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SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

EXOTIC CYCAD SUPER SALE
GOING ON RIGHT NOW!

ONE HUNDRED RARE CYCADS
ALL WITH HUGE DISCOUNTS
SALE ENDS MARCH 12TH!

Very desirable plants, many super old
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SPRING ARRIVES EARLY IN SOUTHERN CA
IT'S TIME TO PLANT!

Several weeks ago I predicted that here in our area we'd see an early spring.  Well, that seems to be the case.  We've essentially had no cold weather for about a month and the ten day forecast is for great weather.  By record here in San Diego, we've never had a freeze after Feb. 15th. 

So, what does this mean?  It means, NOW IS THE TIME TO PLANT!

As most of you know, we're loaded probably with the best selection of plants that we've ever had.  And, over the next few weeks, we'll be getting in lots of new color.  It'll change almost weekly.  At the nursery, this is our favorite time of the year.

Spring is here

 

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

After blogging here for five years, I've learned that, more than anything, people enjoy seeing pictures.  So, I thought I'd just post a bunch of pictures of tropical and lush landscape with emphasis on the plants of course.  I am particularly showing lots of companion types of plant material and understory plantings.  This is meant to be no more than a pictorial presentation.  One wants surprises and interesting plant material around ever turn or curve of the garden pathway.  It makes the garden so much more fun for you (and others).  Hopefully you'll get some ideas here.  All one needs is a place to find the plant material and a little guidance.  We feel we can help on both counts.
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BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
SUPER BLUE 25G AVAILABLE
COLD HARDY TO 15 DEGREES F.

Yesterday a customer called me from Southern CA.  He lived about 45 minutes north of Riverside in the high desert.  He said his elevation was 4000 feet and he wanted to grow Bismarckia.  He loved blue palms.  However, I felt for his locality that Bismarckia was risky because of cold.  So, I mentioned the Mexican Blue Fan Palm.  It takes down to 15 degrees F. and would be an easy grow for him.  He Googled it to see if he liked it and was very pleased.  So, we took the pictures shown here.  These are 25 gallon plants and are in good supply.  But we also have 15g, 5g and smaller.  Any sized can be shipped or delivered.  And, btw, this is a water conserving species and takes full, not desert sun.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

SATURDAY, 27 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

PHILODENDRON RED CONGO
AKA "CONGO ROJO"
ATTRACTIVE COMPANION PLANT DARK LEAVES, RED STEMS/BACKS OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES

This popular hybrid Philodendron never gets very large.  It doesn't climb much.  It's more of a rosette form of companion plant.  It might crawl along the ground a little.  People prefer this hybrid because, in shade, it has dark green leaves with a red tint to the back of the leaves and prominent red stems.  It is a filtered light companion plant.  It is not for full sun.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze or a bit colder.  We are offering two sizes on special

REGULAR PRICE 6 INCH $25
SALE PRICE 6 INCH $17.50
REGULAR PRICE 8 INCH $35
SALE PRICE 8 INCH $27.50

Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Philodendron Red Congo
8 inch size
Philodendron Red Congo
This and next 2 pictures 8 inch size
Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo
This and next picture 6 inch size
Philodendron Red Congo Philodendron Red Congo
Red backs to leaves
Philodendron Red Congo
Red leaf stems

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
AKA RHOPALOSTYLIS SPECIES CHATHAM ISLAND
ONE GALLON ON SALE - SEE POST PAST WEDNESDAY
TWO OTHER SIZES AVAILABLE
"SHAVING BRUSH ON STEROIDS"

On Wednesday I presented to you this desirable species of an aggressive growing species of the Shaving Brush Palm.  We put our oversized 1 gallon plants on a Ten Day Special.  Since I have had multiple emails and calls from people who wanted a larger size.  Yes, we have 5g and 15g available - but in limited numbers.  I'm showing you here our 5g and 15g plants.  The first two pictures show these two sizes side by side so you can get an compare the two.  It is easy to ship the 5g size and we can ship the 15 gallon.  But, shipping the latter takes a big box and is sort of pricey.  For cultural comments, please see Wednesday's post. 
Rhopalostylis oceana
This and next photo - 5g and 15g, side by side
Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana
This and next 3 pictures 5 gallon size
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
This and next 3 pictures 15g size
Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM
SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK T LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This smaller and very cute fan palm is native to areas of Florida, Mexico and into the Caribbean.  It has a blue green leaf color with more prominent silver on the underside of the leaf.  Mature height is rarely to twenty feet.  Leaves are about three to four feet across and prominently divided into segments.  It likes heat and sun.  It might also do well in desert areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We have available 5g and some 15g plants.  It is ideal for people who want shorter but attractive sun tolerant palms.  But, particularly in pots, it is slow growing.  We're putting bands on sale today but do have 5 and 15 gallon available.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase for your discount.
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
15 gallon size at nursery
Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata
back of leaf of nursery plant showing silver
Coccothrinax argentata  

 

TILANDSIA SPECIES
AIR PLANTS MOUNTED TO A BOARD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON NICE CLUSTERS, TWO SIZES


This spring we got in a batch of assorted clustered Tilsandsia.  We know the species names on some - on others we don't.  Some may have been collected in Mexico.  Each cluster was four or ten plants.  Joaquin decided to mount them on some flat boards as shown here.  We have done this many times before.  They are tied on with fishing line.  They'll root onto the board and be happier than clams.

We have two sizes as shown.  They tolerate full sun and just want to be hit by the hose ever week or two.  They'll most likely blossom in summer.  In my experience the blossoms are either pink, red or purple/blue.  I seen blossoms on many of these and they are stunning when in full bloom.  On these boards the clusters will get bigger and bigger over time.  They are fun to have.  They can be mounted on a post, tied to a palm trunk or just displayed on the patio.  They seem to tolerate pretty cold weather but I'm not sure of the minimum temperatures they'll take.  We've never had cold issues with them at the nursery.  We have limited numbers available.  Blossoms usually occur in the Spring. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICES:
SMALL SIZE AS SHOWN $45
LARGER SIZE AS SHOWN $65


The larger clumps are loaded with plants.  Just mention this special when ordering to get this price.  Piece of cake to mail order.
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Tilandsia species Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
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BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The plants shown here are Bird Nest Anthurium and on sale.  They prefer filtered light or a little bit of sun.  They can reach heights of about seven feet.  These plants are great companion plants for the garden floor.  The trunks will have adventitious roots and the leaves extend upwards.  The leaves can be five feet long or more.  They have a bit of wave to the surface.  In our area they tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F. 

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

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

Anthurium hookeri 5g Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not part of this Ten Day Special

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MOROCO
SHORTER STATURE, TOLERATES DESERT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE


This species is obviously related to the Mediterranean Fan palm from further north.  But, the color is a definite blue.  The hotter the environment and the more sun it sees, the more blue it gets.  It also is not as tall and big and the standard Chamaerops.  Anticipate a plant definitely under ten feet.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.  We have nice 5g and 15g plants on special.

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

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get these discounted prices.
Chamaerops cerifera
5 gallon size
Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
15 gallon size
Chamaerops cerifera
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24 inch box size at nursery

 

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
 

 

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
NORFOLK ISLAND PALM
FROM NEW ZEALAND
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G 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.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get your discount.
Rhopalostylis baueri
This and next 2 pictures of the 1 gal size
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Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
25 gallon size at nursery, not on sale
Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri
Photo showing characteristic brown color
to the petiole (leaf stem)
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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.
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Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis TS RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS 
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WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
THINNER TRUNK THAN BRAHEA ARMATA
AND, FASTER GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


About two years ago we ran out of this un-named but super desirable blue Brahea.  It resembles a Brahea armata but is faster growing, gets taller and has a much thinner trunk.  It is native to Mexico.  Seeds have only been available twice.  The last batch came out an estimated seven years ago.  I had about 50 plants and they flew out of the nursery, particularly to people who see cold weather.  I thought I was out of them, but recently acquired six one gallon plants.  I germinated and have some bands as well, but these are much further along.  If you are in a cold area or love blue palms, you have to try one of these.  And, they are on sale!  Color will be blue when outdoors.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I wants heat and full sun.  Did you get that these are super rare and hard to find?

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


Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase for this discount. 
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Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver
Band size, not on sale presently
Brahea species super silver Tobias Spanner
photo by TS, RPS, habitat
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
SINGLE TRUNK FILTERED LIGHT PALM
THICK TRUNK - PROMINENT WIDE RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


This species, along with Chamaedorea lineares, is one of the most sought after of the Chamaedorea family.  It is quick growing, gets to about 15 feet tall or more, and gets up to a 2 inch thick green trunk.  It has prominent white rings on the trunk with wide, green leaflets.  Well grown, this palm is a show stopper.  It is also super hard to find.  We've been out of them for at least six months - people always ask for them.  I just got in a limited supply of nice one gallon plants (shown) that are 18 to 24 inches tall in their pots.  This is a filtered light palm that will tolerate a freeze.

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

Remember: mention this Special for your discount.
 
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Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
15 gallon nursery plant, not available at this time
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Trunk of 15g plant
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Close up picture show trunk with rings - note
flower stalk forming
Chamaedorea woodsoniana

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SUPER SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
LEAVES GRAY-GREEN
IN A LIFETIME, NEVER VERY BIG

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This may prove to be the perfect cycad that one can buy when he wants an easy to grow sun species that, in his lifetime, will never get too big.  It's estimated that, in 40 years, you'll not get a trunk more than about 2 feet tall.  The old boxed nursery specimens shown here are "pre-cites" plants that were brought into the US in the early 1970's.  The plant below in La Habra was planted 30 years ago.  The last picture by JO shows a plant in the wild in Mexico that is estimated to be 1000 years old.  So, you get the point - slow growing!

We're offering 1 gallon at a great price.  These are nice plants with some size for the container.  They are 3 to 4 years old.  This species easily takes full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $40

Just mention this Special for your Discount.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes (very old) but these are not on sale right now.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Boxed specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
Very old specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
Leaf close up on 5g nursery plant
Dioon merolae
Another boxed specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
leaf close up view
Dioon merolae
Garden specimen in La Habra, CA

Habitat specimen, by JO.  Age perhaps
1000 years

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
EASTER CAPE BLUE CYCAD
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GET ONE ON SALE?
FULL SUN, NEVER VERY BIG

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON SIZE

One of the most popular blue cycads that we sell is this South African species from the Eastern Cape region (toward the ocean).  It is a very slow growing species that, in fifty years, is rarely over a height of five feet tall.  So, like the Dioon above, it'll always stay small and not obstruct a view.  The color is intensely blue.  I tell people it's like the color of a clear blue sky after you've thrown in a tiny bit of fog.  The other thing about this species, compared to E. horridus and trispinosus, is that it's much less spiny and very uniform in shape when mature.  Expect a trunk of no more than three feet and a crown width of no more than six feet.  It loves full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE $50

Remember: You must mention this Blog Only Special for this discount when you buy.  This size is a piece of cake to ship.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes but these are not on sale right now.

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
15 gallon nursery plant, not on sale right now
Encephalartos lehmannii
Boxed nursery specimen
Encephalartos lehmannii
close up of leaf
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another 15g nursery plant
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another
Encephalartos lehmannii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII
A HUGE CYCAD CROSSED WITH AN EXTINCT CYCAD
WILL MAKE POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE GREEN SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE OF THIS RARE HYBRID

This is one of the most rare and sought after hybrid cycads in the world.  Encephalartos woodii is extinct in the wild.  Only one original male plant is known to exist.  It is located in Durban Botanical Garden in South Africa.  Pups, over the years, have been removed.  Any plant in the world in any location came from this original male plant.  As we have no females, there has been intense work on using woodii pollen on other female Encephalartos cones.  Usually the female cone is Encephalartos natalensis.  But, the prettiest of all the hybrids is with E. transvenosus.  This is the cross I'm offering on sale here.

These are almost impossible to find!

It'll make a large cycad for sure.  I've seen pictures of E. transvenosus with over 20 feet of vertical trunk.  They look like a Canary Island Palm.  This cross will be quick growing, green in color and will have a huge crown of leaves.  Leaflets will be wide and have those noticeable wide barbs characteristic of E. woodii.  It'll take coastal full sun and tolerate down to about 22 degrees F.  The one gallon on special are three to four years old and very nice.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $65

Just remember - Mention this special for your discount.
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
This and next 3 pictures of sale, 1 gallon plants
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus, showing size of mature plant
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalartos woodii with L.B.

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA HYBRID
BY LUIS HOOPER
ONE GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Most in Southern California know of the palm pioneer, Luis Hooper.  He has been a member of the Palm Society for many decades.  Although elderly, he still works on the palms.  One of his most famous accomplishments is the creation of very desirable Rhapis hybrids.  A few days ago we got in some nice 1 gallon plants that a private collector got from Luis.  When I heard he had them, I jumped on them.  These are sought out nationwide.  This collector didn't recall the cross.  By my inspection, I'm pretty sure it's Rhapis multifida x laosensis.  Luis has done this cross before.  If so, this cross will make a palm that gets to about six feet tall, has thin canes and is very attractive.  It's for filtered light and will be cold hardy into the upper teens F. You'll hardly ever find these for sale any more.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis multifida x laosensis
Rhapis multifida x laosensis,
garden of Luis Hooper
Luis Hooper
Friend, Luis Hooper
 

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
A SHAVING BRUSH PALM ON STEROIDS!
FAT, SWOLLEN CROWN SHAFT
FAST GROWING
PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 1G SIZE

For those of you who like Rhopalostylis, you have to get this species.  It is a rare variety of R. sapida from Chatham Island and is known for its vigorous growth, thick trunk and swollen crown shaft.  It's easily being grown in the SF Bay Area and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  Everyone remarks how great this palm is to grow.  Within about 8 miles of the coast, it's known to take full sun.  Further inland try AM sun or filtered light.  The one gallons on sale are huge, about the size of a 5g plant.

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

Just mention this special for you discount when you buy.  We also have 5g/15g but they are not on sale right now.
 
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
15g size, not on sale right now
Rhopalostylis oceana
photo by Palm & Cycad Soc. of New Zealand
Rhopalostylis oceana by Darrel Petty 
photo by DP
Rhopalostylis oceana by Palm Curry 
Photo by PC PalmTalk

 

SUNDAY, 21 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
RECENTLY DESCRIBED, MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 1G 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 1g plants on ten day special.  You can see by the pictures that these are very healthy looking one gallon plants. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G THIS SPECIES $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1g $37.50

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Beccariophoenix alfredii BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
5 gallon size, not on sale right now
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
15 gallon size, not on sale right now
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
Photo by TS at RPS

 

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

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

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

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


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Trithrinax campestris
This and next 4 pictures of 5g size on sale
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
15g size, not on sale right now
Trithrinax campestris
15 gallon size
Trithrinax campestris

 

WALLICHIA SPECIES
SURPRISE!  IT'S SUCKERING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 AND 5 GALLON SIZE

Wallichia is a genus of palms from Asia - countries spreading from India to China.   There are approximately six to eight described species.  The plants shown here came in as "Wallichia disticha".  But, they are not this species.  I say this because W. disticha is a single trunk species.  These plants are suckering.  How a seedsman could mistake a single trunk plant for a suckering plant is beyond my comprehension.  But, they are what they are.  One might think these are W. densiflora (another species we're growing), but they look different.  So, for now, we're calling them "Wallichia species".  Who knows for sure what you'll get with these?

Wallichia are all desirable as a group.  They are difficult to find - any species.  They'll remind an experienced grower of Arenga palms.  They have green leaves that are silver underneath and chopped and irregular at their ends.  I'd anticipate a smaller plant with these plants.  Perhaps their height will reach ten feet.  They'd take partial sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness should be in the mid-twenties.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $37.50

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.  Limited numbers available.
 
Wallichia species Wallichia species
Wallichia species Wallichia species Wallichia species
Wallichia species Wallichia densiflora
Wallichia densiflora
Wallichia species
Wallichia disticha

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALMS!
HYBRID OF SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X QUEEN PALM
WHAT A BEAUTY!  SUPER RARE!
ONE OF HARDEST HYBRID PALMS TO FIND

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The Coconut Queen is the name given to a very unusual and surprisingly beautiful Syagrus Hybrid.  It's a cross between Syagrus schizophylla and the common Queen Palm.  One would think by the parents that the progeny would be nothing special.  This is NOT the case.  Plants are stunningly beautiful.  They don't get tall and look like neither parent.  This cross is definitely an example of the anticipated "ugly duckling" that turned beautiful.

The problem is they are super hard and near impossible to find - especially in smaller, somewhat affordable sizes.  They are a manmade hybrid, done by hand pollination.  Their rarity is because the hybridizer (there's only one) is very elderly and lives in Thailand.  With his age, he's been unable to get on a ladder.  And, he wants no one else to do the cross.  So, for about four years, there have been absolutely no seeds.  This means that, of the few plants around, all are large and very expensive.  No one has them.  But, several weeks ago I found a private person hording some 5 gallons.  At that time I got a few and thought that was the end of them.  But, I got a few more.  So, here's your chance.  You never see these around (perhaps ever in this size) and never see them on sale.  They are not cheap but so beautiful

Anticipate a height of 20 feet.  They'll take full sun, perhaps even in the desert.  The last photo shows mature plants.  Note they certainly don't look like a Queen Palm.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. for sure.  I have customers growing them in the SF Bay Area.

REGULAR PRICE THESE RARE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $80


Only a few available.  You know the drill - mention this price for your discount.  I anticipate they'll be gone in a few days.
 
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen Coconut Queen
Coconut Queen
25 gallon size - not on sale presently
Coconut Queen
15g size - not on sale presently
Coconut Queen by JI
Photo by JI

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10/15G PLANTS

Recently new to our nursery, this exotic filtered light dwarf plant puts out clusters of huge flowers.  This variety is pink but they also can come in red, apricot, orange, yellow and a whole assortment of other colors.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  See how beautiful they are now - yet pictures from a month ago had no flowers.  Along the coast they can take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Plants are about as wide as they are tall and make a wonderful and colorful addition to the garden floor.  You'll not see this plant around too much. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
same plants one month ago
from Vipsad webstie
c/o Vipsad Website

Jacobinia from igarden Website Australia
photo from igarden website, Australia
 

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
BRILLIANT RED FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Customers particularly love this deep red flowering Anthurium.  I've been selling them like crazy recently.  We also have white and orange and occasionally get in other colors.  The plants on special each have five or six blossoms.  Blossoms last for a month or more.  This is a filtered light plant that should be protected from frost.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $19.50

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Red Anthurium Anthurium red flower
Anthurium red flower Anthurium red flower Anthurium red flower

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK
FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANT

For ten days I'm offering this super rare New Caledonian palm at a good discount.  We hardly ever put such rare species on special.  This species is from Lifou Island, gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and takes strong filtered light or part day sun in most coastal areas.  It has a thin trunk with lots of silver color.  Leaves tend to but upright as opposed to C. elegans where the leaves are more arched.  The last three pictures are from Mardi Darian's garden in Vista, CA.  You'll notice how healthy it looks in strong filtered light.  We also have 5g plants but right now they are not on special.  Very limited numbers available.  This 15g size can be shipped or delivered if needed.

REGULAR PRICE 15G OF THIS SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Just mention this special to get your Blog Only discount.  BTW, these plants are locally grown from seed by us, about 7 years old.
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele
This and next 2 photos taken in Vista, CA
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
SHORT TO MEDIUM PALM
USUALLY SUCKERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species of pinnate palm is from Madagascar and has hairy, fibrous covering over its younger trunks, gets to a variable height of ten to thirty feet and typically clusters, forming three to four trunks.  It is also known for putting out new pink or red leaves. Trunks can branch above the ground or sucker at the ground.  For someone who likes smooth trunk, crown shafted palms, this one might not be for you.  But, it is impressive and needs some room to grow.  It would be best in sun or part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about mid-twenties F.  We've not had problems outdoor growing this species. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

This Blog Only Special would be easy to ship.
 
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita
Different plant showing red new leaf
Dypsis crinita
same
Dypsis crinita
garden specimen

ASSORTED SUCCULENTS
ALL ON SALE!
A QUICK PHOTO TOUR
TEN DAYS -  25% OFF RIGHT NOW!

I'm offering a special for those who want to conserve water.  We don't pretend to be succulent experts.  But, we do appreciate them and offer a reasonable supply of cool succulents.  We've found most are durable, most like sun and most are good for garden locations close to pathways where they can show off their unique look and flowers.  Many are presently in spring color with interesting and different flowers.  I'm showing a few like Becaurnia, Fucrea, Dasylirion and others that do attain some height and size.  But, most are smaller mature plants.

From pictures shown here, many taken yesterday, you'll see some more plants that we have (do check photos from Friday as well).  We have various sizes.  Most are easy to ship.  Remember to mention this Blog Special to get your discount.  From today, this Special is over in eight days.

Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents
Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents Assorted Succulents

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
RARE DWARF SO AFRICAN CYCAD
LOOKS LIKE A FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This South African cycad is a dwarf species with a mature caudex size of six inches or less and leaf length of three, perhaps maximum four feet.  It's an understory species, good for filtered light or perhaps more sun along the coast.  It is quite fern like in appearance and cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  It's great as a patio plant or nice in a smaller spot in the garden.  Right on the ocean you can grow in full sun.  Inland areas would do better with strong filtered light or AM sun.  We have almost ten year old citrus pot plants for sale.  Some are near coning size.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $160


Just mention this Blog special when ordering
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus

 

PHILODENDRON BIPENNIFOLIUM
THE HORSEHEAD OR FIDDLE LEAF PHILODENDRON
CLIMBING SPECIES WITH UNUSUAL LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

It's happened over time but we have a pretty nice selection of rare Philodendrons, both climbing and rossett forms.  Luckily, we are fortunate to be on an exchange program with a well known botanical garden and get really cool aroids from time to time.  They want rare palms and cycads.  In return, we get rare aroids.  So, on any given day, you may drop in and see tropical companion plants that you just can't find elsewhere.

This species is from Brazil.  I am actually showing two different plants that I think are both considered to be bippenifolium.  But, they are a little different.  The third photo shows how juvenile leaves are totally unlike the mature arrowhead shaped leaves.  This is a climbing species that can go well into the canopy from roots in the ground.  It is a shade loving plant that tolerates temperatures down to about a freeze.  Come by and check out the unusual species that we offer.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

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


Philodendron bipennifolium  Philodendron bipennifolium 
Philodendron bipennifolium  Philodendron bipennifolium  Philodendron bipennifolium 
Philodendron bipennifolium  Philodendron bipennifolium 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
THE "MADAGASCAR PALM"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE PLANTS

Although not a true palm at all, this succulent from Madagascar has very spiny trunks with un-armed green leaves at the top.  It's trunks can get up to about six inches thick and overall height is usually under ten feet. Sometimes plants will branch, even at the top, and give peculiar shapes overall.  Blossoms do appear and are white in color.  This is a popular garden plant as well as an interior species. Along our coast it demands bright sun.  Cold hardiness appears to be only to about a freeze.

We're offering some very nice about 3 foot tall 5g on special.  The trunks are super spiny.  They are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


Just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering.  We can easily ship this size right to your door.
Pachypodium lameri 5g
5 gallon size on sale right now
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, on sale
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THE BAILEY FAN PALM
THICK, SPECTACULAR GRAY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS!


If you mention this magnificent and large fan palm
to any palm enthusiast, he will immediately praise this gorgeous species.  Native to Cuba, it has a thick and fairly tall trunk with beautiful large, upright leaves.  When I first saw this species in specimen size at Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami, I was awestruck.  I will share pictures from that trip with you below.  It was a great tragedy when Hurricane Andrew blew down some of these huge relics.  As I recall, staff at the garden were able to salvage some of them by up-righting the trunks and bracing them.

Trunk size on this species is up to about fifty feet with a trunk diameter of two feet.  The trunk is clean and smooth, tan in color.  Leaves are circular, upright, and the crown size is about fifteen feet.  Leaves are green and the large crown is a bit crowded appearing but gorgeous.  The underside of the leaves is slightly glaucous.  Also note how the petioles are very light colored, almost white, with small black armor.  The leaf stems are very attractive.

One seldom sees this species for sale because growing it from seed is painfully slow.  We recently obtained some outdoor grown 5g plants that are showing numerous fan leaves. It has taken seven years to produce this size of plant.  This species likes sun and appears to be cold hardy into the mid, possibly the lower 20's F.  If you like this species, you just have to obtain what's available and be patient.  It's like growing a Jubaea.  It just takes time to get an enormous specimen, but if you give it good culture you should be successful.  Fortunately, growth rate in the ground is faster than in pots.  We have limited numbers of these for sale. 

REGULAR PRIC3 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Mention this Special when you buy for your discount.
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
C. baileyana on right
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plant in ground in Southern CA
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Close up of petioles younger plant
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plants in habitat
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana  

 

SATURDAY, 20 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE
TALK ABOUT A BIG PALM FOR ITS POT!
SIXTEEN FOOT PLANT IN A 25 GALLON CONTAINER

When one is growing a lot of nursery plants like we do, sometimes a plant is forgotten or, for whatever reason, just doesn't sell.  That plant just keeps growing and growing.  Yesterday I had a call from a large landscape company.  Their client couldn't afford to install this species in a 36 inch box.  So, the contractor asked me if I had a huge one in a more affordable smaller pot (compared to a huge box that needs a crane).  So, Ricardo went off looking for what he could find.  This 25g was in the back of our nursery.  It has twelve feet or more of woody trunk with an overall height of sixteen feet!  And, it wasn't rooted into the ground.  I can be planted easily by two men - saving probably a thousand dollars for the customer.  The next to last photo shows a 15g with some trunk.  This would be more the average customer's choice.  I guess you could say that we have "all sizes", something for everyone.  That includes bands up to the big ones.  BTW, in a perfect world, this plant would have been put into the ground years ago.  I'd estimate its actual age in that pot at fifteen years.  It even went through 25 degrees in 2007.
 
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae
More typical 15g plant
Archontophoenix alexandrae

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
NICE SIZED 15 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


The Windmill Palm shown here, Trachycarpus fortunei, is the second most cold hardy palm in the world.  Reports are that it'll occasionally survive temperatures down to almost zero degrees F.!  Only Rhapidophyllum hystrix is more cold hardy.  The Windmill Palm easily takes coastal sun and inland sun can be tolerated if you are not in the desert.  Mature height can get up to 30 feet in many decades.  The 15g size shown here is very nicely sized with about 24 inches of trunk and is on sale.  As we ship plants in their container with soil (we are a CA Certified Nursery), shipping may cost as much as the plant.

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

Just mention this special for this price.  We have other sizes as well and would offer 15% off for ten days on any other size we have.  5 gallon plants also shown below.  Remember, ask for this 10 day special when you purchase.

LINK TO ARTICLE ON WINDMILL PALMS

Trachycarpus fortunei
15 gallon sized plant
Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei
5 gallon size
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
ATTRACTIVE, SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT PALM
2 GALLON PLANTS STARTING TO SUCKER
TEN DAY SPECIAL!

This species of suckering pinnate palm is native to Southern Mexico.  It is known for being the second most cold hardy Chamaedorea, taking down into the upper teens F.  Stems are thin and green.  Mature height is eight feet.  A female will produce lots of red seeds if pollenated.  Leaves have an iridescent sheen and are sometimes an almost a blue color on their back side.  This species likes filtered light but, right on the coast, can take a fair amount of sun.  The 2 gallon on special were purposefully grown in a very bright part of our greenhouses to get them used to more sun.  These can be shipped.  Other sizes shown here.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G $37.50

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


ARTICLE ON CHAMAEDOREA, THE SPECIES
Chamaedorea microspadix
2 gallon size presently on sale
Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
15 gallon plant at nursery
Chamaedorea microspadix
band size seedlings
Chamaedorea microspadix
5 gallon size
Chamaedorea microspadix
Another 15g size in our Palm House
Chamaedorea microspadix
Close up showing velvet character of leaflets
Chamaedorea microspadix
Red fruit on female nursery plant
Chamaedorea microspadix

 

RARE, CLIMBING PHILODENDRON SPECIES
VERY UNUSUAL LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Shown in the first 3 pictures is a rare and undescribed species of Philodendron.  Many plants of this genus are climbers.  This means that they will literally climb up a fence, pole or trunk of another tree.  Such is the case with the species shown here.  Please note its interesting leaf shape.  We got stock of this species from a large botanical garden in LA where we have an exchange program.  It comes from a plant in the wild.  For sure, you'll not find this species at any local nursery.  This plant has seen a freeze at our nursery and is a good grower.  The last two pictures show epiphytic plants on palm trunks including a Philodendron and a Moosehorn Fern.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON AS SHOWN $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Philodendron Species Philodendron Species
Philodendron Species Philodendron Species  Epiphytic plants

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICEA
RARE SPECIES IN KING PALM FAMILY
SILVER BACK TO LEAVES
SWOLLEN BASE OF TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG ONE GALLON PLANTS

Most people don't know that there are about six or seven different species in the King Palm family.  When customers come in, they are shocked to see that there are choices with this family of Australian, crown shafted palms.  But, there are.

All are single trunk and have crown shafts.  On A. purpurea, the crown shaft is purple.  A. maxima is a bigger species.  Archontophoenix beatricea is known for the silver backs to the leaves, the prominent, "ridge like" step offs of the trunk rings and the definite swelling at the base of the trunk.  Culturally, it's just like the standard King Palm.  The 1 gallon I'm putting on special here are mostly multiples (more than one plant per pot) and of excellent size.  Mail order is a piece of cake.

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

This price above is a bit more than our band price for the same species yet these are three years old and three times bigger.  Just mention this special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Note swelling at base of trunk

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
FILTERED LIGHT COMPANION PLANT
THREE DIFFERENT SIZES/PRICES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE

This fantastic companion plant is the Birds Nest Fern.  The scientific name is Asplenium nidus.  Maximum size on this plant is about five feet tall.  They get about as wide as they are tall.  They like water, so if you can't grow them well, try more water.  It wants filtered light.  Be aware that snails love to eat holes in the leaves.  So, snail bait is in order.  We have four sizes available.  Sorry, we are sold out of the one gallons we showed a few weeks ago.  All the ones we have now are on sale.

6 INCH POT REGULARLY $20
SALE PRICE  6 INCH $12.50  (limited numbers)

10 INCH POT SIZE REGULAR PRICE $35
SALE PRICE 10 INCH $22.50

5 GALLON REGULAR PRICE $55
SALE PRICE 5G $40


Just mention this Blog Only Sale Price for your discount when you purchase - sort of like a discount coupon.  We can mail order any size.


 
Birds Nest Fern
This and next picture, 6 inch pot
Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern
This and next picture, 10 inch pot
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
This and next 3 pictures, 5g pots
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern BY MYSARAWAKTRAVELOG
Photo by mysarawaktravelog website
Birds Nest Fern by HawaiaanForest.com website 
Birds Nest Palm growing epiphytically
photo by HawaiianForest.com website
 

PRITCHARDIA REMOTA
OVERHEAD TROPICAL FAN PALM
NATIVE TO HAWAII
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This attractive fan palm is native to the islands of Kauai and Nihau in the Hawaiian chain.  It lives at about 500 feet elevation or more in dry forests.  There, some plants are found on dry cliffs.  Maybe because of its natural habitat, it does quite well in Southern California.  Plants get up to about 20 feet height with a narrow trunk for their height.  Leaves are green with some divisions of the leaf segments.  Fruit is medium-large in size, up to 3/4 of an inch.  Culturally, this species takes full sun on the coast and wants morning sun further inland.  Cold tolerance is down to 25 to 27 degrees F. 
The plants on sale are one gallon although we may have larger sizes available.

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

Remember:  mention this Blog Special for your discount. 
 
Pritchardia remota  Pritchardia remota 
Pritchardia remota  Pritchardia remota  Pritchardia remota 
Pritchardia remota  Pritchardia remota   
 

 

FRIDAY, 19 FEBRUARY, 2016/p>

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
NEW ARRIVAL OF INTERIOR QUALITY HOUSE PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL - TWO SIZES!

Just yesterday we got in a batch of interior quality, gorgeous Kentia Palms that we're putting on special.  For those who don't know, interior quality palms are grown under very controlled conditions and are time consuming and more labor intensive to produce than regular nursery stock.  They are typically perfect with no blemishes or scars.  They are hand manicured.  These plants are ideal for inside the home and are used in business offices, banks and hotel lobbies.  And, the Kentia Palm is one of the most popular interior house palms around.  The two sizes were offering are easy to ship - 3 gallon and squat 5 gallon pots.  The 3 gallon are 3 to 4 feet tall, the 5 gallon are five to six feet tall.  All are multiples - several plants per pot.  These plants can also be used in filtered light on a patio.  Outdoors, cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Either size is easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 3G INTERIOR QUALITY $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

REGULAR PRICE INTERIOR QUALITY 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this purchase at the time you order/purchase.  BTW, we do offer "non-interior quality" Kentias at a lesser price.  These are meant to be more of a garden plant.
Howea forsteriana
This and next three pictures 3 gallon size
Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
This and all other pictures below of popular
squat 5 gallon pot size
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

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


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

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

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
 
Chamaedorea plumosa
This an next 2 pictures of our 1 gallon plants
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
15 gallon size, not on sale presently
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Dypsis decaryi
This and next four pictures of 15 g size on sale
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
25g sized, not on sale presently
Dypsis decaryi MR
Habitat picture Madagascar by MR
Dypsis decaryi
Balboa Park, San Diego

 

ALOCASIA - UNKNOWN SPECIES
OLD 15 GALLON ON SALE
STRIKINGLY BEAUTIFUL COMPANION PLANT
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

For about six to eight years I've been growing a nice species of Alocasia.  Originally, I though this was Alocasia macrorhyza.  But, I've decided it is not.  It get leaves about 3 feet long with an overall arrowhead shape.  Leaf edges are scalloped.  Leaf stems are either silver green or brown-green.  It is very pretty and seems to attain a height of about 5 to 6 feet from the ground.  It does cluster but doesn't appear to "run".  It's an ideal companion plant with dark green leaves in shade and a lighter green in coastal sun.  People love this plant!  I'm offering them on a 10 day special.  I have no smaller plants and only a half dozen of these guys.  They are older plants with lots of tubers and stems.  Cold tolerance is below a freeze.  These plants have seen 28 degrees.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $150

Just remember - mention this Blog Special for your discount.  I can mail order these plants.
 
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species  

 

DYPSIS PSAMMOPHILA
JUVENILE RED STEMS, LATER BLACK TRUNKS WITH WHITE CROWN SHAFTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This is a small to medium sized, suckering palm from Eastern Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 12 to 15 feet and the leaves are keeled.  When young, juvenile leaf stems and the base of the trunk have a prominent red color.  Later the trunks turn black or near black in color.  At the top of these dark stems are powder white crown shafts.  Shown here is a 5g plant demonstrating this prominent red color.  Other photos show the white crown shafts and dark trunks.  This is a filtered light species with cold tolerance into the upper twenties F. range. Of note, we are pretty well supplied with the band size.  Larger plants as shown in the sixth photo are very limited.

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

Note, no double discounts.  Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila by Arrowsmith Palmpedia
by P. Arrowsmith, Palmpedia
Dypsis psammophila TS at RPS
by TS at RPS

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGOUS CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 FOR A BAND

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.
 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size not on this special
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
juvenile red color stems on 5g size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
AKA SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
LARGE TRUNK FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


It's been a while since I've talked about this species or offered in on special.  This large trunked Caribbean fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti (Hispaniola).  It can reach heights of sixty feet with a two foot thick trunk.  Most authorities feel that S. dominguensis is the same species.  Its leaves are blue green on a rather long petiole.  Leaf size is four to five feet across.  The trunk is light colored, sort of a gray. 

Shown here are the band sized plants on special.  We might have some 5g and 15g as well.  All sizes can be shipped.  By the way, as you can see, these band sized plants are not wimpy - they are an equivalent to most nursery's 1g size.

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

You know the drill - mention this Special to get this price.

Sabal blackburniana SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
note, this one's a "double"
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
a ten year old palm in Encinitas, CA
Sabal blackburniana wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
   

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, LARGER PALM
15G AVAILABLE

Many people are familiar with the super cold hardy, suckering Dwarf Sugar Palm, Arenga engleri.  This is a totally different species.  Native to Asia from the Philippines to Indonesia, this species is single trunk, gets to a height of thirty feet and has a thick fibrous trunk.  Like other Arengas, the backs of the leaves are silver and the leaflet tips are jagged. 

I have known of many being grown in our area.  Although we're not sure of the exact cold hardiness, I'd put it somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  It can take full sun along the coast.  Growth rate is medium.  It does need room to grow as the leaves are ten eight to ten feet long.  We have limited numbers of these available.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING
GOOD HOUSEPLANT OR FOR PATIO
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This species was named about a decade ago after a friend of mine and Palm Society member, Luis Hooper.  It is a suckering, medium sized shade palm with thin trunks and prominent rings on the trunk.  Overall height peaks out at about twelve feet.  Clumps do not run.  Leaf color is green and leaf length is four feet.  It is similar to Chamaedorea costaricana but with longer leaves and a fuller appearance overall.

Shown here are almost entirely 15g plants which we're putting on sale.  I've shown one 20 gallon plant to demonstrate a more mature specimen.  I'm also showing some green seeds on one plant.  This species is fast growing and tolerates temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  Our 15g plants are about 8 feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON PLANTS $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price

Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
20 gallon size
Chamaedorea hooperiana

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SMALLER & EASY TO SHIP PLANTS AVAILABLE

This very popular suckering species of Dypsis that is native to Madagascar and possibly other nearby locations.  Also known as the "Golden Cane Palm" because of the presence of yellow color in the stems and trunks, it gets to a height of typically fifteen feet in our locality and sometimes a bit more.  But, I've seen specimens from tropical areas that have gotten to 30 feet tall or more.

It has a cold tolerance well into the mid-twenties F and is being grown by many in our So Cal location.  Trunk diameters are usually three to four inches.  Trunks are a silver-green color.  A typical plant will have about four to six stems when mature.  Leaves are pinnate and four to six feet long.  Along the coast, the Areca Palm tolerates full sun but part day sun or strong filtered light will often work as well. 

This is one of the best species available to "hide the neighbor or adjacent building" from your view.  The 3g plants shown here are about five feet tall and would be easy to ship anywhere in the U.S.  And, if you live locally and like bigger plants, the last two photos show our currently available 20g size.  They are about 12 feet tall in their pots.

Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
larger 20g size also available
Dypsis lutescens  

 

LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI
SOFT LEAVES, NO ARMOR
VERY USER FRIENDLY
FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

This fantastic Australian species of green cycad has long leaves up to eight feet and absolutely no spines anywhere.  The leaflets are soft and you can rub them against your face.  The petioles are smooth.  It does need room in the garden because of the size of the leaves.  Along the coast, some have successfully grown this plant in full sun.  But, most give it part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 20 degrees.

Shown here are an assortment of sizes from our nursery.  The first are a citrus pot.  We have a pretty good selection but are running out over time.  It's near impossible to get seeds on this species nowadays.  Mail order is very easy.
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei  

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
MINIATURE SHADE PALM
METALLIC SHEEN TO LEAVES

This New World palm species is unique in that it has simple leaves that, under the right growing conditions, produces a definite metallic sheen to the leaves.  Several pictures show this nicely.  It has a narrow stem and never gets too tall.  I've had a few plants in the garden that, after 30 years, got up to six feet tall.  A downside is when a plant gets this old, it sort of looks like "leaves of a stick".  So, you want to plant colonies of this palm for fullness of the overall group.  I think a minimum of three together or up to six to eight is ideal.

Shown here are an assortment of plants and sizes.  It is a shade palm and cold tolerance to about 22 degrees F.  These are easy to ship and do nicely as a houseplant.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Fifteen year old group with 3 feet of trunk
Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
THE SMALLER ROYAL PALM FROM JAMAICA
COMPARE TO THE CUBAN ROYAL NEXT

About four years ago I was lucky enough to make contact with a fellow that loves palms and often goes to Jamaica.  He told me he visited Roystonea princeps in habitat and asked if I wanted seeds.  That was a "no-brainer" for me and I replied "of course".  This relationship has let to a good supply of this desirable tall crown shafted Royal Palm.

Compared to Roystonea regia (discussed below), this is a shorter palm, maximum height to sixty feet (not one hundred like regia).  Also, the trunk is more narrow with a small amount of basilar bulging.  Finally, the leaflets are multi-ranked giving a plumose appearance with some leaflets hanging down in a dependent fashion.  The crown shaft is emerald green. 

Growth rate is similar to other Royals and cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are 2g, 5g and a 15g plant.  Presently we have the two smaller sizes from this wild collected seeds.  The two habitat photos were taken by RL.  Note the rather narrow trunk for a Royal Palm and the fluffy leaves.

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS 5G Roystonea princeps
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps by RL
Roystonea princeps by RL Roystonea princeps  

 

TUESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

PRITCHARDIA
THE HAWAIIAN PALM
A TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
PERFECT GENUS FOR GARDEN DIVERSITY

This genus is mostly native to Hawaii, but some species extend into the South Pacific.  At our nursery, we specialize in the native species from Hawaii because they are more cold tolerant and easier to grow in Southern California.  All are tropical fan palms and all are very desirable.  For those of you who "only like feather palms", think again.  These plants are gorgeous and add a real diversity to the garden.  There are about 25 or so species Pritchardia in this genus, and at any time we typically offer ten or more species for sale.  They tend to be small to medium sized palms, typically under 20 feet of height with thin or medium sized trunks.  The leaves are near entire and often flat in their shape.  They are easy to grow and some tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  In coastal areas they take full or part day sun.  Inland they may be grown in strong filtered light. 

We have all sizes from seedlings, medium sized plants on up to boxed specimens.  Shown here are an array of sizes and species.  Come visit us and you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that we have hundreds of this genus for sale.  Over the past 3 decades we have sold thousands of Pritchardia  of all species and everyone loves them.  We are one of the only nurseries in the country that offers so many species and sizes of Pritchardia.   By the way, Pritchardia are the only true palm species native to the Hawaiian Islands.  All other palm species were introduced by man!

I am showing a few mature garden and habitat plants here.  Note how some are quite tall (P. schattaueri) and others don't get over about ten feet.  Some have very flat leaves, others are wavy.  Some have small leaves, others as big as a dinner table.  Another nice thing about Pritchardia is that they break up the repetitive nature of all the pinnate palms that populate most gardens.  The contrast is nice and creates a more diverse garden.     
  
Pritchardia


Pritchardia seedling
pritchardia


Pritchardia species
pritchardia leaf pritchardia pritchardia 5g
Pritchardia schauterii by A. B.
Pritchardia schattaueri by A.
Bredison
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana box
Pritchardia beccariana box
Pritchardia species
dwarf species, 15 years old
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia hardyi
Pritchardia hardyi
pritchardia glabrata 15g
Pritchardia glabrata
Pritchardia sp. nut brown
pritchardia sp. "nut brown"
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
BLUE OR GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
BEAUTIFUL STACKING LEAFLETS


This cycad species makes a stunning specimen and is one of my favorites.  It is from South Africa, an easy cycad to grow, and in most areas likes full sun.  Its leaf color varies from green to blue, with many somewhere in between.  The leaves are curved toward the ground and in many specimens there is overlapping or stacking of the leaflets.  Some varieties have a rather blunt (non-pointed) tip to the leaflets and this form is sought after by collectors. 

All the photos shown here are of nursery plants.  This species is so cool that I thought I'd just show you a whole bunch of plants.  I hope you like this species because it looks great in the garden.  Most of these plants are large, but we have everything from seedlings up to coning sized specimens as shown here. In these pictures note the variation in the leaf color, the leaves that curve toward the ground, and the tight proximity of the leaflets.  If you only want one cycad, this might be a great choice.
Encephalartos longifolius pot Encephlartos longifolius 15g
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius box Encephalartos longifolius
E. longifolius E. longifolius E. longifolius leaf
E. longifolius, cit pot E. longifolius box E. longifolius bue

 

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


I just want to remind readers that it's very easy for us to ship larger plants by bunching them onto a pallet.  We frame out the pallet and shrink wrap it.  The advantage for you is that we can ship larger plants and this technique is so much more affordable that usual shippers like Fed Express or UPS.  But, you've got to fill the pallet to get the full benefit and savings.  For some, this is the perfect way to add to their garden.  We ship to all states in the country.
pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SCLAVOI
EASY TO GROW CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

Named after a French citizen who first recognized this species, it was formally described in 1989.  Its trunk is typically a mature height of four to twelve feet, its leaves are erect and about six feet long, color is green, sometimes blue-green, petioles lightly furry, and leaflets cupped.  From a nursery point of view, I have seen spiny leaflets with this species and, my favorite, leaflets that are minimally spiny and very cupped.  You can lay your fingers into the cupped leaflets from the dorsal side.  The fourth photo shows the cupping of the leaflets.  This Central African species comes from Tanzania, the country between Kenya and Mozambique.  Native elevation is high, typically about 6000 feet, and the habitat is dry and sunny.   

The leaflets of this species are very thick and leathery.  The margins are revolute, and leaflets can overlap.  Because of its native high elevation, it is relatively cold hardy for an Central African cycad.  It can take full sun along the coast and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants as well as some garden specimens.  This is a satisfying and easy to grow cycad.
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi

 

GROWING PALM SPECIES AS "MULTIPLES"
MORE THAN ONE PLANT IN A POT
SINGLE STEM SPECIES LOOKING LIKE SUCKERING PALMS

From a trunk point of view, there are two types of palm trees:

1.  Single trunk:  Species that only have one trunk
2.  Suckering species:  "Suckering" means that the primary trunk makes additional trunks, usually at the base of the first trunk.

Many palm species such as Roystonea (Royal Palm) and Archontophoenix (King Palm) are "single trunk" species.  Examples of suckering species would be the Bamboo Palm, the Senegal Date Palm, the Areca Palm and many others.

Nurserymen will sometimes put multiple single trunk species into one pot and grow them as a "multi".  This term means that more than one single trunk species have been placed and grown in one single pot.  This is done because many customers prefer the look of several together.  The most popular number of plants to grown as a "multi" is three.  Next most popular is a "double".  But, sometimes growers will put five or ten plants in one pot.  This practice makes a single stem species look like a suckering plant - fuller and, to many, prettier appearing. 

This confuses buyers.  They look at the plant and think that it is a suckering species.  The Pygmy Date Palm is almost always grown as three in a pot.  It looks aesthetic.  This makes consumers think the species is suckering, but it is a single trunk species.  A triple Pygmy will always just be three plants.  No more trunks will ever appear unless one got the rare, truly suckering form of this species native to Laos.  But, the latter is essentially never available.

I am going to show some plants here that are single trunk species but being grown as multi's.  I'll show both nursery and garden specimens.  Obviously, in habitat, you'd only see what appears to be a multiple of a single trunk species if multiple seeds happened to drop and germinate in the same location. 

Certain species do look good as multi's; others don't.  In general, I don't like to do multiples on bigger species like Canaries, Sabals, Bismarckia, etc.  But, sometimes customers ask for them.  A triple Queen Palm to me is 'too much".  But, everyone has their own preference and taste.

Below I show two photos of large Canary Island Palms.  One was grown as a multi from the beginning.  The other is three single plants put into the garden side by side.  Note the difference.  When grown as a "multi", trunks tend to arch away from each other.  The close up photo of the base of the triple King Palm shows this.  At our nursery, we do grow multiple species as "multi's", especially if they are tall, thin palm species.  Chamaedorea plumosa is a great example of a group of three or more looking better than a single plant. 
Chamaedorea oblongata multi
Chamaedorea oblongata, five plants in one pot

Chamaedorea elegans multi
Chamaedorea elegans, multi planting
Howea forsteriana multi
Howea forsteriana, three plants in one pot

Dypsis lutescens 10g
Dypsis lutescens, a naturally suckering species
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana triple
Triple King Palm, a multi planted specimen
Chamaedorea plumosa multi
Chamaedorea plumosa multi
Chamaedorea plumosa 15g
Chamaedorea plumosa multi
Pygmy Date multi's
Pygmy Date multiples
Howea forsteriana multi
Kentia Palm multiple

Chamaedorea neurochlamys, 3 plants in 1 pot
King Palm triple in garden
King Palm, triple in garden, grown as a multi

Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata, a suckering species.
This is not a multi potted specimen that got large
Triple Pygmy Date
Triple Pygmy Date, grown as a multi
Triple King Garden
King Palm triple showing the curve of the trunks

Triple Canary, grown as multi
Canary Palm, three side by side
Canary Palms, three singles planted close to
each other.  Not a multi

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
CROWN SHAFTED PALM FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND
MORE INFORMATION ON THIS SPECIES

Most people are familiar with Howea forsteriana, the Kentia Palm, from Lord Howe Island.  However, many are unaware that there are three other species native to this island in the Pacific Ocean off New Zealand.  These include Howea belmoreana, Hedyscepe canterburyana and Lepidorrhachis mooreana.  In their native habitat there, near sea level you find the Howea forsteriana.  Further up in elevation there are the belmoreana.  At 1000 to 2500 feet you'll see Hedyscepe.  And, at the top of the island's mountains, you find a few Lepidorrhachis. 

Hedyscepe is a montypic genus.  This means that there is only one species in this genus.  It is a crown shafted palm of medium size.  Most would include it in their top twenty most beautiful palms in the world.  Height is typically about twenty to twenty-five feet mature, trunk diameter eight inches, perhaps thicker.  The crown shaft is about two feet long.  If in filtered light, the crown shaft is silver blue and the trunk is the same with prominent rings.  The crown is somewhat umbrella shaped with curved leaves pointing downward.  Seeds are large and brilliantly red.

Shown here is a 25g plant, about ten years old in a container.  This species is not known for it's speed of growth.  Also shown are mature plants with some shots from my garden to shown trunk and crown color.  Note that the last photo demonstrates a mature tree in San Clemente, CA where it is thriving in full sun.  Along the coast, this species is good in full sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 24 degrees.  We try to always have this species available in one size or another.  Also available now are some nice 5g and smaller.  We hope to have a new supply of beefy 15g plants available soon.  
 
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
NICE BATCH OF CIT POT SIZE PLANTS

The first six pictures here show an example of a really nice batch of citrus pot sized plants of this species.  It is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  The second picture shows the grouping of leaflets. 

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

 

SCHIPPIA CONCOLOR
VERY THIN TRUNK
MEDIUM HEIGHT
3G SIZE AVAILABLE - RARE

This interesting and super thin trunked fan palm comes from Belize.  Taxonomically, one might think it's most closely related to Thrinax.  But, it is actually more akin to Cryosophila according to recent reports.  It has a 3 to 5 inch thick trunk.  It can get over ten feet tall.  Most that I've seen in botanical gardens are about ten to fifteen feet.  Fruits are light colored and large.  Leaves are green, near complete and soft.  Germination of seeds is quite easily but growing them from there is more of a challenge.

I'd recommend part day sun or coastal sun for this species.  I'm not positive about cold tolerance because they are quite rare.  But, I'd guess it's about a freeze at lowest.  We have several 3g plants available.  These can be shipped quite easily.
Schippia concolor Schippia concolor
Schippia concolor Schippia concolor Schippia concolor
Juvenile plant in So Cal garden
Schippia concolor
This plant is older than the last
Schippia by TS at RPS
mature by TS at RPS
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS
AN EXTINCT IN HABITAT CYCAD

The average cycad enthusiast may never see this species in person in his lifetime.  It is native to Mt.. Mruwere, Mozambique, where only a single colony of plants was discovered in 1969.  Within six years it was extinct in habitat, felt to probably be secondary to poaching.  It has a trunk about four to five feet tall with leaves light green and about four to five feet long.   Petioles are wooly.  Female cones are green.  Male cones are wooly and said to have "wing like" protrusions from the scales.  The Greek derivation for ""pteron" is "wing", thus the name.  

This species is obviously super rare and has also been an enigma to enthusiasts for decades.  People looked for the "wings" on male cones and sometimes didn't find them.  This lead to confusion about the species.  Shown here are two citrus pot plants of this species.  These are seed grown plants from seeds delivered as ""Encephalartos pterogonus".  Perhaps time and a male cone will let us know for sure. 

Also shown are some garden specimens, with photos of a female cone. This species is a Central African, so cold tolerance is not as good as cycads from further south on the African continent.  Cold tolerance is probably into the upper twenties F.  I would recommend growing it in sun along the coast, partial sun inland.  We have only a few of this rare cycad for sale.    
Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus
Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus
Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus
ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS

 

SATURDAY, 13 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

SABAL MEXICANA
MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

At one time this species was much more prevalent in Texas, but in recent times its numbers have dwindled.  Native habitat extends from Texas down through Latin America on both coastal sides of these countries.  In habitat, specimens up to fifty feet have been observed.  Trunks are straight and columnar.  Trunk diameter is typically twelve to eighteen inches.  Most domestic plants are in the twenty to thirty foot range.  Old leaf bases are retained in the upper trunk area but will fall way with age.  The crown is green with a hint of silver and full.  This species is similar to Sabal palmetto but usually bigger with a larger crown of leaves.  Like the Palmetto Palm, it is very cold hardy, perhaps even to ten degrees F.

Shown here are some 5g plants which I'm putting on special.  I've also shown a 15g and some garden plants.  This is a full sun species and a great selection for someone in a colder area.

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


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
15 gallon nursery plant
Sabal mexicana
underside of leaf of 15g plant
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
AFRICAN TULIP TREE
EASY FLORID COLOR FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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.  They will have summer blossoms.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125!

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
LUSH GREEN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

DIOON PURPUSII
KEELED LEAF MEXICAN CYCAD
CIT POT SIZE ON TEN DAY SPECIAL
NOT BIG PLANTS BUT SUPER RARE

This highly sought after and collectible species is native to Oaxaca, Mexico.  After several centuries, trunks can get up to 15 feet.  It is known for its prominently keeled dull green leaves, similar to Dioon califanoi.  Close examination will shown small spines on the leaflets.  It is rare to see this species for sale.  The plants on special are pushing 3 years old - not large but super rare.  This is a full sun species except in the desert.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F. or a bit colder. 

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $125


As always, mention this Special for your discount.
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii
Large specimen at nursery, now sold
Dioon purpusii by LR habitat
Photo by LR
Dioon purpusii HABITAT BY M.M.
Habitat photo by M.M.

 

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES

We have available as shown 5g, band size and perhaps a few of the 15g left.
 
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

THE AUTUMN FERN
DRYOPTERIS ERYTHOSA
COPPER RED LEAVES
SMALL COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS


I am going to include today some smaller but interesting ferns that you may not see around at nurseries.  The Autumn Fern is known for it's small stature and copper red emerging leaves during spring and fall.  They turn to green as time passes.  Plants stay under 18 inches tall and are compact.  This is a nice plant to fill smaller garden floor areas in filtered light.  I'm putting them on a ten day special.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15


Just mention this Special when purchasing.
Dryopteris erythrosora Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora Dryopteris erythrosora  

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIIUM NIDUS
WIDE SWORD LIKE LEAF
SMALL FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Everyone loves this filtered light plant including the garden snail.  But, keep them away and these understory companion plants are real winners.  They don't like to go dry, so keep up on the water.  Salty water gives them brown tipped leaves.  The 5g plants here are very nice.  Mature height is about three feet.  They are cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  I'm putting them on a Ten Day Special - this size not part of the Blowout Sale.  I'm showing below the ruffled leaf form which I don't have at this time.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for the discount when purchasing.
 
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
BIRDS NEST FERN wIKIPEDIA
Photo c/o Wikipedia
BIRDS NEST FERN
Ruffled variety not available at this time
 

   

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
BEST KING PALM EVER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Over the past several years I've talked about this type of Archontophoenix which we sell at the nursery.  In my experience and with feedback from other customers, this is probably the fastest growing and most spectacular of all the King Palms around.  It is not a regular Arcontophoenix cunninghamiana in any fashion.  It gets much taller, is faster growing, has an extremely thick trunk (more like a Royal Palm), and doesn't brown tip in our full sun here.  The leaves are also darker green.  The seeds are larger than the regular King.

These plants coming from the seed bearing mother plant in my garden.  That's the only source.  The name "teracarpa" is a made up name and implies "large body", which this plant has.  But, we discovered another great thing about it.  Sometimes plants throw red newly emerging leaves as shown here.  The crown shaft will be a sort of sky blue color.  The nearest similar species that we can find in looking at all the known King Palm species is Archontophoenix maxima.  But, we've found it doesn't key out to be this.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.
Archontophoenix teracarpa red leaf Archontophoenix teracarpa red leaf
Archontophoenix teracarpa red leaf Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
15g size of 'teracarpa", may be out of stock

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
BLUE-GREEN SUCKERING FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and perhaps a bit taller when mature.  It does sucker.  The leaflet tips are softer than the pungent campestris.  On sale are these outdoor grown 15g plants.  It likes full sun and is pretty cold hardy, possibly into the upper teens F.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size, but we do have 5g as well.

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


As usual, mention our Blog when ordering to get this price.
Trithrinax schizophylla trithrinax schizophylla

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
   

 

WEDNESDAY, 10 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

CYCAS MEDIA
FORTY YEAR OLD SPECIMEN
GORGEOUS AND RARE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

For those of you who saw the private cycad collection we obtained last month, there were many super old specimens that were obtained.  Included was this unusual Cycas species that has been outdoor grown for several decades.  It was in filtered light.  The trunk height is about 29 inches long and ten inches wide.  It is in a 25g pot.  I'd anticipate a mature height of twice what it is now in the ground in two decades.  I'd recommend limited sun or strong filtered light.  Some, on the coast, grow it in full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid or somewhat low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1800
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $1200

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price and savings.  This is a unique plant and I only have one this size.  But, I do have other old plants of this species as well.  This plant should go to a very special garden or to an upscale project.
Cycas media Cycas media
Cycas media Cycas media Cycas media

 

CYCAS DIANNANENSIS
RARE CHINESE CYCAD
LONG, GRACEFUL GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE


This recently discovered species is native to the Yannan Province in China.  There is lives on steep cliffs at an elevation of almost 4000 feet.  Enthusiasts find this appealing as it implies some degree of cold hardiness.  Trunk size can get up to ten feet.  Leaves are long and upright.  Sometimes leaflets undulate.  There is a prominent petiole and leaf color is green.  So far, in local gardens, this has been an excellent species to grow in part day sun or strong filtered light.  I anticipate a cold hardiness well down into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $135

Just mention this Blog Special when buying for this price.

Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis
Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis
Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis
older nursery specimen
Cycas diannanensis TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

COLORFUL BROMELIADS ANYONE?
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ANY BROMELIAD


Every week or two we get in a new batch of colorful Bromeliads of all types.  Availability is continually changing.  This includes Nerogelias, Vriesias, Achmeas and all sorts of other genera.  We try to get ones with prominent colors that make great companion plants to put on the floor of the garden.  Our selection changes week by week.  So, if you like companion plants, do drop by and check out what we have.  We also offer very cool Ti's (especially red ones), Heliconia and weird Philodendron.  About half of the photos here were taken yesterday.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 15% OFF ANY BROMELIAD WE HAVE IN STOCK!

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Bromeliad  Bromeliad 
Bromeliad  Bromeliad  Bromeliad 
Bromeliad  Bromeliad  Bromeliad 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
RARE CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZE


This South African cycad is perhaps best known for two things:  It can grow in shady conditions and the cones (especially the female cone) are red.  The cone color varies from fire engine red to orange.  Female cones seem to be more colorful.  The leaflets look like a holly fern.  Right along the coast, this species can take almost full sun and look good.  But, most people grow it in part day sun or filtered light.  From a seedling, it takes about ten years in the ground to get a big, coning sized plant.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown in the first two pictures to the right are seedling E. ferox.  This size is what's on special for ten days.  We can ship either bare root or in the band container.  No international shipments allowed.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE, $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $27.50 OR THREE FOR $
75

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox

 

DIOON EDULE
COLD HARDY & SMALL CYCAD
LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND CIT POT SIZE


We're offering a good buy on probably the most cold hardy of all cycads. Dioon edule is native to Mexico in very arid, hot and sunny habitats.  It is a semi-dwarf species and never gets over four to five feet tall.  Leaves are about three feet long.  What keeps it small is the fact that the trunk never gets over a foot or two tall in gardens.  So, overall one can almost always look over the top of the plant. This is important where there are view issues in the garden.

Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  It loves full sun and actually doesn't do well in shade.  Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant with a 3 inch caudex.  We're putting this size plant (3 inch caudex) on sale in 5g and cit pot size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $150-$175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CAUDEX IN CIT POT & 5G $115

But, you must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this discounted price.  Mail order?  Piece of cake.
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Large boxed Dioon edule at nursery. overhead view
dioon edule at nursery
Boxed specimen at nursery

 

MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM
NICE, FULL 1G PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 1G PLANTS

The genus Adiantum or Maiden Hair Fern contains many species and cultivars.  If you Google the genus, you'll see all sorts of different looking plants.  What I'm showing here is the plant on the West Coast that we consider to be the "classic Maidenhair Fern".  They are full 1g.  They never get over two feet tall, like water and are best grown in filtered light.  I'm putting these on a Ten Day Special (not on the Blowout Sale).

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price.  These are a great understory companion plant.
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
5g size not available at this time

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This single trunk, non-crown shafted pinnate palm is native to Lord Howe Island.  It is known for it's tropical appearance, lush green leaves and slow growth.  It is a great coastal palm for the garden and also an ideal interior palm.  It reaches a mature height of about 35 feet in the garden and tolerates full sun or filtered light along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  The bands on special are about 2 years old.  They are easy and affordable to ship in their containers - either one or four.  I'd recommend repotting these this spring into a larger pot.  As a houseplant, because of their slow growth, one can anticipate years of enjoyment before they get too tall.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $15
OR, FOUR FOR $50

Just mention this Special for your discount.
 
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea f. to the left - photo taken looking out of my
office window
 
Howea forsteriana 

 

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

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

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

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

REGLAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

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

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

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
NEVER OVER ABOUT TEN FEET TALL

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

I have available a limited number of band size plants.  You must appreciate that this species is super rare and rarely offered for sale.  Yes, it costs a bit more than average seedlings, but is well worth it.  These are on about their fourth to fifth leaf.  I also have 5g and 15g available.  The older tree below is from Fairchild Tropical Garden.

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE $30.00

Limited supply.  This is the best price we've offered this rare palm for in a long time.  Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrantii
This is a 15g plant and available at nursery as well
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

YUCCA ROSTRATA
SUPER BLUE FOLIAGE
SEMI-DWARF SUN PLANT
TOLERATES VERY COLD WEATHER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This small to medium sized, drought tolerant plant is native to the southern U.S. border and down into Mexico.  It is usually a single trunk mature plant but can fork above the ground.  Most notable is the silver-blue foliage as shown here.  It is very slow growing.  Over time it forms a trunk about eight or ten inches thick.  Foliage is about 2 feet long and not "pokey" or sharp.  It demands full sun and is cold hardy at least to the lower teens F.  Gardeners like this species because it's not very big and gives nice color to a sunny garden.  Although not part of our Blowout Sale, I'm offering these at a discount to Blog Readers.

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

Just mention this Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata from itdreamstime.org website
photo from it dreamstime.org website
 

 

SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THIN TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZED
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
NICE 5 GALLON AVAILABLE

For many years we have carried this desirable feather leaf palm species from the island of New Caledonia.  It is sought out by enthusiasts because it is quite easy to grow.  Anticipate a height of about 20 feet.  It likes filtered light or a bit of sun.  Cold tolerance is quite good, somewhat below 25 degrees F.  It is a good grower but not fast.  The 5g sized plants we're offering here just came in and were outdoor grown.  They are of excellent size for their container.  Limited numbers available.  One way to distinguish this species from C. nucele are the keeled leaves that arch downward.  Nucele are flat and don't really arch at all.  Trunks are thin and the crown shaft is more or less silver green.  One picture below shows a flower with some immature seeds.  Many are growing this species well here in Southern California.
Cyphophoenix elegans
This an next 2 pictures of our 5g size
Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
15 gallon size
Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans
Note thin diameter of trunk
Cyphophoenix elegans
Note keeled leave - "V" shaped in cross section
Cyphophoenix elegans

 

DYPSIS SAINTLUCEI
THIN TRUNK MADAGASCAR PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT
WHITE CROWN SHAFT & TRUNK

What I am showing here is a 20 gallon, outdoor grown Dypsis saintlucei.  This is one of Rusty's plants.  It sold yesterday but I did want to show it to you before it left the nursery.  It has been growing outdoors for many years and has been in this container for five years.  It is a couple feet overhead in height.  The striking thing about this plant is the white color of the long crown shaft and the most recent trunk.  Anticipate a height of about twenty feet mature with a trunk four to six inches in diameter.  This is a real collector species for someone who demands the most rare and unusual palm species from Madagascar.  Cold hardiness is uncertain.  This plant has seen a freeze.  I'd recommend a few hours sun or strong filtered light although some have grown it in almost full sun.
 
Dypsis saintlucei Dypsis saintlucei
Dypsis saintlucei Dypsis saintlucei Dypsis saintlucei
Dypsis saintlucei
Specimen growing in So Cal
Dypsis saintlucei by TS, RPS
Photo c/o TS at RPS
Dypsis saintlucei
Photo showing white crown shaft

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MOST SOUGHT AFTER OF ALL CYCADS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 YEAR OLD PLANTS

Encephalartos horridus is one of the most popular of all cycads.  It is a blue species from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It never gets that large.  A two foot tall caudex is very old and mature and overall heights of the plants are rarely over about 5 feet tall.  It is known for it's spiny and pokey leaflets with sharp lateral barbs on the leaflets.  It loves sun in most areas and wants a few hours of sun over in the desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees.  It can grow in colder areas than 22 degrees if properly winter protected.  We can teach you how to do this.  The four plants to the right in 5g pots (includes a single one gallon) are the plants on special.  Caudex size is ping pong ball (1 to 1.25 inches) and plants have about five to six leaves.  These have been outdoor grown in sun for several years.  We just got them in.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $105


Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  We obviously have many plants of this species of various sizes.  Realize there's only these four on special right now.

Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
15 gallon, not part of this group
Encephalartos horridus
A different 15g, not on sale right now
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS
FROM RAOUL ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE



Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  Shown here are very nice 1 gallon plants with pinnate leaves.  Expect a mature height in three decades of twenty-five feet.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5 gallon size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Photo by cloudforest.com website

CARYOTA GIGAS
GORGEOUS FISHTAIL PALM
LONG WIDE LEAVES, FAT BASE
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

The 15 gallon sized plants I'm showing this morning are absolutely huge for their pots.  They are eight to ten feet tall in their pots and very beefy.  This species is quick growing, gets a two to three foot diameter basal diameter, reaches heights up to thirty-five feet and is native to northern Thailand.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE/PRICE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155 THIS SIZE

Just mention this special to get the discount.  Only a few are left.
Caryota gigas, huge 15g Caryota gigas, huge 15g
Caryota gigas, huge 15g Caryota gigas, huge 15g Caryota gigas, huge 15g
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This single trunk, crown shafted and pinnate palm species is native to the Walsh Mountains in Queensland, Australia.  It is a good growing palm that reaches a height of about 30 feet.  I don't think it's quite as cold hardy as the regular King Palm, but will go down to about 25 degrees F.  It is also a bit smaller in overall size compared to the regular King.  Be aware that the crown shaft is never "lollipop purple".  If you see such photos on line, the color has been altered.  What you see below is a typical crown shaft color for our area.  The bands on sale have about four leaves and can be easily shipped.  As shown, we have many other sizes for sale as well.   

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
 
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
5 gallon size, same species
Archontophoenix purpurea
15 gallon size, same species
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Base of 15 gallon nursery plant
Archontophoenix purpurea
Mature specimen fruiting in San Diego

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM
MOST COLD HARDY PALM IN THE WORLD
SHORT STATURE - SLOW GROWING
NICE 15G PLANT

We rarely have more than one or two nice 15g of this species for sale.  They are slow growing and our smaller plants usually sell off before they get the 15g size.  We mostly sell this species through mail order to people who live in very cold areas.  It's known that this palm can take cold temperatures down to near zero F.  It is a semi-dwarf suckering fan palm that rarely gets over six to seven feet tall.  Some say the leaves sort of resembles a Rhapis excelsa in a way.  It is known for the long, dark needles on the trunk.  But, they have a sliver color to the underside as shown below.  It can take sun but is often grown in filtered light, where it does fine.  We do have bands, one gallon and maybe some 5g plants as well.  
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
different nursery plant showing formation of suckers
Rhapidophyllum hystrix

 

SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
A TROPICAL APPEARING SABAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G  SIZE


This rather tall New World fan palm comes from Mexico and Central America.  It can get to over sixty feet tall.  It has a thin trunk for its height.  An interesting thing is the blue back to the leaflets and the near complete, circular presence of the leaf segments.  It likes sun along the coast but can tolerate filtered light where it is a darker green.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. 

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


You must mention this Blog only sale when purchasing.
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis  

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
MAGNIFICENT THICK TRUNKED FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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.  Like the Copernicia baileyana which I discuss below, 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.  Available are 5g and 15g.  I might even have a few bands.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE WE HAVE

But, you must mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum   

 

ASPLENIUM NIDUS
BIRDS NEST FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG ONE GALLON PLANTS

This species of Aspleniaceae is also from South Pacific Islands but its native habitat stretches into India and Eastern Africa.  Natively it is an epiphytic species that lives in trees (see photo).  But, it adapts nicely to container growing.  It is known for its long, wide and somewhat firm/thick leaves.  I've seen (and had at the nursery) huge specimens with five foot long leaves.  They are breathtaking when large.  The plants here on special are very large one gallon plants.  They are ready to be potted into a 5g pot.  This species likes filtered light.  It can tolerate a bit less watering than most of the other ferns shown here.  It does poorly in hot full sun.  So, plant it in filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON PLANTS $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50

These are easy to mail order (weather permitting).  Just mention this Special to get your discount.
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern HawaiianForest website
photo c/o HawaiianForest Website 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Mysarawak Travellog
photo c/o Mysarawak Travelog 
 

 
DRYOPTERIS ERYTHROSORA
THE AUTUMN FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

This is a cold hardy species of small fern that is known for it's copper-red leaves.  The plants shown here are showing a bit of color.  But, the red is most prominent in the spring on new leaves.  This species will make a very nice colorful ground cover.  It wants filtered light and average water.  It is a very popular species for adding color to the garden and is reasonably cold hardy. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $15

It's a piece of cake to mail.  Just mention this Special for your discount.
Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Fern  Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Fern 
Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Fern  Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Fern   

 

SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

PREPARING A PLANT FOR SHIPPING
THIS TIME A BLACK TI PLANT
ALMA SHOWS YOU HOW WE DO IT

I want to show you how we prepare a plant for mail order/shipping.  Immediately to the right are three black Ti plants.  Our customer chose the biggest one, the plant on the left.  (note that there is a flower at the top of the plant).  Also note that this plant was a bit of a challenge.  One trunk goes laterally.  It would not bend upwards without damage.  You'd think that this meant we'd have to use a huge box to ship it upright.  We found a cheaper solution with less shipping charges for the customer.  This was to add a block of wood at the base, correcting the orientation of that longer trunk so it pointed straight up.

So, we attached that block, snow balled paper to the soil and applied a strong stake (1 x 2 lumber) to protect the plant during transport.  This means the plant won't slide on itself, damaging the canes, if Fed Express turns it upside down.  Alma then careful lifts the prepared plant and gently slides it into the pre-cut and measured box.  The stake goes to about an inch below the top of the box.  After inside the box, the top is securely taped.  (the bottom end is prepared before loading).  The last picture shows a plant in a box that is ready for the invoice and Ag permits on the outside of the box.  Inside we put a full complement of needed permits along with the original invoice.  Within a hour it's off to Fed Express for shipping.  There are few nurseries that take this much effort to prepare and ship plants.  But, we do.  We continually get feedback about how "prefect the plant was on arrival!"
Black Ti black ti
Black Ti Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box
Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box
Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
THE "CHAMPAGNE PALM"
EXAMPLES OF VARIOUS SIZES
FULL SUN - MEDIUM HEIGHT
FROM THE REUNION ISLAND

I am pleased to tell you that Jungle Music was the first nursery in the United States to offer this species commercially over 30 years ago.  Back then, there was no email.  After months of correspondence by mail, I arranged with a local in the Reunion Island to send me some seeds.  We germinated them and got these surprisingly red new seedlings.  Later we found, when juvenile, there is a "red form" and a "green form".  Also surprisingly, over time, both colors mature into a very similar appearing adult plant.  Authorities feel they are merely the same species presently.

Shown here are 15g, 5g and boxed plants.  This is a full coastal sun species.  It peaks out at a height of about 20 feet.  Cold tolerance is somewhere between 26 and 28 degrees F.  I'd recommend it for people who are in better climatic areas of our region.

By the way, I have no idea where the somewhat accepted or confusing
common name of "Champagne Palm" came from.  The plant does not sport this color at any time in its life.  Nor does this name make any sense.  It's probably from some nursery trying to market the plant by a name people will remember.  I sure hope it doesn't mean the plant "goes flat over time"!  Remember that many common names are just for recognition purposes and nothing else.  Thus, common words like "King", "Queen", "Emperor" or whatever are used. 
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
24 inch box specimen
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica
Another 24 inch boxed plant
Hyophorbe indica
5 gallon size

Photo by TS at RPS

 

BENTINCKIA CONDAPANNA
EXOTIC PALM FROM INDIA
SUPER RARE - NEEDS RIGHT AREA TO GROW IT

From time to time, I will offer one of this species for sale.  Very few people have any experience with it because it's hardly ever available for sale.  Shown here is a large 5g plant that was obtained from a private grower.  It was outdoor grown.  This species is native to high elevation in only one region of India where it is found at elevations up to a mile high.  It has a somewhat thin trunk with color to the inner crown and arching leaves.  Most find it exotic and appealing in appearance.  We were all surprised that it lives here outdoors, but with its high native elevation it was worth a try.  There are multiple plants growing in Southern California.  Mature height is 30 feet.  It will take sun, but I'd recommend caution and growing in in part sun.  My suspicion is that it'll not take much cold weather - maybe down to the frost level.  I only have this one for sale right now.  I just got it in 2 days ago.
Bentinckia condapanna Bentinckia condapanna
Bentinckia condapanna Bentinckia condapanna Bentinckia condapanna
Bentinckia condapanna Bentinckia condapanna by TS at RPS
Bentinckia condapanna by TS at RPS
Bentinckia condapanna by TS at RPS
Bentinckia condapanna by TS at RPS

 

CEROXYLON SPECIES
TALL SOUTH AMERICAN PALM
CLEAN GRAY COLORED TRUNK
VERY COLD HARDY
15 GALLON FOR SALE

Our availability of the South American beauty, Ceroxylon, varies over time.  We have a pretty good selection of C. amazonicum.  But, we also have this single 15g that is some other unknown species.  It is something different.  It's about average size for a 15g pot but not large.  The last photo shown the clean trunk of a locally grown Ceroxylon in Encinitas.  This is a sun or part day sun palm, likes ample water and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  As a genus, these are some of the tallest palms in the world.  People love them.
 
Ceroxylon species Ceroxylon species
Ceroxylon species Ceroxylon species Ceroxylon species

 

THURSDAY, 4 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS
SUPER DESIRABLE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

This interesting and super popular species of pinnate palm from Madagascar is quite slow growing.  But, patience pays off in the end as it becomes many peoples' "favorite palm".  It has been found to quite cold hardy for such an attractive and peculiarly beautiful palm.  Folks say it easily survives into the high teens F.  It is sometimes single trunk and, especially in domestic gardens, will sucker.  Leaf color is variable from green to blue-green.  Crown shaft color is variable from green to white.  Leaves are keeled and sometimes flat.  Thus, you can see that there is a complex of appearances as opposed to one "rubber stamp" look.  Note on the habitat photographs the "cigar shaped" trunk with the fat bulge in the central area.  We have an assortment of sizes available including a few nice 15g we just got in.  It is a full sun palm in coastal areas.  People have grown in in colder parts of CA such as the SF Bay Area.
Dypsis decipiens
This and next 3 pictures are 15g size
Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens
5 gallon size
Dypsis decipiens
Photo by MR in habitat
Dypsis decipiens
Photo by MR in habitat

 


DYPSIS ROBUSTA
SOLITARY TRUNK PALM
SUPER RARE
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
NICE ONE GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE



This is a very rare palm from Madagascar and awaits a more formal description.  It has a very husky trunk and has long, upright leaves.  The leaf bases and crown shaft are white.  Mature height is estimated to be about twenty feet although this is not documented.  Most plant height comes from the leaves, not the trunk.  It is estimated the trunk height gets to 8 or 10 feet.  The leave are long and minimally arched if at all.  There is very limited reference material on this species.  Enthusiasts are growing this palm in our locality.  It is a part day or full day sun plant after acclimation.  We have a very limited number of one gallon plants just available.  They will sell out quickly.  The last photo is by Paul Craft of a large specimen in Hawaii. 
Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta
Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta
Dypsis robusta
15 gallon size not available at this time
Dypsis robutsta by paul craft care of palmpedia
photo c/o Paul Craft from Palmpedia
 

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM
NATIVE TO LORD HOWE ISLAND
WHITE CROWN SHAFT AND TRUNK

This super attractive and fairly rare palm species comes from mid-elevation in the mountains of Lord Howe Island.  It is known for it's umbrella shaped crown of leaves, a white to silver crown shaft and a prominently ringed white, waxy trunk.  Rate of growth is slow.  Sometimes I tell people to "plant three".  One will be great, one ok and one will turn out to be a runt.  But, almost anyone in So Cal can grow this species.  Right on the coast, full sun is ok.  Inland areas need a few hours of light or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 24 degrees.  I'm showing chunky 5g which we just got in.  Our supplies on this species are always limited.  This species is impossible to find as a nursery plant with any significant trunk.  One must start small if he wants to grow this great palm.  Seeds, when mature, are large and red.  It's a real winner of a palm.
hedyscepe canterburyana hedyscepe canterburyana
hedyscepe canterburyana hedyscepe canterburyana hedyscepe canterburyana
hedyscepe canterburyana hedyscepe canterburyana hedyscepe canterburyana

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
IN SHORT SUPPLY RIGHT NOW
SUN GROWN - READY FOR GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G

This interesting Madagascar palm is known for loving full, hot sun and a not overly tall height.  They typically get to about 22 feet tall in a lifetime. And, it's known for the multicolored, three-sided crown shaft as shown below.  It can be stunning.  It tolerates temperatures to about 23 or 24 degrees and can even take desert sun in many areas.  We have available nice 15g plants that were grown in full sun.  The plant bases are thick.  They are ready for your landscape.  We only have limited numbers, so don't wait on these guys.  They'll not last long.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $159

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
 
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi    

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA
THIRTY YEAR OLD DOUBLE STEM PLANT
DR. SUESS PLANT OR WHAT?
AND, LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS
ALSO HUGE 15G WITH TRUNK ON TEN DAY SPECIAL


Last year I showed a triple trunk plant of this species.  It was so popular and sold so quickly that I managed to get one more plant of similar age.  As you can see, the taller crown of blue leaves is overhead in the pot and there are two tall trunks.  It is very cool.  The pot size is 30 gallons.  These doubles and triples sold out last year.  But, I have a limited number of these super old single trunks in 15g size.  This xerophytic species loves sun and takes a fair amount of cold.  I also have young 5g plants for sale as shown in the last photo.  These plants do not require much water for routine maintenance.

The plants shown here are about as large as this species can get.  Many enthusiast have "never seen a plant of this species this big".

The last three photos show 20 year old plants that I'm putting on special.  They have over 2 feet of trunk and are in 15g pot size.  They are huge for their container.  I only have several of these..

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price. 
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
5 gallon plant same species
Agave attenuata
This is the size on Ten Day Special
Agave attenuata
This is the size on Ten Day Special
Agave attenuata
This is the size on Ten Day Special

 

SERENOA REPENS
THE SAW PAMETTO -
DESIRABLE BLUE FORM
DWARF NATIVE TO FLORIDA & NEARBY STATES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

On a recent trip to Florida I sought out native colonies of Serenoa repens, The Saw Palmetto.  I had first seen a striking blue form of this species at the garden of the now deceased Y. A. Young, a palm pioneer from Tampa.  I was stunned with the beauty of this palm.  So, I started to seek out seeds of that blue form.  Over and over again my attempts failed.  All the seeds came up producing green plants.  Perhaps finally we've got seedlings that will be blue.  Usually at this stage seedlings are green but this batch definitely show a blue color.  I've shown one photo from my recent trip to see a blue colony in the San Key area of Florida.  This is a semi-dwarf species that gets to a height of six feet typically and suckers.  Leaves are small.  It's a sun species with a cold tolerance into the mid to upper teens F.  These bands are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25
OR, FOUR FOR $85

Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get this discount.
 
Serenoa repens blue-green form  Serenoa repens blue-green form 
Serenoa repens blue-green form  Serenoa repens blue-green form  Serenoa repens blue-green form 
Serenoa repens green form
More commonly seen green form 
Serenoa repens blue form
Blue form in San Key habitat 
Serenoa repens blue form
Blue form in garden 
Serenoa repens blue form  Serenoa repens   
 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
THE "WAGGIE WINDMILL PALM"
SHORTER STATURE, SMALL COMPACT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This single trunk fan palm comes from colder native mountainous habitats in China and is known for its stiff and smaller leaves.  It shares equal cold tolerance to the common Windmill Palm but is different in that it's slower growing and rarely gets above ten to fifteen feet.  In habitat it might, but domestic plantings after many decades typically shown plants under ten feet tall.  It wants full sun - it'll die in shade.  Trunks are hairy.  Leaves are typically about 24 - 30 inches wide when mature, much smaller than T. fortunei.  They are stiff and flat and don't flex downwards.  They are prominently divided into leaflets. Most describe this species as "very cute".  These bands on sale are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25 OR
FOUR FOR $90

Just mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
 
Trachycarpus wagnerianus  Trachycarpus wagnerianus 
Trachycarpus wagnerianus  Trachycarpus wagnerianus 
2 gallon size at nursery
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15 gallon multiple 
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Leaf of larger nursery plant 
Trachycarpus wagnerianus   

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
SLOW GROWING - GLOSSY LEAVES
TAKES SUN OR SHADE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This Asian species of fan palm is super slow growing and, over a few decades, can get 20 feet tall.  It tolerates coastal sun or shade.  In shade, its leaves are flat, dark green and super glossy and very flat.  Trunk diameter is about a foot or a bit more.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  It also makes a great patio plant and some have grown it inside the house.  Because it's slow growing, it doesn't reach the ceiling for years.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $145

Just mention this blog only Special when you purchase to get this price.
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Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
  Livistona chinensis  

 

MONDAY, 1 FEBRUARY, 2016

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
SUCKERING SPECIES
SUPER COLD HARDY
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

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.  It is known as the most cold hardy of any of the Date Palms.

Most enthusiasts, when asked, cannot tell you much about this species as it is quite rare.  Many specimens you may see are single trunk.  This is similar to the popular Phoenix dactylifera where the suckers are removed, producing a single trunk palm.  But, it does naturally sucker.  Shown here are the 5g and 15g sizes.  Either can be shipped.  People in northern CA, South Carolina and colder parts of TX have an excellent shot at growing this species.

Phoenix theophrastii
This and next 4 photos 5 gallon size
Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii
This and next 2 pictures 15g size
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Phoenix theophrastii care of Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
Phoenix theophrastii

 

PRITCHARDIA MARTII
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED HAWIAAN FAN PALM
ONE OF MOST SOUGHT AFTER OFR THE GENUS
NOW AVAILABLE - 5 GALLON SIZE

Not to brag, but my estimation is that Jungle Music has sold more Pritchardias over time than any other nursery on the mainland U.S.  This is because I became very interested in this genus about 35 years ago and have grown a lot of them.  I found that the Hawaiian species thrived in Southern California whereas the species from the South Pacific Islands (P. pacifica is the best example) didn't do well here.  I have literally grown and sold thousands of this genus.

Of all the Hawaiian Pritchardias, one of my favorites is Pritchardia martii.  It is native to wet mountain slopes on the island of Oahu.  It is found at elevations up to 2500 feet.  It is not a really tall species.  Most specimens I've seen are under 20 feet although reports are that it can approach 30 feet height in a hundred years.  The most notable ways to spot this species are:

  Rather flat leaves, green on the top
  Silver or even rusty discoloration on the underside of the leaf
 Huge black seeds when mature
 Taxonomically, there are paper like ligules on the leaf stem bases


In our area we grow this species in part day sun or full sun along the coast.  Far inland, I'd recommend at most a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  These 5g plants can be shipped.  BTW, for you "old timers", the species "Pritchardia martiodes" was done away with and has been lumped together with Pritchardia martii.
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii
underside of the leaf
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
under or ventral side of the leaf note
silver color
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
Note large seeds - will turn black

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, THIN TRUNK, GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT
5G AND A FEW 15G NOW AVAILABLE (LIMITED NUMBERS)

This very desirable and thin trunked pinnate palm is native to South America and mostly Brazil.  It attains a height anywhere from fifteen to thirty feet.  The crown shaft is clean appearing and anywhere from green to purple in color.  Leaflets are thin and droop somewhat.  It is a good growing species where space is limited.

We've been out of the 5g size for a while and just got some in.  These are either singles or doubles.  Their height is 30 to 36 inches.  I've grown this species several times in my yard and gotten literally thousands of purple seeds.  For the height, I was always impressed with how thin the trunk is.  Cold tolerance is into the upper, perhaps mid twenties F.  Of note, the heart of this palm is edible and marketed commercially.  We might have some larger sizes than 5g available.
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis

 

BRAHEA BERLANDIERI
SHORT FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
TOLERATES SUN OR STRONG FILTERED LIGHT

Taxonomists are still working on a group of Brhaeas from Mexico.  This includes Brahea dulcis, berlandieri and bella.  Some group all of these together and call individuals "varieties" of the group dulcis.  Others divide them up because their appearance and leaf color is different.  Being a grower, I like to consider them different.  Brahea berlandieri is a medium sized plant, slow growing, single trunk and gets ten to maximum fifteen feet tall.

It has fan shaped leaves that get some silver when in sun.  This species can be grown in part sun or strong filtered light.  It is native to northeastern Mexico and has a cold tolerance down to the very low 20's F.  We have 5g available for sale.  These can be easily shipped.  BTW, this "species" as such is near impossible to find for sale.  Limited numbers available.

Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri
Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri
Brahea berlandieri TS RPS
photo by TS RPS
Brahea berlandieri  

PHOENIX PUSILLA
PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST RARE DATE PALMS AROUND
BAND SIZE FROM WILD COLLECTED SEEDS

It's almost impossible to get this smaller and super rare species of Phoenix.  I was lucky to get some wild collected seeds two years ago and am now offering band sized seedlings at a discount.  Native to India, mature this species is rarely over ten feet and has a maximum of fifteen feet.  The trunk is typically eight to ten inches thick.  It is usually a single trunk plant but can sucker.  Leaves are six feet long and flat.  This is a sun species and I don't know for sure the cold tolerance.  But, most Southern California areas should be able to grow it.  These seedlings are on approximately their fourth to fifth leaf.  This is the only size I have for sale and I know of no one else that has them.
phoenix pusilla Phoenix pusilla
Phoenix pusilla    

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY CYCADS
 
I thought I'd mention one of the most cold hardy cycads for those who live in a colder area.  Cycas panzihuaensis is from high elevation mountainous areas of southern China.  It comes from elevations above 6000 feet and can tolerate snow.  It is quite attractive and has many advantages over the Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta.  First, it is a smaller plant with stems usually three to six feet tall.  Secondly, it has a smaller spread of the leaves, which are an interesting green with a blue sheen to them.  Also, it doesn't have quite the proclivity to make a massive clump.  Finally, the leaves are softer than the Sago and cold hardiness may be even better.  The hardest thing to remember about "Cycas panzhihuaensis" is how to spell the name.  As of yet, it has no common name.  Perhaps the "Chinese Sago" would work.  Cycas revoluta originates in Japan.   

Leaf length is typically about 3 to 5 feet.  Stem diameter is about 6 to 8 inches, much thinner than the 18 - 24 inch Sago.  It is fairly rare to see in nurseries because of limited numbers of seeds being available.  It tolerates coastal full sun and can take strong filtered light or part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  It is known to survive areas of the United Kingdom.  Over time, we feel this species has the potential to replace the common Sago palm because of all of its desirable characteristics.
  

Cycas panzhihuaensis  Cycas panzhihuaensis  
Cycas panzhihuaensis   Cycas panzhihuaensis   Cycas panzhihuaensis  
Cycas panzhihuaensis   Cycas panzhihuaensis   Cycas panzhihuaensis  

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
TALL SHADE PALM WITH THICK TRUNK
ONE GALLON SIZE
ONLY A FEW LEFT


This is a very sought after species native to a wide distribution from Mexico south to northern South America.  It can get extremely tall, up to over 20 feet.  Trunks can be up to 3 inches thick.  Trunks are also prominently ringed and dark green in color.  Leaflets are wide and leaves can be five feet long.

Shown here is the 1g size that just became available.  They are 2 feet tall and quite nice.  These can be easily shipped by mail order.  This is a shade palm and has a cold tolerance perhaps into the 28 degree range.  I've shown some 15g plants so you can see what they look like larger.  But, unfortunately, we're sold out of this size.
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
trunk, 15g nursery plant, not available now
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
15g nursery plant, presently sold out

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
A DWARF PALM FROM THE COMOROS ISLANDS
GREAT PLANT WHERE SPACE IS AN ISSUE


When most people think of the genus Ravenea they figure it has to be from Madagascar.  Not with this species.  It is native to the Comoros Islands.  It is a very small pinnate palm that has a trunk 3 to 4 inches in diameter and a mature height of eight to ten feet.  In most areas, the crown of leaves is small.  But, in tropical areas like Hawaii the leaves seem to be longer.  Growing in full sun makes the crown of leaves more compact.

It is an ideal species where space is an issue.  It seems to do best in part day sun (looks prettier) but does tolerate full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the upper to mid teens F.

The 15g plant we are showing here is available.  We also have 5g and smaller sizes which are easy to ship.
 
Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii 
Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii 
Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii  RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII 

 

GET READY FOR SPRING!
IT'S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
(AT LEAST HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)
SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS COMING IN SOON
SELECTION WILL CHANGE ALMOST WEEKLY
FOR SURE THERE WILL BE SPECIALS!

For a nurseryman, one of the most exciting times of the year is spring and the new plants and color that become available at this time of year.  Our magical date here in San Diego is February 15th!  We've never in history had a freeze in the city beyond that date.  By Calendar, when that day arrives, it's not yet spring.  But, by anticipation and enthusiasm, it is.

I'm showing here a whole assortment of pictures of last year's spring color.  We hope to offer the same or even better choices this year.  We get new items in almost weekly and "whoosh", they are gone quickly.  Many are not offered a second time.  And, in the next several weeks we'll start  to bring in these items.  Along with these colorful and different companion plants, we'll also be offering rare palms and cycads that you haven't seen recently.  Yes, it's an exciting time of the year.  So, follow this Blog and return frequently to see new things that just arrived.  I'll post them first right here.

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

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

 

CLICK TO SEE ALL PLANTS ON SALE RIGHT NOW
JUST VIEW ONLY PALMS, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS ON SALE
ORGANIZED FROM BLOG - SALE PLANTS ONLY
   Discounted Palm TRees             

CURRENT GREAT PLANT SPECIALS & DEALS

 


JUST IN!  ANOTHER RARE CYCAD COLLECTION

Dioon spinulosum  

UNLOADED SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016
DIFFERENT CYCAD COLLECTION - NOT THE ONE BELOW FROM DECEMBER
CAME FROM THE EAST LOS ANGELES AREA
ALMOST ALL PLANTS WERE CONTAINER GROWN OUTDOORS
SOME PLANTS FORTY OR MORE YEARS OLD
MANY GENERA REPRESENTED WITH SOME SUPER RARE SPECIES
SIZES RANGE FROM ONE GALLON TO BOX SIZED
ABOUT ONE HUNDRED PLANTS IN COLLECTION
SOME PLANTS NEVER AVAILABLE ANYWHERE
PLANTS PRESENTED ALPHABETICALLY WITH CONTAINER AND CAUDEX SIZES

CLICK TO SEE THIS NEW GROUP AS WELL AS LINKS TO OTHER PRIVATE COLLECTIONS WE ARE OFFERING

A few representative photos below
Encephalartos piet retiefii Dioon edule Dioon queretaro
macrozamia crassifolia ceratozamia species zamia furfuracea
encephalartos hybrid encephalartos msinganus dioon spinulosum
Cycas media Cycas revoluta Zamia loddigissii
Zamia furfuracea cluster Encephalartos transvenosus Macrozamia douglasii

 

NEW!
COLLECTION OF BONSAI, CAUDICIFORM AND MINIATURE TREES

NEW COLLECTION JUST ARRIVED
RARE & BIZARRE CONTAINERIZED PLANTS

Last week we got in a dozen or so plants that are quite peculiar and different looking.  They were purposely grown in small containers for many decades to "bonsai" them.  This has given them unusual trunk and plant shapes and appearances.  All are quite unique.  I've created a separate webpage to view these plants with an introduction.

GO TO MINIATURE TREE PAGE

Caudiciform type plant Miniature tree

 

COLORFUL AND TROPICAL TI PLANTS
AN ASSORTMENT OF COLORS
GREAT FOR FILTERED LIGHT
SOME CAN TAKE A BIT OF SUN

We always try to carry a nice assortment of tropical appearing Ti plants as they instantly add color to the landscape.  If we're lucky, we'll have four to five different types at once.  The best season to find them is in the spring, but surprisingly we still have some nice ones presently in January.  They prefer non-freeze garden environments but some can take a bit colder weather.  By "Ti", I don't mean to more common Cordylines that you'll see around.  Rather, I'm talking about the wide leaf tropical appearing varieties as shown here.  Almost all of them are imported from South Florida or Hawaii.  Therefore, availability changes frequently over time as we run out of one type and get another.  Sometimes we have red, other times pink and (as shown) occasionally we get black varieties.  All are fun to put into the landscape and quite affordable.
Ti, pink
Ti, pink Ti, black Ti, pink
Ti black Ti in landscape Ti in landscape
Ti in landscape Ti in landscape Ti in landscape

 

CLICK TO SEE RECENT CYCAD COLLECTION - ACQUIRED LATE DECEMBER, 2015
ORGANTIZED AND PRESENTED BY GENUS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
HUNDREDS OF RARE CYCADS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION

cYCAD COLLECTION

 
CLICK TO SEE COLLECTION RARE CYCADS

 

 

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A LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE NURSERY
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR
ALMA AND THE PLANTS

Yesterday was a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy.  Regardless, we were quite busy with customers at the nursery.  Somehow Alma found the time to take pictures of the front entrance to our nursery.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  I hope the gorgeous blue Encephalartos show well in these pictures.  They are huge and unique.

 
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music
Front of Jungle Music Front of Jungle Music Alma Jungle Music

 

PLANT BROKER VERSUS NURSERYMAN
WHAT SOME SELLERS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
HOW TO TELL WHICH IS WHICH

There's a dirty little secret among people who sell plants.  That secret is that some people don't "grow plants" but merely buy someone else's plants, try to sell them to you and make it appear that they propagate plants.  And, unfortunately, they are often brokering plants grown elsewhere, in more tropical areas that won't do as well as locally grown plants.  Why would this be a secret?  Because they don't want you to go looking for their sources.  Otherwise, you wouldn't buy from them.

How do you tell who is who?  How do you know if a "nursery" is growing their own plant material or just brokering?  It's quite simple.  Look inside the nursery for evidence of germination.  Look for small plants in addition to large ones.  Look for plants of the same species in many sizes.  If you see none of these things, perhaps just one size of a given plant, you're almost guaranteed that that person is just selling other nursery's material.

Yes, Jungle Music does bring in plants from other sources.  But, it's most often young seedlings when we do.  And we then grow them up for years to the large palms your know us for.  I've found that I can't germinate everything.  We need some help.  So, we've had decades of history with reliable germinators who sometimes germinate seeds for us.  And, when we do find larger and super desirable things, we may bring them in.  But, 99% of our material we've grown ourselves.  Just looking at the our nursery, you realize this.  We've got a quarter million plants.

So, don't get fooled.  Deal with someone who really knows the plants and has been growing them himself.  The pictures here show you some of the two miles of tables we put our plants on.  You'll see plants of all sizes - from new seedlings to 5g, 15g and larger plants.  I've shown a lot of seedlings here and flats of small plants.  I thought you'd like to know this.

Street 1 table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music table jungle music
table jungle music table jungle music Seedlings
seedling seedlings jungle music table jungle music
small cycads street jungle music  jungle music
seedlings seedlings assorted ferns

 

 

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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 protruding from the trunk.  Leaves are green, medium sized.  It likes sun and is cold hardy well into the upper teens F.  The trunk is indeed different - liked by some, hated by others.
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax 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  

 

 

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JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR SEASONAL COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS,
READ BELOW:
Availability changes freuently.  We're always getting in new and different items

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    

 

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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.
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RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

  

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 

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

ANNOUNCING:
NEW VIDEO SERIES 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.

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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Below are pictures of about thirty five palm species that all do well in Southern California.  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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