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FRIDAY, 30 OCTOBER, 2015

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
A NEAR PERFECT SMALLER FAN PALM
ATTRACTIVE - SILVER UNDERSIDE TO LEAFLETS
DOESN'T GET VERY TALL

This small to medium sized palm is native to southern Mexico and Central America.  It usually gets a height of ten to twenty feet in our locality.  It is very desirable because of some interesting characteristics of this species.  First, it is not very big and has a four to five inch thick trunk.  Secondly, it has a prominent white to silver color to the underside of the leaflets.  The pictures here show this trait.  Third, its leaves are prominently dived into long, somewhat droop leaflets.  The leaves are very attractive.

Shown here is a nice 15g plant at the nursery.  We also have 5g and seedlings for sale.  Note that the trunk has what are called "modified root spines".  These are like roots on the trunk.  They are not as sharp and pokey as regular spines.  I like to grow this species in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha
Note silver underside to leaf

Dark green on top
Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Alma showing silver color
Cryosophila
Root spines on trunk
Cryosophila species Cryosophila Cryosophila stauracantha
One leaflet shows silver

 

SABAL URESANA
A BLUE SABAL PALM
MEDIUM NICE, NICE COLOR
NICE 15G FOR SALE

About eight to ten days ago I put our five gallon of this species on sale.  Although not presently on sale, I wanted to show a nice 15g from the nursery.  See first 3 pictures here.  This species loves hot sun and is cold hardy easily into the teens F.  It is native to northern Mexico.  Mature height is twenty to twenty-five feet.  The last picture was from an enthusiast who took the photo in the native habitat.
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana
Sabal uresana by JS
plant in habitat by J.S.
 

 

DIOON EDULE
SINGLE CAUDEX OR CLUSTERING FORM?
WHAT MAKES A CYCAD DO THIS?

For those very familiar with cycads, from time to time you'll see plants that seem to go crazy with reproduction. They'll make offsets and cluster super fast.  At the onset, I can't say why a given plant or species would do this.  But, you do see it.  As an example of this phenomena, all four plants here Dioon edule.  All four are about twenty years old or more, coning sized and in containers.  The first three are the classic single stem form.  Neither of these first two has a single offset. It would be normal over time to see a couple of offsets.  In contrast, look at the third plant.  It's branching and suckering like crazy.  It seems to be on a mission.  This phenomena is not rare.  But, why?  Same species.

If you have the answer as to why we see this, let me know.  It is undoubtedly a genetic thing.  It might be because of habitat locality of a given clone of a given species.  What I can tell you is that a removed offset from that fourth plant below, when grown on its own, will probably continue to do the same thing.  BTW, all three plants are for sale.  All were grown from seed.  This species loves sun, heat and this is the only cycad that will take full desert sun.
Dioon edule
This and next 3 pictures of Dioon edule in a
20g clay pot
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Single trunk plant in box - no suckers

Dioon edule
A third thirty year old Dioon edule without a
single sucker
Dioon edule
This plant is a clustering form with fifteen
heads of leaves
Dioon edule
Caudexes last plant

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
DESIRABLE MOUNTAIN SUCKERING FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE

Native to Australia, this pinnate palm has three forms.  There are both single trunk and suckering forms.  And, there is one suckering variety that lives at elevations in the mountains.  This latter form - the one that suckers - is the easiest to grow and has the best cold hardiness.  Some call it the "Suckering Kentia Palm".  Of note, the red emergent lower elevation variety is slow growing and doesn't do as well here as the mountain type.  This is a part day sun plant that has cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F.  Some have grown it well in full sun.  On this suckering type, anticipate a mature fruiting height of under fifteen feet.

The 2g plants here are seed grown from seeds off a fruiting tree here in Encinitas.  Although they are slow, after three years I can offer you a plant on its way.  The first garden picture below is of a locally grown specimen of the suckering type.

REGULAR PRICE 2G THIS SPECIES $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G $40

Just mention this Blog Only Sale Price to get your discount. at the time of purchase.
Laccospadix australasica  Laccospadix australasica 
Laccospadix australasica  Laccospadix australasica  Laccospadix australasica 
Laccospadix australasica  Laccospadix australasica  Laccospadix australasica 
 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25
REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
RECENTLY 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
 

 

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

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

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  This is the first four photos.  I've also shown garden plants, a 5g plant and seeds on a blossom.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Sabal minor
band size container plants
Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor
5 gallon size3 nursery plant
Sabal minor Sabal minor
blossom jutting above the foliage, nursery plant


THURSDAY, 29 OCTOBER, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
SMALLER, SUN LOVING CYCAD
VERY RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This South African cycad is known for its rarity, small stature and upright blue-green leaves.  Habitat locations are at an elevation of over 2000 feet in rocky cliffs.  Caudexes are rarely up to a foot long and usually subterranean.  Leaves are three feet long or shorter.  Leaflets are mildly armed.  This species likes sun and is a good choice where overall size is a concern.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  Growth rate is slow.

REGULAR PRICE BANDS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when purchasing.
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus by Irieonline
photo by irieonline

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BLUE CYCADS
FROM SOUTH AFRICA
A WHOLE ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AND PLANTS

Worldwide, this is one of the most popular intensely blue cycads.  This species is from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  In terms of popularity, it'd be a close race between this species and Encephalartos horridus..  Those that like spikey and gnarly go for horridus. .  People who like more uniformity, classic appearance and less spines go for E. lehmannii. .  Leaf color is intensely blue, especially when given adequate sun.  Leaves are initially upright and have a nice recurveeto them.  Over time and with more throws of leaves, swirls relax and hang more downwards.  A very old plant would have two to three feet of trunk and be five to six feet overall in height.to them.  Over time and with more throws of leaves, swirls relax and hang more downwards.  A very old plant would have two to three feet of trunk and be five to six feet overall in height.

Shown here is an assortment of sizes from seedlings up to big specimens.  We are lucky enough to offer customers almost any size they want of this desirable cycad.  And, a lot to choose form in any given size.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  In the desert we recommend a few hours of sun.  All plant sizes can be shipped to anywhere within the U.S.

SEE ARTICLE ON BLUE CYCADS

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

Encephalartos lehmannii
Citrus Pot size, easy to ship
Encephalartos lehmannii
Older specimen at nursery
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another older specimen
Encephalartos lehmannii
Seedlings in band containers at nursery
Encephalartos lehmannii
Box sized coning plant at nursery
Encephalartos lehmannii
Another specimen at nursery
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.

SEE ARTICLE ON SPINDLE & BOTTLE PALMS
Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

WEDNESDAY, 28 OCTOBER, 2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
ANOTHER TYPE OF SHAVING BUSH PALM?
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


Please see the genus description above.  On this "species', the main historical controversy has been over the native population of Rhopalostylis located on Raoul Island, part of the Kermadec Islands of New Zealand.  Because of patriotism, New Zealanders would certainly like to consider this population a species all to itself.  But, most people now consider it to be a variety of Rhopalostylis baueri, the Norfolk Island Palm.  Of course, the use of this common name doesn't set well with those from New Zealand.  They would argue that the things different include more round and larger fruit, and brown hairs present on the crown shaft.  Also, some say it's a more robust growing species.  If you wish to recognize it as a different palm, right now the correct name would be Rhopalostylis baueri var. cheesemanii or kermadescensis.  We are putting our band size on sale.

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

Just mention this special for your discount when you purchase.
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g nursery plants, not on sale now
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii    

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK, NOT TOO TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This species of single trunk, crown shafted palm is native to Madagascar.  For many years it was called "Dypsis ambositrae".  But, this was an inaccurate name.  It ended up being Dypsis plumosa because of it's fluffy leaf.  It has a six inch thick trunk and gets to a height of 20 feet.  It takes full sun along the coast and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F. or a bit lower.  We're putting our 5g size on special.  These 5g plants are not wimpy but rather 6 feet or more tall.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount if and when you purchase.
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa
15g size at nursery, not on sale right now
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

BRAHEA DULCIS
SMALLER BRAHEA SPECIES
WILL TAKE FILTERED LIUGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk species of fan palm is native to Mexico where it lives under overhead trees.  Thus it is used to filtered light.  Right on the coast it can take full sun but is very happy with part day sun.  Overall mature height is usually under ten feet.  It has flat green leaves that are sometimes blue-green.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis
15g nursery plant not on sale right now
Brahea dulcis Brahea dulcis  

 

SUNDAY, 25 OCTOBER, 2015

 

MARDI DARIAN
MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD YESTERDAY FOR EVERYONE THAT KNEW HIM
PASSED AWAY AUGUST 25, AGE 82

A MASTER AT CREATION OF A WORLD CLASS GARDEN

What does one say about a friend that you've known for 35 years?  Most will remember Mardi Darian for his exploration work with the palms of Madagascar.  And, indeed that is one of his major accomplishments.  He opened the door to these wonderful palms for all to enjoy.  But, after you've seen his garden, you'll remember him for a lot more.  He was a master at creating a world class garden.  Yes, he had rare species.  And, for a beginner, that's what it's all about.  I think it takes maturity and time to really appreciate what Mardi accomplished with his garden.

The Darian garden had everything:  overhead canopy, hundreds of rare species of palms, unusual cycads, and a vast assortment of tropical companion plants.  It seems to go on forever, a new thrill just down the pathway.  But, it's how he put it all together that displays his genius.  Along each pathway, around ever turn, and nestled in all areas he created a visual wonderland for the viewer.  I'd estimate that he has many thousands bromeliads of all colors on the garden floor or in trees.  Everywhere one sees orchids in blossom, Anthurium, Alocasia, rare ferns.  His imagination went wild.

Huge moosehorn or staghorn ferns can be seen forty feet off the ground.  Boulders, waterfalls and ponds are everywhere.  His usage of colorful and unusual companion plants pulls everything together.  One could spend twenty minutes just looking at each individual area.  On about 2.5 acres, it'd take a whole day to take it all in.  And, once you've seen it, you realize it's not just a "collection of plants".  It's a lot more.  Of the many tens of thousands of plants in his garden, it just all comes together and is a treat to behold.  Of all the gardens I've seen in Southern California (and around the world for that matter), his garden ranks with the best.  So, please don't just remember him for palm trees.  Remember him also for the five decades of work it took to create such a masterpiece and exciting garden to view.

Mardi Darian
Photo taken in July, 2015 at a PSSC meeting
at his garden
Mardi Darian
Photo of a portrait of Mardi done many years ago,
standing next to a rare tropical plant in his
 green house
Mardi Darian
Photo of Mardi a few days before he passed
away, holding a tropical blossom
Mardi Darian Garden
Photo of the entrance into his garden
Mardi Darian Garden
Mardi Darian Garden Mardi Darian Garden Mardi Darian Garden
Mardi Darian Garden Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden 
Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden 
Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden 
Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden 
Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden  Mardi Darian Garden 

 

CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
MEDIUM SIZED FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
PUFFY, SHORTER LEAFLETS
ONE GALLON AVAILABLE


For those of you who have followed this Blog over the years, you might recall the great Chamaedorea oblongata that I offered a few years ago.  They are shown in the last three pictures and are representative of what this species looks like mature in your garden.  This species has a variable height, maximum ten feet.  It is single trunk and known for its wide and puffy leaflets.  Leaflets are irregularly placed on the leaf stem.  Grown as several plants in a small colony, this is a knock-out plant.  It likes filtered light, is a good performer in the garden and has a cold tolerance of about 28 degrees.  It's also an excellent house plant.  Right now we have good sized one gallon plants.  Some are singles and some have several plants.
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata
Leaf, more mature plant
Chamaedorea oblongata
More mature plant with multiple plants
in container, sold out at this time
Chamaedorea oblongata
Same
Chamaedorea oblongata
Same

ZAMIA PORTORICENSIS
SMALL CYCAD FROM PUERTO RICO
VERY CUTE WITH THIN LEAFLETS


This species is native to the Susua Forest in southern Puerto Rico.  This locality constitutes the derivation of the species name.  It is a small species with subterranean stems less than a foot in length.  Its leaves are green, three to four feet long with pointed thin leaflets.  It is fairly easy to grow in frost free areas.  It can be grown in sun or partial sun.  Shown here is a nice 5g plant that is for sale.  Limited numbers available.  The plant shown is about ten years old.  It is a male cycad in cone.
Zamia portoricensis  Zamia portoricensis 
Zamia portoricensis  Zamia portoricensis  Zamia portoricensis 
Zamia portoricensis  Zamia portoricensis   

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
NICE 15G MULTIPLES AVAILABLE

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

 

SATURDAY, 24 OCTOBER, 2015

 

BUTIA X JUBAEA
SOUGHT AFTER, COLD HARDY
CHUNKY 15G PLANTS AVAILABLE
JUST ARRIVED


I am showing here the limited selection that we just got in of a great and sought after intergeneric hybrid.  This is Jubaea x Butia capitata with the Jubaea being the seed bearer.  This cross is very cold hardy and needs full sun.  It is more cold hardy than a regular Jubaea chilensis.  These are chunky 15g with trunk diameters of about six inches. I'll mention below traits below that show you these are this hybrid:

Keeled leaves whereas regular Jubaea are much flatter
Blue color to the leaves
Abundance of hair/mat at the base of the petioles
The blue color to the leaf stem

Note that the barbs don't help that much.  Both the hybrids and pure Jubaea can have them. 

When plants are mature, one of the most striking characteristics is the retention of old leaf bases on the trunk.  Pure Jubaeas make a clean trunk.  We only have four of these and I suspect they'll be gone quickly.  We also acquired from the same hybridizer three monster plants - see below.  These are the same cross.

Butia x Jubaea 15g Butia x Jubaea 15g
Butia x Jubaea 15g
Note Butia-like hairs on stems
Butia x Jubaea 15g
This and next pick, note keeled leaves
Butia x Jubaea 15g
Butia x Jubaea 15g Butia x Jubaea 15g Butia x Jubaea 15g
Note blue leaflet color which Jubaeas don't have
Butia x Jubaea 15g Butia x Jubaea 15g Butia x Jubaea 15g
Butia x Jubaea
48 inch box specimen available through associate

Jubaea x Butia San Diego
Plant near downtown in San Diego
 

 

JUBAEA X BUTIA
HUGE PLANTS UP TO TEN FEET OR MORE
YOU CAN SEE THE BLUE


What I'm showing here are monster Jubaea X Butia that we got in with the other 15g above.  These plants have trunks that have almost filled their 15g pots.  Their overall height is about ten feet or more.  You'll note the very keeled leaves, blue color to leaves and stems and the very hairy inner crown at the attachment of the leaf stems.  The blue color comes from the pollen donor, a super blue Butia capitata.  Look at the leaf stem color.  They are blue as well as some blue on the leaflets.  These plants are way too large to ship via Fed Express.  They could be trucked.  For the benefit of the plant, if they don't sell quickly, we'll be repotting them into a 35 gallon container or box.  We have three for sale this size. 
Jubaea x Butia large size  Jubaea x Butia large size 
Jubaea x Butia large size  Jubaea x Butia large size  Jubaea x Butia large size 
Jubaea x Butia large size  Jubaea x Butia large size
Note how plant fills container 
Jubaea x Butia large size 
Jubaea x Butia
Younger plant in garden 
 Jubaea x Butia large size
The trunk of the J X B with PSSC member
Jubea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia
craning moving a dug specimen
Jubaea x Buta Palmpedia
From Palmpedia - Jubaea x Butia on right, true Jubaea
on left
 

 

ZAMIA VARIEGATA
AKA ZAMIA PICTA
MATURE PLANT WITH FEMALE CONE AVAILABLE


If you search below to 20 October, you'll see I presented nice smaller Zamia variegata for sale.  While looking around the nursery, we can across a nice specimen shown here.  It's a female in cone.  Note that this plant is not overly large.  Yet, it's coning.  Zamias cone after about five to seven years.  So, it's very possible to get seed production going.  And, this is nice b/c seeds are essentially never available.  This plant is for sale.
 
Zamia variegata Zamia variegata
Zamia variegata Zamia variegata Zamia variegata

 

ZAMIA PRASINA
CENTRAL AMERICAN TROPICAL ZAMIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE SEEDLINGS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

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

 

ZAMIA ANGUSTIFOLIA
ANOTHER SMALL ZAMIA
VERY THIN LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE

I don't know why I got on a Zamia kick today.  But, here's another.  This species has extremely thin leaflets and never gets over about 4 feet tall.  The plant shown here is a female in cone.  It is native to Cuba and the Bahamas.  Caudexes are subterranean and up to 8 inches in size with 2 foot leaves.  Leaves are keeled.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT, MATURE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $140


Just mention this Special to get your discount.

 
Zamia angustifolia Zamia angustifolia
Zamia angustifolia Zamia angustifolia
Female cone another plant
Zamia angustifolia
Zamia angustifolia    

 

ZAMIA SPECIES CAYMAN ISLANDS
ANOTHER THIN LEAF DWARF CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

I can't say too much about this un-named cycad species from Cayman Islands other than it is small, never over three feet tall, has very thin leaflets and is cute.  Caudexes are under six inches.  It'll take sun right along the coast and should match cold tolerance of Zamia angustifolia above.  These 1g plants should be coning in three or four years.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

How about getting several and becoming a seed producer?  Mention this Blog for your discount.  Sorry, but I've no pictures of mature plants in a garden.

 
Zamia species Cayman islands Zamia species Cayman islands
Zamia species Cayman islands Zamia species Cayman islands  

 

FRIDAY, 23 OCTOBER, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
VERY LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
LONG LEAVES, THICK TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

The band size E. transvensosus I'm putting on sale are very healthy 2.5 year old seedlings.  Anticipate you'll need room to grow this sun loving species.  Trunks are thick and in a few hundred years can be ten to twenty feet overhead.  Mature trees from habitat look like small Canary Island Palms.  In far inland areas, you'd need part day sun.  On the coast full sun is perfect.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BAND PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45 EACH

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.

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Encephalartos transvenosus
This and next 3 pictures of band size on sale
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Cit pot size
Encephalartos transvenosus
15g size at nursery
Encephalartos transvenosus
This and next picture of box size at nursery
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
SMALLER BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE

This popular blue cycad is native to the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  A very large plant would have two feet of vertical trunk.  The crown diameter is rarely over five feet.  So, compared to the E. transvenosus above, this cycad is tiny.  It loves heat and full sun.  Surprisingly, if you're in the desert, give it only a few hours sun.  Otherwise, it'll get sun burn.  The plants on sale are a nice form with good color.  There are limited supplies.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

Just mention this Special for your discount.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
"USER FRIENDLY CYCAD" - NO SPINES
HUGE SUN GROWN SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT!

It is so rare that we put our decades old cycads on special.  I say this because they are so hard to find and have taken us so much time to grow.  This Australian cycad this morning is an exception.  This plant is in a 24 inch box and has been sun grown.  It's ready for someone's garden.  The leaves of this species are dark green and have no armor.  You can swipe them across your face without a scratch.  But, it does need room.  Leaves can be six to eight feet long and it takes a large area for optimal growth.  This plant has about a foot wide caudex with what appears to be a pup coming.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIMEN $1800
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $1350

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price.

Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Newly emerging leaves on garden plant
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

PRITCHARDIA REMOTA
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1G PLANTS

This somewhat endangered species is from the rarely visited islands of  Nihoa and Nihua.  There are about 600 trees in habitat.  The latter island is off the coast of Kauai.  This species gets to a mature height of twenty to thirty feet and has a wavy leaf with a prominent petiole.  Trunks are about a foot thick and clean with age.  Fruits are black and about 1/3 of an inch long.  The one gallon on sale are 3 years old and very nice.  This species comes from drier areas in HI and does very well in Southern California.  Along the coast it'll take full sun.  Far inland, part day sun is better.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.

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

Just remember: Mention this Special for your discount.
pritchardia remota pritchardia remota
pritchardia remota pritchardia remota pritchardia remota
Unusual to see petticoat on this species
pritchardia remota
5g size at nursery - not on sale
pritchardia remota pritchardia remota

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PALM FROM THE COMOROS ISLANDS
THIN TRUNK, SMALL CROWN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE


Surprisingly, this is one species of Ravenea that is not from Madagascar.  Rather, its habitat is in the Comoros Islands off the coast of Madagascar.  A mature tree of this species is seldom over eight feet tall.  The trunk is narrow and the crown of leaves is no more than six feet. Another thing is that, in many areas, it does great in strong filtered light.  Some grow it well in full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is uncertain but probably about 25 degrees F.  The 2g plants on special are approaching 4 years of age.  They are quite nice and showing good size.  BTW, to my eye, this plant sort of looks like a "Mini-Majesty Palm".

REGULAR PRICE 2G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G $40

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
15g size, not on sale
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 2015

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
THIN TRUNK - HEIGHT 14 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk palm species is from southern Mexico and known as one of the few Chamaedoreas that can tolerate full open sun in coastal California.  It has very plumose (fluffy) leaves with a trunk diameter of approximately 1.5 inches.  In the landscape, it's an ideal species where there is limited area for planting - like a thin strip of garden along a sidewalk on the side of a house.  The leaves quickly get overhead and out of the way.  Mature height is easily over ten feet and usually this species gets no taller than about 16 feet.  It is fast growing.  I also tolerates strong filtered light with a cold hardiness into the lower 20's F.  The 5g plants on special are multiples, three or four per pot.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa palmpedia
photo c/o Palmpedia
Chamaedorea plumosa
15g size at nursery, not on special right now

 

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

This is a very rare species of cycad from Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico.  It is often called the "Fishbone Cycad" because the leaf looks like the skeleton of a fish.  Leaves are keeled and the leaflets are armed with small spines.  New leaves are upright.  Overall height reaches a maximum of fifteen feet - see habitat photo here.  Growth rate is slow.  It likes sun and heat and is cold hardy to at least 20-22 degrees F.  Over the decades that we've been a nursery, seedlings have been near impossible to get.  These are nice 1.5 you seedlings that I'm putting on sale.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
THE BUTTERFLY PALM
NICE 10 INCH SIZE TEN DAY SPECIAL

This suckering pinnate palm is native to Madagascar and surrounding islands.  It is known as the best "neighbor blocking palm" around.  This is because it has multiple trunks and is hard to "see through".  Mature height in CA is about fifteen to eighteen feet although in the tropics it can get taller.  Cane diameter is about 3 inches.  There is a definite yellow color in the leaf stems.  One can thin out trunks to about four to five trunks if desired for a more open look.  On the coast, it prefers full sun but can take part day sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees or a bit lower.  The plants on sale are at least four feet tall in their pots with lots of canes.

REGULAR PRICE 10 INCH SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get your discount.
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
monster sized plants available as well
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER, 2015

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE SHAVING BRUSH PALM
BULGING CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE

This popular single trunk pinnate palm tree comes from various localities in New Zealand.  It is most known for its enlarged crown shaft, upright leaves and medium overall height.  Anticipate a mature height of about 25 feet although sometimes they get a bit taller.  Growth rate in the ground is slow.  It takes about five to eight years from a 5g plant to establish any vertical trunk.  A large specimen can take two decades to produce.  Right on the coast, it'll take full sun.  In most other areas, part day or morning sun is better.  In the desert it needs filtered light.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees, possible 2 degrees less.

READ MORE ON SHAVING BRUSH

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.
Rhopalostylis sapida
This and next 4 pictures are 2g size
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
5g size
Rhopalostylis sapida
25g size
Rhopalostylis sapida

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

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

 

CERATOZAMIA MICROSTROBILA
SMALL MEXICAN CYCAD
RARE AND POORLY UNDERSTOOD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This smaller cycad comes from the region of San Luis Potosi in Mexico.  It gets its name from the small stature ("micro") of the plant and cone("strobilus").  In doing research on this species I found an interesting thing.  It is misspelled by so many authors (microstrobilus, microstrobilis).  The true spelling is "strobila".  I think the reason for this is that the correct spelling for this Greek derivated word for cone is "strobilus". 

It is a smaller cycad with relatively small leaves.  It is rarely seen in collections.  Anticipate a mature plant size under two to three feet with leaves about two feet long.  Leaflets come to a point but are fairly wide.  This is a filtered light species.  The plants on sale are in 1g pots and about 3 years old.  Cold hardiness should be about 20 degrees F.  I apologize that I do have a good garden specimen to show you.  I don't have such a picture at our gallery and, surprisingly, when I searched the Internet, I could not find one picture of what I was convinced was a true microstrobila.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Just mention this Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.
Ceratozamia microstobila Ceratozamia microstobila
Ceratozamia microstobila Ceratozamia microstobila Ceratozamia microstobila
Ceratozamia microstobila
older nursery plant/span>
   

 

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


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

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

Just mention this Blog Special when buying for this price.

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

 

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TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER, 2015

 

CERATOZAMIA MIQUELIANA
RARE FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
SUPER WIDE LEAFLET PLANTS AVAILABLE
BLUE-GREEN NEW FLUSH

This critically endangered cycad is native to Mexico and found in Chiapas, Tabasco and Vera Cruz.  It is threatened by habitat destruction or loss.  It is a small to medium sized species that gets leaves up to six feet long.  The remarkable and attractive thing is the very wide width of the leaflets.  With a nice form, you'll see shorter leaflets that are very wide and have an unusual curved edge.  The plants I'm showing here should prove to be a very desirable form of this species.

Trunks are usually subterranean.  Caudex size is under a foot.  Leaflets are matched along the petiole.  When new leaves emerge, they show an attractive blue to blue-green color.  Over time this fades to a normal green.  This species should be grown in filtered light and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F. by my experience.  But, they are so rare, that one should offer frost protection if possible.  The plants shown here are in 1g size with golf ball sized caudexes.  These would be easy to ship.  This is a very desirable species for the cycad enthusiast.
Ceratozamia miqueliana Ceratozamia miqueliana
Ceratozamia miqueliana Ceratozamia miqueliana Ceratozamia miqueliana
Ceratozamia miqueliana
coning size nursery specimen
Ceratozamia miqueliana Ceratozamia miqueliana
Garden specimen showing the blue color of the leaves
Ceratozamia miqueliana Ceratozamia miqueliana  

 

ZAMIA VARIEGATA
AKA ZAMIA PICTA
THE ONLY VARIEGATED CYCAD IN THE WORLD
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED SPECIES
FUN AND DIFFERENT!

I have been growing this unusual species of cycad for over 30 years.  For the first two decades I knew it as Zamia picta.  Later it acquired the name "variegata" which seemed to be an equally good name and I quickly accepted it.  It is indeed the only cycad that is naturally variegated.  It has yellow streaks and splotches on a background green leaflet.  The size and intensity of these splotches is variable plant to plant.  Sometimes it's even dramatic.  But, the photos shown here are representative of what you'll likely see with this species.  The last picture, taken by friend Rolf Kyburz from Australia, shows a particularly nice form of this species.

It is native to southern Mexico and several countries in Latin America.  Leaf lenth is typically about three feet but there are reports of plants with leaves over six feet long.  The caudex is rarely over six inches.  Leaflets tend to be about six inches long with irregular variegated markings as shown here.  This species prefers filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze or a bit below.  Shown are band sized plants which we have for sale.  We also have some larger sizes.
Zamia variegata Zamia variegata
Zamia variegata Zamia variegata Zamia variegata
Zamia variegata
leaflet of a different plant
Zamia variegata
leaflets of another nursery plant
Zamia variegata
Zamia variegata zamia picta by Rolf Kybruz PACSOA
by R.K., PACSOA
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA NATIONSIANA
RARE SINGLE TRUNK, FILTERED LIGHT PALM
LONG AND WIDE LEAFLETS
NICE 5G AVAILABLE

This exotic, single trunk pinnate palm is from southern Mexico and Belize.  It is known for it's wide and long leaflets.  To the touch, these leaflets are thinner to the similar but more cold hardy Chamaedorea tepejilote.  Height is up to about ten feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.  It likes filtered light.  Leaf lengths are about four to five feet and leaves gently arch.  Leaflets are at least a eighteen inches long and about 3 inches wide.  Shown is a nice 5g which we shipped out yesterday.  We do have more available with perhaps some larger plants.  I apologize that I don't have photos of a larger garden specimen but it's so rare that I have none and there are none at the usual Internet references.
Chamaedorea nationsiana
This and next 4 photos of 5g plant
Chamaedorea nationsiana
Chamaedorea nationsiana Chamaedorea nationsiana Chamaedorea nationsiana
Chamaedorea nationsiana
This and next photo of 15g nursery plant
Chamaedorea nationsiana  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LANATUS
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
8 TO 9 INCH SPECIMEN AVALABLE

This rare cycad was acquired from a private collection six months ago.  At that time is was dug very carefully with a nice root ball and put into a 15g pot.  The caudex is 8 to 9 inches.  A customer immediately wanted it.  I told him to wait and that I'd hold it for him.  I did this because lanatus has a reputation of being very difficult to dig.  Often the leaves abort.  Well, the leaves did abort.  But, the caudex remained firm and nice.  So, I was optimistic because we did a great job of digging the plant. 

Six months later it is presently throwing a new set of leaves.  It'll be a great plant and has survived its being dug.  So, it's good to go.  That original customer is on the East Coast and has finished his planting for the year.  So, it's available.  This is a super rare cycad to find with any size.  This plant is destined for a serious collector.  It has strongly arched leaves and gets a trunk up to perhaps six feet.  It loves sun and heat.  Check around - you'll not see a plant like this on the market.

Encephalartos lanatus Encephalartos lanatus 9 inch
Encephalartos lanatus 9 inch Encephalartos lanatus 9 inch Encephalartos lanatus 9 inch
Encephalartos lanatus 9 inch
This and next picture of fire damaged plants in South
Africa.  Note the new flushes of leaves after the assault.
Encephalartos lanatus 9 inch  

 

SUNDAY, 18 OCTOBER, 2015

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
BLUE HESPER PALM
SUPER BLUE - SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This slow growing and super blue fan palm is native to Baja, California (Mexico).  The most striking thing about this species is the leaf color as shown on the flowering specimen here.  Trunk diameter is about 18 inches and leaf width about five feet on a well grown plant.  Expect a mature height of 20 feet, no more.  It likes heat, full sun and is cold hardy to about 16 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $20
OR, FOUR FOR $69

These are easy to ship.  Seedlings are going on 2 years old.  Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
GREAT INTERIOR AND GARDEN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL OVER-SIZED 5G

We recently got in some very large and over-sized 5 gallon multiples of this species.  This means there are three, sometimes four plants per pot.  Average height is seven feet or more.  But, they can be easily shipped.  This is one of the most sought after house palms around.  They are slow growing and have dark green leaves.  They also do great in a patio setting.  In the garden, they take full sun along the coast or filtered light far inland.  Mature garden height is about 30 feet.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  These are very large 5g plants, much bigger than you see around.  And, we ship them with their soil, in the pots! 

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

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

 

BONZAI PLANT - PRIVATE COLLECTION
IT'S LOOKING FOR A HOME
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


For those who have followed this Blog, you'll remember earlier in the year I bought the collection of a long time customer of ours who passed away.  It was mostly succulents.  In this collection was this Bonsai plant.  I'm not sure of the species but suspect it might be some type of Ficus.  I want it to find a good home.  It's in an attractive ceramic pot.  I suspect the pot cost as much as I'm offering this plant for here.  I think we can easily ship it.  It's been growing in filtered light.  I only have this one for sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $69

Bonzai Plant Bonzai Plant
Bonzai Plant Bonzai Plant Bonzai Plant

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
SIMPLE LEAF DWARF PALM
GREAT SMALL PALM FOR THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G

Shown here are a few nice 5g plants of Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti.  This is a slow growing dwarf palm that is rarely over about five feet tall.  It has a simple, solid leaf and a narrow trunk.  We've found they look best if planted as a small colony.  These pots have three or four plants in each pot.  This species is native to Mexico.  It likes filtered light.  Some have grown in inside the house.  cold tolerance is the mid to possibly lower 20's F. 

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

Just remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase for hits discount.
Bonzai Plant Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPCIAL $50 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  

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
LUSH GREEN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL $140


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

 

VERY RARE CERATOZAMIA EL MIRADOR
MATURE SIZE, FEMALE CONE
PLANT OVER FIFTY YEARS OLD
FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR


This cycad is indeed unique and rare.  I obtained it thirty years ago from a collector in Florida.  It had been imported during the pre-Cites years.  This collector was a quadriplegic who needed the help of his father to care for his plants.  When his father passed away, he needed to sell his rare collection of cycads. 

The plant is quite different.  Note how the leaflets reflex downward and are pointed toward the end of the leaf.  And, the leaflets are narrow and revolute.  Also, these leaves of this cycad prominently arch.  Leaf color is green both sides.  It's got a female cone as shown here.  The leaf span of this plant is eight to ten feet.  We've only guessed as to it's true species name.  But, last week, with the help of one of the top taxonomists on Mexican cycads, we got it identified.  It's the only one I have of this species.  It can be shipped.

I'd recommend filtered light.  It's seen about 22 degrees and has been outdoor grown.  I doubt you'll find a plant like this anywhere else in the country.   The trunk is about 12 to 14 inches thick and 16 to 18 inches tall.  I doubt it'll get much bigger.
 
Ceratozamia el Mirado Ceratozamia el Mirado
Ceratozamia el Mirado Ceratozamia el Mirado Ceratozamia el Mirado
Ceratozamia el Mirado    

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
DROOPY, SUCKERING FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

For those who know the palms from Madagascar, you realize that a "species" is often a complex of plants, all a bit different.  This is an example of such a species.  This plant will be suckering.  And, we think it's going to be the "droopy" form with leaflets hanging downwards.  The 5g plants on special are four to five years old (it's slow growing) and already suckering.  It'll take full sun along the coast and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  When mature, anticipate a height of about 15 feet.  Crown shafts will be white or a light color.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $60

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase.
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Habitat photo by MR

 

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SATURDAY, 17 OCTOBER, 2015

 

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

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

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
NICE DOMESTIC SPECIMEN


I've certainly discussed the Spindle Palm previously at this Blog.  Recently I took photos of a domestically planted Spindle Palm.  (see first three photos).  As you'll recall, this species has swelling in the mid-trunk and is thinner below and typically above the central trunk bulge with a tapering crown shaft.  They peak out at a height well under twenty feet, usually at about twelve feet. And, they are quite slow to get to this height.  A ten foot plant can take fifteen years go obtain in the ground.  This is a full sun palm.  It is definitely more cold hardy than the Bottle Palm, it's brother species.  Anticipate you should be able to take a freeze and perhaps go down to about 28 degrees F.  The 4th and 5th pictures are from a botanical garden.  In the last row are nursery plants.

Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Spindle Palm 15g Spindle Palm spindle palm

 

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

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

 

FRIDAY, 16 OCTOBER, 2015

 

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM
SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
PHOTOS OF FRUITING SPECIMENT

The cool thing about this palm species is that it is native to our Everglades in Southern Florida.  Native habitats are also found in some Caribbean Islands as well as Mexico and Central America.  It is known as the Everglades Palm or the Paurotis palm.  It is the only species in this genus.  It has flat green leaves that are about three feet across.  They are minimally armed.  Trunk diameter is three to four inches.  Trunks are covered with a fibrous mat as shown below.  Mature height varies from about twelve feet up to over twenty feet in habitat or tropical locations.  It likes sun, heat and plenty of water.  This is apparent by the fact that it lives in the Everglades.  It is cold hardy into the low 20's F., perhaps into the upper teens.  One may be able to grow this species in the Central Valley area of CA and in Northern CA.

I am showing here a treat - a specimen in fruit, producing it's orange, red seeds.  Note how each flower literally has many hundreds of seeds.  The second plant is far from flowering.  I'm showing it to give details on the species.  The last picture shows an old specimen in San Diego, CA.
 
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii in blossom
This and next 7 photos of fruiting specimen
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii in blossom
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii in blossom Acoelorrhaphe wrightii in blossom Acoelorrhaphe wrightii in blossom
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
This and next 4 pictures younger plant
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
specimen at Balboa Park, San Diego

 

GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE
STRELITZIA NICOLAI
A BAD CHOICE FOR YOUR GARDEN
WHY I DON'T LIKE THIS SPECIES

You'll seldom see me really ding a plant on this Blog.  But, on this one, I'm going to do it.  I don't like Giant Birds of Paradise.  And, you should be careful about putting one in your garden.  They are common and abundantly available.  This is because they are cheap to produce and grow very fast.  Below are my words of caution:

∗They are unbelievable invasive.
∗They will lift decks, patios and even your house.
∗The new growths (trunks) are super powerful - they can even break concrete
∗This is a very high maintenance plant.  ∗Figure you'll be on a ladder ever few weeks to keep it good looking
∗Without continual manicuring, they are very ugly
∗They drop sapping, sticky plant fluids
∗They overwhelm an area in no time
∗They'll dominate your landscape
∗Without a lot of work, they are loaded with dead and ugly brown leaves
∗They run and spread like crazy
∗Once big and established, they are near impossible and very difficult to get rid of.


For those who only want cheap, this might be the plant for you.  We don't grow them nor offer them for sale.  So, these are words above are a note of caution.  If you really like the banana look, there are so many other similar types of plants to try without the disadvantages of this ugly monster.


Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise
Giant Bird of Paradise Giant Bird of Paradise gIANT BIRD OF PARADISE

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
THE SILVER DATE PALM
LIKE A THIN TRUNK CANARY PALM and A GREAT ALTERNATIVE
GETS TALL WITH KNOBBY TRUNK



This durable and tough species of Phoenix is native to Western and Central Asia including Pakistan, India and surrounding regions.  In our area, Phoenixi canariensis has fallen out of favor because of the various helath problems that it gets.  Fusarium infections appear without notice and sometimes EVEN with meticulous care.  Yet, this malady kills 99% of the time.  The Silver Date is a good alternative and may offer more resistance to Fusarium.

This species gets to a mature height of about forty feet.  It comes from a high elevation habitat so it also has good cold hardiness, well into the teens F.  The trunk is about a foot thick with prominent "knobs" as shown.  The leaves are more plumose than the Canary and a silver-green in color.  This is a full sun palm that is fairly fast growing.  We do offer them for sale.  I'm showing a 15g plant here.  So, if you like the looks of Phoenix canariensis, consider the P. sylvestris.  It might, in the long run, be a better choice for longevity.
Phoenix sylvestris Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris Phoenix sylvestris Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris Phoenix sylvestris
15g plant at nursery
Phoenix sylvestris

 

WEDNESDAY, 14 OCTOBER, 2015

 

TI PLANTS
ADDING COLOR TO THE GARDEN
AN ASSORTMENT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF TI'S

Previously on this Blog I've mentioned how we offer about seven different types of Ti plants and how our selection changes almost every week or two.  I'm talking here about the colorful and wide leaf Cordylines (often called Hawaiian Ti Plants), not the common thin leaf varieties that you see at most nurseries.  It's difficult to find different species/varieties of these plants.  They are lush, tropical appearing plants, and an easy way to make your garden more colorful and beautiful.  Colors range from green to red to pink and a dark, almost black color.  Most like limited sun but a few take full sun.  Ti's go down to a freeze or a bit below.  The photographs here are from Ti's actually in gardens or commercial settings.  I hope you enjoy these great and easy to grow plants.  We have a nice selection of fairly large but affordable Ti's.
Ti Plants in Landscape Ti Plants in Landscape
Ti Plants in Landscape Ti Plants in Landscape Ti Plants in Landscape
Ti Plants in Landscape Ti Plants in Landscape Ti Plants in Landscape
Ti Plants in Landscape Ti Plants in Landscape
Miniature species - compare to IPhone
Ti Plants in Landscape
Red ti Plant Ti Plants in Landscape Ti Plants in Landscape

 

COLORFUL CROTONS
ANOTHER WAY TO ADD GARDEN COLOR
PHOTOS OF CROTONS IN THE GARDEN

This type of colorful companion plant is, in the right environment, another easy way to add vibrant color to your garden.  There are literally scores of different types of Croton.  They generally do not take a freeze well.  Most like either very strong filtered light or part day sun.  Some take full sun all day long.  Sizes can easily get overhead on some.  Colors range from orange, pink, and red to yellow, green and black.  Leaflet shapes differ.  The more narrow leaf forms tend to be more cold hardy.  Supply of Crotons tends to be less than the Ti's  above.  But, one way or another, we'll get you species that maybe you haven't seen.  Inventory changes every few weeks on Crotons. 
  
Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton
Croton Croton Croton

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
CAPTURING THE TRUE COLOR ON A PICTURE
SILVER OR BLUE?

Recently I saw a pair of very nice silver colored Bismarckia.  To me, the color of a well grown Bismarck Palm is like a blue sky with a tiny bit of fog overhead.  That changes it from blue to silver.  Yes, I've definitely seen blue ones that seem to match the sky.  But, it's the nice silver ones that are the show stoppers.  I hope the pictures here give you an idea of ideal color for this species.  It of course is a full sun plant with a cold hardiness of about 22 degrees F.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
     

 

SUNDAY, 11 OCTOBER, 2015

 

BRAHEA BELLA
A VERY RARE MEXICAN BRAHEA
DIFFICULT TO FIND PHOTOS OR INFORMATION ON THIS PALM

This is a medium sized green fan palm is native to Mexico.  Over time, it has been given species status and at other times has been grouped with Brahea berlanderi.  The distinguishing feature is that the top and bottom of the leaves are green.  In a nearby habitat is also a smaller Brahea named B. dulcis.  The 15g plant being shown here was from the private collection that we recently acquired.  It is 20 years old, grown in this 15g pot.  You can see it's a slow growing palm.  It likes sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  The two last pictures from Palmpedia show that the plant gets over 20 feet tall and has flat green leaves.  If you search books and the Internet for information on this species, you'll find very little.

Brahea bella Brahea bella
Brahea bella Brahea bella by Rich Trav
habitat photo by Rich Trav
Brahea bella palmpedia
photo c/o Palmpedia
   
   
THE COLD HARDY MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS
NICE 25G AVAILABLE
OTHER SIZES TOO!


We've certainly discussed this fantastic hybrid in the past.  It's made by hand pollinating the receptive female flowers of a Butia capitata with the pollen from a Queen Palm.  It's a tedious process but the reward is great.  The offspring looks nothing like either parent.  It develops into a medium sized palm up to about 25 feet or a bit taller.  Some say it resembles a Coconut Palm.  But, the cold hardiness is 16 degrees.   It's certainly more cold hardy than the Queen Palm.  This palm prefers full sun, even in the desert.  It's a rugged and sturdy palm.  One photo below (By ToddNoTown) shows a nice mature specimen.  I'm first showing our large 25g plant and follow with a more affordable 15g.

To read about and see more pictures of
Mule Palms, click here.

Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Mule Palm by ToddNoTown
photo by ToddNoTown
Mule Palm 15g
This and next photo of a 15g plant
Mule Palm Mule Palm

 

SCHIZILOBIUM PARAHYBA
THE FERN TREE
LACY, GRACEFUL AND JUST PLAIN GORGEOUS TROPICAL TREE
 

I have difficulty keeping this desirable tropical tree in stock.  It is quick growing, likes full sun and has a gorgeous green, sometimes almost snakeskin like trunk.  It can get up to 30 feet or more and gives a very light shade below. This is because of its small leaflets.  It's a great light canopy producing tree.  Sometimes it goes decidious in the winter when its cold.  But, it bounces back in the spring.  It likes sun or strong part day sun and drops its leaves when weather freezes.  Absolute cold hardiness is probably in the low 20's F.   

We have a very limited number of these for sale.  They'll be gone soon.  Get one before that happens.  BTW, this is totally different than a "Tree Fern" which is an actual fern.  Schizilobium  is not a fern, but called the Fern Tree because of it's fern like leaves.
Schizilobium parahyba
Schizilobium parahyba
photo by unknown author
Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu
Schizilobium by biogeodb.stri.si.edu

 

COLORFUL BROMELIADS ANYONE?
EASY TO GROW
NICE WAY TO ADD COLOR TO THE GARDEN


Every week or two we get in a new batch of colorful Bromeliads of all types.  Availability is continually changing.  This includes Nerogelias, Vriesias, Achmeas and all sorts of other genera.  We try to get ones with prominent colors that make great companion plants to put on the floor of the garden.  Our selection changes week by week.  So, if you like companion plants, do drop by and check out what we have.  By the way, many enthusiast mount bromeliads onto the trunks of palm trees.  It's quite easy to do and we can explain how when you visit us.  We also offer very cool Ti's (especially red ones), Heliconia and weird Philodendron.
Bromeliad  Bromeliad 
Bromeliad  Bromeliad  Bromeliad 
Bromeliad  Bromeliad  Bromeliad 
Vriesia guzmania red nerogelia

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
TALL PLANT WITH THICK WHITE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This New World fan palm is one of my favorites because of the massively thick trunk which is white or very light tan in color.  Trunks look like freeway bridge pillars.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy well into the teens.  It's very hard to locate this species.  It can get up to nearly fifty feet in height.  We have nice 5g on sale for ten days.  We also have larger if you wish, but not on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50

You must mention this Blog only price to get this special.  Of note, we only have a few of these left.
 
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum

 

FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER, 2015

 

SOMETHING VERY UNUSUAL
DWARF CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
COMPARE IT TO THE REGULAR FORM

Last week we got in a private collection of palm trees.  Most were about 20 - 25 years old.  Included was a very unusual Chamaedorea.  For all the world, this plant appears to be a miniature form of  Chamaedorea costaricana.  It's shown here.  The plant is in a 20g container and has about 20 stems.  The trunks are narrow.  And, the leaves are short, shorter than a regular costaricana.   The entire plant, in its containers, is under six feet tall despite its age.  A regular form would be over 12 feet tall in a 15g container in 5 to 6 years.  This plant will probably be sold by the time you read this, but we wanted to show it anyway.
Dwarf Chamaedorea costaricana Dwarf Chamaedorea costaricana
Dwarf Chamaedorea costaricana Dwarf Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Regular C. costaricana
   Chamaedorea costaricana
regular for of Chamaedorrea costaricana
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA TUERCKHEIMII
THE POTATO CHIP PALM
DWARF, SIMPLE LEAF UNDERSTORY PALM

This sought after palm from Panama and Mexico is rarely over two feet tall and has a small, roundish simple leaf that is plicated with "groves" in the leaf.  It has a trunk that is 1/4 of an inch thick and green in color.  There are two forms of this species with minor differences in the color of the leaf edges depending on which locality they are from.  Both forms have green leaves.  Shown here are several of the Mexican form.  They are about 18 inches tall, have about a foot or more of trunk and are in one or two gallon pots.  We got several in.  They'll sell quickly and I have no replacements lined up.  This is one of the hardest palms in the world to locate.
 


Chamaedorea tuerckheimii Chamaedorea tuerckheimii
Chamaedorea tuerckheimii Chamaedorea tuerckheimii Chamaedorea tuerckheimii
Chamaedorea tuerckheimii Chamaedorea tuerckheimii Chamaedorea tuerckheimii

 

COCCOTHRINAX MONTANA
FROM THE MOUNTAINS IN HAITI
A COMPLETE CIRCLE OF DEEPLY DIVIDIED LEAFLETS

This fan palm is native to mountainous regions of mostly Haiti but also grows in the Dominican Republic next door.  It has a very thin trunk and gets to a height of about twenty feet.  The striking thing about this species is the near 360 degrees of very divided leaflets composing the palmate leaves.  In the close up 3rd photo, you can see this plant is almost there.  The last photo is from Palmpedia.  Notice the finely divided leaflets and full swirl of segments.  This plant is in a 20g container.
 
Coccothrinax montana Coccothrinax montana
Coccothrinax montana Coccothrinax montana Coccothrinax montana palmpedia

 

THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER, 2015

 

THREE EASY TO TO SHIP CYCADS BELOW

 

CYCAS TAITUNGENSIS
MEDIUM TO LARGE GREEN CYCAD FROM TAIWAN
THE EMPEROR SAGO

This green cycad is native to souther-eastern Taiwan and resemble a Cycas revoluta.  It gets to a height of about 15 feet in a century.  Before 1994 this species was often called "Cycas taiwaniana".   Compared to the more common Sago Palm, this cycad is largeer overall in size, grows faster and has more of an orange or red fuzz near the base of the crown of leaves.  Also, it is not uncommon that the Emperor Sago throws two sets of leaves a year. 

I am showing here a citrus pot sized plant with a five inch caudex.  Also shown are mature trees with one female.  We have an excellent selection and all can be mail ordered.  This is a sun species along the coast and cold hardy easily into the mid-teens F.



Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis female Cycas taitungensis female cone
Cycas taitungensis Cycas taitungensis  
  

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD
LEAF LOOKS LIKE A HOLLY FERN
LOTS OF PLANTS THAT CAN BE SHIPPED

The most striking thing about this plant is how different the leaflets and leaf looks.  Last month I emphasized the spectacular red cones.  In this post I want to emphasize how it has a leaf that resembles the Holly Fern and how it doesn't form much of a trunk.  Leaflets can be flat or rolled, but moswt are minimally concave with prominent lateral barbs.  With little or no trunk, one doesn't get much of an overhead plant.  Leaves can be six or seven feet long.  On a nice form, leaflets can be over two inches wide.  Leaf color is green.  The first three photos are of a citrus pot plant that can be easily shipped.  Want a boxed size (below)?  We have and can ship that big plants as well.  This species prefers filtered light or morning sun and is cold hardy to the low20's F.  It is native to Mozambique and possibly other localities.
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox
leaf mature plant
Encephalartos ferox
leaf mature plant
Encephalartos ferox
Coning size nursery plant
Encephalartos ferox
Leaf, same nursery plant- boxed size

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
SHIPPABLE CITRUS SIZE POT AVAILABLE
BUT, IT MAKES A MONSTER CYCAD OVER TIME 

The first four pictures show a healthy citrus pot example of this species.  Looks like it's a manageable plant, correct?   Well, think again.  This plant matures into a palm tree like plant forms a twenty foot tall trunk (next to last picture).  They are quick growing, have up to eight foot long leaves and green in color.  So, it needs a lot of room to grow.  In its native habitat in the Modjadji Forest in South Africa, plants tower overhead.  The citrus pot juvenile plant hear is a robust, 4 to 5 inch caudex plant and ready for the ground.  We can ship any size you want.  This is a sun species with a cold hardiness to the low 20's F.
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Coning sized nursery plant, box size
Encephalartos transvenosus
another boxed size nursery plant
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus

 

WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER, 2015

(Note- Discount Coupon above applies to regular prices - No Double Discounts)

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

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


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

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
DIFFICULT TO FIND SPECIES FROM JAMAICA
THIN TRUNK WITH DROOPY LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This Royal Palm species is from moist areas in southern Jamaica where it grows very near the ocean.  It is known for its very green leaves, long crown shaft and droopy leaflets. Also, it's unique to the Royal Palm family in that the trunk is quite thin an usually doesn't bulge at the bottom.  I suspect that the cold hardiness is not quite as low as R. regia (Cuban Royal Palm), but it should tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Heights are up to sixty feet in decades.  It's quite rare to see this species for sale.  And, in about a month, all of these will be repotted into larger pots.

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


You must mention this Website only special when ordering to get this special price.  These seedlings on sale are one to two feet tall and can be shipped easily, weather permitting.
roystonea princeps roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps roystonea princeps by RL
photo by RL
roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps by RL    

 

RED, CLUSTERING PETITE NEROGELIA
AN EASY TO GROW RED BROMELIAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE PLANTS


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

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get the discount.
red clustering Nerogelia red clustering Nerogelia

DIOON SPINULOSUM
EXOTIC APPEARING FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD

Two days ago I offered a special price on our oversized 1 gallon Dioon spinulosusm.  So, I thought I'd take the opportunity to say more about this species.

Native to Mexico
• Prefers filtered light in most domestic applications
• Centuries old plants can be over 30 feet tall
• Leaves four to six feet long with small spines of leaflets
• Trunks typically under one foot thick
• Excellent species for patios or shopping center malls
• Can be grown as an interior cycad
• Can hold multiple swirls of leaves making crown full and lush
• Rare as a plant but not one of the most rare cycads

Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants.  Note how they look lush and exotic.  An unusual red emergent plant is shown.  This species tends to be affordable for a cycad and right now is on special (see Saturday's thread)..

Dioon spinulosum
5g plants
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
15g plant
Dioon spinulosum
old 24 inch boxed specimen with male cone
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
unusual red emergent form
Dioon spinulosum
more typical green emergent form
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum
1 gallon, 4 year old plant
Dioon spinulosum
extremely old nursery specimen
Dioon spinulosum

 

RAVENALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
ALL LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
MANY GROWING IN SO CAL
25G AVAILABLE

This banana appearing tropical plant is native to Madagascar and known for all its leaves being in one plane.  Leaves from the main stem axis go to the right or left, but never forwards or backwards.  The botanical term for this is "distichous".  From the front, mature plants are fanned out and flat.  From the side the plant is very thin.  Leaves are paddle like, soft to the touch, thin in texture and supported by long leaf stems.  Growth rate is quick.  This is a full sun plant.  Shown here are 25g size, about 12 feet tall.  We have limited numbers.  Soon we'll have available smaller plants.  The only enemy of this cost is a freeze.  At 33 degrees, this species might burn a little.  At 30 degrees, one usually loses it.

I recently wrote a short article on the Travel Palm. 
Click to see more on Traveler Palm.
 
Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis
Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis
Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis Ravenala madagaascarensis by KC

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE COLOR, NOT TOO TALL, COLD HARDY CLUMPING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the 15g plants I'm putting on special.  It is possible to mail order this size.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
ONLY A FEW 15G LEFT, THEN NOT AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

I've sold a huge number of these over the past year at full price but the well is running dry.  I perhaps have three 15g left to sell.  And, there are no more in the pipeline.  So, don't miss out.  These plants are as blue as a Brahea armata and equally as cold hardy. But, they still have a very palmy and somewhat tropical looking.  They like sun, heat and can take cold down to 15 degrees F.  This size can be shipped.

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

They'll probably be gone today.  You must mention this Blog Only special to get this price when purchasing.  Pay now and pick up later ok.
Butia capitata blue 15g Butia capitata blue 15g
Butia capitata blue Paul Craft    

 

TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER, 2015

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THE THAI GIANT FISHTAIL
THE KING KONG FISHTAIL
MASSIVELY BIG 24 INCH BOXES

No matter what you call it, this Fishtail Palm from northern Thailand is a monster, at least in terms of it's basal diameter and girth.  Factually, it doesn't get as tall as Caryota urens.  But, it's super pretty, hast 14 foot long leaves and is "muy gordo" at the base.  It is a quick grower and cold hardy to the low 20's F.  Leaves are compound and leaflets have rounded edges.  It's very beautiful and most peoples' favorite Fishtail.

The boxes were offering here are 24 inch size and the plants are huge for their container.  Heights of these guys is about 12 feet.  They are instant landscape.  Limited numbers.  Delivery available.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
ABOVE BOXES TOO BIG FOR YOU?
TRY LARGE 15G SIZE


As this species is a fast grower, you could argue to save money and get a nice 15g as we're offering here.  These are about 8 to 9 feet tall and very nice.  And, they'll fit into your SUV or pickup.  But, they are too big to ship.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Juvenile plant, like the box above in a year or so

 

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


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

 

MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER, 2015

 

COCCOTHRINAX AZUL
BLUE LEAVES, SILVER UNDERNEATH
SUPER RARE, NOT TOO TALL

We were lucky to recently get on a very old (for this type of plant) Coccothrinax azul.  Native to Cuba, it is similar to C. miraguama but shows off a blue color, both on the top and bottom  of the leaves.  Also, the trunk sports a unique and attractive display of organized, thick fibers that form a mesh in an organized pattern as shown here.  The trunk is thin and has a maximum height of twenty feet is seen in habitat.  This is a full sun species with a cold hardiness into the mid-twenties F.  The blue on the dorsal leaf develops when the plant is growing in full sun.  This plant was in part shade.  It's rare to see this species for sale, especially with any size.

Coccothrinax azul Coccothrinax azul
Coccothrinax azul Coccothrinax azul Coccothrinax azul
Coccothrinax azul Coccothrinax azul Coccothrinax azul
coccothrinax azul coccothrinax azul Coccothrinax azul by TS  at RPS
photo by TS RPS

 

CYCAS MEDIA
MEDIUM SIZED
PALM-LIKE CYCAD

This green cycad is native to northern Australia and has green, leathery leaves that are 4 to 6 feet long.  Leaf stems are armed with small spines.  The trunk is thin and overall size can get up to 15 feet.  It'll take sun along the coast and wants partial sun or filtered light inland.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to low 20's F.  the plant shown here has about 2 to 3 feet of trunk with a huge head of leaves.  We do have smaller, easy to ship plants as well.  The last photo is of a female cone. 
cycas media cycas media
cycas media cycas media cycas media
cycas media cycas media female cone  

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
A GREAT TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 3G PLANTS

This desirable type of bamboo palm is from high elevation in Vera Cruz, Mexico.  It has thin green trunks about an inch in diameter and gets to a height of twelve feet or sometimes a bit taller.  It does best with filtered light or a little sun.  Full sun will burn it.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F.  Trunks are prominently ringed.  If one wants to set seeds, you'd need a male and female plant as this species (genus) is a dioecious palm. 

The plants shown here are very overgrown 3g plants that are over six feet tall. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $49

Just mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
older 25 gallon plant

 

COLORFUL TI PLANTS
ONE EXCEPTION COMPANION PLANT
SIX DIFFERENT VARIETIES AVAILABLE

Personally, Ti plants are one of my favorite companion plants.  They are a type of CordylineThere is a multitude of colors that we've had over the years.  I've found that the darker colors, in general, do better.  This includes dark greens, black, dark red, purple, etc.  The sherbet colored ones don't do as well.  There are wider leaf forms and narrow leaf varieties. Right now we have six to seven different varieties of Ti plants.  I've shown some here.  The last pictures are Ti plants in gardens.  Remember that Ti's change with the seasons.  What we have presently, we may not have next month. But, we usually try to stock a good variety to choose from.  Mostlike filteredlight but some take full coastal sun.  They do best not seeing a freeze.
Ti red and green
red and green
Ti red and green
Ti red and green Ti purple red thin leaf
purple red thin leaf
Ti purple red thin leaf
Ti purple red thin leaf Ti red
red and pink
Ti red
Ti red and black
red and black Ti
Ti red and black Ti black
Black Ti revised

black ti plant
Black Ti Revised Ti plants
Ti in the landscape
Ti plants Ti plants Ti plant

 

CYCAS SPECIES
OLDER SPECIMEN
SHORT, WIDE LEAVES

We recently acquired this plant that has an age of about 25 years.  It's a Cycas of some sort.  This is a type of Old World cycad.  We are not sure of the species.  It has a small crown of leaves for the size and age of the trunk.  Perhaps in the ground these leaves would lengthen, but I am not positive of that.  The leaves are certainly wide for their three foot length.  It's been grown in filtered light.  The trunk height is about 2.5 feet.  This would be an attractive addition to an area where space is a concern.
Cycas species Cycas species
cycas species Cycas species  

 

SATURDAY, 3 OCTOBER, 2015

 

DIOON MEROLAE
SUN TOLERANT MEXICAN CYCAD

NICE 5G PLANT
GREAT SIZE FOR SHIPPING

This slow growing species is native to Chiapas, Mexico where it grows on mountain ranges.  There it tolerates full sun although many have grown this plant in part day sun.  It enjoys heat and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  25 degrees at our nursery didn't harm this species in any way.  If it is in full shade its growth is stalled.  In desert areas, a few hours of sun is adequate.

We probably have one of the best selections of this species in the country with availability ranging from band size to specimens of a hundred years age or more.  The 5g plant I'm showoing first in this post is a perfect size for shipping.  It has a caudex of 3.25 inches and a nice crown of leaves.  This is a slow growing species.  But, if you have a few centuries to wait, it can put on over ten feet of trunk.  The trunk is surprisingly narrow for its height.  I'd estimate a foot diameter is average.  Leaf length is three to four feet.  Leaflet color is green to gray-green and are somewhat curved, reminiscent of the wings of a seagull.  Leaflets are crowded and overlap.  Leaflets also are also minimally spined, especially when young.
Dioon merolae
5 gallon size
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
band sized seedling
Dioon merolae
older boxed spoecimen
Dioon merolae

 

SPINELESS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
LEAFLETS WITHOUT SHARP LOBES
A BIT OF A NOVELTY

Encephalartos trispinosus is from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  Plants are slow growing, like sun in many areas and are known for having spiny leaflets with prominent lobes.  Classically they have three spines on each marging of the leaflet (counting the terminal point).  Thus the name "Tri" spinosus.  It is well know that this species has a great deal of variation and multiple forms, even in habitat. 

This plant is a bit of a novelty in that it's a trispinosus that lacks those spines and lobes.  The caudex is six or seven inches and the leaves are about 3 feet long.  It's in the greenhouse so the blue is a bit muted by greenhouse humidity.   It's in a 15g pot and would be a great addition for someone who likes blue cycads but not all the prickly spines.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
normal spiny form this species
Encephalartos trispinosus
same
Encephalartos trispinosus
spiny form in a garden

 

GREEN HAWAIAAN TI PLANT
A FORM OF CORDYLINE
NICE 5G/10 INCH PLANTS
GREAT FILTERED LIGHT COMPANION PLANT

I'd say that about 90% of the Ti plants we sell are brilliant pinks, reds, purples or such colors.  But, there are those who want the more primative form of these plants - the simple green one.  It is used in some fashion in Hawiaan cooking.  Shown here are some three to four foot plants.  Most have multiple stems are are full and lush.  They like filtered light.  The last photo shows them in a garden.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be just below a freeze.
Green Ti Plant Green Ti Plant
Green Ti Plant Green Ti Plant Green Ti Plant by Wikipedia Commons
photo by Wikipedia Commons

 

CHAMAEDOREA BRACHYPODA
SIMPLE LEAF, SEMI-DWARF PALM
THIN TRUNKS, FILTERED LIGHT


We just got in an estimated twenty-five year old specimen of Chamaedorea brachypoda.  It's seen in the first four pictures.  The other plants I'm showing you here are all botanical garden quality and very old specimens.  The first plant probably has about twenty-five stems, all about a quarter of an inch thick.  Height is about six feet.  This species likes filtered light.  Full sun would fry it.  Native to Honduras, trunk diameters are very thin and leaves are simple and bifed as shown here.  Leaf length is about eight inches.  It is a dioecious species and you need both sexes to set seeds.


Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  Not only is it hard to find this species, it's near impossible to get a mature fruiting sized plant as shown here.  
Chamaedorea brachypoda Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda
note very thin trunks
Chamaedorea brachypoda
also look at simple, bifed leaves
Chamaedorea brachypoda
Chamaedorea brachypoda
a different nursery plant
Chamaedorea brachypoda
Another nursery plant
Chamaedorea brachypoda

 

THURSDAY, 1 OCTOBER, 2015

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
CAN IT BE BLUE?
CHECK OUT THIS PLANT

A popular South African cycad is Encephalartos arenarius.  Most are green, but leaf color ranges from green to blue.  Shown here is a plant with fantastic blue color.  It is outdoors in the sun.  Although the leaflets are wrong, one might casually mistake it for an E. horridus.  But, the plant shown here is definitely an Encephalartos arenarius, just a blue one.
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue  

 

MERYTA BALANSAE
EXOTIC AND UNUSUAL UNDERSTORY TREE
DOING WELL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
 PLANT WITH A SUPER KEELED AND NARROW LEAF
AN UNUSUAL APPEARANCE AND FORM

As we are a cycad nursery, we have grown literally a few hundred thousand cycads.  We've seen and sold hundreds of species.  As you spend more time doing such a thing, you see lots of any given species.  You then start noticing differences in the plants you have of that species.  Remember, a species might have many local habitats and among those locations, there are differences locality to locality.  This is something that excites most cycad growers.  It's those differences, that "particular form".  You could say it's like kids.  If you have three children, none look identical. 

The plant shown here is an example of a very different Dioon califanoi.  It has a severely and deeply keeled and very narrow leaf.  Oppose this to the more typical plant with a wider leaf that lays more flat.  (sixth photo below).  Not so with the citrus pot here.  I think it's more likely to mature into a plant that looks more like the cycad in the last photo - or even more pronunced.  I personally like this appearance.  It's a bit bizarre.  Of note, it's rare we have one like this plant.
 
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi
specimen with a more typical leaf look
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi

 

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE PALM
CLUSTERING, DWARF PALM

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

Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria  

ARENGA ENGLERI

THE DWARF SUGAR PALM
SUCKERING, NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS

BLUE, DWARF AND SUCKERING
EXCELLENT COLD HARDY SMALLER PALM

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

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


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

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

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS

THE CHINESE FAN PALM
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM SIZE

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX THEOPHRASTI
THE CRETAN DATE PALM
BUSHY AND NOT TOO TALL

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

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

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

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

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
SUPER COLD HARDY
SMALL, CUTE LEAVES

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

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

TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA TRITHRINAS BRASILIENSIS
MEDIUM HEIGHT, SPINEY TRUNK

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

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
SUCKERING BLUE FAN PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT

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

 

 

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

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
RED, PINK, WHITE AND OTHERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLY FRUITING BANANA THAT DOES GREAT IN SOUTHERN CA

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

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

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

 

 


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PHOTOS AND BRIEF COMMENTS

Many of you who have called us or received emails over the years have communicated with one of our staff.  But, you may know nothing about them.  So, we thought we'd post a webpage that shows who they are and mentions a few points.  Just click on the banner to the left to read about our staff.
Jungle Music Staff Banner
Click on the banner above to meet our Staff

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

  

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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photographing old Ficus trunk at Selby Garden, FL


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

 

Plant Picks of the Week

 

Jungle Music Palm Trees, Cycads &Tropical Plants

PLANT PICKS OF THE WEEK

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

Click here to see this short Video.

 

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

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

 Click on Icons Below to Follow Us.

                    Facebook                      Instagram                    Twitter

 

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

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

MORE ASSORTED PHOTOS OF 
PLANTS OUTDOORS AT THE NURSERY

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

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


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

TO SEE THE JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY VIDEOS, 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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