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Black Friday Sale
BLOWOUT SALE
BIGGEST EVER
ENDS SATURDAY, DEC. 6TH
20% - 50% OFF OR MORE!
DESIRABLE SPECIES, LOTS OF CHOICES
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NOTE:  PLEASE SEE LINK ABOVE FOR BEST SALE OF THE YEAR
HUNDREDS OF PLANTS LISTED AT GREAT PRICES.

ALSO, BELOW ON BLOG, 20% OR MORE OFF ANY PLANT REGULAR PRICES
UNTIL DEC. 6TH!  BUT, NO "DOUBLE DISCOUNTS" ON ITEMS ALREADY ON SALE

 

SUNDAY, 30 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
NEW ARRIVAL 25G AND SQUAT 15G SIZE
IF YOU DON'T FREEZE, LUSH TROPICAL PLANT IN ONE PLANE
20% OFF SALE

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 15g are about 8 feet tall.  Both sizes are 20% off until this coming Saturday.  If you wanted one of these, act quickly because I rarely have them available.
Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size
Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size, about fourteen feet tall
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
25g size
Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis
squate 15g 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

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
UNKNOWN VARIETY
NEW SIZE AVAILABLE - SUPER SAVINGS!

At our Black Friday Sale announcement, we have the 15g size of this desirable Alocasia listed for $125 on sale.  We've almost run out of that size.  To meet demand, I just brought in some seven and ten gallon sizes that are almost as big.  But, they are more affordable.  This is a cool, filtered light companion plant that I suspect will tolerate temperatures in the mid-twenties and likes filtered light.  Anticipate mature height at six to seven feet with big diamond shaped wavy leaves as shown below.  This is a suckering appearance with fleshy four inch stems.

SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $89 UNTIL SATURDAY!
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species    

 

ANOTHER ALOCASIA SPECIES
PROBABLY ALOCASIA MACRORRHIZA
THE GIANT TARO PLANT
BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL PRICE


Because so many people seek cool companion plants, we brought in another nice species of what appear to be an Alocasia.  The grower wasn't sure.  I personally think they are the Giant Taro Plant.  This species should get to eight feet tall, have somewhat wavy but overall flat green leaves.  These leaves can be two to three feet across.  It'll be a filtered light or part day sun plant.  They'll be lush, tropical and suckering to give a small clump.  These would be a good "neighbor blocker" for a filtered light location.  These plants are not listed at our Black Friday Sale page but I'm putting at a great price until Saturday.

SPECIAL SALE PRICE THESE PLANTS $39
Alocasia species Alocasia species
Alocasia species Alocasia species  

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
THE BLUE BISMARCK PALM
GOOD SIZED AND ALMOST SILVER LEAVES
GREAT DISCOUNT UNTIL SATURDAY!


Many of you know this stately palm from Madagascar that can reach domestically a height of an anticipated thirty feet.  It has large, flat blue leaves and loves heat and sun.  It can be grown over in the desert.  We're offering a great buy on nicely grown 15g plants that are ready for the garden.  These are almost offered at 50% off.

SALE PRICE UNTIL SATURDAY 15G AT $95
Bismarckia Bismarckia
Bismarckia Bismarckia  

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
SINGLE THIN TRUNK
SILVER-GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TO 25 FEET FEET TALL


Here I'm showing you a 15g size plant of the sought after Ptychosperma elegans.  Folks want this species because it is the most cold hardy and easy to grow species of the genus.  As I look outdoors I see my garden specimen (5th photo) that shows the silver crown shaft and trunk size.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  Native to Australia, leaves are about six to seven feet long, somewhat arched and leaflets have the classic jagged tips.  Cold hardiness is the mid to upper twenties F.  Mine receives morning sun and loves it.

I have 15g and 5g for sale.  ALL ARE 20% OFF UNTIL SATURDAY.


Ptychosperma elegans
15 gallon size
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
5 gallon size

 

SATURDAY, 29 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

LICUALA RAMSAYI
REALLY EXOTIC APPEARING FAN PALM
MANY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CAN GROW
JUST AVAILABLE - NICE 5G SIZE

Over ten years ago my son and I visited the native habitat for this species just south of the town of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.  We were surprised to see that it grows fairly tall in habitat and has huge, overhead divided leaves.  We say many plants with heights of fifteen to perhaps twenty feet.   Leaf diameter was over four feet.  Below, several photos that show palms from this trip.  In contrast to Licuala elegans, this plant has divided leaflets.  And, it seems to like a bit more sun than elegans.

It is slow growing.  It can take temperatures into the low 30's.  Hard freezes are not tolerated.  I'd recommend giving it some morning sun.  In dark shade, this species seems to stall.  It is a very handsome palm for a patio grown plant.  We have limited availability.  So, if you like it, take advantage of our Sale and come by.
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Young plant in So Cal garden
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
A MINIATURE RAVENEA SPECIES
NATIVE TO THE COMORES ISLANDS
NEW ARRIVAL REALLY NICE 5G SIZE

This species is often felt to be from Madagascar but is in fact native to the Comores Islands off the coast of Madagascar.  Domestically, it is rare to see one of these over about eight feet in height although they have the capability to get to fifteen feet.  The trunk is thin, usually about four inches.  Leaves are shorter, averaging five feet or so. 

Cold tolerance is perhaps into the upper 20's F.  If you have really mild sun, it may take full sun.  But, in general and for most areas, I'd recommend morning sun or bright filtered light.  We just got in some very nice 5g for sale.  After the sale, all will be put into 15g pots as these are ready for being stepped up.  If you like smaller pinnate trees, this species should be perfect for you.  Just so you know, because of rarity, this species tends to cost more than other Raveneas available.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

DIOON EDULES, CONING SIZE
VERY NICE 25 GALLON PLANTS
GREEN OR BLUE GREEN LEAVES
BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL $300

When our sale started we had available three of these really nice Dioon edules.  They sold out the first day.  Some were in cone as photos showed last week.  Well, I was able to get three or four more plants.  Caudex sizes are about eight inches and two have cones.  Leaf color on some is quite blue.  All will be smaller cycads when mature and will want full sun.  Mature height won't exceed six feet.  They are the most cold hardy of all cycads and also take desert sun quite well.

Age of these plants is about 12 years.  They were grown in a California desert area.  Our regular price for these is $450, so $300 Sale Price is very appealing.  For those who want the best and something that won't block a view, this plant is ideal for you.  It is native to Mexico.  A final note:  For those who want a little smaller plant, we also have super nice 15g on sale, see below.
Dioon edule 25g Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

DIOON EDULE ON BLACK FRIDAY SALE
AFFORDABLE 15G PLANTS
MANY SUCKERING, FULL CROWNS OF LEAVES

For a description of the species, please see above.  These plants are also very nice and at a great price.  Many are suckering and caudex size is about five to six inches. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $350
BLACK FRIDAY SALE $200

Limited numbers available.
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
A RARE TYPE OF SHAVING BRUSH PALM
REALLY NICE 5G SIZE AVAILABLE

This New Zealand species of palm gets to a height of about twenty to twenty-five feet and, by many, is considered a variety of R. baueri.  However, this species often has a different crown shaft color and a more exotic appearance.  It would be grown in morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps half day sun on the coast.  Cold tolerance is down into the lower 20's F.  The 5g shown here are very large for their pots and on sale at 20% off during our Sale.
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

FRIDAY, 28 NOVEMBER, 2014
A GREAT DAY TO DROP IN THE NURSERY - LOTS OF NEW PLANTS HAVE ARRIVED IN THE PAST 48 HOURS!
Some of the great things just in include species below.  I'll try to Blog some soon.

Rhopalostylis oceana, baueri, cheesemanii
Ravanala madagascarensis,
the Travel Palm, huge plants
Coconut Queen
Hybrids
Licuala ramsayi
Papaya and Mango Trees
Huge Dioon edules in 15g and 25g
Ravenea xerophylla
Allagoptera arenaria
Pinanga coronata
and philippinense
Ravenea hildebrandtii,
nice 5g
Lots of other cool plants

DIOON SPINULOSUM
TROPICAL APPEARING AND VERSATILE GARDEN COMPANION CYCAD
FANTASTIC 15G PLANTS AT GREAT PRICES

This lush and tropical appearing cycad comes from rather low elevations in Mexico.  There it is known to get quite tall with native old plants having trunks well over twenty feet.  But, remember that these plants may be a thousand years old.  A domestic plant could be expected to put on four or five feet in your lifetime.  The leaves are green, trunks are thin and leaflets are slightly armed.  This species holds a lot of leaves that are four feet long. 

The first five or six photos show some nice outdoor grown 15g plants that we recently got in.  They are absolutely gorgeous!  They are instant landscape.  I'd recommend this species for bright filtered light in almost all areas.  Cold tolerance is into the lower 20's F.  And, with our Blowout Sale, I can pretty much guarantee you that you'll get one of these 15g beauties for a bit over $200.  This is a great price for such a nice cycad.  They can be shipped and we do have less expensive smaller plants.

I also shown some larger nursery specimens.  And, they can be grown inside the house if given the right conditions.  
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum 
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum 
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum
Very old boxzed specdimen at nursery
Dioon spinulosum
Another old nursery specimen 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
MOST POPULAR COLLECTOR CYCAD
GREAT PRICE ON THREE YEAR OLD SEEDLINGS!

By far and away, the most popular cycad we sell is Encephalartos horridus.  Native to the Natal district of the Republic of South Africa, this is a small mature plant rarely over six feet tall.  It is slow growing, loves heat and sun along the coast, and has a crown width that is not over about five feet.  So, it doesn't take up much room. 

We're offering nice three year old seedlings in deep one gallon plants at an excellent price.  We can ship these anywhere within the U.S. affordably (weather permitting, or hold for free for you).  They can be grown inside the home, on the patio or in the garden in most areas.  The leaves are intensely blue in sun.  The last two photos are of garden plants here in Southern California.  Normally priced at $85, these are on sale for $65. 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
  
LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SLOW GROWING, FLAT GREEN LEAVES
VERY COLD HARDY

BLOWOUT SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

This surprisingly cold hardy and beautiful fan palm is native to Japan, Taiwan and some islands in the South China Sea.  For such a tropical appearing species, it is surprising cold hardy, perhaps into the upper teens F.  It can tolerate full sun in our area and looks great in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Heights can reach over twenty feet, but because of its super slow growth rate, this will take multiple decades.  Therefore, at most, it's a medium height palm.

Most notable are its dark green and very flat leaves.  In shade, this is even more pronounced.  When mature, the petioles are almost free of any spines.  We're offering huge 15g plants at a great Blowout Price of $135.  We've also got nice 1g and 5g on special.  These all can be shipped or delivered right to your door.
 
Livistona chinensis  Livistona chinensis 
Livistona chinensis  Livistona chinensis  Livistona chinensis 
Livistona chinensis
5g plants, also on Blowout Special 
Livistona chinensis
A nice garden specimen 
Livistona chinensis
A big boxed plant at the nursery 
 


PRITCHARDIA MARTII
BEAUTIFUL HAWAIIAN FAN PALM
HARD TO FIND SPECIES
DISCOUNT ON NICE ONE GALLON PLANTS


Fan palm enthusiast know that Pritchardia martii is one of the hardest of the Pritchardia genus to locate.  We are presently offering nice one gallon plants as shown here.  It is native to the island of Oahu where it grows at elevations of up to one half mile on mountain ridges.  It has a trunk that's not thick and can get wide leaves up to six feet across.  A nice thing about the very flat leaves is the brown to silver discoloration on the underside of the green  dorsal (upper) side of the leaves.  Overall height can exceed twenty feet.

In our area along the coast, this species tolerates full sun.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  Inland areas do best with a small amount of sun or filtered light with Pritchardia martii.  We just got in these one gallon plants. This one gallon size are offered at 20% off or $32 each.  We have no other sizes for sale right now.
pritchardia martii pritchardia martii
pritchardia martii  pritchardia martii  pritchardia martii 
pritchardia martii  pritchardia martii  pritchardia martii 
 

WE HAVE SO MANY PLANTS ON SPECIAL RIGHT NOW AND I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO BLOG THEM ALL. 
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MAKE SURE YOU GET GREAT PRICES!
 

THURSDAY, 27 NOVEMBER, 2014 - FOR U.S. READERS, HAPPY Happy Thanksgiving Turkey THANKSGIVING

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
DWARF PALM WITH METALLIC SHEEN
SINGLES AND MULTIPLES AVAILABLE

It's actually surprising to me that sometimes we run out of this popular species.  But, that's exactly the problem.  People love this plant, buy it, and we run out.  Well, I just got in some really nice singles in tall one gallon pots and multiples in 8 inch pots.  They are quite nice.

This species is native to Mexico and gets its scientific name from the metallic sheen on the leaves.  I've posted a few photos demonstrating this.  The first four photos show the singles followed by the 8 inch pot multiples.  This species is a semi-dwarf palm that, in a few decades, can get up to five or six feet tall.  Because of their thin trunk and smaller leaves, they look best planted in small colonies of multiple plants.  Planted this way colonies are very attractive over time.  In shade, leaf color is dark green.  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties F., perhaps a bit lower.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  Full sun will burn this species.

These plants would be easy to mail order.  We have limited numbers available.  They are on sale with our Black Friday Sale.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

CERATOZAMIA ROBUSTA
VERY NICE PLANTS IN TALL 1 GALLONS
LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES WHEN MATURE
BLACK FRIDAY SALE $35 EACH

This attractive and large cycad is the largest species of the genus Ceratozamia.  It is native to Mexico and several Central American countries.  It is known for it's long and upright leaves.  I've seen plants with leaves over seven feet long.  I like to grow it in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the very low 20's F.  Leaf stems have prominent spines and leaflets are long and green.

Shown here are some 4 year old 1.5 gallon plants I've put on special for $35.  They are normally $55.  They are shown in the first four photos here and would be easy to ship.  I've also shown photos of larger plants at the nursery.  These are likewise on sale. 

Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta
Boxed specimen at nursery
Ceratozamia robusta
Leaves of mature plant
Ceratozamia robusta
Nursery plant in citrus pot
Ceratozamia robusta
Two large nursery plants showing upright leaves

 

DIOON MEROLAE
BLUE-GREEN MEXICAN SPECIES
SLOW GROWING
FANTASTIC 15G ON BLACK FRIDAY SALE


This slow growing Mexican species of Dioon has tight, almost overlapping and spiny leaflets with a somewhat keeled leaf.  Domestically, if you see a plant with three or four feet of trunk, you are guaranteed that is a almost hundred year old plant.  But, given many centuries, these plants form trunks well over ten feet long.  (see last photo).  For sure, a well grown specimen will outlive any of us.

This is one of my favorite cycads.  The fifteen gallon plants I'm including with this Black Friday Sale are about eight years old or more.  They are very nice plants and would like sun in coastal areas.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  Caudex sizes are variable but at least four to five inches.  Regular price for these is $450.  Black Friday Sale $300.  I can easily ship them right ot your door.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Habitat photo by J.O.

 

SCHIZILOBIUM PARAHYBA
BRAZILIAN FIRE TREE, THE FERN TREE
GREAT SPECIES FOR LIGHT CANOPY SHADE

This extremely fast growing tree is probably the most sought-after of the tropical trees at our nursery.  Its native habitat stretches from Central America into South America.  It can get well over forty feet tall with a typical trunk diameter of 18 inches or less.  People are impressed that it can put on over ten feet of vertical height a year.  It is also known for the fact that it creates a very light canopy shade, ideal for growing understory species.  However, it is decidious and will drop its leaves during the coldest part of winter.  Leaflets flush out rapidly about six weeks later.  It has bipinnate leaves and matched pairs of small leaflets as shown.  Because of this leaf structure, it only produces about 50% to 25% shade.  Its blossoms are yellow.  The trunk is smooth and somewhat "snakeskin" appearing.  If you are trying to produce quick canopy, a few of these will assist you rapidly.

Shown here is the 5g size, although we also have one gallon plants for sale.
 Our availability varies over time.  But, presently we have several of these available.  The mature specimens shown here are Internet photos with credits as given.  By the way, it is known as the "Fern Tree" because it looks like a maiden hair fern in the sky above you.
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
photo by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
Schizilobium at Flickr unknown author
Schizilobium at Flickr unknown author

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
PECULIARLY CALLED THE "ALEXANDER PALM"

Ptychosperma is a group of pinnate palms from Australia, PNG and various Pacific islands.  There are single trunk and suckering varieties.  All are crown shafted.  The hallmark for identifying this species is the leaflets.  All have a jagged, chopped off terminal leaflet.  In other words, the leaflet tips don't come to a pointed end but rather a notched or jagged end. 

Ptychosperma elegans is one of the most cold hardy species of this group.  They get a thin trunk, a somewhat silver crown shaft and a medium sized crown of leaves.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's f.  They prefer to "work their way" into the sun.   So, planting in strong filtered light would be ideal if they can grow up into the sun over time.  Inland areas would require filtered light at all times.  They are a medium rate grower.  Planting in clumps can be attractive. 

Shown here are examples of 15g and 5g plant material at the nursery.  I have a very nice plant in my garden that is about 25 feet tall and gets eastern light.  Also shown are some mature plants in gardens.  The fourth photo was taken by HJD.  The last photo demonstrates the terminal portion of the leaflets and their jagged edge.  This photo is of a P. schefferi, another nice species.

Finally, I would like to mention that some people call this the
Alexander Palm. This is totally confusing as there is another palm, Archontophoenix alexandrae, which is called the same.  I'd consider this a terrible common name for this species as it just confuses the customer.  No real palm enthusiasts call it by this name.  If a nursery calls it this, figure they don't know better.  Perhaps, historically, some palm importer couldn't tell the difference between the two species and therefore gave it this name. 
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma schefferi leaflets

 

TUESDAY, 25 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF KING PALMS
AVAILABLE IN ASSORTED SIZES
ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAYOLENSIS
ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE

Shown here are 15g plants of two more unusual types of the King Palm.  The first three pictures shown A. mayolensis and the next three show A. alexandrae.  The Mayola King Palm is native to an area outside of Cairns, Australia and is best known by the beautiful, clean emerald green crown shaft.  In habitat, it can get up to sixty feet.  Both this species and A. alexandrae have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The latter comes natively from further north in Queensland and can also, potentially, get a bit taller.  It's crown shaft is not as clean appearing as the Mayola Palm.  Neither species has the ramenta hairs you'd see on A. cunninghamiana or purpurea.

Both of these species do quite well in coastal Southern California and are quick growers.  They tolerate full sun but can also grow in part day sun.  With less sun, the leaves are longer and a bit prettier.

We have an assortment of sizes of both species as well as three to four other King Palm varieties.

For more information on all King Palm species click here
Archontophoenix mayolensis
Archontophoenix mayolensis
Archontophoenix mayolensis
Archontophoenix mayolensis
Archontophoenix mayolensis
Archontophoenix mayolensis
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix mayolensis L.N. PACSOA
Archontophoenix mayolensis by L.N. PACSOA

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
COLD HARDY, THIN TRUNKS, NOT TOO TALL AND PRETTY RED FRUIT CLUSTERS
ASSORTED SIZES AVAILABLE

Native to eastern Mexico, this attractive suckering palm is known as the Hardy Bamboo Palm.  The latter term "Bamboo Palm" is used quite commonly and simply means a suckering pinnate palm that resembles a Bamboo.  There are three or four main species that are referred to as Bamboo Palms, and C. microspadix is one of them.

This species is cold hardy to about 18 or 19 degrees F., typically is grown in filtered light, has super thin green trunks and never gets above about eight feet in height.  Its fruits are prominently red when mature.  Leaves are short (less than 3 feet) and leaflets often have a cool sheen to them, sort of an iridescent trait (see photos below).  Some varieties are even blue on the underside (photo below).

The first plant is a nice 15g plant.  I've also included photos below for details of this species. This plant is often used inside of homes or on patios.  Growth rate is medium.  I'd recommend growing it in filtered light.  Because of the thin nature of the trunks, they will often bend with age and weight, sort of lean out from the center of the plant.

We usually have seedlings, 5g and 15g available for sale but in limited numbers.  Easy to ship mail order.   


If you want to learn more about Chamaedorea species, click here.
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
different plant showing thin trunk size
Chamaedorea microspadix
Photo shows how sometimes the leaves have
an iridescent sheen
Chamaedorea microspadix
different plant, they don't get any taller than this
Chamaedorea microspadix
A very old clump doing surprisingly well in sun
Chamaedorea microspadix
picture showing blue on underside of leaflets, different
near mature plant
Chamaedorea microspadix
photo showing suckering nature of this Bamboo Palm
Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, LARGER ARENGA

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.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
LARGE CYCAD FROM MILE HIGH LOCATION IN KENYA
GREAT SPECIES FOR SO. CALIFORNIA

I was quite pleased yesterday when one of our staff, Ricardo, found this beautiful large specimen in our growing area.  It is Encephalartos tegulaneus, a rare Central African cycad from the country of Kenya.  It is rarely seen available on the market and develops a large trunk that, in many decades, gets up to twenty feet tall or more.  Native populations of this rare and endangered species have been found at elevations of 7200 feet.  Leaves are five to six feet.  Leaflets are narrow to medium in width, minimally armed and somewhat cupped in shape. 


This is a seed grown outdoor cycad with a caudex that is 12 inches thick and almost as tall.  It has a full crown of leaves that have been thrown in full sun.  The box is a 24 inch size.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance at 22 degrees F.  It' already seen 25 degrees in the past without damage.  We only have this one large specimen but do have other sizes available.
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus
box leaned toward you to show crown from above
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
different plant, 15g size, at nursery
Encephalartos tegulaneus
close up showing cupped leaflets, typical color 

 

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
EASY-T0-GROW CYCAD FROM MADAGASCAR
EASY TO SHIP 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON SPECIES
SEVERAL ASSORTED SIZES AVAILABLE
VERY RARE SPECIES


This is a rare cycad species from various mountainous regions in Mexico.  You hardly ever see them for sale, especially with any size.  These seed grown plants are over ten years old, have been outdoor grown for over five years and have seen part or near full day sun.  Mature plants have leaves about five to six feet long, narrow trunks that get up to 15 feet and minimal armor on the leaflets. 

The plants shown here are in 15g pots and have caudex size of six to seven inches.  They can take full sun right on the coast.  Otherwise, consider them a part day sun species.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The last two photos are from plants in the wild c/o J.O.
Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii by JO
habitat photo by JO
Dioon rzedowskii
habitat photo by JO

 

SUNDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

BROMELIADS: TILLANDSIA CLUSTERS
MOUNTED ON WOOD
ABOUT FIVE DIFFERENT SPECIES OFFERED

Tillandsia are a type of epiphytic Bromeliad that live in trees in habitat, either on trunks or branches.  Or, they could live on the side of a rock, on a telephone wire, on a fence post or almost anywhere else that seeds might land.  They are called "epiphytic" because they use the host structure only for support.  They do not take nutrition from the host.  Such a plant would then be called "parasitic".  They live off natural rainwater and nutrition in the air.  This could be in the form of dust or debri, etc. that lands on the plants.

Tillandsias
in domestic culture can be mounted on tree limbs, put on pieces of wood or even just put in a glass bowl.  They are quite durable.  The plants shown here are clusters of about four to five individual plants, so they have multiplied/divided.  They were put on boards that are one inch thick.  We mount with sphagnum moss and fishing line.  We apply a wire hook at the top of the board.  Some growers mount them directly on the trunks of palm trees.  

One would spray them with water every week or two and once in a while spray them with a mild liquid fertilizer.  They are easy to grow and do like some sun.  We have five different varieties or species available.  The ones shown here are $25 regular price and can be shipped.  Remember, 20% off right now on everything.  What a great little holiday gift!
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters

 

SOME MORE BROMELIADS
ASSORTED GENERA
GREAT COMPANION PLANTS

I just wanted to quickly show a few more recent arrival Bromeliads.  We got in some rare Achmeas and other types.  All are for sale. 
Achmea species  Achmea species 
Achmea species  bromeliads  bromeliads 
 

 

ASSORTED PALMS AROUND THE NURSERY
FIVE AND FIFTEEN GALLON SIZE
ALL READY FOR YOUR  GARDEN

Recently my staff went around the nursery and took some photos of palm trees that they liked.  I'm dong something different with this post.  I'm just showing a bunch of random palm tree pictures of nursery stock.  All are either 5g or 15g size.  Some are quite rare.  All should be available for sale.
Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae
5g
Archontophoenix myolensis 15g
 Archontophoenix myolensis 15g
Archontophoenix alexandrae 15g
Archontophoenix alexandrae 15g 
Pritchardia species, huge 15g
Pritchardia
species, huge 15g 
Bismarckia nobilis 15g
Bismarckia nobilis 15g
Jubaea chilensis 15g
Jubaea chilensis 15g
Ravenea xerophila 15g
Ravenea xerophila
15g 
Phoenix roebellenii large specimens
Phoenix roebellenii
large specimens 
Caryota gigas large 15g
Caryota gigas large 15g 
Chamaedorea plumosa 15g
Chamaedorea plumosa 15g
Dypsis cabadae 15g
Dypsis cabadae 15g
  

 

BRAHEA EDULIS 5 GALLON SIZE
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM
BLACK FRIDAY BLOWOUT PRICE $39

This is not what I'd call a super rare species of palm, but for some reason they are near impossible to find.  We have a limited number of nice 15g plants for sale.  An example is shown here. Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet. 

The colony of plants shown here are located near Mission Bay Park in San Diego.  I'd estimate they are about forty years old.  This species likes full sun, can tolerate desert conditions and is cold hardy to the mid-teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant.  Presently the only size we have available are the 15g plants.  But, we do have other Brahea species in smaller containers.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
BLOWOUT PRICE $39


No other discounts apply.  Easy to mail order and ship..

Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis 15g
Brahea edulis 15g Brahea edulis Brahea edulis7

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
THIN TRUNK, TALL, SILVER-GREEN FAN PALM


As you might expect with the name, this species is native to the Island of Barbados, but is also found in Trinidad, Tabago and northern Venezuela.  This is a medium to tall height, thin trunked fan palm that can get up to forty feet in the right environment.  Trunk diameter is always less than six inches; leaves are three feet across.  The color of the leaves is green to silver-green.  The underside of the leaves is more prominently silver than the dorsal side. 

This is a sun loving palm that can be grown in Southern California.  Cold tolerance is perhaps to the mid-twenties F.  Coccothrinax are known to be slow growing, especially in pots.  The plant shown here is in a 7g plant and probably about six to seven years old. It is about four to five feet tall.  Also shown are several mature specimens.
Coccothrinax barbdensis Coccothrinax barbdensis
Coccothrinax barbdensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
SAN JOSE FAN PALM
20% OFF WITH SALE ON 15 G  PLANTS


This tall, thin trunked species of Brahea is native to Baja and northwestern Mexico where in grows on hillsides and in canyons.  It has a trunk over thirty feet with a thin one foot diameter.  It is exotic and fast growing for a Brahea and has very long petioles.  Leaves are green, three feet wide and circular in shape as shown.  It has an open, airy appearance. 

It is a sun loving species that thrives in our area here.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  We are offering nice 15g plants on special.  This species is quite hard to find.

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BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI  Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI  BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI 

 

FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT
BLOWOUT PRICE BAND 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 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
BLOWOUT PRICE $20
OR THREE FOR $50


These are simple and inexpensive to ship right to your door.  No other discounts apply..
furcrea furcraea macdougalii TS at RPS

 

RIDAY, 21 NOVEMBER, 2014FRIDAY, 21 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
HUGE, OLD 15G AVAILABLE AGAIN
SUN, VERY COLD HARDY

This past summer I was able to offer the largest 15g size Allagoptera that I've ever had.  And, of course, we ran out.  I was able to get in a few more a couple of days ago.  They are equally as large and nice.  This species grows near or on the beach in Brazil.  It loves sun, is tolerant of salty breezes and is cold hardy down to about 20 degrees F.

The 15g shown here are super.  Some are even blossoming or in fruit.  By the way, the blossoms/fruit are very peculiar looking.  One cluster of green seeds is shown below.  These plants shown here are at least 10 years old, seed grown, in their pots.  I can mail order these, although it'd be a large and heavy box..
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaia
Allagoptera arenaia Allagoptera arenaia Allagoptera
Allagoptera arenaia Allagoptera arenaia Allagoptera arenaia

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT
SEMI-DWARF PLANT WITH THIN LEAVES
LOVES SUN, COLD HARDY

We, on occasion, get in really nicely grown Mexican Grass Plants in 15g size as shown here.  These remind me of a "pom pom plant" with thin, needle-like leaves that are green in color.  The leaves are long and arching and about the size of a knitting needle.  A plant of twenty-five years age might have a foot or two of trunk.  Thus, the "pom pom" crown of leaves just moves upward toward the sky slowly still looks the same.  The green leaf color has some blue in it as you can see here.  The trunk, when cleaned of old leaves, resembles a cycad trunk like let's say Macrozamia. 

The 15g we have are quite nice.  Of course, we also have nice 5g on a super sale price at our ad.  I can ship either size.  cold hardiness is at least intot he low 20's F.
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum

 

NEROGELIAS IN BRIGHT COLORS
GREAT GARDEN COMPANION PLANTS
FOUR NEW RED HYBRIDS
SALE PRICE THESE FOUR SPECIES

We are always trying to find and bring in great companion plants for the garden.  We especially like tropical and colorful items.  Shown here are four hybrid Bromeliads, all Neogelia types.  Colors range from rust to pink to bright red.  All will cluster and can be planted, right in their pot, into the ground below trees.  A little sun will help bring out the color.  Note some have speckling and others variegated stripes.

These plants are in four to six inch pots and all are on sale for $15.  These are unusual new hybrids, not to be found at your typical nursery.  All will sucker and form nice clumps over time.  They need minimal water.  They are also super easy to ship at affordable rates because plants are very light.
Nerogelia cammorinneana bronze
Nerogelia cammorinneana bronze
Nerogelia cammorinneana bronze
Nerogelia cammorinneana bronze
Nerogelia cammorinneana bronze
Nerogelia cammorinneana bronze
Nerogelia cammorinneana bronze
Nerogelia cammorinneana bronze
Nerogelia fuego ancho
Nerogelia fuego ancho
Nerogelia furgo ancho
Nerogelia fuego ancho
Nerogelia fuego ancho
Nerogelia fuego ancho
Nerogelia iris
Nerogelia iris
Nerogelia iris
Nerogelia iris
Nerogelia iris
Nerogelia iris
Nerogelia schultessiana
Nerogelia schultessiana
Nerogelia schultessiana
Nerogelia schultessiana
Nerogelia schultessiana
Nerogelia schultessiana
Bromeliads in landscape
Bromeliads in the landcape
Bromeliads in landscape Bromeliads in landscape Bromeliads in landscape

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
CENTRAL AFRICAN
LIGHT AND FURRY CAUDEX
SUPER SALE SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

As we've geared up for this Super Sale, we've brought in a ton of new items.  One supplier offered us two ten year old plants that he thought were Encephalartos munchii.  That's what his seed source told him ten years ago.  But, these are not munchii as far as I can tell.  They both are in 15g pots, have very light tan and furry caudices, have green leaves with slightly armored leaflets and are quite attractive.  Leaf length is about four feet.  They were grown in filtered light in a far inland area and saw temperatures into the mid-twenties on a regular basis.

Caudex sizes are about five inches.  I've tried to give close ups of the leaves.  For sure, they are a central African plant. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $450
BLACK FRIDAY SUPER SALE PRICE $250

I only have a few of these.  They were not listed at our Super Sale Page.  I only have these two plants.
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species Encephalartos species
Encephalartos species Encephalartos species Encephalartos species

 

WEDNESDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, 2014 

 

YUCCA ROSTRATA
MEDIUM SIZE SUCCULENT
BEAUTIFUL BLUE LEAVES

This attractive succulent comes form Mexico with perhaps some plants native to parts of the extreme Southern U.S.  It loves sun and heat.  Mature height is ten to fifteen feet.  Most dramatic is the full head of prominently blue leaves as shown here.  It is fairly hard to find nice plants of this species. 

Cold hardiness is down to about 10 degrees F. by report.  This makes this a perfect "cycad appearing" succulent for use in many gardens.  The color is quite intense.  I hope you can appreciate it with these photos.  I haven't had plants like this for years.

We only have a few of these available at this time.
yUCCA ROSTRATA yUCCA ROSTRATA
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

 

TRITHRIRNAXINAX CAMPESTRIS
SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING, BLUE PALM
A FEW TRULY MASSIVE OLD 15G PLANTS

Over the past few years I've had this species.   A few days ago someone over in the desert contacted me and told me he had twelve year old plants in 15g.  I had to see them.  And, boy are they chunky and massive.  I only have these two monsters and have never seen 15g plants of this species this large.  I think they are too wide to ship by Fed Express but could try. 

This is a full sun species with a cold hardiness into the mid-teens F.  They get to about eight, perhaps ten feet height in many years. The leaflet ends are quite sharp.  They sucker to a variable extent.  Sometimes you get thick clumps, other times just two or three trunks.

These won't last long.


Trithrinax campestris huge 15g Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris    

 

DIOON EDULE
VERY LARGE 25 G PLANTS IN CONE
BEST CYCAD FOR HOT DESERT SUN
PROBABLY MOST COLD HARDY CYCAD

This is the first time I'm offering this batch of super large 25g Dioon edules, many of which are in cone and many are suckering.  The fourth photo shows a male cone.  Caudex sizes are at least 8 inches.

This species is native to Mexico and loves hot sun.  It's probably the only cycad which can take full sun in desert areas like Phoenix or Las Vegas.  And, it's also probably the most cold tolerant of any cycad species.  Into the upper teens F. is no problem. 

This variety has very blue green leaves.  They are quite symmetrical and pretty.  I have limited numbers available.  And, they are on discount.

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

 

ADENIUM SPECIES
THE DESERT ROSE
UNIQUE FLOWERING SUCCULENTS
PECULIAR SHAPES TO TRUNK
GREAT PATIO PLANTS

These peculiar yet attractive plants are native to southern Africa and parts of the Arabian Peninsula.  They form twisted and unusual appearing fat caudices and are great for bonsai growing.  Other than the bizarre trunks, one is surprised by a nice display of pink or red flowers in late winter.  These plants do great in small containers and tolerate some sun.  They can stay in the same pot for years.  Many hybrids are made for flower color and size with this genus.  They can also be grown inside the house in a bright location..

I have an enthusiast who is going to supply me with these great collector plants.  I don't know the species name of them, but they are about five to six years old in 3g pots.  The last photos show mature bonsai plants in flower.  By the way, in the ground they get taller, easily reaching six feet height.

Adenium species Adenium species
Adenium species Adenium species Adenium species
Adeniium species Adeniium species Adeniium species

 

TUESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

VEITCHIA MERRILLII
AKA ADONIDIA MERRILLII
THE MANILA OR CHRISTMAS PALM
GOOD INTERIOR PALM - BAD OUTDOORS FOR THOSE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

This is a medium height, single trunk, crown shafted palm that has an "umbrella" shaped crown of leaves, a narrow trunk of about six to eight inches and an overall height of fifteen to twenty five feet.  In the perfect environment, they can get a bit taller (photo below).  It is native to the Palawan Islands in the Philippines.  Fruits are large and bright red and it forms fruit during the holidays.  Thus the name "Christmas Palm".

No less than a few hundred times have I been called by folks who see this palm on a trip to the tropics and want it for their garden.  They like it because it is "cute" and doesn't get big.  If you live in Miami, no problem. But, Veitchia merrillii does not do well in Southern California.   Almost all that I know that have been tried here have died.  Our winter cold is just too much for them.  Yes, there's probably someone out their eking out a small one, but it just won't thrive and literally most will die.

But, we do offer them for sale.  But, they come with the strict warning that "this is an interior palm and not for outdoors".  The last picture is typical of what we can usually supply.  Rarely we offer smaller plants.

Of note, none of these specimen photos (except nursery) were taken in Southern CA.
Veitchia merrillii Mitzi Veitchia merrillii
Veitchia merrillii Veitchia merrillii Veitchia merrillii
Veitchia merrillii Veitchia merrillii Veitchia merrillii

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
AKA CHAMAEDOREA ATROVIRENS
THE CAT PALM
SOME NICE ATTRIBUTES BUT A PROBLEM

The common name, "Cat Palm" is a contraction of the species name, "Chamaedorea cataractarum".  But, if you study the derivation of "cataractaum", it refers to water, the flow of water, river, etc.  And, this applies to the habitat of this species.  They natively live on the literal edge of a river or stream.  And, of course, this means that in habitat they like lots of water.

Yes, they are a semi-dwarf species and can tolerate some sun.  These are attributes.  But, if not given enough water, they tend to look ratty with burned leaves or leaf tips.  (see last photo).  Because they are easy to produce, the commercial market has really pushed this species.  The problem is that inside (heater on during the winter with dry air), they tend to look bad.  And, outdoors with any under-watering, you see the same.

We do sell them, but you must remember to water them a lot. 
Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Colin Wilson
photo by Colin Wilson
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Colin Wilson
photo by Colin Wilson
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
EASY TO GROW, RARE DWARF CYCAD
 
This is a dwarf Zamia from Mexico, specifically on the Pacific Coast side of the central Mexico near Puerto Vallarta.  It natively lives under oak trees in filtered light.  Mature caudexes are three to four inches.  Leaves are typically two, maximum three feet long.  Leaflets are leathery, green and have fine spines on the apical half of the leaves.  Males cones (shown here) are about 10 cm long and light brown in color.  This species tolerates strong filtered light or perhaps full sun along the coast.  Inland areas require protection from bright sun. 

We have available a small number of some mature Zamia paucijuga.  It is so rare that ones sees such plants for sale.  By report, these plants are from habitat collected seeds well over ten to fifteen years ago.  They have already seen cold weather in the mid to low 20's F.  These were grown in rather bright sun.
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga leaflets    

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE

I'M POSTING THIS HERE BECAUSE OF OUR ONGOING SALE.  I DO TRY TO PUT IT AT THE BOTTOM OF MONTH OF THIS BLOG. 
BUT, SOME PEOPLE DON'T READ TO THE BOTTOM, SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE ALL CAN SEE IT.


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row

 

PRITCHARDIA MUNROII
HUGE 15G PLANTS
RARE, ENDANGERED, BEAUTIFUL

This is a great example of a rarer type of the Hawaiian Pritchardia genus.  The nursery plants shown here are absolutely massive for their containers. 

This species is extremely rare and critically endangered and from the island of Molokai.  It is a medium sized palm and gets to a height of about fifteen feet with an eight inch trunk.  The leaves are green on top with perhaps a hint of whitish fuzz below.  The petioles are green with the same hint of white fuzz.  As you can see, the leaves are flat with little undulation.  Along the coast it will tolerate full sun.  Cold tolerance should be about 25 degrees. 

The 15g plant shown here is huge, more typical of a boxed size plant.  In the container, overall height is about eight feet and basal trunk diameter is six inches.

These specimens are easily ten years old and I guarantee you nowhere else available like this in 15g pots.  They have seen cold into the upper twenties and have never been in a heated greenhouse.  These are an exceptional plant for someone looking for large size and quality.  
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii 15g
Pritchardia munroii 15g Pritchardia munroii Pritchardia munroii
Pritchardia munroi TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Pritchardia munroi TS RPS
photo by TS RPS
 

 

THURSDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

PHOENIX RECLINATA
CANARY ISLANDS ARE THE BIG ONES, RIGHT?
THINK AGAIN AND DEFINE "BIG"

When one considers "big" palm trees, one usually thinks about trunk diameter, overall height and the size of the crown.  So, when you think of "a big Date Palm", most would discuss Phoenix canariensis or  P. sylvestris.  Yes, they are large.  But, consider another viewpoint, the air space they occupy.  Or, put another way, the total of space it takes for all the crowns if it is suckering.

I bring this up because most people don't really think about how big a Phoenix reclinata can become.  Each individual crown can be ten feet across.  And, when you have twenty crowns of leaves, they really take up room and occupy, all by themselves, a lot of garden space.  The pictures here show this.

Remember the derivation of the word "reclinata".  It comes from the word "recline".  Trunks on this species have to recline (move out of the way) or the crown just doesn't have enough space.  So, up in the air, this is by far the biggest of the date palms and must be given a lot of room.  If you put it in the corner of a patio or in a courtyard, you'll be spending a lot of time pruning it back.  Remember this when you select species and plant out your garden.
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata pHOENIX RECLINATA Phoenix reclinata PACSOA
photo from PACSOA website

 

OK, I GOT IT.
RECLINATA IS TOO BIG AND I WANT A TINY PALM
I'LL GET A PYGMY DATE PALM - PERFECT!

At this website I wrote an article on Pheonix roebelenii, the Pygmy Date Palm.  There I mentioned the expected mature height is eight to ten feet.  At the time, I knew that wasn't entirely true.  But, it seemed confusing at the time to talk about the rare palms that do get taller. Pygmy date "usually" don't get very tall - but, sometimes they can.  People often come to the nursery saying they "want a little palm.  One that doesn't get over six feet".  They immediately say they want the "Pygmy Palm".  By definition, it can't get that tall, correct?  After all, 'Pygmy" means little, correct?

By my home pool, I put in
Phoenix roebelenii in 1976.  Now, thirty-eight years later they are about twelve feet tall.  I'm showing here multiple palms that are ten to almost twenty feet tall.  And, most would call them Phoenix roebeleniis.  The second photos c/o Tobias Spanner shows another thing you might not know about the Pygmy Dates.  In habitat they are or can be a naturally suckering palm.  Oppose this to nursery plants where they are single trunk with several put into the same pot.

My point here is, if you really want a palm that stays below six feet, the Pygmy Date Palm is probably not your best choice.  They easily get over a single story roof in time.  A final point is that perhaps the tendency toward hybridization with all Phoenix has something to do with Pygmy height.  But, that's for another post in the future.
Phoenix roebellenii Phoenix roebelenii
P:hoto c/o TS at RPS
Pygmy Date
Photo c/o Wikipedia Commons
Pygmy DAte

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SENTICOSUS
THE LEBOMBO CYCAD

It's always hard when you finally learn some plant names only to find that, at the same time, a taxonomist has changed the names.  Thus is the case with this species.

In 1996, Encephalartos lebomboensis was split into two species: E. lebomboensis and E. senticosus.  The difference between the two had to do mostly with the fact that senticosus has a greater number of orange-yellow cones (up to four) and lebomboensis typically just has one.  The common name, "Lebombo Cycad" can still apply to either species.  E. senticosus is a good sized plant with trunks up to twelve feet.  Leaves are five to six feet long and curve downwards somewhat.  Leaves are green and leaflets spiney.  The leaflets get smaller as they get closer to the caudex.

This is a fast and good growing species.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  It likes sun (along the coast) and sandy soil.  Give it adequate room as the crown has good size.  It is very attractive when well grown and in a visible location.  Shown here is a whole assortment of this species with sizes from boxes (several) down to band seedlings.  We have a great assortment for sale and they are easy to ship. 
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus
Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus Encephalartos senticosus by Colin Wilson Quail

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
SMALL SHADE CYCAD
PLANT WITH  MALE CONE

For many years we have been growing this species of shade loving South African cycad that looks more like a fern than a cycad.  I just photographed a male plant in cone in a citrus pot.  So, I wanted to show it here.  I have also included one photo below of a female cone on a different plant.   This is a small cycad species.  Leaves are usually four feet long or less.  Caudex size is typically six inches or less.  Plants in 15g pots frequently cone and, as you can see, so do older citrus pot plants.  It's not unusual for us to have five to ten plants coning at the same time..  Right on our coast, some people are growing this plant in full sun. But, most grow it in filtered light.  It holds typically three or four leaves which are a lush green color.  The male cone is thinner but not necessarily taller.  The shape of the female cone is more like a pineapple.  Setting seeds is not difficult on this species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Stangeria eriopus male
Stangeria eriopus male Stangeria eriopus male
male cone
Stangeria eriopus FEmale
female cone
Stangeria eriopus male
two male cones on a different plant
Stangeria eriopus  

 

CARPENTARIA ACUMINATA
THIN TRUNKED, FAST GROWING
 

This is a single trunk, pinnate, crown-shafted palm species from northern Australia.  It gets to 40 feet or more and has a rather thin trunk.  It is a fast grower Cold tolerance is slightly below a freeze.  It is uncommonly seen in Southern CA.  It is a species that should be started in strong filtered light and then allowed to grow upwards into full sun. 

Shown is a 5g plant and a mature specimen.  This species is seldom seen for sale in CA.  We are almost out of stock on this species.  I am also showing a close up photo of the crown shaft and red fruit.  In Florida, it is not unusual to find this species.  But, for some reason, few nurseries have them available in Southern California.  For those in warm areas locally, it might be another species to try.
Carpentaria acuminata Carpentaria acuminata
Carpentaria

 

BRAHEA CLARA
MORE TOLERANT OF HUMIDITY THAN BRAHEA ARMATA?

This is a single trunk, blue fan palm from the area of Sonora in Mexico.  It is closely related to Brahea armata and some would consider it a variant of the latter.  But, there are others who praise the interesting characteristics of this "species".  First and foremost is that fact that people in the southern U.S. say this species tolerates the humid summers better than the desert-loving Brahea armata People in the San Francisco bay area say it grows better there and doesn't seem to demand as much hot weather in the summer.  Brahea armata has to have hot summers.  Others claim it's faster growing than armata, and this is probably true.  There are some who feel this fast growth is because of natural hybridization with Brahea brandegeei in the wild.  Others will tell you that the petiole is longer, has a different color and the crown is more open. 

So, what does one make of all this?  You have to be the judge.
 But, given all these things, you can see why there is keen interest in this species.  Yet, it is very difficult to find. Good news to some is that we got in some very nice and chunky 15g plants as shown here.  These reportedly were from wild collected seeds.  This will be a medium sized, full sun palm that takes temperatures into the mid-teens.  And, if you like blue and live in the South, perhaps this is the species to get.  BTW, there are very few photos of this species on the Internet.  The last photo shows a 15g Brahea armata for comparison.
Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g
Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g Brahea clara 15g
Brahea clara by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Brahea armata 15g
For comparison, Brahea armata in a 15g pot
 

 

REMEMBER: BIG BLOWOUT BLACK FRIDAY SALE HERE IN A FEW DAYS! 

 

MONDAY, 10 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

TROPICAL PLANT LANDSCAPE PACKAGE #1
HUGE PLANTS THAT CAN BE MOVED BY HAND
LIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFERING


Jungle Music wants to make it easy for those who are looking to landscape your yards.  So, we are offering a package at a great price.  This includes the following plants (photos in same order):

#2 Archontophoenix cunninghamiana in 24 inch boxes.  These are huge plants in a heavy box, yet because it's a 24 inch size, men can dolly and plant these monsters.  Heights are about sixteen feet with lots of brown wood.
#1 Howea forsteriana, huge 25g with trunk.  Sun grown plants that are begging to be put in the ground.  Just beautiful species and plants.
#1 Pritchardia species, huge 15g.  These are equivalent to 24 inch boxed plants and sun grown.  Only native palm species of Hawaii.  Medium mature height at fifteen to twenty feet.
#1 Dioon spinulosum, full cycad for a part day sun location, full, lush green and gorgeous.
#1 Cycas thouarsii, 15g, can tolerate sun in many areas, medium mature size to about twelve feet or taller in decades.
#2 Alocasia Cal - Odora, a dwarf green Alocasia that doesn't get over about four feet tall.  Tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.
#3 Ti plants, either red or pink, like filtered light, add color to the garden.

Many of these plants are very large, too big to transport by pickup.  So, a you would need to rent a delivery box van or have us deliver (charge applies).  All are great species.

REGULAR RETAIL PRICE THIS PACKAGE $2825
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE THIS PACKAGE $1899
THATS A 33% DISCOUNT ON THE PACKAGE

We have limited numbers of these plants so this special could sell out.  Call us for more information.  Minor substitutions may be considered.  These plants are all easy to grow outdoors in our locality.  Coupons cannot be applied to this package.  Photos of species are in the same order as above.
Archontophoenx cunninghamiana box
Howea forsteriana 25g Pritchardia
Dioon spinulosum Cycas thouarsii 15g
alocasia Ti rred

 

TROPICAL PLANT LANDSCAPE PACKAGE #2
EASY TO MANAGE 5G PLANTS THAT'LL BE GORGEOUS
LIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFERING

We offering a second package of smaller yet super desirable species that can be grown in most gardens in our area.  These plants are in the 5g size.  We may consider minor substitutions. 

#2 Howea forsteriana multiples, 5g size, huge for their pots
#1 Pritchardia species, huge and nice 5g plant
#1 Ravenea glauca, nice plants that will get to 20 feet and take sun
#1 Chambeyronia macrocarpa, the Flame Thrower Palm that has a newly emerging red leaf
#1 Bismarckia nobilis, the blue fan palm from Madagascar that can get to 30 feet, loves sun and heat and is just gorgeous when larger.
#1 Dioon spinulosum in a 5g pot
#1 Cycas thouarsii from Madagascar in a 5g pot

REGULAR RETAIL PRICE THIS 8 PLANT PACKAGE $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE THIS PACKAGE $535
THAT'S ALMOST 30% OFF DURING THIS SALE


This is an affordable package of tropical palms and cycads to get your garden going.  All are easy to grow.  Minor substitutions considered.  These plants would fit into an SUV or pickup easily.  Coupons cannot be used for this package or other already discount promotions.  These plants can be shipped if you live out of our area.
 
Kentia palm 5g
Pritchardia 5g Ravenea glauca 5g
Chambeyronia 5g Bismarckia nobilis
Dioon spinulosum 5g Cycas thouarsii 5g

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
GORGEOUS FISHTAIL PALM
LONG WIDE LEAVES, FAT BASE
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS

The 15 gallon sized plants I'm showing this morning are absolutely huge for their pots.  They are eight to ten feet tall in their pots and very beefy.  This species is quick growing, gets a two to three foot diameter basal diameter, reaches heights up to thirty-five feet and is native to northern Thailand.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE/PRICE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155 THIS SIZE

Just mention this special to get the discount.  Only a few are left.
Caryota gigas, huge 15g Caryota gigas, huge 15g
Caryota gigas, huge 15g Caryota gigas, huge 15g Caryota gigas, huge 15g
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
MEDIUM SIZED HEIGHT AND TRUNK
RUSTY COLORED, FUZZY CROWN SHAFT
USAGE IN FRONT OF A COMMERCIAL BUILDING

As most of you know, this species is native to Madagascar and a very desirable palm.  It gets a trunk about 8 inches in diameter and peaks out at about 25 feet.  The crown shaft is fuzzy and brown-red.  It is known as the Teddy Bear Palm.  I wanted to show you three plants in front of a commercial building.  They are doing quite well.  Remember, along the coast they can take full sun.  And, they respond to adequate water.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

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

 

SATURDAY, 8 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

DYPSIS CABADAE
15 AND 5 GALLON PLANTS SHOWN
TALLER THAN THE ARECA PALM WITH THICKER TRUNKS
AND, NO YELLOW!


Enthusiasts love suckering palm trees.  Very popular is the Areca Palm, Dypsis lutescens.  It gets to an average height here of about fifteen feet.  Trunks are about three to four inches in diameter and there's a lot of yellow on the leaf stem and crown.  Dypsis cabadae gets taller, typically over twenty feet.  Trunks are four to six inches in diameter and there's no yellow color.  Trunks are silver-green.  Photos here show two nursery plants that are for sale.  This species likes part day sun or strong filtered light and is cold hardy into the upper twenties F. 
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae

 

SANSEVIERIA  SUCCULENTS
FOUR SUPER RARE SPECIES
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL WITH PURCHASES?
A COLLECTION ON A TABLE OR GARDEN PLANTS?

As many of you know, Jungle Music is known for obtaining very rare and unusual plants, particularly companion plants.  This varies by the week.  A friend of mine is a propagator of unusual Sansevieria.  These plants come from Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia.  Common names include Mothers in Law plant, the Devil's Tongue and Snake Tongue.  All tend to be small.  Some are desert type plants and others are very tropical appearing.  Most grow as a rosette from one growing point.  But, almost all will have vegetative suckers from rhizomes or stolins.  Therefore, they make small slumps.  Almost all are small plants, rarely over three to four feet.  Figure strong filtered light or part day sun is good for most and an estimate of cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.

There are "collectors" of plants.  They get interested in a particular type of plant and try to find every species of that genus.  They then display them on a table and say "Come with me.  I want to show you my Sanseveria collection".  Contrast this to using plants in a garden with unusual species at every turn.  I get sort of bored with plants on tables.  Yes, seeing the species is cool.  But, what is the purpose?  It's always just a "collection".  I promote companion plant usage in the garden (last photo). You must decide what you want to be: a collector or a creator of a cool garden.

The four Sansevieria species here are all super rare and unusual.  All are one gallon size and for sale.  If interested, let me know and perhaps I can offer a good "combo pack".  But, individually, these are $35 each and the biggest ones are about 18 inches tall.
Sansevieria Sansevieria  ballyi
Sansevieria ballyi
Sansevieria  ballyi
Sansevieria ballyi
Sansevieria  patens
Sansevieria patens
Sansevieria  patens
Sansevieria patens
Sansevieria piersonii
Sansevieria piersonii
Sansevieria piersonii
Sansevieria piersonii
Sansevieria schweinfurthii
Sansevieria schweinfurthii
Sansevieria schweinfurthii
Sansevieria schweinfurthii
Sansevieria schweinfurthii
Sansevieria schweinfurthii
Sansevieria
A common type of Sansevieria
Succulents on Table, GardenWeb Website
Succulents on Table, GardenWeb Website
Succulents on Table, GardenWeb Website
Succulents on Table, GardenWeb Website
Succulents in Garden, MyGreenSpace Website
Succulents in Garden, MyGreenSpace Website

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES "RED BACK"
A VERY RARE PLANT TO SEE

THIRTY YEAR OLD SPECIMEN IN A BOX
RED COLOR TO BACK OF LEAVES
RED NEW FLUSH OF LEAVES

We found this plant in our growing grounds a couple of days ago.  We brought it up to our sales area and it immediately sold.  But, I wanted to share it with you in any case. This plants is very old, about thirty years at least and coning size.  The interesting thing about it are the red petioles and the red color to the backs of the leaves.  Enthusiasts have coined the term "Red Back" to these plants.  Some argue it's a form of Ceratozamia malongo.  In fact, a taxomist may have recently given it a species name.  The plant shown here has a main caudex ten inches wide and about 17 inches tall. There are two suckers, one 8 inches.  It's been outdoor grown its entire life with me. 

We have seen it flush red although I don't have a photo of this.  So, I've shown other plants with a red flush of new leaves.  I'd consider this plant to be a filtered light species with a cold tolerance of about 22 degrees F.  
Ceratozamia redback Ceratozamia redback
Ceratozamia redback Ceratozamia redback Ceratozamia redback
Ceratozamia redback Ceratozamia redback Ceratozamia redback
Ceratozamia new red leaves
Ceratozamia new red leaves, different plant
Ceratozamia new red leaves
Ceratozamia new red leaves, different plant
Ceratozamia new red leaves
Ceratozamia new red leaves, fading out   Different plant.

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
DESIRABLE LARGE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE


This was the third and most recently described species of Beccariophoenix and is quite possibly the easiest to grow of the three and with the most cold hardiness.  It makes a medium to large palm with a think trunk and a dense crown of leaves.  As shown, the base of the leaf stems form an interesting arrangement.  There are reports of this species growing in the SF Bay area.  It is a sun or part day sun plant.  Estimated cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Among collectors, this is a very hot species to obtain.  We're offering our 2g plants on ten day special.

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing. Easy to mail order.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
by TS at RPS

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
CLUSTERING MADAGASCAR PALM WITH NEW RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is a medium to large clustering palm from northern Madagascar.  Its trunks are hairy with old leaf base fibers.  New leaves emerge a prominent red to red-brown as shown here.  Overall height can get to well over thirty feet.  Leaves are six to eight feet, elegant and have long stems. Leaflets are droopy and leaf color is shiny green.  This is a sun to part sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F. 

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


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
NICE ONE GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE

This is a very popular blue cycad from the Republic of South Africa.  It's mature size is small to medium with a not overly-large crown of blue to silver leaves.  Mature, there is little spination on the leaflets except at their apical ends.  Trunks are rarely over two feet tall. They like full sun and are cold tolerant to about 22 degrees F.  The last photo shows a larger nursery plant.  These one gallon plants are about 2.5 years old and nice than new seedlings.  They are easy to ship.  What a great Holiday gift these would make.
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Seedlings will look like this in not too many years

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

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.
 
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
male cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

FRIDAY, 7 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 15G PLANTS

This dwarf type cycad is native to the Veracruz area of Mexico and gets its name from the fact that the leaflets are very thick and feel like cardboard.  But, as you know, this is a cycad and not "a palm".  The color is green.  In sun, this cycad is more of a lime green.  In shade it is a dark olive green.  Caudex size gets to about six inches, sometimes more.  Leaf length is typically three feet or a bit more.  Overall height of this cycad is usually under four feet.  It suckers freely.

I think it looks its best in filtered light or part day sun.  Right along the coast you can grow it in full sun.  People like this species because it stays small.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It is not a super cold hardy plant, but pretty good.  These 15g plants on sale are about ten years old and coning.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE THIS SPECIES $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

We don't have too many of these, so don't dally.  Mail order is quite easy.
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea
Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BARTERI X PTEROGONUS
VERY RARE HYBRID AFRICAN CYCAD
ONLY THIS PLANT AVAILABLE FOR SALE

Encephalartos barteri comes from west Central Africa, the area where you're hearing about the Ebola Virus presently.  This species was the seed bearer for this hybrid.  Encephalartos pterogonus is a medium sized cycad from Mozambique, also Central Africa but much further south and east.  As i recall, I imported this plant as a seedling many years ago from Africa.  Now, at least fifteen years later is has almost a five inch caudex and is in a 7 gallon pot.  It's holding three leaves.  Be aware that both parent species are super rare.  And, E. pterogonus rarely cones.

Although I'm not a hybrid cycad enthusiasts, there are collectors who covet hybrids, mostly because they are so different appearing and many times show "hybrid vigor" in the garden.  This cross is probably one that you'll never see again.  Although this plant is not inexpensive, if you contact me I might consider a discount.  I can mail order this cycad.  I'd recommend part day sun and expect a cold tolerance into maybe the mid-twenties.
Encephalartos barteri x pterogonus Encephalartos barteri x pterogonus
Encephalartos barteri x pterogonus Encephalartos barteri x pterogonus Encephalartos barteri x pterogonus
Encephalartos barteri x pterogonus Encephalartos barteri
Encephalartos barteri
Encephalartos pterogonus
Encephalartos pterogonus

 

COCCOTHRINAX ALTA

I thought I'd discuss a New World fan palm today.  Coccothrinax alta is from Puerto Rico and several other nearby islands.  It has flat green leaves that are silver underneath.  The ends of the leaf segments can droop downwards a bit.  It gets to a height of ten to twenty-five feet.  It is rarely discussed in palm reference books.  This species prefers full sun and is very slow growing.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F.  Shown here is a 5g and a 15g  (already sold)  plant.  Pictures of the larger plants do show how this specie's leaves are flat but don't demonstrate how they can droop downwards.  
Coccothrinax alta 5g Coccothrinax alta 5g
Coccothrinax alta 5g Coccothrinax alta Coccothrinax alta
Coccothrinax alta University of Florida FIAS
photo by University of Florida, IFAS
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A MULTI-STEMMED, SIMPLE LEAF DWARF PALM
BOTH SEXES AVAILABLE IN ONE POT

This dwarf palm is one of my favorite shade loving species.  I say this because it is very easy to grow, doesn't get overly tall, has very cute simple leaves (one segment, no individual leaflets) and finally because it has the most interesting fashion of propagating itself.  Most palms simply make another stem at the base, adjacent to the mother stem.  This species sends out a runner just on top of the soil.  This mall "running" stem then dives under the soil and emerges a short distance away and grows vertically as a new stem.  It's crazy to watch.

Native to high elevation in Mexico where it grows at 2500 feet, stem diameters are a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short with a short petiole.  Leaf length and width is under a foot.  They are simple, bifed at the end and green in color.  They are known to be somewhat difficult to set seeds on as a domestic plant.  You need both a male and female plant to set seeds.  You must time your pollination of the female flower just right.  To facilitate hobbyists who want to set seeds, I potted up male and female plants into the same pots about a year ago.  These plants came from cane divisions of known parents of both sexes.  They aren't big yet (not shown here), but will someday give people the chance to propagate this species.  Culturally, it is a shade plant with cold tolerance into the low 20's F.  We have other sizes available, limited numbers.
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera

 


NANNORRHOPS RITCHEANA
THE MAZARI PALM 

If you go to any palm reference book, it will describe Nannorrhops as a "monotypic type of fan palm".  This means there is only one species in the genus.  As a nurseryman, I have always known that there is the "green form" and the 'blue form" of the Mazari Palm.  Interestingly enough, the blue form has been found to be more cold hardy.  It is a suckering palm that gets to about ten feet tall.  Habitats include Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

About five years ago another type of Nannorrhops was introduced.  If you look at the fourth picture below, you'll note that the color of this plant is a white-silver.  This has become known as Nannorrhops arabica in the trade.  I don't think that this is widely recognized as a new species as of yet.  But, the color is dramatically different.  It comes from a different area in the Middle East.  I do have both the classical "blue" (more of a gray color) and the "arabica" for sale.  The five gallons shown just arrived and are the gray form.  They are six year old plants.  It's hard to find the Mazari with any age.  On the N. arabicas, we only have one gallon size for sale.  This species likes heat, sun and is cold tolerant into the teens F. 

A good way to recognize this species is this: Note that it's a suckering fan palm, not too tall, with shades of blue or gray to the leaves.  Note that the ends of the leaflets are stiff, but not dagger quality.  Then look at the upper stems, just where the lower leaves have emerged.  If you see wooly, tan colored tomentum, it is a Nannorrhops.  The last picture shows this wooly tomentum material.    
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhops ritcheana
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhopsarabica Nannorrhops ritcheana

SABAL CAUSIARUM
MAGNIFICENT THICK TRUNKED FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE WE HAVE
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum   
 
 

 

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


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

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


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

 

THURSDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

FERN BONANZA - JUST ARRIVED, BEAUTIFUL PLANTS!

GREAT TEN DAY SPECIALS BUT LIMITED NUMBERS! 

 

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


When I first saw one of these I thought "how cute is that?"  And, they are very cute.  They stay small, typically not getting over five to six feet tall mature.  The leaves are upright, green in color, two feet long and reminiscent of a cycad.  The trunk is narrow, typically three to four inches.  And, the crown of leaves is very compact and tidy.  It is very easy to trim and maintain and works very well as a companion plant in the garden floor.  It is native to South Pacific Islands including New Caledonia, Hawaii and Fiji.  It is a filtered light plant and likes plenty of water.

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


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

 

ASPLENIUM VIVAPARTUM
THE MOTHERN FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


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

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

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

 

ASPLENIUM NIDUS
BIRDS NEST FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG ONE GALLON PLANTS

This species of Aspleniaceae is also from South Pacific Islands but its native habitat stretches into India and Eastern Africa.  Natively it is an epiphytic species that lives in trees (see photo).  But, it adapts nicely to container growing.  It is known for its long, wide and somewhat firm/thick leaves.  I've seen (and had at the nursery) huge specimens with five foot long leaves.  They are breathtaking when large.  The plants here on special are very large one gallon plants.  They are ready to be potted into a 5g pot.  This species likes filtered light.  It can tolerate a bit less watering than most of the other ferns shown here.  It does poorly in hot full sun.  So, plant it in filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON PLANTS $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $15

These are easy to mail order (weather permitting).  Just mention this Special to get your discount.
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern  Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern HawaiianForest website
photo c/o HawaiianForest Website 
Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Mysarawak Travellog
photo c/o Mysarawak Travelog 
 

 

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


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

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

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

 


PTERIS ENSIFORMIS EVERGEMIENSIS
THE VARIEGATED BRAKE FERN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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


 

 
DRYOPTERIS ERYTHROSORA
THE AUTUMN FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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



TUESDAY, 4 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

CRYOSOPHILA SPECIES
INTERESTING SPINES ON TRUNK
UNDERSIDE OF LEAVES PROMINENTLY WHITE
NICE SPECIMEN IN BOTANICAL GARDEN

A little under a month ago I mentioned this genus and put some seedlings on special.  But, having taken pictures of this nice specimen, I wanted to show you more on this genus.  The plant shown here was at a botanical garden and only labeled as "Cryosphila species".  You'll note that it is a medium sized fan palm.  Native distribution for this genus ranges from Mexico all the way down to Columbia in South America.  Mature plant height is typically twenty to thirty feet tall.

Noticeable characteristics of this genus include:
•  Thin trunk, usually about four to six inches
•  Fan leaves that are green on the top side and intense white underneath
•  Interesting "spines" on the trunk that point downwards and are actually modified adventitious roots.
•  Long petioles with essentially flat leaves with segments of variable width, depending on the species
•  The ability of enthusiasts in coastal Southern California to grow species of this genus.

I shall not guess as to the species identification of the plant shown.  Rather, I want you to remember the genus.  I've found that most Cryosophila like coastal sun or strong filtered light, need protection in inland areas and are cold hardy at least down to a freeze.  We do have a fairly good selection for sale, especially in the two to five gallon size.
Cryosophila Cryosophila species
Cryosophila species Cryosophila species
Note "spines" on trunk pointing down
Cryosophila species
Cryosophila species Cryosophila species Cryosophila species
Cryosophila by Palmaris.org website
Different example of genus:
Underside of Cryosophila leaf by Palmaris.org website
Cryosophila
Different specimen
Cryosophila albida
Cryosophila albida

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI VARIETY TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
SUPER COLD HARDY, FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON SIZE


This South American pinnate palm is known for it's good size (both of trunk and overall height), fast rate of growth, excellent cold hardiness and large seeds that look like small coconuts.  Native habitat is in Bolivia where it lives at altitudes of 5000 feet or more and gets a mature height of forty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  In our area, this species demands full sun and is a very quick growing species.  Plants are often expensive because every seed can cost three or four dollars and one typically only gets 25% germination.  If one puts seeds in the refrigerator prior to germination, better results may occur.  Germination seems to need warm days and cool nights. 

REGLAR PRICE 5G SIZE THIS SPECIES $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5g $55

I can easily ship this species.  Just mention this Blog Special to get the discount when purchasing.
Parajubaea torallyi variety torallyi Parajubaea torallyi variety torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi variety torallyi Parajubaea torallyi variety torallyi Parajubaea torallyi photo c/o Arkive
photo by Andrew Henderson, Kew Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
ARENARIUS X LEBOMBOENSIS
HUGE 25 GALLON PLANT
HOW WE SHIPPED IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY


A few days ago a customer purchased a 25 gallon cycad with a caudex about 11 inches in diameter and six foot long leaves.  As many of you know, we prefer to ship our plants in their pots with soil.  But, this particular plant was in a very large container that was over 22 inches wide.  And, it weighed 150 pounds.  This would have cost a mint to ship.  You can appreciate the size of this coning cycad form the photographs here.  (btw, it is a male).  Yesterday was shipping day.  So, my guys shot some photographs of the process we use to ship big cycads.  Our goal on this plant was to transfer it into a 15g pot to save the customer well over a hundred dollars on shipping.  

We first tie up and wrap the leaves to protect them.  We then gently slide the plant with its root ball out of the larger 25g container.  Carefully with our fingers we remove about six inches in width from the outer parts of the root ball.  As cycads have a very open, porous mix, this is not difficult. Any exposed roots are protected with coarse moss as needed.  We then slide the plant with its smaller root ball into a 15g container for transport.  We pack paper balls around the top of the soil, taping it down firmly so dirt won't fall out.  We then bag the pot with heavy duty shipping bags and apply stabilizing boards to both sides of the 15g pot as shown here.  These protect the plant if it's inadvertently put upside down, which would crush the plant.  We then put the plant upright into heavy duty boxes.  This plant took two boxes, one slid from the top over the leaves.  We then heavily tape the top, bottom and the middle junction of this tall "double" box.  It took two of my men an hour to prepare this plant for transport.

My staff forgot to take a picture of the final box product so I'm showing another plant being shipped.  But, you'll get the idea.

We can ship any cycad plant right to your door.  We utilize Federal Express as we've found them to be the most affordable and reliable.  Please contrast this shipping technique to typical other nursery shipments where the seller just pounds off the dirt from the roots and stuffs the plant into a box   We've never done this unless a customer demands it.  With a larger palm, doing the latter results in 33% immediate losses and for sure a one year setback if it doesn't die.  Our plants travel 99% of the time with absolutely no damage or losses.. 

In terms of cost, it's probably true that our labor and material intensive system of shipping might cost a bit more than the "bare root, throw in a box" technique.  But, plants are not cheap and no one wants to lose a plant that he spent good money on. And, I guarantee our system gives better survival rates.  And, as shipping companies (Fed Ex and UPS) charge according to box size or weight, whichever makes them more profit, sometimes bare-rooting a large plant saves nothing on shipping.  But, to ship plants with soil, a nursery must be certified.  And, we are a legal California Certified Nursery.  EBay shippers are essentially never certified to ship between states and usually use USPS to avoid detection.  Federal Ag officials presently do not inspect USPS shipments but do check commercial carriers like Federal Express carefully to make sure shipments are legal and have all required Agriculture Permits with the plants.

By the way, we shipped this plant yesterday and the customer will have it by the end of this week. 

Encephalartos arenarius x lebomboensis








Encephalartyos shipping
Encephalartos arenarius x lebomboensis



Encephalartos for shipping
Encephalartos arenarius x lebomboensis packing large cycad Packing large cycad for shipping
Packing large cycad for shipping packing large cycad
Example of completed box for shipping

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
BOXED SPECIMEN
GREEN NOW, BLUE LATER!

I've discussed this before but will mention it again now.  How is it that a blue cycad species can be green?  Well, remember that the blue color is from a blue wax given off by the leaves to protect the plant from desiccation.  So, in a hot and dry environment, it puts out lots of this wax and is blue.  But, if that same plant is put inside a greenhouse where it is more humid and it is not in hot direct sun, the plant isn't in threat of dehydration.  So, it doesn't need the wax.  Without the wax, the leaves are green.  Consider the blue  waxy color to be a raincoat to protect the leaves from the rain.  No rain, no raincoat.

This is what happened to this beautiful E. princeps specimen shown here.  It has about a foot of trunk.  But, it was in the greenhouse in a shady spot.  When you take it outside and plant it in the sun (after acclimation of course), it will become beautiful blue just like the last photo.  We have a limited number of large specimens like the one shown.  This species is nowadays near impossible to find, especially in good sizes.
Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps 11 inch
Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps 11 inch
Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps 11 inch Encephalartos princeps

  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED GREEN AFRICAN CYCAD
CONSIDERED A "CYCAD COMPLEX"


When I think about African cycads, I like to divide them into two groups: those from the Republic of South Africa (farther south) and those further north from Central Africa.  The cycads from RSA are more studied, described and better classified than those from the north.  Central African cycads have, for decades, been more confusing to the collector and often come with variability in form and overlap of "species".

Such is the case with Encephalartos manikensis.  There are multiple forms, varieties and "species" that some taxonomists just lump together in the "Manikensis Complex".  Taxonomic descriptions in references point out that there are differences between different populations and that one can observe these differences in overall appearance, leaf and leaflet forms.  Classically, this species gets a three to five foot tall caudex, has four to six foot long leaves and is glossy green in color.  Stems of leaves tend to be white and wooly when emerging, a clue to ID'ing this species.  Caudexes tend to be more light colored and wooly than South African species. This is particularly seen at the top of the trunk near the base of the leaves.  Leaflets have several small spines at their margins with less as the plant matures. 

At our nursery, we have a vast assortment of E. manikensis, from seedlings to mature coning plants.  Shown here is an assortment of this species.  Along the coast this is a sun-loving species but definitely wants partial sun far inland.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  It is fast growing and an ideal choice for someone who wants a good sized green cycad that doesn't get overly large.
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis Encephalartos manikensis by Colin Wilson
photo by Colin Wilson, PACSOA

 

 

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 $20 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

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.
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS
Single trunk plant by TS at RPS website

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
EMERALD GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This very attractive type of King Palm is native to Queensland, just west of Cairns in northeastern Australia.  It was first recognized as a species by John Dowe in 1994 and is rare, hard to find and endangered in habitat.  I think it may be the most beautiful of all King Palms.  It has a green to blue green crown shaft that is usually free of other markings.  It is somewhat smaller than A. cunninghamiana and has more tropical appearing, dependent leaflets.  This species, along with A. maxima, are two Archontophoenix that I tend to recommend as the best species to grow  Along the coast I'd recommend full sun with protection inland.  Cold hardiness should match the regular King Palm at about 25 degrees F.  We're offering the limited numbers of the 15g that we have presently at a reduced price.  Don't miss out as they'll be gone soon. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150


Blog only special.  This price/special must be mentioned when purchasing to get the discount.
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis by RPS, TS
photo by TS at RPS
Archontophoenix myolensis

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
TROPICAL TREE WITH HUGE PLEATED LEAVES
RARE, UNUSUAL, AND COLD HARDY

It really doesn't matter what your area of plant specialty is.  Everyone who sees this medium sized tree falls in love with it.  Native to New Guinea, it has the most spectacular and unusual leaves of almost any tropical tree.  They are green in color, huge in size, with prominent pleats in the texture and irregular leaf edges.  Also, note the red veins in the pictures.  In terms of size, I've read they can reach two feet wide and three feet long.  My personal tree's leaves haven't gotten quite this large.  Overall height of this species in my experience is about twenty feet.  The canopy of leaves is open with secondary limbs reaching out a distance with a cluster of leaves at the end.  Or, one can prune it to make a more compact tree that is shorter.

This rare species is almost impossible to find.  This is because it cannot be propagated by tip cuttings and seeds are usually not produced by it's prominent "figs".  Air layering (or similar technique) is the only successful means of making new plants. In my garden I've got two reasonable large trees and I can vouch for the fact that tip cuttings do not root out.  My trees do produce about 3 inch sized figs, but they've never had seeds.  BTW, these fruits are reportedly edible although I've not had one. 

I am presently offering 3/5g size.  The price is $200 (net).  I have limited numbers available and won't have any more for six months most likely.  I only get them in on rare occasion.  This is a very good price for a near impossible species to find.  They take partial or full sun in our area.  Cold hardiness is uncertain to me, but probably into the mid twenties F. and perhaps lower.  I can mail order any of these plants, weather permitting, in an over-sized box to protect the leaves.. 
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis by Matt Bradford
photo by Matt Bradford, PalmTalk
Ficus dammaropsis by Wikipedia Commons
photo by Wikipedia Commons 

 

SUNDAY, 2 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

THE COCONUT QUEEN
SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA X ROMANZOFFIANA
A BEAUTIFUL, COCONUT-LOOKING PALM
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS

I'd estimate that it was about twenty-five years ago when an American from Southern California moved to Thailand and began growing palm trees there.  This individual's name is Jack Ingwerson.  I had known him here as a Kentia grower.  But, in Thailand, he began experimenting with hybridization of different species of Syagrus.  This genus contains the common Queen Palm.  I've found one of his hybrids in particular to be most appealing and fascinating.

Syagrus schizophylla crossed with the common Queen Palm (S. romanzoffiana) gives the remarkable progeny that truly does resembles the Coconut Palm.  Yet, it is nearly as cold hardy as the Queen Palm, shorter in stature, slower growing and not burdened with huge amounts of falling fruit.  People, when they see this palm getting size, are just amazed at how beautiful it is.  Although not confirmed, I'd estimate mature height at thirty feet as S. schizophylla as a species is not that tall.  Cold hardiness is into the lower 20's F. and this cross loves sun.

We are pleased to announce availability of some nice sized 15g plants.  Although not inexpensive, these plants offer a real exotic and tropical palm for those in colder areas.  They are near impossible to find and have to come from flowers individually pollinated by hand; therefore expensive to grow and obtain.  We've previously had 5g available, but not at this time.  We only have 15g size.

I suspect these will sell out quickly.  So, if you like different and beautiful, drop by the nursery to check these palms out.
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen Coconut Queen by Jack Ingwerson
Coconut Queen by Jack Ingwerson
Coconut Queen by Jack Ingwerson
Coconut Queen by Jack Ingwerson
Coconut Queen by Jack Ingwerson
Coconut Queen by Jack Ingwerson
 

 

MACROZAMIA COMMUNIS
MACROZAMIA MOOREI
HOW TO TELL THEM APART
BEAUTIFUL SPECIMENS AVAILABLE

Both of these cycads are from the New South Whales area of Australia.  Both are reasonably cold hardy, love full sun and are slow growing.  When looking at one, most cycad enthusiasts can tell it's a Macrozamia.  This is because the typically palm-like and pinnate characteristics of the leaf.  But, how does one distinguish between the two?

First of all and when mature, Macrozamia moorei is a large cycad.  It can get trunks over fifteen feet tall.  M. communis trunks only get to four feet.  The leaves on M. moorei are also longer.  Both are green although there is a blue-green form of moorei.

But, the best way to tell these two apart is by the leaf: communis is more or less a flat leaf in cross section whereas moorei is keeled.  The latter's leaf resembles the bottom of a boat, "V-shaped".  I've tried to demonstrate this with the photos here.

Shown are multiple specimens of this genus.  We have a nice selection of larger (and smaller) plants for sale.  All love heat, sun and are cold hardy down into the upper teens F.
Macrozami communis
Macrozami communis
Macrozami communis
Macrozami communis, with leaves that are
relatively flat compared with M. moorei
Macrozami communis
Macrozami communis
Macrozami communis
Macrozami communis
Macrozami communis
Macrozami communis, note how leaves are flat in
cross section
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei, note how leaves are keeled or
"V shaped" like the bottom of a boat.
Macrozami moorei
Macrozami moorei

Macrozami communis, smaller garden plant
macrozamia communis TS at RPS
Macrozamia communis TS at RPS

macrozamia communis, note flat leaf

Macrozamia moorei, note keeled leaf

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
THE "WAGGIE PALM"
SHORTER, SMALL LEAVES, LOVES SUN
SUPER COLD HARDY, VERY "CUTE"


For folks who like palms that never get too tall, this might be a species you should consider.  Although in the wild you might see plants over ten feet tall, the reality is that a 15g plant like those shown here won't be over eight feet tall in the next forty years.  This is because this is such a slow growing species and it's genetic makeup is to produce a semi-dwarf palm.  Leaves are very small for this genus, rarely over twelve to sixteen inches wide.  The trunk is hairy until old age.  The species demands sun; if planted in shade, it will die.  Cold tolerance is about fifteen degrees F.  Because of its petite nature, it is often said to be a very "cute, small palm".

Shown here are nice 15g plants with a few feet of trunk.  These can be shipped via mail order.  They are about eight to ten years old.  We have limited numbers available.
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus by Martin Gibbons
Trachycarpus wagnerianus by Martin Gibbons

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

phil 4
photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

Recent trip photographing cycads

 

PHILODENDRON SPECIES
LIGHT TED ON BACK OF THE LEAVES
UNKNOWN SPECIES FROM THE WILD

The nursery is fortunate in that we have a relationship with several botanical gardens that share plants with us.  Often, especially with Philodendrons, plants we obtain have no species name and were wild collected in various localities around the world.  Such is the origins of the plants I'm showing you now.  They have a wider leaf at this point and a faint red color to the back.  These are from cuttings off the mother plant at the botanical garden.  I suspect it'll be a "climber" and do well in a frost free, filtered light environment.  These are for sale at a very fair price.
Philodendron species Philodendron species
Philodendron species Philodendron species  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

This is the most popular cycad species sold by nurseries that sell rare cycads.  Yes, it's super blue in color if it gets enough sun.  Shown here is a band size seedling.  We have limited numbers of these.  It is a small to medium sized mature species with leaves that average three feet long.  Leaves are often curved downwards.  Leaflets are prominently lobed or barbed.  Caudex size is two to three feet tall when mature.  This species will pup (offset) and that's a common means of propagation.  It is a sun loving species in most areas.  Desert climates require part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees.  We have all sizes for sale.
Encephalartos horridus band Encephalartos horridus
horridus Encephalartos horridus
Leaf of larger nursery plant
Encephalartos horridus
Larger boxed nursery plant

 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
LARGE, SUN LOVING GREEN CYCAD

 I have always been quite fond of this fast growing, sun loving South African green leaf cycad.  Native to Natal and the Eastern Cape region, this species can produce a trunk up to sixteen feet tall that is quite thick in diameter and has leaves over six feet long.  One of the hall marks and a distinguishing characteristic of this species is the lack of prickles or spines at the base of the leaf stem.  One can grab this area with the bare hand and not be poked.  E. natalensis, a similar appearing species, is loaded with prickles and you could not grab it.

It is a sun loving species unless you are in a desert area.  It is cold hardy to the low twenties F. and is very fast growing.  If you like an easy to grow species that performs well, this might be the one for you.  Shown here are a whole assortment of plants from the nursery.  We have all sizes for sale.  I've also shown a few garden plants. 
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 
Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii  Encephalartos altensteinii 

 

SATURDAY, 1 NOVEMBER, 2014

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This great palm is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.

I'm offering the 15g size as shown on special.  I have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $175

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

                    Facebook                      Instagram                    Twitter

 

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

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

ASSORTED PHOTOS
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

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

 

TO CONTINUE READING EVEN EARLIER POSTS FROM OCTOBER, 2014, CLICK HERE

 

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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