAREZII
OLDER PLANT WITH SIX INCH CAUDEX

As many cycad growers would admit in the past few decades, in their nursery stock are far more "species" of Ceratozamias then there are names.  By this I mean that plants in inventory don't quite match up to the names described in the reference books.  We have long appreciated this deficiency and in recent times botanists from Mexico have been working feverishly to name "un-named" species.  The plant I'm showing this morning here is such a plant.  Like the Ceratozamia norstogii above, this is a thin leaf variety.  It is in a five gallon pot, has thin leaflets, a six inch caudex and rather short leaves.  It doesn't appear to be similar to other plants we have.

In 1999 Parez-Farerra et. al. described an endangered species from Chiapas.  They called it Ceratozamia alvarezii.  I'll give the link to their description below.  The plant shown here may be what they describe.  I cannot say for sure as this plant is not coning.  As with all our plants, this specimen is for sale.  I'd estimate age at 15 years.

Click here to read their article.
Ceratozamia alvarezii Ceratozamia alvarezii
Ceratozamia alvarezii Ceratozamia alvarezii Ceratozamia alvarezii
Ceratozamia alvarezii  Ceratozamia alvarezii   

 

PRITCHARDIA GLABRATA
A BEAUTIFUL SPECIES WITH A LARGE, FLAT GREEN LEAF

I have always been quite fond of Pritchardias, the Hawaiian Fan Palms.  This is the only native genus of palms in Hawaii.  Every other type of palm (perhaps excluding the Coconut) was introduced by man and has no native habitat in Hawaii.  Of all the Pritchardia, P. glabrata is one of my favorites.  It is native to Maui and the Island of Lanai.  It has gone by the name of Pritchardia lanaiensis in the past.  It is medium sized with mature height ten to twenty feet.  The leaves are green both top and bottom.  The petioles are shiny green.  The leaf shape is basically flat with leaf segments drooping down toward their ends.  Crown width is ten feet or a bit more. 

We were fortunate to get a few very nice 15g plants of this species recently (see photos).  They are good sized and very attractive plants.  This species can grow in coastal full sun or filtered light.  In hot inland areas, sun protection might be needed.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  The mature plant photos were taken by HJD.  Note on all the photos how the leaves are basically flat with prominent green coloring.  For those who think all fan palms are "desert palms", this one will prove you wrong.
Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata
Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata By HJD
Photo by HJD
Pritchardia glabrata by HJD
Photo by HJD
Pritchardia glabrata
Photo by HJD
 

 

AN UNKNOWN PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
LARGE 15G PLANTS

When we got the Pritchardia glabrata above, we also got in a few very large 15g Pritchardia of undetermined species.  They were grown by a backyard grower in the eastern Del Mar area.  I am not a Pritchardia taxonomist, but these plants seem to resemble Pritchardia affinis to me.  They have somewhat triangular shaped leaves (not circular), have a long green and clean petiole, are green on both sizes and have little if any tomentum.  For these reasons, I think they may be affinis.  I asked the grower if they were and he said "yea, I did have some affinis seeds but don't remember if these were from those seeds". 

In any case, they are huge 15g plants, grown in full coastal sun.  Overall height in the pots is about eight feet.  Trunk basal diameter is four to five inches.  I've shown a picture of a Pritchardia affinis below so you might get a prediction of what these will eventually look like.  Cold tolerance should be in the mid-twenties F. range.
Pritchardia species large 15g Pritchardia species large 15g
Pritchardia species large 15g Pritchardia affinis  
     
PRITCHARDIA MINOR
A SMALLER PRITCHARDIA SPECIES

Many people like this species because of its small stature.  Not only is the trunk thin (about four to six inches), but the overall height is often only ten to twelve feet.  Domestically grown plants can be a bit taller, but the trunk diameter is thin.  This is why the species has its name "minor", meaning "small". 

Native to the island of Kauai, this species live at high elevation natively in the Waimea Canyon area.  The leaves are about two feet wide, at maturity circular in shape, and the leaves are prominently pleated.  We typically have a nice selection of this species for sale.  Shown is a 15g plant.  It may be one of the more cold hardy of the Pritchardia genus.  I have a friend who has one that's been fruiting for years.  Unfortunately, our supply on this species is very limited presently.
Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor
Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor
Pritchardia minor    


 

CYCAS CURRANI
AN OLD BOXED SPECIMEN

This attractive species of cycad comes from the Island of Palawan, in the Asian Pacific area of the Philippines.  this plant is an older specimen in a box that we are growing.  This species is a large plant with potential to get heights over thirty feet.  Despite this height, the trunk is sort of narrow, usually 12 to 18 inches thick, rarely more.  The leaves tend to be upright with drooping leaflets.   It has minimal armor on the proximal petiole.  This boxed specimen shown has a trunk of about twenty inches and six foot leaves.  The last photo by George Yao shows how gorgeous the leaves are.  It can be grown in coastal sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  This plant has seen 25 degrees with no damage.
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
by George Yao
 


TRACHYCARPUS LATISECTA
TALL WINDMILL FROM INDIA - MORE TROPICAL APPEARING!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I am not quite sure why I am putting this rare species on special as I think we only have two of these plants for sale.  Unlike most other types of Windmill Palms, this one is from India and not China.  It gets tall, up to forty feet.  But, the trunk is quite narrow at six to eight inches.  The main difference of this species are the wider segments.  And, these segments are not divided deeply into the leaf.  Thus, it looks more like a tropical fan palm.  We don't know the exact cold tolerance.  I'd guess and say low 20's F.  It can take full sun or partial sun.  We only 5 gallon size available at this time. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


This is a Blog only special and you must mention this when purchasing.  I can ship this plant via Fed Express.

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5 gallon size on special
 
Trachycarpus latisecta by martin gibbons 

 

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

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

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

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


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Livistona australis Livistona australis
Livistona australis Livistona australis  



FRIDAY: BONUS SPECIALS!

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SUCKERING, MEDIUM SIZED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TEN FOOT TALL PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

We only have about a dozen or so for sale.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price. 

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dypsis lutescens 20g dypsis lutescens
dypsis lutescens
dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
TALL FAN PALM THIN TRUNK
MOST COLD HARDY OF THE GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX AND 15G SIZES


This tall and rather thin trunk fan palm is native to South America including the countries of Bolivia, Columbia and Brazil.  Height can reach 75 feet and trunk diameter is about a foot.  Leaf color is green to gray-green.  Petioles are armed as are all Copernicia.  Of the genus, this is the most cold hardy tolerating temperatures into the low 20's F.  I've got a nice boxed plant and some 15g.  Both sizes are on special.  This is a full sun plant and can thrive in the desert.  The age of the boxed plant is eight years.

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

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $350

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Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba
15g size
Copernicia alba
15g size
Copernicia alba

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014

 

SABAL "RIVERSIDE"
COLD HARDY, LARGE LEAF FAN PALM
AND ITS UNKNOWN ORIGIN
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15% OFF ANY PLANT WE HAVE THIS SPECIES

It is true that there are no native Sabal species in the community of Riverside, CA.  But, this name was coined from an existing large single Sabal tree that grew many decades ago in a private residence in Riverside.  It is such a popular species and its progeny have made many seeds over the years, that many individuals grow it and retain the name,  giving credit to the seed bearing mother plant.  By the way, the mother plant no longer exists in its original estate.  No one knows for sure where it originally came from.  The estate owner back then, by report, traveled the world and had a fascination for palms.  Speculation is that he may have collected seeds from a large species of Sabal in the Caribbean, but this was never documented.  In any case, this blue-green, thick trunked, large leafed and super cold hardy species is sought after by many.

Shown here is a nice 7g plant showing its costopalmate leaves, blue-green in color, with long petioles and vigorous growth.  We have also shown a five gallon plant and a seedling at the end.  You can see from the photos that some plants display the blue more than others.  Trunk size is 18 to 24 inches, eventual height 20 to 30 feet.  Seeds are black and the trunk eventually (after loss of upper retained leaf bases) becomes relatively smooth.  This species wants full sun, can tolerate temperatures into the mid teens F. and is being grown in colder areas like northern California, the Carolinas and central Texas.  Recent reports from a cold winter in South Carolina were that it was among the best species for cold hardiness.  It is a great palm for colder desert areas as well.  We try to always have this species available in a variety of sizes.  Be aware that many palm references won't even deal with this "species" because it's natural origin is not known.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES

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Sabal riverside Sabal riverside
Sabal riverside Sabal riverside Sabal riverside
Sabal riverside Sabal riverside Sabal riverside
Sabal riverside Sabal riverside Sabal riverside

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
AN EASY TO GROW, LARGE, CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

We have found that this Central African cycad species is a quick growing plant and has a very green leaf with a distinctive appearance.  It is easy to grow and has some frost tolerance, probably into the mid twenties F.  It can develop a six foot trunk with leaves than can be eight to ten feet long.  It will tolerate sun except in inland areas. 

To the right is first a nice citrus pot plant, then a 15g plant.  Below is a picture of a garden specimen, a close-up of the leaf of a 15g container plant, and a male cone.  We have all sizes for sale up to boxed specimens.  For most along the coastal strip in Southern California, this is an easy-to-grow species that will not disappoint you. 
Encephalartos kisambo cit pot Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo leaf Encephalartos kisambo cone

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE BLUE TRANSVAAL CYCAD

This desirable species of Encephalartos comes from the Transvaal region of the northern Republic of South Africa.  This area is also home to other sought-after species like E. dolomiticus, cupidus and nubimontanus.  Encephalartos eugene-maraisii is a medium to large species with trunk height up to almost ten feet.  It will sucker from the base.  Leaf color is blue or blue-green.  The leaves are sharply keeled giving a "V-shape" in cross section.  Leaf length is two to five feet.  Leaflets are 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide and have a sharp terminal tip.  Encephalartos middleburgensis is a closely related species and was originally felt to be a subspecies of eugene-maraisii.

This is a full sun cycad.  In the wild it commonly sees freezing temperatures.  In culture it is know to tolerate mid to low 20's F.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants from bands up to 15g plants.  A few mature plants are also pictured. 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
MASSIVE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

This morning I am showing you this very large South African cycad for two reasons.  First is to impress upon you the size which it can attain.  Secondly, to show you how we have very shippable sized plants that are huge for their containers.  This saves a lot of money on shipping.  The first four photos are of a 5g plant that has a seven inch caudex, a huge plant for a 5g pot..  It will explode when planted in the ground.  The second plant is in a 15g pot and has a thick 20 inch tall caudex.  I rooted out this caudex about ten years ago.  The roots are massive in the pot.  Either of these plants can be shipped right to your door, in the container, soil and all. 

Trunks of this species get up to almost forty feet.  They are very thick.  Leaf length is typically about six feet, but I've seen longer than this.  When mature, this species looks like a palm tree in a way.  It is a full sun species along the coast and tolerates temperatures down to 22 degrees F.  It is also a fast growing species.  The last two pictures were donated to me and taken in a botanical garden in RSA and in habitat. I have also shown a few other nursery plants.  We have a wide range of E. transvenosus available. 
 
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus donated photo Encephalartos transvenosus

 

TRINTHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING, BLUE, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to locate some very nice 5g plants that are well on their way.  They are shown here.  I'd estimate their age at 6 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue. We may still have a few 15g plants, not on special.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

Overall height of this species is up to twenty feet.  Multiple stems are produced, but usually the number is just several.  Leaves are small, typically about two feet wide.  The segments of the leaves are pointed and sharp.  Trunks retain old leaf bases but, like
Washingtonia, eventually fall off.  This is a drought tolerant species and can take temperatures well into the 100's F. and cold tolerance is into the teens.  We also have 5g and seedlings.  It is extremely rare to find beautiful 15g plants as shown.  Of note, most specimens I've seen are blue.  The last two photos show a mature plant that is blue-green in color, probably due to the fact that it's not getting full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE THIS SPECIES $85 (OLD)
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


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Trithrinax campestris 5g
5g size on special
Trithrinax campestris 5g
Trithrinax campestris 5g Trithrinax campestris 15g
older 15 g size plant to show suckering
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris 15g

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
ARIKURY PALM

This is a single trunk species of Syagrus from northern Brazil.  Rare clustering species are known to exist.  It is very slow growing and a mature plant typically has ten feet of trunk or a bit more.  Trunks are thin, typically six to eight inches, with adherent old leaf bases.  With no trimming, it can look a bit scrappy.  But, with adequate care, it is much more handsome.  The petioles have some rough "armor" but no actual spines.  Interestingly, in a container at the nursery, they are not that slow growing.  But, when put into the ground, they are not as fast as you'd expect.  Perhaps this is purely a physical thing as the leaf stems are very crowded.  If you look at the mature plants, there are a lot of leaves in one foot of trunk space. 

This species likes sun and is cold tolerant to the upper twenties F, perhaps lower.  We have a limited selection of this species; shown here are a 5g plant and a boxed specimen. 
Syagrus Schizophylla Syagrus Schizophylla
Syagrus Schizophylla Syagrus Schizophylla Syagrus Schizophylla
Syagrus Schizophylla Syagrus schizophylla by Gileno Machado PACSOA
Photo by Gileno Machado, PACSOA
 

 

CYCAS MEDIA
LUSH GREEN, LEAFY CYCAD

This species of Australian cycad is a bit confusing because there are multiple varieties of it in the wild.  The late Ken Hill described at least three different forms in habitat.  It is a green colored, medium sized plant with stems typically up to six or seven feet, leaves four to five feet long and usually single stemmed without branching.  In Australia, some plants are found near the coast with other colonies far inland.  It can be grown domestically in full sun along the coast or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is probably in the mid to lower twenties F.  It likes good draining soil.  Shown here are several fifteen gallon plants with close ups of the caudex and leaf.  The last two photos show a mature female plant in cone.  Note how the leaves "lay down" to display the female cone.  This is commonly seen in cycads.  Overall, I recommend this species because it is lush and tropical looking, doesn't get too large, and is fairly easy to grow. 
Cycas media Cycas media
Cycas media Cycas media Cycas media
Cycas media Cycas media Cycas media

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
SMALL COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL - 15G SIZE, NICE

This cold hardy fan palm from China is a type of Windmill Palm.  It takes temperatures down to about the same as the common Windmill; about 15 degrees F., although some say it'll take lower.  The nice thing is that it doesn't get too big.  Compared to the 25 feet of the T. fortuneii, the wagnerianus seldom gets over ten feet.  It has a hairy trunk and small, compact and stiff leaves.  It has a bit of blue to the leaves but would be considered a green colored palm.  I'm offering two sizes on special. The 15g size plants have a foot to 18 inches of trunk as shown.

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

You must mention this Blog only special in order to get this price.  Mail order on these, although not inexpensive, is possible..
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15g plant
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15g plant
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15g plant
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD THAT LOOKS LIKE A FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL  - TWO SIZES!

This rare South African cycad is known for three things:

1. It is a dwarf species, rarely over three feet tall
2. It doesn't resemble any other cycad and is fern-like in          appearance
3. It does well in filtered light as a companion type of plant

The first plant shown here is about 7-8 years old and in cone.  It's a female.  Not all of our citrus pots have cones, but almost all are of the age where they can cone.  The smaller plant is 4 years old in a band.  This species takes into the low 20's F.  It can tolerate full coastal sun or filtered light.  Inland areas require filtered light. 

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT $185
REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BAND SIZE $45


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Stangeria eriopus
citrus pot size
Stangeria eriopus
citrus pot size
Stangeria eriopus
citrus pot size, with female cone
Stangeria eriopus
band size
Stangeria eriopus
mature in garden

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014

 

AEONIUM BLACK ROSE
BLACK-RED COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES

This succulent adds a different color to the garden.  Some plants are almost midnight black but do have hints of red.  Plants don't get very large and can be trained to be short and full.  They tolerate coastal sun quite well and are cold hardy into the 20's F.  Shown here are one gallon and five gallon plants.  Both are on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

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

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  
Aoeneum black rose Aeonium black rose
Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose

 

SABAL SPECIES
MASSIVE 24 INCH BOX PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

We have been growing this plant in our growing grounds for about ten years.  It is a green, large leafed Sabal species.  The label was lost long ago.  The leaf has no blue in it.  It also has threads hanging from the leaves as you'd see with S. bermudana.  But, I'm just selling it as a "species".  It's seen mid-twenties F. already and should go easily into the mid-teens.  It wants full sun.  The base is about 14 inches thick and it's splitting open our box.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PALM $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL $350

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Sabal species 24 inch box Aeonium black rose
Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose
Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII
WILL MAKE MASSIVE SIZE GREEN SUN CYCAD
SOME FEEL BEST WOODII HYBRID
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


We brought forward this cycad yesterday from our growing area.  It's in a 24 inch box and has a ten inch caudex.  At first glance you definitely see the E. transvenosus.  But, on careful inspection you notice the leaves are wrong.  The spines are almost lobed and thick and more prevalent on the distal side of the leaflets.  The proximal sides have a lesser number of spines.  Also, the leaflets are wider than they should be and sort of blunt.  The leaflets are very thick and stiff.  Side by side you definitely see they are not normal transvenosus leaflets.  That's the hybrid blood with woodii showing through.  Many enthusiasts think this is one of the most attractive hybrids there is.  You can count on it making a huge cycad.  It'll want sun in most area and can take weather down to 22 degrees.  This plant was raised outdoors.  It's age in twelve to fourteen years from seed.  It'll need a lot of room in the garden to show it off.

REGULAR PRICE THIS CYCAD $1250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $900

But, you have to mention this Blog Special to get this great price!
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii  

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014

 

HEDYCHIUM GARDNERIANUM
THE KAHILI GINGER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I have always had a fondness for Hedychium gingers.  Not only are they reasonably cold hardy, but they don't get too big and have the most gorgeous upright blossoms.  The last photo to the right was taken about during the summer.  These blossoms last for about a week and are very nicely fragrant.  This is a filtered light species.  You can see that it hardly ever gets over six feet.  A hard freeze may knock back the foliage, but they recover nicely.  BTW, some people call this the Kahili Ginger, others call it Hawaiian Ginger.  There are different types of Hedychium, but they all have upright blossoms.  Contrast this with the dependent Shell Ginger group.  We only have a few Kahilis left.  They usually blossom in mid summer. 

The 15g size without blossoms come up to your chest in the pot.  They'll blossom in summer.  These photos were taken last summer.

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

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.
Hedychium gardnerianum Hedychium gardnerianum
Hedychium gardnerianum Hedychium gardnerianum Hedychium gardnerianum

 

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


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

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

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

 

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
FILTERED LIGHT NEW WORLD CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CHUNKY 1G PLANTS

I germinated the seeds that gave my present batch of one gallon D. spinulosum about four, perhaps five years ago.  These plants now are very nice with about 2 inch thick caudexes.  The leaves are 18 inches or more.  This species is a great patio plant or can be planted easily into the ground in filtered light.  I've found it looks better if not in full sun.  It is native to Mexico and, in the wild, there are specimens with trunks over thirty feet tall!  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  The second photo is of an old nursery plant, showing the thin trunk.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G PLANTS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30!

You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  These plants are so easy to ship right to your door.
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
SINGLE THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED


This single trunk, crown shafted and medium sized palm tree is native to Queensland, Australia.  It has been successfully grown by many in Southern California.  Yet, it is still quite rare to the average collector and hard to find.  It is sort of the perfect palm for people who don't want overly large palm trees and live along the coast.  There it can tolerate full sun and reaches a maximum height of about twenty-five feet.  For those inland, it would be best to give it part day sun or filtered light.  It requires average water and is quite easy to grow. For houseplant people, it is possible to grow this inside or on the patio.  Cold tolerance is the mid to upper twenties F.

The trunk is quite clean and narrow.  Average diameter is four to six inches.  Leaflets are interestingly jagged at their ends as shown in a photo below.  This is a characteristic of the genus Ptychosperma.  Crown width is not great, probably averaging about ten feet.

Shown here are two sizes: 5 gallon and 15 gallon plant.  I have also shown some mature trees including a picture from my garden in San Diego.  The last photo by Scott Maclean shows a tree in habitat.  He comments it's from the most "southern" native habitat in Australia.
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
5g to left, 15g to right
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Note the jagged ends to the leaflets, a hallmark for
the genus Ptychosperma
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
25 foot specimen in my garden in San Diego

Photo from PACSOA website by Scott Maclean

 

PTYCHOSPERMA MICROCARPUM
A TALLER AND SUCKERING SPECIES

In contrast to Ptychosperma elegans above, this species is totally different.  First of all, it is often a suckering species (can be single trunk).  And, it gets much taller, often up to forty feet.  It is from Papua New Guinea and grows at elevations up to 2000 feet in habitat.  Trunks are narrow, about three to five inches and crown shafts are light colored, sometimes almost white.  Leaves are about four to eight feet long and leaflets are jagged or notched at their distal ends.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  I'd recommend growing this species in limited sun or filtered light.

Shown here is a 5g plant and a mature tree.  We have limited supplies of this species for sale.
Ptychosperma microcarpum  Ptychosperma microcarpum 
Ptychosperma microcarpum  Ptychosperma microcarpum  Ptychosperma microcarpum by TS at RPS 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
A STUNNING BLUE AFRICAN CYCAD

This is a blue species of South African cycad from the Eastern Cape.  It is slow growing and never gets too large.  A very old plant would have two feet of trunk.  The color is blue if it is given adequate direct sun and heat.  In shade or inside a humid greenhouse it will turn green.  The blue color is from a waxy substance given off by the leaves and the amount of this wax is related to the intensity of the sun the plant receives.  I.e., in brighter sun the plant produces more wax and gets more blue.  Thus, along the coast a specimen may not be as blue as a plant more inland.  Interestingly enough, when you consider desert areas, the sun is too harsh for this species.  In such an area it must be given partial sun. But, these lesser hours of inland intense sun will still produce a nice blue specimen.  Of note, if you wipe the leaves, the wax comes off and the leaf is green.  So, don't do this!  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's f.  It likes good draining soil and not too much water.

The first four photos are of a nice specimen.  In addition I am showing an assortment of plants from the nursery along with a mature plant or two.  Of note, we have a great selection of this species from seedlings on up to coning sized mature specimens.  Shipping these plants to customers is quite easy and we do it all the time., but only within the United States because of CITES laws.  This species can be grown indoors, but only in areas with intensely bright sun coming into the house.

One final comment: This species is very similar to Encephalartos horridus.  Many people have trouble telling them apart.  The differences are in different appearances of the cones and different orientation of the prominent barbs on the horridus leaflets.  Otherwise, they are very similar. 
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus band Encephalartos trispinosus

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
AN UNUSUAL SINGLE TRUNK SPECIMEN

This typically clustering species of Dypsis from Madagascar and the Comoro Islands grows at high elevation and doesn't get too tall.  I'd say that 95% of this species that I've grown are clustering.  But, you will get single trunk plants and I'm showing one here.  Maximum height should be about twenty feet. They like morning sun or good filtered light.  I'd not recommend full sun for this species.  The crown shaft is an attractive blue-green and the trunk has prominent rings.  Leaves are six to eight feet long with prominent petioles.  Cold tolerance is probably into the mid-twenties F.  It likes good draining soil.  This specimen is in a 25g pot and very beautiful.

Although availability varies over time, we should have some single trunk and suckering varieties available.
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

EXOTIC PHILODENDRON
GREAT COMPANION PLANTS
A LOT OF COOL AND SUPER RARE SPECIES

It's been said by many that "the garden is not done until you add your companion plants".  Companion plants are smaller, typically garden floor species that adorn the ground surrounding all the overhead species such as palms, tropical trees or other larger plants.  There is a whole array of companion plants, many of which prefer filtered light below the canopy.  Commonly used companion plants include Bromelidads, Ti's, Ferns, Orchids, Heliconia, Ginger, Alocasia, Calocasia, Succulents, and cycads.

To this list I would definitely add Philodendron.  The unqiue thing about Philodendrons is that many climb up trunks, fences or poles so that, as time goes, they are way overhead.  I have a customer who really likes Philodendrons.  The other day he asked 'what do you have?"  Most os the photos here were taken three days ago.  Over the years we've had a good relationship with multiple famous botanical gardens and they have been a good source for us to supplement our inventory of rare species you never see available.  Most of these were cuttings from plants in the wild.  Many are new to any commercial trade and most do not have species names. 

So, today I am just showing you photos without thespecies names as most of use do not know their exact name.  But, I suspect many of you have never seen these species before.  You'll see the various shapes, colors and textures of these plants.  Most are the climbing type.  We keep a pretty good supply of Philodendrons on stock.  So, if you like these plants, give us a call or drop by the nursery and we'll shown you plants you'll find nowhere else.  Most can be mail ordered as well.

Some other day I'll post on their usage in the garden with actual shots of Philodendrons climbing up trunks.  Today it's just about the plants themselves.
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species Philodendron species

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014

 

PINK TI'S FROM THE TROPICS
WONDERFUL COMPANION PLANT
NEW BATCH - BRILLIANT PINK


A few days ago we got in a good batch of vibrant pink Ti plants.  Almost all Ti's in this area are imported from tropical areas like Hawaii where they are propagated.  In gardens here they do best with strong filtered light.  Some areas grow them in full sun.  They typically get about head height over time.  They look best when planted in a small colony of three to four together.

These plants are about 30 inches high in 3 gallon pots.  They are bright pink.  Older leaves are dark red to green.  As many of you know, this time of year we have new colors ever two to three weeks along with all sorts of other tropical and colorful companion plants.  Watch this Blog and I'll show other things as they come in.
Ti Pink Ti Pink
Ti Pink Ti Pink Ti Pink
Ti
photo demonstrates how these will look in a
few years.  This is a different variety.
Ti
darker variety in garden in El Cajon, California
Ti in garden
Ti's in garden next to African cycad

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAMER THROWER PALM
CHUNKY, NICE 15G GROWN IN FULL SUN


On Saturday we got in a handful of very chunky 15g Chambeyronia macrocarpa as shown here.  They had been grown in full sun in northern San Diego County.  Their basal caliper was very nice and overall height was a foot or two overhead to the top of the highest leaf.  Well, two days later they are all gone.  That's because these are ready for coastal planting right now in full sun.  A few customers just gobbled them up.

But, not to worry.  I'll have more in the nursery later this week.  They are a bit more expensive but those that bought them thought they were definitely worth it.  In the photos is a nursery friend, Matt B.  I've also shown a few photos of Chambeyronia thriving in full sun in various localities.
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
Chambeyronia
New Chambeyronia leaf in full sun, poto by DL  Photo
taken in inland LA basin.

Chambeyronia in sun in East Count, San Diego
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
photo by HJD

 

CLUSTERING RED NEROGELIA
ANOTHER RED COMPANION PLANT
WILL TAKE SOME COASTAL SUN

For years we've been selling this great clustering form of Nerogelia that turns red when given some sun.  They multiply rapidly so that in a few years you have a cluster of ten to fifteen individual plants.  Each head of leaves is about six inches across; a rather small size.  The plants we're selling are 18 inches across in total width, sometimes a bit more.  They are 4 years old and have about twelve to fifteen different heads of leaves. 

In shade, they tend to be green.  But, given a bit of direct sun, they turn all sorts of red colors from almost pink to dark burgundy.  They are easy to grow and fairly xerophytic (not high water requirements).  Far inland I'd recommend a few hours of morning sun so they don't burn.


We have a nice supply of these. They can be grown inside the house in a sunny location.  Cold tolerance appears to be well into the mid-twenties F.  These are highly recommended.
nerogelia red cluster nerogelia red cluster
nerogelia red cluster nerogelia red cluster  

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014

 

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


A few weeks ago at this Blog I posted photos of a mature Chamaedorea oblongata that we had for sale.  It had reached it's mature height of nearly seven feet.  I think this single stem special may get a few feet taller in the ground.  It is a shade palm.  It has about three foot long leaves with irregular arrangement of leaflets.  The leaflets are wide and rather short.  They are somewhat cupped and puffy.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It's a good growing palm.  

The bands we have on sale are several per pot.  I think this species looks best as a multiple.  They are about 18 inches tall.  We've not had these for a few years in this size.  But, we just got them in.  For a patio plant, I'd recommend putting about six plants in the same container.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20


You must mention this Blog Special at the time of purchasing to get this price.
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
leaf on mature plant


mature plant at the nursery

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20
OR THREE FOR $50

This species looks nice as a colony of multiple plants below.  When you buy these, make sure you get a multple or several plants.  And, as always, mention this Blog Special to get this price when purchasing.  These are super easy to transport and 18 inches tall. 
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, non-trunking form C. radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, trunking form at the nursery (in blossom)
 

 

COPERNICIA YAREY
EXTREMELY RARE CUBAN FAN PALM
A FEW OLDER BAND SIZE AVAILABLE


For those of you who like rare and exotic palms from Cuba, this one should excite you.  It is rarely for sale.  One of my workers found these two plants this weekend.  I thought many years ago we ran out of them.  These bands are probably five years old.  As you may know, Copernicia are extremely slow growing when young.  These plants are on about their fifth or six leaf.  But, they are still in the strap leaf stage.

Mature, this is a medium sized fan palm with flat, rather upright leaves.  Few reference books or internet sites have any information on this species.  There is reportedly a "robust" form as well.  The upper trunk can retain old leaf bases as shown here.  I'd estimate the trunk to be ten to twelve inches thick.  Growth rate is slow.  This is a sun species.  I don't have an exact cold tolerance on this species.

I only have these two for sale. I apologize for those of you who asked for this rare species recently and I said "I don't have any".
Copernicia yarey Copernicia yarey
Copernicia yarey Copernicia yarey

 

 

NANNORRHOPS RITCHEANA
BLUE, SUCKERING, COLD HARDY
SEMI-DWARF PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

A few days ago I talked about the "arabica" (almost white) form of this species.  Please see that post for more information on this species.  The plants I'm offering here are the gray or regular blue form.  These are older 5g plants.  They are starting to sucker.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F. This is a full sun species native to Afghanistan.  Note the light tan colored, fluffy fuzz on the inner stem area.  This is a finding unique to this species and pulls off like cotton balls.

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

Only a few available.  You must mention this special price when ordering to get the discount.
Nanorrhops ritcheana Nanorrhops ritcheana
Nanorrhops ritcheana

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014

AND THE LINE UP OF TEN DAY SPECIALS CONTINUES.....

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
ONE OF TOP TWENTY PALMS FOR SOUTHRN CALIFORNIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE

Over the years this Malagasy palm has proven to be one of the most popular palms you can use in your garden.  This is because it is medium sized, essentially never over 25 feet, has a smaller crown of green leaves and a nice, thin trunk of about five inches.  And, it is an excellent growing species.  The leaves are genlty arched and green.  There is no crown shaft.  Of the Ravenea genus, this one is not the smallest but one of most ideal plants for your garden.  People who are growing them just love Ravenea glauca. 

It can take full sun in many areas of Southern California and has a cold hardiness of 23 to 25 degrees F.  We're putting customer's two favorite sizes on special.  I can ship these easily.  The 5g size are 3 feet tall in the pot and the 15g are about six feet.  The next to last photo below from Palmpedia (unknown author) has to be one of my all time favorite palm pictures. 

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

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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca photo by unknown Arkive WEbsite author
photo c/o Arkive Website, unknown author
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Palmpedia, unknown author
photo c/o Palmpedia, unknown author
Ravenea glauca TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT
EASY TO SHIP, 2 GALLON SIZE

Last week I put a similar plant on special and it quickly sold.  Since it sold, I've had several inquiries as to whether I had another.  So, we scoured our nursery and found a very similar plant.  It's also totally rooted out in pumice in a 2g pot.  I think this offset was put in this pot about ten years ago.  It is rock solid in the pot; not just a few roots 2 inches long!  It was lost in our endless tables of plants.  The caudex size is six inches with a small offset coming along.

Remember, the historical (almost any cycad nursery) retail price for the blue South African cycads is $150 per inch of caudex.  Even wholesale prices are almost as much.  So, a retail price for this plant would be $900 not counting the offset.  The price offered here will probably beat any price around.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $600

I only have this one on special.  It'll go quickly, so if you like it just give me a call and I'll ship it off, weather permitting.  The last photo shows what I anticipate this plant will eventually look like.  Compared to the last one I offered here, this has smaller leaflets, tighter crowding of the leaflets and probably more curve to the leaf.  And, not to worry; it'll be totally blue outside in sun! 
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
I anticipate the sale cycad will eventually sook similar
to this larger nursery plant in time.
   

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15g size $145

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

 

MORE SPECIAL COMING TOMORROW MORNING!

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15,  2014

 

"SAN DIEGO - LAST FROST DAY"

Here in San Diego we rarely, if ever, have a freeze.  We are quite fortunate and this year has been a pretty warm winter with lows at my home this year were not below about 45 degrees.  Weather enthusiasts have a date for any given community where it's rare to see a frost past that date.  For San Diego, it is today, February 15th.  Although I haven't confirmed it by records, in our city limits we've never had a freeze after February 15th.  So, folks here sort of take a collective "sigh" that the worst threats of winter have passed.  And, as a nurseryman in business for 37 years and who watches the weather, I can say this date is valid.

I wish it were the same for all my customers and friends around the country.  As of today, those of us in San Diego can worry less about bitter cold.  But, every area is different.  A friend and customer of mine in South Carolina named Matthew Boozer has to put up with much colder weather that extends further into the year.  But, he still grows some amazingly nice palm species.  Several years ago he sent me a photo of his yard with snow.  Note how the snow weighs down the leaves.  The second picture is an average July day.  The snow does melt away, he heats up nicely, the palms bounce back, and within a few months he is back to his part of paradise.  .

APPEARANCE AFTER WINTER SNOW STORM AT HIS HOME IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Garden Snow by MB


TYPICAL SUMMER APPEARANCE OF HIS GARDEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA


 Garden July by MB SC




















   

 

NOW MORE NURSERY SPECIALS!

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
RARE & VERY BLUE MEXICAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 12 INCH DEEP POTS


About four years ago a new species, yet unnamed, appeared on the market.  It was called "Brahea Super Silver".  Surprisingly, just like with Brahea decumbens, seeds were found to produce green smaller plants that later, in the sun and garden, turned blue.  The photos below from Tobias Spanner show how gorgeous this palm gets when mature.  Although reminiscent of Brahea armata, it has a thinner trunk and  has no spines on the petioles; no barbs or hooks.  It is native to high elevation, desert conditions in Central Mexico.

Once the word caught on about how great this species is, it quickly sold out.  I was fortunate enough to get a second batch of plants of this species.  But, I only have ten plants as shown.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $35

If some don't sell, they are going quickly into 5g pots.  If you like blue palms, definitely try this one.  It's a sun palm and has unknown cold tolerance although I think it'll go into the teens F.  You must mention this Blog Special to get the special price.  Mail order possible.
Brahea super silver Brahea super silver
Brahea super silver Brahea super silver
Photo c/o Tobias Spanner, RPS
Brahea super silver
photo c/o TS at RPS
   

 

NANORRHOPS ARABICA
THE SILVER MAZARI PALM
COLD HARDY AND POWDER WHITE COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


This clumping fan palm species is from Afghanistan and Iran.  It is known by its white or silver-blue colored leaves.  The color is much nicer than the typical muddy gray seen on the regular Nanorrhops ritcheana.  It is a semi-dwarf palm that thrives in hot sun.  It is also cold hardy into the teens F.  Mature height is expected to be under ten feet. 

Shown here are recent arrival one gallon plants.  We've never potted them into 5g size because they always sell out before we can.

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


You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.
Nanorrhops arabica Nanorrhops arabica
Nanorrhops arabica Nanorrhops arabica Nanorrhops arabica
nanorrhops arabica TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Most enthusiasts would list this species in their "top twenty" list of palm species for Southern California.  It is native to Madagascar and known for it's fuzzy rust colored crown shaft.  It feels like coarse velvet and thus gets its common name.  Plant height is rarely over twenty to twenty five feet, the trunk is silver in color, about five to six inches in diameter and there are very prominent dark rings on the trunk.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  Far inland I'd recommend part day sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20
OR, THREE FOR $50


Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase.  Obviously, these are simple to mail order in their pots, soil and all.
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
This is a flat of band containers.  It holds 25 band plants.
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTII
DWARF SHADE PALM WITH SIMPLE LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This is one of the absolute best understory palms you can buy.  It is considered a dwarf or semi-dwarf shade palm and is typically under five feet tall.  I have had plants reach eight feet after many decades.  It is a single trunk palm.  It has a simple leaf that can be a foot wide and long.  The petiole is short.  It looks great when planted as a small colony of plants side by side.  Leaf color is green and not metallic like Chamaedorea metallica.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20
OR THREE FOR $50

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  Once again, simple to mail order, weather permitting.
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii
A flat of seedlings
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii
2 gallon sized plant
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE BOXED SPECIMENS
LARGE SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM

TEN DAY SPECIAL


An associate of mine has extremely large Howea forsteriana with up to almost 25 feet of trunk.  They are in 36 to 48 inch boxes and are crane material.  He has singles and multiples.  All were field grown in sun and were boxed several years ago.  He has a huge selection.  Normally he sells these for $250 per trunk foot.  But, I convinced him to offer a ten day special on them.  They are ready to go.

So, he has reduced them $175 per trunk foot.  Contact me if interested or for more information.  Also, he can deliver himself or arrange delivery to your location.

TEN DAY SPECIAL AS ABOVE
Howea forsteriana huge plant  

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014: THE SPECIALS CONTINUE!

 

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

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

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

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

REGLAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
NICE 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


I don't do many cycad hybrids.  But, some people love crossing species, always looking for "that amazing cross".  In the collection I obtained were two hybrids.  They had no labels.  So, for me, the job is to possibly guess at the parentage of the cross.  After putting all of our heads together here at the nursery, my son Jesse and I agree that this hybrid definitely has Encephalartos trispinosus as one of the parents.  The other parent is obviously a green species and we guess Encephalartos altensteinii.  We say that because of the petioles free of prickles. And, because this was a popular hybrid about six or seven years ago, the expected age of this plant.

The caudexes on these plants are 5 to 6 inches.  They are in 15g pots.  The leaves are about four feet long.  I anticipate they'll be blue-green mature plants in sun, should show hybrid vigor and be good growing garden plants for sun.  They'd prefer full sun and be cold hardy to about 22 degrees.  These might be quite striking when older and a great addition to the garden.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE HYBRID $460
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TWO $250

You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.   
Encephalartos hybrid 15g Encephalartos hybrid 15g
Encephalartos hybrid 15g Encephalartos hybrid 15g Encephalartos hybrid 15g

 

CENTRAL AFRICAN ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
SHORT, CUPPED LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

Also included in the plants we acquired was an unlabeled but nice sized, 8 inch caudex cycad in a 25 gallon pot.  We must attempt to identify it as the seller had no idea what it was.  The presence of the very furry light colored caudex suggests it is a Central African plant.  And, the appearance of the leaflets doesn't match anything from South Africa.  Note that the leaflets are fairly short and cupped.  They are also very stiff and thick.  Because of these things we have ruled out E. manikensis.  There are very few spines on the leaflets as shown here.  They overlap a little bit but are not what I would call "stacked".

Jesse feels this plant is possible Encephalartos pterogonus, although he can't be positive.  If we knew it was this rare species for sure, the price would be much more.  I'd anticipate it's a sun or part day sun species and has a cold hardiness into the lower 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE FOR THIS PLANT $700
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $400

If this is indeed an E. pterogonus, it's quite a "steal" at this price.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  Mail order/delivery possible with this plant.
Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa
Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa
Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS, GRAY
GORGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

This South African cycad species is one of the most popular and sought after cycads for Southern California  sun.  It is a good growing species and has very organized leaves with stacked, overlapping leaflets.  This particular plant appears to be a gray colored cycad (often they are this color) and will love sun and heat.  Far inland I'd recommend part day sun.  This plant is in a 15g and has a four inch caudex.  I'd estimate the age at six to seven years. 
It'll tolerate temperatures down to about 22 degrees and is an easy grow in the SF Bay area.  The last photo below shows a garden plant that should resemble this cycad we have for sale.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $225

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing.
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
   

 

THURSDAY CONTINUED, FEBRUARY 13, 2014:  MORE SPECIALS!

 

WE JUST ACQUIRED SOME GREAT PLANTS AND, FOR A FEW DAYS, WILL SHOW YOU SOME EXCEPTIONAL SPECIALS  

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
PARTIAL SUN EXOTIC CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

I have an acquaintance who has been growing this semi-tropical species in 15g pots for over ten years.  This species is not a full sun cycad for most areas.  Right on the coast it can tolerate full sun.  But, it tends to be a limy green.  In part day sun or strong filtered light the leaves get dark green.   So, part day sun or filtered light is what we recommend.  

Native to the eastern coast of Mexico, this species can develop trunks over twenty feet.  You'll hardly ever see this species in a domestic garden with trunks over a few meters.  The trunks are rather thin for a cycad.  Leaves are about five feet long and the leaflets are spiny. 


Our plant on special is a massive 15g plant.  The caudex is 10 inches wide and has 10 inches of height.  The height takes extra time to make.   It's holding a ton of nice leaves.  This species can be used in interior application with good success. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS 15G PLANT  $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $325

I either have or can get more of this size plant.  You must mention this Blog only special at the time of purchase to get this price.  Mail order possible.
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
different plant in 24 inch box

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
HUGE 25 G PLANTS, SINGLES, MULTI'S
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

Today we got in a great supply of huge 25g Howea forsteriana.  They are both single trunk and multiples.  Some are well over fifteen feet tall in their pots.  Some have over three feet of green, ringed woody trunk.  Classic "trunk height" (ground to new spear emerging) on many is five to six feet.  These have been outdoor grown here in Southern California.  They are the size of a nice, well grown 24 inch box but in a plastic pot.

Along the coast this is a full sun species but will tolerate part day sun easily.  They make fine interior plants.  In the desert areas, filtered light is needed.  Cold tolerance is 24 to 25 degrees.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 25G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $300

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing.  We got in about ten of this sized Ketnias.
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea trunk Kentia palm
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
MEDIUM TO LARGE MADAGASCAR CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES:  OLD, LARGE 15G AND NORMAL SIZE 5G

This popular cycad is from the Island of Madagascar and surrounding areas.  Some colonies extend into Africa.  It is a fast growing green species that will typically get a trunk about 10 inches in diameter maximum, but can reach heights of twenty feet.   Leaf color is green and the petioles are minimally armed.  The leaflets are soft to the touch.

This plant tolerates full sun along the coast but needs filtered light far inland.  Cold hardines is into the low 20's F.  It grows well and can sucker.

We are offering two sizes on special that we just got in.   The 15g plants are very old.  The one I'm showing here has 18 inches of trunk.  The 5g have a two to three inch caudex.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL $85

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 15G $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL $225

You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited numbers available.
Cycas thouarsii
older 15g size on special
Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
trunk on plants this batch on special
Cycas thouarsii
5g size Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
old photo of boxed nursery plant, bigger

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13. 2014, CONTINUED

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
TWO LARGE PLANTS FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON THESE TWO CYCADS


Shown here are two nice sized, older plants of the Mexican cycad Dioon homlgrenii.  In its native habitat in Oaxaca, this species can get caudex heights of up to twenty feet, but you'll not see this in cultivation.  A plant with a few feet of caudex height is many decades old.  Trunk diameters are typically about ten to twelve inches but can be a bit thicker.  Leaf length are four to five feet. 

A notable characteristic of this species are the upright leaves.  They may arch somewhat.  The leaflets have fine teeth and there is minimal if any keeling (like seen with purpusii and califanoi).  You'll note the caudexes on these plants are tomentose (fuzzy and hairy) and there's also fuzz on the petioles and leaflets.  You'll see this for about a year on newly thrown leaves.  Leaf color is gray-green.

The 15g plant here has a caudex size of 6 inches.  The 25g has a 7 inch caudex. These were outdoor grown, have seen temperatures in the low 20's and are available for sale at a discount.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $600
TEN DAY SALE PRICE THIS PLANT $400
REGULAR PRICE 25G $750
TEN DAY SALE PRICE THIS PLANT $500

You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Dioon holmgrenii
15g size on left, 25 g size on right
Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
dorsal side of terminal leaf; note spines
Dioon holmgrenii
ventral side of terminal leaf
Dioon holmgrenii
caudex, 25g plant, size 7 inches
Dioon holmgrenii
caudex 15g plant, 6 inches
Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
BLUE PINNATE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON A FEW SUPER OLD 15G PLANTS

For anyone who has ever tried to grow this very rare and blue palm from drier areas in Madagascar, there's one thing you know for sure.  It is unbelievably slow growing!  The two 15g plants shown here are ten years old from seed.  Consequently, this species is not cheap when in a 15g pot.  But, we're offering what I think is a very fair price on these plants.  We got in a total of three such plants.

Anticipate that, even in the ground in your garden, growth rate will always be slow.  Native to a higher elevation in habitat, this species can eventually reach a height of 25 feet.  Interestingly enough, it may be a species that can grow in desert climates.  It loves sun and heat.  Exact cold tolerance is uncertain, but probably the low 20's F.  And note the color.  Even the leaf stems are blue.  These plants saw low 20's temperatures where they were being grown.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $250

I don't mention regular price because I've not had plants this age/size in years.  You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing or you'll pay more.  I anticipate they'll be gone in a few days, so don't dally.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila TS RPS
Photo c/o TS at RPS
Ravenea xerophila
from garden of Jeff Searle
 

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $125

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

 

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


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

The two plants shown here are about ten years old.  The smaller is in a 15g pot and has a caudex size of 7 inches.  The larger is in a 25g pot, has tons of leaves and a caudex size of 9 inches with two pups: 3.5 and 2 inches.  The larger one is more of a blue color, the smaller blue green.  Both have already seen temperatures into the low 20's F. for sure.  They are both for sale on special.

REGULAR PRICE THIS 15G CYCAD $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 15G $325
REGULAR PRICE THIS 25G $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $450
(note that the 25g is a super large plant for this species)


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

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014

 

DYPSIS BETAFAKA
LITTLE INFORMATION AVAILABLE
MADAGASCAR MYSTERY PALM

Several years ago I obtained some tiny seedlings of this "species".  Originally it appeared to look like Dypsis decipiens but as time went by it was apparent that it is a different species.  And, to make matters more complicated in terms of identification and knowledge, plants from different growers looked different.  There are no photos of mature palms available on the Internet.

So, at this time is a gamble as to what you'll get.  It's sort of a mystery palm.  We have a few small plants like shown here.  I think it's going to be crown shafted.  I do not know for sure if it will sucker but sort of doubt it.  In five to ten years, it'll have a scientific name and we'll know more.  For now, it is what it is.
Dypsis betafaka Dypsis betafaka
Dypsis betafaka Dypsis betafaka
photo of previous, older 2g plant
 

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
VERY LARGE 15G SINGLES AVAILABLE
GREAT PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


This species is one of the favorite palms of enthusiasts here in Southern California.  This is because it is tropical appearing, usually a very nice dark green color and grows well here.  In sun, the leaflets tend to hang downwards.  This is less apparent when shade or interior grown.  Howeas, known as the Kentia Palm, do tolerate full sun within about ten miles of the coastline.  Further inland areas usually require part day sun or filtered light.  This species also makes a wonderful interior palm.

In containers, it is fairly slow growing.  These large 15g plants shown here are about eight years old.  In the ground they are quicker.  Native to Lord Howe Island, this species has a cold tolerance of about 25 degrees.  This temperature will burn the leaves but not kill it.  Low 20's F. will kill this species.  Single trunk plants grow faster than multiples where several are planted side by side.

We have all sizes available including one gallon up to huge crane sized material.  In about a week I am going to be offering monster size 25 gallon that are over fifteen feet tall with three feet of green trunk.  Mail order possible on the smaller sizes.  All the garden photos below were taken in the San Diego area.
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
note how in sun the leaflets hang downwards

 

SYAGRUS LITORALIS
MORE COLD HARDY QUEEN PALM?
BIGGER AND BETTER?


I grew a few of this "species" only to later learn more abut them.  This is a type of Queen Palm that, by some, has been given a different name.  In the United States in the past, it has been called the "Silver Queen".  Folklore has it that it got this name when, after a severe freeze, the leaves took on a silver color.  But, it is not blue in color nor have I ever in person seen a blue Queen Palm. 

But, it is supposed to have a fatter trunk, be faster growing, have thicker and wider leaflets and tolerate temperatures down to 15 degrees by report.  Regular Queens usually die at about 17 degrees.  I cannot verify any of this.  But, in the 5g pot shown here, it doesn't quite look like a comparable Queen Palm. 

I only have a few of these for sale.
Syagrus litoralis Syagrus litoralis
Syagrus litoralis Syagrus litoralis TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
 

 

 
ROYSTONEA REGIA
CUBAN ROYAL PALM
NICE CONTAINERIZED PLANTS WITH TRUNK
SUN AND HEAT LOVING PINNATE PALM


Roystonea regia is the Cuban Royal Palm and does quite well in many areas of Southern California.  For years people just guessed it wouldn't grow here.  It ends up the cold tolerance of this species is quite similar to the King Palm.  So, it was merely a miscalculation for people to think it wouldn't make it here.  After all, it's such a "tropical looking species; how could it grow here?"  Well, it does and quite well.

It is a thick trunked, tall, crown shafted palm that can get over fifty feet tall.  The base of the trunk is often quite fat and bulging.  I've shown photographs at this Blog before of many Royal Palms in this locality that are over forty feet tall.  This species loves sun and heat.  In fact, it can be grown in interior areas like Escondido, Palm Springs (a desert community) and Riverside.  Large ones are to be found in Phoenix, Arizona.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees which will burn but not usually kill this species.  If you routinely get into the low 20's or colder, I'd not recommend this species.

Shown here is a 30 gallon pant with some woody trunk.  You can lift and carry this size.  Also shown is a 30 inch box that weighs about 750 pounds and needs equipment to lift and plant.  We have all sizes from seedlings to boxes for sale.
Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia 
Roystonea regia
This plant can be lifted and moved by people 
Roystonea regia
This plant needs equipment to be moved 
Roystonea regia 

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
LUSH GREEN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SMALL SIZES!

This special is probably more designed for mail order customers as both sizes are small and easy to ship.  This cycad comes from the Republic of South Africa and is often said to look like a Holly Fern.  It develops wide leaflets that do have spines at the leaf margins.  It forms a very short trunk and is never over six to eight feet tall.  The amazing thing is the red cones produced, especially with female plants. (see photos).

We are offering bare root seedlings and our band size E. ferox on special. (first two photos)

REGULAR PRICE BARE ROOT $25
REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BARE ROOT:  #3 FOR $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25 EACH


You must mention this Blog Only Special when ordering to get this price.  S/H not included with these prices.
Encephalartos ferox band Encephalartos ferox bare root
Encephalartos ferox ferox cone ferox cone

 

LIGULARIA, CRESTED FORM
NICE COMPANION PLANT

For over thirty years at my home, I have been growing the green form of Ligularia (see photos below).  Several years ago I met someone who actually collected these plants.  From him I got some starts of the crested form of Ligularia that I'm showing today.  They are more of a gray-green color than the bright green seem in the standard form.  They have an interesting ruffled, crested leaf edge.  Flowers are yellow and very similar to the standard form.  Plants never get over about 18 inches and can tolerate coastal sun.  Filtered light is ok for them as well.  They do like adequate water. 

Shown here are the ruffled form and several pictures of the glossy green form.  We offer both for sale.  Propagation is easily accomplished either by division of larger plants or from seeds from mature flowers.  Flowers are an attractive yellow (similar to a Daisy) but mature into more of a Dandelion type of blossom with thin, needle like seeds.  These plants are easy to grow and may wilt if under-watered.  If you give them some water, they bounce right back by the next morning. 
 
Ligularia, ruffled leaf Ligularia, ruffled leaf
Ligularia, ruffled leaf Ligularia, ruffled leaf Ligularia, ruffled leaf
Ligularia, ruffled leaf
Crested form mature flowers gone to seed,
good for propagation
Ligularia green
donated photo, regular green form
Ligularia green form
Ligularia, green form

  

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
PROBABLE DWARF SPECIES


Yesterday Ricardo (shown here) found this very old 15g Pritchardia that was sort of lost in our inventory.  It has been outdoor grown in full sun.  It had no label.  Although I'm not positive what it is, I thought I'd tell you what I look at to decide the species.  Sometimes this analysis works, other times it doesn't.  I check:

•  Overall size for it's suspected age.  Is it big and leaves stretching way out?  This plant isn't very large in its pot, the petioles are short and it's compact.  It's on about its twentieth leaf and it is not overhead.  The trunk is fat.  And it's been in the container a long time b/c the soil is way down.  Soil drops over time b/c the organics break down.  Dwarf species would include P. loweryana, lanaiensis and others.
•  Underside of the leaf.  The underside of these leaves are plain green.  Some species like P. martii are rust colored on the underside  while others are frosty white.
•  Color of the petiole and presence of tomentum.  These petioles are shiny green with maybe a tiny hint of white.  Pritchardia affinis has very clean leaf stems.

•  Leaf shape and size.  These leaves are a bit wavy and small.  Pritchardia beccariana and martii are big flat leaves.  Pritchardia affinis are wavy but not dwarf.
Presence of white frost or tomentum in the inner crown area.  Pritchardia hillebrandii is loaded with white in the inner crown area.  This is very gorgeous..
•  Other clues.  Pritchardia minor have a tan paper-like material near the base of the petiole in the inner crown.

When Pritchardias are mature in a garden, I think it's easier to identify them.  I'm not going to guess here what I think this plant is.  And, I must admit, I am not positive.  But, I would predict this palm will bit get very large and may well be a dwarf species.  It'll be super slow growing.  It'll have a compact crown.  The leaves will be green and there will be minimal white fuzz in the inner crown.

I'd love to see someone buy this plant an maybe we'll nail down the species over time.
Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species 15g
Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species 15g

 

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


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

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

 

BUTIA X SYAGRUS
COLD HARDY MULE PALMS
HUGE 7G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


As many of you know, I am particularly fond of this hybrid because it gives a pinnate palm that is fairly cold hardy.  For folks who cannot grow Queen Palms in their area, this hybrid looks even better than a Queen and tolerates temperatures to about 16 degrees F, three degrees better than the Queen.  They love full sun, even in the desert.  You can grow these easily in sun in areas like Phoenix or Tucson.  And, they are good growing palms and get big fairly quickly.  For larger sizes and more information, read the post from several days ago.

The problem is finding them at an affordable price and having them shipped to the enthusiast.  The plants I'm offering on special are really big 7g plants, equivalent to most nurseries' 15g size.  And, because they are in 7g, you'll save about 50% on shipping.  You're getting big plants in smaller pots!.

I have limited numbers.  If you like this species, ac now before they are gone or we pot them into bigger containers.

REGULAR PRICE 7G SIZE THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $140

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase. 
Butia X Syagrus Butia X Syagrus
Butia X Syagrus Butia X Syagrus Butia X Syagrus
Butia X Syagrus Butia X Syagrus
photo by M.H.
Butia X Syagrus
photo by M.H.

 

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

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

faster growing
taller
has wider leaflets
has larger leaves

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

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

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

 

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

In the past decade, this blue fan palm from Madagascar has become one of the most popular palm species nationwide.  It is fairly fast growing, has large super blue or silver leaves, has a medium sized trunk and loves heat and sun.  I've blogged on this species multiple times in the past.  For ten days you can get this species at a good size and for a good price.

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

You must mention this Blog Only Species when purchasing to get this price.  Mail order possible.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Balboa Park San Diego
Side by Side specimens at Balboa Park, San Diego

 

SATIRDAY. FEBRUARY 8. 2014

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
SINGLE TRUNK MEXICAN CHAMAEDOREA
THIN TRUNKED, GROUPED LEAFLETS


This single trunk, shade loving palm is from the Veracruz area of Mexico and named after a German botanist,  Johann Klotzsch.  The plant shown here has reached its mature height of twelve feet.  It has a prominently ringed but narrow green trunk.  This plant is a female and a photo of an older blossom is shown here.

The most remarkable characteristic of this species is the grouping of leaflets along the rachis.  These groups are irregularly spaced.  Also note how they leaflets are held at different angles from the rachis.  Leaflets are a dark green, small  to medium in length, wide and a bit puffy.  It's this grouping of leaflets that allows you to ID this species. 

Another surprising this is how hard it is to find this species.  When I started my nursery 37 years ago, I had lots of these and seeds were available.  Nowadays you can't find seeds to save your soul. 

This is a shade loving species and cold hardy into the twenties F.  At best perhaps it'd take down to about 24 degrees. 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Rusty showing grouped leaflets, tree leaned over
Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Chamaedorea klotzschiana
old female blossom on this plant, a few non-fertilized seeds
Chamaedorea klotzschiana
a younger 5g plant
Chamaedorea klotzschiana

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
GOOD SELECTION AVAILABLE


The Purple Crown Shaft King Palm is native to the Mt. Lewis Mountain Range in Queensland, Australia, north of Cairns.  My son Jesse and I were lucky enough to visit this habitat when I was President of the International Palm Society and we had a post-Biennial Meeting there in the year 2000.  Growing side by side with Oraniopsis, this species lives at elevations up to 4000 feet.  Reference books say they reach heights up to fifty feet, but the average height we saw was thirty to thirty-five feet on mature trees. 

The purple crown shaft color is variable and takes time to develop.  You will not see it typically on younger plants.  It is never super prominent.  Photos that shown brilliant purple have been "Photo-shopped".  The underside of the leaflets are silver and ramenta is present.  It, to me, is a bit smaller of a tree than the regular King Palm.

In terms of cold hardiness, I'd estimate 25 to 26 degrees.  This temperature will burn leaves.  Outright death will occur in the low 20's F.  It tolerates full sun along the coast but not far inland or in desert areas.  We have a good assortment for sell and these can be shipped or delivered.  Shown here is the 15g and 5g size of nursery trees..   
Archontophoenix purpurea
a 15 gallon sized nursery plant
Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea
a 5 gallon sized nursery plant
Archontophoenix purpurea
crown shaft just starting to show purple color
Archontophoenix purpurea
In habitat, Mt. Lewis, Queensland
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
photo from habitat
Archontophoenix purpurea
fruiting tree in San Diego, CA

 

DIOON PURPUSII
SUPER RARE MEXICAN CYCAD
FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS: SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE


Probably one of the most difficult Dioon to obtain is Dioon purpusii.  Native to the Oaxaca, Mexico, it lives in a very remote and inaccessible area so seeds are rarely if ever available.  Trunk heights can reach fifteen feet.  Leaves are rigid, upright and about four to five feet long.  Leaflets are narrow, pointed at the end and often have small teeth.  Leaves are keeled and sometimes covered with tomentose material making them a gray-green color. 

This species is related in appearance to Dioon califanoi.  But, D. purpusii is much more rare to see on the market.  It is sometimes called the "Fishbone Cycad" because a leaf appearance resembles the skeletal structure of a fish.  We were fortunate indeed to receive some wild collected seeds of this species and got about 20 to 30% germination (at this point).  We recently potted them into bands and are offering them for sale.  They will be sold out shortly I am sure so don't dally if you want this species.  We can hold plants until weather permits shipping..

This is a sun species and is cold hardy into the lower twenties F.  These obviously are the real thing.  If you like cycads, don't miss out on this great plant. My thanks to Mark Mason and Lou Randall for the habitat photos shown here.
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii by M.M.
photo by Mark Mason in habitat
Dioon purpusii
plant at botanical garden ? Mylabeled as "D. purpusii"
Dioon purpusii
juvenile plant in garden with throw of new leaves
Photo by Lou Randall, habitat, from PlantAPalm website
Photo by Lou Randall, habitat, PlantAPalm website
Photo by Lou Randall, habitat, from PlantAPalm website
Photo by Lou Randall, habitat, PlantAPalm website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
FIVE INCH PLANT, FULLY ROOTED, WITH OFFSET
IN 2 GALLON POT, CHEAP AND EASY TO SHIP


It's rare that you see such a large, rooted out offset with a pup in such a small pot.  This plant was put in pumice ten years ago and got lost in the cycad area.  We found it yesterday.  It's "locked in" with roots.  As it rained yesterday, the leaves were wet.  So the blue doesn't show well.  But, trust that this is a super blue plant.

I think this will be a bigger, very powerful clone of horridus.  It'll look most likely like the last photo below.  The leaves will be long with wide, heavily barbed leaflets.  There will be recurve to the leaves.  And, it will explode in the ground.  Remember, it is in just pumice but has a full set of roots.  Give it soil and nutrition and I bet the next throw of leaves could be four to eight leaves.  Caudex size is five inches.  Offset is 1.5 inches.

I only have the one like this.  It'll not last long and I'll be competitive with the price. 
Encephalartos horridus 5 inch 2g pot Encephalartos horridus 5 inch 2g pot
Encephalartos horridus 5 inch 2g pot Encephalartos horridus 5 inch 2g pot Encephalartos horridus 5 inch 2g pot
Encephalartos horridus 5 inch 2g pot Encephalartos horridus 5 inch 2g pot E. horridus
I think this offset will end up looking like this mature
E. horridus

 

CYCAS DIANNANENSIS
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CHINESE CYCAD

This species of Cycas is from the Yunnan province in China.  It gets a trunk that is between three and nine feet tall at maturity.  Trunk diameter is twelve to sixteen inches.  Leaves are quite long, typically six to eight feet.  They come up in an erect position, spread apart and gently arch at their ends.  The petiole is about three feet long with small spines.  Leaflets are long and narrow, typically over 12 inches in length. 

Overall, this is a very exotic looking cycad.  Recent cultural information demonstrates this cycad will tolerate a freeze. I would recommend growing it in filtered light.  It is quite rare and seldom available.  Shown here is a nursery plant in a citrus pot with three foot long leaves.

Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis
Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis, TS RPS
photo by TS, RPS

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
A SUCKERING AND LUSH SHADE PALM

This is a multi-stem (suckering), understory palm that is native to Mexico and Central America.  If you like suckering palms, you'll be attracted to this one because it is very beautiful.  In domestic gardens, heights are typically twelve to eighteen feet although in the tropics this species can get to about 25 feet.  Stems are thin, typically about an inch in diameter, and prominently ringed.  Leaf length is three to four feet. 

A more recent addition to the nursery market is Chamaedorea hooperiana, another favorite.  Here's some differences I've noticed between the two:

1.  Chamaedorea costaricana is taller
2.  The leaves of Chamaedorea hooperiana are longer
3.  Chamaedorea hooperiana is fuller with canes.  I.e., you can "see through" a clump of costaricana a bit more.
4.  Chamaedorea hooperiana may be more resistant to insect pests.
5.  Both make excellent interior plants.
6.  Chamaedorea costaricana will tolerate more sun.  In fact, some along the coast in So Cal are growing it in full sun.
7.  Chamaeorea costaricana may be a bit more cold hardy than hooperiana.  Both are being grown in the SF Bay area.

Both would normally be considered an understory or filtered light species.  Cold tolerance is into the lower 20's F.  Neither species is as cold tolerant as C. radicalis, which tolerates into the upper teens F.  Shown here is a 5g and a 15g Chamaedorea costaricana.  I am also showing an older 15g (not available right now).  The last photo is one of my personal costaricana hybrids with C. schippii.
Chamaedorea costaricana
15g size
Chamaedorea costaricana
5g size
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
5g left, 15g right,
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
15g plant about 18 months older than one above
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana hybrid
Chamaedorea costaricana hybrid at my home

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
COLD TOLERANT SUCKERING SHADE PALM

Compared to Chamaedorea costaricana above, C. microspadix is a much shorter palm, rarely over about eight feet in height.  The trunks or canes are very thin, usually under one half an inch.  It is a shade palm but can tolerate some coastal sun.  The amazing thing is its cold hardiness.  It can take temperatures into the upper teens F.  It is only trumped by C. radicalis which tolerates a degree or two lower. 

Native to Mexico, there are different forms of this species.  One I really like has a sheen to the leaves (as shown below) and a blue color to the underside of the leaflets.  I've been growing this species for over 30 years and it has never missed a beat.  Books say it can reach a height of twelve feet but I've never seen one this tall. 

Shown here are some nice 5g plants and a mature fruiting female as shown.  Note the height: about 8 feet if planted.  Also check out the blue color under the leaflets.  This is a good species if you see cold where you live.  Limited quantities available.
Chamaedorea microspadix
5g plant
Chamaedorea costaricana
5g plant
Chamaedorea costaricana
old 15g plant, female
Chamaedorea costaricana
dorsal (top) side of the leaf, greenl
Chamaedorea costaricana
ventral (underside) of the leaf, blue color
Chamaedorea costaricana
older 15g plant
Chamaedorea costaricana
Suckering nature.  Note very thin trunks
Chamaedorea costaricana
red fruit
Chamaedorea costaricana
Note sheen to the leaflets as shown here
Chamaedorea costaricana
note how underside of the leaflets if a blue-green
Chamaedorea costaricana
mature clump in sun

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
THE TRUE DATE PALM
BLUE COLOR AND COLD HARDY
5G AND 15G AVAILABLE


The true Date Palm, Phoenix dactlifera, probably originates from somewhere in the Middle East.  Iraq is sometimes felt to be the home of this species that produces the sweet dates that many people prize.  It is usually seen as a single trunk, tall blue colored palm.  But, it has the capacity to form offsets or suckers at its base.  Date growers usually remove suckers so they can approach the tree with a ladder to pick the fruit.  Leaf color is variable and some varieties are very blue as shown here.  All dactylifera form edible dates.  But, only the females form these fruits and you must have a male P. dactylifera nearby to pollinate the females and get pure fruit.  Dactylifera can hybridize with other Phoenix species, but such hybrid fruit is less desirable or simply inedible.

Trunks have a unique knobby look to them as shown below.  They are much more narrow than the Canary Island Date Palm.  Crown width when mature is usually about twenty feet.  Height can be up to sixty feet but this takes many decades.  Leaves and leaflets tend to be stiff and leaflet tips can be sharp.  Also remember that Date Palms, like all Phoenix, do have sharp spines on the bases of their leaves.

This is a sun species.  It loves heat, full sun and is cold hardy to about 16 to 17 degrees F.  It's a great species for desert areas.  We have available 5g and 15g plants as show here.  Or, we can find you big crane sized specimens if that's what you want.  The 5g are good size and easy to ship by mail order.
Phoenix dactylifera
15 gallon size
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera
note formation of small suckers
Phoenix dactylifera
5 gallon size
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
5 g size left, 15g size right
Phoenix dactylifera
knobby trunk, typical of this species
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
crane size plants from associate are available
   
     
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
SPINY LEAFLETS, SMALL STATURE
LOTS OF PHOTOS OF A NICE SPECIES

We are quite fortunate indeed to have a great selection of this sought after, endangered and gorgeous blue cycad from the Republic of South Africa.  A few days ago I took some photos of an assortment of 15g plants and I'll show them here along with some pictures I've taken over the last year or so.  I'll attempt to share with you a vast assortment of sizes of nursery plants..

First of all this is a blue cycad species.  But, not all the time.  Did you know there is a green form.  And, that this species is one of the most variable appearing of all the South African cycads.  The classic leaflet appearance shows "three spines" counting the terminal tip. Spines are prominent, sharp lobes on the edges of the leaflets. (see close up photos below)  Therefore, "tri"-spinosus refers to the classic "three lobes" seen on this species.  But, sometimes there are two spines and sometimes no spines at all.  Or, you might find a combination of all sorts of different size and shapes of the lobes.  Thus, it is super variable in appearance. 

Trunks tend not to get that big.  A three foot tall caudex is about all you will ever see.  Although not a dwarf species, I'd consider it a smaller Encephalartos species.  Crown width is usually about four feet.  Leaf length is three, possibly four feet with sometimes a prominent curve downwards.  Male and female cones as shown below are a muted yellow, tan or off green.  This species prefers full sun in most areas but part day sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F. without protection.

We offer everything from seedlings as shown here to monster sized coning mature plants in boxes.  All are deliverable or shippable right to your home.  I apologize if this is too many photos of one species for you, but many people "can't get enough" of the blue cycads.
Encephalartos trispinosus
first 4 photos 15g, 8 inch caudex
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
a different 15g with 4 inch caudex
Encephalartos trispinosus
a third plant this species, 15g with an almost 9 inch caudex
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
a nice outdoor grown boxed specimen, coning size
Encephalartos trispinosus
a fourth 15g plant with a 9 inch caudex
Encephalartos trispinosus
citrus pot size plant
Encephalartos trispinosus
band size seedling, age 2.5 to 3 years
Encephalartos trispinosus
close up of classic leaflet appearance
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
female cones, mature garden plant
Encephalartos trispinosus
nursery specimen with about 18 inches of trunk
Encephalartos trispinosus
a nursery plant with close up of the 20 inch trunk
Encephalartos trispinosus
a 5 inch caudex plant that we bare rooted to show
the appearance of the roots
Encephalartos trispinosus
picture of male cones
Encephalartos trispinosus
   

 

DRACENA DRACO
THE DRAGON TREE
MULTIPLE SIZES AVAILABLE


Dracena draco is a subtropical tree that gets to a height of about twenty-five feet and is native to the Canary Islands, surrounding islands and parts of Morocco.  It is known as a very slow growing plant that can take up to fifty years to form the specimen as shown in the last photo.  Unless someone tops the trunk, it will grow for about ten to fifteen years and then start branching.  These branches will individually branch again in another ten years.  A large specimen has quite brittle trunks.  It is known that a large branching specimen will fall apart if laid on its side.  When moving such a plant, a wooden structure has to be built around the tree to stabilize it for moving.  Leaves are blue or blue green and it wants full sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid to lower 20's F.

Shown here are 5g, 15g, 20g and boxed plants, all of which are available at the nursery or can be obtained by special order.  We have nice 5g plants available for mail order.
Dracena draco Dracena draco
Dracena draco Dracena draco Dracena draco
Dracena draco Dracena draco Dracena draco
Dracena draco Dracena draco Dracena draco

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
VERY CHUNKY 15G AVAILABLE


 We recently got in some very fat trunked 15g, sun grown plants of this Madagascar palm species.  This is a very popular palm because it's peculiar looking and doesn't get very big.  The plants I'm offering are absolutely massive for their pot size.  This species gets to a height of maximum 25 feet domestically in California and demands full sun.  Some are growing it in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is only into the mid-twenties F., perhaps a few degrees colder.  In shade conditions, this species declines and may die.  It is known as the "Triangle Palm" because of the triangular shaped crown shaft that has three flat sides (see fifth photo). 

It likes sandy soil and not to be kept too wet during the colder months.  I have no experience with it as an interior plant.  If you wanted to try one inside, make sure it's by a very bright window.  This species is known not to dig/move well and dies very slowly after being dug.  So, don't buy one out of the ground!  We have available 5g and 15g plants and larger boxes on special order.  Friends of mine have provided the habitat photos below.
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
habitat photo by J.S.
Dypsis decaryi
triangular shaped crown shaft
Dypsis decaryi
specimen at Balboa Park, San Diego
Dypsis decaryi by JS
habitat photo by J.S.
Dypsis decaryi by MR
habitat photo by MR

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED SOLITARY FAN PALM

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

It is a sun loving species and grows better in the ground than in a pot.  Growth rate is slow at first but accelerated when in the ground.  Cold tolerance is probably in the upper 20's F., although this is not well worked out.  Shown here is a nice 7g plant.
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
SEMI-DWARF WINDMILL PALM
SMALL STIFF LEAVES AND SLOW GROWTH


This single trunk, shorter fan palm is from China and is known by its rather small, stiff leaves where the leaflet ends do not droop downwards.  The latter trait is seen in many other species of Windmills.  By "semi-dwarf" I mean that, over a decade or two, it's quite unlikely you'll have more than three or four feet of trunk.  It is common to see a forty year old garden specimen with five to six feet of trunk.  Trunks are covered with long, hairy fibers as shown below.  Leaf color is green to gray-green.  Leaf size ranges from one to two feet in cross-diameter, smaller than many other Trachycarpus species.

This species is quite cold hardy.  There's always arguments over which Windmill is the most cold hardy, but the "Waggie" is right there with the winners.  I usually tell people that 15 degrees F. is tolerated.   Growth rate is slow.  And, in almost all areas, this species wants full sun.  Most wagnerianus, if put in the shade, don't do well and can actually die.  Part day sun may suffice in desert areas.

Shown here are some nice 15g plants which we just got in.  They have trunks about 18 inches tall and are about six to eight years old.  I can ship these by Fed Express to anywhere in the country.
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus

 

BUTIA X SYAGRUS
THE MULE PALM
LOOKS LIKE NEITHER PARENT
FAIRLY COLD HARDY PINNATE PALM


This increasingly popular palm is the child of a Butia capitata (odorata) mother crossed with a pollen bearing Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen Palm) father.  The reverse cross does not produce the same plant.  The peculiar thing is that the offspring doesn't look like you'd expect.  It certainly in no way resembles the Butia mother.  It is called the "Mule Palm" because it usually does not produce viable seeds.  For people who don't like dropping fruit, this is a good thing.

Like many hybrids, this cross shows vigor of growth and is cold hardy to about 16 to 17 degrees.  It's cold hardiness is not quite as good as the Pindo Palm but takes pretty cold weather well.  It loves full sun and even tolerates full desert sun.  I've got a customer in Tucson, Arizona that says this palm looks perfect in his full sun when their cold weather there destroys his Queen Palms.  I'd suspect this species would thrive in (sometimes) colder parts of TX like Houston.  Consider growth rate as medium to fast with it's hybrid vigor.  These are not difficult to grow.

Expect a mature height of twenty to thirty feet.  When younger the trunk is covered with fibrous material.  This falls away with age.  Crown size is smaller than the Queen Palm as is the trunk diameter.  Some think that this hybrid when large even looks a bit like a Coconut. 

Shown here is an assortment of sizes we have for sale including a nice 24 inch box which we just got in.  If you want "different", "good looking", and "easy to grow", this palm is for you.  These can be delivered or mail ordered.
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus
24 inch box size
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus
25 gallon size
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus
7 gallon size
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus
36 inch box available on request
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus by MH
Juvenile tree, photo by MH
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus by MH
Mature tree, photo by MH

 

A GREAT BLUE AFRICAN CYCAD
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
MINIMALLY SPINEY SPECIES
NEVER CHEAP, ALWAYS POPULAR

If you've ever gone shopping for blue African cycads, you've found they are never what I'd call "cheap".  I'm often asked why they are expensive.  It's simple mathematics regarding the costs of producing nice, big blue cycads.  A single seed of this species usually costs about ten U.S. dollars or more.  And, for we growers in this country, we must utilize domestic seeds because of international laws preventing the shipment of endangered seeds between countries.  And, by the way, seeds are rarely available for sale and near impossible to find in this country. Germination rates for such seeds is 30% to maximum 50%.  So, if you buy seeds, in about six months you'll have a crop of one to two inch tall, single leaf seedlings.  At this point you are into these tiny cycads about $20 to $30, not counting your growing costs and time. These little seedlings often wait until their second year to put out a tiny second leaf.  After this you get to grow them for eight to twelve years to obtain plants like I'm showing you this morning.  All these factors (slow growth rates, rarity, costs for seeds, and immense amounts of time to produce nice big cycads) results in expensive blue mature plants.  But, as a group, no other plants are as rare as blue cycads nor as popular.  For people who can't accept this, the Sago Palm is a very affordable green cycad..

The first plant to the right is in a 15g pot and is about ten to twelve years old.  It has a great blue color and leaflets that are spiny only at the leaflet tips.  The caudex is a nice spherical shape, about eight inches in size and has the classic gold collars at the base of the leaf stem.  The second plant is younger, about six to seven years old, with a five inch caudex.  It has similar great blue color.

Green cycads are generally half the price of blue cycads unless you select a super rare species.  If you have time on your side, remember that we do sell smaller blue cycads and, in the ground, they are good growing plants.  Growth rates in the ground are faster than in pots.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. and they prefer sun in most areas.  We can mail order/deliver any size cycad you want.  And, although not "cheap", we'll give you the best price possible on these sought-after blue cycads.  Also, watch for our occasional sales on these super desirable plants.
Encephalartos lehmannii
15g plant, 8 inch caudex
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
15g plant, 5 inch caudex
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
A VERY AFFORDABLE CYCAD SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2-3 YEAR OLD SEEDLINGS


Now that I've talked above about an expensive cycad species, I thought I'd give good news to those of you on a tight budget.  Cycas revoluta, native to Japan, is a green cycad that is widely propagated and there is great availability of seeds on the market.  Growth rates for this species are pretty quick and plants are quite vigorous. A grower can produce a nice sized 15g plant in five to six years in our area in a container.  It has good cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  In most areas other than the desert, it likes full sun.  It can be grown inside the house in a very bright window area.  As with other cycad species, keep animals from eating these plants as they are potentially toxic, especially to dogs.  Also, although called a "palm" by common name, this is indeed a cycad species.

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

Just mention this special when ordering.  These plants are 3 to 4 years old with a caudex size of about 1.5 inches.  Mail order is easy.  We have all sizes of Sagos for sale.
Cycad revoluta At this point you are into these tiny cycads about $20 to $30, not counting your growing costs and time.
At this point you are into these tiny cycads about $20 to $30, not counting your growing costs and time. Cycas revoluta  

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
FULL CIRCULAR LEAVES, BLUE SEEDS & PROMINENT SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I've always been fascinated by this fan palm from Asia.  It's normal distribution extends from China down to Indonesia and the Philippines.  It can reach very tall heights up to 80 feet with a trunk about one foot in diameter.  But, the most salient things I remember about it are:

1.  Full 360 degree pattern to the leaf segments (last photo)
2.  Prominent barbs or spines that are green to black, sometimes curved like a surgeon's sewing needle and very large. (see below)
3.  Blue seeds (see below)

It is actually slow growing in our area and takes many decades to get a large tree over head. Cold hardiness is in the low 20's F.  It can take coastal sun or filtered light.

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


You must mention this Blog only special when ordering.
Livistona saribus
5g plant size on special
Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
by John Volk, PSST
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX SP. "NO WINDOWS"
RARE MADAGASCAR PALM SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


Although Beccariophoenix has been plagued by a two decades history of confusion on species names, it  ends up that this "no windows" plant is the true B. madigascarensis.  It is strikingly different from the windows variety which, to my knowledge, has no name as of yet.  It is also more cold hardy, a more reliable grower, but has a slow rate of growth.  The 5g plant shown here on special is about six years old!  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties.  It is a sun plant along the coast but would like protection far inland.

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

You must mention this Blog Only special to get this price when purchasing.
Beccariophoenix species "no windows" Beccariophoenix species "no windows"
juvenile plant, full sun in eastern San Diego area

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
ROYAL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

The Cuban Royal Palm is a tall, crown shafted, sun-loving palm species that grows quickly, likes heat an sun and has a cold tolerance of 25 degrees F.  We are offering a 10 day special on the 5g size.  These can be shipped right to your door.  See above description of the species.  These 5g plants are about four feet tall in their pots.

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


You must mention this Blog Only special at time of purchase to get this price.
Royal Palm Royal Palm in WHittier CA
Forty foot tall Royal Palm in Whittier, CA,
next to our truck

 

DIOON EDULE
THE MOST COLD HARDY OF ANY CYCAD!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G PLANTS!


Dioon edule is a Mexican cycad and known for several things.  It never gets too big.  A two foot trunk is very old and huge for this species.  It also is the only cycad that will tolerate full desert sun. All other species will burn in desert sun.  Finally, it is by far the best cycad for cold.  It takes temperatures into the mid to upper teens F.  We are offering some nice 5g plants from a group we recently acquired.  Caudex sizes are about 2.5 - 3 inches..

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $150 - $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS, THIS GROUP, $115


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
dioon edule
representative 5g plant of this species
dioon edule
A larger container size at nursery, same species

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
A SIZE FOR EVERYONE & FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

Howea forsteriana comes from the Pacific Ocean island of Lord Howe.  It is the lowest elevation growing palm species on the island.  It tolerates coastal sun and wants inland filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F., perhaps a degree or two colder.  I'm showing here all sorts of sizes, both of singles and multiple plants.  Below are some pearls about this species you may not know.

1.  In sun this species tends to be shorter and get a fatter trunk.  Shade grown plants stretch for light and have longer leaves.
2.  Sun grown plants tend to be a lighter green.  And, the leaflets are more droopy, hanging downwards.
3.  Height of the plant over the years is shorter if you plant a multiple.  Single specimens grow faster.
4.  It is one of the best interior palms around.
5.  Seeds start green, then turn yellow and are ripe when red.  Immature seeds don't germinate as well.  Maturation of seeds on the trees can take up to two years.
6.  Specimen plants in the ground can be dug and moved fairly easily although experience is needed to improve results.
7.  Patio plants can tolerate root crowding.  I.e., you can leave a plant in its pot longer than a lot of other palm species.
8.  Howea belmoreana, another species from Lord Howe, can be distinguished by its arched leaves and umbrella shaped crown.
9.  It is being grown outdoors in San Francisco with specimens at Golden Gate Park
10.  It grows better outdoors in California than in Florida.
11.  It ships excellently for mail orders.
12.  Thirty-Thirty Rule:  Height in the ground is typically 30 feet in 30 years for a single stem specimen in the ground and in sun.
13.  Rarely you'll see the "leaning disease" that may be secondary to a fungal infection or Boron deficiency.
14.  Containerized plants grow twice as fast if the bottom six inches of their pot is buried in the ground.  

Shown are 1g, 5g, 15g and boxed plants.  Note that all of these are huge plants for their container size.  All are available and smaller plants can be shipped right to your door.  
Howea forsteriana
15g, multiple

Howea forsteriana
15g, multiple
Howea forsteriana
15g, multiple

Howea forsteriana
15g, single
Howea forsteriana
15g, single
Howea forsteriana
15g, single
Howea forsteriana
5g, multiple
Howea forsteriana
5g, multiple
Howea forsteriana
5g, multiple
Howea forsteriana
1g, single
Howea forsteriana
1g, single
Howea forsteriana
30 inch box
Howea forsteriana
30 inch box
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE ONE GALLON PLANTS
GREAT HOUSEPLANT!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

I've talked extensively above about this species.  It prefers filtered light or perhaps full day sun on the coast.  It's one of the best interior palms there is.  We have available huge 1g pots.  They are bigger than most nurseries' 5g plants.  We have singles or multiples.  Some are six feet tall!  Can be mail ordered but a tall box.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OVERSIZED 1G PLANT $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this reduced price.  Note that most of the 1g being offered today are multiples.
 
Howea forsteriana 1 galloni  Howea forsteriana 1g

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
SHAVING BRUSH PALM
FEATHER DUSTER PALM

We've discussed this great palm previously on this blog, but I wanted to show a few more pictures and remind you that we do have a good selection of this great species for sale.  Rhopaolstylis species are from New Zealand.  R. sapida has the most upright leaves of all the species and gets to about 25 feet height.  Such heights may take several decades. 

When I think of this species, I remember mostly the upright leaves and the thick, bulging crown shaft. Rhopalostylis sapida would also be on most people's top twenty list.  It can tolerate full sun if you are within five to eight miles of the ocean in Southern CA.  Most people in other areas give it morning sun or filtered light.  In the garden, getting any significant trunk from a nursery plant may take five to seven years.

Cold tolerance is about 22 or 23 degrees F.  I recently saw some wonderful specimens of this species in the SF Bay area.  The most common mistake is giving it too much sun if you live in a hot area.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants we have for sale.  Also shown are photos to demonstrate the two main characteristics of this species: upright leaves and bulging crown shaft. 
Rhopalostylis sapida 25g Rhopalostylis sapida, 5g
     

Rhopalostylis sapida rusty 15g rhopalostylis spaida Rhopalostylis sapaida
Rhopalostylis sapida
25 gallon size
Rhopalostylis sapida 5g
5 gallon size
Rhopalostylis sapida 15g
15g size
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida

 

DIOON MEROLAE
THREE FEET OF TRUNK IN FIFTY YEARS

This is a slow growing New World cycad species
that comes from Mexico.  It is very attractive.  One
of the things that is particularly nice about this species
is that the crown size is compact and not that large. 
For this reason, it fits into a small sunny location
in the garden where no other plant would work.  Its
leaves are a silver-green in color and it holds many 
leaves.  An extremely old plant might have a foot or
two of trunk.  In the wild there are specimens that are
possibly a thousand years old with many meters of
trunk, often leaning over toward the ground.  But,
from a practical point of view, it is a small plant. 
If you grow this species, you'll probably find that
it will take fifty years or more to get three feet
of trunk. 
 
Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. and it prefers
full sun except for harsh desert climates.  We offer
many sizes of this species from seedlings up to
trunked plants that are many decades old. 
For mail orders, this is a perfect size to ship.  We can
easily ship plants up to the 15g size and even boxed
specimens if needed.   Some of the nursery plants

you see here are extremely old specimens.  The last
pictures shows how new leaves are very upright.  If one
cuts off older leaves, this species has very little
lateral spread and can fit into rather small areas.  I
hope that you like this cycad; it's one of my favorites.
For upscale landscaping, nothing beats it.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
TALL PLANT WITH THICK WHITE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This New World fan palm is one of my favorites because of the massively thick trunk which is white or very light tan in color.  Trunks look like freeway bridge pillars.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy well into the teens.  It's very hard to locate this species.  It can get up to nearly fifty feet in height.  We have nice 5g on sale for ten days.  We also have larger if you wish, but not on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50

You must mention this Blog only price to get this special..
 
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum

 

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


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

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

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

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
XEROPHYTIC THIN TRUNK MEXICAN FAN PALM SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL TREE POT SIZE


This rare species is from northwestern Mexico in the state of Sonora.  It typically gets to a height of about twenty feet but can reach thirty feet in habitat.  It is unique in that it's a green species with a definite shade of blue in the leaves and particularly in the leaf stems.  There is minimal armor on the petioles.  The trunk is quite thin at eight inches and over time becomes smooth and tan colored.  It is known for tolerating drought and may be one of the most xerophytic palm species around.  We just got in these tree pot sized plants which we're offering on special.  They are about 18 inches tall.

REGULAR PRICE TREE POT SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35


So, you're paying for a band size and getting a much older and bigger plant.  You must mention this special Blog Only price when purchasing.
Brahea aculeata cit pot Brahea aculeata

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2014

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES
THIN TRUNK, FLUFFY LEAF, FULL SUN


This single trunk, plumose-leaf, prominently ringed trunk palm is native to Mexico.  The most remarkable thing about this species is that it is one of the few Chamaedorea that tolerates full sun in many areas.  It is quick growing, has a thin trunk and reaches heights of about fifteen feet.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  It looks best if planted in groups of several plants together.

Shown here are the band size plants that we now have available in multiples.  They are about 18 inches tall.  Also shown is our 5g size which we are offering as multiples.  In the very near future we should have available a nice selection of 15g plants.  I've shown a few of these here.  Any of these sizes can be shipped right to your door.

This species has become very popular and, by some, is called "The Baby Queen", sort of a bad name because it has no relationship to the Queen Palm and looks nothing like a Queen Palm.  But, people like names they can remember.  Remember, we have commonly accepted names like "King Palm", "Queen Palm", "Majesty Palm", etc.  These names are usually only a marketing tool.
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
15 gallon size multiple, available soon
Chamaedorea plumosa
15g plant showing green trunk with rings
Chamaedorea plumosa
close up of base of band sizes multiples
Chamaedorea plumosa
5g size multiples, available now
Chamaedorea plumosa
leaves, close up, 15g plant size 
Chamaedorea plumosa
15g size, available soon
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
plants in full sun in San Diego

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
STRONG GROWING GREEN CYCAD
A GREAT SELECTION AVAILABLE
ALL EASY TO SHIP


Encephalartos natalensis is native to the Natal district of the Republic of South Africa and is listed as an internationally endangered species.  It is an easy to grow species that has green leaves five to six feet long, a medium sized trunk and mildly armed leaflets.  This is a sun loving species along the coast and has a cold tolerance of about 22 degrees F.  Shown here is a nice chunky 6.5 inch 5g plant along with a 15g and boxed specimen. 

We have available a nice assortment of sizes of this species.  All can be shipped easily.  If you don't get too cold, this is a great species to try in the garden.  Desert areas might consider filtered light areas.
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
A large, coning sized box specimen at nursery
Encephalartos natalensis
a 15g plant at the nursery
Encephalartos natalensis
In garden is Southern California

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
VARIETY VRYHEID
THE MOST DESIRABLE FORM OF THIS SPECIES


Shown here is 7g cycad with a 5 inch caudex.  It is the vryheid variety of the above discussed Encephalartos natalensis. To most, this is the most desirable form of this species.  "Vryheid" refers to a particular South African locality and habitat.  The plant shown here has shorter leaves that are less spiny and tend to overlap or stack somewhat.  Compare this plant with the one described above and you'll see what I'm describing here. 

It has a bit of the "spooner" characteristics for those who know this term.  This term comes from a the concept of a stack of spoons bundled together and then separated apart a bit.  The leaflets may be short and slightly cupped.  On this plant there is some overlapping and the leaflets are short and somewhat cupped, so i use the term here.  In any case, this is a very attractive cycad and should prove easy to grow.  It is a very healthy plant and can be shipped.  It is available presently and this might be the only one I have.
Encephalartos natalensis vryheid Encephalartos natalensis vryheid
Encephalartos natalensis vryheid Encephalartos natalensis vryheid Encephalartos natalensis vryheid

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
A LARGE GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
FAST GROWING AND DOMINENT CYCAD


If you choose to grow this species, be prepared to give it some room.  It's not unusual for it to have eight foot leaves and a crown width of over twelve feet.  And, over many decades, anticipate a trunk height over six to eight feet.  Specimens in the wild have trunks well over 20 feet and almost look like a Canary Island Palm Tree with a thick trunk.  If you compare leaf color with the natalensis above, you'll find this is a darker color, more deep olive green.  Also note the leaves have a dusty glaucous frost to them.  These characteristics help you identify this species. 

Native to the Modjadji Forest in South Africa, this is a fast growing species with olive colored dark green leaves.  It loves sun in most areas (not desert) and has cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  With protection, it can withstand colder weather.  Many are growing this species in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Shown here is a very nice 15g plant with about a seven inch caudex. Also shown are boxed specimens and a mature plant.  We have an excellent supply of this species from small plants to coning sized specimens.  We can ship any size to anywhere within the U.S. .
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
outdoor grown, boxed specimen available
Encephalartos transvenosus
Another large, outdoor grown boxed specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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