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WEDNESDAY, 28 JANUARY, 2015

 

CYCAS NEOCALEDONIA
A MEDIUM SIZED SPECIES
NO SPINES ON LEAF STEMS

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
HUGE 5G PLANTS ON SPECIAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEVERAL VERY LARGE 5G PLANTS

This species is easy to grow in Southern California.  I found some huge 5g plants and am putting them on special.  Caudex size is 4.5 to 6.5 inches.  I only have a handful at this great price.  These are very old and still in their 5g pot.  The significance of this is that I can ship them anywhere in the U.S. very affordably. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE E. NATALENSIS $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $225

For a six inch African cycad, this is a great buy.  These plants are definitely a 15g sized cycad. And, they could be shipped quite easily.  Just mention this special to get this price.
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
SILVER CROWN SHAFT, LORD HOWE ISLAND PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This medium sized, crown shafted palm is native to Lord Howe Island.  There are four species of palms from this island.  The Kentia Palm is at the lowest altitude, near sea level.  Next up the mountains is the Howea belmoreana.  Then, above the belmoreana is Hedyscepe.  Because of this, progressively more cold tolerance (slight) is seen.  When grown in part day sun or strong filtered light, this species has a silver trunk.  If grown in sun, the silver is limited to the crown shaft.  Leaves are curved and keeled.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
SMALL, SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G PLANTS

Yesterday I got in a batch of very nice 10g Zamia furfuracea that I'm putting on special.  This species is native to south-eastern Mexico.  It is a semi-dwarf species.  Some clones don't get over three feet tall.  Others can get to head height (see photo below), but this is rare.  It has stiff ,small green leaflets.  They are typically oval or an elongated oval in shape.  There are no spines on the leaflets and minimal spines on the stems.  A typical leaf length is two to three feet when mature.  In sun the color is a light green.  The leaflets are a bit hairy as well.  Plants sucker and form small clumps.

Classically, this species is meant for part day sun or strong filtered light.  Along the coast many grow them in full sun.  This gives a smaller, more compact clump.  Cold hardiness is into the lower 20's F.  The plants we have about six inch caudexes.

REGULAR PRICE THE SE 10G PLANTS $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $125

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price. 
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
This is an absolutely huge specimen.  Usually they are
a tenth this size.
Zamia furfuracea

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
SUCKERING, MEDIUM SIZED BAMBOO PALM
NICE 15G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This clustering, thin trunked palm tree is native to Costa Rica and surrounding Central American countries.  It has stems that are 1 to 1.5 inches thick, green in color, with overall height of twelve to sixteen feet.  References will say this species peaks out at ten feet.  This is not true; it is taller.  Leaves are about three feet long and green in color.  Flowers are orange and seeds are black.  Shown here is a nice 15g plant.  It is a few feet overhead in the pot.  This is the size I'm putting on special.

Culturally, most consider this a filtered light plant.  But, I've had some customers who swear it takes full coastal sun.  I don't grow them in sun at the nursery.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $170

This is not an easy species to find.  It is a good growing palm.  Mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCA SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 5G PLANTS

We recently took pictures of a batch of huge, outdoor grown 5g Encephalartos transvenosus.  These have been grown over the past five to ten years in full sun, outdoors.  Caudex size is four to over six inches.  This is huge for a 5g pot.  Leaf length is about four feet on these plants.

This species is from South Africa and gets enormous with trunks over 20 feet tall.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflets are shiny, dark green with some glaucous faint hairs on the leaflets.  This is a full sun species along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES, THIS CAUDEX SIZE $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH OF 5G PLANTS $225

But, mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  These would be simple to ship affordably anywhere in the U.S.
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Boxed specimen not on sale
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus

 

FURCREA MACDOUGALII
MEDIUM SIZED, BLUE-GREEN LEAF AGAVE TYPE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BANDS


This xerophytic succulent comes from the Oaxaca, Mexico where it grows at elevations of 2500 - 3500 feet.  The trunk can get up to about ten feet tall.  It is considered to be one of the tallest of all Agaves.  Leaves a blue-green in color and can be four to six feet long.  It loves heat and sun.  It is fairly cold hardy although I can't provide a minimum temperature.  It does easily tolerate a freeze.  Be aware that, after a lifetime, this plant will flower and die over time.  But, the blossom is huge an spectacular.

REGULAR PRICE PRESENTLY ON THESE HUGE BANDS IS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $25 OR FOUR FOR $80

But, you must mention this Special when purchasing.  It'd be a piece of cake to ship these.  
Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii
Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii DailyBruin, UCLA
Blooming specimen, c/o DailyBruin, UCLA  Note
that trunk can be cleaned of old dead leaves.

TUESDAY, 27 JANUARY, 2015

 

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CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
THERE ARE TWO FORMS:
REGULAR DWARF FORM
TRUNKING FORM


Chamaedorea radicalis is a single trunk palm species native to Mexico.  There is quite a bit of interest in it because it is the most cold hardy species of the genus.  It takes temperatures into the upper teens.  It is known as a filtered light species but can tolerate full coastal sun sometimes.  But, did you know there are two forms to this species?

The regular dwarf form never gets above about three feet tall.  It has prominent blossoms that reach above the foliage and have orange bracts with black seeds.  Leaflets are wider than the other form.  No substantial trunk is produced.

There is also a form that trunks.  It can make 8 feet of trunk with an overall height of ten feet or a bit more.  The trunk is thin, light green in color and the leaflets are more thin the the dwarf form.

It is my understanding that cold hardiness on the two is similar.  I'm showing nursery plants to demonstrate the differences of the two forms of this species.
Chamaedorea radicalis
C. radicalis, regular form
Chamaedorea radicalis
C. radicalis, regular form
Chamaedorea radicalis
C. radicalis, regular form
Chamaedorea radicalis
C. radicalis, regular form
Chamaedorea radicalis
C. radicalis, regular form
Chamaedorea radicalis
C. radicalis, regular form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form

 

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

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM?

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

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

ZAMIA PORTORICENSIS
A CARIBBEAN DWARF CYCAD

This is a dwarf cycad from Puerto Rico that has very small caudexes, rarely over four inches, with sort leaves, typically under 3 feet.  They cluster freely.  The leaves are green and either flat or with a minimal amount of keeling.  Compared to similar Zamia species, these are unique in that the leaflets are longer and have minimal or no spines. They can tolerate coastal sun but require sun protection far inland.  Cold tolerance is thought to be in the mid-twenties F.  (little cold tolerance data).  This is a good cycad where there is very limited space available.  It can be grown as a patio potted cycad.
Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis
Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis Zamia portoricensis
Zamia portoricensis    

ENCEPHALARTOS LAURENTIANUS
LONGEST LEAVES OF ANY CYCAD
JUVENILE PLANT WITH NEW LEAVES


When you hear about this monstrous cycad, you will at the same time hear that this species has the longest leaves of any cycad in existence.  Trunks can be extremely tall as well, up to over thirty feet (often reclined), but it's the leaves that give it stardom.  They can be up to twenty-one feet long.  They emerge straight up and seem to just keep growing, getting taller and taller.  From my growing experience, I am quite amazed how a moderate sized caudex can produce leaves of such length.  It's like "they are too long for the caudex size".  The plant shown here has about an six to eight inch caudex, but these leaves will probably end up to be eight feet long!  Leaflets of this species are very long, somewhat cupped, and are prominently barbed, especially at the ends.  Once you recognize the leaflets, which have a peculiar look to them, you'll always recognize this species even when young.

This is a Central African cycad, native to northern Angola and southern Zaire.  Twenty years ago a collector had to beg and plead to obtain this species.  Fortunately, a few seeds have become available on a few occasions and one can actually buy a plant.  It does best if not grown in full sun.  Give it plenty of space as the long leaves lay down over time.  Cold tolerance is probably the upper twenties F.  The 15g sized plant here demonstrates the prominently hairy newly emerging leaves.  Also shown are several larger plants, the last photo showing the enormous length of the leaves.  (note: since I took these photos, these new leaves have full emerged and hardened off).
 
Encephalartos laurentianus newly emerging leaves  Encephalartos laurentianus newly emerging leaves 
Encephalartos laurentianus newly emerging leaves  Encephalartos laurentianus newly emerging leaves  Encephalartos laurentianus newly emerging leaves 
   
by Peter Heibloom, PACSOA  

 

 

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

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

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

 

LIVISTONA NITIDA
AKA LIVISTONA
CARNARVON GORGE

I am discussing this species now because some people get Brahea nitida mixed up with Livistona nitida.  Both have the same species word "nitida", which means shiny in Latin.  This is also a fan palm with shiny leaves that are green.  But, as you'll see, it has much more divided leaves than the Brahea and is from Australia, not Mexico.  Also, the underside of the leaves are not white.  It has the same one foot diameter as the Brahea but gets to heights of about 100 feet in many decades.  Livistona nitida is similar to other Livistona like australis and decipiens in a way, but gets taller and is more robust. 

With the five gallon plant to the right you can see how the leaves are heavily divided into segments and the petioles are armed with barbs.  In the 15g size you see the same appearance.  The last photo by Daryl O'Connor (PACSOA) shows how robust and tall this species is.  They obviously like sun.  Cold hardiness is into the low twenties F. or even into the upper teens
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida Livistona nitida by Daryl O'Connor, PACSOA
Australia, from PACSOA, by Daryl O'Connor

 

SUNDAY, 25 JANUARY, 2015

 

VARIEGATED PHOENIX ROEBELENII
VERY NICE FORM -
LOTS OF YELLOW ON GREEN
SUPER RARE PLANT

Every once in a while we get in and I get to show off a nice variegated plant.  Such variegates are some sort of genetic "freak" or alteration.  I've previously shown you montrose or crested forms of this species.  But, variegation is an even more rare anomaly.  Some say there's a one in ten thousand chance of getting variegation.  Sometimes these changes are minimal, hardly noticeable.  Other times they are prominent.  The plant here is proud to display it's obvious variegation.

Whether you know it or not, there are collectors who specialize in variegated plants.  There's not too many of them but they make up a tight-knit group and are always looking for a variegated plant that they do not have.  Yes, the Pygmy Date is not a particularly rare plant.  Yet, one with prominent variegation is.

The plant shown here just got into the nursery yesterday and is in a 15 gallon pot.  It has about a foot or more of trunk.  The previous owner told me he's "had it for twenty years".  This might imply that the variegation trait slowed down growth rate of the plant.  Colors are yellow on green.  There's prominentt variegated striping on the leaf stems as shown. 

This plant is for sale.  But, there's only one and it'll be sold in a day or two.  So, if interested, don't dally.  It's not a cheap plant but I've put a fair price on it for what it is.  Just call me if interested.  It can be shipped.
Phoenix roebelenii variegated Phoenix roebelenii variegated
Phoenix roebelenii variegated Phoenix roebelenii variegated Phoenix roebelenii variegated
Phoenix roebelenii variegated Phoenix roebelenii variegated Phoenix roebelenii variegated

 

KING PALM TRIPLES
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
15 GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Yesterday I showed you the special I'm offering on the absolutely huge boxed specimen King Palms.  Well, today I'm offering a discounted price on the everyday size of the same species.  These plants are about seven feet tall, all are triples, and they are well grown.  This is a fast growing species that takes full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  Although super tall, it is possible to ship these plants.  Or, if you need a lot of them, I can pack them onto a pallet and get them anywhere in the U.S. at an affordable trucking rate.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.
King Palm Triples King Palm Triples
King Palm Triples King Palm Triples TRIPLE KING PALM

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
ROBUST GROWING SHAVING BRUSH PALM
FAT CROWN SHAFT - GOOD COL HARDINESS
AKA "CHATHAM ISLAND"
BIG 5 GALLON PLANTS

Just available are very nice sized 5 gallon Rhopalostylis oceana, also known as Rhopalostylis species Chatham Island.  This variety of the Shaving Brush Palm is one of the most vigorous growers and is known for it's fat and prominent crown shaft.  It has been successfully grown by many in Northern California and may possess more cold hardiness than other species.  Anticipate a mature height of twenty-five to thirty feet and a cold tolerance into the low 20's F.  It tolerates full sun within about 8 miles of the ocean.  Other areas demand part day sun or strong filtered light.  This size is easy to mail order.
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana
Robust plant in San Francisco, photo by D.P.
Rhopalostylis oceana by Palm and Cycad Society New Zealand
Photo by Palm & Cycad Soc. New Zealnd
Rhopalostylis oceana

 

ASPLENIUM TONGUE FERN
AN UNUSUAL COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This unique garden floor companion plant is native to United States, Europe and other areas.  It is a rhizomatous plant that produces adjacent new leaves that get to a height of 18 inches.  It is known for its thick, leather leaves that resemble a deer's tongue.  It is everygreen, appreicates water and good drainage and would prefer filtered light.  It is very cold hardy and easy to grow.

REGULAR PRICE $35 THIS SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25

To get your discount, mention this special at time of purchase.
Asplenium tongue fern Asplenium tongue fern
Asplenium tongue fern Asplenium tongue fern Asplenium tongue fern Missouri Bot Garden
Aspenium tongue fern, Missouri Bot Garden

 

CLIVIA YELLOW BLOSSOM
ONLY A FEW AVAILABLE
WILL BLOOM IN A MONTH OR TWO
HARD TO FIND

Last year I got in a small batch of "yellow Clivia".  They were super popular and sold immediately.  I just got in several plants.  They'll bloom in a month or two.  When people see them, they are gone.  Normal blossom color is orange as shown below.  If you want something different and hard to find, grab one of these.  Available 5 gallon size.  They like filtered light.  Cold tolerance good, probably into the upper teens F.
Clivia yellow blossom Clivia yellow blossom
Clivia yellow blossom Clivia
The more common orange blossom
Clivia yellow blossom
Rare yellow colored Clivia

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS RED
SOUGHT AFTER MADAGASCAR PALM
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON

The most sought after form of this Madagascar palm is the one that gives the white crown shaft.  You can recognize it when young because it puts out red stemmed leaves.  If you look at the last photo, you will appreciate this color.  As it matures, the white colored crown shaft is formed.  Most Dypsis decipiens give a green crown shaft.  This form gives a silver colored crown shaft.  Othersise they are very similar.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  It is very slow growing.  Cold tolerance is excellent, into the upper teens F.  But, be aware that it is a difficult grow in extreme desert heat.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when you buy to get your discount.
Dypsis decipiens red Dypsis decipiens red
Dypsis decipiens red Dypsis decipiens red Dypsis decipiens red
Dypsis decipiens red Dypsis decipiens red
More common green form
Dypsis decipiens red

 

COLORFUL NEROGELIA
LOTS OF RED IN THESE BROMELIADS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTERING PLANTS

If you have followed our Blog for a while, you know that we routinely get in different colorful bromeliads.  Nerogelia are some of my favorites because they add colors to the garden, even in filtered light.  The plants on special here show are of two sorts: one speckled red and the other with a red throat.  They'd like filtered light and are cold hardy into the mid twenties, perhaps lower.  They are an ideal companion plant.

REGULAR PRICE THIS 8 INCH SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Just mention the Special to get your discount.  Easy to ship.
Nerogelia bromeliad Nerogelia bromeliad
Nerogelia bromeliad Nerogelia bromeliad Nerogelia bromeliad

 

TILLANDSIA CLUSTERS
READY FOR YOUR TREE, FENCE OR POST
UNMOUNTED - BLUE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL UN-MOUNTED

Yesterday we got in about a half dozen Tillandsia clusters.  Sorry, but I don't know the species name.  They are blue in color and each cluster has five to eight plants.  They are good sized and ready to put onto your tree trunks in the garden.  Or, mount them on a patio post or fence.  These are larger clusters than I usually offer.  Rather than mount them on wood and charge more, I am offering them unmounted.  They are simple to ship.

They like sun and are very cold hardy.  They need little care other than a spray of water every week or two and three times a year spraying with liquid fertilizer.  I anticipate red or pink blossoms.  Attach with silicone adhesive or fishing line with galvanized nails.

REGULAR PRICE THESE CLUSTERS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL UNMOUNTED $25

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters bromeliads in tree

 

DYPSIS CABADAE
THE CABADA PALM
BIGGER THAN THE ARECA PALM
PUZZLING ORIGIN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This is a suckering Dypsis species that is felt to be native to Madagascar.  Unfortunately, it has not been found in the wild there and was introduced from seeds from a plant in Cuba.  It gets to a height over 20 feet or more and has thicker trunks than the Dypsis lutescens.  Also, leaves are longer, up to eight feet.  And, the predominant trunk color is silver with no yellow like the Areca.  It likes part day sun.  It is not as cold hardy as the Areca, probably into the upper twenties F.  It is a good growing palm when it finds a location it likes.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $150

Remember to mention this Special to get your discount.
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae

 

SATURDAY, 24 JANUARY, 2015

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM
ABSOLUTELY HUGE 24 INCH BOXED SPECIMENS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOXED PLANTS

Over the years, I've always been a bit disappointed in the size of the 24 inch boxed King Palms that I've offered for sale.  They just didn't seem to be as beefy or tall as I wanted.  Yes, they grow super quickly.  But, I wanted mine to already be massive.  Well, this past summer I got in a batch of single King Palms that are the size of most 36 inch boxes.  Yet, they are in a 24 inch box and can be moved and palnted by men.  36 inch boxes take a crane or tractor to move and plant.

Shown here are some of these monster singles.  Yes, all are singles.  But, some have ten feet of trunk with an overall height of eighteen feet!  That's unbelievable for a 24 inch box.  And, they are not rooted into the ground.  And, I've put them on special for ten days.  So, if you want big Kings, these are for you.  Figure full sun in most areas with a cold tolerance of 25 degrees F. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE BOXES $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP $450

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this great discount.  You might be able to find boxed King Palms like this for less, but they are half the size of these monsters.
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
SUPER LARGE 15G SIZE
THCK TRUNK, SHADE FORMING PALM

If you go down in this blog about 2 weeks ago, you'll see a description of this species.  Native to northern Thailand, this palm has long and wide leaves (up to fourteen feet long), has a very thick base to the trunk and defintely produces canopy with shade below.  These 15g plants that I just got in give you a quick start on that canopy.  They are already about 12 feet tall and can be planted by hand.  Once you plant them, stand back because they are going to explode in the ground.  Limited numbers available.  
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas  Caryota gigas 

 

ALOCASIA CAL - ODERA
A DWARF COMPANION PLANT
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


I talked recently about this super popular companion plant that has heart shaped leaves and never gets above four feet height.  It is rare to find this dwarf form.  It tolerates sun in most areas but can survive very well in filtered light.  Cold weather into the low 20's can burn the leaves, but most of you in Southern California can grow this plant without any problems.  It does like water.  They are fast growing and easy to propagate once established.  I'm putting this size on a ten day special.

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


Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get your discount.  
Alocasia Cal - Odera  Alocasia Cal - Odera 
Alocasia Cal - Odera  Alocasia Cal - Odera   
 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
THIN TRUNKS, TAKE SUN
GREAT PALM FOR THIN STRIPS GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


Although I really don't like the accepted common name for this species, it does have some great attributes.  First of all, it has thin green trunks.  It has a crown of very fluffy (plumose) leaves that get overhead, out of the way, quickly.  And, it's footprint in the garden is rather small.  So, it's the ideal species for a thin planting area.  It takes coastal sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It is very easy to grow.  The plants on special are all of good size and multiples.  This gives a nicer overhead crown of foliage.

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


Just mention this Blog Only special at the time of purchase to get this reduced price.  Limited numbers available. 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa
A colony of these in full sun in San Diego 
Chamaedorea plumosa
Pictue of older plnats at the nursery 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTHERN MEXICO

This medium to large cycad comes from an elevation of 2100 to 2800 ft. in mountainous regions of the Sierra de Oaxaca.  It most closely resembles Dioon spinulosum that comes from lower elevations under 1000 feet.  It is also similar to Dioon mejiae from Honduras.  It would not be difficult to confuse these three species as they are all somewhat similar appearing.  Of these three species, Dioon rzedowskii is by far the most rare.

Trunk height can reach fifteen feet.  This species usually does not branch but does recline with age.  Trunk diameter is under 16 inches.  Leaves are leathery, glossy green and about five feet long.  When emerging, they are quite tomentous (hairy) and after maturation the leaves are flat.  Leaf color is green, but not quite as shiny as Dioon spinulosum.  Leaf margins when young have quite prominent spines which are more prominent compared to spinulosum and a bit more of a yellow color than the latter (see photo #7 below).  When the plants mature, most of these spines are lost, but a few may remain (first photo, last row below).  The last photo shows a seedling that germinated in habitat. 

Along the coast here this species does best with part day sun or strong filtered light.  It can tolerate full sun but tends to be more lime green with full sun exposure.  Inland areas would demand filtered light.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants in various sizes.  The habitat photos of mature plants here were all donated by a friend and cycad enthusiast John Otto.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low-twenties F.  Of note, this species has extremely large seeds.
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii habitat by JO
Dioon rzedowskii habitat by JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO
Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE CHINESE WINDMILL PALM
 
LARGE 24 INCH BOX SPECIAL ORDERS

This species, sometimes referred to as just the "Windmill Palm", is from China and one of the most cold hardy of all palm species.  There are enthusiasts from areas such as Ohio and parts of New York that are keeping them alive outdoors during the winter.  It is a single trunk palm with a furry trunk.  In time, this trunk's mat and hair will fall off to produce a cleaner trunk.  The crown is small, especially in hot intense sun.  It stretches out in strong filtered light or part day sun.  But, too much shade may kill this species.  It's leaves are about three feet across.  Leaf shape in nearly circular with divided segments.  Trunk height depends on the age of the tree. 

This species is usually under twenty feet tall, but very old specimens (see below) can reach heights of over 30 feet.  Shown here are several good sized boxed plants and a 5g plant.  We can obtain huge 24 inch boxes like the one shown here.  Also, we can delivery any size and numbers you want.  Most of our mail order customers prefer the 5g size for shipping. 

Leaf stems are minimally armed with very small barbs.  Overall, it is quite a user-friendly species and is great for smaller gardens.  We do sell all sizes of this very easy-to-grow species.  
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 
Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei  Trachycarpus fortunei 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUNKING AND DWARF FORM

This attractive species of Chamaedorea comes in two distinct forms.  One is a dwarf form; the other trunks and the plant gets to a height of eight to ten feet.  The dwarf form reaches a height of three, sometimes four feet.  This is a single trunk Chamaedorea that is quite remarkable for several reasons.  First, it takes up very little space and fits nicely into small areas of the floor of the garden.  Second, it is one of the most cold hardy of the Chamaedorea group, taking temperatures into the upper teens.  Third, it can tolerate some sun; it doesn't demand full shade.  Another cool thing are the blossoms.  Female blossoms reach above the leaves, are orange in color and develop large black seeds.  They are easy to pollinate and, if you plant a small colony of males and females, are almost certain to get viable seeds.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We have a pretty good supply of both this form.

The trunking form gets up to about 8 feet of height. In previous years, this was hard to find.  Its trunk is thin.  Leaves of the trunking form look a little bit different and are thinner and longer.  Shown below are two photos of the trunking form.  Unfortunately, we've sold out of our 15g plants on the trunking form (shown below). 
Chamaedorea radicalis, 5g Chamaedorea radicalis 5g
Chamaedorea radicalis leaf Chamaedorea radicalis trunk Chamaedorea radicalis garden
CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS TRUNKING CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS  

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
THIN TRUNKED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
GREAT PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


There are approximately four species of Kentiopsis native to New Caledonia.  I saw "approximately", leaving room for new descriptions.  K. oliviformis is from the central part of the island.  Although this species can get over 80 feet tall, most specimens in Southern California are under forty feet of height.  This is probably because the species didn't become available until (earliest) the 1980's.  The trunk is under one foot in diameter and green in color if no direct sun hits the trunk. Prominent brown rings are formed.

You'll note from the photos that leaves tend to be straight and the crown up upward.  Leaves are about ten feet long and leaflets have a blue green color.  Up close, the blue is more apparent. The crown of leaves usually don't hang downwards.  The crown shaft doesn't bulge and is green-brown in color as shown here.  On occasion you will see a hint of red in the newly emerging leaves (see photo).  Also note the white speckled areas on the base of the petioles in the nursery plants.  These markings almost look like "mealy bug" type of discoloration. 

Shown here are 5g, 15g and a 25g plant.  These are from the nursery.  In pots, this species has a slow to medium growth rate.  In the ground they are quicker.  In many coastal areas here this species tolerates full sun.  But, part day sun is also acceptable.  Cold hardiness is better than a King Palm.  Tolerated low temperatures are about 22 degrees F. and folks in the San Francisco area are growing this species.  We have limited numbers available, especially on the larger size shown. 
Kentiopsis oliviformis
15g sized plant
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
5g sized plant
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
25g sized plant
Kentiopsis oliviformis
25g left, 5g right
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kyle Wicomb PACSOA
photo by Kyle Wicomb PACSOA
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
note somewhat red-bronze new leaf color
Kentiopsis oliviformis
plant in full sun in Southern CA
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
photo taken in sun showing the blue-green color to
the leaf
Kentiopsis oliviformis
close up of the crown shaft
Kentiopsis oliviformis

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
SINALOA HESPER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TREE POT SIZE


This fan palm is also from Sonora, Mexico.  For a Brahea, the trunk is rather thin at eight inches.  Overall height can reach up to thirty feet.  The crown of leaves is somewhat open.  Petioles are several feet long and the leaf color is bue-green.  Petioles tend to show some blue color and have small spines.  This palm has reasonable cold hardiness, most likely into the upper teens F. and  is drought tolerant.  It is a full sun species.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata

 

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


This highly sought after species of Mexican Brahea is prized because it is not an overly tall palm and has a compact crown of leaves.  Plants that are thirty years old are hardly even more than ten feet tall.  The trunk is thick with very tight cracks or checks on the surface as seen below.  Growth rate is very slow.  This species is unique in that the only native habitat is the Island of Guadalupe off the coast of Baja, Mexico.  There, specimens can reach heights of thirty feet, but this would take about a half of century to accomplish.  The photos below show very old plants at Mission Bay, San Diego.  This species tolerates ocean spray.  We're offering super nice 5g plants on special.

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM?

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

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

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

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

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


You must mention this blog only special to get this price when purchasing.
Arenga engleri    
 
LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
TALL PALM WITH DROOPY ENDS TO LEAFLETS
COLD HARDYAND LOVES SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

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

You must mention this Website Only special to get this price when you purchase.
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

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


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

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


To get this price you must mention this Blog special when purchasing.
Encephalartos ferox
Sale size, citrus pot
ferox large plant
larger mature nursery specimen to show what
it will become

THURSDAY, 22 JANUARY, 2015

 

DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIA
SMALLER CYCAD, SUN LOVING, THIN LEAFLETS
LARGER SPECIMENS AVAILABLE


I've discussed this species before but the other day took photos of a beautiful new throw of leaves on this 15g plant with an eight inch caudex.  Most notably, the leaflets are super thin.  They come to a point, but it is not too wicked.  The leaf color is green, sometimes with a hint of blue.  New throws of leaves are often tan or pinkish-brown.  Caudex size is not that great and sort of furry.  Nursery mature specimens usually have trunks of twelve to eighteen inches maximum.  This species does have a tendency to sucker.

Native to Mexico, some consider this a variety of Dioon edule; others consider it a true species.  Its leaves are much thinner than the regular edule.  Cold hardiness is perhaps into the upper teens and it is a sun plant.  We have mostly larger plants available, almost all coning size.
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A VERY OLD SPECIMEN PLANT
WITH CURVED TRUNK
Shown here is a very old Dioon spinulosum in a 25 gallon container.  Trunk size is 5 inch diameter by about two feet of linear trunk.   The interesting thing about this plant is the curve upwards to the trunk.  Of course, trunk length on curved trunks depends on which side you measure. You can only see this unusual curve when looking from the side.  The first picture with Rusty doesn't show it at all.  Many people try to incorporate plants like this into special installations in the garden.  The curve usually results from the plant's correcting itself, reaching for light.

This plant was a recent requisition to the nursery.  We repotted it into our soil which we far prefer.  In most localities, this is a filtered light species and takes temperatures down into the low 20's F.  It is slow growing.  I'd estimate the age of this plant at 40 years.  The last two photos are two other nursery plants,.

This plant is for sale.
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum

 

DIOON MEROLAE
NICE 15G PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

On occasion I'll put larger cycads on special.  Such is the case today with nice 15g Dioon merolae.  This is a small to medium sized cycad from Mexico that never takes up too much room in the garden.  A super old plant may have two to three feet of trunk and the crown diameter is almost always under five feet.  Leaflets are compact.  Leaf color is green to gray green.  These plants can be mail ordered via Federal Express right to your door.  In most areas they'll take full sun.  Perhaps in the desert morning sun would be best.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

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


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.  This special applies to plants with caudex size 5 inches or less.  We have a nice selection to pick from.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
female D. merolae cone
Dioon merolae
a boxed specimen at the nursery
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

BEAUCARNIA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM OR ELEPHANT FOOT PALM
NICE 5G PLANTS - TEN DAY SPECIAL

This is another example of a succulent plant that is called a "palm" but is not a palm at all.  It comes from Mexico and, in many decades, can get up to about 30 feet or more with a twelve foot wide base.  It can put up many trunks from the main basilar, swollen trunk, given it five or more leaf heads.  Or, one can cut any given trunk and it can divide into multiple trunks.  The base of the trunk is what gives it popularity.  It's like a swollen onion, bulbous in shape.  The leaflets are thin and green in color.  They protrude upwards and then curve back down toward the ground.  The surface of the trunk is like elephant skin.  Growth rate is medium. 

We have some 5g plants that are quite nice and can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.  These are shown here along with some older plants.  Cold tolerance is into the teens and it prefers full, not sun.  It can be grown indoors in a bright window area.  The last photo shows a very old specimen at Fairchild Tropical Garden in Florida.  I've seen photos of a specimen in habitat where a Jeep is parked on top of the swollen base. 


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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.
beaucarnea recurvata  beaucarnea recurvata 
beaucarnea recurvata beaucarnea recurvata beaucarnea recurvata
beaucarnea recurvata  beaucarnea recurvata  Beaucarnia recurvata Floridata Website 

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A MADAGASCAR PALM, MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We have some 5g Ravenea glauca that are good sized for their container and an exception deal with our ten day special.  Some of these have leaves that come up to your chest in their pots.  This Madagascar palm gets to about twenty feet, perhaps somewhat taller and has a thin trunk of six inches.  I would consider it a medium sized palm; the crown is not that large.  It is a very good growing palm and along the coast loves full sun.  Cold hardiness is somewhere in the mid-twenties F., perhaps a bit less.  This species is a nice substitute for the spiny Pygmy Date palm but has no spines.  It does get bigger than the Pygmy but is a lot prettier in my opinion.

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

You must mention this Blog Only special when ordering. 
The last photo here was taken by a friend of mine in habitat and is one of my favorite pictures.
Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g
Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g
Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca Arkive Website
photo from Arkive Website, habitat
Ravenea glauca habitat MR
habitat photo by MR

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
SHORT PALM WITH SWOLLEN TRUNK

The genus of Hyophorbe comes from the Mascarene Islands.  From a collector's point of view, there are only three species available.  None are tall.  All are exotic and bizarre appearing.
1.  H. lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm.  Swollen at the base of the trunk.  NOT cold hardy.
2.  H. verschafeltii, middle of trunk swollen, somewhat cold hardy
3.  H. indica, most cold hardy of the group, taller than the previous two palms, irregular trunk but not bulged.

Hyophorbe verschafeltii has more of a yellow color to the petioles and leaf veins.  You can see this in the photos here.  The Bottle Palm demonstrates more red colors.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze.  Some plants have taken colder than this in Southern California.  In So Cal, usually the Bottle Palms die with our winter weather.  For this reason, the Spindle Palm is a better choice. 

Hyophorbe verschafeltii loves heat and sun.  It will get up to a height of about fifteen feet in 30 years.  It can show winter stress on the leaves.  Shown here are a 5g and 15g plant.  Note on the mature plant how the bulge is in the middle of the trunk, thus giving it the name of "Spindle" Palm.  If your garden doesn't freeze and you have a warm, sunny spot, this palm is for you.
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM

TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON SIZE

See description above.

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

You must mention this Blog special when
purchasing to get this price.
SPINDLE PALM SPINDLE PALM

 

TUESDAY, 20 JANUARY, 2015

 

BUTIA X JUBAEA HYBRID
IMPROVED COLD HARDINESS OVER REGULAR BUTIA CAPITATA
REPORTS FROM CUSTOMER IN GEORGIA

As we have customers all over the country, it's very informative and interesting when they contact me about how plants are doing in their areas.  Yesterday, a customer from Georgia emailed me with photos to share on his experience with severe cold weather and a Butia x Jubaea that he had purchased in August of 2011.  I don't recall the size he bought but suspect it was a 15g plant.

In his locality he reports that he got down to 11 degrees F. with a wind chill of zero degrees.  The first four photos are of regular Butia capitata.  Although it may be difficult to see here, there is significant cold burn to the leaves.  The fifth and sixth photos show the hybrid: Butia x Jubaea.  This plant has absolutely no cold damage.  The last two pictures show a mature Butia x Jubaea and the reverse cross, a Jubaea x Butia. 

Normal thought is that Butia capitata is more cold hardy than Jubaea chilensis.  One would hope that a Butia x Jubaea hybrid's cold hardiness would approach the more cold hardy Butia.  But, to surpass it and do better, that's the shocking thing.  Yet, I've heard this from multiple other customers who have purchased our crosses over the years.  This is that the hybrid cold hardiness surpasses the parents.  Now, that's hybrid vigor that we didn't originally anticipate.

I wish to thank GK in Georgia for his photographs shown here.
Butia capitata freeze damage
two Butia capitata showing freeze damage
Butia capitata freeze damage
Butia capitata showing freeze damage
Butia capitata freeze damage
Butia capitata showing freeze damage
Butia capitata freeze damage
Butia capitata showing freeze damage
Butia capitata x Jubaea no freeze damage
Butia x Jubaea hybrid - no freeze damage
Butia capitata x Jubaea no freeze damage
Butia x Jubaea hybrid - no freeze damage
Butia x Jubaea
mature Butia x Jubaea c/o Palmpedia
Jubaea x Butia SD
Jubaea x Butia in San Diego

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE HYBRID
ONE GALLON PLANTS
DIFFERENT LEAVES - NO SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

Last summer we brought in some one gallon "Ceratozamia hildae" which we bought from a private grower.  We were told they were Ceratozamia hildae but had not seen them prior to their arrival.  These cycads are 3 years old with five to six leaves.

Close examination shows they are not true Cz hildae.  The leaves are long and a different shape.  Yes, these plants have grouped leaflets, but the shape of the leaflets is not right.  They are thick, long and rather pointed.  Also, the stems have no spines.  So, we feel that they are a hybrid with some unknown other Ceratozamia.  I anticipate they'll be a small mature plant and want filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $35

Just mention this Blog Special for this reduced price.  Mail order would be easy, weather permitting.
Ceratozamia hildae no spines Ceratozamia hildae no spines
Ceratozamia hildae no spines Ceratozamia hildae no spines  

 

ZAMIA PRASINA
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SMALLER CYCAD FROM BELIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

This small cycad is native to southern Belize and fewer than 100 plants are known to exist in habitat.  It was first described in 1981 and is obviously quite rare to be seen for sale.  The plants you see here came from seeds from a well known botanical garden here in the U.S.  This species gets a small trunk, rarely over 10 centimeters.  Leaves are 18 inches to 3 feet long.  The leaflets are armed with small teeth and leaf color is a shiny green when mature.  The most similar Zamia species is Zamia standleyi.  We anticipate this will be a filtered light species and can be grown in most areas of Southern California. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE SEEDLINGS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $40

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price at the time of purchase.
Zamia prasina Zamia prasina
Zamia prasina Zamia prasina zamia prasina by dennis stevenson
photo by Dennis Stevenson, The Cycad Pages

 

DASYLIRION WHEELERI
SIMILAR TO THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

This type of grass plant is native to northern Mexico with its distribution spreading into the Sonora Desert in Arizona and New Mexico.  It never gets over about five feet of height and has a stout trunk.  The leaves are armed and flat compared to the regular Mexican Grass Plant.  It tolerates arid conditions and would be good for a xerophytic garden.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  We just have this one plant with about an eight inch trunk in a 15g pot.  This species wants full sun.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


We don't normally grow this species but have this one plant for the right collector.  You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri  

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
DESIRABLE SUCKERING FORM
BAND SEEDLINGS NOW AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


From my experience, there are three forms of this Australian pinnate palm.  There is the single trunk form.  There is a sparsely suckering form that has shiny leaves and a new prominent red emergent leaf.  There is also a third form which I feel is the superior of all plants of this species.

This plant suckers freely, has a minimally red new emergent leaf (or plain green) and has thinner leaflets that are thicker and heavier to the touch than the shiny leaf form.  I've been told that this suckering form comes from a higher mountain location.  Most have found it to be a superior performer, quite easy to grow here in Southern California.  Blossoms are un-branched, fruits are red, and a single tree can make ample seeds.  Part day sun is ideal.  Cold tolerance is approximately 24 degrees F.

We're offering 2 year old band seedlings on special.:

REGULAR PRICE BANDS THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR THREE FOR $65

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited numbers available. 
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

THRINAX ECKMANIANA
SUPER RARE CUBAN FAN PALM
BLUE COLOR, SINGLE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This is an unbelievably rare species and hardly ever seen for sale.  It is a rare blue fan palm from isolated areas in north eastern Cuba.  It is a single trunk plant and photographs of mature trees are only from habitat as it has never been grown commercially in the U.S.  The two pictures below are both from localities in Cuba.  The trunk is narrow, about two inches and mature height is fifteen feet.  Petioles are short, leaves are palmate, color is blue and old leaves form a petticoat below the small crown of "Yucca-appearing" leaves.  This is a sun species with an unknown cold tolerance.  If it's like other Thrinax species, it will probably tolerate a frost.

This species is endangered and very few habitat plants exist.  For enthusiasts who like to get something they may never see again, you should consider these 2 year old seedlings.

REGULAR PRICE $45 BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35


You must mention this Blog special to get this price when purchasing.  We only have a few of these for sale so don't dally.
Thrinax eckmaniana Thrinax eckmaniana
Thrinax eckmaniana Thrinax eckmaniana by Paul Craft from plantapalm Website
photo by Paul Craft, PlantAPalm Website
Thrinax eckmaniana by Carlo Morici PlantAPalm Website
Photo by Carlo Morici, PlantAPalm Website

 

CYCAS TANSACHANA
RARE BRANCHING CYCAD FROM THAILAND

About twenty years ago I met a fellow from Thailand.  His name was Kampon Tansacha.  He is a very modest man and on meeting him you'd never realize his importance nor what he had plans to do.  His family had a large amusement park in central Thailand.  But, his plans were different.  He had visions of creating one of the best botanical gardens in the world.  And, that he did.  In the past twenty years he has created the world class Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens in Pattaya, Thailand.  It displays a vast collection of some of the most rare palm trees and cycads from around the world.  It is so large that one should plan on at least two days to visit the garden.  And, you'll see black panthers, tigers and elephants!

Honoring Kampon, a very rare cycad from central Thailand was named after him.  This is a medium sized Cycas with thin trunks and a tendency to branch above the ground.  I got seeds from this species from Kampon himself.  Shown here is a plant from these seeds in a 15g pot.  There are very few photos of mature plants around, so you'll have to do with the one I'm showing here.  I would estimate it's cold hardiness to be into the mid-twenties F. and it like coastal sun or better would be part sun or strong filtered light. 
Cycas tansachana Cycas tansachana
Cycas tansachana c/o TS at RPS    

 

 

CYCADS IN LARGER SIZES
FOR THOSE WHO JUST CAN'T WAIT

Cycads, in general, have always been recognized as rare, slow growing plants.  On many species, the trunk or caudex never gets over three feet in height.  The leaves emerge from the top of the caudex and go upwards a distance of three to eight feet in most cases.  Remember that cycads begin as a very small plant.  From a seedling in most species, to get a caudex of about six inches can take from five to seven years.  Only when the caudex has reached near its genetically determined full trunk width will one start to see vertical growth of the stem.  Full diameter stem width can take as long as ten to fifteen years.  And, vertical height is usually at the rate of approximately a half of inch a year. 

With this in mind, you can see how a cycad may take twenty five years or longer to get a one foot vertical height of caudex.  Certainly, some species are faster than others.  The common Sago Palm is one of the faster species.  But, even with the common Sago, to achieve a three foot tall trunk may take twenty years or more.  This slow growth rate and smaller overall vertical size is quite appealing to many people.  It creates a very manageable, easy-to-grow plant for the garden that doesn't overwhelm space and typically doesn't obstruct a view.  With the wide variety of leaf shapes, appearance and colors along with the colorful cycad cones, cycads are sought after for botanical gardens and upscale private gardens.  I am showing these plants because some people want to start with the largest rare cycads they can find. 

Today I thought I'd show you some plants we either have presently or have had at the nursery in recent times and that show some age.  We have many hundreds of plants of these sizes.  In the industry, these rare species would be considered "large plants".  Most I have been growing for twenty years or more.  On some, like Encephalartos horridus, one rarely sees a caudex over two feet tall.  The large Dioon merolaes shown are almost a century old.  I'll show a wide variety of plants and name each species.  These will all be containerized plants without garden shots in this thread.  Jungle Music has one of the best selections of rare, large cycads of any nursery in the United States.  So, please consider us if you like these magnificent upscale plants.
Encephalartos horridus box
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos villosus box
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos longifolius box
Encephalartos longifolius
Dioon merolae box
Dioon merolae
Lepidozamia p box
Lepidozamia perofskyanna
Zamia furfuracea box
Zamia furfuracea
Ceratozamia robusta box
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia species box
Ceratozamia species
Encephalartos natalensis box
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos lehmanii box
Encephalartos lehmanii
Encephalartos trispinosus box
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos princeps box
Encephalartos princeps
Cycas thouarsii box
Cycas thouarsii
Cycas revoluta
Cycas revoluta
Dioon mejiae box
Dioon mejiae
Encephalartos altensteinii box
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Macrozamia johnsoni
Macrozamia johnsoni
Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia
Encephalartos longifolius box
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Macrozamia moorei box
Macrozamia moorei
Dioon merolae box
Dioon merolae
Encephalartos horridus box
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos trinspinosus box
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos transvenosus box
Encephalartos transvenosus

 

MONDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2015

 

AUTHOR PAUL CRAFT
VISITS SAN DIEGO
PALM SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

This past Saturday, 17 January, long time friend of mine, Paul Craft, visited San Diego and spoke at the Annual Banquet of the Palm Society of Southern California.  Paul is the author of probably my favorite reference book on palms: An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms.  This event was held at the Grand Traditions in Fallbrook, California, about forty miles north of San Diego.  About 80 to 90 people attended the Banquet.

One of Paul's topics of particular interest is the palms endemic to the country of Cuba.  Some call Cuba the "Madagascar of the New World" because of the huge diversity of species there.  He gave a slide show on these palms, many of which have never been cultivated in the U.S.  Included were unusual and some bizarre species of Copernicia and Coccothrinax.  The last image (difficult to show because of the light in the room) is one of his slides. 
Paul Craft Paul Craft
Paul Craft Paul Craft Paul Craft
Paul Craft Paul Craft Paul Craft

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGE, COLD HARDY CYCAD
HUGE 15G PLANTS AVAILABLE

I have cycad customers all over the United States.  Years ago, on shipping cycads to customers in Northern California, I found that one species that did remarkably well was Macrozamia moorei.  Although Dioon edule or Cycas panzhihuaensis may hold the cold tolerance record, M. moorei can easily tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F.

This is not a small cycad.  Trunk diameters can be almost two feet with overall height well above ten feet.  People comment how old, mature plants resemble a Phoenix canariensis in overall appearance.  Native to Queensland, Australia, this species is known for its long, green and keeled leaves.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  Of note, dug specimens really take a hit and take years to recover. 

We have very limited numbers of huge 15g plants for sale.  The caudexes are quite nice, some up to ten to eleven inches with a full crown of leaves.  These have been outdoor grown and seen temperatures in the low 20's F.  
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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.

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

To get the discount, just mention this Blog Special when purchasing.  
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINESE FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, LUSH GREEN SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANT

This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Japan and Taiwan.  It is typically seen as a palm under twenty feet, but after many decades can get up to 30 or 40 feet tall with a trunk that is 12 to 18 inches thick.  It's crown is green and full with leaves that are about six feet across.  In shade the petioles stretch out and the leaves are larger and flatter.  In shade condition, it is fairly exotic appearing.  It is a very slow grower and it is not unusual for this species to take ten years to form any sort of trunk. This species is cold hardy into the upper teens F. 

We have for sale typically 5g, 15g and boxed sized plants.  Some of our boxes are quite large, as shown.  For this special, I'm putting the 5g size on sale.  This size is easy to ship.  In most area, this species tolerates full sun.  But, as mentioned, it can grow in strong filtered light.  It is also known to be used a an interior palm.  BTW, it is the most cold hardy of any species within the genus of Livistona.  It can take temperature into the upper teens F. easily.  


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

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Easy to ship.   
Livistona chinensis 15g
15g plant
Livistona chinensis 5g
5 gallon size on special
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis 
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis 

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM
THE WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


There is no doubt in my mind that this species is the most cold tolerant of any palm species.  It is native to the southeastern United States with native habitats stretching from South Carolina down to northern Florida and into Alabama and Mississippi.  There are reports of this species tolerating below zero degrees F.  Now, this doesn't mean that you can grow it in Michigan.  But, in areas that see significant cold such as North Carolina, central Texas or even New Mexico, this species might work for you.

It is a suckering fan palm and known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  The fourth picture below shows small needles forming on the trunk.  The leaves are green and segmented.  In sun the color is a silver green with more silver underneath.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a Rhapis palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  My specimen is in filtered light and quite pretty.  It loves my garden and is easy to grow.  But, it is slow growing.

I just got in several pretty nice 15g plants as shown here.  I also might have some 5g plants.  I can ship these 15g plants anywhere within the U.S. but the pots are heavy. 

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


I only have a few of these.  You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Needle Palm Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
grown in dark shade

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of single trunk, crown shafted palm comes from Madagascar.  My son, Jesse, says it's a great species and very under-appreciated.  In his garden in San Diego its done extremely well in full sun and is a good growing species.  It gets to about 20 feet of height, has a six inch trunk and interesting silver coloring to the crown shaft.  It has thin leaflets and the leaves are green.  Shown here is a large band size of this species.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be mid-twenties F.

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

Just mention this Blog-only special when ordering.
Dypsis plumosa

 

FRIDAY, 16 JANUARY, 2015

 

RHAPIS EXCELA VARIEGATED
PHOTOGRAPHS OF ASSORTED LEAVES
RARE, UNIQUE, SOUGHT-AFTER

Yesterday we went around taking pictures of leaves of variegated Rhapis excelsa.  A customer had called us about this type of plant.  These included an assortment of rare Japanese varieties such as ayanishiki, suikonishiki and others.  Most are mature, old plants, some with ten or more canes and heights of almost six feet.

All of our plants came from an older pirvate collection.  They were actually from Hollenberg's orignial collection.  We had sold them to a customer about 20 years ago and he had to liquidate his plants.  It's rare to come across these variegated Rhapis.

You'll note they interesting but varible "yellow on green" coloration of the leaflets.  All are different.  Some have plentiful thin stripes - others have wide bold stripes.  I hope you enjoy seeing them.  All are for sale.
Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated
Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated
Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHI
"BLUE FORM"
MUNCH'S CYCAD
NATIVE TO MOZAMBIQUE

This rare and sought-after cycad is a smaller species with trunks up to 3 feet tall.  Leaves are about four feet long.  Petioles are short, leaflets are narrow and it is a very attractive cycad for the garden.  The intersting thing is the color.  I've seen green plants and rarely plants that are super blue. 
But, the most commonly seen color is a soapy-green or sea foam green color.  Yes, there is blue, but it's not like Encephalartos horridus. 

The main plant I'm showing you here is in a citrus pot with a 3.5 inch caudesx.  It'd be an easy plant to ship.  It would like coastal full or part day sun.  Less sun would be needed in the desert.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  Of note, plants that are grown outdoors in full sun show more of the blue color.  The citrus pot here is out of the greenhouse.

I'm also showing other nursery plants and some garden plants.  Let us know if you would like one.  All plants shown can be easily shipped right to your door.
Encephalartos munchii blue
This an next five photos are the citrus pot
Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
boxed plant at nursery
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Another boxed plant at nursery

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE 5 GALLON KENTIA PALMS
GREAT INTERIOR PALM
THIS SIZE CAN BE SHIPPED

I am quickly showing you two very large and old 5 gallon Kentia Palms, Howea forsteriana.  This size is purposely grown in smaller containers so they can fit into ornamental pots for interior usage.  They are over six to seven feet tall and still in a 10 inch container.  They are more the size of a 15g plant.  But, they save the expensive cost of a ceramic pot for a 15g container.  And, these plants are outdoor grown and tough.  Interior Landscape plants are often pampered and tend to be weaker.

When we ship these across the country they are put into a super tall box.  They have supporting stakes to protect them during transit.  We have a good supply and can easily ship these anywhere in the U.S.  Their age is about 8 years.  Just call and we ship the same day.

Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This great palm is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.

I'm offering the 15g size as shown on special.  I have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $165

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

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD
LARGE 15G AND 25G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TWO SIZES

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as one of the more rare Mexican cycads to find.  But, finding good sized Dioon holmgrenii right now on the market is almost impossible.  Shown here are some plants we just got in.  They are both at least ten years old and in 15g and 25g pots.  The larger ones have caudex sizes of about nine inches.  You never see plants like this on sale.

This species loves hot sun.  It has a cold tolerance down to about 20 to 22 degrees F.  It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $350

REGULAR PRICE 25G $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $450

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices.  And, you'll note these prices are a bit lower than last time I got these beauties in.
Dioon holmgrenii
25 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii
15 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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 on sale 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.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana  

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
SINGLE TRUNK, GETS TO EIGHT FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a very sought after palm for multiple reasons.  It resembles a Chamaedorea radicalis but is stronger, taller, has a thicker trunk and is more vigorous.  Mature height is eight feet or a bit more.  Some trunk will form.  It also tolerates a fair amount of sun along the coast.  And, it is quite durable with thick leaflets.  It can also take filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here on sale are band size seedlings.  Some are multiples. 

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

Limited numbers.  You must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g nursery plant
Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g pot, two plants in one container

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE BLUE TO GREEN, PRICKLY CYCAD
NURSERY TOUR OF MULTIPLE PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE/ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

To me this South African cycad is quite similar to the nearby species, Encephalartos horridus.  Some people call it the "green horridus".  Interestingly, the two natural habitats are close to each other.  But, there are differences in the cone, leaflet shape and usually in the color.  Horridus, when in sun, is almost always blue.  E. arenarius can be anything from green to almost the same blue as horridus.  Encephalartos arenarius is a medium sized cycad with stem heights typically under six feet.  In the U.S., a plant with a three foot caudex is considered "massive".  Leaves are usually three to four feet long.  Leaflets are prominently lobed and prickly as shown here.  Rate of growth is slow to medium.  This is a part day or full sun species with a cold tolerance of 22 degrees F.  In the desert it'll take less sun.  Some have grown it in filtered lights in many areas.

Comments should be made about the color of this species' leaflets.  They can be green, blue or anything in between.  They are always more blue outside in the sun (not in the greenhouse) as the blue is from a blue waxy material that is given off by the leaflets and prevents desiccation on the plant. There is a "True Blue" species which represents a colony with a different cone.  These plants are near impossible to obtain and enthusiasts often argue as to whether they really have one of these or not.  I should also mention that there's variability in the width of the leaflets.  I'm particular fond of clones with super wide leaflets and a dark green color.

I am showing you here quite a few plants.  I have labeled the first picture of that plant followed by more of the same cycad.  I've shown sizes from box down to seedlings.  We have an excellent supply available for sale. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL: ANY ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE

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

Encephalartos arenarius
Triple caudex, each 9 inches, in 24 inch box
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Cycad in 7g pot with 9 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
A 15g plant, 7 inch caudex with a pup
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
15g cycad with 7 to 8 inch diameter and 9 inch vertical
caudex height
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Seedlings of "blue" form from male and female
parents that were super blue.
Encephalartos arenarius
5g plant, age about five years
Encephalartos arenarius
A different boxed plant, about a 12 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius
Blue arenarius in garden
Encephalartos arenarius
Leaflet of the "true blue" form
Encephalartos arenarius wide leaflet
E. arenarius with wide and stacking leaflets

mature plant in a garden
E. arenarius
Another shot of the wide, stacking leaflets - very cool

 

WEDNESDAY, 14 JANUARY, 2015

 

SABAL URESANA
GOOD SIZED BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE

We have available two nice sizes of Sabal ursesana, a hard to find blue fan palm from northwestern Mexico.  Of note, I've even heard reports of some populations native just inside the U.S. border.  Most of the domestic plants I've seen are under twenty-five feet but it can get up to sixty feet with an eighteen inch thick trunk in the wild.  Leaf color is blue in full sun.  It's a good grower with cold tolerance into the upper teens F.  I have one customer in the Gulf area that says Sabal uresana is one of the most cold hardy of all his Sabal palms. 

Most fan palms one plants are green in color.  This species is one of the blue ones.  So, if you get too cold for a Bismarckia, this species provides an alternative.


REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $65
REGULAR PRICE 2G $50

TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G $40


You must mention this Blog Only price when purchasing.  These plants are easy to ship.
Sabal ursesana
Cit pot size
Sabal ursesana
Sabal ursesana 2g
2 gallon size
   

 

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


Like Sabal uresana above, this rare species is also 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 a band price and getting a much older and bigger plant.  You must mention this special Blog Only price when purchasing..  Limited supplies, will sell out quickly.
Brahea aculeata cit pot Brahea aculeata

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
NEW LEAVES ON A NURSERY SPECIMEN

Every cycad enthusiast can appreciate the thrill that accompanies the throw of new leaves on a good sized cycad.  At a young stage, cycads throw one leaf at a time.  With a few years age you'll get two or four new leaves.  But, on a mature specimen, you can get anywhere from ten to thirty new leaves, all at once.  Shown here today is a new flush of leaves on a rather large Encephalartos arenarius.  These started to emerge about a month before these pictures.  This plant has a 14 inch thick caudex with some vertical height.  Remember, this species in the wild never gets trunks over three feet.  So, this is a mature (coning sized) plant.  I'd estimate it's thrown abut fifteen or more new leaves.  In the ground (planted) I would anticipate a throw of two dozen leaves, more or less.  When these leaves first emerged they were powdery blue-green.  They have been out for about three to four weeks but are not totally hard yet.  I've shown close ups of the leaflets so you can appreciate their unique shape, characteristic of this species.

Leaves of E. arenarius are green to blue in color and about three to four feet long.  Leaflets are spiny and lobed.  They tolerate full sun along the coast and filtered light far inland.  Cold hardiness is good, down to the low 20's F.  This is also a good growing species.  It is native to the Natal area of South Africa and is a must for ever collector.  We have an assortment of sizes available including large specimens as shown here.  The last photo is of a different mature E. arenarius at the nursery.

Of note, we have an excellent supply of this species in an assortment of sizes, small to large.
Encephalartos arenarius new throw of leaves Encephalartos arenarius new throw of leaves
Encephalartos arenarius new throw of leaves Encephalartos arenarius new throw of leaves Encephalartos arenarius new throw of leaves
Encephalartos arenarius new throw of leaves Encephalartos arenarius new throw of leaves Encephalartos arenarius
different nursery plant, E. arenarius

 

 

BUTIA ERIOSPATHA
GREEN AND TROPICAL BUTIA SPECIES
 

This species from Brazil is a good sized palm, similar to B. capitata, but with less silver to the leaves.  It is known for having a brown wooly material on the flower spathe.

Cold hardiness is well into the teens F.  Shown here are 5g and 15g plants.  Also pictured is a mature specimen showing the leaves curving downward toward the ground.  I don't think this species is quite as hardy as the more common Pindo Palm, but it should go into the upper teens F.  It wants full sun.  We've found it to be a good growing species. We have a limited selection of this species for sale.  Most enthusiasts think this species is more tropical and lush appearing than Butia capitata..   
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha
Butia eriospatha    

 

PALM FRUIT AND SEEDS
ASSORTED SPECIES AND PHOTOS
MATURE AND IMMATURE

Last week I gave the link to my article on flowers and fruits of palm trees.  I know most of you didn't click the link nor read the article.  So, I thought I'd show some pictues on the subject here.  Below you see photographs of palm fruit and seeds of a lot of species.  I am doing this because it's near impossible to see fruit of a lot of species all in the same place.  There's a few main points I want to make.

1.  Like edible fruit that you get from the market, palm trees make fruit as well.  The actual seed is inside the fruit.  Sometimes this layer of fruit is very thin, other times quite thick. 
2.  Some palm species produce edible fruit, but most don't.  Some are poisonous.  Never eat palm fruit unless you are absolutely sure it is safe.
3.  The palm seed is within the fruit.  It is usually tan or brown in color.  It is firm, hard, and of assorted sizes and shapes.
4.  Growers often use the words 'fruit" and "seeds" interchangeably.  But, strictly speaking, the fruit is what hangs from the tree.  When cleaned you have 'seeds"
5.  Mature fruit is never green in color.  If you harvest green fruit, the chances are it may not germinate.
6.  If you have to pull hard to get the seeds off the tree, it's probably immature fruit.  Mature seeds fall to the ground with a gentle tug or on their own.
7.  Research has shown that the fruit around the seed has growth retardants in it and must be removed for proper germination.  In nature, this is often done by animals or insects. 
8.  It is not uncommon to see some mature (or near-mature) and green fruit on the same flower.  If collecting seeds, pick out the ones with color, not the green ones.
9.  Mature palm seeds are almost always black, orange, red or occasionally yellow in color.  They are never green.  Some species' seeds will go through a transition from yellow or red to black as a final color.
10.  Some palm species like Caryota, Arenga and others have seeds with toxic crystals in the fruit so cleaning them without gloves can cause burning or pain in the hands.  Others cause intense pruritis (itching), so be cautious.
11.  Mature and viable palm seeds almost never float in water.  Only the 'sinkers" are good.  Also, they don't collapse when pinched. 

I think all these photos here illustrate the points above.  I hope you enjoy this tour of palm seeds and fruit


link to PALM TREE SEEDS AND FRUITS
Carpentaria acuminata
Carpentaria acuminata
Livistona saribus blue seeds
Livistona saribus blue seeds
Chambeyronia macrocarpa seeds
Chambeyronia macrocarpa seeds just maturing
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
Dypsis affinis seeds
Dypsis affinis immature seeds
Chamaedorea tepejilote immature seeds
Chamaedorea tepejilote immature seeds
Jubaea chilensis cleane seeds
Jubaea chilensis cleaned seeds
Jubaea chilensis blue seeds
Blue Jubaea chilensis seeds
Howea forsteriana seeds all stages
Howea forsteriana various stages
Archontophoenix purpurea seeds
Archontophoenix purpurea cleaned seeds
Areca ipot immature seeds
Areca ipot, immature seeds
Archontophoenix purpurea seeds
Archontophoenix purpurea, one red seed
Orbignia martiana
Orbignya (Attalea) martiana
Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata, immature
Areca alicae
Areca alicae
Pritchardia macdanielsii seeds immature
Pritchardia macdanielsii immature seeds
Arenga porphyrocarpa seeds
Arenga porphyrocarpa
Brahea edulis immature seeds
Brahea edulis immature seeds
Burretiokentia viellardii
Burretiokentia viellardii
Pritchardia gaudichaudi immature seeds
Pritchardia gaudichaudi immature seeds
Wodyetia bifurcata immature seeds
Wodyetia bifurcata, immature seeds
Latania loddigesii immature seeds
Latania loddigesii immature seeds
Assorted Latania seeds
Assorted Latania seeds
Lodoicea maldivica immature fruit
Lodoicea maldivica immature fruit
many years from maturity
Pritchardia macrocarpa immature seeds
Pritchardia macrocapra immature fruit
Trithrinax acanthicoma immature fruit
Trithrinax acanthicoma immature fruit
Borassus seed on ground
Huge Borassus seeds on ground
Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea, some mature
Chamaedorea benzei immature green seeds
Chamaedorea benzei immature green seeds
Chamaedorea microspadix mature fruit
Chamaedorea microspadix mature fruit

close up previous picture
Sabal minor mature seeds
Sabal minor, mature fruit
Jubaea chilensis fruit
Jubaea chilensis fruit, compare to cleaned seeds above
Phoenix dactylifera maturing seeds
Phoenix dactylifera, the True Date Palm
maturing fruit
Arenga engleri immature fruit
Arenga engleri, immature fruit
Allagoptera arenariu peculia flower stalk
Allagoptera arenaria, bizzare flower with immature fruit

Queen Palm, mature fruit on left side
Queen Palm, mature fruit left, immature right
Phoenix dactylifera fruit
Phoenix dactylifera, the True Date Palm, with
near mature fruit
Licuala grandis fruit
Licuala grandis with both red mature fruit and
immature light yellow fruit.
Brahea sarrukhanii
Brahea sarrukhanii fruit, not quite yet mature
Phoenix rupicola, near mature fruit
Phoenix rupicola fruit, not quite mature
Salaca edulis fruit going to market
Salacca edulis fruit, edible, on way to the market
Queen Palm fruit
Queen Palm fruit, mature seeds become yellow
Caryota urens fruit
Carytoa urens fruit, do not clean without gloves
Licuala grandis mature fruit
Licuala grandis mature red fruit
Polyandrococos caudescens immature fruit
Polyandrococos caudescens immature fruit cluster

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MT. GARUSO
FAST GROWING LARGE GREEN CYCAD
CENTRAL AFRICAN, MANIKENSIS ALLIANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


Shown here is a large 15g plant of the species Encephalartos "Mt. garuso".  This is a rare green Central African cycad in the manikensis alliance.  The name refers to habitat location.  I only have one or two of these old plants left.  The one on special has a seven inch caudex and six foot plus leaves.  I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but this is a fast growing plant that will get huge.  It would need at least a ten foot circular area in the garden.  Customers who have gotten this species from us tell me that it's one of their favorites and performs great in the garden.  Along the coast it wants full sun.  Cold tolerance is estimated at 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $550


You must mention this Website special to get this price when you purchase.  This cycad is not only huge for its container but will be a great addition to any project or garden.
Encephalartos species Mt. garuso Encephalartos species Mt. garuso
Encephalartos species Mt. garuso Encephalartos species Mt. garuso Encephalartos species Mt. garuso
Encephalartos species Mt. garuso
   

 

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

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

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

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

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SMALLER BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE

This species is native to Mexico and in habitat lives in sun or partial sun locations.  It doesn't get that tall.  Anticipate a mature palm of not much more than ten feet.  It is cold hardy at least to 20 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  Leaf color can be green or almost blue.  The plants we have on special are suppose to be the "blue" variety.  They are not new seedlings but rather three to four years old and on about their eighth leaf.

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

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get these discounted prices.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

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
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
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
 

 

SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY, 2015

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
A VERY COLD HARDY BAMBOO PALM

Like Chamaedorea radicalis, this is another quite cold hardy Chamaedorea.  It is known to do quite well in various areas in Northern California.  However, this species is not single trunk but rather a suckering species with multiple very thin trunks.  I've seen specimens where the trunk diameter is no greater than the standard pencil.  For a suckering species, it is also not too tall.  Typically this species gets up to seven, perhaps eight feet.  It is not uncommon on mature trees to see some trunks leaning out from the center of the plant, gently reaching upwards.  Leaf color is green, but on some plants there is an iridescent gray discoloration to the leaves or even a glaucous white backside to the leaflets. 

Female plants produce pretty clusters of red seeds.  This plant looks it's best in filtered light and has a cold tolerance into the upper teens.  I've seen very nice specimens in the San Francisco Bay area.  This Mexican species' name implies that the blossom is "small", which is not the case.  Our photos here show a 15g plant with views of a flower.  Note the very thin trunks shown here.  This plant will fill in over time and have a dozen or two trunks when mature.  On the fourth photo, not the sheen to the leaves, typical of some strains of this species.
Chamaedorea microspadix 15g Chamaedorea microspadix leaf
Chamaedorea microspadix trunks Chamaedorea microspadix iridescent Chamaedorea microspadix garden

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
AFRICAN CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BARE ROOT SEEDLINGS


This is a shade tolerant South African species that has "holly fern" like leaves.  When mature, both male and female cones are very colorful.  The female is particularly nice and can be fire engine red.  This species forms a small trunk and is never over eight feet in overall height.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but most gardeners grow it in filtered light.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  We are offering a great buy on our bare root seedlings.

REGULAR PRICE BARE ROOT SEEDLINGS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20 EACH
OR THREE FOR $50


You must mention this special to get this price.  U.S. shipments only.  Mail order possibility depends on weather.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
boxed specimen
Encephalartos ferox
photo from Wikipedia
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
EXOTIC FISHTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

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


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

 

AMAZING CARYOTA IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
LABELED "CARYOTA OBTUSA" BUT PROBABLY CARYOTA GIGAS
IT'S SEEN A LOT OF COLD WEATHER


Having just mentioned in the post above the confusion with species names in the world of Caryotas, I thought I'd share an interesting palm with you.  A customer and acquaintance (J.H.) in Sacramento and I have been talking for years about a Caryota in central Sacramento that seems to be thriving and doing quite well.  It's been there for at least an estimated ten years.  After much prompting, J.H. took and emailed me some photos of a great looking palm from Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA.  In case you don't know this city, it's the capitol of California and in Northern California, a long distance inland.  It's been known to see temperatures into the teens F. routinely. In the city itself, some argue that the buildings may give some "inner city" heat to combat the cold. 

When my friend told me about this Caryota, I assumed it would be C. urens because urens is the most cold hardy Fishtail species around.  But, it's not.  To my eyes it looks like Caryota gigas.  My experience and feedback on Caryota gigas is that it's low tolerance is 22 degrees F.  This specimen might lower that temperature estimate. 

Because this plant was obtained many years ago, it has a name plaque saying "Caryota obtusa".  If you remember above, gigas first came in as "obtusa".  My guess is that the city got this palm in those early years and this represents the nomenclature confusion that existed at that time.

But, what a beautiful palm to see in super cold Northern California.  I thank J.H., as all of these photos were taken by him.
Caryota gigas Sacramento CA by JH Caryota gigas Sacramento CA by JH
Caryota gigas Sacramento CA by JH Caryota gigas Sacramento CA by JH Caryota gigas Sacramento CA by JH
Caryota gigas Sacramento CA by JH    

 

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


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

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

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


CYCAS CURRANII
EXOTIC SPECIES, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

This tropical appearing green cycad produces a tall stem up to thirty feet or more, one to two feet in diameter. It is reported that this species attains a size and stature similar to surrounding trees in habitat.  Leaves are six to eight feet with armed, long petioles.  Leaf width is about two feet.  Leaves are flat, slightly flexing toward the ground and occasionally a bit undulating.  To the touch, the leaves are rather soft and inviting.  Seeds are quite large with raised edges on the sclerotesta (hard inner layer of the seed below the fruit).  Cycas wadei is the only other Cycas species with ridged sclerotesta but it comes from the island of Wadei and the seeds are much smaller.  This makes an attractive landscape specimen cycad. 

I have been growing this species for about ten years and found that it does quite well in Southern California.  I have a few gorgeous 15g plants for sale.  They would prefer part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties F. 
 
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
From PACSOA by George Yao
Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
From PACSOA by George Yao

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
15G PLANTS AVAILABLE

This tall, thin trunked species of Brahea is native to Baja and northwestern Mexico where in grows on hillsides and in canyons.  It has a trunk over thirty feet tall with a thin one foot diameter.  It is exotic and fast growing for a Brahea and has very long petioles.  Leaves are green, three feet wide and circular in shape as shown.  It has an open, airy appearance.  It is a sun loving species that thrives in our area here.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.

Most people think that all Braheas are slow growing and have thick trunks.  This is not the case with Brahea brandegeei.  It is rather quick growing, has a thin trunk for its height, and can tolerate coastal sun or part day sun.  The last four photos are of a wonderful stand of this species in Balboa Park in San Diego. The 15g plant shown is representative of the ones we get in and there's only a few of them available at any given time
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Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei  

 

CYRTOSTACHYS RENDA
RED SEALING WAX PALM, LIPSTICK PALM
AN EXOTIC PALM THAT MOST OF YOU CAN'T GROW OUTDOORS

About once or twice a week, I get a call from someone who wants to grow this exotic species in their yard.  For this reason, I'm writing about it this morning.  I've gotten calls from such places as Las Vegas, Dallas and Madison, Wisconsin.  Don't laugh; people just love this species.  In the continental U.S., there is hardly any location where the Lipstick Palm can survive over the long run outdoors.  The problem is the winter's cold.  This species rapidly succumbs at temperatures under 47 degrees F.  I mean, overnight!  Back in my more reckless years, I'd try these again and again.  But, one nights failure of the heaters and all of the Red Sealing Wax were gone.  Nowadays I don't heat the greenhouses and don't even have a chance with this species.

This species is native to southern Thailand, Malaysia, and some Indonesian islands. It is a clumping palm and can get to sixty feet.  It's hallmark is the red crown shaft.  Thus the common names.  It wants sun in the tropics but can be grown in filtered light.  Here in Southern California it wants a greenhouse.  Or, if you are super industrious, you can try it inside the house but it'll be a challenge. 

In South Florida there are some being grown outdoors, but winter cold fronts put them at risk of death.  In HI, they seem to thrive where winter lows are hardly ever below 55 degrees near the water.  Remember, below 47 degrees F. and this species is gone.  I can get one for a real enthusiast, but they are always quite expensive.  Two photos below show interior environmentally controlled culture of this species in Southern CA.
Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda
Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda
Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda

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


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

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

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


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

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
RARE DWARF MEXICAN ZAMIA (CYCAD)
ONLY A FEW LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5G PLANTS

I acquired a batch of 5g plants of this species from a private collector.  They are quite old, over ten years or more since germination.  By report, seeds were authenticated by experts.  This is a small species, rarely over 3 feet in height.  It tolerates coastal sun or filtered light.  There are essentially no pictures of this species on the Internet.  You've probably never seen coning sized plants like this for sale. 

The plants on special are coning and a few are suckering.  Caudex size is about 4 inches, mature. This is an ideal plant for someone who wants a small cycad near a pathway or in the foreground of the garden.  It is also a very nice potted patio plant.  Exact cold tolerance is unknown, but it's definitely into the twenties F.

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

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

 

 

THURSDAY, 8 JANUARY, 2015

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE SHAVING BRUSH PALM
NEW ZEALAND SPECIES WITH BULGING CROWN SHAFT
FAIRLY COLD HARDY SPECIES


This popular palm species from New Zealand is known as the Shaving Brush or Feather Duster Palm.  This is because of the upright orientation of the leaves and crown.  Compare this species to the Rhopalostylis baueri I showed you a few days ago.  The crown shaft is quite prominent, often bulging out profoundly.  It is single trunk, has a trunk diameter of one foot or less and can get up to about 30 feet of height.  Along the coast it can tolerate full sun.  But, figure that half day sun is ideal and inland areas require filtered light.

Culturally it is slow growing.  It's near impossible to form trunk in a boxed specimen.  It must be planted in the ground.  To get a 10 foot tall plant from a 5g will take from seven to ten years.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 23 degrees F.  Shown here to the right is a nice 5g plant, quite easy to ship right to your door.  We also have limited numbers of larger plants in 15g and maybe some 25g.  This species is an easy grow in San Francisco.  We have all sizes available of this species and various other types of Rhopalostylis.
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida
a 25g nursery plant 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
MEDIUM SIZED, SINGLE OR MULTI-TRUNKED, SILVER GREEN TRUNKS


This attractive medium sized Dypsis comes from the Island of Pemba off the coast of Madagascar.  It is sometimes single trunk, other times suckering.  This variability in the number of trunks is seen with quite a few Dypsis.  It gets to a height of thirty to forty feet, has silver or silver-green trunks with prominent rings, with six foot long leaves on short petioles.  The leaves are keeled in cross-section.  Growth is rapid.  In our area of Southern California, part day sun seems to work well.  Inland areas show put in strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here is a very tall, trunking 15g plant.  Also shown is a mature clump of the clustering form taken by Al Bredeson, a long time friend of mine and past President of the Palm Society of Southern California

A way I recognize this species when juvenile is by the upper stem, where you see a definite speckled tan color below the newly emerging spear.  The fourth photo shows this color which is quite reliable.  The closest and often confusing similar species, similar in appearance, would be Dypsis lanceolata, but this species has more of a silver color in this same area.  
  
Dypsis pembana single trunk Dypsis pembana single trunk
Dypsis pembana single trunk Dypsis pembana single trunk Dypsis pembana single trunk
Dypsis pembana PACSOA Al Bredeson
by Al Bredeson, PACSOA
Dypsis pembana PACSOA Al Bredeson
by Al Bredeson, PACSOA
Dypsis pembana

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
ROYAL PALMS
LARGE SPECIMENS AVAILABLE


Talking about large boxed palms, the Royal Palm seems to be more popular this year than ever.  Everyone seems to want one.  This is not surprising as people have found they do quite well in Southern California.  They love sun and heat.  They have a long, beautiful green crown shaft and that famous bulge at the base of the trunk.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F., which will burn them.  Usually they recover from this cold insult.  Their growth rate is fast.  They love heat and water.  I even know of specimens in desert areas like Phoenix, Arizona that are doing great.

We can supply 30 inch and 36 inch boxed specimens as shown here.  However, these are special order so you must call us before you come.  Also, be aware that they are too heavy to lift easily.  We also have 5g, 15g and some 20g plants for sale.  Or, if you are a seedling guy, we have those as well.  I can provide this species to anyone who wants one.  The last photo shows Royal Palms on Morena Blvd. in San Diego.  These were burned by the winter of 2007 and saw 22 degrees.  But, they came back and look at them now!
Royal Pam Royal Palms
Royal Palm Royal Palm Royal Palm
Royal Palms    

 

BRAHEA BERLANDIERI
AKA BRAHEA DULCIS
LIMITED NUMBERS OF 5G SIZE AVAILABLE


In northeastern Mexico are mountainous areas where different forms of Brhaea exist.  Most well known is Brahea dulcis.  There used to be two other "species": Brahea berlandieri and Brahea bella.  Presently all three have been grouped together as Brhaea dulcis. 

Being a traditionalist, I sort of liked when we separated them out and talked about the differences.  The plant shown here is a 5g from wild collected seeds.  It is a sun plant, should be ten to twenty feet tall, and has green leaves with a hint of blue.  The blue will be more apparent outdoors with a sun grown plant.  Cold tolerance should be into the low twenties F. or perhaps the upper teens.  It can tolerate arid conditions.  The trunks are not tall and sort of stout.

One other comment about Brahea dulcis being all three plants.  That is that taxonomist say there is a "blue form" of dulcis.  So, we lump them together and then begin dividing them apart.  B. dulcis is traditionally green in color.  The picture below by Tobias Spanner shows the color of Brahea berlandieri.  Did you know some taxonomists consider this species to be just a Brahea armata.  Wow!   They are different looking and from totally different habitats!
Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri
Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri
Brahea berlandieri TS at RPS
Brahea berlandieri TS at RPS
   

 

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
TALL, THIN TRUNK SYAGRUS
MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN THE COMMON QUEEN PALM?


This rather tall, single trunk pinnate palm is from eastern Brazil and surrounding countries.  It has a very thin trunk of a foot or less relative to its eventual height of up to sixty feet.  Many people feel it is a great substitute for the common Queen Palm and maybe prettier.  Its leaves are shorter and the overall crown size is smaller.  But, it's not as cold hardy, only taking temperatures into the mid-twenties or a bit less.  Leaves can be plumose or flat.  Color of the leaves is green with a hint of blue. 

Shown here is a 5g plant.  Limited numbers available.  It is best grown in full sun.  The last photo by John DeMott shows how gorgeous this plant is in habitat.
Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea
Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea by John De Mott IPS website
photo by John DeMott, IPS Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
A LARGE KENYAN CYCAD

This is a large Central African cycad with an erect trunk up to thirty feet that is native to Mt. Lolokwe in the center of Kenya.  It is a fairly high elevation plant, up to 2000 feet natively.  As shown in the photos, leaves are four to six feet long and go upwards at about a 60 degree angle.  Color is a gray-green, definitely not a lime color.  The leaves are basically flat in cross section.  Leaflets are thin and crowded and have spines pointing toward the center of the plant. 

Like most cycads, this species likes good draining soil.  I'd recommend less than full sun.  Perhaps, along the coast, part day sun.  Inland areas would require bright filtered light. At our nursery, this species tolerated 25 degrees F. with no problem.  I suspect the coldest it will take is a few degrees below this.  Although this species is getting near impossible to find, we do have an assortment of sizes available including a large, near coning boxed plant. However, we have no seedlings or smaller plants because seeds on this species have not been available for about ten years.
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
CHILEAN WINE PALM

I have written a very comprehensive article on this species, found elsewhere at this website.  I'll put the link to this article at the end below.  This species is from South America and can get over fifty feet tall with the thickest trunk of any palm species.  Specimens over four feet diameter have been reported.  They are very slow growing and it takes decades to get a nice, mature plant.  Mature trunks are clean of leaf bases, the color of the leaves is almost always green, the leaves are essentially flat in cross section or have a minimal keel to them.  The petioles are unarmed.  At the nursery we have all sizes for sale and
occasional broker large mature specimens.  Shown here first is a 5g plant which is easily shipped for mail order.  Next is a 15g which can also be shipped for those who want to start bigger.

The fourth photo shows how the leaves are flat or minimally keeled in cross section and more or less upright with no more than a slight re-curve.  There is only a little bare petiole at the proximal leaf.  The leaf stems are rather clean at the base and have no barbs.  Below I am showing several photos of larger trees in domestic plantings.  Note the appearance of the trees with their thick, semi-smooth trunks.  This species is a full sun plant and is cold tolerant to about 15 degrees F. 

I am showing you a picture of mature fruit and seeds.  Fruit is yellow in color.  (see last three photos) To germinate seeds you would remove this fragrant fruit.  The last photo shows a picture sent to me from a long term customer in South Carolina.  He purchased one of our blue Jubaea chilensis and was excited that it was keeping the blue color back east.  This photo taken by MB shows how his 15g plant is truly a blue color.   

Below is the link for a full article on this species.

LINK TO JUBAEA ARTICLE  

Jubaea chilensis 5g
Jubaea, 5g size


Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis 15g 
Jubaea chilensis 15g
Jubaea, 15g size  
Jubaea chilensis leaves Jubaea chilensis 15g base Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Thick trunk with my son Jesse
Jubaea chllensis 25g
a 25 gallon sized Jubaea chilensis
 Jubaea chilensis by JH
specimen in Sacramento, CA by J.H.

at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego
Jubaea chilensis blue by MB
Blue Jubaea chilensis 15g by M.B.
     
Jubaea fruit Jubaea fruit   Jubaea seeds
 

ARTICLE AT WEBSITE
PALM TREE SEEDS AND FRUITS

Last year at our Website I published an article that really goes into depth on palm tree flowers, fruits and seeds.  I was surprised that nowhere on the Internet is such information available.  So, I wrote the articles.  My main points were to describe when to recognize when palm seeds are ripe, not to pick immature green seeds, and to appreciate the differences among different types of seeds.  I tried to explain how you can tell if seeds are good for germination.  Lots of photos.  I hope you like it.  Please check it out and feedback is always welcomed. 

Click on the photo banner to the right to read article.
      palm seed banner
        click on photo above to be linked to article
Pinanga casea
Pinanga casea flower with immature seeds
pelagodoza seed
The bizarre Pelagodoxa henryana seed

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
SUPER RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
SEEDLING PLANTS NOW AVAILABLE

This is an extremely large cycad that is native to the Ituri Forest in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo).  Very few people have seen or photographed this species in the wild.  There are no native habitat pictures of this species that I know of on the Internet.  However, there are a matched pair of this species in the U.S. with the female coning.  I was fortunate enough to get seeds from this domestic plant.

This cycad is known for it's very long leaves that emerge and stay pretty much upright.  Leaves are ten feet long and stems can get up to twenty feet.  Leaflets are green, leathery, about ten inches long and an inch wide.  This is a full sun plant but may need part sun in inland areas. Cold tolerance is not exactly known but it will tolerate a freeze.

Now available are some seedlings as shown here and perhaps a few older plants.  If you like exotic and rare cycads, you can do better than this species.
   
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Sorry, this large nursery plant sold
 

 

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


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

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

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

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


You must mention this Blog only special when ordering.
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
by John Volk, PSST
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX SP. "NO WINDOWS"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

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


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

 

BLUE JUBAEA CHILENSIS
RARE SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

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


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

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

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


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

 

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


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

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


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

 

TUESDAY, 6 JANUARY, 2015

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
THIN, CROWN SHAFTED PALM
NEW CALEDONIAN BEAUTY 

I recently talked about this species but wanted to show a few more photos.  It's such a great palm.  Although it has a thin trunk, in the wild mature heights can get to fifty feet.  It is native to the Loyalty Islands east of New Caledonia.  It's growth habits are about the same as Cyphophoenix elegans but it is said to tolerate soils that are more limey (higher pH).  I've found that it's best to begin it in filtered light and let it grow up into more light over time.  Inland areas demand continual filtered light.  The trunk is about six, perhaps eight inches thick.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Leaves are flat and a nice green color.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
NORFOLK ISLAND PALM
FROM NEW ZEALAND
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 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
Rhopalostylis baueri
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)
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Growing in filtered light in Encinitas, CA

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WOODII HYBRID
NICE 15 GALLON SIZED PLANT

As many of you know, Encephalartos woodii is extinct in the wild and all plants around the world have come from offsets of one plant in Durbin Botanical Garden in South Africa.  And, all plants are male.  Therefore, fortunate collectors have a male plant and can provide pollen.  But, there are no females. So, every plant produced will be a hybrid.  There is presently no such thing as a pure E. woodii seedling.  The genetically most similar species is E. natalensis. 

So, enthusiasts have been pollinating female natalensis with male pollen from E. woodii.  Although our label was lost, we feel the plant shown here was such a cross.  We think it's with the Vryheid form of E. natalensis.  It's in a 15g pot and has a five inch caduex.   It will be a sun loving plant (along the coast) with long leaves and a full crown of green color.    
Encephalartos woodii hybrid  Encephalartos woodii hybrid 
Encephalartos woodii hybrid  Encephalartos woodii hybrid  Encephalartos woodii hybrid 
Encephalartos woodii hybrid  Encephalartos woodii
Encephalartos woodii 
Encephalartos woodii
E. woodii at Kew Botanical Gardens, London 
 

 

MONDAY, 5 JANUARY, 2014

 

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
THE RIBBON PALM
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE


Livistona is a genus of palms from the Old World that are all fan palms with a very wide distribution and 34 species as of this date.  Most species are large palms of good size.  Livistona decipiens is from eastern Queensland in Australia.  It is an amazing palm because it is quick growing, has a medium sized trunk, has very divided leaves that hang downwards and is very cold hardy.  There are reports of it tolerating at least 18 degrees F. It loves hot sun.

Trunk heights can reach forty feet with a diameter of about a foot.  Crowns hold up to forty leaves.  Petioles are long and prominently armed as shown.  This species is quite similar to Livistona australis, but the latter reaches a taller height and, in my experience, has less drooping the ends of the leaflets.

Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants, right up to large trunked out box specimens.  For people visiting our area, there is a great stand of this species at Mission Bay in San Diego.  We can easily ship this species right to your door if you are a mail order customer.  It's a cool species and easy to grow.
Livistona decipiens
15g size
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
24 inch box size
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
leaves have narrow segments that are dependent at ends
Livistona decipiens
prominent spines of petioles
Livistona decipiens
note the droopy ends to the leaflets, hanging
like ribbons downward
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
nice collection this species at Mission Bay, San Diego
Livistona decipiens
nursery plant in a large box
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
very bushy plants in Hawaii that have never been
pruned and have this peculiar thick look to them 

 

SABAL XTEXENSIS
SUPER COLD HARDY NATIVE HYBRID SABAL

This is a distinct Sabal that is native to the Brazoria County, Texas and is often called the "Brazoria Palm" by Texans.  It is felt to be a native cross between Sabal minor and Sabal mexicana.  Its leaves are blue green, it gets to about twenty feet in height, has a very thick trunk up to two feet in diameter, and is extremely cold hardy.  There are reports that it may tolerate temperatures below ten degrees F.  Shown her is a 5g plant.  Note the leaf color and the markings on the petiole.  The last picture is the only mature one I found and was taken by an unknown photographer.  This is not a common palm and I don't have one in my garden.  But, when I talk to cold hardy palm enthusiasts, they get quite excited about this palm   
Sabal xtensis Sabal xtexensis
Sabal Xtexensis Sabal Xtexensis Sabal xtexensis unkinown photographer
unknown photographer

 

HEDYCHIUM GARDNERIANUM
THE KAHILI GINGER
VERY FRAGRANT YELLOW BLOSSOMS

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

 

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAX BRASILIENSIS
VERY COLD HARDY SOUTH AMERICAN PALM
GNARLY TRUNK: SOME LOVE IT, SOME DON'T 

Personal preferences with palm trees is quite an interesting thing.  When you mention a palm with spines, some people get very nervous and start talking about the safety of their children.  Others just say "cool!".  Some customers come in with a request for only soft leafed feather palms and occasionally someone requests "fan palms only".  Rarely someone arrives just looking for "spiny palms".  People are all different in their tastes and likes.  Well, here's a species that really tests palm enthusiasts.

Not only would it be considered a needle palm.  The needles on the trunk are long, prominent and arranged in a totally random pattern.  It's like a trunk with a "bad hair day".  I've tried to shown this with the photos.  But, the spines are only the trunk.  The leaves have no spines.  This is a single trunk palm with about a foot diameter trunk with fibrous material and three to four inch needles going in all haphazard directions.  The leaf crown is reminiscent of a Trachycarpus in a way.  In Southern California mature trees are usually about twenty feet tall.  But, in habitat in in habitat Trithrinax "basiliensis" (Brazil) is known to reach heights of fifty feet and can occasionally sucker.  Cold hardiness on this species is well into the teens F.  It is a full sun species.

Shown here first is a very old 15g followed by a twelve year old 25g.  We also have bands and 5g for sale.  The photo of Rusty shows what happens if you grab the trunk too hard.
Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma 
Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma 
Trithrinax acanthicoma  Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma with Rusty
Rusty got too close
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

 

SYAGRUS CORONATA
BLUE-GREEN BRAZILIAN PALM
SOME COLD HARDINESS


This is a single trunk pinnate palm from eastern Brazil.  It can get up to forty feet tall with a one foot thick trunk.  Most apparent when you see a mature tree are the swirls of retained leaf bases right below the crown of leaves.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  One photo below shows a plant displaying this blue trait.  Leaves are arranged in a spiraling fashion in rows.  Note how, like other types of Syagrus, juvenile plants have huge, wide strap leaves when young.  Later they become pinnate with thinner leaflets. 

Many people in Southern California are growing this species.  It is a sun loving plant.  Cold hardiness is probably (at best) into the mid-twenties F.  The plant tot he right is a 5g plant.  I've also shown a 15g nursery palm as well.
syagrus coronata syagrus coronata
syagrus coronata
juvenile strap leaf
syagrus coronata syagrus coronata
syagrus coronata syagrus coronata syagrus coronata
15g plant at nursery, beyond juvenile foliage
syagrus coronata
this photo shows blue color to leaves
syagrus coronata syagrus coronata

 

SYAGRUS ROMANSOFFZIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE COCONUT QUEEN
INTERESTING AND ATTRACTIVE NEW HYBRID - NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
NICE 15G PLANTS NOW AVAILABLE 


Several decades ago I met a nurseryman in Oceanside who mainly grew Kentia Palms.  He moved to Thailand and began working with hybrids.  His name was Jack Ingwerson.  In Thailand he developed a hybrid between the common Queen Palm and the rather rare species Syagrus schizophylla.  The interesting thing is that you may predict this offspring would not be beautiful.  Syagrus schiophylla won't win any beauty contests.  But, low and behold, the progeny are quite beautiful and a great palm.  People love them. 

We can provide larger plants if needed, up to 30 inch boxes.   But, today I wanted to let you know we have a small number of very nice 15g plants available.  In the pot, they are overhead.  Many think they look like a Coconut.  Thus they were given the name "Coconut Queen".  It's a full sun palm and cold tolerance is into the teens F.  "Move over, Mule Palm".  You've got some competition!

These are not inexpensive plants, but super desirable and hard to find.  If you want one, get it now as they'll sell out soon.  A few years ago I had a few 5g plants.  Unfortunately, these are nowhere available presently.
cOCONUT qUEEN PALM Coconut Queen
Coconut Queen
photo by Jack Ingwerson
Coconut Queen
photo by Jack Ingwerson
cOCONUT qUEEN
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen Coconut Queen

ROYSTONEA REGIA
ROYAL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This is a crown shafted, tall, sun loving palm species that gets a swollen base and mature heights of fifty feet or more.  It loves only full sun and has a cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.  We are offering a 10 day special on the 5g size.  These can be shipped right to your door.  See above description of the species.  These 5g plants are about five feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


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

 

SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
A VERY TROPICAL FAN PALM
LEAVES WITH NEARLY A FULL CIRCLE OF LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

At the onset, I should warn you that this palm is very cool but super slow growing.  Here in Southern California it takes at least ten years to "begin" to form a trunk.  With this said, eventually it will get a trunk of over fifty feet.

It has a vast habitat stretching from Mexico down into South America.  It grows at elevations ranging from sea level to 4000 feet.  The latter gives it some degree of cold hardiness.  There are two very unique things about this plant:

•  The mature leaves have a near full circle of leaflets and are very attractive
•  The top side of the leaves are green and the underside is blue.  This is very helpful in identifying smaller plants.

Cold hardiness is down to the lower twenties.  It can be grown in part day sun.  It is the most tropical appearing of any of the Sabal species.  The plant shown to the right is in a 5g pot.  We usually have an assortment of sizes. 

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

But, you must mention this special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  It's a "Blog Only Special". 
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis

 

 

SATURDAY, 3 JANUARY, 2015

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
PICTURES TO SHOW 24 IN BOX SIZE

Please see our post from yesterday on the 15g size of this species.  I had a few inquiries about larger sizes available.  These two photos show the 24 in box size that we can offer for sale.  They are about 8 to 9 feet tall.  If interested, just contact me directly at my email address posted at this page.
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

BRAHEA BANDEGEEI
THE SAN JOSE HESPER PALM
TALL PALM WITH THIN TRUNK
NICE 15G AVAILABLE

This green leaf variety of Brahea is the tallest species of this genus.  It can get almost to fifty feet tall.  For a Brahea, it has a thin trunk of about twelve inches in diameter.  The leaver are circular and green on the dorsal side.  The underside of the leaves is somewhat glaucous (blue) in color.  It is a good growing species.  Note that it is not as cold hardy as many of the other Braheas but will go into the low 20's F.  Remember that Brahea armata takes down to about 15 degrees F.  It likes sun.  It outgrows almost all others of the genus in terms of speed. 

The four last photos here were taken at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.  I've been following these trees for several decades.  Our nursery plants are nice size 15g size and can be shipped.  People have asked me how this species would do in Central Florida and I'm not totally sure.  But, it's worth a try.  It is growing well in areas of Northern California.
Brahea brandegeei 15g Brahea brandegeei 15g
Brahea brandegeei 15g Brahea brandegeei 15g Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This great palm is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.

I'm offering the 15g size as shown on special.  I have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $175

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

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD
LARGE 15G AND 25G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TWO SIZES

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as one of the more rare Mexican cycads to find.  But, finding good sized Dioon holmgrenii right now on the market is almost impossible.  Shown here are some plants we just got in.  They are both at least ten years old and in 15g and 25g pots.  The larger ones have caudex sizes of about nine inches.  You never see plants like this on sale.

This species loves hot sun.  It has a cold tolerance down to about 20 to 22 degrees F.  It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $350

REGULAR PRICE 25G $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $450

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices.  And, you'll note these prices are a bit lower than last time I got these beauties in.

Remember, no cycads are what anyone would call "cheap".  But, as a group, they are the most rare plants on the planet and seeds costs are ten to one hundred times the cost of a palm seed.  And, they are super slow growing compared to palms.  So, they are expensive.  But, they are such an ideal addition to any garden.
Dioon holmgrenii
25 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii
15 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

 

ZAMIA ANGUSTIFOLIA
DWARF CUBAN/CARIBBEN CYCAD SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS


This dwarf Zamia species is quite rare and has leaves that are typically about two feet long.  A plant in the garden is rarely over three feet tall.  Trunks get up to about 8 inches with most of the trunk being subterranean.  Leaflets are very narrow.  New leaves emerge a reddish-brown color and are very soft.  There are some spines on the petioles but not on the leaflets.  The crown is wispy and somewhat open. 

The band sizes we have are at least ten years old.  Many have coned right in this small container.  Remember, this is a dwarf species.  They tolerate part day or full day coastal sun but would need bright filtered light inland.  Maybe they'd even work as a house plant.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Just mention this Blog special when ordering to get this discount.  Mail order: piece of cake.
Zamia angustifolia Zamia angustifolia
Zamia angustifolia Zamia angustifolia  

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
SINGLE TRUNK, GETS TO EIGHT FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a very sought after palm for multiple reasons.  It resembles a Chamaedorea radicalis but is stronger, taller, has a thicker trunk and is more vigorous.  Mature height is eight feet or a bit more.  Some trunk will form.  It also tolerates a fair amount of sun along the coast.  And, it is quite durable with thick leaflets.  It can also take filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here on sale are band size seedlings.  Some are multiples. 

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

Limited numbers.  You must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g nursery plant
Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g pot, two plants in one container

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM
AND THEY ARE BLUE WHEN MATURE

TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount. The fifth and six figures are stock photos to demonstrate the color.  They are not the plants on special today.
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing blue color of the medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing what these plants will
look like, grown in sun and heat
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Just mention this blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  

 

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


I've talked extensively at my Blog today about this species.  It prefers filtered light or perhaps full day sun on the coast.  It's one of the best interior palms there is.  We have available huge 1g pots.  They are bigger than most nurseries' 5g plants.  They grow outdoors here and also make wonderful and easy to grow house plants.  We have singles or multiples.  Some are six feet tall!  Can be mail ordered but a tall box.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this reduced price.  For those of you in colder areas, you can buy now, save and we hold for free until weather permits shipping.
 
Howea forsteriana 1 galloni  Howea forsteriana 1g

 

FRIDAY, 2 JANUARY, 2015

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
NICE 15G PLANTS AVAILABLE

Dypsis decaryi, the Triangle Palm, is a popular, sun loving species from southern Madagascar.  There it thrives in a hot, dry area.  And, as expected, this species does well in inland areas and the desert climate.  It reaches a mature height of about 25 feet.  It is best known for it's triangular and interesting colored crown shaft (see last photo).  This is how it gets its common name - it has three sides.

Shown here is an example of a nice 15g plant.  It's easy to handle and plant.  We also have 5g and smaller plants available.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  They don't need a lot of water, especially in the winter when its cold.
Dypsis decaryi
15G plant size
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi 5g
5 gallon sized nursery plants
Dypsis decaryi
mature tree in Balboa Park,
San Diego
Dypsis decaryi

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
BEAUTIFUL TALL, CROWN SHAFTED PALM
ATTRACTIVE 25G PLANT AVAILABLE

This species of slender yet tall palm is from the South Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji.  It is one of the best species of this genus to grown in Southern California.  Compared to others, it seems to have better cold tolerance.  Along the coast, it should be grown in full sun.  Cold tolerance is about like a King Palm - 25 degrees F.  Plant height can get taller than a King Palm and up to over fifty feet.  Leaflet tips are jagged (characteristic of the genus) and the crown shaft is light colored, cream to yellow-tan.

The 25g plant shown here is about ten feet tall and has seen weather into the low 30's at our nursery.  We also have 15g and smaller plants available.  At the nursery, I am presently growing second generation plants of this species.  These came from fertilize seeds set on a mature palm in Orange County, California.
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM WITH ITS CIGAR SHAPED TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


Hyophorbe verschafeltii is known as the Spindle Palm.  It is closely related to Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm.  BUT, the Spindle Palm is a bit more cold hardy and therefore the one that is a better choice for Southern California.  Both are native to the Mascarene Islands.  Mature height is about ten feet.  On the trunk, the Spindle Palm has the bulge off the ground, somewhere in the middle of a mature trunk.  the Bottle Palm swells at the base and above this gets more narrow.  Cold tolerance of the Spindle Palm is about freezing.  The Bottle Palm gets into trouble below thirty-five degrees.  This small difference makes a huge difference for growers. 

Shown here is the 15g size of H. verschafeltii which I've decided to put on special.


REGULAR PRICE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE $150

We do have smaller sizes for sale.  BTW, in the San Diego area there are quite a few specimens outside that have trunks well over six to eight feet.  This is a full sun only species.
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii  

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
ARECA OR BUTTERFLY PALM
15 GALLON PLANTS THAT ARE NICE AND OVERHEAD


We presently have available some very nice ten foot tall Dypsis lutescens.  This is a suckering species from Madagascar that is medium sized, seldom over 18 feet in Southern California.  It has attractive, thin trunks with a prominent yellow color.  This color can extend into the leaf stems as well.  It has a medium growth rate.  Along the coast, it prefers sun or very bright filtered light.  In inland areas it cannot take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  We also have smaller plants available.

By the way, this is the most popular palm for blocking the neighbor from looking over the fence into your yard!  For this reason we also call it the "Neighbor Blocking Palm".
Dypsis lutescens  Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens 10 foot plants Dypsis lutescens 10 foot plants Dypsis lutescens by D.O.
photo by D.O.
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens  donated photo
photo by E.S.
 

 

  

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.

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

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

ASSORTED PHOTOS
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

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