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FRIDAY, 26 JUNE, 2015

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
THE TRUE DATE PALM
FEMALES PRODUCE EDIBLE DATES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to the Middle East
Mature height 30 feet or more
Natively a suckering species.  Suckers can be removed.

Leaf color green to blue
Cold hardy to teens F.
Tolerate hot sun including desert
Need male and female to make dates
Medium growth rate

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

Mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera

 

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


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

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


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

 

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


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

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

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

 

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

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND PLANTS

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

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

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

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


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

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
COLD HARDY, LOVE SUN
EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G SIZE

Multiple times over the past several years I've shown you this very desirable blue form of Butia capitata.  In all ways, it is the same as the normal Pindo Palm except in its intense blue color.  It loves full hot sun and can grow in desert areas.  It is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  It is also drought tolerant.  Growth rate is medium.   Mature height peaks out at 20 feet or less.  We can mail order these 15g plants.

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

Just remember to ask for this special price when purchasing.
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
photo by Paul Craft

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115


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

 

THURSDAY, 25 JUNE, 2015

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FATTEST PALM TRUNK IN THE WORLD
ALL SIZES, SEEDLINGS TO BOXES

Thick trunk up to 4 foot diameter
Can reach 40 feet height or more
Super cold hardy to 16 degrees F.
Takes hot sun
Durable palm
But, slow growing
Availability: seedlings to boxes

 
jubaea chilensis jubaea chilensis
jubaea chilensis jubaea chilensis jubaea chilensis
jubaea chilensis jubaea chilensis jubaea chilensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
HUGE BOXED SPECIMEN
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LOVES HOT SUN

Rare blue cycad from So Africa
Small mature cycad
Intense blue on leaves
Loves hot sun
Grows in part sun in desert
Mature height rarely over six feet
This plant 25 years old in 24 in box
Caudex 13 in wide, 15 in tall
Classical leaf form
Outdoor grown
Cold hardiness to 22 degrees F.

This plant is just about to cone.  Unknown sex.  Availability this species includes seedlings, 1g, 5g, 15g, 25g, boxes


Encephalartos trispinosus in box Encephalartos trispinosus in box
Encephalartos trispinosus in box Encephalartos trispinosus in box Encephalartos trispinosus in box
note emergence of cone
Encephalartos trispinosus in box Encephalartos trispinosus in box Encephalartos trispinosus in box

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
ANOTHER BLUE CYCAD
VERY OLD SPECIMEN

Similar culture requirements to E. trispinosus above
Same intense blue
This plants has 12 to 13 inch caudex
Outdoor grown
One pup to side of trunk
Available of course for sale
Also available plants from bands on up to boxed plants.  Great availability

Encephalartos horridus box Encephalartos horridus box
Encephalartos horridus box    

 

THE MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS
COLD HARDY
MATURE - COCONUT LOOK
SUPER PRETTY PALM

Good growing palm
Sizes available 3g to large boxes
Many sizes easy to ship
Cold hardy to about 16 degrees
Takes hot desert sun
Mature height 25 feet
Popular alternative to Queen Palm and more cold hardy
Intergeneric cross, hand pollinated
 
Butia x Syagrus mule palm
3g size
Butia x Syagrus mule palm
Butia x Syagrus mule palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
15g size
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm

Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
25 gallon size
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
larger boxed plants
Mule Palm

 

SYAGRUS PICROPHYLLA
GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO QUEEN PALM
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAF
HEIGHTS TO ABOUT 25 FEET
25G AVAILABLE

Shorter than Queen, to 25 feet
Somewhat plumose leaf, native to Brazil
Thinner trunk that Queen
Tolerates full sun
cold hardiness mid-twenties F.
Rare, very pretty
25g shown here, other sizes available


Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla

 

PHOENIX RECLINATA HYBRID
POSSIBLE CROSS WITH PYGMY
NICE 15G AVAILABLE
SUCKERING, SOFT LEAF

Unknown parentage
Should end up medium size plant
Suckering
Soft flat leaves
Anticipate narrow trunks
Cold hardiness should be into upper teens F.
Hybrid vigor
Similar tree in my yard, very attractive
Several 15g plants available


Phoenix reclinata hybrid Phoenix reclinata hybrid
Phoenix reclinata hybrid Phoenix reclinata hybrid  

 

TUESDAY, 23 JUNE, 2015

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
COLD HARDY IN MANY AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH POTS

This filtered light or part day sun companion plant is appealing because it is small and can take temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  It doesn't get over about 2 feet tall and has leaves that are about a foot large.  The backs of the leaves are a metallic purple while the front sides are purple-green.  It is a good grower and a great garden floor companion plant.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

This Blog Only Special is easy to mail order.
 
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii  

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF SPECIES
SUPER COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This dwarf species of palm is native to Mexico.  The leaves rarely get over about four feet tall.  But, the blossoms with their orange seeds (on the females) extend above the leaves and, over time, turn black when mature.  Along the coast here it'll tolerate full sun but most areas grow it in partial sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens. 

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

Only a few are available.  Mail order easy.  Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at time or ordering to get this price.
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis  

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
ANOTHER MINIATURE PALM
RARELY OVER SIX FEET TALL
SIMPLE LEAF - METALLIC SHEEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This species is also native to Mexico where it lives in humid rainforest areas.  It rarely gets over six feet tall and is known for it's gun-metal, silver-green simple leaves with a bifed notch at the end.  Leaves are prominently veined as shown below and leaves are rarely larger than one foot long.  Stems are narrow and ringed.  This is a filtered light species.  The plant to the right is a ten to twelve year old specimen in a 7g pot.  It's normal price is $125.  We also have one gallons and maybe some 5g.  Regular price on 1g is $40.  I prefer this species in small colonies.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES.

Remember to ask for your discount at time of purchase.  Simple mail order species.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica  

 

EXOTIC CANNAS ON SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL
TWO LEAF VARIETIES

These great companion plants are just about to go into blossom.  Shown here are two types:
Red leaf variety, first four pictures
Famous "tropicana" with it's striped leaves
Both will give orange to yellow blossoms in summer.  I like to grow them in strong filtered light or part day sun.  They tend to die back a little in winter but this time of year come forth aggressively and show off their looks and blossoms.  We have 5g sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35, EITHER TYPE

Remember: mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing
Canna species Canna species
Canna species Canna species Canna tropicana
Canna tropicana Canna tropicana Canna

 

THE KAHILI GINGER
FRAGRANT UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS
NOW AVAILABLE IN 5G SIZE
AND ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

For years we've only been able to offer this very desirable and fragrant Hedychium type of Ginger in the 15g size.  Now we have it in 5g size.  As they are fast growing, in the garden these 5g plants will be in full blossom in about twelve months.  We do, of course, still have the larger 15g size.  But, we're putting the 5g on special.  Blossoms are huge, upright and as nicely fragrant Gardenia.  These 5g plants have multiple tubers.  They can take part day or even sometimes full sun right on the coast.  Inland, put them in morning sun or filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40

Easy to mail order, but remember to mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger QLD Gov't. website
photo c/o QLD Gov't. Website

 

SATURDAY, 20 JUNE, 2015

 

KING PALM TRIPLES
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
POPULAR THREE IN A POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G SIZE

Recently we got in a batch of well grown three gallon King Palms in 3 gallon pots.  See first five pictures shown here.  They are about 3  to 4 feet tall in their pots and easily shippable.  This popular species is from Australia and gets to a mature height in sun of thirty-five feet and is cold hardy to about 24 degrees F. 

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

Just remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.  Nice starter size.
King Palm Triple King Palm Triple
King Palm Triple King Palm Triple King Palm Triple
King Palm Triple
15g nursery  plant, not part of this special
King Palm Triple King Palm Triple

 

BUTIA CAPITATA
THE PINDO PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, EASY TO GROW
ALSO, SUPER COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This super cold hardy South American species of pinnate palm gets to a mature height of typically fifteen feet and sometimes up to twenty feet.  It has a leaf color of green to blue-green.  Be aware there is also an intensely blue variety that we carry but they are not on sale right now.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold tolerance is fifteen degrees F.  They want full hot sun.

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

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

 

SABAL MARITIMA
RARE AND TALL FAN PALM
HUSKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

For those folks that enjoy cold hardy fan palms, you might consider this hard to find species.  Native to Cuba and Jamaica, it gets to a height of about fifty feet, is cold hardy into the mid-teens F., and loves full hot sun.  The plants we have on special are 2 year old bands.  This species is a good grower and have a thick trunk and large green leaves.

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

Remember, mention this Special.  Easy to mail order.
Sabal maritima Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima Sabal maritima Sabal maritima
photo by Jason Schoneman Palmpedia
photo in habitat, Cuba, by Jason Schoneman Palmpedia
   

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANT

This single trunk fan palm is native to regions stretching from Mexico through Central America.  In the genus, there are multiple species.  All have prominent white powder on the underside of the leaflets as shown here.  Trunks are narrow.  Often you'll see what look like "spines" on the trunk.  But, these are a different structure - they are modified root spines.  They are quite interesting looking.  Right on the coast, this species can take full or part day sun.  Most would grow it in bright filtered light.  Expect heights ranging from ten feet to well over twenty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

Mention this special to get your discount.
 
CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha  Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha
different plant, 5g
Cryosophila
trunk of Cryosophila species
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
RARE MADAGASCAR CYCAD
VERY USER FRIENDLY WITH FEW SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G 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 are an assortment of sizes.  On special right now are the 5g size.  I only have about six or eight of these, so if you like them, don't dally. 

REGULAR PRICE 5g $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5g $75

You must mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  I also have other sizes for sale.
Cycas thouarsii
5 gallon size at nursery on special/span>
Cycas thouarsii 5g
5g size on special
Cycas thouarsii
This plant and all following are NOT 5g size
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
Boxed specimen at nursery
Cycas thouarsii  

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

WEDNESDAY, 17 JUNE, 2015

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
MANY ARE GROWING IN SO CAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This uniquely different and semi-dwarf palm from the Mauritius Islands.  There are several things characteristic to this species including the peculiar spindle (cigar) shaped trunk, the compact crown of leaves and the interesting green crown shaft.  It demands sun, won't take a hard freeze but can be grown in many areas of Southern California.  It is slow to put on height.  Although it can get up to twenty feet height, in our area don't expect much over twelve feet in thirty years.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SPINDLE PALM $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $150

Just mention this blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase only. 
Hyophorbe verschafeltii  Hyophorbe verschafeltii 
Hyophorbe verschafeltii  Hyophorbe verschafeltii  Hyophorbe verschafeltii 
Hyophorbe verschafeltii  Hyophorbe verschafeltii   

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
AKA CHAMAEDOREA ATROVIRENS
THE CAT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 15G PLANTS


I told you about this species about a week ago.  I thought I'd repeat it here but put these plants on special.

This is a rather short, suckering filtered light palm from southern Mexico where it lives in along rivers at about 500 meters elevation.  I recently had a landscape architect who needed six for a project.  So, I was able to take these photos.  We do still have more available.  These plants are in 15g pots and ten years old.  I've been growing them for some time and this is about all this species does.  Note how it suckers and is about as tall as Alma.


The interesting thing about this species is that it does not get very tall.  Almost all of the other suckering Chamaedoreas are taller.  Maximal garden height is five to six feet.  Stems are thin and short.  Leaves are about four feet long.  Color is green.  This plant can take a bit of sun if it gets adequate water.  The species name refers to its locality near rivers.  And, it does like water.  Without adequate water it brown tips and looks scrappy.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  If grown right, they are pretty durable as a species.

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $160

Just remember to ask for your Blog Discount at the time of purchase.
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum by Coliln Wilson
Photo by C.W.

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE, COLD HARDY, SMALLER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This shorter and blue form of the Mediterranean Fan Palm loves heat and sun.  It is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  Although variable, a clump should not get over six to eight feet tall. 

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

Mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for this price.  A piece of cake to mail order.
 
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera  
     

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $110

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

Jacobinia from igarden Website Australia
photo from igarden website, Australia
 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $115

Remember, mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

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


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.

Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant Duranta bcliving.ca
photo c/o bcliving.ca
Duranta gardenerdirect.com
photo by gardenerdirect.com

 

DYPSIS AMOBOSITRAE "RED"
A VERY COOL MEDIUM SIZED PLANT WITH RED COLOR AND WHITE CROWN SHAFT

For decades I've received seeds of palms from Madagascar that were an unknown or un-described species.  The seeds for this current plant came in as "Dypsis ambositrae".  Over the years I've received "ambositrae" seeds only to be disappointed that it was not the "real thing".  The plants I'm showing you today appear to be the real Dypsis ambositrae.  Because of the red color, we call them "ambositrae red". 

Shown are what we have available in limited numbers: 2 gallon plants.  This species has a soft green, keeled and arching leaf.  Crown shafts are red at this point but when mature will be powdery white.  Expect a plant size in California of fifteen to twenty feet.  Trunks are thin.  This is a dividing species, somewhat like D. decipiens.  But, the stems are much thinner.  When mature, it still holds on to some of the red stem color.

This is a great species for those who want to try something new.  Reports so far is that it is a quick growing species that is an easy and beautiful addition to the garden.  I apologize for the lack of mature plant photos, but they are not available. 

 
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red
A different 2g plant showing red color
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red

 


ZAMIA FURFURACEA

THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G 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 "Cardboard 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 recently got in some nice 15g plants that are coning size and full.  Some already have cones on them.  Some are single caudex, others have multiple stems.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $135

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These plants are easy to ship.  I think this is an excellent price for these nice plants.
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad  

 

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

SUNDAY, 14 JUNE, 2015

 

CARYOTA OPHIOPELLIS
A SNAKESKIN FISHTAIL
NICE 15G AVAILABLE

I first I heard of this unusual type of Caryota from Vanuatu was in the late 1990's.  On a trip to Thailand to Nong Nooch Gardens in 1997 (I was setting up the 1998 IPS Biennial Convention), I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw one in person.  At that time there were only small plants around, perhaps 16 inches tall.  But, the prominent stripes on the leaf stems were evident.  It was so cool.  Kampon Tansacha from the Botanical Garden in Thailand was such a motivated and energetic individual that it didn't surprise me that he's be one of the first to obtain one of these plants.

The stripes on the petioles are like zebra stripes, sort of a green brown on an off white color.  See 4th & 7th photos.  The leaf is somewhat reminiscent of Caryota gigas.  In habitat, it comes from lowland rainforest, perhaps up to 400 meters elevation.  Plant there are found in very remote locations on peripheral islands.  We owe a debt to author John Dowe for helping with the taxonomy of this species in the wild.  Because of flower structure and seeds, it is felt to possibly be a linking plant between the genera of Caryota and Arenga.  It is super rare and unique for sure. 

I first started growing nursery plants about fifteen years ago.  But, being used to hardy and easy to grow species, I found it to be frustrating.  It does not take significant cold well with a cold tolerance in the mid-thirties F.  Mature height is twenty feet.  The 15g plant shown here is probably about as big as you'll find around and is 4 feet tall.  This plant has been outdoor grown in Fallbrook, CA.  Get it if you're a collector and can provide the right garden habitat.  I wish to thank Tobias Spanner and Dean Ouer (Palmpedia) for the usage of two pictures below of large plants. 
Caryota ophiopellis Caryota ophiopellis
Caryota ophiopellis Caryota ophiopellis Caryota ophiopellis
Caryota ophiopellis Caryota ophiopellis by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Caryota ophiopellis Palmpedia plant J.M. HI
c/o Palmpedia, plant J.M.

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
THIN TRUNKED, MEDIUM HEIGHT
FROM NEW CALEDONIA
WOW, NOT A SEEDLING!

I am making a bit of a joke about these plants not being seedlings.  Growers will understand this.  The reason is that it takes ten years to grow a small seedling into a 15g plant.  Imagine having a business where the lead time is a decade before you can turn over your product.  Consequently, it is super rare that we offer plants of the size shown here.  A bigger plant will typically come from a "lost" nursery plant or a collector who decided to give it up.  I usually have band or 1g size available.  But, right now, I have two 15g and a 7g plant.  They were repotted this year.

This thin trunked species comes from medium elevation on the island of New Caledonia.  It is surprisingly cold hardy and can be grown in filtered light by most in Southern California.  The mature trunk is about three to four inches thick.  It is pinnate and has a red emergent new leaf. The 15g shown here are about four feet tall.  I also have small plants of a clone with a variegated crown shaft.
 
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata

 

DYPSIS ROBUSTA
NICE 15G PLANT AVAILABLE
SINGLE TRUNK, STOUT TRUNK

This is a very rare palm from Madagascar and awaits a more formal description.  It has a thick trunk, the leaves and crown are upward pointing.  It sports a very white crown shafts and gets an anticipated mature height of 25 feet.  It is a sun or part day sun species and has a cold hardiness somewhere in the twenties F.  Shown here is a nice 15g we are offering for sale.  It's from a private collection.  I also have smaller plants for sale.   The last photo is of Jeff Marcus c/o TS at RPS.  There are limited pictures of this rare palm available.
Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta
Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta c/o TS RPS with jeff Marcus
Jeff Marcus with his plant c/o TS at RPS

 

DYPSIS SAINTLUCEI
THIN TRUNK, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
LOTS OF COLOR - NOT TOO TALL
OUTDOOR GROWN 15G AVAILABLE

It's been said that Dypsis saintlucei is one of the pretties of all the palms from Madagascar.  I won't comment on this as I find so many that are really striking and appealing.  But, this thin trunked, medium height palm would be up there.  Native to the far south-eastern part of the island, it comes from a drier environment.  It is critically endangered with few plants remaining in habitat.  Because of this dry native habitat, it has been thought to perhaps be ideal for Southern California.  That is proving to be true as many people are succeeding with this palm.  It has a tristichous leaf crown (three planes of leaves like the Triangle Palm), has a four to six inch trunk diameter and gets to about 20 feet tall.  Especially on younger plants there red in the new spear's stem.  The crown shaft remains a waxy white color.

The two 15g shown here are outdoor grown and available.  I think we may also have a larger plant or two.  Their height is about five to six feet.  Cold tolerance is somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  I'd grow it in part sun or strong filtered light.  Don't "cook it".  It's too delicate for that.


Dypsis saintlucei Dypsis saintlucei
Dypsis saintlucei Dypsis saintlucei
younger plant with red spear, white crown
Dypsis saintlucei
greenhouse grown 15g
Dypsis saintlucei
Plant growing in So Cal
Dypsis saintlucei
Crown shaft last plant
Dypsis saintlucei by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

PHILODENDRON SPECIES ON POLE
5G SIZE, FIVE FEET TALL
PERFECT FILTERED LIGHT PATIO PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We got in some of this Philodendron species on growing poles.  They are in a 5g pot.  The species is similar to Philodendron bipinnatifrolia.  They are loaded with about fifty leaves, multiple stems.  This is a climbing species.  Put next to a palm trunk in the garden, it'll cover that trunk in a few years.  Or, it could be grown as a nice filtered light patio plant or in the home.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL $72.50

Just mention this blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.
Philodendron species on pole Philodendron species on pole
Philodendron species on pole Philodendron species on pole  

 

(CYCAS REVOLUTA  X TAITUNGENSIS) X CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
THE "REV-DEB CYCAD"

A GREAT AND DIFFERENT CYCAD
COLD HARDY - EASY TO GROW

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON

A cycad hybridizer in Florida made this cross and I obtained seeds about two years ago.  It was a cross with the seed bearer being a hybrid itself  (revoluta x taitungensis).  Pollen from a male C. debaoensis was applied.  The latter is a super-multipinnate Chinese cycad.  The hopes were for a more cold hardy, faster growing multipinnate cycad.  And, that appears to be what's happening.

He sent me the last three pictures below showing his plants back in FL.  In Florida, it's much hotter and they grow faster.  Note how there's duplicate leaflets on the leaf stem and multiple ranks of leaves.

How cool is this?  It'll be a super popular hybrid for almost any garden and may take full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $45

You know the drill  - mention this Special. 
Cycas debaoensis x revoluta Cycas debaoensis x revoluta
Cycas debaoensis x revoluta Philodendron species on pole Cycas debaoensis x revoluta
Cycas debaoensis x revoluta    

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
CHUNKY 15G ON SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Most of you know this species.  It's not that rare but for folks in colder areas, it's hard to find.  I'm offering a good price on nice 15g with some trunk.  See photos.  Cold hardiness into single digits F.  Sun or part sun.  For mail orders, anticipate the shipping will be just as much as the plant.  We only ship plants in their containers with soil.  No immediate losses or one year setbacks this way.

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


Mention this Special at time of purchase for your discount.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei  
     

 

THE MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS
NICE 7G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

This hybrid is also a very cold hardy palm going down to about 16 degrees F.  It's better for sure than a Queen Palm.  It is shorter and also looks nothing like the Queen.  It loves sun and can grow in the desert in full sun.  It's simply a great cross where cold or heat is a concern.  The 7g here are shippable and very good size.

REGULAR PRICE 7G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

Mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Larger plants are available up to 25g size

photo by M.H.
     

 

ZAMIA PUMILA
THE "COONTIE PALM"
A DWARF CYCAD
PERFECT FOR THE LANDSCAPE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We just got in a batch of very nice dwarf cycads.  Zamia pumila, aka "The Coontie Palm", is truly a dwarf cycad native to Florida and doesn't get over three feet tall.  Along the coast it takes full sun or filtered light.  In inland areas, part day sun or filtered light would be better.  Leaflets are small, crowns of leaves are also small and compact.   They are a very cute plant and good next to pathways or where obstruction of a view is to be avoided.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Caudex size is three to five inches.  3-5g sizes.

REGULAR PRICE THIS CYCAD $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Zamia pumila Zamia pumila
Zamia pumila Zamia pumila Zamia pumila
Zamia pumila zamia pumila floridata website  

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
IN SHORT SUPPLY RIGHT NOW
REALLY BEEFY SUN PLANTS
TEN DAY Special BEEFY 15G

This interesting Madagascar palm is known for loving full, hot sun and a not overly tall height.  They typically get to about 22 feet tall in a lifetime. And, it's known for the multicolored, three-sided crown shaft as shown below.  It can be stunning.  It tolerates temperatures to about 23 or 24 degrees and can even take desert sun in many areas.  We got in these beefy 15g plants that were grown in full sun.  Some are 8 to 9 inches thick at the base.  They are ready for your landscape.  We only have about a dozen, so don't wait on these guys.  They'll not last long.

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

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

 

SATURDAY, 13 JUNE, 2015

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
LUSH & TROPICAL EXOTIC CYCAD
UNDERSTORY - FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

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

Now, about the plants on sale:  they are about twelve years old or more by estimate.  They have seen our local cold, being outdoor grown in northern SD County under shade cloth.  There are many to choose from.  Caudex size ranges from six to eleven inches.  Almost all have coned, so we could pick a sexed pair if one requests.  All are from the same seed batch.  I am showing two representatives of the smaller size here (see first eight pictures).  We do have larger ones. 

REGULAR PRICE 6 TO 8 INCHES $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $295

REGULAR PRICE 9 TO 11 INCHES, $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $375

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous. 
 
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three photos, Ceratozamia
mexicana
plant #1
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
This and next three picture, plant #2
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Same species, 25g not on sale
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Different 25g plant
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
another example of plants on sale

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 5 GALLON PLANTS

We also got in about a dozen nice blue E. trispinosus in 5g pot size.  I'd not say they were overly large for their pots, but they are a nice clone and blue.  Most have about five leaves.  They were potted in these containers about a year ago.  So, you won't have to repot them for at least a year or two.  They've been outdoor grown and seen our local cold.  In most areas, this is a sun plant with a cold hardiness of about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 5g $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $79

Easy to ship but remember to mention this special for your discount.  Note, this is not much more than a band size price for much older plants.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
older nursery plant not on special
Encephalartos trispinosus
Boxed nursery plant not on special
Encephalartos trispinosus
Another boxed nursery plant
Encephalartos trispinosus
Specimen in garden
Encephalartos trispinosus

 

THE FOLLOWING SUPER RARE SPECIES ARE FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

 

DYPSIS HOVOMANTSINA
A FEW 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM SIZE SINGLE TRUNK PALM

Native to Madagascar, this super rare species is essentially no longer available.  It has a medium sized trunk with a very prominent white crown shaft.  Overall height averages twenty feet or more.  The most prominent trait is the bulging white crown shaft.  There are very prominent rings on the trunk.  There are few photos of mature trees available.  This plant has seen our local cold and has been grown under shade cloth.  I can mail order these plants.  I only have a few and they'll sell quickly, so don't dally.  I can mail order these plants.
 
Dypsis hovomantsina Dypsis hovomantsina
Dypsis hovomantsina Dypsis hovomantsina TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS
 

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "DARK MEALY BUG!"
UNBELIEVABLY RARE AND CAN'T BE FOUND
OFFERING TWO 15G AND ONE 5G
RED EMERGENT DYPSIS SPECIES
WHITE CROWN SHAFT


This as of yet un-named species from the Masoala Peninsula in Madagascar is a stunning palm species.  When juvenile it shows off red emergent leaves, red leaf stems contrasted with a white crown shaft.  At maturity expect a single trunk and tall palm.  Few photos of any mature trees have been seen.  Only one seed collection to my knowledge has ever occurred.  It is essentially available nowhere.  I am offering two 15g plants and one 5g.  They are not inexpensive but super rare. 
Dypsis species dark mealy bug Dypsis species dark mealy bug
Dypsis species dark mealy bug Dypsis species dark mealy bug Dypsis species dark mealy bug by BGL Palmpedia
photo of domestic plant by BGL
at Palmpedia

 

DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
SUCKERING, MEDIUM SIZED
ANOTHER SUPER RARE MADAGASCAR PALM


We are offering a great 15g plant of this rare suckering Madagascar palm that may end up being someone's favorite palm.  It is medium sized, suckering and has white crown shafts with white-green thin trunks.  Expect a mature height of no more than fifteen feet.  Grow in part sun or strong filtered light.  The plant shown here is suckering and in a 15g pot.  Super limited availability.
Dypsis albofarinosa Dypsis albofarinosa
Dypsis albofarinosa Dypsis albofarinosa by Al Kona PACSOA
Dypsis albofarinosa by Al Kona PACSOA
Dypsis albofarinosa by Al Kona PACSOA
 by Al Kona PACSOA

 

DYPSIS "MAHAJANGA"
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
FLUFFY PLUMOSE LEAF
LIMITED OFFERING


The seeds of this "species" first came out about fifteen years ago.  From seeds, some of these plants end up being single trunk, others suckering as shown below.  I am offering a 5g and 15g of this palm.  They seem to be reasonably cold hardy and should mature at heights under twenty feet.  I'd give part day sun.  The most similar species to these plants is Dypsis madagascarensis.

Dypsis mahajanga
This and next three pics, 15g size
Dypsis mahajanga
Dypsis mahajanga Dypsis mahajanga Dypsis mahajanga
This an next three photos, 5g size
Dypsis mahajanga Dypsis mahajanga Dypsis mahajanga
Dypsis mahajanga
Next to trunks, G. H. and Jesse
Dypsis mahajanga  

 

 

FRIDAY, 12 JUNE, 2015

A Super Busy Week with Lots of New Palm and Cycad Arrivals

 

JUBAEA X BUTIA HYBRID!!
JUST IN - THEE CHUNKY 15G
SUPER RARE, IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
COLD HARDY - FAT TRUNK - TAKES MORE HUMIDITY

It's been a few years since I've offered this hybrid for sale.  Among palm enthusiasts, especially those in cold areas, this tree is sought after and a real find.  It produces a mature tree that looks like a Jubaea but has retained leaf bases on the trunk.  Pure Jubaea is a pretty smooth trunk.  The problem is that pure Jubaea has difficult with humidity.  Butias do not.  So, this tree offers an opportunity for people in places like central to south TX and Florida to grow a Jubaea appearing plant.  It has excellent cold hardiness down to at least 16 degrees F. or a bit colder.

Spotting a Jubaea X Butia as a nurseryman takes a keen eye.  It will have folded leaflet ends as shown here, some splitting of leaflet tips when they open, sometimes hooks on the ends of the leaflets and a different fibrous pattern at the base of the stems.  Be aware that there are also hybrids of Butia X Jubaea that look totally different both when young and when mature. 

This is a full sun hybrid.  Plants are very large for the container but can be shipped in their pots.  I only have these three.  I figure they'll all be gone in a day or two.

Jubaea x Butia Hybrid Jubaea x Butia Hybrid
Jubaea x Butia Hybrid Jubaea x Butia Hybrid Jubaea x Butia Hybrid
Jubaea x Butia Hybrid Jubaea x Butia Hybrid Jubaea x Butia Hybrid
Note split leaflet tips
Jubaea x Butia Hybrid Jubaea x Butia Hybrid Jubaea x Butia
nice picture showing folded  leaflet ends
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia TS RPS
by TS  at RPS
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia AD Jubaea x Butia  

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THE THAI GIANT FISHTAIL
THE KING KONG FISHTAIL
MASSIVELY BIG 24 INCH BOXES

No matter what you call it, this Fishtail Palm from northern Thailand is a monster, at least in terms of it's basal diameter and girth.  Factually, it doesn't get as tall as Caryota urens.  But, it's super pretty, hast 14 foot long leaves and is "muy gordo" at the base.  It is a quick grower and cold hardy to the low 20's F.  Leaves are compound and leaflets have founded edges.  It's very beautiful and most peoples' favorite Fishtail.

The boxes were offering here are 24 inch size and the plants are huge for their container.  Heights of these guys is about 15 feet.  They are instant landscape.  Limited numbers.  Delivery available.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
ABOVE BOXES TOO BIG FOR YOU?
TRY LARGE 15G SIZE


As this species is a fast grower, you could argue to save money and get a nice 15g as we're offering here.  These are about 8 to 9 feet tall and very nice.  And, they'll fit into your SUV or pickup.  But, they are too big to ship.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Juvenile plant, like the box above in a year or so

 

CARYOTA URENS
THE COLD HARDY THAI MOUNTAIN PALM
TALL THA GIGAS, THINNER TRUNK


Also from northern Thailand, this species gets almost twice as tall but, especially at the base, has a thinner trunk than Caryota gigas.  Typical trunk diameter is 15 to 18 inches.  Height can easily exceed 50 feet.   Caryota gigas gets to about 30 feet.  The leaves on this species are shorter and more "chopped" at the ends than gigas.  The nice 15g here are about ten feet tall, ready for planting.  Once again, these are too big for mail order.  Cold hardiness is 18 to 19 degrees F.  This is a full sun plant in almost all areas except the desert.  Expect a life expectancy of about 20 years.  Remember, Fishtails are all monocarpic.  They die when they blossom.
Caryota urens Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas CARYOTA URENS CARYOTA URENS
CARYOTA URENS
A larger nursery plant  
CARYOTA URENS  CARYOTA URENS 

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE "BABY QUEEN PALM"
NICE 15G SIZE AVAILABLE
SUPER HARD TO FIND RIGHT NOW
TAKE FULL COASTAL SUN!


For those of you who have tried, you know that finding Chamaedorea plumosa as a nice 15g right now is almost impossible.  Short supply has led to their scarcity.  We have a limited number of nice tall plants, all multiples.  This species is from Mexico and gets to a height of 14 feet.  It has 1.5 inch stems with prominent rings.  The amazing thing is that it can take full coastal sun.  These are too tall to ship except by independent truckers.  Cold hardiness is the low 20's F.
 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
 

 

MACROZAMIA COMMUNIS
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
COLD HARDY, LOVES SUN
NICE 15G AVAILABLE


This Australian cycad lives in open forests in the New South Whales area on the eastern coast.  Although not a small cycad, it doesn't get overly big.  Many times the trunk is subterranean.  At most you may see three feet of vertical trunk in a habitat plant.  Leaves are flat in cross section.  Leaflets point at a 45 degree angle toward the distal leaf and are sharp and pointed at the end.  Leaf color is green.

I'd say this is a slow growing cycad.  It doesn't do well with digging and it takes many years to produce the 15g as shown here.  From seeds, these are ten year old plants.  This species likes sun and is one of the more cold hardy cycads - taking into the upper teens.  The plants shown here can be shipped right to your door.
Macrozamia communis Macrozamia communis
Macrozamia communis Macrozamia communis Macrozamia communis
Macrozamia communis
note yellow "dots" at base of leaflets
Macrozamia communis
larger plant at nursery
Macrozamia communis
leaves flat compared to keeled moorei
Macrozamia communis
massive nursery plant in 30 inch box
Macrozamia communis
cone on nursery plant
Macrozamia communis

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED
THIN TRUNK
END OF HUGE 15G SIZE NEAR


You as a palm consumer have been really lucky lately.  This is because a grower had a keen interest in these plants and, for ten years, produced a batch of huge 15g plants.  I got a good number of these outdoor grown beauties.  This species is native to Madagascar, has a thin four to six inch trunk and gets to a height of about 25 feet.  One of my favorite habitat photos is shown below with the red cliffs in the background.  How gorgeous is this species?  It is a full sun plant in most areas and cold hardy to the upper teens to low 20's F. 

The 15g shown here are about 8 feet tall in their pots.  They'd be a challenge to mail order.  Growth rate is pretty good.  But, it's a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.
 

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Arkive
habitat, Arkive Website
Ravenea glauca
Domestic garden So California
Ravenea glauca
Another So Cal plant
Ravenea glauca
habitat, unknown author Palmpedia
Ravenea glauca
15g size
Ravenea glauca
25g at nursery

 

THURSDAY, 11 JUNE, 2015

 

LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA
THE CAPE RIVER LIVISTONA
TALL WITH THIN TRUNK
5G SIZE AVAILABLE

This Australian fan palm is a very interesting species and also known as the "Wooly Livistona".  It is apparently threatened in habitat.   In the northeastern part of Australia it lives at an altitude of 200 meters.   It reaches a height of over fifty feet with a trunk that's a bit over a foot thick.  Leaf stems have barbs and leaves extend out six to eight feet.  It is most similar to Livistona marie but, by report, has larger fruit.

It enjoys full hot sun.  In previous years this species was more available but is quite hard to find now.  We have a limited number of 5g available.  Cold tolerance is unknown but probably into the low 20's F.
 
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa by Darrel Occonor, Palmpedia
photo Darrel O'Connor, Palmpedia
   

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The 5g size shown here can be easily shipped.
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

 

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
BRILLIANT RED FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50

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

 

ALLAGOPTERA LEUCOCALYX
SOUTH AMERICAN DWARF PALM
BUT, THIS ONE SUCKERS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We have limited numbers of this super rare yet cold hardy dwarf palm from South America.  It gets to a height of six to seven feet, suckers (contrast to A. arenaria) and has fluffy plumose leaves.  It's also cold hardy at least down to the low 20's F.  The photos here from RPS show what mature trees look like.  It tolerates full sun.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Allagoptera leucocalyx Allagoptera leucocalyx
Allagoptera leucocalyx Allagopera leucocalyx TS at RPS
Photo by TS at RPS
Allagopera leucocalyx TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

CANNA TROPICANNA
EXOTIC FOLIAGE, GOLD FLOWER
GREAT UNDERSTORY PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This popular Canna Lily has exotic, multi-colored foliage with red, black, green and hints of yellow.  Blossoms are yellow to gold as shown here.  Plants are typically under head and take filtered light or coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties.  A bad winter can burn the foliage.  But, most coastal areas here grow these as perennial plants.  The pup out so you'll get a small clump over time.  The main thing here is that this variety gives the flowers but also very cool foliage.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

These are easy to ship.  Just mention this special for your discount.
Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna
Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna
Canna tropicanna Canna Lily
Other types of Canna Lilies
 

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

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

 

BEGONIA RICHMONDENSIS
PINK FLOWERS, SMALL PLANTS
TAKES FULL SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This attractive and sun tolerant plant has pink to salmon colored blossoms.  The nice thing is that it can tolerate coastal sun.  Inland areas should utilize strong filtered light.  Plants get to about two feet tall and with age became full and lush.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Its another way to add great sun color in the garden.  The one gallon plants shown here are quite affordable.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

This Blog Only Special would be easy to ship right to your door. 
Begonia richmondensis Begonia richmondensis
Begonia richmondensis photo by growsonyou.com
photo c/o growsonyou.com
 

 

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

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

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

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

 

TUESDAY, 9 JUNE, 2015

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
AKA COPERNICIA CERIFERA
THE CARNUBA WAX PALM

This single trunk fan palm is native to Brazil and known for a wax that is collected from its leaves.  It reaches a mature height of thirty feet with a one foot thick trunk.  So, relative to the height, it's sort of thin trunked.  Old leaf bases can remain attached to the lower trunk but often fall off closer to the crown of leaves.  Leaf stems are armed and leaf color is a blue green.  I've seen plants that are very blue in full sun.

I had a customer called for this species and took pictures of a 5g here.  This is a full sun palm that can be grown in our area.  I'd anticipate cold hardiness to be in the mid to upper 20's F.  It's not as cold hardy as C. alba.

Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

BUTIA ERIOSPATHA
THE WOOLY PINDO PALM
MEDIUM SIZED, RECURVED LEAVES

This species is native to Southern Brazil and Argentina.  It gets to a height of about 20 feet and has a marked curve down to the leaves.  Leaf color is green.  It gets its common name from a brown fuzz on the flower spathe.  Cold tolerance is into the mid teens.  It's probably not quite as cold tolerant as the regular Butia capitata.

I'm showing you a 5g double here.  It's sort of a cool plant.  We're running quite low on our selection of this species and only have a few left.  It's a full sun species that people in colder areas seem to love.
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha

 

LICUALA SPINOSA
SUCKERING, DIVIDED LEAVES
BUT. NOT ONE OF MY FAVORITES
I GUESS I'M JUST SPOILED

The first five photos here show you a nursery 2g Licuala spinosa and two garden shots.  The last three pictures are of Licuala elegans (aka L. sumawongensis).  At the onset, I must admit I'm not a real fan of Licuala spinosa.  I think it's a bit scrappy looking.  And, I'm also spoiled by the gorgeous cousin, L. elegans, with it's wide, flat and near complete fan leaf.

Licuala spinosa gets to a height of about eight feet, does sucker and has fibrous trunks that resemble a Rhapis palm.  It likes filtered light and can be grown  in So Cal with a cold tolerance of about a freeze.  I'm unfortunately out of the elegans right now but should have some in before too long.  It's worth the wait unless you like the spinosa.
Licuala spinosa Licuala spinosa
Licuala spinosa Licuala spinosa Licuala spinosa
Licuala elegans
Licuala elegans
Licuala elegans
Licuala elegans
Licuala elegans
Licuala elegans

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

 

BLUE JUBAEA CHILENSIS
SEEDLINGS NOW AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

I am presently offering on sale seedlings of Jubaea chilensis.  These are from locally fruiting trees.  This is the palm species with the fattest trunk of any palm.  They can reach a height of 40 feet and are very cold hardy, well into the mid-teens F.  It's a full sun palm and many are growing it in far inland areas.  There is known to be specimens well into northern California.  These seedlings are one to two leaves.  Of note, when you grow seedlings, start them in strong filtered light, not full sun.  Cold hardiness is 16 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE SEEDLINGS $3
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20
OR, FOUR FOR $65

I have limited numbers.  Mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue
Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea seeds  Jubaea chilensis

 

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


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

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


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

 

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

REG. PRICE 24 INCH BOXED PRITCHARDIAS $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE  $375

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

 

SUNDAY, 7 JUNE, 2015

 

PURPLE STROBILANTHUS
THE PERSIAN SHIELD
STUNNING COLOR, FILTERED LIGHT

This low profile and colorful companion plant gets to a height of about two feet, prefers filtered light and has an intense purple color on the dorsal side of the leaves.  This is accompanied by an iridescent silver sheen.  The underside of the leaves are more intensely and darker purple.  When they flower, the flowers are a purple-blue.  I don't know the exact cold hardiness, but I'd suspect it's down to a freeze.  It's hard to find this color in plants, so I'm offering it here. 

I have about six to eight plants left.  Then, you'll have to wait until next year to get this species.  One final point: my research found that Strobilanthus is being studied for antibiotic type activities in the components of the leaves.

Strobilanthus purple Strobilanthus purple
Strobilanthus purple Strobilanthus purple Strobilanthus purple
Strobilanthus purple Strobilanthus purple Strobilanthus purple

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
HUGE, I MEAN HUGE LEAVES
FAIRLY EASY TO GROW IN MANY AREA
SHIPPABLE SIZE AVAILABLE

This rather short Ficus species from New Guinea has been discussed at this Blog before.  It's super popular and I've shipped plants all around the country.  Some are even trying it as a patio or house plant.  It's known as having one of the larger leaves around.  They are pleated, have red veins, and can get (by report) up to three feet long and two feet across!  Trunks are small, not more than about six inches thick and typical height is twelve feet.

I have two plants in my garden.  They might be two different varieties.  I know this because a Ficus taxonomist came to my home to study them.  They are each about 30 years old, never failing.  In my front yard, the tree is in competition with other plants.  It formed (over time) a bare trunk and branched about ten feet up.  It then sent out horizontal branches, each with six or so leaves at the end of the branches.  So, it's fairly open with leaves exposed to about 75% sun.  I'm in San Diego.  Other folks who've grown this in sun and pruned it have more compact and full plants.  Cold hardiness is probably the mid to upper twenties F.  I have customers growing it well into northern CA. 

The plants shown here are about four feet tall in 3g pots.  I'm keeping them in this size for a week or two because they can be mail ordered.  After this, any left will go into 15g pots and be difficult to ship.  Remember, these only come from time consuming air layering.  So, you never see them available.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
looking up at the leaves of a tree in my garden/span>
Ficus dammaropsis
another look at the tree in my front yard
Ficus dammaropsis MB
plant in near full sun in La Mesa, CA
Ficus dammaropsis Wikipedia
photo  c/o Wikipedia

 

WANT LARGER PALMS?
WE HAVE THEM
OR CAN GET THEM
AND, DELIVERY CAN BE ARRANGED

When a nursery is a production nursery like we are, people tend to think that we'd only have and offer small plants.  This is not true.  The difference  between a plant broker and a production nursery is that the latter germinates and grows their own material.  They offer all sizes and don't just sell plants they've recently "acquired".  And, a production nursery doesn't just sell other people's plants. 

As we've been in business 38 years, we have been growing things for a long time and have accumulated a lot of old specimens.  But, we trun out of species so we cooperative with other producers if we don't have what you want.  We can get you any size plants - even a Jubaea with 30 feet of trunk!

So, consider us for big projects or gardens that want larger material.  I've been doing this for a long time and pretty much know most of the growers in Southern California.  And, we try to emphasize locally grown, more hardy palm material.  The plants shown here are more easily transported material.  If you want the really huge plants that need cranes, we can hook you up with those suppliers as well.
 
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
howea box
Howea forsteriana
Caryota gigas box
Caryota gigas
Caryota urens
Caryota urens
Archontophoenix box
King Palm
Phoenix rupicola box
Phoenix rupicola
Trachycarpus box
Windmill Palm
Howea large plants
Kentia Palm
Sabal species
Sabal speices
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Howea box
Howea forsteriana
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus
Cycas revoluta box
Cycas revoluta
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera 
Bismarckia
Bismarckia nobilis 
Pygmy Date
Pygmy Date 
Dypsis decaryi
Triangle Palm 
Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana 
Mule palm
Mule Palm 

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
VERY SHIPPABLE 5G SIZE
NICE BLUE COLOR
COLD HARDY - LOVE HOT SUN

Although not the most cold hardy of palms, Bismarckia can go easily into the low 20's F.  This means that folks in northern CA, Houston, South TX, the Central Valley of CA and many other areas can give them a try.  They love heat and sun.  In Phoenix and desert areas they thrive.  Just give them adequate water if you live in the desert.  These 5g nice blue form plants are easy to ship.  Just call us and we ship within 24 hours.
 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
 

 

FRIDAY, 5 JUNE, 2015

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
SINGLE TRUNK DYPSIS
STOUT WITH FLUFFY LEAVES
RARE AND STRIKING!
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This relatively recent introduction to the palm market is still extremely rare to find yet can be grown successfully in Southern California.  Unlike so many other Dypsis, this species does not sucker.  The trunk is fairly thick, up to about sixteen inches, although usually thinner.  Height is up to forty feet and prominently ringed.  These rings are so pronounced that you can easily feel them.  Leaves are plumose (fluffy) and the crown in full of arching leaves.  The leaf bases are a rusty - green and sometimes brown.  

The seedlings we're offering are second generation.  They come from a domestic plant here in the U.S. that has seeded.  This does offer the possibility for hybridization.  They are three leafers and about 2- 2.5 years old.  Easy to ship.  Cold tolerance is at this time uncertain but definitely into the 20's F.  Most are growing it in sun.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SALE BANDS $30

Just mention this Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana John Dransfield
photo  by John Dransfield, RBGK
Dypsis prestoniana
juvenile plant Encinitas, CA
Dypsis prestoniana H.B. RBGK
photo by Henk Beentje, RBGK

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
A ROOT SPINE PALM
THE STAR PALM
WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This single trunk, medium sized palm is known for the very white underside of the leaves.  Sometimes this is striking.  For this reason, it's called the Star Palm, like a star in the sky.  It is also known as a root spine palm because it has modified roots on the trunk that can appear to be spines.  Leaves are palmate, medium sized and the trunk is thin.  Overall height is almost always below 20 feet although a bit taller in the wild.  This species has been grown by many in Southern California.

It'll take some coastal sun.  Cold tolerance is into the 20's F.  I'm showing the band size (on sale) as well as some other nursery plants.

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

Just mention this Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha
back of leaf, 5g plant showing white
Cryosophila stauracantha
5g size at nursery
Cryosophila stauracantha
by TS at RPS
Cryosophila stauracantha
15g plant at nursery
Cryosophila stauracantha palmeris.org website
by palmeris.org website
Cryosophila stauracantha

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
MADAGASCAR PALM, THIN TRUNK
EASY TO GROW, FULL SUN MANY AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE


This palm has proven to be such a great palm species for Southern CA.  I say this because it's easy to grow, takes coastal sun, has a thin trunk and doesn't get overly tall.  Mature, the trunk is under ten inches.  Height in most areas is 25 feet or less.  Some say it resembles a miniature Majesty Palm.  Well, it is a Ravenea and they share a certain look.  But, this species is a winner.  It doesn't have all the cultural problems you often see with the Majesty.  The photo from the wild below (unknown photographer) has to be one of my favorite palm photographs.

Along the coast I'd give it full sun.  Inland, part day sun should work.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties or a bit lower.  The band size on sale are 3 years old and tall for a band.

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

Mention this Special to get your discount.  Super easy to mail order.  These should do great in warmer parts of Texas and maybe can be grown in cooler CA areas.
 
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
15 size at website
Ravenea glauca Arkive website
c/o Arkive Website
Ravenea glauca
25g at website
Ravenea glauca unknown author palmpedia
by unknown author Palmpedia
Ravenea glauca
in garden, Encinitas, CA
Ravenea glauca
in garden, El Cajon, CA

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
RARE DWARF AFRICAN CYCAD
LOOKS LIKE A FERN
SUPER RARE, HARD TO FINED

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

Very limited supplies on this rare species.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  I cannot ship these out of the country and we do no international shipping.
sTANGERIA ERIOPUS sTANGERIA
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus  

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
EXOTIC FISHTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THI SIZE $155


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.
cARYOTA GIGAS cARYOTA GIGAS
 CAryota gigas
25g size not on this Special
 CAryota gigas  CAryota gigas

 

TWO TYPES OF TREE FERNS BELOW

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
LARGE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

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

 

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

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

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


REGULAR PRICE THIS BATCH & SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

But, mention this Special to get this price.  Easy to mail order.  You'd be paying the band price yet getting a plant twice the size.
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

THURSDAY, 4 JUNE, 2015

 

BELOW I'LL QUICKLY SHOW NEW ARRIVALS - ALL DESIRABLE - ALL EASY TO SHIP!
JUST CALL US TO ORDER, WE USUALLY SHIP THE SAME DAY
OR DROP BY OUR NURSERY IN ENCINITAS, CA

 

BRAHEA CLARA
SUPER BLUE - COLD HARDY
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE


Native to Mexico
As blue as Brahea armata

Longer petiole (leaf stem)
Somewhat different armor
Faster growing than armata
Perhaps  takes humidity better
Full sun species
Similar cold hardiness - 15 Deg. F.
 
Brahea clara Brahea clara
Brahea clara Brahea clara Brahea clara
Brahea clara Brahea clara Brahea clara by Cloudforest.com website
photo by Cloudforest.com website

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
GREAT 5G PLANTS
GORGEOUS, THIN TRUNK
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

From mountains in New Caledonia
Thin trunk - prominent rings
Somewhat swollen crown shaft
25 feet mature height
Very pretty leaves
Coastal part sun or filtered light
Cold hardiness mid-twenties F.
 
Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala 
Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala
Larger nursery plant 
Burretiokentia hapala 
Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala  Burretiokentia hapala 
 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
NICE 5G SIZE AVAILABLE
THIN TRUNK
GROUPED LEAFLETS
HARD TO FIND

From high elevation in Mexico
Very thin trunk
Single stem
Grouping of leaflets - clustered
Like "bow ties" on stem
Very cute and different
Height to about 14 feet
Cold tolerance mid to low 20's F.
Filtered light species
One of more unusual understory palms
Near impossible to find at nurseries

  
Chamaedorea klotzschiana  Chamaedorea klotzschiana 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana  Chamaedorea klotzschiana  Chamaedorea klotzschiana 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana
older nursery plant 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana  Chamaedorea klotzschiana 
 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SPECIALLY GROWN LARGE 5G
GREAT HOUSE PLANT
FILTERED LIGHT MOST AREAS

Special batch of oversized 5g
A type of Bamboo Palm
Suckering species
Super thin trunks
Mature height 8 to 10 feet
Short leaves, sometimes blue on underside
Forms small clumps
Cold hardiness great - to 19 degrees F.
Bright red fruit on females
One of most sought after shade palms
Chamaedorea microspadix  Chamaedorea microspadix 
Chamaedorea microspadix  Chamaedorea microspadix  Chamaedorea microspadix 
Chamaedorea microspadix
larger nursery plant 
Chamaedorea microspadix  Chamaedorea microspadix 
 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
NEW ZEALAND SINGLE TRUNK PALM
BULGING CROWN SHAFT
FAST GROWING
NICE 5G AVAILABLE

From Chatham Island, New Zealand
Fastest growing Shaving Brush Palm
Very large, bulging crown shaft
Grows well in the SF Bay area
Upright leaves
Takes coastal sun, filtered light inland
Cold hardy to low 20's F.
My favorite of the genus
Very nice 5g plants being offered
More discussion below, May 9th

  
Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana 
Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana 
Rhopalostylis oceana
15g at nursery 
Rhopalostylis oceana by Darold Petty
photo by D.P. 
Rhopalostylis oceana P & C Soc. New Zealand
by Palm & Cycad Soc. New Zealand 
 

SABAL BERMUDANA
THICK TRUNKED FAN PALM
COLD HARDY -TAKES HOT SUN
VERY NICE 5G SIZE OFFERED


Super durable palm
From Caribbean Islands
Mature height 30 feet in decades
Large blue-green leaves
Easy to grow
Cold hardy into mid teens F.
Takes desert sun
Harsh weather? - this one's for you!
 
Sabal bermudana  Sabal bermudana 
Sabal bermudana  Sabal bermudana  Sabal bermudana 
Sabal bermudana  Sabal bermudana
15g nursery plant 
Sabal bermudana
Boxed plant at nursery 

SABAL PALMETTO
NATIVE TO SOUTHEASTERN U.S.
THINNER TRUNK FOR SABAL
SUPER NICE 5G AVAILABLE
VERY COLD HARDY


Most popular of all Sabals
Seen growing in the wild in Florida & other states
State tree of South Carolina
Called Cabbage Palmetto
Thin trunk
Mature height usually to 20 feet
Sometimes even taller
Great for oceanfront locations - tolerates salt
Full sun all areas
Cold hardy to mid-teens F.
Easy to ship!
 
Sabal palmetto  Sabal palmetto 
Sabal palmetto  Sabal palmetto  Sabal palmetto 
Sabal palmetto  Sabal palmetto  Sabal palmetto 
 

 

WEDNESDAY, 3 JUNE, 2015

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI VARIETY TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
FAST GROWING, FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is not only one of the most beautiful palms that you can grow, it is also very easy to grow and tolerates a wide variety of conditions.  Native to very high elevations in Bolivia (up to 11,000 feet), the South American Coconut gets to heights over thirty feet tall, takes hot sun, is cold hardy into the upper teens F., and is fast growing.  What else could you want?

It does sport a somewhat husky trunk.  It is a shuttlecock type of crown with lots of ten foot long leaves.  Leaf color is green with a bit of gray.  We are offering fairly large 5g plants on special.  These can be easily mail ordered right to your door.  We also have 15g and boxes for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $65


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount when you purchase.  Note, the 5g size on sale is seen in the first four pictures.

Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
Boxed plants at nursery
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Parajubaea torallyi 15g size
15g size at nursery
 

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED PALM
SUCKERING, TAKES SOME SUN
LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THIS GREAT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is another great palm species.  Native to Madagascar, this suckering pinnate palm gets to a height of 15 to 25 feet.  It has four inch trunks when mature with five to seven foot long keeled leaves.  There appears to be one variety with which the leaflets are very droopy.  I can't tell in the band size which form we have.  Growth rate is good.  Trunks are typically gray-green but crown shafts show some color as seen here.  They proudly display white mixed with other colors.  Along the coast, this species takes full sun.  Inland areas should give filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.

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

Just remember - Mention this Special for your discount.  These are super easy to ship right to your door.  Limited supplies available.
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis
seven gallon nursery plant
Dypsis onilahensis
base of mature tree
Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis
very "droopy leaf" form
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
crown shaft, garden of BQ
Dypsis onilahensis
This and next 2 pictures garden BQ
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
BEAUTIFUL BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
RARE AND SELDOM ON SALE
NEVER TOO BIG A PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This very beautiful medium sized cycad comes from the Transvaal area in the northern part of the Republic of South Africa.  It is known for it's blue or blue-green color, rarity, and upright leaflets.  Trunks are seldom over 3 feet tall.  It tolerates coastal full sun and inland areas may give part day sun.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.

We seldom put these bands on sale because they are so rare.  So, here's your chance.  Easy to mail order even if just one seedling. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND $115
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $75


Remember: Mention this Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.  Note this price is not that much more than an E. horridus or trispinosus yet these are ten times more rare.


 
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
DWARF PALMS IN CERAMIC POTS
SOUGHT AFTER WORLD-WIDE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SUPER RARE PLANTS

Rhapis excelsa, the Lady Palm, is not that uncommon.  But, the variegated varieties are super rare.  Coveted and collected worldwide, these plants tend to be miniatures, seldom over five feet tall.  Variegation is in the form of longitudinal stripes of yellow, cream or white on a green background.  Or, the reverse.  These are sometimes found on the desks of the most successful businessmen in Asia.  A single plant has been known to sell for thousands of dollars.  We are lucky enough to have a pretty good supply of these almost impossible to find plants.

They do well outdoors in filtered light, in a patio area or inside the home.  Variegation is sometimes striking.  There are probably at least a hundred rare  varieties or cultivars of these variegated Rhapis.  They usually have Japanese names.  I'm showing a few named varieties here.  The plants shown here are in pretty ceramic pots.  I can remove them if requested for shipping.  Also, be aware that these are not inexpensive plants.  Rarity is the reason.


TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA

Mention this special for your discount.  These ;ictures were taken on a really sunny day so I apologize that the variegation is somewhat downed out on some photos.

Variegated Rhapis excelsa Variegated Rhapis excelsa ayanishiki
variety ayanishiki
Variegated Rhapis excelsa ayanishiki
variety ayanishiki
Variegated Rhapis excelsa ayanishiki
variety ayanishiki
Variegated Rhapis excelsa nuikonishiki
variety nuikonishiki
Variegated Rhapis excelsa nuikonishiki
variety nuikonishiki
Variegated Rhapis excelsa Variegated Rhapis excelsa
Variegated Rhapis excelsa Variegated Rhapis excelsa Variegated Rhapis excelsa

 

MONDAY, 1 JUNE, 2015

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
THE BEST BAMBOO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE
WHAT TO EXPECT OVER TIME

I thought I'd present this cool type of Central American Bamboo Palm in a different way.  I'm offering the band sale on special.  But, I want to show you what these plants will look like in a few years if you give them good culture.

The first four pictures show you the plants as they look now.  Most are multiples, several plants in the pot.  If you immediately put them in a 5g pot, they'll look like the 5th photo in 2 years.  then, in 1 to 2 more years, repot these into a 15g and the 6th picture shows you what you'll have - a plant well overhead.

This species peaks out at about 14 feet height with one inch trunks.  It'll have multiple canes.  It prefers filtered light.  It is a great patio or house plant and has a cold tolerance into the low 20's F.

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

Mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
What bands look like in 2 years
Chamaedorea costaricana
What bands look like in 3 to 4 years
Chamaedorea costaricana  

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
THE PACAYA PALM
THICK GREEN TRUNK WITH RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This single trunk understory pinnate palm is native to areas stretching from southern Mexico, through Central America and down into northern Columbia.  It is most known for the fact that its inflorescences are edible and considered a delicacy by habitat locals.  Trunks are thick - up to three inches with prominent white rings.  In our locality, it's a "shade only palm".  If it grows into the sun the leaves will burn.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  It's truly a gorgeous palm and looks nice in small colonies or as a multiple.  It is quick growing and very satisfying.  And, if you have the vertical room, it can be grown indoors.  Plants get to twelve to fourteen feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165

Just mention this Special to get this price when you purchase.

Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "SPECIES"
SEEDS FROM AUSTRALIA
SOMETHING DIFFERENT - DWARF SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL TREE POT SIZE

On Saturday I got in about ten of these tree pot sized Archontophoenix (type of different King Palm).  A friend of mine imported seeds from a fellow in Australia.  He was told this is a "dwarf species" with short petioles and short leaves.  I don't know the mature height.  But, they are super healthy plants and I'm putting them on special.

I can easily tell you what they are NOT.  There is no ramenta, so they are not A. purpurea or cunninghamiana.  They are silver on the underside.  The basal color is wrong for A. myolensis.  They don't match our A. maxima.

So, it's sort of a gamble.  Give one a try.  Maybe it'll be something different and cool.  The plants are nice sized - about 18 inches tall with great roots.  They are ready to step up into a 5g size.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $35

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.

Archontophoenix sp. Pete Jeffries Archontophoenix sp. Pete Jeffries
Archontophoenix sp. Pete Jeffries Archontophoenix sp. Pete Jeffries Archontophoenix sp. Pete Jeffries
Archontophoenix sp. Pete Jeffries    

 

SERENOA REPENS
COLD HARDY DWARF PALM
BLUE VARIETY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This suckering dwarf fan palm is native to the SE U.S. and is seen especially in Florida.  The nice thing is that some of these plants are very blue colored.  That's what I'm offering here - plants from seeds from blue plants.  It's always a bit of a gamble with the color.  So, plants could be blue green or nice blue.  Seedlings are almost always green and get their color in sun as they mature.

The seedlings here are good sized and healthy.  expect a height under eight feet.  Cold hardiness is in the upper teens F.  They demand hot sun.  They are ideal where you want to preserve visibility or a view.  Leaves are not very sharp and do not poke you.

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

Mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  Super easy to ship.
Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
habitat photo, San Key, FL
Serenoa repens
domestic garden
Serenoa repens  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
VERY RARE - SOUTH AFRICAN
COMPACT, SHORT LEAVES, SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This dwarf cycad is very sought after.  Mature caudex size is 8 inches or smaller and leaves are three feet or shorter.  Leaf color is gray-green.  It is compact with straight leaves and rather thin leaflets.  See last photo.  The seedlings on special are one to two leaves.  I rarely put these on special as they are very rare and seldom available, even to our nursery.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50

Make sure you mention this special when you purchase to get your discount.

Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus  

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

DIOON MEROLAE
RARE, SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

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

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

We're offering a great 10 day special.

TEN DAYS: 20% OFF ANY DIOON MEROLAE, ANY SIZE

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE COLD WEATHER -
 QUICK LOOK AT SOME MORE COLD HARDY YET

RARE PALM SPECIES

BEING REPOSTED FROM LAST MONTH BECAUSE OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK
BUT THIS TIME WITH A DISCOUNT ON PALLETS

TEN DAY SPECIAL: FILL A PALLET
FOR SHIPPING OR DELIVERY

AND SAVE 15% OFF REGULAR PLANT PRICES!

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

 

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JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR SPRING COLOR AND COMPANION PLANTS!

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

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

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

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

 

 

 


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

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

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

nURSERY COLOR


 


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PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

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Jungle Music Staff Banner
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RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

  

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

phil 4
photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

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

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

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

 

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GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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