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VARIOUS PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
SHIPPAABLE 5 GALLON SIZE
ALL EXOTIC AND GORGEOUS SPECIES

Several days ago a customer had an interest in Pritchardias.  She had a photograph of one and just loved it.  But, she lives on the East Coast.  So, I took pictures of plants that could be affordably shipped.  Shown here are four nice sized 5g Pritchardia species.  And, we have many others for sale.

Pritchardia are small to medium sized tropical fan palms.  We concentrate on the dozen or two species from Hawaii as they are more cold hardy and easier to grow.  Cold hardiness on most is into the mid-twenties F.  These can be grown inside or in greenhouses.  They have exotic green, typically flat leaves.
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia hildebrandtii blue
Pritchardia hildebrandtii blue
Pritchardia hildebrandtii blue
Pritchardia hildebrandtii blue
Pritchardia hildebrandtii blue
Pritchardia hildebrandtii blue
Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae
Pritchardia kaalae
pritchardia species nut brown
Pritchardia species nut brown
pritchardia species nut brown
Pritchardia species nut brown
pritchardia species nut brown
Pritchardia species nut brown
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Balboa park
Pritchardia hildebrandtii
Balboa Park, San Diego

 

CERATOZAMIA LATIFOLIA
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAVES

This smaller Ceratozamia is a tropical appearing cycad that comes from eastern Mexico where it grows in cloud forests at an elevation of about 2500 feet.  Its trunk is usually less than a foot tall.  Leaves are three to four feet long.  When new leaves emerge, they are a bronze or red-pink color.  This color lasts for about a month.  The first five photos here show three newly emerging leaves on a 5g plant about 3 inch caudex size.  Nothing is quite as exciting as seeing newly emerging red leaves.  Imagine, with a large specimen, how spectacular this appears. 

This is a filtered light or part day sun species.  Cold tolerance is easily into the lower 20's F.  People in the San Francisco Bay area can easily grow this plant.  The last photo shows leaves about three weeks after emerging.  You can see how the red color is changing to green.   I'm also showing several other nursery plants including an old photo of a boxed specimen.  We typically have a good supply of this species.  It's a nice addition to the floor of the garden under overhead canopy.  

Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves
Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves Ceratozamia latifolia red emergent leaves cERATOZAMIA LATIFOLIA
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia

 

COCCOTHRINAX BORHIDIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CUBAN FAN PALM
MOST SOUGHT AFTER COCCOTHRINAX?


This endangered species has a small native population in only one location near the ocean in northern Cuba.  Until about fifteen years ago, getting one of this species was essentially impossible.  Now, there are a few around.  Many feel it is the most interesting and attractive species in the genus Coccothrinax.  It is a small to medium size mature tree with a thin trunk as shown in the last photo. 

The crown of leaves is compact, the petioles are short and the leaves are rigid and well divided.  The trunk does have a petticoat (which can be removed) and a fibrous substance attached.  This is a sun loving species and cold tolerance is unknown.  However, I suspect it is in the mid to upper twenties F.

Shown here are the limited numbers of 2g which we have available.
Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidiana
Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax borhidian Rolf Kyburz PACSOA
habitat photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
INTERESTING THICK TRUNK TROPICAL TREE

About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  A fellow who ran this nursery, Bill Seaborne (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they have the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine; but the trunk is massive.  It has a green snake skin type of texture and is a fast growing tree.  

I have a few 15g trees and some 5g plants for sale.  The 15g size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F.  
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris by
photo by anbg.gov website
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia website
 by Adelaide Zoo website, Australia

 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA VAR HAVANENSIS
NATIVE TO CUBA
MEDIUM SIZED, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM


Coccothrinax miraguama is only found on the island of Cuba.  There are several varieties of this species.   The variety of this genus that has a natural habitat near Havana, the capitol, is called C. miraguama variety havanensis.  They are medium sized species, up to about thirty feet. This is a fan palm with a crown width of about twelve feet.   All plants within this genus are mostly known for the interesting pattern of woven fibers on the trunk as shown below.  This woven mesh is mostly right below the trunk.  Further down the trunk of an older specimen, the trunk is clean and bare.  As a species, Coccothrinax miraguama is often felt to be one of the prettiest of the genus. 

Shown here is a 7g plant of the variety havanensis.  It is about six years old.  Although I don't have any pictures specifically of this mature plants of this variety (it is super rare), I am showing several photos of the species C. miraguama.  This is a sun loving species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.   Of note, compared to the Coccothrinax barbadensis previously described, this species has thinner leaflets, is somewhat shorter and has the interesting woven pattern on the trunk.    

 
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis  Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis 
Coccothrinax miraguama var havanensis  Coccothrinax miraguama by Univ. of Florida
Coccothrinax miraguama by Univ. of Florida
Coccothrinax miraguama 
Coccothrinax miraguama trunk by SF landscape and gardens website
by SF Lanscape and Gardens website 
Coccothrinax miraguama roseocarpa   

 

SABAL BERMUDANA
THE BERMUDA PALM
THICK TRUNK, BIG LEAVES

Native to the island of Bermuda, this nearly extinct species is a medium sized fan palm that gets to about twenty feet in height and has a one foot thick trunk.  Its leaf color is green or blue green.  It tends to be larger than Sabal palmetto.  It has round leaves and a fairly clean appearing trunk.  Growth is quite slow for a Sabal.  It prefers full sun and is remarkably cold hardy, probably into the mid teens F.  There are reports of it going to about 16 degrees.  Shown here are some 15g plants.  An interesting thing that I found, while taking these photos, was the presence of long, white wispy hairs around the leaves and petioles.  This is similar to the hairs you see with Livistona decipiens.  I have not seen this characteristic in print, but have photographed it hear for you to see.  I've also seen such hairs on Sabal ursesana.  Another interesting thing is the very clean and sharp edged petioles of Sabal bermudana.  They are cupped on the ventral side. 

Over the years many have asked for this species and I've only been able to supply smaller sizes.  Now we can offer nice sized chunky 5g in addition to the smaller plants.  
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana
Sabal bermudana Sabal bermudana  

 

PRITCHARDIA SCHATTAUERII
SUPER RARE SPECIES FROM HI
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND FOR SALE

 In 1985 Don Hodel described a new, very tall species of Pritchardia native to the island of Hawaii.  His article was published in the journal of the International Palm Society named "Principes" at that time.  (Now called "Palms").  When he described it there were less than a dozen plants left in the wild.  Habitat elevation gets up to almost a half a mile.

This is an extremely tall species of Pritchardia.  There are reports of specimens over 100 feet tall.  Trunk diameter is about a foot.  Leaf width is 5 to 6 feet.  Leaves are prominently segmented with division half way into the blade.  Petioles are long, up to six feet.

Shown here is a 5g plant.  We only have a few of these and actually though we had sold out.  I'm showing this to you because you so rarely get to see this species.
Pritchardia schattauerii Pritchardia schattauerii
Pritchardia schattauerii Pritchardia schattauerii Pritchardia schattauerii
Pritchardia schattauerii by Al Bredeson
plant in habitat, photo by Al Bredeson.  Note the
small person at the base of the palm.
Pritchardia schattauerii by Wikipedia Commons Coco Cranter
by Wikipedia Commons taken at Coco Crater Botanical
Garden in HI
 

 

WEDNESDAY, 29 OCTOBER, 2014

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 10G SIZE

This desirable and sought after species first appeared on the market about 25 years ago when it was discovered in Queensland.  It's hard to imagine that it was unknown to the nursery trade prior to that time.  It reaches a mature height typically of twenty-five feet or less and has a narrow caliper trunk for it's height; about 8 inches.  The crown shaft is a silver color, leaves are fluffy (plumose) and short.  It's because of the latter that it's known as the Foxtail Palm.

It likes full hot sun.  Some are trying this species in the desert although the jury is out on their success.  The perfect area to grow this species might be that strip from about five to fifteen miles inland from the ocean.  There one gets lots of heat and no real freeze.  Right on the coast it has some problems with salty wind.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 23 degrees F.  I do not know if it'll grow indoors.  We're offering eight foot tall (in container) plants on special today.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIALTHIS SIZE  $150

We also have a few huge 25 gallon left in inventory.  To get the discount above on the special sale plants shown here, you must mention this special at the time of purchase.   
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata
A limited number of these 25g are still available 
Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata
A close up of the leaf showing how they are plumose 
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata  Wodyetia bifurcata 

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND PLANTS

Pandanus utilus is called the Screw Pine but is not a pine at all.  It's actually a monocot (similar to palms) and native to Madagascar, the Mauritius Islands and some surrounding areas.  It gets it's name by the arrangement of leaves which come off the trunk in spiraling fashion, always the same direction.  Thus, the leaves spin off at different angles in a swirl.  Leaves are rather thin and have spines along the margins.  The trunk on this species is quite amazing.  It forms aerial roots (sausage like) that come to the ground for stability.  Trunks fork and form multiple heads of leaves.  Trunks can also be quite smooth, almost snakeskin-like.  It has large fruit clusters that are bigger than grenades.  Leaf color is green with a sheen of blue.

Overall height is variable, but old specimens can easily be over thirty feet tall with lots of branches.  As I type this I'm looking out my window at a Screw Pine in my garden that is 25 feet tall.  I love this plant.  It takes sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid-twenties F.  We are offering very old bands that are about six years old and a great buy.  They can be easily shipped.

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

Just mention this blog special when purchasing to get this price.


Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus Pandanus utilus
Band size on special for ten days
Pandanus utilus

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
A SILVER, DROUGHT-TOLERANT SPECIES

This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge radicle is produced.  It resembles a cycad more than a palm.  It is like a huge carrot attached to the seed.  This root and subsequent roots are good size and very long, showing how this species adaptation to search for deep water in its natural habitat.  I am suspicious that these roots may also retain water for emergency purposes.  This species does tolerate drought but responds to watering.  It is extremely slow growing.

Shown to the right and below are containerized plants of
Ravenea xerophila.  Citrus pot plants take us about five years to produce. The larger plants below took eight years.  I'm showing a juvenile plant the garden of a friend of mine, Jeff Searle.  The final habitat photo is from Tobias Spanner at Rare Palm Seeds.  Everyone who grows this species comments that 1) it is very slow and 2) it is typically blue, or a blue-green in color.   I apologize, but there are so few pictures of mature plants of this species available, so I hope you enjoy those that I can provide to you.   Be aware, availability of this species is very limited.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila with Jeff Searle
R. xerophila with Jeff Searle, photo by J. Searle
of Searle Brothers Nursery in FL
Ravenea xerophila by Tobias Spanner RPS
R. xerophila by Tobias Spanner RPS
   


RAVENEA JULIETIAE
A RARE PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY PRETTY

This is a rather thin trunked, tall pinnate palm that is rarely seen and native to eastern Madagascar.  How I found out about this species has always made this species special to me.  About twenty years ago at a meeting in Florida, just before the book, Palms of Madagascar, was released, I met and talked to its authors, John Dransfield and Henk Benjtee, both of Kew Gardens in the U.K.  Both of these taxonomists and field researchers had heard about this unusual Ravenea species.  They drove for hours trying to get a look at it, always with no results.  Out of frustration, they stopped the car on a remote dirt road, got out the binoculars and started an intense scanning of the horizon, hoping for a glimpse of this yet to be described species.  With them was Henk's wife, Julie.  In frustration, they were about to give up their search.  Then, Henk's wife pointed to a large specimen just feet from the car and by the side of the road.  She said, "Maybe it's this one".  And, it was!.  Right in front of them was the specimen they used to describe this species.  And, because of her "assistance", it was named after Julie.

Trunk height is thirty feet with a diameter of only about six inches.  Leaves are recurved a bit and leaflets are widely spaced.  Leaf color is green.  We've found this species to be very slow growing.  We recently obtained some 5g plants that are six or seven years old.  The close up of the base shows how this species is "keeled" like most other Ravenea.  The first two habitat photos were taken by Henk Bentje and are from the Kew Gardens website.  The last photo was taken by a long time friend of mine, Rolf Kyburz, and is from PACSOA.  As this species is so rare in cultivation, little is known abut its specific requirements.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance to be into the twenties F.  I anticipate it will tolerate coastal sun.  If you live in a hotter, inland area I'd recommend giving it partial sun protection.
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae 5g
Ravenea julietiae 5g Ravenea julietiae by H. Beenjte Ravenea julietiae by H. Benjtee at kew Gardens
Ravenea julietiae by Rolf Kyburz PACSOAu
photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA
   


BUTIA X SYAGRUS
MULE PALM OR BUTIAGRUS
SUPER COLD HARDY - BETTER THAN QUEEN PALM!

One of the most popular hybrid palms in the world is a cross between Butia capitata and the common Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana. I wouldn't doubt that the first cross of these two species was serendipitous.   But, when enthusiasts figured out that this cross was not only beautiful but super cold hardy, enthusiasm grew.

It is important that you remember when making a cross, the parent that "produces the seeds" is a critical thing.  The seed-bearing parent is mentioned first when quoting the cross.  If it's a cross between two pure species, this is called an F1 cross.  So, the mule palm is an F1 cross between the Pindo Palm and the Queen Palm with the Pindo producing the seeds.  The opposite cross is not nearly as desirable and just results in a funny looking Queen Palm.

The Mule Palm is unique in that it really doesn't look like either parent.  It is quite tropical appearing and surprisingly cold hardy to about 16 degrees F.  Because of the latter hardiness, it is quite sought after by people in cold areas.  It gives a cold hardy pinnate palm that looks tropical.  This hybrid likes full sun, can even take desert sun in areas like Phoenix, and is pretty fast growing.  We were lucky enough to get in some very nice 20g plants as shown in the first six photos.  The larger ones are plants we've had in the past and on occasion are available.  The mature plants show how robust this hybrid is (hybrid vigor) and how tropical they look over time.  We only limited numbers of these available. 
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm 20g Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia X Syagrus Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm  

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species is interesting because, in the wild, it is known as a dwarf species that forms minimal trunk.  But, when it is grown domestically, it forms a trunk about the size of Butia capitata.  It, as you'd guess, comes from Paraguay, with habitat extending into Brazil and northern Argentina.  The color is a blue-green, not as silver as Butia capitata.  The leaves are strongly arched as shown.  The first photos in the third row below shows a fairly small plant in a garden.  The photo by Tobias Spanner shows a much larger plant. 

We have available extremely nice 15g plants.  I have shown one that is a "double" with two plants in one pot. 

Culture includes full sun and good draining soil.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I am anticipating that I might have some 5g of this species available as well.  Shown are only the 15g size. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $145


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  We only have a few, so don't dally.
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
A double specimen, 2 plants in one pot
Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis by TS RPS
Butiaparaguayensis by TS RPS
 

 

TUESDAY, 28 OCTOBER, 2014
SIX GREAT SPECIALS BELOW!

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
COLD HARDY, LOVE SUN
EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G SIZE


Multiple times over the past several years I've shown you this very desirable blue form of Butia capitata.  In all ways, it is the same as the normal Pindo Palm except in its intense blue color.  It loves full hot sun and can grow in desert areas.  It is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  It is also drought tolerant.  Growth rate is medium.   Mature height peaks out at 20 feet or less.  We can mail order these 15g plants.

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

Just remember to ask for this special price when purchasing.
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
photo by Paul Craft

 

CAROTA GIGAS
GORGEOUS FISHTAIL PALM WITH HUGE LEAVES
THICK TRUNK, BIPINNATE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

In more recent times Caryota gigas has become the most requested species of Fishtail Palm.  It reaches a mature height of about thirty-five feet and is very stout at its base.  As a group, they prefer full sun and plenty of room for their large leaves to expand. Leaf length can be up to fourteen feet.  Being bipinnate in structure, the many individual side "leaves" branch off the central main leaf stem.  Basal diameter can be thirty inches or more. 

Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's.  It is felt that Caryota urens is a bit more cold hardy, faster growing  and has smaller leaves than C. gigas.  Common names for Caryota gigas include the King Kong Palm, the Black Stem Fishtail and the Thai Mountain Giant.  The 15g shown here are of nice quality and ready to be planted.


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

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this discount.  
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY MOUNTAIN FISHTAIL
FAST GROWING, GETS TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Before the introduction of Caryota gigas, C. urens was the only real single trunk Fishtail Palm that was available.  It is unbelievably fast growing, making a trunk that is about the diameter of a telephone pole.  Leaves are bipinnate and about ten feet long.  Mature height can easily surpass fifty feet and plants have been known to get taller than eighty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F., thus making it the most cold hardy of the Fishtails. 

It will reach full sun no matter where you plant it.  This is because it grows so quickly it'll surpass anything around it.  It's not unusual for a 15g plant to grow above a single story house in two years.  It responds to ample water.  Like all Fishtails, this is a monocarpic species with a life expectancy of about twenty years.

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

Remember to mention this special price when purchasing to get the discount.  
Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens  Caryota urens
Note light colored trunk compared to dark color
of Caryota gigas above 
Caryota urens
25g size which we often have for sale as well 
Caryota urens  Caryota urens  Caryota urens 

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE "BABY QUEEN PALM"
TAKES FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Boy do I dislike this accepted common name - "the Baby Queen Palm".  I say this because this species is nothing like a Queen Palm whatsoever, either in appearance or size.  It was merely given this name by a commercial concern that wanted people to remember their plant's name.  And, because it is easy to remember, it's probably here to stay.  Remember, common names are typically made up by nurseries trying to sell their plants.

Unlike most other Chamaedoreas, this species does take coastal full sun.  They have thin green trunks and get to a height of about fifteen feet.  They quickly grow overhead and out of the way.  Thus, they are an ideal plant for a thin planter strip.  Growth rate is fast.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees, perhaps a tad lower.

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

But, you must mention this special to get this discount.  Height of these plants on special in their containers is about six to seven feet. 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa
Note fluffy, plumose leaf characteristic 
Chamaedorea plumosa
Close up photo of boxed plant to shown trunks 
Chamaedorea plumosa
Colony of this species, full sun in San Diego 
 
 

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
LOVES HEAT & SUN AND NEVER GETS TOO TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

In contrast to Chamaedorea plumosa, this species' common name is great.  This is because the crown shaft is an actual triangle shape in cross section.  Triangle Palms love heat and sun.  It can even be grown in full sun in desert areas.  It reaches a mature height of about 22 degrees F.  But, it's cold hardiness is only about 23 to 24 degrees.  Leaf color is gray.  The crown shaft has speckles of purple with other colors.  Most feel the crown shaft is the best part of this palm..  It's an interesting and attractive species.  Growth rate is medium.  The age of the plants on special is 4 to 5 years.

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

We have limited numbers available.  You must mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price. 
Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi 
Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi 
Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi 
 

SABAL MINOR
TRUE DWARF PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
MASSIVE 15G PLANTS AVAILABLE AT:
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE!

If you live in a colder area and this special doesn't excite you, I don't know what will.  I am offering this dwarf fan palm at a great price.  And, these 15g plants are huge and old.  Some are even in flower and seeding (see photo).  I estimate the age of these plants to be ten years.  They are about as tall as they are going to get.  Some are crawling in their containers with 8 inch thick bases.

Mature height of this species is six feet.  They can take full sun but also tolerate filtered light.  Cold hardiness is 16 degrees F.  Fruits are black and seeds are small.  Flowers typically emerge up over the leaves.  .

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125!!!

But, you have to mention this Blog Only Special to get this great price.  These plants are heavy but can be shipped for mail order.  Limited numbers available.  
Sabal minor  Sabal minor 
Sabal minor  Sabal minor  Sabal minor 
Sabal minor 
photo c/o Wikipedia Commons 
 

MONDAY, 27 OCTOBER, 2014

 

FAN PALMS
THEY ALL JUST LOOK LIKE MEXICAN FAN PALMS, CORRECT?
I DON'T THINK SO.

All photos here are of fan palms.  They were taken in the wild, in botanical gardens or at the nursery.  But, all are of fan palms of one species or another.  I've not labeled them because I'm presenting them as a group.  From a structure point of view, a fan palm is a palm where all the segments (or leaflets) radiate from one central area.  These can form a whole circle of leaflets, a half circle, or less.  Compare this to a pinnate palm where leaflets come off a central leaf stalk.  I.e., leaflets protrude laterally from a central stem, typically to either side.

Over the years I have heard people say hundreds of time things like "I don't like fan palms; they all look like Mexican Fans".  Or, "Fan palms look like "desert palms".  Or, "Fan palms are so boring; I like normal palms".  If you were like me and had studied palms for almost forty years, what would you say to such comments?  I usually just say something like "I understand" and show them typical pinnate palms.  But, I am aware that nothing could be further from the truth.

There are such exotic fan palms of all types, shapes, sizes, color and textures.  I've tried to demonstrate their varied appearance here.  Fan palms comes from all corners of the world.  Some are large trees, others tiny.  Some species are for shade only.  Some have silver undersides.  And, others are almost white in color. 

And, fan palms add a different look and dimension to the garden.  A garden composed of only pinnate palms like King Palms is quite boring.  One has to mix fans into a garden to add diversity and interest.  I hope you can see with these photos how you could do this.
Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm
Fan Palm Fan Palm Fan Palm

 

RHAPIS HUMILUS
A TALL, SUCKERING GREEN PALM
THIS SPECIES HAS AN INTERESTING STORY
AND, IT'S A "FAN PALM"!!

Many people have heard of the Lady Palm.  It is a sought after patio or interior palm.  But, there is a most unusual type of Lady Palm that is quite different.  Rhapis humilus is a much taller species and tolerates sun along our coast.  The standard Rhapis excelsa does not take sun and typically doesn't get over six to eight feet tall.  R. humilus can easily get over 20 feet tall.  Canes are thicker and stronger, covered with tidy brown fiber.

The "interesting story" about this species is that no native habitat is presently known.  People guess that it's from southern China.  Obviously, it started somewhere.  But, presently it exists only in botanical gardens, private gardens and nurseries.  And, to add to this disappearance from nature, only male plants are known to exist.  So, propagation is only by taking divisions of existing plants.  Therefore, this is a super rare species and hard to get.  And, as you'd expect, rather expensive.

Shown here are several nice nursery plants.  Our availability varies over time but we can usually get one for interested customers.  Note how in the last two photos the plants are taking full hot sun.
Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus Rhapis humilus

 


DIOON SPINULOSUM WITH MULTIPLE HEADS
HOW DO CYCAD TRUNKS FORK?


Shown here is a Dioon spinulosum at the nursery that is forming about five different heads of leaves at the top of about a 20 inch tall trunk.  Such behavior can lead to a 'branching" cycad trunk.  The last two photos below shown two older cycads with forked trunks.  But, you might ask "how does this occur"?

It is very common for cycads to form basal suckers or offsets.  Some call these "pups".  These are at ground level and will form a cluster of trunks over many years. But, this is not true "branding" of the trunk.  Also, cycads can make small offsets on the side of a trunk.  Occasionally these will survive and lead to forked trunks.  Usually they die off.  But, the most surefire way to get a forked trunk is to have the apical end of the trunk make multiple heads.  This is often the result of some type of injury or infection.  The primary crown of leaves dies and new offsets are formed.  This is what has happened with this plant shown here in the clay pot.   

In many years this particular plant may end up being spectacular.  Time will tell.  I've tried to show close up views so you can see what's happening.  Also shown are two pictures from other sites of mature forking cycads.  By the way, this plant is for sale.
Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum multiple heads 
Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum multiple heads 
Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum multiple heads  Dioon spinulosum
nursery specimen typical single head appearance 
Dioon purpusii
Dioon purpusii forming multiple heads 
Branching Cycas Outreacholodgy Website India
Branching Cycas from Outreacholodgy Website,
India
Branching cycad Rio de Janeiro Bot Gard website 
Branching cycad Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
website
Sago box
This nursery plant Sago has multiple trunks
which have formed from basal suckers,
not "branching" as discussed here
 
Dioon spinulosum
Nursery plant with normal trunk 
Dioon merolae branching JO
Many centuries old Dioon merolae in habitat with
branching trunks, photo by J.O.
 

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS


See description above.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Just mention this blog special at time of purchase to get the discount.  Great patio and sometimes interior cycad. Great holiday gift!
 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
 

This is probably the most cold hardy of any of the Copernicia.  It is native to the South American countries of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.   We just got in some very nice 15g plants, so I thought I'd present the species here.  It is a very tall palm (can get up to 100 feet) yet has an extremely thin trunk, usually less than 12 inches.  The upper trunk can hold on to old leaf bases, but on older specimens most of the trunk shows a clean gray appearance.  The leaves are about three feet wide, green above and blue-green to blue below.  The deeply divided leaves are about three feet wide..  Petioles are mildly armed.  Photos here show the leaf characteristics.

Like other tall, thin palms, this species can be planted in a group of several together.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the lower twenties and even the upper teens F.  It can tolerate desert climates.  We also have available smaller plants for sale.  If you compare this to the Copernicia baileyana recently discussed.  The two are totally different appearing palms within the same genus.

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

But, you must mention this blog special to get this price when you purchase.
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g Copernicia alba 15g
Copernicia alba 15g    

SATURDAY, 25 OCTOBER, 2014

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
TALL, THIN TRUNK NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Many palm enthusiasts prefer a tall palm that is elegant appearing, has a thin trunk, is pinnate and has a nice colored crown shaft.  Cyphophoenix nucele certainly meets all these criteria and gets to a height in habitat of about fifty feet.  But, such heights may take many decades to achieve in your garden.  This species is native to the Loyalty Islands east of New Caledonia.  It's growth habits are about the same as Cyphophoenix elegans but it is said to tolerate soils that are more limey (higher pH).  I've found that it's best to begin it in filtered light and let it grow up into more light over time.  Inland areas demand continual filtered light.  The trunk is about six, perhaps eight inches thick.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Leaves are flat and a nice green color.

Shown here is first a nice 15g plant of good size.  The mature plants shown here are from gardens, mostly in Southern California.  Note how most of these are in somewhat protected areas.  Cold tolerance is at best into the mid to upper twenties F.  We have limited numbers of this species for sale. 

Compared with the Cyphophoenix elegans, I find that the leaves of this species are more upright, have very little arch to them.  The leaflets themselves are wider than C. elegans and more crowded on the leaf stem.  Trunk diameter is about the same, six inches.  Overall height is similar as well.  We have both species available at the nursery.
CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
5 gallon sized plant
Cyphophoenix nucele
juvenile garden plant in Southern CA
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

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

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

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

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

Lepidozamia peroffskyana
female cone
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT/5G SIZE

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

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

You must mention this special at time of ordering to get this price.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
SMALL SHADE CYCAD, MALE CONE

For many years we have been growing this species of shade loving South African cycad that looks more like a fern than a cycad.  I just photographed a male plant in cone in a citrus pot.  So, I wanted to show it here.  I have also included one photo below of a female cone on a different plant.   This is a small cycad species.  Leaves are usually four feet long or less.  Caudex size is typically six inches or less.  Plants in 15g pots frequently cone and, as you can see, so do older citrus pot plants.  It's not unusual for us to have five to ten plants coning at the same time.. 

Right on our coast, some people are growing this plant in full sun. But, most grow it in filtered light.  It holds typically three or four leaves which are a lush green color.  The male cone is thinner but not necessarily taller.  The shape of the female cone is more like a pineapple.  Setting seeds is not difficult on this species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F. 
Stangeria Stangeria eriopus male
stangeria Stangeria eriopus male
male cone
Stangeria eriopus FEmale
female cone
Stangeria eriopus male
two male cones on a different plant
Stangeria eriopus  

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM
GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

The first palm shown here is a nice, large 25 gallon size Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  Very similar to the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa, it is popular and a favorite.  Here's some facts about this species:

•  Growth habit and care about the same as macrocarpa
•  Along the coast will tolerate full sun if you're are not too far inland
•  Crown shaft is yellow-tan colored and quite prominent
•  Cold tolerance is about 23 degrees
•  Growth rate on this species like macrocarpa is slow to medium but improves once planted in the ground.
• Trunk diameter is about 8 inches typically and overall height of mature plants is about 25 feet
•  Leaflets are shiny green, thick and sturdy, and quite wide as shown
•  Like macrocarpa, about 95% of the time throws newly emerging red leaf as shown here.  Rarely a plant will not throw new red leaves and there's no way of predicting this.
• Also makes a great interior palm inside the home

We have very limited numbers available of this species in an assortment of sizes.
 
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri
outddor grown in LA.,  In sun, nice red leaf by D.L.
Chambeyronia hookeri
5 gallon size at nursery
Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri by RP
juvenile in garden, photo by RP
Chambeyronia hookeri

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
THIN TRUNKED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

Shown here is a good sized 15g plant of this rare and hard to find species.  Native to mountainous areas of New Caledonia, this species is not that difficult to grow in Southern California.  Here's some facts about this species:

•  Thin trunk about 6 inches in diameter, sometimes thicker
•  Typical height about 30 feet although in habitat gets over 50 feet tall
•  Crown shaft is silver-green
•  When juvenile in a pot, the crown shaft is triangular in shape, reminiscent of the Triangle Palm
•  Can tolerate part day sun along the coast
•  Cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.
•  Growth rate medium, faster in the ground
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
5g nursery plant
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

CYCAS NEOCALEDONICA
AKA CYCAS SEEMANNII
ATTRACTIVE CYCAD WITH NO LEAF SPINES OR PRICKLES

Being a friend of the island of New Caledonia, I am going to show you the only cycad native to their country.  It is Cycas neocaledonica.  They are quite proud of it.  But, taxonomists have in more recent years declassified it as a species and now call it Cycas seemannii.  Most remarkable is the fact that this cycad essentially has nothing sharp or pointed to poke you.  The leaf stems are without prickles or spines.  Leaves are green and shiny. 

Crowns can hold as many as fifty leaves with lengths up to 7 feet.  Trunks are 8 to 12 inches thick at maturity and overall height of centuries old plants can be over 40 feet.  Most grow this species is part day sun or strong filtered light although it takes full sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 24 degrees F.

The two nursery plants to the right and below are about ten to twelve years old.
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica
a different nursery specimen
Cycas neocaledonica
note absence of spines or prickles on leaf stem
Cycas neocaledonica
Cycas neocaledonica Cycas seemannii by Australia govenment website
photo by late Ken Hill at Cycad Pages website
Cycas seemannii  on stamp
pstage stamp, Fiji, with Cycas seemannii

 

BUTIA BONNETTII
SPECIES?  VARIETY?  BEST FOR COLD?

Enter another type of Butia.  Over three decades ago, I began hearing about Butia bonnettii.  Many questioned whether it's actually a species or just a variety of Butia capitata at best.  Reference books typically don't even mention it  at all.  Some believe it is a definitely different plant.  The Northern California Palm Society website describes it and claims it's a great palm for up there.  I don't really know for sure, but can recite here what others have said about it.

It does
n't get as tall as capitata, usually just to 10 feet
It is more green than capitata, i.e. less intensely blue
It has a smaller crown and shorter leaves than capitata
It might be the most cold hardy plant in the genus


In any case, I got in a few really big 15g plants of what is said to be Butia bonnettii.  I am showing them here.  I have also borrowed an internet photo of a specimen plant in Northern CA from the Palm Society Northern California website.  This plant is apparently in Vacaville, CA.. 

Very limited numbers available, almost sold out.
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii
Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii Butia bonnettii by Dennis Valdez
Photo by Dennis Valdez from PSNC website

 

RAVENEA RIVULARIS
THE MAJESTY PALM  

About twenty-five years ago, I was one of the first nurserymen in the U.S. to grow this species.  There was talk at the time that this would be "the palm of the future".  This did not evolve except that it has been mass produced in large numbers and sold through many wholesale nurseries.  But, inherent problems kept it from being the most sought after species.  First, it needs lots of nutrition (fertilizer).  If it is not fed and watered regularly, it becomes yellow and can even turn white.  (see photo below).  Also, it likes a lot of water.  Finally, it is super fast growing and needs a fair amount of space.  This species can get to heights of 50 feet with trunk bases as big as a Royal Palm (30 inches). 

Because of these short comings, in more recent times depot stores are trying to market this species with three plants in one pot and sell it as a "house plant".  Unfortunately, it doesn't do great inside the home.  It's ok, but there are much better interior palms.  So, popularity has backed off and many stores no longer carry Ravenea rivularis. 

But, it does have its attributes.  It is quick and, when treated well, can make a nice specimen plant as shown. in the photos below.  The photo with the woman at the base was taken from my garden in 1985.  It now has over thirty feet of trunk today. That's my wife standing next to the trunk in the photo.  Some of the photos below are from habitat in Madagascar.  You can tell which ones. Cold hardiness is into the lower twenties F. and along the coast this species can take full sun.  Far inland areas must give some protection from full sun. 
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis
Photo by MR
Ravenea rivularis
Photo by MR
Ravenea rivularis
Nutritionally challenged plant, unknown photographer
Ravenea rivularis
In my garden, about 1985, with my wife
Ravenea rivularis
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis ravenea rivularis

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
FANTASTIC SILVER FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE



Many of you are familiar with this rather large, brilliantly silver-blue fan palm from Madagascar.   Our 15g palms are showing their color quite well as you can see.  They are about four feet tall.  Mature height of this species is supposed to be forty feet, but we'll have to wait and see if they get this tall in California.  Cold tolerance is into the mid and possibly lower 20's F.  They demand full sun and are a great species for desert climates.   During the winter it is better not to over-water them.  Enthusiasts in Northern CA are also giving this species a try.  At the nursery we also have larger and smaller sized Bismarckia for sale.


REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $95


To receive this discount, mention our Blog only special.  Mail order of the 15g size is possible.     
Bismarckia nobilis 15g Bismarckia nobilis 15g
Bismarckia nobilis 15g Bismarckia by TB Bismarckia nobilis

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA IN BAND SIZE
GORGEOUS MATURE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Copernicia baileyana is the king of the Copernicia genus. The trunks are thick, tall and almost white in color.  It is a gorgeous plant.  And, anyone who has ever germinated or grown this species knows that they are unbearably slow.  For three years after germination all you see are a few blades of grass.  And, it is extremely difficult to find this species for sale anywhere.  The seedlings shown here are six years old, already showing a few palmate fan leaves.  They are large for a band container.  And, they can be easily shipped.  We also have nice 5g available.

This is a full sun species. Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It likes good draining, sandy soil.  Growth rate is super slow.  This species is near impossible to find for sale.  Some of the large specimens in the last photo were from Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami and were lost during Hurrican Andrew about two decades ago.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30

Just mention this special to get the discount.
 
Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band
Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band Copernicia baileyana band
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana

WEDNESDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CONES
MANY COLORS, MALES AND FEMALES


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 kernals have been eaten.   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 a well, yellow and tan/brown being 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.  One must remember to wear gloves and a mask when handling cycad pollen.
Encephalartos altensteinii cone male
Encephalarto altensteinii male cone
Encephalartos arenaris x lebomboensis male cone
E. arenarius x lebomboensis male cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox female cone
Encephalartos ferox male cone
Encephalartos ferox male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone, note red
seeds peaking through cone scales
Encephalartos lkisambo female cone
Encephalartos kisambo female cone
Encephalartos villosus male cone
Encephalartos villosus male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos horridus female cone
Encephalartos horridus female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis female cone
Encephalartos trispinosus female cone
Encephalartos trispinosus female cone
Encephalartos arenarius male cone
Encephalartos arenarius male cone, older
Encephalartos gratus male cones
Encephalartos gratus male cones
Encephalartos ferox male cones
Encephalartos ferox male cones
Encephalartos villos cone with fruit
Encephalartos villos cone with fruit

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
THIN LEAFLETS, NEW LEAVES EMERGE RED-BROWN


This cycad is native to the state of Tamaulipas in Mexico.  Stems of usually solitary but can sucker as shown in this old mature specimen at the nursery.  Stem size is typically under ten inches.  The boxed specimen here has three suckers, the largest ten inches.  Leaves of this species are three to five feet long and have long narrow leaflets as shown here.  New leaves often emerge reddish-brown or copper colored.  Photos demonstrate the new leaf color below. 

This is a filtered light species although it tolerates full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  It is being grown in northern California in coastal areas.  We have a reasonable supply of these for sale including several 25 year old boxed specimens.  One is shown to the right and for sale.  I wish to thank the worldwide friends and contributors for their photos of mature specimens.
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
female cone on different plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
A different 15 gallon plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Red-brown new leaves on a different nursery plant
Ceratozamia kuesteriana by RainForestRobert Palmtalk
by RainForestRobert Palmtalk
Ceratozamia kuesteriana by Ian Edwards PACSOA
by Ian Edwards PACSOA 
Ceratozamia kuesteriana by Colin Wilson PACSOA
 by Colin Wilson PACSOA 

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM JAPAN AND TAIWAN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

 
This suckering Asian palm rarely gets over ten feet tall and has medium width leaflets that are jagged at their apical ends.  The underside of the leaflets are silver.  But, from afar, it looks like a green palm.  It is thick with stems because it suckers heavily and cannot be seen through.  Therefore, it's a good species to block visibility.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  Flowers are very fragrant but seeds contain a substance which makes the skin itch. 

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


You must mention this blog only special to get this price when purchasing.
Arenga engleri    
 
LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
TALL PALM WITH DROOPY ENDS TO LEAFLETS
COLD HARDYAND LOVES SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

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

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

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100


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

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This fan palm species is native to the Gulf states of the U.S., especially Texas.  It never gets much over six or seven feet tall.  It has blossoms that come up above the leaves and produce an ample supply of small black seeds.  And, it tolerates filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper teens F.  We're offering our 5g size on special.

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


You have to mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Sabal minor Sabal minor

 



RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA 
THE SHAVING BRUSH PALM OR FEATHER DUSTER PALM
A SUPERIOR PALM WITH BULGING CROWN SHAFT

Plain and simply put, this is a superior and great palm for Southern California.  It is fairly cold hardy and the only thing you have to decide is how much sun to give it.  Up to about eight miles from the ocean, it tolerates full sun.  Further inland it needs part day sun.  Far inland requires filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  This species is an easy grow up in the SF Bay area. 

Shown here is a large and nice 25 gallon plant along with other assorted sizes we offer.  This species is most known for it's large, bulging crown shaft and upright leaves.  The crown of leaves is "V-shaped" as shown on large specimens below.  Maximum height is about 30 feet.  Growth rate is slow, especially when young.  I've found that I can't get a vertically trunked plant in a 24 inch box no matter how long I grow it.  To get trunk, this species really has to be in the ground.  Native habitat is New Zealand.

Remember, large specimens in the garden move poorly.  Don't dig one to move to your garden as your chances for success are less than ten percent.  We have a pretty good supply of this (and other Rhopalostylis species) for sale.
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida
band sized seedling
Rhopalostylis sapida
5g size plant 
Rhopalostylis sapida
 15 g sized plant
 Rhopalostylis sapida
photo shows bulging crown shaft and flower
 Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
plants in sun in Balboa Park, San Diego 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 


 
RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
TEN DAY SALE 5G PLANTS

Please see description above.

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

But, remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 

MONDAY, 20 OCTOBER, 2014

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
GOOD GROWING SOUTH AMERICAN PALM
FOR MANY, A SLAM DUNK TO GROW
MULTIPLE SIZES AVAILABLE

This blue-green fan palm comes from multiple countries of South America including Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and on up to Columbia.  It has a surprisingly thin trunk for it's potential mature height of over fifty feet.  Trunk diameter is often less than 12 inches.  Trunks hold on to old leaf bases when young.  But, these eventually fall off giving a smooth tan trunk.  Leaf stems are armed with spines.  Leaf color is green to blue, often somewhere in between.

The cool thing about this species is that it's very easy to grow.  It has a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  And, it loves full hot sun.  There are lots of mature plants in Southern California and desert enthusiasts are now growing this species in full sun. 

We have a pretty good selection of this species from bands to larger plants although it is variable over time.  This species can be easily shipped.
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba

 

CORPHYA PALMS
TALIPOT TYPE PALMS
MASSIVELY LARGE FAN PALMS
BUT,  I'M BUMMED ABOUT THIS GENUS


This is the first time I've ever talked about this type of palm tree.  I've avoided it because I didn't want to remind myself of my disappointment with this genus.  Corypha is a genus of fan palms native to various countries in Asia ranging from Malaysia down through the Philippines to Australia.  All are known for their massively large leaves.  Leaf diameter (width) can reach sixteen feet and cover the average automobile.  Trunk diameters can get up to almost two meters.  Heights can reach seventy-five feet.  Leaf color is green and leaf bases are attached until the tree ages and they fall off.

But, there are two major drawbacks in my opinion to Corypha.  First, this is a monocarpic genus.  When it blossoms, the tree dies.  But, wow!  The blossom is unbelievable.  Corypha umbraculifera (see photo) can produce a blossom twenty-five feet tall, producing thousands of seeds.  The second drawback and bummer for those of us in Southern California is that we can't grow any Corypha.  We just get too cold in the winter.  I say this because, in my travels through our area, I have yet to see a large outdoor specimen of any Corypha.  And, the ones I grow at the nursery have never lived outdoors over time.  So, this is a bummer for me and others.

Just so you can get a feel for the size of these monsters, look at the two photos in the third row below.  Look how small the people are compared to the trees.  When you stand next to one, it's truly remarkable.  I'd bet a dozen kids could hide under one leaf!

If anyone out there in our area has a large Corypha, please email me a photo.  I'd love to change my mind on this.  If you have a big one, I'll post it here and change my mind on Corypha.
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha utan
Corypha utan
Corypha utan
Corypha utan, photo c/o Sydney Moyano
Corypha utan
Corypha utan, photo c/o Sydney Moyano
Corypha utan
Corypha utan
Corypha species
leaf stem base on juvenile Corypha
Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera in flower
Corypha  spent blossom
Corypha species, spent blossom

 

COCOS NUCIFERA
THE COCONUT PALM
THE WORLD'S MOST RECOGNIZED PALM
ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

What a great palm the Coconut is!  It is such a survivor.  Experts don't really know the country of origin.  Coconuts can float and travel across oceans.  So, they sprout and grow on every tropical beach around.  Thus, no one knows where they started.  They tolerate hurricanes, salty air, salty soil and tremendous winds.  They are known for they tall, thin and curving trunks.  Cocos nucifera is the prototype palm on this planet.

I only know a handful that are alive and growing reasonably well in Southern California.  Our cool winters seem to slowly do them in.  They might not die immediately but rather months later.   Hopefully lots of you will send me photos of "your Coconut" thriving in Southern California.  I'll post your photos.  But, it is a challenge.  It's a shame that depot stores sell them here knowing well that 99.5% will die within six to twelve months. 

We offer them from time to time in 15g or smaller sizes.  But, you cannot purchase one from us without a stern warning that the palm will not survive outdoors  As a houseplant, maybe.  But, outdoors is almost impossible for most people in this area.
Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera
Coconut palms are to the right
Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera Wikipedia
phooto c/o Wikipedia
Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera Coconut Palm Cocos nucifera

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
BLUE TO DARK OLIVE GREEN
A WHOLE ARRAY OF LEAF COLORS

As most of you are aware, it's very difficult to get information on plant species, especially with lots of photos demonstrating the species.  This includes internet articles and reference books.  So often you're left wanting more photos.  This morning I decided to help alleviate this problem and illustrate the wide variety of leaf color with the South African cycad species Encephalartos longifolius.  I'm showing you lots of photos of nursery plants and garden specimens.  Especially note that leaf colors vary from blue like an Encephalartos horridus to the darkest green.  And, you'll see every combination in between.  I think the photos here will demonstrate this.

A few key facts about this species include:
•  Leaf color blue to green with sometimes a striking bluish ploom on new leaves.
•  Like with other blue cycads, the blue color is the result of a blue waxy substance produced by the leaflets
•  A blue leaf's wax can be rubbed off showing a dark green leaflet below
•  Stem height up to 15 feet in centuries and up to 18 inches thick
•  Leaves 3 to 7 feet long, sometimes prominently keeled with leaflets pointing upwards
•  Leaves often curved downward at the end and bowed.  See third photo.  Sometimes this can be a 270 degree curve.
•  Prefers sun in most coastal areas
•  Cold tolerance about 22 degrees
•  Huge female cones, up to 80 pounds.

I absolute love this species and highly recommend it.  I decided to write this because a few days ago a customer was interested in this species and asked for photos of some medium sized plants.  And, it went from there.  Be aware we have plants of all sizes and these are easily shipped anywhere in the country.  I've not shown smaller plants here.
 
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius

 

SATURDAY, 18 OCTOBER, 2014

 

A QUCK NURSERY TOUR OF:
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSOS
ALL BLUE - ALL FOR SALE - ALL SHIPPABLE


Yesterday we took a quick walk around the nursery just to photograph about a dozen or so Encephalartos trispinosus.  Plants shown here are mostly outdoor grown.  Caudex size ranges from five inches to twelve inches, some in cone.  All are blue.  Variation in the intensity of the blue is the result of how much sun any given plant is seeing, photographic technique, and individual plant characteristics.

All these plants are super quality.  All are for sale and we can ship or deliver any of these to your garden or home.  These are botanical garden quality plants.  There is diversity in the appearance of E. trispinosus in terms of leaflet appearance.  You'll note that here.  All like full sun along the coast and are cold tolerant to about 22 degrees F.

We also have larger plants than these for sale as well as much smaller.  We've got a size for you.  Just call us or drop by and we'll find the perfect blue cycad for your yard.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
VARIABILITY IN APPEANCE OF LEAFLETS

For you cycad enthusiasts out there, you are aware that, for any given species of cycad, there is variability in the visual appearance of the leaflets.  I think you can see that with the E. trispinosus above.  But, in no other species, is this variability as pronounced as with the dwarf Mexican cycad Ceratozamia hildae.  

C. hildae are known for having separated groups of leaflets on the leaf stem.  These are matched from side to side.  Sometimes the leaflets are grouped in six's, sometimes you see simple wide leaflets in two's, and everything in between.  This post emphasizes this difference in the appearance of all the plants of this species.  You really start to notice this when you grow a lot of cycads.  And, to some extent, it's unpredictable as to what any given seed batch will give.  Sort of like how your kids will look, huh?

BTW, plants like filtered light, take down to about 23 degrees F., and lever get over about 4 feet tall, ground to the top of the leaves.
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae

 

BLECHNUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"
NICE 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species never makes a large plant.  But, it does resemble the classic "Tree Fern".  It has a short, small trunk 3 to 4 inches in diameter, an overall height typically of under six feet and crown widtch of four feet.  It prefers filtered light and will tolerate temperatures into the 20's F.  People in the San Francisco area are growing this species.  Be aware that this species, like all ferns, needs water.

Note that there are many species of "Blechnum Ferns".  I apologize that I don't know the species name of these plants we g
ot in, but they will remain small and are very nice.

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


Just mention this blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern
Blechnum Fern Blechnum Fern  
     
AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
LARGE 5G PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Compared to the miniature tree fern above, this one is very large.  In habitat it can reach heights of 40 feet.  It also has a wide crown with leaves up to eight feet. Trunk diameter can be six to eight inches.  It likes lots of water and is also somewhat cold hardy; it grows well in the SF Bay area.  It is a medium rate growing plant and needs filtered light but sometimes takes full sun right on the coast.

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get the discounted price.
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern  
     
TASMANIAN TREE FERN
MEDIUM SIZED TREE FERN
NICE 5G AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

This medium sized tree fern gets up to a height of about fifteen feet.  The trunk is more narrow, typically about four inches.  And, the crown is smaller as well.  It is slow growing.  The botanical name is Dicksonia antarctica.  To look good, it also likes lots of water and prefers filtered light.  Some coastal areas get away with full sun. 

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

Just mentnion this special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD WITH RED CONE
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SMALL SIZES!

This special is probably more designed for mail order customers as both sizes are small and easy to ship.  This cycad comes from the Republic of South Africa and is often said to look like a Holly Fern.  It develops wide leaflets that do have spines at the leaf margins.  It forms a very short trunk and is never over six to eight feet tall.  The amazing thing is the red cones produced, especially with female plants. (see photos).

We are offering bare root seedlings and our band size on special as shown here. 


REGULAR PRICE BARE ROOT $25
REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BARE ROOT:  #3 FOR $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25 EACH


You must mention this Blog Only Special when ordering to get this price.  S/H not included with these prices.
Encephalartos ferox band Encephalartos ferox bare root
Encephalartos ferox ferox cone ferox cone

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
HUGE ONE GALLON PLANTS
GREAT HOUSEPLANT!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

I've talked extensively at my Blog today about this species.  It prefers filtered light or perhaps full day sun on the coast.  It's one of the best interior palms there is.  We have available huge 1g pots.  They are bigger than most nurseries' 5g plants.  We have singles or multiples.  Some are six feet tall!  Can be mail ordered but a tall box.

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

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this reduced price.
 
Howea forsteriana 1 galloni  Howea forsteriana 1g

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
RARE DWARF MEXICAN ZAMIA (CYCAD)
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5G PLANTS
ONLY A FEW PLANTS LEFT


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Blog only price.  Mention this special when ordering to get this price.  My supply of these is diminishing as many people order these mail order for colder areas.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

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


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

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

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


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

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
AFRICAN TULIP TREE
EASY FLORID COLOR FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G TREES


This is a large flowering tree that is native to arid areas in Africa.  It can get to heights over fifty feet.  It has long lasting, orange-red blossoms that last for months on the tree.  It is fast growing and cold tolerant perhaps into the mid-twenties F.  It likes full sun.  I have seen trees in full blossom with just as much color in Southern California as you see in the picture below. 

We are offering nice 15g trees on sale.  They are actually still holding onto some blossoms in late November showing how the blossoms last so long.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $95!

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Spathodea campanulata
photo taken November 19, 2013
Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Maui website
from Maui Plant Chronicles Website
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata

 

THURSDAY, 16 OCTOBER, 2014

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
THE BLUE OCTUPUS AGAVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15G PLANTS

This interesting xerophytic succulent gets to a mature height of about four feet.  It is native to Mexico and loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degree, much like many cycads.  It is called "Octopus Agave" because of the reflexed leaves as shown on the mature plants to the right.  Leaves are a definite blue color. 

We're putting our 15g on sale here.  But, we also have or can get 5g which I'd also give a discount on.  This species is native to Mexico.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.  I don't have too many, so don't dally and call to confirm availability.
AGAVE VILMORINIANA
15 gallon size plants
AGAVE VILMORINIANA WEbsite Pima County, AZ
Photo c/o Pima County Website, Arizona

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA BLUE
A TRUE 'DOCTOR SEUSS PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS
SUPER BLUE COLOR, NEVER TOO BIG

While I'm on the subject of xerophytic plants, I thought I'd show another Agave that conserves water, takes hot sun and never gets over about five or six feet tall.  This species is similar to the Octopus Agave above but will form a few feet of trunk over many years.  The older specimens below (not available at this time) demonstrate the peculiar, somewhat curved and irregular trunks.  Coupled with the bizarre head of leaves on these trunks, the plants are a bit comical and whimsical.  Thus, many call them a 'Doctor Seuss Plant". 

Native to Mexico, they are not quite as cold hardy as the Octopus Agave, typically taking into the mid-twenties F.  They tolerate drought conditions and don't take very much water to live.  The plants we're putting on special at the 15g shown in the first few photos.  They have at most about a foot of trunk.  The large, overhead specimens all sold out for a mansion up in Northern California this summer.  But, get one of the plants we have and you'll have this same look in not too many years.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $115

Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price.
Agave attenuata blue
15g in the back, 5g in the front
AGAVE attenuata
AGAVE attenuata AGAVE attenuata
These larger sizes no longer available
AGAVE attenuata
AGAVE attenuata
These larger sizes no longer available
AGAVE attenuata
These larger sizes no longer available
AGAVE attenuata
These larger sizes no longer available

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA VARIEGATED
GREEN ON YELLOW LEAVES
A FEW 15G AVAILABLE

Although not on sale, I thought I'd show you photos of an unusual variegated form of Agave attenuata.  This plant has a background lime green color with a darker green along the edges of the leaves.  I only have two of these.  They are hard to find.
Variegated Agave attenuata Variegated Agave attenuata
Variegated Agave attenuata    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
BUSHMAN RIVER VARIETY
LARGE CYCAD WITH STIFF LEAVES

This is a variety of the South African cycad known as Encephalartos altensteinii.  It develops a large trunk and plants can get to twenty feet tall.  A hallmark of E. altensteinii is the bare leaf stem near the caudex (without spines or prickles).  The Bushman River variety is known to be the most robust plant of the group with stiff, leathery leaves and lots of spines on the leaflets.  It comes from the region of the Bushman River in the Natal district.  I am showing two nursery plants here of this variety.

The last photo shows how sometimes the leaves are not perfectly flat.  Note the large spines on the margins.  If you could feel them they'd feel stiff, leathery and firm.  The first plant has about a ten inch caduex.  The second a twelve to thirteen inch caudex.  This species wants full coastal sun and is cold hardy down to about 22 degrees F.
Encephalartos altensteinii bushman river Encephalartos altensteinii bushman river
Encephalartos altensteinii bushman river Encephalartos altensteinii bushman river Encephalartos altensteinii bushman river
Encephalartos altensteinii bushman river    

 

KAHILI GINGER
THE HEDYCHIUM YELLOW GINGER
SUMMER BLOOMING, SUPER FRAGRANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

The Hedychium Gingers are by far my favorite.  I say this because they have huge blossoms that are unbelievably fragrant.  Although short lived, these blossoms can be a foot across and eighteen inches tall.  They bloom in mid-summer.  Compared to the shell ginger, it's a no-brainer.  These are better.  They get to a height of about six feet and tolerate part day sun or filtered light.  Along the coast they take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We are putting old 15g plants on special.

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $125

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

 

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This "Ginger" is not actually a true ginger but in the spiderwort family and native to North, Central and South America.  It is so rare to see flowers that are actually blue in color.  Well, this is one.  We have  limited supply of nice, established 5g plants in flower right now.  These are not as cold hardy as the Hedychium above, but can be grown in warmer coastal areas of Southern California.  Plants are about three to four feet tall.  they like filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPCIAL $45 THIS SIZE

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

 

HARD TO IMAGINE!
THIS WILL BECOME THAT!
ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS
BLUE AFRICAN OFFSET SALE ENDING SOON!

If you go back in this thread about eight days ago you'll see that we are having a Blowout Sale on blue African cycad offsets.  We've place a price of $100 per inch on them.  Of this group, the most sought after by far is E. princeps.  This is because you normally pay a premium for this species.  All are blue plants from gorgeous parents.  All were removed this past spring and will throw leaves soon.  Once they throw leaves, the price increases dramatically.  At $100 per inch they are a wholesale price for sure.

So, the first two photos show Encephalarts princeps in their rooting offset form.  These offsets are eight to ten inches thick.  Not too pretty, right?  Well look at the third and fourth photo taken this summer from two offsets that threw leaves.  They were sold quickly at a higher price.  Now look at the other photos of garden plants.  You'll not find a more affordable way to add a big blue cycad to your garden.  Granted, they are not as strong as an old, rooted out plant.  But, given time, they will be. If you grew such plants as shown here from seed, you might have gray hair before you get plants like we're selling here.

We are also offering Encephalartos horridus, trispinosus, lehmannii and blue arenarius.
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps Encephalartos princeps

 

BUTIA X SYAGRUS
THE MULE PALM HYBRID
SUPER COLD HARDY AND GORGEOUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

The interesting thing about this popular hybrid is that it looks nothing like either parent, is a good growing palm and is cold hardy down to about 16 to 17 degrees F.   So, it gives people in colder areas the opportunity to grow a tropical appearing palm.  It is a full sun species.  It even does well in hot desert areas like Phoenix and Tucson, right in full sun.  Some feel that mature trees resemble the Coconut Palm (see last photo).  These plants are produced by hand pollination of the Butia capitata flowers with pollen from a Queen Palm.  Therefore, they are hard to find and always pricey.

We'r offering the popular 5g size on special.  These can be easily shipped.  They are about five feet tall.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75.
OTHER SIZES 15% OFF WITH COUPON THROUGH SATURDAY

But, you must mention this Blog Special to get the discount when you purchase.
Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule Palm Mule Palm
15G size
Mule Palm
25g size
Mule Palm
36 inch boxes available
Mule Palm
photo by MH
Mule Palm
photo by M.H.

 

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
A BRANCHING LEAF CYCAD
ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL CYCADS AROUND
AND, ONE OF THE MOST RARE CYCADS AROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON LARGER PLANTS

Over the years, I've discussed this sought after Chinese species of cycad several times.  It is so unusual because the leaf stems branch and then those stems branch again.  So, it's a "trifurcating leaf cycad".  Photos here demonstrate this trait.  What you may not realize is the rarity of this species.  It's protected presently in the wild.  Fourteen years ago, single leaf seedlings were selling overseas for $2500 each!  They are much more affordable now, but never cheap.

The caudex remains small, typically not over 8 inches.  Leaves emerge and go straight up with a gentle curve.  Leaf color is green.  Mature plants hold three to four leaves.  Their garden footprint is small.  These plants are reasonably cold hardy for their genus, gong down into the lower 20's f.  They like filtered light.  We only have a limited number of old plants in 15 and 20g pots.  But, we're putting them on special.

20% OFF ANY PLANT WE HAVE THIS SPECIES

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis
Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

 

TUESDAY, 14 OCTOBER, 2014

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This interesting and beautiful palm species is native to the Mascarene Islands and is a sun loving species that is slow growing and of small to medium mature height.  A twenty year old plant may have only five feet of trunk and be ten feet tall overall.  Maximum height is fifteen and rarely twenty feet.  In contrast to the Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis), the swell in the trunk is off the ground, often in the mid or upper trunk.  The Bottle Palm swells at the base and gets more narrow toward the upper trunk.

Cold hardiness is only down to about a freeze.  In our area, there are quite a few people who have grown this species to good size.  But, if your garden sees hard freezes, this species will be difficult.  The plants shown here are locally grown and have seen temperatures already down to about 33 degrees.

At the nursery we get many calls for "Bottle Palms".  If you scan all gardens in Southern California, there are very few alive outdoors over time.  Almost all die from the cold.  A far preferable choice is the Spindle Palm.  With it, most good growing areas have a chance of success.  Concerning is the fact that many depot stores will offer the Bottle Palms in California knowing well that almost 100% of them will die outdoors.


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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
MEDIUM SIZE PALM WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES
FAIRLY COLD HARDY AND GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The island of New Caledonia is home to many fantastic and desirable palms for those of us in Southern California.  Most notable among these is the Flame Thrower Palm, Chambeyronia.  Kentiopsis oliviformis would be another.  It is a good growing species with a thin trunk and very upright green leaves.  Mature height averages twenty-five to thirty feet.  Trunk diameter is about eight inches.  On sun grown species there is a bit of blue-green to the leaf color.  In coastal areas this species easily tolerates full sun.  If you are far inland, consider part day sun or strong filtered light.

On special today are locally grown 5g plants that are of very nice size.  Cold tolerance is at least 25 degrees, so enthusiasts in our area can grow this species.  On the fourth photo, note the light colored scales on the leaf stems - a characteristic of this species when young.

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

But, you must mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase to get the discount.  Most of the garden shots here were taken locally.
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Larger plant at nursery
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis

 

DYPSIS CABADAE
A MEDIUM SIZED SUCKERING PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
THICKER TRUNKS, NO YELLOW

A lot of people like the Areca Palm, Dypsis lutescens.  But, some people don't like yellow and the Areca Palm is loaded with yellow on the trunks and leaf stems.  For these folks, a good alternative is the Dypsis cabadae.  It has replaced the yellow with silver-green.  And, it has thicker and stronger trunks.  Mature height is taller than the Areca palm at twenty-five feet.  Trunk diameters can be six inches.  It is a good growing palm.

Along the coast it takes full or part day sun.  Far inland areas would consider only a small amount of sun.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  We usually have 5g and sometimes 15g plants for sale.  Growth rate is medium.

For fun, two of the last photos show the prominence of yellow on Dypsis lutescens.  I'd say that the Areca Palm has the most yellow of almost all the Dypsis that I've seen.  It's a great palm but some people just don't like that color. 
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae
5g plant at nursery
Dypsis cabadae Dypsis cabadae
A picture at sunset in Southern California
Dypsis cabadae by tS RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens: note yellow color
Dypsis cabadae
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis cabadae
Dypsis cabadae

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINERA
MEXICAN SUCKERING SHADE PALM
EASY TO GROW AND BEAUTIFUL


This is a suckering, semi-dwarf, green and thin trunked palm that comes from Mexico.  Over time it forms a very nice clump for filtered light conditions.  It is a simple leaf palm as you can see in the photos. Leaf tips are blunt.  The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a unique fashion.

It is called "stolinifera" because it forms new "stolons".  These are vegetative stems that emerge from the base of an older trunk.  They then shoot laterally, sometimes below the soil's surface, to reappear a short distance from the mother stem.  They look like "snakes" going over the soil surface.  Often they'll wildly shoot out of the pot, then turn upwards to form a new vertical stem.  This ability to shoot out new stolons often creates a very wide mature clump.

But, then don't get very tall, typically about six feet or a bit more.  Leaves are green in color.  Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.

This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  We have a nice selection of stolinifera for sale including pots that have both sexes in the same container.  Our selection includes one and two gallon plants for sale.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively and hold back a few mother plants for this purpose.  The stolons are easy to re-establish in a pot.  I highly recommend this species.
 
Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
note stolons moving laterally from pot 
Chamaedorea stolinifera  Chamaedorea stolinifera
mother plant used at our nursery for propagation 
Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
close up photo of female blossom
Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
 another mother nursery plant for propagation 

Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera 

 


CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
SINGLE TRUNK, SIMPLE LEAF
SHADE PALM FROM MEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA

As this single trunk species does not produce suckers, it is entirely propagated from seeds. Compare this to the species described above.  Like stolinifera above, it has simple, solid leaves but the leaves of this species are larger.  I've had plants where the width is about 14 inches and the length 16 inches.  They are solid and bifed with fairly blunt endings.  The leaf thickness is not as thick as stolinifera.

Stem size is about 1/3 to 1/2 inch.  Growth is vertical.  Mature height can reach six to eight feet.  They look very nice as a colony of three or more plants side by side.  The first several pictures here show a grouping of multiple smaller plants.  If seeds were super abundant, I would only grow these with three plants per pot as such plants are super attractive. Growth rate is slow to medium.  This species, because it holds multiple wide leaves, is very good looking from above. 

It is a filtered light species and does not appreciate too much sun exposure.  We have a nice selection of smaller plants available and also some mature, overhead very old plants.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  We can easily ship multiple plants to you in one box.
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti 
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti 
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti 

 

RED, CLUSTERING NEROGELIA
MATURE BROMELIAD PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

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

 

SYAGRUS PICROPHYLLA
MEDIUM SIZED PALM WITH PLUMOSE LEAVES
DARK GREEN BASE

The first time I ever saw this species of Syagrus, I swore I saw a crown shaft on it.  But, as you may know, Syagrus do not have crown shafts.  On close inspection, this species doesn't have one, but it could fool you.  And, it's very dark in color, with a green-almost black color.  This is one thing that made it appealing to me.

The mature palm is also not that big; perhaps 25 feet or so.  It is native to Brazil. It has attractive plumose leaves and a rather thin trunk for a Syagrus.  The base is a bit swollen.  Leaflets are long and narrow.  It is a sun plant.  Because it's so rare, cold tolerance is not precisely known but my observations so far are that it'l be somewhere in the mid to upper twenties F.  At our nursery it's taken a freeze without damage.

Shown here is a nice 15g plant.  We have several of assorted sizes for sale.  It's an attractive new species to add to your garden. 
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla
Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla Syagrus picrophylla
Syagrus picrophylla   Syagrus picrophylla by Gileno Machado, PACSOA
Syagrus picrophylla by Gileno Machado, PACSOA

 

SABAL URESANA
THE MOST BLUE SABAL THERE IS AND IT'S COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL SIZES WE HAVE!


Sabal uresana in native to northern Mexico.  In habitat it sees very hot and dry sun.  And, it's exposed to weather in the teens F. on occasion.  It is most known by the intense blue color to the leaves.  Look at the habitat photo below.  Also, it is blue even as a seedling plant as show here. As a nursery plant, the roots are very aggressive, filling up the pot (see last photo).  Cold tolerance is well into the teens F.  One of our customers in a Gulf State reported it was the most cold hardy of any Sabal he had tried.  But, I'm not sure this is true.  In the garden, it gets to a height of about 20 to 25 feet.  The trunk is 18 inches or less in diameter. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE WE SELL!

We have 15g, 5g, citrus pots, and possibly some smaller plants still available.  You must mention this website special when purchasing to get this discount.
Sabal ursesana
15g plant
Sabal ursesana
Sabal ursesana
15g plants
Sabal ursesana
Sabal uresana in habitat by J.S.
Sabal ursesana
Sabal ursesana
left to right: 2 g, band, citrus pot
Sabal ursesana
note blue leaf color, even when young and in the
greenhouse
Sabal ursesana
note aggressive roots, even on a seedling

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
A BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about it.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form. The photo below is by Tim Brian in HI.  It is similar but not the same as the Mayotte Island form.  The latter has a lot of red in the petiole and stem.  It of course is a full sun palm.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $40


You must mention this Blog Only price at time of purchase to get this special price.
Bismarckia species Mayotte Island Bismarckia species Mayotte Island
Bismarckia sp. green by Tim Brian
Green Bismarckia by T.B., Hawaii
   

 

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


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and perhaps a bit taller when mature.  It does sucker.  The leaflet tips are softer than the pungent campestris.  On sale are these outdoor grown 15g plants.  It likes full sun and is pretty cold hardy, possibly into the upper teens F.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size, but we do have 5g as well.  These 15g plants are probably about 8 years old.  You never see them around this size.

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


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

 

DIOON CAPUTOI
SMALLER AND RARE MEXICAN CYCAD

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

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

 

 

SUNDAY, 12 OCTOBER, 2014

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
SLOW GROWING, THIN TRUNK, FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

This is an extremely slow growing species from New Caledonia that gets a trunk about four inches thick, gets to height in decades of no more than twenty feet, and prefers a filtered light location.  New leaves can emerge red.  The plants shown here are almost 2.5 years old.  It's nearly impossible for us to ever grow these to a fifteen gallon size because of the time required and because they always sell out quickly.  These are super rare and hard to find.

REGULAR PRICE 1G THIS SPECIES $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE/SPECIES $30


Just mention this Special to get the discount when you purchase.
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER FAN PALMS IN THE WORLD
SEVEN YEAR OLD 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

If you poll palm enthusiasts about their favorite fan palm, many will mention this species in their top five choices.  It can get to forty feet tall, has a thick light gray trunk, and stiff upright, very flat leaves.  Most consider this species to be one of the most beautiful palms there is.  And, fortunate for us in California, this species can be grown well in our full sun well.  The plants on special have been in these pots for years and are begging to go into the ground. They grow much faster in the garden.  Cold hardiness is probably about 24 degrees.

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

Just mention this Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
LARGE ROOTING OUT OFFSET SEVEN INCHES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

Three days ago I announced the special I'm having on our blue African cycads.  Of these, probably the most sought after species is Encephalartos horridus.  It has gnarly, spiny leaves and is super blue.  Mature size is rarely over four to five feet tall.  It's a rather small plant and does great in a pot.  It likes sun and can go down to about 21 degrees F.  This offset is a bit over seven inches and in a 15g pots.  It has already started to root but not yet thrown leaves.  As soon as leaves appear, the price will go up.  But, we can leaf out purchased plants for you and ship later.  So, you can't lose!

SPECIAL TEN DAY PRICE THIS PLANT $700

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing.  Don't dally.  It'll sell soon.
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus
a different but comparable horridus caudex
after flushing out.  Note still in pumice.
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

SATURDAY, 11 OCTOBER, 2014

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM
TALK ABOUT WHITE UNDERSIDE LEAVES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a thin trunked tropical fan palm with a natural distribution that extends from Mexico down to northern South America.  It is known for the intense white powder on the underside of the leaves.  This is one of the main points I'm trying to show this morning.  Trunk diameter is anywhere from three to eight inches and overall height can reach thirty feet or more.  Leaves are palmate and divided as shown here.  But, the white on the underside is intense.  Looking up you into an overhead palm you see nothing but white stars.  Thus the common name.

Growth rate is average.  They like part sun or filtered light.  Cold hardiness is uncertain but probably the mid to upper twenties F.  Addendum: a long time customer called and asked me why I didn't mention the interesting spines on the trunk.  This genus forms modified roots that appear as trunk spines, especially near the base of the trunk.

We're offering band size, 1.5 year old seedlings on special.  Remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get the discount.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
5g nursery plant
Cryosophila stauracantha
same plant showing super white underside of leaf
Cryosophila stauracantha TS RPS
photo by TS of  RPS
Cryosophila Cryosophila stauracantha

 

DIOON JICALA HIDALGO
COLD HARDY MEXICAN CYCAD
OLD, MATURE DECADES OLD PLANT WITH NEW THROW OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

Many of the Mexican Dioons are named by their native locality.  Such is the case of this variety of Dioon edule.  It comes from the Jacala district of Hidalgo.  It is a high elevation cycad, growing up to 4500 feet.  It has flat green leaves to four or five feet length and a yellow color to the rachis/petiole.  Leaflets have revolute margins.  Growth rate is slow.  This plant has a caudex that is an estimated 14 inches tall.  I'd say the age is twenty years or more.  We've had this plant for a long time.

It wants full sun.  cold tolerance is one of the best for cycads - probably about 18 degrees.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT!  25% OFF REGULAR RETAIL PRICE!
Dioon jacala hidalgo Dioon jacala hidalgo
Dioon jacala hidalgo Dioon jacala hidalgo  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS APLANATUS
SHADE GROWING RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

This South African cycad is rarely seen for sale.  It comes from Swaziland.  It grows in filtered light areas and is similar to E. villosus.  But, it has wider leaflets, longer leaves and does not sucker.  Leaves can get to ten feet long.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

REGLAR PRICE BAND SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50

To get this discount, mention this Blog Special
Dioon jacala hidalgo Dioon jacala hidalgo
Dioon jacala hidalgo E. aplanatus plantZafrica websie
Picture c/o PlantsZAfrica website
 

 

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


For the first time ever, I am offering this rare, hard to find, super slow growing blue, suckering fan palm from Mexico.  It doesn't get much over six or seven feet tall, forms suckers over time, and is as blue as Brahea armata.  But, the interesting thing, is that the blue color comes with age and is hardly ever seen in a smaller containerized plant.  It is a sun species with cold tolerance down to 16 or 17 degrees F.

Our special is on the five gallon sized plants.  They are green now but will turn blue in the sun and in the ground.  Limited supplies are available.  These plants are five years old.

REGULAR PRICE 5g $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


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

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS, THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
MASSIVE TRUNK AND SLOW GROWING
MANY SIZES AVAILABLE

This popular South American palm is known by many of you.  So, I thought I'd just add a few facts that you might not be aware of:

•  Some Jubaea trees make seeds that appear to be "duds" and germinate poorly.  Other trees make easy to germinate seeds. It's "tree specific" by observations.
•  Germination of seeds is sporadic, sometimes quick an sometimes slow
•  Jubaea seeds are super simple to clean.  Simply pull back the fruit a shown.
•  Jubaea fruit is reportedly edible. I know squirrels and rats love the fruit.
•  Nursery production of a 15g plant can take from five to seven years.  This is a slow growing species.
•  Putting juvenile plants in the ground may speed up growth compared to pots, but they are still slow
•  In the ground, it takes 20 years to get ten feet of trunk
•  Jubaea are a great plant for hybridization with other genera
•  Trunks can get up to a four foot diameter, the fattest trunk of any palm tree

We have quite a few sizes available.  This is a sun species with cold tolerance to about 16 degrees F.
Jubaea chilensis
25 gallon size
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
15 gallon size
Jubaea chilensis
band size seedling
Jubaea chilensis seeds Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis by RT Sacramento
In Capitol Park, Sacramento, CA by R.T.
Jubaea chilensis
In San Diego, CA
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea trunk with my son, Jesse, next to it

 

THURSDAY, 9 OCTOBER, 2014

 

BLOWOUT SALE OFFSETS BLUE AFRICAN CYCADS
ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS, LEHMANNII, HORRIDUS, TRISPINOSUS AND BLUE LONGIFOLIUS, ROOTING OUT IN PUMICE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ROOTING OFFSETS

There are two ways to get a cycad going.  The first is by seeds.  One germinates the seed and then can wait for ten years or more to get a good sized plant.  The other way is to remove and establish a "pup" or "offset" from a large mother plant and root/leaf it out.  The latter technique is what I'm discussing here.  These offsets were removed from large blue domestic Encephalartos and are of excellent quality.  They will match perfectly the parent plant. 

These were removed this past spring.  All are of good size, ranging from four to ten inches.  All are blue.  All are rooting out in pumice.  This special is for rooting caudexes that have not yet thrown leaves from this batch of offsets.  Once a plant throws leaves, it is sold at a different price.  But, these all should throw nice leaves within the next three to six months.  As many of you know, blue Encephalartos (species listed above) typically sell for $150 per inch of caudex and E. princeps go for even more.  This special Blog price is for the diameter of a round caudex.  When much larger and older, vertical heights do apply and such a plant costs more.  Our special discount applies to only this batch of offsets we got in several months ago.  This group consists of about twenty-five offsets.

TEN DAY DISCOUNTED PRICE THESE OFFSETS:  $100 PER INCH

No other coupons or discounts apply.  Also, good for many of you, we are willing to keep the plants at the nursery, flush out purchased plants for the customer and ship them when leaves harden off.

This is the most affordable way to get good size on these great blue cycads.  The promotion started yesterday and some have already sold.  So, don't miss out. 
Blue Encephalartos Blue Encephalartos
Blue Encephalartos Encephalartos princeps
Eight inch Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos horridus about to throw
Encephalartos horridus about to throw
Encephalartos lehmannii offset leafed
Leafed off E. lehmannii, already sold
Encephalartos princeps
E. princeps established in garden
Encephalartos horridus in garden
E. horridus in garden

 

LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD - NO SPINES
GORGEOUS LARGE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

Native to Australia, this is the more rare species of Lepidozamia.  It (in several centuries) will be the tallest of any cycad.  Trunks can get over forty feet.  Compared to Lepidozamia peroffskyana, the leaflets of L. hopei are wider.  I think it's a more attractive plant.  And, for sure, it's much harder to find, especially with any size.  This species can take full sun along the coast.  However, I recommend part day sun here and strong filtered light far inland.  This sale plant is drop dead beautiful.  It's in a 7g pot and has a seven inch caudex.  It can be shipped.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $700
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $550


Some have even used this plant in shopping centers and inside the home.  Remember, NO spines.  To get this special price, mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Lepidozamia hopei
This and the next four pics show plant on special
Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
Lepidozamia hopei Lepidozamia hopei
close up photo of a hopei leaf
Lepidozamia hopei
larger boxed sized plants

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THICK TRUNKED FISHTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This gorgeous palm species is native to northern Thailand and over the years has been known by many common names such as "Black Stem", "King Kong" and "Thai Mountain Giant Palm".  It gets to a height of about 35 feet, has a very thick trunk at the base, has bipinnate leaves (branched - rare for palms) and is super attractive.  In most coastal areas it takes full sun, responds to adequate water, and is cold hardy down to the low 20's F.  The 5g plants shown here are the ones on special.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Special price when purchasing. 
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas 

 

ZOMBIA ANTILLARUM
SUCKERING FAN PALM WITH "ATTRACTIVE" SPINY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is a slow growing, suckering fan palm from Haiti and Dominican Republic.  It has the most peculiar but organized pattern of spines on the trunks compared to all others.  If you like spines, you'll love this one.  I realize some people don't.  It is slow growing but surprisingly can be grown in many areas of Southern California.  It gets  mature height of about twelve feet and likes sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is perhaps to the mid to upper twenties F.  We only have a handful of these in 5g size.  The one shown we've been growing for five years.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Zombia antillarum  Zombia antillarum 
Zombia antillarum  Zombia antillarum  Zombia antillarum 
 

 

WEDNESDAY, 8 OCTOBER, 2014

 

UNKNOWN ENCEHALARTOS SPECIES
CENTRAL AFRICAN

This is a cycad that we're not sure on which species it actually is.  We've had it for well over a decade (from a small plant) and imported it.  It was lost in our inventory.  It comes from Central Africa and possibly the Congo.  But, it doesn't look like the other known species from there.  It has very long leaves for it's caudex size and these are gently arched and not super upright.  Leaflets are long but without prominent spines at the end and only a few on the margins.   On causal glance, one might think it's an Encephalartos whitelockii, but it's not.  It just looks different and the leaves/leaflets aren't right.  Jesse thinks (after studying it) that it could be Encephalartos bunia. 

It's in a 7g pot and has a 5 inch caudex.  It is for sale of course.  I'd welcome comments from anyone who thinks they know what it is.  Just email me.
Encephalartos species central africa Encephalartos species central africa
Encephalartos species central africa Encephalartos species central africa Encephalartos species central africa
Encephalartos species central africa Encephalartos species central africa  

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
SIMPLE LEAF FORM

I just anted to quickly show you an unusual form for this dwarf Mexican cycad.  Ceratozamia hildae is known for it's grouping of leaflets.  On either side of the stem you usually see two or three leaflets.  But, we had a batch of seeds that produced the most unusual looking hildaes as shown in the first two photos.  They are simple in form.  the are blunt and wide.  The third photos shows the expected and more typical appearance for this species.

We only have one or two of these left and, of course, this plant is for sale.  It's in a citrus pot and has about a two inch caudex.  It can easily be shipped. 
Ceratozamia hildae simple leaf form Ceratozamia hildae simple leaf form
Ceratozamia hildae
a different plant with typical leaves 
   

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECIES
RED, SPINELESS PETIOLE

Since I'm showing different and odd plants that seem to stump us, I thought I'd show you another.  This is a Ceratozamia.  It's different because it has reddish colored petioles (leaf stems) that have no spines.  Most Ceratozamia petioles have small spines.  One would, of course, consider C. microstrobilus.  But, the leaflets of this plant are totally different.  So, we don't know what it is.  It's got a caudex of about 2.5 inches and has proven to be a slow grower.  It would be a filtered light plant with reasonably good cold tolerance.  If you like unusual cycads, it is for sale. We only have this one plant.
Ceratozamia species  Ceratozamia species 
Ceratozamia species     
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
BLUE CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

This extremely rare blue cycad comes from the Transvaal region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is a medium sized species with blue upright leaflets as shown here.  It is coveted by collectors.  This is a difficult species to obtain.  This particular plant is in a 5g pot and has a three inch caudex.  It likes full sun along the coast and is a medium rate growing species.  This plant is for sale and can be easily shipped.
Encephalartos nubimontanus  Encephalartos nubimontanus 
Encephalartos nubimontanus  Encephalartos nubimontanus Ken Hill Cycad Pages
photo by Ken Hill, Cycad pages 
 
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SPECIES
NICE 15G NURSERY PLANT WITH SUCKER

Two days ago I discussed this species and thought I'd show you another nursery plant.  This specimen has a five to six inch main caudex and a two inch sucker.  It has great color as shown.  There are characteristics of this particular plant that might make you think that it's the "dwarf form" of this species.  It's been outdoor grown in sun and would be very easy to ship.  If you like this plant you should drop by or call me.  This is because I'm offering 20% off retail on this particular plant.  
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus  Encephalartos horridus 
  

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
DWARF PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


Shown here is a nice 2 gallon Ravenea hidlebrandtii.  This is a dwarf species that doesn't get much over eight feet tall.  The trunk is quite narrow as shown on the mature palm.  I've found it to be slow growing.  Leaves are short and the crown is small.  I'd recommend filtered light or part day sun for this species.  Cold tolerance is into the upper, perhaps mid-twenties F.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii  Ravenea hildebrandtii   


TUESDAY, 7 OCTOBER, 2014
 

 

FICUS ROXBURGHII
SIMILAR TO FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
LARGE LEAF TROPICAL TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

For those of you who like our recently offered Ficus dammaropsis, you're going to also love this tree.  It likewise has huge green, pleated and flat leaves.  Although the leaves are not quite as large as the dammaropsis, it is perhaps easier to grow and tolerates sun a lot better.  It is also bigger with a larger trunk and gets to about twenty feet height. 

We're working on developing the best technique for propagating this species and hope to offer them for sale on a continual basis.  But, for now, we have a few available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  25% OFF RETAIL PRICE

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing. 
Ficus roxburghii Ficus roxburghii
Ficus roxburghii Ficus roxburghii Cal Poly Website   

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

 

FURCREA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT THAT IS NOT TOO TALL
FLESHY LEAVES, THIN TRUNK, ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

About ten years ago a landscape architect asked me for about fifty of this very blue, drought tolerant succulent.  Actually, at the time I didn't really know much about this species.  So, I researched it and got quite fond of it.  A customer of mine had a tree that flowered and produced a large number of "bulbils".  These are small "plantlets" which I propagated.  Now, three years later, they are looking very nice.  We have two sizes on special. 

This species doesn't get overly tall, perhaps about ten feet with six feet of thin trunk.  Leaves are thick and blue in color.  It takes hot sun and is cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  It is relatively slow growing.

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

Just mention this Special to get the discount when you purchase.  Note, very easy to ship.
Furcrea macdougalii  Furcrea macdougalii 
Furcrea macdougalii  Furcrea macdougalii  Furcrea macdougalii 
Furcrea macdougalii 
Fuecrea macdougalii  Furcrea macdoughalii RPS
photo by TS at RPS 
 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA

THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G SIZE


This small cycad species is native to Mexico.  It is known as the "Cardboard Palm" although it's not a palm at all.  The "Carboard Cycad" is a much better name.  It has thick hard leaves, thus the name "cardboard".  It is a small cycad, rarely over four to five feet tall.  It suckers freely.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but needs filtered light far inland.  Leaflets are essentially unarmed with no spines.  Color is green to yellow green depending on light exposure.  Cold tolerance is about 22 to 25 degrees F.  We just got in some really nice 3g plant which we are putting on a Ten Day Special.

REGULAR PRICE 3G SIZE THIS SPECIES, $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  These plants are easy to ship.
Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad
Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad Zamia furfuracea the Cardboard Cycad

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
COLD HARDY AND INTENSE BLUE COLOR
TEN DAY SALE TWO SIZES

We recently got in a few more of this very popular blue Pindo palm.  We didn't think it would happen.  My 5g size is already sold out and there's essentially no more seeds or plants coming.  Left are several 15g and 25g plants that I'm offering on special.  They are easy to grow, love heat and sun, and are cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  This will be the end of our offering this species and, as far as I know, they just aren't available on the market any more.

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


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

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SEMI-DWARD, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Shown here is a 15 gallon sized nursery plant of this species.  Below are some of the highlights of this Asian palm that never gets very big.

•  Is semi-dwarf, typically under 8 to 10 feet tall
•  Suckers, making additional trunks about 4 inches thick
•  For a pinnate palm, super cold hardy to about 18 degrees F.
•  Great species for "blocking the view of the neighbor"
•  Gets about as wide as tall and you cannot see "through it"
•  Has silver underside to the leaflets as shown
•  Slow growing and tolerates sun along the coast or filtered light
•  Very fragrant blossoms

We have available bands, 2 gallon (perhaps), 5g, 15g, and maybe a few larger sizes.
We're putting the 5g size on special

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

But, mention this Special to get the discount at time of purchase.
Arenga engleri
5g size on special


Arenga engleri 5g

5 gallon size 
Arenga engleri


Arenga engleri
15g size
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
GUADALUPE FAN PALM
SHORT, THICK TRUNK, COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This relatively short fan palm is native to the Island of Guadalupe off the northern coast of Baja, California.  It is the only species on the island and threatened by a "man-introduced" colony of wild goats brought onto the island decades ago to "control the weeds".  Now they eat every seedling occurring naturally on the island.  Only mature specimens exist, unable to have their seed germinate and grow thanks to the helpful hand of man.

It gets to a height of ten, maximum fifteen feet.  It has a thick trunk that is, from a distance, smooth appearing but close up has fine checks in the texture.  It is minimally armed with tiny spines on the stems.  You can hardly feel them.  It is a full sun species and does fine along the waterfront.  Cold hardiness is about 16  to 18 degrees.  All domestic plants shown are in the coastal area of San Diego, CA area.

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


You must mention this Internet Special when purchasing to get this price.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

 

MONDAY, 6 OCTOBER, 2014

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
A FORM OF THE "ACAI" BERRY PALM


I had been growing this palm for over twenty years before I ever heard of anyone drinking "Acai berry juice".  And then, almost overnight, it became an industry.  This species makes large numbers of dark purple seeds, so it's no surprise that it is loaded with antioxidant properties and someone would market it.  The original "Acai berry" was from another species, Euterpe oleracea.  But, I've heard juice from Euterpe edulis is also being used.  I might add that it's super expensive.  Euterpe are also a good source for the "hearts of palms" that some may eat in their salads. 

Euterpe edulis is a fast growing, thin trunked, pinnate palm with a long colorful crown shaft.  Crown shaft color varies from green to a mahogany brown.  This species is native to Brazil and northern Argentina.  It is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  It prefers to start as a younger plant in strong filtered light and work its way into the sun.  On the pictures here, I am showing a nice 5g plant with color already showing on the trunk (crown shaft).  Also look at the large nursery specimen.  The photo from habitat was taken by Gaston Torres from PACSOA.
Euterpe edulis 5g
Euterpe edulis 15g Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis photo by Gaston Torres PACSOA
photo by Gaston Torres, PACSOA
Euterpe edulis  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
THE MOST POPULAR BLUE CYCAD


Blue cycads are the most popular cycads that we and most cycad nurseries will sell.  And, of the blue cycads, Encephalartos horridus is by far the most popular or requested.  They are not a particular "friendly" plant with their sharply lobed leaflets and prickly character.  But, for some reason, people love this species.  They tend to be a smaller plant.  A cuadex with two feet of trunk height is considered "enormous" and as big as most seen in botanical gardens.  Native to South Africa, E. horridus typically has a small crown of leaves with some curving down of the leaf stem.  Sometimes this can be pronounced.  Color varies from silver to blue, but full sun is needed for the best color.  If grown in shade, leaves can revert to green plants.  Remember that the blue color is from a wax that the plant gives out to prevent desiccation.    

Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. and along the coast they want full sun.  In desert areas, part day sun is better.  Shown here are several very old nursery plants of this species.  The first one has several offsets as shown in the photos.  This species makes an ideal potted plant and has been grown by some as an interior cycad.  In the house, you must give them excellent light. We do from time to time have seedlings for sale as well.  
Encephalartos horridus 1207 W.Mahalo Place
1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place
1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place 1207 W.Mahalo Place

 

LIVISTONA AUSTRALIS
SINGLE TRUNK, COLD HARDY, TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZES!

Check around and you'll find that this species is difficult to locate.  I think this is mostly because of lack of seed availability.  It is from the east coast of Australia at a very southern location (colder).  It is the most southern growing of all the Livistona species.  Thus, it's not surprising that it carries a good amount of cold hardiness, into the upper teens F.  In habitat it tolerates full sun and can reach a height of 100 feet over many decades.  Trunk diameter is one foot.  Leaves are five feet wide on a long petiole.  Check out the last photo.  It's quite striking.

We are offering two sizes on species.  Either size can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 5G, $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $140


You must mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  Note that we have limited numbers available.
Livistona australis
5 gallon size
Livistona australis
25 gallon size
Livistona australis Livistona australis
base of 15g plant

Livistona australis by Mike Gray, PACSOA
by Mike Gray, PACSOA
Livistona australis    

 

BRAHEA DULCIS
ROCK PALM, SOMBRERO PALM
A GREEN AND A BLUE FORM


This is a medium sized, usually single trunked fan palm that has a native habitat that extends from Mexico down into Central America.  It has flat and roundish leaves that are either green or a prominent blue-green in color.  Therefore, it is known to have a "green form" as well as a "blue form".  This color is not evident until the plant gets larger in the ground.  The trunk is about ten inches thick and usual does not have hair or fibers.  Leaves are flat, round in shape and about three feet wide.  Leaflet segments are open about half way into the leaf.  Fruits are known to be edible.  In my opinion, compared to Brahea armata, the dulcis leaves are more round, flat and softer to the touch.  And, obviously, not as blue as the armata. 

Shown here are two different 5g plants.  The first three photos are of a "blue" B. dulcis, although the color is not evident at this age.  The fourth and seventh photos show the blue variety.  The other garden specimen is the green form.  This species can be grown in strong filtered light or sun.  In less sun, the leaves are larger and more exotic appearing.  Cold tolerance is probably into the low twenties F., perhaps into the upper teens.  We may have larger and smaller specimens for sale at the nursery.
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis blue in Miami, FL
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis by Angelo Porcelli PACSOA
photo by Angelo Porcelli PACSOA

 

CHAMAEDOREA BRACHYPODA
SHADE LOVING, SEMI-DWARF PALM
SEVERAL MATURE SPECIMENS FOR SALE


I am actually quite surprised that I still have several huge clumps of this super rare Chamaedorea species for sale.  It is from mountainous areas of Honduras where it is almost extinct.  It gets to a height of about seven feet, eight feet maximum.  It has simple leaves with bifed apical tips.  Leaves are dark green in color and prominently ribbed.  Most amazing is the thin caliper of the stems.  They are about a quarter of an inch in diameter as shown in the last photo.

Shown here are several mature plants with many stems.  They deserve to be in the finest home or botanical garden.  They are just superb specimens  This is a shade species.  Cold tolerance is probably down to the mid-twenties F.  From a collector point of view, this species is extremely difficult to find and seeds are rarely available.  These mature specimens are 25 years old.  Wouldn't one of these be a great gift to the palm enthusiast for the Holidays!
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda

CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
MULTIPINNATE, SMALL CAUDEX, LONG LEAVES

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

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

SMALL AND EASILY SHIPPED STARTER PLANTS ANYONE?
SMALL PLANTS IN BANDS, AN EASY-TO-SHIP CONTAINER
WE LITERALLY HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BAND SIZED PLANTS


 I would show you some starter plants.  These are in our "band" containers.  A band container is a square pot. 
It is 3" x 3" x 9".  A lot of growers have started using these containers because they nicely group together in carrying trays. 
A tray will hold 25 plants (five rows of five plants) and can easily be moved or carried.  The nice thing about these pots for consumers
is that these pots give a nice, high quality seedling and they can be easily shipped.  It is very easy to pack four, nine, or sixteen of these
into a "block" and box them up safely.  And, typically the plants in these band containers are good sized, equivalent to a very healthy
one gallon plant.  I'm going to show you an assortment of band sized plants with minimal comments about the species.  These appear
in random order. 
Availability of some items is quite limited and some species may sell out.

NANNORRHOPS RITCHEANA
A suckering palm from the Middle East that has anywhere from a green
color to a prominent blue, gets to a height of about eight feet and is
cold hardy into the upper teens F. and likes sun.
Nannorrhops r. band  
SABAL MINOR
A dwarf Sabal that never gets over about four feet tall, is single trunked,
has fan leaves with prominent flower spikes that come above the foliage.
Native to the southern U.S., this species is cold hardy into the mid teens F.
It wants full sun.
 
Sabal minor band  
TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
This South American palm is a fan palm, suckers, has a very blue color, likes
full hot sun and surprising cold tolerance.  It can take temperatures into
the mid teens F.  Overall height is about ten feet or less.  
Trithrinax campestris band  
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
This South African rare cycad species is extremely blue when grown in the sun
and never gets overly large.  A plant five feet tall would be a big plant.  It likes
full sun, heat and good drainage.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.
 
Encephalartos trispinosus  
CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
This is a shade loving dwarf cycad that has interesting groups of leaflets along
the stem.  It typically is never over four feet tall.  It is a very "cute" species
and cold tolerant into the lower twenties f.
Ceratozamia hildae  
ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
This is another South African cycad.  This is a dwarf species with a trunk
that is typically under six to eight inches in size.  Leaves are about three
feet long and fluffy appearing.  It likes sun and good drainage.  Cold tolerance
is about 22 degrees F.  Cycads are easy to cold protect.
Encephalartos cerinus band  
DYPSIS BETAFAKA
This Madagascar species resembles a more blue colored Dypsis decipiens.
It is a new introduction.  It may sucker over time, this is not well known.
It will want sun and should be cold hardy into the lower 20's F.
Dypsis betafaka band  
DIOON TOMASELLII
A Mexican cycad, this species prefers strong filtered light or perhaps
full sun along the coast.  It is a medium sized plant with leaves about
five to six feet long.  The interesting thing is the curve of the leaflets
in a sickle like downward curve.  This is seen in only a few cycad
seedlings.  Cold hardiness into the low 20's f.
 
Dioon tomasellii band  
STANGERIA ERIOPUS
This species looks more like a fern than a cycad.  It is from South Africa
and is quite easy to grow.  It can take sun along the coast or filtered light
inland.  Cold hardiness is like other species, into the low 20's f.  It is
a dwarf species with leaves about three feet long.
STangeria eriopus band  
BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
This New Caledonian palm is single trunk, pinnate,
and has a white crown shaft.  It is very beautiful and a quick
growing plant.  It likes full coastal sun or part day sun/filtered
light inland.  Cold tolerance is into the mid, perhaps lower
20's F.  It is rare and hard to find.
Burretiokentia koghiensis band  
PRITCHARDIA MUNROII
As you can see here, some of our band plants are huge, bigger than
most nursery's one gallon plants.  This is an example of that.  P. munroii
is native to Hawaii and is a medium sized fan palm that will take full
sun along the coast, wants protection inland, and has a broad, flat
green leaf.  It is a very pretty species and hard to find.
Pritchardia munroii band  
HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
This cousin of the popular Bottle Palm is slow growing and gets to a height of about ten feet.  It loves sun and is cold hardy perhaps into the upper twenties F.  I'd not recommend it to anyone in a significantly cold area.  This is our band size.  You can see the yellow color, a prominent color in this species.  Unlike the Bottle Palm, the swelling you see with this species is in the mid trunk, not at the base.
hyophorbe verschafeltii  
DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
A single trunk and hard to find species from Madagascar.  Height is to thirty-five
feet with a trunk diameter twelve to sixteen inches.  Leaves are plumose.  This is
a full sun plant with a good amount of cold tolerance for a Dypsis.
Dypsis prestoniana  
LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
This is a suckering, medium sized pinnate palm from Australia.  Some consider it
to appear like a "suckering Howea".  Height is typically fifteen to twenty five feet.
Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  This is a very attractive palm with
prominent red seeds.
Laccospadix australasica  
COERNICIA BAILEYANA
This is a thick trunked fan palm that can get over thirty feet tall.  The most striking
feature are the light colored massive trunks that seem to tower overhead.  The crown has near complete and upright fan leaves that are held tightly together.  This is a sun loving
species that can tolerate mid-twenty F. temperatures.  Very difficult to find.
 
Copernicia baileyana  
 

This will give you a taste of plants in band containers.  What most people don't know is that we have a tens of thousands of band sized plants. 
So, there's a pretty good chance that the species you want might be available in this smaller size.  Most are very affordable in price. 
And, if you get a good number of these, a volume discount would be considered.  Shipping band sized plants is fairly affordable.

 

SUNDAY, 5 OCTOBER, 2014

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
A FLASH OF SILVER IN THE SKY
WHY YOU HARDLY EVER SEE COCCOTHRINAX FOR SALE

This morning I wanted to talk about a smaller fan palm that many of you can grow.  It's actually fairly simple to grow in our area, but you must be super patient; they are so slow.  Coccothrinax are New World plants typically from Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean Islands.  Most have thin trunks and don't get over about twenty feet tall.  This makes them ideal plants for many people.  And, they are very "cute" palms.  They love heat and sun and can take some cold.  It's not unusual for a Coccothrinax to go into the mid-twenties F and do ok.  If you live in the desert, consider this genus.

Coccothrinax argentata is known for the silver underside to the leaves.  The tops are green.  When you look up into one on a windy day where the leaves are moving, you'll get flashes of bright silver shining at you.  Photos here demonstrate its appearance.  The 15g plant you see here is 8 to 9 years old.

The reason you never see them is that it's a major job for a nursery to produce a product to sell.  Getting a nice band container takes two to three years.  They start as a "blade of grass" and in four to five years finally get fan leaves.  Most nurseries are looking for quick turnovers.  Coccothrinax never do this.  So, if you want one of these, you too have to be patient and let it grow.  Fortunately, they are faster in the ground than in pots.  We have a nice assortment of many Coccothrinax for sale.
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
8 year old plant in 15g
Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
4-5 year old plants in 5g
Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax seedling
2 year old seedling in band

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTEA
FROM HAITI AND DOMINICAN REPURBLIC
SIMILAR TO C. ARGENTATA

Here I am showing you another Coccothrinax that has silver underside of a green leaf.  This species is native to Haiti and Dominican republic whereas Coccothrinax argentata's distribution extends from Florida into Mexico and the Bahamas.  Coccothrinax argentea is another thin trunk fan palm that gets to a height of thirty feet.  It's crown of leaves is small and the underside of the leaves are likewise silver.  It is a very slow growing plant when young (see above). 

I'm showing you an older nursery 15g pot and a nice 5g plant.  We also have smaller for sale.  Just get one in the ground, wait a while, and you'll have a nice specimen in about a decade.  A real enthusiasts will watch it grow and be proud of what he sees as both the plant and he age.
Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea
15 gallon nursery plant
Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea
5 gallon nursery plant
Coccothrinax argentea

 

COCCOTHRINAX CRINITA
THE OLD MAN PALM
NOTE: SCRAGGLY BEARDS ARE IN!

Fortunately for many present time professional baseball players and this species, unkempt and scraggly beards are "in" and acceptable.  I say this because the trunk of this species looks like a beard that's not been cared for its entire life.  But, this is the reason it's so popular.  It tends to be shorter than the two species above and the trunk is somewhat thicker.  It's covered with dangling tan fibers that give it its common name.  Leaves are green and a bit silver underneath.

But, this one is super super slow.  At least I can say this is so in our hands in California.  Perhaps its faster growing in tropical areas, but not here.  The seedlings shown in 1g pots below are 3 years old.  So, it's near impossible for us to offer a nice chunky 15g plant.  Lois Rosten (now deceased) had a nice one in her front yard with three feet of trunk.  This took here twenty-five years!  So, that patience I mentioned above is really needed if you want one of these.  Note, they tend to be susceptible to fungus more than other species.  They like sun, heat and can take a freeze.
Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita
one gallon small plant at nursery
Coccothrinax crinita trunk Coccothrinax crinita

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

 

SATURDAY, 4 OCTOBER, 2014 :  PLANTS:  SEE EARLIER POST TODAY (BELOW) FOR DISCOUNT COUPON!

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

This rare green Central African cycad is native to Tanzania and Kenya.  It gets a trunk of 2 meters in many decades and six foot straight green leaves.  Growth rate is medium.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but may prefer part day sun in far inland areas.

The plant on special is an old plant I've had for about 14 years or so.  I don't recall if it was seed grown or not.  It has an 8 inch caudex and is in a 15g pot.  I want to stress that this is a very rare species to find for sale.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $800

But, to get this nice discount you have to mention this Blog Only Special.  On this species, this is the only plant on a Ten Day Special.
Encephalartos bubalinus  Bubalinus leaf 
Encephalartos bubalinus 8 inch Encephalartos bubalinus  Encephalartos bubalinus 8 inch
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus Colin Wilson PACSOA
photo by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
 

 

BUTIA X SYAGRUS
THE MULT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE


The plants shown here are the sought-after Mule Palms in 25g containers with heights of about ten feet in their pots.  This is a man-made cross between Butia capitata and the Queen Palm.  It's qualities include quick growth, hardiness, cold tolerance and handsome appearance when mature.  And, this hybrid doesn't look like either parent.  Some think they look like a Coconut when mature.  They prefer full sun and are cold hardy to about 17 degrees F. 

These 25g and chunky plants that are way overhead.  They are chunky and sun grown.

REGULAR PRICE 25G SIZE $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $525

MULE PALM  Mule Palm
Mule Palm  Mule Palm Mule Palm


PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI

THE SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX SIZE

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

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

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

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

RAVENEA GLAUCA
MEDIUM SIZED MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 G SIZE

This popular palm is quite easy to grow and gets to a height of abut 25 feet.  But, it has a thin trunk for its height; six inches on average.  The leaves are soft and droopy.  It takes full sun along the coast and in inland tolerates areas takes part day sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to perhaps low 20's F. 

It's one of my favorites.  We can hardly keep them in stock.  We run out of the older plants but have a few of them.  So, I'm putting them on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 25G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $350

Just remember to mention this Blog Special to get the discount. 
Ravenea glauca  Ravenea glauca 
Ravenea glauca  Ravenea glauca  Ravenea glauca 
Ravenea glauca Arkive WEbsite
photo by Arkive Website 
Ravenea glauca
habitat by MR  
 

 

SATURDAY, 4 OCTOBER, 2014

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

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PHOTOS OF THE NURSERY

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JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO JUNGLE MUSIC PHOTO

 

TURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER, 2014

 

COPERNICIA BERTEROANA
THIN TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM
NATIVE TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a fan palm you will hardly ever see available and never on special.  It is native to Hispaniola and reaches a mature height of about 30 feet.  But, in contrast to so many other Copernicia, the trunk is quite thin.  It is usually nine inches thick or less.  Leaves are green and flat. Segments of the leaf are only separated at their ends so that the leaf has a solid flat appearance.  New leaves are held upright and appear rigid.  There is a bit of blue on the leaf stems as shown here.  Old retained leaf bases fall off over time to give a clean trunk.  Petioles do have armor.

This is a full sun palm.  It's so rare to know of anyone growing this that we have little cold hardiness data.  I'd estimate it'll go into the twenties F.  On sale are very nice 5g plants.  I've shown close ups of a fruiting size tree; pictures I took recently.

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

But, remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing.
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana
Copernicia berteroana Copernicia berteroana http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery//large/palms/copernicia_bertroana_004.GIF

 

CARYOTA MITIS
THE SUCKERING FISHTAIL PALM
THIN TRUNKS AND NOT TOO TALL

As many of you know, Fishtail Palms (Caryota) are monocarpic palms.  If you look at the derivation of this term, it means "one body".  Thus, when a stem of a Caryota blossoms and fruits, that trunk dies.  So, single trunk species like Caryota urens or gigas will die when they blossom.  Not so with Caryota mitis as the plant survives because it has multiple stems.  True, that one blossoming stem will die but there's others to take over.

Nowadays, at our nursery, we will sell fifty single trunk Caryotas to every one suckering Caryota  mitis.  But, fifty years ago mitis was the only Fishtail Palm that anyone would buy.  It has historically been used as an interior palm or on patios.  It has thinner trunks, typically under six inches in diameter, and a smaller overall height.  I'd say fifteen feet is a good estimate although they can get taller.  Leaves look like other Fishtails but are shorter.  But, they are bipinnate with branching.  Stems sucker from the base and have some blackish fibrous material as shown here.

I'm showing a 25g plant first and then a 15g plant.  These are about ten years old.  They are much slower growing than their single trunk brothers.  We can obtain and offer interior quality Caryota mitis to those who want an interior palm.  Outdoors I recommend part day sun along the coast for the best appearance.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F. 
Caryota mitis Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis Caryota mitis Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis Caryota mitis Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis Caryota mitis Caryota mitis

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
VARIETY NUIKONISHIKI
GORGEOUS GARDEN AND PATIO PLANTS
EVERY LEAF DOES NOT LOOK THE SAME!

One of the most collectible of all palm trees are the variegated Rhapis.  Literally, enthusiasts will import a rare clone of these plants from many thousands of miles away and pay a pretty penny for it.  This is because these plants have a real mystique and history.  They are miniature palms and a small plant may sit on the desktop of the president of big corporations in Japan.  And, it'll be growing in a colorful ceramic pot that may cost a thousand dollars.  So, what's up with these unusual plants?  Why are they so sought after?

The first thing to realize is that they are super rare.  Finding one takes a lot of work.  Secondly, they have been divided up into individual varieties or clones with hard to remember Japanese names.  (Remember, the Japanese worship these plants)  Thirdly and most importantly, you can only get one of these plants from a division of an existing plant.  So, they will never be abundant.  Finally, these are dwarf plants, rarely over six feet tall.  So, they are wonderful for containers and do great indoors.

Yesterday while walking the nursery I saw a gorgeous plant I wanted to show.  It is the variety "nuikonishiki".  We have divided up a mother plant many times over the years to offer this species for sale.  But, the main thing I wanted to demonstrate today is that each new leaf is not a duplicate of the last leaf.  They are all a bit different.  (see photos).  What makes them a particular variety is not that all leaves look identical.  Rather, they have a tendency to look a certain way.  I.e., wide yellow stripes, very thin green stripes, white on green, yellow on green, small leaflets mostly green with minimal thin yellow stripes, etc.  Do you get this point?  It's important.  If you search for a plant that's would be an exact match to a certain leaf you seek, you'll probably not find it.  Every plant is unique and each leaflet is a bit different than the last.

We do have a very limited number of variegated Rhapis available.  They are not inexpensive but reasonably priced.  Inquire and we can help you get one of these great plants.  They do fine outdoors, are cold hardy to the low 20's F., and prefer filtered light.
Rhapis excelsa variegate Zuikonishiki Rhapis excelsa variegate Zuikonishiki
Rhapis excelsa variegate Zuikonishiki Rhapis excelsa variegate Zuikonishiki Rhapis excelsa variegate Zuikonishiki
Rhapis excelsa variegate Zuikonishiki Rhapis excelsa variegate Zuikonishiki Rhapis excelsa variegate Zuikonishiki

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
GOOD GROWING, SINGLE TRUNK MADAGASCAR PALM
SEVERAL SIZES AVAILABLE

It seems that I'm always using the word "rare" when I describe things.  This species would not be an exception.  We first heard of this palm about a decade ago.  Everyone had to have one but no one had them for sale.  Over time a few seeds became available.  And, most recently, I even got some domestic seeds out of Florida.  So, this wonderful and fairly easy to grow species will hopefully become a mainstay in palm gardens.

It is single trunk with heights up to about 35 feet.  The trunk is one inch in diameter and the crown shaft is silver-brown.  Leaves are plumose and the crown is fairly open.  The first three pictures are from a plant in the Encinitas garden.  There it's been getting half day sun.  It's got a fat trunk in about five to six years and has never missed a beat.  The fourth photo was taken by John Dransfield, the world's authority on Malagasy palms. 

This species has at least a cold tolerance into the mid twenties F., perhaps lower.  Most are growing it in part day sun or full sun right on the coast.  We have bands available as shown and a limited number of juvenile plants of larger size.
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana John Dransfield Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
photo by John Dransfield Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana    

 

CERATOZAMIA MIQUELLIANA
SMALLER CYCAD WITH NEW BLUE TINGED LEAVES
ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE

This is a rare Ceratozamia from Mexico that is hardly ever available on the market.  This morning I'm presenting some one year old seedlings that are for sale.  This species never makes a large plant.  Typical caudex size is under eight inches and leaf lengths average three feet.  Leaflets are wide, sometimes up to two inches in width.  Leaflet length is usually about six inches.  In the garden, a plant is usually below your belt line.

The seedlings here are one year old and have typically two leaves.  You see the blue color mostly when leaves are brand new.  This is a filtered light species with a cold tolerance down into the low 20's F.  The lat photo shows the color nicely in a private garden.
Ceratozamia miquelliana Ceratozamia miquelliana
Ceratozamia miquelliana Ceratozamia miquelliana
Leaf of larger nursery plant
Ceratozamia miquelliana

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
CROWN SHAFTED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO THE KING PALM

For those of you who like King Palms because they are clean, tidy and self-pruning, I want to show you an alternative species that may be of interest to you.
It is Kentiopsis oliviformis.  It is also a self-pruning, crown shafted palm species.

Here are some of the benefits of this species over the common King Palm:

•  It's more cold hardy, probably good to about 23 degrees as compared to 25-26 with the King Palm
•  It doesn't have nearly as much of a tendency toward brown tipping at the end of the leaflets when grown in full sun
•  It seems to not get as tall as the King Palm
•  It has a more upright and tidy crown of leaves
•  Very clean and dark green color of the crown shaft
•  It's more rare and your neighbor will never have one

I'm showing you here a Kentiopsis oliviformis that is growing in full sun in an inland Encinitas area.  It shows no brown tipping of the leaves and is just beautiful.  I'm also showing you a 5g and then a 15g nursery plant.  These are easy mail orders.
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SUCKERING AND SINGLE TRUNK FORMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This filtered light-loving species is from Mexico and typically has a single trunk.  It has a prominently ringed truck, wide leaflets, about five foot long leaves and a trunk diameter of about 2 inches.  Heights are about fifteen feet on an average.  It does not tolerate full sun without leaf burn.  It is a fast growing species and produces lots of black seeds when you have both sexes.

However, there is a form of this species that produces suckers and makes a plant with multiple stems.  I am showing both the single trunk form here as well as the suckering form.  Note the suckers on the third picture that are coming off the stem to the left.  In my experience, the trunks are thinner on the suckering form.  Otherwise, the plants are pretty much the same.  The first three photos here are the suckering form.  The next three photos are the single trunk form BUT with two plants in the same pot.  Don't be fooled because you see two trunks.  The last photo shows the single trunk form in the garden.   Cold tolerance is into the low twenties F. but not into the teens. 

On final comment:  Sometimes you may see roots coming off the base of the stem and going into the ground.  These are adventitious roots that tripod from the base of the trunk.  But, most would feel this species does not qualify as a "stilt root" palm.

We're offering our 15g on ten day special.  We have limited numbers of both forms.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $155

To get this discount, you must mention this Blog only special at the time of purchase.
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote suckering
Suckering Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Single trunk variety but with two plants in one pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

 

DIOON EDULE
THE MOST COLD HARDY AND DURABLE OF ALL CYCADS
HUGE 15G AND 20G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES

TAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS 
Dioon edule is a Mexican cycad that is probably the most durable of all cycads.  It's the only species that has a chance at taking the hot desert sun you see in Las Vegas and Phoenix, AZ.  It tolerates temperatures as low as 18 degrees and as hot as 115 degrees F.  They are much better for cold than other species. 

It is a smaller species of cycad.  It's rare to see trunks over two to three feet.  Crowns of leaves are also small, perhaps four to five feet across.  Leaf length is rarely over four feet.  There are variations of different varieties of edule, but none are huge plants.  Leaf color is green or gray-green.  A few tend a little toward blue. 

The plants shown here include huge 15g and 20g plants.  The 15g are over 6 inches caudex size and the 20g are over 8 inches.  Some are in cone.  Many are suckering.  All are over ten years old from seed.  All can be shipped right to your door.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $
275

REGULAR PRICE THESE 20G PLANTS $525
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 20G $
375

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  Of note, we do have other sizes, bigger and smaller, for sale.  But, these plants are very nice sized for their container and, I feel, a pretty good buy.
Dioon edule
15 GALLON SIZE, this and next 8 photos

Dioon edule
Allagoptera arenaria
Dioon edule Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Dioon edule
20 GALLON SIZE, this and next three photos
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule
Different box specimen
Dioon edule
Dioon edule in garden

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

Some people don't want a cycad that gets too large.  The Dioon edule above is such a plant.  But, this Encephalartos shown here is even smaller.  A large caudex for this species would be eight inches.  Leaf length is about 30 inches.  Overall crown size is about three feet, perhaps a bit more.  From a collectors point of view, this is a rare species and not easy to find.

The plant shown here is in a citrus pot, has a 3.5 inch caudex.  It is a sun species with a cold hardiness to approximately 22 degrees F.  So, it'd do well in many areas.  Far inland areas like the desert would grow it in part day sun.  This plant can easily be shipped right to your door.
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
DON'T MISS OUT ON THESE SUPER RARE AND HUGE LEAFED PLANTS

SEE YESTERDAY'S BLOG BELOW
Ficus dammaropsis

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMERI
MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G/6 INCH PLANTS


These peculiar looking spiny trunk succulents are quite popular and different looking.  They make a wonderful potted plant that guests will comment on.  Coming from Madagascar, they have "inappropriately" been called the "Madagascar Palm", another example of a plant called a palm when it in no way is part of the palm family.

They like sun and heat.  They can tolerate a frost but are not felt to be super cold hardy.  It's best not to water them much during cold weather.  The plants offered today on special are in 1g or six inch pots.  They have about a foot or more of trunk and nice crowns of leaves.

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


They are easy to ship right to your door.
Pachypodium lameri 1g Pachypodium lameri 1g
Pachypodium lameri 1g Pachypodium lameri 1g  

 

PTYCHOSPERMA CARYOTOIDES
SMALL EXTOIC PALM, SUPER THIN TRUNK
INTERESTING WIDE, SHORT LEAFLETS


Yesterday we found a "lost" palm in the greenhouse that is shown here (with one stock photo) that is native to the highlands area of New Guinea.  That fact that it grows at altitude there probably accounts for the fact that some growers have been able to successfully grow it here in Southern California.  It is a short species, rarely over eight feet tall.  In the wild, some plants are only three feet tall.  Leaflets are wide, short and have the typical jagged fishtail type end.  Trunks are under one inch thick.

The plant here was brought forward to our sales area and sold to the first person who dropped in and saw it.  We may have others for sale but probably not like this ten year old plant in flower.  I'd estimate it'll tolerate a freeze and would prefer filtered light.  I've mostly shown it today because most of you have never seen this species.   
Ptychosperma caryotoides Ptychosperma caryotoides
Ptychosperma caryotoides Ptychosperma caryotoides Ptychosperma caryotoides
     
Ptychosperma caryotoides Ptychosperma caryotoides Ptychosperma caryotoides
Ptychosperma caryotoides Ptychosperma caryotoides Ptychosperma caryotoides

 

NEW WEBSITE FEATURE
JUNGLE MUSIC'S PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK
FOURTH VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING


About a month ago we introduced a new frequently changing feature at the Jungle Music Website.  It's our "Picks of the Week" Video featuring long time staff members at Jungle Music.  We've done three or four videos of the nursery but these are the first strictly dealing with individual species.  Our goal is to each week or two have about a two to three minute video that covers two, perhaps three different and interesting species of palms, cycads or tropical plants.  The producers of these features will be either Jesse (my son), Rusty or Ricardo.   

The link given here takes you to a launch page.  There, over time, you can go specifically to the video you want to view.  Species will be listed.  I hope you like this new feature.  Here's the Link to Picks of the Week .
Plant Picks of the Week
Jesse Bergman
My son, Jesse, with the nursery for 15 years
Rusty
Rusty, with the nursery for about 10 years
Ricardo
Ricardo, joined us several years ago
 JUNGLE MUSIC'S
PICKS OF THE WEEKS

CLICK TO SEE VIDEO(S)

 

WEDNESDAY, 1 OCTOBER, 2014

 

FICUS DAMMAROPSIS
SMALLER TREE WITH HUGE AND EXOTIC LEAVES
BEAUTIFUL, SUPER RARE AND HARD TO FIND

This exotic tropical tree is native to New Guinea but surprisingly does quite well in many areas of California.  It has huge pleated leaves that have been reported to get up to three feet long.  I have several trees in my yard and their leaves are about 30 inches long and twenty inches wide.  My trees are approximately fourteen feet tall with a thin trunk of only six inches.  Reports are that people in Santa Cruz and San Francisco are even growing this beautiful tree.  So, it's worth considering.  It does best in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Right on the coast it can take full sun.

The problem is that you never see them for sale.  Fruits produced domestically never provide seeds as we lack the pollinating wasp that fertilizes the fruit.  Typical means of propagation like tip cuttings do not work.  Believe me, I've tried it many times.  Rather, sophisticated techniques of air or ground layering are needed and it takes about a year to accomplish this.  So, this species is rarely seen and never inexpensive.  But, is it ever worth it.  I guarantee you that it'll be one of your favorite trees.

This is the fourth time we've offered them for sale.  I presently just got in ten plants three days ago from my propagator/  Four have already sold.  They'll literally be gone in a few days most likely.  I can ship them but it takes an oversized box to prevent leaf damage.  These plants are about three feet tall in their pots and holding about five to six leaves.
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis
Ficus dammaropsis Wikipedia Commons
Picture from Wikipedia Commons
Ficus dammaropsis Ficus dammaropsis by M.B.
Photo by M.B.

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE "RARE" TYPE OF KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1G PLANTS

It's been quite a while since I've offered this single trunk species of desirable palm tree on special.  These are single trunk plants (not multiples) and about sixteen to eighteen inches tall in their pots.  They are about two to three years old.  This species is from Lord Howe Island and the more rare type of Kentia Palm.  The difference between the belmoreana and the forsteriana is that this species is a bit more cold hardy and has curved leaves and forms an "umbrella" appearance to the crown of leaves.  The leaves arch toward the ground.

Like Howea forsteriana, H. belmoreana is slow growing.  But, it's faster in the ground than in a pot.  It can be grown as a house or patio plant.  It likes filtered light or a bit of sun unless you are right on the coast where it can take full sun.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G THIS SPECIES $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR FOUR FOR $85.

But, you have to mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you order or visit us. I'm offering the four plants at a better price because it's easy to pack and ship four one gallons in the same box.
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGE LEAFED, FAST GROWING CENTRAL AFRICAN GREEN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY PLANT WE HAVE THIS SPECIES

This is the first time I've ever offered such a great buy on this super fast growing and satisfying Central African species of rare cycad.  When we first got seeds many decades ago, it was called the "Uganda Giant".  And, a giant it is.  It has leaves twelve feet long or more.  Yet the leaflets themselves are quite narrow as shown here.  You can take a smaller nursery plant and, in the garden, turn it into a coning specimen in less than a decade. 

Leaf color is green and leaflets are somewhat armed with spines, especially when younger.  Compared to E. laurentianus, the leaves are shorter but this species is easier to grow and much faster than laurentianus.  It likes sun along the coast.  Far inland, I'd give it part day sun and you'll have a darker color to the leaves.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 25% OFF ANY PLANT WE HAVE  OF THIS SPECIES!

This is a great opportunity for cycad enthusiasts or those who like unusual plants.  But, you must remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii

 

BONZAI TREES
A TECHNIQUE OF GROWING
CONSIDER BONZAI CYCADS

When I visited Selby Botanical Garden I talked to the fellow doing the bonzai culture for them.  He wasn't an employee but a local enthusiast of the Bonazi Society back there.  He trimmed and cared for the plants shown here.  He told me the technique can be used on all sorts of trees.  I've shown four different plant types here where they've been grown with bonzai culture.  Everyone thinks you can only use fir or pine types of trees.  This is not true. 

I have a few customers who are growing cycads as bonzai plants.  It stunts their growth and leaf size.  But, I've heard they look fantastic.  I apologize I don't have a photos of such a bonzai cycad.  I'd appreciate it if one of you do have one, send it on to me.  Imagine a miniature blue cycad in a small pot with a tight and contorted caudex and short leaves.  How cool would that be?   
Bonzai Bonzai
Bonzai Bonzai  

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLANTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
SUCKERING & MEDIUM SIZED SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

There's been a real shortage of Dypsis lutescens on the market.  I usually have available plants up to ten feet of height.  What I'm offering on special right now are plants in 15g containers that are about seven to eight feet tall in their pots.  There are not larger plants of this species on the market right now, anywhere, that I'm aware of. 

These plants shown today are full and lush. This species will take coastal sun and gets to a height of about fifteen to eighteen feet maximum in our locality.  Trunks are silver and about three inches thick.  There is a definite touch of yellow in the crown shafts and leaf stems.  It's normal for this species.  Cold tolerance is perhaps 24 degrees or a bit lower.  We only have about ten of this very nice plants.  This special will last for ten days.  I suspect they'll sell out before that time.

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

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

Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
mature clump in Encinitas, CA in full sun

 

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
A BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about it.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form. The photo below is by Tim Brian in HI.  It is similar but not the same as the Mayotte Island form.  The latter has a lot of red in the petiole and stem.  It of course is a full sun palm.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $49


You must mention this Blog Only price at time of purchase to get this special price.
Bismarckia species Mayotte Island Bismarckia species Mayotte Island
Bismarckia sp. green by Tim Brian
Green Bismarckia by T.B., Hawaii
   

 

DIOON CAPUTOI
SMALLER AND RARE MEXICAN CYCAD

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

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

 

THE KEY TO GROWING NEW CALEDONIAN PALM SPECIES
IT'S ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF WATER YOU GIVE THEM


Over the past few decades, we have sold literally a few thousand or more New Caledonian palms to all sorts of collectors in many areas of Southern California.  We always try to seek feedback from customers as to how their palms do over time.  We do this by later calling or emailing them.  From our decades of dong this, I can say that a key factor to success in growing most New Caledonian species in our area is giving them enough water.  In areas in Florida, there's lots of rain so this is hardly ever a problem.  Here in Southern California, that is not the case. 

With water shortages, many time people try to cut back on their water consumption.  Many palm species tolerate this.  But, species such as Chambeyronia, Cyphophoenix, Basselinia and Burretiokentia don't do well with water restriction.  It is true that, close to the ocean, Chambeyronia can take full sun.  But, if you drastically cut back water to them, they'll brown tip, look dry and not do well.  The solution is simply give them more water.  I can't tell you how many times this simple recommendation is what we give t customers.  Chambeyronia simply won't tolerate full sun if water restricted.  Providing you're not exposing them to too much cold, we've found that inadequate water is the number one shortcoming is growing New Caledonian species.  If soil drainage is good, you can hardly over water these species.

So, if you have some New Caledonian palms that aren't performing well, give them more water.  You'll probably see, over time, that they will do a lot better.  Below is a photo of Chambeyronia hookeri in full sun, throwing a beautiful new red leaf over a roof in full sun in the Inland Empire area of Southern California.  For readers who don't know, this is about forty miles from the ocean.  

Chambeyronia hookeri full sun DL
photo by DL  Chambeyronia in the Ontario, CA area in full sun.

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
DROOPY LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This popular species is from Madagascar and can be single trunk or suckering.  It has a leaf form where the leaf is flat in cross section and another form where the leaflets are very droopy, hanging down toward the ground.  The crown shafts are white as shown here or sometimes silver.  It likes coastal sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  We are offering the band size on special, droopy form.  This is a Blog only offering.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 OR FOUR FOR $85


You must mention this special when ordering.
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis
photo by BC
Dypsis onilahensis  

 

 

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

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

ASSORTED PHOTOS

PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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

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

 

TO CONTINUE READING EARLIER POSTS FROM SEPTEMBER, 2014, CLICK HERE

 

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

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

 

GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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