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THURSDAY, 29 JUNE, 2017

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY PHOENIX
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I have previously discussed this extremely cold hardy species of Phoenix.  This species is suckering (typically) and is from the island of Crete.  It is a bristly palm with lots of spines.  It has a pronounced yellow color in its petioles.  But, most important to people in cold areas, it is possibly the most cold hardy of all the Phoenix, even better than the Canary Palm.  It is somewhat smaller than Phoenix dactylifera and the leaves are green in color.  Shown here are views of 15g plants.  We presently have 5g and 7g for sale.  It likes sun and cold tolerance should be about 15 degrees F.  The last photo shows a single trunk plant (RPS website), perhaps pruned this way or perhaps naturally single trunk.  You can see that it is a medium sized palm species.  These plants are easy to ship by mail order.

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


Just mention this Special at our Blog to get your discount at the time of purchase.  Mature specimen photo by RPS.

Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS  
     


COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
FAIRLY TALL WITH THIN TRUNK
MOST COLD HARDY COPERNICIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This tall fan palm has a thin trunk and can get to heights of 70 feet in habitat.  It is the most cold hardy of any Copernicia.  It likes full sun and can be grown in the desert.  It has a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  Leaf color is gray-green.  It is a good growing species.  Over time the trunk becomes clean of old leaf bases and debris.  We are putting our 5 gallon size on special.  Easy to ship.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.


Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba  Copernicia alba 

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
LARGE, DARK & HOOKED SPINES
MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This medium to tall fan palm is native to southeast Asia.  It can get to heights of thirty-five feet or more.  It is an interesting palm that is easy to grow and has a very ornamental leaf with deep divisions of the segments.  Its segment almost make a complete circle.  Leaf color is green.  The spines on the petioles tend to be dark in color and dramatic, usually the thing most people remember most about this species.  Another interesting thing is that the seed fruit is blue in color as shown below.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  The 15g on sale is good sized.

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


Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.
 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus   
 

 

SPANISH MOSS
TILLANDSIA USNEOIDES
HANGS FROM TREES, FENCES & POLES
TAKES LITTLE WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Spanish Moss is actually a small, wispy type of Bromeliad - a flowering type of plant.  The natural habitat for this plant ranges from the southern U.S. down through Mexico into Central and South America.  It is even found in Australia.  It is an epiphytic plant that hangs onto almost anything it can find.  It loves to hang from tree branches or trunks.  It requires very little water and will grow without any applied fertilizer.  We are selling small clumps we've attached to wood.  Or, we can ship them without the wood.  You  can hang them anywhere you want.  Just spray them once in a while with water.  These clumps are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25

Mention this special for your Discount.
 
 
Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss 
Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss  spanish moss 

 

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!
AND, BLOSSOMS ALL YEAR LONG!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G SIZE

In the past I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  This species in unique because it grows in the shade, never gets over about eight feet tall, blossoms in the shade and never stops blossoming.  Yes, in the dead of winter you'll see red blossoms.  And, these trees are prolific.  The 20g size I'm showing here have twenty to thirty blossoms.  I just got them in.  I've never had plants of this size for sale. This species is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  Blossom size is two to three inches in length.  Pictures here show them quite well.  This species is also very difficult to find, especially with any size.  I'm putting these large 20g plants on special for ten days.

REGULAR PRICE 20G SIZE $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G $239


Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount when you purchase.  Limited supplies only.  BTW, our 15g are $185.  So, it's not that much more to get a taller and fuller tree.
 
PAVONIA MULTIFLORA  PAVONIA MULTIFLORA  PAVONIA MULTIFLORA 
Pavonia  PAVONIA MULTIFLORA  Pavonia 

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES!


The first six pictures here show an example of a really nice 15 gallon mature plant with male cones.  It is a clustered specimen with three main coning caudexes.  This species is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  Pictures below demonstrate this. 

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES!
below are this nice 15g male plant and a citrus pot at the end.  Also,  showing you garden specimens.  Remember to mention this Special at the  purchase to get this discount.  
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae ceratozamia hildae

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G

I'm down to the last few of the large 15g that we're offering for sale on this, the Chilean Wine Palm.  These plants are approaching ten years old from seed!  As most know, they are unbearably slow to grow and getting a nice plant as shown in the first four photos seems to take forever.  Try it yourself some day from seed.  You'll know why it takes a decade to produce a nice sized Jubaea.  Interestingly enough, we ship a lot of this sized Chilean Wine Palms to people in colder states like Texas and South Carolina.  This size are not the biggest 15g we offer, but fairly old and very nice.  Typical basal trunk diameter is four to six inches on this batch.  I do have massive 15g that are 10 inches in diameter, but they cost more.  This size is an affordable size for people who want to save a lot of years of growing time.

Ultimate height can reach at least forty feet (in several decades) and trunk diameter up to four feet.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Seeds are large and globular as shown here.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Mail order, in the pot with soil, totally possible.

Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
ENDANGERED SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
COLOR GREEN, BLUE GREEN OR GREEN
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This endangered South African cycad is native to the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is sometimes called the Alexandria Cycad because its native population is near the town of Alexandria where only about fifteen hundred plants remain in the wild.  Mature, it is medium sized cycad with a trunk height up to six feet but more typically two to three feet.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to blue green.  There is actually a small population of super rare plants that are known as the "True Blue Arenarius"- and produce a slightly different male and female cone.  Leaflets are prominently barbed and spiny.  One might consider the closest relative to this species to be Encephalartos horridus from a leaflet shape viewpoint.

Culture is quite simple.  Along our coast they tolerate full sun but also do well in partial sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. although plants are easy to cold protect.  The one gallons I'm putting on special are nicely sized with a blue-green leaf color.  They are about four to five years old.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $70

Remember:  Mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.  The last row of photos shows two coning sized nursery plants and a garden specimen.

Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

 

MONDAY, 26 JUNE, 2017

 

DIOON PURPUSII
EXTREMELY RARE MEXICAN CYCAD
KEELED GRAY-GREEN LEAVES
LOVES SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS INDIVIDUAL PLANT

Dioon purpusii is known as one of the most rare and hard to acquire species in the Dioon genus.  It is native to Mexico.  One photo below is from habitat.  We are in the process of acquiring a large private cycad collection.  This plant came from the collection.  The cycad shown below was dug with a good root ball.  It was from the eastern San Diego area.  Note the leaves are strongly keeled, have spines and are gray-green in color.  Some call this species the "Fish Bone" cycad as it's leaves resemble the skeleton of a fish.  I only have this one purpusii.  It is in a 15g pot and can be shipped.  The caudex size is 4.25 inches.  It will want sun in most areas and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $775
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $650


This plant can be shipped.  But, remember to mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii by MM
Habitat, photo by MM
Dioon purpusii
25g plant at nursery, already sold
Dioon purpusii by Lou Randall
Photo by Lou Randall

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK - CROWN SHAFTED
GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Rhopalostylis baueri, the Norfolk Island Palm, is native to two locations.  Norfolk Island (an Australian island) is the home of the classic Rhopalostylis baueri but there is also a population in Kermadec Islands, a New Zealand territory.  The population of Rhopalostylis baueri on Norfolk Island is near the elevated center of the island, rare elsewhere.  In this locality, it is threatened by rodents that eat the seeds and young seedlings.  In the Kermadec location, this species is found on Raoul Island.  It is more plentiful there because there have been efforts to eliminate the rat population.  Of note, it is this population of Rhopalostylis from the Raoul Island of the Kermadecs that were, at one time, considered to be Rhopalostylis cheesemanii.   In 2005 the latter was stripped of its species categorization and named a "variety" of R. baueri.  Many argue that it is a different palm and deserves its own species status.

In my experience, this species does best in less than full sun along the coast.  Half day morning sun is about perfect.  It has a cold tolerance into the low 20's F. and is being grown in the SF Bay area.  Those growers in Florida where there is heat and high humidity, tend to have problems with any Rhopalostylis. A significant difference between this species and R. sapida is the lack of the prominent bulging crown shaft.  Trunk diameters are about the same.  Anticipate a height typically of about 25 feet mature.


REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered.

Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri 

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM
NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWNSHAFT
A FAVORITE OF ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native stands of Rhopalostylis sapida are found in temperate parts of New Zealand and also on coastal areas of Chatham and South Islands.  In these localities it is found in shaded forests and in the more moist bottoms of mountainous gullies.  One does not see it at high elevation where severe cold may be seen.  Rather it's in the coastal and warmer regions.  Being a slow growing species, it is reported that it takes ten to fifteen years in habitat before one begins to see a formed trunk.  One report done by the New Zealand government reported that it took forty years to show trunk and that ten meter trees were 200 years old.  The point here is that, as a species, the Nikau Palm is slow growing in its natural habitat.  Soil in the area is good draining and rainfall is ample

This is a single trunk palm that has green, upright leaves.  The hallmarks of this plant are the upright pointing leaves and the swollen crown shaft.  Almost always, the crown shaft is prominently larger in diameter than the trunk.  The trunk has rings from old leaf attachments.  Overall height after many decades is 25 to 35 feet or, on old specimens, even more.  Trunk diameter is eight to twelve inches.  Leaves are usually eight to twelve feet long.  Growth rate is slow.  Of note, the 15g shown here is a double.  Most of this size have only one plant in the pot.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered.

 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A POPULAR AND NOT OVERLY LARGE CYCAD
TWO FORTY YEAR OLD SPECIMENS AVAILABLE
BOTH HAVE TALL, SLIGHTLY CURVED TRUNKS


This Mexican cycad is quite popular because it is drop dead gorgeous, doesn't ever get overly large and tolerates filtered light.  A super old (centuries old) plant may have ten feet of trunk.  With the leaf length being just four to five feet, the crowns of leaves are never too big.  Trunk diameter is usually six to eight inches long.   Leaf color is green and the leaflets are mildly spiny.  Although some have grown it in full coastal sun, it does quite well in morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is well into the mid-twenties F. or a bit lower.

The two specimens below were both acquired recently from private collections.  The first one (first two rows of pictures) is in a 25 gallon pot, has a 39 inch tall caudex and is 13 inches wide in its swollen base.  The second plant (rows three and four) has a two foot tall caudex that is much thinner.  It's in a 20 gallon pot.  Note the interesting and artistic curves to both trunks.  And, the leaves have corrected and are straight upwards.  Both are for sale.  Note that these two plants tower above the two garden plants shown.  It's extremely rare to see such specimens for sale.  They are not inexpensive but offered at very fair prices.


Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD
SHINY, DARK GREEN LEAVES
SLOW GROWINB BUT NEEDS SOME ROOM

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say "user friendly" because this is one of the few cycad species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a great selection of this species including a large collection of mature, huge plants recently obtained. (shown in the third row below)  I am going to show you an assortment of plants of different sizes.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

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

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

Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TUCKERI
TALLER KING PALM TYPE
FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This tall, single trunk form of the King Palm is native to northern Australia in the Queensland district.  There is lives in moist areas, often along rivers.  It can reach heights up to 60 feet in habitat and has a prominent green crown shaft.  The fruits are large for a King Palm species.  The trunk is not very thick.  It's usually under 12 inches thick.  Growth rate is fast.  For best appearance, give it part day sun if you can.  Cold tolerance is the mid-twenties F. but not colder.

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

Mention this Special for this discount.
 

 Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri
 Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Photo by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
 
Archontophoenix tuckeri
 

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM
BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
NO NEW RED LEAF - SUCKERS OVER TIME
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G AND 5G


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain suckering form.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf.  The latter form is slow growing and doesn't perform as well.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It sort of looks like a suckering Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35
REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60


We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but a better supply of the 1g.  Mention this Special for your discount.
 

 Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica  LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA 
Laccospadix australasica
5g on left, 1g on right
 
Laccospadix australasica  Laccospadix australasica 

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA BLUE
NICE 15 GALLONS WITH TRUNK
A TRUE "DR. SEUSS" PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
ONLY SEVERAL LEFT IN STOCK

For quite a few years we've been offering this blue variety of Agave attenuata in larger sizes.  We are finally down to just several plants and I'm putting them on special.  They have formed this narrow, three to four inch diameter trunk with a huge head of stiff blue-green leaves without a sharp point at the end.  The tips of the leaves are pliable and safe to the touch.  These plants are quite unique and attractive.  Obviously, they are quite old.  I've found that, if you remove the basal suckers, they seem not to go into blossom.  When this species blossoms, that blossoming trunk will die.  So, if you get some of these, trim off the suckers.  They take full coastal sun but in inland areas prefer part day sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 15G $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Mention this Blog Only Special for this price.  I can mail order these but, because of size and weight, it'd be pricey.


 
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
 
 
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi MR
Habitat picture Madagascar by MR
 
dypsis decaryi
 
Dypsis decaryi 

 

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

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

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

Mail order is possible.  Remember, mention this Special!


Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum

 


SATURDAY, 24 JUNE, 2017

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
A BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about it.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form. One photo below by Tim Brian in HI is of a green Bismarckia.  The last three pictures were taken in Florida.  On these green Bismarckias, often you'll see red in the leaf stem or a hint of it on the leaves..  Of course, this is a full sun palm.  This is a very rare palm to find as everyone seeks out the blue type.  But, we have this more rare green form and have found they are showing nice cold hardiness to the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $160


You must mention this Blog Only price at time of purchase to get this special price.

Bismarckia green Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia green Bismarckia sp. green by Tim Brian
Green Bismarckia by T.B., Hawaii
Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia green Bismarckia green Bismarckia green

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


Just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering.  We can easily ship this size right to your door.

Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri
Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri

 

CYCAS CURRANII
A GORGEOUS CYCAD FROM PALAWAN, PI
TROPICAL APPEARING, SOFT LEAVES

This species is a large sized plant that was originally discovered by an American visiting the Island of Palawan in the Philippines in 1906.  But, soon thereafter, lost it's status as a species until Ken Hill reestablished its species status in 1995.  Trunks attain a height of over thirty feet with a diameter one to two feet.  Leaf length is six to eight feet, Leaflets are about ten inches long, one half inch wide and, as the leaf ages, become somewhat dependent and droopy.  There is little information available on this species. 

Shown here are multiple nursery plants including a larger 15g plants.  They are about eight to ten years old and have heights in their pots of about seven feet.  Note how their leaves and the leaves of the box are not droopy as of yet.  I've shown another nursery plant where the leaves, with age, droop.  This is a part day sun species, perhaps tolerating full sun along the coast.  I have seen it tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I find it to be prettier than Cycas thouarsii. 

Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii by George Yao PACSOA
by Gorge Yao PACSOA
Cycas curranii by George Lao PlantAPalm
by George Lao PlantAPalm
Cycas curranii

 

SOME UNUSUAL COLD HARDY PALMS AND CYCADS
AN ASSORTMENT OF IDEAS - A "SAMPLER"
ALL THESE SPECIES TOLERATE 22 DEGREES F. OR LESS
SOME DOWN TO 15 DEGREES!

Whether you live in CA, TX or the Gulf States, there are a lot of unusual palms and cycads that you can grow that are very cold tolerant species.  Over our history, we have helped many hundreds of customers from cold areas pick out great but different species that have proven for them to be good growers.  You don't have to only accept the common species available in your area.  Below is a sampler in random order to give you some ideas.  We certainly have dozens more species that would probably do well for you.

All the plants shown here will tolerate temperatures down to about 22 degrees or lower.  Some will even go down to the mid-teens F.  The Encephalartos need cold protection below 20 degrees.  Plants shown here are mostly 15 gallon size with a few 5 gallons. 

We have all these species available for sale and
can work out the most affordable shipping method to get plants right to your door.  If you live in Sacramento, the SF Bay area, Houston, northern Florida or other colder areas, you may be able to grow all or most of these plants.  We also have smaller sizes available that we ship through Federal Express.  Contact us and we'll work out the best species for your area.  Remember, this is only a "sampler" and that we have many more desirable cold hardy species than shown here.

PALMS AND CYCADS BELOW PRESENTED IN RANDOM ORDER


     
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
15g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
15g
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
Phoenix loureirri
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
5g
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima
15g
Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima
Brahea brandegei
Brahea brandegei
15g
Brahea brandegei
Brahea brandegei
Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens
5g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
15g
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Dioon edule
Dioon edule
15g
Dioon edule
Dioon edule
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
citrus pot
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus 15g
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia 15g
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens 5g
Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
15g
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla
15g
Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla
Brahea edule
Brahea edule
15g
Brahea edule
Brahea edule
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15g
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus 15g
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei 15g
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei
15g
Blue Butia capitata 25g
Blue Butia capitata 15g
Blue butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata 15g

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

The popular King Palm is also known as the Piccabeen Palm or Bangalow palm.  It is native to several areas in Australia.  It can in habitat get to sixty feet tall, but in Southern California is usually not over 40 feet tall.  It is crown shafted with a gray trunk.  The crown shaft is green with some brown speckled areas.  Leaf length is 8 to 10 feet.  It is not particularly rare.  Other species of King Palms are.  (we grow them all).  Ramenta is present on the back of the leaflets, a hallmark of this species.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  The triples we're putting on sale are triples in the 15g size.  Be aware, you can plant a single, double or triple.  All do great although the greater the number of plants put in, the slow the growth rate of all.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale. 

King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 
King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 
King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 

 

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM
FULL SUN - TEN FEET HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The plants shown here are a red hybrid form of Cordyline australis.  There are many different hybrids of this species.  The most common is called "Red Star".  They typically get to a height of ten feet, tolerate full sun and are cold hardy into the mid-teens F.   We're putting our 5g on special. 

REGULARPRICE 3G OR 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Cordyline australis red
Cordyline australis red Cordyline australis wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE, FULL 15G SIZE
FANTASTIC DEAL - NEAR INTERIOR QUALITY

We just got in about an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special.  Have you ever wondered why you hardly ever see Rhapis on sale?  It's because they are super slow growing.  The plants shown here are eight, maybe ten years old.  Therefore, growers have little motivation to sell them cheap.  The plants shown here are nice enough for a bank or hotel lobby, a professional office or even your living room. 

Rhapis excelsa
is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  The plants on special here are 15g size, very full with lots of canes.  They won't last long.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $285

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.


Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa

 

NEROGELIA - RED SPECKLED
RED AND GREEN COLORED BROMELIAD
GREAT PART DAY SUN COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

These attractive Bromeliads offer a nice speckled combination of red and green and are easy to grow.  Our nursery is close to the Ocean and we grow them in full sun.  If you are inland, try part day sun.  They pup freely and are low maintenance.  They'll take temperatures into the upper 20's F. if you give them the right care.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32,50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Discount for this reduced price when you purchase.
 
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED    

 

MONDAY, 19 JUNE, 2017

 

THE TROPICAL GARDEN OF THE LATE MARDI DARIAN
LOCATED IN VISTA, CALIFORNIA
A MASTERPIECE OF DESIGN

On July 18, 2015, members of the Palm Society of Southern California were fortunate enough to visit the famous garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian.  Mardi was one of the real pioneers in the world of palms, particular rare palms from Madagascar.  Unfortunately, about a month after the meeting, Mardi passed away.  The Darian garden is located on top of a hill in Vista, CA and has ideal weather with warm summer breezes and rarely a freeze in winter.  This is a very large garden on 3.5 acres of rich, well draining soil.  Mardi started his work on the garden approximately sixty years ago and has literally hundreds of different species of palms thriving.  And, there's also a very nice collection of cycads and tropical companion plants, many mounted on tree trunks as shown here.  It's amazing how approximately 150 - 200 attendees just disappeared into this vast garden.

The point of this presentation is not to identify individual rare palms.  Rather, I want to show you Dr. Darian's mastering of garden design.  As you meander through the endless pathways, you come to notice that around ever corner throughout the garden there are beautifully grown palms and cycads and then even more surprises.  The plants you see are surrounded by attractive and curious tropical plants of every variety.  He is a genius at presenting his well grown rare palm species species.  There are many areas of towering canopy trees with mid and lower level plantings as well.  Rarity of species abounds!  Tree trunks and the garden floor are loaded with colorful bromeliads, ferns, staghorns, orchids, Philodendron, Alocasia and a vast assortment of other plants.  Please view these pictures with the concept in mind of a well designed tropical garden.  Another day we can discuss species.  But, for now, just enjoy the garden's beauty.  You'll not see many gardens like this anywhere and rapidly realize how this has been his life's achievement.  My thanks to Mardi for a job well done!  And, may we all remember him for this beautiful creation.

 

Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Mardi Darian
Mardi Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian Garden of Mardi and Cheri Darian
Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian 
Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian 
Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian 
Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian  Garden of Mardi Darian 
Mardi Darian garden Mardi Darian garden Mardi Darian garden
Mardi Darian garden Mardi Darian garden Mardi Darian garden

 

LYTOCARYUM HOENII
NEAR EXTINCT SEMI-DWARF PALM FROM BRAZIL
NEWLY AVAILABLE 5G SIZE
COMPARISON TO LYTOCARYUM WEDDELLIANUM

This semi-dwarf pinnate palm gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet and is single trunk and has no crown shaft.  It is native to montane forests in Brazil and is near extinct in the wild.  It is rarely seen offered for sale.  The more frequently seen species of this genus is Lytocaryum weddellianum, also from Brazil rainforests.  The latter is a much smaller plant than L. hoenii and rarely gets to ten feet.  Hoenii can get up to fifteen feet tall and has a more robust appearance, a bit thicker trunk and wider leaflets.  Here I'm showing recently obtained 5g plants of Lytocaryum hoenii.  Although I no longer have weddellianum in the 15g size, I do have small plants for sale.  Both of these plants are filtered light species with a cold tolerance in the mid-twenties F.  I've found from experience that Lytocaryum seem to thrive on neglect.  Too much water, fertilizer or attention seems to not be right for them.  Just plant one, don't pay attention to it other than average watering, and they seem to do fine.

Lytocaryum hoenhei Lytocaryum hoenhei Lytocaryum hoenhei
Lytocaryum hoenhei Lytocaryum hoenhei Lytocaryum hoenhii
Lytocaryum hoenhei
lytocaryum hoenhei by TS RPS
Lytocaryum hoenhei by TS/RPS
Lytocaryum hoenhii
Lytocaryum hoenhei
Lytocaryum wedellianum
Lytocaryum weddellianum
lytocaryum weddelianum
Lytocaryum weddellianum
Lytocaryum wedellianum
Lytocaryum weddellianum

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix teracarpa is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm - actually towers above them
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk
Sometimes, as shown here, its new leaf is a red-green color


REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Remember:  mention this Special!

Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archonotophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note no tip burn on leaflets
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note super thick trunk for a King Palm

 

RHAPIS HUMILUS HYBRIDS BY LUIS HOOPER
RHAPIS LAOSENSES X HUMILUS
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ANYMORE
SMALL TO MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHTS
TWO SIZES AVAILABLE

True Rhapis humilus is from China and there are no known females in native populations in the wild and in private collections.  By Rhapis humilus, I'm talking about the robust tall species often seen in California that tolerates full sun in many areas.   But, there are males and males give pollen.  As this is a dioecious genus (both sexes need to set viable seed), one could take pollen from pure humilus and put it on flowers of other Rhapis species.  With hybrids, the first name in the hybrid is the seed bearing mother.  The second name is the pollen donating male.  So, it'd be impossible to have a cross that was "Rhapis humilus x ....".  The hybrids I'm showing you now are seed bearing other Rhapis species crossed with pollen of the true Rhapis humilus. Understand? 

Long time friend of mine, Louis Hooper, from Orange County, California has now retired from palms (photo of Luis below).  But, his most amazing accomplishment was the hybridization of existing Rhapis species.  His now famous Rhapis "Alicia" was Rhapis laosensis x humilus.  These are the plants being shown here in 5g and 1g size.  Expect a mature height of five to eight feet.  Note the limited number of wider leaflets with blunt tips. 

The first two rows show the 5 gallon size.  Rows three and four show our one gallon size.  I have very limited numbers of each.  They can be mail ordered and make great interior palms.  Or, in the garden, grow them in filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.

The last row of photos below show a Rhapis laosensis, Rhapis humilus and a now unavailable 15g of the cross of these two.


Luis hoope


Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis humilus hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis laosensis
Example of Rhais laosensis
Rhapis humilus
Example of Rhais humilus
Rhapis laosensis x humilus
R. laosensis x humilus, 15g (not available now)

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
THIN TRUNK, COLORED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This attractive and very thin trunk, crown shafted palm tree is native to Brazil and other South American countries.  It is a very elegant single trunk, crown hafted palm that grows well in many areas of Southern California.  Anticipate a height of twenty to twenty-five feet.  Crown shaft color ranges from green to a brown-purple.  Fruits are purple.  Trunk diameter is four inches.  Leaves are green with somewhat droopy leaflets.  This is a very attractive rare palm that, if given the right conditions, grows fairly rapidly.  It is also hard to find available.  Cold tolerance is about 25 to 27 degrees F.  We've been out of this species for a few months.  But, I recently acquired some one gallons shown below.  I'm putting them on special.  Also, I'm showing in the last row below, photos of presently unavailable 15 and 20 g plants from the nursery.

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

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


Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
AKA RHOPALOSTYLIS SP. CHATHAM ISLANDS
A RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA ON STEROIDS!
SUPER BULGING CROWN SHAFT, GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This often hard to find species of crown shafted palm is from the Chatham or Pitt Islands, many hundreds of miles southeast of New Zealand.  It is known as probably the most southern growing of any palm species.  Compared to the other forms of Rhopalostylis sapida, it is much more robust, perhaps better at handling full sun and has a massively swollen crown shaft. I've been told plants can reach forty feet of height.  Also, this species or variety is a quicker grower than other forms.  Although some consider it a "species", presently you should properly refer to it as a form of Rhopalostylis sapida, either "oceana" or "Chatham Island".

Along the coast and a bit inland, it tolerates full sun quite well.  Inland areas would do better giving it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are 5g plants we're putting on special.  We may also have some 15g for sale. 

REGULAR PRICE BIG 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5G SIZE $65

Easy to mail order.  Remember, mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana
Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana by DP
photo by DP
Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana by PC Palmtalk
photo by PC at palmtalk

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "ORANGE CRUSH"
A BEAUTIFUL DYPSIS WITH NO SPECIES NAME
MANY TIMES SPORTS AN ORANGE CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
EXOTIC AND SOUGHT AFTER.


This is another exotic species that is near impossible to find.  It is native to Madagascar, gets to a mature height of about 20 feet, has an 8 inch thick trunk and, most appealing, is the smooth orange colored crown shaft. (see last photo).  We just got in a single 5 gallon that I wanted to show.  It is for sale.  At one point, orange crush was felt to be Dypsis pululifera.  But, that was proven incorrect by taxonomists.  It presently has not species name.  I'd start it in strong filtered light or slowly acclimate it to some sun.  Cold tolerance is probably not much below a freeze.  We have this one 5g available.  Like other super rare species, it is affordable but not inexpensive.  First come, first serve.

The last photo was taken by BGL.

 
Dypsis species orange crush   Dypsis species orange crush   Dypsis species orange crush  
Dypsis species orange crush   Dypsis species orange crush   Dypsis species orange crush pilulifera by BGL 
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM
TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Over our 40 year existence, I'd estimate that the nursery has sold several thousand of this very popular dwarf palm.  Typically we recommend putting in a small colony of them.  They look great like this and will get staggered heights.  Most garden plants are not over 3 to 4 feet tall.  But, the last picture shows a few that we've grown for decades and are head height.  Because leaves are at the top, such older plants look best with newer, smaller plants growing from the bottom.  If you have an older plant, put a few small ones at the base.  This species likes shade and has simple, non-divided leaves as shown.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

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

These are easy to ship and four in one box is no problem.  Just remember to mention this Special for the reduced price when you purchase.  Note that some of these 1g are singles, a few are multiples - same price.

 
CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti   Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti   Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti   Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
25 year old plants at nursery
 

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G PLANTS $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $135

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

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera    

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED
THIN TRUNK
NOT TOO MANY LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G


Many folks like plants that don't have a super thick trunk and don't get too tall.  Such is the case with this species.  Ravenea glauca is native to Madagascar, has a thin 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 plants shown here are six feet or a bit more in height.  They'd be a challenge to mail order.  But, we do have smaller sizes for sale that are easy to ship.  Growth rate is pretty good.  It is a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.
The last photo from Palmpedia is by an unknown author. 

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
     

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL
GORGEOUS 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species (Chamaedorea hooperiana) would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana.  But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat. 

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to
Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter.  Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here is a 15 gallon sized plant that is about ten feet tall.  This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  We have various smaller sizes as well - and maybe a few 25 gallons. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $185

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.  The last photo is by T.S.

Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedoreahooperiana TS RPS
     

 

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


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.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60


Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia
 

 

FRIDAY, 16 JUNE, 2017

 

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


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

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


Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase for this discount. 

Brahea Species Super Silver Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver
Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver Tobias Spanner
photo by TS, RPS, habitat
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF SPECIES - RARELY OVER FIVE FEET
FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NEAR MATURE SIZE NOW!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 7G PLANTS

This is an interesting species that has two forms: a trunk-less form and one with a small to medium sized trunk.  It is from Mexico.  All forms are single trunk.  The trunk-less form has leaves three feet or less and never gets tall.  This is the form I'm offering on special here.  When this form blossoms, the flowers shoot up from he base of the plant and are typically taller than the leaves.  If you have a female, very pretty red seeds form if pollinated.   On the coast, some have grown this variety in a far amount of sun.  Of course, it thrives in filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  The unique thing about these 7g plants is their size. All are multiple about three feet tall.  They are ready for the garden and can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 7G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G $89

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Also, note we have very limited numbers of this size.

Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
LARGE, COCONUT APPEARING PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This rare and nearly extinct species from Bolivia in South America is a single trunk pinnate palm that gets to about forty feet height with a twelve to eighteen inches in trunk diameter.  In its natural habitat high in the Andes Mountains, it sees a fair amount of cold weather.  In domestic gardens, reports of this species tolerating temperatures into the teens have surfaced.  Seeds are huge in size, expensive and germination is sporadic.  In most areas, this species tolerates full sun.  In the desert, part sun is probably bettr.  Give it plenty of room to grow - it is a large tree.  Many think it resembles the Coconut Palm, thus the common name.  The 5g on special are very nicely sized.  I'm also showing a 25 gallon plant below that is not on sale right now.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $65

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  My thanks to Gaston Torres and Andrew Henderson for usage of their photos below.

 
 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
MAJESTIC BLUE FAN PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
NURSERIES IN SHORT SUPPLY THIS PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Every serious gardener or palm enthusiast In So Cal has to have at least one of this species in their yard.  In my opinion, this is the best of all the blue fan palms.  Well grown, mature plants are just stunning.  The color is a definite blue.  Stem size averages about 18 to 20 inches (sometimes thicker).  Heights here in CA should get up to over 30 feet with ease and several decades of growth.  The leaf crowns are full.  They love heat and sun. 

The only downside is that they only tolerate temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  If you get colder than this you would defer to the also blue Brahea armata which goes to about 15 degrees F but is also intensely blue in color.  The one gallon Bismarckia on special are in the strap leaf stage but should be produce fan leaves this summer.  BTW, the "purple" color you see in the leaf of the 4th photo is this species natural response to cold and it's presence or absence has nothing to due with eventual color other than the fact that it shows a plant is indeed the blue form of Bismarckia. 


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

But, you must mention this Ten Day Special to get this price.

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis BISMARCKIA NOBILIS

 


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

Remember, mention this Special for this price!

Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
LIVISTONA CHINENSIS LIVISTONA CHINENSIS LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS

CHUNKY 15G ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

Trachyarpus fortunei is the most commonly available and commonly grown of the Windmill Palms.  It is of Chinese origin .  It is referred to as the Chinese Windmill Palm, the Windmill Palm, or the Chusan Palm.  Note how the term "Windmill Palm" can refer to this particular species or to the genus as a whole.   It is not uncommon to see it growing in colder areas of the United States, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and southern portions of Australia and Africa. 

Most specimens one will see are in the height range of ten to twenty feet.  However, the oldest of trees may reach forty feet height.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown here are two nicely size nursery plants that are in 15g size and are representative this size size at the nursery. 

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

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
     

 

RHIPSALIS SPECIES
HANGING BASKET
BLOSSOMS IN SPRING
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I have had Rhipsalis in the past at the nursery but am not an expert on this genus.  This is a different one.  It appears to be similar to the "Mistletoe" Rhipsalis although I am not sure.  These are large plants in baskets. They hang down a foot or two.  They will have cream colored blossoms in the spring. Leaves have tubular type of leaf sections that divide, giving a fullness to the plant.  I only have a few of these for hanging outdoors in filtered light or a little sun.

REGULAR PRICE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30

Mention this Special for your discount.

Rhipsalis species Rhipsalis species Rhipsalis species
Rhipsalis species    

 

BLACK MONDO GRASS
ALSO SILVER AND GREEEN
GREAT GROUND COVER
TYPES OF OPHIOPOGON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

I have customers in all the time who are looking for an attractive yet small type of ground cover other than Ice Plant.  We carry several types of plants that would fit this bill.  But, one of the "Cadillacs" of ground covers is the Mondo Grass.  I am featuring here the Black Mondo Grass although we also have silver and the more commonly seen green form.  The Black Mondo Grass only gets about twelve inches tall and does not run.  It forms a well defined and small clump.  It's perfect along a walkway.  It wants to get some sun and is fairly cold hardy.  Full sun along the coast is ideal.  A mature clump will only get about 18 inches wide.  Note that these put out small purple flowers.  The specials are for the 1 gallon sizes.  On the garden photos below you'll note all are the green variety.  This is because this is the most common type available.  Black is quite hard to find.  Silver is near impossible to find.  The last photo shows a large form of the green variety.

REGULAR PRICE BLACK AND SILVER MONDO $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $17.50
REGULAR PRICE GREEN MONDO GRASS $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL GREEN MONDO $15


Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.

Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens
Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Mondo grasses various
Mondo grass Mondo grass Mondo Grass
Mondo Grass Mondo Grass Mondo Grass

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN
CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

This evergreen fern is native to South Africa and only gets about one to two feet tall and three to four feet wide.  It doesn't run or take over the garden - it stays as a smaller clump.  It has tight, fluffy green leaves as shown here.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water.  The last photo taken by GCIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Garden photo c/o K.G.III.
 

AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant
 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asperigus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
myeri

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your blog only discount.  These would be easy to ship.
 

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

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED FOLIAGE
PINK FLOWERS
NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRETTY 5G SIZE

There are many types of Begonias used as companion plants in the garden.  This particular variety is one of our favorites because the backs of the foliage are red and the blossoms (present now) are super pink.  It likes filtered light, sometimes will take full sun and is very durable.  It tolerates a freeze and uses average water.  Right now these are on special.  But the way, you can prune them to give a fuller, more low profile plant.  These plants have pink blossoms with red backs to the leaves.  The last photo shows landscape using a white variety of Begonia.

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

Mention this Special for your discount

Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Begonia in landscape


ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS
BAND SIZE WITH TWO OR THREE PLANTS/POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


By popular demand I have put this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species of King Palms.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.  It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  I wish to than L.N. below for his picture of a mature tree.  The plants I'm putting on special are band size.  Most are multiples.  In the last row of photos, I'm showing two 15 gallon plants, but they are not on special right now.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $27.50

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima by L Nancarrow Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima

 

 

MONDAY, 12 JUNE, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CONES
MANY COLORS, MALES AND FEMALES
PHOTOS FROM NURSERY & GARDEN SPECIMENS


Most of the photos here were taken from Encephalartos plants at the nursery.  All photos here show Encephalartos, a type of cycad native to Africa.  Both males and females cones are shown.  As most of you know, cycads are dioecious plants with both male and female reproductive parts.  In cycads they are called "cones".  Female cones look somewhat like a pineapple.  Male cones tend to look like a corn cob where the kernels have been eaten.   Pollen must make its way from the male cone to the receptive female.  This is usually accomplished by insects in the wild.  Domestically here in the U.S. it must be transferred manually. 

When successful and the timing is right, viable seeds result.  Seeds are often quite a bright color, often red (see last photo).  Cones come in a variety of colors including green, tan, brown, yellow and even red.  Tan and brown are the most common. 
E. ferox is striking because of it's red or orange cones. 

All cones are very attractive.  They last for about six months on the plant and then brown out and fall off the plant with age.  When pollinated, as they grow, one can see the colorful and often red seeds developing inside the cone (see photos below).  One must remember to wear gloves and a mask when handling cycad pollen.

Encephalartos altensteinii cone male
Encephalarto altensteinii m
ale cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox f
emale cone
Encephalartos ferox male cone
Encephalartos ferox
male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis
female cone
Encephalartos lkisambo female cone
Encephalartos kisambo
female cone
Encephalartos arenaris x lebomboensis male cone
E. arenarius x lebomboensis
male cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox
female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos villos cone with fruit
Encephalartos villosus c
one with fruit
Encephalartos horridus female cone
Encephalartos horridus f
emale cone
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus male
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis f
emale cone
Encephalartos trispinosus female cone
Encephalartos trispinosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos ferox male cones
Encephalartos ferox
male cones
Encephalartos arenarius male cone
Encephalartos arenarius
male cone, older
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo female cone

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

There is some type of seductive quality to this rare species of Dioon.  I think it's because of the compact, rigid, keeled and curved leaves.  At times they are a bit bizarre appearing - but very appealing.  This is a species that takes on the mature appearance over time.  As a young plant you might think it's a "ho-hummer".  But, as it ages, it develops its traditional appearance and gets more attractive.  Leaves are four to five feet long.  In a domestic situation, a plant with a three foot trunk would be enormous.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $145

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.
 


Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon_califanoi_005.GIF  http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon-califanoi991.jpg   

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

I've discussed this great New Caledonian species before because it is such a good species for those of us in Southern California.  It comes from high elevation in its native habitat, is a good growing palm and can tolerate full sun easily along the coastal strip.  Its cold hardiness is down to about 23 degrees, better than the King Palm or Kentia Palm.  It has an average trunk diameter of eight to ten inches and a mature height of usually about thirty feet.  It can also be grown in part day sun or strong filtered light. 

Shown here is a nice 25g plant along with other sizes.  You'll notice that the leaf color in the sun is blue-green in a way.  It is certainly not a lime green color.  Also, some new leaves may emerge with a hint of red color.  Growth rate is good.  We have a reasonable assortment of all sizes although our larger plants are almost sold out.  This species is highly recommended in So Cal.

kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis leaf kentiopsis oliviformis

   

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT
ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE!

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

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the other Burretiokentia, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  We're putting the 15g on Special

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15GALLON $175

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.

Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 

 

PREPARING A LARGE PLANT FOR SHIPPING
AND, IN A FRAGILE CERAMIC POT
HOW WE DO IT
KNOW OF ANOTHER NURSERY THAT GIVES THIS MUCH CARE TO SHIPPING?

We continually get comments from customers of shipped plants on what an excellent and profession job we do with our shipping.  And, I must admit, this is true.  Case in point:  The plant shown here was a rare caudiciform bonsai in a fragile 20 inch ceramic pot.  The customer bought this plant in the pot.  He lives in Massachusetts.  So, we had to figure out how to ship it without breaking the nice container.  The pictures here show how we did it.

First, we used a plastic pot a little big bigger than the ceramic pot.  We lowered the plant pot into the surrounding plastic pot.  We then wrapped and padded the ceramic pot to absorb an impact.  We then stuffed paper balls above the dirt and attached four vertical boards to the height of the plant.  We then applied a lot of tape to stabilize it.  After this we took a heavy duty box and lowered the plant into the box.  We telescopically slid another box from above to go on the outside of the first box.  These two boxes were then securely taped together with extra duct tape over the most vulnerable area in the lower box (that's where they rupture if the box is dropped on its bottom).  We put on our shipping labels and, on the outside of the box, applied copies of about ten Agriculture Permits.  Then we delivered it down to Federal Express.  We shipped this today and by 5PM it'll be on its way.

It took two men an hour to do this.  Does another nursery do this kind of shipping?  Let me know who and I'll congratulate them.  Only once or twice a year out of many hundred shipments do we have any damage to the box or plant.  Compare this to most nurseries that bang the root ball to free up soil and throw it in a box.  I guess one gets what he pays for.

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preparation of plant in box for shipping preparation of plant in box for shipping preparation of plant in box for shipping
preparation of plant in box for shipping preparation of plant in box for shipping preparation of plant in box for shipping
preparation of plant in box for shipping preparation of plant in box for shipping preparation of plant in box for shipping

 

INSTANT LANDSCAPE WITH RARE PALM SPECIES
DESIRABLE 25 GALLON SIZE
MAKES FOR INSTANT APPEAL

In the past, the wooden 24 inch box was the traditional next step for moving up a 15 gallon sized plant.  But, nowadays there are very nice larger plastic containers.  One that we really like is the 25 gallon size.  We've found that customers much prefer them over the 24 inch box.  Not only are they easier to handle and plant, but they also last much longer.  And, the bottoms don't rot out.  Shown here is an assortment of multiple rare palm species in the 25 gallon pot.  We certainly have many more species available in this size, but these will give you the idea.  They are easy to dolly and two people can easily plant them.  Also, they typically fit nicely into a pickup or even a large SUV.  We can also deliver them or ship them on a pallet with other plants.

Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAF
SINGLE TRUNK - GORGOUS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a super popular single trunk, pinnate palm from New Caledonia.  It is known as the Flame Thrower Palm because of its newly emerging red leaf.  This color lasts for two to three weeks and ranges in color from a dark burgundy to a pinkish-red.  Mature height is about 25 to 30 feet with a thin to medium girth trunk that has a long green crown shaft. Sometimes you'll see marbling of the trunk - known as the watermelon trait.  There is also a blond crown shaft form called Chamberyonia hookeri.  Growth rate is slow with most plants making two leaves a year.  It tolerates full sun right on the coast.  Far inland, people give it filtered light or morning sun.  Cold hardiness is about 23 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $32.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price.  These are easy to mail order.

 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia m band Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TALL TRUNKING FORM
LOOK BEST IN SMALL COLONIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BANDS


There are two forms of Chamaedorea radicalis:  The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to Mexico.  The trunking form is what I'm putting on special presently.  It has a thin trunk with rings, gets way overhead and tolerates coastal sun.  The last photo shows how big a 5g can get.  These are fast growing and have a cold hardiness perhaps into the upper teens F.  They look best with several growing size by side.  The bands on sale have two or three plants per pot.  This is a good buy.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $30

Please mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount


Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

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 our 1.5 gallon plants which are about 4 years old.  They are quite old for their containers.  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 $39

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.

Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase for your discount.

Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA



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

Last year we 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.

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE SIZES $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $350

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous.  And, they are a bargain at this price and will (within a short time) all go into boxes and be sold at a much higher price.  The first two rows of photos are examples of the plants on sale right now.

 
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species, one of the sale plants
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen
     


SATURDAY, 10 JUNE, 2017

 

VARIEGATED MULTI-COLOR AECHMAE
GREAT BROMELIAD FOR THE GARDEN FLOOR
FLUSH OF RED IN CENTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TYPES


The Bromeliads shown are types of hybrid Aechmea.  They are nicely sized and a wonderful addition to the understory landscape.  They will take a bit of sun or strong filtered light.  An occasional spray of water and quarterly sprays of fertilizer is all they need.  You can plant the pot right into the soil  We have at least 40 different types of Bromeliads for sale.  The last photo shows Bromeliads being used in the landscape.

For an pictorial article on Bromeliads in the Landscape,
CLICK HERE

REGULAR PRICE THIS TYPE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS TYPE $27.50


Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.

Aechmea Bromeliad variegated multicolor Aechmea Bromeliad variegated multicolor Aechmea Bromeliad variegated multicolor
Aechmea multi color Aechmea Bromeliad in landscape  

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
GETS FOUR FEET TALL
ONE GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

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.  We have both 5g and 1g plants. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $17.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you buy. 

Blechnum fern 1g Blechnum fern 1g Blechnum fern 1g
Blechnum fern 1g Blechnum Fern
A very old plant at the nursery
Blechnum fern 1g

 

BAMBUSA MULTIPLEX 'ALPHONSE KARR'
COLD HARDY CLUMPING BAMBOO
GREEN STRIPES ON GOLD CANES
MATURE HEIGHT 15 TO 30 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This bamboo is one of the "clumping" types as opposed to one that has a tendency to run and spread.  It is known for its yellow trunks with vertical green stripes of varying width and form.  Mature height in the ground is 20 to 25 feet.  In a pot they do quite well and get up to 15 feet.  This is a good botanical privacy blocking species.  It can also be grown indoors.  Cold tolerance is apparently into the upper teens F.  It likes sun and water.  Shown here is our 15g size.  We only grow a few varieties of Bamboo but think this is a nice one - if you like Bamboo.  We also have nice 5 gallon available and would give a discount on them as well.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price.

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' BY MrBamboo website Australia
Photo c/o MrBamboo Website, Australia
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'  

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30

Note:  Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.  My thanks to Tobias Spanner from RPS for his photo of the mature plant.

Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila TS at RPS
by TS at RPS
Dypsis psammophila

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF
PRE-ARRIVAL SALE
BEEN SOLD OUT FOR A FEW MONTHS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/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.  We sold them like crazy last year as everyone wants color for shady areas.  In a week or a bit more, I'll be getting in about six or eight more.  I'm offering them now for people to reserve.  Then, they'll be gone again.  Easy to ship.  BTW, they blossom in the spring.  So, if you get one now, you'll have color soon.  One picture below shows the plant in winter, no blossoms.

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.  Also, be aware that soon we'll no longer be able to get these.  They are a summer bloomer.

Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea from Vipsad webstie

 

TILLNDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH
SOME MOUNTED - SOME NOT
AND READY FOR TREE TRUNKS OR HANGING
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!
GOING INTO BLOSSOM RIGHT NOW!


These New World epiphytic plants are great fun.  They are one of the many genera of Bromeliads.  Native to regions stretching from the Southern US down to South America, these plants attach to tree trunks, branches, posts, fences or anything they can find.  Most do not live in the ground.  They live off of natural rainfall or humidity and are not harmful to the hosting plant/tree.  All will flower.  Flower color depends on the species.  These flowers appear in spring-summer.  We have perhaps six to eight varieties.  Most growers divide plants into single plants and sell them one at a time.  We are offering bunches of many plants together.  Some bunches are a decade old.  You can put them on a piece of bark, wood or whatever you want.  We have both un-mounted and mounted on wood plants.  They are easy to care for outside.  Of note, they are not super expensive but are not cheap.  This is because they are so old.

The first two rows show the medium sizes.  The last row shows large.

REGULAR PRICE CLUSTER MEDIUM, $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER MEDIUM $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $50


PLANTS MOUNTED ON WOOD ARE $10 MORE PER PLANT THAN UNMOUNTED CLUSTERS.

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Weather permitting, I can ship these but they take a good sized box sometimes, especially if mounted. 

Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters tILLANDSIA CLUSTER 
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia cluster  Tillandsia clusters 

 

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  photo by Jason Schoneman Palmpedia
photo in habitat, Cuba, by Jason Schoneman
 
Sabal maritima 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
FAST GROWING - CENTRAL AFRICAN
HUGE PLANTS IN SMALLER ONE GALLON POT
GREAT BUY!
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS!

This species from Zimbabwe, Africa, and has similar species from local habitats.  For this reason, in the past, plants were considered to be part of the "Manikensis Complex".  Others put into this group later became species such as E. gratus, E. chimanimaniensis, concinus, bandula, etc.  Now most are recognized as legitimate species.
Encephalartos manikensis is a medium sized cycad.  Trunks can get up to three or even five feet tall.  Clustering does occur.  Leaves are about six feet long, leaflets one inch wide.  Leaves are held upright at about a 45 degree angle.  

As it is most Central African cycads, one will find that it does better with humidity than some of the South African species but is still quite as cold hardy.  It will tolerate a freeze and can usually take temperatures down into the mid-twenties.  Along the coast, full sun is tolerated well.  In desert areas, filtered light would be best.

These one gallons are huge - about the size of a nice 5g or even a small 15g.  Caudexes are two to three inches wide and leaves come up to your abdomen or chest.  They'd be cheap to ship because they're in one gallon pots.  Limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE 1 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $69

Remember:  Mention this special.  We'll be putting these into bigger containers (for those that don't sell) after this offering, so don't miss out as they are cheap to ship.   

 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 

 

THURSDAY, 8 JUNE, 2017

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
BULGING TRUNK ABOVE THE GROUND!
MUCH BETTER FOR CO CAL THAN THE BOTTLE PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

If you live in Southern California, the chances are 99% that a Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) will die in your garden.  They don't tolerate our winter's cold.  If you live along the coast, the chances are 75% that you can successfully grow the Spindle Palm.  Plain and simple.  You might ask why a certain depot type store only sells the Bottle Palm.  It's because the Spindle Palm can't be imported into CA from Florida because of lethal yellow disease.  So, one has to grow them from seeds here in California. And, that takes a long time.  But, that's exactly what we'd done.  So, we can offer you a Hyophorbe with a bulging trunk that you CAN grow and is on sale!

And, the Spindle Palm is easier to grow, gets taller and has a cigar shaped trunk that is super cool.  Mature height in 25 years is about 15 feet.  Peak height is about 20 feet in many decades.  The mature plants below are very old.  This species loves sun.  Cold hardiness is just below a freeze.  The five gallon size shown here are fantastic - very large for their pots with heights of 3 to 4 feet size.  They are ready for a 15g pot.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase


Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

Back in the year 2000, I was the President of the International Palm Society.  One of my goals at the time was to break the monotony of Biennial meetings always being held in the United States.  I found them to be repetitious and sort of boring.  Certainly, no one at the time would have called them exciting meetings.   With this in mind, I set up the 1998 Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens.  That was a first.  And, to outdo that meeting, I arranged with the Palm Society of New Caledonia to have to 2000 Biennial in their country.  The palms of New Caledonia are some of the most exciting and pretties palms of the world.

This gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here are plants that we germinated about 8 years ago.  They are finally really nice 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $175


We only have a few of these, so don't dally.  It's a fabulous addition to any garden.  Mention this Special.

Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis 
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
VERY NICE BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS
BIFURACTION ALREADY EVIDENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

When cycad enthusiasts have pollen and a receptive female cycad cone, you know some type of pollination is going to take place.  This is the way we see all sorts of crazy crosses.  Many of these hybrids are done haphazardly with no thought about the cross.  But, with this said, there is some rationale to the hybrid I'm showing you now.  Cycas debaoensis, from China, is known for it's mutipinnate leaves.  They are very cool.  Leaf stems can split to the third order.  Contrast this with the common Sago Palm that has simple pinnate leaves.  But, the Sago is super cold hardy and female cones are very available.  A cross could give a larger plant with bifurcating leaves and more cold hardiness.  That would be desirable.

I don't know if this is the reason that a friend did this cross.  But, it intrigued me so I brought in some hand selected plants that are showing the bifurcation in the seedling stage.   Please see photos.  There are no mature specimens around that I know of so I can't show mature cycad photos.  I'd anticipate a medium sized plant that hopefully will take sun and be fairly cold hardy, hopefully into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


These are easy to mail order.  Remember to ask for your discount.

Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY BAND SPECIAL $27.50

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.

Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO C. PLUMOSA
TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  These 5g and multiples. This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.

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


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia chamaedorea glaucifolia

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
DURABLE AND EXOTIC
GREAT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

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

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium

Photo by PlantPaces website
Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not on sale presently
Anthurium hookeri

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.


Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
15 gallon size
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant

 

SUNDAY, 4 JUNE, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SEEDLINGS
IN BANDS AND ONE GALLON
WHAT'S AVAILABLE WITH SOME SUPER RARE SPECIES
SOME IN LIMITED NUMBERS
EASY TO SHIP!

This post is not meant to educate you about Encephalartos.  Rather, it's merely a presentation of some of the smaller sizes of this genus that we have available.   The availability of these species changes over time.  We got these examples by cruising around the nursery and pulling plants for photos.  You'll note some are quite old for their container - maybe five to six years old.  Some are new seedlings.  So, shown here is what we found.  We did miss a few so the list available is probably greater than shown with pictures.  But, this is what we photographed.  All of these plants would be easy to ship.  But, we cannot ship them out of the country.  Just call us and we'll give you the best prices we can.  We've been around for a long time and I guarantee you we have the best selection of rare cycads in all sizes anywhere in the U.S.

Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos aplanatus
Encephalartos aplanatus
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos chimanimaniensis
Encephalartos chimanimaniensis
Encephalartos concinus
Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox curley leaf
Encephalartos ferox
curley leaf
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius
blue
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius
blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius x horridus
Encephalartos longifolius x horridus
Encephalartos manikensis 
Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos middelburgensis 
Encephalartos middelburgensis
Encephalartos msinganus 
Encephalartos msinganus
Encephalartos munchii 
Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos natalensis 
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis x arenarius
Encephalartos natalensis x arenarius
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii 
Encephalartos natalensis x woodii
Encephalartos nubimontanus 
Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos pterogonus 
Encephalartos pterogonus
Encephalartos senticosus 
Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos tagulaneus 
Encephalartos tagulaneus
Encephalartos transvenosus 
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii 
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos trispinosus 
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos turneri 
Encephalartos turneri
Encephalartos umbeluziensis 
Encephalartos umbeluziensis
Encephalartos whitelockii 
Encephalartos whitelockii
cycad seedlings
One of forty tables of cycad seedlings
cycad table
Two more cycad tables

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES "ROSEA"
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS
LARGE 5G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This climbing vine is native to Australia and will trellis up a fence or pole or climb up the trunk of a tree.  This variety is hard to find and has large, white, trumpet shaped flowers that have a deep red throat.  There are other color varieties including pure white which we also can offer.  It grows in the shade or sun but flowers better with sun.  It is very cold hardy with reports of it surviving temperatures into the teens F.  These 5g plants are huge for there pot and ready to be planted or moved into 15g pots.

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

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

Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea
Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea rosea

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LEAF COLOR GREEN TO BLUE
STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
A COLLECTORS FAVORITE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  But, it gets larger than the E. arenarius above.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  Leaf color can be anything from a dark olive green to a brilliant blue.  Most plants are somewhere in-between.  It loves full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  When new customers visit the nursery to get a cycad, this is invariably one of the species on the top of their list.  It is a drop dead beautiful plant when grown well.

We're offering one gallon plants on our Ten Day Special.  They are about four years old.  Their mature color will be blue green.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $65

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.  The last row of photos shows plants in the wild and two larger nursery plants for sale.

Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius MR Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius


ACOELORRAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAURITOS PALM
SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
PHOTOS OF TREE IN FRUIT
ONE GALLON PLANTS - TEN DAY SPECIAL

This suckering fan palm has a wide native distribution spreading from Southern Florida (where it's known as the Everglade Palm), Mexico, some Caribbean Islands, Central America and far northern South America.  It has a fondness for water and can tolerate wet conditions.  Note the plant below that's surviving right on the ocean's edge.  It loves sun and heat.  People in the desert can grow it if they give it adequate water.   Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  Mature height is variable, somewhere between fifteen and thirty feet.  Trunks are thin and have an attractive fiber pattern.  It is known to grow better in the ground that in containers.

We're offering nice one gallon plants on a Ten Day Special.  We may have a few 5g.  Of note, fruits are small and orange in color.  The first five pictures show (in progression) a mature tree in fruit.


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

Remember: Mention this Special when you purchase.  The one gallons are shown in the last row of photos.


Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
This and next 4 pictures of tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe in fruit
This tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Close up of Fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Tree near reflecting pond, Balboa Park, San Diego
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Two pictures mature tree right on water's edge
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Trunks of well maintained tree
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
One gallon plants available - shown here
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST DESCRIBED SPECIES KING PALM FAMILY
FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Common Name(s):  Walsh River Palm
Native Locality:  In the Atherton Tableland, south and west of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.  Elevation there is 3500 feet. 
Overall Height:  In habitat up to 70 or 80 feet 
Trunk Diameter:  Thicker than all the other species, up to 18 inches.   Some swelling at base.
Leaf Length:  10 to 12 feet, upright, slightly twisted.  The petiole is very short, i.e. leaflets start near the trunk.
Leaflets:  Minimally silver underneath (other species more prominent) and no ramenta
Crown Shaft Color:  Green with hints of yellow or blue    
Presence of Ramenta:  Absent
Flower Color:  Creamy-white in color.  Note that this species has the largest flowers of any Archontophoenix
Other Comments:  Probably the largest species of the family.  It has upright, rigid leaves (not arched) and a thick trunk.   Good growing palm for sun and with cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F.

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

Mention this special when you purchase for your discount.  For the specimen plants below I wish to thank L.N. and P.D. 

Archontophoenix maxima ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA  Archontophoenix maxima 
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima UNKNOWN AUTHOR ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA PD  ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA 

 

PHOENIX LOUREIROI VARIETY HANCEANA
MOUNTAIN DATE PALM
SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZE
ALTERNATIVE TO LARGE CANARY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Shown here are some 5g plants of seeds that were labeled "Phoenix loureiroi variety hanceana".  There's always been confusion on naming this particular palm.  But, there are two varieties of P. loureiroi.  The variety discussed here and shown is Phoenix loureiroi variety loueiroi and this one is synonymous with hanceana.  It is a medium height, single trunk, armed pinnate palm from various regions in Asia.  Habitat stretches from central Asia down to the Philippines.  Mature height is variable but usually under twenty feet.  The specimen shown in Balboa Park, San Diego below is 20 years old and ten feet tall.  It's a sun species with a cold tolerance to at least the low 20's F.

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

Remember: Mention this Special!
 

Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana 
Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii  Phoenix loureirii 
Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana 

 


ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM
FULL SUN, COLD HARDY, DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON SIZE

The nursery plants shown here very large plants for their container.  They are ready for the garden or to be repotted.  This species is native to Brazil and lives near the ocean, often on sandy dunes near beaches.  In general, it is very slow growing.  Mature height height is about six feet.  The leaves are plumose and fluffy.  It is a single trunk species although it has the appearance of being a suckering species.  It loves sun and heat.  If you need a small palm for full sun that you can see over, this is a great species for you.  These 1g are easy to ship in their containers with soil.  We also have other sizes available.

REGLAR PRICE ONE GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32.50

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF
DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are 1 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $40

Just mention this special when you buy.  I thank TS at RPS for usage of his photo below.
 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa 

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS


This shade loving species is sought after for several reasons:
It doesn't get too tall, rarely over 8 feet tall
It suckers and forms a nice clump
It has good cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
Leaves are sometimes iridescent and a blue color on their under side

It is a type of Bamboo Palm.  Trunks are very thin, sometimes just a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short, usually 2 to 3 feet.

We are presently offering seedlings on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25
OR, FOUR FOR $85


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  These little guys are easy to ship and do make a great houseplant.
 

Chamaedorea microspadix  CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX  CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX 
Chamaedorea microspadix
5g size at nursery, not on sale 
Chamaedorea microspadix
attractive red fruit of this species 
Chamaedorea microspadix
Mature clump in sun 
 

 

BROMELIADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
VERSATILE, EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANTS
VAST ASSORTMENT TO SELECT FROM

Bromeliads are a type of plant, typically small in size, that are simple to grow and make great companion plants in the garden.  They are very versatile and, because most species grow epiphytically, can be used on poles, posts, fences, mounted to trees or simply grown in the ground among other plants.  Almost all species blossom once a year and the blossoms are long lived.  Blossoms appear in almost every color imaginable, anything from the rainbow.  Plants propagate by basal suckers and only really need care once a year when old plants are removed from the cluster.

Photographs here show plants that are attached to posts, mounted in trees and are used in water features.  There are some species that can get  up to five or six feet tall and are quite spectacular.  If one wishes, he can just put the bromeliad, with it's container, right into the ground. Some species tolerate full sun and many love filtered light and blossom well in such light.  

Although we are not a "bromeliad only" nursery, we typically have a great supply of the most desirable types available for sale.  We emphasize beauty and color in our Bromeliads rather than rarity.  We consider one of our specialties our ability to offer a great selection of interesting and colorful companion plants.  

Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads landscape

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FRIDAY, 2 JUNE, 2017

 

RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
NEW ARRIVAL SQUAT 15G
IF YOU DON'T FREEZE, LUSH TROPICAL PLANT IN ONE PLANE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

This is a tropical tree from Madagascar that gets over thirty feet tall.  But, it can be grown in Southern California if you don't freeze.  It gets a trunk about ten inches to a foot wide, brown in color.  The leaves are flat and green, reminiscent of a banana leaf.  This species does sucker.  In my opinion, specimens look best if suckers are removed.  This provides better viewing of the flat plane of leaves that go from side to side.  This characteristic is called "distichous", all in one plane.

Hard wind can tear the leaves.  So, a protected location is probably best.  Cold tolerance is down to a freeze.  Temperatures of thirty degrees or below will "melt" this plant overnight.  It is a good and fast growing species and tolerates full or part sun.  Folklore says to plants the leaves going east to west, i.e. with maximal southern exposure.

We have available two sizes in limited numbers:  the 25g are over twelve feet tall.  The squat 10g are about 8 feet tall.  Both sizes are on sale for ten days.  If you wanted one of these, act quickly because I rarely have them available.

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

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  BTW, these plants are too big for mail order.

Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
In habitat by MR
Ravanala madagascarensis from Wikipedia (Custom)
Ravanala madagascarensis from Wikipedia

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
HUGE 15 GALLON NOW AVAILABLE
VERY RARE - NEVER SEE THEM THIS LARGE FOR SALE

We are proud to announce that, for the first time in quite a few years, we are offering very sturdy 15 gallon, outdoor grown specimens of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  For those of you who don't know, this species is native to Lord Howe Island.  This location is also home to the Howea forsteriana and belmoreana as well as the dwarf crown shafted palm, Lepidorrhachis mooreana.  Hedyscepe canterburyana is the only species of this genus and native to the mountains of this island about 2/3 the way up.  This gives it some cold hardiness, down to the mid twenties or perhaps lower.  It has a thin, prominently ringed silver trunk and gets a mature height of about twenty to twenty-five feet.  The crown shaft and trunk are prominently silver. 

The plants we are offering are in limited supply.  We have about ten for sale.  Note that this species is super slow.  The plants shown are twelve years old.  They trunks are chunky and fat.  They are showing the silver crown shaft.  These plants are superb and won't last long.  Unfortunately, these large 15g are a premium type plant to find and are not inexpensive.  We do have multiple smaller plants including the 2g shown in the last row of photos below.


Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana 
Hedyscepe canterburyana  Hedyscepe canterburyana  Hedyscepe canterburyana 


AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The Australian Tree Fern in native to several areas on the eastern side of Australia.  It is a faster growing tree fern that can get to a height of over forty feet.  The two photos from my garden in San Diego show potential height.  I have several with twenty-five feet of trunk.  I'm about 8 miles from the ocean and they take my sun fairly well.  Trunks can get up to twelve inches thick although most are more thin.  This species is a bigger alternative to the Tasmanian Tree Fern and has a thicker trunk and longer leaves.  This species tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.  It is cold hardy into the upper twenties or lower.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45

Mention this special when you purchase.  Mail order possible on this size.

Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
  Larger plant at nursery
Australian Tree Fern

 

THE SILVER FERN
PTERIS ARGYRAEA

INTERESTING SILVER ON GREEN ON THE LEAFTOP
MEDIUM SIZED FERN
CLUMPING - USUALLY THREE TO FOUR FEET

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANT

This is a most interesting "variegated" fern from India.  Originally I thought this was a tree fern from New Zealand, but that is not the case.  This species does not get overhead, clumps and likes filtered light.  It wants ample water during the growing season.  People who see this plant very much like it.  It makes a nice filtered light companion plant.  These can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase.
 

Silver Fern Cyathea dealbata Cyathea dealbata
Cyathea dealbata Silver Fern Silver Fern

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPENIUM NIDUS
FILTERED LIGHT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Most people know of the Birds Nest Fern.  It does not tolerate much sun and needs adequate water.  Letting them go dry is hard on them.  We just got in some oversized and nice 1gallon that I'm putting on special.  I'm showing a very old plant from our nursery and a photo of this species growing epiphytically in a tree.  If you do this, just get them enough moisture.  Most know this plant so I won't say much more.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $14

Easy to ship.


Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
photo by Hawaiianforest.com website

   

 

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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 and citrus pots.  However, tiny pots like 4 or 6 inch are not containers that we really utilize.   

So, don't clutter the environment by giving them to the garbage man or your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!
plastic pot
15 gallon pot
pots
Array of pots starting with the band size on the 
left and ending on the right with a 24 inch box

  


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GET A GOOD SELECTION OF PLANTS
WITH THE BEST SPECIES AROUND

ANY TYPE - PALMS OR CYCADS
AND, SAVE MONEY ON DELIVERY & THE PLANTS!

Photographs of Some of Our Cold Hardy Palms Below
Shipping By the Pallet - Best Way to Save on Larger Orders of Big Plants


There are a lot more cold hardy palms available than shown here


HOW IT WORKS & BENEFITS OF SHIPPING BY THE PALLET OR DELIVERY:

*  Save money shipping by the pallet OR delivery by truck
 Up to 50% less by the pallet or truck compared to shipping plants individually
*  Easier and cheaper to send much bigger plants up to 24 inch box size and 8.5 feet tall
*  Can double stack smaller plants on top of larger ones in pallet to maximize number of plants
*  Get plants that are way too big for Fed Express or UPS
*  Typically same arrival times (or quicker) as ground services with UPS or Federal Express
*  Shipped by independent trucking companies
*  Plants shipped safely, usually in framed out pallets as shown below or safely store in trucks
*  Get a discount up to 15% off on the regular price of the plants themselves when you get a large load  

 

SHIPPING PLANTS BY THE PALLET

Shown here is how we typically "palletize" plants for customers.  You can see that plants are secure and travel safely.  Also note that some plants are over eight feet tall.   These are "non-stackable pallets".   


pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants

 

COLD HARDY PALMS AT THE NURSERY
SHORT PICTORIAL TOUR OF HARDY & TOUGH NURSERY PLANTS
SOME TAKE DOWN TO 15 DEGREES F! 
(Sample Plants Shown Below - Click below for full presentation)

CLICK TO SEE FULL PRESENTATION
 
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
 
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
 
Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
 
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
 
Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri
 
 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
 

(or, look at the quick review below) 

COLD HARDY PALM TREES
A Quick Look at Some Species

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 

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 
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 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 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 
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  Mule Palm by Mark Heath 
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 
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 

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 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 
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 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 
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 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 

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

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 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 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

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SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS 
SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY
SOMETIMES EVEN ON SPECIAL!


If you like different and colorful companion plants for the floor of the garden, check out these plants.  Remember, a garden is not complete until you put in the companion plants and add some color.  Our selection changes frequently and, on some, are seasonal.  Examples of such plants are given here with a link below to a new Website Article recently published on "Tropical Plants".  

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

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

 

 

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

Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma.  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.

 
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FRONT JUNGLE MUSIC ENTRANCE TO GREENHOUSE 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.

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MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

Many of you who have called us or received emails over the years have communicated with one of our staff.  But, you may know nothing about them.  So, we thought we'd post a webpage that shows who they are and mentions a few points.  Just click on the banner to the left to read about our staff.
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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 SIX 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.




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photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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View outside my office window at dawn
Phil Bergman
Phil Bergman at a private cycad garden 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 torallyiii and Dioon merolae.  

Click here to see this short Video.

 

 

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

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

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

And, now you can get it at a discount at Amazon.com - a very good price.  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

 

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


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

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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

       

ArchontophoenixArchontophoenix cunninghamiana


Bismarckia
Bismarckia nobilis

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
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 SIZES


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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