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THURSDAY, 31 JULY, 2014

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
HUGE 7 G PLANTS THAT CAN BE SHIPPED
IDEAL PATIO OR INTERIOR PALM

Rhapis excelsa is felt to originally be native to southern China and Taiwan.  But, there are essentially no plants presently in the wild and all plants for sale are propagated from plants in cultivation.  It has proven itself to be a superior interior palm and is often used in places like bank lobbies, hotels and shopping centers.  It is one of the most sought after house plants.  It is a filtered light species but surprisingly can tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F. 

The Lady Palm is a slow growing species that suckers from the base.  Its leaves are classic fan shaped leaves with about six to ten segments.  Leaflet tips are blunt and jagged.  Cane diameter is about an inch.  Heights depend on the clone but average anywhere from four feet up to perhaps sixteen feet on special types.  I anticipate the plants shown here will get up to about ten feet of height.  They are presently approximately seven feet tall (in their container) as shown here.  They are very large for their pot and imported from Hawaii.  These are interior quality plants.  The reason they are kept in 7 gallon pots is to decrease the cost of shipping (for a large plant) and to make the purchase of decorative pots to hold these plants more affordable. 

If you like this species, we can ship one right to your door.   If you prefer less expensive outdoor grown Lady Palms, we also have them available. 
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa

 

BASSELINIA ALBA
AKA VEILLONIA ALBA
DROP-DEAD BEAUTIFUL PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

This single trunk, white crown-shafted palm comes from the island of New Caledonia.  There is grows in locations from sea level to 2000 feet.  It is a medium sized plant best known for its white crown shaft.  Known for decades as a monotypic species "Veillonia alba", in the past few years taxonomists decided to throw it into the genus "Basselinia".  Sometimes it's difficult on us to re-learn new names. 

Trunk diameter is thin, about six inches.  Height is about forty feet, sometimes taller.  This species is known to grow in better areas of Southern California.  The crown shaft is covered with either white or red-brown tomentum and is striking.  Prominent rings are seen on the trunk.  The leaves are green and overall, the crown is a medium size.  I would recommend growing this is filtered light and let it work its way into a bit more sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  As this species is super rare and hard to find, if you get one you have to be careful with it.  It would be difficult to replace is you lose it through poor culture.

Shown here are a few nursery plants.  Availability on this species is always super limited.  But, somehow, we do offer them from time to time. You should be familiar with it when you do get the chance to buy one.  They are really worth the expense..
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba Cyphophoenix alba

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLANTIC 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

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEXICAN CYCAD WITH STIFF KEELED LEAVES

This attractive Mexican cycad is found in the areas of Oaxaca and Pueblo.  It is a medium sized plant with stems up to about ten feet.  The leaves are not particularly long, typically about four feet.  The most notable thing about this species are the strongly keeled leaves with thin leaflets.  By "keeled" I mean that the leaf, in cross section, looks like the keel of a boat.  The photos here show this quite well.  The color is green or gray-green.  The leaflets are tightly spaced.  I have shown here an assortment of nursery plants from 15g down to seedlings.  The garden specimens show off the beauty of this species.

It is a full sun plant and cold tolerant easily into the low 20's F.  We only have a few of the 15g left but do have affordable seedlings for sale.  It is a rare species to find at nurseries. 
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
SHORT PALM WITH SWOLLEN TRUNK

The genus of Hyophorbe comes from the Mascarene Islands.  From a collector's point of view, there are only three species available.  None are tall.  All are exotic and bizarre appearing.

1.  H. lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm.  Swollen at the base of the trunk.  NOT cold hardy.
2.  H. verschafeltii, middle of trunk swollen, somewhat cold hardy.  Some say its trunk is "cigar shaped" mature.
3.  H. indica, most cold hardy of the group, taller than the previous two palms, irregular trunk but not bulged.

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

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
AVAILABLE NOW!


First of all, for all you budding palm taxonomists, I should mention that the name above is a fictitious common name.  We came up with this name because the derivation of "tera" is "monster" and "carpa" refers to body.  And, this perfectly describes the palm I'm discussing here this morning.

In my own garden in San Diego, I have one Archontophoenix palm that is distinctly different from another others I have grown.  I do not recall the original seed source for this palm and didn't appreciate it until it displayed its amazing traits.  Here are some of its characteristics:

1.  It is much taller than Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.  It towers overhead adjacent King Palms.
2.  It has an extremely thick trunk diameter, 2 to 3 times thicker than the average King Palm.
3.  Impressively, there is a  LACK OF BROWN TIPPING TO THE LEAVES in full sun.  In my garden, other King species in full sun have brown tipped leaflets.
4.  It has a large and elongated yellow-blue crown shaft, different than another other Archontophoenix I've grown.
5.  It produces larger seeds than regular King Palms but smaller than A. purpurea.  They are red in color.
6.  There is a slight silver color to the back of the leaves.  7.  In full sun, the leaves are DARKER GREEN in color than regular King Palms.
8.  It has an extremely fast growth rate

We have long considered this to be am Archontophoenix maxima.  I've mentioned this ad this Blog.  But, it's not identical to A. maxima we've grown at our nursery from reliable seed sources in Australia.

So, we simply call it Archonotophoenix "teracarpa".  We have 2 and 5g sizes available.  I'm showing a 5g double plant here.  Photos of the large tree here are of the actual tree in my garden that has produced the "teracarpa" seeds.  At present, I'd estimate its height at forty to fifty feet.  If you like King Palms, you can't do better than this one.        
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Note that it towers over adjacent other  King Palms,
darker green in color, no brown tipping or yellowing
Archontophoenix "teracarpa" Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"
Archontophoenix "teracarpa"

 

TUESDAY, 29 JULY, 2014

 

VARIEGATED AGAVE ATTENUATA
GREEN AND YELLOW SUCCULENT THAT DOESN'T GET TOO BIG

We recently acquired this attractive plant that was overgrown in a 5g.  We moved it into a 15g container and I'm showing it now.  The leaves are interesting with central yellow stripes and an outer trim of green.  On doing some research, I've found that variegated Agave attenuatas are quite diverse.  There are many variations of the variegation.  Some have yellow and green; others have an almost white color mixed in the green or blue-green. 

This plant is about 30 inches tall.  It will pup and the offsets will be variegated as well.  It wants some sun but will do fine with part day sun as well.  Maximum height will be about four feet.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  I only have one or two of these for sale. 
Variegated Agave attenuata Variegated Agave attenuata
Variegated Agave attenuata Variegated Agave attenuata Variegated Agave attenuata

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MOROCCO
LOVES SUN - SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

This may be the ideal palm for those who live in areas where weather is extreme.  By the latter I mean super hot summers and cold winters.  This blue, suckering fan palm is from northern Africa and takes temperatures into the 100's F easily and will go down to about 15 degrees.  It is smaller in height than the normal Mediterranean Fan Palm.  And, the color is a definite blue when in sun.

The plants shown here are huge 15g plants.  They are already suckering.  Be aware that this species does have spines (below) on the leaf stems.  Anticipate a mature height of under ten feet.  We also have nice 5g plants for sale. 

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

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Easy to ship 5g plants
Chamaerops cerifera by TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS

 

ASSORTED COLORFUL CROTON
IMPORTED FROM HAWAII
LIMITED NUMBERS HUGE PLANTS FOR SALE

If you like color in your garden, there's nothing better than a variety of colorful Croton.  As a genus or group, there are literally dozens of different types of Croton.  I'm showing you here three different varieties.  But, remember, these plants don't do well with a freeze.  We have 15g and huge 5g for sale.  They are imported and we just got them in.  But, there numbers are limited.

Most people plant these in filtered light or part day sun.  They can be grown in pots and then put in a protected area during the winter.  The larger plants we got in are over seven feet tall.  One will essentially never see plants this big for sale.  Drop in and get one before they are gone. 
Croton, assorted large Croton, assorted large
Croton, assorted large Croton, assorted large Croton, assorted large
Croton, assorted large Croton, assorted large Croton, assorted large

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
HUGE 15G PLANTS AVAILABLE
ALSO VERY NICE 5G ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

The Triangle Palm, Dypsis decaryi, is native to Madagascar and grows in the southern and more desert area of this island.  They get to a maximum height of about twenty-five feet and love full, hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 23 to 24 degrees F.  I've known of plants that came back from an insult at 21 degrees.  They can tolerate desert sun.

They get their name from the three side (triangular) crown shaft that is an assortment of the colors purple, silver, brown and green.  Leaf color is a gray-green.  The 15g plants we have are up to about seven to eight feet tall.  The 5g plants on special are very chunky and nice as shown.  These 15g are $175 and worth every penny of it.

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

To get this price you must mention this Blog Special when purchasing. 
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
This an next three photos are the 5g size on special
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Plants in Madagascar habitat by JS

 

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

 

SATURDAY, 26 JULY, 2014

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINESE FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, LUSH GREEN SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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


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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

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

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

 

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


About ten days ago we got in a batch of clustered Tilsandsia.  I do not know the specific species nor did our supplier.  I don't know for sure but suspect the supplier brought these in from Mexico.  Each cluster was four or five 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.  I haven't yet seen the blossoms on these plants.  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..

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


The larger clumps probably have fifteen to twenty attached plants by estimate. Just mention this special when ordering to get this price.  Try it inside; easy to ship!
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species Tilandsia species

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FRIDAY, 25 JULY, 2014

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM
HUGE SPECIMENS UP TO TENTY FEET TALL
BUT IN 24 INCH BOXES THAT MEN CAN MOVE

Photos here are of the King Palm from Australia.  The botanical name is Archontopoenix cunninghamiana.  As most of you know, there are about six types of King Palms.  They differ in the color of the crown shaft, the presence of silver on the underside of the leaflets and in the size of the fruit and overall tree.  Shown here are the classic King Palm. 

A major problem for those wanting nice landscape material is that, when you want height, you usually need to get 30 or 36 inch boxes.  Men cannot move these.  You need a tractor or crane and this is quite expensive.  Landscapers love when you need larger plants as their profits go way up. 

The plants shown here are absolutely massive for a 24 inch box that men can move with simple dollies.   Some are up to twenty feet tall standing next to you.  We just got these in.  Using these plants could save a customer thousands of dollars in installation costs for the same size plants that are merely grown to a larger size in smaller boxes.  And, you also save because bigger boxed plants cost more.  But, you give up nothing as the trunk caliper and height of these plants is the same as typical 36 inch boxed King Palms.

We have singles with some doubles and triples.  These will not last long.  Drop in to see them.  You'd need a good sized deliver truck if you pick some out.  They are way to big for even a large pick up truck.  But, of course, w can deliver these right to your curb.
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

 

ASSORTED PHOTOS
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

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

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY SPECIES OF CYCAD

Native to China and unknown to the nursery trade twenty years ago, this beautiful cycad is even more col hardy than the common Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta.  It can develop a trunk up to nine feet tall, but most garden specimens are under four feet.  So, it's smaller than the Sago.  It holds a full crown of essentially unarmed leaves that are green to blue-green in color and sometimes looks like they have a silver sheen. 

Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper teens.  Some feel that perhaps this is one of the most cold hardy cycads around.  Along the coast it is a full sun plant.  In desert areas, just like the Sago Palm, it needs some sun protection.  Shown here are two 15g plants.  We have a nice selection of this species for sale.  And, almost all of them can be shipped right to your door.

BTW, the hardest thing about this species is remembering how to spell the species name.  Sound it out.  The spelling makes sense.
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

 

SYAGRUS BOTRYOPHORA
AN UNUSUAL SPECIES WITH DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENT OF THE LEAVES


This is a rare species of single trunk, pinnate palm from lowland Atlantic Brazil.  It has been called one of the top ten most beautiful palms in the world, although I'm not sure that I'd totally agree with this.  It is fairly new to the market and rather difficult to find.  It gets quite tall, over forty feet, yet has a surprisingly thin trunk of less than twelve inches.  Leaves are about ten feet long and come off the trunk at a 45 degree angle and then arch toward the ground.  The leaves are keeled and green in color.  The trunk is prominently ringed. 

Given ample heat and lack of severe cold, this is a very fast growing species.  It is known to put on four feet of trunk a year or more.  If you look at the fourth picture below, you will see many leaves that are green and still attached to the trunk over a long trunk distance, almost forming a "ladder-like" appearance to the leaves where one could easily climb the trunk.  This may be the result of its rapid growth.  The trunk surface is fibrous but turns smooth over time with a gray-brown color.  Shown here are a 15g plant and a larger double.  This species does want full sun or perhaps filtered light with the opportunity to grow into full sun.  Cold tolerance is uncertain, but felt to be in the mid to perhaps lower 20's F.  It in no way approaches the common Queen Palm in terms of cold hardiness. 

We have an ample supply of these for sale, the largest presently in 15g size.  The next to last photo shows a 5g plant.  Note how, like most
Syagrus, it has strap type juvenile leaves. 

One last comment.  This species has been called the "Slender Queen Palm" and the "Pati Palm".  I have no idea where the latter name came from and personally don't like this name.
  
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora
Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora Syagrus botryophora

 

DICKIA SPECIES
CLUSTERING SPINY BROMELIAD WITH RED COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL

About nine months ago I had some of this interesting type of terrestrial bromeliad.  Well, I got a few more in.  I don't pretend to be a bromeliad expert, but I know when I see a plant that I like.  And, I think these things are pretty cool.

They cluster as shown here and are a sun species for most areas.  And, they get red over time with sunlight.  I have about four or five left.  I'm offering them at the Blog Only Special price.  I think you'll not find this plant commonly available.  So, don't miss out.  It'd be a piece of cake to ship these plants.

REGULAR PRICE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.
Dickia species Dickia species
Dickia species  

 

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA, BAND SIZE
THE SAGO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

The common name for this species is the Sago palm.  It is a cycad, not a palm, and fairly common.  But, for people in some areas, it is hard to find in affordable small sizes. It's one of the more cold tolerant cycads and can go into the upper teens F.  In most areas other than the desert, it tolerates full sun.  The bands on special here are 4 years old with 2 inch caudexes.  they ship easily.  These are not part of our regular sale going on; just for Blog readers.  They'll grow quickly in the ground.  .I've shown older nursery plants below to show you what they look like in a few decades.

REGULAR PRICE BAND THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR FOUR FOR $75

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These would be a cheap Holiday gift for family or friends.
Cycas revoluta band
Band size on special
Cycas revoluta band
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta box  

 

TUESDAY, 22 JULY, 2014

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THAI FISHTAIL WITH THICK TRUNK
GORGEOUS HUGE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This Caryota species is known for it's huge leaves.  They literally can get to fourteen feet long and twelve feet wide.  With this size, they are excellent for the production of shade and canopy.  It has a very thick trunk, sometimes over thirty inches in diameter at the base.  Compared to Caryota urens, it is not as tall.  Anticipate that you'd get a tree of thirty or thirty-five feet height.  In most areas, plant this species in full sun.  Most problems with growth come from under-watering.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.

We're offering very large 5g plants on species.  I can mail order these to your door. 

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

But, you must mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price. 
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
15g (shown here) and box size also available
Caryota gigas

 

DIOON SPECIES FROM JACALA, HIDALGO
PLANT FROM THE DIOON EDULE COMPLEX
CONING SIZE SPECIMEN
PINK FLUSH OF NEW LEAVES

From the locality of Jacala in the state of Hidalgo in Mexico comes this Dioon species that most consider to be among the Dioon edule complex.  It has large flat leaves.  But, the most striking characteristic is the presence of pink to red new leaves.  We've sort of caught a bit of the color in these photos although it's fading.  This plant has over a twelve inch caudex and is coning sized.  I'd estimate we've been growing this cycad for 20 years.  It is available for sale.

It would prefer full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 18 degrees F.  We also have an assortment of other sizes available.  Mature, this species is never overly large and a mature plant has a planted height of about five feet.  It would be considered a xerophytic species with low water requirements.  Collectors would consider it somewhat rare in terms of availability.   
Dioon jacala hidalgo Dioon jacala hidalgo
Dioon jacala hidalgo  Dioon jacala hidalgo   

 

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 $45

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 
 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
SUPER RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


On the market in recent years plants have been sold that were not the real thing.  The plants I'm showing here came from a male and female domestic plant of known identity.  So, these are the real thing.

You might ask yourself why it might be difficult to obtain seeds on this rare species.  Well, it's from a very remote area of the Congo in the Ituri Forest.  It's near impossible to reach.  Then you add in the political and religious conflicts and kidnappings.  Finally, throw in Ebolo virus that's killed hundreds in the area.  Would you go there to collect seeds even if it was legal?

So, I think you get the idea of how super rare this species really is and how supplies are essentially nil.  Culturally, this species develops long upright leaves that can reach sixteen feet.  Trunk height can be ten feet over many decades.  It tolerates coastal sun but may need filtered light far inland.  Cold tolerance is the mid to perhaps the low 20's F.  The 1 gallon plants here are coming along, about 2.5 years old. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE RARE 1G PLANTS $85


I have limited numbers.  You only get this discount if you mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.  BTW, essentially no photos exist of plants in the wild.   
Encephalartos ituriensis  Encephalartos ituriensis 
Encephalartos ituriensis  Encephalartos ituriensis
Leaf from older nursery plant this species  
Encephalartos ituriensis
previously sold large nusery plant 

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This species of Date Palm is from India and Pakistan and somewhat resembles the Canary Island Date Palm.  But, the trunk is much thinner, the crown is not as large and it is more rounded in shape.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Overall height can reach forty to fifty feet.  This is a sun species in all areas with a cold tolerance into the teens F.

We're offering nice 5g plants on special as shown.

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

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing. 
Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris 
Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris
15 gallon plant, not on sale 
Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris   
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MOUNT GARUSO
LONG LEAFED CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD 
ONLY ONE OR TWO PLANT LEFT


About twenty years ago seeds became available of a Central African cycad from Mt. Garuso in Mozambique.  This plant was felt to be in the E. manikensis complex.  It has proven to be a very beautiful plant that is extremely fast growing.  Leaves are long, slightly arched and green in color.  Leaflets have some spination but spines are small.  Trunks reportedly get thick and three to six feet tall. 

The plant shown here was grown in half day sun and is in a 15g pot.  Caudex size is 8 inches.  It should tolerate full coastal sun (we've had others that did) and will be cold tolerant into the lower 20's F.  We only have one or two of these left.  Enthusiasts tell me that this plant has ended up being one of their garden favorites.
Encephalartos mount garuso Encephalartos mount garuso
Encephalartos mount garuso Encephalartos mount garuso  

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
CRETAN DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This suckering pinnate palm is native to the island of Crete and to some parts of Turkey.  It is related to Phoenix dactylifera (the true Date Palm) but is smaller in stature.  It does have some silver color to it (like the true Date Palm) but is also seen as a green colored plant.  Overall, however, it's size is less than the common Date.  It also suckers, has very bristly leaves with a compact, coarse appearance.  Reports are plants in the wild can reach forty feet height, but most plants I've seen are much shorter.  It can be pruned into a single trunk plant, just like the true Date Palm. 

It likes hot full sun and is cold tolerant into the teens F., perhaps to as low as 16 to 17 degrees.  Shown here are some 5g and 15g plants along with some garden specimens.  Note the coarse, bushy appearance to the mature plants.  It might be chosen by someone who wants a Phoenix species that is smaller than a Canary Palm, could be maintained as a single trunk palm, and is super cold hardy.  Presently we have available 15g and 5g sizes.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.
Phoenix theophrastii
5G size on special
Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii

 

MONDAY, 21 JULY, 2014

 

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

This suckering pinnate palm species from Asia is desirable for several reasons.  It is a semi-dwarf species, rarely over eight to ten feet tall.  It is also a great species to "block the neighbor" from looking over the fence (privacy creating species).  It is super cold hardy for a pinnate palm, going down into the teens F.  Finally, the blossoms are very fragrant.  We just got in some nice 5g plants and are passing on the savings to you. I've included an older stock photo showing you a near-mature plant at the nursery.  Note the height.  It will thicken with more canes over time, but not get much taller.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


You must mention this Blog only price when ordering.
Arenga engleri 5g Arenga engleri
Older photo of a larger 25g sized plant

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this reduced price.
 
Howea forsteriana 1 galloni  Howea forsteriana 1g

 

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.
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

 

NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


We recently got in a small batch of this interesting Nerogelia.  This bromeliad has red speckling on the dorsal aspect of the leaves.  I've been told with some more sun this red coloring becomes much more intense.  I was also told it's a fairly uncommon clone to find.  These would make a nice companion plant with some color to add to the garden.

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


Easy to mail order.  Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled  

 

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. 
 

NORMAL PRICE FOR THESE ORCHIDS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25


These are easy to mail order. Just mention this special to get the discount
Epidendrum Orchid Epidendrum Orchid

 

SUNDAY, 20 JULY, 2014

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED SUCCULENT
BLUE, COLD HARDY AND LOVES SUN

This is a Mexican succulent that rarely gets over four to five feet tall.  The older specimens shown here are abut the maximal height.  References say the leaf color is normal a yellow-green.  But, as you can see here, the clone that we offer have a nice blue color.  Many customers call these a "Doctor Seuss Plant", whatever that means.  Trunks average four inches in diameter and crowns of leaves three feet.  Leaves are soft, somewhat pliable and have no spines or sharp edges.  They are very user friendly.

These plants are easy to grow and require little water. They are good additions for those interested in conserving water.  In a way, they sort of resemble a cycad.  Agave attenuata want sun and can take temperatures into the the mid-twenties F. with ease.  We no longer have any of the 20 year old plants shown here but have a nice selection of 5 and 15g plants.  These can be easily mail ordered.
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata

 

HEDYCHIUM GARNDERIANUM
THE KAHILI GINGER
COMING INTO BLOOM RIGHT NOW!
SUPER FRAGRANT FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS!

Although sometimes called the "Hawaiian Ginger", this plant is native to the Himalayas in Asia.  Is is surprisingly cold hardy into the mid twenties F. and gets to a height of six to eight feet.  But, the amazing quality of this plant is it's florid, super-fragrant yellow and red blossoms.  They are short lived but absolutely stunning.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but most people grow it in part day sun or filtered light.  It is an easy to grow species and also easy to propagate from the rhizomes in the soil.

Blossoms are quite large as shown.  And, they are held in an upright fashion as opposed to the dangling, non-fragrant blossoms of Shell Ginger.  We only have mature 15g available.  They will flower in the next few weeks.  The fourth photo shows a blossom forming.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum
Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum
Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum

 

MACROZAMIA MACDONNELLII
BLUE AUSTRALIAN SPECIES
PLANT THRIVING IN ENCINITAS, CA

I just wanted to quickly show you a super rare and near impossible to obtain blue Australian Macrozamia.  Many years ago we used to be able to obtain seeds of this species.  But, now they are protected and it's rare for us to offer one for sale.  We do not have any presently available.  In any case, I did want to show you these two shots we took recently of a plant in full sun in our area.  As you can see, the color is blue and it is doing quite well.  The bottom line on this species is that, if you ever see one and really want one, you should buy it as you'll probably not see another for many years.
Macrozamia macdonnellii Macrozamia macdonnellii

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SARGENTII
RARE PALM NATIVE TO FLORIDA KEYS
NICE SPECIMEN IN ENCINITAS, CA

At the same garden as above we photographed a Pseudophoenix sargentii that is thriving in our Encinitas sun.  It's seen temperatures into the low 20's F. and is in full sun.  This species is oh so slow to grow.  To get a plant like I'm showing in the first two photos here will take you ten years from a five gallon plant.  But, with patience, you will be rewarded.  The last two photos are from a botanical garden. We have this species for sale from time to time but rarely of any size.  This is typically a species that, if you really want one, you have to start small.  I'm always working on trying to import larger ones from tropical areas.  If you are ever in the Florida Keys, do search one out as they are in the wild there. 
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii  

 

SYAGRUS PICROPHYLLA
ATTRACTIVE BUT SMALLER PALM THAN COMMON QUEEN PALM
SPECIMEN THRIVING IN ENCINITAS


This is a rarely seen species that one of our customers purchased quite  few years ago and planted in his yard here in Encinitas.  As you can see, it is thriving and well on it's way.  It's seen our coldest weather and is in full sun.  This species gets to a height of 25 feet and has a trunk that is under a foot thick.  In all ways, it is smaller than a Queen Palm and equally as attractive.  Perhaps this species should be called the "Small Queen Palm".as it's leaves are shorter, trunk is smaller and it doesn't get as tall.  It is native to Brazil and, on some plants, I've found it to have a dark color to the old leaf bases.  See last photo.

The reason I've been showing you a lot of garden grown plants lately is to demonstrate that yes, these species do survive and do quite well in our locality.  Some people get the viewpoint that "I can't grow that".  Well, if you follow cultural requirements, you probably can.  And, we do offer this Syagrus for sale.
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla
Syagrus picrophylla
15g nursery plant
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM
MANY SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM


For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  We've concentrated mostly on the blue form although there is also a green form of Bismarckia.  We offer both forms for sale.  However, most prefer the blue form and we've found it to be more cold hardy than the green.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  It' not certain how tall they'll get in domestic gardens, but I anticipate about the same.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet. 

This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.

This plant is a good growing species.  It is sensitive to root damage, so bare rooting shipped plants is not advised.  Dug or bare rooted plants suffer at least 50% losses.  And, this can set them back for years.  Bismarckia prefers sandy, good draining soil.  The more intense your sun, the more blue it gets.  It is not a good plant for shade. 

We offer a complete assortment of sizes from 1 gallon on up to 48 inch boxes (crane size).  A good size for mail order is the 5g or perhaps the 15g.  If you want to learn more about Bismarckia, check out this link:

BISMARCKIA PAM ARTICLE
Bismarckia nobilis
24 inch box size
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
25 gallon size
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
15g size
Bismarckia nobilis
5 gallon size
Bismarckia nobilis
48 inch box size with up to 3 feet of trunk
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis by TB
photo by TB
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

In the mid-1980's I began to grow some of the very cool palms from new Caledonia.  By 1995 I was totally into it and this led to my arranging the fantastic International Palm Society Biennial trip to New Caledonia that happened during my tenure as President in the year 2000.  I just didn't know of a better place for a bunch of palm enthusiasts to go and see some of the best palms in the world.  This species, Burretiokential hapala, is one of those palms.

It is a crown shafted palm with a rather thin trunk of about eight inches that gets to a height of approximately 25 to 30 feet.  I has an intriguing brown color to the stems and crown shaft area.  It does not have the stripes you'd see with the Burretiokentia vieilllardii.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F, or perhaps a bit less.  So, it's comparable to a King Palm.  If you can grow a King, you can grow this species.  One of the keys to culture is not letting the ground it's in go dry.  This species, like Chambeyronia, responds to water. 

Shown here is a nice 25 gallon plant and some garden specimens.  Along the coast, some are giving it near full sun.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow.  Many not only here but in other areas like Hawaii, Florida and southern Texas are having good luck with this species.  We have multiple sizes for sale.
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
ANOTHER GREAT NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Not too far from the capitol city of Noumea in New Caledonia is a medium sized mountain named Mt. Koghi.  In the years 2000 I visited this habitat and saw Burretiokentia koghiensis in person.  It is an endangered species.  It gets taller than Burretiokentia  hapala, up to sixty feet in the wild.  Note how the leaves are more upright than Burretiokentia hapala and the crown is often described as a "shuttlecock" in form.  It is a fairly open crown of leaves. The last photo below shows this.  Another difference is that the crown shaft of this species is white.  The last two pictures are from that trip in 2000.

Shown here are an assortment of sizes that we have for sale.  Although, at the nursery, we argue of the attributes of all the Burretiokentia, I think this species might be one of the easiest to grow.  I'd give it the same culture as hapala and keep up on the water.  Cold tolerance is about the same and it might be a little more sun tolerant than hapala.  It's another great palm species to try.  We have a good assortment of sizes available. 


Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi
Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi
Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi Burretiokentia koghiensi

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM, ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS


This species of Burretiokentia comes from the highest elevation of the three species discussed here today.  It grows at altitudes of almost 4000 feet.  It has a thin trunk of about six inches and can get to sixty feet tall.  It has a prominently bulging crown shaft that is known for it's diagonally dark markings.  Thus, the name "Tiger Palm".  The crown shaft is reddish-brown in color and has prominent striations as shown below.  Younger trunks are green with rings unless exposed to sun.

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the species above, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.

Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
by Rolf Kyburz PACSOA

 

WEDNESDAY, 16 JULY, 2014

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
HUGE 25 G PLANTS UP TO SIXTEEN FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PALMS

Several days ago we got in a nice batch of very large and old Howea forsteriana that we are putting on immediate special.  These are tall and lush specimens.  Some are up to sixteen feet tall.  There's a mixture of singles and multiples.  As you can see, we cleaned up the trunks.  This shows that prominent yellow trunk color that will fade to green over time.  These plants are an estimated eight to ten years old.  They had been grown under light shade cloth.  We are acclimating them to our sun.

This species typically gets up to a height of about 30 feet or a bit more.  In shade it can get taller.  Trunk diameter averages eight inches.  It has a cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F. and will die if you get below 22 degrees.  Growth rate is very slow.  Along the So Cal coast they tolerate full sun nicely.  Inland areas require part day sun or filtered light.  They are also one of the best interior palms there is.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $350


But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price at the time of purchasing. 
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
palm learned toward you to show leaves
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
 

 

SABAL SPECIES
HUGE 5G PLANTS TO SIX FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

We also just got in some very large 5 gallon Sabals that had no plant tags.  The grower did not know which species they are.  They are one plant per pot and are very old and tall.  They are easily equivalent to a nice 15g plant but in a very shippable 5 gallon pot.  Leaf color is blue green.  The leaves have hanging long, wispy hairs.  They are quite prominent and can be seen in the close ups if you look carefully. 

Considering these hairs and the plant's overall appearance, I am going to guess that these are probably Sabal bermudana.  They should be cold tolerant to 16 degrees and want full sun in almost every area.


REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $45

But, you have to mention this blog only special to get this price when you purchase.  I can ship these plants right to your door.. 
Sabal species Sabal species
Sabal species Sabal species Sabal species
Sabal species Sabal species Sabal bermudana
My guess is, when mature, these will look somewhat
like this plant.

 

PLUMERIA TREES
NICE BRANCHING 15G PLANTS
ASSORTED COLORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We also got in an assortment of colors of branching Plumeria that are now in 15g pots and that we're putting on special.  There is an assortment of colors including yellow, pink, near red and white.  Most are branching and head height.  If you don't know, Plumeria blossoms are very fragrant and commonly used in Hawaiian lays.  These plants like sun but are susceptible to a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL HESE PLUMERIA $135

Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get this reduced price.
Plumeria Plumeria
Plumeria Plumeria Plumeria
Plumeria Plumeria Plumeria

 

ALOE PLICATILIS
GRAY FLAT LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
RARE, UNUSUAL AND DROUGHT TOLERANT

A friend of mine is growing and supplying us with this unusual and rare South African Aloe.  He supplies me with nice 5g plants.  Mature, this plant has a typical garden height of about six feet and has light red blossoms.  Leaves are flat, thick and fleshy and about 12 inches long.  The leaf ends are rounded and without spines.  They are arranged in a flat, fan-like arrangements as shown here.  This is a sun species and cold hardy to 23 degrees F.  We have a limited selection of this unusual succulent.  It can be shipped.
Aloe plicatilis Aloe plicatilis
Aloe plicatilis Aloe plicatilis Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia
 

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND PLANTS

Although called the "Screw Pine", this plant is actually not a type of Pine Tree but rather a monocot.  It is native to Madagascar and several surrounding islands.  It has long spiny leaves that spiral around the trunk.  The trunk, when mature, has a snake-skin like appearance and develops prominent stilt type roots.  It is fast growing in the ground.  As the tree grows, branches tend to fork.  I have a twenty-five foot specimen in my garden.

There are two forms of this species.  One has faint red stripes on the leaves.  The other is green without any red.  The latter is the one we have and are putting on special.  The mature plants shown are being grown in Encinitas, CA. 

The bands we have on special are two to three feet tall and six years old.  I've never put these on special as I plant to put them into 7g pots.  You will never find bands of this species this large again.  They merely need to be repotted or put into the ground and they'll explode with growth.  They can be mail ordered. Be aware that the leaf edges are spiny and you must handle them with care.  They like at least half day sun and cold tolerance is probably just below a freeze.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BAND PLANTS $40

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.  These plants are at least a 5 gallon sized plant.
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


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

TO READ MORE ABOUT WINDMILL PALMS, CLICK HERE

5 gallon size on special
 
Trachycarpus latisecta by martin gibbons 

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

MONDAY, 14 JULY, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS X WOODII
CYCAD IN ENCINITAS GARDEN
LEAF AND LEAFLET VARIATIONS ON DIFFERENT PLANTS OF THE SAME HYBRID


Previously at this Blog I've discussed cycad hybrids.  When one talks about this, one of the first crosses that comes up is a hybrid utilizing the pollen of Encephalartos woodii.  This is because there exists on this planet only males of this species.  And, they are super rare and valuable.  So, when an enthusiast has a woodii in cone, he wishes to use this rare pollen on something.  Genetically, E. natalensis is the genetically closesst species to woodii.  So, a hybrid of these two has been the first selection of most growers.  This original first cross is called an "F1 hybrid".  If such a cross is then crossed again with another plant, the progeny would be "F2 hybrids".

The first three pictures here are of a F2 hybrid of E. natalensis x E. woodii.  This is a medium sized plant not yet of coning size.  The first photo shows a close up of the leaf and leaflets.  Note the prominent lobes (spines) on the underside of the leaflets.  This trait is characteristic of the E. woodii genes.  But, the leaf and leaflet appearance is quite variable plant to plant.  The last five photos are close ups of the leaves of the same cross but with different plants at our nursery.  You'll note a wide variation in the leaf and leaflet appearance. 

I show these photos to make a point:  Not all plants of one species look alike.  And certainly, not all plants of the same F1 hybrid look the same.  Not only are different crosses of the same two species different but also within a given batch of seeds from a single hybrid cross you'll see variation.

Would one expect otherwise?  Think about it.  Do all your children look the same?  This is genetics at work with variable penetration  and expression of the genes.  The take home lesson here is that: When you buy a plant, look at the plant, not the label.

We do have some plants of this cross in various sizes for sale.  And yes, they are all a bit different.
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii in
Encinitas garden
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii in
Encinitas garden
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii in
Encinitas garden
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
This and the next four photos are pictures of the leaves
of the same F1 hybrid.  All are plants at our nursery
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii Encephalartos natalensis x woodii

 

LICUALA PELTATA VAR. PELTATA
GROWING IN GARDEN IN ENCINITAS

I wanted t quickly show you a few pictures of a rare Licuala named L. peltata var peltata that has been growing outdoors in Encinitas, CA for about a decade.  It has seen temperatures well into the twenties F.  It potentially can get up to thirty feet of height, has a divided leaf with wide segments and is green in color.  Note that the petioles are armed.  It would prefer maybe a little sun but does not do well in blasting full sun.

For years we've known that there "were two forms" of this species: one with a divided leaf and the other with a solid, complete leaf.  That other complete leaf plant  was called "Licuala peltata variety elegans".  In more recent times this has been revised.  The solid leaf form is now called "Licuala peltata var sumawongii" after a long time collector in Thailand. There are some that think the original solid leaf plants may be an altogether different species. Lets leave the taxonomists to argue among themselves over the nomenclature.

This divided leaf form is native to northeastern India and spreads down through Thailand and Malaya.  It's one of the Licualas that we can grow here in Southern California and the above plant proves this.  We occasionally have these available at the nursery.  
Licuala peltata Licuala peltata
Licuala peltata Licuala peltata Licuala peltata

 

KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS
TALL CROWN SHAFTED PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
JUVENILE PLANTS GROWING WELL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

This slender but tall palm species is native to Southern areas in New Caledonia.  When Jesse and I visited there in the year 2000, we say plants over forty feet tall.  The trunk is thin, perhaps six to eight inches.  The crown shaft is a copper color with an overcast of silver.  Leaves are upright and keeled.  It is somewhat slow growing and tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties with ease.  Most grow this in part day sun or full sun along the coast.  Some have said it's the easiest of the Kentiopsis to grow.

Shown here is first a plant from our Encinitas garden.  Our customer planted this palm an estimated six years ago.  Also, another plant from a different customer in San Marcos, CA.  Both have seen significantly cold weather.  The last photo is from the wild by Tobias Spanner.  We occasionally offer this species for sale.
Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis
Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis
Different juvenile plant in San Marcos, CA
Kentiopsis pyriformis TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
ATTRACTIVE, THIN TRUNK PALM FROM QUEENSLAND
HUGE 25 G PLANTS AVAILABLE

In the late 1970's, I was at a Palm Society meeting and a fellow visiting from Australia reached into his pocket and pulled out a few palm seeds I had never seen before.  He said "these are Foxtail seeds".  At that time I didn't even know of this new palm.  He wanted ten dollars a seed ( a lot back then) and had a pocket full of seeds.  He sold them to enthusiasts in about one minute.  Back then, no one knew of this palm.  An actual black market for seeds ensued in Australia for this then super sought after and new species.  The plant was placed on the endangered species list quickly by the Australian government as the habitat colony of this species was quite small.  Today there are literally tens of thousand fruiting trees around the world and, as a species, Wodyetia is not threatened in any fashion because of the distribution of seeds.

In domestic gardens, it's a medium sized tree with typical mature heights of twenty-five feet.  Taller specimens are occasionally seen in the tropics.  The leaves are very plumose and the trunk is thin.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Trunk diameter is about six to eight inches, swollen at the base. 

The 25 gallon sized plants shown here are fifteen feet tall in their pots.  This species likes heat and full sun.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It doesn't like being right near the oceanfront as the salt can brown tip the leaflets.  But, people still grow them right near the beach.  I have other sizes of this species for sale as well.  Realize that the ones shown here are rarely available here in Southern California.
Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Leaf detail showing plumose character.  These leaves
are quite fluffy and plumose, thus the name "Foxtail".j 
Wodyetia bifurcata Wikipedia
Phioto of seeds, Wikipedia 
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata JW San Diego
Three trees in Clairmont area of San Diego 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Extremely tall plants in Australia 
Wodyetia by Michael Gray, PACSOA
photo by Michael Gray, PACSOA 
 

 

BLECHNUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"
OUR LARGEST 5G PLANTS OF THE YEAR

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

Note that there are many species of "Blechnum Ferns".  I apologize that I don't know the species name of these plants we got in, but they will remain small and are very nice.  This year we got in about thirty of these plants and we're down to about five.  If you like them, don't dally.

Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
WITH GRAY-GREEN LEAVES


This species of Mexican cycad has always been one of my favorites.  This is because it is quite compact in size, has an interesting silver-gray color to the leaves, has finely placed somewhat overlapping leaflets and tolerates full sun and a fair amount of cold.  Nursery plants shown here have ages of about fifty to one hundred years (boxes).  There was a time when such plants could be imported, but those days are long over.  Also shown are a few 15g plants as well as 5g and band sizes.

Figure it takes about 100 years to get three feet of vertical trunk on this species.  The picture by John Otto below shows a plant in the wild that is over 1000 years age.  In desert areas one would give this plant part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees before you see leaf burn.  It likes good draining soil and average water for a cycad.  Note how the leaflets are slightly curved and have small spines; this is typical of this species. 

If you live in the U.S., we can ship any sized specimen right to your door. 
DIOON MEROLAE DIOON MEROLAE
DIOON MEROLAE DIOON MEROLAE DIOON MEROLAE
DIOON MEROLAE  DIOON MEROLAE  DIOON MEROLAE 
DIOON MEROLAE  DIOON MEROLAE  DIOON MEROLAE by john otto
1000 year old specimen in habitat, by John Otto 

 


CARYOTA KIRIWONGENSIS
ALMOST EXTINCT AND MASSIVE FISHTAIL

By report, there are only about two dozen specimens of this species in existence in southern Thailand.  Original descriptions of this species were submitted by Don Hodel, taxonomist from California.  This is a massive Fishtail Palm and would put Caryota gigas to shame with its size.  It is supposed to get well over 100 feet tall with trunks three feet in diameter.  Little is known about this palm by collectors.  There are ONLY a hand full of plants being grown worldwide by collectors or in botanical gardens.  Internet searches fail to show you much information about Caryota kiriwongensis.  It is felt to be most closely related to Caryota obtusa, but seeds share characteristics of C. ophiopellis and zebrina. 

As most of you know, Caryotas are monocarpic palms.  A plant has to die in order to get seeds.  Well, if there are only a few in the wild and one died to give seeds, that could potentially leave even less plants in the wild.  This puts a huge responsibility on the person growing this species.  You have to make sure it survives. 
 
By report, it'll take temperatures down to about a freeze, but this is not documented.  It does get very large, so you have to give it room.  I have one or perhaps two of these for sale.  They are big one gallon plants and not inexpensive.  The only picture I could find of a large plant was by Tobias Spanner who distributed the seeds.  I apologize that I cannot show more pictures of native plants at this time.  But, to read more you could reference Don Hodel's book on the Palms of Thailand.   
Caryota kiriwongensis Caryota kiriwongensis
Caryota kiriwongensis C aryota kiriwongensis by TS, RPS
photo by Tobias Spanner
 

 

LIGULARIA SPECIES
AN EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANT

Ligularia is an interesting group of plants coming from Europe, Asia and Africa.  There are many different species
in this genus.  The ones we sell are second and third generation plants from our own stock.  They have a Lily Pad type of leaves and produce yellow daisy-like blossoms in
the Fall.  They prefer some protection from the full sun and can grow in filtered light.  They do like moisture and can be considered an "indicator plant" that tells you when your
soil is getting dry.  They'll droop over.  If you then give them some water, they bounce right back up by morning. 

They are easy to grow if you keep them adequately watered.
We have affordable smaller sizes for sale.  If you start with a few plants, over time and with vegetative propagation, you can have many colonies of nice size plants.  They area great companion plant and ideal for parkways by the street.  We should have one and two gallon plants available for sale.  We also recently have available a limited number of a rare species with ruffled leaf edges. (see last two photos)
Ligularia
Photo by RT
Ligularia
Ligularia Ligularia curley leaf Ligularia crested edge

 

FRIDAY, 11 JUNE, 2014

 

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 BAND SIZE $27.50

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

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A TROPICAL APPEARING CYCAD
20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES - TEN DAY SPECIAL

Dioon spinulosum is a cycad that has potential to get quite tall and has exotic appearing dark green leaves.  Native to southern Mexico regions, it can develop (over centuries) trunks up to thirty feet tall.  In the 1800's Hunting Botanical Gardens imported a huge plant on horse drawn carts from Mexico with at least fifteen feet of trunk.  I saw this at a slide show at the Gardens.  Leaves of this species are typically four to six feet long.  Leaflets are wide for a Dioon species and armed along the edges.  Trunks are usually under a foot in diameter.  So, you have a taller plant with a narrow trunk.

Culturally I've found this species does best in strong filtered light or part day sun.  Along the coast some grow it in full sun but this will make the leaves more of a lime green color.  Leaves emerge green although, if you're lucky, they can emerge a pink-bronze color.  Cold tolerance is at best low 20's F.  I'd say about 23 to 24 degrees is its cold limit.  This species is not as cold hardy as some of the other Dioons I've recently discussed.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

This is a great offer.  But, you must mention this Blog special to get the discount.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants and sizes.
Dioon spinulosum
This and next 3 photos are a large 15g plant
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
25g with curved trunk
Dioon spinulosum
Nice 5g plant
Dioon spinulosum
large outdoor grown 24 inch box plant
Dioon spinulosum
1 gallon plant
Dioon spinulosum
photo by JO
Dioon spinulosum
in Arboretum at Balboa Park, San Diego
Dioon spinulosum
another boxed plant at nursery

 

TRINTHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE FAN PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size that is on sale
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size on sale
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris 15g

 

DIOON EDULE
VERY NICE OLDER PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES: 15G AND 25G

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G CYCAD $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $300
REGULAR PRICE THIS 25G $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT SIZE $400

(note that the 25g is a really nicely sized)

I've only got these two sizes on special and have limited numbers.  Remember to ask for this Blog Only Special price.  Mail order possible. 
Dioon edule
15G left, 25g right
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule  Dioon edule 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


We recently got in a small batch of this interesting Nerogelia.  This bromeliad has red speckling on the dorsal aspect of the leaves.  I've been told with some more sun this red coloring becomes much more intense.  I was also told it's a fairly uncommon clone to find.  These would make a nice companion plant with some color to add to the garden.

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

Easy to mail order.  Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled  

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
RARE MADAGASCAR CYCAD
VERY USER FRIENDLY WITH FEW SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


This cycad species is native to Madagascar and surrounding areas.  It has a cylindrical caudex and overall height can reach twenty feet.  It can also sucker.  Its popularity is probably because it is lush and tropical appearing and because the leaflets are soft and not armed.  There are some small spines on the inner leaf stems.  It likes coastal sun or filtered light far inland.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid  to lower twenties F.

Shown here aae some huge and old 15g plants that we just got in yesterday.  Their ages are ten years or more.  They have been outdoor grown and are ready for your garden.  The trunk sizes on these is twelve inches or more.  They are holding huge, thick crowns of many leaves.  I only have about six or eight of these, so if you like them, don't dally.  My regular 15g plants are nowhere as big as these beauties.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES/SIZE $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $295

You must mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  I also have other sizes for sale, but only a few of these great plants remaining.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
Boxed specimen at nursery
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
5 gallon size at nursery also for sale

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THURSDAY, 10 JULY, 2014

 

RAVENEA RIVULARIS
THE MAJESTY PALM 
LARGE AND FAST GROWING SPECIES 

About twenty-five years ago, I was one of the first nurserymen in the U.S. to grow this species.  There was talk at the time that this would be "the palm of the future".  This did not evolve except that it has been mass produced in large numbers and sold through many wholesale nurseries.  But, inherent problems kept it from being the most sought after species.  First, it needs lots of nutrition (fertilizer).  If it is not fed and watered regularly, it becomes yellow and can even turn white.  (see photo below).  Also, it likes a lot of water.  Finally, it is super fast growing and needs a fair amount of space.  This species can get to heights of 50 feet with trunk bases as big as a Royal Palm (30 inches). 

Because of these short comings, in more recent times depot stores are trying to market this species with three plants in one pot and sell it as a "house plant".  Unfortunately, it doesn't do great inside the home.  It's ok, but there are much better interior palms.  So, popularity has backed off and many stores no longer carry Ravenea rivularis. 

But, it does have its attributes.  It is quick and, when treated well, can make a nice specimen plant as shown. in the photos below.  The photo with the woman at the base was taken from my garden in 1985.  It now has over thirty feet of trunk today. That's my wife standing next to the trunk in the photo.  Some of the photos below are from habitat in Madagascar.  You can tell which ones. Cold hardiness is into the lower twenties F. and along the coast this species can take full sun.  Far inland areas must give some protection from full sun. 
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Photo by MR
Ravenea rivularis
Photo by MR
Ravenea rivularis
Nutritionally challenged plant, unknown photographer
Ravenea rivularis
In my garden, about 1985, with my wife
Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis ravenea rivularis

 


RAVENEA JULIETIAE
A RARE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
AND HOW IT GO ITS NAME


This is a rather thin trunked, tall pinnate palm that is rarely seen and native to eastern Madagascar.  How I found out about this species has always made this species special to me.  About twenty years ago at a meeting in Florida, just before the book, Palms of Madagascar, was released, I met and talked to its authors, John Dransfield and Henk Benjtee, both of Kew Gardens in the U.K.  Both of these taxonomists and field researchers had heard about this unusual Ravenea species.  They drove for hours trying to get a look at it, always with no results.  Out of frustration, they stopped the car on a remote dirt road, got out the binoculars and started an intense scanning of the horizon, hoping for a glimpse of this yet to be described species.  With them was Henk's wife, Julie.  In frustration, they were about to give up their search.  Then, Henk's wife pointed to a large specimen just feet from the car and by the side of the road.  She said, "Maybe it's this one".  And, it was!.  Right in front of them was the species they were looking for and that specimen was used to describe this species.  And, because of her "assistance", it was named after Julie.

Trunk height is thirty feet with a diameter of only about six inches.  Leaves are recurved a bit and leaflets are widely spaced.  Leaf color is green.  We've found this species to be very slow growing.  We recently obtained some 5g plants that are six or seven years old.  The close up of the base shows how this species is "keeled" like most other Ravenea.  The first two habitat photos were taken by Henk Bentje and are from the Kew Gardens website.  The last photo was taken by a long time friend of mine, Rolf Kyburz, and is from PACSOA.  As this species is so rare in cultivation, little is known abut its specific requirements.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance to be into the twenties F.  I anticipate it will tolerate coastal sun.  If you live in a hotter, inland area I'd recommend giving it partial sun protection.
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae 5g
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae by H. Beenjte Ravenea julietiae by H. Benjtee at kew Gardens
Ravenea julietiae by Rolf Kyburz PACSOAu
photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA
   

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A LARGER GREEN CYCAD FROM AUSTRALIA
ALSO, A VERY "USER FRIENDLY" CYCAD


I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say 'user friendly" because this is one of the few cycad species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets and not one on the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  I am going to show you an assortment of plants.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

*Large species with trunks slowly getting to over ten feet
*Leaf length typically six to eight feet, sometimes bigger.
*Trunk diameter to 18 inches
*Smooth petiole with no spines
*Great for strong filtered light or full sun along the coast
*Large interesting cones
*Leaflets soft and glossy green in color
*New leaves emerge upward, older leaves lay more horizontal
*Easy to grow

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.

 
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
male cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 
This is probably the most cold hardy of any of the Copernicia.  It is native to the South American countries of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.   We have available some very nice 15g plants, so I thought I'd present the species here.  It is a very tall palm (can get up to 100 feet) yet has an extremely thin trunk, usually less than 12 inches.  The upper trunk can hold on to old leaf bases, but on older specimens most of the trunk shows a clean gray appearance.  The leaves are about three feet wide, green above and blue-green to blue below.  The deeply divided leaves are about three feet wide..  Petioles are mildly armed.  Photos here show the leaf characteristics.

Like other tall, thin palms, this species can be planted in a group of several together.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the lower twenties and even the upper teens F.  It can tolerate desert climates.  We also have available smaller plants for sale. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba
Younger plant in Encinitas, CA in full sun
 

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM

This crown shafted, thin trunked palm comes from the Mascarene and Reunion Islands.  It has a faint resemblance to the King Palm but is from an entirely different part of the world.  Height is typically up to twenty five feet, trunk diameter under one foot and it has a slightly bulging crown shaft.  Dense flower stalks can be seen clustering right below the crown shaft when it's in flower.  There are several varieties of this species with the names of "variety album, rubrum or furfuracea", depending on the predominant color of the crown shaft and inner stems.  Rubrum shows some red, especially when the plant is juvenile.  Furfuracea shows more silver tomentum.

Cold tolerance of this species is about like the King Palm, more of less the mid-twenties F.  It is shorter than the King and has a  thinner trunk.  It is a sun-loving plant and much slower growing than a King.  Shown here is a 5g plant and a boxed specimen.  For those of you who only like "feather palms", this is another species to try.  Plants available are limited. 
Dictyosperma album var album Dictyosperma album var album
Dictyosperma album var album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album
Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
MULTIPINNATE, SMALL CAUDEX, LONG LEAVES

In my opinion, this is one of the most desirable cycad species introduced in the past several decades.  It was formally described in 1996.  Native to China, it is a plant with a rather small caudex, typically under a foot in size, but with long leaves that stretch upwards and will divide to the third order.  Some argue that it's just "bi-pinnate", but if you look carefully at these photos, there is a small stem leading to two or three leaflets.  Therefore, I consider it to be "tri-pinnate".  In other words, the main stem will fork and that branch will fork again, this last stem holding the leaflets..  The Caryota palm divides to the second order and is considered to be multipinate as well.  With this branching, this species produces a very tropical and exotic appearing leaf.

It typically will hold two to four leaves, but has been reported to hold as many as ten leaves.  Length of these can reach ten feet.  They tend to go straight upwards, flexing down over time.  Cycas debaoensis prefers filtered light and is cold hardy to the lower 20's F.  Shown here is a nursery plant holding two very nice leaves.  Caudex size is about four to five inches.  I've shown other plants of this species before, but such a beautiful plant cannot be shown too many times.   At nurseries, this is considered super rare and is always hard to find.  Consequently, it tends to be a pricey plant to buy.

Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis
photo from above the plant, looking down
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

 

TUESDAY, 8 JULY, 2014

 

ACROCOMIA TOTAI
GOOD SIZED PLANT IN ENCINITAS, CA
LUMPERS VERSUS THE SPLITTERS

I've been growing palms for about 38 years.  I can remember the thrill of seeing my first Acrocomia with it's smooth but spiny trunk.  I took a trip to Dade City in Central Florida to see all the Acrocomia totai that were planted in front yards of people's homes.  They were huge with fat spiny trunks and large crowns of leaves.  I asked a homeowner "Mister, can I collect some seeds".  he replied, "Be my guest.  They break my lawnmower".  Those seeds, like all Acrocomia seeds, lived up to their reputation with sporadic, lean germination over a five year period.  But, I was taught to love all the different "species" I had come to know as previous horticulturist and taxonomists had described them.

Then, an estimated ten years ago, a taxonomist decided to lump all the previously know species into two groups: "The big one" and "The little one (no trunk)", saying that all the trunking forms were merely variations of the same thing.  Whether he's right or not, I stick to my old nomenclature and will show you here what the world knows as "Acrocomia totai".  This plant is an estimated fifteen feet tall in Encinitas an shows it's spiny trunk, petioles and leaves.  It's seeing full sun, has seen temperatures into the low 20's F. and is just thriving.  I also know of a huge specimen in El Cajon, CA.  Mature this palm gets to over 30 feet tall.

I do occasionally have this and other Acrocomia for sale although (because of difficult germination) it's not that common.  Email me if you are looking for this species as they do come around.  And, if you want to learn all those names we use to give to different appearing Acrocomia, purchase an older palm reference book and you too can see that they all do look different.  Newer books just say 'there's the big one and the little one" (given new names).  Sad.

By the way, you do NOT have to agree with every new taxonomist who comes along with his spin, new ideas and nomenclature.  Call palms what you want.  Now famous Mardi Darian used names like "Big Curley" and "Al Gore" for his palms described from habitat.  And, to him and others, it seemed to work just fine. And to those enthusiasts who've been around for a while, when I mention "Acrocomia totai" to others, most know exactly the palm I'm talking about.
Acrocomia totai Acrocomia totai
Acrocomia totai
Close up photo showing spines
Acrocomia totai
Note spines on petioles
Acrocomia totai
Crown of different tree

 



CYCADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
MIXING CYCADS AND PALMS TOGETHER
THEY JUST BELONG TOGETHER

From a landscape design point of view, cycads really offer a lot of possibilities for the garden.  Most species fall into a category of small to medium size when mature.  By this I mean mature heights of five to fifteen feet.  As most palm species get taller than this, cycads offer species that can be used for the lower and mid-canopy levels from a design point of view.  In other words, cycads in general stay below the overhead palms, have a similar appearance and work together quite nicely. 

I am showing you presently some random photographs where cycads have been incorporated, side by side, with an assortment of palm species.  It's quite amazing how good they look next to the huge Jubaea seen in the first few shots.  And, adding blue to the garden is a real treat.  As a final benefit, most cycads are quite xerophytic and have low water requirements.  So, they give the gardener the option of having a tropical looking garden without consuming lots of water. Finally, culturally, palms and cycads have similar needs and no special care is needed when putting them side by side other than maybe backing down on the water getting to the cycads, an easy sprinkler head adjustment.
Encephalartos whitelockii
cycads in the garden
cycad with palms cycads in garden Blue cycads

 

DIOON "GOLDEN" MEROLAE
NEWER DIOON SPECIES
TROPICAL APPEARING AND VERY BEAUTIFUL

Many of you are familiar with Dioon merolae, at least if you've been following this Blog.  As it is one of my favorites, I've presented it here many times.

About ten to fifteen years ago, a "new species" was found and seeds became available.  Native to Mexico, this new cycad was said to be similar to D. merolae but new leaves emerged a golden color. Thus, it got the name of "Golden Merolae".  My assumption was that it would mature to be otherwise the same.  But, having grown it for the past decade, I now believe it is a somewhat different appearing plant.  The leaves are similar in that they have narrow, tightly spaced and slightly curved leaflets.  But, leaf color is a bit more green and the underside of the leaves is a bit silver.  And, they look more tropical than the regular merolae to my eye.

The plant here is in a 15g.  I also have a nice selection of citrus pot and 5g plants.  These are easy to mail order.  I'd estimate along the coast it'd like full or part day sun.  Cold tolerance should be down to the low 20's F.
Dioon golden merolae Dioon golden merolae
Dioon golden merolae Dioon golden merolae  

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
CROWN SHAFTED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO THE KING PALM

For those of you who like King Palms because they are clean, tidy and self-pruning, I want to show you an alternative species that may be of interest to you.
It is Kentiopsis oliviformis.  It is also a self-pruning, crown shafted palm species.

Here are some of the benefits of this species over the common King Palm:

•  It's more cold hardy, probably good to about 23 degrees as compared to 25-26 with the King Palm
•  It doesn't have nearly as much of a tendency toward brown tipping at the end of the leaflets when grown in full sun
•  It seems to not get as tall as the King Palm
•  It has a more upright and tidy crown of leaves
•  Very clean and dark green color of the crown shaft
•  It's more rare and your neighbor will never have one

I'm showing you here a Kentiopsis oliviformis that is growing in full sun in an inland Encinitas area.  It shows no brown tipping of the leaves and is just beautiful.  I'm also showing you a 5g and then a 15g nursery plant.  These are easy mail orders.
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
YES, BLUE AS A BISMARCKIA!
COMING IN THIS WEEK: SOUGHT AFTER 15G SIZE


These are such cool plants that I'd feel bad if someone missed out on them.  For about six months I have been unable to offer the 15g size.  But, I will have a handful of these in next week.   I also have 25g but no 5g.  So, let me know if you want one.  Look at the first photo to the right to see their appearance.  They are super blue. 

They are a regular Pindo Palm but these plants are very blue in color.  Regular Butia capitata are much more green in color.  You hardly ever seen these blue ones available.  They love full hot sun and are cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  There leaf color is as blue as the other common blue species like Brahea armata and Bismarckia nobilis.  They'll reach a height of about fifteen feet.  Fruits are edible. 

It is possible to ship any size we have right to your door.  When they are gone, it's over.  So, if you don't have this plant and want one, don't dally. 
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue paul Craft
Photo donated by author, Paul Craft

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
SPARSELY SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT MADAGASCAR PALM

This suckering palm species from Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited number of trunks.  The crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.

Shown here are 15g and 25g plants.  Although they appear to be single trunk, in time suckers will appear.  We have an assortment of sizes for sale.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  By the way, the 15 gallon plant is in our new Palm House.  Drop by and see the huge improvements and expansion that we have accomplished at the nursery. 
Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata


  

SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

 

CERATOZAMIA MIQUELLIANA
SMALLER CYCAD WITH NEW BLUE TINGED LEAVES
ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE

This is a rare Ceratozamia from Mexico that is hardly ever available on the market.  This morning I'm presenting some one year old seedlings that are for sale.  This species never makes a large plant.  Typical caudex size is under eight inches and leaf lengths average three feet.  Leaflets are wide, sometimes up to two inches in width.  Leaflet length is usually about six inches.  In the garden, a plant is usually below your belt line.

The seedlings here are one year old and have typically two leaves.  You see the blue color mostly when leaves are brand new.  This is a filtered light species with a cold tolerance down into the low 20's F.  The lat photo shows the color nicely in a private garden.
Ceratozamia miquelliana Ceratozamia miquelliana
Ceratozamia miquelliana Ceratozamia miquelliana
Leaf of larger nursery plant
Ceratozamia miquelliana

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
PHOTOS OF ONE IN FULL SUN IN AN ENCINITAS GARDEN

If you jump down to Friday's posts below, I presented some huge  Allatoptera arenaria in 15g size that we just got in.  I'm adding this morning a few pictures of a fruiting specimen in full sun in a garden in Encinitas.  Quite small in size it is still very attractive. Note how its small overall size how plumose the leaves are.   For more information, read Friday's post.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria    

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
GOOD GROWING, SINGLE TRUNK MADAGASCAR PALM
SEVERAL SIZES AVAILABLE

It seems that I'm always using the word "rare" when I describe things.  This species would not be an exception.  We first heard of this palm about a decade ago.  Everyone had to have one but no one had them for sale.  Over time a few seeds became available.  And, most recently, I even got some domestic seeds out of Florida.  So, this wonderful and fairly easy to grow species will hopefully become a mainstay in palm gardens.

It is single trunk with heights up to about 35 feet.  The trunk is one inch in diameter and the crown shaft is silver-brown.  Leaves are plumose and the crown is fairly open.  The first three pictures are from a plant in the Encinitas garden.  There it's been getting half day sun.  It's got a fat trunk in about five to six years and has never missed a beat.  The fourth photo was taken by John Dransfield, the world's authority on Malagasy palms. 

This species has at least a cold tolerance into the mid twenties F., perhaps lower.  Most are growing it in part day sun or full sun right on the coast.  We have bands available as shown and a limited number of juvenile plants of larger size.
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana John Dransfield Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
photo by John Dransfield Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
BRILLIANTLY BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
NICE 15G NEAR CONING SIZE AVAILABLE

This species lives up to its reputation of being among the royalty of the blue South African cycad species.  In full sun it has the most brilliantly blue leaves that are without spines except for the tip of the leaflets.  Leaves are usually about three feet long and stack at the distal ends.  Trunks are rarely over three feet tall.  Overall height at maturity is usually under five to six feet. 

This is a full sun species and takes temperatures down to 22 degrees F.  It is, of course, slow growing.  The nursery plant here is for sale.  It has an approximate 8 inch caudex of nice form.  Leaf appearance is classic.  I am also showing photos of a boxed nursery plant and two garden specimens.  We have a limtied supply of various sizes for sale.
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Planted in full sun in Encinitas, CA
Encephalartos princeps
Close up leaves last plant
Encephalartos princeps
Boxed specimen at nursery
Encephalartos princeps
smaller garden plant

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
ANOTHER BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MORE GNARLY, PRICKLY LEAFLETS
A WHOLE ARRAY OF SIZES AVAILABLE

Last Thursday I presented this species and showed you three good sized E. trispinosus for sale.  The largest one that day (blue-green box) did sell.  So, I thought I'd show an even larger nursery specimen.  The first four photos here are of a plant I've been growing for twenty-five years.  Its main trunk is about 18 inches tall an it has a seven inch offset.  This species is also super blue in color when in full hot sun.  Check out the garden shots. 

People who buy a huge plant like this often tell me "I've got more money than time".  This is not the case with most people.  So, for those of you who fall into the reverse category, I've got a good selection of band and citrus pot/5g plants.  They are reasonably affordable.  If you like blue cycads, just email me and I'll send photos of the right plant for you.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Garden plant in Vista, CA
Encephalartos trispinosus
Note intense blue color of leaves
Encephalartos trispinosus
band sized seedlings
Encephalartos trispinosus
cit pot size plants

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
LARGE BLUE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

As many people have taken advantage of our special on this great blue palm from Madagascar, we're offering it again.  These are nice 15g plants.  It is a single trunk species, gets a trunk of about 18 inches in diameter, and will eventually in many decades get a height of approximately forty feet.  Cold tolerance is the low 10's F., and growth rate is medium.  It is a sun species.  To get this price, remember to mention this special when purchasing.  Otherwise, these are $175, regular price.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G PLANTS $95

READ ARTICLE ON BISMARCKIA
Bismarckia  Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia     

 

 

 

SWORD FERN
A FEW LARGE PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

Most ferns are understory plants that like filtered light and do not like to go dry.  They make nice companion plants for the garden.  The Sword Fern I'm showing here is not my favorite species of fern, but I couldn't pass up bring in some of these because of their large size.  They are over 30 inches tall and wide and in 5g size.  They were outdoor grown and are ready for planting.  Sorry, but I don't have the species name.  Limited supply of these.

REGULAR PRICE OF THESE PLANTS IS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

Just mention this Blog Special to get this price at time of purchasing.
Sword Fern Sword Fern
Sword Fern    

 

EASY TO SHIP CYCADS
FIVE GALLON AND CITRUS POT SIZES

I thought I'd quickly show you some cycads that are in very easy to ship containers.  When you start with a seedling, you definitely have years to go before you see a landscape ready plant.  With the five gallon/citrus pot size, you have a plant that is of adequate size for the garden yet doesn't cost an arm and a leg to ship.  As most people know, we are a certified grower and can ship plants in their containers directly to any of the states in the U.S.  Doing this rather than bare rooting means you'll have less immediate losses and you won't have the almost guaranteed one year set back that you see when plants are bare rooted. 

Below I'll make minimal comments on the species and show a citrus pot/5g plant and a mature specimen to the right.  It's designed for quick viewing.  I hope you enjoy these photos.  I'm just randomly picking some species.  If you are interested in obtaining any cycads of this size, just give me a call.  We can usually ship plants within 24 hours via Federal Express.  We have about 100 different species of cycads in this size for sale.  I can actually send email photos of the exact plant you'd be receiving if you prefer.  
cycads on table cycads cycad alley
Encephalartos trispinosus
A blue South African species that likes heat and sun.  As a mature plant it is small to medium in size.
Encephalartos trispinosus cit pot Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos natalensis
Another South African cycad but green in color.  It makes a medium to large plant as shown and prefers full sun in coastal areas.
Encephalartos natalensis cit pot Encephalartos natalensis
Stangeria eriopus
A very different appearing type of cycad from South Africa.  It has a fern-like appearance, is a dwarf type of plant and prefers filtered light in most areas.
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
A large species of cycad that has softer, unarmed leaflets and leaves.  It can get a large spread of leaves.  In most areas it prefers filtered light but can take full sun along the coast.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Ceratozamia hildae
A dwarf Mexican cycad that has leaves typically not over four feet long and prefers filtered light in the garden.
Ceratozamia hildae Ceraatozamia hildae
Dioon merolae
A very beautiful Mexican species that is slow growing, takes years to get 3 feet of trunk, prefers full sun in most areas and has a medium sized crown. 
Dioon merolae cit pot
Dioon edule
This is a small to medium sized cycad from Mexico that is probably the most cold hardy of all cycads and the most able to take hot desert sun. 
Dioon edule 5g Dioon edule
Encephalartos lehmanii
This is a very desirable species from South Africa that's mature size ranges from small to medium.  The color is intensely blue with no side barbs on the leaflets.  It prefers heat and full sun in most areas.  Desert culture would be part day sun. 
Encephalartos lehmanii 5g Encephalartos lehmannii
Cycas thouarsii
This is a medium to sometimes tall species of cycad from the Island of Madagascar.  It is quick growing and prefers filtered light or sometimes full sun along the coast. 
Cycas thouarsii 5g Cycas thouarsii
Macrozamia communis
This is a medium sized Australia species that gets about eight feet tall and is fairly cold hardy.  It prefers full sun except in the hotter desert areas. 
Macrozamia communis cit pot macrozamia communis
Encephalartos transvenosus
This South African species will, over many decades of growth, get extremely large with substantial vertical trunk as shown in the habitat picture to the right.  It prefers full sun along the coast.
Encephalartos transvenosus cit pot Encephalartos transvenosus
Zamia standleyi
This is one of many tropical Zamias that we grow.  This species is a medium sized plant, exotic, and prefers filtered light.
Zamia standleyi cit pot Zamia standleyi
Zamia muricata
This is another tropical Zamia but from Venezuela.  It has a bit of cold hardiness and likes filtered light.  In the right areas, it is easy to grow.  These are almost sold out.
Zamia muricataa cit pot Zamia muricata
Dioon mejiae
This is a medium sized cycad that comes from Mexico and parts of Central America.  It tends to throw upright leaves that emerge soft and fuzzy.  It is best grown in less than full sun, even along the coast.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae

 

CHAMAEDOREA BRACHYPODA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING, SIMPLE LEAF SHADE PALM


This rare species of Chamaedorea comes from mountainous areas in Honduras.  It has pencil thin stems that get about six feet height.  Leaves are simple as shown without the common petiole and opposed leaflets seen in most other species.  It is a dwarf species, rarely over six to seven feet in height.  The plants shown here are mature, about as tall as they get.  The containerized specimens shown here about 20 years old and flowering.  Note how thin the stems are; about 3/8 on an inch wide. 

This species likes shade.  Sun will burn it.  Cold tolerance is about 25 to 27 degrees F.  It's next to impossible to find specimens like these for sale.  They can be grown outdoors in our area with ease.  They like ample water.  We only have a few available.  Leaf color is dark green, especially in low light.
Chamaedorea brachypoda  Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G SIZE


This small cycad species is native to Mexico.  It is known as the "Cardboard Palm" although it's not a palm at all.  The "Carboard Cycad" is a much better name.  It has thick hard leaves, thus the name "cardboard".  It is a small cycad, rarely over four to five feet tall.  It suckers freely.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but needs filtered light far inland.  Leaflets are essentially unarmed with no spines.  Color is green to yellow green depending on light exposure.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 25 degrees F.  We just got in some nice 3g plant which we are putting on a Ten Day Special.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3G SIZE THIS SPECIES, $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These plants are easy to ship.
Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad
Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK FORMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This filtered light-loving species is from Mexico and typically has a single trunk.  It has a prominently ringed truck, wide leaflets, about five foot long leaves and a trunk diameter of about 2 inches.  Heights are about fifteen feet on an average.  It does not tolerate full sun without leaf burn.  It is a fast growing species and produces lots of black seeds when you have both sexes.

However, there is a form of this species that produces suckers and makes a plant with multiple stems.  I am showing both the single trunk form here as well as the suckering form.  Note the suckers on the third picture that are coming off the stem to the left.  In my experience, the trunks are thinner on the suckering form.  Otherwise, the plants are pretty much the same.  The first three photos here are the suckering form.  The next three photos are the single trunk form BUT with two plants in the same pot.  Don't be fooled because you see two trunks.  The last photo shows the single trunk form in the garden.   Cold tolerance is into the low twenties F. but not into the teens. 

On final comment:  Sometimes you may see roots coming off the base of the stem and going into the ground.  These are adventitious roots that tripod from the base of the trunk.  But, most would feel this species does not qualify as a "stilt root" palm.

We're offering our 15g on ten day special.  We have limited numbers of both forms.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $155

To get this discount, you must mention this Blog only special at the time of purchase.
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Single trunk variety but with two plants in one pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

 

FRIDAY, 4 JULY, 2014

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
VERY COLD HARDY DWARF PALM

OVER TEN YEAR OLD PLANTS FOR SALE!
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

Yesterday I got in a batch of desert grown Allaoptera arenaria.  This is a dwarf palm from Brazil that never gets over six to seven feet tall and has a very plumose leaf.  It grows very close to the ocean in habitat and on sand dunes.  It has the reputation of being a "suckering" species but strictly speaking it is not.  But, it has been known to divide above the ground.  Leaves are plumose and very fluffy.  On the dorsal side, leaf color is a gray-green in color.  But, underneath they are prominently silver as shown here.  This is a sun-loving species that tolerates ocean mist right on the shore.  It is cold hardy probably into the upper teens F.

These plants are in 15g pots.  I've never offered plants of this species this large before.  By report, they are over ten years old.  Some are even in fruit as the photos show.  Some are overhead in their pots.  For such a slow growing species, these are about as big as you'll ever find for sale.  This may be a great species for areas like Houston or San Francisco.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $225

I only have six of them.  These plants are boxed size for sure.  When they are gone, they're gone.  There will be no replacements.  But, you must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this price.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

 

DIOON EDULE
THE MOST COLD HARDY AND DURABLE OF ALL CYCADS
HUGE 15G AND 20G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES

TAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS 
Dioon edule is a Mexican cycad that is probably the most durable of all cycads.  It's the only species that has a chance at taking the hot desert sun you see in Las Vegas and Phoenix, AZ.  It tolerates temperatures as low as 18 degrees and as hot as 115 degrees F.  They are much better for cold than other species. 

It is a smaller species of cycad.  It's rare to see trunks over two to three feet.  Crowns of leaves are also small, perhaps four to five feet across.  Leaf length is rarely over four feet.  There are variations of different varieties of edule, but none are huge plants.  Leaf color is green or gray-green.  A few tend a little toward blue. 

The plants shown here include huge 15g and 20g plants.  The 15g are over 6 inches caudex size and the 20g are over 8 inches.  Some are in cone.  Many are suckering.  All are over ten years old from seed.  All can be shipped right to your door.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $
275

REGULAR PRICE THESE 20G PLANTS $525
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 20G $
375

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  Of note, we do have other sizes, bigger and smaller, for sale.  But, these plants are very nice sized for their container and, I feel, a pretty good buy.
Dioon edule
15 GALLON SIZE, this and next 8 photos

Dioon edule
Allagoptera arenaria
Dioon edule Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Dioon edule
20 GALLON SIZE, this and next three photos
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Different box specimen
Dioon edule
Dioon edule in garden

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
LARGE FEMALE IN CONE

We brought forward this actual plant from our growing area to our sales area yesterday.  I had in mind to take some photos and put it on our Blog this morning.  But, it's so darn pretty that it sold to the next customer.  Regardless, I did want to show it to readers.  I feel the native habitat is Mexico.  I don't have an exact species name on it.  Leaves are long and arching.  Leaflets are also very long.  The female cone shown here has particularly long spines on it. 

This plant is in a 24 inch box and has about a ten inch caudex.  I'd say this plant is most similar to a
Ceratozamia mexicana, but there are differences which I won't go into now.  I'm just showing it for its beauty.  It'll want morning sun or filtered light and will be about as cold hardy as any other cycad you would probably grow; about 21 degrees F.
Ceratozamia species box Ceratozamia species box
Ceratozamia species box Ceratozamia species box  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

Some people don't want a cycad that gets too large.  The Dioon edule above is such a plant.  But, this Encephalartos shown here is even smaller.  A large caudex for this species would be eight inches.  Leaf length is about 30 inches.  Overall crown size is about three feet, perhaps a bit more.  From a collectors point of view, this is a rare species and not easy to find.

The plant shown here is in a citrus pot, has a 3.5 inch caudex.  It is a sun species with a cold hardiness to approximately 22 degrees F.  So, it'd do well in many areas.  Far inland areas like the desert would grow it in part day sun.  This plant can easily be shipped right to your door.
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
DON'T MISS OUT ON THESE SUPER RARE AND HUGE LEAFED PLANTS

SEE YESTERDAY'S BLOG BELOW
Ficus dammaropsis

 

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
MEDIUM SIZED SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS SHOWN

For about a year there's been a shortage of the popular Dypsis lutescens (the Areca Palm) for sale.  But, recently we got in a few dozen plants that are about seven feet tall.  These plants are full and thick and overhead as you stand next to them in the pots. 

This species is native to eastern Madagascar.  In the wild they can reach heights of 25 feet, although that height is unusual out here in CA.  More garden specimens are typically about fifteen feet, perhaps a bit taller. Trunk diameters are two to three inches.  Trunk color is silver or green with hints of yellow and often showing dark speckles in the crown shaft area.  A typical clump has five to ten stems although tropically grown plants have more stems.  It is a coastal sun plant but needs sun protection far inland.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. 

We are offering these plants on special.

REGULAR PRICE THEESE PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $125

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this reduced price.
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens D. Oconnor
photo by Daryl Oconnor
Dypsis lutescens

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
NICE SIZED COMPANION PLANT


Presently we have available several Alocasias from a private grower.  These had been outdoor grown and have seen winter temperatures into the mid to low twenties F.  The grower didn't know the species name.  To me they are possibly Alocasia macrorrhiza, but I am not positive.  In any case, these would be a filtered light plant with an expected mature height of six feet, possibly a bit more.  They'll have big green heart shaped leaves with stems that are about five to six inches.  They will sucker as you can see.  You don't see nice sized Alocasia available that often.  We only have a few for sale.  These plants are in squatty 15g pots.   
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species  

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G/6 INCH PLANTS


These peculiar looking spiny trunk succulents are quite popular and different looking.  They make a wonderful potted plant that guests will comment on.  Coming from Madagascar, they have "inappropriately" been called the "Madagascar Palm", another example of a plant called a palm when it in no way is part of the palm family.

They like sun and heat.  They can tolerate a frost but are not felt to be super cold hardy.  It's best not to water them much during cold weather.  The plants offered today on special are in 1g or six inch pots.  They have about a foot or more of trunk and nice crowns of leaves.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $25


They are easy to ship right to your door.
Pachypodium lameri 1g Pachypodium lameri 1g
Pachypodium lameri 1g Pachypodium lameri 1g  

 

THURSDAY, 3 JULY, 2014

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
RARE TROPICAL TREEE
HUGE LEAVES WITH RED VEINS
 
3 GALLON AND 15G AVAILABLE


We just received a nice batch of propagated Ficus dammaropsis yesterday.  But, this time we got in three branching larger plants.  These larger ones are presently in 15g pots.  This species is native to New Guinea and has large pleated leaves that can be up to three feet long and two feet across.  These plants were produced via vegetative propagation.  The regular ones are about 30 inches tall with multiple leaves.  The larger ones are branching, have several stems and are about five feet tall..

For years I tried tip cuttings or air layering of the trees in my yard, never to any success.  This is the third or fourth time I've had these in and every time they are sold out within a day or two. 

I have found that they do best in part day sun although several customers are growing them in full coastal sun.  Although their cold hardiness is uncertain, I'd estimate it into the twenties F.  Folks are trying them in the SF Bay area.  Anticipate a plant that will get to about fifteen feet with a four to six inch thick trunk. 

These can be mail ordered right to your door anywhere in the country.
ADDENDUM 11 JULY: As predicted, almost sold out.  As of today, only three plants remain.
 
 
Ficus dammaropsis 3g Ficus dammaropsis 3g
Ficus dammaropsis 3g Ficus dammaropsis 3g Ficus dammaropsis 3g
Ficus dammaropsis 15g Ficus dammaropsis 15g Ficus dammaropsis 15g
Ficus dammaropsis 15g Ficus dammaropsis wikipedia commons
photo by Wikipedia Commons
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MANY SIZES AVAILABLE

This popular South African cycad comes from the Natal district and is known for its spiny, gnarly leaves and intense blue color.  But, did you know that this species is quite variable in its appearance.  There are green and blue forms.  And, some clones don't even have spines - more like a fat leaf E. lehmannii.  What I'm showing you here are classic forms with blue color.  All are some shade of blue.

This species never gets that large.  A massive one would have a three foot tall trunk.  Leaves are typicall three to four feet long.  Leaflets are similar to E. horridus but not quite as lobed or spiny.  I'm showing some close-ups of the leaves below.  By the way, any blue cycad has nicer and more intense blue when outdoors in the full sun.  Growing in a humid greenhouse can mute the color.


Available are everything from band size seedlings on up to huge boxed specimens as shown.  Any of these can be mail ordered right to your home.  Cold tolerance is about 21 to 22 degrees F. 
Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus 
Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus 
Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus 
Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus  Encephalartos trispinosus 

 

HOT, HOT, HOT!!!
TWO TYPES OF CHILE PEPPERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL
GROW IN YOUR GARDEN & MAKE YOUR OWN HOT SAUCE! 

You might be wondering: "What the heck is Phil thinking?  Chile peppers???"  Well, you might be right but we decided to offer them to customers.  Why?  Because everyone who works at the nursery loves spicy salsa and hot sauce and these plants are colorful, easy to grow and will give you organic peppers for your sauces.  They tolerate sun here and seem to do well with our winters.  They are easy to sneak in here and there in the garden and add color.  And, you get to harvest peppers all summer long!

I'm showing two types.  The first type is are Piquin Red Mexican Peppers.  The second are Mexican Black Chile Peppers.  These plants are one gallon size and loaded with peppers.  The first type are hotter.  The black ones turn red as they mature.  Either can be used to make salsa or hot sauce.  In fact, yesterday we had some great hot sauce made from both types.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PEPERS $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Just mention this special when ordering. And, are these "tropical plants"?  I say "yes" as their native localities are a lot more tropical these we here in San Diego and they are so colorful and cool as a companion plant!
Piquin Mexican Red Chile Pepper
Piquin Red Mexican Chile Pepper
Piquin red Mexican Chile Pepper
Piquin Mexican Red Chile Pepper
Piquin Mexican Red Chile Pepper Piquin Mexican Red Chile Pepper Black Mexican Chile Pepper
Mexcian Black Chile Pepper
Mexcian Black Chile Pepper
Black Mexican Chile Pepper Black Mexican Chile Pepper chile pepper

 

RED CLUSTERING NEROGELIA
RED BROMELIAD - COMPANION PLANT
OLDER CLUSTERS OF COLOR

TEN DAY SPECIAL

I've put these wonderful and super colorful bromeliads on special multiple times in the past and each time they sell out.  They are older plants with anywhere from ten to fourteen individual heads.  In the shade, they tend to turn green.  But, with some coastal sun, the red shows.  If you are inland, part day sun is enough.  They are low maintenance and really add color to the garden.   We have other types of bromeliads for sale, but these older clusters are among the most popular that we sell.. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering.  Easy to mail order.  And, they grow as houseplants!
Red Clustering Nerogelia Bromeliad  Red Clustering Nerogelia Bromeliad 
Red Clustering Nerogelia Bromeliad  Red Clustering Nerogelia Bromeliad  Red Clustering Nerogelia Bromeliad 

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
TROPICAL APPEARING MEXICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 1 GALLON PLANTS


This is a medium sized cycad that prefers filtered light in most areas and can get up to twenty feet of height in a few hundred years.  It is a New World species and has leaves about four to five feet long with very fine spines on the leaflets.  Shown here is a one gallon plant which we have on special.  These plants have a two inch caudex and are quite nice.  They tolerated temperatures into the mid to low 20's F.  and can be grown as a houseplant.

BLOG SPECIAL, REGULAR $45, NOW $30
OR, THREE FOR $79


These are easy to ship.  Larger plants are shown here so you know what these juveniles will look like over time. You must mention this Blog special when ordering to get these prices.
Dioon spinulosum 1
Dioon spinulosum 1g
Dioon spinulosum
15 gallon size, not on sale 
 Dioon spinulosum
Very old specimen in box, not on sale 
 

 

ARCHONOTPHOENIX PURUPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

This sought after single trunk palm from northern Australia is smaller than the regular King Palm.  And, over time, it develops a purple color to the crown shaft.  Growth rate is good.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  Most people along the coast grow it in sun but some prefer part day sun.  I am offering our 15g plants at a discounted one day price.  There are tons of enthusiasts successfully growing this species all throughout this area.

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

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  We also have very nice sized 5g which are easy to ship that I'd give a 10% discount on for ten days.
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GORGEOUS MEDIUM SIZE MADAGASCAR PALM
15G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL


I can't say enough good things about this Madagascar palm that typically gets to a height of twenty-five feet in a lifetime (in Southern California) and has a thin trunk of about a six inch diameter.  It takes sun, is pretty good cold and is a great grower.  The leaves are green and the leaflets soft and narrow.  Along the coast it likes sun and is cold hardy well into the mid-twenties F.  A habitat photo is shown below. These are more than twenty-five feet but this species may not get that tall here.  I'm offering these 15g plants on a ten day special.  .

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

You must mention this price when purchasing.  OK to buy now and pick up later.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca    

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE, SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL AND COLD HARDY!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


• Native to Morocco
• Loves heat, sun and arid conditions
• Blue leaves, especially in hot sun
• Smaller mature plant than regular Chamaerops humilus
• Cold tolerant to 15 degrees F.

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


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Chamaerops cerifera 15g Chamaerops cerifera 15g
Chamaerops cerifera 15g    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
SUPER RARE SPECIES FROM NORTHERN KENYA
MASSIVE BOXED SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

I am showing this rare species mostly for enthusiasts who love cycads.  It is rarely seen available and never in the size we're offering here.  This is an outdoor grown plant with a caudex of fourteen inches and eight to ten foot long leaves.  It is native to northern Kenya and known as the Kenyan Giant Cycad.  There is a subspecies known as Encephalartos tegulaneus var powsii.  About two decades ago there were seeds available of this species but nowadays there are none.  The plant I'm showing you here is probably the largest specimen for sale in the U.S.  The garden shot (last photo) is no larger and the Internet has no pictures from the wild mature plants of this species.

It can get up to thirty feet of thick trunk.  Leaves are ten to twelve feet long.  Leaflets have a gray-green color.  Growth rate is good.  I'd recommend coastal full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  This plant has previously seen 23 degrees F and did fine with it.

This plant hopefully is destined for a beautiful private garden or public botanical garden.
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus

 

TUESDAY, 1 JULY, 2014

 

ARISTOLOCHIA SPEICES
POSBIBLY ARISTOLOCHIA GIGANTEUM
A TYPE OF PELICAN FLOWER WITH A HUGE, BIZARRE FLOWER

This is a genus of climbing vine that we have in our Palm House Display Garden.  It goes rather inactive in the winter.  But, come spring, it puts out vegetative growth like crazy, climbing up into the overhead rafters.  Now in summer it has started putting out these huge purple flowers that are peculiar and weird in appearance.  The photos definitely show this.  Each is the size of a regular dinner plate. 

Flowers are short lived but this vine puts out a lot of flowers.  I've read that these plants are carnivorous and that insects go inside the flower, can't get out and are then consumed by the plant.  This plant is being grown under slightly filtered light.  Also, I've read it won't take a freeze although we've not had a cold weather problem with it.  We're propagating them such that we have this species available later in the year.
Aristolochia species Aristolochia species
Aristolochia species Aristolochia species Aristolochia species

 

CYCAS SPECIES "VIET NAM"
GROWING AT ENCINITAS GARDEN

Years ago we got in some Cycas seed that was merely labeled as "Cycas species viet nam".  It came with no species name.  We germinated the seeds, grew them and subsequently sold one to our customer in Encinitas.  He's been growing it in part day sun.  Now, a decade later, you get to see what appears to be a medium sized cycad with a very different appearing cone.  Leaflets are narrow, pointed and green in color. 

I could probably key this plant out and try to give you a species name but don't have the time this morning.  So, we'll leave the name as is.  This plant has seen a severe cold spell in the past and is still thriving.  We may still have one or two for sale.
Cycas species Viet Nam Cycas species viet nam
Cycas species viet nam Cycas species viet nam  

 

CYCAS ELONGATA
ANOTHER CYCAD SPECIES FROM VIET NAM
GORGEOUS THROW OF NEW LEAVES

Another Cycas species our customer purchased and is growing here in Encinitas is shown here.  This species is native to Viet Nam and gets in name from the long spines on the cone.  At maturity, trunks can get up to fifteen feet, about 8 inches in diameter.  Leaves are four to six feet long, somewhat wide and flat.  Seeds are large.

This plant has also seen part day sun and is thriving.  It is throwing about two dozen brand ne leaves as shown here. 

For a further description of this species and a picture of a mature specimen, read an article from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney.  Click this link:
 
CYCAS ELONGATA
Cycas elongata Cycas elongata
Cycas elongata Cycas elongata Cycas elongata

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH VERY LONG, UPRIGHT LEAVES
GROWING WELL HERE IN ENCINITAS, CA

Another rare cycad being grown by our customer is this species named after the late and well known authority on cycads, Loran Whitelock.  Encephalartos whitelockii is native to Uganda near the Lake George area.  In habitat, development of a huge dam has put the species in jeopardy.  It gets huge leaves up to twelve or fourteen feet long that tend to go upwards.  In time, they will relax with new throws and lay more horizontal.  Leaflets are rather narrow for such large leafs and mildly armed.  The third and fourth photos show multiple cones that might be females.  But, we'll have to wait for their maturity to know for sure.

This plant has been getting part day sun and seen temperatures down to 22 degrees F.  Also shown are an assortment of plants we presently have available at the nursery.  All can be delivered or shipped right to your door.
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii box at nursery
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii 15g at nursery
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii cit pot at nursery

Another garden specimen

 

RAPHIA FARINIFERA
LARGE PALM WITH ORANGE LEAF STEMS
YES, GROWING HERE IN ENCINITAS, CA

I've not discussed Raphia much because they are near impossible to find and so few are growing them.  A friend of mine from Los Angeles, Don Tollefson, told me years ago that he had several growing in Venice, CA.  So, I pursued growing them and selling them to customers who lived in ideal locations.  Our customer in Encinitas wanted to try one.  Now, about a decade later and after the 2007 severe freeze, his plant is large and looking good.

This species has huge leaves that are held vertically.  Like Raphia australis, this species has orange petioles as shown.  Also shown is a 15g at the nursery.  We should have one or two left for sale.
Raphia farinifera Raphia farinifera
Raphia farinifera Raphia farinifera Raphia farinifera

 

 

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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 ON JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY
PALM TREES, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS


Yesterday, two of our sales persons, Rusty and Ricardo,  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.  The video is sort of long (for YouTube) but fast moving and we think worth your time.  Please watch it and email us feedback.  Or, like us on Facebook or Tweeter.  Thank you.

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     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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