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SUNDAY, 31 JANUARY, 2016

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BATCH OF 15G PLANTS

It's interesting that, despite our inventory of a quarter million plants, we do run out of species or sought after sizes of certain species.  Such is often the case with the popular 15 gallon size of the Chilean Wine Palm.  I know private and back yard growers who sometimes have things we need.  So, I make some phone calls to locate what we need for customers.  This led to the acquisition of the 15 gallon Jubaeas shown here.  They are not huge.  Basal diameters are about 4 inches.  But, they are nicely sized and the price is right.  This species gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The 15g shown here are 8 years old.  I'm offering them at the lowest price I've ever given to customers on this size.  This price applies to this particular batch of Jubaeas only.  I am passing this good pricing on to you as we got them at a very good price.  If you want honkers, bigger ones - we do have them.  But, this size (as shown) is affordable and can be shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $140

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount.

Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan
Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan
Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
SINGLE TRUNK SHADE PALM
SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE
SOLID LEAF - NO DIVIDED LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This semi-dwarf, single trunk and understory plant is native to southern Mexico and the central portion of Central America.  It likes filtered light, has a trunk diameter of about 3/4 inch, has simple, undivided bifed leaves and reaches a mature height rarely over six feet.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It's easy to grow in most areas of Southern CA.  People often like to plant small colonies of several plants closely spaced.  They look great when several plants are side by side.  These plants I'm offering on sale today are nice singles or doubles.  If you get several for your garden, you can set seeds.  This is a dioecious species.

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

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

Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Picture of leaves of our 2 gallon size
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
photo of our 5 gallon size
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Photo of the 1 gallon size, on sale here
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery//large/palms/chamaedorea_ernestii_agustii_0001.gif

 

LIVISTONA NITIDA
TALL PALM WITH THINNER TRUNK
NATIVE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
FAIRLY QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is a fan palm that is native to Queensland.  We've found it to be quick growing.  It'll attain a mature height of 60 feet or more.  Trunk diameter is about 12 to 18 inches.  Its leaf stems are armed as shown here.  It prefers full sun, even in desert areas.  I've read reports of it tolerating snow in Georgia.  I'd estimate cold tolerance to be at least 20 degrees F.  The 5g on Special are nice size and ready for repot or planting in the garden.  When mature, the leaflets droop downwards.  This species was previously known as "Carnavon Gorge".

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your blog only discount.  These would be easy to ship.
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
15 gallon size at the nursery, not on sale right now
Livistona nitida by Mike Crisp, PACSOA
Photo by Mike Crisp c/o PACSOA

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
GUADALUPE FAN PALM
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE "SHORTER" PALMS
VERY SLOW GROWING - MAXIMUM HEIGHT 15 FEET IN 50 YEARS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to a small island off the coast of northern Baja, Mexico.  Yes, this is a peculiar place to have a population of only one palm on this island.  Because of goats, this population is threatened.  They eat all the small seedlings.  They were introduced by the Mexican government to control pests & weeds.  But, it has backfired as far as the palms are concerned.  There are simply no smaller trees of this species in the native locality. 

The Guadalupe Fan is slow growing.  It has a rather stout trunk that is finely checked on close inspection (see photo).  It takes about 50 years to get ten feet of trunk.  So, availability of large, crane sized specimens is quite rare and they always have to be dug.  Leaf stems are fairly un-armed.  Leaves are minimally wavy.  They love full, hot sun and are cold hardy into the upper teens F.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special when you buy for this discounted, special price.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Note finely checked trunk
Brahea edulis
40 to 50 year old plants Mission Bay in San Diego

 

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

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY, 29 JANUARY, 2016

 

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RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS

THE TRAVELER PALM
ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE


The Traveler Palm is native to Madagascar and is loved by many enthusiasts.  It is a distichous plant with all the leaves in one plane.  Its leaves are large, green, rather flat and reminds on of a banana leaf.  It forms a trunk that is twelve to sixteen inches thick.  Leaves can easily reach ten feet in length.  It may sucker and we recommend simply removing any suckers. 

Culturally it is a fast growing species that likes warmth and doesn't tolerate a freeze.  So, if you live far inland, this species won't work for you.  Most plant the Traveler in sun.  There's urban legend that says it with the leaves pointing east to west.  I can't verify this. 


Shown here are several taller twelve foot plants that we have.  This and the smaller two to three foot 2 and 5 gallons are available in limited supplies.  These have wintered over at our nursery.  I'm showing you pictures of a Traveler from up in Orange County, CA, north of our nursery.  The established and trunking plant shown is one that a customer bought from us several years ago.  Since it's done so nicely she bought and planted another.

Be aware, we could sell out of any sizes quickly as this species is difficult to find.
 
 
Ravanala madagascarensis
Larger plants for sale
Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
Established plant in Orange County, CA by K.J.
Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
Same plant by K.J.
Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
One of our Travelers that K.J. just planted
Ravenala traveler palm
5 gallon size
Ravanala in Balboa Park, CA
Traveler in Balboa Park, San Diego

 

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

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

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

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

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE COLOR, NOT TOO TALL, COLD HARDY CLUMPING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the 15g plants I'm putting on special.  It is possible to mail order this size.

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price. And, for those of you a long ways away, these can easily be shipped by Fed Express right to your door.  They are great for colder areas.
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
     

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5g SIZE

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

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

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

Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
15 GALLON SIZE
Heliconia schiediana
15g size
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
5 GALLON SIZE ON SALE
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G PLANTS

This species of blue fan palm is not only known for its intense blue color but also for the fact that it is extremely cold hardy.  It goes down to about 16 degrees.  It prefers dry heat and is a challenge to grow in humid areas.  These 25g plants have nice color and are sun acclimated.  They are begging to be planted into someone's garden.  This species is also very drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SALES PRICE $225

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, the first one is very close to our nursery, coastal Encinitas, CA.  The second is in El Cajon, CA.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
THE SATAKE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This single trunk and unbelievably beautiful species from the tropical islands of southern Japan has been grown by some in Southern California.  It is a bit of a challenge because this species does not tolerate a freeze.  I'd recommend starting it in filtered light and letting  it emerge over time into the sun.  Mature height is about twenty to thirty feet.  It has a shiny, smooth crown shaft that sometimes is a purple-brown in color.  It is pinnate, tropical appearing and a medium growth rate species.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $27.50

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

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $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.  Of note, we only have limited numbers of these 5g plants available.  Don't dally.
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

 

TUESDAY, 26 JANUARY, 2016

 


JUST IN!  ANOTHER RARE CYCAD COLLECTION

Dioon spinulosum  

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

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

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

 

NEW!
COLLECTION OF BONSAI, CAUDICIFORM AND MINIATURE TREES

NEW COLLECTION JUST ARRIVED
RARE & BIZARRE CONTAINERIZED PLANTS

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

GO TO MINIATURE TREE PAGE

Caudiciform type plant Miniature tree

 

PTYCHOSPERMA LINEARE
TALL & CLUSTERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON


This thin trunk and clustering species of crown shafted palm is from New Guinea.  It has a mature height of over 30 feet.  It seems to be a good growing species.  The one gallon shown here are on sale.  Mature plants are exotic appearing.  The leaflet ends are jagged.  Trunk diameter is several inches.  I'd recommend filtered light.  Cold tolerance is uncertain but these plants have seen a freeze.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for this discount.  Easy plant to mail order.
Ptychosperma lineare Ptychosperma lineare
Ptychosperma lineare Ptychosperma lineare  

 

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

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

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

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

 

AGGAVE ATTENUATA
BLUE FORM
A "DOCTOR SEUSS PLANT"
TEN DAY SPECIAL TRUNKING 5G

For quite a few years I've been offering this blue to blue-green species for sale.  An immediate hit were the large ones as shown below.  They take on a bizarre look and are almost cartoonish.  Some have had five feet of trunk.  But, we only have 25 gallon left on the big ones and these are so expensive to ship b/c of size and weight.  So, I sought out easy to ship but very large 5 gallon plants.  By the way, the key to keeping them from blossoming is to remove the suckers at the base.  Then, they keep putting on vertical trunk.  They do best with part day sun.  A terrible Santa Ana can burn the leaves.  I just obtained some very old plants for a 5 gallon pot that are showing some trunk as shown.  These can be mail ordered easily.  I'm offering them on special.  Cold tolerance is into the 20's F.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLD 5G $65

Just mention this special for your discount.
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
PUERTO RICAN HAT PALM
MASSIVE GRAY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This easy to grow species of large fan palm is native to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and some surrounding islands.  It is most known for its very thick and smooth trunk.  Trunk diameters can get over three feet and the trunk is a light gray color.  Heights can exceed forty feet.  Leaves are blue-green.  It is super cold hardy to the mid-teens F. and is a good grower in full sun.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $22.50
OR FOUR FOR $80

Remember: mention this Special for your discount.
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum

5 gallon size at nursery
Sabal causiarum
15 gallon at nursery
Sabal causiarum    

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
LARGER PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
RECENLTY DESCRIBED
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
5 gallon size at nursery
Beccariophoenix alfredii
15 gallon size at nursery
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
 

 

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

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

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

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

 

FOR THOSE WHO WANT LARGER PRITCHARDIA
HUGE BOXED SPECIMENS
VARIOUS SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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 and have been moved into boxes.  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. 
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  $375

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Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species box 
Pritchardia species box  Pritchardia species HJD  Pritchardia species box 

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
LOOKS LIKE A CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


When I first saw one of these I thought "how cute is that?"  And, they are very cute.  They stay small, typically not getting over five to six feet tall mature.  The leaves are upright, green in color, two feet long and reminiscent of a cycad.  The trunk is narrow, typically three to four inches.  And, the crown of leaves is very compact and tidy.  It is very easy to trim and maintain and works very well as a companion plant in the garden floor.  It is native to South Pacific Islands including New Caledonia, Hawaii and Fiji.  It is a filtered light plant and likes plenty of water.

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

To get this discount, mention this Blog Special when ordering.  BTW, this plant is also known as the "Silver Fern" or the "Silver Lady Fern".  These are a piece of cake to mail order.
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum fern
Blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum gibbum Growingontheedge website
mature specimen from Growingontheedge website
Blechnum gibbum fern CAl Hort Soc website
photo c/o Cal Hort Soc Website

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND PLANTS

Pandanus utilus is called the Screw Pine but is not a pine at all.  It's actually a monocot (similar to palms) and native to Madagascar, the Mauritius Islands and some surrounding areas.  It gets it's name by the arrangement of leaves which come off the trunk in spiraling fashion, always the same direction.  Thus, the leaves spin off at different angles in a swirl.  Leaves are rather thin and have spines along the margins.  The trunk on this species is quite amazing.  It forms aerial roots (sausage like) that come to the ground for stability.  Trunks fork and form multiple heads of leaves.  Trunks can also be quite smooth, almost snakeskin-like.  It has large fruit clusters that are bigger than grenades.  Leaf color is green with a sheen of blue.

Overall height is variable, but old specimens can easily be over thirty feet tall with lots of branches.  As I type this I'm looking out my window at a Screw Pine in my garden that is 25 feet tall.  I love this plant.  It takes sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid-twenties F.  We are offering very old bands that are about six years old and a great buy.  They can be easily shipped.

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

Just mention this blog special when purchasing to get this price.


Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Band size on special for ten days
Pandanus utilus

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
LUSH & TROPICAL EXOTIC CYCAD
UNDERSTORY - FILTERED LIGHT
GET THEM BEFORE THEY GO INTO BOXES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

We recently acquired a few dozen absolutely huge 15 gallon Ceratozamia mexicana.  This is the "prototype" of the Ceratozamias. yet still fairly uncommon at nurseries.  It is native to tropical mountains in eastern Mexico where it grows in humid or arid areas under forest trees.  It is very cold hardy, probably going into the upper teens.  It is easy to grow in the SF Bay area.  It has green leaves that spread horizontally as shown here.  Leaflets are long and come to a point but aren't that sharp.  It is slow growing and a fifty year old plant has a caudex that reaches only about 18 inches height.  It prefers filtered light.

Now, about the plants on sale:  they are about twelve years old or more by estimate.  They have seen our local cold, being outdoor grown in northern SD County under shade cloth.  There are many to choose from.  Caudex size ranges from six to eleven inches.  Almost all have coned, so we could pick a sexed pair if one requests.  All are from the same seed batch.   

REGULAR PRICE THESE SIZES $450-$550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $325
YES, YOU CAN PICK THE BIGGEST OF THIS GROUP OF LARGE 15G PLANTS

These cycads are huge for their pots and a great value.  Ready to plant.

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous.  And, they are a bargain at this price and will (within a few weeks) all go into boxes and be sold at a much higher price.
 
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three photos, Ceratozamia
mexicana
plant #1
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three picture, plant #2
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Same species, 25g not on sale
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Different 25g plant
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
another example of plants on sale

 

EPIDENDRUM ORCHIDS
COLORFUL AND EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Epidendrum Orchids are terrestrial orchids that can actually grow in the ground.  The are a stem type of orchid and have clusters of colorful small flowers.  Flower colors range through orange, red, purple and white.  Shown here is the orange variety.  Soon we'll have all sorts of colors available. In another month or two, all the stems of these plants will be loaded with flowers.  So, get them in the ground now!

These plants are about 2 feet tall with lots of canes.   They are just coming into blossom now.  One plant could be divided up and put in many areas of the garden.  

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

To get the discount, mention this S[special when you purchase. These are easy to mail order.
Epidendrum Orchid Epidendrum Orchid

 

EUPHORBIA CONTINIFOLIA
THE CARIBBEAN COPPER PLANT
SEMI-DWARF, SUN, NOT TOO TALL
EASY COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This rare, red leafed plant tolerates full sun along the coast.  It's hard to find color for full sun areas.  This one satisfies that need.  It is native to Mexico, Central America and parts of South America.  Left alone, it can get up to about eight or ten feet tall.  But, it can be pruned and trained to remain smaller and bushy if one wants.  It has a cold tolerance of 25 to 30 degrees.

But, this is a deciduous tree and will drop off its leaves when winter comes, only to return with gorgeous 3 to 4 inch red leaves.  The plants we have available are in 15g pots and about seven feet tall.  The fourth picture shows the great color this plant offers.  Of note, it also makes a great containerized patio plant.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

Remember, mention this Special for your discount.

Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia by statebystateggardening.com
Euphorbia continifolia by
statebystateggardening.com
 

 

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


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

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

We are offering 5g and 15g for sale, with the 5g on special

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 15g SIZE $115


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.

Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Nurasery pics of 15g size
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta bcliving.ca
photo c/o bcliving.ca
Duranta gardenerdirect.com
photo by gardenerdirect.com

LEATHER FERN

WATER SAVING
FERN THAT TAKES FULL SUN
DWARF, EASY TO GROW, DURABLE

This dwarf species of sun-loving fern is known as Rumohra adiantiformis.  It is typically only about 12 to 18 inches tall, conserves water and tolerates full coastal sun in our locality.  It's great for that sunny area where you don't want to look at garden soil.   It's easy to grow and very durable.  I have 5g size available as shown.  This species slowly enlarges in width but doesn't "run".  They are so easy to grow!

Leather Fern Leather Fern
Leather Fern Leather Fern Leather Fern watersavingplants website
from Waterconservingplants website

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EASILY SHIPPABLE SIZE AVAILABLE

These 8 inch pot Birds Nest Ferns are presently available and easy to ship.  They have leaves a bit under two feet long and are lush and full.  They like filtered light and plenty of water.  Remember to keep the snails away!  Ours are the flat leaf form.  There are ruffled varieties, but I sort of like this one best.  The leaves tend to be wider with this form as it gets larger.

Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birds Nest Fern Wikipedia
photo grow Wikipedia

 

SUNDAY, 24 JANUARY, 2016

 

 

BUTIA ERIOSPATHA
THE WOOLY BUTIA
GREEN LEAVES - VERY COLD HARDY

This rare species is native to northern Argentina and southern Brazil.  In habitat, it lives at elevations of greater than 3000 feet.  Consequently, it has excellent cold hardiness.  Perhaps not quite as hardy as B. capitata, it still takes temperatures into the upper mid-teens F.  It gets its common name by the presence of brown fuzzy hairs on the spathe.  Height is up to 20 feet.  Leaf color is green.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We are getting critically low on this species and they are close to not being available.  If you want one, don't dally.  This is a full sun species.
 
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha
Butia eriospatha Arkive
Photo by TS & MG
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
A GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
WATER CONSERVING
EASY TO GROW
A FEW 15 GALLONS SHOWN HERE

Encephalartos natalensis is a green South African species native to the Eastern Cape region.  It is a medium to large species that is easy to grow and loves full sun along the coast.  Last week we had a landscape architect customer who wanted several 15g specimens for a job.  I picked out four matching 15g plants with caudexes of 6 to 7 inch diameter.  They were all a good match.  But, there was one difference.  Two had very flat leaves - two had sort of cupped leaflets.  he didn't like the cupping of the leaflets and got the two flat leaf plants (photo below).  I am presently showing the other two species with the cupping.  You see this variation because there are about six different localities for this species.  Some localities have the cupping, others are flat.  It's all a matter of personal preference.  I think both forms are great.

Encephalartos natalensis
This and next three pictures are the same plant.
This and the next plant have cupping of the
leaflets.
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
This an next three pictures are of the second
plant
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
This plant has very flat leaflets.  This is what
our customer wanted. 
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Boxed coning size specimen at nursery -
Yes, we do have even larger than this!

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
LARGE CONING FEMALE IN A BOX
WHY DO CUSTOMERS WANT A FEMALE?

A week or two ago another landscape architect requested a large female E. ferox in cone.  As we cannot control Nature, we can't produce a cone at will.  Rather, we can identify a plant that is known to be a female.  There's no way to know with seed grown plants which sex you have until they cone.  An offset will match the sex of the parent.  So, how do we know this is a seed grown female when no cone is on the plant now?  Did we just remember this plant?  Do we guess?

The answer is simple.  We look on the soil for old seeds that have dropped from the dehisced female cone and stayed there.  They last for years on the pot soil.  And, this plant was loaded with such fallen seeds.  Customers often demand a "female' "because the cones are more intensely red.  This makes for a better "show".  Sometimes male cones are more orange as shown below.  Therefore, females are sought out.  But, remember when you request a female plant from a seed grown plant (which is preferable in my opinion to an offset), it takes about ten to fifteen years for a cone to form.  This plant in the orange box has a 16 inch caudex - and is about 15 years old.  So, be understanding and hopeful, not demanding.  We probably have about three to four like hits.  But, they are near impossible to find.  This is a part day sun plant in most areas with a cold tolerance of about 21 degrees F.


Encephalartos ferox female Encephalartos ferox female
Encephalartos ferox female Encephalartos ferox female Encephalartos ferox female
Encephalartos ferox female Wikipedia
Female plant in cone - picture c/o Wikipedia
Encephalartos ferox male cones
E. ferox male cones - note more orange than red
Encephalartos ferox female Cycad Society
Female cone - picture c/o Cycad Society

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
A SHAVING BRUSH PALM ON STEROIDS!
COLD HARDY, FAT CROWN SHAFT

This species or variety of Rhopalostylis is from Chatham Islands which are very far south and it is perhaps the most southern growing palm in the world.  It is known for several points:

1.  It's an aggressive and fast growing palm
2.  It gets bigger and fatter than the regular R. sapida
3.  It's crown shaft can get massive as shown here

It tolerates coastal sun. Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  Expect a mature height of about 30 feet. It is such an easy palm to grow that we often say "that one's on steroids!"  We have 5g and 15g available (limited) and these can be shipped.  The last two photos are of the same specimen.  The last photo shows how large the crown shaft can become.  
Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana 
Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana 
Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana by TD, palmpedia
photo by TD of palm in San Francisco, Palmpedia 
Rhopalostylis sapida crown shaft     

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
THREE PLANTS IN A 30G POT
VERY OLD, BOTH SEXES

This recently acquired plant came from Rusty's garden in Encinitas.  Although he loved it, circumstances required its removal.  The surprising thing is the height: it's about 12 feet tall, soil to tip of leaves.  So, you can see this species does attain good height.  I searched the Internet and on Google there are no photographs of this species this tall.  So, you're looking at a very mature plant.  Don Hodel named this species in the early 1990's after fellow Palm Society member Jim Benzie.

There are three plants in this pot.  Remember, C. benziei is a single trunk plant.  By blossoms, there is one male and two females in this clump.  It's been grown in part day sun.  So far, it looks great after being dug out of the ground. 

I've always considered this to be a "C. radicalis-looking species on steroids".  I say this because of the appearance of the leaves and blossoms (see photos).  The trunks are about 2 inches thick.  Blossoms are long and upright.  It should be a great seed producing plant.

And, it is for sale.


Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei
Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei
Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei  

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
SMALLER TROPICAL TREE
UNUSUAL, LUSH, RARE!

We first offered this super rare and unusual tree from New Caledonia about 3 years ago.  At that time they were in bands.  Now, we have some 15g for sale.  This is a good growing species.  The "Anthurium-appearing" head of leaves reminds one of a Bird nest Anthurium.  Leaf color is limy green.  Anticipated mature height is ten feet with a thin trunk.  Leaves are five to six inches wide and about three feet long. 

It's a great understory yet tropical appearing small tree.   It is a dioecious species, so you need both sexes to set seeds.  We have maybe six or eight of these plants and they are for sale.  It is being successfully grown by several people in north San Diego County.
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
 Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Female plant with blossoms
Meryta balansae Endemia N.C. Website
photo by Endemia N.C. Website

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM
HUGE, FLOWERING SIZE 15G PLANTS
DWARF, SUN-LOVING PALM

Native to the beaches just outside Rio De Janero, this South American dwarf palm doesn't get over six feet tall.  It is single trunk but because of it's appearance, looks as if it's suckering.  It has plumose leaves that are about four feet long and hold a full complement of leaves.  It loves full sun and can be grown in inland areas quite well.  It has a cold tolerance into perhaps the upper teens F. 

You'll not see plants of this size anywhere in the So Cal nursery market.  These are fruiting size and about ten to twelve years old.  I have limited numbers for sale.  They can be shipped.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

FRIDAY, 22 JANUARY, 2016

 

LIGULARIA, GREEN FORM
GREAT COMPANIONN PLANT
DWARF HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL
RECENT 5G REPOTS

Recently we potted up some plants into 5 gallon pots.  This popular companion plant gets to a height of about 18 inches, prefers part day sun, has yellow flowers in the late fall and is easy to grow and propagate.  They have an interesting trait that they wilt with lack of water but spring back the next morning when watered.  In this way, it's an indicator plant for garden moisture.  They seem viable to at least 25 degrees F. 

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


Just mention this special for your discount when you purchase.
Liguaria green Liguaria green
Liguaria green  
     

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
FRESHLY POTTED 1 GALLON
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We recently potted up some young Hedyscepes into 1 gallon pots.  This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  Along our coast here it takes full sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $30

Remember: Mention this special for this discount
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscpe canterburyana

 

LYTOCARYUM WEDDELIANUM
SEMI-DWARF - CUTE PALM
SHORT LEAVES, FINE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G & 2G POTS
FRESHLY POTTED UP

This petite palm species is native to Southern Brazil and never gets over about 8 feet tall.  The tallest one I've seen in a garden here is smaller than this.  They have 3 foot long leaves with very fine leaflets.  Trunks are under 3 inches thick.  It prefers filtered light and seems to thrive on neglect in the ground.  Too much attention is not good for this species.  Cold tolerance is into the 20's F., probably about 27 degrees.  We recently potted up young plants into 1 and 2 gallons.  Incidentally, this species has had a few name changes and some refer to it as Syagrus weddelianum. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
REGULAR PRICE 2G $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL EITHER SIZE THIS BATCH $32.50

Just mention this special for your discount when you purchase.
Lytocaryum weddelianum Lytocaryum weddelianum
Lytocaryum weddelianum Lytocaryum weddelianum Lytocaryum weddelianum

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
DWARF PINNATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON
RECENTLY POTTED UP

As you might guess, we've begun our winter repotting.  This is to give young plants a jump on spring.  Included are these young Allaoptera.  This is a dwarf plant that doesn't get over six feet tall.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  It's easy to grow.  It is known as the seashore or beach palm, native to Brazil.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
15g size available at nursery
Allagoptera arenaria

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
THE JAMAICAN ROYAL PALM
GROWN FROM NATIVE SEEDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON

This is the Royal Palm that is native to the island of Jamaica.  It is a tall, single trunk species that, like most other species, gets up to a height of 50 feet or more.  It is quite rare and seldom seen for sale.  It is a full sun species with a cold hardiness estimated to be 25 degrees F.  We've grown these from seeds from habitat and it's taken about 3 to 4 years to get them up to nice 5g plants.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount only at the time of purchase.
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps by RL
Habitat photo by RL
 

 

SABAL LOUISIANA
RARE TRUNKING SABAL
NATIVE TO THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This single trunk fan palm is similar to Sabal minor but is a lot more rare and makes a trunk.  Trunk height can be over five feet with a mature palm height of ten to twelve feet.  Cold hardiness is well into the teens F.  Reports are that it'll live in areas of Oklahoma.  Leaf color is green.  It wants full sun.  These recently potted up seedlings are in the band size.  Sorry, because of its rarity, no photos of a mature specimen available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $22.50

Just mention this Special for your discount.
Sabal louisiana Sabal louisiana
Sabal louisiana Sabal louisiana  
     

 

TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2016

 

DIOON ARGENTEUM
SUPER RARE MEXICAN DIOON
5 GALLON PLANT AVAILABLE

In the cycad collection we recently got in there was one Dioon that is extremely rare and essentially never available for sale.  This species, from Mexico, is named Dioon argenteum.  It gets its name from the white color of the leaves in sun.  This is the result of tiny white colored hairs on the leaflets.  This is a full sun plant.  I don't have experience with cold hardiness because it is so rare, but suspect it to take down to the low 20's F.  This 5 gallon plant has a caudex size of about 3.5 to 4 inches.  The last picture taken by M.C. is from a collection of a well known cycad expert in the Santa Barbara area.
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum by MC
See plant on left.  Photo taken by MC at Southern
California garden

 

DIOON SPECIES "EL CAMEROON"
RARE AND ROBUST DIOON SPECIES
SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This is also a very rare species of Dioon.  As of yet it is, to my knowledge, undescribed and sometimes also referred to as "Dioon oaxacaensis" because of it's native locality in Oaxaca, Mexico.  It is related to Dioon merolae (see post several days ago) but faster growing and more robust.  It has armed leaves that are flat in cross section.  It has a gray-blue to blue green color.  These seedlings are 2.5 years old.  Along the coast it wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the lower 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON SEEDLINGS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this discount.  Limited numbers available.
Dioon species el camaroon Dioon species el camaroon
Dioon species el camaroon Dioon el cameroon by TS at RPS
Photo by TS at RPS
 

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL
GREAT PLANT TO "HIDE SOMETHING"
VERY LARGE 20G AVAILABLE


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

The 20g we're offering now are superb.  They are 12 feet tall with thick canes already developed.  Limited numbers are available.
Dypsis lutdscens Dypsis lutdscens
Dypsis lutdscens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutdscens
Dypsis lutdscens by JD
photo by JD
Dypsis lutdscens by MR
photo by MR
Dypsis lutdscens

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII
THE CLASSIC BAMBOO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 5G

This New World suckering shade palm has pinnate leaves and never gets much above 8 to 9 feet.  This is the reason it's so popular.  It's not my favorite suckering Chamaedorea, but it does fit inside the home of the average house without hitting the ceiling.  Outdoors, it wants filtered light and is cold hard into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  The 5g on sale here are oversize, about head height or more.

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

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Although a tall box is needed, these can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.
 
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifritii  

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 $165

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  

    

ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM, TRIPLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I discussed this sought after species recently at length, so please look at that thread.  Along the coast this is a full sun species.  Far inland areas need part day sun.  Anticipate a mature height of 35 feet and a cold hardiness of 24 to 25 degrees F.  The triples shown here are on sale.  They are about 7 feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

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

King Palm King Palm
King Palm King Palm King Palm
King Palm
King Palm triple

King Palm double
 

 

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

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

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

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

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
THE ONLY CYCAD FOR FULL DESERT SUN
DROUGHT TOLERANT
THE MOST COLD HARDY CYCAD
JUST IN - CONING SIZED 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G

This remarkable cycad is so useful in the garden.  It is the best species for super intense sun and tolerates temperatures to the mid-teens F.  I was once hired to do a study as to which cycad species is best for a rooftop garden on top of a high rise Las Vegas hotel and casino.  I gathered experience from every desert cycad enthusiast I knew.  The final conclusion was Dioon edule.  Nothing else would take that blasting sun and heat.  Native to Mexico, this species rarely gets over six feet tall.  Growth is very slow.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees.  The 15g we just got in were desert grown and are huge.  Many are coning as shown here.  Caudexes average 7 to 8 inches.  Leaves are green to gray green.  These plants are also very drought resistant.  Although not part of our Blowout Sale, I'm offering Blog Readers the ten day special below.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $250

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price at the time of purchase.

 
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
MEDIUM SIZED UNUSUAL SUN PLANT
DROUGHT TOLERANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G

This interesting drought tolerant plant is native to Mexico and extremely drought tolerant.  In gardens, I've seen a few older plants with a few feet of trunk.  But, this species can actually get a trunk that is six or eight feet tall in fifty or a hundred years.  It loves hot sun.  The crown of needle like leaves is about eight feet across.  Each leaf is about the size of a knitting needle and four to six feet long.  They come to a point but are not very dangerous except perhaps to one's eye.  The plant looks like a "Pom Pom on a Trunk".  Leaf color is blue to blue green.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.  They like hot sun.  Although not part of our Blowout Black Friday Sale, I'm offering a nice discount on these super large 15g specimen plants.  The stems almost fill the pots.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
DWARF PALM NOT OVER SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We just got in a few more of this very sought after palm that is known for its short stature and very plumose (fluffy) leaves.  It is native to the Atlantic coast of Brazil where it literally lives in sand dunes.  It is a single trunk plant but can divide above the ground.  Mature, it is as wide as it is tall.  It demands full coastal sun.  In the desert, probably part day sun is best.  The plants you see here are mature.  Some have flowered and made seeds. They are about 12 years old.  You can't find a "bigger" nursery 15g plant for sale around.  They are ready to be planted.  Container size is 15 gallon.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. or upper teens.  These plants can be shipped.  Although not part of our Black Friday Sale, I am putting these on a ten day special for Blog Readers.

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when purchasing.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G & 15G SIZE

This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown shafted palm tree from Australia.  Some refer to it as the "Alexander Palm", but this is a poor choice of names because of confusion with Archontophoenix alexandrae.  It is fairly cold hardy and tolerates temperatures well below a freeze.  I recommend starting it in part day sun or strong filtered light and allowing it to work its way up through the canopy.  Growth rate is about average.  Most prominent about this palm is its elegant appearance with a thin trunk, usually about four to five inches in diameter.  Mature height in this locality is usually under thirty feet.  The crown shaft is silver.  the leaflet tips are premorse and jagged at their ends (fifth photo).  This is one of the defining characteristics of this species.   . 

Shown first here are several 5g plants followed by a 15g.  Also shown are a few specimens.  Many have found this to be an ideal palm in Southern California.  Inland areas would require some sun protection whereas it'll grow in full sun along the coast.  We have limited numbers of these for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5g $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50 (note, this size sold out)
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Ptychosperma elegans
First four photos are 5g size
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans 15g
15 gallon size available
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans

  

SATURDAY, 16 JANUARY, 2016

 

CALIBANUS HOOKERI
GRASS LIKE PLANT
NEVER LARGE
FORMS AN INTERESTING CAUDEX
SUPER COLD HARDY

This species of succulent is native to Central Mexico.  It is known for the fact that it has very low water needs and is cold hardy to about ten degrees F.  The leaves are a gray-blue in color.  The central leaves are upright and the more lateral leaves flex downwards - like a "pom pom".  In a pot, these plants are quite interesting in that you can see formed over the years a turtle-back patterned caudex.  The plant shown here is about 30 years old.  I've been told that, in the ground, the caudex tends to be pulled below the soil level by contractile roots and is not seen as well.  This is probably a protective means to avoid damage from wildfires. Therefore, it might be better suited as a patio plant where you can observe the development of the trunk.  We have a couple of old specimens in pots.  They are a real curiosity.  This species wants full sun.

Calibanus hookeri Calibanus hookeri
Calibanus hookeri Calibanus hookeri Calibanus hookeri

 

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

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

 

HUGE ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENTSTEINII
DUG IN MAY, 2015
THEN AND NOW PICTURES
CYCAD DIDN'T MISS A BEAT!

For those of you who have been following this Blog for a while, you'll remember that we obtained a collection of massive cycads in May of last spring.  All were in the ground and required digging.  It was a collection of about 40 plants.  All survived the digs without a hitch.  The only one that suffered a setback was E. lanatus.  The latter plant defoliated and three months later recovered with a full new set of leaves and is now very strong. 

Shown here is a massive and old E. altensteinii that has over three feet of thick trunk.  It was part of that dug collection.  The first two rows of pictures here were taken a few days ago.  The third/fourth rows of photos are from last spring.  Note the huge cones.  These were on the plant when it was dug but removed prior to digging because we knew they'd just snap off when the plant was laid down for transport.  And, of course, it's a female.  Please note the cycad today is just as beautiful as then.  Absolutely no shock from digging occurred.  This plant is for sale.

 
Encephalartos altensteinii
This and next 4 photos taken a few days ago
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
This and next 5 pictures from last spring
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii

 

DIOON MEROLAE
AN EXAMPLE OF A "PRE-CITES" PLANT
SUPER OLD SPECIMEN

Over 40 years ago, an international agreement and law was accepted by most countries throughout the world to protect endangered species.  It is known as "CITES".  For plants including cycads, prior to that time it was legal to go to a locality and dig a plant up.  Now, endangered species cannot be dug, even if located on one's own private property.  If they are wild plants, they remain in "the wild".  But, there are plants in the U.S. that were imported prior to that time.  Such old specimens are near impossible to find but do turn up from time to time.  I acquired this plant from a now deceased enthusiast about 35 to 40 years ago.  It has about two to three feet of trunk.  I'd estimate its age at 100 years.  It is for sale.  Note the small overall size for such an old specimen and the neat and clean upright leaves.  This plant throws leaves every year or two, loves coastal sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.
 
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

ARENGA "FORMOSA"
AKA ARENGA ENGLERI
AN OLD NAME FOR THIS SPECIES

The Dwarf Sugar Palm is Arenga engleri.  The most used common name is "Dwarf Sugar Palm".  But, an accepted and never used name is the "Formosa Palm".  Formosa is a historical name used for the country of Taiwan.  The plant shown here is an old and very overgrown 5 gallon plant.  The reason I'm showing it to you is to demonstrate that sometimes people hang on to old common names.  This plant was one of the few palms in the very old cycad collection we obtained and discussed above.  Remember, that collector is 92 years old and had been collecting for 40 years.  So, I suspect that when he got this plant decades ago, this is what it was called.  And, the original label said "Formosa Palm".  You might ask "If it's that old, why isn't it bigger".  The answer is simple:  you can stunt a plant for decades by just not repotting it.
Arenga formosa Arenga formosa
Arenga formosa Arenga formosa  

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS GRATUS
LARGE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
HUGE NURSERY SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Native to Malawi and Mozambique, this medium to large sized green leaf cycad gets a stout trunk up to six or eight feet tall.  Although most reference books say this species has leaves up to six feet, you can see on this nursery specimen that the leaves are probably eight feet or more.  And, this plant is growing in full sun.  Just to make my point, look at the second nursery specimen in the green box (different plant) where the leaves protrude above the adjacent building. My point here is that this is a powerful cycad with long leaves and dark green leaflets.  Either reference books underestimate leaf length or these plants shown here got a dose of steroids!  It is also very easy to grow and is extremely fast in the ground.  The two boxed specimens shown here are about fifteen years old from seed.

Culturally, most people grow this species in part day sun.  Desert areas require filtered light.  But, right on the coast, many grow it in full sun.  Cold tolerance is not quite as good as the South African Encephalartos.  But, E. gratus takes down into the mid-twenties F. quite easily.  The first specimen shown here has seen a temperature of 22 degrees F. with no leaf burn.  We have an excellent supply of this species from seedlings to huge specimens.  And, any size can be shipped or delivered if needed.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE OF ENCEPHALARTOS GRATUS

Encephalartos gratus  Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus Encephalartos gratus Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus Encephalartos gratus Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus Encephalartos gratus Encephalartos gratus male cones
E. gratus with male cones

 

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES

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

 

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


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

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


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

 

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

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

 

VARIEGATED BRAKE FERN
PTERIS ENSIFORMIS EVERGEMIENSIS
SMALL FERN WITH VARIEGATED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

Not part of our Blowout Sale, these nice one gallon plants have leaflets that are green and white and are very showy.  These are full 1g plants.  Mature height is about twelve to sixteen inches.  They enjoy water and are a filtered light, understory species.  It's rare to find these little guys.  We have limited numbers on this ten day sale. 

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.
 
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern  
     

 

TUESDAY, 12 JANUARY, 2016

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

 

SUCKERING PHOENIX HYBRID
POSSIBLY RECLINATA X RUPICOLA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Some people seek out hybrid palms because they are something "different" and often show "hybrid vigor".  Finding hybrids with Phoenix is not a challenge as this genus is so promiscuous.  If fact, sometimes it is hard to find a pure species plant.  For this reason, the best pure plants come from habitat collected seeds where there's no chance for hybridization.  The plants being offered here are a suckering Phoenix that obviously has reclinatata blood.  But, note that the leaf is fairly flat.  In habitat in South Africa, plants do have flat leaves.  But, 99.9% of the plants in the U.S. are stiff, plumose and prickly.  And, these plants did not come from habitat.  So, they are a hybrid.  To get this flat leaf, I suspect this is a cross between reclinata and rupicola.  It's a sun species with a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  Anticipate a full plant with a mature height of at least 25 feet.

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

Mention this Special for your discount.
Phoenix reclinata x rupicola Phoenix reclinata x rupicola
Phoenix reclinata x rupicola Phoenix reclinata x rupicola Phoenix reclinata x rupicola

 

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE $37.50

Limited supply.  Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrantii
This is a 15g plant and available at nursery as well
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

TRUNKING FORM
CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TALL 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

In the photographs here I am showing our 5g size of Chamaedorea radicalis, the trunking form.  As you may recall from previous posts, there are two forms to this species:  The regular dwarf form which never gets over about four feet tall.  And, the trunking form shown here.

I think you can expect this trunking form to get to a height of eight to ten feet quite easily.  It may get taller.  Reports are that it will take some sun and has excellent cold hardiness, perhaps matching the dwarf form.  The trunk is thin, the blossoms long (shown here in 3rd photo) and the leaflets narrow.  Notice how the blossoms emerge at the base of the crown shaft.  The 5g plants shown here are about six feet tall already.  We also have some one gallon plants available as well.
 
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking

 

THE DWARF FORM
CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
COMPARE THIS ONE TO THAT ABOVE

Having just described the trunking form of Chamaedorea radicalis, now I'll show you the classic "dwarf form".  Note that palm enthusiasts only knew about this dwarf form for many decades.  Then, out of the blue, about fifteen to twenty years, ago the trunking form appeared.  You'll notice that the two are not similar at all.  This form is short.  It rarely has leaves much over about four feet tall.  The blossoms will shoot up, much above the foliage.  Below there are two photos (side by side) to show how the leaflets of the dwarf form are much wider than the trunking form.

It's interesting that this dwarf radicalis can take some sun.  Right on the coast, it can tolerate even full sun with some acclimation.  And, it is one of the most cold hardy species of the genus.  I've heard reports of it going down into the upper teens F.  Expect a mature height of four feet.  This is a single trunk species.  So, if you want fullness, plant several together as shown in the pictures below.  

 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
This is a single, one plant in this pot
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form  Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
This is a multiple with 3 plants in same pot 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
Notice leaflets wider than the trunking form,
next picture
 
Chamaedorea radicalis, trunking form
TRUNKING FORM, Note thin leaflets.
Compare to the previous photo.  Also longer. 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
Note how many leaves are put out on this dwarf
form and yet no vertical trunk has been achieved 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form  Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
Dwarf form in a garden 

To the right, notice the tall thin object protruding
upwards.  This is a blossom, well agove the leaves.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 FRIDAY, 8 JANUARY, 2016

 

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THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY, 2016

 

TODAY, A FEW NICE NEW CALEDONIAN PLANTS

New Caledonia is an island that is located north and east of Australia.  It is home to many native palm species, many of which are unbelievably rare in cultivation.  The great thing about the palms there are that many adapt quite nicely to our conditions here in Southern California.  Growers in other areas like south Florida and Hawaii have also had great success with most New Caledonian palms.  Almost all the New Caledonian palms are unique and beautiful.  Most have crown shafts.  Below are pictures that we took a few days ago at our nursery of nice specimens of very desirable and easy to grow species.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive presentation but rather a "taste" of what New Caledonia has to offer you.  All the nursery plants shown are locally grown at our nursery, have seen temperatures well below a freeze and available for sale.  No "imported wimpy plants" in this group!

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
A NICE 15 GALLON PLANT
VERY RED NEW LEAF
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Joaquin (who's been with us for 21 years) is showing you here a nice 15 gallon sized Chambeyronia that just opened a very nice purple-red new leaf.  About 95% of the plants one could buy will have a red emergent new leaf.  This color lasts for about 2 weeks, then turns green.  The plant here also shows the prominent crown shaft and the wide leaflets.  The leaflets are thick and durable to the touch.  Anticipate a mature garden height of this species up to about 25, perhaps 30 feet.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  In our area within a few miles of the ocean, this species does well in full sun.  Further inland, part day sun or bright filtered light is needed.  But, I've known of a few people twenty miles from the ocean who got their Chambeyronias to take full sun.  This species makes an excellent house plant.  Of all the choices from New Caledonia, this is probably the number one species for most enthusiasts.  We have many sizes available at the nursery and most can be easily shipped right to your door. 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
This is the 5g size at the nursery
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Rusty next to another 15g plant
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
A 25g size plant at the nursery
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Photo by DD - Several plants side by side

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
UPRIGHT LEAVES
VERY ATTRACTIVE 15 GALLON PLANT

This rare palm species is native to Lifou Island, an island east of New Caledonia but still part of this country.  In habitat, because of forest operations, this species is threatened and by report there are only about a hundred specimens left in habitat.  It gets to a height of about 30 feet with a six inch thick trunk.  The crown shaft has whitish hairs giving it a silver color.  Note how the leaflets are wide and the crown of leaves are mostly pointing upward on mature plants below.  You can contrast this to Cyphophoenix elegans below.  This species wants part day sun or filtered light and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here in the first six photos are our 15g size.  They are very nice.  Other sizes are available.
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THINNER TRUNK
ARCHING LEAVES
15 GALLON NURSERY PLANT

This species is native to the northeast part of the main island of New Caledonia where it grows at about 3000 feet, higher than C. nucele above.  Accordingly, it has a bit more cold hardiness and is easier to grow for most people.  But, it shows a slower growth rate.  This species gets to about 30 feet tall and has a thinner trunk than elegans - about four to five inches.  But, there are other differences:  The leaflets are thinner and the leaves arch.  They are not upright like C. nucele.  The crown shaft is also more green than nucele.  Shown here is a 15g plant with smaller options.  I'd recommend part day sun or filtered light along the coast and definite filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is easily into the mid-twenties F. or a bit lower.  This species is easy to ship.
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans
Assorted smaller sizes at nursery
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Rusty next to plant getting a fair amount of sun

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
FROM MOUNT KOGHI, N.C.
GORGEOUS PALM WITH SILVER COLORS
25 GALLON SPECIMEN SHOWN HERE

After about a 45 minutes out of Noumea, the capitol of New Caledonia, you will reach Mount Koghi.  This is the home of this single trunk species with a very silver crown shaft.  It grows natively in very rocky soil in a dense forest at about 1500 feet elevation.  In habitat, viewing is quite easy and you'd see lots of specimens, side by side.  I'm showing one habitat picture below.  This species attains a height of 30 to 35 feet, has leaves 6 to 8 feet long and sports a very silver colored crown shaft.  In fact, this silver color is seen throughout the inner crown area (see nursery plant below).  Trunk diameter is about 6 inches.  Along our coast, some are growing it in full sun.  I would suggest for most growers, part day sun is better.  And, far inland put it into filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  Shown here is a nice 25g.  We have all sorts of sizes available and, once again, I can ship anything we grow.
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Band sized seedlings, easy to ship
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Alma with a different 25 gallon specimen
Burretiokentia koghiensis
15 gallon sized plant
Burretiokentia koghiensis
5 gallon sized plant
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Plant growing in Southern California
Burretiokentia koghiensis habitat
Photo taken 1990 from plant in habitat

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM
STRIPED CROWN SHAFT
A NEW CALEDONIAN BEAUTY!
15 GALLON PLANT SHOWN HERE

This medium to tall, single trunk pinnate palm is native to multiple areas of New Caledonia at up to 3000 feet elevation.  Mature height can easily reach 30 feet and in habitat trees have been found 40 feet tall or more.  Trunk diameters are thin for the height, usually about six inches.  Leaves gently arch and are six to seven feet long.  But, the most striking thing about this species are the diagonally placed dark brown stripes on the crown shaft.  For this reason it's called the Tiger Palm.  This species is fairly easy to grow and should be given part day sun or filtered light.  It is cold hardy to about 25 degrees F.  Shown here is a large 15g plant and some 5g plants.  This plant is a real winner!
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
5 gallon sized plants
Burretiokentia vieillardii by Rolf Kyburz PACSOA
Photo by Rolf Kyburz -
See why it's called the Tiger Palm?
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
ONE OF THE EASIEST TO GROW SPECIES
GREEN CROWN SHAFT - GETS TALL
25 GALLON PLANT SHOWN

Of the New Caledonian species I'm showing you this morning, this is by far the tallest and probably the easiest to grow.  Reports are that some habitat plants get over 80 feet tall.  This species is found throughout the main island of New Caledonia.  Growth rate in the garden, once established, is excellent.  Trunk diameter is 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are held in an upright direction - one of the hallmarks of this species.  Mature leaf length is about eight feet.  The crown shaft is a pure green.  One will see speckling as shown here on juvenile leaf stems.  And, sometimes you might spot a bit of red flush on new leaves.  The first four pictures were taken recently of a 25 gallon plant.  Also shown are some 5 gallons.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold tolerance of about 25 degrees or somewhat lower.  Far inland areas should grow it in part day or morning sun.

Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
5 gallon sized nursery plants
Kentiopsis oliviformis
A very old and tall domestic plant
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Crown shaft of a juvenile garden plant
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Leaves of nursery plant - note slight red tinge
to newly emerging leaf.  You'll see this sometimes.
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Nursery: 25 gallon left, 5 gallon right

 

TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY, 2016

 

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

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

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

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

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
AKA THE FORMOSA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BAND SIZE

This suckering and not too large palm species is native to Taiwan and some southern islands of Japan.  It is slow growing, has individual stem diameters of about 4 to 6 inches, suckers sparingly and has jagged leaflet ends with a silver color to the back of the leaflets.  It reaches heights typically of eight to twelve feet in our area.  The dorsal leaf is green.  Blossoms are fragrant but seeds contain a skin irritant so one must handle the seeds with gloves.  It tolerates our full sun right on the coast but also does very well in part day sun or filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens.  Although it is slow growing, it is a very durable palm.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  This size is very affordable to ship.  Other sizes are available.
 
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri 
Larger size at nursery
Arenga engleri
5 gallon size at the nursery
Arenga engleri  Arenga engleri   

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM NEW ZEALAND
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

A historical controversy has been over the native population of Rhopalostylis (Shaving Brush Palm) located on Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec Islands of New Zealand.  Because of patriotism, New Zealanders would certainly like to consider this population a species all to itself.  But, most people now consider it to be a variety of Rhopalostylis baueri, the Norfolk Island Palm.  Of course, the use of this common name doesn't set well with those from New Zealand.  They would argue that the things different about R. cheesemanii include more round and larger fruit, and brown hairs present on the crown shaft.  Also, some say it's a more robust growing species.  If you wish to recognize it as a different palm, right now the correct name would be Rhopalostylis baueri var. cheesemanii or kermadescensis.  This species is being grown in northern California and these band sizes are quite easy to ship.  The last picture slot below to the right links to a new Jungle Music article on the Shaving Brush Palms.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $27.50 OR FOUR FOR $95


Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get this discount.


Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
15 gallon nursery size plant 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  CLICK TO SEE ARTICLE ON ALL TYPES OF RHOPALOSTYLIS 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, 3 JANUARY, 2016

 

THREE INTERESTING BUT UNIDENTIFIED CERATOZAMIAS

Below I am showing you three different Ceratozamia plants that, as of now and as far as I am aware, have not been described as a species.  I've been growing cycads for about forty years and many of the plants we have at the nursery just don't match described species.  When Loran whitelock published his first cycad species book, he described only a handful of Ceratozamia species.  Yet, when I looked at the inventory we had way back then, I'd ask myself "what about this one - and what about that one".  There were no "species" names for them.  When he published his second addition, there were some new species.  But, the problem persisted.  In more recent years botanists from Mexico have been busy trying to identify and make sense of the many undescribed Ceratozamia species in Mexico.  My suspicions are that the three plants below are yet to be described.  Species names are either unknown or associated with a habitat locality names.  All three will be smaller garden plants.  And, all three are very old plants in our inventory for an estimated 20 years or more. 

 

CERATOZAMIA "CORRIENTE"
FEMALE PLANT IN CONE
7 GALLON CONTAINER
5 INCH CAUDEX

As mentioned above, this plant has been in our inventory for at least two decades.  You are first impressed with how small it is for this age.  In the same amount of time, a larger species like C. mexicana would have 12 to 16 inches of trunk.  So, this in the garden will be a dwarf species.  Note that it is in cone - a female.  When a cycad cones with this small of a caudex, once again you know that it's a dwarf species.  Leaves are about three feet long and gently arch.  Leaflets are wide and come to a point.  The petioles and rachis are red, sort of unusual.  They have minimal spines.  This would be a filtered light cycad that would most likely tolerated colds down to the low 20's F.  We should have a few of this "species".



Ceratozamia corriente
This and next 4 photos of Cz corriente
Ceratozamia corriente
Ceratozamia corriente Ceratozamia corriente Ceratozamia corriente

 

CERATOZAMIA "GUERRA"
IN A 7 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 5.5 INCHES
UNKNOWN SEX

This beautiful plant is also an unidentified Mexican cycad.  It also has no definite species name.  The caudex size is 5.5 inches in a few decades, so it is also a dwarf species.  It's holding about four leaves that have a green apple color.  Petioles are dark, sort of red.  Leaflets are very wide and rather short compared to the corriente above.  The leaf stems also have minimal spines.  We may have a few more of these as well.  Growing conditions would be similar to the plant above. 

Ceratozamia guerra Ceratozamia guerra
Ceratozamia guerra Ceratozamia guerra Ceratozamia guerra

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
IN A 7 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX SIZE 5 INCHES

This plant is also very small for it's age with a caudex of only five inches.  We have no species name on this specimen.  The caudex is a tan color and we do not know the sex.  The leaves are longer on this species than the two above.  Leaf stem color is a chocolate brown at the base with a bit more armor.  In the leaflet area the petiole is green.  Leaves and leaflets are longer on this plant than the two above.  They are also more narrow yet come to the same pointed end.  Culture on this plant would match those above.
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species Ceratozamia species
     

 

CYCAS PETRAEA
AKA CYCAS LOEI
15 GALLON CONTAINER
CAUDEX 7 INCHES WIDE, 8 INCHES TALL
FOR A CYCAS, VERY COLD HARDY

This attractive cycad is from northern Thailand near the border with Laos.  There is found on steep limestone cliffs where very old specimens can get up to fifteen or twenty feet.  Leaves are short at four to five feet.  Caudex are not fat and often swollen at the bases - somewhat of a "water bottle shape".  Their texture is rather smooth appearing as shown.  Leaflets are un-armed and green in color.  Trunks are a light tan.  Growth rate is average.  In habitat, this species sees cold weather and often tolerates snow.  For this reason, growers here have found it to be a very cold hardy cycad, taking cold temperatures into the mid to low twenties F.  Although it was first named Cycas petraea, most accept the new name of Cycas loei that comes from its locality.  I'd recommend growing it in part day sun or filtered light.
Cycas petraea Cycas petraea
Cycas petraea Cycas petraea
Another specimen, this one has sold
Cycas petraea by Amazon.de Website
Photo by Amazon.de Website
Cycas petraea
Close up photo of caudex of another plant
Cycas petraea by Ken Hill
Photo by the late Ken Fill
 

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
TWO SHIPPABLE 15G PLANTS
ONE HUGE, ONE MEDIUM FOR POT
SUPER COLD HARDY CYCAD
BUT IT NEEDS ROOM & "GETS BIG!"

Native to Australia, this cycad species is easy to grow and easily tolerates colder temperatures down to about 18 or 20 degrees.  Folks in areas like Bakersfield and Sacramento easily grow it.  It is known for its large mature size.  The eighth picture below shows how, after many decades, it resembles a palm tree.  It can get up to 20 feet height with a very thick trunk.  An easy way to spot one in a nursery pot is by noting the keeling to the leaves (last picture).  The two plants shown here are both in a 15g pot.  The first one has an almost foot wide caudex and is about 12 years old.  The second plant has a 7 inch caudex.  Either can be shipped in its pot with soil via Fed Express.  This is a full sun species.
Macrozamia moorei
plant with foot wide caudex
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
plant with 7 inch caudex, 15 gallon pot
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Alma standing next to plant with 7 inch caudex
Macrozamia moorei by people.hws.edu website
Photo by people.hws.edu - Mitchel
Macrozamia moorei
Boxed specimen at nursery
Macrozamia moorei by ts at rps
Photo by TS at RPS
Macrozamia moorei
Notice how with age, leaves are keeledpan>

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
SLOW GROWING - MASSIVE TRUNK
RECENT ARRIVALS:
VERY LARGE 15G AND

MASSIVE 15GALLON SIZE!

Jubaea chilensis are so slow growing that almost any nursery that produces them gets tired of waiting to sell these plants.  It literally takes about six to seven years to get a 15g plant with a base that is four to five inches thick.  As we run out of nice 15g plants quickly, I located a source of very large and very old 15g plants.  I have them in two sizes:

1.  Very large with basal diameters of six to eight inches
2.  Massive and old specimens that almost fill their containers. 
Basal diameters are a foot or more wide

This species produces the thickest trunk of any palm in the world.  It takes at least another decade after planting to establish the eventual wide trunk.  Plants get wider before they get taller.  Once they establish full trunk diameter, they pick up speed and can put on six to twelve inches of vertical height a year.  A fifty year old plant can have a 4 foot thick trunk and a height of forty feet.  They love heat and sun.  They can grow in the San Joaquin Valley or even the desert.  They don't care.  Just give them room.  Cold tolerance is about 16 to 17 degrees F.

I can mail order either of these two sizes of plants but they are heavy and, in the soil, expensive to ship.  We have a limited supply, so if you are looking for a Chilean Wine Palm, you can't do better than these unless you move up to a big and more expensive box size.

FOR COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE ON JUBAEA, CLICK HERE
Jubaea chilensis
This and next four pictures of large 15g size, trunk
size about six to eight inches
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
This picture and next three pictures of massive 15g
size with trunk diameters of 12 to 14 inches
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
15g pots are 15 inches wide.  Note how this plant
almost fills the container!
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
EXOTIC AND UNUSUAL UNDERSTORY TREE
DOING WELL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ALMOST SOLD OUT!


This striking and different understory tree has proven to be a winner in gardens in Southern California.  The problem is that you'll probably never find one.  We do have about a half dozen huge 15g. They are well overhead.  This is a super rare plant is from New Caledonia.  It won't take full sun as far as I know.  Cold hardiness is at least down to a freeze.  We only have these 15g for sale - no smaller plants.  This species has been on the market by a few nurseries in the country and comes from domestic seeds produced by plants here.  This is a dioecious species.  If you want seeds, you have to get a male and female.  Anticipate a mature height under twelve feet.
meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

  

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


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

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

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


The larger clumps are loaded with plants.  Just mention this special when ordering to get this price.  Piece of cake to mail order.
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tillandsia Tillandsia Tillandsia
Tillandsia Tillandsia Tillandsia

 

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

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

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

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

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

 

FRIDAY, 1 JANUARY, 2016

 

ASSORTED RARE PALM TREES
DESIRABLE 25 GALLON SIZE
MAKES FOR GREAT LANDSCAPING

In the past, the wooden 24 inch box was the traditional next step for moving up a 15 gallon sized plant.  But, nowadays there are very nice larger plastic containers.  One that we really like is the 25 gallon size.  We've found that customers much prefer them over the 24 inch box.  Not only are they easier to handle and plant, but they also last much longer.  And, the bottoms don't rot out.  Shown here is an assortment of seven rare palm species in the 25 gallon pot.  They are easy to dolly and two people can easily plant them.  Also, they typically fit nicely into a pickup or even a large SUV.  We can also deliver them or ship them on a pallet with other plants.
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida

 

DO YOU LIKE SMALL CYCADS?
HERE'S THREE DWARF ZAMIAS - ALL SUPER RARE
NONE GET OVER THREE FEET TALL

Shown here are three rare Zamia species - all dwarf species and all with minimal if any spines.  To reiterate their dwarf size, realize that all three of these plants are an estimated ten years old.  In fact, the first two are in cone.  They prefer nice filtered light or part day sun.  Figure that their cold tolerances are into the mid, perhaps lower 20'S F.  If you look carefully at the leaf stems and leaflets you'll notice there are minimal if any spines.  So, they are very "user friendly".  What a great addition to the garden floor where that "cute little plant is needed".  Of course, this is not the extent of our smaller cycads.  We have dozens to choose from.  All are easy to ship as their container sizes are either citrus pot or 5 gallon containers.  We hardly ever move them into larger pots - for what?  They are going nowhere fast in size! 
Zamia species dwarf Cuba in cone
Zamia species "dwarf Cuba" in cone
Zamia species dwarf Cuba in cone
Zamia species dwarf Cuba in cone Zamia portoricensis with female cone
Zamia portoricensis with female cone
Zamia portoricensis with female cone
Zamia portoricensis with female cone Zamia species Cayman Islands
Zamia species Cayman Islands
Zamia species Cayman Islands

 

CYCAS NEOCALEDONICA
AKA CYCAS SEEMANII
THE ONLY CYCAD FROM NEW CALEDONIA
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

Being a friend of the island of New Caledonia, I am going to show you the only cycad native to their country.  It is Cycas neocaledonica.  They are quite proud of it.  But, taxonomists have in more recent years declassified it as a species and now call it Cycas seemannii.  Most remarkable is the fact that this cycad essentially has nothing sharp or pointed to poke you.  The leaf stems are without prickles or spines.  Leaves are green and shiny. 

Crowns can hold as many as fifty leaves with lengths up to 7 feet.  Trunks are 8 to 12 inches thick at maturity and overall height of centuries old plants can be over 40 feet.  Most grow this species is part day sun or strong filtered light although it takes full sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 24 degrees F.

The specimen shown here is an absolutely beautiful plant available at the nursery.  It is about seven feet tall in the pot with a trunk that is 7 inches wide by 15 inches tall.  It has about a dozen or more leaves.  I'd estimate age at 15 years.  It seems like we've been growing this one forever.  It's begging for a home.  It could be shipped although this would take a huge box or, as an alternative, a trucking service.  We have limited supplies of other sizes. 
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica seemanii by John Lyle, PACSOA
Cycas neocaledonica seemanii by John Lyle, PACSOA
Cycas seemanii neocaledonica stamp Fiji
Stamp from Fiji showing this cycad
Cycas neocaledonica
Note absence of spines

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
RED, FUZZY CROWN SHAFT
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

Although this species is fairly rare, it has been a mainstay at our nursery for over 20 years.  This is because it is very attractive, has the recognizable rust colored fuzz on the crown shaft and is not overly large.  If protected from direct sun, the trunk is silver with prominent rings.  Mature plants get to a height of twenty to twenty-five feet.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun - inland areas should try part sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.

Something you may not know is that this plant was introduced to the nursery market by palm pioneer, Mardi Darian, from Vista, California.  He has logged in more trips to Madagascar than any other non-institutional or commercial palm person.  By himself, he opened up the palms of Madagascar to the world.  Because he basically found this species in the wild, for many years it was known as "Dypsis dariani".  He was quite proud of this plant and his name being attached to it.  It broke his heart when taxonomists renamed it from this accepted and widely used name to the new name of "Dypsis leptocheilos".   As I had personally called this palm "Dypsis dariani" for such a long time and got used to this name, when he drops by the nursery, I use care not to name it (especially the new name) in front of him as it rekindles his emotions on the name change.    l

Shown here is the 15g size.  But we also have smaller and maybe some larger plants available.
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!
MORE PICTURES OF THE FLOWERS

In the past I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  At that time I didn't have good photos of the blossoms.  So, I am showing them now.  It gets clusters of very large red flowers and does it in the shade.  And, it flower all year long.  Right now, in the middle of winter, it's still making flowers.  The tree gets to a height of about six to eight feet.  It is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  So, one might say it's "leggy".  But, in a way this is good as it doesn't create dark shade below.  One can plant at its base.  And, what a load of color to see overhead in the shade!

The photos here shown the three inch blossoms arranged in clusters.  The color is deep red.  We have 15g available.

Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAX BRASILIENSIS
BRAZILIAN NEEDLE PALM

SINGLE TRUN FAN, SPINY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This very cold hardy fan palm is most known for the needles on the trunk as shown here.  They are quite bizarre.  Trunk diameter max's out at about 12 inches and height is about twenty feet.  It takes full hot sun or part day sun.  It grows at an average speed.  The needles on the trunk are about two inches long and rather thick for a spine.  It has a cold tolerance into the upper teens F. or a bit lower.  The 5g plant shown here is representative of the size on special.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase.

Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

 

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS APLANATUS
AFRICAN CYCAD SPECIES
TOLERATES FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE PLANTS

This possibly endangered species is native to Swaziland and adjacent areas in Mozambique.  It is similar to E. villosus but, unlike the former, does not sucker and has wider and longer leaflets.  It does best in filtered light and has a cold tolerance down to the low 20's F.  Stems remain relative small, so this is not a large cycad species.  Leaf length averages about six to seven feet.

Shown here are nice two year old seedlings that we are putting on special.  We do have other sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BAND PLANTS $50

But, mention this Special to get this discounted price.  Easy to mail order.   
Encephalartos aplanatus  Encephalartos aplanatus 
Encephalartos aplanatus  Encephalartos aplanatus Plantzafrica Website
 Encephalartos aplanatus Plantzafrica Website Vorster
Encephalartos aplanatus
Citrus pot plant, same species, not on special 
 

 

PLANT BROKER VERSUS NURSERYMAN
SOME NURSERIES PRODUCE PLANTS
OTHERS JUST SELL PLANTS FROM ANOTHER SOURCE
HOW TO TELL WHICH IS WHICH
(Re-posted here from earlier date)

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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AND WAY TO SAVE ON PLANTS & SHIPPING!


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OR UP TO TWENTY-FIVE 5 GALLON SIZE) AND
GET A
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2016 SPECIAL: FILL A PALLET FOR SHIPPING OR DELIVERY
AND SAVE 15% OFF REGULAR PLANT PRICES and
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(Call Us for Specifics on How It Works)

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

 

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

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

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

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

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

 

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MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

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

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

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

  

THIS PALM, CYCAD AND TROPICAL PLANT BLOG
WHY DID I CREATE IT? 
WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
HOW DO I WRITE MY POSTS AND SELECT TOPICS?


PRESENTLY GOING ON FOUR YEARS, THOUSANDS OF POSTS.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

phil 4
photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

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

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

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

 

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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