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SATURDAY, 28 MARCH, 2015

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
SHAVING BRUSH PALM
FEATHER DUSTER PALM

We've discussed this great palm previously on this blog, but I wanted to show a few more pictures and remind you that we do have a good selection of this great species for sale.  Rhopaolstylis species are from New Zealand.  R. sapida has the most upright leaves of all the species and gets to about 25 feet height.  Such heights may take several decades. 

When I think of this species, I remember mostly the upright leaves and the thick, bulging crown shaft. Rhopalostylis sapida would also be on most people's top twenty list.  It can tolerate full sun if you are within five to eight miles of the ocean in Southern CA.  Most people in other areas give it morning sun or filtered light.  In the garden, getting any significant trunk from a nursery plant may take five to seven years.

Cold tolerance is about 22 or 23 degrees F.  I recently saw some wonderful specimens of this species in the SF Bay area.  The most common mistake is giving it too much sun if you live in a hot area.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants we have for sale.  Also shown are photos to demonstrate the two main characteristics of this species: upright leaves and bulging crown shaft. 
Rhopalostylis sapida 25g Rhopalostylis sapida, 5g
     

Rhopalostylis sapida rusty 15g rhopalostylis spaida Rhopalostylis sapaida
Rhopalostylis sapida
25 gallon size
Rhopalostylis sapida 5g
5 gallon size
Rhopalostylis sapida 15g
15g size
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida

 

DIOON MEROLAE
THREE FEET OF TRUNK IN FIFTY YEARS

This is a slow growing New World cycad species that comes from Mexico.  It is very attractive.  One of the things that is particularly nice about this species is that the crown size is compact and not that large.  For this reason, it fits into a small sunny location in the garden where no other plant would work.  Its leaves are a silver-green in color and it holds many  leaves.  An extremely old plant might have a foot or two of trunk.  In the wild there are specimens that are possibly a thousand years old with many meters of trunk, often leaning over toward the ground.  But, from a practical point of view, it is a small plant.  If you grow this species, you'll probably find that it will take fifty years or more to get three feet of trunk. 
 
Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. and it prefers full sun except for harsh desert climates.  We offer many sizes of this species from seedlings up to trunked plants that are many decades old. 
For mail orders, this is a perfect size to ship.  We can easily ship plants up to the 15g size and even boxed specimens if needed.   Some of the nursery plants you see here are extremely old specimens.  The last pictures shows how new leaves are very upright.  If one cuts off older leaves, this species has very little lateral spread and can fit into rather small areas.  I hope that you like this cycad; it's one of my favorites. For upscale landscaping, nothing beats it.

By the way, we have an excellent supply of this species in all sizes. All are shippable right to your door.
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae box Dioon merolae cluster
an interesting clustering specimen
Dioon merolae crown of leaves

 

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


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

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


Blog only price.  Mention this special when ordering to get this price.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
COCONUT APPEARING, CROWN SHAFTED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This exotic palm from Ryukyu Islands (Japan) is about as tropical as you can imagine for a palm that can be grown here in Southern California.  It's not an easy species to grow because it won't really take a freeze.  But, if you are in a freeze-free area, you might want to try it.  It's hard to find in nurseries.  It is King Palm is height but ten times prettier if grown well.  On Sale are healthy two year old plants in band containers. 

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

You must mention this Blog only price when purchasing.  These will sell out quickly because I only have a few left.
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis

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


This rare species is from northwestern Mexico in the state of Sonora.  It typically gets to a height of about twenty feet but can reach thirty feet in habitat.  It is unique in that it's a green species with a definite shade of blue in the leaves and particularly in the leaf stems.  There is minimal armor on the petioles.  The trunk is quite thin at eight inches and over time becomes smooth and tan colored.  It is known for tolerating drought and may be one of the most xerophytic palm species around.  We just got in these tree pot sized plants which we're offering on special.  They are about 18 inches tall.

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

So, you're paying for a band size and getting a much older and bigger plant.  You must mention this special Blog Only price when purchasing.  Limited supplies - Will run out quickly.
Brahea aculeata cit pot Brahea aculeata

 

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

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

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL: ANY ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS 15% OFF REGULAR PRICE

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

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

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

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
POSSIBLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

People from colder areas often call me seeking out this hard to find species.  It was described by Martin Gibbons and Tobias spanner ten to twenty years ago and is native to China.  It is felt to me a natural hybrid many eons ago but has been given its own species status.  It gets to about twenty feet height as shown in the photo below.  Cold tolerance could be below 10 degrees F. (not documented scientifically) and people often refer to it as the most cold hardy species of the genus.  We are offering our band size on special although we do have other sizes available.  . 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25

Note that our band size are pretty nice for their container.  both of these are very large for their containers.  Just mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this discount.
Trachycarpus takil
one gallon size
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Trachycarpus takil
band size
Trachycarpus takil
band size
Trachycarpus takil by MG and TS RPS
photo by MG and TS at RPS

 

GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO
DESIRABLE VARIAGATED FORM
GREEN STRIPES ON YELLOW STEMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I am not a Bamboo expert in any way.  I grow some plants but do not specialize in it.  But, I've always liked looking at the trunks of the variegated Timber Bamboo.  This species is a large bamboo and can get over thirty feet tall.  The stems are yellow with green stripes.  It likes sun and needs lots of water.  Nursery plants are from divisions of existing plants.  Such is the case with this seven foot tall plant we have for sale.  I can get more of these by special order.  But, right now I'm offering them at a discount.  This type of bamboo is never inexpensive.  Also, the trunks get thick, up to at least three to four inches thick. I've heard it can be grown as a houseplant in a bright room.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE THIS SPECIES $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  We only have a few available.
Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo
Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo, photo by FiberElement Website
Variegated Timber Bamboo,
photo by FiberElement Website

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON POT 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 5 GALLON POT $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

You must mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.  It's like a reward for reading this blog.  Note that I'm showing an assortment of sizes here and that it's the 5g size that is on sale presently.
Birds Nest AnthuriumAn Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not part of this Ten Day Special

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THE MOST POPULAR FISHTAIL PALM

Twenty years ago, Caryota urens was the Fishtail Palm that everyone wanted.  But, in the past ten to twenty years, the "Thai Mountain Giant Fishtail" (Caryota gigas) has replaced it.  I think this is mostly because the leaves of the gigas are much prettier.  They seem to tolerate sun better and don't brown tip.  And, the leaves are enormous.  Typical leaf length is fourteen to sixteen feet long and as much as twelve feet across.  Trunk diameter, for a Fishtail, is enormous.  It can reach three feet.  Caryota gigas is not the biggest Fishtail Palm in the world, but presently it's the most popular.  Make sure a nursery plant is given enough room to grow.  Do NOT plant it right up against the house!

Cold tolerance of Caryota gigas is not quite as good as urens.  It goes down to the low 20's F.  Lower temperatures will burn the leaves.  We saw such burn in our 2007 winter freeze here.  Caryota urens takes down to about 18 degrees.  Shown here is an example of some nice 15g plants which we have for sale.  We also have smaller and larger sizes.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

THURSDAY, 26 MARCH, 2015

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SARGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM
WHY IT'S HARD TO FIND A BIG ONE

This great species (and genus) of palm is highly desirable and actually does quite well in Southern California.  It gets to a height of about fifteen feet and is native to the Florida Keys, Cuba, some Caribbean islands and Mexico.  It loves sun and heat.  The trunk is crown shafted, prominently ringed and silver in color.  They want full sun and seem to tolerate temperatures into the twenties F. 

The main drawback to this species is that it is unbelievably and unbearably slow growing.  Literally, from a one gallon plant it will take growers here about ten years to see any trunk.  But, in hot and humid areas like southern Florida, it grows at three to four times the speed as here.  So, to get a reasonably sized plant, it almost certainly has to be imported into California.  And, they are not that easy to obtain.  Consequently, it is rarely available except as a seedling.

We are continually trying to bring in better sized plants and once in a while it happens.  If you really want one, just let us know.  They do tend to be pricey.
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii    

 

MORE BLOWOUT SPECIALS!!!

Several days ago we showed some great deals on plants. (read thread from 2 days ago).  So, here's some more for today.
 

 

PHOENIX CANARIENSIS
THE CANARY ISLAND PALM
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This is a sun loving and larger single trunk palm tree from the Canary Islands.  It reaches up to forty feet of trunk but more commonly is twenty to thirty feet tall in a few decades.  It is cold tolerant well into the twenties F.  On sale is the 5g size. This species is armed with spines as are all Date Palms.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPECIAL $35
Phoenix canariensis Phoenix canariensis
Phoenix canariensis Phoenix canariensis  

 

PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This South African Date Palm is a clustering species.  Height is variable, but spans from ten feet to over thirty feet when mature.  It takes a good amount of room in the garden, likes full sun and can go down to the upper teens F.  We got in absolutely huge 5g.  But, they demanded immediate repotting into 15g pots.  So, we're offering these 15g's at a great price.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPECIAL 15g $50
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata

 

SABAL SPECIES
GOOD SIZED, SUN LOVING FAN PALM

TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

Sabals are sun loving and often good sized fan palms from the New World including the southern U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Central America.  I apologize that the source of these 5g didn't know the species name.  But, they sort of look like one of the bigger leaf varieties like bermudana.  Anticipate a tree that will be eventually over 20 feet, will take sun and heat and will tolerate temperatures into the teens F. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPECIAL 5g $35
Sabal species Sabal species
Sabal species Sabal species  

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE CHINESE WINDMILL PALM
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

Windmill palms are all of Asian origin.   Trachycarus fortunei is native to China and typically gets to a height of about 20 feet.  The amazing thing is that this is the second most cold hardy of all palms - taking down to about ten degrees F.  It takes full or part day sun.  It's a medium rate growing species.  It has a hairy trunk and (especially if the hairs are removed) is rather thin in diameter.  It makes a nice patio plant. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPECIAL 5g $30
Trachycrpus fortunei Trachycrpus fortunei
Trachycrpus fortunei Trachycrpus fortunei  

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This cycad on sale is native to Mexico and never gets very large.  A large plant would be three to four feet tall.  It does cluster and get equally as wide over time.  It has un-armed leaflets and small spines on the stems.  The leaflets are thick and leathery.  The Cardboard Cycad takes sun along the coast and filtered light inland.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It's also a great patio plant and can be grown indoors. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPECIAL 5g $45
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea    

 

TUESDAY, 24 MARCH, 2014 

 

A FEW BLOWOUT SPECIALS!!!

Just today we got in a batch of not too rare but desirable palm trees along with a few other ornamentals.  We got good prices on these plants so thought we'd pass the savings on to you.  All can be mail ordered.

 

 

BECAURNNIA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This is a sun loving plant that resembles a palm but is not one.  It gets a bulbous base and a mature height of ten feet and loves heat and sun.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPECIAL $35
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum  

 

BUTIA CAPITATA
THE PINDO OR JELLY PALM
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This South American species is single stemmed and gets to a height of about 20 feet.  It loves sun and heat.  Cold hardiness is about 16 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPEECIAL $30
 
Butia capitata
Butia capitata    

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE PALM FROM MORROCO
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This north African species is a clumper and is intensely blue when in full, hot sun.  It has a mature height of about ten feet.  Cold hardiness is 15 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPECIAL $35
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera  

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This Asian cycad is the most popular cycad in the world.  It is particular popular in Japan.  Very old specimens can have ten feet of trunk with multiple heads of leaves.  Along the coast it takes full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens.  It's a great patio plant and can be grown indoors.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY SPECIAL $35
 
Cycas revoluta the Sago Palm Cycas revoluta the Sago Palm
Cycas revoluta the Sago Palm Cycas revoluta the Sago Palm  

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This palm like plants is from Mexico and gets to a mature height of about ten feet.  The central trunk is about 12 inches.  It likes sun and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees.  It is slow growing.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY PRICE $30
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum    

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
THE CHINESE FAN PALM
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This slow growing fan palm is native to China and surrounding areas.  It gets slowly to a mature height of fifteen to twenty feet.  Leaves are large and green.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F. and it takes sun in most areas and also shade.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOOUT TEN DAY PRICE $30

Livistona chnensis Livistona chnensis
Livistona chnensis    

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
TALLER, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
TEN DAY BLOWOUT SALE

This Australian palm species can get a thin trunk up to thirty or more feet.  Leaf segments are thin and droopy at their ends.  It likes sun and heat and survives temperatures into the upper teens F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
BLOWOUT TEN DAY PRICE $35
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens  

More Blowout Specials in a Few Days!

 

TUESDAY, 24 MARCH, 2015  MORE PLANTS

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE 5G SIZE
I MEAN "CRAZY BIG!"

A normally grown 5g Howea forsteriana, the Kentia Palm, would be three to five feet tall.  This is a super desirable house palm or patio plant.  Well, take a look at these 5g.  Some are up to twelve feet tall.  Yes, they are very old for their containers.  And, they are beefy thick at the base.  We have singles and multiples.

Most of these guys are too tall to ship by mail order.  Howeas do quite well being overgrown in a container.  But, for stability, these have to go into a larger pot.  Make sure you have ceiling room for these monsters.  And, these guys could go straight into a 15 inch pot, be happy for years and decorate your patio.  These larger 5g are regularly priced at $95, but buy three and get 15% off.
Howea forsteriana 5g Howea 5g
Howea 5g Howea 5g Howea 5g

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
THE MOST COLD HARDY PALM IN THE "BOTTLE PALM FAMILY"
NICE BOXED SPECIMENS AVAILABLE

Native to the Reunion Islands, this species has proven to be somewhat cold hardy.  As most of you know, the Bottle Palm basically dies in Southern California.  There are only a couple of good specimens around.  99 per cent of the rest are gone.  The Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii, is better than the Bottle Palm.  But, H. indica is the best of the three and can withstand a freeze.  It demands full sun in most areas and never gets much over 20 feet tall.

Shown here are two nice 24 inch boxed plants that are 12 years old.  Limited supplies.  This palm has no common name that I'm aware of.
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
photo c/o RPS by TS
Hyophorbe indica

 

More Later Today

 

MONDAY, 23 MARCH, 2015

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTII
DWARF SHADE PALM WITH SIMPLE LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This is one of the absolute best understory palms you can buy.  It is considered a dwarf or semi-dwarf shade palm and is typically under five feet tall.  I have had plants reach eight feet after many decades.  It is a single trunk palm.  It has a simple leaf that can be a foot wide and long.  The petiole is short.  It looks great when planted as a small colony of plants side by side.  Leaf color is green and not metallic like Chamaedorea metallica.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
OR THREE FOR $60

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  Once again, simple to mail order, weather permitting.  Supplies are limited.
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii
A flat of seedlings
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii
2 gallon sized plant
Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE BOXED SPECIMENS
LARGE SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM

TEN DAY SPECIAL


An associate of mine has extremely large Howea forsteriana with up to almost 25 feet of trunk.  They are in 36 to 48 inch boxes and are crane material.  He has singles and multiples.  All were field grown in sun and were boxed several years ago.  He has a huge selection.  Normally he sells these for $250 per trunk foot.  But, for the next ten days he's offering them at a reduced rate of $175 per trunk foot.  Contact me if interested or for more information.  Delivery is available and is some cases he can plant them for you.  This is an excellent opportunity for folks that want large plant material.

TEN DAY SPECIAL AS ABOVE
Howea forsteriana huge plant  

 

LIGULARIA, CRESTED FORM
NICE COMPANION PLANT

For over thirty years at my home, I have been growing the green form of Ligularia (see photos below).  Several years ago I met someone who actually collected these plants.  From him I got some starts of the crested form of Ligularia that I'm showing today.  They are more of a gray-green color than the bright green seem in the standard form.  They have an interesting ruffled, crested leaf edge.  Flowers are yellow and very similar to the standard form.  Plants never get over about 18 inches and can tolerate coastal sun.  Filtered light is ok for them as well.  They do like adequate water. 

Shown here are the ruffled form and several pictures of the glossy green form.  We offer both for sale.  Propagation is easily accomplished either by division of larger plants or from seeds from mature flowers.  Flowers are an attractive yellow (similar to a Daisy) but mature into more of a Dandelion type of blossom with thin, needle like seeds.  These plants are easy to grow and may wilt if under-watered.  If you give them some water, they bounce right back by the next morning. 
 
Ligularia, ruffled leaf Ligularia, ruffled leaf
Ligularia, ruffled leaf Ligularia, ruffled leaf Ligularia, ruffled leaf
Ligularia, ruffled leaf
Crested form mature flowers gone to seed,
good for propagation
Ligularia green
donated photo, regular green form
Ligularia green form
Ligularia, green form

  

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF & PINNATE PALM FROM THE COMORO ISLANDS
BAND SIZE AVAILABLE


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

I have available a limited number of band size plants.  These are on about their fourth to fifth leaf.  I also have some nice 5g plants as shown below.  This species is always hard to find.  The older tree below is from Fairchild Tropical Garden.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
when available, what 5g plants look like
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
SINGLE TRUNK MEXICAN CHAMAEDOREA
THIN TRUNKED, GROUPED LEAFLETS


This single trunk, shade loving palm is from the Veracruz area of Mexico and named after a German botanist,  Johann Klotzsch.  The plant shown here has reached its mature height of twelve feet.  It has a prominently ringed but narrow green trunk.  This plant is a female and a photo of an older blossom is shown here.

The most remarkable characteristic of this species is the grouping of leaflets along the rachis.  These groups are irregularly spaced.  Also note how they leaflets are held at different angles from the rachis.  Leaflets are a dark green, small  to medium in length, wide and a bit puffy.  It's this grouping of leaflets that allows you to ID this species. 

Another surprising this is how hard it is to find this species.  When I started my nursery 37 years ago, I had lots of these and seeds were available.  Nowadays you can't find seeds to save your soul.  So, I have this big one available and maybe one or two smaller.

This is a shade loving species and cold hardy into the twenties F.  At best perhaps it'd take down to about 24 degrees. 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Rusty showing grouped leaflets, tree leaned over
Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Chamaedorea klotzschiana
old female blossom on this plant, a few non-fertilized seeds
Chamaedorea klotzschiana
a younger 5g plant
Chamaedorea klotzschiana

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
A SUCKERING AND LUSH SHADE PALM

This is a multi-stem (suckering), understory palm that is native to Mexico and Central America.  If you like suckering palms, you'll be attracted to this one because it is very beautiful.  In domestic gardens, heights are typically twelve to eighteen feet although in the tropics this species can get to about 25 feet.  Stems are thin, typically about an inch in diameter, and prominently ringed.  Leaf length is three to four feet. 

A more recent addition to the nursery market is Chamaedorea hooperiana, another favorite.  Here's some differences I've noticed between the two:

1.  Chamaedorea costaricana is taller
2.  The leaves of Chamaedorea hooperiana are longer
3.  Chamaedorea hooperiana is fuller with canes.  I.e., you can "see through" a clump of costaricana a bit more.
4.  Chamaedorea hooperiana may be more resistant to insect pests.
5.  Both make excellent interior plants.
6.  Chamaedorea costaricana will tolerate more sun.  In fact, some along the coast in So Cal are growing it in full sun.
7.  Chamaeorea costaricana may be a bit more cold hardy than hooperiana.  Both are being grown in the SF Bay area.

Both would normally be considered an understory or filtered light species.  Cold tolerance is into the lower 20's F.  Neither species is as cold tolerant as C. radicalis, which tolerates into the upper teens F.  Shown here is a 5g and a 15g Chamaedorea costaricana.  I am also showing an older 15g (not available right now).  The last photo is one of my personal costaricana hybrids with C. schippii.
Chamaedorea costaricana
15g size
Chamaedorea costaricana
5g size
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
5g left, 15g right,
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
15g plant about 18 months older than one above
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana hybrid
Chamaedorea costaricana hybrid at my home

 

DRACENA DRACO
THE DRAGON TREE
MULTIPLE SIZES AVAILABLE


Dracena draco is a subtropical tree that gets to a height of about twenty-five feet and is native to the Canary Islands, surrounding islands and parts of Morocco.  It is known as a very slow growing plant that can take up to fifty years to form the specimen as shown in the last photo.  Unless someone tops the trunk, it will grow for about ten to fifteen years and then start branching.  These branches will individually branch again in another ten years.  A large specimen has quite brittle trunks.  It is known that a large branching specimen will fall apart if laid on its side.  When moving such a plant, a wooden structure has to be built around the tree to stabilize it for moving.  Leaves are blue or blue green and it wants full sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid to lower 20's F.

Shown here are 5g, 15g, 20g and boxed plants, all of which are available at the nursery or can be obtained by special order.  We have nice 5g plants available for mail order.
Dracena draco Dracena draco
Dracena draco Dracena draco Dracena draco
Dracena draco Dracena draco Dracena draco
Dracena draco Dracena draco Dracena draco

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED SOLITARY FAN PALM

As a genus, we've found that many enthusiasts in Southern California can grow Coccothrinax.  This species, from the islands of Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, get to a height of about forty feet and have a trunk diameter that is under six inches.  This means that Coccothrinax barbadensis is quite tall with an extremely thin trunk.  It has woven fibers on the upper trunk and, with age, these fibers fall away leaving a clean trunk.  Leaf size is three feet.  The dorsal side of the leaves is green and there is a silver color to the underside.  You can see this on the last photo below. 

It is a sun loving species and grows better in the ground than in a pot.  Growth rate is slow at first but accelerated when in the ground.  Cold tolerance is probably in the upper 20's F., although this is not well worked out.  Shown here is a nice 7g plant.
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

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

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

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

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

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


You must mention this Blog only special when ordering.
Livistona saribus
5g plant size on special
Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
by John Volk, PSST
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX SP. "NO WINDOWS"
RARE MADAGASCAR PALM SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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

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

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

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
ROYAL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

The Cuban Royal Palm is a tall, crown shafted, sun-loving palm species that grows quickly, likes heat an sun and has a cold tolerance of 25 degrees F.  We are offering a 10 day special on the 5g size.  These can be shipped right to your door.  See above description of the species.  These 5g plants are about four feet tall in their pots.

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


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

 

SUNDAY, 22 MARCH, 2015

 

NEW ARRIVAL OF OUTSTANDING COLLECTION OF LARGE CYCADS.   THIRD DAY OF POSTS.  OFFERED ARE VERY RARE SPECIES

On Friday we unloaded our truck of this fine collection of extremely rare cycads of many genera.  My first post on these great cycads was Friday afternoon.  By Saturday morning, several had already sold.  But, with almost sixty new cycads being offered, a huge number of very desirable plants remain.  Check out those immediately below and from the last two day's of posts.  All are show-stoppers and any plant can be delivered or shipped within the U.S.  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
MOST SOUGHT AFTER OF THE "BASIC BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS"
GORGEOUS HUGE SPECIMEN

There are four blue South African cycads that are considered the "basic blues".  This includes Encephalartos horridus, trispinosus, lehmannii and princeps.  Of this group, the hardest to find is E. princeps.  The specimen shown here is a gorgeous specimen in a 24 inch box.  It has a 12 inch by 16 inch main stem with a pup.  The blue color is outstanding.  You never see a plant like this for sale.  Native to the Natal District, this species loves heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.  This one will sell soon.
 
encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps    

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
VERY OLD SPECIMEN WITH SEVEN OFFSETS
LARGEST SPECIMEN WE'VE EVER HAD

This extremely rare and endangered species is native to Oaxaca and surrounding areas in Mexico.  It can, in centuries, get an eight foot tall trunk.  It has deeply keeled leaves and is green to gray-green in color.  The specimen shown here is in a 45g pot and is, without a doubt, one of the largest of this species ever offered for sale.  It has a main trunk that's almost 20 inches tall.  It has seven huge pups, each up to ten inches.  It took a 45 gallon pot to hold this beauty.  It prefers full sun along the coast and is cold hardy down to the low 20's F.  Because of it's size and age, this plant will be one of the first to be sold.

Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
MASSIVE PLANT IN 24 INCH BOX
INTENSE BLUE COLOR


Of the "basic four" blue cycads discussed above, this is another of that group.  It is South African and loves heat and sun.  This specimen is in a 24 inch box and has a caudex of 16 to 17 inches.  It has a perfectly formed caudex.  Interestingly, this plant has no pups.  It would make a great centerpiece cycad.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Color is an intense blue. 
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus  

 

DIOON TOMASELLII
EXTREMELY RARE MEXICAN CYCAD
FALCATE GREEN LEAFLETS


This hard to find species of Mexican cycad is native to western Mexico with populations going almost to the Pacific coast.  It is not a large plant with trunks to about three feet.  Leaves are four to six feet long.  The interesting thing is the deflexed or falcate leaflets.  This means that they flex downwards a bit.  Leaf color is green, sometimes limey green when in sun.  Usually collectors have to buy seedlings of this species and then wait ten to twenty years to see a plant of any size.  This plant is in a 25 gallon pot and has a caudex of ten inches with two pups.  I'd recommend part day sun or perhaps full sun on the coast.  This is a very unusual specimen.

Dioon tomasellii Dioon tomasellii
Dioon tomasellii Dioon tomasellii Dioon tomasellii

 

DIOON MEROLAE
25G WITH 20 INCH TALL TRUNK
GRAY-GREEN LEAVES

This nice specimen of Dioon merolae likes heat and sun along the coast.  In desert areas, put it in part day sun.  Estimated age of this plant is 25 years.  Note the tightly spaced and armed leaflets.  Although century old plants can get ten feet of trunk, anticipate in a lifetime no more than six feet of trunk height.  The crown is not that large, so this is a nice cycad you can be guaranteed you'll probably always be able to see above.  For folks with nice views, this is imporant.  This is a rare species and size to see for sale.
 
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SCLAVOI
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED CYCAD FROM TANZANIA
MALE PLANT IN CONE


In the wild, it is estimated that only fifty specimens of this species still exist.  It lives on rocky mountainous outcrops at high elevation, above a mile.  Leaves are four to six feet long and leaflets are sometimes cupped.  Color is green.  The specimen shown here has three male cones.  Anticipate a mature trunk height of three feet.  The caudex size of the plant offered here is sixteen inches.  It does have a pup.  It's in a 24 inch box.  Although not quite as cold hardy as South African species, this Tanzanian cycad can tolerate temperatures into the lower 20's f.  It'll take full coastal sun but should have some protection far inland.  You'll not find another specimen around like this for sale.

Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FREDERICI-GUILIELMII
THIN LEAFED BLUE GREEN CYCAD
VERY COLD HARDY AND DIFFERENT


This South African cycad is almost never seen available in the size shown here.  This plant has a twelve inch caudex.  It has classic thin leaflets.  Leaf color is blue to blue-green.  Crowns of leaves are not overly large.  It loves sun and heat and want full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is almost down to 20 degrees f.  The container size on this plant is 25g. Leaf lenth of this species is about four feet although trunks can get over ten feet tall in centuries.  Of note, collectors call this species "EFG". 
 
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii  

 

DIOON EDULE TYPE CLUSTER
24 INCH BOX
LONG LEAVES


I'm showing this clustered out variety of Dioon edule in a 24 inch box.  Leaf color is green.  But, the leaves on this specimena re quite long.  There are many stems in this cluster, some large, some small.  It'll fill an area six to seven feet wide.  It wants full sun, perhaps even in the desert.

Dioon edule type Dioon edule type
Dioon edule type Dioon edule type Dioon edule type

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LANATUS
BLUE, THIN LEAFLET SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LOVES HEAT AND SUN

The plant shown here is in a 25 gallon pot and has an eight inch caduex.  This species is slow growing, so it's rare to see one offered htis size.  The species is known for its very thin leaflets, curved leaves and blue to blue-green leaf color.  New throws of leaves are the most blue.  Stem height is four to seven feet.  Leaf length is four to five feet.  This plant takes temperatures below the mid-twenties F. and likes full sun in most areas.
 
Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus

 

DIOON MEJIAE
ALMOST TWO FEET OF TRUNK
SUN GROWN


This outstanding and thirty year old specimen is in a 25g and has very upright leaves.  The caudex is 16 inches x 22 inches.  Leaves are six feet.  It's been grown in sun and leaves are still quite green.  New leaves will emerge soft, wooly and furry.  In inland areas, I'd recommend part day sun.  Filtered light, if storng, is ok too.  Of note, this is a slow growing species.  Note, in the container, this plant seems to be almost ten feet tall.

Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
25G SPECIMEN
SMALLER THAN THE PLANT ABOVE BUT STILL SUPER NICE


Compared to the first post in today's thread, this plant is smaller.  But, it sstill has a ten inch wide and tall caudex.  color is a very nice blue and leaf form is classical.  The caudex is perfect.  It wants full sun in almost all areas and will survive down to 22 degrees without protection.  It's in a 25g container and can be easily shipped.
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
25G CONTAINER, 14 INCH CAUDEX
NICE BLUE COLOR

Shown here is anothe South African blue cycad, E. trispinosus.  this plant has nice form, is in a 25g pot and has about a 14 inch caudex that has perfect form.  It likes sun and heat in most areas.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
HUGE 16 INCH MAIN CAUDEX
TONS OF SUCKERS
NICE BLUE FORM IN BOX


This south aftican cycad with all its suckers was so large that we had to put it in a 45 gallon container.  It has about 15 offsets.  The main caudex is about 16 inches.  The photos don't show it well, but this is a huge plant.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.
 
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

SUMMARY
I think by now you've got the idea about this great collection of mature, rare cycads that we just brought in is available for sale and there are tons of wonderful plants to select.  More are available than I've shown at this Blog.  Almost all of them are now in full sun and ready for a garden.  Many are loaded with suckers.  But, like I said at the onset, we're willing to sell plants as they are - with all their offsets included.  Plants like the trispinosus above could generate enough offsets to start a small nursery.  But, for those that don't sell soon, we may remove and root out the offsets to serve as our future nursery stock.

In my next post I'll return to palms, tropicals and other things.

 

SATURDAY, 21 MARCH, 2015

 

JUST ARRIVED - NEW PRIVATE CYCAD COLLECTION
BIG MATURE PLANTS
ENCEPHALARTOS, DIOONS, CYCAS AND MORE!

Yesterday I started showing you some of the fifty to sixty new cycads that we just got in from a private collection in the Los Angeles area.  Most of these plants are coning sized.  All are huge for a nursery plant and for sale.  I'll continue showing you more this morning.  All can be shipped or delivered.  Note that many of these plants are large, clustering specimens.  Most nurseries would immediately remove the suckers, root them out and sell them individually.  But we, at least for now, are offering them as clustering plants.  Many you'll see will be three, four or up to six mature, coning sized caudexes. 

 

 

ZAMIA SPECIES
OLD MATURE MALE CLUMP
TONS OF MALE CONES

This plant was in part day sun and was dug.  It is about 20 years old.  It obviously is a semi-dwarf species.  Leaves are about 30 inches long.  The plant is a cluster of coning caudexes.  Each caudex is about four to five inches thick.  There must be at least a dozen stems.  We initially thought this was a Z. floridana but are not quite sure.  The seller couldn't recall what it was when he bought it.  I'd recommend filtered light for this plant.
Zamia species Zamia species
Zamia species Zamia species Zamia species

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
MATURE CLUSTERING SPECIMEN
UNBELIEVABLY BLUE CYCAD!

This species is native to the Natal District in the Republic of South Africa.  It is one of customers' most popular species.  It's not as spiny as E. horridus or trispinosus.  It loves sun and heat.  Desert areas would utilize part day sun.  This cluster is in a 24 inch box.  The primary caudex sizes is 15 inches along with additional 8 & 5 inch offsets plus smaller pups.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.  This plant is one of the prettiest that we got.  It has unbelievably nice blue color. 
Encephalartos lehmannii cluster Encephalartos lehmannii cluster
Encephalartos lehmannii cluster Encephalartos lehmannii cluster Encephalartos lehmannii cluster
Encephalartos lehmannii cluster    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
LARGER GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
HAS TRUNK OVER TWO FEET TALL

This plant is a monster right now and will only get bigger.  Its leaves are green and the bases of the petioles are un-armed.  This is a characteristic of this species.  It's in a 24 inch box.  Trunk diameter is 16 inches and height is 25 to 26 inches.  It is a full sun species.  Give it room as it's going to get bigger.  It has no offsets.  It can be shipped.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii  

 

DIOON EDULE
FULL SUN MEXICAN CYCAD
25 YEAR OLD CONING SIZED SPECIMEN

This is the only cycad species that can be grown in desert areas in full sun all year long.  It's remarkable for this talent but also for the fact that it may be the world's most cold hardy cycad species.  This plant is over 2 decades old and in a 25 gallon pot.  It has a caudex that is 13 inches wide and 15 inches tall. Typically this species never gets a trunk over 20 inches.  So, this is about as big as it'll ever get.  It has a smaller crown of leaves with a crown diameter under six feet. 

Note that it has not suckered in all its years.  Compare this to the specimen below that's suckered light crazy.  Why some Dioon edules sucker and others don't is a mystery.  It is probably just genetics or something to do with the traits of the native habitat colony.  In any case, the difference between this plant and the one below is remarkable. 

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

 

DIOON EDULE CLUSTER
MANY SMALLER CAUDEXES IN ONE BOX
HAVE MATCHING MALE AND FEMALE SPECIMENS

I'm showing this plant here to compare it with the single trunk specimen above.  It's loaded with quite a few indidual stems that are offsets from the primary and orignal caudex.  It fills this 24 inch box.  Note that the leaves are shorter on this suckering specimen.  It is fuller with leaves but more compact.  It obviously wants full sun and will never take up too much room in the garden.

When I purchased this plant it came with a matching plant of the opposite sex.  It'd be nice if someone would keep this pair together.  They are a matched pair and very similar in appearance.
Dioon edule cluster Dioon edule cluster
Dioon edule cluster Dioon edule cluster Dioon edule cluster
     

 

DIOON PURPUSII
AMAZINGLY RARE MEXICAN CYCAD
HUGE SPECIMEN IN A 25G POT

This is one of the most sought after Mexican cycad species.  I don't know if one this large has ever been offered for sale from a nursery.  It is in a 25g pot, has a 13 to 14 inch caudex and is absolutely stunning.  Note the keeled leaves.  They have small spines.  This is a full sun species and never gets overly tall.  It should take temperatures down into the low 20's F.  This one won't last long.  Sorry I don't have more photos on this rare species but we were rushed in putting away this huge collection.  So, we cut it short of photos of some plants.
 
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii    

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
TALLER MEXICAN CYCAD
EXTREMELY RARE IN NUSERIES
LARGE BOXED SPECIMEN

This Mexican cycad is similar to Dioon spinulosum and mejiae except the base of the petioles is typically bare of prickles and the leaflets have no spines.  It can get up to over ten feet tall.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it can take full sun.  Other areas require filtered light.  This 25 year old plant has a cuadex of 14 inch diameter and 25 to 26 inch height.  I've never seen one this large offered for sale.  It's in a 24 inch box.
 
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii    
     

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
RARE KENYAN CYCAD
GREAT 24 INCH BOX SPECIMEN

This species is quite rare and native to mountainous areas of Kenya.  Trunks can get over ten feet tall and leaves are typically up to eight or ten feet long.  Leaf color is green, sometimes a bit of a lime-green.  It prefers part day sun in most areas but can take full sun right on the coast.  The plant shown here has a 17 inch caudex and is in a 24 inch box.  Note the upright leaves on this specimen.

Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo  

 

NOTE: WE GOT IN OVER 50 NEW MATURE CYCADS.  I'LL TRY TO SHOW MORE TOMORROW
OR ON MONDAY.  I'M ADDING A FEW TEN DAY SPECIALS BELOW FOR THOSE WHO MISS
THIS REGULAR FEATURE.

 

ASPLENIUM VIVAPARTUM
THE MOTHER FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


Asplenium is a genus of about seven hundred ferns including the Birds Nest Fern.  The Mother Fern shown here is a lush green plant that has two to perhaps three foot leaves, does not "run" and likes filtered light and plenty of water (like all ferns).  The leaf stems are brown and the leaflets are lush and soft.  These 5g plants are nice size and also instant companion plants for the garden.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

Just mention this Special when purchasing. Of note, Asplenium are often called "Spleenwort Ferns" because it was historically thought that these ferns could treat people with splenic medical problems.
Asplenium viviparum Mother Fern  Asplenium viviparum Mother Fern 
Asplenium viviparum Mother Fern  Asplenium viviparum Mother Fern   
 

COPERNICIA BERTEROANA
THIN TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM
NATIVE TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a fan palm you will hardly ever see available and never on special.  It is native to Hispaniola and reaches a mature height of about 30 feet.  But, in contrast to so many other Copernicia, the trunk is quite thin.  It is usually nine inches thick or less.  Leaves are green and flat. Segments of the leaf are only separated at their ends so that the leaf has a solid flat appearance.  New leaves are held upright and appear rigid.  There is a bit of blue on the leaf stems as shown here.  Old retained leaf bases fall off over time to give a clean trunk.  Petioles do have armor.

This is a full sun palm.  It's so rare to know of anyone growing this that we have little cold hardiness data.  I'd estimate it'll go into the twenties F.  On sale are very nice 5g plants.  I've shown close ups of a fruiting size tree; pictures I took recently.

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

But, remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing.
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery//large/palms/copernicia_bertroana_004.GIF

HYPHANAE COREACE AND UNKNOWN SPECIES
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN PALMS THAT FORK ABOVE THE GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZE

Shown here are two sizes of two species of the genus Hyphanae.  This is a branching palm from Africa.  It likes heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  The interesting thing about these plants is that they branch above the ground - to be contrasted with suckering from the base.

The first three pictures are Hyphanae coriacea in 5g size.  The one gallon plants are an unknown species.  If you get one of these, make sure you have the heat, sun and room for one.

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35


Just mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Hyphanae coriacea
5g size
Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
1g size
Hyphanae coriacea
1g size
Hyphanae coriaceae
Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriaceae
Hyphanae coriacea

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  It has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants shown here appear to be the droopy leaflet form, although I can't be positive.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 or
THREE FOR $65 THIS SIZE


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis onilahensis band  Dypsis onilahensis

 

DYPSIS BARONII
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is also a popular suckering palm species from Madagascar.  Rarely you'll see single trunk plants.  Like so many things from Madagascar, as a group this species is quite variable and you may consider plants as belonging to the "Dypsis baronii complex".  Typically plants get up to about 20 feet tall.  They prefer part day sun or filtered light and tolerate mid-twenties temperatures.  Shown here are the band size we have for sale and a mature specimen from the wild.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
OR, THREE FOR $65

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii by JS
habitat photo by JS

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
EASY-T0-GROW CYCAD FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS THIS BATCH

This species of medium to large cycad from Madagascar tolerates full sun along the coast and filtered light inland.  It is fairly quick growing and has about six foot long green leaves.  The petioles are armed with small spines but the leaves themselves are not.  They are soft to the touch.  Trunks are vertical, usually under 12 inches thick.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. 

We are offering plants from a batch of 5g's that we just got in.  These have been outdoor grown their entire lives and are ready to plant with minimal acclimation.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL FROM THIS BATCH 5G $85


You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when ordering.  These plants can be easily shipped to you.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
24 inch boxed nursery specimen
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

FRIDAY. 20 MARCH, 2015

 

JUST ARRIVED - NEW MATURE CYCAD COLLECTION
GOOD SIZED SPECIMEN PLANTS AVAILABLE
ENCEPHALARTOS, DIOONS, CYCAS AND MORE!

Yesterday we got in a large private cycad collection that we purchased.  These plants were in the Los Angeles area.  Most required digging.  All were exposed to full, hot sun.  These are amazing plants.  Excellent root balls were obtained.  They have been planted into pots varying size from 25g to 45g size and boxes.  It's rare to see large specimen cycads like this for sale.  Deliver or shipping available on all plants.  I'll show some now and more tomorrow.  It was a large collection of over fifty plants, so showing you them all will take a few days.

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
MADAGASCAR CYCAD
TEN FOOT SPECIMEN

This quick growing cycad has upright leaves with minimal armor.  This specimen is in a 45 gallon tub.  It has a vertical height of six feet caudex on the main trunk with two other trunks two to four feet tall.  All trunks have crowns of leaves but the primary trunk has a full head of five to six foot leaves.  This plant is over 20 years old.  It takes sun along the coast or part sun further inland.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
CLUSTER OF THREE MAIN CAUDEXES PLUS
THREE PUPS, GREAT COLOR


This South African species is native to the Natal district and loves sun and heat.  Plant stems never get too large.  A three foot caudex would be a century old.  This cycad has three large caudexes.  The main stems of this plant are nine, ten and thirteen inches, nicely separated  It also has about 3 additional pups 4 inches in size.  It's in a 24 inch box.  Cold tolerance is into the very low 20's F.
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS BLUE
LARGE OLD DOUBLE
GORGEOUS LEAVES, LARGE PLANTS

This species is also South African and from Natal.  This plant is in a 45 gallon pot.  Each caudex is about 18 inches.  Leaves are strongly keeled, overlapping and quite blue in color.  this is a gorgeous plant that wants sun and will go down to about 22 degrees F.  From side to side at the caudex level, the stems are three feet wide.  It's a monster!
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius  

 

DIOON MEJIAE
25 YEAR OLD PLANT
MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA

This exotic Dioon species is different from most others.  Mature, it has no spines and wide leaflets.  It is most similar to Dioon spinulosum and rzedowskii.  This plant's in a 24 inch box, has a caudex 13 inches tall and has been grown in full, hot sun.  It's a real beauty.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon me3jiae' Dioon mejiae

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SOUTHERN MEXICAN SPECIES
THIRTY YEAR OLD SPECIMEN

This sun loving species is in a 24 inch box.  It has a caudex that is 13 inches wide and about 20 inches tall.  It has gray-green foliage with tightly spaced leaflets that overlap.  Leaves are four feet long.  This is a compact and super attractive cycad.  Cold tolerance is to the low 20's F.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A SOUTH AFRICAN DWARF CYCAD
FULL 15G PLANT WITH AGE

I thought I'd show you a much smaller, dwarf species.  Even though this plant is not too large, it's almost as big as this species gets.  It has a six to seven inch caduex.  That's not too far from a maximum size of about 8 inches.  The plant shown here is in a 15g pot.  It is coning size.  Note that is the plumose leaf form of this species.  It enjoys full sun.
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
CLUSTER OF THREE CAUDEXES
24 INCH BOX SPECIMEN

This species is also South African and from Natal.  It likes coastal sun but can take part sun inland.  The plant shown here is an old specimen that has clustered into three or four caudexes.  Leaflets look sort of like an E. horridus  but are green.  A large plant would have two feet of trunk.  The caudexes on this one are 5, 11 and 12 inches with a smaller one coming on.  It's a very full specimen.
Encephalartos arenarius cluster Encephalartos arenarius cluster
Encephalartos arenarius cluster Encephalartos arenarius cluster Encephalartos arenarius cluster

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
MONSTER 24 INCH BOX

This plant makes a medium sized trunk up to six or eight feet.  But, the crown of leaves can be huge as shown here.  The trunk of this plant is 18 inches tall and about 12 inches thick.  It has six to seven foot green leaves.  For a nursery, it's a massive plant.  This is a sun species in our locality.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.
Encephalartos manikenis 12 by 17 inches box Encephalartos manikenis 12 by 17 inches box
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikenis 12 by 17 inches box Encephalartos manikenis 12 by 17 inches box
     

You'll see lots more mature cycads tomorrow

 

THURSDAY, 19 MARCH, 2015

 

BUTIA CAPITATA X QUEEN PALM
THE MULE PALM
SMALLER THAN A QUEEN PALM
MORE EXOTIC AND COLD HARDY

Hybrid palms come from either serendipity or a thoughtful plan.  The Queen Palm may have it's origin from open pollination and luck.  But, more recently, creation of this cross has come from dedicated work and purpose.  This hybrid palm is (I think) prettier than a Queen Palm and also at least three degrees more cold hardy.  Hybridizers try to make these hybrids because they are in demand and grow well in colder areas.  It tolerates about 16 degrees F., take full sun and is more tropical appearing than a Queen Palm or Butia by itself.

Shown here are several 15g plants (first five photos) and a 25g and 5g.  Any size can be shipped.  Always in limited numbers, this is a super palm for anyone, even if you live in Southern California.  They peak out at about 25 feet height.  By the way, the cold hardiness comes from the more cold hardy Butia genes.  The last photo shows a mature Mule Palm.  You can see why some say it resembles a Coconut Palm. 
 
Butia x Queen Mule Palm
This and next 4 photos 15g size
Butia x Queen Mule Palm
Butia x Queen Mule Palm Butia x Queen Mule Palm Butia x Queen Mule Palm
Butia x Queen Mule Palm
25 gallon size
Butia x Queen Mule Palm
5 gallon size
Butia x Queen Mule Palm

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THICK TRUNKED FISHTAIL PALM
5G SIZE BUT AS BIG AS A 15G

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This gorgeous palm species is native to northern Thailand and over the years has been known by many common names such as "Black Stem", "King Kong" and "Thai Mountain Giant Palm".  It gets to a height of about 35 feet, has a very thick trunk at the base, has bipinnate leaves (branched - rare for palms) and is super attractive.  In most coastal areas it takes full sun, responds to adequate water, and is cold hardy down to the low 20's F.  The 5g plants shown here are the ones on special.  They are huge for a 5g and can be mail ordered.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special price when purchasing.  Limited numbers available.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas 

 


ZAMIA FURFURACEA

THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G SIZE


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

We recently got in some nice 15g plants that are coning size and full.  Some already have cones on them.  Some are single caudex, others have multiple stems.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $135
You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These plants are easy to ship.  I think this is an excellent price for these nice plants.
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad  

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE

This tall South American palm can get up to forty feet tall.  It is so easy to grow that most enthusiast say "no matter what I do, it just grows".  This is a good report.  It does have a husky trunk averaging 18 inches.  Leaves are flat with a bit of silver on the underside.  Trunks end up being clean after a fibrous stage.  Leaflets hang toward the ground a bit.  It tolerates full sun in most localities and has a cold tolerance into the teens.

These boxes are sun grown, about eight to ten feet tall, and husky.  They are ready to be planted.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES/SIZE $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $375

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.  Limited quantities available. 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi PlantaPalm Website
by PlantaPalm web site 
 

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

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

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

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

We're offering the few 15g we have on ten day special.  We have limited numbers of both forms and they'll sell out quickly.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $165
(note: supplies limited on both forms)

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

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5g SIZE

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

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

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

Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.

Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
15 GALLON SIZE
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
5 GALLON SIZE ON SALE
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES


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

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


Shown here are several taller twelve foot plants that we have.  This and the smaller seven foot plants are both in limited supplies. We have no smaller ones coming.  These have wintered over at our nursery.  I'm showing you pictures of a Traveler from up in Orange County, CA, north of our nursery.  The established and trunking plant shown is one that a customer bought from us several years ago.  Since it's done so nicely she bought and planted another.

REGULAR PRICE LARGER SIZE $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGER SIZE $300
REGULAR PRICE SMALLER SIZE $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALLER SIZE $200

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this reduced price.  Smaller plants are in an approximate 10g pot, larger in 20g pot.  Be aware, we could sell out of either size quickly and the larger sizes are sending out new leaves presently and are just about ready.  They'll be huge.  
Ravanala madagascarensis
Larger plants on sale
Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis
smaller size on sale
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
Established plant in Orange County, CA by K.J.
Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
Same plant by K.J.
Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
One of our Travelers that K.J. just planted
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala in Balboa Park, CA
Traveler in Balboa Park, San Diego

 

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

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

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

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

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount. The fifth and six figures are stock photos to demonstrate the color.  They are not the plants on special today.  Of note, we only have limited numbers of these 5g plants available.  Don't dally.
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing blue color of the medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing what these plants will
look like, grown in sun and heat
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool


DYCKIA
SPECIES

CLUSTERING TERRESTRIAL BROMELIAD
OVER TIME, WITH SUN, GET RED
TEN DAY SPECIAL  


It's been a year or two since I've offered this species of the Bromeliad, Dyckia.  These particular plants are a low profile, profusely suckering plant that take sun and heat.  The first three photos show how they look now.  The last two pictures show what they look like with time and direct sun (photos taken about 2 years ago).  Yes, they pick up a lot of red.  This is an unknown species that is a multicolored plant.  They'd make great companion plants in sun near a pathway.

REGULAR PRICE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

This is probably the last time I'll have them as my supply has run out.  You must mention this special to get this price.  These would be easy to ship.
Dyckia species Dyckia species
Dyckia species Dyckia species Dyckia species

 

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

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

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

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

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

MONDAY, 16 MARCH, 2015

 

CARYOTA MITIS
LARGE, INTERIOR QUALITY PLANTS
SPECIAL ORDER ONLY
IDEAL FOR INTERIOR OR COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS IN LOBBIES

Recently the architect for a well known and huge U.S. corporation contacted me about obtaining interior quality plants for an entryway lobby into a corporate headquarters.  Many of you may not know that we supply plants to dozens of arboretums, amusement theme parks and commercial buildings every year.  And, these include companies across the country.  We can ship plants of any size.

This particular job wanted large Caryota mitis with absolutely no blemishes - perfect plants.  Such plants have to be grown continually in a temperature and humidity controlled greenhouse and are often imported from Hawaii or Florida.  Such plants are called "interior quality" specimens.  They are the types of plants you would see in a bank or hotel lobby or an interior shopping center.  And, they tend to be more expensive than outside grown plants. 

Shown here are examples of this species in two sizes:  15g and 20g.  The 15g are twelve feet tall, the 20g 14 feet tall with thicker trunks.  About a dozen plants are leaving tomorrow for their new home in a medium light exposure area in a corporate headquarters.  They should thrive for this client.  If anyone wants this species for their home or office, they are available.
Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis, 15g size
Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis, 15g size
Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis, 15g size
Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis, 15g size
Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis, 20g size, 14 feet tall
Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis, 20g size, 14 feet tall
Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis, 20g size, 14 feet tall
 

 

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

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

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

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

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

 

LARGE MATURE CYCADS FOR UPSCALE GARDENS

Our nursery is known as one of the best sources in the United States for large, coning sized mature and rare cycads.  We ship such plants all across the country on a regular basis.  This includes Encephalartos, Dioons, Ceratozamias,  Macrozamias and other genera.  We shot these photos last week for several high end projects at exclusive homes in the coastal north San Diego areas of La Jolla and Del Mar.  I thought I'd share these pictures with you.  Almost all of these plants are outdoor grown.  All are magnificent, healthy specimens.  Of note, we have smaller sizes on all species that are easy to ship or deliver.
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE COUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
24 INCH BOX WITH 9 INCH CAUDEX


This South African species has blue leaves, never gets a trunk much over two feet tall and has a crown of leaves that is usally about four to five feet wide.  Therefore, it isn't a large plant when mature.  This plants is about 15 years old.  It loves sun and heat.
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii

Encephalartos lehmannii  
DIOON MEROLAE
A NEARLY 100 YEAR OLD SPECIMEN
IN A GARDEN, NEVER GETS TOO BIG


This unique specimen was imported long before CITES laws too effect.  Therefore, it has an immense size for a commerically available cycad of this species.  The trunk is about 2.5 feet tall.  It is native to Mexico.  In the wild there are specimens of ten feet hight - but not in private gardens.  Trunk diameter is under a foot and crown width is six feet.  It likes sun and heat.  In desert areas it would prefer part day sun.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
CONING SIZED TWELVE INCH TRUNK WITH MULTIPLE OFFSETS
EXOTIC, TAKES FILTERED LIGHT

This gorgeous specimen has a trunk that is ten inches wide and a foot tall.  It is in cone with what appears to be a female cone.  Leaves are five to six feet and dependent.  It would like less than full sun along the coast.  It never gets too tall and is easy to grow.  It gives a very tropical lush look to the garden.
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
FOURTEEN INCH SPECIMEN IN BOX
FILTERED LIGHT - RED CONE

This South African cycad is unique in that it produces red or orange cones of intense color.  And, these colorful cones last for four to five months.  Seeds are red when pollinated.  Leaves are reminiscent of the Holly Fern.  This species prefers strong filtered light and never gets any vertical trunk height.  It's super attractive.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE

This rare and recently described species is native to Kenya.  It gets trunks up to about eight feet and has long, upright leaves.  Color is green.  The plant shown here has a twelve inch caudex and is near coning size.  It takes sun or part day coastal sun and is a lighter green color.

Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD WITH CURVED LEAVES
LEAFLETS OFTEN OVERLAPPING

This is one of my personal favorites.  Native to South Africa, it is of medium size with green leaves.  Unique are the curving leaves with stacked, tightly spaced leafets.  It is very showy, likes full sun along the coast and is quite cold hardy.  The plant here has about a thirteen inch caudex, is 20 years old and in a 24 inch box. 
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS

CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
MEDIUM SIZED, GREEN LEAVES

This species is native to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  It gets a trunk up to about five feet and has green leaves.  It is quick growing, likes coastal sun or part sun and developes a thick trunk.  The plants shown here has about a 14 inch caudex and is in a 24 inch box.
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis

ENCEPHALARTOS SENTICOSUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZED
GREEN LEAVES
NATIVE TO MOZAMBIQUE AND SOUTH AFRICA

This attractive green cycad can get large over time. It has short leaflets for a cycad.  Color is green.  Trunk height can ultimately get over ten feet.  It easily takes coastal sun and is a good growing species.  The plant here is 30 years old with a 20 inch caudex and in a 24 inch box. 
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
SOUTH AFRICAN BLUE CYCAD
LOVES COASTAL SUN AND HEAT

This super blue South African cycad never gets overly large.  The plant here has  a 14 inch tall caudex with a 9 inch pup.  It's in a 24 inch box.  It has markedly lobed, spiney leaflets.  It likes full coastal sun and loves inland heat.  In the desert it's a part sun species.  It's rare to see specimens like this for sale.

Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
HUGE UPRIGHT LEAVES
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD CALLED "THE UGANDA GIANT'

This exotic species is known to have some of the longest leaves of any cycad - up to fourteen feet.  The leaves emerge and grow straight up as shown here.  native to Uganda, this cycad doesn't get much verticla trunk height and oes sucker.  The twenty year old plant shown here is in a box and has a main 10 inch caudex with an 8 inch pup.  It's amazing that a caudex of not too much size holds such long leaves.  It like part day or possibly full sun along the coast and more protection inland.  It was named after Southern Californian cycad pioneer Lauren Whitelock.
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii  
LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI
RARELY SEEN FOR SALE
TALLEST CYCAD IN THE WORLD
SPINE-FREE LEAFLETS

This Australia cycad can get a trunk up to forty feet, making it the tallest trunked cycad in the world.   Compared to L. peroffskyana, its leaflets are wider.  Color is green and there are absolutely no spines or armor on this plant.  This species also super rare and rarely for sale with any size.  The plant shown here has an 8 inch caudex.  It's a great plant for Southern California.  We call this a "user friendly" species.
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
AUSTRALIAN CYCAD
ANOTHER CYCAD WITH NO SPINES
DEEP GREEN COLORED LEAVES

This species is large because of the length of the leaves.  They can easily vbe eight feet or longer.  It looks gorgeous in part day sun.  Color is dark green.  In full sun (which it takes) the color is a bit lighter.  This plant has no spines or armor.  Trunks can get to eighteen inches thick and well overhead.  It is also quite cold hardy.  The plant shown here has a 15 inch caudex with vertical height.
Lepidoamia peroffskyana Lepidoamia peroffskyana
Lepidoamia peroffskyana Lepidoamia peroffskyana Lepidoamia peroffskyana
MACROZAMIA COMMUNIS
MEDIUM SIZED AUSTRALIAN CYCAD
FAIRLY COLD HARDY

This species of cycad gets perhaps three feet of vertical trunk and has a crown width of ten feet, more or less.  It loves sun and heat.  It's smaller than the M. moorei below.  It tolerates temperatures into the upper teens F.  Although not the most cold hardy cycad, it's pretty sturdy to cold.  It loves full sun in most areas except the desert.  This plant has a 13 inch caudex and is in a 25 g pot.
Macrozamia communis Macrozamia communis
Macrozamia communis Macrozamia communis  

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGE AUSTRALIAN CYCAD
COLD HARDY - GOOD SIZE

This is the largest of this genus and is native to Australia.  Leaves can be six to eight feet long and trunks can eventually get well overhead.  Leaf color is green.  This plant likes heat and sun.  However, in the desert, part sun is best.  Leaves and leaflets are un-armed except at the leaflet tips.  It resembles the crown of a full palm tree.
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei  

 

FRIDAY, 13 MARCH, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
A STUNNING BLUE AFRICAN CYCAD

This is a blue species of South African cycad from the Eastern Cape.  It is slow growing and never gets too large.  A very old plant would have two feet of trunk.  The color is blue if it is given adequate direct sun and heat.  In shade or inside a humid greenhouse it will turn green.  The blue color is from a waxy substance given off by the leaves and the amount of this wax is related to the intensity of the sun the plant receives.  I.e., in brighter sun the plant produces more wax and gets more blue.  Thus, along the coast a specimen may not be as blue as a plant more inland.  Interestingly enough, when you consider desert areas, the sun is too harsh for this species.  In such an area it must be given partial sun. But, these lesser hours of inland intense sun will still produce a nice blue specimen.  Of note, if you wipe the leaves, the wax comes off and the leaf is green.  So, don't do this!  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's f.  It likes good draining soil and not too much water.

The first four photos are of a nice specimen.  In addition I am showing an assortment of plants from the nursery along with a mature plant or two.  Of note, we have a great selection of this species from seedlings on up to coning sized mature specimens.  Shipping these plants to customers is quite easy and we do it all the time., but only within the United States because of CITES laws.  This species can be grown indoors, but only in areas with intensely bright sun coming into the house.

One final comment: This species is very similar to Encephalartos horridus.  Many people have trouble telling them apart.  The differences are in different appearances of the cones and different orientation of the prominent barbs on the horridus leaflets.  Otherwise, they are very similar. 
 
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus band Encephalartos trispinosus

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
BLUE PINNATE MADAGASCAR PALM

For anyone who has ever tried to grow this very rare and blue palm from drier areas in Madagascar, there's one thing you know for sure.  It is unbelievably slow growing!  The two 15g plants shown here are ten years old from seed.  Consequently, this species is not cheap when in a 15g pot.  We have only a few of this size left.

Anticipate that, even in the ground in your garden, growth rate will always be slow.  Native to a higher elevation in habitat, this species can eventually reach a height of 25 feet.  Interestingly enough, it may be a species that can grow in desert climates.  It loves sun and heat.  Exact cold tolerance is uncertain, but probably the low 20's F.  And note the color.  Even the leaf stems are blue.  These plants saw low 20's temperatures where they were being grown.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila TS RPS
Photo c/o TS at RPS
Ravenea xerophila
from garden of Jeff Searle
 

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
COLD HARD - LOVES HEAT AND SUN

This fan palm is native to very hot areas of Mexico and is thought of as a nice garden species for the following reasons:

Beautiful blue color
Tolerates the hottest sun conditions
Good for desert areas
Super cold tolerant down to about 15 degrees F.
Doesn't get too large, typically 20 feet
Tolerates drought conditions
Has low water requirements.

Brahea armata Brahea armata
5g size
Brahea armata Brahea armata
15g size
Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata in flower a few blocks from the nursery
Brahea armata
inland San Diego area showing nice blue color

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
VERY LARGE 15G SINGLES AVAILABLE
GREAT PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


This species is one of the favorite palms of enthusiasts here in Southern California.  This is because it is tropical appearing, usually a very nice dark green color and grows well here.  In sun, the leaflets tend to hang downwards.  This is less apparent when shade or interior grown.  Howeas, known as the Kentia Palm, do tolerate full sun within about ten miles of the coastline.  Further inland areas usually require part day sun or filtered light.  This species also makes a wonderful interior palm.

In containers, it is fairly slow growing.  These large 15g plants shown here are about eight years old.  In the ground they are quicker.  Native to Lord Howe Island, this species has a cold tolerance of about 25 degrees.  This temperature will burn the leaves but not kill it.  Low 20's F. will kill this species.  Single trunk plants grow faster than multiples where several are planted side by side.

We have all sizes available including one gallon up to huge crane sized material.  In about a week I am going to be offering monster size 25 gallon that are over fifteen feet tall with three feet of green trunk.  Mail order possible on the smaller sizes.  All the garden photos below were taken in the San Diego area.
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
note how in sun the leaflets hang downwards

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 11 MARCH, 2015

 

PRITCHARDIA GLABRATA
A BEAUTIFUL SPECIES WITH A LARGE, FLAT GREEN LEAF

I have always been quite fond of Pritchardias, the Hawaiian Fan Palms.  This is the only native genus of palms in Hawaii.  Every other type of palm (perhaps excluding the Coconut) was introduced by man and has no native habitat in Hawaii.  Of all the Pritchardia, P. glabrata is one of my favorites.  It is native to Maui and the Island of Lanai.  It has gone by the name of Pritchardia lanaiensis in the past.  It is medium sized with mature height ten to twenty feet.  The leaves are green both top and bottom.  The petioles are shiny green.  The leaf shape is basically flat with leaf segments drooping down toward their ends.  Crown width is ten feet or a bit more. 

We were fortunate to get a few very nice 15g plants of this species recently (see photos).  They are good sized and very attractive plants.  This species can grow in coastal full sun or filtered light.  In hot inland areas, sun protection might be needed.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  The mature plant photos were taken by HJD.  Note on all the photos how the leaves are basically flat with prominent green coloring.  For those who think all fan palms are "desert palms", this one will prove you wrong.
Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata
Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata Pritchardia glabrata By HJD
Photo by HJD
Pritchardia glabrata by HJD
Photo by HJD
Pritchardia glabrata
Photo by HJD
 

 

 

 

CYCAS CURRANI
AN OLD BOXED SPECIMEN

This attractive species of cycad comes from the Island of Palawan, in the Asian Pacific area of the Philippines.  this plant is an older specimen in a box that we are growing.  This species is a large plant with potential to get heights over thirty feet.  Despite this height, the trunk is sort of narrow, usually 12 to 18 inches thick, rarely more.  The leaves tend to be upright with drooping leaflets.   It has minimal armor on the proximal petiole.  This boxed specimen shown has a trunk of about twenty inches and six foot leaves.  The last photo by George Yao shows how gorgeous the leaves are.  It can be grown in coastal sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  This plant has seen 25 degrees with no damage.
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
by George Yao
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
AN EASY TO GROW, LARGE, CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

We have found that this Central African cycad species is a quick growing plant and has a very green leaf with a distinctive appearance.  It is easy to grow and has some frost tolerance, probably into the mid twenties F.  It can develop a six foot trunk with leaves than can be eight to ten feet long.  It will tolerate sun except in inland areas. 

To the right is first a nice citrus pot plant, then a 15g plant.  Below is a picture of a garden specimen, a close-up of the leaf of a 15g container plant, and a male cone.  We have all sizes for sale up to boxed specimens.  For most along the coastal strip in Southern California, this is an easy-to-grow species that will not disappoint you. 
Encephalartos kisambo cit pot Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo leaf Encephalartos kisambo cone

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
MASSIVE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

This morning I am showing you this very large South African cycad for two reasons.  First is to impress upon you the size which it can attain.  Secondly, to show you how we have very shippable sized plants that are huge for their containers.  This saves a lot of money on shipping.  The first four photos are of a 5g plant that has a seven inch caudex, a huge plant for a 5g pot..  It will explode when planted in the ground.  The second plant is in a 15g pot and has a thick 20 inch tall caudex.  I rooted out this caudex about ten years ago.  The roots are massive in the pot.  Either of these plants can be shipped right to your door, in the container, soil and all. 

Trunks of this species get up to almost forty feet.  They are very thick.  Leaf length is typically about six feet, but I've seen longer than this.  When mature, this species looks like a palm tree in a way.  It is a full sun species along the coast and tolerates temperatures down to 22 degrees F.  It is also a fast growing species.  The last two pictures were donated to me and taken in a botanical garden in RSA and in habitat. I have also shown a few other nursery plants.  We have a wide range of E. transvenosus available. 
 
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus donated photo Encephalartos transvenosus

 

CYCAS MEDIA
LUSH GREEN, LEAFY CYCAD

This species of Australian cycad is a bit confusing because there are multiple varieties of it in the wild.  The late Ken Hill described at least three different forms in habitat.  It is a green colored, medium sized plant with stems typically up to six or seven feet, leaves four to five feet long and usually single stemmed without branching.  In Australia, some plants are found near the coast with other colonies far inland.  It can be grown domestically in full sun along the coast or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is probably in the mid to lower twenties F.  It likes good draining soil.  Shown here are several fifteen gallon plants with close ups of the caudex and leaf.  The last two photos show a mature female plant in cone.  Note how the leaves "lay down" to display the female cone.  This is commonly seen in cycads.  Overall, I recommend this species because it is lush and tropical looking, doesn't get too large, and is fairly easy to grow. 
Cycas media Cycas media
Cycas media Cycas media Cycas media
Cycas media Cycas media Cycas media

AEONIUM BLACK ROSE
BLACK-RED COMPANION PLANT

This succulent adds a different color to the garden.  Some plants are almost midnight black but do have hints of red.  We also have a variety that is much more geen and even a variegated one that is yellow and green.  Plants don't get very large and can be trained to be short and full.  They tolerate coastal sun quite well and are cold hardy into the 20's F.  Shown here are one gallon and five gallon plants.  Both are on sale.  I realize this is not an unusual or rare plant.  Therefore, we'd give very good prices on these plants.
Aoeneum black rose Aeonium black rose
Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
SINGLE THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED


This single trunk, crown shafted and medium sized palm tree is native to Queensland, Australia.  It has been successfully grown by many in Southern California.  Yet, it is still quite rare to the average collector and hard to find.  It is sort of the perfect palm for people who don't want overly large palm trees and live along the coast.  There it can tolerate full sun and reaches a maximum height of about twenty-five feet.  For those inland, it would be best to give it part day sun or filtered light.  It requires average water and is quite easy to grow. For houseplant people, it is possible to grow this inside or on the patio.  Cold tolerance is the mid to upper twenties F.

The trunk is quite clean and narrow.  Average diameter is four to six inches.  Leaflets are interestingly jagged at their ends as shown in a photo below.  This is a characteristic of the genus Ptychosperma.  Crown width is not great, probably averaging about ten feet.

Shown here are two sizes: 5 gallon and 15 gallon plant.  I have also shown some mature trees including a picture from my garden in San Diego.  The last photo by Scott Maclean shows a tree in habitat.  He comments it's from the most "southern" native habitat in Australia.
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
5g to left, 15g to right
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Note the jagged ends to the leaflets, a hallmark for
the genus Ptychosperma
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
25 foot specimen in my garden in San Diego

Photo from PACSOA website by Scott Maclean

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
AN UNUSUAL SINGLE TRUNK SPECIMEN

This typically clustering species of Dypsis from Madagascar and the Comoro Islands grows at high elevation and doesn't get too tall.  I'd say that 95% of this species that I've grown are clustering.  But, you will get single trunk plants and I'm showing one here.  Maximum height should be about twenty feet.

They like morning sun or good filtered light.  I'd not recommend full sun for this species.  The crown shaft is an attractive blue-green and the trunk has prominent rings.  Leaves are six to eight feet long with prominent petioles.  Cold tolerance is probably into the mid-twenties F.  It likes good draining soil.  This specimen is in a 25g pot and very beautiful.  Note the nice color on the trunks.

Although availability varies over time, we should have some single trunk and suckering varieties available.
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAMER THROWER PALM
AVAILABLE IN 5G AND 15G SIZE
TOLERATE FULL COASTAL SUN

This is one of the most popular palm species available.  It has a red emergent leaf and, when well grown, is drop-dead beautiful.  The crown shaft is sometimes yellow and we call this variety  "Chambeyronia hookeri".   Native to New Caledonia, these plants get to a mature height of about 25 feet and are cold hardy to about 23 degrees F.  Along the coast they do well in full sun but inland requires part day sun or filtered light.

Availability includes band size, 2g, 5g, some 7g and 15g plants.  We might have a few bigger ones.  It's a great species to plant right now in our locality.

Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
Chambeyronia
New Chambeyronia leaf in full sun, poto by DL  Photo
taken in inland LA basin.

Chambeyronia in sun in East Count, San Diego
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
photo by HJD
Chambeyronia
5g size
Chambeyronia
band size
Chambeyronia
15g at nursery with red new leaf

 

MONDAY, 9 MARCH, 2015

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
NEW CALEDONIAN RAINFOREST BEAUTY
LOOKS LIKE AN ANTHURIUM ON A TRUNK
EXOTIC LEAVES, CAN GROW HERE

This is a brand new species of exotic plant that first started appearing in the U.S. about three years ago as small seedlings.  At that time I offered seedlings for sale.  We've come to realize that this beautiful understory plant is a real winner.  It likes filtered light, has a thin trunk and exotic paddle shaped leaves that get to three feet long as shown here.

This is the first time we've offered these five foot tall 5g plants for sale.  We have very limited numbers.  Leaves are prominently veined, have scalloped edges and the surface is wavy.  The last two pictures show how gorgeous this plant is in the garden.  Anticipate a mature height of under ten feet.  Also, this is a dioecious species, males and females.  You need both to set seeds.

Although not precisely known, my suspicion is that this species will take temperatures into the low 30's F.  I have multiple reports from a few enthusiasts that this species is doing well in local Southern California gardens, wintering over with no problem.  Limited supply available.


Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Meryta balansae
plant with female blossoms
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Meryta balansae
Same plants above about one year ago
Meryta balansae Endemia NC Website
Meryta balansae Endemia NC Website
Meryta balansae RPS Website
photo by TS at RPST

 

BUTIA ERIOSPATHA
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE TREE
COLD HARDY - GREEN LEAVES
ALMOST SOLD OUT

This species of high elevation palm from 1000 meters comes from southern Brazil and northern Argentina.  Mature heights are ten to twenty feet and leaf color, in general, is more green than Butia capitata.  There are other morphological differences between the two species.  Growth rate is good and this species loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is well into the teens F.

For years I've been offering this species in an assortment of sizes but must let readers know that we are almost out of this palm.  And, we've not been able to get seeds to grow new replacements.  So, if you want to try one, now is the time.
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha
Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha Butia eriospatha
juvenile tree in garden

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL, WIDE LEAFLETS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY PALM

This single trunk species is from Mexico and Central America.  It is pinnate like other Chamaedoreas with a trunk diameter of an inch or a bit more.  The leaves a five feet long with wide leaflets and prominent drip tips.  The trunks are dark green and prominent trunk rings are present.  Low temperatures tolerated are about to a freeze and this species likes filtered light.

The first five pictures are of a five foot tall five gallon plant.  This plant has already seen temperatures of 33 degrees and looks great.  We should have this size and maybe some 15g available.  Remember, this species does not sucker.  Some prefer to plant small colonies of multiple plants together.  This way you have more to see and might get seeds.  I say this because all Chamaedorea are dioecious and you need both sexes to set seeds.

Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana
photo of crown of 15g, archive photo
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
somewhat green fruit, female plant

 

COCOS NUCIFERA
THE COCONUT PALM
BEAUTIFUL, BUT WON'T GROW HERE

It is true that there are a few Coconuts living in Southern California.  But, 99% of all Cocos nucifera planted here in our area will die.  I say this from personal experience but also from reports from customers.  Unfortunately, the depot stores sell them knowing well that you don't have a shot at success.  The reason is that we get too cold.  If you try one, it might die during cold weather in winter.  Or, it might survive the winter to only die in the late spring.  But, it's almost inevitable that yours will probably not make it.

I think it's merely a matter of our cold in this locality.  In central Florida, they may see temperatures that we see in winter.  But, they are different.  Three days after the cold they are hot and humid.  This "greenhouse effect" after cold is lacking here in Southern CA.  So, out here, they die. 

If you have to have one, I can probably special order one for you.  But, I normally do not have them in stock.  All the photos showing Coconuts here were taken in South Florida or Hawaii.
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera by Rolf Kybruz, PACSOA
by Rolf Kybruz, PACSOA
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera

 

DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA
TASMANIAN TREE FERN

This species of evergreen tree fern in native to southeastern Australia, especially in coastal areas.  Reportedly it can get to heights over thirty feet but I have not seen ones this tall in Southern California.  Trunk diameter is about six inches or a bit more.  Crown width is usually about eight to ten feet.  The nice thing about this species is its cold tolerance.  It can thrive in cooler yet moist environments.  It's being easily grown in the UK in many areas and also in San Francisco.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees.  It prefers filtered light and ample moisture.  We try to keep an inventory of these in stock.  Shown here is a 5g plant. 
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia, unknown author

 

SPRING COLOR IS ON ITS WAY!
GREAT ASSORTMENT OF COLORFUL PLANTS THAT CHANGES EVERY FEW WEEKS
TEN DAY SPECIAL!

We first announced our spring color was coming in about three weeks ago.  Right now is the time of year that we get in all those great colorful companion plants for the garden.  In fact, we're getting in a new load today.  Availability changes week to week.  There's much more than shown here and I'll update with different new items as time goes by.  And, as a colorful special, get a discount for the next ten days.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 10% OFF ANY SPRING COLOR

But, to get the discount you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Spring color Spring color
Spring color Spring color Spring color
Spring color Spring color Spring color
Spring color Spring color Spring color
Spring color Spring color Spring color
Spring color Spring and summer color
Hedychium, plant now and blossoms in summer
Spring color
Spring color
plant now, summer blossoms
Spring color Spring color
variegated ginger pinstripe ginger Croton
Kalenchoe Geranium Nerogelia
spring color coleus coleus
Calendiva geranium nerogelia

 

PAPAYA
READY FOR BREAKFAST
GROW YOUR OWN!

We now have available Papaya trees in two sizes:  3g and 15g.  This is a fast growing woody tree that gets to a height of about ten feet.  It wants full sun and protection from cold.  Freezes are hard on this species.  There are many who live in our locality that are successfully growing Papaya and getting lots of fruit.  Give it a try and be your own farmer.
papaya papaya
papaya papaya papaya
papaya papaya unknown photographer flikr
unknown photographer, Flikr
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLONIFERA
MULTI-TRUNKED, SHORT, SHADE PALM
NURSERY PLANTS WITH BOTH SEXES IN SAME CONTAINER


This species is native to higher elevation areas of Mexico.  Above I said "multi-trunked" instead of "suckering" to make a point: This species propagates by a very different technique than the average "suckering palm".  It forms stolons which are produced at the base of a mature trunk, often underground.  These stolons then crawl and shoot across the soil only to dive back into the soil at a different location.  Sometimes they'll root just laying on the soil.  Then these new rooted out stems turn upwards and make a new vertical stem.  It's quite fascinating how they do this.  Sometimes new "plants" will emerge from the weep holes at the bottom of the pot.  Sometimes they'll crawl up the side of the container, desperately looking for soil.  It's as if the plant shoots tethered torpedoes out to form new trunks. 

Leaves are simple, small and cute.  A typical width of a leaf would be four to six inches.  Trunks are super thin, sometimes as narrow as a quarter of an inch.  Plant height is rarely over six feet.  Leaf color is green, both sides.

What's unique about these 2g plants being offered is that we potted up stem offsets from mother plants of both sexes.  This means that one could set seeds from a single potted plant(s).  We did this three years ago and they are firmly rooted and healthy.  But, I have a limited number available.  But, as of today, we are running out of this offering.
Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera
Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera
different 5g plant
Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera Chamaedorea stolonifera female
Chamaedorea stolonifera
one of our "mother" plants in a box
Chamaedorea stolonifera
another "mother" plant
Chamaedorea stolonifera
one gallon plant showing how cute they are

 

SATURDAY, 7 MARCH, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This is an intensely blue cycad from the Natal district of the Republic of South Africa.  It is slow growing an never gets very big.  A "huge" caudex would be two feet tall.  Leaves are super blue and the crown width is usually four to five feet.  Leaflets are straight with points at the end.  They are not as lobed or spiny as E. trispinosus or horridus.  But, E. lehmannii is equally as blue.  This species loves heat and sun and is cold hardy to 22 degrees F.  Desert enthusiast would give this species only a few hours of sun.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15% OFF ANY 15G PLANT THIS SPECIES

Shown here are three different 15g E. lehmannii.  We have quite a few to select from.  But, remember, to get the discount, mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase.
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

GERANIUM HYBRIDS
COLORFUL, DURABLE
VERY LARGE BLOSSOM VARIETIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL

We got in some Geraniums that have huge flowers and are very attractive.  This plants like sun or part sun.  They are fairly cold hardy and in almost continual blossom.

REGULAR PRICE $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Just mention this Blog special at time of purchase to get your discount.
Geranium Geranium assorted
Geranium assorted Geranium assorted  

 

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


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

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


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

 

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


When I first saw one of these I thought "how cute is that?"  And, they are very cute.  They stay small, typically not getting over five to six feet tall in twenty years.  The leaves are upright, green in color, two feet long and reminiscent of a cycad.  The trunk is narrow, typically three to four inches.  And, the crown of leaves is very compact and tidy.  It is very easy to trim and maintain and works very well as a companion plant in the garden floor.  It is native to South Pacific Islands including New Caledonia, Hawaii and Fiji.  It is a filtered light plant and likes plenty of water.  If you have problems growing it during the growing season, it's always because of those things: not enough water or too much fertilizer.

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

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

 

ASPLENIUM VIVAPARTUM
THE MOTHER FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


Asplenium is a genus of about seven hundred ferns including the Birds Nest Fern.  The Mother Fern shown here is a lush green plant that has two to perhaps three foot leaves, does not "run" and likes filtered light and plenty of water (like all ferns).  The leaf stems are brown and the leaflets are lush and soft.  These 5g plants are nice size and also instant companion plants for the garden.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

Just mention this Special when purchasing. Of note, Asplenium are often called "Spleenwort Ferns" because it was historically thought that these ferns could treat people with splenic medical problems.
Asplenium viviparum Mother Fern  Asplenium viviparum Mother Fern 
Asplenium viviparum Mother Fern  Asplenium viviparum Mother Fern   
 

MICROLEPIA STRIGOSA
THE LACE FERN
MEDIUM SIZED, SOFT LEAVES, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!


This hardy yet soft fern is native to the Himalayas and Central Asia.  It is known to tolerate temperatures down to 20 degrees F.  Its mature size is about 3 feet wide and tall.  It is also reasonably drought tolerant.  It prefers filtered light.  The leaves are soft to the touch.  The 15g plants shown here are mature and huge.  And, the 5g are big too.  These are great plants, full and lush.  I can mail order these.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $85
REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5g $35

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering.
Microlepia strigosa Lace Fern  Microlepia strigosa Lace Fern 
Microlepia strigosa Lace Fern  Microlepia strigosa Lace Fern  Microlepia strigosa Lace Fern 
Microlepia strigosa Lace Fern  Microlepia strigosa Lace Fern  Microlepia strigosa Lace Fern 
  

 

PTERIS ENSIFORMIS EVERGEMIENSIS
THE VARIEGATED BRAKE FERN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

This smaller fern species is native to the Pacific Islands, Asia and Africa.  It gets leaves about a foot long and forms a small clump.  This particular species has prominently variegated leaflets than are white on green as shown.  It is a filtered light plant that wants adequate water.  We only have this one size which we've put on special.  Of note, this species does well in terrariums. 

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

Just remember to mention this Special when purchasing.  These likewise are easy to ship.
 
Pteris ensiformis evergemiensis Variegate Brake Fern  Pteris ensiformis evergemiensis Variegate Brake Fern 
Pteris ensiformis evergemiensis Variegate Brake Fern  Pteris ensiformis evergemiensis Variegate Brake Fern  Pteris ensiformis evergemiensis Variegate Brake Fern 

 
DRYOPTERIS ERYTHROSORA
THE AUTUMN FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

This is a cold hardy species of small fern that is known for it's copper-red leaves.  The plants shown here are showing a bit of color.  But, the red is most prominent in the spring on new leaves.  This species will make a very nice colorful ground cover.  It wants filtered light and average water.  It is a very popular species for adding color to the garden and is reasonably cold hardy. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $15

It's a piece of cake to mail.  Just mention this Special for your discount.
Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Fern  Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Fern 
Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Fern  Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Fern   

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $300

REGULAR PRICE 25G $700
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $400

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

THURSDAY, 5 MARCH, 2015

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE MINIATURE PALM GEMS OF ASIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20% OFF VARIAGATED RHAPIS WE HAVE

As some of you may remember, about 18 months ago we acquired a large private collection of these amazing variegated Lady Palms.  Many sold, but I though we'd offer a sale on those that remain. 

Variegated Rhapis is a tradition that is honored in Japan and has been going on for more than two centuries.  Most commonly seen are variegated Rhapis excelsa.  Plants are often grown in premium ceramic pots and used on patios, inside executive offices or in gardens in Japan.  They tend to be dwarf in their stature, often not over three or four feet tall although old plants can get up to six feet tall if in large pots or the ground.  Leaf markings are variable in terms of color, stripe width, stripe arrangement, leaflet width and plant size.  But, variegated stripes are longitudinal, always along the axis of the leaflet.    Most are yellow stripes on green leaflet background although the opposite is also seen.  Plants like filtered light, are cold hardy into the low 20's F., and don't like much fertilizer.  Too much nitrogen can make the variegation vanish.

In the 1940's a formal registry for new varieties or cultivars was established in Japan.  New types have been developed through hybridization.  Awards are given for desirable forms and fame is attained by developing or owning the most wanted plants.  Variegated Rhapis are always expensive and sought after plants.

We do have limited numbers still available although very few small plants.  You will find, if you search throughout the U.S., that there are almost no nurseries that sell these amazing and super rare plants.  Propagation in the U.S. is only by division of existing plants.  Seeds are not available here that I am aware of.

20% OFF ANY VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA WE STILL HAVE IN STOCK FOR THE NEXT TEN DAYS

But you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.  Photographs here were taken when we obtained the original collection. 
Variagated Rhapis excelsa Variagated Rhapis excelsa
Variagated Rhapis excelsa Variagated Rhapis excelsa Variagated Rhapis excelsa
Variagated Rhapis excelsa Variagated Rhapis excelsa Variagated Rhapis excelsa
Variagated Rhapis excelsa Variagated Rhapis excelsa Variagated Rhapis excelsa

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SALE BAND SIZE

This is a dwarf species of fan palm from the southern United States and is commonly found in the state of Texas.  It rarely gets foliage overhead with an average height of four to seven feet.  It has a long petiole and a small leaf.  The blossom produces an ample supply of small black seeds and juts upward above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a smaller plant.

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  This is the first four photos.  I've also shown garden plants, a 5g plant and seeds on a blossom.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Sabal minor
band size container plants
Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor
5 gallon size3 nursery plant
Sabal minor Sabal minor
blossom jutting above the foliage, nursery plant

 

COLORFUL ANTHURIUM
A RAINBOW OF COLORS
SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY

TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL FLOWERING ANTHURIUM

This is the time of year where almost weekly we have new color for customers.  And, this includes the popular Anthurium flowering plants.  We will have a whole assortment of colors from pastels to red to almost black.  The choice changes frequently and you never know what you'll find.  Sizes range from six to twelve in pots.

TEN DAY SPECIAL FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
20% OFF ALL PLANTS


You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get your discount.
anthurium
anthurium anthurium anthurium

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
AKA TRITHRINAX BIFLABELLATA
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND AT NURSERIES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE


I also wanted to remind you about this species today because we have available a few very large 15g and 5g plants.  In the palm world, there is an argument over whether T. schizophylla and T. biflabellata are the same species.  Taxonomists have presently lumped the two together into the species of T. schizophylla.  This species has a wide distribution from Bolivia, across through Paraguay and into southern Brazil and Argentina. . 

This is a suckering species.  Like T. campestris, it is so unusual to see that few nurserymen have ever heard of it.  There is almost no information on the Internet about it.  It is a palmate palm, suckers, and gets to about 15 feet tall.  Compared to Trithrinax campestris, it is less blue.  But, the leaves are blue-green as shown here.  We have over the years had small plants of this species available.  Recently we acquired some very nice 5 gallon plants as well as these large 15g.  These are already suckering with one to two stems.  This species likes sun, can tolerate some drought, and is probably cold hardy into the low 20's F.  An acquaintance of mine, Gaston Torres, took the habitat picture below in Argentine habitat.  (from PACSOA Website).  For those of you who want something different and experience cold weather, this is another unusual species to try. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155


To get these prices, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax biflabalata
Trithrinax biflabalata Trithrinax biflabalata Gaston Torres
Photo by G. Torres in habitat
 

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
BEAUTIFUL LARGE FAN PALM WITH STOCKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


I have discussed this remarkable species before, but because I have available some great 5g and huge 15g plants, I felt I had to mention it again.  It is unique in the palm world because of its huge, thick trunk that is light tan to white in color. The trunks of this species are stunning.  The trunks get over thirty feet and can be over two feet thick.  The crown of rounded leaves is beautiful against the sky.  Leaf color is green to blue-green.  There is a prominent petiole. 

This species likes full hot sun and can tolerate desert heat.  Its cold hardiness is into the mid-teens F.  The first four photos are the 15g plants followed by two photos of the 5g size. I can ship either size anywhere within the U.S.

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

Just mention this special when ordering to get the discount.  Limited numbers available and we'll probably sell out soon.
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum   

   

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK, FLUFFY LEAF, FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


For about six months we've been out of the 15g size on this New World Chamaedorea.  Of note, it is a single trunk species that is fast growing and has a trunk diameter of 1.5 to 2 inches.  The leaves are plumose and fluffy.  To my disappointment it has been called the "Baby Queen", a bad name because it is not a Syagrus and nothing like the Queen Palm.  Boy do some folks have marketing tools!

In any case, it's an ideal plant where you don't want too much height, have a narrow garden area to plant in, and want something that quickly gets overhead.  These 15g plants are all several in the container to give a fuller crown of leaves.  They are about six feet tall.  They'll all be gone in a week or so, so don't dally on this one.  Along the cost they take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  I've shown pictures of the plants from last summer below.  Our present plants will look like this in three to six months.  
Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa
Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa
last batch of these we offered this past summer
Chamaedorea Plumosa
over time what trunks will look like
Chamaedorea Plumosa  

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SHORTER FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL - TWO SIZES

This fairly rare fan palm from Central Mexico is known for its slow growth rate, wide fan palm leaves, medium height trunk to ten feet and leaf color ranging from green to blue green.  It will never be as blue as the other Brahea which I've discussed here recently, but some varieties definitely have a blue tinge to them.  These came from a seed batch named as the "blue" variety.  The last photo shows the anticipated leaf color over time on these plants.  Note how the leaves are wide and flat.  They are quite attractive.

It can be grown in coastal sun or part sun / strong filtered light.  In inland areas I would not recommend full sun.  Cold tolerance is the upper teens F.  It's not as cold hardy as other more common Braheas.  I'm offering two sizes on special.  BTW, it takes time outdoors and age to show the blue color.


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

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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  Easy to mail order.
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
5 gallon size
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
one gallon size
by A. Porcelli PACSOA
photo by A. Porcelli PACSOA

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
MINIATURE FLAME THROWER
THIN TRUNK, COLD HARDY, SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

I was fortunate recently to get a flat of Actinokentia divaricata.  I've not offered these in band size for about five years.  This is one of the slowest growing species that you'll ever grow.  But, it reliably gets bigger over time.  Mature, its trunk is about 3 to 4 inches thick.  Newly emerging leaves are red.  It is crown shafted and single trunk.  Mature height is about twelve to fifteen feet.  It is an under-canopy species.  I've not tried it in the sun.  Native to New Caledonia, this plant takes about 2 years from seed to produce the band sized plants seen here.

Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Folks in cooler areas like San Francisco can grow this species.  These bands have three leaves on most.

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

You must mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.  Only one flat available.  These will sell out soon or I'll be repotting them into larger containers.  I have essentially no bigger plants available. 
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
this species in habitat, year 2000

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF OR SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TOLERATES SUN / SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Chamaedorea radicalis is probably the most cold hardy of the Chamaedorea and tolerates temperatures down to about 18 degrees F.  There are two forms: non-trunking and trunking.  The enthusiast I got these plants from didn't know the form.  But, I'm betting they are the trunking form because they remind me of seedlings I've had of them.  Mature, they are remarkably different.  The regular form rarely gets over four feet tall.  It has medium width to the leaflets.  The trunking form gets to eight or ten feet and has a prominent crown shaft with thinner leaflets.  See photos below.

Also, the trunking form has a bit of silver to it's green stem and leaves.  And, it doesn't "crawl" on the ground like the regular form.  A far as I know they have similar cold hardiness.  Both can tolerate some sun.  In fact, along the coast, many are growing them in full sun.  In far inland areas, filtered light is needed.  Both forms are super desirable.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
OR THREE FOR $65

This species looks nice as a colony of multiple plants below.  So, consider grouping several together.  And, as always, mention this Blog Special to get this price when purchasing.   
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, non-trunking form C. radicalis

Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, trunking form at the nursery (in blossom)
 

 

 

TUESDAY, 3 MARCH, 2015

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LEAVES
THEY "TRIFURCATE"


Pinnation refers to feather types of leaflets that form from a main leaf stem on either side.  This would be most cycads and many palms (compare to fan palm which is different).  In other words, the leaflets come out on two sides of the leaf axis.  There is no branching.

When the leaf stem branches, one would see leaflets come out of those branched stems.  This would be second order branching. 

But, when these branches then branch again, you have a trifurcating leaf or branching to the third order.  This is what Cycas debaoensis does.  The stems of the third order are not as pronounced as the first or second branches.  But, they are there.  This gives the leaf a different and very full appearance. 

This super rare cycad is from China, is quite cold hardy and develops a caudex size of under a foot. The caudex is mostly subterranean.  Leaves emerge upward and than arch.  A typical plant will, in the ground, only hold two to five leaves, although rarely you'll see more.  My point is that it tends not to hold a lot of leaves even in the ground.  Also, it prefers filtered light. 

The photos here are meant to show you detail of the leaves.  This species is available at the nursery.  But, be aware that, because of rarity, it is not an inexpensive plant.  Of note, the leaves shown here are from an assortment of plants of this species.
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

 

LIVISTONA AUSTRALIS
SINGLE TRUNK, COLD HARDY, TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZES!

Check around and you'll find that this species is difficult to locate.  I think this is mostly because of lack of seed availability.  It is from the east coast of Australia at a very southern location (colder).  It is the most southern growing of all the Livistona species.  Thus, it's not surprising that it carries a good amount of cold hardiness, into the upper teens F.  In habitat it tolerates full sun and can reach a height of 100 feet over many decades.  Trunk diameter is one foot.  Leaves are five feet wide on a long petiole.  Check out the last photo.  It's quite striking.

We are offering two sizes on species.  Either size can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 5G, $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $50
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $145


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  Note that we have limited numbers available.
Livistona australis
5 gallon size
Livistona australis
125 gallon size
Livistona australis Livistona australis
base of 15g plant

Livistona australis by Mike Gray, PACSOA
by Mike Gray, PACSOA
Livistona australis    

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

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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 20G PLANTS $525
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 20G $
375
Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  Of note, we do have other sizes, bigger and smaller, for sale.  But, these plants are very nice sized for their container and, I feel, a pretty good buy.
Dioon edule
15 GALLON SIZE, this and next 8 photos

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

SUNDAY, 1 MARCH, 2015

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED, THIN TRUNK
15G AVAILABLE AT NURSERY

This slow growing fan palm is native to southern Florida, Mexico and some Caribbean Islands.  It gets to a height of about fifteen feet or a bit more.  The trunk is usually no more than 8 inches thick.  Leaves are green or blue green on the top side.  The underside of the leaf is silver, thus the species name "agentata" (reference to silver). 

Coccothrinax as a group are much faster in the ground than in a pot.  It takes us ten years to get a 15g Coccothrinax from seed.  When you germinate seeds, you'll have a few blades of grass for several years.  Finally they'll put on a fan leaf.  Then, to get height, you wait another five years.  The fifteen gallon plant shown here is about four to five feet tall.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy to the upper 20's F.
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
another plant
Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata

 

MACROZAMIA RIEDLEI
NATIVE TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED RARE CYCAD

This cycad is ideal for our location here in Southern California.  It doesn't get too big, usually a top leaf height of about six feet when mature.  Leaf color is a blue-green.  It's not blue like a blue Encephalartos but definitely not green like a lot of other Macrozamia.  It is fairly uncommon to see it available in nice sizes.  The plant shown here has a six to seven inch caudex.

This species likes full sun, good drainage, and will take temperatures into the low 20's F.  We have a very limited number of these available.  Fearing that I might run out of plants for photos, I took the first five pictures here after a customer picked out this plant.  
Macrozamia riedlei Macrozamia riedlei
Macrozamia riedlei Macrozamia riedlei Macrozamia riedlei
Macrozamia riedlei Macrozamia riedlei Macrozamia riedlei

 

ZAMIA SOCCONUSCENSIS
A GORGEOUS GREEN ZAMIA
ROOTING OUT A LARGE SEXED PAIR

Zamia socconuscensis is an exotic green cycad from southern Mexico and has limited numbers in the wild and even fewer numbers in gardens.  Last May I purchased a sexed pair of  very old Zamia socconuscensis.  The two caudexes you see here are about 25 years old and it's impossible to find a pair like this anywhere on the market.  But, they needed to be dug out of a garden.  So, I bought them and the pair was immediately sold to a customer on the condition that I root and leaf them out.  So, last May (ten months ago) I received the dug plants with no leaves and essentially no roots.  I felt confident I could have success at reestablishing these two plants.

There was no trunk damage in digging.  We cleaned them up, added RootTone to the bottom and put them in pure pumice.  And, then we waited.  The feared outcome would be that the caudex would collapse and rot.  This did not happen.  Rather, they've stayed hard and firm and we waited.  Now, ten months later, we're finally seeing some leaves just start to emerge.  That's a sign of success.  I feel very confident that there are nice roots below but we have not checked yet fearing inspection may damage new roots.  

With any cycad, what a grower does not want to see is leaves being thrown before roots grow out and establish the plant. So, a quick flush of leaves is NOT a good thing.  Leaves emerging before you have roots is ominous.  With species like E. arenarius, latifrons and others, this is a sure sign the caudex will die. 

My hopes is that these leaves will lengthen and harden off by summer.  Then I know for sure our efforts were successful.  The last photo shows what our goal is.
zamia soconuscensis
large female caudex
zamia soconuscensis
zamia soconuscensis
smaller male caudex
zamia soconuscensis zamia soconuscensis
female to right, male to left
zamia soconuscensis zamia soconuscensis Zamia socconuscensis by PlantAPalm website
photo by PlantAPalm website

DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA
TASMANIAN TREE FERN

This species of evergreen tree fern in native to southeastern Australia, especially in coastal areas.  Reportedly it can get to heights over thirty feet but I have not seen ones this tall in Southern California.  Trunk diameter is about six inches or a bit more.  Crown width is usually about eight to ten feet.  The nice thing about this species is its cold tolerance.  It can thrive in cooler yet moist environments.  It's being easily grown in the UK in many areas and also in San Francisco.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees.  It prefers filtered light and ample moisture.  We try to keep an inventory of these in stock.  Shown here is a 5g plant. 
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia, unknown author

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
MEDIUM SIZED AFRICAN CYCAD
GORGEOUS BUT GNARLY
THREE EASILY SHIPPABLE YET GOOD SIZED PLANTS

This attractive South African cycad has become ever increasingly popular.  To my eye it is quite similar to Encephalartos horridus but typically not quite so spiny and certainly usually less blue.  Yet, the leaves are prominently armed with large lobes like with horridus.  It is a medium sized mature plant with a span typically of about six feet or a bit more.  A large plant would have a trunk of three feet with an overall height of six to eight feet.  Leaf color is blue to green or somewhere in between.  Leaflet width is variable.  My favorite are the clones with super wide leaflets.  It tolerates coastal full sun but in many areas does better with part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

Shown in sequence here are three good sized plants as labeled.  The first two are in 15g pots and the third one is in a 7g pot.   I can ship any of these with no problems within the U.S.  As you know, as we are a CA certified nursery, we ship plants in their containers, soil and all with all the needed agricultural permits for shipping.  We do have larger and smaller plants available. 
Encephalartos arenarius
15g sized plant, 5.5 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
15g plant, 6 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
7 gallon sized plant, caudex 4 inches
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
garden plant with new flush of leaves
Encephalartos arenarius
larger nursery specimen
Encephalartos arenarius blue
a rare very blue form of E. arenarius

 

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

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

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


RHAPIS MULTIFIDA

THIN, PETITE TRUNKS AND SMALL LEAVES
A SUPERIOR INTERIOR PALM

I have previously discussed this medium sized fan palm from China.  It is one of my favorites because it performs so well inside the home or office and also is quite easy to grow outside.  It gets to a height of about ten feet.  The stems are much more attractive than the common Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa.  It also carries more leaflets per leaf than the Lady Palm and is overall a more attractive plant.  Side by side, the majority of our customers prefer the Rhapis multifida to the R. excelsa.

We import interior quality plants from Hawaii.  I have shown a 5g and 7g plant here.  If you look at the stems, you'll see that they are thin and not the typical shaggy appearance of the Lady Palm.  Do not confuse R. multifida with Rhapis humilus.  They are not the same despite what many nurserymen tell you.  True Rhapis humilus gets much taller with fatter canes.  R. multifida makes a better interorscape palm for most enthusiasts.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties or lower, F.  Outdoors, this species prefers filtered light.   One must be careful not to give Rhapis too much fertilizer or leaf burn may occur.
 

Availability on this species is variable and usually it's a special order item.  But, we can get them for you.  Like Rhapis humilus, this species is never inexpensive.
rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 5g
rhapis multifida rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 5g
rhapis multifida 5g rhapis multifida 7g rhapis multifida 7g

TODAY - FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE COLD WEATHER -

A QUICK LOOK AT SOME MORE COLD HARDY YET RARE PALM SPECIES

Recently a customer who lives in the Central Valley area of California wanted to try some unusual palms that could do well in his area.  Below are some pictures of some of the plants we suggested for him to try.  Most will take temperatures into the low 20's F. and some into the mid-teens.  He wanted to get a whole pallet full of nice palms which we can truck up to him at an affordable rate.  I'll make minimal comments other than a few basic facts below and mostly show photos.  Most of these plants are 15g size.  A few are 5g. 

Of note, he already had the common palm species which you can find at most nurseries.  So, I won't cover items like the Queen Palm, the Mediterranean Fan Palm, and similar things.  Surprisingly, the Pygmy Date Palm with its inability to take significant cold would not be a good choice for him.  Yet, nurseries carry them there.  This is not a totally comprehensive list in any fashion.  We could easily double or triple options shown here given time and space on this Blog, but these will suffice for today.  We randomly chose these species because many are quite different than customers would see in nurseries in colder areas.  Incidentally, we try to keep all of these species in stock, so if any interest you just give us a call and we can ship to you as well. 

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

 

JUNGLE MUSIC
A FEW PHOTOS OF ONE OF OUR GROWING AREAS
CYCADS, PALMS AND EXOTICS

I thought this morning I'd show you a few pictures that Jesse took this week of one of our growing areas of the nursery.  You'll note cycads and palms of good size and lots of cool plants.  Remember, we have about a quarter million plants for sale on three acres.  So, there is something for everyone.  On the fourth photo notice the building with the flat roof and green door.  That's our Education Center Hall where we can give talks and lectures for up to 50 people.  There's a fully stocked kitchen for preparing food for special events.
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music
Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music Front area of Jungle Music

 

 


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

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

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

nURSERY COLOR


 

 

REPOTTING LARGE ENCEPHALARTOS CYCADS

TRANSPLANTING 15G CYCADS INTO 24 INCH BOXES
IS IT ALL ABOUT JUST THE CAUDEX SIZE?
WHAT ABOUT ROOT DEVELOPMENT?

There are three sections below.  The first two show the transplanting of two Encephalartos from 15g pots into 24 inch boxes.  You can view how it's done.  The third section discusses under-developed roots, the importance of cycad roots and cycads with problems.  But, with this post, I am trying to emphasize the importance of a cycad's roots. 

REPOTTING CYCADS INTO A LARGER CONTAINER

Both of the plants being repotted and shown here have very well developed root systems. They were in their containers for about ten years.  The root ball slides out of the 15g easily and they are easy to work with.  Photos below show swirling of the roots at the bottom of the pot.  It's not very difficult to repot such a cycad when it has good roots.  If it doesn't have extensive roots, the root ball falls apart when removing the plant.  This tears off some of the roots.  With such a plant, you have to "suspend it in air" into the pot and carefully add soil around the roots you have.  When there's a great root ball, you merely place it into the pot and add your soil.  I'm only demonstrating repotting with plants with good root sections today.  Photos below show what we do hundreds of times every year on large (or small) cycads.

THE CYCAD A NURSERY IS SELLING YOU

A nursery can sell cycads either as seed grown or as a rooted offset.  When the nursery obtains new offsets, they are put into pumice or cycad soil.  It literally takes five to ten years to develop what I'd consider a good root system.  The first year after potting them up as a new offset (sucker) they'll have about six inches of roots.  It's not a strong plant at this point.  It takes five years for roots to get to the bottom of the pot.  After that the roots expand, branch and swirl at the bottom.  If possible, this is the type of cycad you want to buy - one with good roots.  Deceiving the customer, cycad caudexes can throw leaves even without roots.  By just looking at the plant, you'd most likely be naive and not note the lack of roots as everything else looks good.  You see the caudex - you see the leaves.  All is good, right?  Well, not really.  It might not be a good purchase compared to a similar sized plant with excellent roots.  And, a nursery may not tell you this.  When we get new offsets that have minimal roots and are "rooting out", we tell customers this.  And, we charge less for these plants.  A plant with a ten inch caduex rooted out ten years ago is not the same as a ten inch plant we stuck in pumice 3 months ago.  But, some nurseries want you to think that a "rooting caudex" is just the same as an established plant and has the same value.  This is not true!!!

THE IMPORTANCE OF CYCAD ROOTS

As I mentioned above, development of a full set of roots on a cycad offset can take easily five to ten years.  A nursery wants to sell their plants.  So, you'll see "Encephalartos, six inches, price" advertised to their customer.  Customers think "it's all about cycad caudex size only".  This is drummed into them.  Well, it's not all about the caudex size.  A four inch plant with excellent roots will outgrow an eight inch plant with few roots.  Root development and the state of the roots is critical.  And, you'd expect to pay more for such a plant as the nursery took five to ten years to develop it for you.

Cycads typically die from the bottom up.  I.e., they die from the roots up.  The last thing to show you there's trouble is the leaf crown.  Younger and fragile roots (or non-existent roots) are more likely to fail.  If you transplant an offset that has minimal roots, it may die on you.  And, if you only consider caudex size and the presence of leaves, you can be severely fooled.  A cuadex has an inherent amount of stored energy.  A new offset may spend that energy producing new leaves.  Now, the energy of that offset is nearly depleted and the caudex may fail and die.  It's far more preferable for the offset to develop roots first - then throw leaves later.  On many Encephalartos, development of leaves before roots is a death sentence to the plant.  Cycad roots sustain the plant.  Leaves provide a means of chlorophyll through photosynthesis to develop energy to form roots.   But, the long term survival of the plant is totally dependent on the roots.  And, so is the appearance of future leaves and overall health of the plant.  Probably the worst purchase you can make is a cycad with leaves and no roots.  That is, unless you got a great discount and you're sure you can root it out.  But, in any case, it is not "garden ready".

IS IT JUST THE CAUDEX SIZE OF A CYCAD THAT'S IMPORTANT?

About six months ago a potential customer contacted me. He wanted a big Encephalartos transvenosus.  I had one about 8 to 10 inches in size with a full complement of roots.  It was gorgeous with about 20 leaves and roots coming out the bottom of the pot.  I told this customer about this plant and its price.  He told me that "..... would sell one this size for 30% less".  I tried to explain the merits of the plant we had and he said "it's all about the ball".   That was the last I ever heard from him.  Well, not only is he a novice with little knowledge about cycads, but he also will purchase plants that perform slowly, poorly or don't live. 

When you buy a big cycad, ask questions.  "How long has it been in this container?"  Or, "When was it removed from the mother plant?"  Or, "Have you inspected the root system?"  Feel the caudex.  Does it wobble or move?  Can you see roots.  Explore with your finger looking for roots.  Are roots coming out the bottom of the pot?  Tilt the container, look for roots.  All these things help.  Remember, "It's NOT all about the ball".
KEY POINTS OF THREAD:

When a cycad has excelent roots, repotting it is easier and usually without problems.

Cycads with little or weak roots can experience root tear when being repotted

Potting soil falls away from the roots when the root system of a cycad is not well developed. 

When you purchase a plant, try to select a plant that has good roots

Roots can be evaluated by feeling the firmness of the caudex, inspecting below the surface for roots or observing roots coming out the bottom of the container

Caudex size is less important than the roots in terms of future growth and health of the plant

An average offset takes one to two years to show some roots.  Adequate rooting takes five years in a pot.  Full rooting takes five to ten years.

A cycad offset that throws leaves before making roots often dies.  This should set off an "alarm"

Cycads die from "the bottom up" with root problems being the number one cause of death to previously healthy plants

You cannot easily see root problems through casual observation above the ground.

The right plant to purchase should have good roots unless you are an experienced grower

It's not "the size of the ball".  Other things are probably more important (see text)

An unexplained collapse of leaves is usually due to root problems and is often fatal

Trunk softness or mushiness is a very bad sign.  Prior to this there was probably root problems that were not noticed.

Find a nursery that is honest when selling their cycads and that will show you roots on request.

Nurseries tend not to devulge information on when a caudex was harvested or put into a container to root out.  Such nurseries tend to be vague, saying "last year" or "a while back"

Rotten roots are soft, dark in color and slimmy or can contain empty cavities

When replanting a cycad, always measure the height of the root ball so you no how much soil to add to the new container.

Cycads with healthy and full roots usually do not miss a beat when being repotted and no leaf trimming is needed.

Macrozamia roots out bottom
roots coming out the bottom of a pot

 

REPOTTING A 10-12 INCH CAUDEX
ENCEPHALARTOS NATELENSIS
FROM A 15G INTO A 24 INCH BOX

1.  You can see the healthy plant in the 15g pot.  It appears to be totally rooted and "locked in".
2.  Remove it from its container.  Plants with great roots slide out easily.
3.  Measure the height of the root ball.
4.  Add soil to the bottom of the new container so, with the root ball height you measured, you have the right final soil line/height.  Leave room for watering.
5.  Carefully place into the larger pot the root ball and hold it erect, straight up.  Make sure it's not "leaning".
6.  Add the new cycad soil in portions, compressing each time.  Top it off and compress again.  Make sure the pot will hold water or you're too high.
7.  Compact all the soil and water thoroughly.
8.  Admire your finish product.
Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad
Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad
Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad
Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad Repotting a Cycad
     
REPOTTING AN 8 TO 10 INCH
ENCEPHALARTOS WHIELOCKII
IN A 15G CONTAINER TO A 24 INCH BOX

The procedure and sequence here is just the same as the last plant.  I'm trying to show lots of photos here to demonstrate what a good and healthy cycad root ball looks like.  Note the roots swirling at the base.  This takes time.  This makes the plant more valuable.  It's not just caudex size. 

We like to think that our cycads are some of the best available on the market.  Since we've been growing cycads for almost 40 years, you know we have old specimens that are well rooted.  Please come by and we'll share them with you.  We repot hundreds of cycads like those shown here every year.
Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad
Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad
transplanting a large cycad Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad
Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad Transplanting a Cycad
     
CYCADS DIE FROM THE BOTTOM UP
ROOT ROT LEADS TO CAUDEX ROT
AND FINALLY YOU GET LEAF DEATH


Remember that cycads die from the roots up.  The first three photos show a plant that appeared to be doing great. Then, one day the leaves all died quickly.  They got brown and easily pulled  away from the trunk.  Further inspection showed caudex rot; it was hollowed out as shown.  And, below that and the cause of it all was root rot.  I don't know what happened to the roots.  But, long before we saw anything wrong with the plants, the roots were probably already dead and shot.
Cycad Problems
What one sees here is an Encephalartos
with leaves that are dying.
Cycad Problems
Further inspection shows the caudex is soft
Cycad Problems
Further inspection shows that this
cycad is dead.  The caudex is rotted.
   
     
A CYCAD CAN LEAF OUT BEFORE IT ROOTS
YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE
BUT, THIS PLANT IS IN TROUBLE

The two photos here show an Encephalartos that has nice leaves and looks pretty good.   Correct?   To the customer with no experience, he might purchase such a plant.  But, this caudex threw leaves before it established roots.  We'd never sell such a plant unless it snuck by us.  This would be a risky purchase for a customer.  This is because this plant may succumb before it establishes roots.  Roots are important.  You want roots before leaves.  Nice ball huh?  Sure.   That's surely NOT.
Cycad Problems Cycad Problems
     
CYCAD CAUDEX WITH NO ROOTS IN ONE YEAR

We inspected this 7 inch caudex for roots one year after putting it into pumice.  It still has no roots.  But, the caudex is firm and hard.  This plant still will probably do just fine.  I've seen cycad trunks take up to three years to root out and eventually do just fine.  And, it's a blessing that this particular plant hasn't thrown leaves to "help itself out"
Cycad Problems  
     
BIG CYCAD PROBLEMS
THINK IT'S JUST ABOUT THE CAUDEX?
THINK AGAIN

Here's two examples of cycads sold by other nurseries where we helped revive the owner's plants.  A customer would not know the difference.  Both plants were destined to die.  One plant didn't even have one root but had a full head of blue leaves.  Don't ever be a sucker and buy something like this.  We treated these two plants and both eventually and slowly recovered.
Cycad Problems
This is a cycad someone bought from
another nursery.  It had severe root
rot that would have surely killed the
plant.  We dissected it for the customer
and hopefully it'll do fine.
Cycad Problems
This is an Encephalartos that was
actually sold by someone else.  It had absolutely
no roots but had full leafed as shown here.  We

had to offer help and repair the rot that had
set in and we successfully did bring it back to
life.  Note, from the caudex  up with its leaves,
all looks good.  Not so!  It is NOT all about the ball.
     
A WELL ROOTED CYCAD
EXAMPLES TO SHOW YOU HOW TO SPOT WELL ROOTED CYCAD

Three of the four pictures to the right show roots coming out the bottom of the pot, pots torn by roots growing and on five gallon pot that literally exploded because of massive roots.  Obviously that last one was allowed to go too far.  The third picture shows a huge plant for it's pot.  You'd assume the roots are good because it looks so robust.  That proved to be the case.  The fourth photo shows the great root ball when we repotted it.
well rooted cycad
Roots coming out the bottom
well rooted cycad
Roots so big they burst the container
well rooted cycad
A plant that is super robust
well rooted cycad
Well rooted root ball that holds together

A pot that exploded from root pressure
     
SUMMARY
REPOTTING OF CYCADS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD ROOT SYSTEM

I've certainly drilled in my feelings about someone who thinks that cycad purchases are "all about the ball".  Cycads are not inexpensive plants.  And, enthusiasts become quite attached to them.  If one of their cycad dies, it hurts.  A newer nursery has to sell what it has.  It might not have the time or manpower to develop good roots on a cycad.  So, they sell it anyway, hoping no one knows the difference and the plant does come through.  Many times this is not the case.  As I mentioned before, a smaller cycad with good roots will outgrow a larger plant with poor (or no) roots.  Be smart and think about the cycad's roots.  REMEMBER, IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE BALL!  If not, there's the caveat to remember - "Buyer Beware!"  We'd hope that you'd visit us and see the quality of our plants.  Inspect our plants.  And, if you are a mail order customer, we'll be honest about the roots and overall condition of the plant.  Also, we can send any photos you want.  If we are selling offsets that need rooting, we'll tell you so.  And finally, as you can see, a plant with great roots is a cinch to repot.

 

 



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MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

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

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

  

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

phil 4
photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

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

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

ASSORTED PHOTOS
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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PALM TREES, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS


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

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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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