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MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, BONUS SPECIES

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
LOTS OF PHOTOS TO SEE THE SPECIES AND HOW IT LOOKS PLANTED OUT



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


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

Shown here are a whole assortment of pictues of the Foxtail with detail shots as well.  Be aware that we have some great, very old 25g plants that are about 14 feet tall.  These are shown below.  Also, this species has huge red seeds.  Several photos show these seeds that have fallen to the ground.
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Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palms at Nursery

 

MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
LOTS OF NEW PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

This morning I'm going to show you lots of pictures of one of my favorite palms, the desirable Bismarckia nobilis.  It is a fan palm with a rather stout trunk of sixteen to about twenty inches.  Heights can reach over forty feet although it's unclear how tall they will grow domestically in the U.S.  Leaves are blue in color as are the leaf stems.  Leaves are broad and essentially flat. 

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

I hope you like this species.  It looks best (in my opinion) planted as a single specimen.  I have shown pictures of two plants side by side.  My next post below shows nice 15g plants that we have on a Ten Day Special.
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis
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Bismarckia nobilis photo by TB  Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
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Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis largo 
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BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE MADAGASCAR FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

To get this discount you must mention this Blog Only Special at time of purchase
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
 

 

DYPSIS CABADAE
SUCKERING PINNATE PALM THAT GETS TALLER THAN THE ARECA PALM
AND HAS THICKER TRUNKS

There are two advantages of this palm species over the more common Dypsis lutescens, the Areca Palm.  First, it gets taller and has more powerful and thick trunks.  Heights can get up to twenty-five feet whereas (in our area) the D. lutescens gets to about fifteen feet.  But, an additional advantage is that there is less yellow in the stems and trunks.  Some people just don't like the color yellow.

Dypsis cabadae has silver-green trunks as shown here.  Trunk diameter is about four to perhaps five inches.  Leaves are pinnate and green.  It'll take full sun right no the coast and cold tolerance is into the 20's F.

We have limited supplies of 5g and 15g size of this species.  
Dypsis cabadae  Dypsis cabadae 
Dypsis cabadae  Dypsis cabadae  Dypsis cabadae 
Dypsis cabadae  Dypsis cabadae  Dypsis cabadae 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


By popular demand I have put our 15g plants of this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $140

I also have some 5g plants on which I'd give a nice discount.  But, you must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
ARchontophoenix maxima ARchontophoenix maxima
ARchontophoenix maxima ARchontophoenix maxima Luke Nancarrow PACSOA
photo by Luke Nancarrow, PACSOA
 

 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
CYCAD WITH HOLLY FERN APPEARANCE AND RED CONES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND CIT POT SIZE

This South African cycad has the following characteristics:

•  Medium sized, never gets a vertical trunk, leaves about five feet long
•  Leaflets look like a holly fern leaf.  Color is green.  See photo
•  Mature plants have red female cones.  The male cones tend to be more of an orange.  They are striking as shown.
•  Can tolerate filtered light or perhaps full sun right on the coast
• Cold tolerance to 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT/5G PLANTS $150 TO $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON MANY $135


We do have larger plants in these sizes that cost a bit more.  We'd find you a very nice one on special.  You must mention this special to get this price when purchasing.
Encephalartos ferox cit pot
citrus pot sized plant on special
Encephalartos ferox
Red female cone on older, mature specimen
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
EXOTIC, TALL AND BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This often hard to find species can be easily grown in many parts of Southern California.  It likes heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about like a King Palm: 24 to 25 degrees.  It is fast growing and has a very nice, long green crown shaft.  Usually the base near the ground gets quite swollen and fat.  It is also quick growing.  If you are inland and don't get too cold, this might be a great species for you.  We are offering a good price on our 5g size.  They are three to four feet tall as shown.  Of note, we have three other species of Royal Palms for sale including borinquena an princeps.

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

You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
photo taken in Whittier, CA
Roystonea regia
Photo taken in San Diego, CA
Roystonea regia  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM
PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES


This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  When I started with palms about forty years ago, enthusiasts frowned when I mentioned this species and said "unfortunately, Phil, you can't grow the Royal Palm here".  Well, I didn't buy that and instead had optimism over it's possibly doing well here.  And, exactly the latter has proven to be the case.  If you can grow a King Palm, there's a good chance you can grow a Royal Palm.

There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.  Natives to Florida are chagrined with the fact that "Roystonea elata" was determined not be be a unique Royal Palm native to Florida but rather at most a variety of Roystonea regia.  Compared to the South American Royal Palm, Roystonea regia's leaves hang down past (lower than) the midway point of the crown.  Roystonea olerqacea's leaves stop at the "half moon" point and don't hang down near the trun. 

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  We have a pretty good supply available.  I hope you like the photos I'm showing here.  Note how the base of the Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.
Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia 
Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia 
Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia
This and the next three photos are sequential pictures
of the trunk of the Royal Palm starting and the bottom
swollen area and working on up the trunk 
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Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia 
Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia  Roystonea regia 


 

PHOENIX RECLINATA
MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE SUCKERING DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

The Senegal Date Palm is native to South Africa and suckers with medium thick trunks.  Leaves are armed with spines.  Mature height is variable from fifteen to forty feet.  It gets the name "reclinata" because outer trunks tend to "recline" and bend downwards and then extend upwards.  Growth rate is medium.  The plants shown here are about six years old.  They have not suckered yet but trust me that they will.  This is a sun loving species and is cold tolerant into the upper teens F.  We're offering beefy 15g plants on special.

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

You must mention this Internet Only Special when purchasing to get this price.  We can ship these although they require a very large box.
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata  

 

 

THURSDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO IN A CONSERVATORY
MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDEN
SARASOTA, FLORIDA

A "conservatory" is usually defined as a room or structure that is attached to a home or other building and used for a particular purpose.  It could be used for anything from music or art to plants.  Botanical conservatories have glass or plastic roofs to let in the light and often glass walls.  Three crucial things that must be controlled are temperature, humidity and air circulation.  The interesting thing about tropical climates is the consistency of the temperature.  There is not a wide temperature swing.   It's usual for plants to experience temperatures that never vary too much from 75 to 85 degrees F.  Maintaining such temperatues may require not only a heater but also an cooling unit depending on where you live.

Humidity is maintained through misters or watering systems.  Air circulation is often provided by simple fans mounted inside the structure.  But, once all these things are mastered, there's unbelievable possibilities for successful growth.  Conservatoies for public display often have an additional structure for propagation and growth so the best plants can be displayed in the structure that people see.

This morning I'm showing an assortment of photos from the conservatory at Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota, Florida.  Sarasota is about 50 miles south of Tampa.  This structure is an estimated 20 feet wide, 60 feet long and has a height of about 14 feet at the peak.  I've not tried to identify each species shown but rather show you a ton of plants, all unqiue and different. 

Included are Philodendrons, Aeroids, Anthurium, Ferns, and a vast assortment of unusually shaped and structued plants.  To create such a conservatory one would collect desirable species over time.  Care must be taken to select smaller species, ones that don't overwhelm the area or height that you have.  We are proud to mention that we offer many such plants for adding to such a collection.  I hope you like this "tour".
Tropical Plants Conservatory



Tropical Plants Conservatory
Tropical Plants in Conservatory


Tropical Plants Conservatory

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

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

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

Although we are not a "bromliad only" nursery, we typically have a great supply of the most desirable types available for sale.  We consider one of our specialties our ability to offer a great selection of interesting and colorful companion plants.  
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SPANISH MOSS
TILLANDSIA USNEOIDES
HANGS DOWN FROM TREE LIMBS
CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CA

Having just talked above about Bromeliads, I thought I'd mention a type of epiphytic Bromeliad that has a vast distribution throughout the world.  It is known to grow naturally in Maryland, throughout the southest United States, Central and South America and has become naturalized in Australia.  It is a whispy flowering species that hangs on branches, phone lines or posts.  Over time the gray colored clumps get wider and longer.  If you want to grow it in your garden, you just throw it over something and let it hang in the air.  Water it from time to time and occasionally spray it with a liquid fertilizer.

We do offer it for sale from time to time and can offer large amounts by special order for those who really want to do it up.
Spanish Moss Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss    

 

TILANDSIA SPECIES
AIR PLANTS MOUNTED TO A BOARD
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON CLUSTER, TWO SIZES

Shown here are clustered Tilsandsia, an epiphytic type of Bromeliad.  I do not know the specific species nor did our supplier.  I don't know for sure but suspect the supplier brought these in from Mexico.  Each cluster was four or five plants.  Joaquin decided to mount them on some flat boards as shown here.  We have done this many times before.  They are tied on with fishing line.  They'll root onto the board and be happier than clams.

We have two sizes as shown although we're about out of the smaller clumps.  They tolerate full sun and just want to be hit by the hose ever week or two.  They'll most likely blossom in summer.  In my experience the blossoms are either pink, red or purple.  I haven't yet seen the blossoms on these plants.  On these boards the clusters will get bigger and bigger over time.  They are fun to have.  They can be mounted on a post, tied to a palm trunk or just displayed on the patio.  They seem to tolerate pretty cold weather but I'm not sure of the minimum temperatures they'll take.  We've never had cold issues with them at the nursery.  We have limited numbers available..

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES & PRICES:
SMALL SIZE AS SHOWN $45 (almost sold out)
LARGER SIZE AS SHOWN $65

The larger clumps probably have fifteen to twenty attached plants by estimate. Just mention this special when ordering to get this price.  Try it inside; easy to ship!
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species
Tilandsia species Tilandsia species Tilandsia species

 

ALOCASIA "CAL - ODORA"
UNUSUAL HYBRID DWARF ALOCASIA NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We've found that customers love tropical appearing leafy green plants for the garden.  The problem with many Elephant Ear Alocasias is that they get too big and tall.  This hybrid was developed to make a smaller, more petite plant.  It has the typical elephant ear shaped leaves.  But, usually it's not above your waist line in the garden.  It propagates by making more underground tubers but does not run.

It prefers part day sun or filtered light.  Right along the coast here it takes full sun.  We have 15g and 5g plants available as shown here.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  This is a very nice companion plant for any garden.

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

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get the discount.
Alocasia Cal Odera
15 gallon size
Alocasia Cal Odera
Alocasia Cal Odera
15 gallon size
Alocasia Cal Odera
5 gallon size
Alocasia Cal Odera
5 gallon size

 

EUPHORBIA INGENS
OUTDOOR SUN PLANT OR INTERIOR PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G PLANTS



This interesting and different South African succulent has tiny spines along its stem's edges.  You can't really see them here.  Often it forks to form interesting shapes as shown.  It can, in the ground, make a large tree that is well overhead.  However, it also makes an excellent patio plant or interior plant.  People enjoy it because it's so different.  Shown here are several nice 5g plants.  These can be shipped although they are a bit fragile.  Outdoors they like sun.  Indoors they must receive bright light.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5G SIZE $55



You must mention this Internet Special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies.  What an interesting house plant these would make for a small apartment.  Also, a nice gift for someone.
Euphorbia ingens Euphorbia ingens
Euphorbia ingens    

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
THE KING PALM
HUGE SPECIMENS UP TO TENTY FEET TALL
BUT IN 24 INCH BOXES THAT MEN CAN MOVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE MONSTERS!

Photos here are of the King Palm from Australia.  The botanical name is Archontopoenix cunninghamiana.  As most of you know, there are about six types of King Palms.  They differ in the color of the crown shaft, the presence of silver on the underside of the leaflets and in the size of the fruit and overall tree.  Shown here are the classic King Palm. 

A major problem for those wanting nice landscape material is that, when you want height, you usually need to get 30 or 36 inch boxes.  Men cannot move these.  You need a tractor or crane and this is quite expensive.  Landscapers love when you need larger plants as their profits go way up. 

The plants shown here are absolutely massive for a 24 inch box that men can move with simple dollies.   Some are up to twenty feet tall standing next to you.  We just got these in.  Using these plants could save a customer thousands of dollars in installation costs for the same size plants that are merely grown to a larger size in smaller boxes.  And, you also save because bigger boxed plants cost more.  But, you give up nothing as the trunk caliper and height of these plants is the same as typical 36 inch boxed King Palms.

We have singles with some doubles and triples.  These will not last long.  Drop in to see them.  You'd need a good sized deliver truck if you pick some out.  They are way to big for even a large pick up truck.  But, of course, w can deliver these right to your curb.

REGULAR PRICE THESE MONSTERS $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL $500 FOR THIS GROUP

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

 

PACHYPODIUM LAMEREI
"THE MADAGASCAR PALM"
OF COURSE, NOT A PALM AT ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Although called "The Madagascar Palm", this plant is actually a succulent from high elevations (up to 1200 meters) in Madagascar.  It has a thin trunk that is very spiny as shown here.  Trunk diameter can get up to several meters.  At the top of this trunk is a display of long green leaves.  They can be up to two feet long.  In summer, this species produces somewhat fragrant white flowers. 

The key to growing this species is hot sun and not over-watering the plant.  It will not tolerate a freeze and may drop it's leaves during cold weather.  Watering it when it's quite cold may kill it.  It makes a nice house plant if given adequate sun.  The plants we're offering on special are in 5g pots and have trunks of about two and one half to three feet.  They are five years old.  Just mentinon this special when purchasing to get the discount.


REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $75


Pachypodium lamerei Pachypodium lamerei
Pachypodium lamerei Pachypodium lamerei Pachypodium lamerei
Pachypodium lamerei Pachypodium lamerei Wikipedia
photo by Wikipedia
Pachypodium lamerei
Older nursery 7g; this size presently sold out

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
HUGE 25 G PLANTS UP TO FIFTEEN FEET - READY FOR SUN!
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PALMS


Last month we got in a nice batch of very large and old Howea forsteriana that we are putting on special.  These are tall and lush specimens.  Some are up to sixteen feet tall.  There's a mixture of singles and multiples.  As you can see, we cleaned up the trunks.  This shows that prominent yellow trunk color that will fade to green over time.  These plants are an estimated eight to ten years old.  They had been grown under light shade cloth.  We are acclimating them to our sun.

This species typically gets up to a height of about 30 feet or a bit more.  In shade it can get taller.  Trunk diameter averages eight inches.  It has a cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F. and will die if you get below 22 degrees.  Growth rate is very slow.  Along the So Cal coast they tolerate full sun nicely.  Inland areas require part day sun or filtered light.  They are also one of the best interior palms there is.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $375


But, you must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price at the time of purchasing.
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
palm learned toward you to show leaves
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Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
  

WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM
SUCKERING TROPICAL FAN PALM WITH SOME COLD TOLERANCE



This species is native to a vast region stretching from Florida, Mexico and Central American, down through the Caribbean Islands into northern South America.  It has thin fibrous trunks that average about four to five inches diameter.  Height is variable.  In more tropical regions it can get up to twenty feet or more.  In Southern California it usually tops out at about fifteen feet.  With occasional pruning, it is fairly tidy and attractive.  Leaves are small and green in color.  Growth rate is medium.

One nice thing about this species is that it can tolerated temperatues below 20 degrees F.  It's not known for being super cold hardy, but can take some cold.  It also likes heat, sun and lots of water.
 

 I don't have photographs of our nursery plants right now, but we do have a good supply of smaller plants such as 5g size.   This size would be easy to ship
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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

 

CENTRAL AFRICAN ENCEPHALARTOS
FEMALE PLANT IN CONE
BUT, LOOK CAREFULLY!
NEW SEEDLING GROWING OUT OF CONE!

Cycad enthusiasts have long talked about the amazing ability of cycads to reproduce.  Typical propagation of cycads is from removal of offsets or from viable seed (requires pollination of male pollen applied to female plant in many circumstances).  But, peculiar reports state that growers have propagated small starts from single leaflets or single scales of a caudex.  Also, there are reports of plants forming on cones.  One could surmise that this would be from a seedling plant growing from a vertile seed sitting inside the cone.  But, dissection shows sometimes it's from one of the cone scales.

Yesterday I visited a botanical garden and took these photographs.  This plant was labeled as Encephalartos kisambo but I am not sure I agree on this.  But, the point here is for you to see the young plant growing out of the top of the cone!  Here's photographic proof that this does occur.
Encephalartos species in cone with sprout frome cone Encephalartos species in cone with sprout frome cone
Encephalartos species in cone with sprout frome cone Encephalartos species in cone with sprout frome cone Encephalartos species in cone with sprout frome cone

 

ACROCOMIA ACULEATA
AKA ACROCOMIA TOTAI
NICE TALL SPECIMEN OF THIS SPINY PALM

A few months ago I showed photographs of a medium sized specimen of this species growing in the area of our nursery in Encinitas, CA.  Here's a photo of a large specimen growing in the St. Petersberg area of Florida.  It is an estimated height of thirty-five feet and is very attractive.  The trunk is 18 inches thick and sports many rings of spines as shown here.  Spines are black and about two inches long.

We've found that this species does great in Southern California.  The problem is finding one to purchase.  Acrocomia are difficult to germinate and a whole batch of seeds may only give you a few plants.  And, cleaning the seeds of their very stubborn fibrous fruit takes about five minutes per seed.  So, if you grow from seeds, be patient and persistent in your attempts.  Second and even third waves of germination can occur.  Cold tolerance is probably into the low 20's F. 
Acrocomia aculeata Acrocomia aculeata
Acrocomia aculeata Acrocomia aculeata  

 

SATURDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

ASSORTED PICTUES OF UNUSUAL NURSERY TROPICAL PLANTS
COOL COMPANION PLANTS YOU PROBABLY WON'T FIND ELSEWHERE

Recently the staff took some photos of unusual or different tropical plants other than palms and cycads.  This including unusual types of Alocasia, Philodendrons and some Bromeliads.  Remember that adding interesting low profile plant material is crucial to giving the garden that finished appearance.  I thought I'd show you a few pictues to stimulate your interest on this type of plant.  We try to always have very interesting tropical companion type plants.  And, we often have them in an assortment of sizes. 
Philodendron Philodendron
Philodendron Tropical plants Tropical plants
Tropical plants Tropical plants Bromeliads
Bromeliads Bromeliads  

 

 

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

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

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


At time of purchase, you must mention this Blog Special to get this price.
Arenga obtusifolia Arenga obtusifolia
Arenga obtusifolia Arenga obtusifolia Arenga obtusifolia by Rolf Kyburz
Photo by Rolf Kyburz, PACSOA

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SEMI-DWARF, COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE HAVE

Shown here is a 15 gallon sized nursery plant of this species.  We also have bands, 5g and perhaps a few other sizes.  Below are some of the highlights of this Asian palm that never gets very big.

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF ANY SIZE WE HAVE THIS SPECIES 
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
GUADALUPE FAN PALM
SHORT, THICK TRUNK, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

DIOON SPECIES "RIO VERDE"
MEXICAN CYCAD WITH LONG LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE HAVE

This surprisingly cold hardy Mexican cycad is known for its longer leaves.  Compared to an ordinary Dioon edule, it has much longer leaves.  These leaves have a somewhat yellow petiole as shown in the photos. And, there's an extra treat: they flush an interesting pink-green color as shown.  This is a slow growing species.  Trunks rarely get to two feet.  They cluster freely. 

It is a sun species that is cold tolerant into the upper teens F.  It tolerates heat and full hot sun.  Shown here are several fifteen gallon plants.  We also have smaller sizes.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE HAVE:  30% OFF!


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Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde
Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde
Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde Dioon species rio verde

 

DIOON EDULE
COMPACT CYCAD THAT LOVES SUN AND HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE WE HAVE

This is another cycad from Mexico.  Compared to the "rio verde" above it has shorter leaves as shown.  Thus, it is a compact cycad with leaves usually under three feet long.  Trunks are rarely up to three feet.  Color of the leaves is green.  They emerge green as well.  It will form clusters over time.

It is an amazing species in that it's the only one I know that will take the blazing sun seen in areas like Las Vegas and Phoenix.  It also tolerates their heat.  Cold tolerance is to about 18 degrees F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES THAT WE HAVE IN STOCK:  30% OFF!

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

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
COMPACT, BLUE, COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This South American, blue colored, suckering fan palm is slow growing but worth the wait.  It is cold hardy well into the teens F. and loves heat and full sun.  Our 5g plants are suckering a bit and very nice.  We're having the 5g on our ten day special.  They are easy to mail order.

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

Mention this Blog only special price when ordering to get this discounted price.

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS 5G t. CAMPESTRIS

 

TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

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

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

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

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

RED, CLUSTERING NEROGELIA
MATURE BROMELIAD PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

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

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
AKA RHOPALOSTYLIS SP. CHATHAM ISLANDS
A RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA ON STEROIDS!


This often hard to find species of crown shafted palm is from the Chatham or Pitt Islands, many hundreds of miles southeast of New Zealand.  It is known as probably the most southern growing of any palm species.  Compared to the other forms of Rhopalostylis sapida, it is much more robust, perhaps better at handling full sun and has a massively swollen crown shaft. I've been told plants can reach forty feet of height.  Also, this species or variety is a quicker grower than other forms.  Although some consider it a "species", presently you should properly refer to it as a form of Rhopalostylis sapida, either 'oceana" or 'Chatham Island".

Along the coast and a bit inland, it tolerates full sun quite well.  Inland areas would do better giving it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are 5g plants.  We may also have some 15g for sale.  The last two pictues are from an unknown photographer and at the website of the Palm & Cycad Society of New Zealand.  We have only limited numbers for sale.  BTW, this species is thriving in the SF Bay area, CA. (see photo below)  
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana by Darold Petty
photo by Darold Petty, plant in San Francisco
Rhopalostylis oceana Palm & Cycad Soc New Zealand
unknown author,  Palm & Cycad Soc New Zealand
Rhopalostylis oceana palm & Cycad Society New Zealnd
unknown author, Palm & Cycad Society New Zealand

ENCEPHALARTOS LEBOMBOENSIS
LARGE PLANT WITH EMERGING CONES

At the nursery, whenever a mature cycad throws a cone, it's always exciting.  With so many plants around, we sometimes forget which ones are male and which are females.  About three weeks ago, this African cycad showed evidence that either cones or leaves were coming.  In about a week, it was evident that these three, yellow colored cones were emerging.  So far, they appear to be male cones, but you never want to say that for sure until they fully develop.  In a few weeks, we should know for sure. 

This is not a large cycad species.  In fact, it is relatively compact for an Encephalartos.  The leaves of this plant are only three feet long and the overall crown width is five feet.  It is in a 25 g container.  This species wants full sun along the coast and has a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  It is not hard to grow.  The caudex diameter of this specimen  is 12 inches.  In the last row of photos below I am showing male next to female cones and a mature plant.  Note with the female cone photo you get just a glimpse of red through the cone scales.  These are seeds within and are definite proof you are looking at a female cone. 

E. lebomboensis:  We have plants for sale from large mature specimens down to small starter plants.

 
Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones
Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones Encephalartos species male cones
Encephalartos lebomboensis
male cones
Encephalartos lebomboensis
female cone
Encephalartos lebomboensis
plant with three male cones

SATURDAY, 13 AUGUST, 2014

TODAY, FOUR SPECIALS ON RARE "BLUE PALMS"

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


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

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

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


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

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
COMPACT, BLUE, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This South American, blue colored, suckering fan palm is slow growing but worth the wait.  It is cold hardy well into the teens F. and loves heat and full sun.  Our 5g plants are suckering a bit and very nice.  We're having the 5g on our ten day special.  They are easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

Mention this Blog only special price when ordering

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS 5G t. CAMPESTRIS

 

SYAGRUS PICROPHYLLA
ATTRACTIVE MEDIUM SIZED PALM
PLUMOSE LEAVES AND DARK LEAF BASES


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

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

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

 

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

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

We have limited numbers available of varioussizes.  Just call us to see if we have your size.  You must mention this website special when purchasing to get this discount.
Sabal ursesana
15g plant
Sabal ursesana
Sabal ursesana
15g plants
Sabal ursesana
Sabal uresana in habitat by J.S.
Sabal ursesana
Sabal ursesana
left to right: 2 g, band, citrus pot
Sabal ursesana
note blue leaf color, even when young and in the
greenhouse
Sabal ursesana
note aggressive roots, even on a seedling

 

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 lrger 15g size, but we do have 5g as well.

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THI SIZE $145

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

 

WEDNESDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
SUCKERING BAMBOO PALM
NICE SPECIES FOR FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This always popular suckering type of filtered pinnate palm is native to Central America.  They are very easy to grow and get height quickly.  the 5g plants we have on special will be the size of the 15g shown below in about 18 months.  This species gets a height of about 16 feet with one inch thick canes.  They are green in color with prominent trunk rings.  Leaves avery 3 to 4 feet long.

This species can take a bit of sun but does best in filtered light.  It is cold hardy down to about 20 degrees F. 

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

But, you must mention this Blog Only Specialto get this reduced price.
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
15g size not on special right now
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
LARGE NURSERY PLANTS AVAILABLE

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

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

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


By popular demand I have put our 15g plants of this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $140


I also have some 5g plants on which I'd give a nice discount.  But, you must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
ARchontophoenix maxima ARchontophoenix maxima
ARchontophoenix maxima ARchontophoenix maxima Luke Nancarrow PACSOA
photo by Luke Nancarrow, PACSOA
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA FRAGRANS
RARE SUCKERING SPECIES FROM PERU


This super rare species of shade palm that is native to high elevations in Peru where it can be found at 2500 feet in mountainous areas.  It is a suckering species that gets to a height of about ten feet.  Because it suckers, over time one sees very wide clumps as shown in the last photo below.  Height of this species is about ten feet.  Stems are extremely narrow, as thin as a quarter of an inch.  These stems emerge in an upright fashion from the soil as opposed to Chamaedorea stolinifera (below), who's new stems often snakes along the ground before turning upwards.  Also, the rings or internodes of fragrans are widely separated.

This species has simple bifed shaped leaves.  Total leaf length is about a foot or a bit longer.  The two segments are each about two inches wide and come to a gradual symmetrical point at their ends.  The leaflet surface is slightly plicated and the texture is thin.  Oppose this to C. stolinifera which has a shorter and wider leaf with wider segments.  Stolinifera leaves are also much thicker to the touch  and more firm.  Many people comment that Chamaedoea fragrans resembles a bamboo plant.

Propagation is usually accomplished by dividing up older clumps.  Setting seeds is very difficult.  In my opinion, this species looks the best in filtered light where it is a dark green color.  It will take a fair amount of coastal sun but takes on a much more lime colored green.  Cold tolerance is at least down to the mid-twenties F. 

The plant shown to the right is a plant we've had at the nursery recently.  Although we seldom have this species, let us know if you want it and we'll call/email you when it's available.  We only get one or two of this species every few years.  This plant was obtained by  removing stems from a mature clump.
 
Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans 
Chamaedorea fragransis
C. fragrans on the right, C. stonilinifera on left  
Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans 
Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans 
Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans  Chamaedorea fragrans 

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINERA
MEXICAN SUCKERING SHADE PALM
EASY TO GROW AND BEAUTIFUL


I am presenting this species presently because people often confuse it with C. fragans above.  It is a suckering species like fragrans, but the leaves are shorter, thicker in substance and come to a more blunted tip.  They are also much wider.  The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a totally different fashion.

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

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

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

Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera 

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS CRINITA
UNUSUAL SPECIES FROM MADAGASCAR


This is a multi-stemmed pinnate palm from northern Madagascar.  It is a tall palm and has dichotomously branching stems.  New leaves emerge red and gradually turn green.  Trunks are covered with thick and stringy, fibrous and matted material.  Overall height expected in Southern California can be over thirty feet.  This palm prefers coastal sun.  Exact cold tolerance is uncertain, but plants at our nursery have withstood 25 degrees F.  I anticipate this may be a low 20's palm.  Shown here is the 5g size which we have available.  The larger garden plant is from Southern California.  
 
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita
Dypsis crinita Dypsis crinita  

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

 Remember to mention this Blog Special to get the discount when you purchase.
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
C. baileyana on right
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plant in ground in Southern CA
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Close up of petioles younger plant
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plants in habitat
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana  

 

MONDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

CERATOZAMIA SPECES "RED BACK"
RECENTLY NAMED "CERATOZAMIA FUSCOVIRIDIS"
RETAINS RED COLOR ON BACK OF LEAFLETS

We have one mature specimen of this super rare Mexican Ceratozamia.  It is known for it's flushing a red-brown color and for retention of the red color on the back of the leaflets.  Taxonomists have apparently recently named this species Ceratozamia fuscoviridis.  It is a medium sized plant when mature and would prefer filtered light.  Cold hardiness should easily be down to the low 20's F.  The dorsal leaflets are a dark green color.  Leaf length will be about five feet.  Leaflets are long and pointed.

The plant shown here has several caudexes but I don't recall if it has coned.  This is the only "Red Back" that we have.  It can be easily shipped by mail order.  I apologize that I do not have photos of a mature plant available right now.
Ceratozamia species "red back" Ceratozamia species "red back"
Ceratozamia species "red back"    

 

CERATOZAMIA LATIFOLIA
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
MATURE CONING FEMALE AVAILABLE

This attractive species of Ceratozamia comes from central Mexico and is known for not being overly large.  Leaves average about four feet long with fairly wide leaflets.  It has proven to be an easy plant to grow at our nursery and performs quite well.  Most plants we've had emerge with new red colored leaves.  This color lasts for a few weeks.  It is a filtered light species for most areas and cold hardy down to about 22 degrees F.

The mature plant shown here is in a 24 inch box and is a coning female.  We've shown a picture of the cone.  It has been outdoor grown and is ready for someone's garden.  
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia
Ceratozamia latifolia Ceratozamia latifolia  
     

 

A COLLAGE OF ASSORTED PALM PICTURES
PHOTOS TAKEN A FEW DAYS AGO

Several days ago I traveled around and took a whole assortment of photographs of palms (and a few non-palm tropicals) in private yards and gardens.  I'm not showing a lot of detail on individual plants.  Rather, these are all shots of different plants of varying sizes.  I'm counting on my expderience in identifying the species; there could be mistakes.  I hope you enjoy them. 
Acoelarrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Coconut Trees
Cocos nucifera & Roystonea regia
Croton
Croton
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
Hyophorbe
Hyophorbe species, probably H. verschafeltii
Hyophorbe
Hyophorbe species, probably H. verschafeltii
Hyophorbe
Hyophorbe species, probably H. verschafeltii
Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis
Pandanus utilus
Pandanus utilus
Phoenix hybrid
Phoenix hybrid
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix canariensis and reclinata
Phoenix reclinata and canariensis
Phoenix roebellenii multiples
Phoenix roebellenii, multiple
Phoenix roebellenii old
old Phoenix roebellenii
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
Plumeria
Plumeria
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Serenoa repens blue
Serenoa repens blue
Serenoa repens blue
Serenoa repens blue
Serenoa repens blue
Serenoa repens blue
Ti red
Ti, red color
Veitchia merrillii
Veitchia merrillii (Adonidia)
Veitchia merrillii
Veitchia merrillii (Adonidia)
Veitchia merrillii
Veitchia merrillii (Adonidia)
Washingtonia robusta
Washingtonia robusta
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata
sunset

 

FRIDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
GORGEOUS PALM WITH NEW RED LEAF
VERY LARGE PLANTS IN 7G CONTAINERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Most of you know or have heard of this desirable species from New Caledonia.  It is single trunk, crown shafted and gets to a height of about 25 feet.  It will take full sun along the coast or part day sun/filtered light well inland from the coast.  The new leaf (95% of the time) emerges a red color.  This lasts for about 2 weeks.  On special are a batch of very good sized 7g.  They are equivalent to most nursery's 15g plants.  They have nice caliper and are about shoulder height in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE PLANTS THIS SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this discount.  BTW, this size can be easily mail ordered.
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Red leaf on a different size plant at nursery
Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE, THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $45

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

 

PRITCHARDIA MUNROI
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIAAN SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOXED SIZE PLANTS

This endangered fan palm is native to the island of Molokai in Hawaii.  It gets to about 15 feet mature and has a very flat green leaf.  The ends of the segments droop downwards.  Trunk size is approximately 8 inches.  It is very exotic appearing.  Growth rate is medium.  Along the coast it takes full sun; I'd recommend part day sun inland.  Cold tolerance is approximately 25 degrees F.  The plant shown in the box is at least ten years old and ready for the garden.  We only have a few of this size for sale.

REGULAR PRICE THIS BOXED SIZE $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $375

But, you must mention this Blog Special to get the discount when you buy.
Pritchardia munroi Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi Pritchardia munroi CPC National Collection Plant Profile
Photo by unknown author,
CPC National Collection Plant Profile
 

 

THURSDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
DWARF, SHADE LOVING PALM
LEAVES HAVE METALLIC SHEEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE

We just got in a batch of nice 2g Chamaedorea metallica of fairly good size.  They are multiples and about 16 inches tall.  This species likes filtered light and has a cold tolerance well into the mid-twenties F.  It also makes an excellent patio or interior plant.  Direct hot sun will burn the leaves.  mature height is rarely over five feet tall and leaves are simple as shown.

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

Just mention this Special at time of purchase to get this price.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica  

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5G PLANTS

This single trunk fan palm comes from Madagascar and, in Southern California, has an anticipated mature height of about 30 to 40 feet.  Leaves are deeply silver-blue colored and fairly flat.  Mature trunk diameter is about 18 inches.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.

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

Just mentnion this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

     
JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
MASSIVE 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

This species has the largest and thickest trunk of any palm species.  It can reach a 48 inch diameter.  it is super slow growing but has excellent cold hardiness down to about 16 degrees F.  It is a majestic sun species and very popular.  We just got in some amazingly beefy 15g.  The trunk diameters in the pot at 8 to 10 inches.  These are very nice plants.  For those who know this species, you recognize the value of about 8 year old 15g plants as shown here.  We're putting them on special.  You'll not frequently find plants in this size pot and of this caliper.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $250

Remember to mention this Special at timeof purchase to get this reduced price.
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis  

 

TUESDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

DUDLEYA BRITONII
WHITE IN SUMMER, BLUE IN WINTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON LAST FEW 1G PLANTS


What a great little plant this is.  Native to our locality and Baja California, this endangered succulent species is known as the "white chalk plant" because it truly gets to almost a white color.  We've found this most obvious during summer.  During winter it plumps up and takes on a blue color as shown here.  They need minimal water.  Over-watering can do them in.  I've only got a few 1g left.  I'd like them to find a great home. They tolerate sun quite well and are cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  It's fairly rare to see them for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON PLANTS $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $30

You must mention this Blog Only special to get this price.
Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia
Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia  

 

 

CEROXYLON AMAZONICUM
ANOTHER COCONUT "LOOK-ALIKE"?


All Ceroxylon are high elevation South American palms that grow in the Andean Mountains.  This species is at a lower elevation that most other Ceroxylon and is found at about 3000 feet in Ecuador.  It is also one of the shorter Ceroxylon, only getting to about thirty feet height.  It sports that sought-after thick white trunk and has no crown shaft.  Becuase it comes from a lower elevation, it is sometimes mentioned that it has more "heat tolerance" than other Ceroxylon as well as good cold tolerance.  Also, some people have mentioned that this species looks "like a Coconut".  You be the judge on this.  Lots of enthusiasts or growers try to tag the name "coconut" to their plant or product so people easily remember it. 

In the garden, this species likes good draining soil and plenty of water.  I'd recommend planting it in filtered light and allowing it to grow into coastal sun over time.  Inland areas may be able to grow this species but in filtered light.  In fact, this species of Ceroxylon may be the best one for them because of the previously mentioned better heat tolerance.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here are a 5g and 7g plant.  We have limited supplies of this species.  Wild photos are care of Tobias Spanner.  Note that we only have a few of these left in stock.
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum Ceroxylon amazonicum
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Ceroxylon amazonicum by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS
 

DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIA
SUN LOVING CYCAD THAT IS REALLY RUGGED
FINE LEAFLETS, OVERALL SMALL SIZE


Coming from central Mexico, this sun loving Dioon species was originally felt to be a sub-variety of Dioon edule.  It now has its own species status.  A Beverly Hills landscape company needed a number of these for a job.  This gave me the opportunity to take some photos yesterday of our stock on this species and I thought I'd share them with you.

This is not a big cycad.  Trunks can get to perhaps two feet tall. Overall size planted out is usually under four feet.  So, it's a smaller plant.  Leaves are three feet on average.  The hallmark of this species are its extremely thin leaflets.  Color is gray-green to green.  But, newly emerging leaves are pink in color.  They are quite attractive and soft when emerging.  This species also has a propensity for suckering, often making a small colony of multiple stems.

Culturally this is a very rugged plant.  It tolerates drought very well and harsh, hot sun.  It does want full sun but does quite well in part day sun as well.  The assortment of plants shown here are all quite old, some about 30 years of age.  We have a good assortment of these available for sale.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.  This is an ideal species where you want a smaller plant in a very hot and sunny location.  You will not be disappointed with this species.
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
   

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


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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
TALL SHADE LOVING PALM FROM MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA
SINGLE, DOUBLE OR TRIPLE? 
OR, HOW ABOUT SUCKERING?


This species is a shade loving, tall, single trunk pinnate palm who's native habitat extends from southern Mexico, down through Central America and all the way into Columbia.  Heights can reach twenty feet with trunk diameters typically about two inches.  There are, however, thick trunked clones up to three inches.  Leaves are typically five feet long with long green leaflets.  Trunks are dark green and prominently ringed as shown.  Flowers are either male or female and quite large.  Seeds are black when mature.  The photo below shows a cluster of immature green seeds.

ALSO: There is a clustering form of this species.  It is shown as the third plant below.  It forms a tight clump with perhaps ten different stems when mature.  The clustering form has somewhat thinner trunks individually.

YOU MUST DECIDE:  When purchasing and planting the single trunk form, the question is how many do you plant together?  We have shown here single specimens along with a double and triple.  You be the judge.  I tend to prefer multiples.  All are gorgeous.  We have a great selection of this species for sale.  It wants shade and is cold hardy into the mid to lower twenties F.
Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g with three plants in one pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g with two plants in one pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
15g with one plant in the pot
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
suckering variety of C. tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
note suckers forming on this suckering variety
Chamaedorea tepejilote fruit, green
immature fruit on female plant
Chamaedorea tepejilote
older triple at Balboa Park, San Diego

COPERNICIA MACROGLOSSA
CUBAN PETTICOAT PALM

As the common name implies, this palm is native to northwestern Cuba.  It is a medium sized palm and gets to a height of about fifteen feet.  Actually, the trunk is rather thin for the canopy of leaves.  It's usually about eight inches.  But, you'd be fooled because this species forms a petticoat of old leaves and it's hard to see the trunk.  My own personal preference is to see the old leaves removed.  Shown here are larger plants both with and without the old petticoat.

Leaves are wide, up to seven feet, erect and tight within the crown.  When you see a smaller plant it is quite impressive.  It appear as if the swirl of erect, stiff, flat leaves are emerging from the ground.  Leaf color is green with a touch of gray beneath.  Like other Copernicia, growth rate is not fast.  Shown here is a five gallon plant and mature specimens.  Cold tolerance is perhaps into the upper twenties F.  It is a full sun plant.  
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa
Copernicia macroglossa Copernicia macroglossa  

BRAHEA BANDEGEEI
SAN JOSE PALM
FROM SOUTHERN BAJA & THE MEXICAN SONORA DESERT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


I only have a few of these nice 15g rare Braheas that make taller, thin trunked fan palms.  Height can get over 30 feet and trunk diameter is one foot.  Trunks are rough with retained leaf bases.  The leaves are three feet wide, flat and attached by long rachis.  Leaf color is green and the underside are a bit gray-green.  Growth rate is fast. Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  This is a sun species.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $140


We only have a couple of this size.  Also, I might have some 5g which I'd give a discount on as well.  You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei 
Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei 
Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei  Brahea brandegeei 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when you purchase. Photos below are representative.
 
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g 
Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 15g  Archontophoenix purpurea 

MONDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

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


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

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

CLICK TO SEE VIDEO(S)

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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Yesterday, two of our sales persons, Rusty and Ricardo,  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.  The video is sort of long (for YouTube) but fast moving and we think worth your time.  Please watch it and email us feedback.  Or, like us on Facebook or Tweeter.  Thank you.

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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

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

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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

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


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

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


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

 

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

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

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

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

empty pots in a row


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