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WEDNESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK PALM
UPRIGHT LEAVES

FROM NEW CALEDONIA

Shown here is a gorgeous example of one of the more beautiful of the New Caledonian palms.  Cyphophoenix nucele is from Lifou Island, gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and takes strong filtered light or part day sun in most coastal areas.  It has a thin trunk with lots of silver color.  Leaves tend to but upright as opposed to C. elegans where the leaves are more arched.  The last three pictures are from the late Mardi Darian's garden in Vista, CA.  You'll notice how healthy it looks in strong filtered light.  The nursery plant shown is a 15g but we also have 5g plants.  I'd estimate the cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Very limited numbers are available.  This plant can be shipped or delivered if needed.  It was grown from seed and is about eight years old.

Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

ENCEPHALARTOS IN HABITAT
RUGGED TERRAIN IN SOUTH AFRICA
A PICTORIAL PRESENTATION OF HABITAT CONDITIONS
ALL PHOTOS FROM THE WILD

Yesterday, a long time supporter and friend of the nursery visited us to give me many photographs he had taken of Encephalartos in the wild in South Africa.  He is M.R. and did give me permission to share the pictures with you.  The point of this presentation is to not show you individual species or characteristics of a given plant.  Rather I am trying to demonstrate the very rugged and rough terrain that these prized plants endure in the wild.  They are obviously not pruned, fertilized or watered.  They take what Nature gives them.  And, they have survived for hundreds of million of years.  They live on cliffs, between rocks, in grassy fields and atop mountains.  You may notice black trunks on some, the result of fires sweeping through the area.  You'll see old leaves handing below a crown of newer leaves.  You'll see that these plants seem to thrive hanging over rock embankments and on cliffs.  They just seem to find a spot and grow there.  Hopefully you'll appreciate that this is a surviving genus of plants and certainly worth protecting in the wild.

 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa Encephalartos in habitat South Africa
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 
Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa  Encephalartos in habitat South Africa 

 

ALOCASIA SPECIES
ELEPHANT EAR PLANTS
FOUR TYPES SHOWN HERE
LUSH, EXOTIC, QUICK TROPICAL LOOK


Alocasia are a type of suckering tropical plant that many know as the "Elephant Ear Plant".  Most that one will see commercially are hybrids that have no native home.  With this said, natural species are typically found in the Old World and Asia.  The main differences between these plants are the overall height, the size of the leaves, the aggressiveness of growth, coloring and cold tolerance.  I am showing you here four hybrid varieties, each with their own charm.  Figure that they are not for full sun unless you are told otherwise.  But, the first variety can take full coastal sun.

1.  Row 1 and 2:  Alocaia "Cal - Odora", a dwarf species.  It rarely gets over five feet and has leaves that are typically under 12 inches wide.  Leaf color is green.  People like this one b/c of its dwarf size.
2.  Row 3:  Alocasia Calidora, a bigger species that will form significant trunks and has a larger leaf.  Color is green.  Leaves can get three feet long.
3.  Row 4:  Alocasia portoro, an attractive hybrid with an arrowhead shaped leaf and prominent leaf veins.  It can get to about six feet or a bit more.
4.  Row 5:  Alocasia species "black stem", a super attractive and charming species with black stems, silver to the back of the leaves and a medium height to five feet.  But, it's not as cold hardy as those above.

We presently have all of these available with some in limited numbers.  Also, from time, we get very exotic natural species that tend to be smaller and are quite stunning.

Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Calidora Alocasia Calidora Alocasia Calidora
Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TUCKERI
TALLER KING PALM TYPE
FAST GROWING


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This tall, single trunk form of the King Palm is native to northern Australia in the Queensland district.  There is lives in moist areas, often along rivers.  It can reach heights up to 60 feet in habitat and has a prominent green crown shaft.  The fruits are large for a King Palm species.  The trunk is not very thick.  It's usually under 12 inches thick.  Growth rate is fast.  For best appearance, give it part day sun if you can.  Cold tolerance is the mid-twenties F. but not colder.

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

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 Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri  Archontophoenix tuckeri
 Archontophoenix tuckeri Archontophoenix tuckeri by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
Photo by Luke Nanncarrow, PACSOA
 
Archontophoenix tuckeri

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
 
 
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi MR
Habitat picture Madagascar by MR
 
dypsis decaryi
 
Dypsis decaryi 

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
A THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR


SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

Just available is a new batch of very nice 15 gallon Ravenea glauca.  On smaller Ravenea, R. hildebrandtii is the smallest - a true dwarf.  This species Ravenea glauca is not that small, but it isn't super big at maturity.  It should max out at about 25 feet.  The trunk is narrow.  Leaves are green and soft to the touch.  In most areas it likes full sun.  In the desert, filtered light would be better.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold hardiness seems to be down to the mid to low 20's F.  These 15 gallon plants are very nice.
I wish to thank Palmpedia and RPS for photos below.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175


Remember:  You must mention this website special for this price when you purchase.

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca unknown author Palmpedia Ravenea glauca TS RPS

     


KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA


MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

The popular King Palm is also known as the Piccabeen Palm or Bangalow palm.  It is native to several areas in Australia.  It can in habitat get to sixty feet tall, but in Southern California is usually not over 40 feet tall.  It is crown shafted with a gray trunk.  The crown shaft is green with some brown speckled areas.  Leaf length is 8 to 10 feet.  It is not particularly rare.  Other species of King Palms are.  (we grow them all).  Ramenta is present on the back of the leaflets, a hallmark of this species.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  The triples we're putting on sale are triples in the 15g size.  Be aware, you can plant a single, double or triple.  All do great although the greater the number of plants put in, the slow the growth rate of all.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $125


Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale. 

King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 
King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 
King Palm  King Palm  King Palm 

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

Back in the year 2000, I was the President of the International Palm Society.  One of my goals at the time was to break the monotony of Biennial meetings always being held in the United States.  I found them to be repetitious and sort of boring.  Certainly, no one at the time would have called them exciting meetings.   With this in mind, I set up the 1998 Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens.  That was a first.  And, to outdo that meeting, I arranged with the Palm Society of New Caledonia to have to 2000 Biennial in their country.  The palms of New Caledonia are some of the most exciting and pretties palms of the world.

This gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here are plants that we germinated about 8 years ago.  They are finally really nice 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $175


We only have a few of these, so don't dally.  It's a fabulous addition to any garden.  Mention this Special.

Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis  Burretiokentia koghiensis 
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

SUNDAY, 26 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

Today I'm going to show you lots of pictures of one of my favorite palms, the desirable Bismarckia nobilis.  It is native to Madagascar.  It is a fan palm with a rather stout trunk of sixteen to about twenty-four inches in diameter.  Heights can reach over forty feet although it's unclear how tall they will grow domestically in the U.S.  Leaves are blue in color as are the leaf stems.  Leaves are broad and essentially flat.  With cold weather and on juvenile plants, leaves can take on a purple color from winter's cold.

Bismarckia love full hot sun.  It can be grown in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The pictures shown today are of assorted trees of varying heights.  I've tried to show plant detail that you'll not find easily on the Internet.  Remember that this is a dioecious species with male and female trees.  One needs both a male and female palm with cross-pollination to set viable seeds.  The seeds shown here are maturing seeds on female plants.

I hope you like this species.  It looks best (in my opinion) planted as a single specimen.  I have shown a few pictures of plants at the nursery at the bottom. 

 
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
bismarckia Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
     
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

You don't see this species offered that often.  It is native to the Pacific coastal mountains from Central Mexico down to Guatemala.  It has circular leaves that tend to be flat and a very glossy green on the upper side.  The underside of the leaves can be a bit silver.  Trunk diameter is a pleasant 12 inches and specimens can reach 30 feet of height after many decades.  

Regarding culture, it is not quite as cold hardy as other Brahea species like armata, clara and decumbens.  I'd suspect it may go into the upper teens F.  It is more tolerant of moisture and can be grown in filtered light if there's good drainage.  In the latter conditions the leaves are large, flat and shiny.  They sort of look like a Licuala leaf.

We just got in a limited number of nice 1g plants.  They are easy to ship.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase

Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM


BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
NO NEW RED LEAF - SUCKERS OVER TIME
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G AND 5G

When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain suckering form.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf.  The latter form is slow growing and doesn't perform as well.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It sort of looks like a suckering Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35
REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60


We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but a better supply of the 1g.  Mention this Special for your discount.
 
 Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica  LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA 
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
 5g on left, 1g on right
 
Laccospadix australasica 

 

BUTIA CAPITATA
THE PINDO OR JELLY PALM
GREEN FORM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON

This single trunk South American pinnate palm is very durable and cold hardy.  It loves sun and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  If you've been following our Blog, you know that there is a green form and the popular blue strain.  Both are Butia capitata.  Today I'm showing you the green form.   Most would consider this to be the "standard form".  Mature heights on both are typically15 to 20 feet in this area.  Leaves arch downwards as shown.  Mature leaf color will be green to blue green.  The blue form has definite blue leaves.  The fruit of both are edible and some people make a jelly from the fruit, thus giving a reason for one of the common names for this palm.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  The 25g on sale here are about seven years old. The photos of the mature palms below were taken at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $210


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Butia capitata green Butia capitata green Butia capitata green
Butia capitata 25g April Butia capitata green

 

BAMBUSA MULTIPLEX 'ALPHONSE KARR'
COLD HARDY CLUMPING BAMBOO
GREEN STRIPES ON GOLD CANES


MATURE HEIGHT 15 TO 30 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This bamboo is one of the "clumping" types as opposed to one that has a tendency to run and spread.  It is known for its yellow trunks with vertical green stripes of varying width and form.  Mature height in the ground is 20 to 25 feet.  In a pot they do quite well and get up to 15 feet.  This is a good botanical privacy blocking species.  It can also be grown indoors.  Cold tolerance is apparently into the upper teens F.  It likes sun and water.  Shown here is our 15g size.  We only grow a few varieties of Bamboo but think this is a nice one - if you like Bamboo.  We also have nice 5 gallon available and would give a discount on them as well.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price.  BTW, we also have available some nice 5g which we'd offer on special as well.  This size is easy to ship.

Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'
15 gallon size
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' BY MrBamboo website Australia
Photo c/o MrBamboo Website, Australia
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'  

 

PINK JASMINE
JASMINUM POLYANTHUS
FLORID FRAGRANT BLOSSOMS EARLY SUMMER


5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

 

At the nursery we grow and sell three different species of Jasmine.  The one shown today is the earliest bloomer and comes into blossom in about the month of May.  They are absolutely loaded with these faint pink and super fragrant blossoms. If you look carefully, you'll notice unopened blossoms are pink and the opened ones are a white with a faint pink color.  And, wow!  Do they have a pleasant fragrance.  You can easily smell them over twenty feet away.  This plant like sun and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.  Limited supply. 

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


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Pink Jasmine Pink Jasmine Pink Jasmine
Pink Jasmine

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.

Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea from Vipsad webstie

 

DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS


TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This attractive shrub is from Mexico down to South America and has typically green leaves.  The plants were offering today in 5g size although we also have 15g variegated plants available.  They will produce weeping purple flower clusters in summer.  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.  It's an easy way to add color to the garden.  Cold hardiness is well into the 20's F.

We are offering very large 5g on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.  The final photo is c/o bcliving.ca website.

 
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant 
Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta Sapphire Shower Plant  Duranta bcliving.ca 

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE BUTTERFLY OR ARECA PALM


NOW AVAILABLE AFFORDABLE 3G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE.

We only sporadically can offer this very affordable size of our four to five foot size of Dypsis lutescens.  But, I am pleased to announce that we just got in a limited number of 3 gallon that this size.  This is a suckering palm species from Madagascar that is medium sized mature, seldom over 18 feet in Southern California.  It has attractive, thin trunks with a prominent yellow color on the petioles and inner crown of stems.  It has a medium growth rate.  Along the coast, it prefers sun or very bright filtered light.  In inland areas it cannot take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  We also have larger sizes available (see below).  We remind people that this palm is the most popular palm for blocking the neighbor from looking over the fence into your yard!  For this reason we also call it the "Neighbor Blocking Palm". 

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Very limited numbers available.  You must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of ordering to get this discounted price.

Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM
A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM


SEMI-DWARF TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15G POTS

This species of palm has been sold under the name "Cat Palm", which is an abbreviation for "cataractarum".   For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find.  Nowadays it's very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here.  It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall.  It really doesn't form any trunk.  It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds.  It is cold hardy into the mid 20's F. and I'd recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light.  It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America.  With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy.  At the nursery, we offer mostly large plants, either 10 or 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $165

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS
SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  Typical mature height is usually six to eight feet.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun and tolerates cold temperatures to about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the band size that we have put on special.  These are a simple mail order item.  Be aware these are huge band plants, well rooted.  They are not wimpy seedlings.  Note they are already going palmate.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special!

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

            THURSDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS DYERIANUS
SUPER RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
NATIVE TO THE TRANSVAAL DISTRICT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This sought after and very rare blue to blue-green South African cycad is native to the Limpopo Province in northern RSA.  There it is critically endangered with a few hundred plants remaining.  It lives on granite mountain slopes at an elevation of about 2000 feet.  It prefers full sun and is an average speed growing species.  Mature size is over ten feet in habitat in centuries.  Leaf color in full sun is typically blue.  It is considered one of the more rare of the "Transvaal" South African cycads.  Shown here are 1 to 2 year old germinated seedlings that we have put into 1.5 gallon pots.  They were grown from domestic seed and pollinated by a very knowledgeable enthusiast.  Most have two leaves.  I'm showing five pictures of these plants we're putting on sale as well as several specimens we have or have had at the nursery.  Also shown are several garden specimens.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $95


Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase. 

 
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus Encephalartos dyerianus

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS
THE MANAMBE PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
VARIABLE SPECIES - WITH NUMBER OF TRUNKS AND LEAF/CROWN SHAFT COLOR

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

Such is the case with Dypsis decipiens.  Some sucker, some don't.  Some have green crown shafts, others have silver.  Some have plumose leaves, others are flat.  And, some even have a blue color to the leaves.  My overall impression is that most will sucker.  But, in the wild with less nutrition and water, you tend to see more single trunk plants.  In domestic gardens they are more likely to have more than one trunk. 

I would say all forms of D.decipiens are similar in culture and growth.  They are fairly cold hardy into the low 20's F and maybe into the upper teens F.  Because of this, many people in colder areas are trying them.  When repotting or planting, be super careful with the roots.  Trauma can kill them.  They like to be reared in less than full sun when young but then exposed to full sun when larger, especially along the coast.  They do not like the combination of cold and wet; rot may develop.  For all, growth rate is very slow.  It takes 5 to 6 years for me to grow a good sized 5g plant.  We are putting this size on sale for ten days.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $69.50

The first five photos show the 5g we're putting on Special.  The next row shows plants in the Encinitas area with silver crown shafts.  The last row has two plants in habitat, one suckering.  The very last photo is also from a garden in Encinitas and suckered.  Remember:  Mention this Special for this discounted Blog Only Price when you purchase to get the discount.
DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS
DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS
DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS
DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS DYPSIS DECIPIENS

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE CYCAD FROM EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
GREEN TO BLUE LEAVES
PROMINENT LEAFLETS SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1 GALLON PLANTS


This sought after rare cycad is from the Republic of South Africa.  It is similar to E. horridus but the leaflets are less lobed and leaf color is anywhere from green to blue.  It is a good growing species in Southern California.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  Far inland, part day sun or even strong filtered light is best.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Leaf length is three to five feet.  A very mature plant may have three feet of trunk or a bit more.  Shown here in the first five photos are the 1 gallon plants on sale.  The last row shows garden plants with a close up of a mature leaf.  The plants on special are several years old and carrying four to six leaves.  They are about ready for a 5 gallon transplant or to go in the ground.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

Remember to mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.


Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos aenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos aenarius

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
THE "SKINNY QUEEN PALM"
PLUMOSE LEAVES
NICE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE

This single trunk species is from Brazil and is fairly tall, easily over 30 feet.  Habitat specimens are up to 60 feet, similar to the common Queen Palm.  But, this species has a super narrow trunk as shown here.  It is light colored and has rings.  Leaves are plumose and arch.  It is a sun species with cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F.  There are quite a few nice specimens in the Southern CA area.  Shown here are large 5g plants.  We have only limited supplies available.

Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea
Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea
Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea Syagrus oleracea by RPS
Photo by TS at RPS

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
THE SENIOR CITIZEN GROUP
SUPER OLD TREES

Most of us know what the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii, looks like.  But, I thought I'd show you pictures of plants that are at least fifty years old.  I've been following these particular trees individually for over thirty years and they were large when I first met them.   So, here's the "Senior citizens" of Spindle Palms.  The fourth photo shows the classic bulge in the mid-trunk.  But, on some trees you'll notice this is less apparent - almost as if the central bulge aborts.  I can't comment too much on this other than to say that this seems true on occasions and the bulge is less apparent.  I wish I had sequential, over the decades, photos of individual trees.  

Many are growing this sun-loving species here in Southern California and the tallest ones I know of are ten to twelve feet tall.  References say twenty feet is maximum and certainly some of these trees are pushing that height.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze.  At the nursery we have seedlings, 5g and 15g sizes for sale. 

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Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
SPINDLE PALM
5 gallon size

15 gallon size at nursery

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
THREE NICE SIZES TO PICK FROM
10 GALLON, 15 GALLON & 25 GALLON

AND, WE DO HAVE SMALLER
NEW RED EMERGENT LEAF

Many of you already know about this super popular, single trunk crown shafted palm from New Caledonia.  It is most known for its newly emerging red leaf.  The color of this leaf varies from dark burgundy purple to almost pink.  And, any given plant can throw a different color at any time.  About 5% of all plants of this species do not throw a new red leaf - bad luck.  Mature height averages twenty-five feet with a clean trunk.  Often seen is white marbling to the trunk - a trait called "watermelon".  I'd estimate we see this with about a third of our randomly grown plants.  Right on the coast it tolerates full sun.  If you are inland, give it part day sun (AM best) or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

THREE SIZES ARE SHOWN BELOW:
FIRST ROW, 10 GALLON (like a squat 15g) - nice supply
SECOND ROW 15 GALLON - limited numbers
THIRD ROW 25 GALLON - only have a few
FOURTH ROW GARDEN SPECIMENS.


We are able to mail order these plants except for the 25g.  if you want big ones, we have to ship by the pallet.

My thanks to D.D. for supplying the red leaf photo below.

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CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA cHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA BY dd

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.

CREDITS:  My thanks to TS at RPS for the habitat photos.

Beccariophoenix alfredii BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII RPS Beccariophoenix alfredii

 

CARYOTA MITIS
NICE INTERIOR QUALITY 5G PLANTS
FOR THE HOME, OFFICE OR PATIO
LIKE FILTERED LIGHT
LIMITED NUMBERS

Caytoa mitis is a suckering type of Fishtail Palm from Asia.  In habitat, plants can get up to twenty or twenty five feet.  In our locality they tend to be shorter.  They do sucker forming a clump of stems.  Trunk diameter is typically about four inches.  Leaves are bi-pinnate, branching.  Leaflets are as shown below.  The plants shown here are imported from Hawaii and perfect for a business office, hotel lobby or bank.  Or, for your living room.  They like filtered light outdoors and are cold hardy to the mid to lower 20's F.  Shown are our 5g size.  We also have exterior grade 15g for sale (not shown here).  These 5g plants are five to six feet tall in their pots.  They are not difficult to mail order via Federal Express.
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Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g
Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis

BEAUCARNEA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM, ELEPHANT FOOT PALM
SUPER SWOLLEN TRUNK BASE
INTERESTING PLANT FOR FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH STARTER PLANTS

The Pony Tail or Elephant Palm is not actually a palm at all.  For some reason it received this common name and most people think it's a real palm - but it's not.  It is native to the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosi in eastern Mexico.  Beaucarnea recurvata is known for a super swollen base, a much more narrow ascending vertical trunk and strap like green leaves of heavy substance.  The base of this species can take on very peculiar and distorted forms.  The vertical woody trunk can fork and give multiple heads of leaves.  Or, multiple stems can arise from the swollen base.  It prefers full sun and is cold hardy into the mid to lower 20's F.  Cold may damage the leaves but typically plants come back.  I've seen photos of bases so large that a small Jeep in parked on the base.

Four photos show these starter plants on sale.  I'm also showing other sizes of nursery plants we have for sale and a photo from Wikipedia of a specimen plant.  But, they do get much larger and more swollen at the base than this photo shows. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 4 INCH PLANTS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 4 INCH $20

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase!

Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata
Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata Beaucarnia recurvata

 

COLORFUL NEROGELIA BROMELIADS
PINK AND RED SPECKLED
FOR THE GARDEN, PATIO OR INSIDE
NICE VIBRANT COLORS

If you've ever visited our nursery, you know that we usually have a good selection of color for the garden.  Part of our colorful plant offerings include Bromeliads.  These are low profile plants that have colorful leaves with blossoms.  They are quite easy to grow.  Shown here are two different types of Nerogelia.  These Bromeliads are quite easy to grow and typically have colors of red, pink, purple and sometimes yellow.  Often these colors are solid on the leaves but can be striped of speckled as the second plant shown here.  They typically like filtered light but some take full sun.  One can actually just plant the containerized Bromeliad right into the ground.  We probably have about thirty different types/species of these plants.  They are easy to mail order.

Nerogelia pink Nerogelia pink Nerogelia pink
Nerogelia pink Nerogelia red speckled Nerogelia red speckled
Nerogelia red speckled Nerogelia red speckled Nerogelia red speckled

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 Birds Nest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium
Specimen in garden
Birds Nest Anthurium plant places.com website
Photo by Plant Places Website
Birds Nest Anthurium wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

CYCAS RUMPHII
THE QUEEN SAGO
GREEN, ATTRACTIVE CYCAD
MINIMAL ARMOR
ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

One would think availability of this green Cycas species would be more plentiful.  But, it's not and they are hard to find.  Cycas rumphi is native to far eastern countries including Papa New Guinea, Indonesia and Christmas Island.  It is a good sized species with overall height to 25 or 30 feet, a trunk diameter of 12 to 16 inches and leaves that green and 5 to 8 feet long.  Leaflets are soft and there is minimal armor only on the leaf stems.  Along the coast they do fine with full or part sun.  If you are far inland, give it strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid twenties F. or a bit colder.

Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants.  The first one is 7g followed by a citrus pot.  I then show an older plant with 20 inches of trunk.  And, finally a huge boxed specimen with over six feet of trunk.  The last row are medium sized garden plants.  Most of these plants are shippable.

Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii
Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii
Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii
Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii Cycas rumphii

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN
THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
YES, IT IS A MINIATURE AND STAYS SMALL!


I am really fond of this cute and dwarf type of Tree Fern native to an assortment of Pacific Islands stretching from Hawaii to the Asian Pacific.  The reason I like it is because it stays small over time.  To make this point, I am going to first shown you a 15g plant that we got from a private collection.  You'll see this plant in the first two rows of photos.  The third row shows a standard 5 gallon nursery plant.  You'll note that, in twenty years, three inches of trunk turns into two feet of trunk.  Now, that's either from super slow growth or genetics.  I think it's the latter.  The tallest specimen I've seen in a garden is about five feet tall overall.  Trunk diameter is four inches or less.  It likes filtered light and can take cold weather into the mid-twenties F or maybe a bit less.  We also have 1 gallon size for sale.  These are easy to mail order.

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BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM
BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM

 

DIOON MEROLAE
A SMALLER MEXICAN CYCAD
LEAF COLOR GREEN TO GRAY
SHOWING THREE AVAILABLE NURSERY SIZES
FULL SUN IN MANY AREAS

This is one of my favorite cycads.  It is native to Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico.  Although plants in the wild may have trunks of eight to ten feet, this will take many centuries.  A typical very old plant in a domestic garden has two to three feet of trunk.  With its small to medium sized crown of leaves, this species will therefore never obstruct a view or get too large.  Leaf color is typically a gray-green.  But, in less sun it may become more green.  I've seen plants that are in full sun and almost have a very gray color to the leaves (see photo below).  It is cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  Along the coast it'll take full sun.  Far inland areas should consider morning sun or strong filtered light.

I am showing the following with the photos:
First two rows:  Two different 5g plants
Rows three and four:  Detail look at a nice 15g
Rows five and six:  Six different boxed old specimens
Bottom row:  Two garden specimens

We have a great selection of many sizes.  All can be shipped.

   
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae   
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 

Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM
NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWNSHAFT


A FAVORITE OF ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native stands of Rhopalostylis sapida are found in temperate parts of New Zealand and also on coastal areas of Chatham and South Islands.  In these localities it is found in shaded forests and in the more moist bottoms of mountainous gullies.  One does not see it at high elevation where severe cold may be seen.  Rather it's in the coastal and warmer regions.  Being a slow growing species, it is reported that it takes ten to fifteen years in habitat before one begins to see a formed trunk.  One report done by the New Zealand government reported that it took forty years to show trunk and that ten meter trees were 200 years old.  The point here is that, as a species, the Nikau Palm is slow growing in its natural habitat.  Soil in the area is good draining and rainfall is ample

This is a single trunk palm that has green, upright leaves.  The hallmarks of this plant are the upright pointing leaves and the swollen crown shaft.  Almost always, the crown shaft is prominently larger in diameter than the trunk.  The trunk has rings from old leaf attachments.  Overall height after many decades is 25 to 35 feet or, on old specimens, even more.  Trunk diameter is eight to twelve inches.  Leaves are usually eight to twelve feet long.  Growth rate is slow.  Of note, the 15g shown here is a double.  Most of this size have only one plant in the pot.

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

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered.

 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
GREAT INTERIOR AND GARDEN PALM


NEAR INTERIOR QUALITY MULTIPLE 1 GALLON
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1G PLANTS


We recently got in some very large and over-sized one gallon multiples of this species.  We might have a few singles.  On most, this means there are three, sometimes four plants per pot.  Average height is about 18 inches.  They can be easily shipped.  This is one of the most sought after house palms around.  But, they are also a great garden species.  They are slow growing and have dark green leaves.  In the garden, they take full sun along the coast or filtered light far inland.  Mature garden height is about 30 feet.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  This species is native to Lord Howe Island, also the home of Hedyscepe and H. belmoreana.  This size is simple to ship for you folks a long ways away.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1g $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

To get this discount, remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.

Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm
Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana Kentia Palm

 

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM


FULL SUN - TEN FEET HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The plants shown here are a red hybrid form of Cordyline australis.  There are many different hybrids of this species.  The most common is called "Red Star".  They typically get to a height of ten feet, tolerate full sun and are cold hardy into the mid-teens F.   We're putting our 5g on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 3G OR 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Cordyline australis red
Cordyline australis red Cordyline australis wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT


MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES!


The first six pictures here show an example of a really nice 15 gallon mature plant with male cones.  It is a clustered specimen with three main coning caudexes.  This species is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  Pictures below demonstrate this. 

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES!

Shown below are this nice 15g male plant and a citrus pot at the end.  Also, I'm showing you garden specimens.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.  

Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae ceratozamia hildae

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
SINGLE TRUNK, THIN TRUNK


PROBABLE MADAGASCAR SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THREE SIZES!

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

REGULAR PRICE BANDS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35
REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60
REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165


We have available 5g size as shown in the first row of photos.  The second row shows the 5g, bands and then a 15g plant.  Mention this Blog Only Special for these prices when you purchase.  The garden pictures were all taken in the San Diego area.
 
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Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA - MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM


TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount. The fifth and six figures are stock photos to demonstrate the color.  They are not the plants on special today.  Of note, we only have limited numbers of these 5g plants available.  Don't dally.

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Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
A TALL, QUICK GROWING BRAHEA


GREEN LEAVES, SORT OF WISPY
THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

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

Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

HYPHAENE CORIACA
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN PALMS THAT FORK ABOVE THE GROUND


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Shown here are the one gallon size of this branching palm from Africa.  Of course, you only see this branching habitat when it's in the ground and gets much larger.  It likes heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  The interesting thing about these plants is that they branch above the ground - to be contrasted with suckering from the base.

The first three pictures are Hyphaene coriacea in 1g size.  If you get one of these, make sure you have the heat, sun and room for one.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriaceae Hyphaene coriacea Hyphanae coriaceae

 

SATURDAY, 18 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SO AFRICAN CYCAD
VARIOUS SIZES AVAILABLE
LOVES SUN ALONG THE COAST
ONE OF MOST POPULAR CYCADS AROUND!

By far, the most popular rare cycad we sell is Encephalartos horridus.  I don't know if it's the gnarly, spiny leaflets that thrills people.  Or, the smaller size.  Or, the intense blue color.  But, somehow people love this plant and we can hardly keep them in stock.  It is slow growing, has prominent barbs on the edge of the leaflets and has a small crown width - usually five feet or less.  A two foot trunk would be about it's maximum caudex height.  It can sucker.  Along the coast it likes full sun - in the desert, a few hours.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Shown here are a 5g, 25g and some band sized seedlings.  The last two pictures are of garden plants.  Of note, because of this species popularity, we often run out on certain sizes.  You might want to check out an almost identical species, Encephalartos trispinosus.  We have a good supply of them.

Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

MULE PALMS
BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)
MASSIVE 24 IN BOX SPECIMENS
ALSO SOME SUPER LARGE 5G (LIKE A 15G)

MEDIUM HEIGHT - SUPER COLD HARDY!

Recently we got in a nice collection of massive 24 inch Mule Palms.  For those who don't know, this amazing hybrid doesn't look like either parent.  To make the Mule Palm, the seed bearing parent has to be the Butia capitata.  The pollen donor is the Queen Palm.  The reverse doesn't produce a palm anything close to the Mule Palm.  

They are remarkable because they are supper attractive.  Some say they have a resemblance to a Coconut.  They also usually just get to 25 feet - compared to the 60 foot height of the Queen.  And, they are very cold hardy - down to about 16 degrees.  I've got a customer in Tucson, AZ that can't grow Queen Palms b/c they freeze in the winter.  Our Mule Palms thrive there.  This hybrid tolerates desert sun.  And, they don't make any fruit to mess up your pool!  This is why they are called the "Mule" Palm.  What a combination of good qualities!

The plants in boxes we have are 12 feet tall with one foot thick bases.  The 5g are more like a 15g plant, very husky and overhead.  (second row of photos)  Both are lush and gorgeous.  We can deliver them to you as they are really too big for a smaller pickup truck.  The 5g can be mail ordered. 
Mule Palms Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule palm Mule Palm 5g Mule Palm 5g

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM
THE MOST COLD HARDY PALM IN THE WORLD
SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING FAN PALM
15 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE


The Needle Palm is a very rugged, durable palm that rarely gets above six feet tall.  It is a suckering fan palm that is cold hardy down to about zero degrees F.  It'll take coastal sun.  Far inland areas should grow it in part sun or filtered light.  Growth rate is medium.  It is known as the Needle Palm because of four to five inch long black needle-like spines that randomly come off the trunks.  They easily pull off with a tug and, when thrown, can penetrate and stick to a King Palm trunk.  We have an assortment of plants available including 15g as shown here.  All sizes can be mail ordered.

 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
COMMON BUT AFFORDABLE
PLANTS WITH FOOT OF TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G SIZE

This is probably one of the few times that I'll present such a common cycad as the Sago Palm.  But, I do acquire them once in a while, usually with large collections.  So, I have to sell them.  The plants I'm putting on special are big for a 10g pot and have been grown in sun.  They have nearly a foot of trunk.  The price, I think, is very good.  This species takes coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 17 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125

Please mention this special for this price.
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm
Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
VERY NICE BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS
BIFURACTION ALREADY EVIDENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 

When cycad enthusiasts have pollen and a receptive female cycad cone, you know some type of pollination is going to take place.  This is the way we see all sorts of crazy crosses.  Many of these hybrids are done haphazardly with no thought about the cross.  But, with this said, there is some rationale to the hybrid I'm showing you now.  Cycas debaoensis, from China, is known for it's mutipinnate leaves.  They are very cool.  Leaf stems can split to the third order.  Contrast this with the common Sago Palm that has simple pinnate leaves.  But, the Sago is super cold hardy and female cones are very available.  A cross could give a larger plant with bifurcating leaves and more cold hardiness.  That would be desirable.

I don't know if this is the reason that a friend did this cross.  But, it intrigued me so I brought in some hand selected plants that are showing the bifurcation in the seedling stage.   Please see photos.  There are no mature specimens around that I know of so I can't show mature cycad photos.  I'd anticipate a medium sized plant that hopefully will take sun and be fairly cold hardy, hopefully into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


These are easy to mail order.  Remember to ask for your discount.

Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This fan palm species is known for not looking like an arid or more desert appearing species.  This is because it's native habitat is in the more tropical southern Japanese islands and Taiwan.  It is a lush green palm.  It is slow growing and only gets to a height of about 20 feet although habitat plants can reach 40 feet.  You'll not see anything like that in most U.S. gardens.  Leaves are rather flat and the terminal part of the leaf segments will hang downwards as shown here.  Petioles with age lose their spines.  

To get a ten foot plant in our locality may take 20 years.  It can be grown in filtered light or sun.  Cold tolerance is about 17 degrees F.

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


You must mention this Blog special to get this price when purchasing.

Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO C. PLUMOSA
TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  Note that if you wipe the crown shaft with you thumb, you'll wipe off the frosty while as shown below.  Now that the "Baby Queens" have gotten so much notoriety, it's very difficult to find glaucifolia.  These 5g and multiples. This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  I apologize that I don't have any good garden pictures of this species, but the large nursery plants will give you an idea of their mature appearance.  Note that these plants on special are multiples - several plants in each pot. 

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


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30 FOR A BAND

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.
 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM
FULL SUN, COLD HARDY, DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON SIZE

The nursery plants shown here very large plants for their container.  They are ready for the garden or to be repotted.  This species is native to Brazil and lives near the ocean, often on sandy dunes near beaches.  In general, it is very slow growing.  Mature height is about six feet.  The leaves are plumose and fluffy.  It is a single trunk species although it has the appearance of being a suckering species.  It loves sun and heat.  If you need a small palm for full sun that you can see over, this is a great species for you.  These 1g are easy to ship in their containers with soil.  We also have other sizes available.

REGLAR PRICE ONE GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32.50

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

 

ASSORTED PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
THE HAWAIAAN PALM
ABSOLUTE HUGE 15G PLANTS!
OVER SIX SPECIES AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY 15 GALLON PRITCHARDIA


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

I'm showing you here a whole assortment of 15g plants.  We have about 8 different species in this size.  No other nursery in Southern California has Pritchardias this big in 15g size at the prices we're offering.  All are easily boxed sized specimens.  Some have three to four feet of trunk and are about 14 years old.  All are outdoor grown in sun.  Leaves on some species are totally flat.  Others have a wave to the leaf. Some are colored on the undersides.  There's a perfect Hawaiian Palm for anyone.  These are way too big and tall for mail order but can be trucked.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE 15G SIZE $245
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY 15G PRITCHARDIA $195


Note:  Most are a 24 inch box size.  All are fabulous.  These are too big to ship by Fed Express. 

Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants Pritchardia huge 15g plants
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia remota Pritchardia beccariana

 

WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

GERMINATING PALM SEEDS:
DO YOU HAVE BAD PALM SEEDS?
WHICH SEEDS TO PICK?
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A SEED IS NOT GOOD?
THE FLOAT TEST
THE PINCH TEST
CUT THE SEED OPEN
ALWAYS CLEAN OFF THE FRUIT

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

RULES TO FOLLOW:

1.  Get fresh seeds.  Right off the tree is best.
2.  Pick seeds that are mature, often colorful.  Most common colors are red, orange, yellow, brown or black.  Immature, green seeds germinate poorly.  Don't pick or collect seeds that are green!
3.  Remove the fruit from the seeds until you have a clean, often tan colored inner seed.  Fruit can contain chemicals that retard germination.
4.  Pinch test seeds.  Take the picked seeds (with or without fruit) and squeeze hard between two fingers.  They should never collapse.  Any seed that collapses between your fingers is no good.
5.  Float Test the seeds.  Cleaned palm seeds almost always sink in water.  Floaters are almost always bad.   Inner cavities of rot within the seed make them float.
6.  Cut open a few seeds.  The inner seed should be white or light tan, solid and without signs of rot.  And, you definitely do not want to see inner cavities.  Inner cavities 99% of the time means the seed is bad.
7.  Remove all outer fruit before germinating.  Some experts feel that this outer fruit later has growth inhibitors.  Even fruit that is not a bright color or is dry or scaly must be removed.  This outer layer may be brown and hard but needs removal - see photos below.
8.  Always soak the cleaned seeds in pure water, especially if you had seeds shipped to you.  This rehydrates them.  If seeds are right off a tree and the fruit is moist and fresh, soaking is not necessary.  But, they would still be cleaned of any fruit.

Photos here show seeds with fruit, the float test with floaters and sinkers, seeds that failed the pinch test, seeds with hard outer layers that still have to have this layer removed and a few seeds cut open showing inner cavities (a bad sign).  For techniques on germination, see our article on 
Palm Seed Germination 
at this website.

Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Jubaea seeds ripe
Jubaea chilensis fruit, ripe
Jubaea chilensis cleaning fruit off seed
Cleaning fruit off Jubaea chilensis
Butia capitata seeds with yellow fruit
Butia capitata seeds with fresh, ripe and yellow fruit
palm seeds
Livistona saribus seeds with blue fruit
Green Chamaedorea tpejilote seeds
Green seeds Chamaedorea tepejilote
Green palm seeds
Green seeds, not ready to pick
Bad palm seed, collapsed
Bad palm seed, collapsed with pinch test
Bad palm seed
Bad seed, all collapsed with pinch test
Pelagodoxa henryana seed
You must remove the primative hard fruit from this Pelagodoxa henryanaseed
Metroxylon amicarum seed
Dry, scaly coat of Metroxylon amicarum must be removed
Attalea seeds
Same with these Attalea sp. seeds
Palm Seed Float Test
Float test:  Note floating seeds- no good
Palm Seed Float TEst
Float test - Astrocaryum seeds floating
Float Test Sinkers
Float Test:  Note good seeds sink to bottom
Cavity in Palm Seeds
Cavity in bad Astrocaryum mexicanum seeds
Palm Seed Cavity Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in palm seeds
Cavity in bad Gastrococos crispa seeds
Clean Jubaea seeds
Totally cleaned Jubaea seeds
Homogenious inside of a cut palm seed
Good seed cut open - firm inner tissue throughout
germinating cham benzei
Results of proper seed care and germination

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
GORGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
BLUE AND GREEN FORMS
A LOOK AT BLUE NURSERY PLANTS

Among staff members at our nursery, this is one of the favorites of all the cycads we grow.  Encephalartos longifolius is native to South Africa.  There are habitat populations with both green and blue leaves.  Both varieties are very desirable but today I'm showing you the blue variety.  A nice thing about this species is that it gives a larger and faster growing blue cycad when compared to blue species like Encephalartos lehmannii and horridus. Leave have a nice curve downwards as shown in some photos here.  It would not be unusual to get a plant with several feet of trunk in two to three decades.  Width of the crown is larger than E. lehmannii, usually six to seven feet.  E. lehmannii is more petite in comparison.  The bands shown in the last row are about 2.5 years old with three to four leaves.  The first two rows show a 15g plant with a caudex of 6.75 inches.  Several other plants are shown in the bottom row.  This species prefers full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  All plants can be easily shipped anywhere within the U.S.

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


LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA - DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES
LARGER, "USER FRIENDLY" CYCAD
GREEN LEAVES
NO SPINES AT ALL
NEEDS PLENTY OF ROOM TO GROW

Native to Queensland and northern New South Whales, Australia.  In habitat, plants have been known to reach heights of over thirty feet with trunks up to two feet wide.  But, realize that such trees can be centuries old.  It holds a crown of several dozen glossy green leaves.  The petioles and leaflets are totally spine free.  They are soft to the touch.  Leaf length is typically six to nine feet and have a gentle downward arch.  New leaves emerge vertically.  Trunks typically have old leaf bases attached.  Cones are very large.  Male cones are cylindrical, long and upright.  Overall appearance of this cycad is lush and tropical.  Because of the long leaves, it does need adequate room in the garden to grow.  It can be grown in full sun near the ocean but does quite well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Growth rate is slow.  From germination, it take us eight to ten years to grow a nice, large 15 gallon plant.  The specimens shown below would be considered "massive" nursery plants. They were all part of a thirty-five plant collection we obtained in January of this year.  Container sizes are mostly 35 gallon.  We do have smaller for sale.

 
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER

5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This is a super popular variety of ginger that blossoms in the summer.  Blossoms are white with yellow and red throats.  Mature height of these plants is six to seven feet.  The leaves are prominently variegated with lighter green and yellow.  Blossoms are long lived but not fragrant.  Blossoms occur during the summer.  I think they do best in part day sun although right on the coast folks grow them in full sun.  Cold tolerance is one of the better for ginger, probably the mid-twenties F.  The last photo shows our 15g size of the green form of this species which is not on sale right now.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here our 1.5 gallon plants which are about 4 years old.  They are quite old for their containers.  This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGLAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $39

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.

Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!

SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix teracarpa is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  After trying to identify the species over many years and with no success, we coined the name "Archontophoenix teracarpa".  The closest species to it would be A. maxima but it's not the same.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk

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

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!

Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SAGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM

INTERESTING TRUNK - MATURE 15 FEET
EXOTIC AND RARE - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This sought after and very rare pinnate palm is native the Keys in Southern Florida.  It has a tidy silver trunk with very prominent rings as shown below.  Leaves are slightly plumose and not too long.  The prominent thing about this palm is that it has a very slow rate of growth here in California.  It may be quicker in south Florida, but not here.  The 1 gallons on special here are four years old!  Expect a mature height of no more than fifteen feet.  And, in this area, this height will take forty years to achieve.  It is a full sun palm in most areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F.  

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $40


Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase. 
 
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii Pseudophoenix sargentii

 

GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE
SUCKERING LARGE PLANT

LOOKS LIKE A BANANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

At the onset, I might comment that I really don't like Giant Bird of Paradise.  I say this because they are high maintenance plants and can be invasive.  But, people keep asking for them.  So, I brought in a small number of over-sized 5 gallon plants that are quite large and on special.   This species gets to a height of about 20 feet and freely suckering.  The plants on sale here are huge for their pots.  They could be mail ordered.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $27.50


Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of paradise Giant Bird of Paradise

 

SUNDAY, 12 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
A VERY COOL PALM - PRETTY COLD HARDY


This single trunk fan palm is native to regions stretching from Mexico through Central America.  In the genus, there are multiple species.  All have prominent white powder on the underside of the leaflets as shown here.  Trunks are narrow.  Often you'll see what look like "spines" on the trunk.  But, these are a different structure - they are modified root spines.  They are quite interesting looking.  Right on the coast, this species can take full or part day sun.  Most would grow it in bright filtered light.  Expect heights ranging from ten feet to well over twenty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.  Shown here are photos of the 15g size at the nursery.  Notice the white backs to the leaflets.  Also shown are photographs of a Cryosophila unknown species to show the typical appearance and trunk covered with "spines".  We usually have an assortment of sizes available.

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD
GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
LOTS OF SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM

Although you can't tell from the photos here, this cycad species can get quite tall.  I've seen photos from habitat with what appears to be over 20 feet of trunk.  Dioon spinulosum is native to tropical areas in Mexico where it grows in limestone forests.  Trunks don't get overly thick, typically 12 to 14 inches thick.  With age, this can be more.  Leaves are green and mildly armed.  Leaf length is about six feet.  My preference is to grow this species in filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties F.  Be aware, to get a foot or two of trunk can take a few decades.  At the nursery we usually have a good selection of this species from small to large.  Photos below shown some nursery plants as well as plants in gardens.
 

Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  dIOON SPINULOSUM
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum 

  

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

As many of you know, Arengas are usually suckering palms.  But, there are several single trunk species.  Arenga pinnata is one of these.  It is felt to be native to Indonesia and is a large palm.  It is a pinnate palm with a fibrous trunk made from woven fibers.  Overall height is forty to fifty feet and the trunk gets to a diameter of two feet.  The leaves are held upright and can be over twenty feet long.  The leaflets, like all Arenga, has jagged terminal ends.  

This is a monocarpic species and will die when the plant flowers.  Other suckering Arenga has new trunks to replace dying flowering trunks.  But, since this species has only one trunk, like a Caryota it will be gone a few years after the flowers appear.  The Sugar Palm is a full sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are some 5g nursery plants and photos of mature specimens.  Note the woven material on the trunk.  It is very interesting to see in person.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price when you buy.


Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
15 gallon size - not on special
Arenga pinnata


DYPSIS LANCEOLATA

NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It usually does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited number of trunks.  Sometimes plants remain single trunk.  The crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY BAND SPECIAL $30

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 Dypsis lanceolata dYPSIS LANCEOLATA BAND Dypsis lanceolata 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
 
DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $165

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Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE
THIN TRUNK
RETAINED OLD LEAF BASES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single stem fan palm is native to northern and western Mexico.  It is not a tall palm.  Heights vary from 12 to 25 feet with an 8 to 10 inch thick trunk.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  Old leaf bases will persist for some time on the trunk but eventually fall off making a smoother trunk.  The crown is not overly large.  Growth rate is medium.  It is a full sun species with cold tolerance down to the lower 20's F.  The special today is for the 5g size.  I've previously but bands on sale as well.

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

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Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata
Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata Brahea aculeata

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 $50

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Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea Pandorea jazminoides rosea
Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea jasminoides "rosea" Pandorea rosea

 

THURSDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

GASTROCOCOS CRISPA
AKA ACROCOMIA CRISPA
THE CUBAN BELLY PALM
SPINY PINNATE PALM
CENTRAL TRUNK SWOLLEN

Native to various areas of Cuba, this single trunk spiny palm is most known for the prominent bulge in the central trunk as shown here.  The spines on the trunk are variable.  Some older plants seem to lose their spines whereas others keep them.  See the photos below.  I've shown some photos that definitely show the bulge in the trunk.    

Heights can get to over thirty feet, crowns are full, leaves are plumose and overall appearance of the trees are very interesting.  This is a full sun species that can be grown in frost free areas of Southern California.  We probably have some smaller sizes available presently.  BTW, I am old fashioned and really like the old name of Gastrococos crispa.  But, taxonomists have to make a living.  You can pretty much be guaranteed they'll change 25% of the names you know and lover over the next twenty-five years.  They always have their reasons for this.    
 

Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  
Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  
Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST DESCRIBED SPECIES KING PALM FAMILY
FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

Common Name(s):  Walsh River Palm
Native Locality:  In the Atherton Tableland, south and west of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.  Elevation there is 3500 feet. 
Overall Height:  In habitat up to 70 or 80 feet 
Trunk Diameter:  Thicker than all the other species, up to 18 inches.   Some swelling at base.
Leaf Length:  10 to 12 feet, upright, slightly twisted.  The petiole is very short, i.e. leaflets start near the trunk.
Leaflets:  Minimally silver underneath (other species more prominent) and no ramenta
Crown Shaft Color:  Green with hints of yellow or blue    
Presence of Ramenta:  Absent
Flower Color:  Creamy-white in color.  Note that this species has the largest flowers of any Archontophoenix
Other Comments:  Probably the largest species of the family.  It has upright, rigid leaves (not arched) and a thick trunk.   Good growing palm for sun and with cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F.

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

Mention this special when you purchase for your discount.  For the specimen plants below I wish to thank L.N. and P.D. 

Also, the heading above says "Larest Described Sp. King Palm".  I've had inquiries comparing it to our "teracarpa".  
The teracarpa variety is definitely bigger (trunk & height) but not yet described.
Archontophoenix maxima ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA  Archontophoenix maxima 
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima UNKNOWN AUTHOR ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA PD  ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA 

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN
CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

This evergreen fern is native to South Africa and only gets about one to two feet tall and three to four feet wide.  It doesn't run or take over the garden - it stays as a smaller clump.  It has tight, fluffy green leaves as shown here.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water.  The last photo taken by GCIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant
 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asparagus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
myeri


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150


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Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS Phoenix theophrastii PHOENIX THEOPHRASTII

 

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

Just mention this Special for your Discount.  We also have available 5g, 15g and boxes (very old) but these are not on sale right now.  The habitat photo is by J.O.  Also shown are very old nursery specimens.

Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK  & LEAFLETS
SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of Dypsis is felt to probably be from Madagascar although an exact native habitat locality is unknown.  It has been known by various names over the years including "Dypsis ambositrae".  But, the latter name was incorrect and not the true name and this palm.  Because of the plumose leaves it later received the name "Dypsis plumosa".  In cultivation in our locality it likes full sun.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  Mature height is about 20 feet or a bit more.  It also has a very narrow caliper of trunk until it ages.  So, you have to be patient.  Cold tolerance is probably into the lower 20's F.

REGULAR BAN PRICE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $30

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Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES
NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE 

For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The Citrus po1.5 gallon plants here are 3 to 4 years old.  I have very limited numbers for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 G SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE $125

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Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED, NARROW TRUNK
VERY "CUTE PALM" WITH GREEN OR SILVER GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

We at the nursery are very proud that we offer a good selection of these interesting New World fan palms.  This species is native to the Caribbean region and gets to heights of about 30 feet in many decades.  Leaf color is green to silver-green and trunks are typically six inches thick or a bit more.  This species loves full hot sun and is cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.  Many are growing it with good success.  In pots, all Coccothrinax are painfully slow.  It's taken us five to six years to produce the 5g plants you see here.  We do have other sizes for sale and multiple other species of this genus.  In the ground they are much faster.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $70

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Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
RARE CYCAD FROM KENYA
UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE 

This is a large Central African cycad with an erect trunk up to thirty feet that is native to Mt. Lolokwe in the center of Kenya.  It is a fairly high elevation plant, up to 2000 feet natively.  As shown in the photos, leaves are four to six feet long and go upwards at about a 60 degree angle.  Color is a gray-green, definitely not a lime color.  The leaves are basically flat in cross section.  Leaflets are thin, crowded and perhaps slightly cupper - and are spiny along the margins.    

Like most cycads, this species likes good draining soil.  I'd recommend less than full sun with perhaps half day sun along the coast.  Inland areas would require bright filtered light. At our nursery, this species tolerated 25 degrees F. with no problem.  I suspect the coldest it will take is a few degrees below this.  Although this species is getting near impossible to find, we do have an assortment of sizes available including a large, near coning boxed plant. We are presently offering new seedlings on Special.  These are the first seedlings we've offered in many years and are shown in the first four photos.  I am also showing several other sizes of nursery plants.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SEEDLINGS $60

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Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band
Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus
Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus Encephalartos tegulaneus

 

TUESDAY, 7 NOVEMBER, 2018

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM
VERY POPULAR, EASY TO GROW

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  It has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants shown here appear to be the droopy leaflet form, although I can't be positive.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50
OR THREE FOR $80


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.

Dypsis onilahensis band Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
 Dypsis onilahensis DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
THE "MADAGASCAR PALM"
SPINY TRUNK - WHITE BLOSSOMS
NEVER GETS TOO TALL


Although not a true palm at all, this succulent from Madagascar has very spiny trunks with un-armed green leaves at the top.  It's trunks can get up to about six inches thick and overall height is usually under ten feet. Sometimes plants will branch, even at the top, and give peculiar shapes overall.  Blossoms do appear and are white in color.  This is a popular garden plant as well as an interior species. Along our coast it demands bright sun.  Cold hardiness appears to be only to about a freeze.  The first plant has just come out of winter so the leaves are smaller.  Later in the summer they'll get larger like the last several photos.  We have only 5 gallon size available.  The trunks are super spiny.  They are easy to ship.  One photo below shows the white blossoms that mature plants produce in summer.

Note:  We do have several sizes for sale presently

Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri
Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri
Pachypodium lameri Pachypodium lameri blossom Pachypodium lameri

 

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

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

Photos below:
First Row, 5g size
Second Row, 15g size
Last Row, plants in a garden setting


REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135

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Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora

 

THRINAX MORRISII
AKA LEUCOTHRINAX MORRISII
THE KEY THATCH PALM
ENDANGERED SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to areas stretching from the Florida Keys into a variety of Caribbean Islands.  Mature plant height is quite variable, ranging from five feet to over 30 feet.  Trunk diameters are usually six to eight inches.  Leaves are green to silver-green with a white color on the underside.   Trunks do get smooth quite quickly.  This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  We can mail order these plants.  For more information, please see recent photos/description in this Blog.

REGULAR PRICE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55

Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.

Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii

 

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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

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.   Thanks to RPS for the last photo.

Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea seifritii CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII by RPS

 

COCCOTHRINAX CRINITA VARIETY BREVICRINAS
A RARE FORM OF THE OLD MAN PALM
NATIVE TO CUBA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

The palm species shown here is the more rare form of Coccothrinax crinita.  Both the regular C. crinita and this form are native to Cuba.  This form is said to have shorter hairs on the trunk and to be a little bit more "neat" appearing.  For anyone who has grown one of the Old Man Palms, the one thing you'll agree on is how slow they are.  The seedlings here are three to four years old.  One suffers through "blades of grass" for the first two years or more.  Finally palmate leaves appear as shown here.  This is a dwarf species, unlikely to get over ten feet.  It loves sun and heat and is cold hardy somewhere into the mid-teens F. And, by the way, those fibers/hairs covering the trunk are its hallmark.  The pictures of the mature plants below are of the regular crinita - no reliable photos are available for this variety as it is so rare.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30


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Coccothrinax crinita var brevicrinas  Coccothrinax crinita var brevicrinas  Coccothrinax crinita  
Coccothrinax crinita     

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LAURENTIANUS
KWANGO GIANT CYCAD
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONGEST LEAVES OF ANY CYCAD
JUST AVAILABLE - BAND SIZED NICE SEEDLINGS

Several decades ago, one could only dream of every obtaining an Encephalartos laurentianus.  This was because its locality was so remote in Uganda that few ever traveled to the habitat.  Couple this with the political instabilities and risks of the region, and you'd understand how seeds were seldom available.  Fortunately, through a few botanical gardens, seeds eventually did get distributed.  Even with this, this species is unbelievably rare to locate.

It is known for having the longest leaves of any cycad.  They tend to go upwards and can be over 20 feet long.  An identifying hallmark of this species in nurseries are the abundance of spines at the ends of the long leaflets.  You can see this on the close up leaflet pictures.  Leaflets can get up to about 20 inches long, are fairly wide and somewhat cupped.  Trunks will slowly form.  With the long length of the leaves, plants can tower overhead.

Being Central African, this species doesn't have the cold hardiness of South African cycads.  But, many are growing it in this area.  I'd recommend sun or part day sun.  Cold hardiness is down to a bit below a freeze.  Shown here are a boxed plant, a 15g and (last row below) some just available band sized seedlings.  Most have two leaves.  We have limited numbers. 
Price for these rare seedlings is $125 each.  Remember, seeds are unbelievably expensive.  They can be shipped easily - depending on your weather.

 
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF
DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are 1 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

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

Just mention this special when you buy.  I thank TS at RPS for usage of his photo below.
 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - BUT SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15G PLANTS

It's interesting that, despite our inventory of a quarter million plants, we do run out of species or sought after sizes of certain species.  Such is often the case with the popular 15 gallon size of the Chilean Wine Palm.  I know private and back yard growers who sometimes have things we need.  So, I make some phone calls to locate what we need for customers.  This led to the acquisition of the 15 gallon Jubaeas shown here.  They are not huge but very nice.  Basal diameters are about 4 -5 inches.  But, they are nicely sized and the price is right. 

This species gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The 15g shown here are 8 years old.  I'm offering them at the lowest price I've ever given to customers on this size.  This price applies to this particular batch of Jubaeas only.  I am passing this good pricing on to you as we got them at a very good price.  If you want honkers, bigger ones - we do have them.  But, this size (as shown) is affordable and can be shipped to anywhere in the U.S.  We have limited numbers but should be able to acquire more if needed.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $185
(note, may be special order if we run out)


But, mention this Blog Special for this discount.

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

 

SATURDAY, 4 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CONES
MANY COLORS, MALES AND FEMALES
PHOTOS FROM NURSERY & GARDEN SPECIMENS


Most of the photos here were taken from Encephalartos plants at the nursery.  All photos here show Encephalartos, a type of cycad native to Africa.  Both males and females cones are shown.  As most of you know, cycads are dioecious plants with both male and female reproductive parts.  In cycads they are called "cones".  Female cones look somewhat like a pineapple.  Male cones tend to look like a corn cob where the kernels have been eaten.   The male and female cones are recognizably different.  Pollen must make its way from the male cone to the receptive female.  This is usually accomplished by insects in the wild.  Domestically here in the U.S. it must be transferred manually.  

When successful and the timing is right, viable seeds result.  Seeds are often quite a bright color, often red (see last photo).  Cones come in a variety of colors including green, tan, brown, yellow and even red.  Tan and brown are the most common.  
E. ferox is striking because of it's red or orange cones.  

All cones are very attractive.  They last for about six months on the plant and then brown out and fall off the plant with age.  When pollinated, as they grow, one can see the colorful and often red seeds developing inside the cone (see photos below).  One must remember to wear gloves and a mask when handling cycad pollen.

Encephalartos altensteinii cone male
Encephalarto altensteinii m
ale cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox f
emale cone
Encephalartos ferox male cone
Encephalartos ferox 
male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis 
female cone
Encephalartos arenaris x lebomboensis male cone
E. arenarius x lebomboensis 
male cone
Encephalartos lkisambo female cone
Encephalartos kisambo 
female cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox 
female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos villos cone with fruit
Encephalartos villosus c
one with fruit
Encephalartos horridus female cone
Encephalartos horridus f
emale cone
Encephalartos kisambo male cone
Encephalartos kisambo male cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis f
emale cone
Encephalartos trispinosus female cone
Encephalartos trispinosus f
emale cone
Encephalartos ferox male cones
Encephalartos ferox 
male cones
Encephalartos arenarius male cone
Encephalartos arenarius 
male cone, older
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo female cone
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus male
Encephalartos piet retiefii female cone
Encephalartos piet retiefii female cone
Encephalartos altensteinii female cones
Encephalartos altensteinii female cones
Encephalartos curly leaf ferox male cone
Encephalartos curly leaf ferox male cone
Encephalartos kisambo male cone
Encephalartos kisambo male cone
Encephalartos trispinosus female in cone
Encephalartos trispinosus female cone

OUR CYCAD SOIL
JUST GOT IN A NEW BATCH
WE DO SELL IT BY THE 15 GALLON BAG

From time to time, I do work on making our cycad soil formulae better.  Our basic ingredients are pumice, coarse sand (#12), fir wood chips, fir shavings, peat moss, perlite, and a touch of high grade topsoil.  We also add dolomite and a slow release Osmocote fertilizer.  Be aware, there is no "perfect" single mix or formulae that you have to use.  At this website I do give a specific component ratios for a cycad mix.  (link below)  This soil shown will support most cycads and is quick draining.  One ideally might alter it for tropical species like lush Zamia.  We sell this cycad mix by the bag for those who don't have the capacity to make their own.  But, it's way to heavy and expensive to ship by mail order because of the weight.

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil  

 

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

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  To satisfy our customer demand, we recently got in some more of the 15g size.  But, there are very limited numbers.  We are offering them at one of the best prices we've ever offered.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.

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

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size. 

Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue P. craft Butia capitata blue

 

PRITCHARDIA REMOTA
OVERHEAD TROPICAL FAN PALM
NATIVE TO HAWAII
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This attractive fan palm is native to the islands of Kauai and Nihau in the Hawaiian chain.  It lives at about 500 feet elevation or more in dry forests.  There, some plants are found on dry cliffs.  Maybe because of its natural habitat, it does quite well in Southern California.  Plants get up to about 25 feet height with a narrow trunk for their height.  Leaves are green with some divisions of the leaf segments.  Old leaves may form a petticoat on the trunk as shown here.  Fruit is medium-large in size, up to 3/4 of an inch.  Culturally, this species takes full sun on the coast and wants morning sun further inland.  Cold tolerance is down to 25 to 27 degrees F. 
The plants on sale are one gallon although we may have larger sizes available.

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

Remember:  mention this Blog Special for your discount. 
 
Pritchardia remota Pritchardia remota Pritchardia remota
PRITCHARDIA REMOTA Pritchardia remota
Pritchardia remota Pritchardia remota Pritchardia remota

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.

CREDITS:  My thanks to TS at RPS for the habitat photos.

Beccariophoenix alfredii BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII RPS Beccariophoenix alfredii

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
SPINELESS AUSTRALIAN CYCAD
DARK GREEN & FRIENDLY LEAVES
NEEDS ROOM IN THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Several years ago we received from one of our customers about twenty Lepidozamia peroffskyana seedlings in one gallon pots.   They came from domestic seeds from his place of business.  The business had planted an assortment of these plants.  Over the years they've grown and there proved to be both sexes in the planting.  Without any hand pollination, seeds were formed.  And, they proved to be good seeds.  And, they've grown great!  This species will take full sun right on the coast but most enthusiasts give it part day sun or strong filtered light.  It needs some horizontal room as it makes a larger cycad.  Cold tolerance is actually quite good, perhaps into the upper teens F.  Folks are growing this plant in the SF Bay Area without a problem.  Leaves are soft to the touch and without any spines.  I am showing the 1 gallon sale plants in the first two photos along with a citrus pot and boxed specimen.  Be aware that we recently got in a large collection of huge specimens of this species.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for this price.  These are easy to ship.

Lepidozamia peroffskyana  Lepidozamia peroffskyana  Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SALE BAND SIZE

This is a dwarf species of fan palm from the southern United States and is commonly found in the state of Texas.  It rarely gets foliage overhead with an average height of four to seven feet.  It has a long petiole and a small leaf.  The blossom produces an ample supply of small black seeds and juts upward above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a smaller plant.

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  These are shown in the first three photos.  I've also shown garden plants.  Be aware we have other, larger sizes for sale as well.

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

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.

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

 

BRAHEA DULCIS
MEDIUM SIZED ATTRACTIVE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This good looking fan palm comes from southern Mexico as well as various countries in Central America.  There is variability in this species: Some plants are green, others blue.  Some specimens get to twenty feet, others remain shorter. And, some even sucker to make multiple trunks.  But, all are attractive.  Over time, leaf bases fall away to give a smooth trunk.  We're offering our band size on these at a good discount.  Easy to ship.  The first band shown is a double, not suckering.  This species likes part sun or full sun along the coast and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30 OR
THREE FOR $75 


You must mention this special to get this price.

BRAHEA DULCIS BRAHEA DULCIS BRAHEA DULCIS
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis

 

MEXICAN WEEPING BAMBOO
OTATEA ACUMINATA
THIN LEAFLETS, HANGING LEAVES
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $150

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special

Mexican Weeping Bamboo Mexican Weeping Bamboo Mexican Weeping Bamboo
Mexican Weeping Bamboo Mexican Weeping Bamboo Mexican Weeping Bamboo
Mexican Weeping Bamboo by PlantBook.org website
Photo by PlantBook.org website
   

 

WEDNESDAY, 1 NOVEMBER, 2017

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
FLUFFY LEAVES, MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
SINGLE TRUNK WITH CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15G SIZE

Many of you are familiar with the Foxtail Palm of Australia.  Native to the Queensland area it reaches a mature height of twenty five to maximum thirty feet.  It has a narrow trunk for its height, typically 8 to 12 inches.  Sometimes it will swell a bit at the base or in the middle of the trunk.

It gets its name from the very plumose or fluffy leaves, reminiscent of the tail or a fox.  Growth rate is medium although it can stall if it doesn't see enough heat.  It requires full sun as well.  Plants in shade don't do well.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.  The ideal location is in the coastal strip but inland a bit.  It is unclear to me if it'll take full desert sun.

Shown here are the squat 15 gallon size I'm putting on special.


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


Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount.  Very few of these are available.

Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm
Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm
Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm

 

ARENGA OBTUSIFOLIA
LARGE CLUSTERING TROPICAL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

You won't find this species available at many places in the country.  It's native to southern Thailand and surrounding areas including Indonesia.  It's a large palm.  In habitat it gets to a height of thirty to fifty feet with one foot thick trunks.  It can have huge leaves over fifteen feet long.  In other words, one leaf is taller than a whole clump of Arenga engleri.  Like all Arenga, the back sides of the leaves are silver.  I'd recommend part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is uncertain, perhaps into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


At time of purchase, you must mention this Blog Special to get this price. 

Arenga obtusifolia Arenga obtusifolia Arenga obtusifolia
Arenga obtusifolia
Arenga obtusifolia
Arenga obtusifolia by Rolf Kyburz
photo by R.K.

 

BROMELIADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
VERSATILE, EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANTS
VAST ASSORTMENT TO SELECT FROM

Bromeliads are a type of plant, typically small in size, that are simple to grow and make great companion plants in the garden.  They are very versatile and, because most species grow epiphytically, can be used on poles, posts, fences, mounted to trees or simply grown in the ground among other plants.  Almost all species blossom once a year and the blossoms are long lived.  Blossoms appear in almost every color imaginable, anything from the rainbow.  Plants propagate by basal suckers and only really need care once a year when old plants are removed from the cluster.

Photographs here show plants that are attached to posts, mounted in trees and are used in water features.  There are some species that can get  up to five or six feet tall and are quite spectacular.  If one wishes, he can just put the bromeliad, with it's container, right into the ground. Some species tolerate full sun and many love filtered light and blossom well in such light.   

Although we are not a "bromeliad only" nursery, we typically have a great supply of the most desirable types available for sale.  We emphasize beauty and color in our Bromeliads rather than rarity.  We consider one of our specialties our ability to offer a great selection of interesting and colorful companion plants.   

Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads landscape

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PRITCHARDIA MINOR IN SAN DIEGO
MATURE AND FRUITING FOR YEARS
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
ENABLES US TO OFFER YOU NURSERY PLANTS


I wanted to show you photographs of a mature Pritchardia minor that's thriving in central San Diego, CA.  For many years our nursery has been selling young plants that come from the seeds of this mother tree.  It is a magnificent specimen.  I'd estimate its height to be fifteen feet with a trunk diameter of eight inches.  Native to the Island of Kaui in HI, this tree is quite rare and grows at high elevation in locality.  It tolerates full sun here if you are not too far inland.  I've seen this species in habitat and the one shown in the first three rows of photos (San Diego) is taller than ones I've seen in the wild.  I figure its culture that made it this large.  The last row shows some photos of plants we have for sale and a specimen of this species in HI.  Although availability changes over time, we hope that we can continue to offer this unique species in the future.

Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego pritchardia martii pritchardia martii

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $35

Sticks of Fire Sticks of Fire Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website

 

ORANGE CLIVIA
OVERSIZED PLANTS
SPRING BLOOMER

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G PLANTS

Clivia are one of everyone's favorites for Spring.  This is because they reliably blossom this time of year in our locality.  The plants shown here are the orange variety.  They have huge blossoms that come on in the spring.  These are big plants, all suckering - so they'll give multiple flowers.  They like filtered light and are cold hardy to the low 20's F.  Of note, we also offer the rare yellow form of Clivia, but they are not on sale.  Photo of flowers were taken in the spring and the garden shot is from unknown author on Flikr.

REGULAR PRICE 0RANGE THIS SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35


Just mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.

Clivia Clivia Clivia
clivia flikr Clivia unknown author Clivia

 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR
NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE FEET TALL

Customers often shy away from the regular Elephant Ear Alocasia because of it's potential size of up to eight feet with huge leaves.  There is even one species that gets super tall and almost takes over the garden.  But, what I'm showing you here (Alocasia Cal-Odora) 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 of five and fifteen gallon plants.  We often put them on sale for reduced prices.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.

The last two photos shown plants of this species at our nursery.  From time to time we do put this species on special.  Also, we offer super unusual and different types of Alocasia, so if you are a tropical plant freak, come and see us. 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
COMPACT PLANT WITH NO SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 2&3 G PLANTS


This popular dwarf cycad is from Mexico and rarely gets over four feet tall.  Plants do cluster and form low profile clumps.  Stems can get typically to about 12 inches although taller stems are seen in the wild.  Leaves are almost always under 36 inches long.  Leaflets are wide, short and have no spines or armor.  This is a very user friendly plant.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and needs filtered light in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F, perhaps a bit lower.  

We're offering here 3 gallon plants.  They are nice plants for starting in the garden.  We do have larger plants that are not on sale right now.  But, this size can easily be shipped right in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.

Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea zamia furfuracea
zamia furfuracea zamia furfuracea zamia furfuracea

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This species of Date Palm is from India and Pakistan and somewhat resembles the Canary Island Date Palm.  But, the trunk is much thinner, the crown is not as large and it is more rounded in shape.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Overall height can reach forty to fifty feet.  This is a sun species in all areas with a cold tolerance into the teens F.

We're offering nice 5g plants on special as shown.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing.  Of note, we also have a few 15 gallon plants that I'd offer a good price on.
 

Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris 
Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris  Phoenix sylvestris 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
SUPER RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE PLANTS

This species is native to the Ituri Forest in the Congo in Central Africa.  It is extremely rare to see it offered for sale.  This cycad would not be as cold hardy as plants further south in South Africa.  But, it should take weather into the mid-twenties F.  E. ituriensis is known for its long, upright leaves reaching well over twelve to fourteen feet tall.  It towers over E. whitelockii in terms of length.  Leaflets are armed and narrow.  The plants on special are three to four years old and carrying about four leaves.  BTW, if you search the Net for photos of this species, they are essentially nonexistent.  This is because of political instability of the area, remote native location and the risk of Ebola infection.  Certainly this has hampered availability of this species worldwide.  The first two rows show our plants on special.   We also have several nice 15g, one shown below.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS/THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110

Just mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Only a few available at this price.
 
 
Encephalartos ituriensis  Encephalartos ituriensis  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS 
ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS 
ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS  Encephalartos ituriensis

 

COCONUT PALM
COCOS NUCIFERA
A GORGEOUS TROPICAL PALM
BRIGHT LARGE YELLOW FRUIT
DIFFICULT GROW IN SO CAL 

There is hardly a palm more beautiful than Cocos nucifera, the Coconut Palm.  Although no one knows for sure it's original native habitat, presently they are found naturalized in tropical areas around the world.  They tolerate heat and sun, live right near salt containing oceans and get to a height of about 40 feet.  The yellow colored fruits are produced in abundance.  You might recognize store bought coconuts that are brown.  These are the seeds and within the thick fibrous husk of the fruit.  From a cultural point of view, this palm doesn't have a lot of cold tolerance.  It succumbs with temperatures below the upper thirties F.  There are few if any Coconuts flourishing in Southern CA.  All the photos here were taken in the Miami, FL area.  

Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera Cocos nucifera Coconut Palm

 

 

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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 and citrus pots.  However, tiny pots like 4 or 6 inch are not containers that we really utilize.   

So, don't clutter the environment by giving them to the garbage man or your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!

15g pot
15 gallon pot
pots
Array of pots starting with the band size on the 
left and ending on the right with a 24 inch box

  


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GET A GOOD SELECTION OF PLANTS
WITH THE BEST SPECIES AROUND

ANY TYPE - PALMS OR CYCADS
AND, SAVE MONEY ON DELIVERY & THE PLANTS!

Photographs of Some of Our Cold Hardy Palms Below
Shipping By the Pallet - Best Way to Save on Larger Orders of Big Plants


There are a lot more cold hardy palms available than shown here


HOW IT WORKS & BENEFITS OF SHIPPING BY THE PALLET OR DELIVERY:

*  Save money shipping by the pallet OR larger order delivery by truck
 Up to 50% less shipping costs by the pallet or truck compared to shipping plants individually
*  Easier and cheaper to send much bigger plants up to 24 inch box size and 8.5 feet tall
*  Can double stack smaller plants on top of larger ones in pallet to maximize number of plants
*  Get plants that are way too big for Fed Express or UPS
*  Typically same arrival times (or quicker) as ground services with UPS or Federal Express
*  Shipped by independent trucking companies
*  Plants shipped safely, usually in framed out pallets as shown below or safely store in trucks
Get a discount up to 15% off on the regular price of the plants themselves when
you get a large load
  

 

SHIPPING PLANTS BY THE PALLET

Shown here is how we typically "palletize" plants for customers.  You can see that plants are secure and travel safely.  Also note that some plants are over eight feet tall.   These are "non-stackable pallets".   


pallet loaded with plants pallet loaded with plants
pallet loaded with plants

 

COLD HARDY PALMS AT THE NURSERY

SHORT PICTORIAL TOUR OF HARDY & TOUGH NURSERY PLANTS
SOME TAKE DOWN TO 15 DEGREES F! 
(Sample Plants Shown Below - Click below for full presentation)

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A Quick Look at Some Cold Hardy Species

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 

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 
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 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 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 
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  Mule Palm by Mark Heath 
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 
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 

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 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 
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 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 
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 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 

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

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 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 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

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SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY
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If you like different and colorful companion plants for the floor of the garden, check out these plants.  Remember, a garden is not complete until you put in the companion plants and add some color.  Our selection changes frequently and, on some, are seasonal.  Examples of such plants are given here with a link below to a new Website Article recently published on "Tropical Plants".  

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

 

 

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A LOOK AT THE NURSERY
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Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma, one of the staff.  These pictures show the unique combination of palms, cycads and succulents that we're offering.  You can see how nicely they all blend together.  We're showing these photos so you get a feel for our Nursery.

 
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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.  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.

       


king palm
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 baileyana
Copernicia baileyana
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species 
Cyphophoenix species
Cyphophoenix species' 
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens mr
Dypsis decipiens (habitat) 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis 
Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Howea forsteriana
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 SIZES


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









SIZES WE USE NOT SHOWN HERE


Deep band containers
Citrus pots
25 gallon
30 gallon
35 gallon
45 gallon
30 inch boxes
36 inch boxes

Note:  Larger pots/boxes can get very heavy and are too heavy to mail order by usual means - independent trucker needed for these.

empty pots in a row 
Pots sizes lined up in a row - see text to left

cycad in 36 inch box
Cycad in 36 inch box

 

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