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SUNDAY, 29 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
NEW LEAVES ARE RED
YELLOW CROWN SHAFT
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

A hot item at the nursery is the gorgeous New Caledonian palm species Chambeyronia hookeri. We never have too many of them.  And, when one throws a new red leaf it usually sells quickly.  Such is the case of the palm shown in the first four photos here.  People can't resist them.  The point of this post is to show you that this species does have a burgundy colored new leaf just like Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Some would argue these two plants are actually the same species and that the yellow crown shaft of hookeri is a "variation" of macrocarpa.  I like to consider it something different.  Of note, one out of twenty hookeri don't throw a red new leaf  - they are green.  Expect a mature height of 25 feet.  Growth rate is slow.  Along the coast, it will take full sun and cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  I've also shown here some other nursery plants that we've had over time.
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
New red leaf on another C. hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri
Two 25g C. hookeri at nursery
Chambeyronia hookeri
Base of nursery plant showing color
Chambeyronia hookeri
An older C. hookeri 25g at nursery
(stock photo)
Chambeyronia hookeri
Photo from customer of his C. hookeri with its
bright red leaf - Inland Empire, Los Angeles
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri

 

JUBAEA X BUTIA
BIG TRUNK LIKE THE JUBEA
RETAINED LEAF BASES
FASTER GROWING
MORE COLD HARDY THAN JUBAEA

Over the years we've offered customers quite a good choice of this rare and hard to find hybrid of Jubaea chilensis with Butia capitata.  One could do this manmade cross either way.  But, it's the one with the Jubaea as the seed bearer that is the best and most sought after.  This is because this cross gives the huge, thick trunk.  The opposite is interesting and often a very blue colored plant. 

JXB (as it's called) will have a 3 foot thick trunk.  The leaf bases are retained.  Compare this to the smooth trunk of the Jubaea.  Note that the leaves are keeled like the Butia, not flat like the Jubaea.  Also shown are the folded over leaflets ends that are often seen.  Growth rate is much faster than a regular Jubaea, which is super slow to grow vertically.  Cold hardiness is about 15 degrees.  And, this cross takes the SE U.S. humidity better than the Jubaea.  Shown here is a nice 15g plant that's available.  I have a few of these left.  They can be shipped in their pots with soil.  It's been a few years since I've had them.  Don't miss out this time.  Or, it might be a few more years before they become available again. 
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia Jubaea x Butia
A large boxed Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
Trunk of specimen at LA Arboretum
Note retained leaf bases
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia in San Diego
Jubaea x Butia trunk
Photo next to Past President of PSSC showing
trunk size

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED
THIN TRUNK
NOT TOO MANY LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL OVERSIZED 15G


You as a palm consumer have been really lucky lately.  This is because a grower had a keen interest in these plants and, for ten years, produced a batch of huge 15g plants.  I got a good number of these outdoor grown beauties.  This species is native to Madagascar, has a thin four to six inch trunk and gets to a height of about 25 feet.  One of my favorite habitat photos is shown below with the red cliffs in the background.  How gorgeous is this species?  It is a full sun plant in most areas and cold hardy to the upper teens to low 20's F. 

The 15g shown here are about 8 feet tall in their pots.  They'd be a challenge to mail order.  Growth rate is pretty good.  But, it's a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.

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


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.  Won't last long. 

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Arkive
habitat, Arkive website
Ravenea glauca
Domestic garden So California
Ravenea glauca
Another So Cal plant
Ravenea glauca
habitat, unknown author Palmpedia
Ravenea glauca
15g pot
Ravenea glauca
25g at nursery

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL
GORGEOUS 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana.  But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat. 

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to
Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter.  Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here is a 25 gallon sized plant that is abut ten feet tall.  This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  We have various sizes for sale including our big 3 gallons which are presently on sale (see below).  The last photo shows a leaf of a variegated plant of this species.   Compare this species with
Chamaedorea costaricana, shown above.  Of note, we have an assortment of sizes for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $170

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedoreahooperiana TS RPS
by TS at RPS
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea costaricana variegated
C. hooperiana, variegated

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
VERY SHIPPABLE 5G SIZE
NICE BLUE COLOR
COLD HARDY - LOVE HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Although not the most cold hardy of palms, Bismarckia can go easily into the low 20's F.  This means that folks in northern CA, Houston, South TX, the Central Valley of CA and many other areas can give them a try.  They love heat and sun.  In Phoenix and desert areas they thrive.  Just give them adequate water if you live in the desert.  These 5g nice blue form plants are easy to ship.  Just call us and we ship within 24 hours.

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.

 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
 

 

LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA
THE CAPE RIVER LIVISTONA
TALL WITH THIN TRUNK
5G SIZE TEN DAY SPECIAL

This Australian fan palm is a very interesting species and also known as the "Wooly Livistona".  It is apparently threatened in habitat.   In the northeastern part of Australia it lives at an altitude of 200 meters.   It reaches a height of over fifty feet with a trunk that's a bit over a foot thick.  Leaf stems have barbs and leaves extend out six to eight feet.  It is most similar to Livistona marie but, by report, has larger fruit.

It enjoys full hot sun.  In previous years this species was more available but is quite hard to find now.  We have a limited number of 5g available.  Cold tolerance is unknown but probably into the low 20's F.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.
 
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa by Darrel Occonor, Palmpedia
photo Darrel O'Connor, Palmpedia
   

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The 5g size shown here can be easily shipped.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.

Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

This Blog Only Special would be easy to ship.  Remember to mention this post for your discount.
 
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita
Different plant showing red new leaf
Dypsis crinita
same
Dypsis crinita
garden specimen

 

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

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

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

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

 

FRIDAY, 27 NOVEMBER, 2015

JUNGLE MUSIC GIFT CERTIFICATE
THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
GIVE SOMETHING THEY REALLY WANT!
TEN DAY SPECIAL - GET AN EXTRA 10%

Available in any amount
Attractive and colorful

Never Expires
Works just like cash

Mailed promptly
Good for anything we sell
Applies to all items for sale, even Ten Day Specials!

FOR TEN DAYS, GET AN EXTRA 10% ON THE CERTIFICATE

For example, if you buy one for $100, the certificate says "$110".  We've never done this before.  To purchase, all you need to do is call us and we mail the certificate the next day.

Christmas
Gift Certificate

RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC POTS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC CONTAINERS

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

So, don't give them to the garbage man for your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.
plastic pot pots

 

THE COCONUT QUEEN
HYBRID OF TWO SYAGRUS SPECIES
HUGE 15G AVAILABLE
FAIRLY COLD HARDY

This unique hybrid palm has been on the market for about ten to fifteen years.  It's a manmade cross between the Queen Palm and Syagrus schizophylla.  By parentage, you'd not anticipate anything special.  But, as it grows, it turns into a beautiful plant.  It looks nothing like either parent.  They get to an anticipated height of twenty-five feet.  They resemble a Coconut  Palm in a way.  Thus, they got this common name.  Leaf color is green.  Trunk size and diameter are much smaller than the Queen Palm.  The 15g we have are huge, about eight to ten feet.  This is a very rare and hard palm to find.  Get one while they are available.
coconut queen palm coconut queen palm
coconut queen palm coconut queen palm coconut queen palm
coconut queen palm by Jack Ingwersen
photo by Jack Ingwersen
coconut queen palm coconut queen palm

 

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
NICE 15G MULTIPLES AVAILABLE

Because of seed shortages, this species is really not available in 15g size at many nurseries.  We have a nice batch for sale.  All are multiple (three or four per pot) and overhead.  This species is native to Mexico.  It develops a thin, green and ringed trunk (particularly when not exposed to sun on the trunk) and has very plumose, fluffy leaves.  It is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It is the ideal palm for a thin planter area.  For instance, next to a walkway where you only have about 18 inches to plant.  It is also known as the only Chamaedorea good for full sun along the coast.  Mature height averages 15 feet.  The trunk is about 1.5 inches thick.  We only have about a dozen available.  By the way, I hate the name "Baby Queen" as this species in no way is like a Queen Palm. 
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa by Palmpedia
photo c/o Palmpedia

  

THE TRAVELER PALM
RAVENALA MADAGASCARENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 AND 5G SIZE

For about a year folks have called us to obtain smaller sized Traveler Palms.  But, we didn't have any.  So, our germination team got ready some 2 year old plants.  These are recent transplants into 2g and 5g.  These are fast growing, so in about 6 months they'll be up to full size.  But, so people can take advantage, we're putting them on special.  By the way, we still do have the very large 25g as shown for sale.

Remember, this species puts out banana type leaves in one plane.  They do not tolerate a freeze.  They like sun.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: EITHER 2G OR 5G SIZE, YOUR CHOICE - $25

This is a chance to get nice plants at an affordable price.  To read more on the Traveler Palm, click here:  TRAVELER PALM ARTICLE
Ravenala madagascarensis
25g size
Ravenala madagascarensis
5g size
Ravenala madagascarensis
2g size
Ravenala madagascarensis Ravenala madagascarensis
tRAVELER PALM    

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
THE PACAYA PALM
SINGLE GREEN TRUNK, LONG LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE

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

This species doesn't tolerate full sun.  It needs filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid-twenties F. or a bit less.  Shown here are nice 5g plants about four to five feet tall in their pots.  In the last row you'll see our 15g size.  Both sizes are on sale for ten days.  Some are singles, others multiples in both sizes.  And, singles/multiples sell for the same price.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $75 - $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $60
REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL $160


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

SEE ARTICLE ON CHAMAEDOREA SPECIES
Chamaedorea tepejilote
5g size
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
5 gallon size
Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g size, multiple
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Another 15g plant, single trunk

FOUR EASY TO SHIP, EASY TO GROW GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS
Below are four plants we photographed yesterday.  All are rare Encephalartos from Africa.  All are in citrus pot containers, which makes
shipping quite affordable.  We ship plants in their pot, soil and all.  This avoids the immediate losses and almost guaranteed one year set
back seen with bare root plants.
 Few nurseries ship plants with their soil, but we can do it because we are a CA Certified Nursery with agricultural
permits for all states with the U.S.  Most customers rave about our plant quality and shipping technique.  Please read our reviews at this website.

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
This cycad is sometimes difficult to find and is threatened in habitat.  it is a green, medium sized species that prefers sun and has excellent cold tolerance.  Leaves get to six feet and trunks to ten feet.  It prefers sun.
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
This species is a fast growing green cycad that has leaves six feet long and a stout trunk.  It can get a trunk well over ten feet and has a large crown of many leaves.  It makes a large, centerpiece type of cycad that needs room.  It likes sun and is cold tolerant to at least 22 degrees F.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
This species is Central African and very rare.  Leaflet color is a bit of gray green and mature leaflets have little armor, something nice for some collectors.  It makes a good size plant and can tolerate full sun in most areas.  Cold tolerance is not quite as good as the South African cycads, but well into the mid, perhaps a bit lower 20's F.
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
ENCEPHALARTOS PIET RETIEF
This is a medium sized green species that has now been classified as a variety of E. lebomboensis.  It is a good grower, can get a trunk up to ten feet in many decades, and has a medium sized crown.  Cold tolerance low 20's F.  Sun plant.
Encephalartos piet retief Encephalartos piet retief

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM
15G AND 5G AVAILABLE
LOVES SUN AND HEAT

This smaller and very cute fan palm is native to areas of Florida, Mexico and into the Caribbean.  It has a blue green leaf color with more prominent silver on the underside of the leaf.  Mature height is rarely to twenty feet.  Leaves are about three to four feet across and prominently divided into segments.  It likes heat and sun.  It might also do well in desert areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We have available 5g and some 15g plants.  It is ideal for people who want shorter but attractive sun tolerant palms.  But, particularly in pots, it is slow growing.  Our 15g plants are ten years old.

 
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTHERN MEXICO

This medium to large cycad comes from an elevation of 2100 to 2800 ft. in mountainous regions of the Sierra de Oaxaca.  It most closely resembles Dioon spinulosum that comes from lower elevations under 1000 feet.  It is also similar to Dioon mejiae from Honduras.  It would not be difficult to confuse these three species as they are all somewhat similar appearing.  Of these three species, Dioon rzedowskii is by far the most rare.

Trunk height can reach fifteen feet.  This species usually does not branch but does recline with age.  Trunk diameter is under 16 inches.  Leaves are leathery, glossy green and about five feet long.  When emerging, they are quite tomentous (hairy) and after maturation the leaves are flat.  Leaf color is green, but not quite as shiny as Dioon spinulosum.  Leaf margins when young have quite prominent spines which are more prominent compared to spinulosum and a bit more of a yellow color than the latter (see photo #7 below).  When the plants mature, most of these spines are lost, but a few may remain (first photo, last row below).  The last photo shows a seedling that germinated in habitat. 

Along the coast here this species does best with part day sun or strong filtered light.  It can tolerate full sun but tends to be more lime green with full sun exposure.  Inland areas would demand filtered light.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants in various sizes.  The habitat photos of mature plants here were all donated by a friend and cycad enthusiast John Otto.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low-twenties F.  Of note, this species has extremely large seeds.
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii habitat by JO
Dioon rzedowskii habitat by JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO
Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO Dioon rzedowskii habitat JO

 

CYCAS CURRANII
EXOTIC SPECIES, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

This tropical appearing green cycad produces a tall stem up to thirty feet or more, one to two feet in diameter. It is reported that this species attains a size and stature similar to surrounding trees in habitat.  Leaves are six to eight feet with armed, long petioles.  Leaf width is about two feet.  Leaves are flat, slightly flexing toward the ground and occasionally a bit undulating.  To the touch, the leaves are rather soft and inviting.  Seeds are quite large with raised edges on the sclerotesta (hard inner layer of the seed below the fruit).  Cycas wadei is the only other Cycas species with ridged sclerotesta but it comes from the island of Wadei and the seeds are much smaller.  This makes an attractive landscape specimen cycad. 

I have been growing this species for about ten years and found that it does quite well in Southern California.  I have a few gorgeous 15g plants for sale.  They would prefer part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties F.  
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
From PACSOA by George Yao
Cycas curranii PACSOA by George Yao
From PACSOA by George Yao

 

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  

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to the Mascarene Islands, this thin trunked, crown shafted palm gets to a height of about 25 feet.  This variety is called "rubrum" because of the red color that is present on the stems.  this often disappears over time.  Eventual height is about 25 feet.  This is a coastal sun or part day sun species with a cold tolerance in the upper twenties F.  On sale is the 15g size as shown here.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Distyosperma album var rubrum Distyosperma album var rubrum
Distyosperma album var rubrum Distyosperma album var rubrum
Plant growing outdoors in San Diego, CA
 

 

WEDNESDAY, 25 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK FORM
NICE SPECIMEN IN 25G CONTAINER
MEDIUM SIZED PALM FROM PEMBA ISLAND


When I first heard of this palm from Pemba Island about 30 years ago, I sought out photographs and all that I saw were single trunk palms.  About two decades ago when seeds started becoming available, a suckering form appeared.  So, there are single trunk and suckering forms of this species.  It gets to a height of 25 feet, has a attractive green trunk and a white crown shaft.  Leaves have a graceful arch and the leaflet color is green.  It's a great alternative for the garden.  Note how the trunk is rather thin.  Along our coast it will take full sun but I'd recommend filtered or morning light inland.  We have available a few 25g, 15g and smaller plants for sale.

Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Different 25g specimen
Dypsis pembana by tranquilometro
photo by tranquilometro

 

SEVERAL INDIVIDUAL CYCADS WITH TEN DAY DISCOUNTED PRICES

Below are some individual cycads that I have put on sale this morning.
The plant you see is the one you'd get at the quoted discount price. 
If you like one, don't dally.  It's just the one plant below on sale.
All would be easy to mail order, weather permitting.   I can hold plants for free for delayed shipping

DIOON MEROLAE
CITRUS POT
CAUDEX 3 INCHES
REGULAR PRICE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $115




Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae  
ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
CITRUS POT
CAUDEX SIZE 3 INCHES
REGULAR PRICE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
DIOON SPECIES "QUERRETARO"
CIT POT
CAUDEX 3 INCHES
REGULAR PRICE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $100
Dioon species querretaro Dioon species querretaro
Dioon species querretaro Dioon species querretaro  
ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
CIT POT
2 INCH CAUDEX
REGULAR PRICE $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL $225
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii  

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALLER CYCAD, SUN-LOVING
SLOW GROWING
PROBABLY MOST COLD HARDY CYCAD
AN ASSORTMENT OF MANY SIZES

Dioon edule is a slow growing, smaller cycad native to Mexico.  It has thin leaflets that often have a slight gap between them.  Leaf color is green and sometimes a blue-green.  Because of the slow growth, a garden plant seems to never get very tall or have too large a caudex.  A mature Dioon edule with a two foot tall trunk may be 100 years old.  Overall height rarely exceeds five to six feet.  Plants may sucker.  Many times they do not. 

I'm showing you here a whole assortment of plants with pictures of the caudex.  On the clustering plants it's hard to show the stems:
 
Citrus Pot: 2.5 inch caudex, age 4 years
5g.  4 inch caudex, age 6 to 7 years
7g.  5 inch caudex, age 8 years
15g suckering plant, age 12 years
20g plant with an 11 inch tall caudex, age 20 years
25g plant, caudex 15 inches, age 25 years
Boxed specimen, 30 years old
Some established garden plants

All sizes can be shipped.  We feel this species might be the best cycad for cold, going well into the teens F.  And, it's the only species that takes full, hot desert sun.  All of these plants can be easily shipped.
Dioon edule
Plant #1, cit pot size
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Plant #2, 5g size
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Plant #3, 7g size
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Plant #4, 15g size, suckering
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Plant #5, 20g size
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Plant #6, 25g size
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Plant #7, 24 inch box
Dioon edule
Dioon edule
This & next two in gardens
Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

 

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

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

I'll start with the 5g size and move up from there.  By the way, we do have our band size on sale.  I'll show pictures of nursery stock that we've had.  This first batch of photos to the right and below shows you Kentias planted in various locations in Southern CA.

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

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

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

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

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

Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

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

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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS HYBRID PALM, TWO GALLON
DOMESTIC CROSS WITH D. ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

These plants came from seeds from a domestic garden where a Dypsis onilahensis hybridized with some unknown other Dypsis species.  Seeds came off a pure D. onilahensis tree.  Reports on this cross so far are that it's a great grower and more cold hardy than regular D. onilahensis.  The grower lives in a colder area and says these "did fine" while regular onilahensis suffered. So, for you cooler climate guys, this might be a great species for you to try.  I've only got ten of them and there are no more available.  I'd only be guessing at predicting future appearance.  So, it's sort of a fun gamble.  We presently have plants that have been in 2g pots for a while and are real nice.  Very limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 2G HYBRIDS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $45

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing. 
Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid
Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
AKA SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
LARGE TRUNK FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

Shown here is a 5g plant.  We also have a few 15g I think as well as smaller.  These are full sun plants that have a cold tolerance into the teens F.  I can easily ship this 5g size.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.
 
Sabal blackburniana Sabal blackburniana
Sabal blackburnianum Sabal blackburnianum Sabal blackburniana by Justen Dobs, PACSOA
Photo by Justen Dobbs, PACSOA
Sabal dominguensis    

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
CYCAD FROM MADAGASCAR
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
MINIMAL ARMOR ON STEMS
VARIOUS SIZES AVAILABLE

This user friendly cycad is native to Madagascar and some surrounding islands.  It is medium sized when mature.  Anticipate a height of no taller than 15 feet in many decades.  Along the coast it takes full sun but would appreciate part sun or filtered light far inland.  Trunk diameter can get up to a foot.  This species does sucker.  Leaves are about five feet long and have minimal spines.  The leaflets are soft to the touch. Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.

Shown here is a large boxed specimen, 15g and 5g size.  Also shown are some field grown plants that will be dug some day and put into nursery containers.  Our smallest size now is the 5g as shown below.  These plants are easy to ship when 15g or smaller.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
     
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
5g size
Cycas thouarsii
plants for nursery stock in the ground,
waiting to be dug some day and boxed
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

SOMETIMES THE CITRUS POT SIZE IS THE WAY TO GO
EXAMPLE:
ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
AS LARGE AS A 15G BUT MUCH CHEAPER TO SHIP AND BUY!


We love it when customers buy cycads in the 5g or citrus pot size.  Citrus pots are like a 5g but a bit more narrow and three inches deeper.  Cycads love them.  And, when you let a plant keep growing in these pots, they get pretty nice sized over time.  Shown here is such an example.  This citrus pot Encephalartos altensteinii has almost a four inch caudex.  It's holding about eight leaves and gorgeous.  It is very comparable to most other nurseries' 15g size.  But, because it fits into a thinner box, is very affordable to ship.  And, you pay less for the plant.  A plant like this from our nursery can easily be eight to ten years old.  We think this size is a good way to go.  If interested, just give us a call.

Encephalartos altensteinii  Dioon merolae blue
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii  

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEXICAN CYCAD WITH STIFF KEELED LEAVES

This attractive Mexican cycad is found in the areas of Oaxaca and Pueblo.  It is a medium sized plant with stems up to about ten feet.  The leaves are not particularly long, typically about four feet.  The most notable thing about this species are the strongly keeled leaves with thin leaflets.  By "keeled" I mean that the leaf, in cross section, looks like the keel of a boat.  The photos here show this quite well.  The color is green or gray-green.  The leaflets are tightly spaced.  I have shown here an assortment of nursery plants from 15g down to seedlings.  The garden specimens show off the beauty of this species.

It is a full sun plant and cold tolerant easily into the low 20's F.  We only have a few of the 15g left but do have affordable seedlings for sale.  It is a rare species to find at nurseries. 
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
UNDERSTORY DWARF PALM
CUTE AND SMALL


This typically small, dwarf type of single trunk palm is native to one locality in Mexico where it is threatened and near extinction.  It has small and simple leaves (not pinnate as most Chamaedorea).  These apically bifed leaves are about six to eight inches long and have a metallic sheen to them; thus the name of the species.  Trunks are thin, about a half an inch or so.  Height is typically four feet, although very old plants can get taller.

This species looks it's best in the garden when planted as a small colony.  They are a shade loving species.  They can also be used as a small interior palm.  Cold hardiness is perhaps into the low 20's F.  Colonies looks the best so you can avoid the "leaves on a stick" appearance you get with an old single plant. Such colony plantings are full and lush appearing.

Shown here are our 1 or 1.5 gallon plants.  I am also showing a colony in a larger pot.  This is a very desirable species.  I called it "cute" above because that's what it is.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica


MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

TALKING ABOUT BIG, MAJESTIC FAN PALMS
CONSIDER COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THICK TRUNK - BEAUTIFUL CROWN OF LEAVES

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

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

One seldom sees this species for sale because growing it from seed is painfully slow.  We have available one and 5g size.  The 5g plants are about seven years old!  They are showing numerous fan leaves. This species likes sun and appears to be cold hardy into the mid, possibly the lower 20's F.  If you like this species, you just have to obtain what's available and be patient.  It's like growing a Jubaea.  It just takes time to get an enormous specimen, but if you give it good culture you should be successful.  Fortunately, growth rate in the ground is faster than in pots.

We have limited numbers of these for sale.  This includes 5g plants as shown and a limited number of one gallons that are very nice.  If you would like to try one of these really special plants, let us know soon
Copernicia baileyana
5g size
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
1g size
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana
5g size

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


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

 

DIOON RZEDOWSKII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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 on special 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.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SIZE $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $450


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  We have several for sale at this price.
Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii
Dioon rzedowskii Dioon rzedowskii by JO
habitat photo by JO
Dioon rzedowskii
habitat photo by JO

 

WALLICHIA DISTICHA
SINGLE TRUNK, LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
A VERY INTERESTING AND PECULIAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This unusual palm that has all of its leaves in a single plane.  That is to say from the front, it is a fairly large, "Caryota-appearing" palm tree.  But, looking from the side, it is narrow and you can hardly see it.  The dictionary definition of "distichous" is:  "Arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis: distichous leaves. "  In this case, the trunk of the palm is the axis. 

This species is native to the Himalaya Mountains in Asia, spreading from northern India across to northern Thailand.  There it grows at altitudes of up to 4000 feet.  Because of it's heritage and as you might guess, it does have some cold hardiness and can easily be grown in many areas of Southern California.  It tolerates temperatures down to about the mid to upper twenties F.  It prefers full sun.  Mature height is about 30 feet.  Usually this species is single trunk, but in the wild suckering specimens are found.  This is not to confuse it with another suckering species, Wallichia densiflora,  which is always a clustering species. 

Wallichia could be confused with Arenga and Caryota, both of which are also from the same part of the world.  All have leaflets that have jagged or toothed apical ends as shown here.  All also go through a flowering process that begins at the upper trunk and works its way down the trunk over time.  And, all have stems that die after suckering.  When there is only one stem (as with this species), the tree will die after it flowers.  Seeds of Wallichia disticha are very small as shown here.  The back sides of Wallichia and Arenga leaflets are silver whereas Caryotas are green on the back side.  This helps in identifying the genus.  Trunks of Wallichia disticha are also covered with dense brown fibers as shown here.  

We have very limited numbers of this species for sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for you.

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


But, remember to mention this Special to get your discount.
Wallichia disticha
a 5 gallon nursery plant
Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
back side of the leaves is silver
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
tiny seeds from fruiting Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
trunk detail showing woven fibers
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
Note jagged sides and ends of the leaflets
Wallichia disticha
great photo showing leaves in one plane
Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha
a removed blossom from a local tree brought to nursery
Wallichia disticha
This juvenile specimen will become more distichous
with age
Wallichia disticha
close up photo of leaf/leaflet detail
Wallichia disticha
detail of upper trunk near leaves
Wallichia densiflora
Wallichia densiflora, a totally different appearing palm

 

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

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

Encephalartos horridus, lehmannii, trispinosus and princeps.

I'm writing this so you recognize this reproducible characteristic.  You won't see it 100% of the time, but when you do see it you have help in identifying the species in front of you.  So, I'll show some photos as examples.  Although not specific to the basic blues, they are typically seen on the four species mentioned above.  Other species may show collars.  But, when you are looking at a blue Encephalartos and it has a collar, you should first start eliminating one of these species.  The color of the collars varies from orange to gold and may fade to tan over time.  It can even persist for a while after a leaf is cut (photo #3).  These collars can be raised or flat to the touch. They can extend into the caudex scale at the base of the leaf stems such that you see a triangular area of color that merges into the colored collar (5th photo).  They are most prominent on the more recent leaves and disappear over time.  Thus, you won't see them at the bottom of the plants caudex.
Encephalartos trispinosus E. trispinosus E. horridus flush
E. horridus Encephalartos lehmannii gold collars Encephalartos lehmannii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS BLUE
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

SORT OF LOOKS LIKE E. LEHMANNII

One could mistake the blue Encephalartos shown here for  E. lehmannii.  The leaflets are narrow, come to a  point, and have a strong blue color.  But, all of the nursery plants here are the blue form of Encephalartos longifolius.  Below I discussed what I called the "Basic Blue" species (yesterday's post).  One might also add this one to the group, but there are some important differences.  The "Basic Blues" below are smaller mature plants, slower growing, have shorter leaves and a smaller mature caudex, and tend to have the gold collar described below.  Encephalartos longifolius is a more rapid grower, has longer leaves, is sometimes green in form, other times blue, has a trunk that can get to 10 to 15 feet, and rarely has pronounced gold collars.  And, cone appearance on this species is also different (taxonomist's way of distinguishing the species). 

The main way I distinguish juvenile E. longifolius from E. lehmannii is by looking at the leaflets.  E longifolius leaflets are wider in the mid to proximal leaflet and then taper more in their distal half, down to a point.  Lehmannii leaflets are thinner and the width is more consistent along the length of the leaflet.  Sometimes it's a bit tough to tell them apart, but if you compare the leaflets here with the lehmannii below, you'll pick up on it.   


Encephalartos longifolius is native to high elevations in the region of the Eastern Cape in South Africa.  The dark, olive green form may in fact be more rare than the blue form.  Leaves on nice specimens curve prominently at their ends.  Stems can get quite thick.  I've had plants where the leaves were over six to seven feet long.  Sometimes leaflets will stack upon themselves.  There are also leaflet forms that form a blunt tip or have a peculiar margin offset at their ends.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F., and this species likes full sun along the coast.

Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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

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


Easy to ship.  Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price.
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Univ. of Arizona Pima County Website
photo c/o website Univ. of Arizona, Pima County

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
BAND SIZE AVAILABLE


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

I have available a limited number of band size plants.  These are on about their fourth to fifth leaf.  I'm working on getting some nicer 5g plants but don't have them yet.  This species is always hard to find.  The older tree below is from Fairchild Tropical Garden.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
when available, what 5g plants look like
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

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

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

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

Limited numbers available.  You must mention this Blog Special to get the discount at the time of purchase.
phoenix pusilla Phoenix pusilla
Phoenix pusilla    

 

SYAGRUS CORONATA
FAIRLY COLD HARDY SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This rare species of Syagrus is from a dryer area of southern Brazil and can reach heights over 30 feet with a thin 12 inch trunk.  The most memorable trait of this species is the presence of old retained leaf bases right below the crown.  These are attached for a few feet and spiral in a downwards fashion.  Leaves are ten feet long and plumose.

This species is one of the more cold hardy of the genus but not as good as the common Queen Palm.  I'd say it'll take into the mid and perhaps low twenties F.  I wants full hot sun and may even survive in more interior desert sun..

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

To get this discount, you must mention this Blog Special at time of purchase.  Only a few left.
  
Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata
Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata

 

SUNDAY, 22 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?
NATIVE TO VANUATU
PERHAPS A REAL WINNER!

Vanuatu is an island group in the South Pacific.  In the past few decades it has been quite the topic because of the description of several desirable palms from this locality.  Included in this group would be Carpoxylon.  There is also another newcomer being added to this group - Veitchia spiralis.  Ten years or so ago, no one knew what it was.  We started growing them and my son, Jesse, planted one in his garden.  He later said, "Dad, this is the best Veitchia I've ever grown".  Then I started getting feedback from customers.  Everyone raved about how pretty, fast growing and easy to grow it was.  Perhaps it is a real winner

It is single trunk, near-white crown shafted and, in habitat, can get to about 50 feet tall or more.  It has a thin trunk for it's height.  It would be grown in full sun.  I don't have accurate data on cold hardiness as of yet.  Shown here is a 5g plant.  We have a pretty good supply of this species.  If you are in a coastal area here, do consider this very attractive palm.
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis
Garden photo recently taken by customer
Veitchia spiralis

 

DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS
TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM

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

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

We are offering 5g and 15g for sale.

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

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA
THE BRAZILIAN PLUME

HUGE PINK FLOWERS FOR 6 MONTHS
FILTERED LIGHT BEST
UNUSUAL AND RARE

This rare blush/small tree gives almost continual blossoms from late spring to fall.  They are native to the Americas, Asia and Africa.  There are quite a few forms and colors of this species.  They have been described only briefly.  Flowers are large and typically pink in color.  Leaves are an attractive green, four to six inches in size. 

Plants are rarely over six feet tall and rather open.  The stunning thing is the flowers.  Individual flowers are tubular and together make large pink clusters.  They are also fragrant.  We have 5g and maybe some 15g plants available for sale.  And, a few might even still have flowers on them.

   
Jacobinia carnea  Jacobinia carnea 
Jacobinia carnea  jacobinia carnea localwiki.org
photo by localwiki.org 
Jacobinia by gardenhelper.org
by gardenhelper.org 
 

EUPHORBIA CONTINIFOLIA
THE CARIBBEAN COPPER PLANT
SEMI-DWARF, SUN, NOT TOO TALL
EASY COLOR FOR THE GARDEN

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

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

It is very unusual to see this and a few of the other rare tropical trees mentioned at the Blog today.
Euphorbia continifolia Euphorbia continifolia
Euphorbia continifolia    

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL
GREAT PLANT TO "HIDE SOMETHING"
VERY LARGE 20G AVAILABLE


This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.

The 20g we're offering now are superb.  They are 12 feet tall with thick canes already developed.  Limited numbers are available.
Dypsis lutdscens Dypsis lutdscens
Dypsis lutdscens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutdscens
Dypsis lutdscens by JD
photo by JD
Dypsis lutdscens by MR
photo by MR
Dypsis lutdscens

 

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
A WHOLE ASSORTMENT OF SIZES

This palm is a favorite among palm enthusiasts.  Native to Madagascar, it lives in a habitat of hot, sunny and rather dry weather.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  It does well in the desert.  It loves heat!  There is a green form of Bismarckia which I'm showing below.  All of these plants here are the blue form.  The blue color you see on a garden plant may have a little to do with the genetics of an individual plant.  But, more important, is the cultural conditions the growing plant sees.  In the greenhouse, Bismarckia have a less intense blue.  Move that same plant into hot inland sun and it gets much more blue.  Every nursery plant shown here will look similar to the plants at Balboa Park in San Diego as shown below.

We have plants in all sizes from 1g, 5g and on up to available 48 inch boxes with up to three feet of trunk (through an associate).  So, we've got something for everyone.  All can be shipped either by Federal Express or independent trucker.
Bismarckia nobilis
25g size
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
24 inch box
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
15g size
Bismarckia nobilis
30 inch box
Bismarckia nobilis
48 inch box
Bismarckia nobilis Balboa Park, San Diego
This and next picture Balboa Park, San Diego
Bismarckia nobilis Balboa Park, San Diego

 

FRIDAY, 20 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE "BABY QUEEN PALM"
SUPER HARD TO FIND RIGHT NOW
TAKE FULL COASTAL SUN!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


For those of you who have tried, you know that finding Chamaedorea plumosa as a nice 15g right now is almost impossible.  Short supply has led to their scarcity.  We have a limited number of nice tall plants, all multiples.  This species is from Mexico and gets to a height of 14 feet.  It has 1.5 inch stems with prominent rings.  The amazing thing is that it can take full coastal sun.  These are too tall to ship except by independent truckers.  Cold hardiness is the low 20's F.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
 

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

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

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

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

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

   

ARENGA ENGLERI
SMALLER SUCKERING PINNATE PALM
WHAT CAN THIS SPECIES DO FOR YOU?

This Asian, suckering palm is known as the Dwarf Sugar Palm.  It is slow growing, but for many garden enthusiasts offers a lot of advantages.  I will list a few below.  Last week I offered 5g on special.  Shown here is our 15g size along with two garden photos.

Short stature, rarely over 8 to 10 feet
Tolerates coastal sun or strong filtered light
Tolerates desert heat in filtered light

Is a nice "neighbor blocking palm"
Never gets too big
Is slow growing
Has very fragrant blossoms
Is super durable, easy to grow
Cold tolerant into the upper teens F.
Has silver back sides to leaflets
Not an overwhelming species
Is very attractive

We have many sizes for sale and it's easy to mail order.
 
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

WANT AN INTERIOR QUALITY KENTIA PALM?
THAT'S: NO BLEMISHES, BANK LOBBY QUALITY?
WE HAVE AND CAN OFFER THEM
PERFECT, QUALITY PLANTS


Some folks call us for interior quality palm trees.  But, they want absolutely perfect, interior quality plants and nothing less.  The Kentia Palm is a superior interior palm.  And, we have interior quality.  What this type of customer is looking for is a plant that has been grown in a controlled environment, has no blemishes or bad leaves and has perfect color.  This is not an exterior grown palm where one deals with weather.  Well, we can offer these.  They are not cheap as they are imported from perfect growing conditions in Hawaii.  But, if you own or are associated with a big office building, restaurant or hotel, give us a call.  The ones shown here are about 12 feet tall.  We can ship but remember, shipping big plants is not inexpensive.  And, if you are a demanding home owner who has to have "perfect", these might keep you happy.
The Kentia Palm The Kentia Palm
The Kentia Palm    

 

TALKING ABOUT INTERIOR PALMS:
HOW ABOUT THE "CADILAC" OF THEM ALL
RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
JUST IN, GORGEOUS HUGE 5G
GREAT FOR ANY INTERIOR NEED
AND GREAT IN THE GARDEN!


Above, I just mentioned our interior quality Kentia Palm.  The latter takes up room and does get tall.  If you need something that's equal quality, no blemishes and perfect but stays small, consider this thin trunked type of Rhapis.  It only gets to about eight feet, is dark green in color and very compact.  These plants were grown in Hawaii and imported for us.  They are the best and biggest 5g we've ever had!  And, they can be mail ordered.  They'll sell out quickly.  If you want one (or more), let us know immediately.  These plants are gorgeous and overhead in their 5g plants.  These are easy to ship!

And, of course, it goes without saying that these make a perfect, filtered light patio or garden plant.

Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM, TRIPLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

I discussed this sought after species recently at length, so please look at that thread.  Along the coast this is a full sun species.  Far inland areas need part day sun.  Anticipate a mature height of 35 feet and a cold hardiness of 24 to 25 degrees F.  The triples shown here are on sale.  They are about 7 feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

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

King Palm King Palm
King Palm King Palm King Palm
King Palm
King Palm triple

King Palm double
 

 

KING PALM
WANT A LITTLE LARGER SIZE?
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE

See post above.  These plants are about 7 to 8 feet with some woody trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 25G THIS SPECIES $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25g $185

Remember: mention this Special at time of purchase to get your discount
King Palm King Palm
King Palm    

 

WEDNESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
DWARF PALM NOT OVER SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

We just got in a few more of this very sought after palm that is known for its short stature and very plumose (fluffy) leaves.  It is native to the Atlantic coast of Brazil where it literally lives in sand dunes.  It is a single trunk plant but can divide above the ground.  Mature, it is as wide as it is tall.  It demands full coastal sun.  In the desert, probably part day sun is best.  The plants you see here are mature.  Some have flowered and made seeds. They are about 12 years old.  You can't find a "bigger" nursery 15g plant for sale around.  They are ready to be planted.  Container size is 15 gallon.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. or upper teens.  These plants can be shipped.  Although not part of our Black Friday Sale, I am putting these on a ten day special for Blog Readers.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $160


Just remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when purchasing.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

THE AUTUMN FERN
DRYOPTERIS ERYTHOSA
COPPER RED LEAVES
SMALL COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS


I am going to include today some smaller but interesting ferns that you may not see around at nurseries.  The Autumn Fern is known for it's small stature and copper red emerging leaves during spring and fall.  They turn to green as time passes.  Plants stay under 18 inches tall and are compact.  This is a nice plant to fill smaller garden floor areas in filtered light.  I'm putting them on a ten day special.

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


Just mention this Special when purchasing.
Dryopteris erythrosora Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora Dryopteris erythrosora  

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $35

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

 

MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM
NICE, FULL 1G PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 1G PLANTS

The genus Adiantum or Maiden Hair Fern contains many species and cultivars.  If you Google the genus, you'll see all sorts of different looking plants.  What I'm showing here is the plant on the West Coast that we consider to be the "classic Maidenhair Fern".  They are full 1g.  They never get over two feet tall, like water and are best grown in filtered light.  I'm putting these on a Ten Day Special (not on the Blowout Sale).

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get this price.  These are a great understory companion plant.
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern Maidenhair Fern
5g size not available at this time

 

VARIEGATED BRAKE FERN
PTERIS ENSIFORMIS EVERGEMIENSIS
SMALL FERN WITH VARIEGATED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

Not part of our Blowout Sale, these nice one gallon plants have leaflets that are green and white and are very showy.  These are full 1g plants.  Mature height is about twelve to sixteen inches.  They enjoy water and are a filtered light, understory species.  It's rare to find these little guys.  We have limited numbers on this ten day sale. 

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.
 
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern  
     

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
DROUGHT TOLERANT PALM SPECIES
UNBELIEVABLY SLOW GROWING
BLUE-GREEN FOLIAGE
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TWO OLD 15G AVAILABLE

This rare palm species is native to the Spiny Forest in Southern Madagascar.  It reaches a height of fifteen to twenty feet and loves heat and sun.  When I first got seeds of this species a decade or two ago, I was impressed how the germinated seedlings resembled a cycad seedling with a large, carrot like tap root.  This was exciting.  But, only for a little while.  Over a year or two I noticed how slow growing the species was. They'd throw a leaf a year and were going nowhere fast.  After six to eight years, with luck I'd have a 5g plant.  I compared notes with others.  They were slow for everyone.  I tried moving them prematurely into bigger pots.  Once again, same slow growth.  So, the conclusion is that they are just, plain "slow"!

You can imaging how I might seek out older plants that are kicking around in private collections.  Every time I find a few, they are gone in a week or so.  With some luck, I just got in two 15g, fairly good size.  If you don't want to wait, grab one now.  They grow in desert sun and are fairly cold hardy.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila by TS at RPS
photo c/o Tobias Spanner at RPS

 

TUESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

AN INTERESTING THING ABOUT BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
THE LEAF STEMS:
HAIRY PETIOLES or
SMOOTH, CLEAN PETIOLES

I think once before on this Blog I talked about the presence of hairs on this blue fan palm, Bismarckia nobilis.  I first started looking at this about fifteen years ago when a garden owner Gary Michaels in the Crown Point area of San Diego pointed out the difference between two Bismarckias he had in his yard.  One was the typical appearance with hairy leaf stems.  The other had absolutely no hairs.  It was as clean as stainless steel - shiny, smooth and easily noticed.  I had not been aware (probably just didn't look closely enough) of this prior to this time.

So, I started observing all our Bismarckias at the nursery for this.  And, I looked at the stems of garden plants.  I've found, over time, that maybe one in fifty or a hundred is the super clean and smooth type.  You must inspect the petiole top to bottom.  If the smooth type, it's clean all the way to the palmate leaf.  And, all stems match.  You are either looking at a hairy one or a smooth one.

Gary had the idea that the smooth type is more likely to be female.  And, he thought the smooth type was more intensely blue.  I can't say that either of these conclusions by him are true.  I just don't know yet.  But, if you start looking, you too will find some very cool smooth ones.  Look at your plant and those in your area.  You'll now start observing Bismarckia in a totally new way.

 
Bismarckia nobilis
This and next taken Balboa Park, San Diego
Two trees, both with ten to fifteen feet of trunk.
Bismarckia nobilis Balboa Park, San Diego



Bismarckia nobilis Balboa Park year 2000
For comparison, same two plants with picture taken ten to fifteen years ago when much smaller.
     
TYPICAL BISMARCKIA WITH HAIRY PETIOLES Bismarckia nobilis hairy petiole Bismarckia nobilis hairy petiole
Bismarckia nobilis hairy petiole Bismarckia nobilis hairy petiole bISMARCKIA HAIR PETIOLE
     
BISMARCKIA NOBILIS WITH
SUPER SMOOTH, CLEAN PETIOLES.  A RARE FIND!

Note that by the time a Bismarckia gets to a 15g size, you can definitely see the hairs.  We looked a dozens of nursery plants and only found two that were with hairs.
Bismarckia nobilis with smooth petiole Bismarckia nobilis with smooth petiole
Bismarckia nobilis with smooth petiole Bismarckia nobilis with smooth petiole Bismarckia nobilis with smooth petiole
This picture and next two were taken on nursery plants.    
AND, AS A TREAT, TWO PICTURES OF BISMARCKIA IN HABITAT IN MADAGASCAR.

Both pictures by friend, MR
Bismarckia nobilis habitat

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
THIN TRUNK, RUSTY BROWN CROWN SHAFT


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.
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD
LARGE 15G AND 25G PLANTS

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.  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.
Dioon holmgrenii
25 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii
15 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
SUCKERING, MEDIUM SIZED BAMBOO PALM
ONE OF THE FINEST GARDEN PALMS AROUND


This clustering, thin trunked palm tree is native to Costa Rica and surrounding Central American countries.  It has stems that are 1 to 1.5 inches thick, green in color, with overall height of twelve to sixteen feet.  References will say this species peaks out at ten feet.  This is not true; it is taller.  Leaves are about three feet long and green in color.  Flowers are orange and seeds are black.  Shown here is a nice 15g plant.  It is a few feet overhead in the pot.  Culturally, most consider this a filtered light plant.  But, I've had some customers who swear it takes full coastal sun.  I don't grow them in sun at the nursery.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD SPECIES

Shown here are pictures of a batch of huge, outdoor grown 5g Encephalartos transvenosus.  These have been grown over the past five to ten years in full sun, outdoors.  Caudex size is four to over six inches.  This is huge for a 5g pot.  Leaf length is about four feet on these plants.  This species is from South Africa and gets enormous with trunks over 20 feet tall.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflets are shiny, dark green with some glaucous faint hairs on the leaflets.  This is a full sun species along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Boxed specimen not on sale
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus

 

SABAL MINOR
ONE OF THE WORLD'S SHORTEST PALM TREES FOR FULL SUN
NO TRUNK - RARELY OVER YOUR HEAD

This is one of the few truly sun tolerant palm trees that is a dwarf.  Others would be Allagoptera and Brahea decumbens.  This species is native to the southern Gulf States and Texas.  This species is without a classic "trunk" above the ground and rarely gets over six feet tall.  Leaves are on bare petioles and flat or minimally wavy.  The hallmark of the species is the fact that the flower spike on a female emerges above the leaves.  It produces a large number of black seeds if pollenated.  This palm is vary cold hardy, well into the mid-teens F.  It takes full sun but also does well in filtered light.  In the last picture I'm also showing a 15g plant from the nursery.
 
Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
TALL, ELEGANT AND QUICK GROWING


This stately species of single trunk pinnate palm is from Southern Florida, Cuba, Mexico, Central America and various Caribbean locations.  It is known for its quick growth, long green crown shaft and swollen trunk.  Sometimes the trunk swelling is at the base and other times in the mid-trunk.  Leaves are green, over ten feet long and plumose.  The crown shaft is smooth, green in color and quite long for a palm tree.   This species likes heat, sun and is cold tolerant down to about 25 degrees F.  Shown here are photos you haven't seen before.  They show single trunk specimens, plants along a driveway and a small grove of Royal Palms.  Mature height can reach fifty feet.  We have an assortment of sizes for sale.
Roystonea regia single  Roystonea regia single 
Roystonea regia single  Roystonea regia grove  Roystonea regia single 
Roystonea regia single  Roystonea regia tow of plants  Roystonea regia single 
Roystonea regia colony  Roystonea regia colony  Roystonea regia colony 
Roystonea regia single  Roystonea regia group  Roystonea regia group 
Roystonea regia pond  Roystonea regia   Roystonea regia base 

 

CARYOTA URENS
THE COLD HARDY THAI MOUNTAIN PALM
TALLER THAN GIGAS, THINNER TRUNK AND MORE COLD HARDY!

From northern Thailand, this species gets almost twice as tall as Caryota gigas but, especially at the base, has a thinner trunk all the way up.  Typical trunk diameter is 15 to 18 inches.  Height can easily exceed 50 feet.   Caryota gigas gets to about 30 feet.  The leaves on this species are shorter and more "chopped" at the ends than gigas.  The nice 15g here are about ten feet tall, ready for planting.  These are too big for mail order unless you do our pallet shipping.  Cold hardiness is 18 to 19 degrees F.  This is a full sun plant in almost all areas except the desert.  Expect a life expectancy of about 20 years.  Remember, Fishtails are all monocarpicd.  They die when they blossom.
Caryota urens Caryota gigas
Caryota urens  CARYOTA URENS CARYOTA URENS
CARYOTA URENS
A larger nursery plant  
CARYOTA URENS  CARYOTA URENS 

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE "BABY QUEEN PALM"
SUPER HARD TO FIND RIGHT NOW
TAKE FULL COASTAL SUN!

For those of you who have tried, you know that finding Chamaedorea plumosa as a nice 15g right now is almost impossible.  Short seed supply has led to their scarcity.  We have a limited number of nice tall plants, all multiples.  This species is from Mexico and gets to a height of 14 feet.  It has 1.5 inch stems with prominent rings.  The amazing thing is that it can take full coastal sun.  These are too tall to ship except by independent truckers.  Cold hardiness is the low 20's F.  We've found enthusiasts like putting this species in a narrow planting bed where space is limited.  It takes filtered light as well as full sun along the coastal area. 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
 

 

FRIDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES


Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  The first plants shown are very old 20g.  You can see they've formed trunk with some aerial roots.  Next I'm showing our 5g.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners.
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia
Birds Nest Anthurium plant places.com website
Photo by Plant Places Website
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SHORT, SUCKERING, VERY THIN TRUNKS
VERY COLD HARDY FOR GENUS
AN IDEAL GARDEN OR INTERIOR PALM


This New World, suckering pinnate palm is quite popular because it has some desirable traits.  First, it doesn't get tall.  Eight feet mature height is about the maximum.  Second, the leaves are small to medium in length and are an attractive green.  Sometimes leaflets have sort of a satin appearance as shown in one photo below.  Sometimes they even have a blue tinted backside to the leaflets (see below).  Trunks are narrow, under a half an inch in diameter and prominently ringed.  Clumps are open.  You can see through them.  This Chamaedorea likes filtered light and is cold hardy into the upper teens.  For a Bamboo Type Palm, this one's the most cold hardy.  You can easily grow it in parts of the San Joaquin Valley or the SF Bay area.  It also grows well in the house.  We have an assortment of sizes available.
Chamaedorea microspadix
This and next 4 pictures are of a fruiting size
female plant in a 15g pot
Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix
5g size
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix fruit Chamaedorea microspadix

 

PHILODENDRON SELLOUM
A LARGE, CLIMBING PHILODENDRON
LARGE LEAVES -
ATTACHES TO ALMOST ANYTHING


This South American Philodendron is known for it's ability to form aerial roots that attach to palm tree trunks, other trees, fences or even posts.  It doesn't matter what's there.  It has large three foot long leaves with prominent stems.  Leaf color is green and the leaves are prominently divided into segments.  Roots from the trunk can be almost an inch thick and literally wrap around other structures.  Growth rate is medium.  This species tolerates coastal sun or filtered light and takes temperatures into the mid-twenties F. or lower.  Shown here is a sun grown and older 15g.  But, we offer other sizes for sale.
Philodendron selloum Philodendron selloum
Philodendron selloum Philodendron selloum Philodendron selloum Wikipedia

 

PHILODENDRON XANADU
A SMALLER LEAF
PHILODENDRON
NEVER GETS AS BIG AS SOLLEUM
BUT, CAN STILL CLIMB


This hybrid Philodendron is not very rare (but still quite nice) and often called for in plans by landscape architects.  As you can see, it is much smaller than the P. solleum above.  Leaves are 20% the size of the solleum and trunks are about two inches thick.  But, it can still form aerial roots an attach to things.  Shown here is a very old and large 15g.  Note how leaves are under a foot wide.  We offer smaller plants for sale.  It likes filtered light.
Philodendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu
Philodendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu

 

TUESDAY, 10 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

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

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

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

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

 

CEROXYLON AMAZONICUM
TOLERATES MORE HEAT THAN OTHERS IN THE GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

In case you hadn't noticed, it's very difficult to find any Ceroxylon around.  We are selling our limited number of 5g C. amazonicum at a discount.  They are native to the lower Andean slopes in Ecuador.  Yet, this is still over one mile in elevation.  The trunk is thin.  Expect a mature height of over 35 feet.  Cold tolerance is unknown, probably into the lower 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this discount at the time of purchase.
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
nursery 15g, no longer available
Ceroxylon amazonicum TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE!

This extremely rare and slow growing cycad comes from southern Mexico, has a smaller crown diameter (more compact) and slowly over many decades will put on vertical trunk.   Leaves are about 4 feet long, leaflets crowded and sometimes over lapping.  The trunk is rarely over 12 inches thick.  Therefore, it doesn't take up much garden space and will most likely be short for ones lifetime.  This is a full sun species in almost all areas and likes heat.  It is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  20% OFF ANY SIZE, SMALL TO BIG

Of note we have plants from one gallon on up to one hundred year old boxed specimens.  But, remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
 
Dioon merolae
This and next 3 pictures 15g size
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Very old boxed specimen
Dioon merolae
another boxed plant
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
coning sized nursery plant

 

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


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

I'm offering our 5g size on a ten day special.  We have a limited supply of this rare palm.  They are nice size for a 5g plant.  Although not a cheap pal m(seeds cost one to two dollars each), I'm offering an appealing price on this size.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.  The first 3 pictures show the 5g size.
Parajubaea tor Parajubaea tor
Parajubaea tor Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
15g size, not on sale right now
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
a nice 25g plant with age, not on sale right now
Parajubaea torallyi Gaston Torres PACSOA
photo by Gaston Torres, PACSOA
Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi
Juvenile plant in So Cal garden
 

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE

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


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

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

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

 

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  

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS


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

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

We are presently offering seedlings on special.

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


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

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

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Ptychosperma elegans
First five photos are 5g size
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans


SUNDAY, 8 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

JUST ARRIVED - NEW PRIVATE COLLECTION OF CONTAINER PALM TREES

This past Friday we got in a private collection of privately grown palm trees.  The collection was about sixty to seventy plants.  Below I'm showing photos of some of these plants with no comments other than species and pot size.  Sizes range from one gallon to 25 gallon pots.  All were outdoor grown in the Ocean Beach area about a quarter mile from the water.  None have ever been in a greenhouse.  Many species are rare or quite unusual.  There are a few "non-palm" items that are interesting.  All are for sale although yesterday a few sold.  Most can be mail ordered.
 
ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
5 GALLON
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
BECCARIOPHOENIX MADAGASCARENSIS VAR. "WINDOWS"
AKA BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS
5 GALLON
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis window Beccariophoenix madagascarensis window
CARYOTA RUMPHIANA
5 GALLON
Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana
CHAMAEDOREA TUERCKHEIMII
1 GALLON
Chamaedorea tuerckheimii Chamaedorea tuerckheimii
DYPSIS AMOBSITRAE
5 GALLON
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
5 GALLON
dYPSIS LANCEOLATA Dypsis lanceolata
DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
5 GALLON
Dypsis prestoniana 5g Dypsis prestoniana
DYPSIS RIVULARIS
5 GALLON
Dypsis rivularis Dypsis rivularis
HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
5 GALLON
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
JOHANNESTEIJSMANNIA ALTIFRONS
5 GALLON
johannesteijsmannia altifrons johannesteijsmannia altifrons
KERODOXA ELEGANS
5 GALLON
Keriodox elegans Keriodoxa elegans
LICUALA ELEGANS
AKA LICUAL PELTATA VAR. SUMAWONGII
5 GALLON
Licuala elegans Licuala elegans
LYTOCARYUM WEDDELIANUM
AKA MICROCOELUM WEDDELIANUM
AKA SYAGRUS WEDDELIANUM
5 GALLON
LYTOCARYUM WEDDELIANUM LYTOCARYUM WEDDELIANUM
PLECTOCOMIA HIMILAYANA
5 GALLON
Plectocomia himilayana Plectocomia himilayana
PRITCHARDIA AFFINIS
5 GALLON
Pritchardia affinis Pritchardia affinis
PRITCHARDIA MAIDENIANA
5 GALLON
Prithchardia maideniana Prithchardia maideniana
PRITCHARDIA NAPALIENSIS
3 GALLON
 
pritchardia napaliensis PRITCHARDIA NAPALIENSIS
PRITCHARDIA REMOTA
7 GALLON
PRITCHARDIA REMOTA PRITCHARDIA REMOTA
PRITCHARDIA SCHATTAUERII
25 GALLON CLAY POT

PRITCHARDIA SCHATTAUERII PRITCHARDIA SCHATTAUERII
  PRITCHARDIA SCHATTAUERII PRITCHARDIA SCHATTAUERII
ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
5 GALLON
ROYSTONEA OLERACEA ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
ROYSTONEA REGIA
25 GALLON CLAY POT
FREE RIDER HELICONIA
ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA
  ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA
SABAL MAURITIFORMIS
5 GALLON
SABAL MAURITIFORMIS SABAL MAURITIFORMIS

SYAGRUS CEARENSIS
5 GALLON
syagrus cearensis syagrus cearensis
SYAGRUS SANCONA
5 GALLON
SYAGRUS SANCONA SYAGRUS SANCONA
TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
OVERSIZED 1 GALLON
TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
UNKNOWN PALM SPECIES
1 GALLON
UNKNOWN SPECIES UNKNOWN SPECIES
VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
1 GALLON
VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
  VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
VEITCHIA JOANNIS
1 GALLON
VEITCHIA JOANNIS VEITCHIA JOANNIS
ARISTOLOCHIA GRANDIFLORA GIGANTEUM
20 GALLON ON TRELLIS
ARISTOLOCHIA GRANDIFLORA GIGANTEUM ARISTOLOCHIA GRANDIFLORA GIGANTEUM
  ARISTOLOCHIA GRANDIFLORA GIGANTEUM
Flowers on this plant.  See next picture to see
what they'll look like in the ground.
ARISTOLOCHIA GRANDIFLORA GIGANTEUM
12 inch wide flower on mature vine in
the ground.  Photo from a different plant.

 

ARENGA AUSTRALASICA
NICE 5G PLANT, RIGHT?
BUT, THERE'S A PROBLEM

This suckering pinnate palm is native to Queensland, Australia.  It is quite similar to Arenga engleri but about four to five times taller and perhaps wider.  The underside of the leaves are silver.  A mature tree can be over forty feet tall.  Shown here is a healthy 5g plant.  Looks good, correct?  Would you buy it?

This is sort of a trick question.  Note that it's in flower (5th picture).  Arengas as a genus have monocarpic stems.  This means when a stem flowers, that stem dies.  Caryota species are the same.  This is a shocking sight on this plant as it's certainly not mature.  So, why is it blossoming?  I can't answer that.  But, it is.  And I see no new stems or suckers at the base.  So, you'd never want to buy this plant.  When the flowering process completes itself, you could end up with nothing but a dead stem.  I'll keep it to the side to see what happens over time.  But, I hope it bought life insurance.
 
arenga australasica arenga australasica
arenga australasica arenga australasica Arenga australasica
arenga australasica arenga australasica Arenga Australasica Palmpedia

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
THE TRUE DATE PALM
A SECRET ABOUT THIS PALM THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW

Phoenix dactylifera is a blue to blue-green pinnate palm from the Middle East.  The exact locality of its origin is not known.  But, in that part of the world it is without a doubt the most common palm tree seen.  With Fusarium problems with Phoenix canariensis, the Date Palm has become much more popular.  It's usage in shopping centers and commercial building landscape is easy to notice here in Southern California.  Everyone in this area has seen these tall, blue leafed palms with the knobby trunks.

But, did you know what you see is not the normal appearance for this palm?  Left to its own devices, this palm would sucker and form a clump.  But, the demand for a single trunk palm is greater.  So, suckers are removed and, sooner or later, the palm abandons its efforts to form suckers and remains at it's single trunk status.  Suckering Phoenix will do this - trim off suckers and sooner or later they give up trying.

Date groves prune suckers so climbers and fruit collections can approach the palm.  Landscapes reuqest single trunk specimens because that's what customers want.  But, the two 15g plants shown here show that this species suckers.  And, the last picture from Qatar shows it as well.
 
PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
Base of different plant showing sucker
PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA by Acergeev website, Qutar

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
THE TRUE DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G PLANT

For a bit of a description of this species, see post above.  Mature trees can get up to forty or fifty feet tall.  Most trees around are single trunk (see above), blue to blue-green in color, love sun and are cold hardy into the mid-teens F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.  5g are easy to ship.
phoenix dactylifera phoenix dactylifera
phoenix dactylifera phoenix dactylifera
female plant with near ripe fruit
phoenix dactylifera
commercial grove of date palms

 

THURSDAY, 5 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

JUNGLE MUSIC IS MOBILE READY
VIEW OUR ENTIRE WEBSITE ON YOUR CELL PHONE

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

You've probably heard that, in the past few years, search engines want websites to be mobile ready.  This means that a website has been reformatted so that one can easily view the page on a small smart phone.  In view of this, we hired BMobilized to do this work on our website. The website can tell if you're using a phone and switches you to the BMobile Jungle Music site.  I personally don't see why anyone would choose to learn about plants on a tiny viewing screen.  I'm into high resolution larger monitors where you can really see the plants.  But, some like to do it "while they are on the run".  For things like directions and phone numbers, I guess it's useful.  But, to study a plant, it seems difficult with my eyes.  In any case, it is done.  Check it out on your phone.  Was it something that I really wanted to do?  No.  Was it something that some people wanted?  Yes.
Panda Phone JM Cellphone

 

UNKNOWN DYPSIS SPECIES
SINGLE TRUNK - ENCINITAS, CA
COMPARED WITH LARGER DYPSIS AMOBSITRAE "RED"
ARE THESE BOTH THE SAME?


A friend of the nursery stopped by last week.  As we talked about palms, he told me of a Dypsis he was growing at his Encinitas home.  It is single trunk.  No one knows what it is.  He emailed me two photos - the first two pics to the right.  On looking at it, it seemed very similar to what we've sold as "Dypsis ambositrae red" from our nursery.  I know this because a different customer bought some of these Dypsis from our nursery and planted them in his Encinitas garden.  These known ambositrae reds are in the second row of pictures below.  See how similar it is to the first plant?  In the last row I'm showing what were selling as Dypsis amobositrae red at the nursery.  We still have them in stock but they are bigger now.  These nursery shots were taken about a year ago. 

Sometimes
Dypsis are perplexing, probably because we think all plants of a given species should look the same.  But, usually they don't.  For this reason, I consider Madagascar palm species to be more of a "complex" where individual plants of a given species look different.   I've seen this time and time again.  So, it might be "Dypsis onilahensis complex".  Or, Dypsis baronii complex.  Plants within the "complex" are all a bit different.  If you have thoughts on the first palm, email me please.
Dypsis species NO
Unknown Dypsis species at home in Encinitas
Dypsis species NO
Unknown Dypsis species at home in Encinitas
Dypsis ambositrae red
Dypsis ambositrae red at customer's house
Dypsis ambositrae red
Dypsis ambositrae red at customer's house
Dypsis ambositrae red
Dypsis ambositrae red at customer's house
Dypsis ambositrae red
Dypsis ambositrae red at nursery
Dypsis ambositrae red
Dypsis ambositrae red at nursery
 

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
MULTIPINNATE, SMALL CAUDEX, LONG LEAVES
WHAT AN AMAZING PLANT!

In my opinion, this is one of the most desirable cycad species introduced in the past several decades.  It was formally described in 1996.  Native to China, it is a plant with a rather small caudex, typically under a foot in size, but with long leaves that stretch upwards and will divide to the third order.  Some argue that it's just "bi-pinnate", but if you look carefully at these photos, there is a small stem leading to two or three leaflets.  Therefore, I consider it to be "tri-pinnate".  In other words, the main stem will fork and that branch will fork again, this last stem holding the leaflets..  The Caryota palm divides to the second order and is considered to be multipinate as well.  With this branching, this species produces a very tropical and exotic appearing leaf.

It typically will hold two to four leaves, but has been reported to hold as many as ten leaves.  Length of these can reach ten feet.  They tend to go straight upwards, flexing down over time.  Cycas debaoensis prefers filtered light and is cold hardy to the lower 20's F.  Shown here is a nursery plant holding two very nice leaves.  Caudex size is about four to five inches.  I've shown other plants of this species before, but such a beautiful plant cannot be shown too many times.   At nurseries, this is considered super rare and is always hard to find.  We do have this species for sale but not in seedling stage right now.
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis
photo from above the plant, looking down
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

DIOON CAPUTOI
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE MEXICAN CYCAD
ONE OF THE MOST RARE SPECIES OF THIS GENUS

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

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

 

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII
CRETAN DATE PALM
THE MOST COLD HARDY OF ALL THE DATE PALMS

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

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

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM
A DIFFERENT AND ATTRACTIVE PALM FOR SO CAL

This crown shafted, thin trunked palm comes from the Mascarene and Reunion Islands.  It has a faint resemblance to the King Palm but is from an entirely different part of the world.  Height is typically up to twenty five feet, trunk diameter under one foot and it has a slightly bulging crown shaft.  Dense flower stalks can be seen clustering right below the crown shaft when it's in flower.  There are several varieties of this species with the names of "variety album, rubrum or furfuracea", depending on the predominant color of the crown shaft and inner stems.  Rubrum shows some red, especially when the plant is juvenile.  Furfuracea shows more silver tomentum.

Cold tolerance of this species is about like the King Palm, more of less the mid-twenties F.  It is shorter than the King and has a  thinner trunk.  It is a sun-loving plant and much slower growing than a King.  Shown here is a 5g plant and a boxed specimen.  For those of you who only like "feather palms", this is another species to try.  Plants available are limited. 
 
Dictyosperma album var album Dictyosperma album var album
Dictyosperma album var album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album
Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album Dictyosperma album

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
LARGE NURSERY PLANTS AVAILABLE
BLUE CYCAD - LOVES SUN/HEAT

As a nurseryman, I can say without doubt that the most popular cycads are the blue colored species.  And, of these, the most sought after are the blue Encephalartos.  The four blue Encephalartos that you'll see at cycad nurseries are Encephalartos horridus, trispinosus, lehmanii and princeps. There are other blue species in this genus, but these four are the species you'd most likely come across.  All four of these are extremely slow growing.  What I want to show today is show large nursery specimens of Encephalartos trispinosus.  This is a blue species with prominent spiny lobes on its leaflets.  The name "tri"- spinosus comes from the fact that, in the classical leaflet, there are "three spines" including the terminal tip of the leaflet.  But, this is quite variable and there are even "spineless" forms of this species. 

The four nursery plants shown here may well be about as big as you'd ever see in any nursery in the U.S.  It would take an individual thirty years to grow such plants from a seedling.  These plants are usually acquired by very enthusiastic collectors or upscale garden projects.  We certainly have all sizes available from seedlings on up, but thought I'd show you some big ones this morning.  This species likes full sun along the coast but needs some part day protection in desert areas.  Its cold tolerance is to about 22 degrees F.  Below that needs winter protection on the coldest nights. The last photos show how brilliantly blue this species becomes in full, hot sun.  
 
Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch
Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus 16 inch Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGER COLD HARDY CYCAD
A CYCAD THAT EVENTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A PALM TREE
LARGE BOXES AVAILABLE

This larger cycad is native to Queensland, Australia.  Over many decades, it establishes a thick trunk and can get ten to twenty feet tall.  It is recognizable because of its long, curved and keeled leaves (V shaped in cross section).  Other species like M. johnsoni and communis have much flatter leaves.  The nursery plant shown here is in a box and has a caudexes size of a foot or more.  It is quite full with leaves as you can see.  It wants full sun.  It might even work in sun in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  We have a whole assortment of sizes of this species.
 
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei M. moorei by people.hws.edu by mitchell
by mitchell at people.hws.edu
Macrozamia moorei TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF FAN PALM
SUPER COLD HARD- SUN OR SHADE
HUGE AND OLD 25G AVAILABLE

This dwarf fan palm is native to the southern Gulf States and never gets over about six feet tall.  It is cold hardy into the mid teens.  Surprisingly, it can tolerate filtered light or full sun.  It is known for being very difficult to successfully dig out of the ground and transplant into a garden.  But, from a pot grown specimen, it's a piece of cake.  The plant shown here is in a 25g container, about ten years old and flowering size.  Flowers reach up above the leaves and produce small black seeds.  This species is ideal where space is limited.  We also have smaller plants and seedlings for sale.

Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
COLD HARDY AND INTENSE BLUE COLOR
TEN DAY SALE LAST FEW PLANTS

I am sorry to say that the days of these gorgeous blue Pindo Palms is almost over.  My 5g size is already sold out and there's no more seeds or plants coming.  Left are several 15g and 25g plants that I'm offering on special.  They are easy to grow, love heat and sun, and are cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  This will be the end of our offering this species and, as far as I know, they just aren't available on the market any more.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175, 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL: 15G $145, 25G $275

You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when you purchase. Photos below are representative.
Butia capitata blue
15g size plant
Butia capitata blue
15g size plant
Butia capitata blue
15g size plant
Butia capitata blue
25g size plant
Butia capitata blue
25g size plant
Butia capitata blue by Paul Craft
Photo by Paul Craft
   

RED, CLUSTERING NEROGELIA
MATURE BROMELIAD PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.  Limited numbers.
red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is a great slow growing species at a great price.  I am offering this rare, hard to find, suckering fan palm species.  Our special is on our five gallon sized plants.  They are green now but will turn blue in the sun and in the ground.  Limited supplies are available.  These plants are five years old.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brahea decumbens Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana  

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT/TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 5G SIZE

This species is not a palm.  Rather, it is a succulent type of plant from northern Mexico.  It is a very tough species and tolerates hot sun including desert areas and is cold tolerant to about 15 degrees F.  It is composed of thing long leaves that radiate out from the trunk is a circular pattern.  if the lower leaves are trimmed, in time a medium sized trunk is exposed.  The average crown width of a planted specimen is about six feet.  Over many decades, the trunk can get over five feet tall.  This species is drought tolerant and can be considered a xerophytic plant.  It is fairly slow growing.  We presently have a supply of nice 5g plants that are about four years old

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $39!
 
Just mention this website special to get this rate.  Sale ends in ten days from today.  We also have other sizes for sale.  Easy to ship by mail order. 
  Dasylirion longissimum
On Sale Size, 5g
  Dasylirion longissimum
On Sale Size, 5g
  Dasylirion longissimum
On Sale Size, 5g
  Dasylirion longissimum
On Sale Size, 5g
  Dasylirion longissimum
15g sized plant
  Dasylirion longissimum
looking from above a 15g plant
Dasylirion l. Wikipedia
photo from Wikipedia
 

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THE BAILEY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

One seldom sees this species for sale because growing it from seed is painfully slow.  We recently obtained some outdoor grown 5g plants that are showing numerous fan leaves. It has taken seven years to produce this size of plant.  This species likes sun and appears to be cold hardy into the mid, possibly the lower 20's F.  If you like this species, you just have to obtain what's available and be patient.  It's like growing a Jubaea.  It just takes time to get an enormous specimen, but if you give it good culture you should be successful.  Fortunately, growth rate in the ground is faster than in pots.

We have limited numbers of these for sale.  If you would like to try one of these really special plants, let us know soon.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get the discount when you purchase.  Of note we will start putting these plants into 15g pots soon.
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
C. baileyana on right
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plant in ground in Southern CA
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Close up of petioles younger plant
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plants in habitat
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana  

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON PLANTS $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $160

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
20 gallon size
Chamaedorea hooperiana

 

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

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

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

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


SUNDAY, 1 NOVEMBER, 2015

 

FURCREA MACDOUGALII
ON SALE - GOING FAST
MEDIUM SIZED
VERY DIFFERENT SUCCULENT PLANT - DROUGHT TOLERANT

About three days ago this rare, drought tolerant succulent went on special and they have been flying out of the nursery.  A commercial nursery just bought about 350 of them.  This same large nursery bought some last winter and put them into 15g pots.  Now they are about 4 feet tall and beautiful/full.  Pictures here show Ricardo loading up the flats into a truck.  This species 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.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  They are on sale at a great price - see post below.  Larger plants tend to be quite expensive if you can find them.
Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii
Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea macdougalii Furcrea Macdougalii by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

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

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

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

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

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
ROYAL PALM FROM PUERTO RICO
PERHAPS THE MOST COLD HARDY OF ALL ROYAL PALMS

It seems that almost everyone loves the Royal Palm.  This is a group of New World pinnate palms with tall trunks, swollen bases, and long green crown shafts.  The problem is that some people are in areas that get too cold.  After our Southern California freeze in 2007, I received many reports that Roystonea borinquena did better with the cold than other species of Royal Palms.  The problem is that Royal Palms are a bit difficult to find.  And, this species is very hard to find.  I think the cold hardiness of this species is about 23 to 24 degrees.   Roystonea regia is damaged at 25 degrees F.  We have a limited number of 15g available presently.  If you live in an area where once in a while you get into the mid-twenties, this might be a better species to try.  It might give you a degree or two more cold hardiness. 

It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few surrounding Caribbean Islands.  Overall height is up to fifty feet, trunk diameter is 18 inches with a long prominent emerald green crown shaft, leaf length up to fifteen feet.  The base is not as swollen as the Cuban Royal, R. regia.  Growth rate is moderate.  It likes full sun.  It withstood the 2007 freeze here where it saw temperatures of 24 degrees.  Shown here is a 15g plant. 
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
EXOTIC AND UNUSUAL UNDERSTORY TREE
DOING WELL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ALMOST SOLD OUT!


This striking and different understory tree has proven to be a winner in gardens in Southern California.  The problem is that you'll probably never find one.  We do have about a half dozen huge 15g. They are well overhead.  This is a super rare plant is from New Caledonia.  It won't take full sun as far as I know.  Cold hardiness is at least down to a freeze.  We only have these 15g for sale - no smaller plants.  This species has been on the market by a few nurseries in the country and comes from domestic seeds produced by plants here.  This is a dioecious species.  If you want seeds, you have to get a male and female.  Anticipate a mature height under twelve feet.
meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae
meryta balansae meryta balansae meryta balansae TS RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
SINGLE TRUNK BEAUTY
NATIVE TO PUERTO RICO
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA

Prestoea is a genus that is very closely related to another palm genus, Euterpe.  It is found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  It's been a few years since I've discussed it.  Essentially all Euterpe are crown shafted palms.  Many of the Prestoea are not.  There are also distinctions between the flowers of these two genera.  Also, many of the Prestoea are suckering.  But, there is one that is single trunk.  This is Prestoea montana, native to mountainous areas of Puerto Rico.  I've always known of this species as not having a crown shaft.  But, I've seen photos (including ones from native habitats) where a crown shaft is seen. 

The hallmarks of this species are it's wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and it's overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a beginner species but worth it if you can grow one.

Shown here is a 5g plant.  We have limited numbers.  If you talk about difficulty in finding species of palms, this one might be near the top of the list.  I've also shown an assortment of photos including one from Puerto Rican habitat.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.
Prestoea montana Prestoea montana
Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Wikipedia
Prestoea montana habitat, Wikipedia
Prestoea montana
15g size picture previously taken at nursery
Prestoea montana

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
5G PLANT WITH FOUR CANES COMING
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

As some of you know, one of the most collectible plants in the world is variegated Rhapis excelsa, the variegated Lady Palm.  Shown here is a nice plant we produced from vegetative propagation.  It is in a 5g pot and has four canes coming.  The tallest cane is about a foot tall.  I cannot stress how difficult it is to obtain this type of plant.  I've recently published a fairly comprehensive article on them.  See link below.  Also, they are never inexpensive.  But, to have one, you've just got to buy one.  I'm putting this one on sale.  It'll like filtered light and should be cold hardy down into the low 20's F.  It also makes a great interior palm.  I can ship this plant right to your door.  What a great Holiday gift this would make.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $175

Just mention this Blog Special to get this price.  Here's the link to VARIEGATED RHAPIS.
Variegated Rhapis excelsa Variegated Rhapis excelsa
Variegated Rhapis excelsa Variegated Rhapis excelsa Variegated Rhapis excelsa
Variegated Rhapis excelsa    

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
ONE OF TOP TWENTY MOST BEAUTIFUL PALMS
BUT, WON'T TAKE A FREEZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk and unbelievably beautiful species from the tropical islands of southern Japan has been grown by some in Southern California.  It is a bit of a challenge because this species does not tolerate a freeze.  But, if you just get down to the mid thirties F. or a bit lower, you may be able to grow it.  I'd recommend starting it in filtered light and letting  it emerge over time into the sun.  Mature height is about twenty to thirty feet.  It has a shiny, smooth crown shaft that sometimes is a purple-brown in color.  It is pinnate, tropical appearing and a medium growth rate species.  If you can grow this beauty, it's a real winner.  I have 5g on a ten day special.  I can ship these plants.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  BTW, it's near impossible in CA to find this species for sale.
Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis

 

 

WHEN MAIL ORDERING PLANTS:
DO YOU WANT BARE ROOT PLANTS WITH CHOPPED OFF ROOTS AND LEAVES?
OR
PLANTS SHIPPED WITH ALL THEIR LEAVES, IN A CONTAIN WITH SOIL?
HOW JUNGLE MUSIC IS DIFFERENT

When most people order plants by mail order, they don't really consider how the plant will be sent to them.  But, it's critical to realize that bare root plants, whether a palm or cycad, have a much higher immediate mortality rate and usually have at least a one year setback To make things worse, leaf and/or root pruning is also needed when plants are sent bare root.  And, specifically with cycads, this means you most likely will get a plant with chopped back leaves that must go into pumice, not soil. It is far from ready for the ground.  The leaves are cut back to prevent dehydration of a stressed plant.  I would say that the majority of Internet plant providers ship plants to you  bare root.

So, why would a nursery do this?  It could be to "save money" on shipping, but what a high price to pay for small savings.  More importantly, it could be that the sending nursery is not really a certified nursery and is forbidden from sending a plant with its soil.  "Certified Nursery" means that a nursery's state agricultural department checks the nursery and their plants on a regular basis to make sure plants are disease and insect free.  If you've ever ordered plants by mail and didn't receive agricultural permits with your order, you bought plants from such a bootlegging nursery.  It's required by state laws that such permits accompany the plants sent.

To comfort you about Jungle Music, we are a California Certified Nursery and almost always ship our plants in their container, soil and all, and do include all required Ag permits.  Only when someone demands it will we ship bare root.  Bare rooting cycads means leaves have to be cut back, roots pruned back, and the customer has to re-establish the plant in pure pumice for one year.  Only after this can plant into the soil or cycad mix. 

I am going to show you some bare root cycads here and how the leaves must be pruned off. (we rarely do this)  I will also show you how we almost always ship our plants: in their containers with soil.  We feel our shipping policy and techniques are second to none.  You decide which plants you'd rather get.  99% of our orders are sent in their pots with soil and their entire leaves!  Also, I'll show a few photos sent to me by customers of cycads received after they took them out of their shipping box.
Encephalartos trispinosus bare root
Bare rooted cycad.  We hardly ever ship plants
this way


Encephalartos trispinosus bare root
Encephalartos dolomiticus bare root
See how leaves are cut off and roots exposed?


Encephalartos poggei bare root
You can see this is not the way to ship plants
Encephalartos poggei bare root
A larger cycad with leaves cut back for bare
root shipping.  Less than 1% of our mail orders
are shipped like this.
Mail Order box
Plant loaded into box and  ready to ship
mail order box
palm trees for sale
wooden stakes are used to stabilize plant
mail order palm
plant inserted into top loading box, soil and all
mail ordeer palm
top cap is added to accommodate larger plants
PALM TR5EES FOR SALE MAIL ORDER
from customer, condition of boxes on arrival
mail order plant
photo from customer; perfect condition on arrival
mail order cycad
photo from customer of cycad received

 
   
mail order cycad
photo from customer of plant after removal from box
mail order cycad
customer's cycad after removal from box
mail order cycad
large cycad after removal from shipping box
Mail Order Scott
Photo from happy mail order customer, showing his plants
   


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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 QUICK LOOK AT SOME MORE COLD HARDY YET

RARE PALM SPECIES

BEING REPOSTED BECAUSE OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK
BUT THIS TIME WITH A GREAT DISCOUNT ON PALLETS OF PLANTS!

FALL SPECIAL: FILL A PALLET
FOR SHIPPING OR DELIVERY

AND SAVE 15% OFF REGULAR PLANT PRICES!

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

 

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JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS,
READ BELOW:
Availability changes with the season.  We're always getting in new and different items

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

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

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

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

 


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RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

  

THIS PALM, CYCAD AND TROPICAL PLANT BLOG
WHY DID I CREATE IT? 
WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
HOW DO I WRITE MY POSTS AND SELECT TOPICS?


PRESENTLY GOING ON FOUR YEARS, THOUSANDS OF POSTS.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

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

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

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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