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DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM


10G PLANTS - SEVEN FEET TALL
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G/SQUAT 15G PLANTS


This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.  I am offering nice squat 10 & 15g plants on special for ten days.  They are about 8 feet tall in their pots.  We do have limited numbers of larger and smaller sizes available.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet
Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Areca Palm Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens
Larger 20g also available at a good price
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM


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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, note the prominent blue color of the leaves.  This is the hallmark of this species.

Brahea armata band Brahea armata band Brahea armata band
Brahea armata Brahea armata band Brahea armata

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
A MORE PETITE SPECIES OF THE WINDMILL PALM
SMALL, STIFF LEAVES


EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS


This interesting palm, known as the Dwarf Chusan Palm, does not have a well known natural habitat.  Some think it may have originated with a dwarf cultivar of T. fortunei.  It is very slow growing with a hairy trunk.  Leaves mature are about two feet across, stiff and flat and do not flex down at the ends.  A decades old plant may have a trunk under ten feet tall.  It wants full sun and may be equally as cold hardy (down to 15 degree F. or colder) as the common Windmill Palm.  The bands on special are three years old and already showing their fan leaves.

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

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM
SILVER UNDERSIDE TO THE LEAVES


MODIFIED SPINES ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It can get up to a height of 25 feet but most garden specimens are under 15 feet.  Two things are quite noteworthy:  First, the undersides of the leaves are a silver-white.  A picture below of a nursery plant shows this.  Secondly, the trunk is narrow and covered with "modified" spines.  They are not real sharp and are not true spines.  The dorsal side of the leaves is green.  This palm likes strong filtered light and right on the coast may take part day sun.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be in the high 20's F.  Growth rate is medium.  The last photo by Tobias Spanner shows a near mature tree.  You have to have an overhead crown of leaves to really see the silver color.

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

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha by TS RPS

 

PHOENIX RECLINATA
THE SENEGAL DATE PALM


SUCKERING, SOMETIMES LARGER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This species of suckering Date Palm is typically felt to be native to South Africa although other populations have been reported in the Middle East, Madagascar and some tropical islands.  It is an armed palm with sharp spines on its leaf stems.  It loves full sun and heat.  Mature heights are variable.  Some plants only get to about fifteen feet.  But, I've seen plants with a mature height and many stems up to 35 feet.  Trunks average about six inches thick and are covered with fiber.  It is a dioecious palm where both sexes are needed to set fruit.  The bands on sale here are very large for their container as you can see.  These can be easily shipped.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special

Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata Phoenix reclinata

 

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 $150


Just mention this Special at our Blog to get your discount at the time of purchase.  Mature specimen photo by RPS.

Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii Phoenix theophrastii
Phoenix theophrastii phoenix theophrastii by TS at RPS  
     


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 $55

Just mention this Special for your discount.


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

 

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.  Another interesting thing is that the seed fruit is blue in color as shown below.  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 
Livistona saribus  Livistona saribus   
 

 

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 $25

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

 

WEDNESDAY, 18 OCTOBER, 2017

 

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE CURLY OR SENTRY PALM


CURVED/REFLEXED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This more rare type of Kentia Palm is from Lord Howe Island, the home also to the more common Howea forsteriana.  But, the Belmore Palm grows at a higher mountain elevation than the forsteriana.  Therefore, it possesses a bit more sturdiness and cold tolerance.  The hallmark of this species is the curve seen in the leaves.  They curve downwards toward the ground.  Thus we get the name "Curly" Palm.  Some call it a type of "umbrella" palm as well.  Expect a height up to 35 feet or a bit more with a six to eight inch trunk.  The 5g on special here are quite nice and 5 years old.  Note:  Photos below, first row 5g size on sale.  Second row 15g not on sale right now.  Last row are garden specimens.

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

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

Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
HOWEA BELMOREANA HOWEA BELMOREANA
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MYER"
NON-RUNNING, ATTRACTIVE, NEVER TALL


JUST IN - ONE GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


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.  Fruit/berries are red when blooming.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water.  The last photo taken by KGIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 1G $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL $15

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Easy to mail order.  


asparagus fern myeri asparagus fern myeri asparagus fern myeri
asparagus fern myeri asparagus fern myeri asparagus fern myeri by Carl Gerscens III

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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.  It is quick growing and has a rather thick, prominently ringed dark green trunk.  Flowers are quite prominent and, if you have several plants closely situated, the chances are you'll obtain fruit without even trying.  The last photo shows a flower with green fruit.  This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry.  I personally like the looks of a collection of several plants grown together.  Over time, as they age and get overhead, there will be some "stair-stepping" of the crowns and this is quite attractive.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples of our 5g that are on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $60

Just mention this Special for your discount.

Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL:  BAND SIZE & ONE GALLON



This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  I say this because some people don't like spines and prickles.  The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps.  Trunks can get to five feet, but one with two to three feet of trunk is very old.  Leaves average about four feet long and are strongly curled.  Sometimes they'll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve.  Leaf color is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  In shade or inside a greenhouse they are often green.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun.  Next to Encephalartos horridus, this is the second most popular cycad we grow.

Shown below in the first row is our band size.  The second row shows the 1g size.
The third row are larger nursery plants and the last row shows garden specimens.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50
REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $62.50


Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNUBA WAX PALM


WATER CONSERVING
LOVES HEAT AND SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Brazil and is a single trunk fan palm with a not too large crown of leaves that are green in color.  Sometimes they'll be blue-green.  Overall height can get over fifty feet.  Old leaf bases can be adherent to the trunk making rough as shown in the last photo.  Economically, the leaves of this species produce a wax that makes carnuba wax.  The latter is marketed for various usages including car and shoe wax.  This palm wants heat and sun and is cold hardy to at least the lower 20's F.  We are offering our 1g plants on sale.

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


Remember, mention this Special!

Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

   

HOW DOES ONE TELL IF HIS PALM IS DEAD?
IS MY PALM STILL GROWING?


HOW FAST IS IT GROWING?
MARK THE NEW SPEAR!


It is surprising that many palm enthusiasts don't know how to tell if their palm is alive or dead after some type of insult such as severe cold.  It's simple to determine if the plant is alive and growing.  Mark the central newest spear side by side while marking an adjacent fully extended leaf.  See the photo.  Then watch for the two moving apart.  The line of the new spear moves upward while the adjacent mark on the full size leaf stays the same.  Look at the difference movement of the new spear over time.  You can also tell how fast it's growing.  During the growing season (when warm), most palms will show a quarter of an inch or more of vertical new spear growth per day.  To confirm a serious problem, you'd note that there is no movement of the spear over several weeks.  But, if the new leaf spear is green, don't give up.  Just give it an extended period of time and watch for movement.   The photo shown here is of a marked spear on a  15 gallon Dypsis decaryi.  Note the horizontal black permanent marker marks. The new spear is on the left in the photo.
  
marking a palm spear for growth

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
YES, WILL PRODUCE BANANAS!


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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 on sale 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.  Most folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas.  I also have larger sizes.

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Cavendish banana Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana
5 gallon size shown here
Cavendish banana
20 g size also available
 

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT


ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE!

This species of Burretiokentia comes from the highest elevation of the three species of this genus from New Caledonia.  It grows at altitudes of almost 4000 feet.  It has a thin trunk of about six inches and can get to sixty feet tall.  It has a prominently bulging crown shaft that is known for it's diagonally dark markings.  Thus, the name "Tiger Palm".  The crown shaft is reddish-brown in color and has prominent striations as shown below.  Younger trunks are green with rings unless exposed to sun.

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the other Burretiokentia, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  We're putting the 15g on Special

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15GALLON $175

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM JAPAN AND TAIWAN


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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


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

 


arenga engleri
Arenga engleri

 

MONDAY, 16 OCTOBER, 2017

 

SOME UNUSUAL COLD HARDY PALMS AND CYCADS
AN ASSORTMENT OF IDEAS - A "SAMPLER"
ALL THESE SPECIES TOLERATE 22 DEGREES F. OR LESS


SOME DOWN TO 15 DEGREES!

Whether you live in CA, TX or the Gulf States, there are a lot of unusual palms and cycads that you can grow that are very cold tolerant species.  Over our history, we have helped many hundreds of customers from cold areas pick out great but different species that have proven for them to be good growers.  You don't have to only accept the common species available in your area.  Below is a sampler in random order to give you some ideas.  We certainly have dozens more species that would probably do well for you.

All the plants shown here will tolerate temperatures down to about 22 degrees or lower.  Some will even go down to the mid-teens F.  The Encephalartos need cold protection below 20 degrees.  Plants shown here are mostly 15 gallon size with a few 5 gallons. 

We have all these species available for sale and
can work out the most affordable shipping method to get plants right to your door.  If you live in Sacramento, the SF Bay area, Houston, northern Florida or other colder areas, you may be able to grow all or most of these plants.  We also have smaller sizes available that we ship through Federal Express.  Contact us and we'll work out the best species for your area.  Remember, this is only a "sampler" and that we have many more desirable cold hardy species than shown here.

PALMS AND CYCADS BELOW PRESENTED IN RANDOM ORDER

THERE ARE MANY MORE COLD HARDY SPECIES THAN SHOWN HERE


     
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
15g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
15g
Parajubaea microcarpa
Parajubaea microcarpa
Phoenix loureirri
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
5g
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
Phoenix loureirrii variety hancana
Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima
15g
Sabal maritima
Sabal maritima
Brahea brandegei
Brahea brandegei
15g
Brahea brandegei
Brahea brandegei
Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens
5g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
Ceratozamia mexicana
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
15g
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Dioon edule
Dioon edule
15g
Dioon edule
Dioon edule 15g
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
citrus pot
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus 15g
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens 5g
Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens 5g
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma 15g
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma, older 15g plnt
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera 15 & 5g
Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei
5g
Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla
15g
Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei
15g
Brahea edule
Brahea edule
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15g
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus 15g
Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei 15g
Brahea edule
Brahea edule 15g
Blue Butia capitata 25g
Blue Butia capitata 15g
Blue butia capitata
Blue Butia capitata 15g
Cycas revoluta
Cycas revoluta 15g
Macrozamia communis
Macrozamia communis 15g
Sabal bermudana 5g
Sabal bermudana 5g
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia, 15g
Jubaea x Butia
Jubaea x Butia 15g
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis 15g
Chamaeropos cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera 5g
Chamaedorea radicalis 7g
Chamaedorea radicalis
7g
Chamaerops humilus
Chamaerops humilus 15g
Chamaedorea midrospaedix
Chamaedorea microspadix 15g
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
15g
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens (decora) 15g


REMEMBER:  THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER SPECIES OF COLD HARDY PLANTS

 

FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER, 2017

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TUCKERI
TALLER KING PALM TYPE


FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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

Mention this Special for this discount.
 

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

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM
BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS


NO NEW RED LEAF - SUCKERS OVER TIME
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G AND 5G

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35
REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60


We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but a better supply of the 1g.  Mention this Special for your discount.
 

 Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica  LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA 
Laccospadix australasica
5g on left, 1g on right
 
Laccospadix australasica  Laccospadix australasica 

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA BLUE
NICE 15 GALLONS WITH TRUNK
A TRUE "DR. SEUSS" PLANT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE
ONLY SEVERAL LEFT IN STOCK

For quite a few years we've been offering this blue variety of Agave attenuata in larger sizes.  We are finally down to just several plants and I'm putting them on special.  They have formed this narrow, three to four inch diameter trunk with a huge head of stiff blue-green leaves without a sharp point at the end.  The tips of the leaves are pliable and safe to the touch.  These plants are quite unique and attractive.  Obviously, they are quite old.  I've found that, if you remove the basal suckers, they seem not to go into blossom.  When this species blossoms, that blossoming trunk will die.  So, if you get some of these, trim off the suckers.  They take full coastal sun but in inland areas prefer part day sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 15G $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Mention this Blog Only Special for this price.  I can mail order these but, because of size and weight, it'd be pricey.


 
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata

 

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


SUPER BULGING CROWN SHAFT, GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

Along the coast and a bit inland, it tolerates full sun quite well.  Inland areas would do better giving it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are 5g plants we're putting on special.  We may also have some 15g for sale. 

REGULAR PRICE BIG 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5G SIZE $65

Easy to mail order.  Remember, mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana
Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana Rhopalostyis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana by DP
photo by DP
Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana by PC Palmtalk
photo by PC at palmtalk

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
BLUE COLOR, NOT TOO TALL, COLD HARDY CLUMPING PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun.  Cold tolerance is about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the 15g plants I'm putting on special.  It is possible to mail order this size but our 5g size is much less expensive to ship and I'd offer a good price on them as well. 

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price. And, for those of you a long ways away, these can easily be shipped by Fed Express right to your door.  They are great for colder areas.

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera    

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT


LARGE, COCONUT APPEARING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This rare and nearly extinct species from Bolivia in South America is a single trunk pinnate palm that gets to about forty feet height with a twelve to eighteen inches in trunk diameter.  In its natural habitat high in the Andes Mountains, it sees a fair amount of cold weather.  In domestic gardens, reports of this species tolerating temperatures into the teens have surfaced.  Seeds are huge in size, expensive and germination is sporadic.  In most areas, this species tolerates full sun.  In the desert, part sun is probably bettr.  Give it plenty of room to grow - it is a large tree.  Many think it resembles the Coconut Palm, thus the common name.  The 5g on special are very nicely sized.  I'm also showing a 25 gallon plant below that is not on sale right now.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $65

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  My thanks to Gaston Torres and Andrew Henderson for usage of their photos below.

 
 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 
Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi  Parajubaea torallyi 

 

DASYLIRION LONGISSIMUM
THE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT


MEDIUM SIZED UNUSUAL SUN PLANT
DROUGHT TOLERANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G

This interesting drought tolerant plant is native to Mexico and extremely drought tolerant.  In gardens, I've seen a few older plants with a few feet of trunk.  But, this species can actually get a trunk that is six or eight feet tall in fifty or a hundred years.  It loves hot sun.  The crown of needle like leaves is about eight feet across.  Each leaf is about the size of a knitting needle and four to six feet long.  They come to a point but are not very dangerous except perhaps to one's eye.  The plant looks like a "Pom Pom on a Trunk".  Leaf color is blue to blue green.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F.  They like hot sun.  I'm offering a nice discount on these super large 15g specimen plants.  The stems almost fill the pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15G $175

Mail order is possible.  Remember, mention this Special!


Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum
Dasylirion longissimum Dasylirion longissimum

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA


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

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

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

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

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

 

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM
FULL SUN - TEN FEET HEIGHT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

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

 

NEROGELIA - RED SPECKLED


RED AND GREEN COLORED BROMELIAD
GREAT PART DAY SUN COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

These attractive Bromeliads offer a nice speckled combination of red and green and are easy to grow.  Our nursery is close to the Ocean and we grow them in full sun.  If you are inland, try part day sun.  They pup freely and are low maintenance.  They'll take temperatures into the upper 20's F. if you give them the right care.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $32,50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Discount for this reduced price when you purchase.
 
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED    

 

WEDNESDAY, 11 OCTOBER, 2017

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEAFLETS
COLLAGE OF CLOSE UP PHOTOS


SHOWS DIVERSITY OF LEAF & LEAFLET APPEARANCES


This is a "just for fun" post of many close up photographs of the leaflets of an assortment of unusual Encephalartos species from either South or Central Africa.  I am showing you these to demonstrate the diversity of the leaflets of this genus as a whole.  Some are blue.  And, there's many colors of green.  Leaflet shapes are also quite varied. You'll see shorter leaflets compared to long narrow ones.  Some are spiny, others are more smooth at their margins.  The texture on some are smooth and shiny whereas others are furry showing hairs.  Some stack on each other, others are widely spaced.  Some are prominently veined.  Many pictures were taken twelve inches away while others show more leaflets, taken at two feet.  I'll not get into mentioning the species shown here but rather show them as a whole so you see how different they are from each other.  All photos were taken at the nursery showing inventory leaflets and leaves.

Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos
Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos
Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos
Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos
Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos
Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos
Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up
Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos Encephalartos leaflets close up photos
Encephalartos leaflets  Encephalartos leafletsa   

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA - MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM


TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

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

Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera medjool Phoenix dactylifera medjool

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM
MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES


A VERY COOL PALM - PRETTY COLD HARDY


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

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
A TALL, QUICK GROWING BRAHEA


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

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

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

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

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

 

HYPHAENE CORIACEA 
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN PALMS THAT FORK ABOVE THE GROUND


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

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

Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea Hyphanae coriacea
Hyphanae coriaceae HYPHAENE CORIACEA Hyphanae coriaceae

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM
A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM


DOES BEST IN LESS THAN FULL SUN
GETS TO SIX FEET TALL

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

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 10/15G SIZE

For description see above

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $160

You know - Mention this Special when you purchase.  We are low on this species in this size, so don't dally.

chamaedore cataractarum chamaedore cataractarum chamaedore cataractarum

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This super popular  palm is native to south Florida and Cuba.  It gets a very tall trunk with a height of forty feet or more.  The crown shaft is long and a prominent green.  The base of the trunk is swollen just above the ground.  Often you'll also see bulging in the mid-trunk.  It is a full sun plant and some are growing it in desert areas with success - in full sun.  Cold tolerance is like a King Palm, about 25 degrees F.  The one gallon on sale are 2.5 years old.  Since I took these photos, they have put on another leaf.  There's a shortage of this species on the market.  These are easy to mail order.

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

Mention this Special for your discount.

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Royal Palm

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES


TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY 15G PLANT WE HAVE!

This unique and larger cycad is native to Uganda.  In fact, at one point it was called the "Uganda Giant Cycad".  This is because it has leaves that extend almost straight up toward the sky and can be twelve feet long or more.  Leaflets are narrow and armed with small spines.  The caudex is a light color and in the wild can be up to ten feet tall.  Historically, as this species is similar to E. laurentianus, it was called also "Encephalartos laurentianus Lake George", referring to its specific habitat.  The nursery plants I'm showing today are multiple outdoor grown 15g plants.  We have other sizes as well, both larger and smaller.  A few of the lower photos show some real monster plants, grown from seed.  Note the appearance of these plants with their long leaves with narrow leaflets.  Enthusiasts love this species because it's a good growing cycad.  Right on the coast I'd give it half day sun.  It's not quite a sun-tolerant as many of the South African species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  You must mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.

FOR TEN DAYS:  20% OFF ANY 15G THIS SPECIES THAT IS AT THE NURSERY!

Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
MADAGASCAR XEROPHYTIC PALM
SUPER RARE - THREATENED


BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE
 
This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge radicle is produced.  It resembles a cycad more than a palm.  It is like a huge carrot attached to the seed.  This root and subsequent roots are good size and very long, showing how this species adaptation to search for deep water in its natural habitat.  I am suspicious that these roots may also retain water for emergency purposes.  This species does tolerate drought but responds to watering.  It is extremely slow growing.  Expect a mature height of twenty feet and a cold tolerance of at lest 25 degrees F.

Shown below are containerized one gallon plants of
 Ravenea xerophila.  I've also shown one photo of a 15g plant.  Believe it or not, these 1g plants are already three to four years old.  The 15 gallon shown takes 8 years to produce.  Everyone who grows this species comments that 1) it is very slow and 2) it is typically blue, or a blue-green in color.   One final comment:  I think, that within a year or two, no nursery will offer this species in the U.S. and seeds will not come off the island of Madagascar.   

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


But, you must mention this Special when you purchase!

 
 
Ravenea xerophila  rAVENEA XEROPHILA  
Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila 
Ravenea xerophila  rAVENEA XEROPHILA Ravenea xerophila

 

KALANCHOE BEHARENSIS FROM MADAGASCAR
THE ELEPHANT'S EAR KALANCHOE


VELVET-LIKE, FLESHY GRAY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This fleshy gray perennial succulent is native to Madagascar and has become quite popular.  It has thick fuzzy leaves that are gray underneath and sometimes a bronze-gray above.  They take sun or filtered light and also tolerate a freeze.  More severe weather is hard on them.  They can get up to ten feet tall (small tree shape) with a crown of leaves six feet wide.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE $17.50

We can ship these although it might take an oversized box b/c the leaves are not flexible.  They snap with pressure.

Kalanchoe beharensis Kalanchoe beharensis Kalanchoe beharensis
Kalanchoe beharensis Kalanchoe beharensis Kalanchoe beharensis by PlantMaster
  photo by PlantMaster Website


 

DYPSIS NAUSEOSA
AKA DYPSIS HIGHLAND REDNECK


INTERESTING RED CROWN SHAFT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Over the many decades we've been growing palms, I made friendship with Clayton York at Utopia Palms in Australia.  We'd chat from time to time about palms.  One of his keen interests was the palms of Madagascar.  About 15 years ago I had heard of the Dypsis species "highland redneck".  I never really knew what it was.  Clayton later described it.  The habitat photos below (c/o Palmpedia) were taken by him.  This species comes from southeastern Madagascar, has a thin trunk and gets to a height of about 40 feet. Note the red and fuzzy crown shaft in the photos.  Habitat elevation is 750 to 1000 feet.  Most are trying it in sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is presently not certain.  This species is super rare and not really seen on the market.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL $32.50


You know, mention this special.  These bands are easy to ship.  I wish to thank Clayton York in Australia for the photos in the last row.

Dypsis nauseosa  Dypsis nauseosa  Dypsis nauseosa 
Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York  Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York  Dypsis nauseosa by Clayton York

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI

DURABLE AND EXOTIC
GREAT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 8 INCH SIZE

The plants shown here are Bird Nest Anthurium and on sale.  I advertised these on sale a few weeks ago, but these on special today are big plants in a smaller pot - so they are less expensive.  They prefer filtered light or a little bit of sun.  They can reach heights of about seven feet.  These plants are great companion plants for the garden floor.  The trunks will have adventitious roots and the leaves extend upwards.  The leaves can be five feet long or more.  They have a bit of wave to the surface.  In our area they tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F.  

REGULAR PRICE THESE 8 INCH PLANT $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

You must mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.  It's like a reward for reading this blog.  This size is easy to mail order.

Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri
Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri

 

SUNDAY, 8 OCTOBER, 2017

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
EXAMPLE OF A PLANT IN STOCK
EXOTIC AND TEND TO BE SMALL


DON'T LIKE TOO MUCH NITROGEN
LIMITED SUPPLIES AVAILABLE


This post is to remind readers that we still offer a limited supply of the highly coveted variegated Rhapis excelsa.  Known as the "Gems of the Orient", these striking plants typically have yellow or white variegation on green leaves.  Most plants at mature size are three to six feet.  There are many exotic varieties - most popular in Japan where affluent collectors compete to obtain the most striking plants.  Propagation is by divisions only.  So, we tend to have larger plants as opposed to small one gallons.  A source for seeds for these plants does not exist as seeds tend not to give the variegation.  I'd estimate we have about twenty of these beauties in stock, all different.  The plant shown is in a 7 gallon pot and about six feet tall and some with as many as ten canes.

Variegaged Rhapis excelsa Variegaged Rhapis excelsa Variegaged Rhapis excelsa
Variegaged Rhapis excelsa Variegaged Rhapis excelsa

 

PRICHARDIA LANAIENSIS
SEMI-DWARF GREEN LEAF HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


EXTREMELY RARE, ESPECIALLY WITH ANY SIZE
A FEW 15 GALLON AVAILABLE

This is a small to medium sized fan palm native to the island of Lanai.  Back ten years ago seed was available from these habitat plants.  It was given the name "Pritchardia lanaiensis" because of its locality.  Later Don Hodel in his publication on this genus asserts that this palm and Pritchardia glabrata are one in the same.  I've seen habitat photos that definitely don't look like glabrata.  With this said, this is a green leaf palm that should stay relatively small.  I doubt it'll ever get to twenty feet.  It takes coastal sun and is cold hardy to the mid-twenties F.  The photo in habitat below shows that a fruiting tree is not that big.  Our nursery plant shown below is in a 15 gallon pot.  We only have a few of this rare and hard to find species.

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Pritchardia lanaiensis
Pritchardia lanaiensis Pritchardia lanaiensis by Eickhoff at hear.or website
  by Eickhoff at hear.org website

 

BROMELIADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
VERSATILE, EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANTS


VAST ASSORTMENT TO SELECT FROM

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

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

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

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

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CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL


HEIGHTS ABOVE FIFTY FEET MATURE!
THINNER TRUNK THAN CARYOTA GIGAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL  NICE 15G PLANTS 

Although this is not the tallest of all Fishtail Palms, be aware that it is much taller than C. gigas.  But, the trunk is more thin.  As an estimate of trunk diameter, think "telephone pole" size, white in color, and easily heights over fifty feet.  This is one of the quickest growing palms known.  A plant like shown here will be thirty feet tall in a few years.  Leaves are not as long or wide as Caryota gigas.  Their leaf color also is not as dark a green.  Brown tipping of leaflets can occur, especially if not given enough water.  Another important point:  All Caryotas are "monocarpic".  This means that, after a period of fifteen to twenty years age, the plant will blossom.  It flowers, hopefully produces seeds, and slowly dies over three to four years.  

Cold tolerance is lower than Caryota gigas, down into the upper teens F.  Because of their height, these palms always end up in full sun.  So, acclimate your plant to sun and give it plenty of water, especially after first planting. 

REGULAR PRICE BOXED SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOXED SIZE $170


Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

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Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
GREAT INTERIOR AND GARDEN PALM


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


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

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

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

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

 

ACANTHUS MULLIS
BEAR'S BREECHES PLANT


ABOUT FIVE FEET TALL, UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS
HARD TO FIND NOWADAYS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G PLANTS

This herbaceous perennial is from southern Europe and northern Africa.  It is fairly easy to grow and prefers sun.  It has big, wavy green leaves.  It is somewhat reminiscent of the Snowflake Aralia which I've shown at this Blog.  Mature plant height is about three to four feet.  The blossoms are spectacular as shown -  up to 30 inches long.   They go vertically above the foliage and are lavender colored.  Plants in shade will not blossom.  A hard freeze can damage the leaves but plants usually come out of it.  This is a suckering plant. 

Shown below is our 5 gallon size which I'm putting on special.  These can be mail ordered.

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


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

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Acanthus mollis Bear's Breeches  Acanthus mollis Bear's Breeches  Acanthus mollis Bear's Breeches
Acanthus mollis Bear's Breeches  Acanthus mullis by weedbuser NZ Acanthus mollis Bear's Breeches  Sunset Website

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
THE SEASHORE OR BEACH PALM


FULL SUN, COLD HARDY, DWARF
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

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

AEONEUM ARBOREUM
SMALLER SUCCULENTS WITH COLOR
A VARIETY OF PLANTS TO CHOOSE FROM


PRESENTING OUR 5 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY OF OUR 5G AEONEUM


This interesting group of succulents are native to the Canary Islands, Madeira, Morocco and East Africa. There are about twenty-six species and multiple hybrids.  They form small bush like plants.  Some form more trunk than others.  They are unique in that they have small rosettes of leaves of an assortment of colors and variegation.   I think the photos here show this.  Anticipate a branching small plant that rarely gets over about four feet tall.  They are easy to propagate, like sun and are cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  We presently have four or types/varieties of these plants as shown here and have put them all on sale.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special for your discount when you purchase.


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KEVIN GOODELL KEVIN GOODELL KEVIN GOODELL
KEVIN GOODELL KEVIN GOODELL KEVIN GOODELL
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Aeoneum aeoneum aeoneum

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED & GREEN 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 on the bottom and green on the top and the blossoms (present now) are super pink.  It likes filtered light, sometimes will take full sun 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.  These plants have pink blossoms with red backs to the leaves.  The last photo shows landscape using a white variety of Begonia.

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

Mention this Special for your discount

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Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Begonia in landscape

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF SPECIES - RARELY OVER FIVE FEET


FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NEAR MATURE SIZE NOW!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE

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.  Also, note we have very limited numbers of this size.
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Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis

 

AECHMEA SPECIES
SILVER-GREEN LEAVES
UPRIGHT ORANGE BLOSSOM


BEAUTIFUL 10 INCH PLANTS


I've had this variety of Aechmea a few times.  The leaves are wide, silver green and without spines on the margins (nice thing).  When it blossoms, it is stunning.  It grows nicely outdoors here.  I've been giving them a bit of sun but not full sun.  These would be easy to mail order and, I suspect, be possible for growing inside the home.  I only have about six of them.  The last photo shows a blossom on the same species from this paste summer.

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Aechmea species Aechmea speciesAechmea species

 

PHILODENDRON XANADU
EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT


TOLERATES SOME COASTAL SUN
BIG AND FULL 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This Philodendron is actually a hybrid that was commercial created.  It is known for its smaller size with small to medium leaves, deep cuts into individual leaves and compact overall form.  It is very attractive and is not a climbing plant.  We've had this variety before but typically in small sizes.  We just got in a few very large 15g.  They will take some degree of coastal sun.  Inland area growers should put this in strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125


Just mention this Special when you purchase for this price.

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Philodendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu Philodendron xanadu
     

 

FRIDAY, 6 OCTOBER, 2017

 

MULE PALM
BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)


HUGE 5G PLANTS - CHEAPER TO SHIP
MEDIUM HEIGHT - SUPER COLD HARDY!

Recently we got some "too good to be true" 5 gallon Mule Palms.  They are literally a 15g sized plant.  Why is this important?  Because people want these palms in colder areas and a 5g costs about 1/3 of what it costs to ship a 15g.  And, these plants are a 15 gallon size. For those who don't know, this amazing hybrid doesn't look like either parent.  To make the Mule Palm, the seed bearing parent has to be the Butia capitata.  The pollen donor is the Queen Palm.  The reverse doesn't produce a palm anything close to the Mule Palm.  

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

The plants shown here are in limited numbers.  They are about six feet tall in their pots.  They are overhead with thick bases and lush and green.  The last photo shows a boxed specimen that we sometimes have available.

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Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
photo by MH
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm by ToddNoTown
Photo by ToddNoTown 
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm by RPS
Photo c/o RPS
Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm
Boxes available from time to time

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT, ELEGANT
A FANTASTIC COASTAL PALM


This single trunk, non-crown shafted pinnate palm is native to Lord Howe Island.  It is known for it's tropical appearance, lush green leaves and slow growth.  It is a great coastal palm for the garden and also an ideal interior palm.  It reaches a mature height of about 35 feet in the garden and tolerates full sun or filtered light along the coast.  Cold tolerance is 25 degrees F.  The 15 gallon size here are all singles and of nice size.  They have seen partial sun and are ready for the garden.  We also have an assortment of other sizes available.

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Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

There is some type of seductive quality to this rare species of Dioon.  I think it's because of the compact, rigid, keeled and curved leaves.  At times they are a bit bizarre appearing - but very appealing.  This is a species that takes on the mature appearance over time.  As a young plant you might think it's a "ho-hummer".  But, as it ages, it develops its traditional appearance and gets more attractive.  Leaves are four to five feet long.  In a domestic situation, a plant with a three foot trunk would be enormous.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $145

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.
 


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Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
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BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
THINNER TRUNK THAN BRAHEA ARMATA


AND, FASTER GROWING

A FEW 5 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE


Shown here is a 5 gallon plant of a Brahea species from Mexico that is presently known as "Brahea species Super Silver".   Undoubtedly someone will describe it in the near future.  Seeds have been available only twice.  These plants are from the first batch that came along.  It is a blue plant but doesn't show the blue until older.  It wants full hot sun and would be perfect for the desert.  I suspect the cold tolerance is similar to Brahea armata, about 15 degrees F.  But, compared to the later, this species trunk is much thinner and it is faster growing.  But, the blue color is just as intense.  Shown here is the 5g size.  Limited numbers.  Mature plant photos below c/o RPS.

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Brahea super silver RPS  Brahea super silver RPS   

 

PHOENIX ROEBELENII
THE PYGMY DATE PALM


NICE 7 GALLON TRIPLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

Locality:

Laos (Southeast Asia)

Cold Hardiness: 

About 25s, F.

Trunk type:

Single trunk, hairy at first, later clean but "knobby".

Leaf type:

Pinnate (feather shaped) with spines

Suckering/Solitary:

Single trunk, although there is a natural occuring suckering form. (Laos) 

Maintenance:

Easy in full sun.

Speed of growth:

Slow to medium

Height:

Very mature up to 10 feet overall.

Soil requirements:

Average

Sun Requirements:

Full sun.  Can die if get shade out.

General Description:

A nice small single trunk palm good for most areas.  Look nice in clumps of three plants.  Plant away from walk areas because of the spines.  "Knobby" trunks are nice.

Other Notes:

Can die with transplantation from the garden if large.  Need huge root ball.  Keep in full sun in most areas.  Don't overwater. 

Shown here are nice triple 7g plants. 
For further reading on the Pygmy Date Palm, Click Here

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON TRIPLES $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

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Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm
Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm Pygmy Date Palm

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST DESCRIBED SPECIES KING PALM FAMILY


FAST GROWING, BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

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

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

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Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima UNKNOWN AUTHOR ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA PD  ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA 

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES "ROSEA"
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS


LARGE 5G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

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

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

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SMALLER BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZE

This species is native to Mexico and in habitat lives in sun or partial sun locations.  It doesn't get that tall.  Anticipate a mature palm of not much more than ten feet.  It is cold hardy at least to 20 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  Leaf color can be green or almost blue, especially on the underside of the leaves.  The plants we have on special are suppose to be the "blue" variety.  They are not new seedlings but rather three to four years old and on about their eighth leaf.  With more age, they should show more blue color.  Although not on sale, I'm showing you our 5g size which is showing some blue.

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $27.50 OR THREE FOR $70

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get these discounted prices.

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Brahea dulcis

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS


ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE, FULL 15G SIZE
FANTASTIC DEAL - NEAR INTERIOR QUALITY

We just got in about an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special.  Have you ever wondered why you hardly ever see Rhapis on sale?  It's because they are super slow growing.  The plants shown here are eight, maybe ten years old.  Therefore, growers have little motivation to sell them cheap.  The plants shown here are nice enough for a bank or hotel lobby, a professional office or even your living room. 

Rhapis excelsa
is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  The plants on special here are 15g size, very full with lots of canes.  They won't last long.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.


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Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa

 

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND


TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of 7g for sale.  They are quite nice and we're putting them on special.  They are in very limited numbers.  When these are gone, there may be no more until next year.  This species wants filtered light in a  warmer coastal area.  In somewhat colder regions, they may freeze but usually the underground bulbs come back in spring.  They get to about five feet tall. This plant is not for full, hot sun.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G & 7G PLANTS $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL $85 THIS SIZE

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.

Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Dichorisandra thyrsiflora
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
MATURE HEIGHT A BIT OVER TWENTY FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 5G SIZE


This single trunk, sun loving pinnate palm from southern  Madagascar gets to a height of about twenty feet or a bit more, likes full, hot sun and is cold tolerant to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are recently acquired huge 5g size.  We do have many sizes for sale including large 1 gallon, 15g and a few larger 25g.  Maximum height of this species is 20 to 25 feet.  Growth rate is medium.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $59


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this special price.  Be aware these are so tall that shipping is not cheap.

 
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Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

WEDNESDAY, 4 OCTOBER, 2017

 

CERATOZAMIA MEXICANA
LUSH & TROPICAL EXOTIC CYCAD


UNDERSTORY - FILTERED LIGHT
GET THEM BEFORE THEY GO INTO BOXES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE CONING SIZED 15G PLANTS

Last year we acquired a few dozen absolutely huge 15 gallon Ceratozamia mexicana.  This is the "prototype" of the Ceratozamias. yet still fairly uncommon at nurseries.  It is native to tropical mountains in eastern Mexico where it grows in humid or arid areas under forest trees.  It is very cold hardy, probably going into the upper teens.  It is easy to grow in the SF Bay area.  It has green leaves that spread horizontally as shown here.  Leaflets are long and come to a point but aren't that sharp.  It is slow growing and a fifty year old plant has a caudex that reaches only about 18 inches height.  It prefers filtered light.

The plants on sale are about twelve years old or more by estimate.  They have seen our local cold, being outdoor grown in northern SD County under shade cloth.  There are many to choose from.  Caudex size ranges from six to eleven inches.  Almost all have coned, so we could pick a sexed pair if one requests.  All are from the same seed batch.   

REGULAR PRICE THESE SIZES $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G $350

Just mention this special at time of purchase to get your discount.  These plants are shippable right to your door.  They are instant understory landscape and all are gorgeous.  And, they are a bargain at this price and will (within a short time) all go into boxes and be sold at a much higher price.  The first two rows of photos are examples of the plants on sale right now.

 
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Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
Ceratozamia mexicana
soft, newly emerged leaf
Ceratozamia mexicana male cone
male cone this species, one of the sale plants
Ceratozamia mexicana huge 15g
picture of garden specimen

 

TILLANDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH


SOME MOUNTED - SOME NOT
AND READY FOR TREE TRUNKS OR HANGING
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!
GOING INTO BLOSSOM RIGHT NOW!


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.  All will flower.  Flower color depends on the species.  These flowers appear in spring-summer.  We have perhaps six to 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.  We have both un-mounted and mounted on wood plants.  They are easy to care for outside.  Of note, they are not super expensive but are not cheap.  This is because they are so old.

The first two rows show the medium sizes.  The last row shows large.

REGULAR PRICE CLUSTER MEDIUM, $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER MEDIUM $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTER LARGE $50


PLANTS MOUNTED ON WOOD ARE $10 MORE PER PLANT THAN UN-MOUNTED CLUSTERS.

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Weather permitting, I can ship these but they take a good sized box sometimes, especially if mounted. 

Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia clusters tILLANDSIA CLUSTER 
Tillandsia clusters Tillandsia cluster  Tillandsia clusters 

 

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 $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia chamaedorea glaucifolia

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY


LIMITED NUMBER OLD SUCKERING 5G
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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


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


Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
15 gallon size
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant

 

PHOENIX LOUREIROI VARIETY HANCEANA
MOUNTAIN DATE PALM


SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZE
ALTERNATIVE TO LARGE CANARY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Shown here are some 5g plants of seeds that were labeled "Phoenix loureiroi variety hanceana".  There's always been confusion on naming this particular palm.  But, there are two varieties of P. loureiroi.  The variety discussed here and shown is Phoenix loureiroi variety loueiroi and this one is synonymous with hanceana.  It is a medium height, single trunk, armed pinnate palm from various regions in Asia.  Habitat stretches from central Asia down to the Philippines.  Mature height is variable but usually under twenty feet.  The specimen shown in Balboa Park, San Diego below is 20 years old and ten feet tall.  It's a sun species with a cold tolerance to at least the low 20's F.

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

Remember: Mention this Special!
 

Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana 
Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii  Phoenix loureirii 
Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana  Phoenix loureirii  Phoenix loureirii variety hanceana 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
ENDANGERED SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


COLOR GREEN, BLUE GREEN OR GREEN
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This endangered South African cycad is native to the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is sometimes called the Alexandria Cycad because its native population is near the town of Alexandria where only about fifteen hundred plants remain in the wild.  Mature, it is medium sized cycad with a trunk height up to six feet but more typically two to three feet.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to blue green.  There is actually a small population of super rare plants that are known as the "True Blue Arenarius"- and produce a slightly different male and female cone.  Leaflets are prominently barbed and spiny.  One might consider the closest relative to this species to be Encephalartos horridus from a leaflet shape viewpoint.

Culture is quite simple.  Along our coast they tolerate full sun but also do well in partial sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. although plants are easy to cold protect.  The one gallons I'm putting on special are nicely sized with a blue-green leaf color.  They are about four to five years old.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $70

Remember:  Mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.  The last row of photos shows two coning sized nursery plants and a garden specimen.

Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI


FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The Australian Tree Fern in native to several areas on the eastern side of Australia.  It is a faster growing tree fern that can get to a height of over forty feet.  The two photos from my garden in San Diego show potential height.  I have several with twenty-five feet of trunk.  I'm about 8 miles from the ocean and they take my sun fairly well.  Trunks can get up to twelve inches thick although most are more thin.  This species is a bigger alternative to the Tasmanian Tree Fern and has a thicker trunk and longer leaves.  This species tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.  It is cold hardy into the upper twenties or lower.

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

Mention this special when you purchase.  Mail order possible on this size.

Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
Australian Tree Fern Australian Tree Fern
  Larger plant at nursery
Australian Tree Fern

 

THE SILVER FERN
PTERIS ARGYRAEA

INTERESTING SILVER ON GREEN ON THE LEAFTOP


MEDIUM SIZED FERN
CLUMPING - USUALLY THREE TO FOUR FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANT

This is a most interesting "variegated" fern from India.  Originally I thought this was a tree fern from New Zealand, but that is not the case.  This species does not get overhead, clumps and likes filtered light.  It wants ample water during the growing season.  People who see this plant very much like it.  It makes a nice filtered light companion plant.  These can be shipped.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

Silver Fern Cyathea dealbata Cyathea dealbata
Cyathea dealbata Silver Fern Silver Fern

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM


10G PLANTS - SEVEN FEET TALL
THE BEST "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G/SQUAT 15G PLANTS


This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  This is an ideal species for this purpose as it suckers and is fairly dense.  You can't see through it well.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  It'll take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give it only morning or filtered sun.  I am offering nice squat 10 & 15g plants on special for ten days.  They are about 8 feet tall in their pots.  We do have limited numbers of larger and smaller sizes available.

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.

Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Dypsis lutescens 7 feet
Dypsis lutescens 7 feet Areca Palm Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens
Larger 20g also available at a good price
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE
THIN TRUNK


RETAINED OLD LEAF BASES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special as this price is not posted anywhere else.

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

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER


5G SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

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

 

SUNDAY, 1 OCTOBER, 2017

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


I've discussed this great New Caledonian species before because it is such a good species for those of us in Southern California.  It comes from high elevation in its native habitat, is a good growing palm and can tolerate full sun easily along the coastal strip.  Its cold hardiness is down to about 23 degrees, better than the King Palm or Kentia Palm.  It has an average trunk diameter of eight to ten inches and a mature height of usually about thirty feet.  It can also be grown in part day sun or strong filtered light. 

Shown here is a nice 25g plant along with other sizes.  You'll notice that the leaf color in the sun is blue-green in a way.  It is certainly not a lime green color.  Also, some new leaves may emerge with a hint of red color.  Growth rate is good.  We have a reasonable assortment of all sizes although our larger plants are almost sold out.  This species is highly recommended in So Cal.

kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis leaf kentiopsis oliviformis

   

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT


ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE!

This species of Burretiokentia comes from the highest elevation of the three species of this genus from New Caledonia.  It grows at altitudes of almost 4000 feet.  It has a thin trunk of about six inches and can get to sixty feet tall.  It has a prominently bulging crown shaft that is known for it's diagonally dark markings.  Thus, the name "Tiger Palm".  The crown shaft is reddish-brown in color and has prominent striations as shown below.  Younger trunks are green with rings unless exposed to sun.

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the other Burretiokentia, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  We're putting the 15g on Special

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15GALLON $175

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.

Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii  Burretiokentia vieillardii 

 

INSTANT LANDSCAPE WITH RARE PALM SPECIES


DESIRABLE 25 GALLON SIZE
MAKES FOR INSTANT APPEAL

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 multiple rare palm species in the 25 gallon pot.  We certainly have many more species available in this size, but these will give you the idea.  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
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Dypsis pembana
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida

 

PRITCHARDIA MUNROI
EXTREMELY RARE HAWAIIAN FAN PALM
MEDIUM SIZE - HEIGHT TO FIFTEEN FEET


TEN DAY SPECIAL MASSIVE 5 GALLON PLANTS
CHECK OUT THE SIZE - 2 FEET OF TRUNK!


This Hawaiian species of Pritchardia is native to the eastern and drier parts of the island of Molakai.  It was named after a botanist who worked their the habitat.  It gets to a height of about five meters with typical leaf width four to five feet.  It has a long green leaf stem.  Essentially all of the Hawaiian Pritchardias can be grown in Southern CA.  The species from the South Pacific are problematical because of our cold winters.  This species takes full sun right along the coast but wants part day sun or filtered light inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  The 5 gallon plants on special are absolute huge and massive for their containers.  We measured them and a few have 24 inches of trunk (ground to new spar emerging).  They are over five to six feet tall in their pots.  These plants are more like a 15 gallon sized plant.  We have limited numbers this size.  Of note, although not on sale right now, we also have smaller and larger sizes of this species available. 

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

Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.  The last photo is c/o RPS.


Pritchardia munroi Pritchardia munroi Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi Pritchardia munroi Pritchardia munroi
Pritchardia munroi 15g
15 gallon size also available
 
Pritchardia munroi
5 gallon size on special
 
Pritchardia munroi RPS 

 

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


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

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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price.

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

 

DYPSIS PSAMMOPHILA
JUVENILE RED STEMS, LATER BLACK TRUNKS WITH WHITE CROWN SHAFTS


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a small to medium sized, suckering palm from Eastern Madagascar.  It gets to a height of about 12 to 15 feet and the leaves are keeled.  When young, juvenile leaf stems and the base of the trunk have a prominent red color.  Later the trunks turn black or near black in color.  At the top of these dark stems are powder white crown shafts.  This is a filtered light species with cold tolerance into the upper twenties F. range. Of note, we are running out of this band sizes with only a few remaining. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $32.50

Note:  Just mention this Blog Only Special for this price when you purchase.  My thanks to Tobias Spanner from RPS for his photo of the mature plant.

Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila
Dypsis psammophila Dypsis psammophila TS at RPS
by TS at RPS
Dypsis psammophila

 

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.  We sold them like crazy last year as everyone wants color for shady areas.   Easy to ship.  BTW, they blossom in the spring and summer.  One picture below shows the plant in winter, no blossoms.

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.  Also, be aware that soon we'll no longer be able to get these.  They are a summer bloomer.  Right now the blossoms have been dying off.

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

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD


WE HAVE A FEW 15 GALLON PLANTS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND

This morning I'm showing you a hard to find suckering palm from northern India, Tibet and surrounding areas.  Quite remarkably, it's native habitat is at elevations of 5000 to 7500 feet.  As you'd suspect, it tolerates temperatures way below freezing, probably into the upper teens F.  I don't really know for sure as of yet.  But, it's felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus Arenga

It's not a small Arenga.  It can get up to 20 feet with trunks about 8 inches (mature) in diameter.  Like other species of the genus, the trunks are hairy and a bit shaggy.  Leaves are large and silver colored on their underside.  It is a part day sun or filtered light species.

Shown here is a 15 gallon nursery plant.  A habitat photo by T. Spanner are also shown.  For those of you in colder areas, this is a great palm.  We only have a few for sale.



Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha by TS RPS Arenga micrantha

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM


NICE 15 GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

This is a monocarpic species and will die when the plant flowers.  Other suckering Arenga has new trunks to replace dying flowering trunks.  But, since this species has only one trunk, like a Caryota it will be gone a few years after the flowers appear.  The Sugar Palm is a full sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here is a 15g nursery plant and photos of mature specimens.  We also have 5g for sale.  Note the woven material on the trunk.  It is very interesting to see in person.


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

Remember, mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Of note, lower in this thread and for four more days, we also have the 5g of this species on special as well. 

Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

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  photo by Jason Schoneman Palmpedia
photo in habitat, Cuba, by Jason Schoneman
 
Sabal maritima 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
FAST GROWING - CENTRAL AFRICAN


HUGE PLANTS IN SMALLER ONE GALLON POT
GREAT BUY!
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS!

This species from Zimbabwe, Africa, and has similar species from local habitats.  For this reason, in the past, plants were considered to be part of the "Manikensis Complex".  Others put into this group later became species such as E. gratus, E. chimanimaniensis, concinus, bandula, etc.  Now most are recognized as legitimate species.
Encephalartos manikensis is a medium sized cycad.  Trunks can get up to three or even five feet tall.  Clustering does occur.  Leaves are about six feet long, leaflets one inch wide.  Leaves are held upright at about a 45 degree angle.  

As it is most Central African cycads, one will find that it does better with humidity than some of the South African species but is still quite as cold hardy.  It will tolerate a freeze and can usually take temperatures down into the mid-twenties.  Along the coast, full sun is tolerated well.  In desert areas, filtered light would be best.

These one gallons are huge - about the size of a nice 5g or even a small 15g.  Caudexes are two to three inches wide and leaves come up to your abdomen or chest.  They'd be cheap to ship because they're in one gallon pots.  Limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE 1 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $69

Remember:  Mention this special.  We'll be putting these into bigger containers (for those that don't sell) after this offering, so don't miss out as they are cheap to ship.   

 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 
Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis  Encephalartos manikensis 

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS


USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40
TEN DAY BAND SPECIAL $32.50

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.

Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

UNUSUAL SPECIES FERN SALE!
ALL ONE GALLON SIZE
MANY INTERESTING TYPES, SOME RARE


TEN DAY SPECIAL SALE - ANY TYPE $15 EACH


We recently got in a great selection of exotic ferns of many types/species.  All are in one gallon pots.  One should assume that most want filtered light although the leather fern can take full coastal sun.  Some are very cold hardy - the Japanese Painted Ferns can go into the teens with ease.  Ferns as a rule like adequate water, so you can let them go dry.  All these plants area ready for spring planting or can be mail ordered.  These are low profile plants, not "Tree Ferns".  Most will never be over two or at most three feet tall.  Some stay under 18 inches.  I've given the common names as well as the scientific name for each type presented.  We have limited numbers of all these ferns.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - ANY FERN BELOW 1 GALLON SIZE
REGULAR PRICE $20 - $25 - SALE  PRICE $15

Note:  Limited supply on some species


 

BIRDS NEST FERN

Asplenium nidus

   
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern

Cliff Brake Fern
Pellaea falcata

   
Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern
Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern Cliff Brake Fern 

EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN

Davallia trichmanoides

 
   
EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN 
EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN  EAST INDIAN HOLLY FERN 

JAPANESE PAINTED FERN

Athyrium niponicum "Pictum"

COLD HARDY, DECIDIOUS
 
   
JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN 
JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN  JAPANESE PAINTED FERN 

KOREAN ROCK FERN

Polystichum tsus-simense


 
   
KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN 
KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN  KOREAN ROCK FERN 

LACE FERN

Nephrolepsis cordifolia "duffi"


   
Lace Fern Lace Fern Lace Fern
Lace Fern Lace Fern Lace Fern

LEMON BUTTON FERN

Nephrolepis cordifolia 


   
Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern
Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern Lemon Button Fern

LEATHER FERN
Rumohra adiantiformis 
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN

   
Leather Fern Leather Fern Leather Fern
Leather Fern Leather Fern Leather Fern

MAIDENHAIR FERN
Adiantum fragrans

   
MAIDENHAIR FERN MAIDENHAIR FERN MAIDENHAIR FERN
MAIDENHAIR FERN Maidenhair Fern MAIDENHAIR FERN

TASSEL FERN
Polystichum polyblepharum

   
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern Tassel Fern
Tassel Fern Tassel Fern Tassel Fern

 

THURSDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER, 2017

 

BEST CYCAD SPECIES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFONIA



CONCISE SUMMARY OF THE BEST SPECIES YOU CAN GROW

EASY TO READ
LOTS OF PICTURES
CULTURAL INFORMATION

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Encephalartos princeps 
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos arenarius 
Encephalartos arenarius
Macrozamia communis 
Macrozamia communis
Cycas panzhihuaensis 
Cycas panzhihuaensis
    

 

DIOON ARGENTEUM
A SUPER RARE SILVER-GREEN DIOON FROM MEXICO


FINE WHITE HAIRS GIVE WHITE FUZZ TO THE LEAVES
A NICE 15 GALLON PLANT

In about the year 2003, this new species was discovered and described by cycad taxonomists.  Since then, it has been the dream of collectors to obtain it.  Native to Oaxaca, Mexico, it grows in a dry scrub forest among pine trees at 2500 to 5000 foot elevations.  It is most known for its silver color to the leaves.  This is because leaflets and leaf stems have a plentiful amount of white hairs.  One can mistake these for a mealy bug infestation, but they are from these hairs.  With the photos below, I've tried to give close up pictures showing this white fuzz - the hallmark of this cycad.  Mature specimens have about a foot wide caudex and can get up to 15 feet.  Along the coast it'd take full sun and should be cold hardy to the low 20's F.  The plant shown here is in a 15g pot that recently arrived to our nursery.  It has a ten inch caudex and, unfortunately, sold yesterday.  But, I thought it was worth showing readers.  Many of you have probably never seen this species.

Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
RARE DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A FERN


TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


Enthusiasts love this species for a lot of reasons.  It is small, never over about four feet tall.  It is also quick growing with attractive fern like leaves.  It also tolerates filtered light or coastal sun and is easy to "sneak into" that small open area on the garden floor.  We are offering citrus pot plants at an excellent price.  This species is CITES protected and endangered in the wild.  Mature leaf length is three feet.  This species is easy to cone and you might want to consider getting several plants if you every want to set seeds and help conserve this great species.  The plants on this special have caudexes of two to three inches.  BTW, this species is getting increasingly difficult to find.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CITRUS POT SIZE $170

Very limited supplies on this rare species.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  This size can be easily shipped by mail order within the U.S.

 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM


GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

The palm shown in the first two rows is a 5 gallon size of Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Here's some facts about this species:

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

We have very limited numbers available of this species and only several in this 5 gallon size.  But, we also have some band sized plants.


Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEWLY EMERGENT RED LEAF


SINGLE TRUNK - GORGEOUS!
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 $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $32.50

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

 
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Chambeyronia macrocarpa Chambeyronia m band Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TALL TRUNKING FORM


LOOK BEST IN SMALL COLONIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BANDS


There are two forms of Chamaedorea radicalis:  The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to Mexico.  The trunking form is what I'm putting on special presently.  It has a thin trunk with rings, gets way overhead and tolerates coastal sun.  The last photo shows how big a 5g can get.  These are fast growing and have a cold hardiness perhaps into the upper teens F.  They look best with several growing size by side.  The bands on sale have two or three plants per pot.  This is a good buy.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $30
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CARYOTA GIGAS
"THAI MOUNTAIN GIANT", "KING KONG PALM", "BLACK STEM FISHTAIL"


COMPARISON WITH
CARYOTA URENS

Yes, this beautiful large palm from northern Thailand has been given a lot of common names.  I'm showing you today some boxed size plants of this species.  We also have 15g for sale.  But, I thought I'd make a few points about this plant that you may not know and make some comparisons to Caryota urens:

•It has an extremely thick fat trunk that can get up to three feet wide (see last photo).  This is much thicker than C. urens.
•Trunk height in Southern California is hardly ever over 35 feet, less than most of us expected.  C. urens can get over 60 feet with ease.
• It appears to tolerate full sun better than C. urens.  By this I mean it has less brown tipping on the leaflets
• It appears to have a shorter life span than expected, often blossoming in less than 15 years. This is less than C. urens.
• It has very wide and long leaves, up to fifteen feet in length and provides good shade underneath.  Caryota urens' leaves are smaller but still quite large.
• It is not as cold hardy as C. urens and will burn in the low 20's F.  But, most plants will survive and return from temperatures of 20 degrees f.
• It is quick growing but does not put on vertical height as fast as Caryota urens.
• If your plant doesn't look good, it's probably from your lack of giving it adequate water (if there's no cold burn)
• It is the most popular Fishtail Palm presently.  In the past, before this species introduction, C. urens was the most popular.  I think people really like the leaves and leaflet shape..

We have a great selection available and can ship smaller sizes up to 15 gallon plants.  Photos shown here are only of Caryota gigas.


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Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

ANTHURIUM PLOWMANII
RARE TROPICAL UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT

 LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE

We recently got in a handful of a very attractive, rare and unusual filtered light companion plant - Anthurium plowmanii.  The last time we had these was two years ago.  Like other Birdsnest Anthuriums, they are a rosette type of plant with thick long leaves.  But, this species has very ruffled or wavy leaves.  They make cylindrical flower cones that give small red seeds.  Leaf length is three to four feet.  Native habitat stretches from Brazil north in South America.  Culture requires filtered light.   Cold hardiness is uncertain but definitely these plants take a freeze.  A few of the plants are variegated.  If you look, it's super difficult to find this species, especially with this size and age.  They can be mail ordered with special boxing.

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Anthurium plowmanii Anthurium plowmanii Anthurium plowmanii
     
Anthurium plowmanii variegated Anthurium plowmanii variegated Anthurium plowmanii variegated
Anthurium plowmanii variegated Anthurium plowmanii variegated Anthurium plowmanii variegated

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI


DURABLE AND EXOTIC
GREAT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The plants shown here are Bird Nest Anthurium and on sale.  They prefer filtered light or a little bit of sun.  They can reach heights of about seven feet.  These plants are great companion plants for the garden floor.  The trunks will have adventitious roots and the leaves extend upwards.  The leaves can be five feet long or more.  They have a bit of wave to the surface.  In our area they tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F. 

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

You must mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.  It's like a reward for reading this blog.

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium

Photo by PlantPaces website
Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not on sale presently
Anthurium hookeri

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM


MEDIUM SIZE
THINNER TRUNK THAN CANARY
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I don't know if you've looked for this species, but the Cliff Date Palm is not so easy to find.  It is native to India and is about half the size of the Canary Island Palm in terms of trunk diameter and mature height.  Also, the crown is much smaller.  It is an armed species and has other characteristics of Phoenix like the induplicate leaflets (water held "in" - V shaped ).  Growth rate is medium, it tolerates full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties or lower.  Shown here is a 5g plant which we are putting on sale.  We also have a limited number of 15g (quite nice) available.  The 5g size are easy to ship. 

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


Easy to ship.  But, remember to mention this Special for this discount.

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 Phoenix rupicola  Phoenix rupicola  Phoenix rupicola
 Phoenix rupicola  Phoenix rupicola phoenix rupicola

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
COMMON BUT AFFORDABLE


PLANTS WITH FOOT OF TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G & 10G SIZE

This is probably one of the few times that I'll present such a common cycad as the Sago Palm.  But, I do acquire them once in a while, usually with large collections.  So, I have to sell them.  The plants I'm putting on special are big for a 10g pot and have been grown in sun.  They have nearly a foot of trunk.  The price, I think, is very good.  This species takes coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 17 degrees F.  We are putting on sale some nicely sizes 7g and 10g.  They are the same price and appear as shown here.  They typically have at least a eight or more caudex.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THIS CROP AND SIZE $200 - $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE CROP AND SIZE $135


Please mention this special for this price.

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Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm
Sago Palm cycas revoluta Cycas revoluta Sago Palm

SABAL LOUISIANA
A RARE FORM OF SABAL


SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE
CAN TAKE SOME SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

On the Internet there is a bit of discussion about this unusual type of Sabal.  It's much smaller than Sabal palmetto (like you'd see in Florida) but bigger than Sabal minor (like you'd see in Texas).  Searching shows that plants can develop five or more feet of trunk and they do tolerate full sun in Louisiana.  Leaves are medium sized mature and green in color.  The last photo shows a specimen that is in filtered light.  It's near impossible to find this "species" for sale. I have plants from apparently native seed that I'm offering on special here.  These would be easy to mail order.

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

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


 
Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana  
Sabal louisiana
 
Sabal louisiana   Sabal louisiana FreakPalmGuy at PalmTalk
 photo by FPG PalmTalk


FURCRAEA MACDOUGALII
UNUSUAL BLUE SUCCULENT


MEDIUM SIZED, TAKES FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 & 15 GALLON SIZE
 
It is actually difficult to find this sun loving blue succulent for sale.  It is native to Mexico and felt to be the tallest Agave type of plant.  It gets to a height of typically under ten feet, has a fairly narrow trunk and fleshy, thick and peculiar shaped blue leaves.  Well grown specimens can get a bit taller.  Shown here are two sizes we are putting on special.  The first row of photos is our 15g size.  The second row is the 5g size.  This species likes hot sun and is cold hardy at least to the low 20's F.  BTW, these are second generation plants from 'bulbils" from a customer's mature and fruiting plant.  Plant ages are five to six years.  They are easy to grow but growth rate is rather slow. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $65

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15GALLON SIZE  $145

Please mention this Blog only special to get this price. 

Furcraea macdougalii  Furcraea macdougalii  Furcraea macdougalii 
Furcraea macdougalii  Furcraea macdougalii  Furcraea macdougalii 
Furcraea macdougalii by RPS
photo by RPS 
Furcraea macdougalii Garden World Images
photo by GardenWorldImages  
Furcraea macdougalii by Daily Bruin 
photo by Daily Bruin


TUESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER, 2017

 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA
VERY POPULAR FAN PALM


CUTE MEDIUM SIZED SUN PALM


This is a rather thin trunked fan palm native to Cuba.  It attains a height of typically twenty to thirty feet, rarely taller.  Below the crown of leaves is an attractive pattern of meshed and woven fibers.  The middle and base of the trunk are usually woody.  You will note the the leaves are prominently divided into thin, long leaf segments.  These leaves are held by a prominent petiole.  The dorsal color of the leaves is typically green with a blue-green or sometimes silver color below.  This species likes sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F. 

In general, all Coccothrinax are slow growing plants.  This is especially true in container grown plants.  In the ground they are quicker growing.  Shown here is a one gallon
Coccothirnax miraguama.  Of note, there are several varieties of C. miraguama, but I won't get into this here.  Shown are C. miraguama
in domestic plantings. For the garden, Coccothrinax are nice species to grow because they take sun and heat and don't take up too much room.  As you can see, the crowns of leaves are not large.  And, they are strikingly different than anything else you'd be growing.  We have various species of this genus for sale in a variety of species and do, on occasion, have this species as well. 

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COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
SLENDER, TALL AND CLEAN TRUNK
SMALLER GREEN LEAVES


LIKES SUN AND HEAT

I'm showing you a rare and very cool 5g plant.  This is Coccothrinax barbadensis.  It comes from Trinidad,  Venezuelan Antilles, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and probably other Caribbean locations.  It is a taller species with a very thin, clean trunk.  Trunks have been described as "flagpoles" and get over forty feet tall.  With age, old leaf bases fall off giving a clean look.  It has fan leaves about five feet across.  Both upper and lower sides are green.  It likes sun, heat and is cold hardy into the twenties, probably about 25 degrees F. or so.

This is a 5g plant shown here.  It would be easy to ship.  We may have 15g size as well.  Coccothrinax are slow to grow and produce in containers.  They are much quicker in the ground.  This is a great starter size for you.  At this stage, a grower has over five or six years into producing a 5g plant as shown here. I am also showing some garden plants.  The last photo is one of our 15g nursery plants.  Of note, we may have smaller sizes available than are shown here.

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

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON SIZE

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

REGLAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $42.50

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

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

 

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 $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $30

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

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Coccothrinax argentata COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA

SABAL URESANA
YES, A BLUE SABAL!


MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

For those of you who have tried to seek out this rather rare fan palm, you know that it's not easy to find.  Part of your quest should be to get plants from habitat location seeds.  Otherwise, seeds from botanical gardens can be hybridized and not give the nice blue color.  When plants are young, even as seedlings, you'll see the bluer leaves. This species is native to northern Mexico.  I've heard reports of plants even being found just inside the United States.  Expect a mature height of about 30 feet.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-teens F.

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

Remember to mention this special for your discount when you purchase.

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Sabal uresana Sabal uresana Sabal uresana
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana JS Sabal uresana

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM


WATER CONSERVING - LOVES SUN AND HEAT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SUPER NICE 1 GALLON

This single trunk blue fan palm is native to Baja California, Mexico.  It is known for the definite blue color of the stiff fan leaves.  Rate of growth is slow.  In Southern California it is rare to see a domestic plant over twenty feet tall although reports are, that in habitat, they get almost twice this height.  The trunk is stocky.  Blossoms extend well out beyond the leaves.  It wants full sun, loves the desert climate and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  The 1g size on sale are very nice.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Only Sale for you discount at the time of purchase.
 
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Brahea armata 1g Brahea armata 1g Brahea armata 1g
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

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


SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

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

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


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

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

 

PSEUDOPHOENIX SARGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM


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

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

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


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL


EASY TO GROW, GOOD COMPANION PLANT
5G AND 15G - TEN DAY SPECIAL!

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

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


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

Just mention this Blog Special for this price and discount when you purchase.

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Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora

 

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.  The average enthusiast, once he sees a mature plant, just "has to have one".   Expect a mature height in California of about 25 feet or a bit more.  Trunk diameter is usually about eight inches.  The crown shaft is the most prominent trait - fuzzy, rusty red and quite touchable.  The latter trait is why it's called the "Teddy Bear Palm". 

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM


COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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


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

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

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
YES, WILL PRODUCE BANANAS!


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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 on sale 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.  Most folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas.  I also have larger sizes.

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

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Cavendish banana
5 gallon size shown here
Cavendish banana
20 g size also available
 

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM


SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk pinnate palm is felt to be probably native to Indonesia and gets its common name from the fact that sugar is harvested from the trunks of mature specimens.  This is a tall species and can get up to fifty feet of height.  The trunk is thick, often to 24 inches, and covered with a mesh of woven fibers.  Leave can get quite long, well over twenty feet.  The top of the leaflets are dark green but the underside is silver.  The overall leaf appearance resembles a Caryota but this species is not bipinnate and Caryota leaflets are never silver underneath.    This species likes full sun and is cold hardy into the lower 20's F.  Several mature trees are located in the San Diego area.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55


Blog only special must be mentioned when purchasing.

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Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata  

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SUNDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER, 2017

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD


LARGE GREEN CYCAD FOR FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NO SPINES WHATSOEVER!

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 cycad 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.  Our stock on this species includes 1 gallon, 5 gallon, 15g, 25g, 45g and 24 inch boxes.  It is an extremely easy cycad to add to the garden and always makes an impressive and good sized show.

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lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana
lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana
lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING


GREAT INTERIOR OR PATIO PLANT



This species was named about a decade ago after a friend of mine and Palm Society member, Luis Hooper.  It is a suckering, medium sized shade palm with thin trunks and prominent rings on the trunk.  Overall height peaks out at about twelve feet.  Clumps do not run.  Leaf color is green and leaf length is four feet.  It is similar to Chamaedorea costaricana but with longer leaves and a fuller appearance overall.  It is an easy species to grow and does great as an interior palm.  I'd recommend filtered light in the garden.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps lower.  We have a good selection of larger plants and very limited supply of smaller plants.  The garden photo below is c/o RPS.


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CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA TS RPS CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA

 

ASTROCARYUM MEXICANUM
SINGLE TRUNK SPINY PALM


VERY RARE PALM TO FIND
SPINES ON TRUNKS AND STEMS

Astrocaryum is a genus of spiny palms that are native to areas extending from Mexico, down through Central America and into some Caribbean Islands.  Some are single trunk while others sucker.  Astrocaryum mexicanum is remarkable because it doesn't get too tall and is probably the only species of the genus that can be grown in Southern California.  Trunks, leaf stalks, flower stalks and even the seed clusters can be spiny.  Leaves are green with some silver color to their undersides.  The last row of pictures here shows how leaves are silver underneath and the entire plant can appear a silver-green.  It is very attractive and tropical appearing and almost impossible to find at a nursery.  When you get one, I'd recommend growing it in filtered light.  Mature height is typically under ten feet.  The first specimen shown has about ten feet of spiny trunk and would be considered very large for a garden.  The second plant is the last tow is more typical of what you might see in a garden.  We occasionally have small plants for sale when we can get seeds to germinate.  But, they sell quickly and availability is sporadic.  Cold tolerance is probably just below a freeze.

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Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum
Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum

 

STUNNING CERATOZAMIA SPECIES WITH SUPER GOLD FLUSH


YES, THE LEAVES ARE REALLY A GOLD COLOR
BUT, OVER TIME, THEY WILL TURN GREEN


I wanted to shows you large photos of a truly stunning cycad.  It's a Ceratozamia of some sort.  We're not quite sure what it is.  Ceratozamia latifolia is similar but typically throws emerging brown to red-brown leaves.  We've never had a Ceratozamia that threw gold.  It's amazing to look at.  I've chosen larger photos for this particular post so you get a good look at this plant.  Unfortunately, leaves will predictably turn green over the next month or so.  This plant is about six feet tall in the box.  It has one main caudex about ten inches tall with four five inch offsets.  The next to last photo shows the leaves eventual green leaf color.  BTW, this plant sold immediately after it threw this set of leaves.

Ceratozamia with gold flush Ceratozamia with gold flush
Ceratozamia with gold flush Ceratozamia with gold flush
Ceratozamia with gold flush Ceratozamia with gold flush

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
RARE MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM
SLIGHTLY BULGING TRUNK


NICE 24 INCH BOXED SPECIMEN


This is a medium sized, crown shafted, single trunk pinnate palm from Reunion Island.  About thirty years ago, before the days of the Internet and emails, I wrote letters to palm enthusiasts and growers all over the world.  I established a relationship with a fellow in Reunion and later received seeds.  As some know, there is a green and a brown-red form of this species.  I got seeds on both.  Now, most growers agree that the seedling color probably means very little and is just a curiosity point.  At the mature size, they seem to look more similar than different. 

Hyophorbe indica gets to a height of about twenty five feet, has a trunk diameter of about six inches, perhaps a bit more, and along the coast demands full sun.  If you grow it in shade, it will probably succumb to rot.  In far inland areas, I would recommend a part day sun application.  Cold tolerance appears to be in the mid-twenties, perhaps slightly lower.  We have a very limited supply presently but do have a few nice specimens.  I'm showing below one in a box that is just about to flower.  Also shown are a few 15g plants.
 


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Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica TS RPS
  photo by TS, RPS
Hyophorbe indica

 

CYPHOSTEMA BAINESII
DWARF YET SHOWY CAUDICIFORM PLANT


THICK BLUE GREEN LEAVES
NATIVE TO AFRICA
OLD 15G PLANTS NOW AVAILABLE

Just today we got in five very old 15g plants of this caudiciform type of water conserving plant from Namibia, Africa.  It is sun loving, somewhat cold tolerant (to upper 20's F) but doesn't like wet and cold winters.  Mature height is around five feet.  Leaves are wide, thick and blue-green in color.  Flowers are prominent with the production of red fruit as shown here.  It is deciduous in winter - the time to stop watering!  When the plant loses its leaves, you can see the bottle shaped trunks that may divide or split.  Then, when spring arrives, new leaves are formed.  The lower photos show the mother plant(s) that gave seeds to grow the 15g plants shown here.  This species is similar to Cyphostema juttae but shorter in stature.

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Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae
Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae Cyphostema juttae
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MERYTA BALANSAE
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY TREE


SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE - FROM NEW CALEDONIA
DOWN TO OUR LAST TREE - A FEMALE

This exotic and attractive understory yet small tree is native to the rainforests of New Caledonia.  It is a dioecious species with male and female plants.  The plant shown here is a female and did set some seeds for us.  This species likes filtered light and gets to a height of about fifteen feet maximum.  It has a thin trunk and large, undulating paddle shaped leaves.  This is our last plant, a very large 15g.  When it's gone we have to acquire more seeds and start again.  Age of this plant is about six years.  The habitat photo is by Edema NC website.

 
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Myreta balansae Myreta balansae Myreta balansae by Edema, NC website

 

BUTIA X SYAGRUS
MULE PALM OR BUTIAGRUS


PRETTIER THAN EITHER PARENT
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10 GALLON PLANTS


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

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

The Mule Palm is unique in that it really doesn't look like either parent.  It is quite tropical appearing and surprisingly cold hardy to about 16 degrees F.  Because of the latter hardiness, it is quite sought after by people in cold areas.  It gives a cold hardy pinnate palm that looks tropical.  This hybrid likes full sun, can even take desert sun in areas like Phoenix, and is pretty fast growing. 


Shown here are the 10 gallon size that we're putting on sale.  These can be shipped but it takes a tall box.

REGULAR PRICE 10G MULE $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G MULE $225

Remember:  Mention this Special to get this price.  Two garden photos below by M.H.  I'm showing a boxed plant as the last photo.


Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus
Mule Palm by MH Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM


POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
NEW ARRIVAL OF GREAT 20 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 20G PLANTS

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  We've concentrated mostly on the blue form although there is also a green form of Bismarckia which we also have for sale.    However, most enthusiasts prefer the blue form.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  It' not certain how tall they'll get in domestic gardens here, but I anticipate about the same.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.

This plant is a good growing species.  It is sensitive to root damage, so bare rooting shipped plants is not advised.  Most will die.  This also applies to buying Bismarckia by mail order.  Bare root plants usually die.  Fortunately, we ship plants in their pots with soil.  Bismarckia prefers sandy, good draining soil.  The more intense your sun, the more blue it gets.  It is not a good plant for shade.  For more information on this species, check out this link:

http://www.junglemusic.net/articles/Bismarckia nobilis/bismarckia_nobilis.html


I'm showing you here some nice 20 gallon plants that we just got in.  They have nice color and size.  We also have some 5g and maybe some one gallons for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 20G THIS SPECIES $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G AS SHOWN $250

Remember, mention this Special for your discount when purchasing.

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

  

 

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NURSERY CREDIT FOR USED PLASTIC POTS



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

So, don't clutter the environment by giving them to the garbage man or your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  We thank you in advance!
15g empty 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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