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SUNDAY, 29 MAY, 2016

 

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

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

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


Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus
Note prominent spines - with maturity, they get
a lot bigger and more ferocious. 
Livistona saribus
Note:  Seed color is blue
Livistona saribus

 

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


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

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

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

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
LUSH GREEN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is a fast growing green cycad, medium sized, from Madagascar, the Comoros Islands and Eastern Africa.  It is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F. and can take full sun along the coast.  Some have even grown it as a houseplant.  The 5g plants we have on this special are nice healthy plants as shown here.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95.

Easy to mail order.  But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Limited numbers available.
Cycas thouarsii 5g
5g Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
Larger garden specimen

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
RARE DWARF MEXICAN ZAMIA (CYCAD)
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5G PLANTS

I acquired a batch of 5g plants of this species from a private collector.  They are quite old, over ten years or more since germination.  By report, seeds were authenticated by experts.  This is a small species, rarely over 3 feet in height.  It tolerates coastal sun or filtered light.  There are essentially no pictures of this species on the Internet.  You've probably never seen coning sized plants like this for sale.  The plants on special are coning and a few are suckering.  Caudex size is about 4 inches, mature. This is an ideal plant for someone who wants a small cycad near a pathway or in the foreground of the garden.  It is also a very nice potted patio plant.  Exact cold tolerance is unknown, but it's definitely into the twenties F.

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

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

 

BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIIUM NIDUS
WIDE SWORD LIKE LEAF
SMALL FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Everyone loves this filtered light plant including the garden snail.  But, keep them away and these understory companion plants are real winners.  They don't like to go dry, so keep up on the water.  Salty water gives them brown tipped leaves.  The 5g plants here are very nice.  Mature height is about three feet.  They are cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  I'm putting them on a Ten Day Special - this size not part of the Blowout Sale.  I'm showing below the ruffled leaf form which I don't have at this time.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for the discount when purchasing.
 
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
BIRDS NEST FERN wIKIPEDIA
Photo c/o Wikipedia
BIRDS NEST FERN
Ruffled variety not available at this time
 

   

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

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
FAT SNAKESKIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE!

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

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

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

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

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BATCH OF 15G PLANTS

It's interesting that, despite our inventory of a quarter million plants, we do run out of species or sought after sizes of certain species.  Such is often the case with the popular 15 gallon size of the Chilean Wine Palm.  I know private and back yard growers who sometimes have things we need.  So, I make some phone calls to locate what we need for customers.  This led to the acquisition of the 15 gallon Jubaeas shown here.  They are not huge.  Basal diameters are about 4 inches.  But, they are nicely sized and the price is right.  This species gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The 15g shown here are 8 years old.  I'm offering them at the lowest price I've ever given to customers on this size.  This price applies to this particular batch of Jubaeas only.  I am passing this good pricing on to you as we got them at a very good price.  If you want honkers, bigger ones - we do have them.  But, this size (as shown) is affordable and can be shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

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

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount.

Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan
Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan
Jubaea chilensis 15g Jan Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM
BEST DATE FRUIT VARIETY

TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY, 27 MAY, 2016

 

DYPSIS "TORKARVINA"
FROM SEEDS RECEIVE 15 YEARS AGO
UNKNOWN SPECIES
WHITE CROWN SHAFTS!

Back in the heydays of Dypsis, when seeds were coming in like crazy, I received a batch of seeds that were labeled as "Dypsis torkarvina".  This is not a registered species and we had no idea what we'd get from these seeds.  I suspect they came from a town or area that had this name.  Or, maybe the name is totally factitious.  Who knows?  As time went by, they sort of looked like a Dypsis lutescens.  Rusty planted one at his home and it developed a beautiful white crown shaft and didn't look like lutescens at all.  It had thin trunks, super white crown shafts and got to a height of about ten feet.  It was one of his favorites.  Unfortunately, his plant was lost during a remodel.   It didn't survive a dig and move. 

Yesterday Rusty brought these three plants forward as shown here - two 5g and one 15g.  All had labels saying "torkarvina".  The 15g looks different in terms of crown shaft color.  But, it's bigger.  The two 5g have the white on the older stems.  Small stems are transitioning from the typical green-yellow.  I have these three plants and could maybe scrounge up one or two more.  Whatever they are, they are cool and different.  Remember, these plants have some age under their belts.  We originally had about fifty of them, so maybe one of you has a nice one in the garden.
Dypsis torkarvina Dypsis torkarvina
Dypsis torkarvina Dypsis torkarvina Dypsis torkarvina
Dypsis torkarvina Dypsis torkarvina Dypsis torkarvina
Dypsis torkarvina Dypsis torkarvina

 

BUTIA BONNETTII
AN OUTDOOR GROWN 15G PLANT
REPORTEDLY MOST COLD HARDY BUTIA

It's rare for a reader to get to see Butia bonnettii at a nursery.  So, I thought I'd show a few pictures that I took several days ago.  This is a 15g, ten year old plant.  It was grown outdoors, has seen temperatures into the mid-twenties only, is about nine feet tall and very husky for a 15g plant.  It is tentatively being shipped with a pallet of plants to Texas.  But, who knows?  So, I thought I'd share these photos with you as it is quite rare.  It has green leaves that are recurved downwards a bit.  The leaf stems are also green.  By reports, this is the most cold hardy Butia, taking temperatures below 15 degrees F.  At one time we had several dozen of these but this is our last 15g and I don't think we have any smaller at this time.
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii by Dennis Valdez
photo by Dennis Valdez

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
TWO LARGE AND OLD 15G PLANTS
GOOD SELECTION AT NURSERY
VARIOUS SIZES - MANY CAN BE SHIPPED

This thin trunked, suckering and medium sized New World Palm is known as the most cold hardy of the suckering forms of Chamaedorea.  It pretty much matches the cold hardiness of Chamaedorea radicalis.  It typically has an eight foot height when planted in the garden.  The second 15g plant is totally mature and flowering.  It is about 8 feet tall.  Note the thin nature of the trunks and the short, rather wide leaflets.  We also have 5g plant and band size.  This is a filtered light species and has a cold tolerance of about 18 degrees F.
Chamaedorea microspadix
This and next 3 pics of one 15g plant
Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
this and next 3 photos of another 15g
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix
5 gallon size
Chamaedorea microspadix
band size is available
Chamaedorea microspadix

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
THE REGULAR FORM
DOESN'T FORM A TRUNK
NICE 5G TRIPLES!
SUPER COLD HARDY

Speaking of cold hardy, filtered light palms, two days ago we got in a batch of super nice, outdoor grown Chamaedorea radicalis. This is the original form of this species that we "old timers" knew as the true thing.  They don't form a trunk.  The get to a height of about three to four feet and the blossoms (male or female) surge up above the leaves with bright orange flower stalks and, if a female, big black seeds.  It's super impressive.  The plants shown here are three per pot in a 5g.  Note the darker green leaves, the wider leaflets and the short stature.  The "trunking" form (one photo below) has thinner leaves, leaves are gray-green, and it rapidly forms a trunk.  Both are filtered light or part day sun plants with cold hardiness of 18 degrees F.  Along with the C. microspadix above, these are easily being grown in colder areas like San Francisco and Houston, TX.  I can mail order these plants.
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Contrast others with this "trunking" form
Chamaedorea radicalis

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SUPER SLOW GROWING MEXICAN CYCAD
LEAVES GRAY-GREEN
IN A LIFETIME, NEVER VERY BIG

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This may prove to be the perfect cycad that one can buy when he wants an easy to grow sun species that, in his lifetime, will never get too big.  It's estimated that, in 40 years, you'll not get a trunk more than about 2 feet tall.  The old boxed nursery specimens shown here are "pre-cites" plants that were brought into the US in the early 1970's.  The plant below in La Habra was planted 30 years ago.  The last picture by JO shows a plant in the wild in Mexico that is estimated to be 1000 years old.  So, you get the point - slow growing!

We're offering 1 gallon at a great price.  These are nice plants with some size for the container.  They are 3 to 4 years old.  This species easily takes full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $40

Just mention this Special for your Discount.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes (very old) but these are not on sale right now.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Boxed specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
Very old specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
Leaf close up on 5g nursery plant
Dioon merolae
Another boxed specimen at nursery
Dioon merolae
leaf close up view
Dioon merolae
Garden specimen in La Habra, CA

Habitat specimen, by JO.  Age perhaps
1000 years

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
EASTER CAPE BLUE CYCAD
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GET ONE ON SALE?
FULL SUN, NEVER VERY BIG

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON SIZE

One of the most popular blue cycads that we sell is this South African species from the Eastern Cape region (toward the ocean).  It is a very slow growing species that, in fifty years, is rarely over a height of five feet tall.  So, like the Dioon above, it'll always stay small and not obstruct a view.  The color is intensely blue.  I tell people it's like the color of a clear blue sky after you've thrown in a tiny bit of fog.  The other thing about this species, compared to E. horridus and trispinosus, is that it's much less spiny and very uniform in shape when mature.  Expect a trunk of no more than three feet and a crown width of no more than six feet.  It loves full sun on the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE $50

Remember: You must mention this Blog Only Special for this discount when you buy.  This size is a piece of cake to ship.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes but these are not on sale right now.

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii
15 gallon nursery plant, not on sale right now
Encephalartos lehmannii
Boxed nursery specimen
Encephalartos lehmannii
close up of leaf
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another 15g nursery plant
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another
Encephalartos lehmannii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS X WOODII
A HUGE CYCAD CROSSED WITH AN EXTINCT CYCAD
WILL MAKE POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE GREEN SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE OF THIS RARE HYBRID

This is one of the most rare and sought after hybrid cycads in the world.  Encephalartos woodii is extinct in the wild.  Only one original male plant is known to exist.  It is located in Durban Botanical Garden in South Africa.  Pups, over the years, have been removed.  Any plant in the world in any location came from this original male plant.  As we have no females, there has been intense work on using woodii pollen on other female Encephalartos cones.  Usually the female cone is Encephalartos natalensis.  But, the prettiest of all the hybrids is with E. transvenosus.  This is the cross I'm offering on sale here.

These are almost impossible to find!

It'll make a large cycad for sure.  I've seen pictures of E. transvenosus with over 20 feet of vertical trunk.  They look like a Canary Island Palm.  This cross will be quick growing, green in color and will have a huge crown of leaves.  Leaflets will be wide and have those noticeable wide barbs characteristic of E. woodii.  It'll take coastal full sun and tolerate down to about 22 degrees F.  The one gallon on special are three to four years old and very nice.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $65

Just remember - Mention this special for your discount.
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
This and next 3 pictures of sale, 1 gallon plants
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii
Encephalartos transvenosus x woodii,
nursery specimen
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus, showing size of mature plant
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalartos woodii with L.B.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $25

But, mention this Special to get this price.  Easy to mail order.
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
TALL PALM WITH DROOPY ENDS TO LEAFLETS
COLD HARDYAND LOVES SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This tall Australian fan palm has a trunk about 12 inches in diameter and in many years can get over forty feet tall.  It is armed on the petioles.  Leaflets ends droop downwards giving it the name of Ribbon Palm.  It is an easy grow, likes sun and is cold tolerant into the upper teens F.

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

You must mention this Website Only special to get this price when you purchase.
Livistona decipiens Livistona decipiens

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110


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

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD
NO SPINES WHATSOEVER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT/5G SIZE

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say 'user friendly" because this is one of the few species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  I am going to show you an assortment of plants.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

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

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


Please see description at today's blog.  Very desirable cycad.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $175 - $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

You must mention this special at time of ordering to get this price.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
20 gallon size at nursery
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

   

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
GREEN BISMARCKIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

North of Madagascar is a chain of islands called the Comoros Islands.  This is the native habitat for this different species of Bismarckia.  It is different for several reasons.  First, it comes from a much more moist and windy locality than its blue cousin from Madagascar.  In the latter locality it is super hot and dry.  Secondly, the leaf color on this species is blue green, not blue as most of you are used to.  Third, the seeds have a different shape with flanges.  Lastly, there is a lot of red in this plant.  You see it on the spear and petiole.  Sometimes it's a pink color.

Shown here is an older 15g plant of Bismarckia Mayotte Island.  I am putting this size on special.  These plants are quite chunky and sun grown.  They have even seen temperatures of 102 degrees F. in a spring Santa Ana and did ok with that.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Limited numbers of this rare palm remain in our inventory.  So, if you are a "Madagascar Nut" and want to try different things, get one while I have them.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $145


Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island
Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia Mayotte Island
Another plant showing red color
Bismarckia Mayotte Island TS RPS    

 

TUESDAY, 24 MAY, 2016

  

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF

A week or two ago I told you about this dwarf tropical plant that will survive in filtered light and bloom in the late spring.  At that time, the blossoms were not apparent.  Well, look at these guys now!  They put out huge clusters of huge pink flowers.  Other varieties have different colors but this has to be a favorite.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  Filtered light is perfect although 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.  I can mail order these plants via Federal Express.
Jacobinia justicia carnea Jacobinia justicia carnea
Jacobinia justicia carnea Jacobinia justicia carnea Jacobinia justicia carnea
Jacobinia justicia carnea Jacobinia justicia carnea Jacobinia justicia carnea

 

VARIEGATED DURANTA ERECTA
THE SAPHIRE SHOWER TREE
15G AVAILABLE

Native to the West Indies, this medium sized tree has sapphire-purple clusters of florid blossoms that are very prominent when in full bloom.   It can get to a height of 15 to 20 feet and tolerates full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to lower 20's F.  It's quick growing.  The 15g plants we have available are huge - way overhead and almost as wide as they are tall.  They are just about to show full color blossoms.  For spring color, this plant is a winner.

Variegated Duranta erecta Variegated Duranta erecta
Variegated Duranta erecta Variegated Duranta erecta Variegated Duranta erecta
Variegated Duranta erecta Variegated Duranta erecta Duranta erecta from 123rf webstie
photo by 123rf.com website.

 

EUPHORBIA CONTINIFOLIA
CARIBBEAN COPPER PLANT
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED BUSH OR TREE
PURPLE TO COPER COLORED LEAVES


This attractive species can be grown as a bush or a tree, depending on how you prune it.  Most of the year it shows off its purple to copper colored leaves.  It can be pruned to be very thick and full or allowed to reach in different directions and be more open.  If you get to the mid-thirties F. or less, it may go deciduous on you and drop its leaves.  Normally we only have 15g available but presently have a small number of shippable 5g plants as shown today.  This species tolerates full sun in most areas.
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia by statebystategardening website
photo by statebystategardening website
 

 

LOQUAT FRUIT TREE
ERIOBOTRYA JAPONICA
FRUITS IN LATE WINTER
YELLOW FRUITS WITH TROPICAL TASTE

When I was a child, I remember walking down the alleys of my neighborhood with friends.  I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in Central California.  It seemed like everywhere there were Loquat Trees with their  delicious fruit hanging over the fences - ripe for easy picking.  And, it was always the first fruit available for us when we began to thaw from winter.  Exact origination of this tree is not known but it is felt to probably be from China.  It has been cultivated for a thousand years in Japan.  It is evergreen in most areas, not dropping its foliage.  Trees get to about 15 feet typically with dull green leaves.  From a local tropical fruit grower we have gotten in both 5g and 15g plants.  By the way, if you haven't tried it, you must.  The taste is exotic and different.  They have large central seeds.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the low 20's F. and it likes full sun.
Loquat tree Loquat tree
Loquat tree Loquat tree Loquat tree
Loquat tree Loquat tree Loquat Fruit from Wikipedia
Yellow fruit, photo c/o Wikipedia

 

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

This bamboo is one of the "clumping" types as opposed to one that has a tendency to run and spread.  It is known for its yellow trunks with vertical green stripes of varying width and form.  Mature height in the ground is 20 to 25 feet.  In a pot they do quite well and get up to 15 feet.  This is a good botanical privacy blocking species.  It can also be grown indoors.  Cold tolerance is apparently into the upper teens F.  It likes sun and water.  Shown here is our 15g size.  We only grow a few varieties of Bamboo but think this is a nice one - if you like Bamboo.
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' BY MrBamboo website Australia
Photo c/o MrBamboo Website, Australia

 

MEXICAN WEEPING BAMBOO
OTATEA ACUMINATA
THIN LEAFLETS, HANGING LEAVES
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED
SUPER POPULAR


This species of clumping  bamboo is quite popular because it has an exotic, fluffy type of leaf and doesn't get very tall.  Leaflets are thin as shown and leaves are plumose.  Canes are also very thin.  It is "airy" and "wispy".  In the ground, mature height is about 15 feet.  In a pot it is about half this.  It likes sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  It is native to southern Mexico and Central America.  Shown here is a nice, full 15g plant.  We only have the 15g size right now.  This species likes sun and plenty of water.
Mexican Weeping Bamboo Mexican Weeping Bamboo
Mexican Weeping Bamboo Mexican Weeping Bamboo Mexican Weeping Bamboo
Mexican Weeping Bamboo Mexican Weeping Bamboo by PlantBook.org website
Photo by PlantBook.org website
 

 

KALANCHOE BAHARENSIS
THE VELVET ELEPHANT EAR PLANT
SMALL TREE TYPE OF SUCCULENT
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
SORT OF BIZARRE APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This small to medium sized succulent has silver gray leaves with a thin trunk and mature height of ten to fifteen feet.  Leaves are thick to the touch and soft.  They feel somewhat furry.  When you bend a leaf then can snap and have a thickness to them.  Leaves are undulating and somewhat triangular shaped.  Flowers appear in winter and are yellow.  It'll take full sun or part shade.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Kalanchoe baharensis Kalanchoe baharensis
Kalanchoe baharensis Kalanchoe baharensis Kalanchoe baharensis

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put nice one gallon plants on special.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  This one gallon size is a piece of cake to ship and we can easily fit four plants into one box.  We ship plants in their pots with soil.

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

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
 
Chamaedorea plumosa
This an next 2 pictures of our 1 gallon plants
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
15 g size here and following - not on sale
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Colony of plants in a garden

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Dypsis decaryi
This and next four pictures of 15 g size on sale
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
25g sized, not on sale presently
Dypsis decaryi MR
Habitat picture Madagascar by MR
Dypsis decaryi
Balboa Park, San Diego

 

ALOCASIA PORTORA
OLD 15 GALLON ON SALE
STRIKINGLY BEAUTIFUL COMPANION PLANT
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

For about six to eight years I've been growing a nice species of Alocasia.  Originally, I though this was Alocasia macrorhyza.  But, it didn't quite match up.   Recently a customer who specializes in Alocasia contacted me and told me these are A. portora.  It get leaves about 3 feet long with an overall arrowhead shape.  Leaf edges are scalloped.  Leaf stems are either silver green or brown-green.  It is very pretty and seems to attain a height of about 5 to 6 feet from the ground.  It does cluster but doesn't appear to "run".  It's an ideal companion plant with dark green leaves in shade and a lighter green in coastal sun.  People love this plant!  I'm offering them on a 10 day special.  I have no smaller plants and only a half dozen of these guys.  They are older plants with lots of tubers and stems.  Cold tolerance is below a freeze.  These plants have seen 28 degrees here and may be more cold hardy than this.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $150

Just remember - mention this Blog Special for your discount.  I can mail order these plants.
 
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia portora Austinbotany Website
Photo by Austinbotany Website

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

BEAUCARNIA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM
PECULIAR SMALLER SIZE TREE
SUPER SWOLLEN BASE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON TWO SIZES-
5 AND 15 GALLON POTS

As many of you already know, the Pony Tail Palm is not a palm at all.  Native to various areas of Mexico, this interesting plant has a very swollen base with strap like green leaves at the top.  It is also called the "Elephant Foot Palm" because of the swollen base.  In habitat, specimens have been known to live for hundreds of years and get up to a height of fifteen feet.  I've seen photos of jeeps parked on top of the base of one of these plants.  They love full sun and are cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  If the foliage is burned by cold weather, they usually come back.  They can fork or form additional trunks off their base.  We are putting two sizes on sale.

5 GALLON SIZE REGULARLY $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $39
15 GALLON SIZE NORMALLY $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $115

Both sizes can be shipped although it's expensive to ship the big ones.  Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this discounted price at the time of purchase. 
Beaucarnia recurvata
This and next 2 pictures our 15g size
Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnea recurvata
Base of a 20g nursery plant

 

ADENIUM OBESUM
RED FLOWERING PLANT
CALLED "THE DESERT ROSE"
MINIATURE PLANT, USED FOR BONSAI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH PLANTS

As I have mentioned previously in this Blog, I am not an expert on succulents nor bonsai plants.  But, I know what I like and this is a great species to grow.  I specifically ordered in some smaller young Adenium that will have red blossoms as shown below.  This size and species are hard to find.  This species is native to Africa and blossoms are found that are yellow, white or red.  Of interest, it gets a bizarre trunk and mature is never too large.  In the ground and in habitat, plants get up to ten feet or more.  The trunk expands into a fat, contorted globular shape as seen below.  This occurs in pots or in the ground.  The flowers of our plants will be red and, when in full bloom, quite stunning.  It is water conserving and never gets large in a pot.  Cold tolerance is a bit below 30 degrees by estimate.  I'd recommend protecting it from cold.  Filtered light or some sun is ideal.

REGULAR PRICE 4 INCH THIS SPECIES $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $15 OR
FOUR FOR $50


These are easy to ship, weather permitting.  Mention this Special for your discount.
Adenium obesum red
This and next 3 pictures 4 inch pot size
Adenium obesum red
Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red
This and next 2 pictures bonsai mature
blooming plant
Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red  

 

DUDLEYA BRITTONIA
BLUE TO CHALK WHITE
MINIATURE SIZE
LOVES SUN
TAKES HARDLY ANY WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH POTS

For the past few years we've been offering this strikingly "white" succulent that is native to North America.  It has a very small mature size, rarely over 12 to 16 inches wide.  Leaf color is white to blue.  If it gets more water in the summer it gets more of a blue color.  Spring to summer blossoms are a pink color.  Culturally, one should not over water it.  This can cause rot.  I met a friend who had an old one.  I asked him "How often do you water it?".  He said "never".  "Only rain water".  That says it all.  The 4 inch pots on special and shown here are very attractive.  They want full sun and are cold hardy into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $12.50


Mention this Blog Special when you buy.  Easy to mail order!
Dudleya brittonia
This and next 2 pictures of plants on special
Dudleya brittonia
Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia
This and next picture of larger plants at nursery
Dudleya brittonia

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
LOVES SUN AND HEAT
MATURE 20 TO 25 FEET
FLUFFY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3-5G SIZE

Many of you are familiar with this single trunk, crown shafted palm from northern Australia that never gets much over 20 feet tall in our area.  It has very plumose leaves, thus giving it the name "Foxtail Palm.".  Trunk diameter is usually under 12 inches.  They don't like to be right next to the ocean as salt water burns the leaf tips.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Full sun is mandatory.  The plants on special here are squat 5g OR 3g size with heights of about five feet.

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Special for hits price when you purchase.

Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata

 

SUNDAY, 22 MAY, 2016

 

BAD PALM SEEDS?
HOW CAN YOU TELL?
THE FLOAT TEST
THE PINCH TEST
CUT THE SEED OPEN

Many people love to germinate palm seeds and make their plants.  But, there are a few things you need to now right from the beginning if you want to successfully germinate.

1.  Get fresh seeds.  Right off the tree is best.
2.  Pick seeds that are mature, often colorful.  Green seeds germinate poorly.
3.  Remove the fruit from the seeds until you have a clean, often tan colored inner seed.  Fruit can contain chemicals that retard germination.
4.  Pinch test seeds.  Take the picked seeds (with or without fruit) and squeeze hard between two fingers.  They should never collapse.
5.  Float Test the seeds.  Palm seeds almost always sink in water.  Floaters are almost always bad.   Inner cavities of rot within the seed make them float.
6.  Cut open a few seeds.  The fruit should be white or light tan, solid and without signs of rot.  And, you definitely do not want to see inner cavities.
7.  Always soak the cleaned seeds in pure water, especially if you had seeds shipped to you.  This rehydrates them.  If seeds are right off a tree and the fruit is moist and fresh, soaking is not necessary.  But, they would still be cleaned of any fruit.

Photos here show seeds with fruit, the float test with floaters and sinkers and a few seeds cut open showing inner cavities (a bad sign).  For techniques on germination, see our article on
Palm Seed Germination at this website.
Butia capitata seeds with yellow fruit
Butia capitata seeds with fresh yellow fruit


Green palm seeds
Green seeds, not ready to pick
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Chambeyronias seeds with red fruit


palm seeds
Livistona saribus seeds with blue fruit
Jubaea chilensis cleaning fruit off seed
Cleaning fruit off Jubaea chilensis
Palm Seed Float Test
Float test:  Note floating seeds
Palm Seed Float TEst
Float test - Astrocaryum seeds floating
Float Test Sinkers
Float Test:  Note good seeds sink to bottom
Float Test Sinkers
Sinking seeds on float test
Cavity in Palm Seeds
Cavity in bad Astrocaryum mexicanum seeds
Palm Seed Cavity Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in palm seeds
Cavity in bad Gastrococos crispa seeds
Cavity in Palm Seed
Cavity in Gastrococus crispa

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
COLD HARDY - LOVES SUN
NEVER OVER 15 FEET TALL


This single trunk fan palm is native to a small island off the coast of northern Baja, Mexico.  Yes, this is a peculiar place to have a population of only one palm on this island.  Because of goats, this population is threatened.  They eat all the small seedlings.  They were introduced by the Mexican government to control pests & weeds.  But, it has backfired as far as the palms are concerned.  There are simply no smaller trees of this species in the native locality.  

The Guadalupe Fan is slow growing.  It has a rather stout trunk that is finely checked on close inspection (see photo).  It takes about 50 years to get ten feet of trunk.  So, availability of large, crane sized specimens is quite rare and they always have to be dug.  Leaf stems are fairly un-armed.  Leaves are minimally wavy.  They love full, hot sun and are cold hardy into the upper teens F.  We only have a limited number of the 15g size available.
 
Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis 15g
Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis 15g
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

BONSAI CAUDICIFORM PLANT
BEFORE IT THREE LEAVES
PSEUDOBOMBAX ELLIPTICUM


We got this plant back in late December, 2015.  Remember that, at the end of last year, we got in about a dozen such rare bonsai plants from a private, old collection.  All had been in their containers for decades.  On this plant and at that time there were no leaves whatsoever as shown here. (photo taken in January, 2016)  Check below to see the new crop of leaves that have emerged.
Pseudobombax ellipticum Pseudobombax ellipticum
LOOK AT IT NOW IN MAY, 2016
FLUSHING OUT NEW RED LEAVES
BONSAI PLANT
40 YEARS OLD!

It has now shown all of its glory with a new flush of red oval leaves.  These leaves will change to green over the next month or two.  It is very attractive and would make an attractive conversation piece for a patio or garden setting.  This and the rest of this bonsai collection are for sale.  All are leafing out like this one.
Pseudobombax ellipticum Pseudobombax ellipticum
Pseudobombax ellipticum Pseudobombax ellipticum Pseudobombax ellipticum

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
NEVER GETS OVER 8 FEET
RED OR ORANGE CONES
WIDE, HOLLY FERN - LIKE LEAFLETS

This medium sized South African cycad reminds most people of the Holly Fern because of the leaflet shape.  These leaflets have prominent barbs on their edges and are dark green.  A desirable form would be a plant with super wide leaflets.  I think they are more attractive.  The plant shown here is such a plant with wide leaflets.  See the second picture.  Caudex on this plant is abut 13 to 14 inches.  Plants typically don't get much caudex vertical height.  Leaves are five to six feet long.  This species tolerates strong filtered light or part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Cones are either red or orange with the females being more red than the males.  We offer all sizes of this species for sale.

Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Another specimen at nursery

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN BLUE CYCAD
CITRUS POT SIZE SHOWN HERE

This very beautiful medium sized cycad comes from the Transvaal area in the northern part of the Republic of South Africa.  It is known for it's blue or blue-green color, rarity, and upright leaflets.  Trunks are seldom over 3 feet tall.  It tolerates coastal full sun and inland areas may give part day sun.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.  Shown here is our citrus pot size. These are very simple to ship.  Of note this is a very rare species that you seldom see for sale.  We have both larger and smaller plants of this species for sale.
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Another citrus pot sized plant
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

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

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

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


Mention this Special at time of purchase for your discount.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei  

 

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 $20

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

CANNA TROPICANNA
EXOTIC FOLIAGE, GOLD FLOWER
GREAT UNDERSTORY PLANT
AVAILABLE SOON!

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.  I anticipate this and other Canna will be available in a few weeks.
Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna
Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna Canna tropicanna
Canna tropicanna Canna Lily
Other types of Canna Lilies
 

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

FRIDAY, 20 MAY, 2016

 

DIOON MEROLAE
NOT OVERLY LARGE SUN CYCAD
PLANTS HERE A HUNDRED YEARS OLD
UPRIGHT LEAVES - SMALLER CROWN

Shown here today are four different, mature, coning sized Dioon merolae.  All are about a hundred years old or more.  These are pre-CITES plants that were brought into the U.S. in the 1960's.  I acquired them about 35 years ago from a now decest collector.  I have counted old leaf stem scales on the trunk and divided the number by an average throw of leaves.  So, my hunch at the age is verified by a semi-scientific approach.  This Mexican cycad is known, on specimens many centuries old in habitat, to get trunks way overhead.  But, in domestic gardens, one never sees this in a lifetime.  It wants sun in coastal areas and is cold hardy well into the low teens.  Leaf color is green to gray-green.  Leaves are three to four feet long.  Leaflets arch downwards when viewed on an axial plane from the end of the leaf.  These cycads are very beautiful.  We also have seedlings, 5g and 15g available.  BTW, the trunk on the first plant (first 3 rows pictures) is over two feet tall. 
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Plant tipped toward you
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
This and next 2 pictures show other boxed
specimens of Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
HUGE SPECIMEN AVAILABLE
THREE FEET OF TRUNK
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
GIVE IT ROOM TO GROW!

Shown in the first 3 rows of pictures is a huge Encephalartos altensteinii.  This forty year old specimen was dug from a private collection about 14 months ago.  It has thrown a set of leaves since the dig.  It has three feet of vertical trunk and the stem is about 22 inches thick.  It's in a 45 gallon container and the plant weighs about three to four hundred pounds.  It's a massive specimen.  This species is from South Africa and likes sun and heat.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  It needs room to grow as the crown of leaves can be eight to ten feet wide.  Leaves are green.  I'm showing other specimens of this species.  We also have seedlings, 5g and 15g for sale.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
This and next 2 pictures shown other coning sized
specimens at nursery
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii

 

RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
NEW ARRIVAL 25G AND SQUAT 10G SIZE
IF YOU DON'T FREEZE, LUSH TROPICAL PLANT IN ONE PLANE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 SIZES

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

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

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

10G SIZE REGULAR $225
SALE PRICE $150 THIS SIZE
25G REGULAR PRICE $450
SALE PRICE $325 THIS SIZE

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.
Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size
Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size, about fourteen feet tall
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size
Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis
squat 10g size, about 8 feet tall
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis
squat 15g size
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis habitat by JS
photo in habitat, Madagascar by JS
Ravanala madagascarensis
Plant being grown in Orange County, CA
Ravanala madagascarensis Wikipedia
photo from Wikipedia

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk pinnate palm is felt to be probably native to Indonesia and gets its common name from the fact that sugar is harvested from the trunks of mature specimens.  This is a tall species and can get up to fifty feet of height.  The trunk is thick, often to 24 inches, and covered with a mesh of woven fibers.  Leave can get quite long, well over twenty feet.  The top of the leaflets are dark green but the underside is silver.  The overall leaf appearance resembles a Caryota but this species is not bipinnate and Caryota leaflets are never silver underneath.    This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  Several mature trees are located in the San Diego area.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


Blog only special must be mentioned when purchasing.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS
THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


This species is native to the Mediterranean coast of Europe and the genus extends down into Morocco where plants become more blue in color and are known as C. cerifera.  Regular Med Fans are green to blue-green in color and one of the most cold hardy palms around.  They like sun and tolerate temperatures perhaps below 15 degrees F.  Color of the leaves and height of the stems is quite variable.  There are dwarf and very tall clones found.  Leaf stems are armed and the underside of the leaves is often silver.  We are offering huge 15g plants on special.  They can be mail ordered although it's a bit expensive because of the height and weight of these plants.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135


Blog only special.  You must mention it when purchasing.
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus

 

DYPSIS BARONII
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This desirable, single trunk pinnate palm was introduced for the first time about twenty-five years ago from Madagascar.  It will tolerate full sun along the coast, has a silver, prominently ringed trunk, has a fuzzy, orange-brown crown shaft and gets to a height of about twenty five feet.  It is a medium rate growing species and has a cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F. 

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


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.  Mail orders, no problem (U.S. only). 
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
LIKE A "SUCKERING KENTIA PALM"
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This attractive, suckering pinnate palm is from Australia and has thin trunks and mature height of about fifteen feet.  Its leaves are about four feet long.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun; further inland part day sun or strong filtered light.  It is a medium rate growing species that has bright red fruit at maturity.  It is very attractive appearing and reminds many of the Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm) but smaller in size and suckering.  It is fairly rare and hard to find.  The form offered today is the more cold hardy and freely suckering mountain variety and survives in the SF Bay area.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.

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


Blog only special, mention this special when ordering.  Easy to mail order. 
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

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

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

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


Just mention this Special at our Blog to get your discount at the time of purchase. .
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS
Single trunk plant by TS at RPS website

 

EUPHORBIA TIRUCALLI
STICKS OF FIRE PLANT
BRIGHT RED IN SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Sticks of Fire is a type of Euphorbia native to Africa and perhaps parts of the Middle East.  Generally, it doesn't get too tall but can make a large bush.  In bright sun, leaves can take on a very red color.  It survives in harsh climates and is drought resistant.  Plants shown here are in 5g pots and, in bright sun, will turn red over time.  It does exude a white, toxic sap that should not make contact with the eyes.  Leaves are tubular and narrow.  Color can be impressive.  At our late Fall Sale last month, these were so popular that we've brought them in again.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $32.50
 
Sticks of Fire Sticks of Fire 
Sticks of Fire  Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website
Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website
 

TUESDAY, 17 MAY, 2016

 

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.  The first plant has just come out of winter so the leaves are smaller.  Later in the summer they'll get larger like the last several photos.

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

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


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

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
GREAT SIZE FOR MAIL ORDER
FANTASTIC INTERIOR PALM

Shown here is about the perfect mail order size for the Kentia Palm.  This species is native to Lord Howe Island.  It is grown for both outside garden usage and as an interior palm.  The plant shown here is of the latter, interior quality type.  This means it's more pampered and free of most blemishes.  Such plants are often imported from Hawaii.  Inside, they do well in bright interior light but do not need direct sunlight to survive.  They are very slow growing.  The size I'm presenting is the 3 gallon.  This size could benefit from being repotted into a bigger pot if you get one.  They are multiples - more than one plant per pot.    Plants are about four feet tall.  They are quite simple to ship anywhere in the country.
Howea forssteriana Howea forssteriana
Howea forssteriana Howea forssteriana Howea forssteriana

 

HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
THE BOTTLE PALM
NOT COLD HARDY AT ALL
BUT, SOME DO SURVIVE
PECULIAR SWOLLEN BASE
DWARF MATURE HEIGHT

I've certainly discussed this palm species many times over the years.  And, I always push the same main point.  It's a risky choice for most people.  I know of several plants that are surviving outdoors in our area  - But, only a few.  This is because most die during our average winter's cold.  The garden plant below was seen at a Palm Society meeting several months ago in Fallbrook, CA.  So, in the right yard, it can be done.  Mature height is about ten feet.  The trunk is very swollen at the base.  There's a red color in the leaf stem.  The nursery plant shown here is a ten gallon.  The trunk is just beginning to bulge.  We do have seedlings and can special order monster, huge plants as well.  If you get cold and are growing outdoors, you might consider the more hardy Spindle Palm, which we also carry and offer for sale.  There's lots of them growing outdoors here, so it's a better bet for most people.  I'll present the Spindle Palm at another time.
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
This and next 3 pictures 10 gallon size
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
smaller seedlings also available as multiples -
See below
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
This and next photo or plant surviving in
Fallbrook, CA
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

 

THE BOTTLE PALM
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
SO YOU WANT TO TRY THIS SPECIES?
TEN DAY SPECIAL MULTIPLE SEEDLINGS

See post above.  If you think you can grow this species, want it as a houseplant or just want to give it a try, we're offering a Ten Day Special on 6 inch pots with several plants per pot.  They are about 9 to 12 inches tall.  Mail order is simple.  Remember, this species wants warmth and sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-thirties F.

TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS $20
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS

 

POMEGRANATE TREE
PUNICA GRANATUM
BRIGHT RED FLOWERS!
AND, YOU GET FRUIT LATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

As most of you know, our Nursery is not a tropical fruit nursery.  Yes, we have a few Papaya and Mango's, but, in general, we don't grow fruit trees.  So, "Why", you might ask, "do I have Pomegranate Trees?"  It's because of their very bright and colorful, long lasting blossoms.  They are red in color and star shaped as shown.  And, with development and time, you get fruit to eat!  These trees are nice 15g size and will peak out at a height of about ten feet or a bit more.  They want full sun.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $99
Pomegranata Tree Pomegranate Tree
Pomegranate Tree Pomegranate Tree Pomegranate Tree
Pomegranate Tree Pomegranate Tree Pomegranate Tree

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
GORGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
CURVED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Among staff members at our nursery, this is one of the favorites of all the cycads we grow.  Encephalartos longifolius is native to South Africa.  There are habitat populations with both green and blue leaves.  Both varieties are very desirable.  A nice thing about this species is that it gives a larger and faster growing blue cycad when compared to blue species like Encephalartos lehmannii and horridus.  Leave have a nice curve downwards as shown in some photos here.  It would not be unusual to get a plant with several feet of trunk in two to three decades.  Width of the crown is larger than lehmannii, usually six to seven feet.  E. lehmannii is more petite in comparison.  The bands on this special are about 2.5 years old with three to four leaves.  They can be easily shipped.  This species prefers full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $55


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

Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue cycad friends
Photo c/o Cycad Friends website
Encephalartos longifolius blue
15g at nursery
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Large double at nursery

Encephalartos longifolius blue
Close up leaves garden plant
Encephalartos longifolius blue
Another 15g at nursery
Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
THIN TRUNK, SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES

For those who have waited to this gorgeous species from New Caledonia, now is your time.  We're putting all sizes on special.  This is a thin trunked pinnate palm that gets to a height of about 25 feet and sports a silver-green crown shaft.  It's a good growing palm.  Along the coast it'll take full sun - far inland, better to give it part sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is at least into the mid-twenties F.  We have bands, 5g, 15g and 25g plants available.  bands and 5g are a cinch to ship.

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

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount when you purchase.
 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
25g size
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis
15g size 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
5g size 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
band size 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
photo from habitat, Mt. Koghi 

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
SUCKERING, MEDIUM SIZED BAMBOO PALM
NICE 15G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This clustering, thin trunked palm tree is native to Costa Rica and surrounding Central American countries.  It has stems that are 1 to 1.5 inches thick, green in color, with overall height of twelve to sixteen feet.  References will say this species peaks out at ten feet.  This is not true; it is taller.  Leaves are about three feet long and green in color.  Flowers are orange and seeds are black.  Shown here is a nice 15g plant.  It is a few feet overhead in the pot.  This is the size I'm putting on special.

Culturally, most consider this a filtered light plant.  But, I've had some customers who swear it takes full coastal sun.  I don't grow them in sun at the nursery.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 

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

This is not an easy species to find.  It is a good growing palm.  Mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana  

     

YUCCA ROSTRATA
SUPER BLUE FOLIAGE
SEMI-DWARF SUN PLANT
TOLERATES VERY COLD WEATHER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This small to medium sized, drought tolerant plant is native to the southern U.S. border and down into Mexico.  It is usually a single trunk mature plant but can fork above the ground.  Most notable is the silver-blue foliage as shown here.  It is very slow growing.  Over time it forms a trunk about eight or ten inches thick.  Foliage is about 2 feet long and not "pokey" or sharp.  It demands full sun and is cold hardy at least to the lower teens F.  Gardeners like this species because it's not very big and gives nice color to a sunny garden.  Although not part of our Blowout Sale, I'm offering these at a discount to Blog Readers.

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

Just mention this Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata from itdreamstime.org website
photo from it dreamstime.org website
 

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
THE ONLY CYCAD FOR FULL DESERT SUN
DROUGHT TOLERANT
THE MOST COLD HARDY CYCAD
JUST IN - CONING SIZED 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G

This remarkable cycad is so useful in the garden.  It is the best species for super intense sun and tolerates temperatures to the mid-teens F.  I was once hired to do a study as to which cycad species is best for a rooftop garden on top of a high rise Las Vegas hotel and casino.  I gathered experience from every desert cycad enthusiast I knew.  The final conclusion was Dioon edule.  Nothing else would take that blasting sun and heat.  Native to Mexico, this species rarely gets over six feet tall.  Growth is very slow.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees.  The 15g we just got in were desert grown and are huge.  Many are coning as shown here.  Caudexes average 7 to 8 inches.  Leaves are green to gray green.  These plants are also very drought resistant.  Although not part of our Blowout Sale, I'm offering Blog Readers the ten day special below.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $250

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

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

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
OVER-SIZED BAND CONTAINERS
DWARF SHADE OR SUN SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

There are two forms of this New World palm:  a dwarf form that doesn't get over four feet and a trunking form that gets to ten feet.  Blossoms and seeds are quite similar on both.  The leaflets on the trunking form are thinner than the dwarf form.  This is probably the most cold hardy of all Chamaedorea, going into the upper teens F. with ease.  I am not sure which form these bands will become.  Sometimes it's hard to tell when they are small.  These plants are three years old.  Some are multiples.  All are very strong and begging to be put into a bigger pot.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 EACH
OR, FOUR FOR $80

Obviously, easy to ship.  Just mention this Special to get your discount.  The last photo here shows the dwarf form of this species.
 
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 

MONDAY, 16 MAY, 2016

 

ELEVEN RECENT AND NEW PALM ARTICLES!

Below is a collection of newer palm tree articles that I've added to this Website over the past few months.  Some are short, others are more comprehensive.  Of note, the first article, "Palm Tree Encyclopedia" lists all the articles I've ever written for this site with links using both the common and scientific names.  I hope you enjoy reading them.  All have tons of pictures.
Just click on any of the links below
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Palm Tree Encyclopedia banner

  New! Palm Tree Encyclopedia   Quick view genus/species OR common palm names with links to articles See Palm Tree Encyclopedia 

 

  Shaving Brush Palm Banner  

  New!   Rhopalostylis, the genus:  Shaving Brush Palm, the Nikau Palm, the Feather Duster Palm and the Norfolk Island Palm.  Plus other varieties.  Read about Rhopalostylis

 

  Bottle Palm banner   

  New!  The Bottle Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis.  Article on this species with comparison to the Spindle Palm, H. verschafeltii.  Read about the Bottle Palm

 

  New!  The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifurcata  A thin trunk, crown shafted and attractive palm that doesn't get tall.  Read about Foxtail Palms

 

Majesty Palm Banner

  New!  Majesty Palm, Ravenea rivularis  Larger palm tree from Madagascar with thick a thick.  Read about the Majesty

 

Mule Palm Banner

  New!  The Mule Palm  This is a short article on this hybrid between the Pindo and Queen Palms.  Cold hardy and beautiful.  Read Mule Palm

 

  Mediterranean Fan Palm Banner  

  New! Mediterranean Fan Palm, Chamaerops humilus   Short article on this suckering fan palm from Europe - Click to learn about Mediterranean Palms

 

  Royal Palm Banner  

  New!  The Royal Palm, Roystonea regia.  Short article loaded with photos on this popular single trunk palm with photos of nursery plants and other species.  Cultural info given.    See Royal Palm

 

  Buttia capitata banner photo by PC  

  New!  Butia capitata, the Pindo Palm or Jelly Palm.  Read about forms. species and hybrids of this genus.  Read Pindo Palm

  Traveler Palm Banner  

  New!  The Traveler Palm, Ravenala madagscarensisPhotos and culture - Click here to read this article.

 

  Banner Water Conservation  

  New! Water Conservation and Still Have A Tropical Garden
Co
mprehensive article: Have a tropical garden and save water.  See how.  Click for Water Conservation

 

ASSORTED PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
THE HAWAIAAN PALM
ABSOLUTE HUGE 15G PLANTS!
OVER SIX SPECIES AVAILABLE

Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm.  Most do not get overly large and many are under fifteen feet tall.  Along the coast they tolerate full sun.  There are about 25 species with habitats ranging from Hawaii to some South Pacific islands.  We only grow the Hawaiian varieties as they do the best in Southern California where most will take coastal full sun.  Or, grow them in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties or a bit lower. 

I'm showing you here a whole assortment of 15g plants.  No other nursery in Southern California has Pritchardias this big in 15g at the prices we're offering.  All are easily boxes sized specimens.  Some have three to four feet of trunk and are about 14 years old.  All are outdoor grown in sun.  Leaves on some species are totally flat.  Others have a wave to the leaf. Some are colored on the undersides.  There's a perfect Hawaiian Palm for anyone.  These are way too big and tall for mail order but can be trucked.

 
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia beccariana Pritchardia glabrata

 

ASPLENIUM TONGUE FERN
SIMPLE LEAF FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH SIZE


This low profile companion fern can take part day sun or filtered light.  It isn't very tall, perhaps up to 14 inches.  It slow expands over the ground.  The leaves are simple without divisions.  The name "Tongue Fern" refers to its resemblance to the tongue of a type of deer.  This type of fern is native to European counties and the U.S.  It is simple to grow and cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  These plants on special are very large for their pots.  They are about 18 inches wide.

REGULAR PRICE 8 INCH $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Just mention this special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Asplenium Tonue Fern Asplenium Tonue Fern
Asplenium Tonue Fern Asplenium Tonue Fern Asplenium Tonue Fern

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
THIN TRUNK, REASONABLY TALL
VERY GOOD COLD TOLERANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This Australian single trunk fan palm loves heat and is cold hardy into the teens F.  It has a thin trunk or it's mature 40 foot height.  It is quick growing and a nice addition to any garden.  Leaves have thin leaflets that droop at their ends.

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

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Livistona decipiens decora 5g Livistona decipiens decora 5g
Livistona decipiens decora 5g Livistona decipiens decora 5g Livistona decipiens

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
GORGEOUS LARGE PALM FROM NORTHERN THAILAND
OVERSIZED 15G AND 25G AVAILABLE

We've been selling this spectacular palm since its introduction to the market about three decades ago.  In habitat it lives in moist but elevated mountain forests.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F and takes direct sun.  Mature heights reach thirty to thirty-five feet with a very thick and wide base.  It needs room in the garden.  Leaflets are more rounded than Caryota urens.  I think it's also more attractive than Caryota urens.  We have huge 15g and 25g available, limited numbers.
Caryota gigas
15g size
Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
25g size
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
BLUE-GREEN SUCKERING FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and perhaps a bit taller when mature.  It does sucker.  The leaflet tips are softer than the pungent campestris.  On sale are these outdoor grown 15g plants.  It likes full sun and is pretty cold hardy, possibly into the upper teens F.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size, but we do have 5g as well.

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


As usual, mention our Blog when ordering to get this price.
Trithrinax schizophylla trithrinax schizophylla

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of 5g for sale.  They are not quite as big as the ones shown here.  But, now they are on special.  It needs warmer coastal temperatures and gets to about five feet tall. Filtered light is best.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPCIAL $55 THIS SIZE

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora dale meyers math.hawaii.edu
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora Dale Meyers math.hi.edu
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora  

 

ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA
A CONE SIZED OLD PLANT
UNDERSTORY CYCAD
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL

This dwarf species of Zamia is from Puerto Rico and surrounding Caribbean areas.  It is a small cycad with a caudex of six inches.  It suckers, forming clumps.  Its leaves are about 3 feet long, arching downwards and the leaflets are small.  The petioles are unarmed.  It likes filtered light and tolerates temperatures into the upper twenties F.  The fourth picture shows the cone which I think is going to be a male.  This species prefers partial sun or strong filtered light.  But, it can be grown in sun along our coastal areas here
Zalmia amblyphyllidia Zalmia amblyphyllidia
Zamia amblyphyllida Zamia amblyphyllidia mike gray PACSOA
old specimen - photo by Mike Gray, PACSOA

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE
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.

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.
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Univ. of Arizona Pima County Website
photo c/o website Univ. of Arizona, Pima County

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE
ALL SUPER BLUE!

I wanted to show you some very nice Bismarckia that we usually have available.  Not only is the color superb; it's super blue.  But, this is a good growing species that loves sun and heat.  It has a cold tolerance down into the low 20's F.  Native to Madagascar, this species can get over 40 feet tall.  We assume it will do this in California as well.

We have many sizes for sale including 15g and the very easily shipped 5g size.  Drop by and see what we have.  Many of these pictures are of our 25 g size.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Note how these stems have a very clean, metallic
sheen with no hairs on the leaf stems
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Different Plant: Compare these very hairy petioles
to the steel clean stems of the plant shown today
Bismarckia Bismarckia  Bismarckia box
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis by T.B. Bismarckia nobilis

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk, sun loving pinnate palm from southern  Madagascar gets to a height of about twenty feet or a bit more, likes full, hot sun and is cold tolerant to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are nice 5g size.  We do have many sizes for sale.   Maximum height of this species is 20 to 25 feet.  Growth rate is medium.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $49


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

     

SATURDAY, 14 MAY, 2016

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
GREAT FOR THE HOME, OFFICE OR EVEN A HOTEL LOBBY
INTERIOR QUALITY - TWO SIZES
15G AND 20G PLANTS


This thin trunk, suckering fan palm is native to China.  It gets to a maximum height of about ten feet, has narrow, pointed leaflets and has more leaflets per leaf than the more common Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa.  Its trunks are also more narrow and tidy.  Overall, in my opinion, it is far superior and prettier than the common Lady Palm.  It is perfect inside the home and will probably end up being one of your favorites.  One must go very light on fertilizer and not give it direct sun.  Growth rate is slow.  Outdoors, it easily handles temperatures into the low 20's F or a bit lower.  I'd rank this as one of the top three of all the interior palms.  I'm showing our 15g size first and then a 20g plant.
 
Rhapis multifida
This and the next six pictures of our 15g size
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
This and the next 3 pictures of the 20g size
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

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

This species is also native to Mexico where it lives in humid rainforest areas.  It rarely gets over six feet tall and is known for it's gun-metal, silver-green simple leaves with a bifed notch at the end.  Leaves are prominently veined as shown below and leaves are rarely larger than one foot long.  Stems are narrow and ringed.  This is a filtered light species.  Right now we're pretty good on the 1g size but also have some older/larger plants.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $115

Remember, mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.

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

 

DYPSIS 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 have available some beefy 15g plants that are being grown in full sun.  Some are an estimate six to eight 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    

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5g SIZE

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

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

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

Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount. 
Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
15 GALLON SIZE
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
5 GALLON SIZE ON SALE
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

 

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

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 25G $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $375

THIS IS 50% OFF!!!


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

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY, 12 MAY, 2016

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAF
BATCH OF NICE SQUAT 10 GALLON AVAILABLE


A few days ago on May 8th I showed you our larger 25 gallon of this species.  I am pleased to announce that we just got in a good supply of 10 gallon plants.  They are shown in the first five photos.  This species has a thin trunk (8 to 12 inches), gets to about 25 feet, sometimes has white striping on the trunk (watermelon) and throws a new red leaf.  It is slow growing.  It tolerates near-coastal sun and is cold hardy to the lower 20's F.  Folks in the SF Bay Area are growing it.  If you are far inland, consider morning sun or strong filtered light.  These 10 gallon plants are very nice and won't last long.  In the pot they are about five to six feet tall.  This is the perfect size for starting in the garden.
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa DD


CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA

THE BABY QUEEN PALM
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES
15G, 5G, 1G
NARROW TRUNKS
HEIGHTS TO 14 FEET
TOLERATE SUN ON COAST

Because of a shortage of seeds, this species has been near impossible to find recently.  We are pleased to offer a limited number of 15g plants and a pretty nice selection of one and five gallons.  This species has a thin green trunk.  Our plants are set up as multiples with two, three or four plants per pot.  They tolerate full sun along the coast.  In the garden, they require only a small footprint and can be planted in thin or narrow garden areas.  The leaves are fluffy.  The trunks show white rings if not exposed to too much sun.  Smaller sizes can be shipped.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties or perhaps a tad lower.
 
Chamaedorea plumosa
This and next 4 pictures 15g size
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa
5 gallon size
Chamaedorea plumosa
1 gallon size
Chamaedorea plumosa
plants in full sun in San Diego

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAS "REV-DEB"

NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

We are offering today seedlings of a very interesting cycad cross.  Everyone knows the Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta.  Most don't know about the Chinese multi-pinnate and super rare cycad, Cycas debaoensis.  The first two photos show the parent species.  This hybrid has been coined the name "Cycas rev-deb", an abbreviation for the parents.  These F1 hybrids were made by pollenating a Sago female cone with pollen from the C. debaoensis.  The resulting seeds took quite a few months to germinate but started coming up.  Some are already two leaves with their 18 month age.  They were potted into bands recently.

When hybridization is done, one never knows for sure what one will get.  And, not all the resulting hybrids will look the same.  Some will look more like a Sago and others more like the father (debaoensis).  Only time will tell.  The seeds came from a friend in Florida who hand pollenated the female plant.  I feel confident we'll get cycads from these that will have multiple leaflets off the primary stem.  The hopes is that these seedlings will mature into a plant that will be a faster growing, more durable, bigger cycad that is multi-pinnate (branched to the second or third order).  Seedlings rarely initially show the characteristics of the mature hybrid.  Only time will tell.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE HYBRIDS $35
cycas revoluta Cycas debaoensis
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis RevDeb Cycas revoluta x debaoensis RevDeb Cycas revoluta x debaoensis RevDeb
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis RevDeb Cycas revoluta x debaoensis RevDeb Cycas revdeb by TS at RPS
Juvenile Cycas revdeb leaf by TS at RPS

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
SUPER BLUE MADAGASCAR FAN PALM
LOVES HEAT
GREAT 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This is a popular and stunning single trunk fan palm that is universally known for it's super blue leaf color.  I like to think of it as the color of looking up at a very blue sky and then adding a tiny bit of fog.  That's what you see - silver blue.  In the wild they get to 50 feet but we don't know mature heights in CA.  I suspect they'll be similar in many decades.  Trunk diameter is medium-thick, to about 18 to 24 inches.  Growth rate is medium, faster in the ground.  They want full sun.  Mature trees are cold tolerant into the lower 20's F.  The plants on special are nicely colored 15g as shown.  This is a great species for far inland and desert areas.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $139


Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

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

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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.
 
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi
older 7 gallon plant
Dioon califanoi
Much older 25 gallon plant
Dioon califanoi
Decades old coning plant
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
photo by GH
Dioon califanoi

 


FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND AND 5 GALLON SIZE


It is actually difficult to find this sun loving blue succulent for sale.  It is native to Mexico and felt to be the tallest Agave type of plant.  It gets to a height of typically under ten feet, has a fairly narrow trunk and fleshy, thick and peculiar shaped blue leaves.  Shown here are our band sized plants and 5g larger plants, both on special.  And, I'm showing a mature garden specimen.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  BTW, these are second generation plants from 'bulbils" from a customer's mature and fruiting plant.  They are easy to grow but growth rate is rather slow.  Larger plants tend to be quite expensive if you can find them.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


Please mention this Blog only special to get this price.  These are simple to ship right to your door.
furcrea furcraea macdougalii TS at RPS
photo by unknown author
Fucrea macdouglii
band size
Fucrea macdouglii
5g size
Fucrea macdouglii
5g size

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
RECENTLY DISCOVERED
THE HIGH PLATEAU MADAGASCAR COCONUT
SUPER RARE - SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G PLANTS

I'd estimate that, in the past ten years, this third species of Beccariophoenix was discovered in a high plateau area of central Madagascar.  Some feel that it resembles a Coconut Palm.  It was named after a famous Malagasy seedsman.  It is a medium to large sized mature palm with an upright crown of leaves in a shuttlecock arrangement.  Mature heights have been reported to be up to 50 feet.  Trunk diameter is about a foot.  In most areas it takes full sun.  The surprising thing is that is has pretty good cold tolerance, probably into the low 20's F.  It is being grown in a few areas of the SF Bay area.  The 5g on special are good sized and well established.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
 

 

SABAL URESANA
THE SONORAN PALMETTO
A VERY BLUE FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE

This medium sized blue fan palm is native to northern Mexico.  I've heard reports that native habitats extend north across the borders of either AZ or New Mexico.  It is most known for its prominent blue color.  It is a medium sized Sabal with mature heights of about 20 to 25 feet.  Growth rate is average.  It takes full sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is well into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE 2G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G $35

Remember: mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana Sabal uresana

 

CYCAS DIANNANENSIS
RARE CHINESE CYCAD
LONG, GRACEFUL GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE


This recently discovered species is native to the Yannan Province in China.  There is lives on steep cliffs at an elevation of almost 4000 feet.  Enthusiasts find this appealing as it implies some degree of cold hardiness.  Trunk size can get up to ten feet.  Leaves are long and upright.  Sometimes leaflets undulate.  There is a prominent petiole and leaf color is green.  So far, in local gardens, this has been an excellent species to grow in part day sun or strong filtered light.  I anticipate a cold hardiness well down into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $135

Just mention this Blog Special when buying for this price.

Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis
Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis
Cycas diannanensis Cycas diannanensis
older nursery specimen
Cycas diannanensis TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

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


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

Cold tolerance is into the upper teens.  It loves full sun and actually doesn't do well in shade.  Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant with a 3 inch caudex.  We're putting this size plant (2-3 inch caudex) on sale in 5g and cit pot size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE PLANT $150-$175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CAUDEX IN CIT POT & 5G $125

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

WEDNESDAY, 11 MAY, 2016

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
THE CHAMPAGNE PALM
RELATED TO THE BOTTLE AND SPINDLE PALMS
BUT, NO BULGE IN TRUNK
GREAT 15G AVAILABLE

On the Internet, you'll find little information on this super rare single trunk, crown shafted palm from the Reunion Island (Mascarene).  Jungle Music was probably the first nursery in the U.S. to offer this species for sale.  About 30 years ago I corresponded with an enthusiast from Reunion.  Back then there was no email.  He sent me seeds several times.  Soon I came to realize that there seemed to be two juvenile forms:  the red and the green.  Perhaps the red form has a bit more cold hardiness.

The plant shown this morning has mostly green on the trunk.  It has been grown outdoors as has the boxed specimen shown.  Expect a mature height of fifteen to twenty feet.  So, like the Bottle and Spindle Palms, this species is not tall.  The trunk will be about six inches thick.  The key to growing it is to acclimate it to your full sun.  It will die eventually if shaded out.  (similar to other Hyophorbe).  Our 15g size are 7 to 8 feet tall in their pots.  Right now we've only got larger plants and no small ones.  But, hopefully that'll change soon.
 
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica by TS RPS
photo by TS
Hyophorbe indica
Larger boxed plant at nursery

 

SABAL BERMUDANA
THE BERMUDA PALMETTO
TALL GREEN FAN PALM
VERY THICK TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This vigorous fan palm is native to Bermuda and several other nearby islands in the Caribbean.  It gets to a height of 75 feet tall (or more) in many decades.  Leaf color is green.  Trunk diameter approaches two feet.  It loves sun and heat.  I've read reports of cold hardiness into the mid-teens F.  The band size on sale are huge for their container. They are equivalent to nearly a 5g size at many nurseries. 

REGULAR PRICE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25

As always, mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  We should also have 5g and 15g plants for sale as well.
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
   

   
SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
THE HISPANIOLA PALMETTO
ANOTHER THICK TRUNK GREEN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This green leaf fan palm is native to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Some feel that it's the same palm as Sabal dominguensis.  It's not quite as tall as S. bermudana (above) but still gets up to sixty feet in height.  It has a nearly two foot thick trunk.  Petioles are long and leaves are large.  Some refer to this palm as the "Palmetto Palm on Steroids".  It loves heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-teens F.  I  apologize that I don't have a picture of a big garden plant.  The one shown is in Encinitas, CA.

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

These are also good sized band plants. We have larger sizes for sale as well.  Shipping the band size in their pots with soil is easy.

Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
   

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM THERE IS
TALLER, FASTER, DARKER GREEN
NO BROW TIP TO LEAFLETS IN SUN
THICK TAN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL

I am reposting this topic because it's important to those folks that want to grow a type of King Palm.  At the onset, I'd like to inform you that "teracarpa", as applied to this genus, is not a recognized species.  The word means "big body".  We have given this name to a palm in my private garden that is a type of King Palm.  But, no one has been able to identify it.  Initially we thought it might be A. maxima.  But, it doesn't key out correctly and doesn't match other A. maximas we've grown at the nursery.  So, to communicate with people about this palm, we give it the name Archontophoenix "teracapra".

It's been in my garden for twenty-five to thirty years.  I don't remember the original source of the seeds or palm.  It is over 40 feet tall, larger than adjacent A. cunninghamiana in the same garden.  The first picture to the right shows its vigor and size.  And, how much nicer it looks compared to the adjacent regular A. cunninghamiana and how it towers over them.  Below I will describe some of it's characteristics:/span>

Taller than other King Palms (see photo to right)
Color of leaves darker green (see photo)
NO burning/browning on the leaflets in full sun (compared to regular King Palm which burns)
Blue colored crown shaft when mature
Super thick trunk
Larger seeds but not as large as A. purpurea
Faint silver color to back of leaves
No ramenta on leaflets
Sometimes newly emergent red leaf

Faster growing and good performer
Overall just a prettier tree than the regular King Palm

I've been growing plants from seeds from our mother tree for about six to eight years.  We have one, two and some 5g plants.  But, they sell out quickly. 
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZED ARCONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"

Archontophoenix teracarpa
Tree in San Diego.  Note how much taller it
is than the adjacent regular King Palms.  Also,
note the darker green color and better
appearance overall.
Archontophoenix teracarpa
5 gallon size
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
1 gallon size
Archontophoenix teracarpa
5 gallon single
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note newly emergent red colored leaf
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Back side of leaf - minimal silver color
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Crown shaft juvenile plant
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
15 gallon nursery plant, not available right now
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note absence of brown tipped leaflets
Archontophoenix teracarpa
No browned leaflets in full sun
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Almost a blue crown shaft
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note massively thick trunk
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note how teracarpa towers over adjacent
regular King Palm and is a darker green
Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE COLOR, NOT TOO TALL, COLD HARDY CLUMPING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE


This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus ( Mediterranean Fan Palm) and has a strong blue color when in sun.  It does sucker freely.  Mature size is often just six to eight feet tall with a similar width.  It loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the 2 gallon plants on special.  These are easy to ship.  I also have other sizes including nice 15g plants.  The 2g are easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 2G PLANTS $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

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

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THE BAILEY FAN PALM
THICK TRUNK
STIFF, UPRIGHT NEAR SOLID LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

If you mention this magnificent and large fan palm
to any palm enthusiast, he will immediately praise this gorgeous species.  Native to Cuba, it has a thick and fairly tall trunk with beautiful large, upright leaves.  When I first saw this species in specimen size at Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami, I was awestruck.  I will share pictures from that trip with you below.  It was a great tragedy when Hurricane Andrew blew down some of these huge relics.  As I recall, staff at the garden were able to salvage some of them by up-righting the trunks and bracing them.

Trunk size on this species is up to about fifty feet with a trunk diameter of two feet.  The trunk is clean and smooth, tan in color.  Leaves are circular, upright, and the crown size is about fifteen feet.  Leaves are green and the large crown is a bit crowded appearing but gorgeous.  The underside of the leaves is slightly glaucous.  Also note how the petioles are very light colored, almost white, with small black armor.  The leaf stems are very attractive.

One seldom sees this species for sale because growing it from seed is painfully slow.  Several years ago we obtained some outdoor grown 5g plants that are showing numerous fan leaves. In the past 3 years they are a little bigger.  In the garden (in the ground) they'll pick up speed.  But, the 5g plants shown here are 8 years old!  This species likes sun and appears to be cold hardy into the mid, possibly the lower 20's F. 
If you like this species, you just have to obtain what's available and be patient.  It's like growing a Jubaea.  It just takes time to get an enormous specimen. 

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS


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

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

We are presently offering seedlings on special.  These seedlings are a leaf or two bigger than shown here as these seedling pictures were taken last fall, 2015.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25
OR, FOUR FOR $80


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

 

ZAMIA PRASINA
CENTRAL AMERICAN TROPICAL ZAMIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This medium sized green cycad is native to southern Mexico, Guatemala and particular Belize.  In the latter country, this is the most common cycad to be found.  It has previously been called Zamia polymorpha.  Leaves are two to three feet long.  Leaflets are perhaps six inches long and come to a point.  It prefers filtered light.  Figure it'll take a freeze and perhaps a bit colder.

REGULAR PRICE SEEDLINGS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount when purchasing.
Zamia prasina Zamia prasina
Zamia prasina Zamia prasina Zamia prasina by Dennis Stevenson Cycad Pages
photo by D. Stevenson, Cycad Pages

 

DIOON PURPUSII
ONE OF RAREST DIOONS AROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a very rare species of cycad from Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico.  It is often called the "Fishbone Cycad" because the leaf looks like the skeleton of a fish.  Leaves are keeled and the leaflets are armed with small spines.  New leaves are upright.  Overall height reaches a maximum of fifteen feet - see habitat photo here.  Growth rate is slow.  It likes sun and heat and is cold hardy to at least 20-22 degrees F.  Over the decades that we've been a nursery, seedlings have been near impossible to get.  These are nice 2 year old seedlings that I'm putting on sale.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $75

Remember- Mention this Blog Only Special for your discount.
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii Dioon purpusii
older nursery plant - not available
Dioon purpusii by MM
habitat photo by MM

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
THIN SILVER TRUNK
BROWN-RED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECAL 2G SIZE

This single trunk Madagascar palm was quite the rage when it first appeared about 25 years ago as "Dypsis dariani", named after the late Mardi Darian.  Then the name changed.  It is one of the top twenty best palms for coastal Southern California.  It has an 8 inch thick silver and prominently ringed trunk.  Leaves are about six to seven feet long and anticipated mature height is 20 to 25 feet.  But, the striking thing is the almost red (rust colored) and fuzzy crown shaft.  It's very cool and is the reason it's called the "Teddy Bear Palm".  Growth rate is medium.  Right on the coast it takes full sun.  Further inland I'd recommend morning sun.  It's a must for every enthusiast.  We're offering nice 2g plants on special.

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE $37.50

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
15g size, not on sale presently
Dypsis leptocheilos
red-brown crown shaft
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

TWO VERY ATTRACTIVE CHAMAEDOREA
5 GALLON SIZE
BOTH SINGLE STEM, MEDIUM SIZED MATURE

Our nursery is quite well known for our selection of Chamaedorea.  We usually have about twenty species for sale.  Shown here is the 5g size of two nice single trunk species.

Chamaedorea oblongata:  This species has wide leaflets, a think trunk and gets to a mature height of about eight feet, perhaps a bit more.  The plant shown here is a male going into a crazy flowering cycle.  It likes filtered light.

Chamaedorea woodsoniana:  This is a tall single trunk species with a thicker trunk, sometimes over two inches in diameter.  Leaflets are long and wide and the trunk is dark green with prominent rings.  mature height is fifteen feet or more.  It likes filtered light and is fast growing.

These Chamaedoreas and others are easy to grow in the garden.  The 5g size can be mail ordered.  They also make great interior or patio palms but are not for direct sunlight.
Chamaedorea oblongata
This and next 4 pictures C. oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
This and next 4 pictures C. woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana  

 

TUESDAY, 10 MAY, 2016

 

JACARANDA MIMOSIFOLIA
LINING THE STREETS OF SAN DIEGO
BLOSSOM EVERY MAY, EVERY YEAR
NEIGHBORHOODS LIT UP WITH PURPLE

If you like color, than you'll love spring - when all the flowers bloom and many of the trees come into blossom.  Here in San Diego, May is a special month because that's when our thousands of Jacaranda blossom all over town.  These trees are deciduous and, during the winter, lose all their leaves.  Then, as winter moves forward, the trees set leaves.  Then in May, if it's been a warm spring, all the trees simultaneously go into florid blossom with their lilac-purple trumpet shaped flowers.  After a cool spring, they blossom in June.  These flowers are in clusters and fill the tree with color.  Along some streets, from any single vantage point, you may see ten to twelve trees in blossom.

The Jacaranda became our City's honorary flower in the year 2000.  The original plants were introduced by one of our famous horticulturists, Kate Sessions. She planted hundreds of them around older areas of town.  Now, especially in these older parts of town like downtown, Hillcrest and Mission Hills, Little Italy and Pacific Beach, you'll find them lining the parkways by the hundreds along many city streets.  The roots are not invasive and preserve the sidewalks.  Neighborhoods are very proud of their Jacaranda.  Interestingly enough, these trees tolerate drought quite well.

So, driving home from the nursery Monday afternoon, I just had to take these photos and share them with you.  I merely drove a few blocks from where I live to take all these pictures.  The best pictures are taken either early morning or late in the day.  The purple color is more pronounced at these times.  During mid-day with bright sun, the blossoms are more blue.  As this month goes on, the flowers will cover the sidewalks with "purple snow".  This creates quite a mess but is also a treat to see.  I hope you like these pictures.  Although it's not one of our stock trees that we carry, I can source them for anyone interested.
Jacaranda tree in San Diego






 Jacaranda
 






Jacaranda
     
     
     
     

 

A DIFFERENT BLUE BUTIA
LIKE BUTIA CAPITATA
BUT NOT EXACTLY
25 GALLON PLANT


When you grow thousands of plants like we do, you really start to notice differences between the plants you are growing.  Such is the case with the 25 gallon Butia shown in the first six pictures here.  At first glance, you'd say it's a "blue Butia capitata".  But, there are differences with this plant that make me suspicious that it's something different.  It has very long stems that go upright and curve a bit at the top.  Compare this to the strongly arched leaves below on the Blue Butia.  The plant in question was grown in full sun and it's like a high reaching fountain.  Regular Butia are more full and squat as you see.  Also, the spination was nearly absent on this plant.  And the hairs and fibers on the trunk are different.  The leaflets are also more uniformly arranged.  The leaflets on close inspection are also different.

So, what is this species?  I don't know.  But it sure is pretty.  I'm showing this plant to you for your enjoyment.  This is because it sold the day after I brought it in.  But, I thought it was worth seeing.

Butia capitat like palm
This and next 5 photos of the plant in question
Butia capitat like palm
Butia capitat like palm Butia capitat like palm Butia capitat like palm
Butia capitat like palm Blue Butia capitata
This and next photo of a standard blue Butia
Blue Butia capitata

 

ACOELORRAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAURITOS PALM
SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
PHOTOS OF TREE IN FRUIT
ONE GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE

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

We're offering nice one gallon plants for sale.  We may have a few 5g.  Of note, fruits are small and orange in color.  The first four pictures show (in progression) show a mature tree in fruit.
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
This and next 3 pictures of tree in fruit
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Tree near reflecting pond, Balboa Park, San Diego
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Two pictures mature tree right on water's edge
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Trunks of well maintained tree
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
One gallon plants available
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
MEDIUM SIZED FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE ONE GALLON

Native to Mexico, this cycad is easy to grow and quite attractive when grown correctly.  It does best in part day sun or strong filtered light in almost all areas.  It gets a trunk of over ten feet in about 100 years.  It makes a great patio plant and is minimally armed on the leaflets.  Some are having success growing it inside of the home.  Leaves are about four feet long.  Cold tolerance is approximately 22 degrees F.  The one gallon plants we're putting on special now have about 3 inch caudexes.  They are six years old.  This size is a piece of cake to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE, THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $40

But, to get the discount you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Different sized plant at the nursery
Dioon spinulosum
25 year old boxed specimen at the nursery

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING
GREAT INTERIOR OR PATIO PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

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 $160

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUNKING FORM
GETS HEIGHT TO EIGHT FEET, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Chamaedorea radicalis is the most cold hardy species of the Chamaedorea genus.  It will go down to about 18 degrees.   There is a trunking form of this dwarf palm that forms some trunk and gets to about 8 feet tall.  This form is what's on sale today.  It'd probably prefer strong filtered light or morning sun.  We don't know if it's cold hardiness is identical to the dwarf, trunkless form.  However, it is known for its more narrow leaves.  You'll notice that, just like the dwarf form, it throws blossoms at a younger age.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount when ordering.  BTW, it should make a great houseplant as well.
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
NORFOLK ISLAND PALM
THIRD TYPE OF RHOPALOSTYLIS ON SALE!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This very attractive, single trunk and crown shafted palm is the third type of Rhopalostylis we've recently put on a ten day special.   Some people think this is the prettiest species of the genus.  Native to Norfolk Island (an Australian territory), it is different than R. Sapida in that the swelling of the crown shaft is less pronounced, the leaves are more reflexed or curved downward, the trunk is a bit more narrow and there's more of a brown color on the leaf stems.  With culture, I'd recommend part day sun or filtered light.  This species does not take the sun as well as R. sapida.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this discount.
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri Rhopalostylis baueri

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
A "SAPIDA ON STEROIDS"!
FATTER CROWN SHAFT
QUICKER GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Rhopalostylis is a genus of single trunk, prominently crown shafted pinnate palms from New Zealand and surrounding areas.  There are two main species, Rhopalostylis sapida and baueri.  The former is known as the Nikau Palm, Shaving Brush Palm or the Feather Duster Palm.  Rhopalostylis baueri is known mostly by the locality nearer to Australia, with the common name of the Norfolk Island Palm.  Another example of a population seeking "species status" would be the Rhopalostylis population from Chatham Island.  It's known in the trade as Rhopalostylis oceana.  Because this island is so far south, it is the species that is recognized as being the "most southerly of any palm species".  Compared to the regular Nikau, this population shows amazing speed and vigor of growth and gets a larger trunk with a fatter, very swollen crown shaft.  Shown in our 5g size which we're putting on special.

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

Limited numbers available.  Remember, mention this Blog Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.

Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana
15g plant at nursery, not on sale
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
photo by D.P.

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
GREEN CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL!

Encephalartos kisambo is a fast growing species native to Kenya where it grows at elevations of 3000 feet. It is a medium sized mature plant with trunks to eight feet.  Leaves are green to soapy green in color, stand erect and are six to ten feet long.  To my eye, the hallmark of this species are the very erect leaves, going almost straight upwards.  Leaflets are 1.5 inches wide, pungently tipped at the end, and spiny along the margins.  Cones are yellow.

This is a fast growing species that can tolerate our coastal sun.  Far inland locations should use part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties, perhaps a bit lower.  We had no leaf damage at the nursery in 2007 with lows of 25 degrees F.  Shown here are several boxed specimens and a 15g plant.  Also pictured are two garden specimens.  We have all sizes for sale including smaller plants.

OUR TEN DAY SPECIAL IS 20% OFF ANY PLANT OF THIS SPECIES, E. KISAMBO

Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
crown tipped toward you
Encephalartos kisambo
large, near 18 inch caudex plant
Encephalartos kisambo
15g plant
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE
HUGE FLORID ORANGE BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON TREES


We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large orange blossoms.  This is a sun loving tree that can get fairly large with a canopy of twenty to thirty feet across.  It blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  There's a large tree several blocks from the nursery that had blossoms with color from June of last year until October.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F. 

Shown here are some seven foot tall 15g plants.  This species is a fast grower so these trees in the ground will be good sized in just a few years.  They were grown outdoors in a cooler part of our county.

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

To get this price, just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata photo by Wikipedia Commons
Photo c/o Wikipedia Commons

 

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

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

And, the Spindle Palm is easier to grow, gets taller and has a cigar shaped trunk that is super cool.  Mature height in 25 years is about 15 feet.  It loves sun.  Cold hardiness is just below a freeze.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.
Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES
VERY SMALL CYCAD
GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare dwarf species of South African cycad is quite petite and never gets over four feet tall.  Leaves are gray-green to sea foam green and about three feet long.  A mature caudex is six to eight inches.  It likes sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  This is a rare and sought out species and never inexpensive.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $70


Just remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.
 
Encephalartos cerinus  Encephalartos cerinus 
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
5 gallon size, not on sale right now
Encephalartos cerinus

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
THE SINOLOAN HESPER PALM
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
FAIRLY RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This medium sized fan palm is from the southern area of Sinaloa in Mexico.  It lives in a harsh and dry area.  It survives super heat and tolerates harsh sun.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F. or a bit lower.  Mature plants can be under ten feet or up to 20 feet.  We are offering our 5g size on special.

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

Just mention this special for your discount.
Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata
Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata

 

SCHIPPIA CONCOLOR
VERY THIN TRUNK
MEDIUM HEIGHT FAN PALM
3G SIZE AVAILABLE - RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL!


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.  The crown of leaves is fairly open.  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.

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

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
 

 

SUNDAY, 8 MAY, 2016

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
MEDIUM SIZE
NEW "RED LEAF"
25 GALLON AVAILABLE

This very slow growing, single trunk palm species from New Caledonia is most known for its newly emerging red leaf.  The "red" does present in various shades and hues.  Sometimes you see a dark burgundy red like a dark wine.  Other times its a brown-red.  Occasionally you'll see a new pink leaf.  I'm showing a few examples below.  Also interesting is the "watermelon" trunk one often sees as shown here.  Expect a height of 25 feet with a trunk diameter of about 8 to 10 inches.  Anticipate two new leaves a year and consider yourself lucky if you get three.  Right on the coast this species takes full sun.  But, most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  But, remember it's a slow grower!  The 25g shown here have taken 10 years to produce.  We also have 2g, 5g and 15g size.

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa 25g Chambeyronia macrocarpa 25g
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 25g Chambeyronia macrocarpa 25g Chambeyronia macrocarpa 25g
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 25g Chambeyronia macrocarpa 25g Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
photo by D.D.

photo by D.D.

 

THE COCONUT QUEEN PALM
HYBRID OF SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA AND QUEEN PALM
SUPER BEAUTIFUL PALM
HUGE 25 GALLON AVAILABLE


The Coconut Queen is the name given to a very unusual and surprisingly beautiful Syagrus Hybrid.  It's a cross between Syagrus schizophylla and the common Queen Palm.  One would think by the parents that the progeny would be nothing special.  This is NOT the case.  Plants are stunningly beautiful.  They don't get tall and look like neither parent.  This cross is definitely an example of the anticipated "ugly duckling" that turned beautiful.

The problem is they are super hard and near impossible to find - especially in smaller, somewhat affordable sizes.  They are a man-made hybrid, done by hand pollination.  Their rarity is because the hybridizer (there's only one) is very elderly and lives in Thailand.  With his age, he's been unable to get on a ladder.  And, he wants no one else to do the cross.  This has led to a shortage of this hybrid on the nursery market.

Anticipate a mature height of 20 feet.  They'll take full sun, perhaps even in the desert.  The last photos shows near mature plants.  Note they certainly don't look like a Queen Palm.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. for sure.  I have customers growing them in the SF Bay Area.  The 25g plants shown here are 12 feet tall.  We have limited numbers.
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen Coconut Queen
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen
This and next photo by JI
Coconut Queen

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FRIDERICI-GUILIELMI
THIN LEAFLET SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LIKES SUN - COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE

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 lower 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 plants shown here first are the citrus pot size on special.  We have an assortment of sizes available but never too many of any given size as this plant is quite rare.  This species (we've found) is much faster growing in the ground in your garden than in a container at our nursery.  These citrus pot plants are easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $160


Remember, mention this Blog Special for your discount.
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
larger specimen at nursery
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
photo by CW PACSOA

 

LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES
YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

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.  In full sun, give them plenty of water.  These plants do sucker and are easy to propagate from divisions. This is a great "filler plant" to put in areas where you want something but don't know what to use.  We have other sizes but are offering really nice 5g on sale.

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

Remember:  mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Ligularia Ligularia
Ligularia Ligularia Ligularia
Ligularia Ligularia
Ligularia in flower by R.T.
Ligularia

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA HYBRID
BY LUIS HOOPER
ONE GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Most in Southern California know of the palm pioneer, Luis Hooper.  He has been a member of the Palm Society for many decades.  Although elderly, he still works on the palms.  One of his most famous accomplishments is the creation of very desirable Rhapis hybrids.  A few days ago we got in some nice 1 gallon plants that a private collector got from Luis.  When I heard he had them, I jumped on them.  These are sought out nationwide.  This collector didn't recall the cross.  By my inspection, I'm pretty sure it's Rhapis multifida x laosensis.  Luis has done this cross before.  If so, this cross will make a palm that gets to about six feet tall, has thin canes and is very attractive.  It's for filtered light and will be cold hardy into the upper teens F. You'll hardly ever find these for sale any more.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $37.50

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper Rhapis hybrid Luis Hooper
Rhapis multifida x laosensis
Rhapis multifida x laosensis,
garden of Luis Hooper
Luis Hooper
Friend, Luis Hooper
 

 

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 nice size for a 5g plant.  Although not a cheap pal m(seeds cost one to two dollars each), I'm offering an appealing price on this size.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.  The first 3 pictures show the 5g size.
Parajubaea tor Parajubaea tor
Parajubaea tor 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
 

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this discount at the time of purchase.
Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jasminoides "rosea"
Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea
Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea jASMINE

 

JASMINE SPECIES
WHITE BLOSSOMS IN CLUSTERS
SUPER FRAGRANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


We just got in some very fragrant white Jasmine plants in 5g pots.  These are not the same as the more common  Trachelospermum jasminoide that you will see in most nurseries.  The blossoms are bigger, are super fragrant and have bigger petals.  This is the first time we've offered these plants.  They are a vining plant, so use a trellis or let them climb on a fence.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
Jasmine species white Jamine species white
Jamine species white    

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


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

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


Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase for this discount. 
Brahea Species Super Silver Brahea species super silver
Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver
Band size, not on sale presently
Brahea species super silver Tobias Spanner
photo by TS, RPS, habitat
   

   

MACROZAMIA MIQUELII
MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD
TOLERATES SUN OR SHADE
NEW ARRIVAL BOXED SPECIMENS
SEVERAL IN CONE

Native to Australia in the New South Whales and southern Queensland areas, this medium sized cycad has flat green leaves with leaflets that droop down somewhat.  The inner portion of the leaflets has a yellow to white area next to the leaf stem.  Overall size is not that large.  Trunks can get to about a foot tall with leaves about four feet long.  The plants we just got in are about 15 years old and we received two plants with male cones (see photo). 

Culturally, this is an easy species to grow.  It tolerates full sun on the coast but also does great in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is well into the lower 20's F. or colder.  The plants offered here have been outdoor grown in the northern San Diego County area and are in 24 inch plastic boxes.  Limited numbers are available.  Macrozamia miquelii is not easy to find and near impossible to find in the size I'm offering here.  As this is a slow growing species, this is a great size to guarantee success in the garden.

Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii by Chris Gray, PACSOA
photo in habitat, Chris Gray, PACSOA
 

 

SATURDAY, 7 MAY, 2016

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TAKES SUN - NEVER OVER 4 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5G PLANTS

This very rare species is known for its dwarf status.  It has a caudex size typically of six to seven inch3es or less.  It has leaves that are usually under three feet long.  So, mature size is quite petite.  There is a flat leaf form and a plumose leaf form.  I'm not sure which form these will be, but perhaps somewhere in-between based on its present appearance.  It'll want full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  These 1.5g plants age 4 years old and easy to ship.  Leaf color is green, sometimes blue-green.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5G $70

Remer to mention this Website Special when you purchase.
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer by R Smit, PACSOA
Habitat photo by R. Smit, PACSOA

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
MEXICAN CYCAD WITH THIN LEAFLETS
SMALL TO MEDIUM MATURE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

This hard to find Mexican cycad is known for several things.  Most importantly are the fairly long and narrow leaflets.  They have no armor on the leaflets but the petioles are spiny.  It's also known for throwing a red-brown new leaf or sets of leaves.  These can be stunning.  Also, it is not overly large.  A very old plant would have a caudex size of two feet.  They do cluster.  As an example of mature plants I have chosen to show you nursery specimens in the last two pictures.  Expect an overall height of five to seven feet.  It will take a fair amount of coastal sun and has a cold tolerance of about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

Remember:  Mention this Website Special
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Older coning sized boxed plant at nursery
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Another coning size nursery plant

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110


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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
MAJESTIC BLUE FAN PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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


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

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

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

DYPSIS SPECIES
UNKNOWN IDENTITY
TAKE A CHANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

We have a limited selection of unknown seed grown Dypsis from Madagascar that have turned out to be something different than what the seeds were supposed to be.  So, getting one is sort of a gamble.  But, these "unknowns" often turn out to be one of collectors' favorite palms and often no one really ever knows what they are for sure.  Seedsmen, as a rule, want to give a species name to any seeds collected.  But, they can be wrong.  This is probably one of such a case.  I can't quote cultural needs as I really don't know what these are going to turn out to be.  And, it's probably prudent to not "guess" at this point.

TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50 THIS GROUP
 
Dypsis species Dypsis species
Dypsis species Dypsis species Dypsis species

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
MEDIUM SIZED AFRICAN CYCAD
GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This South African green cycad is known for not being overly large.  A mature plant will typically have a trunk 3 to 4 feet tall (in habitat up to 8 feet) and leaves are about 4 feet long.  For a green Encephalartos, this is a very manageable size.  It's a good growing species that takes full sun along the coast and is cold tolerant to the very low 20's F.  The bands we have on sale are 2 to 3 years old with typically several leaves.

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

Just mention this Special to get this price when ordering.
 
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans by Wayne Atkinson
photo by Wayne Atkinson
Encephalartos aemulans
15 gallon size at nursery
Encephalartos aemulans
Band size
Encephalartos aemulans
Boxed specimen at nursery
Encephalartos aemulans by BotonyCS WEbsite
photo by Botany C.S. Website

PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM
SUCKERING, MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 15 GALLON PLANTS

This suckering, pinnate and armed palm is native to South Africa.  From a cultural point of view, the most interesting thing about these palms is the diversity of the plants that you'll see in gardens and at nurseries.  Not only does the containerized plant look different from plant to plant, but in the ground there are differences.  Some leaves are very plumose - others are flat.  Some have thicker trunks, others thin.  Some get to ten to fifteen feet tall, others to almost 40 feet.  So, it's hard to know what you'll get when you buy one.  These differences may be due to genetics or long term hybridization of the gene pool.  It's safe to just give it plenty of room to grow.

This species likes full hot sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It is not the most cold hardy of the Date Palm family.  But, it's more cold tolerant than the Pygmy Date for sure.  Leaf stems have sharp spines, so be careful when handling or planting/pruning.  We just got in some very large 15g that are 7 to 8 feet tall in their pots.  And, we're putting them on sale.  BTW, in case you didn't know, it's quite hard to find nice 15 gallon size of this species.  These could be shipped but would require a huge box!

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


Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for this discount.
Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon
Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata

FRIDAY, 6 MAY, 2016

 

TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT FERNS!
AND, EVERY FERN BELOW HERE IS ON SALE FOR TEN DAYS!


I thought this morning I'd show you a whole group of different and cool ferns that we just got in yesterday.  Sizes are in the one to five gallon range.  All are beautiful and make great companion plants for the floor of the garden.  Everything below is presently available and I'm offering discounted prices on them all!  These are Blog Specials - Just mention these specials when you purchase.  I'll not be showing mature specimens on these plants below because of time limitations.

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
THE SILVER FERN

GETS FOUR FEET TALL
5 GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This species of fern never gets over four to five feet tall.  It likes filtered light and plenty of water.  But, it's super cute appearing and very popular.  Some may know of it as a "Silver Fern".  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  Leaves are 2 to 2.5 feet long.  We have both 5g and 1g plants. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40 
blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum Gibbum Miniature Tree Fern
Blechnum Gibbum Miniature Tree Fern Blechnum Gibbum Miniature Tree Fern  
BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
THE SILVER FERN

GETS FOUR FEET TALL
1 GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Described above, this size is very affordable and easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $12.50 
Blechnum Gibbum Fern Blechnum Gibbum Fern
Blechnum Gibbum Fern Blechnum Gibbum Fern  
VARIEGATED BRAKE FERN
PTERIS FERN
WHITE ON GREEN
NEVER TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON

The term "Brake" in Middle English refers to "Fern'.  This genus has a worldwide presence and doesn't get tall.  It likes filtered light.  We're offering a more rare variegated form.  These are quite attractive.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern  
BLUE STAR FERN
PHLEBODIUM AUREUM
LEAVES WITH A DEFINITE BLUE COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This is the first time we've offered this fern.  The leaves have wide segments with soft, curved edges.  I've read that is somewhat drought tolerant.  It likes filtered light.  Height is under 18 inches.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15
Blue Star Fern Blue Star Fern
Blue Star Fern Blue Star Fern  
BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIUM NIDUS
MEDIUM SIZED - GETS TO FOUR FEET
KEEP THE SNAILS AWAY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This super popular fern is great for filtered light and can get 3 to 4 foot leaves.  The leaves are a bit firm and hold an upright position.  It likes filtered light.  And snails like this plant.  Give it adequate water and, over time, they are breathtaking.  We have two sizes on sale today.

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

Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern
Birds Nest Fern    
BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIUM NIDUS
MEDIUM SIZED - GETS TO FOUR FEET
KEEP THE SNAILS AWAY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

As above

REGULAR SIZE NICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $
12.50
BIRDS NEST FERN BIRDS NEST FERN
BIRDS NEST FERN    
SQUIRREL'S FOOT FERN
DAVALLIA MARIESII
FURRY RHIZOMES
CRAWLS ON GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANT

This is a low profile fern that is quite durable.  It likes filtered light.  It produces furry little crawling rhizomes that slowly spread.  For this reason, it can be used as a ground cover.  Height is under 16 inches typically.  It is a bit drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $12.50

Squirrel's Foot Fern Squirrel's Foot Fern
Squirrel's Foot Fern Squirrel's Foot Fern  
TASSEL FERN
POLYSTICHUM POLYBLEPHARUM
HEIGHT TO TWO FEET
SHINY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This attractive fern gets to a height of two feet and likes filtered light and water.  New leaves emerge upward and are very shiny.  It can be used as a ground cover or below other trees.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Tassel Fern Tassel Fern
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern  
AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
LARGER, OVERHEAD TREE FERN
LONG LEAVES, FORMS NICE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This durable Tree Fern is one of the most popular.  It is quick growing and gets to heights of 20 feet or more.  It does respond to adequate water.  Leaves can be six to eight feet long.  Trunk diameter is typically 8 inches

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
LEATHER FERN
SUPER DURABLE
TAKES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a tough fern.  We planted one in full sun by the street and it's thriving.  It gets to 18 inch height and is somewhat drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $35
lEATHER FERN lEATHER FERN
Maiden Hair Fern    
MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM
NICE, FULL 1G PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 1G PLANTS

The genus Adiantum or Maiden Hair Fern contains many species and cultivars.  If you Google the genus, you'll see all sorts of different looking plants.  What I'm showing here is the plant on the West Coast that we consider to be the "classic Maidenhair Fern".  They are full 1g.  They never get over two feet tall, like water and are best grown in filtered light. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15
Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern
Maiden Hair Fern    
TASMANIAN TREE FERN
DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA
SHORTER BUT OVERHEAD TREE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This popular Tree Fern is liked by some because it doesn't get as tall - typically ten to fifteen feet.  It likes filtered light and responds well to water.  Leaves are six feet long.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern  
EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN
ARACHNIODES SIMPLICIOR "VARIEGATA"
GREEN AND GOLD LEAVES
18 INCH MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This unusual species of fern is known for the gold stripes on bright green leaves.  It gets to about 18 inches of height and likes filtered light.  It is quite attractive.  Also, don't let it go dry.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15
East Indian Holly Fern East Indian Holly Fern
East Indian Holly Fern East Indian Holly Fern East Indian Holly Fern
LACE FERN
MICROLEPIA STRIGOSA
SOFT FERN, BULL LOOK
TWO TO THREE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This is a super attractive fern that gets about as wide as it does tall.  The leaves are soft and very touchable.  It likes filtered light and water.  It doesn't do well if you let it go dry. 

 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15

Lace Fern Lace Fern
Lace Fern Lace Fern Lace Fern

STAGHORN FERN
PLATYCEREUM FERN
MOUNTED ON WOOD
OR, ATTACH TO TREE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE PLANTS

I do like the Staghorn Ferns but for some reason historically we've not grown many of them.  There are about 18 types in the genus.  But, we've got about a dozen coming along, all attached to a piece of flat board.  They are about 18 to 24 inches wide or perhaps a bit bigger.  You can hang them anywhere.  If you remove them from the board they can be attached to a tree trunk that doesn't shed its bark.  They'll take part sun along the coast and just need an occasional spray of water.

REGULAR PRICE THESE STAGHORNS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern
LEATHER FERN
DURABLE SPECIES
TAKES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

I discussed these with the 5g size.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $12.50
Leather Fern Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern  

 

THURSDAY, 5 MAY, 2016

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING
PRETTY PALM WITH SILVER UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT
15G SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

Over a decade ago my son Jesse and I visited the habitat of Archontophoenix purpurea in the Mt. Lewis mountain district north of Cairns, Queensland.  There we saw hundreds of this unusual type of King Palm.  Crown shaft color varied from a light purple to very intense colors.  Average height was 35 feet.  They saw sun or part sun from overhead canopy.  They grew next to another local palm species Oraniopsis apendiculata.  Although not the most cold hardy of the Archontophoenix genus, it does very well for most in Southern California.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Shown here are a few 15g which we found (outdoor grown) in our growing grounds.  We had thought we were out of this size.  But, we only have a few 15g available. 

Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

COLORFUL BROMELIADS
NEROGELIA TYPES
REDS, PINKS, MOTTLED
LOTS OF NEW PLANTS JUST IN

In the past few days we got a good load of colorful Bromeliads of the Nerogelia genus.  All are colorful, especially with red colors.  Shown here are three different species that are quite cool.  The last two pictures show actual Bromeliads being used in the landscape.  These Bromeliads require little care - just on occasional spray of water.  Most like part sun or strong filtered light although we have some for full sun along the coast.  

Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad
Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad
Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad
Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad

 

EPIDENDRON ORCHID
ORANGE BLOSSOM
REEDSTEM TYPE TERESTRIAL ORCHID
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G POT

The family of Epidendron Orchids are loaded with species/varieties of lots of different colors.  These include pink, red, white and yellow.  But, one of the most vibrant is the orange.  It is also one of the best growing types.  We're putting old 5g plants of this orange type on sale.  These plants have tons of reed-like stems, most of which will blossom this summer, and are quite old.  Leaves are thick and small and plants can be divided in the future to easily add to other areas of the garden.  They'll take coastal full sun or strong filtered light.  Some sun is needed for flowering.  You can plant these right in the soil.  They are cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPCIES THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.
 
Epidendron Orchid orange Epidendron Orchid orange
Epidendron Orchid orange Epidendron Orchid orange Epidendron Orchid orange
Epidendron Orchid orange Epidendron Orchid orange  

 

GASTERIA SUCCULENT
OX TONGUE PLANT
BIG ORANGE BRANCHING FLOWERS IN SHADE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH POTS

Although I am not a succulent expert by any means, I did hear about some plants that interested me.  So, we brought some into the nursery.  I wanted them because they can produce large, branching flowers in shady conditions.  The blossoms are a red-orange in color.  This is a type of Gasteria known as Ox Tongue.  We're putting our 8 inch pots on special.  They are in flower now.  The flowers go up two feet above the plants and brach.  The leaves are thick and have stiped silver on green variegation as shown.  They can take some sun if needed.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $22.50


Just remember to mention this "special".
Gasteria succulent Gasteria succulent
Gasteria succulent Gasteria succulent Gasteria succulent

 

ASSORTED COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS
UNUSUAL AND INTERESTING CHOICES
LOTS TO CHOOSE FROM

For people who frequent this Blog, you know that I push colorful companion plants.  This is because no garden is complete until the open spaces on the floor of the garden have lots of cool companion plants.  The pictures here speak for themselves.  I guarantee you that we are a great shopping spot for tropical color and interesting shade loving smaller plants that complete any garden.  This also includes epiphytic plants to attach to tree trunks.  Plants shown here just give you a few examples and ideas of things you can add to give color to your garden.
Assorted Colorful Companion Plants Assorted Colorful Companion Plants
Assorted Colorful Companion Plants Assorted Colorful Companion Plants Assorted Colorful Companion Plants
Assorted Colorful Companion Plants Assorted Colorful Companion Plants Assorted Colorful Companion Plants
Assorted Colorful Companion Plants Assorted Colorful Companion Plants Assorted Colorful Companion Plants

 

TWENTY YEAR OLD BRAHEA
PROBABLY BRAHEA MOOREI
SILVER BACKS TO LEAVES
NO TRUNK IN 20 YEARS!


An acquaintance of mine told me that he had a 20 year old Brahea that he wanted to sell.  He had bought it as a much younger plant about 15 years ago from someone in the Palm Society.  He was told it was "Brahea moorei" at the time.  But, that label was lost long ago.  But, he remembered the name.  As rare Brahea of good size are so hard to find, I told him I'd take it.  On examination, presently it is starting to crawl on the soil of this 25g pot.  But, there is no real vertical trunk.  It's been sun grown.  The leaves are flat and very flexible to the hand.  They are not stiff or hard at all.  The tops are green and the underside a definite silver-green with flashes in the light (sorry, forgot to take pictures of the ventral leaves).  The petioles are blue and totally without spines - anywhere!  There's only about two species it could be and the most likely is B. moorei.  Do check it out as you'll most likely not see one like for sale at a nursery anytime soon.  I suspect this plant will sell to one of the first people that sees it.
Brahea species, possible moorei Brahea species, possible moorei
Brahea species, possible moorei Brahea species, possible moorei Brahea species, possible moorei
Brahea species, possible moorei Brahea species, possible moorei  

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
TWO LARGER SIZES AVAILABLE
SQUAT 15G POTS
20 GALLON POTS
GREAT PLANT TO HIDE SOMETHING


I thought I'd show you our two largest sizes of the Areca Palm presently available.  This includes are approximately 12 foot tall 20 gallon size and 8 foot tall squat 15g pots.  This is the favorite palm to hide neighbors, adjacent structures or ugly walls.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  The last two photos show how effective this species is at blocking visibility.
Dypsis lutescens, 2 sizes Dypsis lutescens, 2 sizes
Dypsis lutescens, 2 sizes Dypsis lutescens, 2 sizes Dypsis lutescens, 2 sizes
Dypsis lutescens, 2 sizes Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 

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

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

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

PTYCHOSPERMA SCHEFFERI
SOLITARY TRUNK OR CAN SUCKER
MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is native to New Guinea like many Ptychosperma.  It can be single trunk or a suckering palm - there are two forms.  I am not sure which this one will do.  Trunks are thin and mature height is 20 feet or less.  Leaves are pinnate but leaflets are close set giving the appearance of a solid leaf.  But, as shown here, juvenile foliage can be simple.  I'd recommend filtered light or a bit of sun.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for this price.
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
DWARF PALM - FLUGGY LEAVES
NOT OVER SIX FEET TALL
TOLERATES SUN AND SOME COLD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

First and most important: What you see with these 15g plants is about what you'll get in the garden. This is because these are mature and flowering plants.  They are 12 years old!  They'll essentially not get much overhead, tolerate sun and are cold hardy to the low 20's or colder.  So, if you need a sun palm that stays small, this one works great.  As shown, leaves are plumose and sort of blue on the underside of the leaflets.  Leaf length is about four feet.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $185

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptra arenaria Allagoptra arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL
EASY TO GROW, GOOD COMPAION PLANT
5G AND 15G - TEN DAY SPECIAL!

Those who have been following this Blog have seen this great and easy to use companion plant in previous threads.  Customers love this plant because it stays small and is so easy to put in shady areas of the garden.  Yet, it looks so tropical and lush.  It can take coastal full sun but looks its best in half day sun or strong filtered light.  It's cold hardy into the 20's F.  But, it does like water.  We're putting two sizes on sale.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40
REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

Just mention this Blog Special for this price and discount when you purchase.
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
This and next 4 pictures 15g size
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
This is the 5g size
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera  

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY, 4 MAY, 2016

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTEA
THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
SILVER UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
NATIVE TO HISPANIOLA

From a nurseryman's point of view, the problem with growing Coccothrinax is that they are so slow in containers.  From seed, one looks at small juvenile "blades of grass" type leaves for three years.  By the fourth or fifth year one starts to see fan leaves.  The Coccothrinax argentea shown here is at least seven years old.  Fortunately, they are faster in the ground.  This species gets to a height of 30 feet in many years and has a trunk 6 to 8 inches in diameter.  The tops of the leaves are green, the underside a sort of silver.  You'll see the silver when in the sun and over time.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It is native to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  We have smaller sizes than this 5g available and maybe a few larger.  Limited supplies available.
Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT
THIN TRUNK
NATIVE TO VARIOUS CARIBBERAN ISLANDS


This green leafed fan palm comes from quite a few Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico, Barbados, Trinidad and surrounding islands.  It gets to a mature height of about 30 to 40 feet and has a narrow trunk diameter of six to eight inches.  The tops of the leaves are green and the underside sometimes slightly silver - but less than the C. argentea above.  It is slow to grow in a pot but faster in the ground.  Until the fibrous matting on the trunk falls away, it is arranged in an attractive matted pattern.  This species also wants full sun and may do well in desert areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties like most other Coccothrinax.  Severe cold (low 20's) will kill this and other species of this genus.  Shown here is our 5g size.
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $22.50

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

 

THE KING PALM
ARCHONOTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
POPULAR "TRIPLES"
THREE IN A POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

On special are doubles and triples of the ever-popular "King Palm".  This species is native to Australia and typically gets to a mature height of thirty-five to forty feet.  It tolerates coastal sun quite well and has a cold tolerance down to about 25 degrees F.  It is very fast growing and responds to good culture and water.  The 15g on sale have been outdoor grown under shade clothe.  They are about six feet tall in their pots. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $99


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this great price.
 
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple

 

TILLANDSIA SPECIES
LOADED WITH BLOSSOMS RIGHT NOW!
SUPER TEN DAY SPECIAL
EASY TO MAIL ORDER

Like the Spanish Moss above, this epiphytic type of plant can be attached to almost anything including the trunks of palm trees.  They are in florid blossom right now with purple-blue flowers.  These flowers lasts several weeks.  Care is easy.  Just spray with water and maybe spray a little liquid fertilizer now and then.  What a great way to "doctor up the garden".

REGULAR PRICE SMALL CLUSTER $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20
REGULAR PRICE LARGE CLUSTER $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


The small clusters have three to five plants, the larger ones about six or more plants.  Shipping is a piece of cake.  Maybe these can be grown indoors as well.  On a patio they are very fun!
Tillandsia clusters blue flowers Tillandsia clusters blue flowers
Tillandsia clusters blue flowers Tillandsia clusters blue flowers Bromeliads on post
Mount them on anything - Example, other
species

 

MULTICOLORED CROTON SPECIES
OUTDOOR GROWN FOR YEARS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL
GREAT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN

First I must mention I only have a few of these large and old Crotons in 15g size.  The cool thing about these plants is that they have not been grown in a heated greenhouse like almost every other one on the market.  They were grown in the north SD county area outdoors!  And, they've wintered over several years.  So, these plants are about the best chance you have to add nice color to your garden.  I'm not sure of the species name.  They display many colors.  Height in the pot is about four to five feet with woody stems.  Colors will intensify when warmer weather comes.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $135

Remember, mention this Blog Special for hits price.  I've shown crotons in gardens far below.
Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton

 

BIRDSNEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI-TYPE
FILTERED LIGHT COMPANION PLANT
NEVER GET TOO BIG
TEN DAY SPECIAL 12 INCH POTS

We just got in a good supply of this fabulous understory companion plant that rarely gets over six feet tall.  Leaves get to five feet long, are thick and leathery, slightly undulation with rounded edges.  Leaf color is dark green, especially in shade.  Flowers display red seeds.  This is a great plant on the garden floor in filtered light.  They are easy to grow.  And, they look super exotic.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties.  The plants on sale have been outdoor grown.  The pots size on these plants is about a 7 gallon and can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


Just mention this Special to get your discount.
Birdsnest Anthurium
This and next 4 pics of the sale size plants
Birdsnest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

 

TUESDAY, 3 MAY, 2016

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALLER MEXICAN CYCAD
HOW TALL DO THE TRUNKS GET?

I had a landscape company call recently asking for a cycad that had been requested on architectural plans.  It has a Dioon edule with three feet of trunk.  I told this person that such a plant might not be available on the nursery market.  This is because, as I estimate, it'd take about 100 years or more to grow such a specimen.  I scanned all the Dioon edules I'd seen in botanical gardens.   Some had two feet of trunk, but I don't think I've seen three feet.  Loran Whitelock says in his publication on Cycads that, in the wild, this species has been seen with up to eight feet of trunk.  The last picture here shows one in the wild with three feet of trunk.  The boxed specimen shown here at the nursery has 13 inches of trunk and is 25 years old or more.  We have a few with 18 inches but none larger than that.  I suspect this person may have to look a long time to find one with three feet of trunk.  BTW, this species loves hot sun, lives well in sun in the desert, and is one of the most cold hardy cycad species.
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Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
WE SHIP THIS SIZE BY FED EXPRESS ALL THE TIME

As most of you know, we ship our plants in the pots with their soil.  We do this 99% of the time.  We are a California Certified Nursery so we are allowed to do this.  Most nurseries can't ship like this.  Shipping with soil is to avoid immediate losses for the customer (estimate 20% of plants croak in the first month with bare root) and to avoid the predictable one year set back with bare rooting.  It costs more to ship with the soil, but we think it's a good investment for customers.  And, because the shipping companies charge for "size" or "weight", whichever makes them more profit, sometimes bare rooting saves the customer very little.  The box size is often set by the height of the plant and the volume of the root ball.  These things can't be changed.  Rusty here is showing you a typical 15g plant which we can ship easily right to your door.  It's about 6 feet tall in the container.  Of course, we have lots of 5g plants which are much less expensive to ship.
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAT PALM
THIN SILVER TRUNK WITH RINGS
RUST COLORED FUZZY CROWN SHAFT
GREAT SPECIES FOR SO CAL
15G AND 20G SIZE AVAILABLE

This medium sized palm species from Madagascar is known for its rust colored and fuzzy crown shaft.  Thus the name "Teddy Bear Palm".  It gets to a mature height of about 25 feet and sports a silver trunk with prominent rings.  Direct sun on the trunk will turn it to a light tan color.  In filtered light it maintains the silver color.  Growth rate is medium.  On our coast, it'll take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are some nice 15g plants and some 20g as well.  Both sizes are available.  I'd rank it as one of the "top twenty" palm trees for Southern California.  If you live far inland, give it part day sun or strong filtered light.  We also have smaller sizes available for easy shipping.
Dypsis leptocheilos
This and next 3 pictures 15g size
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
20 gallon size
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

CYCAS RUMPHII
RARE ASIAN CYCAD SPECIES
HUGE SPECIMEN AVAILABLE

This sometimes hard to find cycad is native to Indonesia, New Guinea and a few surrounding areas.  It has long green leaves and can attain a height up to about 25 feet.  It will sucker.  Leaf stems are mildly armed with small spines.  Growth rate is medium.  I'm showing you one of the larger cycads we've recently dug from a private collection.  It has six feet of trunk.  We had Alma stand next to it in the 36 inch box to show you the trunk height.  It has two good sized pups.  It came from full sun in the Chula Vista area of San Diego.  It's botanical garden quality and larger than the one we photographed in a botanical garden.  This plant is available for sale but is quite heavy.  I'd give it coastal sun or inland part sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to perhaps lower 20's F.
Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii
Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
RARE, TALL, SKINNY TRUNK
RUGGED PALM WITH GRACE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


Rarely do I have this hard to find palm and even more rarely do I put it on special.  It's one of the hardest of the Braheas to locate.  It can reach heights of over 80 feet and is native to Baja California, Mexico.  Trunks are thin.  Crowns of leaves are open.  Leaf color is typically green as shown here.  One of the best places to see this species is in Balboa Park, San Diego, less than a half mile from where I live.  It wants full sun, tolerates wind and dry conditions and is a good growing species.  Despite it's beauty, its a solid grower and a fine addition to any garden.

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

I can mail order these but it'd be expensive b/c of the size of the box.  Remember, mention this Special!
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Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei  

 

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

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

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

These are easy to ship and four in one box is no problem.  Just remember to mention this Special for the reduced price when you purchase.

Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
5 gallon size, not on sale right now
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
plant in garden
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
25 year old plants at nursery

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
EASY TO GROW, NOT TOO TALL
SUPER BLUE COLOR
SUPER COLD HARDY
SUPER NICE!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  Well, we just got in a small batch of them and am offering them at one of the best prices we've ever offered.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.

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

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size. 
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue P. craft
Photo by Paul Craft
   

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE SIZES $450-$550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $275
YES, YOU CAN PICK THE BIGGEST OF THIS GROUP OF LARGE 15G PLANTS


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII
THE CLASSIC BAMBOO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 5G

This New World suckering shade palm has pinnate leaves and never gets much above 8 to 9 feet.  This is the reason it's so popular.  It's not my favorite suckering Chamaedorea, but it does fit inside the home of the average house without hitting the ceiling.  Outdoors, it wants filtered light and is cold hard into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  The 5g on sale here are oversize, about head height or more.

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

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Although a tall box is needed, these can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.
 
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifritii  

 

SUNDAY, 1 MAY, 2016

PALM TRUNKS
MANY DIFFERENT APPEARANCES

THICK OR THIN
SMOOTH OR SPINEY
SWOLLEN OR TUBULAR
CROWN SHAFT OR NOT

SHAGGY OR CLEAN
SINGLE OR MULTIPLE
COLORFUL OR DULL

WHITE RINGS OR CHECKERED

ALMOST ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE!

Palm trees are unique in that there are over 3500 species and they all look rather different.  And, these differences apply to the trunks as well.  There is such a vast array of trunk appearances that it's mind boggling.  Differences involve size, numbers of trunks (sucker or not), the presence or absence of a crown shaft, trunk color, trunk texture, the presence of rings or spines and so many other things.  This photographic tour is rather self-explaining.  I just wanted to illustrate what you'll see as you study the world of palms.  Shown here are about a hundred species, all demonstrating different sizes/shapes/characteristics and appearance.  They are given in random order.
Roystonea regia trunk
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia trunk
Roystonea regia
Dypsis hybrid trunk
Dypsis hybrid
Aiphanes trunk
Aiphanes species
Jubaea trunk
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Watermelon Chambeyronia
Watermelon Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Acrocomia trunk
Acrocomia totai
Trithirnax acanthicoma
Trithirnax acanthicoma
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Bottle Palm Trunk
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Chamaedorea linearis
Chamaedorea linearis
Washingtonia robusta
Washingtonia robusta
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii trunk
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Rhopalostylis sapida trunk and blossom
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita
Dysis decipiens MR
Dypsis decipiens
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Copernicia baileyana trunk and crown
Copernicia baileyana
Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata
Cyrtostachys laaka or renda
Cyrtostachys renda
Cyrtostachys laaka renda 
Cyrtostachys renda (laaka)
Cyrtostachys renda 
Cyrtostachys renda
Areca vestiaria 
Areca vestiaria
Dypsis saintlucei 
Dypsis saintlucei
Burretiokentia koghiensis 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera
Areca vestiaria
Areca vestiaria
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix canariensis trunk
Phoenix canariensis
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
 
Coccothrinax spissa
Rhapidophyllum hystrix 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhaphia hookeri 
Raphia hookeri
Areca ipot 
Areca ipot
Areca alicea 
Areca alicea
Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata juvenile
Deckenia species
Deckenia species
Chamaedorea linearis
Chamaedorea linearis
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Bottle Palm
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
Coccothrinax trunk
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita 
Coccothrinax crinita
Zombia antillarum 
Zombia antillarum
Copernicia berteroana 
Copernicia berteroana
Cyrosophila species 
Cryosphila species
Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Sabal mexicana 
Sabal mexicana
Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera
Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea
Zombia antillarum
Zombia antillarum
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa
Rhopalostylis sapida crown shaft
Rhopalostylis sapida
Washintonia robusta cleaned
Washintonia robusta, trunks cleaned
Washintonia robusta not cleaned
Washintonia robusta trunks not cleaned
Have petticoats
Pelagodoxa henryana
Pelagodoxa henryana
Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele
Sabal palmetto 
Sabal palmetto
Sabal riverside 
Sabal riverside
Sabal palmetto 
Sabal palmetto
Ravenea hildebrandtii 
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
Dypsis lutescens 
Dypsis lutescens
Corypha utan 
Corypha utan
Corypha utan 
Corypha utan
Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis
Campecarpus fulcitas
Campecarpus fulcitas
Basselinia gracilis
Basselinia gracilis
Copernicia tectorum
Copernicia tectorum
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba
Dypsis species
Dypsis species
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii
Veitchia joannis 
Veitchia joannis
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Foxy Lady - Wodyetia x Veitchia  
Foxy Lady - Wodyetia x Veitchia
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Orbignya cohune 
Orbignya cohune
Pseudophoenix vinifera
Pseudophoenix vinifiera
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans
Sabal yapa
Sabal Yapa
Cocos nucifera the Coconut Palm 
Cocos nucifera
Dypsis cabadae 
Dypsis cabadae
Syagrus schizophila 
Syagrus schizophila
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Phoenix roebellenii 
Phoenix roebellenii
Roystonea regia 
Base of Roystonea regia
Queen Palm triple 
Queen Palm triple
King Palm triple 
King Palm triple
Queen Palm 
Queen Palm
Washingtonia robusta and filifera 
Washingtonia robusta left, filifera right
Copernicia macroglossa 
Copernicia macroglossa
Thrinax radiata 
Thrinax radiata
Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Aiphanes aculeata 
Aiphanes aculeata
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Clinostigma savoryana
Clinostigma species
Areca catechu
Areca catechu

 

TO SEE THE FULL VERSION ARTICLE ON PALM TREE TRUNKS, CLICK HERE!

 

LUSH & EXOTIC LANDSCAPE IDEAS
A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR
EMPHASIS ON THE PLANTS


After blogging here for five years, I've learned that, more than anything, people enjoy seeing pictures.  So, I thought I'd just post a bunch of pictures of tropical and lush landscape with emphasis on the plants of course.  I am particularly showing lots of companion types of plant material and understory plantings.  This is meant to be no more than a pictorial presentation.  One wants surprises and interesting plant material around ever turn or curve of the garden pathway.  It makes the garden so much more fun for you (and others).  Hopefully you'll get some ideas here.  All one needs is a place to find the plant material and a little guidance.  We feel we can help on both counts.

EDITED, "MINI" VERSION SHOWN HERE
LINK AT BOTTOM FOR FULL PRESENTATION
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Lush Tropical Landscape Plants Lush Tropical Landscape Plants Lush Tropical Landscape Plants
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SEE THE FULL EXPANDED VERSION OF TROPICAL PLANTS ABOVE, CLICK HERE

 

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  

 

PREPARING A PLANT FOR SHIPPING
THIS TIME A BLACK
TI PLANT
ALMA SHOWS YOU HOW WE DO IT


I want to show you how we prepare a plant for mail order/shipping.  Immediately to the right are three black Ti plants.  Our customer chose the biggest one, the plant on the left.  (note that there is a flower at the top of the plant).  Also note that this plant was a bit of a challenge.  One trunk goes laterally.  It would not bend upwards without damage.  You'd think that this meant we'd have to use a huge box to ship it upright.  We found a cheaper solution with less shipping charges for the customer.  This was to add a block of wood at the base, correcting the orientation of that longer trunk so it pointed straight up.

So, we attached that block, snow balled paper to the soil and applied a strong stake (1 x 2 lumber) to protect the plant during transport.  This means the plant won't slide on itself, damaging the canes, if Fed Express turns it upside down.  Alma then careful lifts the prepared plant and gently slides it into the pre-cut and measured box.  The stake goes to about an inch below the top of the box.  After inside the box, the top is securely taped.  (the bottom end is prepared before loading).  The last picture shows a plant in a box that is ready for the invoice and Ag permits on the outside of the box.  Inside we put a full complement of needed permits along with the original invoice.  Within a hour it's off to Fed Express for shipping.  There are few nurseries that take this much effort to prepare and ship plants.  But, we do.  We continually get feedback about how "perfect the plant was on arrival!"
Black Ti black ti
Black Ti Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box
Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box
Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box Black Ti for Shipping Box

 

 

SPRING IS HERE!!
SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS COMING IN RIGHT NOW
SELECTION WILL CHANGE ALMOST WEEKLY
FOR SURE THERE WILL BE SPECIALS!

For a nurseryman, one of the most exciting times of the year is spring and the new plants and color that become available at this time of year.  Our magical date here in San Diego is February 15th!  We've never in history had a freeze in the city beyond that date.   

I'm showing here a whole assortment of pictures of last year's spring color.  We hope to offer the same or even better choices this year.  We get new items in almost weekly and "whoosh", they are gone quickly.  Many are not offered a second time...  And, in the next several weeks we'll start  to bring in these items.    Along with these colorful and different companion plants, we'll also be offering rare palms and cycads that you haven't seen recently.  Yes, it's an exciting time of the year.  So, follow this Blog and return frequently to see new things that just arrived.  I'll post them first right here.

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

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

 

NEW!!
COLLECTION OF BONSAI, CAUDICIFORM AND MINIATURE TREES

NEW COLLECTION
RARE & BIZARRE CONTAINERIZED PLANTS

Recently we got in a dozen or so plants that are quite peculiar and different looking.  They were purposely grown in small containers for many decades to "bonsai" them.  This has given them unusual trunk and plant shapes and appearances.  All are quite unique.  I've created a separate webpage to view these plants with an introduction.

GO TO MINIATURE TREE PAGE

Caudiciform type plant Miniature tree
CLICK TO SEE RECENT CYCAD COLLECTION - ACQUIRED LATE DECEMBER, 20155
ORGANIZED AND PRESENTED BY GENUS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
HUNDREDS OF RARE CYCADS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION

cYCAD COLLECTION

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

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

 
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 PALMM

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  
BLUEE 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 Crafttt
BRAHEA CLARA
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK MEXICAN PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY

This palm is quite similar to the more commonn 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 MHHH
 
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
AKAAA 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 righttt
 

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 theee 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 SMALLESTTT 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 TRITHRINAX 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 likeee T. acanthicomaaaabove.  It suckers, has a prominent blue color and has sharp points on the end of its leaf segments.  But, it is attractive and cold hardy to about 17 degrees F.  Expect a mature height of ten to twenty feet.
 
Trithrinax capestris Trithrinax capestris
Trithrinax capestris  

 

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JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR SEASONAL COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS,
READ BELOW:
Availability changes freuently.  We're always getting in new and different itemss

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
     
COLORFULL GERANIUMS
FANCY HYBRID PLANTS
NOT THE ONES YOU MOM USED TO GROW!

Geraniumsss 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.    Geraniummm 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 Websiteee
     
KALANCHOEE, ASSORTED TYPES
MANY COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
THICK GREEN LEAVES

Kalanchoeeeare 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, AUUU
     
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
 Ligulariaaa auburn.edu websiteee
     
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
     
CAVENDISHHH 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 Wikipediaaa
     
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    

 

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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 Stafff

 

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 takennn
at IPS Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens, year 1998...

phil 4
photographing olddd Ficusss trunk at Selby Garden, FLLL


garden foggy morning
View outside my office window at dawnnn
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 featuresss Parajubaea torallyiii and Dioon merolae.  

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 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
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