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FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF SPECIES - RARELY OVER FIVE FEET
FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 7G PLANTS


This is an interesting species that has two forms: a trunk-less form and one with a small to medium sized trunk.  It is from Mexico.  All forms are single trunk.  The trunk-less form has leaves three feet or less and never gets tall.  This is the form I'm offering on special here.  When this form blossoms, the flowers shoot up from he base of the plant and are typically taller than the leaves.  If you have a female, very pretty red seeds form if pollinated.   On the coast, some have grown this variety in a far amount of sun.  Of course, it thrives in filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  The unique thing about these 7g plants is their size. All are multiple about three feet tall.  They are ready for the garden and can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 7G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G $89

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
 
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis 
Chamaedorea radicalis  Chamaedorea radicalis  Chamaedorea radicalis 
Chamaedorea radicalis  Chamaedorea radicalis   

PACHIRA AQUATICA
THE MALABAR CHESTNUT
ATTRACTIVE TROPICAL TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This good sized tropical tree is native to Mexico, Central and South America and tolerates full sun.  It can get to heights of twenty and sometimes thirty feet.  It is closely related to the popular "Money Tree" which is sold as a houseplant and often has braided stems.  The leaflets are large and wide.   The crown is full.  Fruits are tan colored, large and globular.  The trunk can get thick.  It enjoys water and is cold hardy to about a freeze.  The 5g shown here has seen temperatures below a freeze.  This is the first time we've offered this plant.  Most don't recognize it as it looks totally different than the "Monday Tree".

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

Mention this Special for your discount.
Pachira aquatica  Pachira aquatica 
Pachira aquatica  Pachira aquatica  Pachira aquatica 
Pachira aquatica flikr unknown author 
Photo c/o Flikr, unknown author
   

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BATCH OF 15G PLANTS

It's interesting that, despite our inventory of a quarter million plants, we do run out of species or sought after sizes of certain species.  Such is often the case with the popular 15 gallon size of the Chilean Wine Palm.  I know private and back yard growers who sometimes have things we need.  So, I make some phone calls to locate what we need for customers.  This led to the acquisition of the 15 gallon Jubaeas shown here.  They are not huge.  Basal diameters are about 4 inches.  But, they are nicely sized and the price is right.  This species gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The 15g shown here are 8 years old.  I'm offering them at the lowest price I've ever given to customers on this size.  This price applies to this particular batch of Jubaeas only.  I am passing this good pricing on to you as we got them at a very good price.  If you want honkers, bigger ones - we do have them.  But, this size (as shown) is affordable and can be shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH $195

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount.

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

 

TILLANDSIA CYANEA
THE PINK QUILL BROMELIAD
SLOW GROWING - PINK BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH PLANTS


This attractive smaller Bromeliad is epiphytic, native to Ecuador, and lives on branches in trees.  It is never much bigger than shown here but will multiple forming small clumps.  It prefers filtered but bright light and is not for full, hot sun.  It has flat pink blossoms.  Each plant may put out several flowers as shown here.  These plants are five years old and just coming into blossom.  The main portion of the flower is pink.  From this emerge small violet-blue smaller flowers.  It hasn't done this yet.  These are super desirable and attractive.  If pot grown, it needs a quick growing soil.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $18.50

Remember: Mention this Special.   These are easy to mail order and can be grown inside the house.
Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea
Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea Tillandsia cyanea

 

RHIPSALIS SPECIES
HANGING BASKET
BLOSSOMS IN SPRING
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I have had Rhipsalis in the past at the nursery but am not an expert on this genus.  This is a different one.  It appears to be similar to the "Mistletoe" Rhipsalis although I am not sure.  These are large plants in baskets. They hang down a foot or two.  They will have cream colored blossoms in the spring. Leaves have tubular type of leaf sections that divide, giving a fullness to the plant.  I only have a few of these for hanging outdoors in filtered light or a little sun.

REGULAR PRICE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30

Mention this Special for your discount.
Rhipsalis species Rhipsalis species
Rhipsalis species Rhipsalis species  

 

BLACK MONDO GRASS
ALSO SILVER AND GREEEN
GREAT GROUND COVER
TYPES OF OPHIOPOGON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

I have customers in all the time who are looking for an attractive yet small type of ground cover other than Ice Plant.  We carry several types of plants that would fit this bill.  But, one of the "Cadillacs" of ground covers is the Mondo Grass.  I am featuring here the Black Mondo Grass although we also have silver and the more commonly seen green form.  The Black Mondo Grass only gets about twelve inches tall and does not run.  It forms a well defined and small clump.  It's perfect along a walkway.  It wants to get some sun and is fairly cold hardy.  Full sun along the coast is ideal.  A mature clump will only get about 18 inches wide.  Note that these put out small purple flowers.  The specials are for the 1 gallon sizes.

REGULAR PRICE BLACK AND SILVER MONDO $25

TEN DAY SPECIAL $17.50
REGULAR PRICE GREEN MONDO GRASS $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL GREEN MONDO $15

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.
Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens
Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens Black Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planscapus nigrescens
Mondo grass Mondo grasses various Mondo grass

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.
AsperAgus Fern Myeri AsperAgus Fern Myeri
AsperAgus Fern Myeri AsperAgus Fern Myeri AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asparagrus Fern sprengeri - Don't use this one!
Photo c/o Mo Botanical Garden

Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III -
This is the one to get!

 

LIVISTONA NITIDA
TALL PALM WITH THINNER TRUNK
NATIVE TO QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
FAIRLY QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is a fan palm that is native to Queensland.  We've found it to be quick growing.  It'll attain a mature height of 60 feet or more.  Trunk diameter is about 12 to 18 inches.  Its leaf stems are armed as shown here.  It prefers full sun, even in desert areas.  I've read reports of it tolerating snow in Georgia.  I'd estimate cold tolerance to be at least 20 degrees F.  The 5g on Special are nice size and ready for repot or planting in the garden.  When mature, the leaflets droop downwards.  This species was previously known as "Carnavon Gorge".

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

Just mention this Blog Special at time of purchase for your blog only discount.  These would be easy to ship.
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
Livistona nitida Livistona nitida
15 gallon size at the nursery, not on sale right now
Livistona nitida by Mike Crisp, PACSOA
Photo by Mike Crisp c/o PACSOA

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM
TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount. The fifth and six figures are stock photos to demonstrate the color.  They are not the plants on special today.  Of note, we only have limited numbers of these 5g plants available.  Don't dally.
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing blue color of the medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing what these plants will
look like, grown in sun and heat
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

SABAL CAUSIARUM
PUERTO RICAN HAT PALM
MASSIVE GRAY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This easy to grow species of large fan palm is native to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and some surrounding islands.  It is most known for its very thick and smooth trunk.  Trunk diameters can get over three feet and the trunk is a light gray color.  Heights can exceed forty feet.  Leaves are blue-green.  It is super cold hardy to the mid-teens F. and is a good grower in full sun.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $22.50
OR FOUR FOR $80

Remember: mention this Special for your discount.
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum

5 gallon size at nursery
Sabal causiarum
15 gallon at nursery
Sabal causiarum    
     

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

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


It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  These 5g and multiples. This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.

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

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia

 

VARIEGATED FURCREA
VERY UNUSUAL - RARE AND DIFFICULT TO FIND
NEVER GETS VERY TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This smaller but super attractive succulent is known by the species name of Furcrea foitida.  It never gets over five feet tall and has very prominent green and yellow/white variegation.  It is often as wide as it is tall.  It is very slow growing and likes our coastal sun.  These are hard to find and nice for a sunny spot where a smaller plant is needed.  It can also take part day sun and is cold hardy to 25 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special
Variegated Furcrea Variegated Furcrea
Variegated Furcrea Variegated Furcrea Variegated Furcrea
Variegated Furcrea Variegated Furcrea by gardencreationsbytoni website
photo by gardencreationsbytoni website

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL  AND SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM
DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G MULTI'S

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to areas extending from southern Mexico down to Columbia.  They are often grown for food as the male blossoms are cooked and eaten as a delicacy.  This species doesn't take sun here - it'll burn.  But, in shade it thrives in temperatures down to the mid-twenties F.  They can also be grown inside the home.  Trunks are about 1.5 to perhaps 2 inches and prominently ringed.  They look best with several plants grown together.  The 5g on sale are a mixture of singles and multiples.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

Just mention this Special for your discount.
Chamaedorea tepejilote
This and next 4 photos of 5g size on sale
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
This and next photo of 15g size at nursery
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote TS Rps

 

COLORFUL BROMELIADS
NEROGELIA TYPES
REDS, PINKS, MOTTLED
LOTS OF NEW PLANTS JUST IN

In the past few days we got a good load of colorful Bromeliads of the Nerogelia genus.  All are colorful, especially with red colors.  Shown here are three different species that are quite cool.  The last two pictures show actual Bromeliads being used in the landscape.  These Bromeliads require little care - just on occasional spray of water.  Most like part sun or strong filtered light although we have some for full sun along the coast.  

Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad
Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad
Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad
Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad Nerogelia species bromeliad

 

THE GENUS BECCARIOPHOENIX
THREE DIFFERENT SPECIES

It was not too long ago when Beccariophoenix was felt to be a monotypic genus with only one species.  Now it is recognized that there are three different species:

Beccariophoenix species "windows", presently called Beccariophoenix fenestralis. 
Beccriophoenix madagascarensis, previously known as "Beccariophoenix no windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii, a more recently named species.

All three are single trunk, medium to large plants from Madagascar.  Along the coast, all can take full sun.  Cold tolerance is certainly into the mid-twenties F.  Of the three, Beccariophoenix madagascarensis is probably the easiest to grow.  It is very slow growing.  But, some feel that B. alfredii is equally easy and may have more cold hardiness.  "Windows" is exciting because of the leaf openings, thus the name.  But, over time, these windows are lost and it becomes a pinnate palm. 

Shown here are pictures of all three.  We have various sizes for sale from small to large.
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix "windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix Wikipedia
Beccariophoenix probably "windows"
Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix "windows"
Beccariophoenix
Beccariophoenix probably '"windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix no windows
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccriophoenix no windows
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS
TALL PALM WITH DROOPY ENDS TO LEAFLETS
COLD HARDYAND LOVES SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


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

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

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

DIOON MEROLAE
THREE FEET OF TRUNK IN FIFTY YEARS

This is a slow growing New World cycad species that comes from Mexico.  It is very attractive.  One of the things that is particularly nice about this species is that the crown size is compact and not that large.  For this reason, it fits into a small sunny location in the garden where no other plant would work.  Its leaves are a silver-green in color and it holds many  leaves.  An extremely old plant might have a foot or two of trunk.  In the wild there are specimens that are possibly a thousand years old with many meters of trunk, often leaning over toward the ground.  But, from a practical point of view, it is a small plant.  If you grow this species, you'll probably find that it will take fifty years or more to get three feet of trunk. 
 
Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F. and it prefers full sun except for harsh desert climates.  We offer many sizes of this species from seedlings up to trunked plants that are many decades old. 
For mail orders, this is a perfect size to ship.  We can easily ship plants up to the 15g size and even boxed specimens if needed.   Some of the nursery plants you see here are extremely old specimens.  The last pictures shows how new leaves are very upright.  If one cuts off older leaves, this species has very little lateral spread and can fit into rather small areas.  I hope that you like this cycad; it's one of my favorites. For upscale landscaping, nothing beats it.

By the way, we have an excellent supply of this species in all sizes. All are shippable right to your door.
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae box Dioon merolae cluster
an interesting clustering specimen
Dioon merolae crown of leaves

 

MACROZAMIA MIQUELII
MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD
TOLERATES SUN OR SHADE
NEW ARRIVAL BOXED SPECIMENS
SEVERAL IN CONE

Native to Australia in the New South Whales and southern Queensland areas, this medium sized cycad has flat green leaves with leaflets that droop down somewhat.  The inner portion of the leaflets has a yellow to white area next to the leaf stem.  Overall size is not that large.  Trunks can get to about a foot tall with leaves about four feet long.  The plants we just got in are about 15 years old and we received two plants with male cones (see photo). 

Culturally, this is an easy species to grow.  It tolerates full sun on the coast but also does great in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is well into the lower 20's F. or colder.  The plants offered here have been outdoor grown in the northern San Diego County area and are in 24 inch plastic boxes.  Limited numbers are available.  Macrozamia miquelii is not easy to find and near impossible to find in the size I'm offering here.  As this is a slow growing species, this is a great size to guarantee success in the garden.

Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii
Macrozamia miquelii Macrozamia miquelii by Chris Gray, PACSOA
photo in habitat, Chris Gray, PACSOA
 

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM
SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK T LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special when you purchase for your discount.
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
15 gallon size at nursery
Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata
back of leaf of nursery plant showing silver
Coccothrinax argentata  

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
THINNER TRUNK THAN BRAHEA ARMATA
AND, FASTER GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


About two years ago we ran out of this un-named but super desirable blue Brahea.  It resembles a Brahea armata but is faster growing, gets taller and has a much thinner trunk.  It is native to Mexico.  Seeds have only been available twice.  The last batch came out an estimated seven years ago.  I had about 50 plants and they flew out of the nursery, particularly to people who see cold weather.  I thought I was out of them, but recently acquired six one gallon plants.  I germinated and have some bands as well, but these are much further along.  If you are in a cold area or love blue palms, you have to try one of these.  And, they are on sale!  Color will be blue when outdoors.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I wants heat and full sun.  Did you get that these are super rare and hard to find?

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


Just mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase for this discount. 
Brahea Species Super Silver Brahea species super silver
Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver
Band size, not on sale presently
Brahea species super silver Tobias Spanner
photo by TS, RPS, habitat
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
SINGLE TRUNK FILTERED LIGHT PALM
THICK TRUNK - PROMINENT WIDE RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


This species, along with Chamaedorea lineares, is one of the most sought after of the Chamaedorea family.  It is quick growing, gets to about 15 feet tall or more, and gets up to a 2 inch thick green trunk.  It has prominent white rings on the trunk with wide, green leaflets.  Well grown, this palm is a show stopper.  It is also super hard to find.  We've been out of them for at least six months - people always ask for them.  I just got in a limited supply of nice one gallon plants (shown) that are 18 to 24 inches tall in their pots.  This is a filtered light palm that will tolerate a freeze.

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

Remember:  Limited numbers.  Mention this Special for your discount.
 
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
15 gallon nursery plant, not available at this time
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Trunk of 15g plant
Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Close up picture show trunk with rings - note
flower stalk forming
Chamaedorea woodsoniana

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to offer some very nice 5g plants as shown below.  I'd estimate their age at 7 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

Overall height of this species is up to twenty feet.  Multiple stems are produced, but usually the number is just several.  Leaves are small, typically about two feet wide.  The segments of the leaves are pointed and sharp.  Trunks retain old leaf bases but, like
Washingtonia, eventually fall off.  This is a drought tolerant species and can take temperatures well into the 100's F. and cold tolerance is into the teens.  Of note, most specimens I've seen are blue.  The last two photos show a mature plant that is blue-green in color, probably due to the fact that it's not getting full sun.

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


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Trithrinax campestris
This and next 4 pictures of 5g size on sale
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
15g size, not on sale right now
Trithrinax campestris
15 gallon size
Trithrinax campestris

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $110

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
same plants one month ago
from Vipsad webstie
c/o Vipsad Website

Jacobinia from igarden Website Australia
photo from igarden website, Australia
 

 

LIVISTONA AUSTRALIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED AUSTRALIAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G

This is a rather fast growing fan palm from Australia.  Unlike other species of Livistona, this one has a rather thin trunk of about 12 inches.  The most prominent characteristics to me are:

1.  A near circular swirl of thin leaflets as shown below
2.  A tall and thin trunk
3.  Droopy leaflets hanging down similar to L. decipiens
4.  Pretty good cold tolerance, probably into the upper teens F.
5.  An easy to grow species that likes full sun

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


We can ship this size.  To get this special price you must mention this Bog Only Special
Livistona australis Livistona australis
Livistona australis Livistona australis  

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis onilahensis band  Dypsis onilahensis

 

CAVENDISH DWARF BANANA
CULTIVAR OF MUSA ACUMINATA
MAKES EDIBLE BANANAS IN SO CAL
5G AND 15G AVAILABLE

The dwarf bananas that I'm offering here are a small form of Musa acuminata.  There are many cultivars.  This one gets to a height of about six feet and will make yellow, near normally sized and edible bananas.  The 15g size are suckering and up to your chest.  They tolerate temperatures down to about a freeze.  If, during winter, the leaves suffer cold burn, the plants usually come back in spring.  Our supply ran out a few months ago, but now they are back in stock.  The 5g size would be easy to mail order.
Cavendish Banana
This and next four photos 15g size
Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana
This and next photo 5g size
 

 

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


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

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil

 

CANNA LILY
NICE 5G NOW AVAILABLE
DARK PURPLE LEAVES
ORANGE BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Canna Lilies are a tropical or semi-tropical perennial plant.  They are not a true Lily but called a Lily.  This type of thing happens all the time, especially with "palms".  They are probably most closely related to Gingers.  I've found the foliage is a bit less appealing in winter.  Then, in summer when it's warm, they do their thing with rapid growth of pretty foliage as shown here and a prolonged display of colorful blossoms.  They can take our coastal sun or part sun.  I have several types/varieties available.  I'm showing one with very pretty dark foliage today.  It has bold orange flowers.   Limited supplies are available.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.
Canna Lily Canna Lily
Canna Lily Canna Lily Canna Lily
Canna Lily Canna Lily canna blossom

VRIESIA SPLENDENS
EXOTIC BROMELIAD
ORANGE AND YELLOW FLOWER
UNIQUELY STRIPED FOLIAGE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This exotic Bromeliad is the favorite of many people.  It has zebra-striped foliage with black on green leaves.  The blossom shoots up 18 inches and is Halloween orange.  It likes filtered light.  Container size 6 inch or 1g.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $22.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special for your discount.

 
Vriesia splendens Vriesia splendens
Vriesia splendens    

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAF
SINGLE TRUNK - GORGOUS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a super popular single trunk, pinnate palm from New Caledonia.  It is known as the Flame Thrower Palm because of its newly emerging red leaf.  This color lasts for two to three weeks and ranges in color from a dark burgundy to a pinkish-red.  Mature height is about 25 to 30 feet with a thin to medium girth trunk that has a long green crown shaft. Sometimes you'll see marbling of the trunk - known as the watermelon trait.  There is also a blond crown shaft form called Chamberyonia hookeri.  Growth rate is slow with most plants making two leaves a year.  It tolerates full sun right on the coast.  Far inland, people give it filtered light or morning sun.  Cold hardiness is about 23 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $27.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price.  These are easy to mail order.

Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
New red leaf on nursery plant
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SEEDLINGS $60

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  These are easy to ship.
Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band 
Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band  Encephalartos tegulaneus seedlings band  Encephalartos tegulaneus  
15g size, 10 inch caudex
Encephalartos tegulaneus  
Box specimen at nursery
Encephalartos tegulaneus   Encephalartos tegulaneus  
Encephalartos tegulaneus   Encephalartos tegulaneus    

 

TILLNDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH
SOME MOUNTED - SOME NOT
AND READY FOR TREE TRUNKS
TEN DAY SPECIAL!


These New World epiphytic plants are great fun.  They are one of the many genera of Bromeliads.  Native to regions stretching from the Southern US down to South America, these plants attach to tree trunks, branches, posts, fences or anything they can find.  Most do not live in the ground.  They live off of natural rainfall or humidity and are not harmful to the hosting plant/tree.  Most are flowering and some of these flowers are large for such small plants.  We have perhaps eight varieties.  Most growers divide plants into single plants and sell them one at a time.  We are offering bunches of many plants together.  Some bunches are a decade old.  You can put them on a piece of bark, wood or whatever you want.  They are easy to care for outside.  Of note, they are not super expensive.  Prices for bunches vary with size but average $35 to $65.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF ANY TILLANDSIA CLUSTER
 
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Cluster in flower last spring

 

ZAMIA LODDIGESII
SMALLER GREEN CYCAD
NO THREATENING SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS


This is a Mexican Zamia that is quite variable in appearance, both in leaf appearance and the shape of the leaflets.  There are also variations from habitat to habitat.  Caudexes are small, typically two to four inches in diameter with heights under one foot.  Stems are often subterranean.  Leaves are green, two to three feet long.  Stems typically sucker, giving multiple heads of leaves.  It is a cute and small type of green cycad.  Leaflets are essentially un-armed.  It can survive temperatures down to freezing with minimal leaf damage.  Buried caudexes are spared damage if subterranean.  It prefers filtered light or possibly full sun in the coastal zone.  Good draining soil is best.  We are offering new seedlings on Special in 1g pots that have two, perhaps three leaves. 

REGULAR PRICE SEEDLINGS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SEEDLINGS $30

Just mention this Special for your discount.
zamia loddigesii zamia loddigesii
zamia loddigesii zamia loddigesii zamia loddigesii
zamia loddigesii zamia loddigesii
Older coning plant at nursery/span>
zamia loddigesii
Leaf previous plant

 


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


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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
SUPER BLUE SO AFRICAN CYCAD
VARIOUS SIZES AVAILABLE
LOVES SUN ALONG THE COAST

By far, the most popular rare cycad we sell is Encephalartos horridus.  I don't know if it's the gnarly, spiny leaflets that thrills people.  Or, the smaller size.  Or, the intense blue color.  But, somehow people love this plant and we can hardly keep them in stock.  It is slow growing, has prominent barbs on the edge of the leaflets and has a small crown width - usually five feet or less.  A two foot trunk would be about it's maximum caudex height.  It can sucker.  Along the coast it likes full sun - in the desert, a few hours.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Shown here are a 5g, 25g and some band sized seedling.
Encephalartos horridus
This and next 3 photos of 5g 2 inch caudex
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
This and next 2 pictures 15g 8 x 8 inch caudex
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
This and next photo band sized seedlings
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 
HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
JUST AS COOL BUT --
BETTER THAN THE BOTTLE PALM!
(WHICH DOESN'T SURVIVE WELL HERE)
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


We are always telling customers that the commonly imported Bottle Palm (Hyophorobe lagenicaulis) doesn't do well here in So Cal and probably will die.  Even so, the Depot stores sell Bottles by the thousands, only to see most of them perish with our winter's cold.  The Spindle Palm has its swelling in the center, mid-portion of the trunk rather than at the base.  It likes full sun, get's to a height of about 20 feet in decades and will take a freeze.  Also, they are faster growing than the Bottle Palm.  We have a nice selection of Hyophorbe verschafeltii including big 5g.  And, for 10 days they are on sale.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount.

Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
15 gallon size
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!
SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Archontophoenix teracarpa is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

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

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

Remember:  mention this Special!

Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note super thick trunk for a King Palm

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED FOLIAGE
PINK FLOWERS
NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRETTY 5G SIZE


There are many types of Begonias used as companion plants in the garden.  This particular variety is one of our favorites because the backs of the foliage are red and the blossoms (present now) are super pink.  It likes filtered light and is very durable.  It tolerates a freeze and uses average water.  Right now these are on special.  But the way, you can prune them to give a fuller, more low profile plant.

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

Mention this Special for your discount
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Intense red on back of leaves
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
NEW MADAGASCAR PALM SPECIES
MAYBE THE MOST COLD HARDY BECCARIOPHOENIX
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


We are offering our really nice 5g size of this species on special.  This is the third type of Beccariophoenix and was described only in the past decade.  It will take coastal sun and is fairly cold hardy - at least into the mid to perhaps lower 20's F.  Folks are growing it in the SF Bay area.  It is a pinnate palm with a medium trunk and a shuttlecock arrangement of the crown.  It has become super popular.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii
photo c/o TS at RPS

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
EVERYONE LOVES THIS PALM
ONE OF THE BEST MADAGASCAR PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2G SIZE


The Teddy Bear Palm has become super popular because it grows well in Southern California, has a rusty colored, fuzzy crown shaft, has a silver, ringed trunk and doesn't get too tall.  For most enthusiasts, it's among the "top ten" Madagascar palms.  Mature height is about 25 feet.  Right on the coast it does well with full sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  Growth rate is medium.  One can grow it in part day sun as well.

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

Mention this Special for your discount.
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
15 gallon nursery plant
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

FRIDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
VERY ATTRACTIVE DWARF SHADE PALM
TYPICALLY NOT OVER 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Over our 40 year existence, I'd estimate that the nursery has sold several thousand of this very popular dwarf palm.  Typically we recommend putting in a small colony of them.  They look great like this and will get staggered heights.  Most garden plants are not over 3 to 4 feet tall.  But, the last picture shows a few that we've grown for decades and are head height.  Because leaves are at the top, such older plants look best with newer, smaller plants growing from the bottom.  If you have an older plant, put a few small ones at the base.  This species likes shade and has simple, non-divided leaves as shown.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

These are easy to ship and four in one box is no problem.  Just remember to mention this Special for the reduced price when you purchase.

Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
5 gallon size, not on sale right now
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
plant in garden
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
25 year old plants at nursery

 

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

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  Well, we just got in a small batch of them and am offering them at one of the best prices we've ever offered.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.

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

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size. 
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue P. craft
Photo by Paul Craft
   

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
IN SHORT SUPPLY RIGHT NOW
REALLY BEEFY SUN PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BEEFY 15G

This interesting Madagascar palm is known for loving full, hot sun and a not overly tall height.  They typically get to about 22 feet tall in a lifetime. And, it's known for the multicolored, three-sided crown shaft as shown below.  It can be stunning.  It tolerates temperatures to about 23 or 24 degrees and can even take desert sun in many areas.  We have available some beefy 15g plants that are being grown in full sun.  Some are an estimate six to eight inches thick at the base.  They are ready for your landscape.  We only have about a dozen, so don't wait on these guys.  They'll not last long.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $159

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.
 
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi    

DURANTA "SAPPHIRE SHOWERS"
FRAGRANT PURPLE FLOWERS
TOLERATES SUN OR PART SUN
UNUSUAL VARIEGATED LEAF FORM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

We are offering 5g and 15g for sale, with the 5g on special

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


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing for your discount.

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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40
REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $125

Just mention this Blog Special for this price and discount when you purchase.
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
This and next 4 pictures 15g size
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
This is the 5g size
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera  

 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25 FOR A BAND

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.
 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size not on this special
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
juvenile red color stems on 5g size
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

BIRDSNEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI-TYPE
FILTERED LIGHT COMPANION PLANT
NEVER GET TOO BIG
TEN DAY SPECIAL 12 INCH POTS

We just got in a good supply of this fabulous understory companion plant that rarely gets over six feet tall.  Leaves get to five feet long, are thick and leathery, slightly undulation with rounded edges.  Leaf color is dark green, especially in shade.  Flowers display red seeds.  This is a great plant on the garden floor in filtered light.  They are easy to grow.  And, they look super exotic.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties.  The plants on sale have been outdoor grown.  The pots size on these plants is about a 7 gallon and can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


Just mention this Special to get your discount.
Birdsnest Anthurium
This and next 4 pics of the sale size plants
Birdsnest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium Birdsnest Anthurium Wikipedia
photo c/o Wikipedia

 

EPIDENDRON ORCHID
ORANGE BLOSSOM
REEDSTEM TYPE TERESTRIAL ORCHID
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G POT

The family of Epidendron Orchids are loaded with species/varieties of lots of different colors.  These include pink, red, white and yellow.  But, one of the most vibrant is the orange.  It is also one of the best growing types.  We're putting old 5g plants of this orange type on sale.  These plants have tons of reed-like stems, most of which will blossom this summer, and are quite old.  Leaves are thick and small and plants can be divided in the future to easily add to other areas of the garden.  They'll take coastal full sun or strong filtered light.  Some sun is needed for flowering.  You can plant these right in the soil.  They are cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPCIES THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.
 
Epidendron Orchid orange Epidendron Orchid orange
Epidendron Orchid orange Epidendron Orchid orange Epidendron Orchid orange
Epidendron Orchid orange Epidendron Orchid orange  

 

GASTERIA SUCCULENT
OX TONGUE PLANT
BIG ORANGE BRANCHING FLOWERS IN SHADE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH POTS

Although I am not a succulent expert by any means, I did hear about some plants that interested me.  So, we brought some into the nursery.  I wanted them because they can produce large, branching flowers in shade.  The blossoms are a red-orange in color.  This is a type of Gasteria known as Ox Tongue.  We're putting our 8 inch pots on special.  They are in flower now.  The flowers go up two feet above the plants and branch.  The leaves are thick and have striped silver on green variegation as shown.  They can take some sun if needed.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $22.50


Just remember to mention this "special".
Gasteria succulent Gasteria succulent
Gasteria succulent Gasteria succulent Gasteria succulent

 

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

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

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

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

 

GREEN SHELL GINGER
ALPINIA ZERUMBER
MEDIUM HEIGHT
WHITE FLOWERS, YELLOW FLUSH
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Shell Ginger is quite popular and gets typically to a medium height of six to eight feet.  It can tolerate a freeze and does best in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Right on the coast it can take full sun.  There are green and variegated forms of this Ginger.  We offer both for sale.  This species puts out basal suckers and will expand its garden footprint over time.  But, it's easy to control with a shovel.  Blossoms are pendant, handing downwards, with a predominant white color containing yellows/pinks inside.  They are not fragrant.  Our 5g is on sale presently.   We also have variegated forms for sale.

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


Just this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.
Shell Ginger, green Shell Ginger, green
Shell Ginger, green Shell Ginger, green Shell Ginger, green
We also have 15g size available as well
Shell Ginger, green Alpinia zerumbet
Blossoms of variegated form same species
 

 

PINSTRIPE GINGER
ALPINIA FORMOSANA
DWARF GINGER
COOL STRIPED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This ginger is under half the height of the above mention green Shell Ginger.  Pinstripe Ginger is known for the thin white stripes that are on the green background leaves.  It never gets over four feet tall and is often just three feet above the ground.  It's more known for its foliage than non-fragrant blossoms.  The latter are white and yellow and project upwards.  It does best in filtered light and tolerates a freeze.  We are putting our 15g size on special.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135


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

 

KAHILI GINGER
HAWAIAAN HEDYCHIUM GINGER
SUPER FRAGRANT/LARGE BLOSSOMS
MATURE HEIGHT ABOUT SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

The Kahili Ginger is one of the most popular of all Gingers.  This is because the blossoms are huge and super fragrant.  But, they are short lived.  Blossoms are typically yellow with red interiors.  They are upright, opposed to the hanging and non-fragrant Shell Ginger.  Plants get to a height of about six feet.  Leaves are green.  It prefers filtered light and is frost tolerant.  We have 5g and 15g available and are putting our older 15g on sale.  Everyone loves this species.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase (not later).
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger
Kahili Ginger Queensland Govt website
Photo c/o Queensland Government website
Hedychium Ginger Blossom Kahili Ginger Blossoms

 

TRACHYCARPUS LATISECTUS
WINDMILL PALM FROM INDIA
MEDIUM ADULT HEIGHT
RARE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE

This species from high elevation areas in India is most known for the fact that it's leaf segments are wider than other species.  There are two varieties.  It is a tall species, up to forty feet, with a narrow trunk of six to eight inches.  Its leaves are green with a bit of glaucous color beneath.  For this genus, the leaves are wide, sometimes up to five feet with wide segments that are divided about half way into the leaf.  The petioles are about three feet long and the leaf shape is semicircular or near totally circular.  There is a hope that this species tolerates more heat.  Cold tolerance is yet to be determined.  We're suspicious it is not as cold tolerant as other species.  It is extremely rare in cultivation with few photos available of the native population. Both photographs below are of domestic plants, the first showing Martin Gibbons in the U.K.

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


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Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus
Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus Trachycarpus latisectus
Trachycarpus latisectus by MR and Ts
Martin Gibbons/photo by MR and TS
Trachycarpus latisectus by TS and MG
Photo by TS and MG
 

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS
THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


This species is native to the Mediterranean coast of Europe and the genus extends down into Morocco where plants become more blue in color and are known as C. cerifera.  Regular Med Fans are green to blue-green in color and one of the most cold hardy palms around.  They like sun and tolerate temperatures perhaps below 15 degrees F.  Color of the leaves and height of the stems is quite variable.  There are dwarf and very tall clones found.  Leaf stems are armed and the underside of the leaves is often silver.  We are offering huge 15g plants on special.  They can be mail ordered although it's a bit expensive because of the height and weight of these plants.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135


Blog only special.  You must mention it when purchasing.
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g
Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus 15g Chamaerops humilus

 

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


This is a rare cycad species from various mountainous regions in Mexico.  You hardly ever see them for sale, especially with any size.  These seed grown plants are over ten years old, have been outdoor grown for over five years and have seen part or near full day sun.  Mature plants have leaves about five to six feet long, narrow trunks that get up to 15 feet and minimal armor on the leaflets.  The plants on special are in 15g pots and have caudex size of six to seven inches.  They can take full sun right on the coast.  Otherwise, consider them a part day sun species.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The last two photos are from plants in the wild c/o J.O.

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


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

TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 2015

 

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!
AND, BLOSSOMS ALL YEAR LONG!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G SIZE

In the past I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  This species in unique because it grows in the shade, never gets over about eight feet tall, blossoms in the shade and never stops blossoming.  Yes, in the dead of winter you'll see red blossoms.  And, these trees are prolific.  The 20g size I'm showing here have twenty to thirty blossoms.  I just got them in.  I've never had plants of this size for sale. This species is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  Blossom size is two to three inches in length.  Pictures here show them quite well.  This species is also very difficult to find, especially with any size.  I'm putting these large 20g plants on special for ten days.

REGULAR PRICE 20G SIZE $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G $249


Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount when you purchase.  Limited supplies only.  BTW, our 15g are $185.  So, it's not that much more to get a taller and fuller tree.
Pavonia PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
PAVONIA MULTIFLORA PAVONIA MULTIFLORA PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
PAVONIA MULTIFLORA PAVONIA MULTIFLORA  

 

CARYOTA MITIS
HUGE PLANTS IN 25G CONTAINERS
INTERIOR QUALITY
AVAILABLE ON REQUEST


For those of you who are designers, interior decorators, have super high ceilings or just like plants with size, we are offering interior quality Caryota mitis for sale.  These plants are up to 14 feet tall!  They are imported out of HI.  This is a special order item but can usually be obtained within a week.  C. mitis is native to Asia.  It reaches heights of 20 feet in the garden, but in containers one usually doesn't get much more height than shown here.  They tolerate bright interior conditions and don't need or want direct hot sun.  Just give us a warning if you are needing some of these huge plants.
Caryota mitis Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis    

 

PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATUM
THE STAGHORN FERN
EPIPHYTIC FERN FOR GROWING ON A TREE, A WALL OR ON A POST
EASY CARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD SPECIMENS!

The unique thing about this offering is the age of the specimens on Special.  These plants are ten to fifteen years old and mounted on wood.  They have a hook on the back for hanging.  Or, they can be attached to a tree trunk or branch as shown below.  All they need is an occasional spray of water (about once a week) and to give them some soluble fertilizer from time to time. I've even heard they like old bananas.  The two plants shown here are 3 feet wide and tall.  They are impressive.  Rarely do you see such plants available.  They'd be hard to ship.  This species likes filtered light or a little sun.  It's cold hardy probably into the upper twenties F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $150

Just mention this Blog Special for this price when purchasing.  I only have two available right now.
 
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
MATURE SPECIMEN AT THE NURSERY
LIKES FILTERED LIGHT
COLD HARDY TO LOW 20'S F.
SUPER EXOTIC APPEARING


I'm showing you here a great and rather old specimen of Ceratozamia mexicana.  It has a large, approximate 12 inch main trunk with multiple suckers.  I do not recall the sex.  Note the long arching and green leaves with wide leaflets.  New throws of leaves are green.  This plant threw new leaves at the nursery and everyone commented on how beautiful and tropical it looks.  This species likes filtered light in most areas.  Growth rate is slow.  This is about a 20 year old specimen.  We have plants of this species available in various sizes and containers.  We can ship them within the U.S.

Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana Ceratozamia mexicana  

 

EUPHORBIA TIRUCALLI
STICKS ON FIRE
AT TIMES - SUPER RED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This succulent is interesting in that it is more red in winter and when it's colder.  In summer it fades and gets sort or yellow.  Some varieties can put on good size but this can be maintained with pruning.  It has narrow, tubular leaves that fork.  It is water conserving and wants full sun.  It is reasonably cold hardy.  The 5g on special today are very large for their pots.  BTW, recently I put some 5g on Special but these are twice as big. So, I've replaced the plants with this offering.

Sticks of Fire is a type of Euphorbia native to Africa and perhaps parts of the Middle East.  In bright sun, leaves can take on a very red color.  It survives in harsh climates and is drought resistant. It does exude a white, toxic sap that should not make contact with the eyes.  Leaves are tubular and narrow.  Color can be impressive


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

You know - Mention this Special for your discount.
Euphorbia sticks on fire Euphorbia sticks on fire
Euphorbia sticks on fire Euphorbia sticks on fire Euphorbia sticks on fire
Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website
Sticks of Fire by Gopixpic.com website
   

 

SUNDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

DIOON MEROLAE
NOT OVERLY LARGE SUN CYCAD
PLANTS HERE A HUNDRED YEARS OLD
UPRIGHT LEAVES - SMALLER CROWN

Shown here today are four different, mature, coning sized Dioon merolae.  All are about a hundred years old or more.  These are pre-CITES plants that were brought into the U.S. in the 1960's.  I acquired them about 35 years ago from a now decest collector.  I have counted old leaf stem scales on the trunk and divided the number by an average throw of leaves.  So, my hunch at the age is verified by a semi-scientific approach.  This Mexican cycad is known, on specimens many centuries old in habitat, to get trunks way overhead.  But, in domestic gardens, one never sees this in a lifetime.  It wants sun in coastal areas and is cold hardy well into the low teens.  Leaf color is green to gray-green.  Leaves are three to four feet long.  Leaflets arch downwards when viewed on an axial plane from the end of the leaf.  These cycads are very beautiful.  We also have seedlings, 5g and 15g available.  BTW, the trunk on the first plant (first 3 rows pictures) is over two feet tall. 
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Plant tipped toward you
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
This and next 2 pictures show other boxed
specimens of Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
HUGE SPECIMEN AVAILABLE
THREE FEET OF TRUNK
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
GIVE IT ROOM TO GROW!

Shown in the first 3 rows of pictures is a huge Encephalartos altensteinii.  This forty year old specimen was dug from a private collection about 14 months ago.  It has thrown a set of leaves since the dig.  It has three feet of vertical trunk and the stem is about 22 inches thick.  It's in a 45 gallon container and the plant weighs about three to four hundred pounds.  It's a massive specimen.  This species is from South Africa and likes sun and heat.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  It needs room to grow as the crown of leaves can be eight to ten feet wide.  Leaves are green.  I'm showing other specimens of this species.  We also have seedlings, 5g and 15g for sale.
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
This and next 2 pictures shown other coning sized
specimens at nursery
Encephalartos altensteinii Encephalartos altensteinii

 

 

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

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

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


Just mention this Special at our Blog to get your discount at the time of purchase. .
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS
Single trunk plant by TS at RPS website

 

DYPSIS BARONII
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species is also a popular suckering palm species from Madagascar.  Rarely you'll see single trunk plants.  Like so many things from Madagascar, as a group this species is quite variable and you may consider plants as belonging to the "Dypsis baronii complex".  Typically plants get up to about 20 feet tall.  They prefer part day sun or filtered light and tolerate mid-twenties temperatures.  Shown here are the band size we have for sale and a mature specimen from the wild.  

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

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baronii by JS
habitat photo by JS

 

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

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

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

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

 

JASMINE SPECIES
WHITE BLOSSOMS IN CLUSTERS
SUPER FRAGRANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


We just got in some very fragrant white Jasmine plants in 5g pots.  These are not the same as the more common  Trachelospermum jasminoide that you will see in most nurseries.  The blossoms are bigger, are super fragrant and have bigger petals.  This is the first time we've offered these plants.  They are a vining plant, so use a trellis or let them climb on a fence.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
Jasmine species white Jamine species white
Jamine species white    

TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT FERNS!
AND, EVERY FERN BELOW HERE IS ON SALE FOR TEN DAYS!
Note:  Some limited supply and could sell out



I thought I'd show you a whole group of different and cool ferns that we just got in yesterday.  Sizes are in the one to five gallon range.  All are beautiful and make great companion plants for the floor of the garden.  Everything below is presently available and I'm offering discounted prices on them all!  These are Blog Specials - Just mention these specials when you purchase.  I'll not be showing mature specimens on these plants below because of time limitations.
BLECHNUM GIBBUM
MINIATURE TREE FERN
THE SILVER FERN

GETS FOUR FEET TALL
5 GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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.  We have both 5g and 1g plants. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40 
blechnum gibbum fern Blechnum Gibbum Miniature Tree Fern
Blechnum Gibbum Miniature Tree Fern Blechnum Gibbum Miniature Tree Fern  
VARIEGATED BRAKE FERN
PTERIS FERN
WHITE ON GREEN
NEVER TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON

The term "Brake" in Middle English refers to "Fern'.  This genus has a worldwide presence and doesn't get tall.  It likes filtered light.  We're offering a more rare variegated form.  These are quite attractive.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern
Variegated Brake Fern Variegated Brake Fern  
BLUE STAR FERN
PHLEBODIUM AUREUM
LEAVES WITH A DEFINITE BLUE COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This is the first time we've offered this fern.  The leaves have wide segments with soft, curved edges.  I've read that is somewhat drought tolerant.  It likes filtered light.  Height is under 18 inches.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15
Blue Star Fern Blue Star Fern
Blue Star Fern Blue Star Fern  
BIRDS NEST FERN
ASPLENIUM NIDUS
MEDIUM SIZED - GETS TO FOUR FEET
KEEP THE SNAILS AWAY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This super popular fern is great for filtered light and can get 3 to 4 foot leaves.  The leaves are a bit firm and hold an upright position.  It likes filtered light.  And snails like this plant.  Give it adequate water and, over time, they are breathtaking.  We have two sizes on sale today.

REGULAR SIZE NICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15

BIRDS NEST FERN BIRDS NEST FERN
BIRDS NEST FERN    
SQUIRREL'S FOOT FERN
DAVALLIA MARIESII
FURRY RHIZOMES
CRAWLS ON GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANT

This is a low profile fern that is quite durable.  It likes filtered light.  It produces furry little crawling rhizomes that slowly spread.  For this reason, it can be used as a ground cover.  Height is under 16 inches typically.  It is a bit drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $12.50

Squirrel's Foot Fern Squirrel's Foot Fern
Squirrel's Foot Fern Squirrel's Foot Fern  
TASSEL FERN
POLYSTICHUM POLYBLEPHARUM
HEIGHT TO TWO FEET
SHINY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This attractive fern gets to a height of two feet and likes filtered light and water.  New leaves emerge upward and are very shiny.  It can be used as a ground cover or below other trees.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Tassel Fern Tassel Fern
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern  
AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI
LARGER, OVERHEAD TREE FERN
LONG LEAVES, FORMS NICE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This durable Tree Fern is one of the most popular.  It is quick growing and gets to heights of 20 feet or more.  It does respond to adequate water.  Leaves can be six to eight feet long.  Trunk diameter is typically 8 inches

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
LEATHER FERN
SUPER DURABLE
TAKES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a tough fern.  We planted one in full sun by the street and it's thriving.  It gets to 18 inch height and is somewhat drought tolerant.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $35
lEATHER FERN lEATHER FERN
Maiden Hair Fern    
MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM
NICE, FULL 1G PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 1G PLANTS

The genus Adiantum or Maiden Hair Fern contains many species and cultivars.  If you Google the genus, you'll see all sorts of different looking plants.  What I'm showing here is the plant on the West Coast that we consider to be the "classic Maidenhair Fern".  They are full 1g.  They never get over two feet tall, like water and are best grown in filtered light. 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15
Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern
Maiden Hair Fern    
TASMANIAN TREE FERN
DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA
SHORTER BUT OVERHEAD TREE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This popular Tree Fern is liked by some because it doesn't get as tall - typically ten to fifteen feet.  It likes filtered light and responds well to water.  Leaves are six feet long.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tasmanian Tree Fern Tasmanian Tree Fern  
EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN
ARACHNIODES SIMPLICIOR "VARIEGATA"
GREEN AND GOLD LEAVES
18 INCH MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This unusual species of fern is known for the gold stripes on bright green leaves.  It gets to about 18 inches of height and likes filtered light.  It is quite attractive.  Also, don't let it go dry.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15
East Indian Holly Fern East Indian Holly Fern
East Indian Holly Fern East Indian Holly Fern East Indian Holly Fern
LACE FERN
MICROLEPIA STRIGOSA
SOFT FERN, BULL LOOK
TWO TO THREE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This is a super attractive fern that gets about as wide as it does tall.  The leaves are soft and very touchable.  It likes filtered light and water.  It doesn't do well if you let it go dry. 

 

REGULAR PRICE 1G $20

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $15

Lace Fern Lace Fern
Lace Fern Lace Fern Lace Fern

STAGHORN FERN
PLATYCEREUM FERN
MOUNTED ON WOOD
OR, ATTACH TO TREE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE PLANTS

I do like the Staghorn Ferns but for some reason historically we've not grown many of them.  There are about 18 types in the genus.  But, we've got about a dozen coming along, all attached to a piece of flat board.  They are about 18 to 24 inches wide or perhaps a bit bigger.  You can hang them anywhere.  If you remove them from the board they can be attached to a tree trunk that doesn't shed its bark.  They'll take part sun along the coast and just need an occasional spray of water.

REGULAR PRICE THESE STAGHORNS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern Staghorn Fern

 

DYPSIS SPECIES
UNKNOWN IDENTITY
TAKE A CHANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

We have a limited selection of unknown seed grown Dypsis from Madagascar that have turned out to be something different than what the seeds were supposed to be.  So, getting one is sort of a gamble.  But, these "unknowns" often turn out to be one of collectors' favorite palms and often no one really ever knows what they are for sure.  Seedsmen, as a rule, want to give a species name to any seeds collected.  But, they can be wrong.  This is probably one of such a case.  I can't quote cultural needs as I really don't know what these are going to turn out to be.  And, it's probably prudent to not "guess" at this point.

TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50 THIS GROUP
 
Dypsis species Dypsis species
Dypsis species Dypsis species Dypsis species

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
MEXICAN CYCAD WITH THIN LEAFLETS
SMALL TO MEDIUM MATURE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS

This hard to find Mexican cycad is known for several things.  Most importantly are the fairly long and narrow leaflets.  They have no armor on the leaflets but the petioles are spiny.  It's also known for throwing a red-brown new leaf or sets of leaves.  These can be stunning.  Also, it is not overly large.  A very old plant would have a caudex size of two feet.  They do cluster.  As an example of mature plants I have chosen to show you nursery specimens in the last two pictures.  Expect an overall height of five to seven feet.  It will take a fair amount of coastal sun and has a cold tolerance of about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

Remember:  Mention this Website Special
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Older coning sized boxed plant at nursery
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Another coning size nursery plant

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT SIZE THIS SPECIES $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110


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

THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

CYCAS THOUARSII X CIRCINALIS
AN UNUSUAL CYCAD HYBRID
WILL END UP BEING GOOD SIZED
1 GALLON SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE

At time of this writing, I don't recall where I got the seeds for this Cycas cross.   But, undoubtedly, they came from a cycad enthusiast.  Hybrids like this usually result from a collector having a receptive female cone and then frantically trying to find the same pollen or pollen from a similar species.  This resulting cross should look somewhere between the two parents shown far below.  The thouarsii has more of a light green or sometimes gray green leaf.  The C. circinalis is usually dark green and the plants tend to be larger.  So, this hybrid should be a larger Cycas with long, green leaves.  And, it should be quick growing and tolerate a freeze.  I suspect it'll take coastal sun quite well.  I only have the ten plants shown here.  Mail order should be no problem.
Cycas thouarsii x circinalis 1g Cycas thouarsii x circinalis 1g
Cycas thouarsii x circinalis 1g Cycas thouarsii x circinalis 1g Cycas thouarsii x circinalis 1g
Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii x circinalis 1g
Cycas circinalis
Cycas thouarsii x circinalis 1g

 

PINK FLOWERING "PAPAYA"
AN UNUSUAL FLOWERING TREE
A FEW AVAILABLE

The plants shown here are from an exotic plant collector.  He brought them to the nursery and said they were "Pink Flowering Papaya".  I asked if they were similar to the Papaya that bear fruit and was told "no".  But, he had no botanical or scientific name for these plants.  I searched on the Internet and came up empty.  If anyone knows what these are, let me know.  The last photo is a reproduced photo of his mother tree blossoming.  These plants came from cuttings.  These apparently mature into an overhead tree with tons of pink flowers.
Pink Flowering Papaya Pink Flowering Papaya
Pink Flowering Papaya Pink Flowering Papaya Pink Flowering Papaya
Pink Flowering Papaya    

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
MEDIUM SIZED EXOTIC CYCAD
THIN LEAFLETS
NEW RED-BROWN EMERGING LEAVES

Shown here are several nursery examples of Ceratozamia kuesteriana.  This is a very thin leaflet cycad native to Mexico.  In habitat, it lives in filtered light under overhead oak trees.  Plants are medium sized with a six foot span of the leaf crown.  And old plant will have 12 to 18 inches of trunk.  New leaves emerge a pink/red to brown color.  Leaf stems have minimal armor if at all.  They prefer filtered light or minimal sun and are super cold hardy to the low 20's or lower.
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Female plant in cone
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Multi-headed specimen at nursery
Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Old boxed specimen at nursery
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana by RainForestRobert
Photo by RainForestRobert at Palm Talk

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANTII
DWARF PINNATE PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
NICE NURSERY PLANTS SHOWN HERE


I call this a dwarf species because most Ravenea are large palms.  And, a very old specimen of this species may be only eight feet tall.  The picture from Fairchild Tropical Garden below shows how thin the trunk is and the short overall stature of this species.  It's an understory palm native to Madagascar.  It prefers filtered light.  It's tolerant of cold into the upper twenties F. although the exact cold limit is unknown.  I have limited supplies of 5g, 15g and perhaps a few larger plants.
 
Ravenea hildebrandtii
This and next 4 pictures are 15g size
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Mature tree at Fairchild Garden
Ravenea hildebrandtii
25 gallon size at nursery
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Medium size tree in Encinitas, CA

 

SPANISH MOSS
TILLANDSIA USNEOIDES
HANGS FROM TREES, FENCES & POLES
TAKES LITTLE WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Spanish Moss is actually a small, wispy type of Bromeliad - a flowering type of plant.  The natural habitat for this plant ranges from the southern U.S. down through Mexico into Central and South America.  It is even found in Australia.  It is an epiphytic plant that hangs onto almost anything it can find.  It loves to hang from tree branches or trunks.  It requires very little water and will grow without any applied fertilizer.  We are selling small clumps we've attached to wood.  Or, we can ship them without the wood.  You  can hang them anywhere you want.  Just spray them once in a while with water.  These clumps are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $22.50

Mention this special for your Discount.
Spanish Moss Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss Spanish Moss Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss  Spanish Moss  

 

THE KING PALM
ARCHONOTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
POPULAR "TRIPLES"
THREE IN A POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

On special are doubles and triples of the ever-popular "King Palm".  This species is native to Australia and typically gets to a mature height of thirty-five to forty feet.  It tolerates coastal sun quite well and has a cold tolerance down to about 25 degrees F.  It is very fast growing and responds to good culture and water.  The 15g on sale have been outdoor grown under shade clothe.  They are about six feet tall in their pots. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $99


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this great price.
 
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple Archontophoenix cunninghamiana the King Palm Triple

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
ANOTHER MINIATURE PALM
RARELY OVER SIX FEET TALL
SIMPLE LEAF - METALLIC SHEEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This species is also native to Mexico where it lives in humid rainforest areas.  It rarely gets over six feet tall and is known for it's gun-metal, silver-green simple leaves with a bifed notch at the end.  Leaves are prominently veined as shown below and leaves are rarely larger than one foot long.  Stems are narrow and ringed.  This is a filtered light species.  Right now we're pretty good on the 1g size but also have some older/larger plants.

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

Remember to ask for your discount at time of purchase.  Simple mail order species.
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica Chamaedorea metallica

 

SABAL MARITIMA
RARE AND TALL FAN PALM
HUSKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

For those folks that enjoy cold hardy fan palms, you might consider this hard to find species.  Native to Cuba and Jamaica, it gets to a height of about fifty feet, is cold hardy into the mid-teens F., and loves full hot sun.  The plants we have on special are 2 year old bands.  This species is a good grower and have a thick trunk and large green leaves.

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

Remember, mention this Special.  Easy to mail order.
Sabal maritima Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima Sabal maritima Sabal maritima
photo by Jason Schoneman Palmpedia
photo in habitat, Cuba, by Jason Schoneman Palmpedia
   

 

CYPHOPHOENIX NUCELE
RARE, ELEGANT, THIN TRUNK
FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANT

For ten days I'm offering this super rare New Caledonian palm at a good discount.  We hardly ever put such rare species on special.  This species is from Lifou Island, gets to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and takes strong filtered light or part day sun in most coastal areas.  It has a thin trunk with lots of silver color.  Leaves tend to but upright as opposed to C. elegans where the leaves are more arched.  The last three pictures are from Mardi Darian's garden in Vista, CA.  You'll notice how healthy it looks in strong filtered light.  We also have 5g plants but right now they are not on special.  Very limited numbers available.  This 15g size can be shipped or delivered if needed.

REGULAR PRICE 15G OF THIS SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Just mention this special to get your Blog Only discount.  BTW, these plants are locally grown from seed by us, about 7 years old.
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele
This and next 2 photos taken in Vista, CA
Cyphophoenix nucele Cyphophoenix nucele

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM
FAIRLY TALL WITH THIN TRUNK
MOST COLD HARDY COPERNICIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This tall fan palm has a thin trunk and can get to heights of 70 feet in habitat.  It is the most cold hardy of any Copernicia.  It likes full sun and can be grown in the desert.  It has a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  Leaf color is gray-green.  It is a good growing species.  Over time the trunk becomes clean of old leaf bases and debris.  We are putting our 5 gallon size on special.  Easy to ship.

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

Just mention this Special for your discount.

Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba Copernicia alba Copernicia alba

 

PTYCHOSPERMA SCHEFFERI
SOLITARY TRUNK OR CAN SUCKER
MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This palm species is native to New Guinea like many Ptychosperma.  It can be single trunk or a suckering palm - there are two forms.  I am not sure which this one will do.  Trunks are thin and mature height is 20 feet or less.  Leaves are pinnate but leaflets are close set giving the appearance of a solid leaf.  But, as shown here, juvenile foliage can be simple.  I'd recommend filtered light or a bit of sun.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for this price.
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi
Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi Ptychosperma schefferi

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
POSSIBLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

People from colder areas often call me seeking out this hard to find species.  It was described by Martin Gibbons and Tobias spanner ten to twenty years ago and is native to China.  It is felt to me a natural hybrid many eons ago but has been given its own species status.  It gets to about twenty feet height as shown in the photo below.  Cold tolerance could be below 10 degrees F. (not documented scientifically) and people often refer to it as the most cold hardy species of the genus.  We are offering our band size on special although we do have other sizes available.   

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25

Note that our band size are pretty nice for their container.  These are shown in the second row of photos.  In the first row I have 1g for comparison.  Both of these are very large for their containers.  Just mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this discount.
Trachycarpus takil
one gallon size - not on sale
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Trachycarpus takil
band size - on sale
Trachycarpus takil
band size
Trachycarpus takil by MG and TS RPS
photo by MG and TS at RPS

 

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


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

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

Remember, mention this Special
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax radiata
Thrinax radiata, a similar species

 

SABAL DOMINGUENSIS
TALL, POWERFUL FAN PALM
SMOOTH TRUNK
CAN GET OVER 50 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This tall and smooth trunked fan palm is native to Cuba and Hispaniola.  Leaf bases will remain for a while but eventually fall off giving a clean trunk.  Trunk diameter can get up to two feet.  Trunk color is gray to light brown.  Leaves are green.  It likes full, hot sun and does well in arid areas.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.

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


Remember: Mention this Special for hits price.
 
Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis
Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis
Sabal dominguensis Sabal dominguensis  

 

TUESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER, 2016 (Note: New Sale Items below)

 

PALM TRUNKS
MANY DIFFERENT APPEARANCES

THICK OR THIN
SMOOTH OR SPINEY
SWOLLEN OR TUBULAR
CROWN SHAFT OR NOT

SHAGGY OR CLEAN
SINGLE OR MULTIPLE
COLORFUL OR DULL

WHITE RINGS OR CHECKERED

ALMOST ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE!

Palm trees are unique in that there are over 3500 species and they all look rather different.  And, these differences apply to the trunks as well.  There is such a vast array of trunk appearances that it's mind boggling.  Differences involve size, numbers of trunks (sucker or not), the presence or absence of a crown shaft, trunk color, trunk texture, the presence of rings or spines and so many other things.  This photographic tour is rather self-explaining.  I just wanted to illustrate what you'll see as you study the world of palms.  Shown here are about a hundred species, all demonstrating different sizes/shapes/characteristics and appearance.  They are given in random order.

LINK AT BOTTOM FOR FULL VERSION ATICLE
Roystonea regia trunk
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia trunk
Roystonea regia
Dypsis hybrid trunk
Dypsis hybrid
Aiphanes trunk
Aiphanes species
Jubaea trunk
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Watermelon Chambeyronia
Watermelon Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Acrocomia trunk
Acrocomia totai
Trithirnax acanthicoma
Trithirnax acanthicoma
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Bottle Palm Trunk
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Chamaedorea linearis
Chamaedorea linearis
Washingtonia robusta
Washingtonia robusta
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii trunk
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Rhopalostylis sapida trunk and blossom
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita
Dysis decipiens MR
Dypsis decipiens
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Copernicia baileyana trunk and crown
Copernicia baileyana
Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata
Cyrtostachys laaka or renda
Cyrtostachys renda
Cyrtostachys laaka renda 
Cyrtostachys renda (laaka)
Cyrtostachys renda 
Cyrtostachys renda
Areca vestiaria 
Areca vestiaria
Dypsis saintlucei 
Dypsis saintlucei
Burretiokentia koghiensis 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera
Areca vestiaria
Areca vestiaria
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix canariensis trunk
Phoenix canariensis
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
 
Coccothrinax spissa
Rhapidophyllum hystrix 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhaphia hookeri 
Raphia hookeri
Areca ipot 
Areca ipot
Areca alicea 
Areca alicea
Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata juvenile
Deckenia species
Deckenia species
Chamaedorea linearis
Chamaedorea linearis
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Bottle Palm
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
Coccothrinax trunk
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita 
Coccothrinax crinita
Zombia antillarum 
Zombia antillarum
Copernicia berteroana 
Copernicia berteroana
Cyrosophila species 
Cryosphila species
Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Sabal mexicana 
Sabal mexicana
Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera
Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea
Zombia antillarum
Zombia antillarum
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa
Rhopalostylis sapida crown shaft
Rhopalostylis sapida
Washintonia robusta cleaned
Washintonia robusta, trunks cleaned
Washintonia robusta not cleaned
Washintonia robusta trunks not cleaned
Have petticoats
Pelagodoxa henryana
Pelagodoxa henryana
Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele
Sabal palmetto 
Sabal palmetto
Sabal riverside 
Sabal riverside
Sabal palmetto 
Sabal palmetto
Ravenea hildebrandtii 
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
Dypsis lutescens 
Dypsis lutescens
Corypha utan 
Corypha utan
Corypha utan 
Corypha utan
Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis
Campecarpus fulcitas
Campecarpus fulcitas
Basselinia gracilis
Basselinia gracilis
Copernicia tectorum
Copernicia tectorum
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba
Dypsis species
Dypsis species
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii
Veitchia joannis 
Veitchia joannis
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Foxy Lady - Wodyetia x Veitchia  
Foxy Lady - Wodyetia x Veitchia
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Orbignya cohune 
Orbignya cohune
Pseudophoenix vinifera
Pseudophoenix vinifiera
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans
Sabal yapa
Sabal Yapa
Cocos nucifera the Coconut Palm 
Cocos nucifera
Dypsis cabadae 
Dypsis cabadae
Syagrus schizophila 
Syagrus schizophila
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Phoenix roebellenii 
Phoenix roebellenii
Roystonea regia 
Base of Roystonea regia
Queen Palm triple 
Queen Palm triple
King Palm triple 
King Palm triple
Queen Palm 
Queen Palm
Washingtonia robusta and filifera 
Washingtonia robusta left, filifera right
Copernicia macroglossa 
Copernicia macroglossa
Thrinax radiata 
Thrinax radiata
Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Aiphanes aculeata 
Aiphanes aculeata
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Clinostigma savoryana
Clinostigma species
Areca catechu
Areca catechu

 

TO SEE THE FULL VERSION ARTICLE ON PALM TREE TRUNKS, CLICK HERE!

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
LARGE, DARK & HOOKED SPINES
MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This medium to tall fan palm is native to southeast Asia.  It can get to heights of thirty-five feet or more.  It is an interesting palm that is easy to grow and has a very ornamental leaf with deep divisions of the segments.  Its segment almost make a complete circle.  Leaf color is green.  The spines on the petioles tend to be dark in color and dramatic, usually the thing most people remember most about this species.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  The 15g on sale is good sized.

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


Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus
Note prominent spines - with maturity, they get
a lot bigger and more ferocious. 
Livistona saribus
Note:  Seed color is blue
Livistona saribus

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM
BEST DATE FRUIT VARIETY

TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

These are easy to ship.  Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount. The fifth and six figures are stock photos to demonstrate the color.  They are not the plants on special today.  Of note, we only have limited numbers of these 5g plants available.  Don't dally.
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing blue color of the medjool
Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Stock photo showing what these plants will
look like, grown in sun and heat
Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD
NO SPINES WHATSOEVER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT/5G SIZE

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

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

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


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

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

You must mention this special at time of ordering to get this price.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
20 gallon size at nursery
Lepidozamia peroffskyana

    

ADENIUM OBESUM
RED FLOWERING PLANT
CALLED "THE DESERT ROSE"
MINIATURE PLANT, USED FOR BONSAI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH PLANTS

As I have mentioned previously in this Blog, I am not an expert on succulents nor bonsai plants.  But, I know what I like and this is a great species to grow.  I specifically ordered in some smaller young Adenium that will have red blossoms as shown below.  This size and species are hard to find.  This species is native to Africa and blossoms are found that are yellow, white or red.  Of interest, it gets a bizarre trunk and mature is never too large.  In the ground and in habitat, plants get up to ten feet or more.  The trunk expands into a fat, contorted globular shape as seen below.  This occurs in pots or in the ground.  The flowers of our plants will be red and, when in full bloom, quite stunning.  It is water conserving and never gets large in a pot.  Cold tolerance is a bit below 30 degrees by estimate.  I'd recommend protecting it from cold.  Filtered light or some sun is ideal.

REGULAR PRICE 4 INCH THIS SPECIES $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $15

These are easy to ship, weather permitting.  Mention this Special for your discount.
Adenium obesum red
This and next 3 pictures 4 inch pot size
Adenium obesum red
Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red
This and next 2 pictures bonsai mature
blooming plant
Adenium obesum red Adenium obesum red  

 

DUDLEYA BRITTONIA
BLUE TO CHALK WHITE
MINIATURE SIZE
LOVES SUN
TAKES HARDLY ANY WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH POTS

For the past few years we've been offering this strikingly "white" succulent that is native to North America.  It has a very small mature size, rarely over 12 to 16 inches wide.  Leaf color is white to blue.  If it gets more water in the summer it gets more of a blue color.  Spring to summer blossoms are a pink color.  Culturally, one should not over water it.  This can cause rot.  I met a friend who had an old one.  I asked him "How often do you water it?".  He said "never".  "Only rain water".  That says it all.  The 4 inch pots on special and shown here are very attractive.  They want full sun and are cold hardy into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $20
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $15


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Dudleya brittonia
This and next 2 pictures of plants on special
Dudleya brittonia
Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia
This and next picture of larger plants at nursery
Dudleya brittonia

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
CHUNKY 15G ON SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Most of you know this species.  It's not that rare but for folks in colder areas, it's hard to find.  I'm offering a good price on nice 15g with some trunk.  See photos.  Cold hardiness into single digits F.  Sun or part sun.  For mail orders, anticipate the shipping will be just as much as the plant.  We only ship plants in their containers with soil.  No immediate losses or one year setbacks this way.

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


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Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei  

 

FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
BRILLIANT RED FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Customers particularly love this deep red flowering Anthurium.  I've been selling them like crazy recently.  We also have white and orange and occasionally get in other colors.  The plants on special each have five or six blossoms.  Blossoms last for a month or more.  This is a filtered light plant that should be protected from frost.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

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Red Anthurium Anthurium red flower
Anthurium red flower Anthurium red flower Anthurium red flower

 

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

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

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

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

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINISE FAN PALM
BIG FLAT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1G

This Asian palm is quite attractive with its large and flat green leaves.  It is slow growing.  The 1g on special here are 3 years old and very nice.  This plant takes full or part day sun and is cold hardy into the teens F.  Many have grown this species as a houseplant.  Easy to ship.  BTW, this price is the same as a band yet these 1g are three times larger.

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

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Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
MADAGASCAR PALM, THIN TRUNK
EASY TO GROW, FULL SUN MANY AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE


This palm has proven to be such a great palm species for Southern CA.  I say this because it's easy to grow, takes coastal sun, has a thin trunk and doesn't get overly tall.  Mature, the trunk is under ten inches.  Height in most areas is 25 feet or less.  Some say it resembles a miniature Majesty Palm.  Well, it is a Ravenea and they share a certain look.  But, this species is a winner.  It doesn't have all the cultural problems you often see with the Majesty.  The photo from the wild below (unknown photographer) has to be one of my favorite palm photographs.

Along the coast I'd give it full sun.  Inland, part day sun should work.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties or a bit lower.  The band size on sale are 3 years old and tall for a band.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25

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Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
15 size at website
Ravenea glauca Arkive website
c/o Arkive Website
Ravenea glauca
25g at website
Ravenea glauca unknown author palmpedia
by unknown author Palmpedia
Ravenea glauca
in garden, Encinitas, CA
Ravenea glauca
in garden, El Cajon, CA

SUNDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
YELLOW CROWN SHAFT
YES, IT DOES THROW A NEW RED LEAF!
LIMITED NUMBERS AVAILABLE!

This is the blond version of the popular "Flame Thrower Palm", Chambeyronia.  This variety is called Chambeyronia hookeri.  Compare this to the dark green crown shafted version, Chambeyronia macrocarpa, below.  Taxonomists argue that they are both the same.  But, once you've seen this yellow version, you'll attest to it being a different plant.  Shown here are two squat 15g hookeri.  Note that the plant on the left is throwing a purple-red new leaf.  This should dissuade the incorrect notion that C. hookeri doesn't throw a new red leaf.  I've shown two garden plants below that have the red emergent leaf.  This squat 15g size shown here can be shipped.  This species will take coastal sun - filtered light far inland - and is cold hardy to about 22 to 23 degrees F.  For info on C. macrocarpa, read below.
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
New red leaf from garden plant
Chambeyronia hookeri
Older plant showing yellow crown shaft
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri TS at RPS
Photo by TS at RPS
Chambeyronia hookeri

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF
DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
A DEFINITE WINNER!

What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are squat 15g plants which can be shipped.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Note green crown shaft - compare to
Chambeyronia hookeri above
Chambeyronia macrocarpa TS at RPS
Photo by TS at RPS
Chambeyronia macrocarpa

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAT PALM
MEDIUM SIZED WITH RUSTY CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Native to Madagascar, the Teddy Bear Palm is most known for it's fuzzy, red-brown crown shaft and for its silver trunk with prominent rings.  Of all the species from Madagascar, this palm is definitely in the top ten.  Trunk diameter averages about six inches and mature height is usually about 25 feet.  Along the coast it takes full sun.  It is cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties F.  The band size on special are about 2.5 years old.  We do have other sizes for sale.

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


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Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 

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

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

REGULAR BAN PRICE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $25

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

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
A DIFFERENT SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL TRIPLE 5G SIZE

Please see above.  This size is also on special - 5 gallon with several plants in the same pot.

REGULAR PRICE3 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


You know the drill - Mention this Special at time of purchase for your discount.  These ten day specials are sort of like using a paperless "coupon".
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa by TS RPS
photo by TS, RPS
Dypsis plumosa

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 25G PLANTS


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

This gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here is a plant we germinated 10 years ago.  It went from a band to a 5g, then to a 15g and now, after some time in a 25g pot, it is quite nice as you see.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $360


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

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

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

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

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

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
GORGEOUS, CROWN SHARTED, SINGLE TRUNK
FROM THE KERMADEC ISLANDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAN SIZE 

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, calling it a subspecies 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.  I'd recommend part day sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  If you are far inland, grow it in filtered light.

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


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Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii   
 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES
NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE

For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The 1.5 gallon plants here are 3 to 4 years old.  I have very limited numbers for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 G SIZE $115
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 G SIZE $85

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  These would be simple to mail order.
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer

Encephalartos caffer

Encephalartos caffer

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
MAJESTIC BLUE FAN PALM
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Every serious gardener or palm enthusiast In So Cal has to have at least one of this species in their yard.  In my opinion, this is the best of all the blue fan palms.  Well grown, mature plants are just stunning.  The color is a definite blue.  Stem size averages about 18 to 20 inches (sometimes thicker).  Heights here in CA should get up to over 30 feet with ease and several decades of growth.  The leaf crowns are full.  They love heat and sun. 

The only downside is that they only tolerate temperatures down to about 20 degrees F.  If you get colder than this you would defer to the also blue Brahea armata which goes to about 15 degrees F but is also intensely blue in color.  The one gallon Bismarckia on special are in the strap leaf stage but should be produce fan leaves this summer.  BTW, the "purple" color you see in the leaf of the 4th photo is this species natural response to cold and it's presence or absence has nothing to due with eventual color other than the fact that it shows a plant is indeed the blue form of Bismarckia. 


REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

But, you must mention this Ten Day Special to get this price.

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis

 

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

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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase to get this discount.
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
MEDIUM SIZED AFRICAN CYCAD
GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This South African green cycad is known for not being overly large.  A mature plant will typically have a trunk 3 to 4 feet tall (in habitat up to 8 feet) and leaves are about 4 feet long.  For a green Encephalartos, this is a very manageable size.  It's a good growing species that takes full sun along the coast and is cold tolerant to the very low 20's F.  The bands we have on sale are 2 to 3 years old with typically several leaves.

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

Just mention this Special to get this price when ordering.
 
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans by Wayne Atkinson
photo by Wayne Atkinson
Encephalartos aemulans
15 gallon size at nursery
Encephalartos aemulans
Band size
Encephalartos aemulans
Boxed specimen at nursery
Encephalartos aemulans by BotonyCS WEbsite
photo by Botany C.S. Website

PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM
SUCKERING, MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 15 GALLON PLANTS

This suckering, pinnate and armed palm is native to South Africa.  From a cultural point of view, the most interesting thing about these palms is the diversity of the plants that you'll see in gardens and at nurseries.  Not only does the containerized plant look different from plant to plant, but in the ground there are differences.  Some leaves are very plumose - others are flat.  Some have thicker trunks, others thin.  Some get to ten to fifteen feet tall, others to almost 40 feet.  So, it's hard to know what you'll get when you buy one.  These differences may be due to genetics or long term hybridization of the gene pool.  It's safe to just give it plenty of room to grow.

This species likes full hot sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It is not the most cold hardy of the Date Palm family.  But, it's more cold tolerant than the Pygmy Date for sure.  Leaf stems have sharp spines, so be careful when handling or planting/pruning.  We just got in some very large 15g that are 7 to 8 feet tall in their pots.  And, we're putting them on sale.  BTW, in case you didn't know, it's quite hard to find nice 15 gallon size of this species.  These could be shipped but would require a huge box!

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


Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase for this discount.
Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon
Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon Phoenix reclinata 15 gallon
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata

 

SATURDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

VISITING A TROPICAL LOS ANGELES GARDEN
HILLS OF THE WESTERN SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
SUPER HOT SUMMERS - COOLER WINTERS
LOTS OF CYCADS IN LARGE CERAMIC POTS

We've had a very long term customer who has an expansive garden in the somewhat rugged hills west of the San Fernando Valley.  I'd estimate his home is at an elevation of 800 feet.  It's in a very hilly, mountainous community off a windy and narrow entrance road.  He had the dream of creating a tropical garden with palms and cycads.  But, he has a lot of native oak trees which he also loves.  The latter led cultural problems including invasive oak roots and oak root fungus.  These soil issues made the garden's soil an unfavorable medium for the cycads, his favorite type of plant.  It took quite a few years to appreciate this problem and think of a handling.  His solution was to utilize very large yet beautiful ceramic containers for his cycads.  This led to his actually digging up some cycads and putting them in these large pots.  In some areas where he didn't suspect there was a problem he did leave cycads in the ground.  All of his cycads love his summer heat - typically in the 90's F. or higher.  His winters are cool, often into the mid-twenties.  Palms were more of a challenge for him because of his temperature extremes.  But, through trial and error, he's created a gorgeous tropical garden as shown below. 

This garden is situated on quite a few acres.  You'll note the physical layout of the garden follows his terrain.  He aesthetically used walls, walkways, water features and interesting planting areas.  It is laid out in a very artistic manner with great utilization of many types of plants.  Also note the usage of tropical companion plants and succulents to adorn the garden floor.  The results have been quite amazing.  You'd think a garden like this was designed by a landscape architect - but it wasn't.  Rather, with his vision of what he wanted to create and his knowledge of the plants, he created by himself this unique and beautiful tropical garden.  I'd like to show you some pictures taken yesterday. I hope you enjoy this photographic tour.  And, for you cycad enthusiasts, you might spot some very unusual species.

 

Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley
Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley Tropical Garden San Fernando Valley

 

PHILODENDRON "RED CONGO"
ROSETTE TYPE PHILODENDRON
RED COLOR TO LEAVES AND STEMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G SIZE

This popular Philodendron cultivar is not a climber but rather forms more rosette shaped plants on the garden floor or in a container.  They are not for full sun though and do better with filtered light.  Cold hardiness is down to a freeze.  The stems are red and there is a red color to the back of the leaves.  The dorsal surface of the leaves is a green color and its shade of green depends on light exposure.  In low light they are a very dark green.  Some have grown it as an interior plant.  The 5g shown here are very large sized and on special.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $60


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Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo
Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo
Philodendron red congo Philodendron red congo  

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM
SINGLE TRUNK
MEDIUM SIZE - FIBROUS TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This is a single trunk, medium to large pinnate palm from Tropical areas of Asia.  It can get to thirty feet tall or more in the wild.  The trunk is thick and covered with coarse fibers and mat.  Leaves are about eight feet long with leaflets having jagged tips.  Green fruits are boiled to prepare a sugar syrup.   But, one must be cautious as the fruit contains irritating (to the skin) crystals.  Growth rate is medium, it prefers coastal sun and is somewhat cold hardy.  The 15g is the size we're putting on special.

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

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Be aware that we may have smaller sizes available.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga Pinnata

 

CHAMAEDOREA ERNESTI-AUGUSTI
SINGLE TRUNK - SIMPLE LEAF
WIDE LEAVES
LOOK GREAT PLANTED IN SMALL COLONIES

This New World semi-dwarf species can get up to about six or maybe eight feet height.  It has simple (not divided) leaves with a narrow trunk.  It definitely is not for sun and likes to be in an understory setting.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Shown here are nice 5g plants.  Planted three to five plants together is ideal.  This gives a fuller look and is super attractive.  We do have several other sizes available.
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti  

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM
TWO SIZES AVAILABLE:
ONE AND FIVE GALLON
MULTIPLE PLANTS PER POT IS BEST
 
This is a single trunk Chamaedorea native to Mexico.  It is quick growing and in no way is similar to a Queen palm.  Trunk diameters mature are about 1.5 to 2 inches.  Mature height averages 14 feet.  Leaves are fluffy.  There are no thorns or sharp edges to this plant.  This species can take full coastal sun but also survives in filtered light.  It is quite popular and looks best with several plants grown together as a colony.   It also has a small garden footprint.  With its quick growth, trunks are overhead in no time.  Shown here are one and five gallon plants.  Unfortunately, we are sold out of our 15g size.  Mail order possible on these smaller sizes.
Chamaedorea plumosa
This and next 4 pictures 1 gallon size
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa
This and next 4 pictures 5 gallon size
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
mature plants in ground in San Diego in full sun

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
A TALL, ROBUST SPECIES
THICK TRUNK, HEIGHTS OVER 30 FEET
DARK GREEN TRUNK WITH RINGS
NICE 5 GALLON AVAILABLE


This single trunk Chamaedorea is native to areas from southern Mexico and Central America. They may also be native colonies in Columbia.  Heights can get to almost 15 meters with trunk diameters of 2 inches or a bit more.  Trunks are dark green with prominent white rings.  Leaves are long for this genus and have wide leaflets.  It prefers filtered light and, like other single trunk Chamaedoreas, looks good grown in colonies.   Shown here are 5g plants of this species.  We occasionally have 15g that are super nice.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  Only limited numbers are available at any time.
 
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
15g size, sometimes available
Chamaedorea woodsoniana

 

SABAL PRINCEPS
HUSKY CARIBBEAN FAN PALM
GREEN TO BLUE GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of fan palm, according to some taxonomists, may be the same as Sabal Bermudana, native to Bermuda.  It gets an 18 to 24 inch thick trunk and has wide green leaves.  It can reach maximum heights of greater than fifty feet, loves sun and heat and is cold hardy into the teens F.  Our band sizes are nicely sized for their container and on sale.

REGULAR PRICE BANDS $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $22.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special for your discounted price when you purchase.
Sabal princeps Sabal princeps
Sabal princeps Sabal princeps Sabal bermudana

 

PAPAYA TREES
15G AND 5G SIZES
15G IN FRUIT
YES, YOU CAN HAVE PAPAYA FOR BREAKFAST

I don't pretend to be a tropical fruit grower, but I love papaya and once in a while have them for sale.  Shown here is a 5g and 15g plant.  The latter is overhead and has two green papaya at the top of the trunk below the foliage.  A customer of our nursery has had years of experience with Papaya and has about eight trees going.  He has papaya for breakfast every morning from spring to autumn.  He says the key is to always have more younger trees coming along.  He mention that their fruiting life is only about five years.  And, I might add, you should be in a frost free area of Southern CA.  We prefer the Mexican Papaya as it is more cold hardy.
Papaya, fruiting Papaya, fruiting
Papaya, fruiting
15 gallon with fruit at upper trunk
Papaya, fruiting Papaya, fruiting
Papaya, fruiting Papaya, fruiting Papaya, fruiting

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE ROOT SPINE PALM
WHITE BACKS TO LEAVES
NEVER TOO TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This medium sized fan palm has native habitats extending from southern Mexico down into northern Columbia.  It can reach heights up to 30 feet with a three to four inch thick trunk.  Leaves are of the fan type but are green on top and near white underneath.  Trunks are covered with modified small roots and is thus known as the "Root Spine Palm".  But, the most notable thing is the white below the leaves.  They can take full coastal sun but probably do best with a bit of sun or strong filtered light.  They grow at a medium rate and take temperatures down to a freeze and perhaps even lower.  The 1g size are on special.  But, we do have plants a bit larger as well.

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

Mention this Special for your discount.
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha
15g size, sometimes available
Cryosophila stauracantha by TS RPS
Photo by TS or RPS
 

 

SUNDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

THE NURSERY HAS BEEN BUSY
SOME NEW CYCADS JUST IN
INCLUDES SOME HUGE SPECIMENS

Since we brought in that huge Sacramento cycad collection, we acquired a collection of about a hundred small, very rare cycads along with portions of several other collections of larger plants.  Included as shown here are two very large E. transvensosus, an E. natalensis with over two feet of trunk, about eight very large Cycas thouarsii - some with several feet of trunk and a lot of super rare Encephalartos in smaller sizes.  This latter group contains E. cupidus, dyerianus, giant cupidus, nubimontanus, E. horridus, lehmannii and many more great species.  We didn't stage most of these plants for these photos.  Rather, we just walked around and shot some pictures.  If you contact us or drop by, we'd be glad to show you these new plants that arrived this week.  These big ones are of a size that is rarely offered for sale.  Any and all of these can be shipped or delivered.

Encephalartos natalensis 40g 16 x 28 inches
Encephalartos natalensis 40g 16 x 28 inches
Encephalartos natalensis 40g 16 x 28 inches
Encephalartos natalensis 40g 16 x 28 inches
Encephalartos natalensis 40g 16 x 28 inches
Encephalartos natalensis 40g 16 x 28 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus 30g 17 x 16 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus 30g 17 x 16 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus 30g 17 x 16 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus 30g 17 x 16 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus 30g 17 x 16 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus 30g 17 x 16 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus box 16 x 14 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus box 16 x 14 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus box 16 x 14 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus box 16 x 14 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus box 16 x 14 inches
Encephalartos transvenosus box 16 x 14 inches
Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Another Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Another Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Another Cycas thouarsii box very large trunk
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus 15 g size
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus 15 g size
 

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
VARIETY AYANISHIKI
GROWN IN FAIRLY BRIGHT LIGHT
5G WITH LOTS OF CANES

It is very difficult to find a nursery that offers variegated Rhapis.  For whatever reason, about fifteen to twenty years ago we started carrying these gems.  It started when we purchased in about a hundred rare plants from Hollenberg's original collection.  In case you don't remember, he's the one who wrote the book on variegated Rhapis.  These plants never get large - typically under five feet tall.  The patterns of variegation determine the variety names.  Most have Japanese names.  This 5g plant is quite old with about six or more canes.  It is being grown in a bit too much light and this hides some of the contrast with the variegation.   I'd plant it in filtered light.  Variegated Rhapis are quite cold hardy and go easily into the low 20's F.  We have a nice selection of plants from small to large specimens.

Click here to read our article on Variegated Rhapis

Rhapis excelsa variegated ayanishiki 5g Rhapis excelsa variegated ayanishiki 5g
Rhapis excelsa variegated ayanishiki 5g Rhapis excelsa variegated ayanishiki 5g Rhapis excelsa variegated ayanishiki 5g
http://www.junglemusic.net/Variegated_Rhapis_Excelsa/Variegated_Lady_Palms.html
This and the next two photos shown plants grown in
much less sun
http://www.junglemusic.net/Variegated_Rhapis_Excelsa/Variegated_Lady_Palms.html http://www.junglemusic.net/Variegated_Rhapis_Excelsa/Variegated_Lady_Palms.html

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
NICE 24 GALLON SIZE
ABOUT LIKE A 24 INCH BOX

Most people like this single trunk pinnate palm native to Madagascar.  It loves sun and heat.  Mature height is usually between twenty and twenty-five feet.  Cold hardiness is about 24 degrees - at which point the leaves will burn.  Lethal temperatures are the low 20's F.  It gets its name from the triangular (three sided) crown shaft.  This area shows speckling and colors ranging from purple, brown, and black to gray.  Leaves are in the three planes, matching the crown shaft below.  This 25 gallon plant is equivalent to a 24 inch box but much easier to handle and plant.  We have limited supplies available.

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

 

CYCAS CURRANII
LARGER CYCAD WITH GREEN LEAVES
GOOD SIZED, OLDER PLANTS AVAILABLE

This species is a large sized plant that was originally discovered by an American visiting the Island of Palawan in the Philippines in 1906.  But, soon thereafter, lost it's status as a species until Ken Hill reestablished its species status in 1995.  Trunks attain a height of over thirty feet with a diameter one to two feet.  Leaf length is six to eight feet, Leaflets are about ten inches long, one half inch wide and, as the leaf ages, become somewhat dependent and droopy.  There is little information available on this species. 

Shown here are multiple nursery plants including a larger boxed specimen.  The 15g plants are about eight to ten years old and have heights in their pots of about seven feet.  Note how their leaves and the leaves of the box are not droopy as of yet.  But, with time, they do droop.  This is a part day sun species, perhaps tolerating full sun along the coast.  I have seen it tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I find it to be prettier than
Cycas thouarsii. Here I am showing our 15g and boxed sizes.
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by BGL
photo by BGL
 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MYOLENSIS
ALL KING PALMS ARE NOT ALIKE
SOME ARE JUST PLAIN PRETTIER
NICE 5G AND 15G AVAILABLE


Shown here are nursery 5g and 15g of this super desirable type of King Palm.  To my eye they are much prettier than the common King Palm, Archontophoenix myolensis.  Below I'll show it's characteristics.  And below this I'll give a link to my article on King Palms.  There you can compare all the different types of Archontophoenix.

Common Name(s):  Myola King Palm, named after a region in Queensland
Native Locality: Northeastern Queensland, outside the city of Cairns.  Described in 1994 by John Dowe 
Overall Height:  Up to about sixty feet
Trunk Diameter:  Approximately one foot in diameter, slightly swollen at the base
Leaf Length:  12 feet, mildly twisted along axis
Leaflets:  Two to three feet long, silver underneath and relaxed on rachis.  Note, leaflets hang down to some
extent on this species.

Crown Shaft Color:  Emerald green or blue-green, very clean color.  Crown shaft not mottled with brown  
Presence of Ramenta:  Absent
Flower Color:  White
Other Comments:  Graceful and pretty palm with arched leaves and leaflets that hang downwards

LINK TO KING PALM ARTICLE


Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis
Archontophoenix myolensis Archontophoenix myolensis by TS at RpS
Photo by TS at RPS
Archontophoenix myolensis by Luke Nancarrow
Photo by Luke Nancarrow, PACSOA

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
MOST SOUGHT AFTER SPECIES OF GENUS
RARE MADAGASCAR PALM
PROBABLY THE MOST COLD HARDY BECCARIOPHOENIX
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1G PLANTS

If you've followed this Blog over the years, you realize that we've progressed through three different species of Beccariophoenix.  This species is the latest and most sought after of the known three species.  Described several years ago, it comes from the high plateau area of central Madagascar.  It seems to have the best cold hardiness and goes down to below 25 degrees F.  It's being well grown by enthusiasts in the SF Bay area.  These one gallons on special are huge for their container and easy to ship.  Along the coast it does well with full sun and is a fast growing species.  Limited numbers are available.

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

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.
Beccariophoenix alfredii
This and next 3 pictures of the one gallon size
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
5 gallon size also available
Beccariophoenix alfredii
15 gallon size at nursery
Beccariophoenix alfredii
this photo and next by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenx alfredii by TS at RPS

 

PLUMERIA PLANTS
LARGE 5 GALLON AVAILABLE
SOME BRANCHING
THREE TO FOUR COLORS


Very nice 5g Plumeria just became available to us and are three to four feet tall in their pots.  Most have branches with lots of leaves.  Some are just coming into flower.  On this size if they don't have flowers, it is a gamble as to which color they'll end up being.  They like sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is down to a freeze or slightly below.  These are extremely difficult to ship by mail order b/c the stems are brittle.  My favorite is the pink.  Limited supplies.  We also have large 15g available as well.
plumeria 5g plumeria 5g
plumeria 5g plumeria 5g plumeria 5g
plumeria 5g plumeria 5g plumeria 5g

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
THE CLASSIEST OF HOUSEPLANTS
BEAUTIFUL SQUAT 20G SPECIMEN
THIS IS THE LARGEST WE CAN SHIP
THIN TRUNKS, LOTS OF LEAFLETS


Over the years, I've certainly pushed this type of Lady Palm from China.  I've done this because I think it's one of the prettiest Rhapis and it does great inside the home or on the patio.  It never gets too tall - about eight to ten feet
et maximum.  It's canes are thin and tidy.  They carry little scrappy debris like the classic Lady Palm Rhapis excelsa.  They have three times the number of leaflets per leaf, sometimes up to more than twenty.  These leaflets are narrow and come to a point.  Excelsa are much wider with a blunt end.  Multifida like filtered light outdoors and are cold hardy to the low 20's F.  Sizes we have are the one shown here and the 5g.  I can mail order right to your door.

 
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
DWARF PALM - FLUFFY LEAVES
NEVER OVER SIX FEET TALL
TOLERATES SUN AND SOME COLD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

First and most important: On sale here are nice one gallon A. arenaria.  They are big for their pots.  This species is native to Brazil and has habitats right on the beach next to the ocean.  It loves full hot sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's or colder.  So, if you need a sun palm that stays small, this one works great.  As shown, leaves are plumose and sort of blue on the underside of the leaflets.  Leaf length is about four feet.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

Just mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria
Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria Allagoptera arenaria

  

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHCI PALM
MEDIUM SIZE FAN PALM
FROM SONORA, MEXICO
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This medium sized fan palm gets to a height typically of twenty to twenty-five feet, has a rather narrow trunk for a Brahea and a smaller crown of green fan shaped leaves.  It is a medium rate growing palm that tolerates full sun. Exact cold tolerance is not known but felt to be into the low 20's F.  It could be lower but is not documented.  The one gallon plants on sale are at least 4 years old and very nice.  These are easy to mail order.

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

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

Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM
BULGING TRUNK ABOVE THE GROUND!
MUCH BETTER FOR CO CAL THAN THE BOTTLE PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G 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 that you CAN grow and is 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.  The one gallon size here are fantastic - very large for their pots with heights of 24 to 30 inches.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $35

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
ALL LEAVES IN ONE PLANE
GREAT FOR NO-FREEZE AREAS
LARGE 10 GALLON AVAILABLE

This popular tree is not actually a palm - rather it's more similar to a single trunk banana.  All of its leaves are in one plane.  So, from the front it looks wide and full.  But, look 90 degrees to either side and it's very thin.  It does best in sun or at least part day sun.  It does not take a freeze at all.  If you get below 32 degrees, it's probably not best to try one.  They do form a trunk over time and can get up to 30 feet tall.  Shown here are nice 8 foot tall 10 g plants.  We have limited supplies.  We do have some smaller and some even bigger.  If you like that lush tropical type leaf, this plant may be perfect for you.
Ravanala madagascarensis the Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis the Traveler Palm
Ravanala madagascarensis the Traveler Palm Ravanala madagascarensis the Traveler Palm  

 

FRIDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER, 2016

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
A DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PALM
BUT, CAN TAKE SOME SUN
NICE 5G TRIPLES

This dwarf, single trunk palm species is native to Mexico where it grows in forested areas.  It is known for it's overall small size.  Plants rarely get over five feet.  However, the very prominent blossoms can reach way above the foliage.  They are orange in color with black seeds on the females.  There is also a trunking form of this species.  Shown here in the regular dwarf form.  They are the most cold hardy Chamaedorea tolerate filtered light or even sometimes full sun along the coast.  The lowest tolerated cold temperature is about 18 degrees F.  We have a nice selection of 5g plants right now with three per pot.  These will form an attractive small colony and maybe you'll even get some seeds.
 
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 

CARYOTA URENS
THE COLD HARDY FISHTAIL
TALL AND FAST GROWING
DIFFICULT TO FIND NOWADAYS
NICE 15 GALLONS AVAILABLE

This single trunk monocarpic pinnate palm is native to Asia and in particular to northern Thailand.  Specimens grown in Southern California have been known to get eighty feet tall.  They have a light colored (tan) trunk covered with a very fine fur.  Growth rate is very fast.  Trunk diameter is typically about 16 to 18 inches.  Leaves are multi-pinnate with angular leaflets.  They tolerate full sun along the coast.  With really hot weather, give them extra water.  The 15g shown here are quite nice and overhead.  In the ground, these plants will be twenty feet tall in several years.  We have limited availability.
 
Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens

 

CRYPTHANTHUS BROMELIADS
EARTH STAR BROMELIAD
SMALL, CUTE & COLORFUL
LOTS OF PINK AND RED!
VERY AFFORDABLE

These smaller Bromeliads are known for the fact that they are a terrestrial type of Bromeliad and do well planted right into the ground.  Contrast this to the epiphytic types that live on branches of trees above your head.  Small roots anchor these plants into the ground and do little in terms of absorbing nutrition.  A mature plant is usually no bigger than a dinner plate.  They take strong filtered  light or a bit of sun.  These plants are  in 4 and 6 inch pots.  We  only occasionally have them for sale.  They are a fairly rare Bromeliad to find.  We have three or four species.  Most are combinations of pink, red, green and white although some are banded and darker in color.  They can also be grown inside the house and remain small.  Mail order is a piece of cake.
Crypthanthus Crypthanthus
Crypthanthus Crypthanthus Crypthanthus
Crypthanthus Crypthanthus Crypthanthus

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
TREES IN FRUIT

Wodyetia bifurcata, a species from Queensland, Australia, is known for it's fluffy leaves, medium stature and bright red and large fruit.  Shown here are several plants in fruit in various stages.  Fruit first appears green.  Fruit will attain full size but still be green.  Then it changes to a light yellow, then to orange and finally to a prominent red.  At this red stage it may fall to the ground.  When red, it is ready to be removed and germinated.  Green fruit germinates poorly.  Fruit size is about like a small chicken egg.  Seeds inside are brown and prominently grooved.
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
First tree in fruit.  All seeds are green
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Another specimen with ripening fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Tree with ripe, red fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit

CYCAS THOUARSII
EASY-T0-GROW CYCAD FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS THIS BATCH

This species of medium to large cycad from Madagascar tolerates full sun along the coast and filtered light inland.  It is fairly quick growing and has about six foot long green leaves.  The petioles are armed with small spines but the leaves themselves are not.  They are soft to the touch.  Trunks are vertical, usually under 12 inches thick.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. 

We are offering plants from a batch of 5g's that we got in.  These have been outdoor grown their entire lives and are ready to plant with minimal acclimation.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL FROM THIS BATCH 5G $75


You must mention this Blog only special to get this price when ordering.  These plants can be easily shipped to you.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
24 inch boxed nursery specimen
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

ENCEPHALARTOS FREDERICI-GUILIELMII
THIN LEAFED BLUE GREEN CYCAD
VERY COLD HARDY AND DIFFERENT


This South African cycad is almost never seen available in the size shown here.  This plant has a twelve inch caudex.  It has classic thin leaflets.  Leaf color is blue to blue-green.  Crowns of leaves are not overly large.  It loves sun and heat and want full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is almost down to 20 degrees f.  The container size on this plant is 25g. Leaf length of this species is about four feet although trunks can get over ten feet tall in centuries.  Of note, collectors call this species "EFG". 
 
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii Encephalartos friderici-guilielmii  

AEONIUM BLACK ROSE
BLACK-RED COMPANION PLANT

This succulent adds a different color to the garden.  Some plants are almost midnight black but do have hints of red.  We also have a variety that is much more green and even a variegated one that is yellow and green.  Plants don't get very large and can be trained to be short and full.  They tolerate coastal sun quite well and are cold hardy into the 20's F.  Shown here are one gallon and five gallon plants.  Both are on sale.  I realize this is not an unusual or rare plant.  Therefore, we'd give very good prices on these plants.
Aoeneum black rose Aeonium black rose
Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose Aeonium black rose

HOW TO SUPPORT A TRANSPLANTED LARGE PALM TREE
PHOTOGRAPHS OF ONE TECHNIQUE

Whether you are in the industry of growing palm trees or you are an enthusiast with your own garden, the situation might arise where you want to move an overhead large palm tree.  First, you must research and decide if the palm will survive a dig.  Some species like the common King Palm do terribly with transplanting.  Others, like the Mexican Fan Palm, do excellent.  Also, you must also decide if a crane is needed and if you need the assistance of a skilled contractor to move the palm.  Sometimes very large root balls are needed that weigh too much for men to move.

But, once a given palm is dug and placed in its planting hole, how do you keep it from falling over or prevent the wind from blowing it down?  Shown here is one technique using a series of braces at the bottom of the trunk.  You will note that short sections of a 2 x 4 inch board are placed at the same support point around the trunk and then these have been banded together.  I'd think a metal band with a tightening device would be best.  Then, attached to these shorter boards are the legs for support.  They are nailed into the short boards and then secured in the ground.  The higher up on the trunk they reach, probably the more secure the tree is.  But, you must also use the right angle of attachment.  I hope these pictures help you tell how this support system could be placed on a palm.  These pictures are of dug Sabal palmetto on a roadway/bridge crossing the  Bay in Tampa, Florida.

Support for transplanted large palm tree Support for transplanted large palm tree
Support for transplanted large palm tree Support for transplanted large palm tree Support for transplanted large palm tree
Support for transplanted large palm tree Support for transplanted large palm tree  

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
SINGLE TRUNK BLUE FAN PALM
LOTS OF PHOTOS SHOWING SUPER BLUE LEAVES

The photographs here are presented just to shown the great blue color of this single trunk fan palm from Madagascar.  I can hear people saying already, "Mine is the most blue one around".

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Alma says "super blue!"

ASSORTED RARE PALM TREES
DESIRABLE 25 GALLON SIZE
MAKES FOR GREAT LANDSCAPING

In the past, the wooden 24 inch box was the traditional next step for moving up a 15 gallon sized plant.  But, nowadays there are very nice larger plastic containers.  One that we really like is the 25 gallon size.  We've found that customers much prefer them over the 24 inch box.  Not only are they easier to handle and plant, but they also last much longer.  And, the bottoms don't rot out.  Shown here is an assortment of seven rare palm species in the 25 gallon pot.  They are easy to dolly and two people can easily plant them.  Also, they typically fit nicely into a pickup or even a large SUV.  We can also deliver them or ship them on a pallet with other plants.
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida

  

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!
MORE PICTURES OF THE FLOWERS

In the past I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  At that time I didn't have good photos of the blossoms.  So, I am showing them now.  It gets clusters of very large red flowers and does it in the shade.  And, it flower all year long.  Right now, in the middle of winter, it's still making flowers.  The tree gets to a height of about six to eight feet.  It is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  So, one might say it's "leggy".  But, in a way this is good as it doesn't create dark shade below.  One can plant at its base.  And, what a load of color to see overhead in the shade!

The photos here shown the three inch blossoms arranged in clusters.  The color is deep red.  We have 15g available.

Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora

 

 

SPECIMEN JUBAEA CHILENSIS AVAILABLE TO BUY
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
MARKEDLY DISCOUNTED PRICE!
NEED A CRANE BUT THEY DIG QUITE WELL
A BETTER ALTERNATIVE FOR THE CANARY ISLAND PALM


I am helping the owner of this mature Jubaea chilensis who wishes to sell it.  In case you don't remember, this palm has the thickest trunk of any palm in the world.  And, it's the most upscale and expensive larger palm that is used on high end landscape projects.  It sort of looks like a Canary Palm but has no spines.  It's felt to be much more desirable than a Canary.  The plant I'm presenting is in the ground in the San Francisco Bay area and available right now.  Mature Chilean Wine Palms are never cheap to purchase.  But, this seller is willing to sell it for less than half the going retail price. 

Call me for details and pricing - you'll be pleased.  But, remember that a digging crew and crane will be needed.  It's close to a street with what appears to be good access for digging.  It has approximately 20 feet of woody trunk.  Trunk diameter is about three feet.  The plant available is shown in the first five pictures here.  Following are garden pictures of other trees.  There are so few mature specimens available of this species, that it's quite typical for a dug plant to be transported quite long distances to their eventual new home.  And, if found through a usual supplier, they'd be twice the price to you.  So, this tree is a great opportunity for someone.
 

Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Trees at Mission Bay Park, San Diego
Jubaea chilensis
Different specimen in garden
Jubaea chilensis
Specimen with some blue in leaves

 

 

RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

I like to remind plant enthusiasts to recycle their plastic containers.  We will take them and give you a credit toward any purchase at the nursery.  Or, if you just don't know what to do with them and are conservative minded, drop them off at our nursery location.  We'll put them to good use.  We've been doing this for decades and think it's the right thing to do for the environment.  We are especially looking for larger pots, 15g and bigger.  We also really appreciate 7g and citrus pots.  However, tiny pots like 4 or 6 inch are not containers that we really utilize.  

So, don't clutter the environment by giving them to the garbage man or your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!
plastic pot
15 gallon pot
pots
Array of pots starting with the band size on the
left and ending on the right with a 24 inch box

  

 

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COLD HARDY PALMS!
BEST SELECTION AROUND
AND, SAVE MONEY ON DELIVERY OR SHIPPING!

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


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


BENEFITS OF SHIPPING BY THE PALLET:

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

 

SHIPPING PLANTS BY THE PALLET

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


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

 

Examples below of just some of the cold hardy palms we sell.
Most are 15g size and you can get easily nine plants on a pallet, often many more!  AND -
Save when you order plants by the pallet (read above)

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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SUPER COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS
SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY
SOMETIME EVEN ON SPECIAL!

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

I THINK YOU'LL FIND THAT JUNGLE MUSIC IS YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR RARE AND COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS YOU CAN'T FIND ANYWHERE!

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

 

 

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

Recently, on a drizzling day, sort of gray and gloomy, the following photos were taken by Alma.  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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MINI-REVIEW OF SOME INTERESTING AND COLORFUL TROPICAL PLANTS
FOR FULL VERSION ON TROPICAL PLANTS, CLICK HERE

Availability changes frequently.  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
     
COLORFULL 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.  Recently they've been out of inventory and I know of no one making new plants right now.  Sorry.  I'll keep you posted at this Blog.
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.  These are also out of stock as the supplier went out of business.  Sorry. 
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
 Ligulariaaa 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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MEET OUR JUNGLE MUSIC STAFF
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
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RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC CONTAINERS
NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS

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

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

    

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


PRESENTLY GOING ON SIX 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 featuresss Parajubaea torallyiii and Dioon merolae.  

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

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

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

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

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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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