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SUNDAY, 31 MAY, 2015

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
WATERMELON FORM
VARIEGATED CROWN SHAFT
SEVERAL BANDS AVAILABLE

About 18 months ago I offered smaller band sized plants of this variegated crown shaft form of Actinokentia divaricata from New Caledonia.  This cold hardy, think trunked under-story palm gets about 15 feet height and doesn't take full sun.  It's cold hardy into the mid to low 20's F.  It's nice because its small with a narrow trunk.

The seedlings here are sort of a "one shot wonder".  They come from a watermelon parent.  See photo below.  I only have about four of these.  The seeds have just been offered once.  The plants I just got in yesterday are from the same batch but twice the size as the ones last year.  Last year they sold out in a week or two. This will be their last offering I suspect from any nursery.  They are easy to mail order anywhere in the U.S.  And, right now, you get 15% off with the special coupon this week.  Just call to order.
Actinokentia divaricata watermelon Actinokentia divaricata watermelon
Actinokentia divaricata watermelon Actinokentia divaricata watermelon
pphoto by TS RPS
 

 

VRIESIA OSPINAE VAR GRUBERI
RARE SOUTH AMERICAN BROMELIAD
UNUSUAL TRUNKING FORM!
THREE PLANTS AVAILABLE


A friend of mine dropped by the nursery yesterday and offered for sale three pups that he removed from one of his garden Bromeliads.  I'd not heard of it and I was told it was super rare.  It's the "trunking form" of this Vriesia.  His had about two feet of trunk above the ground.  It had a cluster of many heads.  He removed one branch which I then divided into these three plants.

This morning I Googled the species to learn more.  It is native to Columbia and perhaps nearby other countries.  It is a medium sized Vriesia with prominent horizontal banding.  Leaf color and striping are variable depending on the clone.  As far as I know these are from the original species and not a clone.  I've been told these plants were from wild collected material from many years ago.  Each plant had about a six inch stem on it.  We potted them into a very loose mix.  I can ship these quite easily.  These are for the discriminating collector.  they had been grown outdoors in filtered light.

On last comment: nowhere did anyone discuss this "trunking form".  And, I've seen no pictures of a plant with trunk.  The parent plant of these pups has a two foot vertical trunk.

Vriesia ospinae var gruberi Vriesia ospinae var gruberi
Vriesia ospinae var gruberi Vriesia ospinae var gruberi Wikipedia
photo of leaves from Wikipedia
 

 

OTHER ASSORTED BROMELIADS
MANY RARE
SOME TALL ORANGE AECHMEA


When I got in the Vriesia above I got in about six other different varieties of bromeliads including an upright, tall orange Aechmea.  The first two photos shown young pups of this one.  New pups are brilliantly orange.  With time and size they get green and white, variegated.  Some of the plants I have on this species are two feet tall and 18 inches wide.  They are monsters and love full sun.  I also got in a Vriesia imperialis and multiple Vriesia hybrids.

As most of you know, I am not a bromeliad expert but know customers like them for companion planting.  So, we always have something most people have never seen.

Assorted bromeliads Assorted bromeliads
Assorted bromeliads Assorted bromeliads  

 

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


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

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

Note, no double discounts.  Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila by Arrowsmith Palmpedia
by P. Arrowsmith, Palmpedia
Dypsis psammophila TS at RPS
by TS at RPS

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGOUS CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

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

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.
 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size not on this special
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
juvenile red color stems on 5g size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
AKA SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
LARGE TRUNK FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


It's been a while since I've talked about this species or offered in on special.  This large trunked Caribbean fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti (Hispaniola).  It can reach heights of sixty feet with a two foot thick trunk.  Most authorities feel that S. dominguensis is the same species.  Its leaves are blue green on a rather long petiole.  Leaf size is four to five feet across.  The trunk is light colored, sort of a gray. 

Shown here are the band sized plants on special.  We might have some 5g and 15g as well.  All sizes can be shipped.  By the way, as you can see, these band sized plants are not wimpy - they are an equivalent to most nursery's 1g size.

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

You know the drill - mention this Special to get this price.

Sabal blackburniana SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
note, this one's a "double"
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
a ten year old palm in Encinitas, CA
Sabal blackburniana wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia
   

 

SATURDAY, 30 MAY, 2015

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, LARGER PALM
15G AVAILABLE

Many people are familiar with the super cold hardy, suckering Dwarf Sugar Palm, Arenga engleri.  This is a totally different species.  Native to Asia from the Philippines to Indonesia, this species is single trunk, gets to a height of thirty feet and has a thick fibrous trunk.  Like other Arengas, the backs of the leaves are silver and the leaflet tips are jagged. 

I have known of many being grown in our area.  Although we're not sure of the exact cold hardiness, I'd put it somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  It can take full sun along the coast.  Growth rate is medium.  It does need room to grow as the leaves are ten eight to ten feet long.  We have limited numbers of these available.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
IRIDESCENT LEAVES, WHITE STEM
SUPER HARD TO FIND

This species is a great example of a plant that was super rare.  Then seeds became available and it was around.  And, right now, it's a real challenge to find one because no seeds have been available for years.  Native to various parts of Central Americxa, it is a dwarf palm.  In my experience it won't get above three to four feet although habitat plants have been descdribed up to six feet tall.

It is single trunk.  A peculiar thing is the almost iridescent, blue-green wide leaflets.  And, the upper stem tends to be white.  Trunk diameter is quite thin.  This species will tolerate a freeze althought he lowest temps are presently uncertain.  We got in two plants from a private collector. The one shown here is in a 5g pot, ten years old, and the only one left for sale.  This is a filtered light only species.  It'd make an ideal patio plant.  I have no experience with it inside, but it'd probably do o.k.  The last two pictures show a garden specimen, flowering size.  Note how small and petite this species is.
 
Chamaedorea adscendens Chamaedorea adscendens
Chamaedorea adscendens Chamaedorea adscendens Chamaedorea adscendens
Chamaedorea adscendens Chamaedorea adscendens
plant in garden
Chamaedorea adscendens
Note how small it is

 

NANNORRHOPS ARABICA
SILVER BLUE, ALMOST WHITE
SUPER COLD HARDY PALM

About ten years ago this very blue, almost white colored Nannorrhops appeared on the market.  It has been called Nannorrhops arabica.  It is native to Southern Pakistan and Iran.  It suckers and gets to the typical six to eight feet of height.  And, it loves hot sun, can take temperatures into the teens F. and can live in more tropical areas.  We've found it durable but not the easiest palm in the world to grow.

Available are easy to ship one gallon plants that are 4 years old and demonstrate the leaf color.  Limited numbers, so don't dally on this one.  There are few mature photos available on this species. 
Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica
Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhopas arabica
by TS at RPS

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING
GOOD HOUSEPLANT OR FOR PATIO
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This species was named about a decade ago after a friend of mine and Palm Society member, Luis Hooper.  It is a suckering, medium sized shade palm with thin trunks and prominent rings on the trunk.  Overall height peaks out at about twelve feet.  Clumps do not run.  Leaf color is green and leaf length is four feet.  It is similar to Chamaedorea costaricana but with longer leaves and a fuller appearance overall.

Shown here are almost entirely 15g plants which we're putting on sale.  I've shown one 20 gallon plant to demonstrate a more mature specimen.  I'm also showing some green seeds on one plant.  This species is fast growing and tolerates temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  Our 15g plants are about 8 feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON PLANTS $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price

Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
20 gallon size
Chamaedorea hooperiana

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SUCKERING & MEDIUM SIZED SUN PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 15 GALLON PLANTS 7 TO 8 FEET TALL



There's been a real shortage of Dypsis lutescens on the market.  I usually have available plants up to ten feet of height.  We got in this large batch of squatty 15g plants about three to four months ago.  Since that time we've repotted them into full 15g pots and are putting these now bigger plants on special. They average about 7 to 8 feet in their pots.  The pictures here are from when we first got them in.

Shown here they are in 14 inch pots.There are not larger plants of this species on the market right now, anywhere, that I'm aware of.  The plants we're offering here are full and lush. This species will take coastal sun and gets to a height of about fifteen to eighteen feet maximum in our locality.  Trunks are silver and about three inches thick.  There is a definite touch of yellow in the crown shafts and leaf stems.  It's normal for this species.  Cold tolerance is perhaps 24 degrees or a bit lower.  We only have about ten of this very nice plants.  This special will last for ten days.  I suspect they'll sell out before that time.

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


You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
mature clump in Encinitas, CA in full sun

 

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
CALLED THE "CALIFORNIA COCONUT"
RECENTLY DESCRIBED

HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZED PLANTS


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

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


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

  

EUPHORBIA INGENS
OUTDOOR SUN PLANT OR INTERIOR PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G PLANTS


This interesting and different South African succulent has tiny spines along its stem's edges.  You can't really see them here.  Often it forks to form interesting shapes as shown.  It can, in the ground, make a large tree that is well overhead.  However, it also makes an excellent patio plant or interior plant.  People enjoy it because it's so different.  Shown here are several nice 5g plants.  These can be shipped although they are a bit fragile.  Outdoors they like sun.  Indoors they must receive bright light.

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



You must mention this Internet Special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies.  What an interesting house plant these would make for a small apartment.  Also, a nice gift for someone.
Euphorbia ingens Euphorbia ingens
Euphorbia ingens    

 

 

FRIDAY, 29 MAY, 2015

 

 

CHAMAEDOREA GEONOMIFORMIS
SHORT UNDERSATORY PALM
THIN TRUNK, SIMPLE LEAVES

Among palm enthusiasts, there is a group that seek out and really love the small, simple leaf Chamaedorea. There are not a lot of species in this group, but I'd consider all cute and desirable.  Chamaedorea geonomiformis is one of this group.  The plant shown here is in a 5g and has about 6 inches of green trunk and an overall height of about 2 feet.  You can see that it is in blossom.  This appears to be a male.  I'd estimate the age of this plant to be six to seven years.

Trunks are about a quarter of an inch thick.  A very old plant could (in my experience) gets up to 4 feet tall.  I've heard of habitat plants to a height of six feet.  Compared to the more commonly seen C. ernesti-augusti, the leaves of this species aren't as wide and are typically "longer than wider".  Their growth rate is slow and they like filtered light.  A small colony would be an ideal choice for a small, filtered light patio.  Cold tolerance is pretty good, easily into the mid-twenties F.

We try to offer this species when we can, but it is quite rare to see available.  Inquire if you have an interest in this or other miniature palms.
Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis
Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis
Chamaedorea geonomiformis  Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SMALLER & EASY TO SHIP PLANTS AVAILABLE

This very popular suckering species of Dypsis that is native to Madagascar and possibly other nearby locations.  Also known as the "Golden Cane Palm" because of the presence of yellow color in the stems and trunks, it gets to a height of typically fifteen feet in our locality and sometimes a bit more.  But, I've seen specimens from tropical areas that have gotten to 30 feet tall or more.

It has a cold tolerance well into the mid-twenties F and is being grown by many in our So Cal location.  Trunk diameters are usually three to four inches.  Trunks are a silver-green color.  A typical plant will have about four to six stems when mature.  Leaves are pinnate and four to six feet long.  Along the coast, the Areca Palm tolerates full sun but part day sun or strong filtered light will often work as well. 

This is one of the best species available to "hide the neighbor or adjacent building" from your view.  The 3g plants shown here are about five feet tall and would be easy to ship anywhere in the U.S.  And, if you live locally and like bigger plants, the last two photos show our currently available 20g size.  They are about 12 feet tall in their pots.

Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
larger 20g size also available
Dypsis lutescens  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FRIDERICI-GUILIELMI
THIN LEAFLET SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LIKES SUN - PRETTY COLD HARD
Y

This species of thin leaflet cycad is native to the Republic of South Africa.  Probably the hardest thing to remember about it is how to spell the species name.  It develops a somewhat stout trunk to a diameter of eighteen inches.  Overall height is up to fifteen feet if you can live to be two hundred years old.  A more typical very old plant will have a foot or two of trunk.  It is a full sun species in most coastal areas and can tolerate temperatures into the lowest 20's F.  People are growing this species in the San Francisco Bay area.

The hallmark of "EFG" is that is has very thin leaflets as shown here.  Leaves are also rather straight. Leaf color is blue green.  In sun, the blue develops more intensely.  Leaf length is three to five feet.  The plant shown here was from the recently acquired collection we got in.  We have an assortment of sizes available.  This species (we've found) is much faster growing in the ground in your garden than in a container at our nursery.  We offer an assortment of sizes for sale and these are easy to mail order.
 
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi by CW Pacsoa
photo by CW, PACSOA
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
smaller nursery plant
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Encephalartos arenarius
Triple caudex, each 9 inches, in 24 inch box



Encephalartos arenarius

Encephalartos arenarius
Larger multi-trunk nursery specimen



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

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

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SMALLER BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE

This species is native to Mexico and in habitat lives in sun or partial sun locations.  It doesn't get that tall.  Anticipate a mature palm of not much more than ten feet.  It is cold hardy at least to 20 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  Leaf color can be green or almost blue.  The plants we have on special are suppose to be the "blue" variety.  They are not new seedlings but rather three to four years old and on about their eighth leaf.

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25 OR THREE FOR $65

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get these discounted prices.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON
AND 15G SIZE!


This species is a nice companion plant and can get almost big enough to be a stand alone specimen.  It is native to Mexico and has a stem with long, narrow and pointed leaves.  They extend out four to five feet and, when mature, the plant looks like a green pom  pom (the things that cheerleaders hold).  This species likes full hot sun and can be grown in desert environments.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.

I am offering two sizes on special.  Both are shippable to anywhere within the U.S.  The 15g are of particular nice, large size.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45 THIS SIZE
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $250 (10 YRS. OLD)
SALE PRICE 15G SIZE $175


Mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Dasylirion longissimum
5 gallon size
Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion l.
15g size
 

 

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ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
CLEAN, EMERALD GREEN CROWN SHAFT
FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We have a limited selection of this desirable form of King Palm which is known for its clean, emerad green crown shaft and more tropical appearance compared to the common King Palm.  It is native to the region around Myola in the Atherton Tableland in Queensland, Australia.  It has a silver color to the back of the leaflets and does not have ramenta (hairs).  Growth rate is quick and mature height can be 40 feet or more.  Our special is on the 5g size shown in the first four pictures.

Along the coast, it looks the best in part day sun but can take full sun if you give it lots of water.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F. 

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get your discount.
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis TS RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS 
Archontophoenix myolensis  Archontophoenix myolensis 

 

TUESDAY, 26 MAY, 2015

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
RED, FUZZY CROWN SHAFT
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

Although this species is fairly rare, it has been a mainstay at our nursery for over 20 years.  This is because it is very attractive, has the recognizable rust colored fuzz on the crown shaft and is not overly large.  If protected from direct sun, the trunk is silver with prominent rings.  Mature plants get to a height of twenty to twenty-five feet.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun - inland areas should try part sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.

Something you may not know is that this plant was introduced to the nursery market by palm pioneer, Mardi Darian, from Vista, California.  He has logged in more trips to Madagascar than any other non-institutional or commercial palm person.  By himself, he opened up the palms of Madagascar to the world.  Because he basically found this species in the wild, for many years it was known as "Dypsis dariani".  He was quite proud of this plant and his name being attached to it.  It broke his heart when taxonomists renamed it from this accepted and widely used name to the new name of "Dypsis leptocheilos".   As I had personally called this palm "Dypsis dariani" for such a long time and got used to this name, when he drops by the nursery, I use care not to name it (especially the new name) in front of him as it rekindles his emotions on the name change.    l

Shown here is the 15g size.  But we also have smaller and maybe some larger plants available.
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!
MORE PICTURES OF THE FLOWERS

Two weeks ago I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  At that time I didn't have good photos of the blossoms.  So, I am showing them now.  It gets clusters of very large red flowers and does it in the shade.  It gets to a height of about six to eight feet.  It is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  So, one might say it's "leggy".  But, in a way this is good as it doesn't create dark shade below.  One can plant at its base.  And, what a load of color to see overhead in the shade!

The photos here shown the three inch blossoms arranged in clusters.  The color is deep red.  We have 15g available.

Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAX BRASILIENSIS
BRAZILIAN NEEDLE PALM

SINGLE TRUN FAN, SPINY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This very cold hardy fan palm is most known for the needles on the trunk as shown here.  They are quite bizarre.  Trunk diameter max's out at about 12 inches and height is about twenty feet.  It takes full hot sun or part day sun.  It grows at an average speed.  The needles on the trunk are about two inches long and rather thick for a spine.  It has a cold tolerance into the upper teens F. or a bit lower.  The 5g plant shown here is representative of the size on special.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase.

Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

This species can take full coastal sun or part day sun and filtered light in all areas.  They do like and respond to water.  We sell a ton of these but do have limited supplies.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.

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

To get the discount, just mention this Blog Special
when purchasing.
 
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora

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

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

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

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

 

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  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS APLANATUS
AFRICAN CYCAD SPECIES
TOLERATES FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE PLANTS

This possibly endangered species is native to Swaziland and adjacent areas in Mozambique.  It is similar to E. villosus but, unlike the former, does not sucker and has wider and longer leaflets.  It does best in filtered light and has a cold tolerance down to the low 20's F.  Stems remain relative small, so this is not a large cycad species.  Leaf length averages about six to seven feet.

Shown here are nice two year old seedlings that we are putting on special.  We do have other sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BAND PLANTS $50

But, mention this Special to get this discounted price.  Easy to mail order.   
Encephalartos aplanatus  Encephalartos aplanatus 
Encephalartos aplanatus  Encephalartos aplanatus Plantzafrica Website
 Encephalartos aplanatus Plantzafrica Website Vorster
Encephalartos aplanatus
Citrus pot plant, same species, not on special 
 

 

SUNDAY, 24 MAY, 2015

 

DYPSIS ROBUSTA
LARGE SOLITARY TRUNK PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
PLANTS AVAILABLE

This is a very rare palm from Madagascar and awaits a more formal description.  It has a very husky trunk and has long, upright leaves.  There is limited refernce material on this species.  It has a white crown shaft.  People are growing this palm in our locality.  It is a part day or full day sun plant after acclimation.  Mature height is unknown but I'd expect 25 feet.  We have 1-2 gallon size available, very limited numbers.  The last photo is of Jeff Marcus c/o TS at RPS.

Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta
Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta Dypsis robusta with JM by TS at RPS
photo with JM, c/o TS at RPS

 

DYPS AMPASINDAVAE
AKA DYPSIS CERACEA
TALL, THIN TRUNK DYPSIS
PLANTS AVAILABLE


This extremely rare palm tree from Madagascar has had several names over the years.  Previously known as Dypsis ceracea, it is presently named D. ampasindavae, named after the closest town to its habitat.  It has leaves in three ranks (three planes).  It can get to 40 feet tall and has a trunk up to about ten inches thick.  It's slow growing and, for some, a bit of a challenge.  But, for the collector, it's a must.  Limited numbers available in smaller sizes.  Recent reaearch by John Dransfield led to the name being changed.  It is extremely threatened in habitat.
Dypsis ampasindavae Dypsis ampasindavae
Dypsis ampasindavae Dypsis ampasindavae Tobias Spanner, RPS
photo by TS at RPS
 

 

CYPHOSPERMA BALANSAE
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
THIN TRUNK, UPRIGHT LEAVES
LIMITED PLANTS AVAILABLE

We are pleased to offer a small number of this extremely rare palm that is known for its upright leaves and it's lack of a true crown shaft.  Leaf bases attach and are smooth, but it is not a true crown shaft.  The trunk is narrow.  Height estimated to be 25 feet.  If the trunk is protected from sun, it is dark in color with prominent light colored rings.  We have available a few beautiful 5g plants.  I'd recommend growing it in strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to the upper twenties F.
Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae
Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae Cyphosperma balansae By TS RPS
Photo by TS at RPS

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
SLOW GROWING - GLOSSY LEAVES
TAKES SUN OR SHADE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This Asian species of fan palm is super slow growing and, over a few decades, can get 20 feet tall.  It tolerates coastal sun or shade.  In shade, its leaves are flat, dark green and super glossy and very flat.  Trunk diameter is about a foot or a bit more.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  It also makes a great patio plant and some have grown it inside the house.  Because it's slow growing, it doesn't reach the ceiling for years.

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

Just mention this blog only Special when you purchase to get this price.
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Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis  

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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

Anthurium hookeri 5g Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not part of this Ten Day Special

 

THE GENUS BECCARIOPHOENIX
THREE DIFFERENT SPECIES

It was not that many years ago when Beccariophoenix was felt to be a monotypic genus with only one species.  Now it is recognized that there are three different species:

Beccariophoenix species "windows".  My understanding is that there is yet to be a species name for this one.
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis, previously known as "Beccariophoenix no windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii, a more recently named species.

All three are single trunk, medium to large plants from Madagascar.  Along the coast, all can take full sun.  Cold tolerance is certainly into the mid-twenties F.  Of the three, Beccariophoenix madagascarensis is probably the easiest to grow.  It is very slow growing.  But, some feel that B. alfredii is equally easy and may have more cold hardiness.  "Windows" is exciting because of the leaf openings, thus the name.  But, over time, these windows are lost and it becomes a pinnate palm. 

Shown here are pictures of all three.  We have various sizes for sale from small to large.
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix "windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix Wikipedia
Beccariophoenix probably "windows"
Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix "windows"
Beccariophoenix
Beccariophoenix probably '"windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix no windows
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccriophoenix no windows
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis

  

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


This spring we got in a batch of assorted clustered Tilsandsia.  We know the species names on some - on others we don't.  Some may have been collected in Mexico.  Each cluster was four or ten 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/blue.  I seen blossoms on many of these and they are stunning when in full bloom.  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.  Blossoms usually occur in the Spring. 

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


The larger clumps are loaded with plants.  Just mention this special when ordering to get this price.  Piece of cake to mail order.
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tillandsia Tillandsia Tillandsia
Tillandsia Tillandsia Tillandsia

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  

AGAVE ATTENUATA
THIRTY YEAR OLD DOUBLE STEM PLANT
DR. SUESS PLANT OR WHAT?
AND, LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS
ALSO HUGE 15G WITH TRUNK ON TEN DAY SPECIAL


Last spring I showed a triple trunk plant of this species.  It was so popular and sold so quickly that I managed to get one more plant of similar age.  As you can see, the taller crown of blue leaves is overhead in the pot and there are two tall trunks.  It is very cool.  The pot size is 30 gallons.  These doubles and triples sold out last year.  But, I have a limited number of these super old single trunks in 15g size.  This xerophytic species loves sun and takes a fair amount of cold.  I also have young 5g plants for sale as shown in the last photo.  These plants do not require much water for routine maintenance.

The plants shown here are about as large as this species can get.  Many enthusiast have "never seen a plant of this species this big".

The last three photos show 20 year old plants that I'm putting on special.  They have over 2 feet of trunk and are in 15g pot size.  They are huge for their container.  I only have several of these..

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price. 
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
5 gallon plant same species
Agave attenuata
This is the size on Ten Day Special
Agave attenuata
This is the size on Ten Day Special
Agave attenuata
This is the size on Ten Day Special

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE
ANOTHER WATER CONSERVING PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species of Agave in native to northern Mexico with perhaps extension into the U.S.  It is not a large plant.  Mature height is up to four feet with a similar spread of the leaves.  The leaves are thick and fleshy and soft at the end.  There is no terminal hard point to them.  The leaves go out and then curve downward.  They are slow growing, green to blue-green in color.  Culturally, they are xerophytic with low water requirements, are somewhat tropical appearing for an Agave and like full, hot sun.  By the way, they get their common name b/c of their mature appearance (last photo) that sort of resembles an octopus.  Below is also a photo of the 15g size which we have or can get for you.

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


Easy to ship.  Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price.  BTW, these 5g plants are huge for their pots, even bigger than the photos show here.
Agave vilmoriniana gave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana
larger 15g size
Agave vilmoriniana Univ. of Arizona Pima County Website
photo c/o website Univ. of Arizona, Pima County

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
NEVER OVER ABOUT TEN FEET TALL

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

I have available a limited number of band size plants.  You must appreciate that this species is super rare and rarely offered for sale.  Yes, it costs a bit more than average seedlings, but is well worth it.  These are on about their fourth to fifth leaf.  I also have 5g and 15g available.  The older tree below is from Fairchild Tropical Garden.

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE $37.50

Limited supply.  Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrantii
This is a 15g plant and available at nursery as well
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
ATTRACTIVE ANR RARE MEXICAN CYCAD

There are three Dioons which are fairly similar and could be confusing to a new cycad enthusiast.  These include:

Dioon spinulosum - Mexico
Dioon mejiae -
Honduras
Dioon rzedowskii -
Mexico

Of these three, Dioon mejiae has an absence (or near so) of spines at the margins of the leaflets.  And, on new throws, the leaves are very soft and furry.  Dioon rzedowskii has newly emergent tomentous leaves, but not nearly as prominent as mejiae, and more short lived.  Also, leaflets of rzedowskii are prominently spiny on less mature plants, sometimes with a yellow color to the spines.  Stems of Dioon rzedowskii get up to 16 feet, leaves are 5 feet long and leaflets size is gradually reduced at the base of the leaves. 

In contrast to rzedowskii, Dioon spinulosum is a much taller cycad and plants in the wild can get to almost forty feet.  Leaves and leaflets are very similar to rzedowskii, especially on younger plants, but to my eyes the spination is different.  With age, the spines of Dioon rzedowskii disappear.  And, leaflets are gradually tapered both at the proximal and apical points.  Also some mention that the leaflets of rzedowskii are stiffer and have more prominent spines.  Trust that it takes seeing all three species side by side to really learn the differences of these three quite similar species.  Wild populations of both of these species is quite close although Dioon rzedowskii is at a much higher elevation, up to almost 2000 feet.

In terms of culture, I've found that Dioon rzedowskii tolerates full coastal sun better than spinulosum.  It has a darker green leaf color in filtered light, but can take full sun in some areas.  Inland areas require filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid, perhaps low 20's.  But, it is not as cold hardy as many other Dioon species. All three of the species above are fairly easy to grow in the garden.  Too intense of sun on any of these three either burns the leaves or makes them limey green.

Shown here are several nursery plants of Dioon rzedowskii as well as some habitat shots from Mexico by a friend of the nursery, J. O.  
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii
Habitat photo by J.O.
Dioon rzedowskii by J.O.
Habitat photo by J.O.
Dioon rzedowskii by J.O.
Habitat photo by J.O.

 

FRIDAY, 22 MAY, 2015

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

THE ELUSIVE BLACK TI
REALLY HARD TO FIND
GOES GREAT WITH OUR RED TI
TAKES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL GORGEOUS PLANTS

Three years ago was the last time we offered black Ti for sale.  And, they blew out and people loved them.  We found that they adapted much better to sunny locations along the coast.  And, they don't get too tall, maybe four to five feet in a decade.  Well, we just brought in a few dozen black Ti's that were locally grown.  And, some are out of local sun already.  Most are multiples, heights about three feet.  They've seen weather down into the mid-twenties F.  If you like different companion plants, these are for you!  We'll probably not see them again for another few years.  Note the wide leaves!  Really nice.

REGULAR PRICE THESE TI $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BLACK TI $35

But, mention this Special for your discount.
Ti Black Ti Black
Ti Black Ti Black Ti Black
Ti Black
Black Ti is in the middle
Ti Black  

 

BENTINKIA CONDAPANA
RARE AND UNUSUAL PALM
CAN BE GROWN IN SO CAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL A FEW PLANTS

This is a truly super rare palm from Southern India.  But, it grows at elevations almost up to a mile!  Therefore, it's got some cold hardiness and a few super enthusiastic growers here are having good success with it.  It has a long crown shaft and doesn't get too tall.  We got in a few plants of this species.  They are about three feet tall.  The wide leaflets change over time into narrow leaflets as the crown shaft develops.  These will be gone soon.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $65

Just mention this Special to get the discount!
Bentinkia condapana Bentinkia condapana
Bentinkia condapana Bentinkia condapana Bentinkia condapana
Photo by TS at RPS

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
A GREAT SPECIMEN SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL SIZES

Many of you have heard of this medium to large blue fan palm.  It's absolutely striking when large.  People driving by, when they see your specimen, will stop and say "Hey mister, what is that palm tree?" - out of admiration for a finely grown example of this species.  We are offering a discount on any size we sell  The plant shown here is a huge 35 gallon plant that, in the container, is ten feet tall.  This is a sun species and cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  Mature height is 30 to 40 feet in Southern CA.

TEN DAY SPECIAL, 15% OFF ANY BISMARCKIA IN STOCK!

Mention this special for your discount.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis by TB
photo by TB
Bismarckia nobilis  

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
SUN GROWN, BEEFY 15G AVAILABLE
IMMEDIATE LANDSCAPE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

The Flame Thrower Palm, Chambeyronia macrocarpa, is highly sought after and grows well in Southern California.  It can take coastal sun but requires a year or more to acclimate.  The 15g plants shown here are a small group we just got in. They have been acclimated to sun.  They are thick at the base and ready to go.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15% OFF THESE PLANTS

They cost a bit more than our regular stock but are worth it.  Ask for you Blog Only discount. 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown 15g Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown 15g
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown 15g Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown 15g Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown 15g
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown 15g Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM
GORGEOUS WITH STRIPE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This is another highly sought-after New Caledonian palm which gets to a height of twenty to twenty-five feet in our locality.  It does best in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Let it grow through the canopy into your sun if you are along the coast.  It is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  Shown are some nice 5g Tiger Palms.  They are stocky for their pot size and about 5 to 6 years old.  With this species, it's all about the crown shaft as shown here with the photo by friend, Rolf Kyburz. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $60

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii
Burretiokentia vieillardii
photo by RK, PACSOA
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii

 

THURSDAY, 21 MAY, 2014

 

TRUNKING FORM
CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TALL 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

In the photographs here I am showing our 5g size of Chamaedorea radicalis, the trunking form.  As you may recall from previous posts, there are two forms to this species:  The regular dwarf form which never gets over about four feet tall.  And, the trunking form shown here.

I think you can expect this trunking form to get to a height of eight to ten feet quite easily.  It may get taller.  Reports are that it will take some sun and has excellent cold hardiness, perhaps matching the dwarf form.  The trunk is thin, the blossoms long (shown here in 3rd photo) and the leaflets narrow.  Notice how the blossoms emerge at the base of the crown shaft.  The 5g plants shown here are about six feet tall already.  We also have some one gallon plants available as well.
 
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking

 

THE DWARF FORM
CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
COMPARE THIS ONE TO THAT ABOVE

Having just described the trunking form of Chamaedorea radicalis, now I'll show you the classic "dwarf form".  Note that palm enthusiasts only knew about this dwarf form for many decades.  Then, out of the blue, about fifteen to twenty years, ago the trunking form appeared.  You'll notice that the two are not similar at all.  This form is short.  It rarely has leaves much over about four feet tall.  The blossoms will shoot up, much above the foliage.  Below there are two photos (side by side) to show how the leaflets of the dwarf form are much wider than the trunking form.

It's interesting that this dwarf radicalis can take some sun.  Right on the coast, it can tolerate even full sun with some acclimation.  And, it is one of the most cold hardy species of the genus.  I've heard reports of it going down into the upper teens F.  Expect a mature height of four feet.  This is a single trunk species.  So, if you want fullness, plant several together as shown in the pictures below.  

 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
This is a single, one plant in this pot
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form  Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
This is a multiple with 3 plants in same pot 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
Notice leaflets wider than the trunking form,
next picture
 
Chamaedorea radicalis, trunking form
TRUNKING FORM, Note thin leaflets.
Compare to the previous photo.  Also longer. 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
Note how many leaves are put out on this dwarf
form and yet no vertical trunk has been achieved 
Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form  Chamaedorea radicalis, dwarf form
Dwarf form in a garden 

To the right, notice the tall thin object protruding
upwards.  This is a blossom, well agove the leaves.
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
FEMALE CONE FALLING APART -
SHOWING RED SEEDS

Some of you might remember the large cycad collection we got in last month.  Included was a large female Encephalartos altensteinii in cone.  This plant was dug.  It had two massive cones which Ricardo is holding (see pictures to the left).  Each one weighs about twenty pounds.  We had to remove them because they would have snapped off in transport.  We brought them back to the nursery.

Now, a month later, one of the two cones is going through what is called "dehiscence".  This is a medical term meaning "falling apart or opening".  It's also used by cycad taxonomists.  It took about three weeks and one of the two cones split and then started to just fall away.  This showed the many red seeds inside.  This same thing happens with cones actually on the plant (if not removed) as well, but the cone will hold its shape and remain upright.  The removed cone from this plant is shown here, having split open with the seeds clearly visible. 

I cut open a few of the seeds and I didn't see an embryo.  I suspect none are viable.  This is because the previous owner did not pollinate this female cone with male pollen.  I am showing below one picture of male cones.  Note they are much more narrow.  The mature female plant that gave these two cones is shown in the last picture, 3rd row.

I am also showing two picture in the last row below of a female Encephalartos villosus at the nursery.  Note that this female cone is still on the plant.  As it dehisces and shows the seeds, the cone shape is still maintained.
 
Encephalartos altensteinii cone
This and the next 4 pictures are all of a
female cone(s). 
Encephalartos altensteinii cone
Encephalartos altensteinii cone
The cone on the left is falling apart, showing
the seeds within
Encephalartos altensteinii cone Encephalartos altensteinii cone
Encephalartos altensteinii cone
These are male cones on a garden plant
Encephalartos altensteinii cone
Not overly large garden plant
Encephalartos altensteinii
The female cones shown here came from
this nursery plant
Encephalartos villosus cone
female cone another plant - E. villosus
Encephalartos villosus cone
Encephalartos villosus.
 

 

RHAPHIS HUMILUS HYBRIDS
UNKNOWN CROSS
NICE 3G AVAILABLE

The only person in the U.S. that I know of that has hybridized Rhapis humilus is Luis Hooper from Southern California.  I got in several of his hybrids from a private collector.  An example is shown in the first four pictures.  The only problem is that the collector didn't remember which of Luis's crosses this one was.  But, after inspection, I think it's Rhapis humilus x laosensis.  A known example of this Hooper cross is shown in the last photo.  Luis is not doing these hybrids any more.  So, if you'r into Rhapis hybrids, it's near your last chance to get one.  I'm showing a photo of Luis from a recent visit I had to his garden.
Rhapis humilus hybrid Rhapis humilus hybrid
Rhapis humilus hybrid Rhapis humilus hybrid Rhapis humilus x laosensis
known hybrid: humilus x laosensis
Luis Hooper
Luis Hooper, La Habra, CA
   

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
NICE SHIPPABLE 3G AVAILABLE

This species is highly sought after because it typically only gets to about fourteen feet, is clustering and has thin colorful trunks.  We recently got in some nice 3 gallon plants that are about five feet tall in their pots.  They are easily shippable to anywhere in the U.S.  They make a wonderful garden or patio plant.  They will take full sun along the coast and have a cold hardiness into the mid and possibly low 20's F.
 
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
EXOTIC SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM
15G AVAILABLE

This sought after species of suckering palm is native to Madagascar and has shown that it prefers a bit of sun or filtered light.  Full sun is too much for it.  Plants get to a height of about twenty feet, sucker sparingly and have trunks about three to four inches in diameter.  Leaflets are wide.  Crown shafts can show color.  Leaves are gently arching.  We have nice 15g available.  These can be shipped.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

TUESDAY, 19 MAY, 2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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 $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $300

REGULAR PRICE 25G $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $400

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

 

NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS
OLDER, CLUSTERING PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


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

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANT $30

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

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
RARE MADAGASCAR CYCAD
VERY USER FRIENDLY WITH FEW SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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

Shown here are an assortment of sizes.  On special right now are the 5g size.  I only have about six or eight of these, so if you like them, don't dally. 

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

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

 

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


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

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


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

 

BECAURNIA RECURVATA
THE PONYTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We just got in our spring supply of this popular succulent plant that is certainly not a true palm.  Yet, all of its common names call it one.  Native to Mexico, this plant typically gets ten to fifteen feet tall with a peculiar, expanded caudex at the base and a crown of strap like leaves.  These emerge upward and than hang down in a fountain fashion.  As shown here, sometimes new leaves show a red tint. 

The most amazing thing about this species is the bizarre forms it can take on.  It can have multiple heads of leaves, multiple emerging trunks from the caudex base and the size of the base can get massive.  I've seen photos of small cars parked on top of the base of this species.

Shown here are nice 5g plants with about five inch bases.  This size is affordable and easy to ship.  It is a sun loving species and cold hardy somewhere into the mid-twenties F.  Cold may damage the leaves but usually plants come back the following season.

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

Just mention this Blog Ten Day Special when purchasing to get this price.
Beaurcarnia recurvata
5g size
Beaurcarnia recurvata
5g size
Beaurcarnia recurvata
5g size
Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata
photo of 5g size on special
Beaurcarnia recurvata
5g size
Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata
this and last picture larger size not on sale

 


ZAMIA FURFURACEA

THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G SIZE


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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $135

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

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES/SIZE $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $395

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

 

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

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

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

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

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

MONDAY, 18 MAY, 2015

 

DYPSIS CABADAE
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THICKER TRUNKS
SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species of pinnate palm doesn't have the cold hardiness of D. baronii or onilahensis, but is not far behind.  Its hallmark are the thicker trunks.  They can get four to five inches thick in Southern California.  And, it prefers full sun.  It does sucker and gets over twenty feet tall.  It is crown Shafted.

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

As always, just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae
different plant showing sucker forming
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae

 

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
TALL AND TROPICAL APPEARING PALM TREE
PERHAPS MORE COLD HARDY THAN THE CUBAN ROYAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE!


I've talked about this species before but want to remind you about reports after our terrible 2007 freeze here in Southern California.  Growers at that time told me that the R. borinquena seemed to display more cold hardiness than the R. regia (Cuban Royal).  Some said plants made their way through 24 degrees F.  Native to various Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico, this is a tall palm with heights to fifty feet and a long green crown shaft.  Different form the Cuban, it gets its bulge more in the center of a tall trunk.  Shown here are several 15g plants.  They are seven feet tall or more.  I only have limited numbers of this species and might have some smaller plants as well.  If you love Royal Palms but have concerns for cold, consider this one.  Last thing: because of the shortage of Royal Palms around, no one is selling them at a discount.  But, for ten days, we are.

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

You know: mention this Special.
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Double R. borinquena growing in So Cal
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES

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

 

SUNDAY, 17 MAY, 2015

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $110

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

Jacobinia from igarden Website Australia
photo from igarden website, Australia
 

 

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
BRILLIANT RED FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
RECENTLY REPOTTED 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH

We recently repotted some over-sized 5g Dypsis decaryi into 15g pots.  They'll do fine in these pots for 2 to 3 years.  They are nice size, about size feet tall.  As a special we're offering them at a very good price.  They like full sun and are cold hardy to about 24 degrees.

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

We only have a limited supply of these plants above.  This special applies to the plants recently repotted.

Dypsis decaryi 15g Dypsis decaryi 15g
Dypsis decaryi 15g Dypsis decaryi 15g Dypsis decaryi 15g
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE SUCKERING FAN PALM
USUALLY DOESN'T GET TOO TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This blue fan palm is native to Morocco.  It is a type of Mediterranean Fan Palm and known for its intense blue color in full sun. In my experience, it doesn't get as tall as the green form.  In hot sun the blue really develops.  This plant was grown in partial sun near the ocean, so it doesn't show the blue that well.  But, if you have hot and full sun, this plant will turn super blue.  Its a full 15g and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.

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

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  It's a piece of cake to ship this plant right to your door.
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
This plant has seen hot, bright sun
 Chamaerops cerifera    

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


Just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering.  We can easily ship this size right to your door.
Pachypodium lameri 5g
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri
5g size, not on sale
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia
Pachypodium lameri Wikipedia

 

EPIDENDRUM ORCHIDS
COLORFUL AND EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Epidendrum Orchids are terrestrial orchids that can actually grow in the ground.  The are a stem type of orchid and have clusters of colorful small flowers.  Flower colors range through orange, red, purple and white.  Shown here is the orange variety.  Soon we'll have all sorts of colors available. In another month or two, all the stems of these plants will be loaded with flowers.  So, get them in the ground now!

These plants are about 2 feet tall with lots of canes.   They are just coming into blossom now.  One plant could be divided up and put in many areas of the garden.  

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

To get the discount, mention this S[special when you purchase. These are easy to mail order.
Epidendrum Orchid Epidendrum Orchid

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THAI MOUNTAIN FISHTAIL PALM
GORGEOUS WITH THICK TRUNK
OVER-SIZED 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Yesterday I showed you an unusual Fishtail Palm, Caryota rumphiana.  Several customers told me they'd never heard of that species.  But, they did know Caryota gigas.  It has become the most requested Fishtail from our nursery.  It gets to a height of about thirty feet, has fourteen foot long leaves that are about twelve feet wide and sports an extremely thick base to the trunk.  It is a monocarpic palm and lives about twenty years.

The 5g plants I'm showing are at least six feet tall in their pots and ready (demanding) repotting into a 15g or going into the ground.  They can be mail ordered.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.

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

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

Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
25g size not on sale
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $115

Remember, mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.

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

 

RETURN FOR MORE SPECIALS TOMORROW!

 

FRIDAY, 15 MAY, 2015

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
THE MYOLA KING PALM
NATIVE TO NE QUEENSLAND

This is a strikingly beautiful type of King Palm that has a native habitat outside of the city of Cairns in Queensland, Australia.  It is most known for its clean and beautiful emerald green to blue-green crown shaft.  It is not muddled by other colors. 

It gets to a mature height in the wild of over fifty feet with a thin trunk, long arching leaves and sometimes drooping leaflets.  The underside of the leaflets is silver.  Shown here is a nice 15g at our nursery.  This is a fast growing species, good for coastal sun and cold hardy well into the mid-twenties F.
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis TS RPS
Photo by TS RPS
Archontophoenix myolensis Photo by Luke Nancarrow
photo by Luke Nancarrow

 

RARE YELLOW AFRICAN TULIP
SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
I GET ONE PLANT EVERY YEAR

Once again this year I'm offering one 20g yellow Spathodea campanulata.  That's about all I ever get in.  The usual form of this tree is orange as shown below.  But, this one will be yellow.  Only one in about five hundred show this color.  The photographs below from Growsonyou website were apparently taken in San Diego.

This makes a medium to large tree that blossoms all summer.  Blossoms are deep yellow to gold and in clusters.  These are not wimpy flowers.  It takes full sun and along the coastal area is quite cold hardy, never showing any cold damage.

Yellow African Tulip TRee Yellow African Tulip TRee
Yellow African Tulip TRee Yellow African Tulip TRee Growsonyou Website
by Growsonyou Website
Yellow African Tulip TRee Grows on you website
by Growsonyou Website
by Maui Chronicles Website
more common orange by Maui Chronicles Website
   

 

RARE VARIEGATED CANNA LILY
OFFSET FROM OLD PLANT
UNUSUAL GREEN AND WHITE VARIEGATION

For those who like different garden companion plants, this might be a good one for you.  You just don't see this type of Canna Lily around.  It has green on cream white variegation.  You'll see red/orange/black variegation (I'll show these tomorrow), but this one is different.  I can't comment on the flower color because I haven't seen it yet.  But, it's cold hardy outside in this locality and was originally from a plant from Stokes Nursery about twenty years ago.  My source has been taking divisions from his original single plant.  I only have a few of these in 5g size.  I just got them in yesterday.

 
Canna Lily rare variegated form Canna Lily rare variegated form
Canna Lily rare variegated form    

 

LEATHER FERN
WATER SAVING
FERN THAT TAKES FULL SUN
DWARF, EASY TO GROW, DURABLE

This dwarf species of sun-loving fern is known as Rumohra adiantiformis.  It is typically only about 12 to 18 inches tall, conserves water and tolerates full coastal sun in our locality.  It's great for that sunny area where you don't want to look at garden soil.   It's easy to grow and very durable.  I have 5g size available as shown.  This species slowly enlarges in width but doesn't "run".  They are so easy to grow!

Leather Fern Leather Fern
Leather Fern Leather Fern Leather Fern watersavingplants website
from Waterconservingplants website

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EASILY SHIPPABLE SIZE AVAILABLE

These 8 inch pot Birds Nest Ferns are presently available and easy to ship.  They have leaves a bit under two feet long and are lush and full.  They like filtered light and plenty of water.  Remember to keep the snails away!  Ours are the flat leaf form.  There are ruffled varieties, but I sort of like this one best.  The leaves tend to be wider with this form as it gets larger.

Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birds Nest Fern Wikipedia
photo grow Wikipedia

 

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

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

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

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

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

 


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 used 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

THE  GOLD OR ORANGE COLLARS ON THE BASIC BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN ENCEPHALARTOS

There are four blue cycads that typically form a "gold collar" at the base of the petiole.  You see this is juvenile to mature plants.  This group includes:

Encephalartos horridus, lehmannii, trispinosus and princeps.

 I'm writing this so you recognize this reproducible characteristic.  So, I'll show some photos as examples.  Although not specific to the basic blues, they are typically seen on the four species mentioned above.  Other species may show collars.  But, when you are looking at a blue Encephalartos and it has a collar, you should first start eliminating one of these species.  The color of the collars varies from orange to gold and may fade to tan over time.  It can even persist for a while after a leaf is cut (photo #3).  These collars can be raised or flat to the touch. They can extend into the caudex scale at the base of the leaf stems such that you see a triangular area of color that merges into the colored collar (5th photo).  They are most prominent on the more recent leaves and disappear over time. 
Encephalartos trispinosus E. trispinosus E. horridus flush
E. horridus    

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
COMMENTS ON VARIOUS SIZES AVAILABLE AND SELECTING THE BEST SIZE FOR YOU


Customers are often confused by pot sizes and their capabilities of planting.  So, I thought I'd comment about various sizes of the popular species, Howea forsteriana, and ease or difficulties in transporting and actually planting the various sizes you could buy.  The planting expenses incurred can really escalate the cost of a project.  Very large plants are expensive to transport and place in the ground.  I have chosen the Kentia Palm because it is very slow growing.  With a fast growing species like Caryota or Archontophoenix, it is difficult to justify putting in a massive plant.  A well grown and cared for 15g plant will be the size of a 36 inch box in several years.  So, getting "super big" with such species is money wasted.  But, with a very slow growing palm like the kentia palm, Howea forsteriana, it might be money well spent because the consumer may have to wait a decade or more to get good size on the plants he puts in the ground.

I'll start with the 5g size and move up from there.  I'll show pictures of nursery stock.  This first batch of photos to the right and below shows you Kentias planted in various locations in Southern CA.

Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
5 gallon sized plant

This is a great beginning size for many people.  The plants typically weight about 35 pounds and can be easily carried and planted.  Our 5g plants, either singles or multiples, are usually five to eight feet tall.  One would need to dig a hole that is about 16 inches wide and 14 inches deep with typically amending of soil if needed.  Almost anyone can transport this size in an average car and easily plant it themselves.  It takes us about four to five years to produce plants as shown here in the 5g size.
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana  

15 gallon sized plant

This is probably the most popular size chosen by customers doing landscape.  Our 15g plants are typically 8 to 10 feet tall and pretty chunky.  Remember, a sun grown plant will be more compact and fat at the base compared to shade grown plants.  The caliper at the base is a good way to judge not only the health of the plant, but also its age.  In a shady greenhouse, one can stretch out leaves to ten feet and say "look how tall they are".  But, this is meaningless as the plant will shrink after putting it into the ground.  So, look at basilar caliper.  The base shown here is excellent caliper.

15g plant typically weight about 80 pounds.  With the leaves tied up, they may be over ten feet long during transport.  So, an SUV or pickup may be needed for transport.  Planting holes should be about 20 inches wide and at least 18 inches deep.  A strong individual can plant a 15g by himself, or he might need assistance from one other person.  Our 15g plants are typically seven to eight years old or more. 
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana    

24 inch boxed Howea forsteriana

When you get a boxed plant, you will need assistance in transporting and planting.  Weight of this size is typically 250 pounds or more.  A pickup or perhaps a large SUV is need for transport.  You'll need assistance with offloading this size plant.  It requires a hole 30 inches wide, all sides and at least 26  to 28 inches deep.  This gives room for soil amendments underneath and at the root ball's edges.  Two to three men are needed to plant such a box.  For most homeowners, this is the largest box size you want to get unless you have a contractor with heavy equipment doing the lifting and planting.

Our 24 inch Kentia Palms are typically ten to fourteen feet tall.  Singles tend to grow faster than multiples.  The main difference between this size and a 15g is the caliper of the trunks, trunk formation and overall size of the crown.  Age of these plants is about ten years.  Sometimes we'll utilize a 25g pot instead of a 24 inch box and can get comparable sized plants in these plastic containers. 

Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

30 inch box size
Howea forsteriana

This size is next to impossible to load into a pickup without a lift gate.  These plants can weight 500 to 600 pounds.  Most landscapers use a tractor or Bobcat to transport these at the job site.  If you are planting this by yourself, don't even consider this size plant unless you have good health insurance.  Many contractors who don't use heavy equipment stay away from this size because of employee injuries. 

Plants shown here are of exceptional caliper and about 14 feet tall.  Delivery is available for this sized plant.  But, you have to get them from the street side to your planting location.  Age on these plants is typically twelve years or more.
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

36 inch box (or larger) or dug Kentia Palms

Plants like these shown here are typically field grown for ten to twenty years and then dug and either put into large boxes or wrapped with burlap and transported.  These plants weigh more than a ton and a crane is typically required for reaching out with the plant and setting it in the planting hole.   A flatbed large truck in needed to move them to a job site.  You can see that, with these requirements, it might cost well over a thousand dollars just to bring such a plant to your job site and put it in the ground.  When you buy large trees like this, you are typically charged by the footage of trunk height, counting all trunks on multiples.  Most growers consider the height to be from the ground to where the new leaf emerges.  But, be careful with these measurements.  Some consider "height" to be up to the point where the most recent leaf curves.  You can see that this tacks on additional profit to the grower. 

Plants like these shown are for people who "just can't wait".  They want instant garden.  Many palm enthusiast would argue, however, that a smaller plant in the ground, over time, will be a healthier plant than a tall, craned in specimen.  I don't myself do this crane work but work with associates who can get you Kentia Palms with twenty feet of trunk or more. 
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana dug
Howea forsteriana

SUMMARY

There is a whole assortment of sizes available to enthusiasts who want to purchase and add Kentia Palms to their garden.  5g and 15g plants are quite easy to plant and the typical enthusiast or gardener can do it.  Larger plants weigh more and often require professionals to put in the ground.  Large trunked out specimen may require a crane and tend to be much more expensive, not only for the plant but for putting them into the planting area.  We usually remind people that time is on their side.  Be patient and remember that a moderately sized Howea will get to be quite large over time.  And, it is fun to watch them grow. 
   

WEDNESDAY, 13 MAY, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
EXTINCT SPECIES IN THE WILD
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
ALSO SEEDLINGS E. EUGENE-MARAISII


This extremely rare blue cycad comes from the northern Transvaal District in South Africa.  It gets a trunk up to about six feet and has five foot long leaves.  It lives at 1000 feet elevation on sunny cliffs in habitat.  It is extinct or near-extinct in the wild.  Leave color is blue to blue green.  The plant we're showing in the first five pictures is E. nubimontanus and has a 3 to 4 inch caudex and is in a 7g container.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.

In the Transvaal area there are about six or seven extremely rare cycads.  All tend to show a blue color.  The prototype of all of these is Encephalartos eugene-maraisii.  These species are felt to be the "gems" of many cycad collections.  Just to inform readers, I am presently offering seedlings of eugene-maraisii.  See last 2 photos.

Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
E. nubimontanus by P.H. Pacsoa
photo by P.H. PACSOA
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
THIN TRUNK, TALL, FLUFFY LEAVES AND WHITE WAXY MATERIAL

Nowadays it is sort of hard to locate plants for sale of this species.  This is because a similar palm, Chamaedorea plumosa, looks much the same and the latter has become super popular.  So, growers have abandoned growing C. glaucifolia.  This plant has its own merits.

Chamaedorea glaucifolia comes from Mexico and gets to a height of about 15 feet.  It is fast growing and in a matter of six or seven years one can have a very tall plant.  Stems are thin (about an inch), prominently ringed and leaves are four feet long with plumose leaflets.  But, the most striking thing about this species is the presence of a white, waxy substance on the new spear, crown shaft and leaf stems.  It is powdery white in color and rubs off easily.  This substance is the reason for the species name.

It'll take some sun along the coast but figure it to be a part day sun or filtered light plant.  It can also be grown indoors.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees, perhaps a bit lower.  We grow them usually as several plants in a clump to give the overall fuller appearance.
Chamaedorea glaucifolia 5g Chamaedorea glaucifolia 5g
Chamaedorea glaucifolia 5g Chamaedorea glaucifolia 5g Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Picture shows glaucous material on new spear
Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Waxy white material intentionally removed with
finger from the crown shaft
Chamaedorea glaucifolia 5g
Note fluffy, multi-ranked leaflets

older photo of 12 foot tall nursery plant

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED 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 this species.   . 

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.  We have limited numbers of these for sale.
Ptychosperma elegans
First five photos are 5g size
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans

 

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 including bands, 5g, 15g and occasionally larger sizes. .
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM
NURSERY PLANTS AND FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

This species of single trunk, crown shafted  palm tree comes from the Mount Lewis range in Queensland, Australia.  My son and I visited this habitat and saw plants in the wild.  I've talked about this species before (below, mostly about the color of the crown shaft), but thought I'd summarize a few interesting things you might not know:

• In habitat, it is not the predominant palm species of the locality.  There appeared to be far more Oraniopsis apendiculata, another single trunk species.
• The crown shaft color is never intense purple.  If you Google photos and see this, it's probably been color altered.  The purple is present, but a bit muted.
•As a younger plant, you'll see a yellowish color to the stem and inner crown.  This is a good way to spot it in a nursery plant where the purple crown shaft hasn't developed.
• The purple color will most likely to develop over time after planting and is often not apparent in a nursery plant.
•There is variability in the intensity of the purple color from plant to plant.  Some are more "purple" than others.
• This species and A. cunninghamiana are the only King Palms that have ramenta on the back of the leaflets (see photo).  These are dark hair like structures and you need to look carefully to see them.  But, if you do and the underside of the leaflets are silver, it is A. purpurea
• The underside of the leaflets is quite silver, even more than other species of Archontophoenix
• Cold tolerance of this species is pretty good, about 25 to 26 degrees F., but a little less than other King Palm species.  At one time is was felt to be the most cold hardy King Palm because of its high native habitat.  This is not the case.
•Seeds are among the largest seeds of the King Palm family.
• Growth rate is medium to fast.  Along the coast full sun is tolerated but far inland would do better with part day sun.

Shown here are a 15 gallon plant and other photos.  We have an excellent selection of this species for sale.
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Close up photo showing armenta, hair like structures
on underside of the leaflets
Archontophoenix purpurea


CARYOT URENS
SUPER TALL, SUPER FAST GROWING
PROBABLY THE MOST COLD HARDY FISHTAIL PALM


For most, this is probably the fastest growing species that you could add to your garden.  And, it is not unusual for this species to get over sixty feet tall!  It is one of the most successful species for establishing a canopy.  It is not unusual to put in a standard 15g sized Caryota urens and have a plant that's over thirty feet tall in three or four years.  It's natural habitat stretches from the India region to northern Thailand. Trunk diameter is 12 to 18 inches and the color is white.  There is tomentum on the trunk.  If you scratch this tomentum or write your name, it'll be there for the life of the palm. 

This is a multipinnate palm with long wide leaves.  It's canopy produces a lot of shade.  It responds to good draining soil and adequate water.  Because of it's height, strong hurricane type winds can blow this species over to the ground.  Shown here are several sixteen foot specimens in 25 gallon containers.  We also have big 15g for sale. 

Compared to Caryota gigas, this is a much taller tree with a thinner trunk.  Also, growth rate is faster.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens whereas C. gigas in the low 20's F.  As it is a monocarpic species, anticipate a life of about twenty years.  Blossoming occurs prior to the plant's dying.  It takes about four to five years for the blossoming cycle to end.  An ample number of black seeds usually result and you can grow another one with your seeds.  (see photos of blossoms and seeds).  The last photo demonstrates how tall this species can grow.  In my garden, one got to approximately 80 feet.  
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Caryota urens in blossom
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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  

 

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

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

 

SUNDAY 10 MAY, 2015

 

PALM TREE PRESENTATION TOMORROW
MONDAY, 11TH MAY
SAN DIEGO HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS

Tomorrow, Monday, May 11th at 7Pm I will be giving a presentation to the San Diego Horticultural Society.  It'll be in the Surfside Race Place and a fairly big crowd of members should be there.  The subject will be "Interesting and Rare Palm Trees We Can Grow In Southern California".  I will concentrate on unusual species that have proven they can grow in our locality.  The talk begins at 7:00 PM.  It'll last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.  If you are not a member of the Society, there is a $15 entrance fee.  I hope to see some of you there.
Archontophoenix alexandrae wild HI Phil Bergman

 

ANOTHER CYCAD FROM THE NEW COLLECTION
HUGE ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS
45 GALLON POT - THREE FEET OF TRUNK

Yesterday I promised to show you a second absolutely huge, forty year old rare cycad that we just acquired a few days ago.  It is an Encephalartos natalensis, unknown sex.  This plant was dug and put into a 45 gallon container.  Its trunk is 18 inches thick and 36 inches tall.  It has a nice crop of classic leaves for this species.  This plant with its soil weighs about 750 pounds.  It is a great match to the E. altensteinii seen in yesterday's post below.

It is near impossible to find a nursery selling plants of this size.  This plant is from Southern CA and has been grown its full life in inland not sun.  I don't know the sex on this specimen.  But, it is for sale and arrangements can be made for shipping or delivery.
Encephalartos altensteinii 45 g container Encephalartos altensteinii 45 g container
Encephalartos altensteinii 45 g container Encephalartos altensteinii 45 g container Encephalartos altensteinii 45 g container
Encephalartos altensteinii 45 g container Encephalartos altensteinii 45 g container Encephalartos altensteinii 45 g container

 

ANOTHER COLLECTION PLANT
FEMALE ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
18 INCH CAUDEX FEMALE PLANT

Also from the collection was a huge coning sized female E. ferox.  This plant is in a 24 inch box and is a female.  It will have a prominently red cone.  It has previously coned according to the owner of the collection.  This is about as large as a single trunk ferox gets.  Unfortunately, the owner for some reason cut off some of the leaves so it presently looks lopsided.  But, with a new flush this summer, this will be a stunning plant.

The form of this plant is a wider leaflet one.  The detail shot below shows the width of the leaflets.  The caudex is a round ball with some vertical height.  This plant can also be shipped or delivered and, of course, is available for sale.  This species is native to the Natal district of South Africa, tolerates coastal sun and would do best in filtered light far inland.  Where we dug it the plant was in full sun, perhaps 20 miles from the ocean.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.
Encephalartos ferox female 18 inches Encephalartos ferox female 18 inches
Encephalartos ferox female 18 inches Encephalartos ferox female 18 inches Encephalartos ferox cone wikipedia
example female cone, Wikipedia

 

WANT YEAR ROUND COLOR IN SHADE AREA?
WE'VE GOT JUST THE PLANT FOR YOU
PAVONIA MULTIFLORA

This semi-dwarf, shade loving tree gets to a height of six to eight feet and blooms near year round.  Yes, you'll have flowers from April through November.  It is native to Brazil and has glossy green leaves.  The blossoms are a deep red in color.  They form in clusters of flowers.  It prefers filtered light, not full sun.  I have only 15g plant available in limited numbers.  This plant is tropical appearing and fairly rare.  I apologize that I don't have more pictures right now of our plants.  Although I don't know cold tolerance for sure, I can tell you that our plants have seen temperatures in the mid-twenties F.
Pavonia Pavonia wikipedia
photo c/o wikipedia

 

SHADE LOVING & TROPICAL
DWARF ALOCASIA, NOT OVER 4 FEET
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA

I've presented these hybrid Alocasia to you before.  But, I want to mention them again because they serve such a great purpose for the tropical gardener.  They take sun or filtered light along the coast and never get over four feet tall.  So, it makes a dwarf type of foreground tropical foliage.  Leaves are heart shaped and about a foot across.  It is MUCH smaller than the more common Alocasia Caldera and was developed to limit the plant's size.  Shown here is the 5g size.  We also have 5g plants which are on sale with our Spring Sale (link above).  Color is a deep green in shade and a bit lighter in sun. 

They are fasts growing and appreciate ample water.  I'd estimate cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.  I can mail order these plants.

 
Alocasia Cal-Odora Alocasia Cal-Odora
Alocasia Cal-Odora Alocasia Cal-Odora Alocasia Cal-Odora

 

BRAHEA BERLANDIERI
SHORT FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
TOLERATES SUN OR STRONG FILTERED LIGHT

Taxonomists are still working on a group of Brhaeas from Mexico.  This includes Brahea dulcis, berlandieri and bella.  Some group all of these together and call individuals "varieties" of the group dulcis.  Others divide them up because their appearance and leaf color is different.  Being a grower, I like to consider them different.  Brahea berlandieri is a medium sized plant, slow growing, single trunk and gets ten to maximum fifteen feet tall.

It has fan shaped leaves that get some silver when in sun.  This species can be grown in part sun or strong filtered light.  It is native to northeastern Mexico and has a cold tolerance down to the very low 20's F.  We have 5g available for sale.  These can be easily shipped.  BTW, this "species" as such is near impossible to find for sale.  Limited numbers available.

Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri
Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri Brahea berlandieri
Brahea berlandieri TS RPS
photo by TS RPS
Brahea berlandieri  

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, THIN TRUNK, GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT
5G SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

This very desirable and thin trunked pinnate palm is native to South America and mostly Brazil.  It attains a height anywhere from fifteen to thirty feet.  The crown shaft is clean appearing and anywhere from green to purple in color.  Leaflets are thin and droop somewhat.  It is a good growing species where space is limited.

We've been out of the 5g size for a while and just got some in.  These are either singles or doubles.  Their height is 30 to 36 inches.  I've grown this species several times in my yard and gotten literally thousands of purple seeds.  For the height, I was always impressed with how thin the trunk is.  Cold tolerance is into the upper, perhaps mid twenties F.  Of note, the heart of this palm is edible and marketed commercially.  We might have some larger sizes than 5g available.
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NEW SEEDLINGS


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

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

We are presently offering small seedlings on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $22.50
OR, FOUR FOR $75


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

Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix
5g size at nursery, not on sale
Chamaedorea microspadix
attractive red fruit of this species
Chamaedorea microspadix

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI VAR TORALLYI
BOLIVIAN MOUNTAIN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This species is native to super high elevation localities in Bolivia.  Some colonies live at elevations reportedly up to 8000 feet.  It is tall with trunks of forty feet.  It loves heat and sun.  The photo below by Gaston Torres shows how gorgeous this palm can look.  In locality it's not called a "coconut" and this is a marketing tool by nurseries.  It seems to have stuck.  But, I suspect, someone picked this trade name because the seeds of this species are very large, about 2 inches long.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's for sure and perhaps the upper teens F. 

I'm offering our 5g size on a ten day special.  We have a limited supply of this rare palm.  They are very nice 5g plants.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
parajubaea torallyi 5g parajubaea torallyi 5g
parajubaea torallyi 5g Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
15g size, not on sale right now
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
a nice 25g plant with age, not on sale right now
Parajubaea torallyi Gaston Torres PACSOA
photo by Gaston Torres, PACSOA
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
Juvenile plant in So Cal garden
 

 

SATURDAY, 9 MAY, 2015

 

ONCE AGAIN
NEW CYCAD COLLECTION JUST IN
ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII

We have acquired another privately held cycad collection.  This one is much smaller in numbers compared to the last.  But, there were some extremely large specimens in this group.  This is why we acquired it.

Included with these plants is this Encephalartos altensteinii with almost 36 inches of trunk.  Estimated age is 40 years.  It's been grown in full sun in Southern CA and is for sale.  It's in a 45 gallon container.  This is a female plant.  We had to remove the two cones before we dug it.  They would have fallen off during the dig.  We took a photo of Ricardo holding the cones.

It is very large and heavy.  It could only be shipped by a pallet.  It's way too big for the usual carriers.  I hope you enjoy seeing it
Encephalartos altensteinii 40g container Encephalartos altensteinii 36 in trunk
Encephalartos altensteinii 36 in trunk Encephalartos altensteinii 36 in trunk Encephalartos altensteinii 36 in trunk
Encephalartos altensteinii cones, female Encephalartos altensteinii 36 in trunk Encephalartos altensteinii 36 in trunk

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
TALL SHADE PALM WITH THICK TRUNK
ONE GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE

This is a very sought after species native to a wide distribution from Mexico south to northern South America.  It can get extremely tall, up to over 20 feet.  Trunks can be up to 3 inches thick.  Trunks are also prominently ringed and dark green in color.  Leaflets are wide and leaves can be five feet long.

Shown here is the 1g size that just became available.  They are 2 feet tall and quite nice.  These can be easily shipped by mail order.  This is a shade palm and has a cold tolerance perhaps into the 28 degree range.  I've shown some 15g plants so you can see what they look like larger.  But, unfortunately, we're sold out of this size.
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
ttrunk, 15g nursery plant, not available now
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
15g nursery plant, presently sold out

 

TRACHYCARPUS PRINCEPS
LOCALITY STONEGATE GORGE IN CHINA
WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
SUPER SOUGHT AFTER &RARE- LIMITED NUMBER 1G AVAILABLE

This is a fan palm that real collectors are always looking for.  And, it's near impossible to find.  It has to be grown from seed and the only seed right now is from habitat.  Native to mountainous areas in China, this species is unique in that it literally lives on cliff sides of huge mountains as shown here (photos by S. Ringot below).  It's quite remarkable that plants can even grow on these cliffs.

As a species, it is unique in that the leaves are deeply divided and white colored on the underside.  I've read that plants from some habitats show more white than others.  I haven't grown enough from various locations to comment on this.  But, I do know that often younger plants are green until they mature.  Also, sometimes you see a white powder on the dorsal surface of the leaf as well.

As a species, it has a thin trunk and can get to 25 feet tall.  The trunk is clean over time and the leaves are deeply divided.  


I have limited numbers available.  Mail order easy.  Just call if you wish to place a mail order.

Trachycarpus princeps Trachycarpus princeps
Trachycarpus princeps Trachycarpus princeps Trachycarpus princeps
 photo by Stéphane Ringot

Photo by Stéphane Ringot

Trachycarpus princeps by S. Ringot
photo by S. Ringot
Trachycarpus habitat by S. Ringot
Trachycarpus princeps habitat by S. Ringot
Domestic Trachycarpus princeps
small domestic plant starting to show silver
Trachycarpus princeps by M.G. and T.S.
photo by M.G. and T.S.
Trachycarpus princeps by R.M.
photo by R.M.

 

DIOON SPECIES
ANOTHER PLANT FROM THAT COLLECTION
SPECIMEN IN A 25G POT

Another plant we acquired from the collection mentioned above is this Dioon species.  After careful inspection, we feel it is a Dioon edule variety Rio Pescado.  However, it might take a cycad taxonomist to key it out.  Unfortunately, we don't have a cone to help us out.  This cycad has a caudex size of  9 inches wide and 16 inches tall.  This species is native to Mexico and known for its very thin leaflets that are separated with a gap between them.  It can form offsets.  It is a full sun species with a cold hardiness probably into the upper teens.

Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia     

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
A DWARF PALM FROM THE COMOROS ISLANDS
GREAT PLANT WHERE SPACE IS AN ISSUE

When most people think of the genus Ravenea they figure it has to be from Madagascar.  Not with this species.  It is native to the Comoros Islands.  It is a very small pinnate palm that has a trunk 3 to 4 inches in diameter and a mature height of eight to ten feet.  In most areas, the crown of leaves is small.  But, in tropical areas like Hawaii the leaves seem to be longer.  Growing in full sun makes the crown of leaves more compact.

It is an ideal species where space is an issue.  It seems to do best in part day sun (looks prettier) but does tolerate full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the upper to mid teens F.

The 15g plant we are showing here is available.  We also have 5g and smaller sizes which are easy to ship.
 
Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii 
Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii 
Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii  RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII 

PSEDUOPHOENIX SARGENTII
VARIETY NAVASANA
VERY DIFFERENT PINNATE PALM
INTERESTING SILVER TRUNK

For anyone who has ever grown anything from this genus, you know that Pseudophoenx are unbearably slow here in CA.  It can literally take ten years to obtain a nice 5g plant.  Because of this, you rarely see them for sale.  But, they will grow here quite well and have some reasonable cold hardiness.

When I had the opportunity to get a 5g and 7g plant of the navasana variety of this species, I jumped at it.  They are not huge, but a good place to start.  Literally, no one has them.  So these are good for getting into the ground.  Then just wait.

The trunks of Pseudophoenix are very interesting.  They seem to bulge or spindle a bit in the middle, have prominent rings and are silver as shown here.   You'll also notice a tiny bit of expansion of the trunk just above the ground.  Expect a mature height of under twenty feet in 50 years.  Of note, "navasana" variety has silver on the underside of the leaflets.  The distribution of this species ranges from Mexico to Central America and through various Caribbean Islands.
Pseudophoenix sargentii var. navasana
7g size 
Pseudophoenix sargentii var. navasana 
Pseudophoenix sargentii var. navasana  Pseudophoenix sargentii var. navasana  Pseudophoenix sargentii var. navasana
5g size 
Pseudophoenix sargentii   Pseudophoenix sargentii   Pseudophoenix sargentii  

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
A SHAVING BRUSH PALM ON STEROIDS!
COLD HARDY, FAT CROWN SHAFT

This species or variety of Rhopalostylis is from Chatham Islands which are very far south and it is perhaps the most southern growing palm in the world.  It is known for several points:

1.  It's an aggressive and fast growing palm
2.  It gets bigger and fatter than the regular R. sapida
3.  It's crown shaft can get massive as shown here

It tolerates coastal sun. Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  Expect a mature height of about 30 feet. It is such an easy palm to grow that we often say "that one's on steroids!"  We have 5g and 15g available (limited) and these can be shipped.  The last two photos are of the same specimen.  The last photo shows how large the crown shaft can become.  

Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana 
Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana 
Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana  Rhopalostylis oceana by TD, palmpedia
photo by TD of palm in San Francisco, Palmpedia 
Rhopalostylis sapida crown shaft     

 

 

FRIDAY, 8 MAY, 2015

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
THREE PLANTS IN A 30G POT
VERY OLD, BOTH SEXES

This recently acquired plant came from Rusty's garden in Encinitas.  Although he loved it, circumstances required its removal.  The surprising thing is the height: it's about 12 feet tall, soil to tip of leaves.  So, you can see this species does attain good height.  I searched the Internet and on Google there are no photographs of this species this tall.  So, you're looking at a very mature plant.  Don Hodel named this species in the early 1990's after fellow Palm Society member Jim Benzie.

There are three plants in this pot.  Remember, C. benziei is a single trunk plant.  By blossoms, there is one male and two females in this clump.  It's been grown in part day sun.  So far, it looks great after being dug out of the ground. 

I've always considered this to be a "C. radicalis-looking species on steroids".  I say this because of the appearance of the leaves and blossoms (see photos).  The trunks are about 2 inches thick.  Blossoms are long and upright.  It should be a great seed producing plant.

And, it is for sale.


Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei
Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei
Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei  

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
SMALLER TROPICAL TREE
UNUSUAL, LUSH, RARE!

We first offered this super rare and unusual tree from New Caledonia about 3 years ago.  At that time they were in bands.  Now, we have some 15g for sale.  This is a good growing species.  The "Anthurium-appearing" head of leaves reminds one of a Bird nest Anthurium.  Leaf color is limy green.  Anticipated mature height is ten feet with a thin trunk.  Leaves are five to six inches wide and about three feet long. 

It's a great understory yet tropical appearing small tree.   It is a dioecious species, so you need both sexes to set seeds.  We have maybe six or eight of these plants and they are for sale.  It is being successfully grown by several people in north San Diego County.
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Meryta balansae Meryta balansae
Female plant with blossoms
Meryta balansae Endemia N.C. Website
photo by Endemia N.C. Website

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM
HUGE, FLOWERING SIZE 15G PLANTS
DWARF, SUN-LOVING PALM

Native to the beaches just outside Rio De Janero, this South American dwarf palm doesn't get over six feet tall.  It is single trunk but because of it's appearance, looks as if it's suckering.  It has plumose leaves that are about four feet long and hold a full complement of leaves.  It loves full sun and can be grown in inland areas quite well.  It has a cold tolerance into perhaps the upper teens F. 

You'll not see plants of this size anywhere in the So Cal nursery market.  These are fruiting size and about ten to twelve years old.  I have limited numbers for sale.  They can be shipped.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

BIRD'S NEST ANTHURIUM
ANOTHER LUSH AND EXOTIC PLANT
UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT

Above I referred to Meryta as appearing like a Bird's Nest Anthurium.  If you compare the two, you can see why.  Put a tall trunk below these leaves and you have Meryta.  The plants shown here are very similar to Anthurium hookeri, the classic Bird's Nest Anthurium.  But, because of hybridization over the years, no one is quite sure of the origins of any given Anthurium as shown here.

These exotic plants get leaves that are about six feet long and a foot or more wide.  They often are ruffled and wavy.  Dorsal veins are prominent.  They like filtered light and add a touch to the garden like nothing else.  And, right now our 5g size as shown is on sale.  Just click on the Sale Link above and you'll see the discounted price.
Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium
25 year old specimens at the nursery
Bird's Nest Anthurium Wikipedia
Photo by Wikipedia
Bird's Nest Anthurium Anthurium Birds Nest Plant Places Website
photo by PlantPlaces Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
NEW PINK-GOLD FLUSH
DIFFERENT AND INTERESTING

Previously I've talked how sometimes Encephalartos, especially blue species, can throw new leaves with peculiar colors.  I've often felt that such throws are the result of a nutritional deficiency, particularly microelements.  But, other times it just seems to be what a particular plant does.  This E. princeps has been grown outdoors but not in full sun.  And, along comes this pinkish new flush of leaves.  I'll give you a follow-up in a few weeks as to color.  Most often the new leaves just develop normally.  If you are a cycad person, you'll definitely see occurrences like this.  The last picture is an E. horridus with a purple new flush.
Encephalartos princeps with flush Encephalartos princeps flush
Encephalartos princeps flush E. horridus flush  

 

NEROGELIA BROMELIADS
TWO NEW HYBRIDS JUST IN
A RED ONE / A STIPED ONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We just got in two new cultivars of Nerogelia bromeliads.  The first two photos show a clustering type that has a prominent red color.  The second one has red-tinged but striped leaves.  These are great understory companion plants.  The first type are bigger plants than the second.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:
RED CLUSTERING $18
STRIPED VARIETY $12.50

Just mention this Special to get the discount.  Easy to mail order.

Nerogelia Nerogelia
Nerogelia Nerogelia  
     

 

PHILODENDRON XANADU
REALLY BIG 15G AND 3G PLANTS
UNDERSTORY PLANT FOR FILTERED LIGHT

Although not super common like the Philodendron I discussed last week, this species is desirable and a good grower.  It likes filtered light and reaches the size (or a bit bigger) shown in the 15g plant.  It'll trunk a slowly and can climb.  I can mail order these plants and the 3g are on special at our Sale.  BTW, these 3g are unbelievably large for their pot size.

Philodendron xanadu
15g size
Philodendron xanadu
3g size
Philodendron xanadu
leaf, 15g size
Philodendron xanadu
3g size leaf
Philodendron xanadu
15g size

 

THURSDAY, 7 MAY, 2015

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
HUGE LEAVES, SUPER TROPICAL
SMALL MATURE TREE
15 G PLANTS AVAILABLE

As many of you are aware, it's near impossible to find this rare New Guinea tropical tree that has leaves approaching three feet long.  These leaves are pleated, red veined and huge.  Yet, mature trees usually have trunk under five inches thick and an overall height of twelve to fifteen feet.  I've had one in my front garden for about 25 years.

These are extremely difficult to propagate and need air layering.  The plants we're offering now are extremely healthy, in 15g pots presently and very nice.  In the container, heights are up to your head.  Some are branching from the base.  Limited numbers available.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis by MB

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
LARGE TRIANGULAR LEAVES
QUICK GROWING - NOT TOO TALL
EXTREMELY TROPICAL LOOKING

Recently we got in a very nice Alocasia species of good size.  They are in 15 and 7g size.  Leaves are about 30 inches long, pleated and have scalloped edges.  Color is green with some red to the stems.  These would be considered an understory plant and a great addition to the floor of the garden.  These plants are similar to Alocasia macrorrhiza but not the same.

At any given time we usually have four or five different types of Alocasia.  Customers like them because they are easy to grow and very lush.  This one is particularly nice.  Expected mature garden height is under six feet.  It'll take a freeze.  These can be shipped.
Alocasia macrorrhyza Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species Alocasia species

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI

A VERY "CUTE" DWARF PALM
SIMPLE LEAVES WITHOUT DIVISIONS
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

This dwarf, simple leaf palm is native to Mexico, Belize and various Central American countries.  It is single stemmed, has an entire leaf than can be up to eighteen inches long with a short petiole.  Leaves are wide and somewhat pleated.  It likes filtered light and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  Growth is slow and mature height is rarely over six feet.  Full sun will burn these guys to a crisp.

We have available bands, 1g, 5g and some more mature specimens.  Some feel this species looks better planted as a small colony.  These plants are on sale presently at 15% off until May 16th and can be shipped anywhere.  They can be used as a patio or house plant.
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
SAN JOSE HESPER PALM

TALL, THIN TRUNKED FAN PALM
NATIVE TO BAJA, MEXICO

Most people think of a Brahea as being slow growing, having a stout trunk, never getting too tall.   Well, this is not the case with this species.  It has a thin trunk and I've read reports of it getting 100 feet tall in habitat.  It's not unusual to see specimens 40 feet tall or above.  It's a full sun palm and cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  It can form a petticoat skirt of old leaves.

Shown here is a nice 15g specimen.  These are very hard to find.  We may also have some smaller plants available.  For some reason, this palm is very difficult to find at nurseries.
 
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THE "KING KONG" OF FISHTAILS
24 INCH BOXES AVAILABLE

We presently have some well developed and chunky 24 inch boxed Caryota gigas that are up to 12 inches thick at the base.  These are sun acclimated and ready for planting.  I'd estimate their age at eight years.  These are cold tolerant to about 22 degrees and have huge 14 foot leaves.  Mature height is typically 30 feet.  And, the bases can be over 30 inches thick.  At the nursery, this is a species that gets "wide" as fast as it gets tall.  Contrast this to Caryota urens which streaks upward.  We also have beautiful 15g and 5g sizes.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

LOTS OF COLOR AS USUAL
TROPICAL SPRING FLOWERS AVAILABLE -
LOTS OF THEM!


As we've previously promoted here, spring color is in full swing.  Shown here are some Reiger Begonias and colorful flowering Anthurium.
Rieger Begonia Anthurium
Rieger Begonia Anthurium Anthurium

 

TUESDAY, 5 MAY, 2015

 

UNUSUAL PHILODENDRON PLANTS THAT YOU WON'T TYPICALLY FIND

Below I am going to show you an assortment of unusual Philodendron.  There are many species in this genus.  They have native habitats around the globe.  There are species that climb on trunks or structures and others that form small clusters or rosettes in the ground.  The climbing type put out roots from their stems for attaching to things but also for absorbing nutrients.  All are interesting.

We have been fortunate to have a trading program with a well known botanical garden.  Therefore, we get starts of cuttings and have a great selection of unusual plants.  Many are unknown to the nursery trade and have no formal names.  Most come from wild collected plants and have no species names.  All are in limited numbers and available, either by local pickup or mail order.

Usage in the garden is as a companion plant.  Most wanted filtered light although some take full coastal sun.  If put at the base of a palm or other type of trunk that does not shed its bark, the climbing species would attach to the trunk and climb upwards.  They'd display their leaves typically on the brighter side of the trunk.  This is really easy to do.  The rosette form of plants merely stay on the ground and are attractive.  As many have no species names, if you wanted to order one you'd just have to say "The 3rd one down" or something like that.   Or, come view them for yourself..
Philodendron Bipinnatifolium

This is a climbing species.  The leaves remind me of a horse head shape.  Leaves are green and stems are thin.  This is a fast growing species and could climb up a tall trunk in a few years.
Philodendron bipinnatifolium Philodendron bipinnatifolium
Philodendron bipinnatifolium    
Philodendron species

This plant is also a climber.  It has very long leaves as shown.  When mature and in the ground, I suspect the leaves will be two feet long.  
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species  
Philodendron species

The hallmark of this plant are the long and rather narrow leaves with a super thick substance to the leaf.  They are so thick that they don't bend.  This is a climbing plant.  Leaves so far are about 18 inches long and may be longer. 
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species    

Philodendron
species
"pink splotches"

We call this species by the prominent pink splotches on the back of the leaves.  It's really noticeable. There is also a red color to the leaf stems.  It has a medium to long triangular shape leaf and is also a climber.  Limited numbers of these are available.
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species    
Philodendron species

This plant is an aggressive grower and a climber.  Its leaves are thick, the stems are very strong and it'll make a very full plant on a trunk.  Petioles are also very long.  Leaf color is a lime green with bright light.
 
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species    

Philodendron imperialis


This is actually a man-made hybrid that shows off the red color and shine to the leaves.  We get them from time to time and people really like this plant.  It's a rosette type of Philodendron and wants filtered light.  At any given time we'll have three or four different species with orange, red or black colors of various types and all are hybrids.
Philodendron imperialis Philodendron imperialis
Philodendron imperialis    

Philodendron "Pig Skin"

This is a super sought after species that we often run out of.  It has round leaves that are about a foot across.  But, the unusual thing, is the rough and finely textured surface to the leaves.  It's really peculiar to touch.  People love this one, just to touch it.  We only offer a few of this species every year.
Pigskin Philodendron Pigskin Philodendron
Philodendron cannifolium

This species is one of my favorites.  It has about 18 inch long green leaves and bulbous, swollen leaf stems.  It's a rosette type of plant and will not climb.  It's so pretty and easy to grow, I highly recommend it.  It's also a nice patio or interior plant.
Philodendron cannifolium Philodendron cannifolium
Philodendron cannifolium Philodendron cannifolium  

 

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

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM VANUATU
EXTEMELY RARE PALM SPECIES


This is a crown shafted palm from the tropical island of Vanuatu.  It is extremely rare in cultivation or collections.  It has a height of 50 feet mature and produces large red flowers when the fruit matures.  Little is written or on the Internet about this species.  The trunk is about ten to twelve inches in diameter and the crown shaft is green and elongated.

This would be s species for (most likely) a frost free environment. It would need at least partial or possibly full sun.  I have no data on it as a houseplant.  But, it is absolutely a beautiful palm species.  We have limited numbers of 5g plants for sale. 
Veitchia spiralis
veitchia spiralis 

 

PHOENIX RECLINATA
AFRICAN WILD DATE / SENEGAL DATE PALM
SOMETIMES LARGE SUCKERING DATE PALM

It is actually quite amazing that, in the past year, I haven't once discussed this suckering and armed pinnate palm from South Africa. This is probably because it's not one of my favorite species.  But, if one has a very large yard with lots of room, this is a popular choice.  It is easy to grow and really has an impact on the landscape.  It has multiple stems and can reach a height of over thirty feet.  As the name might imply, outer trunks tend to 'recline" away from the center of the plant.  You can see this on the mature plants below. 

Individual trunks are rough with old fibrous material.  Leaves can be over ten feet long, although shorter is the rule.  You can prune out interior trunks if the plant is getting too busy.  When you work on this species, be extra cautious because the long spines on the petioles can hurt you.  Eye protection is key!  Selection of the appropriate location for planting is critical.  Do not put this species right next to a walkway.  In a far corner, along a fence, or in the middle of a large open area would work fine.  Remember, this can potentially become a very large plant.

This is a full sun palm that likes good drainage and tolerates high heat.  It's cold tolerance is to about 20 degrees F.  If a plant gets shaded out from the sun, it will most likely linger with poor growth or just die.  Shown to the right is a 15g plant as well as a good sized 5g plant.  The latter can be easily mail ordered.  The mature specimens below show how this species appear.  The last two photos are from Balboa Park in San Diego, CA   If you like types of Date Palms, I've written a comprehensive article on the species.  It's posted elsewhere at this website.
Phoenix reclinata
15 gallon plant
Phoenix reclinata
15 gallon plant
Phoenix reclinata
15 gallon plant
Phoenix reclinata
5 gallon plant
Phoenix reclinata
5 gallon plant
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata


ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS
AN EXTINCT IN HABITAT CYCAD

The average cycad enthusiast may never see this species in person in his lifetime.  It is native to Mt.. Mruwere, Mozambique, where only a single colony of plants was discovered in 1969.  Within six years it was extinct in habitat, felt to probably be secondary to poaching.  It has a trunk about four to five feet tall with leaves light green and about four to five feet long.   Petioles are wooly.  Female cones are green.  Male cones are wooly and said to have "wing like" protrusions from the scales.  The Greek derivation for ""pteron" is "wing", thus the name.  

This species is obviously super rare and has also been an enigma to enthusiasts for decades.  People looked for the "wings" on male cones and sometimes didn't find them.  This lead to confusion about the species.  Shown here are two citrus pot plants of this species.  These are seed grown plants from seeds delivered as ""Encephalartos pterogonus".  Perhaps time and a male cone will let us know for sure. 

Also shown are some garden specimens, with photos of a female cone. This species is a Central African, so cold tolerance is not as good as cycads from further south on the African continent.  Cold tolerance is probably into the upper twenties F.  I would recommend growing it in sun along the coast, partial sun inland.  We have only a few of this rare cycad for sale.    
Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus
Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus
Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus Encephalartos ptrogonus
ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS ENCEPHALARTOS PTEROGONUS

MONDAY, 4 MAY, 2015

 

SCHIPPIA CONCOLOR
VERY THIN TRUNK
MEDIUM HEIGHT
3G SIZE AVAILABLE - RARE

This interesting and super thin trunked fan palm comes from Belize.  Taxonomically, one might think it's most closely related to Thrinax.  But, it is actually more akin to Cryosophila according to recent reports.  It has a 3 to 5 inch thick trunk.  It can get over ten feet tall.  Most that I've seen in botanical gardens are about ten to fifteen feet.  Fruits are light colored and large.  Leaves are green, near complete and soft.  Germination of seeds is quite easily but growing them from there is more of a challenge.

I'd recommend part day sun or coastal sun for this species.  I'm not positive about cold tolerance because they are quite rare.  But, I'd guess it's about a freeze at lowest.  We have several 3g plants available.  These can be shipped quite easily.

This species is included in Spring Sale so click on the link above.
Schippia concolor Schippia concolor
Schippia concolor Schippia concolor Schippia concolor
Juvenile plant in So Cal garden
Schippia concolor
This plant is older than the last
Schippia by TS at RPS
mature by TS at RPS
 

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
NICE BATCH OF CIT POT SIZE PLANTS

The first six pictures here show an example of a really nice batch of citrus pot sized plants of this species.  It is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  The second picture shows the grouping of leaflets. 

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

This species / size is included in our Spring Sale so click on the link above

Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII
A TYPE OF SMALL BAMBOO PALM FOR INTERIOR USAGE OR THE GARDEN


Chamaedorea that sucker are often called "Bamboo Palms" because, in a way, they resemble a Bamboo plant.  This species is known for it's very thin canes and limited height.  It rarely gets over eight feet tall.  Therefore, as an interior palm, it will not outgrow it's space as most ceilings are over eight feet.  It has short green leaves and is a bit compact in appearance.  Outside it likes filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the lower 20's F.  The first four photos here show 5g size.  We do have older and taller plants.

It likes filtered light and is often used as an interior palm.  But, I must admit, that I'm partial to Chamaedorea hooperiana and costaricana for both garden usage and for inside the home.  This is because they are better growers and less inclined to fungal problems.  But, it's amazing how people ask for C. seifritzii.  It's because it's promoted so much by regular nurseries.
Chamaedorea seifritzii Chamaedorea seifritzii
Chamaedorea seifritzii Chamaedorea seifritzii Chamaedorea seifritzii
Other assorted sizes

 

 

GROWING PALM SPECIES AS "MULTIPLES"
MORE THAN ONE PLANT IN A POT

From a trunk point of view, there are two types of palm trees:

1.  Single trunk:  Species that only have one trunk
2.  Suckering species:  "Suckering" means that the primary trunk makes additional trunks, usually at the base of the first trunk.

Many palm species such as Roystonea (Royal Palm) and Archontophoenix (King Palm) are "single trunk" species.  Examples of suckering species would be the Bamboo Palm, the Senegal Date Palm, the Areca Palm and many others.

Nurserymen will sometimes put multiple single trunk species into one pot and grow them as a "multi".  This term means that more than one single trunk species have been placed and grown in one single pot.  This is done because many customers prefer the look of several together.  The most popular number of plants to grown as a "multi" is three.  Next most popular is a "double".  But, sometimes growers will put five or ten plants in one pot. 

This confuses buyers.  They look at the plant and think that it is a suckering species.  The Pygmy Date Palm is almost always grown as three in a pot.  It looks aesthetic.  This makes consumers think the species is suckering, but it is a single trunk species.  A triple Pygmy will always just be three plants.  No more trunks will ever appear unless one got the rare, truly suckering form of this species native to Laos.  But, the latter is essentially never available.

I am going to show some plants here that are single trunk species but being grown as multi's.  I'll show both nursery and garden specimens.  Obviously, in habitat, you'd only see what appears to be a multiple of a single trunk species if multiple seeds happened to drop and germinate in the same location. 

Certain species do look good as multi's; others don't.  In general, I don't like to do multiples on bigger species like Canaries, Sabals, Bismarckia, etc.  But, sometimes customers ask for them.  A triple Queen Palm to me is 'too much".  But, everyone has their own preference and taste.

Below I show two photos of large Canary Island Palms.  One was grown as a multi from the beginning.  The other is three single plants put into the garden side by side.  Note the difference.  When grown as a "multi", trunks tend to arch away from each other.  The close up photo of the base of the triple King Palm shows this.  At our nursery, we do grow multiple species as "multi's", especially if they are tall, thin palm species.  Chamaedorea plumosa is a great example of a group of three or more looking better than a single plant. 
Chamaedorea oblongata multi
Chamaedorea oblongata, five plants in one pot

Chamaedorea elegans multi
Chamaedorea elegans, multi planting
Howea forsteriana multi
Howea forsteriana, three plants in one pot

Dypsis lutescens 10g
Dypsis lutescens, a naturally suckering species
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana triple
Triple King Palm, a multi planted specimen
Chamaedorea plumosa multi
Chamaedorea plumosa multi
Chamaedorea plumosa 15g
Chamaedorea plumosa multi
Pygmy Date multi's
Pygmy Date multiples
Howea forsteriana multi
Kentia Palm multiple

Chamaedorea neurochlamys, 3 plants in 1 pot
King Palm triple in garden
King Palm, triple in garden, grown as a multi

Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata, a suckering species.
This is not a multi potted specimen that got large
Triple Pygmy Date
Triple Pygmy Date, grown as a multi
Triple King Garden
King Palm triple showing the curve of the trunks

Triple Canary, grown as multi
Canary Palm, three side by side
Canary Palms, three singles planted close to
each other.  Not a multi

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
CROWN SHAFTED PALM FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND

Most people are familiar with Howea forsteriana, the Kentia Palm, from Lord Howe Island.  However, many are unaware that there are three other species native to this island in the Pacific Ocean off New Zealand.  These include Howea belmoreana, Hedyscepe canterburyana and Lepidorrhachis mooreana.  In their native habitat there, near sea level you find the Howea forsteriana.  Further up in elevation there are the belmoreana.  At 1000 to 2500 feet you'll see Hedyscepe.  And, at the top of the island's mountains, you find a few Lepidorrhachis. 

Hedyscepe is a montypic genus.  This means that there is only one species in this genus.  It is a crown shafted palm of medium size.  Most would include it in their top twenty most beautiful palms in the world.  Height is typically about twenty to twenty-five feet mature, trunk diameter eight inches, perhaps thicker.  The crown shaft is about two feet long.  If in filtered light, the crown shaft is silver blue and the trunk is the same with prominent rings.  The crown is somewhat umbrella shaped with curved leaves pointing downward.  Seeds are large and brilliantly red.

Shown here is a 25g plant, about ten years old in a container.  This species is not known for it's speed of growth.  Also shown are mature plants with some shots from my garden to shown trunk and crown color.  Note that the last photo demonstrates a mature tree in San Clemente, CA where it is thriving in full sun.  Along the coast, this species is good in full sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 24 degrees.  We try to always have this species available in one size or another.  Also available now are some nice 5g and smaller.  We hope to have a new supply of beefy 15g plants available soon.  
 
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THIN TRUNK NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


This desirable palm species comes from northeastern New Caledonia and, for its height, has a rather thin trunk of about six inches.  In habitat, it can get forty to fifty feet tall.  The trunk has prominent rings and has a swollen crown shaft that is silver green as shown here.  Its leaves are green in color, arching and have a short petiole.

Shown here is a nice 5g plant about three feet tall.  We usually recommend filtered light.  Cold tolerance is the mid-twenties F.  The next to the last photo was taken in habitat when my son, Jesse, and I visited New Caledonia in the year 2000.  The rest of the photos were taken in Southern California.

Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans


ENCEPHALARTOS SCLAVOI
EASY TO GROW CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

Named after a French citizen who first recognized this species, it was formally described in 1989.  Its trunk is typically a mature height of four to twelve feet, its leaves are erect and about six feet long, color is green, sometimes blue-green, petioles lightly furry, and leaflets cupped.  From a nursery point of view, I have seen spiny leaflets with this species and, my favorite, leaflets that are minimally spiny and very cupped.  You can lay your fingers into the cupped leaflets from the dorsal side.  The fourth photo shows the cupping of the leaflets.  This Central African species comes from Tanzania, the country between Kenya and Mozambique.  Native elevation is high, typically about 6000 feet, and the habitat is dry and sunny.   

The leaflets of this species are very thick and leathery.  The margins are revolute, and leaflets can overlap.  Because of its native high elevation, it is relatively cold hardy for an Central African cycad.  It can take full sun along the coast and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants as well as some garden specimens.  This is a satisfying and easy to grow cycad.
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi

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


I just want to remind readers that it's very easy for us to ship larger plants by bunching them onto a pallet.  We frame out the pallet and shrink wrap it.  The advantage for you is that we can ship larger plants and this technique is so much more affordable that usual shippers like Fed Express or UPS.  But, you've got to fill the pallet to get the full benefit and savings.  For some, this is the perfect way to add to their garden.  We ship to all states in the country.
pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants  

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
NICE 3 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE

This semi-dwarf species of suckering fan palm is native to southern China and Taiwan.  Plants have fibrous trunks about an inch in diameter, hold crowns of dark green leaves and typically have heights of six to eight feet.  There are taller as well as shorter clones.  This is a filtered light species and usually doesn't like full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.

The hallmark of this species is the jagged and blunt leaflet ends.  Compare this to Rhapis humilus which is a taller species, tolerates sun and has leaflets that are narrow and come to a fine point.  The typical number of leaflets of a leaf of R. excelsa is five to ten.  Leaf width is 12 to 18 inches.  Petioles are unarmed.  In contrast, Rhapis humilus leaves consist of twelve to twenty-five leaflets.

Shown here is a nice size for the Lady Palm.  These plants are about 30 inches tall and easy to ship.  This species also makes a nice house plant.
Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa

SATURDAY, 2 MAY, 2015

 

PRITCHARDIA
THE HAWAIIAN PALM
A TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
PERFECT GENUS FOR GARDEN DIVERSITY

This genus is mostly native to Hawaii, but some species
extend into the South Pacific.  At our nursery, we
specialize in the native species from Hawaii because they are more cold tolerant and easier to grow in Southern California.  All are tropical fan palms and all are very desirable.  For those of you who "only like feather palms", think again.  These plants are gorgeous and add a real diversity to the garden.  There are about 25 or so species in this genus, and at any time we typically offer ten or more species for sale.  They tend to be small to medium sized palms, typically under 20 feet of height with thin or medium sized trunks.  The leaves are near entire and often flat in their shape.  They are easy to grow and some tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  In coastal areas they take full or part day sun.  Inland they may be grown in strong filtered light. 

We have all sizes from seedlings, medium sized plants on up to boxed specimens.  Shown here are an array of sizes and species.  Come visit us and you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that we have hundreds of this genus for sale.  Over the past 3 decades we have sold thousands of Pritchardia  of all species and everyone loves them.  We are one of the only nurseries in the country that offers so many species and sizes of Pritchardia.   By the way, Pritchardia are the only true palm species native to the Hawaiian Islands.  All other palm species were introduced by man!

I am showing a few mature garden and habitat plants here.  Note how some are quite tall (P. schattaueri) and others don't get over about ten feet.  Some have very flat leaves, others are wavy.  Some have small leaves, others as big as a dinner table.  Another nice thing about Pritchardia is that they break up the repetitive nature of all the pinnate palms that populate most gardens.  The contrast is nice and creates a more diverse garden.     
  
Pritchardia


Pritchardia seedling
pritchardia


Pritchardia species
pritchardia leaf pritchardia pritchardia 5g
Pritchardia schauterii by A. B.
Pritchardia schattaueri by A.
Bredison
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana box
Pritchardia beccariana box
Pritchardia species
dwarf species, 15 years old
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia hardyi
Pritchardia hardyi
pritchardia glabrata 15g
Pritchardia glabrata
Pritchardia sp. nut brown
pritchardia sp. "nut brown"
Pritchardia beccariana
Pritchardia beccariana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
BLUE OR GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
BEAUTIFUL STACKING LEAFLETS


This cycad species makes a stunning specimen and is one of my favorites.  It is from South Africa, an easy cycad to grow, and in most areas likes full sun.  Its leaf color varies from green to blue, with many somewhere in between.  The
leaves are curved toward the ground and in many specimens there is overlapping or stacking of the leaflets.  Some varieties have a rather blunt (non-pointed) tip to the leaflets and this form is sought after by collectors. 

All the photos shown here are of nursery plants.  This species is so cool that I thought I'd just show you a whole bunch of plants.  I hope you like this species because it looks great in the garden.  Most of these plants are large, but we have everything from seedlings up to coning sized specimens as shown here. In these pictures note the variation in the leaf color, the leaves that curve toward the ground, and the tight proximity of the leaflets.  If you only want one cycad, this might be a great choice.
Encephalartos longifolius pot Encephlartos longifolius 15g
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius box Encephalartos longifolius
E. longifolius E. longifolius E. longifolius leaf
E. longifolius, cit pot E. longifolius box E. longifolius bue

SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
ANOTHER TROPICAL FAN PALM
SLOW GROWING BUT WORTH THE WAIT


For people who enjoy fan palms, this is often one of their favorites.  This is because this species has more of a tropical appearance.  It is slow growing yet gets quite tall over time.  Most importantly Sabal mauritiformis has a leaf with leaf segments that extend in a complete or almost complete 360 degree circle.  It' native habitat extends from Mexico to the northern parts of South America.  There it can attain a height of up to 80 feet.  Trunk diameter is usually under one foot. 

The leaves are green on the dorsal surface and a blue or silver-green underneath. (see photo)  Leaves have a long petiole and the leaf diameter is wide, sometimes up to eight feet.  It's quite impressive to see a cut leaf from a mature specimen.  They are a full circle of leaf segments on a long stem.

Cold hardiness is pretty good on this species, probably into the low 20's F.  This is not as good as many of the Caribbean Sabal species, but adequate for many areas including Southern California.  It can tolerate full sun or part sun. The leaf color is darker in part day sun. In the garden, this species adds a different look, adding diversity to the overall garden appearance.  The last photos (CFPCS) shows a domestic plant well on its way to being a tall specimen.  The nursery plant here is a 5g size. 

You can grow this species in coastal sun or strong filtered light inland.  Of note, it is very slow to put on trunk height.  
Sabal mauritiformis   Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis Sabal mauritiformis   Sabal mauritiformis
Sabal mauritiformis   Sabal mauritiformis Central FL Pamd & Cycad Soc
from Palm & Cycad Soc Central Florida website

BURRETIOKENTIA VIELLARDII
THE TIGER PALM

This single trunk, pinnate palm from New Caledonia has become quite popular.  Many find it difficult to locate, but we have a nice assortment for sale.  It is a medium sized plant, perhaps 25 feet overall height when mature.  The trunk is typically six to eight inches thick.  The crown shaft has interesting dark marks, sometimes quite prominent.  See the last photo below.  This finding may lighten with age.  Growth rate is medium.  It prefers part day sun or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is probably about 25 degrees F, or a bit higher. 

Shown here are several reasonably sized plants.  Also shown are some more mature plants.  We have a limited number of seedlings through 15g plant with perhaps a few larger.  If you like this species, also consider Burretiokentia koghiensis and hapala.  They are quite nice as well.  
 
Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii
Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii
Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii Burretiokentia viellardii
Called "Tiger Palm" because of the stripes on
the crown shaft, shown here

 

LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI
SOFT LEAVES, NO ARMOR
VERY USER FRIENDLY
FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

This fantastic Australian species of green cycad has long leaves up to eight feet and absolutely no spines anywhere.  The leaflets are soft and you can rub them against your face.  The petioles are smooth.  It does need room in the garden because of the size of the leaves.  Along the coast, some have successfully grown this plant in full sun.  But, most give it part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 20 degrees.

Shown here are an assortment of sizes from our nursery.  The first are a citrus pot.  We have a pretty good selection but are running out over time.  It's near impossible to get seeds on this species nowadays.  Mail order is very easy.
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei  

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
MINIATURE SHADE PALM
METALLIC SHEEN TO LEAVES

This New World palm species is unique in that it has simple leaves that, under the right growing conditions, produces a definite metallic sheen to the leaves.  Several pictures show this nicely.  It has a narrow stem and never gets too tall.  I've had a few plants in the garden that, after 30 years, got up to six feet tall.  A downside is when a plant gets this old, it sort of looks like "leaves of a stick".  So, you want to plant colonies of this palm for fullness of the overall group.  I think a minimum of three together or up to six to eight is ideal.

Shown here are an assortment of plants and sizes.  It is a shade palm and cold tolerance to about 22 degrees F.  These are easy to ship and do nicely as a houseplant.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Fifteen year old group with 3 feet of trunk
Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
THE SMALLER ROYAL PALM FROM JAMAICA
COMPARE TO THE CUBAN ROYAL NEXT

About four years ago I was lucky enough to make contact with a fellow that loves palms and often goes to Jamaica.  He told me he visited Roystonea princeps in habitat and asked if I wanted seeds.  That was a "no-brainer" for me and I replied "of course".  This relationship has let to a good supply of this desirable tall crown shafted Royal Palm.

Compared to Roystonea regia (discussed below), this is a shorter palm, maximum height to sixty feet (not one hundred like regia).  Also, the trunk is more narrow with a small amount of basilar bulging.  Finally, the leaflets are multi-ranked giving a plumose appearance with some leaflets hanging down in a dependent fashion.  The crown shaft is emerald green. 

Growth rate is similar to other Royals and cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are 2g, 5g and a 15g plant.  Presently we have the two smaller sizes from this wild collected seeds.  The two habitat photos were taken by RL.  Note the rather narrow trunk for a Royal Palm and the fluffy leaves.

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS 5G Roystonea princeps
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps by RL
Roystonea princeps by RL Roystonea princeps  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
5G AND 15G AVAILABLE


The ever so popular Cuban Royal Palm is a species that, thirty years ago, was felt not possible to grow in Southern California.  Well, the last three decades have certainly proved that wrong.   There are literally hundreds of plants being grown successfully from Santa Barbara to San Diego.  In fact, I know of specimens (with some difficulty) being grown in the Bay Area of San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona.  Of all these pictures shown here, all were taken in the Southern California area except for the last row and the moonlight photo. 

This is a tall palm, growing to heights of nearly one hundred feet.  In Southern California anticipate a maximum trunk of fifty feet.  They don't grow as fast or as tall here as in more tropical areas.  This species has a long crown shaft and a swollen base that can exceed two feet in diameter.  The crown is spherical with some leaves hanging below the median mark of the crown.  Note, Roystonea oleracea (South American Royal Palm) leaves are typically not below the half way point of the crown.  It is a sun loving species.  Growth rate is fast.  They respond to heat and adequate water.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties, no too different than a normal King Palm.  Our availability changes over time.  I am showing here an assortment of larger plants including boxed plants that weight 500 pounds and are almost sold out.  We also have smaller sizes including 5g and 15g.  Because this species is so sought-after, I am trying to show a lot of photos here.  We can even arrange specimens with three to five feet of woody trunk if you are so inclined.

By the way, I've written about Roystonea borinquena previously.   So, this gives three "Royal Palms" to choose from.  R. borinquena may be the most cold hardy of all the Royals.

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
  Roystonea regia  

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

 

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FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

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

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

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

 

 


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

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

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

nURSERY COLOR


 



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MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

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

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

  

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

phil 4
photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

                    Facebook                      Instagram                    Twitter

 

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

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

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

 

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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