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SATURDAY, 28 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

A FEW MORE SALE ITEMS TO END THE MONTH

 

DYCKIA SPECIES
CLUSTERING TERRESTRIAL BROMELIAD
OVER TIME, WITH SUN, GET RED
TEN DAY SPECIAL  


It's been a year or two since I've offered this species of the Bromeliad, Dyckia.  These particular plants are a low profile, profusely suckering plant that take sun and heat.  The first three photos show how they look now.  The last two pictures show what they look like with time and direct sun (photos taken about 2 years ago).  Yes, they pick up a lot of red.  This is an unknown species that is a multicolored plant.  They'd make great companion plants in sun near a pathway.

REGULAR PRICE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

This is probably the last time I'll have them as my supply has run out.  You must mention this special to get this price.  These would be easy to ship.
Dyckia species Dyckia species
Dyckia species Dyckia species Dyckia species

 

HYPHANAE COREACE AND UNKNOWN SPECIES
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN PALMS THAT FORK ABOVE THE GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZE

Shown here are two sizes of two species of the genus Hyphanae.  This is a branching palm from Africa.  It likes heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  The interesting thing about these plants is that they branch above the ground - to be contrasted with suckering from the base.

The first three pictures are Hyphanae coriacea in 5g size.  The one gallon plants are an unknown species.  If you get one of these, make sure you have the heat, sun and room for one.

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35


Just mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Hyphanae coriacea
5g size
Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
1g size
Hyphanae coriacea
1g size
Hyphanae coriaceae
Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriaceae
Hyphanae coriacea

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We've previously discussed this Australian mountain species of King Palm that occurs naturally north of the Australian city of Cairns.  It gets to a height of about thirty feet and is most known for the purple color to the crown shaft that is seen once the tree obtains some age.  It is fast growing and likes coastal sun.  It's not quite as cold hardy as the regular King Palm.

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

You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when you purchase. Photos below are representative.  We don't have a lot of this size, but the ones we have are pretty nice.
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g 
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 

 

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

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

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

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

LIVISTONA AUSTRALIS
SINGLE TRUNK, COLD HARDY, TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZES!

Check around and you'll find that this species is difficult to locate.  I think this is mostly because of lack of seed availability.  It is from the east coast of Australia at a very southern location (colder).  It is the most southern growing of all the Livistona species.  Thus, it's not surprising that it carries a good amount of cold hardiness, into the upper teens F.  In habitat it tolerates full sun and can reach a height of 100 feet over many decades.  Trunk diameter is one foot.  Leaves are five feet wide on a long petiole.  Check out the last photo.  It's quite striking.

We are offering two sizes on species.  Either size can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 5G, $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $140


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  Note that we have limited numbers available.
Livistona australis
5 gallon size
Livistona australis
125 gallon size
Livistona australis Livistona australis
base of 15g plant

Livistona australis by Mike Gray, PACSOA
by Mike Gray, PACSOA
Livistona australis    

 

THURSDAY, 26 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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


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

 

DYPSIS BARONII
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL FROM THIS BATCH 5G $85


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

 

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


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

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


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

 

SABAL BERMUDANA
THE BERMUDA PALM
THICK TRUNK, BIG LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


You must mention this Blog Only sale price when purchasing to get this discount.

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

 

 

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $250

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

 

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

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

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

TUESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

TODAY - FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE COLD WEATHER -

A QUICK LOOK AT SOME MORE COLD HARDY YET RARE PALM SPECIES

Recently a customer who lives in the Central Valley area of California wanted to try some unusual palms that could do well in his area.  Below are some pictures of some of the plants we suggested for him to try.  Most will take temperatures into the low 20's F. and some into the mid-teens.  He wanted to get a whole pallet full of nice palms which we can truck up to him at an affordable rate.  I'll make minimal comments other than a few basic facts below and mostly show photos.  Most of these plants are 15g size.  A few are 5g. 

Of note, he already had the common palm species which you can find at most nurseries.  So, I won't cover items like the Queen Palm, the Mediterranean Fan Palm, and similar things.  Surprisingly, the Pygmy Date Palm with its inability to take significant cold would not be a good choice for him.  Yet, nurseries carry them there.  This is not a totally comprehensive list in any fashion.  We could easily double or triple options shown here given time and space on this Blog, but these will suffice for today.  We randomly chose these species because many are quite different than customers would see in nurseries in colder areas.  Incidentally, we try to keep all of these species in stock, so if any interest you just give us a call and we can ship to you as well. 

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

SUNDAY, 22 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
25 GALLON TRIPLE KING PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH

We recently got in some nice triple King Palms that are about nine feet tall and showing trunk formation.  They are well grown in sun.  These are ready for your garden.  Of note we also have absolutely huge singles to 18 feet.  This species tolerates full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to 24 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $175

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  These are locally grown plants.

Archonotophoenix cunninghamiana 25g Archontophoenix cunninghamiana 25g
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana 25g Archontophoenix cunninghamiana triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
VERY OLD PLANTS
MULTIPLE PLANTS IN POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

I have available on sale several multiple Chamaedorea metallica.  They are about 8 years old and the leaves (in the pot) come up to your upper abdomen.  Note the metallic sheen to the leaves.  These were outdoor grown in filtered light.  It's hard to find them with this age.  I only have a few to offer.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  These are a great patio plant and don't take up much room as they are a dwarf species.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $125

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount on these specimens.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica  

 

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

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

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


Just mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Clivia Clivia
Clivia Clivia Clivia
typical orange blossom
Clivia
more rare yellow blossom which we have
Clivia unknown photographer Flikr
unknown photographer Flikr
Clivia unknown author
unknown photographer

 

CYCAS SEXSEMINIFERA
EXTREMELY RARE DWARF CYCAD
NATIVE TO CHINA
TEN DAY SPECIAL


This super rare plant is from the Guangxi district of China where it reaches a mature trunk height of perhaps a foot, lives in crevices of steep limestone cliffs, and has short flat leaves.  It was first described in 1994.  Leaflets are narrow and pointed.  Leaf length is two to three feet.  Leaf color is green.  Because of its small size, it is sought after. 

I photographed this plant a few days ago for a collector.  The price was very fair.  But, for some reason, he didn't jump on it.  So, I am offering it here.  It has a caudex of 4 inches.  I know of no one else who has such a plant for sale.  Internet photos are almost nonexistent.  I'd estimate this plant's age at 10 to 12 years.  It's a filtered light or part day sun at most plant with an unknown cold tolerance.  However, this plant has already seen a freeze.  From habitat locality, I suspect it'll go into the low 20's.  The last picture is by cycad friend and now deceased Ken Hill. 

TEN DAYS: 25% OFF THIS PLANT

This is the only plant I have of this size.  Mention the discount if you want to purchase it.  I'll offer it at a fair price.  I do have older seedling.
Cycas sexseminifera  Cycas sexseminifera 
Cycas sexseminifera  Cycas sexseminifera  Cycas sexseminifera by Ken Hill, Cycad pages website
 C. sexseminifera by Ken Hill, Cycad Pages website

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

I'm down to the last few of the large 15g that we're offering for sale on this, the Chilean Wine Palm.  These plants are approaching ten years old from seed!  As most know, they are unbearably slow to grow and getting a nice plant as shown in the first four photos seems to take forever.  Try it yourself some day from seed.  You'll know why it takes a decade to produce a plant with a ten inch trunk as shown.

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

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

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

SANSEVERIA SPECIES
VERY OLD CLUSTERING PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

Easy to ship but mention this Special for your discount.  It's a Blog Only special.    
Sanseveria species  Sanseveria species 
Sanseveria species  Sanseveria species  Sanseveria species 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
LARGE 15G PLANTS
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This species of cold hardy companion plant slowly will get a 12 inch thick trunk over decades.  Trunk height may get to 2 feet.  It has a pom pom crown of leaves that are long, narrow and without spines.  They are the size of knitting needles.  The plants on sale have fat bases and 3 to 4 foot leaves.  They are about 8 years old.  This species is cold hardy to the low 20's F. and demands sun.

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

Mail order possible. Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount. 
Dasylirion Mexican Grass Plants  Dasylirion Mexican Grass Plants 
Dasylirion Mexican Grass Plants  Dasylirion Mexican Grass Plants  Dasylirion Mexican Grass Plant by DB
Photo by DB 

 

SATURDAY, 21 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THE BAILEY PALM

MAJESTIC PALM WITH THICK TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G PLANTS

If there's one thing I've learned about growing Copernicia in the last 30 years, it is that growing them from seedlings is so slow.  But, once they get a little size and get in the ground, they are much faster.  So, you can take advantage of the fact that it's taken me seven years to produce the 5g plants shown here.  And, I'm putting them on sale.

When mature, presence of this species in any garden is considered to be a real prize.  This is because it is so impressive with its stately size and upright leaves.  Trunks are a light gray color, almost like concrete columns.  They are thick, over 2 feet in diameter.  Leaves are upright and green in color.

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

This species wants full sun and loves heat.  They are doing well outdoors here in the San Diego area.  Mail order easy on these.  Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount when you purchase.  By the way, the last photo was taken at Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Miami and shows a stand of this regal species.
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
BEST PALM TO "BLOCK NEIGHBORS"
SPECIAL ON TWO SIZES

About two weeks ago I showed you our boxed size of this species. Presently, I'm putting on special two sizes of this suckering palm that gets to about 15 feet height and takes coastal sun.  It has thin trunks and pinnate leaves.  Trunk diameter is about three inches mature.  Leaf bases are a yellow-gray color. Leaves are green.  Plants are very full with multiple stems.

This palm is, without a doubt, the best palm to block a neighbor, hide an ugly view or cover a wall.  It takes full coastal sun or can do well in part sun.  And, it doesn't get too tall.  Growth rate is medium.

Other than the boxed plants, we have two sizes on sale.

15 GALLON 7 FEET, $175
15G 8 TO 9 FEET, $225

Just mention this special to get this price when you purchase.  This special will end without notice when supplies run short.
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
in full sun in Encinitas, CA/span>
Dypsis lutescens by DO
photo by DO
Dypsis lutescens by JD
photo by JD
Dypsis lutescens
nice box size available
Dypsis lutescens
photo by JD

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
GREAT SUCKERING SUN PALM
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species which I'm also putting on a ten day special is another great palm for our area.  It gets taller than Dypsis lutescens above, has thicker trunks, has white colored crown shafts and doesn't have the yellow color.  I've come to find that some people do not like yellow.  Most enthusiasts consider this species to be one of their favorite palms.  Native to Madagascar, this is a good growing species and is cold hardy well into the 20's F.  The three photos at the bottom were all taken about 10 miles from our nursery in Del Mar.

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


Just mention this Blog Special to get the discount when you purchase.  Mail order - no problem.
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis
Mature tree in Del Mar, CA by BQ
Dypsis onilahensis
Mature tree in Del Mar, CA by BQ
Dypsis onilahensis
Mature tree in Del Mar, CA by BQ

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
UNUSUAL WIDE LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

The Central African cycad I'm putting on special here is a real attractive plant.  It'll end up being a larger garden specimen.  It is near coning size with an eight inch caudex.  Age is about twelve years.  Leaves are green and the crown is full.  Trust that, in your garden, this plant will steal the show.

What's unusual about this particular plant is that it has very wide and somewhat short leaflets.  They are crowded and almost overlap.  I find this very appealing.  It's in a 15g size, huge for it's pot, and is begging to go into the ground.  I do not know the sex.  It's a seed grown plant.  It will want full sun in most coastal areas and should take weather down to the low 20's F.

REGULAR  PRICE THIS PLANT $950
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $750

Just mention this Special when purchasing.  If this plant doesn't sell, it's going into a box and, of course, the price will go up.  Finally and with any plant we sell, this plant can be delivered right to your door.
Encephalartos manikensis wide leaflets Encephalartos manikensis wide leaflets
Encephalartos manikensis wide leaflets Encephalartos manikensis wide leaflets Encephalartos manikensis wide leaflets
Encephalartos manikensis wide leaflets Encephalartos manikensis wide leaflets  

  

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS, TRISPINOSUS AND LEHMANNII
NICE 1G SIZE AVAILABLE
GREAT MORE MAIL ORDERS

Customers love blue African cycads.  Well, here's three to please you.  All are older one gallon plants.  The lehmannii and trispinosus are ready to be upsized into a 5g pot and about five years old.  All are for sale at a great price of $65.  These are NOT wimpy one to two leaf seedlings but rather plants ready to be put into the garden.  Mail order is a peace of cake.  Buy now or these plants are going into a 5g size!  Limited numbers available.
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
   

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS X WOODII
THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER CYCAD HYBRID
FROM POLLEN THAT IS EXTINCT IN THE WILD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

This hybrid African cycad was created from a female E. natalensis cone pollenated with domestic E. woodii pollen.  As many of you know, E. woodii is extinct in the wild.  Fortunately there are a few domestic plants of this species in the U.S.  E. natalensis is the most genetically close species to E. woodii and is often used as a female cone for woodii hybrids.  This plant is in a 15g pot and has a five inch caduex.  It's a nice looking cycad.  It'll want sun and has a cold hardiness to 22 degrees F.

SALE PRICE THIS CYCAD FOR TEN DAYS $550

Just mention this special when you purchase.  This plant can be mail ordered easily.  We ship plants in their pots, soil and all, with all the needed  Ag paperwork.  This plant is 8 years old and obviously super rare.
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii

 

JUNGLE MUSIC
A FEW PHOTOS OF ONE OF OUR GROWING AREAS
CYCADS, PALMS AND EXOTICS

I thought this morning I'd show you a few pictures that Jesse took this week of one of our growing areas of the nursery.  You'll note cycads and palms of good size and lots of cool plants.  Remember, we have about a quarter million plants for sale on three acres.  So, there is something for everyone.  On the fourth photo notice the building with the flat roof and green door.  That's our Education Center Hall where we can give talks and lectures for up to 50 people.  There's a fully stocked kitchen for preparing food for special events.
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music

 

FRIDAY, 20 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
THE PACARYA PALM
TALL, EXOTIC, FAST GROWING


This single trunk species of Chamaedorea is native to southern Mexico, Central America and even northern South America.  It has a prominently ringed green trunk of about two inches diameter.  Mature height can be over fifteen feet.  Leaflets are wide, soft and do not tolerate direct sun.  You'll note the yellow stripe on the back of the petiole, a characteristic of (but not unique to) this species.  Growth rate is fast and it enjoys ample water.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.

This species is easy to set seeds on.  Male blossoms release clouds of pollen when mature and tapped with the fingers.  Fruits on female plants are black when ripe and in large clusters.  Natives eat the immature blossoms in habitat when properly prepared.  If you grow this species, makes sure that, as it puts on height, it doesn't pierce your canopy and enter full sun.  It will not tolerate this at all in our area. 

Shown here are some nice six foot 5g plants.  These can be shipped.  They do nicely in the garden but can also make an excellent patio or interior plant if you have the ceiling height.
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote male blossom
male blossom almost ready to drop pollen 
Chamaedorea tepejilote
female plant with green fruit - note green trunk
Chamaedorea tepejilote
note yellow stripe back of leaf stem
Chamaedorea tepejilote
older plant, triple in 15g
Chamaedorea tepejilote
older double in a 15g
Chamaedorea tepejilote
close-up showing supportive roots
Chamaedorea tepejilote by TS at RPS
colony by TS at RPS
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
base of triple nursery plant


CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
EXOTIC CHINESE CYCAD
VERY COLD HARDY - BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
MULTIPLE SIZES AVAILABLE

This medium sized cycad comes from the Yunnan Province in China.  It gets a trunk of about four to five feet in many decades.  Leaf color is green or blue green as shown below.  Interestingly, plants from the same seed batch will show different colors even though planted side by side.  This is a full sun cycad that likes good drainage.

Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  It is probably about equivalent to a Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) or maybe a bit more cold hardy.  I've got reports of this species growing in the U.K. and northern CA with ease.  But, growth rate is slow.  Leaves are minimally armed at the leaf tips.  Leaf stems do have the typical barbs.  Trunks have a reddish fur on them. 

We have a good selection of this species from seedlings up to larger specimens.  The first six photos are of a six inch caudex plant in a 7g.  Almost all our plants can be delivered right to your door for mail order.
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
different plant with new flush of leaves
Cycas panzhihuaensis
seedling size
Cycas panzhihuaensis
citrus pot size
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE MEXICAN CYCAD
SLOW GROWER
THREATENED IN THE WILD

We are pleased to offer a limited number of this super rare cycad from Oaxaca, Mexico.  There it grows in on limestone cliffs in isolated populations.  Elevation is up to about 2500 feet.  Trunk size can get to fifteen feet in a few centuries.  It prefers part day sun here along the coast and sun protection inland.  Cold tolerance is into the lower 20's F.

The hallmark for this species are the uneven leaf margins.  One side of the leaflets is straight and the other side curved.  Younger plants show leaflet spination.  This is near absent on older, mature plants.  Leaflets are green in color and somewhat crowded.  Leaves are gently arched.  This is a gorgeous species.

We have limited numbers available but mostly on older plants.  The first four photos show a 15g plant that's taken me 12 years so far to grow.  We do not have seedlings on this species.  
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
smaller citrus pot size
Dioon rzedowskii
A different older plant

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


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

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


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

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135


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

 

TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

SPRING COLOR COMING IN ALL THE TIME!
Almost a week's worth of nothing but color and spring companion plants below
 

OUR SALE IS OVER BUT WE THOUGHT WE'D LEAVE THE PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW FOR YOUR FUTURE REFERENCE

                                      Kalanchoe, assorted colors

 

CORDYLINE TRICOLOR
MAKES MEDIUM SIZED PLANT
PINK, YELLOW AND GREEN
TAKES FULL SUN

Different than the Hawaiian Ti plants below, this plant easily tolerates full sun.  It can, over time, get up to about 8 feet tall with a trunk of three inches.  It carries a "pom pom" head of thin leaflets that show the colors.  It has a cold tolerance easily into the twenties F.  These are in 3 g pots.
Cordylline tricolor Cordylline tricolor
Cordylline tricolor Cordylline tricolor  
     
PHILODENDRON IMPERIALIS
DARK RED-BROWN COLORS
FILTERED LIGHT PLANT

Despite the fact that two of these photos are over-exposed and it's hard to appreciate their intense colors, these plants are beautiful and loaded with dark brown-red leaves.  They are nice sized and ready for the garden.  They like filtered light.  It'd be best to avoid a freeze on these guys.  Anticipate3 a mature size of about three feet, rosette style plant.
Philodendron imperialis Philodendron imperialis
Philodendron imperialis Philodendron imperialis  
     
THREE CLIMBING VINES BELOW
   
PANDOREA JASMINOIDES
CLIMBING VINE FROM AUSTRALIA
WHITE FLOWERS WITH RED THROATS
EASY TO GROW AND FRAGRANT

This climbing vine will grow up a pole, fence or tree trunk.  Or, you can put it on a trellis.  It forms a small woody trunk and has dark green leaves.  The plant shown here is just coming into blossom.  They are a jasmine type scented flower and about 2 inches across.  It'll take sun or filtered light and can be grown in most areas around here.
Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides
Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides pandorea jasminoides flikr
unknown photographer at Flikr
     
PANDOREA JASMINOIDES ALBA
SAME AS LAST CLIMBING VINE
BUT WHITE ONLY FLOWERS

These climbing vines can get over 20 feet tall if given proper support.  They carry clusters of blossoms.  Cold tolerance is somewhere between 20 and 25 degrees.  When in blossom, you'll smell them all over the garden.
Pandoreaq jasminoides alba Pandoreaq jasminoides alba
     

JASMINUM POLYANTHUM PINK
PINK JASMIN
TWINING VINE, SUPER FRAGRANT
FROM CHINA

This evergreen, twining vine is similar to the last two species except the trunks are thinner, the flowers are smaller and it puts out a lot more flowers in each cluster.  Color is indeed pink and they are also super fragrant.  Plant growth is vigorous and they can get up to about fifteen feet with support.  They are just going into blossom right now.  This plant will have hundreds of pink blossoms.
 
Jasminum polyanthum pink Jasminum polyanthum pink
Jasminum polyanthum pink  Pink Jasmin Nature.desktop.nexus website
photo by Nature.desktopnexus website
 
     
TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA PURPUREA
THE TIGER LILLY / PURPLE QUEEN
GREAT GROUND COVER
DEEP PURPLE COLOR IN SUN

Although not super tolerant of significant cold, this ground cover is a good grower and gets more purple in full sun.  As it is a low profile plant, it is a wonderful ground cover.  A few days ago I made a mistake and told someone who called we don't have this species.  But, indeed we do have small plants as shown.  This species produces small white/pink flowers.  These should be pinched back to encourage stem growth and fullness.  The real advantage is the dark color as shown below.  This plant appreciates adequate water and should be protected from freezes.  Of note, the nursery plants shown here are inside the greenhouse and won't show that purple color until outdoors in full sun.

Tradescantia pallida purpurea Tradescantia pallida purpurea
Tradescantia pallida purpurea Tradescantia pallida purpurea Tradescantia pallida purpurea
Tradescantia by pro-faber.ro website photo by Floridata website  
     
CRUISING FOR COLOR
RUSTY'S TOUR AROUND THE NURSERY

I thought I'd show some pictures here that Rusty took yesterday.  He just cruised around and shot photos of plants he thought were colorful and would look great in the garden.  I hope you enjoy them.  They are in completely random order.
Assorted companion and colorful plants Assorted companion and colorful plants
Assorted companion and colorful plants Assorted companion and colorful plants Assorted companion and colorful plants
Assorted companion and colorful plants Assorted companion and colorful plants Assorted companion and colorful plants
Assorted companion and colorful plants Assorted companion and colorful plants Assorted companion and colorful plants
     
PHILODENDRON RED CONGO
RUSTY TOOK NEW PICTURES
RED STEMS

Rusty also wanted me to share new pictures of plants we got in yesterday.  He says they are nicer than the ones we have - a bit bigger and fuller.  These like filtered light and are good growers.
Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo
Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo  

 


NEW NURSERY VIDEO
SPRING COLOR AND COMPANION PLANTS
AND, A FEW CYCADS
RICARDO AND RUSTY SHOW YOU THE NURSERY

One of Rusty's favorite things to do is to show the nursery by video.  So, yesterday he and Ricardo made a new video emphasizing colorful companion plants.  And, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to show you some very cool cycads.  So, take the tour with them.  Click on LINK BELOW

JUNGLE MUSIC SPRING VIDEO TOUR - CLICK FOR COLOR, COMPANION PLANTS AND CYCADS

nURSERY COLOR


 

MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

PHILODENDRON SPECIES
UNUSUAL LEAF
CLIMBING PLANT

We have tropical plant enthusiasts who visit our nursery just to get unusual Philodendron.  This is a group of plants that come from tropical American areas (not within the U.S.)  What I'm showing here is such a plant.  You'll probably not find this plant being sold anywhere else.  This is because this was propagated from plant stock collected in the wild by a well known botanical garden.  It's not a commercial species.

It has unusually shaped large leaves and is an aggressive climber.  It can be attached to palm tree trunks, other tree trunks, fences or poles.  It likes filtered light and is cold hardy into the twenties F.  I'll show a few more of these unusual type plants below.
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species    
     
PHILODENDRON BIPENNIFOLIUM
HORSEHEAD OR FIDDLE LEAF PHILODENDRON
ANOTHER COOL CLIMBING SPECIES

This unusual species gets leaves up to 18 inches long with a light, somewhat limey green color.  They are quite unusually shaped leaves as shown here.  Compared to the last species, this plant has a longer, thinner leaf.  But, it also climbs easily up tree trunks.  This is how it lives in the wild.  We have most of this species in 2 gallon size.  You just plant them at the base of a palm trunk and up they go.  They attach themselves.  They like filtered light and can be grown in this area outdoors.  This species is hard to find at any nurseries.
Philodendron bipennifolium Philodendron bipennifolium
Philodendron bipennifolium Philodendron bipennifolium  
     
PHILODENDRON SPECIES
ANOTHER CLIMBER
WIDE, HEAVILY DIVIDED LEAVES

The striking thing about this species is it's wide, well-divided leaf with lots of lobed portions to the leaf.  It has a long petiole and is dark green in color.  It climbs up anything.  It is fairly quick growing and likes filtered light.  We have limited numbers of this species available.  Do not confuse this with the much more common "split leaf Philodendron".  This species you'll not find at many nurseries, if at all.  Our plants came from a botanical garden that got starts from habitat.
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species    
     
TRIANGULAR SHAPED PHILODENDRON
PECULIAR LEAF SHAPE
ALSO A CLIMBER

This is one of the more peculiar species we have.  I've never seen it before.  It appears to also be a climber.  The leaves are not large, about six to eight inches.  They have developed a triangular, heart shaped leaf.  Color is lime green.   We only have a few of these guys.
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species    
     
PHILODENDRON SPECIES
LARGER SPECIMEN
MEDIUM SIZED LEAVES

You'll probably note that this species is similar to Philodendron bipennifolium.  But, it's not the same.  Go above and then compare to this plant.  You'll see the upper lobes are different on this unknown species.  This is an old specimen with about fifty leaves on a pole.  Obviously, it's a climber as well and would like filtered light.  This would be a great interior or patio plant.
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species    
     
UNKNOWN AEROID SPECIES
THICK, LEATHERY LEAVES

This is another wild collected plant but we do not think this is a Philodendron.  It's some kind of aeroid, possibly an Anthurium.  It doesn't have the soft leaves of a Philodendron.  Rather they are thick, stiff and leathery.  It's also forming a brown trunk with aeroid leaves, not typical of a Philodendron.  Limited supplies.  My suspicion is that it'll attach to a trunk but not be an aggressive climbing plant.  It'll probably form blossoms of some sort.
Unknown aeroid Unknown aeroid
Unknown aeroid    
     
PHILODENDRON HYBRIDS
ALL SORTS OF ASSORTED COLORS
SHOWY BUT NOT AS COLD HARDY

We presently have some assorted Philodendron hybrids in red and black tones.  By "hybrid", I mean a plant that men have created to accentuate it's color or looks.  It is not a normal plant found in the wild.    I've found that, by hybridization, they'll lost some of the Philodendron toughness.  And, they don't take the cold as well.  But, they are showy and colorful.  Shown here are some assorted varieties.  They are called things like "Prince of Orange", "Midnight", "Black Prince" and other such catchy names that people will remember.
 
Philodendron hybrid Philodendron hybrid
Philodendron hybrid Philodendron hybrid Philodendron hybrid
Philodendron hybrid Philodendron hybrid  
     
TWO LONG LEAF PHILODENDRON SPECIES
THICK, LEATHERY LEAVES UP TO TWO FEET LONG

I'm showing you here two different species of Philodendron with long, narrow leaves that a thick and stiff.  Both are climbing species.  The last two photos show a species with a longer, more narrow leaf that the plant in the first three pictures.  You can see that both are climbers.  These thick leaf Philodendrons seem to be very hardy and easy to grow.  I suspect they are more cold tolerant.  We have limited numbers of both of these.
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species Philodendron species
     
PHILODENDRON CANNIFOLIUM
LARGE, ROSETTE FORMING SPECIES
THICK HUGE LEAVES
BULBOUS STEMS

This is a great species for the garden.  It does not climb or run.  Rather, it forms a tight cluster of leaves known as a rosette.  Leaves can get three feet long, are thick and firm and the leaf stems are bulbous, fat and fleshy.  Color is green to dark green.  This is one of my favorite species because its so easy to grow and just gets bigger.  It likes filtered light and takes temperatures into the mid-twenties F. The last picture shows this species in a garden.
Philodendron cannifolium Philodendron cannifolium
Philodendron cannifolium Philodendron cannifolium Philodendron cannifolium
Philodendron cannifolium Philodendron cannifolium  
     
BACHYPODIUM LAMEREI
THE "MADAGASCAR PALM"
SPINY TRUNK THAT CAN GET FAT
WHITE AND YELLOW BLOSSOMS

This slow growing spiny plant from Madagascar is, of course, not really a palm despite its common name.  It is slow growing and has a whole array of spines on its trunk.  If you looked at the leaves you'd not guess the trunk was spiny.  In the summer it throws white flowers with yellow throats.  This species likes full sun but doesn't take a hard freeze.  It requires minimal water.
Pachypodium lamerei Pachypodium lamerei
Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lamerei Pachypodium lamerei blossom Flikr
Photo of blossom, unknown author, Flikr
     
BLUE GINGER
VIOLET COLORED BLOSSOMS
THIN TRUNKS

This somewhat fragile Ginger does have reasonable cold hardiness and can be grown in the better climate areas in Southern California.  It has trunks 3/8 of an inch thick and gets to a height of about five feet.  It likes filtered light and has purple-blue blossoms as shown here.  The third photo shows blossom set at our nursery last year.  5g plants available, very limited numbers.
Blue ginger
photo c/o Hawaii education website
Blue ginger
Blue ginger Blue ginger  
     
HAEMANTHUS ALBIFLOS
GOLD COLORED PINCUSHION BLOSSOMS
THICK, FLESHY LEAVES

I've always considered this companion plant to be more known for its leaves than blossoms.  The leaves are like big fat tongues.  They are stiff.  In full sun, leaves are shorter and fat.  In shade, they extend and are thinner.  Blossom are tightly held on long stems and yellow-gold in color.  This is a drought tolerant plant but responds to water.  They multiply easily and are cool.
 
Haemanthus Haemanthus
Haemanthus Haemanthus  
     
ALOCASIA SPECIES
LARGE LEAVES
FILTERED LIGHT PLANT

Last month we got in some good sized Alocasia.  But, we are not sure which species they are.  These plants have three foot long leaves that are somewhat diamond shaped, strongly veined and pleated.  Trunks are bulbous.  Leaf color is green.  My suspicion is they'd prefer filtered light and be somewhat cold tolerant.
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species  

FOR MORE COLOR AND COMPANION PLANTS, GO TO YESTERDAY'S THREAD

 

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
NICE BOXED SPECIMEN
OUTDOOR GROWN IN SUN

Over the weekend we brought over this sun grown 24 inch boxed Dypsis lutescens from our growing grounds.  It has some nice trunk and is about nine or ten feet tall.  It's outdoor grown in sun and has seen weather in the mid-twenties F.   It is ready to be planted into someone's garden.  This is a suckering species that gets to about 15 to 18 feet at most in Southern California.  The last photo shows an old specimen at an apartment complex in Encinitas, CA
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 

SUNDAY, 15 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

OAK LEAF CROTON
FULL AND COLOR 15G SIZE
INSTANT GARDEN COLOR

We got in a handful of very colorful Croton of the "Oak Leaf" variety.  It's called this because of the shape of the leaves.  Colors are red, orange, dark green and yellow.  These plants were from a grower in Vista, CA who had them in a cold frame.  They've seen temperatures into the mid-twenties.  Planted, they'd like a bit of sun.  These are full and beautiful plants.  Very limited supply.
Oak Leaf Croton Oak Leaf Croton
Oak Leaf Croton Oak Leaf Croton Oak Leaf Croton
     
PAPAYA TREES
THREE FOOT JUVENILES
READY FOR THE GARDEN


These trees are ornamental but most would get one to grow the fruit.  This is the Hawaiian variety and gives yellow ripe fruit of about 8 inch size.  If you are in a better area and don't typically see a freeze, most likely you can grow these.  They want full sun and adequate water.  In our area, anticipate a tree height of about ten feet.  Fruits are yellow and form below the leaves.

Papaya Papaya
Papaya Papaya wikipedia commons
photo c/o Wikipedia Commons
 
     
RED & PINK TI PLANT
THREE FEET TALL!
NEW ARRIVALS

Yesterday we got in about six dozen gorgeous and full Ti plants.  I've told you how, during the year, Ti colors change from week to month or certainly from month to month.  New colors and varieties arrive continually.  The plants we just got in are of exceptional quality and size.  In the pot they come up to your abdomen.  Predominant colors are pink, red and green.  There are three to four per pot.  They prefer filtered light or AM sun.  Some have acclimated them to full sun.  These won't last long as customers will get ten at a time to give florid color to a garden area. 
Red and Pink Ti Red and Pink Ti
Red and Pink Ti Red and Pink Ti Red and Pink Ti
     
EPIDENDRON ORCHIDS
VIVID ORANGE COLOR
JUST COMING INTO BLOSSOM
HUGE, FULL 5G PLANTS

This terrestrial orchid is one of the easiest orchids to grow in the garden.  You just plant them into the ground.   Along the coast they'll take full sun but do well in part day sun or filtered light.  Light promotes blossoms.  These will give clusters of bright orange blossoms.  The last photo demonstrates how they look in the garden.  These 5g pots have about 20 stems and are just going into blossom.  Anticipate full blossoming in about a month.
Epidendron Orchid Orange Epidendron Orchid Orange
Epidendron Orchid Orange Epidendron Orchid Orange Epidendron Orchidboard Website
photo c/o Orchidboard Website
     
NEROGELIA BROMELIADS
LARGE CLUSTERING PLANTS
WILL FLUSH OUT RED


We got in a selection of oversized plants with many heads.  These are pretty large clusters.  In a little sun they'll flush out red colors and blotches of brightness.  Limited supply.
Nerogelia species Nerogelia species
Nerogelia species    
     
KAHILI HAWAIIAN GINGER
A TYPE OF HEDYCHIUM GINGER
SUMMER BLOOMERS
HUGE YELLOW, FRAGRANT FLOWERS


This has been probably our most popular type of ginger.  We sell quite a few of them because the blossoms are huge and super fragrant - better than a Gardenia.  We have available large, old 15g plants loaded with rhizomes to guarantee lots of flowers.  They will take full sun along the coast but most grow them in part day sun.  Cold tolerance into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.
Nerogelia species Kahili Ginger, Hedychium
Kahili Ginger, Hedychium Kahili Ginger, Hedychium Kahili Ginger, Hedychium
     
MAIDENHAIR FERNS
HUGE 5G PLANTS
SOFT, FLUFFY LEAVES


In the garden, this type of fern is not hard to grow as long as you follow two rules:  plant in filtered light and give it ample water.  You'll be rewarded with a full, deep green and soft plant.  They are super attractive.  The plants offered are very large 5g plants.  These also make a great interior plant or patio plant.
Maidenhair fern Maidenhair fern
Maidenhair fern    
     
RED CLUSTERING NEROGELIA
PRONOUNCED RED COLOR
LIKE SOME SUN, GOOD GROWER
JUST LANT THE POT IN THE GARDEN



Along the coast, this red clustering Nerogelia species tolerates full sun.  With sun, it develops the florid red color as shown here.  If you put it into shade, it turns green.  In inland areas, part day sun should work.   These plants are old clusters with five to ten heads of red.  Easy to grow.  But, my supplier is finally running out of them, so I don't know how much longer these plants will last.  Adding these to the garden can be as simple as just planting the pot 2/3 into the ground and hosing the plants with water every week to ten days.
red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia
red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia
     
RED THROAT NEROGELIA
MATURE PLANTS TURN FROM GREEN TO RED IN CENTER
NICE PLANTS FOR GARDEN

This green species changes over time to add a bright red throat to the inner part of the plant.  You'll note younger pups are still green.  This is another easy plant to add for color to the garden.  The red color is fire engine red.  Part day sun or strong filtered light works well for these guys.
Red Throat Nerogelia Red Throat Nerogelia
Red Throat Nerogelia Red Throat Nerogelia  
     
PHILODENDRON "XANADU-TYPE"
GREEN, LOW PROFILE COMPANION PLANT
FORMS SMALL CLUMPS, DOESN'T RUN

These plants appear to be similar to but not the same as the Xanadu form of Philodendron.  The leaves are different.  This plant wants filtered light, average water and is a good grower.  It's easy floor covering in the garden.  Also, it makes a great patio plant and can be grown indoors.  This is more of a rosette form of plant as opposed to a runner or climber.
Philodendron xanadu Red Throat Nerogelia
Red Throat Nerogelia    
     
PHILODENDRON RED CONGO
RED STEMS AND BACKS OF LEAVES
DARK BLACK-GREEN ABOVE
GREAT GARDEN PLANT

This easy to grow variety of Philodendron is also not a runner.  It forms a rosette for the garden floor and likes filtered light.  The last photo shows some older plants that have sold out but we have medium sized plants available.  These are super popular and also make a good patio plant.
Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo
Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo
     
HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
SHORT HEIGHT, RED & YELLOW BLOSSOMS
MOST COLD HARDY HELICONIA
EASY TO GROW


This is my number one seller of the Heliconia group.  This is because it's the most cold hardy.  Even if you get a hard freeze, plants usually pop back up in the spring.  Flowers are upright and red/yellow in color.  Overall height is about seven feet.  They take coastal sun or part day sun.  Be aware that my supplier of rhizomes has health problems and supply may cease soon.  5g size available now.  Blossoms occur in summer and are long lived.
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
Photo c/o TS at RPS
Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana

   

 

SATURDAY, 14 FEBRUARY, 2015

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

Flowering Anthurium are low profile plants that rarely get over 18 inches tall.  They like filtered light and have a surprisingly long flowering season.  In fact, some will continue to put out flowers until fall.  Flower sizes vary from about 2 inches up to 4 inches across.  An individual flower may last well over a month.  Plants are also quite durable with thick, prominently veined leaves.
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower Anthurium in Flower
     
COLEUS, LOTS OF COLORS
LARGE, FULL PLANTS

Coleus is a type of plant that will get quite big and full.  They can grow in partial sun but filtered light enhances their colors.  They need a bit of trimming of ends of stems to keep them from getting too large.   These plants are already two by two feet in size.  Blossoms should be pinched off as well.  Colors are stunning.  They are a bit cold sensitive but with some protection, many folks get them to winter over.  They make a stunning plant for a patio container. 
Coleus Coleus
Coleus Coleus Coleus
     
COLORFUL GERANIUMS
FANCY HYBRID PLANTS
NOT THE ONES YOU MOM USED TO GROW!

Geraniums will take more sun than most of the other plants here.  The ones shown now are fancy hybrids with large, two-toned flowers.  And, the flowers are huge for this species.  They are just starting their blooming cycle now.  Geranium are reasonably cold hardy.  We hope to continually be getting in new exciting colors. 
 
Geranium Geranium
Geranium Geranium  
     
PINSTRIPE GINGER
DWARF SPECIES NOT OVER THREE FEET TALL
THIN WHITE STRIPES ON GREEN LEAVES
RED AND WHITE UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS

We've been carrying the Pinstripe Ginger for about a year.  People love that it's a dwarf species, will take some sun and has really attractive foliage.  Blossoms are medium size, upright, white in color with red throats as shown here.  We've usually carried 15g size but can now offer 5g plants as shown here.  Filtered light is best for these plants.
Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger
Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger Pinstripe Ginger care of SouthEastGarden Website
photo c/o Southeastgarden Website
     
KALANCHOE, ASSORTED TYPES
MANY COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
THICK GREEN LEAVES

Kalanchoe are a type of tropical succulent with florid blossoms of many colors of the rainbow.  Flowers are long lived.  Plants are usually about 2 feet tall at maturity and like filtered light.  Surprisingly, the leaves are remarkably thick and fleshy.  The plants we have in a good sized for what's on the market.  We'll be getting in new colors every few weeks.
Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors
Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors Kalanchoe, assorted colors
Kalanchoe, assorted colors    
     
CALENDIVA
JUST COMING INTO FLOWER
LARGE FLOWERS IN RED, PINK AND WHITE
FABULOUS PLANTS

These plants are similar to Kalanchoe but have bigger, more impressive flowers.  They have similar thick, succulent like fleshy green leaves.  They like filtered light and don't get too big.  These plants are good size and just in buds now.  You can see they are about to open and will be in full flower in a week or two. 
Calendiva Calendiva
     
Calendiva Calendiva Calendiva from Bunnings.com AU
Photo c/o Bunnings Website, AU
     
CROTONS
COLORFUL RED, BLACK GREEN AND YELLOW
MAKE LARGER PLANTS
WILL TAKE SOME SUN

Crotons are a tropical and colorful plants that will, over time, get some size.  They tolerate part day sun here and full sun in the tropics.  Colors are stunning.  They are not super cold hardy but often winter over for folks.  One may need to prune them to maintain a smaller size.  We get in various types over the season.  
Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton
     
FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
LARGE 5G PLANTS
VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND

This unique species of tropical tree is known for it's huge leaves that are pleated, reach up to three feet long and have red veins.  It is one of the most collectible trees in the world.  It is very difficult to propagate and rarely seen for sale.  The plants we have now came from a special propagating company and will be gone quickly.  And, you can save.  Google this plant, look at it and you'll "have to have one".  I've got one 15 feet tall in my garden. It's survived San Diego weather for three decades.  Although not inexpensive, it's a "must have" species.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
VARIEGATE DWARF GINGER
NEW SPECIES FOR US
SUPER ATTRACTIVE AND SHORT

This is a new Ginger variety for us.  We've not had it before.  I've been told it makes a smaller plant for strong filtered light and has upright blossoms.  The variegated pattern is quite attractive.  Otherwise, I can't say a lot about it.  Limited availability. 
Variegate Dwarf Ginger Variegate Dwarf Ginger
Variegate Dwarf Ginger Variegate Dwarf Ginger  
     
BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
GETS FOUR FEET TALL

This species of fern never gets over four to five feet tall.  It likes filtered light and plenty of water.  But, it's super cute appearing and very popular.  Some may know of it as a "Silver Fern".  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  Leaves are 2 to 2.5 feet long.  The plants we have are high quality 5g plants. 

 
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  
ALOE BLUE ELF
SMALL SUCCULENT IN FLOWER
NICE 2G PLANTS
SMALL, COMPACT -  FULL SUN

This smaller succulent is from South Africa, reaches 18 inches in height and has an orange-red flower as shown here.  Plants like full sun and heat and are tolerant of cold down to about 20 degrees F.  They have just gone into flower now.  This would be a good species next to a pathway or garden border near people.  It's very attractive.  Foliage is blue.
Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf
Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf Aloe blue elf
LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES
YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER

This is an interesting plant we propagate ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  They form small clusters of shiny green leaf plants that don't get over 18 inches.  Flowers come in the fall are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water.  Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It's a good "indicator plant" for how well you are watering the garden.  They'll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  Available 1g, 2g and some 5g plants.
Ligularia  Ligularia 
Ligularia  Ligularia  Ligularia auburn.edu website
 Ligularia auburn.edu website
     
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL

Customers often shy away from the Elephant Ear Alocasia because of their potential size.  There is even one species that gets super tall and almost takes over the garden.  But, what I'm showing you here is a true dwarf with plants that never get much above your knees.  The leaves are a foot wide and color is green.  They are an ideal plant where you want a low profile companion plant to cover the garden floor.

This species can take full coastal sun or part day sun and filtered light in all areas.  They do like and respond to water.  We sell a ton of these but do have limited supplies.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
     
CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

I am not really a fruit tree grower and don't pretend to be an expert on this subject.  But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.

Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
     
AGAVE ATTENUATA
SEMI-MINIATURE SUCCULENT
BLUE GREEN COLOR

This species gets a mature height of about six feet.  They have thick, fleshy leaves without any spines.  Trunks get to about 3 inches thick.  They can sucker from the base.  They like full sun and have a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  We have 5g and 15g available.
 
Agave attenuata  Agave attenuata 
Agave attenuata    

 

FRIDAY, 13 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLOND FLAMETHROWER PALM
SEVERAL NICE 25G AVAILABLE

This palm is native to the mountains in New Caledonia.  It is known for the yellow color of the crown shaft.  Otherwise, it is very similar to Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Some taxonomists feel that it's a variety of macrocarpa, but enthusiasts like to consider it separate as it morphologically looks different.  The crown shaft, even when younger, takes on the tan-yellow color as shown.  When I first say mature specimens of this palm, I said to myself "that's the one I like".  Most real enthusiasts will get both this palm and the green crown shafted macrocarpa.

I've heard people say it doesn't throw a red leaf.  This is not true.  The picture below was taken in the inland valley area of Los Angeles and is intensely red.  This leaf opened into full sun in a private garden.  Mature height is probably in the twenty-five foot area.  Cold tolerance is about 23 degrees.  Although we have very limited stock, we do have the nice 25g available as shown in the first photos.

Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Photo by DL, inland Los Angeles area
Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

BUTIA ERIOSPATHA
DOWN TO JUST A FEW
2G AND 5G SIZE

For years I've been offering this green species of Butia.  The photo below shows its mature appearance.  It is probably the most tropical appearing of the Butia genus.  It is also quite cold hardy.  Unfortunately, our inventory of this species is almost gone.  If you've been thinking of getting one, act now or we'll be totally out of this species.  The plant shown is a 2g.
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha  

 

DIOON MEROLAE
RARE, SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 25% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

This slow growing species is native to Chiapas, Mexico where it grows on mountain ranges.  There it tolerates full sun although many have grown this plant in part day sun.  It enjoys heat and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  25 degrees at our nursery didn't harm this species in any way.  If it is in full shade its growth is stalled.  In desert areas, a few hours of sun is adequate.

We probably have one of the best selections of this species in the country with availability ranging from band size to specimens of a hundred years age or more.  This is a slow growing species.  But, if you have a few centuries to wait, it can put on over ten feet of trunk.  The trunk is surprisingly narrow for its height.  I'd estimate a foot diameter is average.  Leaf length is three to four feet.  Leaflet color is green to gray-green and are somewhat curved, reminiscent of the wings of a seagull.  Leaflets are crowded and overlap.  Leaflets also are also minimally spined, especially when young.

We're offering a great 10 day special.

TEN DAYS: 25% OFF ANY DIOON MEROLAE, ANY SIZE

But, you must mention this special to get this discount.  It's a Blog Only Special.   We have a vast assortment of sizes.  Also, sexed, mature pairs available for those who wish to set seeds some day.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
caudex of 100 year old plant
     
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Est. 1000 year old specimen in habitat
Photo by JO
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
female cone on mature plant
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
SUPER RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE PLANTS

This species is native to the Ituri Forest in the Congo in Central Africa.  It is extremely rare to see it offered for sale.  This cycad would not be as cold hardy as plants further south in South Africa.  But, it should take weather into the mid-twenties F.  E. ituriensis is known for its long, upright leaves reaching well over twelve to fourteen feet tall.  It towers over E. whitelockii in terms of length.  Leaflets are armed and narrow.  The plants on special are three to four years old and carrying about four leaves.  BTW, if you search the Net for photos of this species, they are essentially nonexistent.  This is because of political instability of the area, remote native location and the risk of Ebola infection.  Certainly this has hampered availability of this species worldwide.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS/THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

Just mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis  

 

TUESDAY, 10 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

DIOON SONORENSE
MEXICAN CYCAD FROM SONORA
THIN LEAFLETS, BLUE GREEN COLOR
LIMITED NUMBERS CIT POT AVAILABLE.

About thirty years ago, the Dioon species "tomasellii" was divided into two species:  Dioon sonorense and D. tomasellii.  If you were to examine these two species side by side, there'd be no mistake in telling the two apart.  But, back then, the plant I'm showing you presently was called "Dioon tomasellii variety sonorense". 

It is native to the Sonora area of northern Mexico.  There it lives in hot desert-type sun.  It has a blue-green leaf color.  Some varieties are more blue than others.  The leaves are flat with the leaflets coming out at a 90 degree angle.  Leaflets are very thin as shown below and they do not overlap.  Trunks do not get that large.  I've seen some with two, maybe three feet of height.  Trunks do sucker.  This species loves hot sun.  It's cold hardy into the upper teens F.

We have a very limited number of citrus pot size plants for sale.  These are extremely hard to find on the market.  They can be shipped.
Dioon sonorense  Dioon sonorense
 Dioon sonorense  Dioon sonorense  Dioon sonorense
photo by J.S.
Dioon sonorense Dioon sonorense Dioon sonorense

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
PECULIAR FORM WITH TWISTED LEAFLETS
YOU'VE PROBABLY NOT SEEN THIS BEFORE

Encephalartos altensteinii is a South African green cycad of medium to large size that is known for the absence of prickles or spines on the lower leaf stems.  It is an aggressive grower that likes full sun along the coast and has good cold tolerance.  We've shown this species before. 

The plant I'm showing you presently is quite different.  For several throws it has had a unique twisting to the leaflets - like a corkscrew.  We've had one other plant of this species do this.  They twist on their axis in the terminal leaflet.  Also, this plant might have slightly more keeled leaves than a "normal" plant.  This plant has a 10 inch caudex and is in a 25g pot.  It is, of course, for sale.  The last photos show leaflets of "normal appearing" E. altensteinii. 
Encephalartos altensteinii twisted leaflets Encephalartos altensteinii twisted leaflets
Encephalartos altensteinii twisted leaflets Encephalartos altensteinii twisted leaflets Encephalartos altensteinii twisted leaflets
Encephalartos altensteinii twisted leaflets Encephalartos altensteinii twisted leaflets Encephalartos altensteinii twisted leaflets
Below: 3 photos of normal leaflets this species    
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS: TWO DISTINCT FORMS

If you are a cycad enthusiast, I am quite sure you know this species.  You also know that there is variability in this species.  Most people think this variability is in the leaflets.  Well, that is true.  Some are blue, some are green.  Some are very prickly with prominent lobes.  Others have no prickles and the leaflet edges are smooth and unarmed.

But, there is another aspect of variability you may have not noticed.  The two plants below are both mature, coning sized specimens.  They demonstrate this other interesting difference - flat leaf or keeled leaf.  Cycad enthusiasts can get quite excited about different things they observe on species.  This is one of those things.  Once you've read this, go look at your plants in the garden with this new viewpoint. 

One more point.  A friend of mine, an avid cycad enthusiast who's now passed away - Hubert Monmonier - made a point of collecting a large number of Encephalartos horridus.  He'd say to you when you visited his garden, "look at the horridus" and then wait for your response.  You'd look at several dozen plants, all mature.  And, you'd soon notice that no two were the same.  It was like looking at kids; they are all different.  Then Hubert would smile and tell you that's why he had so many.  Don't fall into the trap of thinking all plants of one species are identical.  They simply are not.
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
MINIMALLY KEELED LEAF
MORE TYPICAL FORM THIS SPECIES

The plant shown here has a leaf that has minimal keel.  The term "keel" implies that the appearance is like the "keel of a boat".  On this plant, note that the leaf is almost flat when looked at from the end or considering the cross section of the leaf.  The second photo shows how the leaflets lay out nearly flat with their surface pointing upwards.  It is more common to see this type of leaf on this species.  This plant has a nine inch caduex and is in a 24 inch box.  Color, as expected, is a nice blue.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
     
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
PLANT WITH STRONGLY KEELED LEAVES
LEAFLETS UPRIGHT, ALMOST TOUCHING SIDE TO SIDE

Comparing this plant to the E. trispinosus above, it is quite easy to see how these leaflets are held in an upright fashion, strongly keeled.  At some points it's as if they might touch their partners on the other side of the leaf.  The leaflets point straight up.  Leaves are also quite curved downward toward the end.  This leaf form, in my experience, is more rare than the one above.  Leaves are blue of course.  Caudex size of this plant is also nine inches.  The last photo shows a male cone.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus  

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
COMPACT PLANT WITH NO SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE PLANTS


This popular dwarf cycad is from Mexico and rarely gets over four feet tall.  Plants do cluster and form low profile clumps.  Stems can get typically to about 12 inches although taller stems are seen in the wild.  Leaves are almost always under 36 inches long.  Leaflets are wide, short and have no spines or armor.  This is a very user friendly plant.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and needs filtered light in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F, perhaps a bit lower. 

We're offering here 3 gallon plants.  They are older, full plants for their size.  These can easily be shipped right in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
RARE DWARF MEXICAN ZAMIA (CYCAD)
ONLY A FEW LEFT
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. 
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga  

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
RARE DWARF AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


Enthusiasts love this species for a lot of reasons.  It is small, never over about four feet tall.  It is also quick growing with attractive fern like leaves.  It also tolerates filtered light or coastal sun and is easy to "sneak into" that small open area on the garden floor.  We are offering citrus pot plants at an excellent price.  This species is CITES protected and endangered in the wild.  Mature leaf length is three feet.  This species is easy to cone and you might want to consider getting a male and female plant so you can help conserve this great species.  If available, I can select sexes for you..

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

Very limited supplies on this rare species.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  U.S. shipments only, weather permitting.  But, you can buy now, save and we hold plants for better weather for free.
sTANGERIA ERIOPUS sTANGERIA
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus  

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
EXOTIC FISHTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This tropical appearing Fishtail Palm is native to northern Thailand.  It is fast growing and gets a very thick base.  Overall height is about 35 feet.  Cold tolerance is typically into the low 20's F., perhaps a bit lower.  It is not as cold hardy as Caryota urens, but close.  Leaves are long and wide, sometimes up to fourteen feet long.  It is a monocarpic species and lives about fifteen years..  We are offering nice 15g plants on special.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.
cARYOTA GIGAS cARYOTA GIGAS

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON
AND 15G SIZE!


This species is a nice companion plant and can get almost big enough to be a stand alone specimen.  It is native to Mexico and has a stem with long, narrow and pointed leaves.  They extend out four to five feet and, when mature, the plant looks like a green pom  pom (the things that cheerleaders hold).  This species likes full hot sun and can be grown in desert environments.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.

I am offering two sizes on special.  Both are shippable to anywhere within the U.S.  The 15g are of particular nice, large size.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40 THIS SIZE
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $250 (10 YRS. OLD)
SALE PRICE 15G SIZE $165


Mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Dasylirion longissimum
5 gallon size
Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion l.
15g size
 

 

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

This medium to tall, blue leafed and popular fan palm is from southern Madagascar and sought out by many enthusiasts.  It is quite easy to grow as long as you are careful with the roots.  It loves sun, can take cold down to about 22 degrees and tolerates desert sun.  Eventual height should be over 30 feet.  We have a good supply of nice 15 gallon plants as shown but some day they'll all be gone.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
LARGE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Compared to the miniature tree fern which I've shown far below, this one is very large.  In habitat it can reach heights of 40 feet.  It also has a wide crown with leaves up to eight feet. Trunk diameter can be six to eight inches.  It likes lots of water and is also somewhat cold hardy; it grows well in the SF Bay area.  It is a medium rate growing plant and needs filtered light but sometimes takes full sun right on the coast.

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get the discounted price.
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern  
     
TASMANIAN TREE FERN
MEDIUM SIZED TREE FERN
NICE 5G AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

This medium sized tree fern gets up to a height of about fifteen feet.  The trunk is more narrow, typically about four inches.  And, the crown is smaller as well.  It is slow growing.  The botanical name is Dicksonia Antarctica.  To look good, it also likes lots of water and prefers filtered light.  Some coastal areas get away with full sun. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern  

 

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 $45

Blog only price.  Mention this special when ordering to get this price.  My supply of these is diminishing as many people order these mail order for colder areas.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

MONDAY, 9 FEBRUARY, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
LARGE GREEN SOUTH ARICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED BAND PLANTS

This species is native to South Africa.  It makes a medium to large plant with a thick trunk and 6 to 7 foot long leaves.  Cones are yellow or orange and growth is quick.  They want full sun in most areas and are cold hardy to the low 20's F.  This is a great starter plant for someone who wants to grow cycads.  This size would be quite easy to ship, weather permitting.  We can hold plants if needed for warmer weather.  No problem with this.  The plants on special are not brand new seedlings but rather 2 to 3 year old plants with four to five leaves. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

Just mention this Blog Only Special to receive this price.  It expires in 10 days.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
A larger nursery specimen (not on special)
Encephalartos altensteinii

 

COLORFUL NEROGELIA BROMELIAD
LOTS OF RED & SPECKLED
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE CLUSTERING PLANTS

If you have followed our Blog, you know that I love showing you cool, different and colorful Bromeliads.  We routinely get them in.  Nerogelia are some of my favorites because they add colors to the garden, even in filtered light.  The plants on special here show are a really nice batch of larger, suckering plants that show great red color and prominent speckling.  The last photo shows the larger baby suckers that are coming.  These will be a large cluster in no time.

They'd like filtered light and are cold hardy into the mid twenties, perhaps lower.  They are an ideal companion plant.


REGULAR PRICE THIS BATCH & SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

Just mention the Special to get your discount.  Easy to ship weather permitting.
Suckering Nerogelia red speckled Nerogelia bromeliad
Suckering Nerogelia red speckled Suckering Nerogelia red speckled Suckering Nerogelia red speckled

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICEA
RARE TYPE OF KING PALM
SWOLLEN BASE, GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 1G PLANTS

This is one of the more sought after of the King Palm Family because it gets a swollen base and has step-off notches on the trunk rings.  It gets to about 35 feet and in most areas takes full sun.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  The plants on special are very nice 1g plants about 18 - 24 inches tall.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Just mention the Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix beatricea Archoontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea

 

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

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

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK, FLUFFY CROWN
QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G MULTI'S

We've found this species looks its best when grown as several plants in the same pot. The special here is for 1g plants with three or four plants in each pot.  They are 12 to 16 inches tall.  This is a fast growing species that'll take full sun along the coast.  It's from Central America and can be grown inside the home.

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

That's cheaper than our band size yet larger!  You know - mention this Special to get this price.
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
15g size, not on this special
 

 

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY, 2015

 

REPOTTING LARGE ENCEPHALARTOS CYCADS
TRANSPLANTING 15G CYCADS INTO 24 INCH BOXES
IS IT ALL ABOUT JUST THE CAUDEX SIZE?
WHAT ABOUT ROOT DEVELOPMENT?

There are three sections below.  The first two show the transplanting of two Encephalartos from 15g pots into 24 inch boxes.  You can view how it's done.  The third section discusses under-developed roots, the importance of cycad roots and cycads with problems.  But, with this post, I am trying to emphasize the importance of a cycad's roots. 

REPOTTING CYCADS INTO A LARGER CONTAINER

Both of the plants being repotted and shown here have very well developed root systems. They were in their containers for about ten years.  The root ball slides out of the 15g easily and they are easy to work with.  Photos below show swirling of the roots at the bottom of the pot.  It's not very difficult to repot such a cycad when it has good roots.  If it doesn't have extensive roots, the root ball falls apart when removing the plant.  This tears off some of the roots.  With such a plant, you have to "suspend it in air" into the pot and carefully add soil around the roots you have.  When there's a great root ball, you merely place it into the pot and add your soil.  I'm only demonstrating repotting with plants with good root sections today.  Photos below show what we do hundreds of times every year on large (or small) cycads.

THE CYCAD A NURSERY IS SELLING YOU

A nursery can sell cycads either as seed grown or as a rooted offset.  When the nursery obtains new offsets, they are put into pumice or cycad soil.  It literally takes five to ten years to develop what I'd consider a good root system.  The first year after potting them up as a new offset (sucker) they'll have about six inches of roots.  It's not a strong plant at this point.  It takes five years for roots to get to the bottom of the pot.  After that the roots expand, branch and swirl at the bottom.  If possible, this is the type of cycad you want to buy - one with good roots.  Deceiving the customer, cycad caudexes can throw leaves even without roots.  By just looking at the plant, you'd most likely be naive and not note the lack of roots as everything else looks good.  You see the caudex - you see the leaves.  All is good, right?  Well, not really.  It might not be a good purchase compared to a similar sized plant with excellent roots.  And, a nursery may not tell you this.  When we get new offsets that have minimal roots and are "rooting out", we tell customers this.  And, we charge less for these plants.  A plant with a ten inch caduex rooted out ten years ago is not the same as a ten inch plant we stuck in pumice 3 months ago.  But, some nurseries want you to think that a "rooting caudex" is just the same as an established plant and has the same value.  This is not true!!!

THE IMPORTANCE OF CYCAD ROOTS

As I mentioned above, development of a full set of roots on a cycad offset can take easily five to ten years.  A nursery wants to sell their plants.  So, you'll see "Encephalartos, six inches, price" advertised to their customer.  Customers think "it's all about cycad caudex size only".  This is drummed into them.  Well, it's not all about the caudex size.  A four inch plant with excellent roots will outgrow an eight inch plant with few roots.  Root development and the state of the roots is critical.  And, you'd expect to pay more for such a plant as the nursery took five to ten years to develop it for you.

Cycads typically die from the bottom up.  I.e., they die from the roots up.  The last thing to show you there's trouble is the leaf crown.  Younger and fragile roots (or non-existent roots) are more likely to fail.  If you transplant an offset that has minimal roots, it may die on you.  And, if you only consider caudex size and the presence of leaves, you can be severely fooled.  A cuadex has an inherent amount of stored energy.  A new offset may spend that energy producing new leaves.  Now, the energy of that offset is nearly depleted and the caudex may fail and die.  It's far more preferable for the offset to develop roots first - then throw leaves later.  On many Encephalartos, development of leaves before roots is a death sentence to the plant.  Cycad roots sustain the plant.  Leaves provide a means of chlorophyll through photosynthesis to develop energy to form roots.   But, the long term survival of the plant is totally dependent on the roots.  And, so is the appearance of future leaves and overall health of the plant.  Probably the worst purchase you can make is a cycad with leaves and no roots.  That is, unless you got a great discount and you're sure you can root it out.  But, in any case, it is not "garden ready".

IS IT JUST THE CAUDEX SIZE OF A CYCAD THAT'S IMPORTANT?

About six months ago a potential customer contacted me. He wanted a big Encephalartos transvenosus.  I had one about 8 to 10 inches in size with a full complement of roots.  It was gorgeous with about 20 leaves and roots coming out the bottom of the pot.  I told this customer about this plant and its price.  He told me that "..... would sell one this size for 30% less".  I tried to explain the merits of the plant we had and he said "it's all about the ball".   That was the last I ever heard from him.  Well, not only is he a novice with little knowledge about cycads, but he also will purchase plants that perform slowly, poorly or don't live. 

When you buy a big cycad, ask questions.  "How long has it been in this container?"  Or, "When was it removed from the mother plant?"  Or, "Have you inspected the root system?"  Feel the caudex.  Does it wobble or move?  Can you see roots.  Explore with your finger looking for roots.  Are roots coming out the bottom of the pot?  Tilt the container, look for roots.  All these things help.  Remember, "It's NOT all about the ball".
KEY POINTS OF THREAD:

When a cycad has excelent roots, repotting it is easier and usually without problems.

Cycads with little or weak roots can experience root tear when being repotted

Potting soil falls away from the roots when the root system of a cycad is not well developed. 

When you purchase a plant, try to select a plant that has good roots

Roots can be evaluated by feeling the firmness of the caudex, inspecting below the surface for roots or observing roots coming out the bottom of the container

Caudex size is less important than the roots in terms of future growth and health of the plant

An average offset takes one to two years to show some roots.  Adequate rooting takes five years in a pot.  Full rooting takes five to ten years.

A cycad offset that throws leaves before making roots often dies.  This should set off an "alarm"

Cycads die from "the bottom up" with root problems being the number one cause of death to previously healthy plants

You cannot easily see root problems through casual observation above the ground.

The right plant to purchase should have good roots unless you are an experienced grower

It's not "the size of the ball".  Other things are probably more important (see text)

An unexplained collapse of leaves is usually due to root problems and is often fatal

Trunk softness or mushiness is a very bad sign.  Prior to this there was probably root problems that were not noticed.

Find a nursery that is honest when selling their cycads and that will show you roots on request.

Nurseries tend not to devulge information on when a caudex was harvested or put into a container to root out.  Such nurseries tend to be vague, saying "last year" or "a while back"

Rotten roots are soft, dark in color and slimmy or can contain empty cavities

When replanting a cycad, always measure the height of the root ball so you no how much soil to add to the new container.

Cycads with healthy and full roots usually do not miss a beat when being repotted and no leaf trimming is needed.

Macrozamia roots out bottom
roots coming out the bottom of a pot

 

REPOTTING A 10-12 INCH CAUDEX
ENCEPHALARTOS NATELENSIS
FROM A 15G INTO A 24 INCH BOX

1.  You can see the healthy plant in the 15g pot.  It appears to be totally rooted and "locked in".
2.  Remove it from its container.  Plants with great roots slide out easily.
3.  Measure the height of the root ball.
4.  Add soil to the bottom of the new container so, with the root ball height you measured, you have the right final soil line/height.  Leave room for watering.
5.  Carefully place into the larger pot the root ball and hold it erect, straight up.  Make sure it's not "leaning".
6.  Add the new cycad soil in portions, compressing each time.  Top it off and compress again.  Make sure the pot will hold water or you're too high.
7.  Compact all the soil and water thoroughly.
8.  Admire your finish product.
Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad
Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad
Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad
Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad
     
REPOTTING AN 8 TO 10 INCH
ENCEPHALARTOS WHIELOCKII
IN A 15G CONTAINER TO A 24 INCH BOX

The procedure and sequence here is just the same as the last plant.  I'm trying to show lots of photos here to demonstrate what a good and healthy cycad root ball looks like.  Note the roots swirling at the base.  This takes time.  This makes the plant more valuable.  It's not just caudex size. 

We like to think that our cycads are some of the best available on the market.  Since we've been growing cycads for almost 40 years, you know we have old specimens that are well rooted.  Please come by and we'll share them with you.  We repot hundreds of cycads like those shown here every year.
Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad
Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad
transplanting a large cycad Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad
Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad
     
CYCADS DIE FROM THE BOTTOM UP
ROOT ROT LEADS TO CAUDEX ROT
AND FINALLY YOU GET LEAF DEATH


Remember that cycads die from the roots up.  The first three photos show a plant that appeared to be doing great. Then, one day the leaves all died quickly.  They got brown and easily pulled  away from the trunk.  Further inspection showed caudex rot; it was hollowed out as shown.  And, below that and the cause of it all was root rot.  I don't know what happened to the roots.  But, long before we saw anything wrong with the plants, the roots were probably already dead and shot.
Cycad Problems
What one sees here is an Encephalartos
with leaves that are dying.
Cycad Problems
Further inspection shows the caudex is soft
Cycad Problems
Further inspection shows that this
cycad is dead.  The caudex is rotted.
   
     
A CYCAD CAN LEAF OUT BEFORE IT ROOTS
YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE
BUT, THIS PLANT IS IN TROUBLE

The two photos here show an Encephalartos that has nice leaves and looks pretty good.   Correct?   To the customer with no experience, he might purchase such a plant.  But, this caudex threw leaves before it established roots.  We'd never sell such a plant unless it snuck by us.  This would be a risky purchase for a customer.  This is because this plant may succumb before it establishes roots.  Roots are important.  You want roots before leaves.  Nice ball huh?  Sure.   That's surely NOT.
Cycad Problems Cycad Problems
     
CYCAD CAUDEX WITH NO ROOTS IN ONE YEAR

We inspected this 7 inch caudex for roots one year after putting it into pumice.  It still has no roots.  But, the caudex is firm and hard.  This plant still will probably do just fine.  I've seen cycad trunks take up to three years to root out and eventually do just fine.  And, it's a blessing that this particular plant hasn't thrown leaves to "help itself out"
Cycad Problems  
     
BIG CYCAD PROBLEMS
THINK IT'S JUST ABOUT THE CAUDEX?
THINK AGAIN

Here's two examples of cycads sold by other nurseries where we helped revive the owner's plants.  A customer would not know the difference.  Both plants were destined to die.  One plant didn't even have one root but had a full head of blue leaves.  Don't ever be a sucker and buy something like this.  We treated these two plants and both eventually and slowly recovered.
Cycad Problems
This is a cycad someone bought from
another nursery.  It had severe root
rot that would have surely killed the
plant.  We dissected it for the customer
and hopefully it'll do fine.
Cycad Problems
This is an Encephalartos that was
actually sold by someone else.  It had absolutely
no roots but had full leafed as shown here.  We

had to offer help and repair the rot that had
set in and we successfully did bring it back to
life.  Note, from the caudex  up with its leaves,
all looks good.  Not so!  It is NOT all about the ball.
     
A WELL ROOTED CYCAD
EXAMPLES TO SHOW YOU HOW TO SPOT WELL ROOTED CYCAD

Three of the four pictures to the right show roots coming out the bottom of the pot, pots torn by roots growing and on five gallon pot that literally exploded because of massive roots.  Obviously that last one was allowed to go too far.  The third picture shows a huge plant for it's pot.  You'd assume the roots are good because it looks so robust.  That proved to be the case.  The fourth photo shows the great root ball when we repotted it.
well rooted cycad
Roots coming out the bottom
well rooted cycad
Roots so big they burst the container
well rooted cycad
A plant that is super robust
well rooted cycad
Well rooted root ball that holds together

A pot that exploded from root pressure
     
SUMMARY
REPOTTING OF CYCADS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD ROOT SYSTEM

I've certainly drilled in my feelings about someone who thinks that cycad purchases are "all about the ball".  Cycads are not inexpensive plants.  And, enthusiasts become quite attached to them.  If one of their cycad dies, it hurts.  A newer nursery has to sell what it has.  It might not have the time or manpower to develop good roots on a cycad.  So, they sell it anyway, hoping no one knows the difference and the plant does come through.  Many times this is not the case.  As I mentioned before, a smaller cycad with good roots will outgrow a larger plant with poor (or no) roots.  Be smart and think about the cycad's roots.  REMEMBER, IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE BALL!  If not, there's the caveat to remember - "Buyer Beware!"  We'd hope that you'd visit us and see the quality of our plants.  Inspect our plants.  And, if you are a mail order customer, we'll be honest about the roots and overall condition of the plant.  Also, we can send any photos you want.  If we are selling offsets that need rooting, we'll tell you so.  And finally, as you can see, a plant with great roots is a cinch to repot.

 

SATURDAY, 7 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

KAHILI GINGER
HEDYCHIUM GARDNERIANUM
SUPER FRAGRANT BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This is my favorite ginger.  I say this because the blossoms are super fragrant, better than a Gardenia.  They are huge blossoms as shown here.  And, one plant can put out five or six of them all at once.  Although short lived, these blossoms are yellow with red highlights.  They like filtered light or coastal sun and are quite cold tolerant.  They may die back in winter if you get very cold, but because of their tubers, jump out in spring. Remember that this species is native to the Himalayas and Nepal, where it sees plenty of cold weather.  Height is about six to maximum eight feet.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

These are older established plants with lots of rhizomes.  They'll blossom this summer.  But, to get your discount, you must mention this Blog Only Special. 
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger
Kahili Ginger
c/o Australian Govt. Website
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
REUNION ISLAND PALM
RED STEM, DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
SUN LOVING, NEVER TOO TALL

This interesting palm species is quite satisfying to grow if you follow a few basic rules.  Here in Southern California along the coast, you must grow it in full sun.  If you don't, you'll probably get rot and loss of the tree.  The other thing is to make sure it doesn't see temperatures below about 25 degrees.  Otherwise, it's fairly quack growing.  There is a green and red version of this species although both look quite similar when mature.

Figure that eventual height will be no more than twenty to twenty five feet.  If you live in an a hot inland area, you may consider half day sun.  Shown here are first some 5g plants which are very nice.  Also shown are 15g and boxed plants.  Although limited, our selection on this species is pretty good right now.
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica
15g plant at the nursery
Hyophorbe indica
Older boxed plant at the nursery
Hyophorbe indica
Close up picture of trunk of last plant
Hyophorbe indica PACSOA
Photo c/o PACSOA
Hyophorbe indica care of RPS
Photo c/o TS at RPS
Hyophorbe indica

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
NORFOLK ISLAND PALM
FROM NEW ZEALAND
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This very desirable species from New Zealand is medium size when mature, rarely over 25 feet tall.  It has a somewhat bulging crown shaft but not as fat as Rhopalostylis sapida.  There is an easy way to tell the two apart.  The Norfolk Palm has a red-brown color to the leaf stems and the leaves curve downward when mature.  These arching leaves are different than the stiff, upright leaves of R. sapida.  The latter has a gray color to the leaf stems.

I like it in part day sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, perhaps a bit lower.  The first three photos shown are of the 1g which I'm putting on special.  We do have an assortment of sizes available.  Of note since the originally posting of this special, the 1g size sold out.  So, we're offering nice bands on sale for the remainder of the ten days.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $30 -SOLD OUT
OFFERING BAND SIZE FOR $25, SEE PHOTO BELOW. 
REGULARLY $35

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get your discount.
Rhopalostylis baueri
This and next 2 pictures of the 5 gal size
Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri band
This is the band size now on sale
Rhopalostylis baueri
25 gallon size at nursery, not on sale
Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri
Photo showing characteristic brown color
to the petiole (leaf stem)
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Growing in filtered light in Encinitas, CA

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
CLEAN, EMERALD GREEN CROWN SHAFT
FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We have a limited selection of this desirable form of King Palm which is known for its clean, emerald green crown shaft and more tropical appearance compared to the common King Palm.  It is native to the region around Myola in the Atherton Tableland in Queensland, Australia.  It has a silver color to the back of the leaflets and does not have ramenta (hairs).  Growth rate is quick and mature height can be 40 feet or more.  Our special is on the 5g size shown in the first four pictures.

Along the coast, it looks the best in part day sun but can take full sun if you give it lots of water.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F. 

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get your discount.
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis TS RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS 
Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis 

 

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 Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
by John Volk, PSST
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus

 

 

BLUE JUBAEA CHILENSIS
RARE SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Eighteen months ago I showed the seeds I collected from  a blue Jubaea chilensis.  Many germinated and I am now offering seedlings available from this seed batch.  The mother plant is shown in the last photo.  Please note that this is what is meant by "blue" Jubaea chilensis.  No, it's not blue like a Brahea armata.  But, it does have a blue color to the green and the blue is most noticeable on the underside of the leaflets.  So, looking up from below you'll see the blue color the most.

These seedlings are 2 to 3 leaves.  They are 12 to 16 months old.  Over time and with size, this is a full sun species.  Cold hardiness is 16 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE SEEDLINGS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25
OR, THREE FOR $65


I have limited numbers.  I anticipate they'll all be gone long before they are ready to be moved into a larger pot.  It's very rare to see this blue variety available for sale.  I can easily mail order these.  Just call to set it up.  You must mention this Blog special to get this price when purchasing.
Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue
Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This fan palm species is known for not looking like an arid or more desert appearing species.  This is because it's native habitat is in the more tropical southern Japanese islands and Taiwan.  It is a lush green palm.  It is slow growing and only gets to a height of about 20 feet although habitat plants can reach 40 feet.  You'll not see anything like that in most U.S. gardens.  Leaves are rather flat and the terminal part of the leaf segments will hang downwards as shown here.  Petioles with age lose their spines. 

To get a ten foot plant in our locality may take 20 years.  It can be grown in filtered light or sun.  Cold tolerance is about 17 degrees F.

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


You must mention this Blog special to get this price when purchasing.
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
DIFFICULT TO FIND SPECIES FROM JAMAICA
THIN TRUNK WITH DROOPY LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This Royal Palm species is from moist areas in southern Jamaica where it grows very near the ocean.  It is known for its very green leaves, long crown shaft and droopy leaflets. Also, it's unique to the Royal Palm family in that the trunk is quite thin an usually doesn't bulge at the bottom.  I suspect that the cold hardiness is not quite as low as R. regia (Cuban Royal Palm), but it should tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Heights are up to sixty feet in decades.  It's quite rare to see this species for sale.  And, in about a month, all of these will be repotted into larger pots.

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


You must mention this Website only special when ordering to get this special price.  These seedlings on sale are one to two feet tall and can be shipped easily, weather permitting.
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roystonea princeps roystonea princeps by RL
photo by RL
roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps by RL    

 

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

REG. PRICE 24 INCH BOXED PRITCHARDIAS $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE  $365

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


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

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

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

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


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

 

FRIDAY, 6 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

FERN BONANZA
MULTIPLE TEN DAY BLOWOUTS!
ASSORTMENT OF SPECIES & SIZES

Yesterday we got in a large load of assorted and cool ferns.  As most of you know, the key to ferns is to give them adequate water.  Most do not like hot, dry sun.  So, filtered light is best for them.  None of the species here get very large.  Almost all are four feet tall maximum or less.  All are great companion plants and tolerate temperatures well into the twenties F.  Alma is in many of these photos to give you a sense of size of the plants.  Finally, I am using common names rather than scientific names so you can remember these ferns more easily.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY BLOWOUT PRICE 1G SIZE $15
REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $55
TEN DAY BLOWOUT PRICE 5G SIZE $30
SALE ON ANY OF THE FERNS SHOWN HERE


This is a Blog Only Sale.  You must mention this special at the time of your purchase.  Shipping on these should be easy, weather permitting.  Any fern in an odd ball container but larger than a 1g counts as a 5g.
Silver Fern
Silver Fern 1g
Silver Fern
Silver Fern 1g
Silver Fern
Silver Fern 1g
Blechnum Fern 1g
Blechnum Fern 1g
Blechnum Fern 1g
Blechnum Fern 1g
Blechnum Fern 1g
Blechnum Fern 1g

Holly Fern 5g
Holly Fern
Holly Fern 5g
Holly Fern
Holly Fern 5g
Holly Fern 5g
Holly Fern 5g
Lace Fern 1g
Lace Fern 1g
Lace Fern 1g
Lace Fern 1g
Lace Fern 1g
Lace Fern 1g
Lace Fern 5g
Lace Fern 5g
Lace Fern 5g
Lace Fern 5g
Lace Fern 5g
Lace Fern 5g
Maidenhair Fern 5g
Maidenhair Fern 5g
Maidenhair Fern 5g
Maidenhair Fern 5g
Maidenhair Fern 5g
Maidenhair Fern 5g
Mother Fern 1g
Mother Fern 1g
Mother Fern 1g
Mother Fern 1g
Mother Fern 1g
Mother Fern 1g
Mother Fern 1g
Mother Fern 1g
Lemon Button Fern 1g
Lemon Button Fern 1g
Lemon Button Fern 1g
Lemon Button Fern 1g
Lemon Button Fern 1g
Lemon Button Fern 1g
Tongue Fern 5g
Tongue Fern 5g
Tongue Fern 5g
Tongue Fern 5g
Autumn Fern 1g
Autumn Fern 1g Autumn Fern 1g Autumn Fern 1g

 

THURSDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2015

COLOR AND COMPANION PLANTS STARTING TO COME IN FOR SPRING!

 

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
AN ARRAY OF COLORS
JUST STARTING TO ARRIVE

Every spring we start getting in Anthurium in blossom spanning the colors of the rainbow.  This includes every color from purple to yellow to white.  They come in, they go - it's like a revolving door.  So, we can't predict what will be available at an given time.  But, all will be very beautiful.  We usually have an assortment of sizes as well.

These Anthurium seem to take our outdoor cool weather quite well.  I recommend filtered light without any strong direct sun.  They also can be grown inside the house or in the patio.  They are really fun plants.
FLOWERING ANTHURIUM FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
FLOWERING ANTHURIUM FLOWERING ANTHURIUM FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
FLOWERING ANTHURIUM FLOWERING ANTHURIUM FLOWERING ANTHURIUM

 

PHILODENDRON SPECIES
A GALLERY OF PHOTOS
WHAT ARE THEY?
AND WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?

Philodendron are a type of plant with a vast distribution around the world including Central and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Asia and many Pacific Islands.  They have various growth habits including epiphytic growth (on tree trunks and branches), terrestrial (in the ground) and anywhere in between.  Some species can grow a hundred feet up a tree trunk.  Such plants produce roots for attachment to the trunk of another tree.  Yet, they do not hurt that tree.  Leaves are typically green.  Some have color to the backs of these leaves.  Some show red stems.  Many times leaves emerge one color and then change.  Leaf shapes are quite variable as shown here.  Some are quite bizarre.  There are about 900 species of Philodendron worldwide.

In the garden, Philodendron are great for growing up trunks in your garden, patio posts or on fences.  They are quite durable and versatile.  Terrestrial species usually form rosettes of leaves and are a manageable size.


As a companion type of plant, Philodendron are very satisfying.  Most like filtered light or morning sun.  Cold tolerance depends on the species, but many take a freeze quite well.  They are fast growers and easy to propagate. 

As we have an excellent relationship with many botanical gardens, we have over the years gotten great cuttings on many species you simply will see for sale nowhere else.  I'd estimate we have at least 25 species available - all different - all peculiar or weird looking.  But, all are beautiful.  This includes large specimens and new starts.  The photos here are meant for you to browse and get a feel for these plants.  They are easy to ship, depending on size.  It's no work at all to add a dozen of these to your garden.
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
Philodendron Species Philodendron Species Philodendron Species
Philodendron Species Philodendron Species Philodendron Species
Philodendron Species Philodendron Species Philodendron Species
Philodendron Species Philodendron Species Philodendron Species

 

BLECHNUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"
NICE 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species never makes a large plant.  But, it does resemble the classic "Tree Fern".  It has a short, small trunk 3 to 4 inches in diameter, an overall height typically of under six feet and crown width of four feet.  It prefers filtered light and will tolerate temperatures into the 20's F.  People in the San Francisco area are growing this species.  Be aware that this species, like all ferns, needs water.

Note that there are many species of "Blechnum Ferns".  I apologize that I don't know the species name of these plants we got in, but they will remain small and are very nice.

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


Just mention this blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  
BLECHNUM FERN
ONE GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Shown here are the one gallon plants that we just got in.  They are pretty nice for a one gallon and grow fast.  Description is the same as above.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $19.99 - NOTE, FOR EVEN BETTER PRICE SEE AD 6 FEBRUARY!


Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase.
BLECHNUM FERN BLECHNUM FERN
BLECHNUM FERN    
AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
LARGE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Compared to the miniature tree fern above, this one is very large.  In habitat it can reach heights of 40 feet.  It also has a wide crown with leaves up to eight feet. Trunk diameter can be six to eight inches.  It likes lots of water and is also somewhat cold hardy; it grows well in the SF Bay area.  It is a medium rate growing plant and needs filtered light but sometimes takes full sun right on the coast.

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get the discounted price.
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern  
TASMANIAN TREE FERN
MEDIUM SIZED TREE FERN
NICE 5G AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

This medium sized tree fern gets up to a height of about fifteen feet.  The trunk is more narrow, typically about four inches.  And, the crown is smaller as well.  It is slow growing.  The botanical name is Dicksonia Antarctica.  To look good, it also likes lots of water and prefers filtered light.  Some coastal areas get away with full sun. 

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

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern  

 

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-$45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BARE ROOT:  #3 FOR $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30 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

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

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
FAT SNAKESKIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE!

About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  The owner was a fellow who knew a lot about palms, cycads and certain tropical trees.  His name was Bill Seaborne.  To old time enthusiast, this name might ring a bell.  He even wrote a book back then on tropical plants.  In any case, Bill (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species of tropical tree.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they had the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine with a hint of red.  But, the trunk is massive and swollen at the base.  It is a green trunk and has a  snake skin type of texture.  

Growth rate is quite fast.  I have a few 15g trees for sale.  But, it's the 5g size that I'm putting on special.  This size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE FOR 5G IS $65
SPECIAL 10 DAY PRICE 5G $45

You must mention this Blog Only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris by angv.gov
by anbg.gov
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia
by Adelaide Zoo, Australia, website
   

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
AFRICAN TULIP TREE
EASY FLORID COLOR FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G TREES

This is a large flowering tree that is native to arid areas in Africa.  It can get to heights over fifty feet.  It has long lasting, orange-red blossoms that last for months on the tree.  It is fast growing and cold tolerant perhaps into the mid-twenties F.  It likes full sun.  I have seen trees in full blossom with just as much color in Southern California as you see in the picture below. 

We are offering nice 15g trees on sale.  We'll special order them in for you, so let us know.  They'll get blossoms in late spring.  Blossoms hang on until November here.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $115!

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Spathodea campanulata
photo taken November 19, 2013
Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Maui website
from Maui Plant Chronicles Website
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
THE BLUE OCTUPUS AGAVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G PLANTS

This interesting xerophytic succulent gets to a mature height of about four feet.  It is native to Mexico and loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degree, much like many cycads.  It is called "Octopus Agave" because of the reflexed leaves as shown on the mature plants to the right.  Leaves are a definite blue color. 

We're putting our 5g on sale here.  Plants to the right are 15g size but the 5g are super nice as well.  This species is native to Mexico.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.  I don't have too many, so don't dally and call to confirm availability.
AGAVE VILMORINIANA
15 gallon size plants - 5g on sale
AGAVE VILMORINIANA WEbsite Pima County, AZ
Photo c/o Pima County Website, Arizona

 

TUESDAY, 3 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

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.

TO READ MORE ABOUT WINDMILL PALMS, CLICK HERE

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


We can ship this size.  To get this special price you must mention this Bog Only Special
Livistona australis Livistona australis
Livistona australis Livistona australis  

 

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

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SALE BAND SIZE

This is a dwarf species of fan palm from the southern United States and is commonly found in the state of Texas.  It rarely gets foliage overhead with an average height of four to seven feet.  It has a long petiole and a small leaf.  The blossom produces an ample supply of small black seeds and juts upward above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a smaller plant.

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  This is the first four photos.  I've also shown garden plants, a 5g plant and seeds on a blossom.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Sabal minor
band size container plants
Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor
5 gallon size3 nursery plant
Sabal minor Sabal minor
blossom jutting above the foliage, nursery plant

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
AKA TRITHRINAX BIFLABELLATA
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND AT NURSERIES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE


I also wanted to remind you about this species today because we have available a few very large 15g and 5g plants.  In the palm world, there is an argument over whether T. schizophylla and T. biflabellata are the same species.  Taxonomists have presently lumped the two together into the species of T. schizophylla.  This species has a wide distribution from Bolivia, across through Paraguay and into southern Brazil and Argentina. . 

This is a suckering species.  Like T. campestris, it is so unusual to see that few nurserymen have ever heard of it.  There is almost no information on the Internet about it.  It is a palmate palm, suckers, and gets to about 15 feet tall.  Compared to Trithrinax campestris, it is less blue.  But, the leaves are blue-green as shown here.  We have over the years had small plants of this species available.  Recently we acquired some very nice 5 gallon plants as well as these large 15g.  These are already suckering with one to two stems.  This species likes sun, can tolerate some drought, and is probably cold hardy into the low 20's F.  An acquaintance of mine, Gaston Torres, took the habitat picture below in Argentine habitat.  (from PACSOA Website).  For those of you who want something different and experience cold weather, this is another unusual species to try. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155


To get these prices, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax biflabalata
Trithrinax biflabalata Trithrinax biflabalata Gaston Torres
Photo by G. Torres in habitat
 

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
BEAUTIFUL LARGE FAN PALM WITH STOCKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


I have discussed this remarkable species before, but because I have available some great 5g and huge 15g plants, I felt I had to mention it again.  It is unique in the palm world because of its huge, thick trunk that is light tan to white in color. The trunks of this species are stunning.  The trunks get over thirty feet and can be over two feet thick.  The crown of rounded leaves is beautiful against the sky.  Leaf color is green to blue-green.  There is a prominent petiole. 

This species likes full hot sun and can tolerate desert heat.  Its cold hardiness is into the mid-teens F.  The first four photos are the 15g plants followed by two photos of the 5g size. I can ship either size anywhere within the U.S.

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

Just mention this special when ordering to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum   

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ALL SIZES!

All of our Heliconia are grown from rhizomes from existing and flowering plants in Southern California.  This results in large, very strong growing plants as shown here.  Heliconia schiediana can take sun or part sun, gets to a height of sever to eight feet, and flowers freely in the summer.  It is very cold hardy.  Even if a hard freeze knocks down the leaves, plants usually come back vigorously in the spring.  Flowers are red/yellow or orange/yellow.  We have two varieties available.  Sizes available are 5g and maybe some bigger but they've been flying out with the arrival o spring.  .

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

ALL HELICONIA 20% OFF FOR TEN DAYS
Applies to any species of Heliconia we have!


This special applies to any other Heliconia that we have in stock.  Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.  Of note, as we are in winter, we are not plush with Heliconias, so don't dally on this special.

Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

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 some folks have 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 $150

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  

 

SUNDAY, 1 FEBRUARY, 2015

 

SUCKERING KING PALM
FREAK OF NATURE?
ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA WITH SUCKERS!

Every experienced palm enthusiasts knows that all types of King Palms are single trunk.  They do not sucker.  Archontophoenix maxima is one of the more unusual species of King Palm from Australia.  It is known for it's large size.  But, it is a non-suckering species.

Yesterday at the nursery we discovered a plant that is suckering as shown here.  This was not planted as a triple.  And, it did not "used to be two trunks with one rotted out".  It was single trunk.  Yes now it has produced two suckers that are truly attached to the base of the primary trunk. 

Why did this happen?  Who knows.  Sometimes very unusual, unexpected things happen to plants.  But, it is for sale and will make an interesting story in someone's garden.
Archontophoenix maxima suckering Archontophoenix maxima suckering
Archontophoenix maxima suckering Archontophoenix maxima suckering Archontophoenix maxima suckering
Archontophoenix maxima suckering Archontophoenix maxima suckering Archontophoenix maxima normal 15g
Normal trunk base A. maxima

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
FANTASTIC MEDIUM SIZED PALM
NEW ARRIVAL ABSOLUTE HUGE 15G PLANTS

Almost all palm enthusiasts rave about this medium sized palm from Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 25 feet (perhaps somewhat more in the wild) and has a very narrow trunk.  For the diameter of the trunk, the crown is very large.  It grows at a medium pace and has long, somewhat arching green leaves.  Trunk diameter is six inches. 

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

We got in these absolutely massive 15g plants that are available for sale.  The leaves on some reach up to ten to twelve feet!  Trunks are thick and chunky.  These plants absolutely need to go into the ground or larger containers.  The last photo here is one of my all-time favorites, c/o Palmpedia.  This shows two plants in the wild and how beautiful this species really is.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Arkive Website
by unknown photographer Arkive Website

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

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
DWARF, COLD HARDY PLUMOSE LEAF PALM
VERY LARGE, MATURE 15G AVAILABLE

This is a slow growing palm species that never gets above six feet tall.  Also, known as the Seashore Palm, it tolerates salty winds.  This is because it is native to beaches in the coastal areas of Brazil.  It has very plumose, fluffy leaves.  People often think it's a suckering species, but it doesn't truly sucker.  By report, however, trunks can divide above the ground.  Blossom and seed bracts are very peculiar appearing as shown here.

This is a full sun species with cold tolerance down into the low 20's.  People in the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area of California can easily grow this palm.  It is a true dwarf species that can be good where views are an issue.

The 15g we have for sale are very large and fruiting size.  Rarely are plants seen of this species for sale with this size.  These plants are 12 years old. They can be easily shipped.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
MOST BEAUTIFUL FISHTAIL
LARGE TRUNK AND LEAVES
HUGE 25 G SIZE AVAILABLE

The plants we have for sell are about 12 feet or more tall in 25 gallon containers.  This species is fast growing and gets up to about 30 feet of height.  The base of the trunk is very thick sometimes approaching 3 feet wide.  Leaves are 14 feet long and nearly as wide.  This is a monocarpic species that has a 20 year life span.  It is native to northern Thailand.

It tolerates full sun in coastal areas.  if you get brown tipping of the leaves, it most likely means it needs more water, especially during hot weather.  Cold tolerance is about 20 degrees.  Of the various single trunk Fishtails, most people chose this one as the prettiest.

We also have available 2g, 5g and 15 g size.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
15 GALLON SIZED PLANTS
MADAGASCAR PALM SPECIES
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE

This species of palm comes from Madagascar.  There are single trunk and suckering forms.  It gets to a height of about 20 feet and has mature trunk diameters of about four inches.  Leaves are keeled and about six to eight feet long.  Leaf color is green.  The plant shown to the right is a 15g plant about eight feet tall.  It is suckering as shown.  We've found this species does best with strong filtered light or AM sun.  We do not feel it does well in blasting hot sun.  Cold tolerance is probably into the mid-twenties F.  We also have available smaller sizes.
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

A QUICK LOOK AT SOME MEDIUM SIZED AFICAN CYCADS
ALL GREAT SPECIES - ASKING TO BE PLANTED - SHIPPABLE SIZES


ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS VRYHEID X WOODII

INTERESTING GREEN HYBRID
15G PLANT, 5 INCH CAUDEX

This is an interesting cross using E. woodii hybrid with the most desirable of the Encephalartos natalensis family.  It should result in a good sized cycad with wide leaflets and perhaps some hairs on the leaflets.  This plant has a 5 inch caudex.  It is available for sell and would prefer full sun in most areas.
Encephalartos natalensis vryheid x woodii Encephalartos natalensis vryheid x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis vryheid x woodii Encephalartos natalensis vryheid x woodii Encephalartos natalensis vryheid x woodii

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
7 GALLON WITH 4 INCH CAUDEX
ARMED LEAFLETS, MEDIUM SIZE

This species is native to the Natal district of the Republic of South Africa.  A large plant would have three feet of caudex.  Leaves are gently arched downwards.  Leaflets are prominently armed with large barbs.  Leaf color ranges from green to blue and everything in-between.  Growth rate is good and cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.  Along the coast it does well with full sun but also can tolerate strong filtered light.
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius    
ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
BLUE FORM
15 GALLON PLANT, 5 INCHES

This is another plant from RSA.  It loves sun.  This particular plant is a blue form of E. longifolius and the blue will blossom outdoors in full sun.  It is a good growing species and has a cold tolerance into the low 20's.  Leaves have a prominent curve downwards.  Leaflets, when mature, can stack.  This is one of my favorites species. 
blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius
blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius  

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS

RARE DWARF CYCAD
SOUTH AFRICAN
7 GALLON, 3 INCH CAUDEX

This desirable and sought after cycad has a small mature size with plants rarely over four feet tall.  Cuadexes are never over about 8 inches and leaves are short.  It tolerates full sun and has cold hardiness of about 22 degrees F. 
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus    
ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENIS
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
15 GALLON, 5.5 INCH CAUDEX

This is a very fast growing cycad that has green leaves and medium mature size.  Trunks can get over eight feet tall.  Leaf length is four to five feet.  These are powerful plants and take coastal full sun.  Far inland would prefer morning sun.  For quick garden results, this is an ideal species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis    
ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGA
AKA E. MSINGANUS
THREATENED IN THE WILD
CITRUS POT 3.5 INCH CAUDEX

This desirable green cycad would be considered medium size and can get trunks of eight feet with five foot leaves.  Leaf color is green.  Leaflets are fairly narrow.  This plant is easily shippable in the citrus pot size.  It is a full sun species and is cold hardy to the low 20's F. 
Encephalartos msginganus Encephalartos msginganus
Encephalartos msginganus Encephalartos msginganus  
ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHI
BLUE FORM, CENTRAL AFRICAN
CITRUS POT, 3.5 INCHES

This Central African cycad has both green and blue forms.  This plant is the blue form.  The color will be much more prominent in full sun, outdoors.  Once mature, the color is a soapy blue-green.  It likes sun and has similar cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  It is highly sought after and a very beautiful species. 
ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHI ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHI
ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHI ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHI  
ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
LARGER GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
15G PLANT CAUDEX 5.5 INCHES

This cycad comes from the Natal district of RSA and thus the name.  It is a bigger species with trunks that can get over ten feet with six foot leaves.  Leaf color is green.  It is quick growing.  It prefers sun along the coast and is equally cold hardy as the other species above. 
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis    
ENCEPHALATOS SCLAVOI
CUPPED LEAFLETS - CENTRAL AFRICAN
15 GALLON PLANT, 5.5 INCHES

This is another of my favorite cycads.  It has leaflets that perfectly cup the fingers of your hand and are largely unarmed.  Mature size is medium with straight leaves.  Trunk size can be three to eight feet.  Leaf color is green.  This cycad tolerates freezes and can go into the mid to low 20's F.  It prefers full sun in most areas.  It is very cool.
Encephalartos Sclavoi Encephalartos Sclavoi
Encephalartos Sclavoi    

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

BLUE, SOUTH AFRICAN
RECURVED LEAVES
15 GALLON 4 INCH CADUEX

This is a favorite of the blue Encephalartos from South Africa.  A very large plant would have 3 feet of trunk.  Leaf length is three to four feet.  The crown is compact and super blue.  Cold hardiness is excellent to the low 20's F.  Most areas except desert should offer this species full sun.  It is slow growing. 
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus  

 

CYCAS NEOCALEDONIA
A MEDIUM SIZED SPECIES
NO SPINES ON LEAF STEMS

This species of green leaf Cycas is native to the island of New Caledonia.  Some argue that it is Cycas seemannii or a form of the latter.  It gets to heights of fifteen feet or taller and has six foot green leaves.  The remarkable thing is the absence of any armor or spines on the petioles.  As the leaflets are soft, this makes it a very "user friendly" cycad.

It is rare to see this species offered for sale.  Plants shown here are about fifteen years old in 15g containers.  Most have a foot of trunk.  This cycad is a good grower although not fast.  I like part day sun for it.  Cold tolerance is the mid to perhaps low 20's F.  One might be able to grow it inside the home.  Limited numbers available.
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
A different 15g specimen
Cycas neocaledonica
Another specimen

 

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

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

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

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED TREE FROM RAOUL ISLAND
BULGING CROWN SHAFT, ARCHING LEAVES

At the onset, I must mention that some people feel that this "species" is a variety of Rhopalostylis baueri.  It gets to a height of about 30 feet, has arching leaves and a somewhat opened central crown area.  The crown is not crowded as you'd see with R. sapida.  Shown here are 5g plants which are available.  Note that the leaf stems have a rusty brown color.  Oppose this to the gray color of R. sapida.  As the plant ages and matures, this color fades to gray.  Also, the seeds of cheesemenii are larger than R. baueri, one of the reasons folks feel it should be considered a separate species.

This is a part day sun species with cold tolerance down to the low 20's F.  We have 5g available and possibly some 15g.
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Leaf stems on a larger 15g plant
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Cloudforest.com website
photo by Cloudforest.com website
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

Many of you who have called us or received emails over the years have communicated with one of our staff.  But, you may know nothing about them.  So, we thought we'd post a webpage that shows who they are and mentions a few points.  Just click on the banner to the left to read about our staff.
Jungle Music Staff Banner
Click on the banner above to meet our Staff

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

phil 4
photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

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

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

ASSORTED PHOTOS
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

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

 

TO CONTINUE READING EARLIER POSTS FROM JANUARY. 2015, CLICK HERE

 

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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