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FRIDAY, 30 MAY, 2014

SOME NICE, SHIPPABLE SIZED FERNS ON SPECIAL!

BLECHNUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"
NICE 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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

Note that there are many species of "Blechnum Ferns".  I apologize that I don't know the species name of these plants we g
ot in, but they will remain small and are very nice.

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


Just mention this blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  
BLECHNUM FERN
ONE GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Shown here are the one gallon plants that we just got in.  They are pretty nice for a one gallon and grow fast.  Descripition is the same as above.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $19.99


Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase.
BLECHNUM FERN BLECHNUM FERN
BLECHNUM FERN    
AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
LARGE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

THURSDAY, 29 MAY, 2014

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


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

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
DROOPY LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This popular species is from Madagascar and can be single trunk or suckering.  It has a leaf form where the leaf is flat in cross section and another form where the leaflets are very droopy, hanging down toward the ground.  The crown shafts are white as shown here or sometimes silver.  It likes coastal sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  We are offering the band size on special, droopy form.  This is a Blog only offering.

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

You must mention this special when ordering.
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis
photo by BC
Dypsis onilahensis  

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIALTHIS SIZE $95


READ ARTICLE ON BISMARCKIA
Bismarckia  Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia     

 

RED, CLUSTERING PETITE NEROGELIA
AN EASY TO GROW RED BROMELIAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE PLANTS


We've been offering these plants for years and seldom do they go on sale.  This is a smaller Nerogelia that can take some sun, even full sun along the immediate coast.  They turn from green to bright red in the sun.  They are compact and low.  In three or four years you'll get many heads and they are tightly held together.  The plants we have presently are older and have about fifteen heads.  They are a very full cluster.  They tolerate temperatures into the twenties F.  They add nice color to the garden.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this special at time of purchse to get the discount.
red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER CYCADS IN THE WORLD

There is a saying among cycad enthusiasts that "you can never have too many horridus".  After 36 years as a nurseryman growing cycads, I can say this is definitely true.  E. horridus is always the cycad that I run out of in smaller sizes.  The Latin derivation for the word "horridus" is "pickly or bristly".  I sometimes tell people that its derivation is from the word "horrible, and that's how you'll feel if you fall into it".  This is because, of all the cycads, it is one of the most gnarly and spiny cycads of any. 

With this said, this South African cycad is also one of the most beautiful and striking of all cycad species.  Its color is powdery blue.  This is dependent on the plant receiving direct sunlight and on heat.  Remember, the blue color is from a powder that the leaflets exude as a protection from desiccation.  So, in the shade or in a humid greenhouse, the plant doesn't need to produce this powder.  Consequently, blue leaves will turn green.  You can actually wipe off the blue powder (and color) with your finger.

E. horridus is a smaller to medium sized plant.  A caudex that is three feet tall is considered "enormous" for this species and hardly, if ever, will get taller.  Crown width is typically three to four feet, rarely larger.  Leaves often are recurved downward or even upon themselves with a 360 degree circle.  Leaflets are prominently barbed with a backward flip to the proximal barb.  A similar species, E. trispinosus, doesn't typically have this flip to the barbs and this is a good way to tell them apart.  Growth rate is slow.  Note that, even though this species loves sun, growers in desert areas must only give part day sun or the leaves will burn.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

One last comment and a point I want to make is that, among this species as a group, there are variations in the appearance of the plants.  Just like people, plants individually do vary.  This can be seen in overall size, leaflet shape and leaf shape.  A dear friend of our nursery, now deceased, thrilled in his collection of different appearing horridus.  He had well over twenty different appearing forms of this species.  My feeling is that you should not consider all of these "varieties" or "dwarfs, giants, etc" but rather consider them as variability in the appearance of this species.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON E. HORRIDUS, CLICK HERE     
Encephalartos horridus
A boxes specimen with nice color



Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
Once again, note golden collar at base of leaf stem



Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus seedling bare root Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus
Emerging female cone 
Encephalartos horridus female cone
female cone 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 

A VARIETY OF SABALS IN SMALLER SIZES
PERFECT FOR MAIL ORDER

As Sabals are typically quite cold hardy, there's a lot of interest in them.  I'm showing you today some examples of Sabals that are in an "easy to ship size".  Most of these shown are in 5 gallon sizes.  These are New World fan palms and many have husky, thick trunks.  Some get quite tall while others are dwarf palms.  Some are green, others almost blue.  Most are vigorous growers when given the right conditions.  But, almost all are pretty cold hardy with many surviving well into the teens F.  Because of these characteristics, people in colder parts of the country tend to love Sabals. 

I took most of these photos at our nursery and should have most in stock.  Availability and sizes available change over time.  On some species we may have large band sizes for sale as well.  Receiving these plants right to your door is as easy as picking up the phone and calling me.  I usually ship the same day (U.S. only) with plants in their containers, not bare root.  With the species below, I'll only make a few major points.  Assume they take full sun unless noted otherwise. 
  Sabal mauritiformis
   Sabal mauritiformis leaf 
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum
  


SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
Thick trunk
Blue green leaves
Rounded crown with big leaves
Tall species, over 40 feet

Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis

SABAL MINOR
Native to Southern United States
Small palm
None-existent trunks to perhaps up to ten feet, depending on variety
Small, well divided leaves
Green to blue green color
Blossoms often stand above the foliage
Very cold hardy

Sabal minor Sabal minor
SABAL PUMOS
Mexican, high elevation species
Tall species, up to fifty feet
Thin trunk, typically 8 inches in diameter
Trunk can end up "knobby"
Green leaves


Sabal pumos Sabal pumos
SABAL "RIVERSIDE"
True habitat origin unknown
Taxonomy known but can't identify to native locality
Thick trunked Sabal species
Green to blue green
Medium sized round black seeds
Large leaves
Height to 25 feet
Reported to tolerate down to 16 degrees f.
Sabal riverside Sabal riverside
SABAL PALMETTO
Native to SE U.S. and into the Caribbean
Most domestic plants have ten to twenty feet of trunk
Reports of native plants with heights over fifty feet
Medium sized trunk and leaf
Green color to leaves
Younger plants has retained leaf bases for some time
Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto
SABAL URESANA
Sabal species with blue leaves in full sun
Native to high elevation northern Mexico
Trunk height to fifty feet
Trunk diameter 18 inches
Long petioles, medium sized leaves
Cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.
Loves heat and sun
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana
Leaves of 15g plant
SABAL CAUSIARUM
Tall fan palm
Extremely thick, gray colored trunk to two feet diameter
Crown fifteen feet wide
Color green to blue-green
Often hard to locate plants
Looks nice in groups of separated plants
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
SABAL XTENSENSIS
Native to Southern U.S., TX
Medium sized
Sabal
Extremely cold hardy
Green colored leaves
Natural hybrid in habitat
Sabal xtexensis Sabal xtexensis
SABAL ROSEI
Slender trunk Mexican species
Height to 40 feet
Trunk diameter 8 inches
Retained leaf bases or clean trunk with knobby leaf base scars
leaf color is green
Fairly cold hardy, easily to 20 degrees F.
(note: almost out of this species)
Sabal rosei Sabal rosei
SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
Tropical appearing Sabal
Thin trunk, some retained leaf bases
Leaf circular in form with many leaflets
Underside of leaflets faint silver
Slow growing
Tolerates sun or shade in most areas
Cold hardy to lower 20's F.

Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis

MONDAY, 26 MAY, 2014

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
EXOTIC APPEARING FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD

Two days ago I offered a special price on our oversized 1 gallon Dioon spinulosusm.  So, I thought I'd take the opportunity to say more about this species.

Native to Mexico
• Prefers filtered light in most domestic applications
• Centuries old plants can be over 30 feet tall
• Leaves four to six feet long with small spines of leaflets
• Trunks typically under one foot thick
• Excellent species for patios or shopping center malls
• Can be grown as an interior cycad
• Can hold multiple swirls of leaves making crown full and lush
• Rare as a plant but not one of the most rare cycads

Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants.  Note how they look lush and exotic.  An unusual red emergent plant is shown.  This species tends to be affordable for a cycad and right now is on special (see Saturday's thread)..

Dioon spinulosum
5g plants
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
15g plant
Dioon spinulosum
old 24 inch boxed specimen with male cone
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
unusual red emergent form
Dioon spinulosum
more typical green emergent form
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
1 gallon, 4 year old plant
Dioon spinulosum
extremely old nursery specimen
Dioon spinulosum

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
SOUGHT AFTER BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

This morning I wanted to show you a hard to find blue South African cycad.  Encephalartos princeps is a gorgeous blue cycad that is most similar to E. lehmannii.  But, princeps leaflets orient more toward the center o the plant and sometimes sort of "stack" in their alignment.  The palnt shown here has a seven inch caudex with some vertical height.  The color is intense.  It's in a 15g pot.  It wants full sun in most areas and is cold tolerant to about 22 degrees F.  If you love blue cycads, get a princeps before all you'll be able to locate are small seedlings.
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps  

 

ARCHONOTPHOENIX PURUPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANT SIZE

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

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

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  You can buy now and pick up later.
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
ONLY A FEW 15G LEFT, THEN NOT AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

I've sold a huge number of these over the past year at full price but the well is running dry.  I perhaps have three 15g left to sell.  And, there are no more in the pipeline.  So, don't miss out.  These plants are as blue as a Brahea armata and equally as cold hardy. But, they still have a very palmy and somewhat tropical looking.  They like sun, heat and can take cold down to 15 degrees F.  This size can be shipped.

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

They'll probably be gone today.  You must mention this Blog Only special to get this price when purchasing.  Pay now and pick up later ok.
Butia capitata blue 15g Butia capitata blue 15g
Butia capitata blue Paul Craft    

 


MUSA LASIOCARPA
SMALL BANANA, YELLOW BLOSSOM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This semi-dwarf flowering Banana is cold hardy to the low 20's F. and doesn't get much over six feet tall.  It does sucker and is easy to grow.  The blossom in at the top of each stem and a yellow color and large.  We have these nice plants for sale, but only a few.  We're offering our 5g plants at a great price.

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

Just mention this special to get this price.
Musa lasiocarpa Musa lasiocarpa

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE, BEAUTIFUL CROWN OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This morning I've added a super popular single trunk Madagascar Palm to our list of plants on special.  This species gets a typical height of twenty to twenty-five feet, likes sun in most areas and is a good growing species.  People who've gotten this species love it.  Shown here are some 15g plants and a picture from habitat.  Our availability is fair at this point.  But, they could sell out.   So, get one while you can at this discounted price.

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

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

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
HUGE BAND SIZE PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

These plants are also five year old band seedlings with a cuadex one to two inches in size.  They should be put in 5 gallon pots soon.  This species is a large, green cycad that forms substantial trunk, has glossy green leaves and NO spines!  It's very user friendly in this fashion but you must give it room to grow.  Shown here is the band size.  They are cold tolerant to the low 20's F. and, in most areas, want bright filtered light.

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

Band size seedlings are easy to ship right to your door.  You must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this discounted price.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

 

SUNDAY, 25 MAY, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES AT NURSERY
POSSIBLY E. HILDEBRANDTII
DOUBLE CAUDEX


A few days ago Rusty and Ricardo brought a cycad from our growing grounds back to the nursery.  It's label unfortunately had been lost because of its age.  It had been grown in nearly full sun and has seen temperatures as low as 25 degrees F.  The interesting thing is that there are two caudexes.  Side by side they are about 18 inches wide.  I usually do not grow "doubles" when it comes to cycads.  So, I suspect that this plant set a pup at a young age and both have grown to obtain comparable size.

This plant is most likely an Encephalartos hildebrandtii.  The leaves are a bit more narrow than I'd anticipate and also fairly cupped.  So, this is just a guess.  E. hildebrandtii is a Central African species with long upright leaves.  Habitats include Kenya and Tanzania.  Overall height at maturity (in the wild) is over 15 feet.  Leaf color is green.  Prominent forks or prongs are often seen at the leaflet tips.  Leaf length is six to ten feet.  Leaflets are very stiff to the touch.

This plant is in a 24 inch box and available or sale.
Encephalartos hildebrandtii Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Cycad tilted toward you to see crown from above
Encephalartos hildebrandtii Encephalartos hildebrandtii Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Encephalartos hildebrandtii Encephalartos hildebrandtii
leaflets of a different, known E. hildebrandtii
Encephalartos hildebrandtii

 

VARIEGATED NEROGELIA
ATTRACTIVE COMPANION PLANTS

We just got in some very nice suckering Nerogelias of two variegated patterns.  These are a type of bromeliad.  One is green with white edges to the leaves.  The other is more colorful (last photo) with flushes or red and pink.  either will have small heads of leaves, individual plant crowns of about ten inches and either will sucker freely.  They are quite easy to propagate by division. 

Nerogelia make fine and colorful companion plants for the garden floor.  They grow easily with minimal water.  The plants, in their containers, can just be submerged into the ground and do fine.  I'd recommend filtered light.  Cold hardiness is a bit below a freeze.
Nerogelia Nerogelia
Nerogelia Nerogelia  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST OF ALL THE KING PALM FAMILY
5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Over the past several years I've told you about the King Palm which we grow from seeds of a plant in my garden.  Initially I thought this was an A. maxima but have since not been sure.  I'll note some characteristics of this plant below.

1.  It is a massive palm with a trunk diameter of almost 18 inches.
2.  Overall height is far above a regular King Palm.  Mine is already about 45 feet tall.
3.  The leaves are a darker green in full sun than other Kings.  AND, THEY DON'T SEEM TO BROWN TIP in our full sun.
4.  Growth rate is much faster than other Archontophoenix.  It's just shot above everything else in less time.
5.  Seeds are red and twice the size of A. cunninghamiana
6.  The underside of the leaves is a faint silver and overall length of the leaves is longer than other Kings..
7.  Crown shaft color is a faint blue
8.  There is no ramenta on these leaves (no hairs)
9.  Occasionally we see red or bronze emergent new leaves

 Presently we have a limited number of 5g plants.  Some are singles, some multiple The plant shown here has a small second plant in the pot.  The last photos are from the seed parent mother plant in my garden.

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

You must mention this special when purchasing to get the discounted price.
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
different plant showing bronze new leaf
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Mother plant in my garden
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note the lack of 'brown tipping" in full sun
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note the massive trunk diameter

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX X KLOTZSCHIANA
15G PLANT
INTERESTING FILTERED LIGHT HYBRID


I am showing you presently a 15g plant of an interesting Chamaedorea hybrid: C. microspadix x C. klotzschiana.  Chamaedorea microspadix is known for its overall small size, trunking nature, thin trunks, wider leaflets (often with an iridescent sheen) and regular leaflets.  In contrast, Chamaedorea klotzschiana has thicker trunks, taller overall size, and is single trunk.  But, its most prominent characteristic is the prominent clumping of leaflets as shown below.

I got this plant in from someone who transferred the pollen of the klotzschiana to the receptive female microspadix.  I only have one plant available.  It is suckering, has thin trunks, a bit of an iridescent sheen and irregular leaflets that are longer than microspadix.  Chamaedorea hybrids are quite easy to produce but you never really know what you are going to get.

By the way, we do have limited numbers of both pure parents for sale.  If you look down a few days I presented a thread on pure Chamaedorea klotzschiana.
Chamaedorea microspadix x klotzschiana Chamaedorea microspadix x klotzschiana
Chamaedorea microspadix x klotzschiana Chamaedorea microspadix x klotzschiana  Chamaedorea microspadix
Pure Chamaedorea microspadix leaf 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Pure C. klotzschiana showing grouped leaflets 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Crown of nursery plant pure C. klotzschiana 
Chamaedorea microspadix
Pure Chamaedorea microspadix 


BRAHEA NITIDA
THE OAXACA PALM
NO SPINES ON PETIOLES


This Brahea is unique among this genus in that it is the only Brahea that has absolutely no spines on the petioles.  It also has shiny, flat green leaves.  Maximum height is 30 feet after many decades.  One thing I like about this species is that it grows in filtered light or part day sun.  In such conditions, the leaves are round, flat and shiny.  To the touch they are softer than other species.  It almost resembles a 0 when grown in shade.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We are presently out of our 15g sized plants.
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida by Justen Dobbs
photo by Justen Dobbs

 

BRAHEA BANDEGEEI
SAN JOSE PALM

• Native to Mexico and Baja Mexico
• Single trunk fan palm that gets to about 30 feet tall
• Trunk diameter one foot
• Circular 3 foot wide leaves, flat
• Some retained leaf bases on trunk
• Thinner trunk than most other Braheas
• Good cold hardiness (to about 20 degrees) but not the most cold hardy of the genus
• Quick growing compared to other Brahea
• Prefers full sun in most areas

Shown here is a nice 15g plant and a smaller 5g.  Limited supplies.  Hard to find species.  The last 2 photos were taken in Balboa Park in San Diego.  We have extremely limited numbers of this species. 
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

DIOON CAPUTOI
THIN LEAFLET MEXICAN DIOON

Today I thought I'd mention a different type of thin leaflet cycad.  Dioon caputoi is a very rare species of Dioon with its habitat being in the area of Pueblo in the country of Mexico.  Several decades ago one could only dream about this species with only about a hundred plants in habitat.  In the 1990's, some seeds did come out of habitat and it is occasionally seen for sale.  It is not a big cycad.  Trunks are typically one to two feet, rarely to three feet.  The leaflets are very thin with gaps between the leaflets.  The color is green or gray-green.  Leaves are stiff and usually two to three feet long. 

It is slow growing and prefers sun along the coast or very bright filtered light.  It is an endangered species and next to impossible to find in a nursery.  We are quite fortunate to offer you plants in a variety of sizes, from band up to 15g size.  Mature plant photos and a female cone are provided by a friend of mine, Mark Mason.  Although the coldest limit is not known, I'd estimate cold tolerance to be in the upper teens F.
Dioon caputoi cit pot Dioon caputoi b ase
Dioon caputoi Dioon caputoi wild Dioon caputoi female cone by MarkM
Dioon caputoi band Dioon caputoi leaf Dioon caputoi nursery

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
CRETAN DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $50

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  I only have a few of these for sale.
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii  Phoenix theophrastii  Phoenix theophrastii 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 

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

Like other tall, thin palms, this species can be planted in a group of several together.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the lower twenties and even the upper teens F.  It can tolerate desert climates.  We also have available smaller plants for sale.  If you compare this to the Copernicia baileyana recently discussed.  The two are totally different appearing palms within the same genus.

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

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Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g    


 

SATURDAY, 24 MAY, 2014

 

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
ASSORTED COLORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Shown here is an assortment of colorful Anthurium that we just got in.  We have pinks, purples, red and white.  We are offering them on special.  These like filtered light and protection from significant cold.  Many can winter them over in the garden along the coast.  These plants are carrying from three to eight blossoms right now.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $19.99

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Anthurium assorted colors Anthurium assorted colors
Anthurium assorted colors Anthurium assorted colors Anthurium assorted colors

 

SABAL BERMUDANA
LARGE COLD TOLERANT FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This Caribbean fan palm can get over thirty feet tall an is remarkably cold tolerant.  It has been reported to easily tolerate temperatures into the upper twenties F.  Some say  it can even go a bit lower.  It likes full hot sun and survives in desert climates.  It has a thick trunk with large, rather flat green leaves.  This 5g size shown here is what we have on special.  These are very large for a 5g plant.

REGULAR PRICE 4G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this discount.
Sabal bermudana 5g Sabal bermudana 5g
Sabal bermudana 5g Sabal bermudana 5g Sabal bermudana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BEAUTIFUL 15G PLANTS
MANY TO SELECT FROM


We presently have about forty to fifty 15 gallon blue Encephalartos lehmannii.  This species is native to the Natal district of South Africa.  It is not a huge cycad, rarely getting a trunk over 3 feet tall.  Leaves are about three feet long.  When grown in full sun they become intensely blue or silver in color.  This is from their protective blue wax given off by the leaves.  Overall crown width is about four to five feet.

Our 15g plants have caudex size from three to nine inches.  Plants are sold by caudex size.  These plants can be shipped right to your door - and, in their containers with soil and with all the needed agricultural permits.  As you probably know, these plants are quite rare and difficult to find.  Blue cycads are of the most sought after plants in the world.
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM
MANY SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM


For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  We've concentrated mostly on the blue form although there is also a green form of Bismarckia.  However, most prefer the blue form and we've found it to be more cold hardy than the green.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  It' not certain how tall they'll get in domestic gardens, but I anticipate about the same.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.

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

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

http://www.junglemusic.net/articles/Bismarckia nobilis/bismarckia_nobilis.html
Bismarckia nobilis
24 inch box size
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
25 gallon size
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
15g size
Bismarckia nobilis
5 gallon size
Bismarckia nobilis
48 inch box size with up to 3 feet of trunk
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis by TB
photo by TB
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  For types of King Palms, this species is stated to have the thickest trunk.  I don't think I agree with this and feel A. maxima is thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more.   The crown shaft is a bit bulging.  Below I'd like to state some of my observations about this species.  I'm going to number them for easy viewing:

1.  It is NOT the most cold hardy of the King Palm group.  25 degrees F. will definitely burn it and lower temps will kill it.  Two decades ago people said it was the most cold hardy.  This is not true.
2.  The degree of purple color you see in the crown shaft is quite variable.  If you see a picture of one with an intense purple color like on grape candy, it is probably "photo-shopped".  Only once have I seen anything like this where the color is brilliantly purple.  Expect a light purple or reddish hue, which is much more common.  Sometimes they are more green than any other color.  And, you won't see the purple color when they are juvenile.  They have to have some trunk height before it can be seen.  So, when you buy one you just have to wait for the color.
3.  A good way to recognize this species as a juvenile nursery plant is from the yellowish color to the stem and petiole.  (see photos).  Also, the underside of the leaves are intensely silver as shown here.  The crown shaft is green on young plants.
4.  There are only two species of King Palms which have ramenta (small hair-like fibers) on the underside of the leaflets.  These are the A. cunninghamiana and A. purpurea.  So, check the underside of the leaves.  If you see ramenta and they are silver, you are looking at an A. purpurea.   (see 7th photo below).  One of the photos below shows this species in fruit.

Pictures here are an assortment of nursery plants, domestically grown plants and habitat specimens.  If you live in an area that doesn't get below the mid-twenties, it is a fun species to grow.  We have very nice 5g plants that can be easily shipped right to your door.  We also have smaller and larger sizes available.
 
Archontophoenix purpurea

Archontophoenix purpurea 5g
Archontophoenix purpurea

Archontophoenix purpurea underside leaf
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea WITH RAMENTA
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea photo by HJD
Archontophoenix purpurea photo by HJD Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea  

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE, "BOW TIE" TYPE LEAF ARRANGMENT

This single trunk shade palm from Mexico reaches a height of about ten feet or a bit more.  It's trunk is one inch thick.  The most interesting thing is the arrangement of the leaflets.  They are grouped in bunches of two to four leaflets.  The individual leaflets are wide and puffy.  Their texture is thin and soft.  There is no armor on this plant.

It is a shade plant and cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  At one time I had plenty of these for sale.  I got seeds from my parent plants.  These plants have stopped fruiting with age.  Now it's quite difficult to find this species.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We only have a few of these. 
Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g
Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g Chamaedorea klotzschiana 5g

 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MOUNT GARUSO
LONG LEAFED CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

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

The plant shown here was grown in half day sun and is in a 15g pot.  Caudex size is 8 inches.  It should tolerate full coastal sun (we've had others that did) and will be cold tolerant into the lower 20's F.  We only have one or two of these left and doubt we'll see them again.
Encephalartos mount garuso Encephalartos mount garuso
Encephalartos mount garuso Encephalartos mount garuso  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CONCINNUS
ANOTHER MEDIUM SIZED CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

This medium sized green cycad is from Central Africa, specifically from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  In habitat it grows on steep slopes and gets trunks up to about fifteen feet.  Several characteristics I look for in identifying this species are:

• Rather short leaflets, shorter than you'd expect for the size of the plant
• A green leafed cycad, often dark green if in part day sun
• A rough, sort of warty texture on close inspection of the dorsal side of the leaflets (see photo below)
• Leaflets do come to a point, but it's sort of a blunt tip with a slight curve to the margin of the leaflet, curving upwards
• Caudex having that "central African look" with a white wooly texture

Shown here is a very nice specimen in a box.  It's been outdoor grown in half day sun and trunk size is about twelve inches.  It is 20 years old.  I'm also showing a nursery plant in a 15g pot.  In coastal areas you can grow it in sun or part day sun.  Far inland areas would require some sun protection.  Cold tolerance should be mid to low 20's.  This plant has already seen and been untouched by 24 degrees here.
Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus Encephalartos concinnus
Encephalartos concinnus
close up shot another plant showing warty texture

a different 15g plant
Encephalartos concinnus
close up garden plant showing short leaflets

 

 

BURRETIOKENTIAL HAPALA
GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

So you "palm only" readers don't go through withdrawal with all the cycad photos, I'm showing you a very nice 25 gallon Burretiokentia hapala.  This plant has been largely outdoor grown and is about eight to nine feet tall in the pot.  This species can be easily grown in coastal areas of Southern California and gets to a height of about twenty to twenty-five feet.  It has a prominent crown shaft that is green or brown-green and a thin trunk.  It can tolerate full sun right on the coast but is best grown in part day sun or strong filtered light.  We have other sizes (smaller) for sale.  Cold tolerance is probably about 23 to 24 degrees.

We have a fair selection of this species.  But, be aware, the larger ones are extremely limited and sell out quickly.
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
FAT SNAKESKIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE!

About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  The owner was a fellow who knew a lot about palms, cycads and certain tropical trees.  His name was Bill Seaborne.  To old time enthusiast, this name might ring a bell.  He even wrote a book back then on tropical plants.  In any case, Bill (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species of tropical tree.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they had the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine with a hint of red.  But, the trunk is massive and swollen at the base.  It is a green trunk and has a  snake skin type of texture.  

Growth rate is quite fast.  I have a few 15g trees for sale.  But, it's the 5g size that I'm putting on special.  This size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE FOR 5G IS $65
SPECIAL 10 DAY PRICE 5G $45

You must mention this Blog Only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris by angv.gov
by anbg.gov
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia
by Adelaide Zoo, Australia, website
   

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 1 GALLON PLANTS

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

BLOG SPECIAL, REGULAR $45, NOW $35
OR, THREE FOR $89


These are easy to ship, weather permitting.  We can hold purchases and ship when it's warmer.  Larger plants are shown here so you know what these juveniles will look like over time. You must mention this Blog special when ordering to get these prices.
Dioon spinulosum 1
Dioon spinulosum 1g

 

FRIDAY, 23 MAY, 2014

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
HIGHLAND BREADFRUIT
LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE


We were lucky enough to get in a batch of propagated Ficus dammaropsis a few days ago.  This species is native to New Guinea and has large pleated leaves that can be up to three feet long and two feet across.  These plants were produced via vegetative propagation and are in 5g pots.

For years I tried tip cuttings or air layering of the trees in my yard, never to any success.  This is the third or fourth time I've had these in and every time they are sold out within a day or two.  If I get in more plants it will not be until fall of htis year.

I have found that they do best in part day sun or filtered light.  Although their cold hardiness is uncertain, I'd estimate it into the twenties F.  Anticipate a plant that will get to about fifteen feet with a four to six inch thick trunk.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
SOUTH AFRICAN PRICKLY CYCAD
NICE 15G PLANTS AVAILABLE


We presently have a very nice selection of good looking E. arenarius in 15g pots.  Some think of this species as the "Green Encephalartos horridus".  It is a fast growing plant that likes full sun along the coast but can take strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F. 

The plants shown here are a sample of these nice 15g plants.  Cuadex size ranges from four to eight inches.  Color varies from green to blue green.  The leaflets have prominent bards on their edges.  We aloso have larger and smaller plants for sale.
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius    

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
NEW RED FLUSH
VERY OLD PLANT

Today I wanted to show you a Ceratozamia that we've been growing for many years at the nursery.  It just threw a new set of leaves.which are a red-brown color as shown here.  At this stage these leaves are very soft and delicate.  If handled too roughly, they can snap.  But, within a few weeks they will turn green and become much more firm to touch.  One does not want to turn or rotate a cycad that is throwing new leaves.  If you do, the leaves will twirl and re-orient themselves to the sun.  This gives a twirled and assymetrical crown of leaves which is less appealing.  .

This plant is so old that the label has long ago been lost.  It is similar to Ceratozamia juesteriana but looks a bit different in leaf and leaflet form.  It has coned but I don't recall the sex.  It's in a 24 inch box and has been outdoor grown.  It has seen 25 degrees F. and has been outdoor grown for the last decade.  I'd estimate it is toleraant to the low 20's F.  It is for sale.
Ceratozamia red flush Ceratozamia red flush
Ceratozamia red flush Ceratozamia red flush  
     

 

 

SATURDAY, 17 MAY, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FRIDERICI-GUILIELMI
BLUE-GREEN CYCAD WITH THIN, UNARMED LEAFLETS

This South African cycad species gets trunks that are up to twelve feet tall, sometimes decumbent and that sucker from the base.  Distribution centers around the Eastern Cape Province.  It is somewhat similar in appearance to Encephalartos cycadifolius and was historically confused with this species for a while.  Leaves are upright with some curve and about three to five feet long.  They hold leaflets that are less than a half inch wide (usually 1/4 to 1/3 inch wide) and about four to five inches long.  They come to a point and do not have marginal spines.  Overall color is blue or  blue-green on new flushes, turning more green and sometimes yellow with age.  Older leaf stems often show a yellow color.

The thin leaf Encephalartos tend to possess good cold hardiness but are not hardy into the teens F.  Figure Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi will take into the low 20's quite easily.  In most areas they want full sun.

Shown here are several nursery plants.  We have a pretty good selection of this species.  I've found this species really responds to being in the ground.  It grows better in the ground than in a pot.
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Colin Wilson PACSOA
photo by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi

 

RHAPIS HUMILUS
TALL, ELEGANT, SUCKERING FAN PALM
WE HAVE THE REAL THING!

Even among nurserymen and authorities, there is a real confusion about the "real" Rhapis humilus.  I am going to tell you what I know to be true about this rare and almost impossible to find true species.

• It is an extremely tall species coming from China.  Native localities are not known.  It became a nursery item and was not found in habitat again.
• Stems get to a height of 20 to 25 feet.  This is much taller than any other Rhapis species.
• It has stems that are about an 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter and have the strength to hold their stems upright.  Occasionally they will lean out to the side.
• It tolerates full sun in our coastal areas, unlike other species.  Rhapis excelsa will burn or turn yellow in full sun.
Rhapis multifida (shown yesterday) is marketed heavily and misidentified as "Rhapis humilus" by many nurseries and is NOT the true species.  It gets to eight feet tall, doesn't take full sun and has very thin canes.
•There is no seed source for Rhapis humilus and it is felt that there are only male plants in existence.  Remember, this is a dioecious species and you need both sexes to set seeds.   So, if you see a small, one or five gallon "Rhapis humilus" on EBay, you know it's something else.
• Every time someone offers 'seeds", they are not true Rhapis humilus
• The only way to get this species is to dig an existing clump (there are very few around), divide it up and grow it from there.

With these points made, shown here are several boxed or large specimens of Rhapis humilus, the real thing.  Some pictures show our staff dividing up a large clump we got in.  This species is rarely available, is always super expensive, and is usually only available as large clumps (not a little 5g) because seeds don't exist.  Cold tolerance is about 20 degrees, it lives easily in the SF Bay area, availability is slim to never and architects love to spec out this species not knowing that there's hardly any available on the market.

Right now I have a few specimens available.  Leaf hallmarks are thin leaflets, pointed ends to these leaflets and a large number of leaflets (12 to 25) per leaf.  By the way, I am offered a clump (for purchase) about once every five to ten years.  So, availability is spotty and seldom.  Wikipedia, which has a bit of information about almost everything, doesn't even have a picture of the true species.
Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus
Nursery division of large clump
Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus
repotting divisions of a large clump
Rhapis humilus

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
SIMILAR TO R. HUMILUS BUT SHORTER
AN IDEAL PATIO OR INTERIOR PALM
SUPERIOR TO THE COMMON LADY PALM


It is actually quite surprising that this fantastic palm is so difficult to find.  I say this because it is so much prettier than the normal Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa, and people should be clammering for it.  Compared to the R. excelsa, it has many more thin leaflets per leaf, has cleaner and more tidy stems, and consistently grows to about eight feet, an ideal height.  In contrast, the normal Lady Palm sometimes can stunt, being only three to four feet tall.  It only carries six to eight leaflets and the trunks are sort of shabby appearing with litter.  Rhais multifida carries typically about fifteen or more leaflets per leaf.  See photos here to compare the two.

The nearest species to R. multifida is R. humilus (described above).  But, the multifida is shorter and has more narrow canes.  We have available nice 5 to 6 foot specimens of this species from time to time.  See photos.  if you really want one of these, we can often specialorder them for you if they are not in stock.  We import them out of Hawaii.  We've not had a customer who didn't love this species as an interior or patio plant once they got one by mail order.

This species is native to Asia and China, like all Rhapis.  Ninety percent of our Rhapis multifida come from Hawaii because they grow much faster there and a nice specimen can be produced easily.  They are imported as interior quality plants suitable for bank lobbies and hotels.  They are older plants and are perfect for inside the house or a shaded patio.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It wants filtered light or limited sun.  Shown here are two six foot tall five gallon plants.  Our availability on these is extremely variable as they do need importation and supplies change over time.  In these photos, compare the two species.  I've labeled the appropriate pictures.
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida.  Note pointed leaflet tips
Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa; note few number of leaflets
rhapis excelsa leaf tip
Rhapis excelsa.  Note blunt leaflet tipsi
Rhapis multifida

 


RHAPIS: WHAT ABOUT VARIEGATED RHAPIS?
WE STILL HAVE SOME NICE ONES AVAILABLE


This is an exciting topic and for those of you who missed it last summer.  I did a long series on these rare Japanese variegated Rhapis excelsa.  If you go back to posts in August of last year, especially earlier in the month, you'll see lots of photos of variegated Rhapis.  We bought in a very old collection of mature variegated Rhapis excelsa.  There were about 80 plants from that group.  Presently, at least half have sold, but some are still available. 

Shown here are examples of these variegated gems.  These plants are coveted around the world and almost impossible to find. 
Variegated Rhapis  Variegated Rhapis 
Variegated Rhapis  Variegated Rhapis  Variegated Rhapis 
Variegated Rhapis  Variegated Rhapis  Variegated Rhapis 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII VARIETY BUSHMAN'S RIVER
RARE LARGE CYCAD WITH SPINY LEAFLETS

I'm writing presently about a rare variety of Encephartos about which Internet searches or references will provide with very little data.  Encephalartos altensteinii is a larger green South African cycad species.  Trunks get over fifteen feet and are over a foot thick.  Leaf length is about six feet.  The hallmark of E. altensteinii are the bare bases of the petioles.  For the first foot or so there are no spines or prickles and you could easily grab the stem at this location.  On mature plants, there are usually none or only one to three spines on the individual leaflets.

That is, except for this rare form of this species from the Bushman River area.  This variety is actually quite spiny as shown here.  I've also noted that the leaflets seem to be more crowded and overlapping.  This is different from the normal altensteinii.  The plant shown here is an older massive and coning size specimen.  I don't recall the sex.  I apologize that I don't have a picture of an established garden specimen of this species in our gallery and know of no good pictures on the Net.  This specimen is for sale and wants full sun along the coast and is cold tolerant to about 22 degrees without protection.  .  
Encephalartos altensteinii bushmans river Encephalartos altensteinii bushmans river
Encephalartos altensteinii bushmans river Encephalartos altensteinii bushmans river Encephalartos altensteinii bushmans river
Encephalartos altensteinii bushmans river Encephalartos altensteinii bushmans river Encephalartos altensteinii bushmans river

 

CRYOSOPHILA ALBIDA
THE STAR PALM

The genus of Cryosophila consists of
about nine species from Mexico south
through Central America and into northern
South America.  This is a fan palm of medium
size with prominent white color to the underside
of the leaves.  The trunks are thin and show
some modified spines that can form aerial roots
if given enough time.  This is a very attractive
palm.  This species, also known as Cryosophila
warscewiczi
, prefers AM sun or filtered light
and has potential to get to 30 feet height.  It is
somewhat cold hardy, probably into the mid-
twenties F. 

Shown here is a 5g plant with one
shot showing the intense white underside of the
leaf.  Below is a photo by HJD of one showing
this white color.  The last photo is a shot of an
undetermined species of this genus, showing
its overall size.  We usually have available one
species or another of Cryosophila.        
Cryosophila albida Cryosophila albida
Cryosophila albida by HJD  Cryosophila   

 

COLORFUL BROMELIADS ANYONE?

Every week or two we get in a new batch of colorful Bromeliads of all types.  Availability is continually changing.  This includes Nerogelias, Vriesias, Achmeas and all sorts of other genera.  We try to get ones with prominent colors that make great companion plants to put on the floor of the garden.  Our selection changes week by week.  So, if you like companion plants, do drop by and check out what we have.  We also offer very cool Ti's (especially red ones), Heliconia and weird Philodendron.  About half of the photos here were taken yesterday.
Bromeliad  Bromeliad 
Bromeliad  Bromeliad  Bromeliad 
Bromeliad  Bromeliad  Bromeliad 

 

POLYANDROCOCOS CAUDESCENS
A SILVER BACK SOUTH AMERICAN PALM

I have long been attracted to this species because of its peculiar name, the silver backside of the leaves and because of its most unusual clustering of seeds.  Native to Brazil, this species gets to a height of about thirty-five feet, although it's not uncommon to see much shorter specimens in the wild, even some with almost no trunk.  There is no crown shaft on this species.  Leaf lengths are eight to ten feet.  This is the only species in the genus Polyandrococos.  The backside of the leaves displays a shimmering silver color as shown here.  If you look at a newly emerging spear you'll see "Zebra striping" with green alternating with silver.  It's very cool and unusual looking.  The seeds get orange, like the color of orange sherbert, and are clustered together, hanging from the trunk in a cob-like fashion. 

The nursery plant shown here is a 15g.  Nowadays it is quite unusual to see a nursery offering this species.  This plant will tolerate full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to below the mid to low-twenties.  I say this because I know of a specimen in Ventura, CA that withstood a 22 degree winter.  So, it's a good species for most areas of Southern California.

I should also mention that some people call this species "Allagoptera caudescens" because the famous Brazilian biologist Barbosa Rodrigues described it in 1916, possibly antedating the commonly used name of "Polyandrocos".  Also, because of the variation in mature specimen appearance, I wouldn't doubt that more species will be added to this genus in the future.

Be aware that our supply of this species is super limited.
Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens
Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens
Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens Polyandrococos caudescens
Polyandrococos caudescens by Daryl Occonor Palmpedia
by Daryl Oconnor, Palmpedia
Polyandrococos caudescens Wikipedia
from Wikipedia
Polyandrococos caudescens RPS TS
by TS, RPS

 

PRITCHARDIA KAALAE
A TALLER PRITCHARDIA FROM OAHU

Some palm enthusiasts make a game out of trying to identify the various species of Pritchardia.  Most Pritchardia are native to Hawaii and these are the species most important to us in CA because they have better cold tolerance than the several species from the South Pacific.  There are over twenty Hawaiian species.  Don Hodel's new book on this genus should be helpful in telling all these species apart.  In any case, to identify a species requires one methodically to look at leaf color top and bottom, to look for color changes and tomentum, to look for white discoloration or fuzz on the petiole, to look at the upper stem near the growth point and to check out the flowers or seed if they are available for examination.  Summing up all this data, you try to ID the species.  Give it a try and you'll get better over time.

This species comes from 2500 feet elevation in western Oahu, HI.  Trunk diameter is one foot, height is twenty-five feet, leaves are hemi-circular (as opposed to very wedge shaped or circular), leaf color green on both side, there is white tomentum on the rachis, petiole and new spear, leaves are folded along the segments, the end portion of the segments are open terminally, and there is white fuzz along the ventral leaf folds.  On mature specimens the flowers emerge out of the crown of leaves.

Shown here is a 15g plant and some garden specimens.  This is a full sun coastal plant but also does well in part day sun or filtered light.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Remember, Pritchardias are the only type of palm native to Hawaii.  All other types were imported by man except for perhaps the Coconut. 

Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae

 

WEDNESDAY,  14 MAY, 2014

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
A MINIATURE TREE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE!


Also known as the Silver Lady Fern, this unique form of tree fern rarely gets trunks over three to four feet.  The leaves are soft and about two feet long.  It is native to various South Pacific islands including New Caledonia, Fiji and Hawaii.  It is very exotic appearing and has a resemblance to a cycad in its overall appearance.  It is a filtered light species and can take partial sun along the coast.

It prefers high humidity.  Allowing it to dry out would not be good for this or any fern.  In pots, it likes good draining soil. Also, it is known to like acidic pH soil and doesn't like lime.  People are growing this as a patio plant quite easily and even inside the home.  For those who like tree ferns but want a miniature, this is the perfect plant for you.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  We have various sizes available and (when available) are offering  some very nice 10 inch plants that are about 30 inches tall as shown to the right.  If we have smaller sizew, we'll give you a great buy on them as well.  This species sells out very quickly.   

REGULAR PRICE 10 INCH POT, $45
TEN DAY SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $35
Blechnum Gibbum
This size on special
Blechnum Gibbum
Blechnum Gibbum Blechnum Gibbum Blechnum Gibbum
Blechnum Gibbum Blechnum Gibbum by Growing on the Edge
by Growing on the Edge Website
Blechnum Gibbum Wikipedia
by Wikipedia

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
EASY TO GROW & RARE GREEN CYCAD

Encephalartos natalensis is from the Natal and Zululand regions of South Africa.  It is usually considered a medium to large cycad and can get get trunks to over fifteen feet.  Such plants would be hundreds of years old and can have multiple stems.  Leaf length is usually four to six feet long, but can be up to eight feet.  These leaves form a rounded crown.  Leaflets can have spines at their margins when mature and diminish in size toward the base of the leaf.  Cones are yellow or orange-yellow. 

There are at least six different varieties of E. natalensis.  The main differences of these are the leaf and leaflet appearance.  The closest other species to natalensis is E. altensteinii, which was separated off from E. natalensis in 1951.  

This species likes sun and heat, but in desert areas requires part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.  With winter protection, plants can be grown in even colder areas.  Given good culture, this is a very durable and easy to grow plant.  A typical 15g plant can produced plants as shown in gardens below is about twenty years.  Also shown here are an assortment of nursery plants in various sizes.  We offer plants from seedlings to large
boxed specimens.  Enthusiasts in such areas as San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston have even been able to grow this species.  I highly recommend it. 
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
RARE CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZE


This South African cycad is perhaps best known for two things:  It can grow in shady conditions and the cones (especially the female cone) are red.  The cone color varies from fire engine red to orange.  Female cones seem to be more colorful.  The leaflets look like a holly fern.  Right along the coast, this species can take almost full sun and look good.  But, most people grow it in part day sun or filtered light.  From a seedling, it takes about ten years in the ground to get a big, coning sized plant.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown in the first two pictures to the right are seedling E. ferox.  This size is what's on special for ten days.  We can ship either bare root or in the band container.  No international shipments allowed.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE, $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR THREE FOR $60

Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS, AKA L. DECORA
THE RIBBON PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE 5G PLANTS

This tall, thin trunked fan palm comes from Australia and is known for its cold hardiness and for its drooping leaflets that hang downwards.  Thus, it gets its common name as the leaves appear to have ribbons hanging down toward the ground.  It is a sun palm and cold hardy into the teens F.  We are offering a special on the 5g size.

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


Just mention this Blog special when you visit or order.
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens    
     

 

DIOON EDULE
COLD HARDY & SMALL CYCAD
LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND CIT POT SIZE


We're offering a good buy on probably the most cold hardy of all cycads. Dioon edule is native to Mexico in very arid, hot and sunny habitats.  It is a semi-dwarf species and never gets over four to five feet tall.  Leaves are about three feet long.  What keeps it small is the fact that the trunk never gets over a foot or two tall in gardens.  So, overall one can almost always look over the top of the plant. This is important where there are view issues in the garden.

Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  It loves full sun and actually doesn't do well in shade.  Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant with a 3 to 4 inch caudex.  We're putting this size plant (3-4 inch caudex) on sale in 5g and cit pot size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CAUDEX IN CIT POT & 5G $135

But, you must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this discounted price.  Mail order?  Piece of cake.
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Large boxed Dioon edule at nursery. overhead view
dioon edule at nursery
Boxed specimen at nursery

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


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

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
THE PACAYA PALM
SINGLE GREEN TRUNK, LONG LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk species of shade loving palm is native to southern Mexico and Central America.  It has a gorgeous, thick green trunk about 2 to 3 inches thick with prominent white rings.  Leaves are four to five feet long and leaflets are green, thin substance and wide.  There is a yellow streak usually on the back side of the leaf stem.  This species is tall, sometimes to over sixteen feet.  It looks nice planted as a small colony with three to five plants, side by side.

This species doesn't tolerate full sun.  It needs filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid-twenties F. or a bit less.  Shown here are nice 5g plants about four to five feet tall in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $75 - $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $60


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this discounted price.
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g size, not on sale
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Another 15g plant about 12 feet tall

 

COLORFUL ANTHURIUM
A WHOLE ASSORTMENT OF COLORS, VARIES OVER TIME  
RED TO BLACK, PASTELS TO WHITE


Anthurium are a group of New World flowering plants.  There are almost a thousand different species and many hybrids.  Hybridization is done to accentuate desirable color traits.  Anthurium, as shown here, were discovered first in Columbia in the 1800's.  They are sometimes called "Flamingo Flowers" or "Boy Flowers" for obvious reasons.  Flower colors fill almost the entire rainbow with pink being the color most often seen.

I particularly like the dark colored flowers. Our Anthurium come in and colors vary from week to week.  Plants shown here range from red to almost black.  The foliage is triangular and green.  This is basically a filtered light plant.  Many species prefer no frost, but in our area people have grown these with temperatures down into the twenties F.  If you like these super dark ones shown here, let me know soon.  They are in very limited supply and colorful ones seem to come and go with the wind.  As the season goes by, the colors available vary.  Today I'm showing the red and almost black red colors.  If you have a favorite, let us know and perhaps we can order it in.  
Anthurium black red Anthurium black red
Anthurium black red Anthurium black red Anthurium black red
Anthurium black red Anthurium black red Anthurium black red

 

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

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

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

 

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


About ten days ago we got in a batch of clustered Tilsandsia.  I do not know the specific species nor did our supplier.  I don't know for sure but suspect the supplier brought these in from Mexico.  Each cluster was four or five plants.  Joaquin decided to mount them on some flat boards as shown here.  We have done this many times before.  They are tied on with fishing line.  They'll root onto the board and be happier than clams.

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

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


The larger clumps probably have fifteen to twenty attached plants by estimate. Just mention this special when ordering to get this price.
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species Tilandsia species

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

CERATOZAMIA ROBUSTA
TROPICAL CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

This New World cycad is known for it's large size, long upright leaves and aggressive growing.  It prefers filtered light or part day sun.  Leaves can be six to seven feet long.  It's probably the largest species of this genus.  Leaves tend to go upwards and give a "V-shaped" crown of leaves.  New leaves can emerge a bronze color.  Older leaves may lay down when newer flushes appear.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  In most areas, filtered light is perfect.  On sale are healthy three leaf seedlings in bands.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.
Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
older citrus pot sized plant
Ceratozamia robusta
Coning sized boxed nursery specimen
Ceratozamia robusta

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TREE POT SIZED PLANTS


This single trunk, sun loving pinnate palm from southern  Madagascar gets to a height of about twenty feet or a bit more, likes full, hot sun and is cold tolerant to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are nice, plump tree pot plants.  I'm selling these for the same price as a band but they are twice as big.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this special price.  
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
15g plant not on sale
Dypsis decaryi

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
MOST COLD HARDY CHAMAEDOREA
TEN DAY SALE ON SHIPPABLE 5G AND BAND SIZES


Enthusiasts in colder areas love this species because it'll tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F. and also can take some sun in coastal areas.  It is also a smaller, dwarf or semi-dwarf species depending on the form.  There are two forms.  There's the regular, non-trunking form that only gets to a height of about five feet.  There is also a trunking form that can get to about ten feet tall.  Both are single trunk.  The leaflets on the trunking form are more narrow than those of the dwarf. 

Shown here is our band size, a 1.5 gallon for comparison and a 15g to demonstrate how they look larger.  We are presently out of the 15g size.  But, we have bands and 5g available.  Both are on special.  I got these from another grower who didn't know which form they are.  To me they seem in between what I'm used to seeing with both forms.  Limited numbers are available.  Mail order is easy.

REGULAR PRICE 5g $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50
REGULAR PRICE BAND $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25

Just mention this Blog special when ordering to get this price.  Both are very nice.
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
non-trunking form in garden
Ch radicalis trunking
Trunking form at nursery in 15g pot
   

 

FRIDAY, 9 MAY, 2014

 

SCHIZILOBIUM PARAHYBA
THE FERN TREE
LACY, GRACEFUL AND JUST PLAIN GORGEOUS TROPICAL TREE
 

I have difficulty keeping this desirable tropical tree in stock.  It is quick growing, likes full sun and has a gorgeous green, sometimes almost snakeskin like trunk.  It can get up to 30 feet or more and gives a very light shade below. This is because of its small leaflets.  It's a great light canopy producing tree.  Sometimes it goes decidious in the winter when its cold.  But, it bounces back in the spring.  It likes sun or strong part day sun and drops its leaves when weather freezes.  Absolute cold hardiness is probably in the low 20's F.   

We have a very limited number of these for sale.  They'll be gone soon.  Get one before that happens.  BTW, this is totally different than a "Tree Fern" which is an actual fern.  Schizilobium  is not a fern, but called the Fern Tree because of it's fern like leaves.
Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba
photo by unknown author
Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu

ENCEPHALARTOS LEBOMBOENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED GREEN AFRICAN CYCAD

This southern African green cycad species originates in the Lebombo Mountians and extendS through Swaziland, lower Mozambique and the Transvaal area of South Africa.  Trunks get to a maximum of about fifteen feet in a few centuries.  Leaves are lime green or dark green in color and four to six feet long.  Crowns of leaves are full and there can be a wooly substance, especially at the time of coning.  Leaflets are an inch wide, six inches long and can overlap.  They have typically about four teeth on each leaflet margin when mature.  Cones (shown here) are apricot yellow in color.

This is an easy cycad to grow and along the coast likes full sun.  Desert areas would require some sun protection.  overall size is a bit less than both E. natalensis and altensteinii in terms of crown width, so it's a bit easier to fit into a garden location.  Cold tolerance is to the low 20's F.

Shown first here is a nice 7 inch caudex plant at the nursery.  I've also shown a citrus pot and box sized plant.  We have a nice selection available for sale.  Several mature plants and cones are also shown.
Encephalartos lebomboensis
7g plant with 7 inch caudex
Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lebomboensis
citrus pot sized plant
Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis
nursery box size specimen
Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lebomboensis
located in northern San Diego County
Encephalartos lebomboensis
probable male cones
Encephalartos lebomboensis
female cone

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS SUPER SILVER &
DYPSIS DECIPIENS RED
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?


As with many species of palms from Madagascar, it seems that they represent more of a "complex" than an exact species with a consistent appearance.  By this I mean, if you pick a species like, let's say, Dypsis baronii, you'd think they'd all look alike.  But, this is not true.  Some sucker, others don't.  Some have silver crown shafts, others are green or yellow.  Some have droopy leaves, others are upright.  Thus, we have a "complex" where we'd call it a Dypsis baronii, but recognize there are lots of variations within that species.

Such is the case with Dypsis decipiens.  Some sucker, some don't.  Some have green crown shafts, others have silver.  Some have plumose leaves, others are flat.  And, some even have a blue color to the leaves.  There is one form of Dypsis decipiens that most collectors feel is most desirable.  And, it's the one with the silver crown shaft.  This variety is called "super silver" or "decipiens red".  This is what I'm showing this morning.  It has a definite red color to the newly emerging spear and sometimes the petiole and leaf (see photos here).  And, over time, the crown shaft becomes brilliantly silver as shown in the pictures.

I would say all forms of D.decipiens are similar in culture and growth.  They are fairly cold hardy into the low 20's F.  They like to be reared in less than full sun when young but then exposed to full sun when larger, especially along the coast.  They do not like the combination of cold and wet; rot may develop.  For all, growth rate is very slow.  it takes 6 years for me to grow a standard 5g plant.  The last photo of a plant in the ground is a "super silver form" from the garden of Mardi Darian in Vista, CA.

Regarding availability, we are quite limited on this variety but have some left.  The big 25g are all gone.  But, we may have tree pots or 5g left in stock.
Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver
Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver
Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver
Dypsis decipiens super silver Dypsis decipiens super silver  

CYCAS TAITUNGENSIS
BY SOME KNOWN AS "THE EMPEROR CYCAD"
ANOTHER VERY COLD HARDY CYCAD

Cycas taitungensis is a species of cycad from China and Taiwan.  It used to be known as Cycas taiwaniana.  In fact, some reference books around still refer to it by this name.  But, Loran Whitelock points out in his book, The Cycads, that there has historically been confusion between the plants collected under the names "Cycas taiwaniana" and "Cycas taitungensis".  Regardless, as we stand today this species is formally known as Cycas taitungensis. 

It is a medium to large cycad with trunk diameter of twelve to eighteen inches and height of ten feet.  It is known as the Emperor Cycad.  This name was coined by a nursery several decades ago trying to market this species.  It is similar to a Sago Palm but with some noted differences.  The leaves are longer and wider than the C. revoluta.  They also tend to be flatter.  The color is deep green.  Also, growth rate is much faster and cold hardiness is better than the Sago. It is not unusual for this species to throw two or three sets of leaves a year.  In the crown area, the tomentum is a very prominent orange color, a good clue as to the species.  I think it's a bit more tropical and lush appearing than the Sago Palm.  There are reports of this species easily tolerating mid-teen F. temperatures.  Also, it likes full sun except in desert areas.

Shown here is a nice boxed specimen of this species with about two feet of trunk.   We have several of these for sale.  But, we also have seedlings, 5g and 15g plants for sale.  For someone in a cold area, this is perhaps one of the first cycads you should consider.  One last comment on the common name of "The Emperor Cycad".  Several decades ago a nursery patented this name for this species.  And, as such, this name can only be used by that nursery.  So, we don't sell the "Emperor Cycad", only Cycas taitungensis. 
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis  

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
A TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM

I am showing you here a very nice type of what is called a "Bamboo Palm".  We are offering a special price on nicely sized 2 gallon plants of this very desirable species.  It occurs natively from southern Mexico down into Latin America.  It is one of the more robust of the Bamboo Palms.  It can get to heights of sixteen feet or more with canes about one inch in diameter.  It is a vigorously growing species that, in most areas, prefers filtered light and adequate water.  But, there are many who are successfully growing this species in coastal full sun.  Leaves are about four feet long with a prominent bare petiole.  Color is green on both sides of the leaflets.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea hooperiana but the leaves of Chamaedorea costaricana are shorter and overall the plant is less crowded and the canes are more vertical with less leaning.   

We presently have available 5g and 15g plants.  We might have a few smaller plants available.  These plants are quick growing and can get overhead in a few years from a 5g size.   Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  It is being grown by many in northern California including the SF Bay area.  Easy to ship. 



Chamaedorea costaricana 2g  Chamaedorea costaricana
2 gallon size on sale on the left next to 15g
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana hybrid Chamaedorea costaricana 5g
larger 5g plants also available, 4 to 5 feet tall

 

HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
THE BOTTLE PALM
A MOST PECULIAR APPEARING SHORT SUN PALM
BUT, IN CA, FOR MOST A VERY DIFFICULT PLANT TO GROW

This species is sought out by enthusiasts becauseof it's peculiarshape and form; it has a huge swollen area at the base of the trunk.  It is from the Reunion Islands and is threatened in habitat.  It is slow to put on trunk and known for having a swollen base with the swelling beginning at the ground.  Contrast this to the Spindle Palm (H. verschafeltii) where the trunk is more cigar shaped and has swelling in the mid-portion of the trunk.   This is a short species when mature and in a lifetime not much over ten feet tall.  It loves heat and full sun.

But, this species does not tolerate a freeze.  If you like it and get below 32 degrees, plan on cold protection.  Or, grow it in a pot and put it in the garage on the coldest nights.  There are very few good sized specimens of this species in CA.  Othere Hyophorbe do much better.  These are sometimes brought in by the depot type stores in Southern California.  Be aware, than within 12 months, of the plants sold by these stores more than 95% are dead.  So, when we have them, we talk at length to our customers about whether this is the right species for them.  Usually, it is not.

Shown here are old squatty 20g plants with a remarkable amount of trunk.  This is the size we sometimes get in.  Some have over 12 inches of woody trunk below the crown shaft and multiple rings on the trunk as shown.  This specie s has a predominance of red it the petiole and crown.  Contrast this with the yellow you see with the Spindle Palm.  If you "have to have one", please consider the cold your palm will see and decide if it's the right choice for you.
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm Hyophorbe lagenicaulis bottle palm HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS  Bottle Palm
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis bottle palm Hyophorbe lagenicaulis bottle palm Hyophorbe lagenicaulis bottle palm

 

 

RAVANALA MADIGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER'S PALM

Ravanala madagascarensis is a monocarpic species with only one species to the genus.  It is actually not a palm tree at all but belongs to the family Strelitziaceae.  But, like so many plants, it has had the name of "Palm" attached to it.  Native to Madagascar, it is called the "Traveler Palm" because the leaf bases hold water from rain and could assist the troubled and thirsty traveler.  Leaves are paddle shape and resemble a Banana.  It eventually forms a trunk.  This species also can sucker and most gardeners remove the suckers to get a single stem.

The most remarkable thing about this plant is its distichous character.  From one views (front) it fans out and you see the whole complement of leaves.  From a view 90 degrees to the side it is thin and you don't see the leaves at all.   Folklore tells growers to orient the leaves from east to west as this gives the most sun exposure.

This plant prefers sun but can tolerate party day sun.  Strong winds can tear up the leaves.  It also does not tolerate a freeze.  Temperatures in the 20's will kill it.  So, remember this before you buy one.

Shown here are some very nice specimens we have presently or have previously had.  We still have a few available like this.  They are about 10 feet tall and good size.  Unfortunately we have had an absence of this species for a while.  So, we are glad to once again offer them.  This is the only size we have at present.
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
note how thin the stalk is when you look from the side
Ravanala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravenala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravenala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravenala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
Ravenala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravenala madagascarensis Traveler Palm Ravenala madagascarensis Traveler Palm
photo in habitat

 

WEDNESDAY, 7 MAY, 2014

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM

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

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

 
ENCEPHALARTOS GRATUS
BEAUTIFUL BOXED SPECIMEN

This is a desirable, quick growing Central African cycad with green leaves.  Like the E. laurentianusus (described previously on Blog) it makes a big plant, but not as big nor does it have leaves as long.  Leaves are about five to eight feet long, trunk size one to two meters tall and diameter two feet.  It is quick growing with a deep green color when grown in part sun.  In full sun, the color is more of a lime green.  I'd recommend growing it with some sun protection if you live inland. I'd recommend growing it with some sun protection if you live inland.  

Shown to the right is a box specimen that just threw some new leaves.  I wanted to show this plant because it's really pretty.  It is a coning sized plant.  We have several boxed plants for sale as well as 15g, cit pot and band sized plants.  There is something for every pocketbook on this species.  The last picture shows a larger garden plant.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to low 20's F.  If you want a fast growing species that attains good size, and does not get enormous over time, Encephalartos gratus may be the perfect plant.  It's very easy to grow and most find it a quick growing cycad.  The last photo shows a mature plant with female cones.  
Encephalartos gratus box Encephalartos gratus box
Encephalartos gratus box Encephalartos gratus box Encephalartos gratus box
Encephalartos gratus  Encephalartos gratus box  Encephalartos gratus in cone

ARENGA ENGLERI
DWARF SUGAR PALM
COLD HARDY, SUCKERING, FRAGRANT FLOWERS

This suckering pinnate palm from the Japanese island of Ryukyu and Taiwan is quite remarkable for many reasons.  I'll list some below.

Variable heights from six to ten feet
Cold tolerant to about 18 degrees F.
Can tolerate full sun along the coast
Has leaflets resembling a Caryota
Leaflet back sides are silver
Has very fragrant flowers, as nice as Gardenia
Seeds contain irritant in their fruit
Great plant for filtered light location
Tolerates summer high humidity
Makes a nice potted specimen
Slow growing but easy to grow


For all these reasons, this is a superb species to grow.  Shown here are several sizes. Note suckering habit below and silver on back side of the leaves.  We have multiple sizes for sale.
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

PRITCHARDIA KAALAE
A TALLER PRITCHARDIA FROM OAHU

Some palm enthusiasts make a game out of trying to identify the various species of Pritchardia.  Most Pritchardia are native to Hawaii and these are the species most important to us in CA because they have better cold tolerance than the several species from the South Pacific.  There are over twenty Hawaiian species.  Don Hodel's new book on this genus should be helpful in telling all these species apart.  In any case, to identify a species requires one methodically to look at leaf color top and bottom, to look for color changes and tomentum, to look for white discoloration or fuzz on the petiole, to look at the upper stem near the growth point and to check out the flowers or seed if they are available for examination.  Summing up all this data, you try to ID the species.  Give it a try and you'll get better over time.

This species comes from 2500 feet elevation in western Oahu, HI.  Trunk diameter is one foot, height is twenty-five feet, leaves are hemi-circular (as opposed to very wedge shaped or circular), leaf color green on both side, there is white tomentum on the rachis, petiole and new spear, leaves are folded along the segments, the end portion of the segments are open terminally, and there is white fuzz along the ventral leaf folds.  On mature specimens the flowers emerge out of the crown of leaves.

Shown here is a 15g plant and some garden specimens.  This is a full sun coastal plant but also does well in part day sun or filtered light.  It tolerates temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Remember, Pritchardias are the only type of palm native to Hawaii.  All other types were imported by man except for perhaps the Coconut. 

Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae Pritchardia kaalae

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TUCKERI
VERY UNUSUAL TYPE OF KING PALM

This species of King Palm is the most northern of all the species, coming from Queensland and named after the founder of the Townsville Palmetum in Australia.  It is a tall palm with trunk height of up to fifty feet.  The crown shaft, as shown, is a nice green color.  Sometimes slightly red new leaves emerge.  Enthusiasts in Southern California have found this to be not only an attractive species to grow but also very robust in its growth habit.  The underside of the leaves are silver.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. and it can take coastal sun or part day sun inland.  We were lucky to recently get in some chunky, sun grown 5g plants as shown.  We only have a limited number.  

For those who think all King Palms are alike, this is not true.  They are similar, but not the same.  Different species show different crown shaft colors, different leaf appearances and most importantly, different mature sizes.  Why these other very exciting species haven't really made it into the trade is perplexing.
Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri
Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri
Archontophoenix tuckeri    

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

In the "old days", this species was known as Opsiandra maya, a name that I really enjoyed.  It is a single trunk palm that can be grown in Southern CA.  It has the interesting habit of getting a very swollen base, especially when planted in the ground from a smaller plant. Interestingly enough, this swollen base to the trunk if quite noticeable, but abruptly disappears with age.  It's quite fascinating because one day it's there and almost the next day it's gone.  I apologize that I don't have a photo to show this swelling, although some photos here hint at this swelling. 

Shown here are various specimens of this species with several box size.  We have several of these as well as smaller sizes for sale.  Along the coast it takes full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  The plant you see immediately to the right saw temperatures outside in 2007 of 24 degrees.  The third photo is of a containerized plant in the greenhouse.  Note the swelling at the base.  I am also showing you a few pictures of larger domestic plants to give a feel for the species.  Typically this species only holds abut five or six leaves, one of its drawbacks.  The trunk diameter is about six to perhaps maximum eight inches.  I've grown it in part day sun, which it loved.  however, the trunk will often curve to seek more sun.  Some grow it in full sun with success.  The fifth picture below shows a plant with a curving trunk.  My first garden plant I grew with an eastern exposure and this is exactly what it did.

I''m showing a lot of photos of this species here so you should be able to recognize it.  These larger plants have taken me well over ten years to produce.   
Gaussia maya Guassia maya
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya
Gaussia maya  Gaussia maya  Gaussia maya 
Gaussia maya  Gaussia maya  Gaussia maya 

FRIDAY, 2 MAY, 204

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE ONE GALLON PLANTS
GREAT HOUSEPLANT!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

I've talked extensively about this great species that does well in Southern California but is also a wonerful interior palm.  Its growth rate is slow, but this is a desirable thing for a house plant.  Natively, it's a single trunk species but often grown as multiples.  I'm offering huge 1 gallon plants on specieal for 10 days.  This palm is also known as the Kentia Palm.   
 



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

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

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
TALL PLANT WITH THICK WHITE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This New World fan palm is one of my favorites because of the massively thick trunk which is white or very light tan in color.  Trunks look like freeway bridge pillars.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy well into the teens.  It's very hard to locate this species.  It can get up to nearly fifty feet in height.  We have nice 5g on sale for ten days.  We also have larger if you wish, but not on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50

You must mention this Blog only price to get this special.  Of note, we only have a few of these left.
 
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum

 

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

 

DASYLIRION WHEELERI
SIMILAR TO THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

This type of grass plant is native to northern Mexico with its distribution spreading into the Sonora Desert in Arizona and New Mexico.  It never gets over about five feet of height and has a stout trunk.  The leaves are armed and flat compared to the regular Mexican Grass Plant.  It tolerates arid conditions and would be good for a xerophytic garden.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.  We just have this one plant with about an eight inch trunk in a 15g pot.  This species wants full sun.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


We don't normally grow this species but have this one plant for the right collector.  You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri  

 

SABAL MEXICANA
MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

At one time this species was much more prevalent in Texas, but in recent times its numbers have dwindled.  Native habitat extends from Texas down through Latin America on both coastal sides of these countries.  In habitat, specimens up to fifty feet have been observed.  Trunks are straight and columnar.  Trunk diameter is typically twelve to eighteen inches.  Most domestic plants are in the twenty to thirty foot range.  Old leaf bases are retained in the upper trunk area but will fall way with age.  The crown is green with a hint of silver and full.  This species is similar to Sabal palmetto but usually bigger with a larger crown of leaves.  Like the Palmetto Palm, it is very cold hardy, perhaps even to ten degrees F.

Shown here are some 5g plants which I'm putting on special.  I've also shown a 15g and some garden plants.  This is a full sun species and a great selection for someone in a colder area.

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


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
15 gallon nursery plant
Sabal mexicana
underside of leaf of 15g plant
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
AFRICAN TULIP TREE
EASY FLORID COLOR FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G TREES

This is a large flowering tree that is native to arid areas in Africa.  It can get to heights over fifty feet.  It has long lasting, orange-red blossoms that last for months on the tree.  It is fast growing and cold tolerant perhaps into the mid-twenties F.  It likes full sun.  I have seen trees in full blossom with just as much color in Southern California as you see in the picture below. 

We are offering nice 15g trees on sale.  They are actually still holding onto some blossoms in late November showing how the blossoms last so long.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $85!

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Spathodea campanulata
photo taken November 19, 2013
Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Maui website
from Maui Plant Chronicles Website
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
DWARF PLUMOSE LEAF PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This dwarf palm from Brazil is called the Seashore Palm because it lives right on beach dunes in habitat.  It is a small species, typically six feet tall, sometimes a bit taller.  It is a single trunk species and the trunks are of minimal height.  Because of the number of leaves and fulllness, it sometimes appears to be a suckering species but it is usually single trunk.  However, trunks can divide above the ground.  Sometimes plants are entirely trunk-less.  Leaves are very plumose with leaflets coming off at various angles along the rachis.  Leaflets are thin and ribbon-like.  Color is green or gray green with some silver on the underside.  This species has three remarkable characteristics:

• It is probably the most salt tolerant of any pinnate palm
• It is very cold hardy, probably into the upper teens F.
• There are only a handful of dwarf sun palms.  This species may be the most attractive of the group

It is slow growing but easy to grow.  It likes sun.  We are offering our 5g plants on special.

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

Just mention this special when purchasing.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE

This cousin of the popular Bottle Palm is known as the Spindle Palm.  It is called this because the bulge in the trunk is in the trunk's mid-portion, not at the base.  It is a shorter palm species and takes decades to achieve a height of eight to ten feet.  It is sun loving and cold tolerant to just below a freeze.  It is native to the Mascarene Islands.  In habitat maximum height seen is a bit over twenty feet.  There is a prominent yellow in the petioles and stems of this species whereas the Bottle Palm is more of a red.  If you want to try this species, make sure you have the proper weather for it, especially regarding cold exposure. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL  THIS SIZE $20


Just mention this special when ordering to get this price.
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

THURSDAY, 1 MAY, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
ANOTHER LARGE CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL AREA OF SOUTH AFRICA

This tall cycad comes from the Transvaal area of South Africa, close to Swaziland, where it also occurs.  In years past it was confused with Encephalartos heenani, but the latter is a more wooly cycad with a basket shape to the crown of leaves.  E. paucidentatus can get trunks over fifteen feet tall.  Leaves are four to six feet long, erect, and may have a bit of incurve in their shape.  Leaflets are under an inch in width and have rare spines on their margins.  A hallmark of this species are the raised veins on the underside of the leaflets.  This is only seen on a limited number of Encephalartos. In habitat, this species sees very cold winter temperatures and can be found at elevations up to 1500 meters.

I've found culture to be fairly easy.  Along the coast it wants full sun.  It is cold hardy to at least 22 degrees F.  Shown here are several 15g plants with close up photos of the first one.  I've also shown a boxed specimen and a nice garden plant.  This is a very rare species and severely threatened in habitat. 
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus

 

PRITCHARDIA HILLEBRANDII
DWARF BLUE

A MEDIUM SIZED "BLUE" PRITCHARDIA

As most of you know by now, the only native palm genus on the Hawaiian Islands is Pritchardia.  Culturally, we've found the Hawaiian species of this genus to be far superior growing in our area of Southern California compared to South Pacific species such as Pritchardia pacifica.  The latter doesn't do well here at all.  Pritchardia hillebrandii green form is felt to probably be native to Molokai. There is a rare blue variety that is being grown by enthusiast that looks like the green plant but, over time and good culture, develops a blue-green and sometimes a prominent blue color (see below).  Most people call it  "dwarf" although I suspect this is mostly because of its slow growth rate.  It actually makes more of a medium sized palm up to about twenty feet tall.  Remember, there are some Pritchardias that never get over ten feet.  The nursery plants shown here are from seeds collected from a blue variety of this species. 

Shown here are very old 15g plants of Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue.  They have been outdoor, sun grown and seen temperatures in the mid-twenties F.  But, you'll note they are not blue as of yet.  This is typical and it takes a developing plant years in the ground to show the color.  No one knows why, but this is the observation by growers.  The two pictures in front of the church were taken in Kauai. The next to last photo shows how dramatic this variety of Pritchardia can appear.  This photo by Mike Merritt is stunning!  I am also showing a flower and seeds below to help in identifying this species if you ever visit the Islands.  The plants in front of the church are an estimated thirty years old.  I've been following them for twenty years and collect seeds there.  The plants we have for sale are about eight years old and stand about head high in their pots.  So, you can see this species is slow growing.  I'd recommend growing these in full sun along the coast although partial sun is fine as well.  We only have a few of these left.


Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue
Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue
Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue
Pritchardia hildebrandtii dwarf blue Pritchardia hillebrandii blue by Mike Merritt PACSOA
Pritchardia hillebrandii dwarf blue by
Mike Merritt, PACSOA
Pritchardia hillebrandii seeds by Melany Chapin PACSOA
Pritchardia hillebrandii seeds by Melany Chapin
PACSOA



CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY CYCADS 

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

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

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
NORFOLK ISLAND PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is a single trunk, prominently crown shafted palm tree from New Zealand.  It gets to a height of about 25 feet with a trunk diameter of typically eight to ten inches.  It is cold hardy into the low 20's F. and prefers part day sun or filtered light in most areas.  It can take full sun right along the coast. 

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

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA & HOOKERI
THEIR BEAUTIFUL NEW RED LEAVES

Most of the palm enthusiasts that I've know love to see color in their palms.  And, most of you know that Chambeyronia throw new red leaves.  These leaves can sometimes be fire engine red, other times pink, and sometimes a dark black-red burgundy wine color.  All are very beautiful and please most plant enthusiasts.  This color lasts ten to twenty days and then turns green.  The color evolves through a red-brown, then brown-green and finally into a green color that you are use to seeing.  Both Chambeyronia macrocarpa and hookeri throw new red leaves.  They'll usually display the red leaf by a 5g size, but we've seen new red leaves in plants as small as one gallon size.  Unfortunately, about one in twenty plants will never throw a new red leaf, much to the owner's disappointment.  There's no way of knowing beforehand if you have a "non-red-throwing" Chambeyronia.  Over the last year or two, if my camera is handy, I've shot photos of red leaves around the nursery.  I thought I would share them with you here.  And, Chambeyronia offers you another treat: the seeds are big and red as well. 

If you like this species, we have a good assortment of sizes from seedlings to large 25g plants with trunk.    The last photo, by long time acquaintance Ian Edwards, is from PACSOA.
Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf
Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf
Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf
Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf Chambeyronia red leaf
Chambeyronia red seeds
Photo by HJD
Chambeyronia red seeds Chambeyronia red leaf Ian Edwards PACSOA
Chambeyronia macrocarpa new red leaf by Ian Edwards, PACSOA

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES

This species was named in honor of noted cycad authority and author, Loran Whitelock (The Cycads) from Southern California.  When I first heard of this specie's availability, it was called the "Uganda Giant" cycad.  It was also known as "Laurentianus Lake George".  Only years later did it receive its published taxonomic name.

Native to Uganda, this long leaf cycad gets a trunk over ten feet tall over many decades.  It has long green leaves that can get up to fourteen feet long.  New leaves emerge in an upright position making a "V-Shape" to the new crown of leaves.  As future new leaves emerge, older leaves will hand down and give a fuller look to the crown of leaves.  Leaves are flat or slightly keeled.  Leaflets are prominently toothed and up to twelve inches long and about one inch wide. 

This is a fast growing cycad that does well in Southern California.  Like other Central African species, it would prefer less than full sun in most areas.  I think this is because of our more arid conditions with less humidity in the air.  Grown in part day sun or strong filtered light, this is an impressive and quick growing species.  It likes good draining soil.  Cold hardiness appears to easily be into the mid twenties F. and probably somewhat lower.  Shown here are citrus pot, 15g and boxed nursery plants.  We also have affordable band seedlings as well.  If you look closely at the next to last photo below, you will see a cone forming on this Southern California plant.  If you like cycads, this is a definite addition to your garden! 
Encephalartos whitelockii cit pot Encephalartos whitelockii 15g
Encephalartos whitelockii close up leaf Encephalartos whitelockii leaf detail Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii box
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii

 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA
CUTE MEDIUM SIZED SUN PALM

This is a rather thin trunked fan palm native to Cuba.  It attains a height of typically twenty to thirty feet, rarely taller.  Below the crown of leaves is an attractive pattern of meshed and woven fibers.  The middle and base of the trunk are usually woody.  You will note the the leaves are prominently divided into thin, long leaf segments.  These leaves are held by a prominent petiole.  The dorsal color of the leaves is typically green with a blue-green or sometimes silver color below.  This species likes sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F. 

In general, all Coccothrinax are slow growing plants.  This is especially true in container grown plants.  In the ground they are quicker growing.  Shown here is a one gallon
Coccothirnax miraguama var. havanensis. a variety native to a specific area of Cuba.  Also shown are C. miraguama
in domestic plantings. For the garden, Coccothrinax are nice species to grow because they take sun and heat and don't take up too much room.  As you can see, the crowns of leaves are not large.  And, they are strikingly different than anything else you'd be growing.  We have various species of this genus for sale in a variety of species.  
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis Coccothrinax miraguama Coccothrinax miraguama
Coccothrinax miraguama Coccothrinax miraguama  

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


Yesterday, two of our sales persons, Rusty and Ricardo,  created and published a ten to twelve minute video that shows you our recent nursery expansion projects, our various growing areas of our 2.5 acre nursery, lots of unusual species of plants and our new educational center where we delivery lectures and films.  We think it's fun and you'll enjoy it.  The video is sort of long (for YouTube) but fast moving and we think worth your time.  Please watch it and email us feedback.  Or, like us on Facebook or Tweeter.  Thank you.

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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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