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FRIDAY, 16 AUGUST, 2019

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE BUTTERFLY OR ARECA PALM


NOW AVAILABLE AFFORDABLE 14" POT
PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE.

We only sporadically can offer this very affordable size of our four to five foot size of Dypsis lutescens.  But, I am pleased to announce that we just got in a limited number of 3 gallon that this size.  This is a suckering palm species from Madagascar that is medium sized mature, seldom over 18 feet in Southern California.  It has attractive, thin trunks with a prominent yellow color on the petioles and inner crown of stems.  It has a medium growth rate. 

Along the coast, it prefers sun or very bright filtered light.  In inland areas it cannot take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  We also have larger sizes available (see below).  We remind people that this palm is the most popular palm for blocking the neighbor from looking over the fence into your yard!  For this reason we also call it the "Neighbor Blocking Palm". 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 14 INCH PLANT $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175


We only have about ten of this size.  And, these are very difficult to find for sale.  You must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of ordering to get this discounted price.  The size on sale is shown in the first five photos.

Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm G.A.

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX TERACARPA
THE BEST KING PALM EVER


YES, WE HAVE MULTI'S IN 15G AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

On this past Friday, August 9th, I discussed the many advantages of this type of King Palm.  It's certainly not a normal King Palm and is fast growing with a bigger and greener crown of leaves.  On that previous post I showed photos of singles in 15g pots.  Folks wanted to know if we have triples.

Well, yes we do and I'm putting them on sale at the same sale price.  We have limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155


Remember:  Mention this Special for this discounted price.  It's a Blog Only Offer.

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

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
EASY TO GROW, NOT TOO TALL
SUPER BLUE COLOR  - COLD HARDY


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  To satisfy our customer demand, we recently got in some more of the 15g size.  But, there are very limited numbers.  We are offering them at one of the best prices we've ever offered.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size. 

Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue P. craft Butia capitata blue

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 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 5 gallon plants which are about 5-6 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!

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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

BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS 
BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS 
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens BRAHEA DECUMBENS 

 

ACOELORRAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM


SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
PHOTOS OF TREE IN FRUIT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE SUCKERING 5 GALLON

This suckering fan palm has a wide native distribution spreading from Southern Florida (where it's known as the Everglade Palm), Mexico, some Caribbean Islands, Central America and far northern South America.  It has a fondness for water and can tolerate wet conditions.  Note the plant below that's surviving right on the ocean's edge.  It loves sun and heat.  People in the desert can grow it if they give it adequate water.   Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  Mature height is variable, somewhere between fifteen and thirty feet.  Trunks are thin and have an attractive fiber pattern.  It is known to grow better in the ground that in containers.

We're offering nice five gallon plants on a Ten Day Special.  These are shown in the first five photos.  Of note, fruits are small and orange in color.  The last four photos show garden plants.


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


Acoelorraphe wrightii Acoelorraphe wrightii Acoelorraphe wrightii
Acoelorraphe wrightii Acoelorraphe wrightii Acoelorraphe wrightii
Accoelorraphe wrightii Accoelorraphe wrightii Accoelorraphe wrightii

LIVISTONA MUELLERI
THE DWARF FAN PALM



VERY SHORT TYPE OF LIVISTONA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This hard to find fan palm is native to Australia.  It has a trunk about 8 inches thick and gets to a mature height of about twenty feet.  Leaves are gray-green in color and leaf stems are armed.  It is a full sun palm with a cold hardiness down to about 22 degrees F.  We only have a few of this rare palm.

REGULAR PRICE 2G THIS SPECIES $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Mention this Blog Special to get this price.

Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri
Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri
Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri

 

COFFEA ARABICA
THE COFFEE TREE



YES, IT WILL PRODUCE COFFEE BEANS
YES, YOU CAN ROAST THEM AND MAKE COFFEE


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE - SIXTH GENERATION


For about 30 years we've been offering Coffee Trees grown from fruits/seeds from our own plants.  We're on about our 6th generation.  All of these plants started from a plant I grew in my front yard and collected the seeds.  These are large 1 gallon and need to go into the ground.  Mature tree height is about 15 feet.  Leaf color is green.  Fruits are red while blossoms are white.  This tree likes filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze.  These can be grown indoors quite well.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $25


Mail order ok for these plants.  The small garden tree photo is c/o Sweet Marias, a green coffee bean outlet in Berkeley, CA.

Coffea arabica Coffee Tree Coffea arabica Coffee Tree Coffea arabica Coffee Tree
Coffea arabica Coffee Tree Coffea arabica Coffee Tree Coffea arabica Coffee Tree
Coffea arabica Coffee Tree Sweet Marias Coffee Coffea arabica Coffee Tree Coffea arabica Coffee Tree

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICIA CARNEA)
BRAZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF


TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

Jacobinia carnea is an attractive and small dwarf bush/tree that grows in shade and blossoms in shade as well.  Recently I got in nice 1 gallon – some are in blossom now and others about to blossom as shown below.  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 in summer when blooming.  Along the coast they can take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Plants are about as wide as they are tall and make a wonderful and colorful addition to the garden floor.  You'll not see this plant around too much.  

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $27.50

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

Justicea carnea Brazilian Plume Justicea carnea Brazilian Plume Justicea carnea Brazilian Plume
Justicea carnea Brazilian Plume Justicea carnea Brazilian Plume Justicea Jacobinia carnea Brazilian Plume
Justicea carnea Brazilian Plume Justicea carnea Brazilian Plume Justicea carnea Brazilian Plume

 

THURSDAY, 15 AUGUST, 2019

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK

UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 5g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color.  Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 23 - 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around.  We are putting our 5g size on special.  Yes, they are slow growing!   

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

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.  This size is not difficult to mail order.

Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana

 

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


SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

We presently have available a limited number of very nice 5 gallon Ravenea glauca.  This is a great Madagascar species that is easy to grow.  Of 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 for the great habitat photo below.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS


NICE 15G ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

Trachyarpus fortunei is the most commonly available and commonly grown of the Windmill Palms.  It is of Chinese origin .  It is referred to as the Chinese Windmill Palm, the Windmill Palm, or the Chusan Palm.  Note how the term "Windmill Palm" can refer to this particular species or to the genus as a whole.   It is not uncommon to see it growing in colder areas of the United States, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and southern portions of Australia and Africa. 

Most specimens one will see are in the height range of ten to twenty feet.  However, the oldest of trees may reach forty feet height.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown here is our 15 gallon size on Special (first two rows of photos).   The last three photos were taken in Balboa Park, San Diego.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  Note that the 15g can be mail ordered.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
THE TRUE DATE PALM


SUCKERING AND FRUITING PALM TREE
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES

TEN DAY SALE 15 GALLON PLANTS

This is a great cold hardy plant, being able to tolerate temperatures down into the mid-teens F.  It is surprisingly hard to find in a nursery pot size.  It is the True Date Palm.  The plants I'm offering on special are in 15g pots and outdoor grown.  They love heat and sun.  Remember, you need a male and female to get dates and the female bears the fruit.   They 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

Just remember to mention this Special so you get the discount.


Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera

 

AGLAONEMA HOUSEPLANTS
THE CHINESE EVERGREEN


POPULAR INTERIOR PLANT
EASY TO GROW

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO TYPES


These popular and easy to grow houseplants are native to Asia and Papua New Guinea.  They are a perennial evergreen plant.  They do flower.  This is a suckering type of plant with wide leaves.   Often these leaves are variegated and sometimes have pink or red in them.  It is also said that they purify the air and remove toxins.  But, it is not safe to eat them.  There are many hybrids and cultivars.  I'm showing a few that are on sale now.  They want low to medium light and adequate water. The plants on sale are in 2 or 3 gallon pots.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $22.50


AGLAONEMA MARIA
 
   
Aglaonema maria Aglaonema maria Aglaonema maria

AGLAONEMA MYSTIC MARBLE
   
Aglaonema mystic marble Aglaonema mystic marble Agalonema mystic marble

 

CALATHEA HOUSEPLANTS
PRAYER PLANT
S


POPULAR FOR INSIDE THE HOME
EASY TO GROW

TEN DAY SPECIAL FOUR TYPES


This is another popular interior plant that is native to the Americas.  They are known for distinctive leaves and often contrasting colors.  Leaves are sometimes deep purple on the underside.  During the night, leaves may naturally curl up and then un-curl when it is bright.  Leaves are thick and interesting.  They like low to medium light and adequate water.  We're putting some 2 or 3 gallon on sale below.  Note that there are many species, hybrids and cultivars in this genus.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $22.50


CALATHEA MEDALION
   
Calathea medallion Calathea medallion Calathea medallion

CALATHEA RUFIBARBA
   
Calathea rufibarba Calathea rufibarba Calathea rufibarba

CALATHEA SANGUINEA
   
Calothea sanguinea  Calothea sanguinea  Calothea sanguinea

CALATHEA SETOSA
   
Calthea setosa Calthea setosa Calthea setosa

 

CARYOTA RUMPHIANA
THE AUSTRALIAN FISHTAIL PALM


SMALLER THAN CARYOTA URENS
YOUNG PLANTS AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This is a single trunk, monocarpic (when it flowers, the tree dies) species of palm that is native to northeastern Australia, PNG and the Philippines.  It has a more slender trunk and doesn't get as tall as Caryota urens.  The trunk is about 12 inches thick, less than a robust Queen Palm.   Leaves are green and about 8 to 10 feet long.  In my yard it has gotten to a height of about 35 feet.  And, it may have a longer life in the garden than either C. urens or gigas.  In my garden it has outlived all of the urens and still looks great after thirty years.  The  urens lived about 18 years.   

Another difference is cold hardiness.  I suspect it doesn't take the cold as well as urens.   Mine has seen temperatures at worst into the mid-twenties.  I'd estimate it'll maybe go into the low 20's F.  The problem is that you hardly ever see this species for sale.  This is because it's rare in cultivation and a tree has to die to get the seeds.  This means that seeds are rarely available.  But, available now are some young plants in one gallon pots in very limited numbers.   


REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Remember:  Mention this Special to get this price.

Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana
Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana Caryota rumphiana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD SPECIES


GREEN LEAVES - QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS

Shown here below is a good sized Encephalartos TRA seedling in a band container.  I’d estimate it’s age at least to be six years.  This species is a green South African cycad that, in the ground, makes a large and magnificent plant.  Encephalartos transvenosus gets enormous with trunks over 20 feet tall.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflets are shiny, dark green with some glaucous faint hairs on the leaflets.  So, it makes a big show.  These band sized plants, in the ground, will be nice specimens in five to seven years.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE IN BAND $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE IN BAND $55

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


Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus

 

ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA
DWARF GREEN CYCAD
GOOD FOR LOW PROFILE PLANTING

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

This dwarf species of Zamia is from Puerto Rico and surrounding Caribbean areas.  It is a small cycad with a caudex of six inches.  It suckers, forming clumps.  Its leaves are about 3 feet long, arching downwards and the leaflets are small.  The petioles are unarmed.  It likes filtered light and tolerates temperatures into the upper twenties F.  It prefers partial sun or strong filtered light.  But, it can be grown in sun along our coastal areas here. 

It is an ideal cycad species where one wants plants to stay small.  It's perfect for planting next to a walkway.  We’re putting our band sized plants on species.  Many are fairly old, some even coning in their band containers.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLDER BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  These are a piece of cake to mail order.

Zamia amblyphyllidia Zamia amblyphyllidia Zamia amblyphyllidia
Zamia amblyphyllidia Zamia amblyphyllidia Zamia amblyphyllidia
Zamia amblyphyllidia Zamia amblyphyllidia Zamia amblyphyllidia

 

DWARF RHAPIS PALM
MINIATURE GREEN SUCKERING FAN PALM


UNKNOWN SPECIES
ANTICIPATE LESS THAN THREE FEET TALL MATURE
ONLY HAVE ONE OF THESE

TEN DAY SPECIAL


We came across this plant in our inventory.  I've had so many people call for a dwarf Rhapis but I've always told them that we none.  But, we found this Rhapis and unfortunately don't know the species.  But, it's definitely going to be a dwarf.  It has few, somewhat wide leaflets.  Overall height is about 14 inches presently.  It came from a private collection.  It would want filtered light and should be cold hardy to at least 20 degrees F.  This is an almost impossible type of Rhapis to find.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $95

Note:  We only have this one!


Rhapis species dwarf  Rhapis species dwarf  Rhapis species dwarf 
Rhapis species dwarf  Rhapis species dwarf  Rhapis species dwarf 

 

             WEDNESDAY, 14 AUGUST, 2019

 

COLOR IN THE GARDEN


PHOTO TOUR OF A LOCAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
IDEAS FOR ADDING COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS


This past winter I visited Sherman Botanical Garden in Corona Del Mar, CA.  I wanted to show photos from that visit thinking perhaps it would give some of you ideas on adding color to the garden.

This is a small coastal community near Laguna Beach.  What I really enjoy about this garden is their usage of colorful and tropical companion plants.  The garden is meticulously maintained and very attractive.  I thought I'd show some photos of some of the garden's colorful plants.  Included are Bromeliads, Anthurium, Begonias, Camelia, Ligularia, Cyclamen, Violets Alocasia and many other types of plants.  All were being grown outdoors, some in sun and others in filtered light. 

Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden
Color in the garden Color in the garden Color in the garden

 

PRITCHARDIA HILDEBRANDTII
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN TROPICAL FAN PALM
TOLERATES COASTAL FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE


This popular fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about twenty feet.  Leaves are usually green but there is a blue-leafed form.  Trunk diameter is about 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate with a bit of wave in the cross section.  Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  The 25g we have shown here is about 12 feet tall in the pot and is about 12 years old.  I’d estimate it’s the size of a 30 to 36 inch boxed plant.  It’s way too big for mail orders but could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $450

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


WHITE CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

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

This gave Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here are plants that we germinated about 8 years ago.  These are very nice 15g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species available that often.  And, rarely one sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $185


We only have a few of these, so don't dally.  It's a fabulous addition to any garden.  Mention this Special.

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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


THINNER TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
NICE CROWN SHAFT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a medium height, single trunk, crown shafted palm from New Caledonia.  There is grows on mountainous slopes.  Of the genus, perhaps this species is the easiest for us to grow here in California.  It is very sought after and most of the garden photos below are from California.  Along the coast, I'd recommend giving this species half day morning sun, a few hours of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F. 

In my experience, mature height is usually about 30 feet but it can get a bit taller.  Trunks in shade are green, prominently ringed and medium diameter.  Leaves are green and pinnate.  This size can be mail ordered.  The 5g size is shown in the first five photos with some larger nursery plants following.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


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


 
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Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala HJD Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala 

DYPSIS "MAHAJANGA"
RARE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING


FLUFFY PLUMOSE LEAF

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The seeds of this "species" first came out about twenty-five years ago.  At that time, we did grow it and I think we’re one of the first to offer it for sale in the U.S.  From seeds, some of these plants end up being single trunk, others suckering as shown below.  It is very closely related to Dypsis madagascarenensis.  The mahajanga is sometimes single trunk and other times will sucker.  Trunks are medium sized diameter, prominently ringed and leaves are plumose.  Anticipate a mature plant height of about 20 to 25 feet. 

Culturally, it would like to be in or work its way into coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is the upper twenties F. or a bit colder,  Some have reported that this species seems to be more cold hardy than D. madagascarensis.  Shown below are the 5g plants we’re putting on special.  The first garden photo showing the trunks with my son, Jesse, and Greg Hamann was taken in El Cajon, Ca.  The next photo is from Al Bredison in HI.  For many decades, Al lived here in CA.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75
 

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Dypsis mahajanga   Dypsis mahajanga   Dypsis mahajanga  
Dypsis mahajanga   Dypsis mahajanga   Dypsis mahajanga  
Dypsis mahajanga   Dypsis mahajanga AB HI Palmpedia  Dypsis mahajanga  

HYPHAENE SPECIES 
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN BRANCHING FAN PALM

THAT FORK ABOVE THE GROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Shown here is a five gallon size of this branching palm from Africa.  I’m not quite sure of the species, but it is probably Hyphanae coreacea.  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.  This is an older plant, already dividing up.  It will show branching in a few decades.  suc

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70

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Hyphanae species Hyphanae species Hyphanae species

 

HEDYCHIUM GARNDERIANUM
THE KAHILI GINGER


SUPER FRAGRANT SUMMER FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS!

Although sometimes called the "Hawaiian or Kahili Ginger", this plant is native to the Himalayas in Asia.  Is surprisingly cold hardy into the mid-twenties F. and gets to a height of six to eight feet.  But, the amazing quality of this plant is it's florid, super-fragrant yellow and red blossoms.  They are short lived but absolutely stunning.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but most people grow it in part day sun or filtered light.  It is an easy to grow species and also easy to propagate from the rhizomes in the soil.

Blossoms are quite large as shown.  And, they are held in an upright fashion as opposed to the dangling, non-fragrant blossoms of Shell Ginger.  We presently have 5g on sale.  The first three photos show a plant with older, fading out blossoms.  They bloom in mid-summer.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


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Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum
Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Hedychium
Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger Ginger

 

PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS
THE SOLITAIRE PALM


NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA
ELEGANT SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
CROWN SHAFT - THIN TRUNK
MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk palm species is native to the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia.  It has a rather thin trunk that typically is six to eight inches thick.  Leaves are about six feet long.  The crown shaft is silver green in color and the leaves are green.  Mature height is about 25 feet on average.  It tolerates temperatures into the 20's F.  I've been growing one in my garden for about 40 years.  It's still gorgeous.  Some plant them as small colonies, two or three together.  We're putting our 15 gallon size on sale – limited availability.  It’s always difficult to find this species with any size.  

REGULAR PRICE 15G  $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE  $195

Remember to mention this Special.  These can be mail ordered.


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Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma elegans

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
RARE MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM

 

SLIGHTLY BULGING TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE

TEN1 GALLON SIZE
This is a medium sized, crown shafted, single trunk pinnate palm from Reunion Island.  There is a green and a brown-red form of this species.  The plants on special are the red form, but as far as I can tell at this time, 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.  

The first five photos below show our 5g plants which are on special.  There are several photos of other sizes of nursery plants.  The last photo is from a garden in San Diego. 


REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $95

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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Hyophorbe indica red Hyophorbe indica red Hyophorbe indica red
Hyophorbe indica red Hyophorbe indica red Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica

CYCAD - CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
INTERESTING AND FAIRLY COLD HARDY HYBRID


TAKES PART DAY SUN
NEVER TOO TALL 
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT PLANTS

With the introduction of the very rare Cycas debaoensis, it was just a matter of time before this cross was done.  It's between the Sago Palm (seed bearer with this cross) and the aforementioned debaoensis.  It is an interesting hybrid with bifurcation of the leaflets or leaf stems.  See photos below.  I'd recommend growing it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance should be into the upper teens F.

I anticipate it'll be a small to medium sized mature plants.  It's a great alternative to using the common 
Cycas revoluta.  Leaf color will be green and there will be some spines of the leaf stems.  Sorry, but there are no reputable photos of this hybrid in a mature size available at this time.  I'm putting our citrus pot size on special.  I'd estimate average caudex size is 2 inches or maybe even a bit larger.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POTS $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE $145


These would be easy to mail order.  You must mention this special when you purchase to get this price.  


 
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS Cycas revoluta x debaoensis CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES


VERY SMALL CYCAD
GRAY-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare dwarf species of South African cycad is quite petite and never gets over four feet tall.  Leaves are gray-green to sea foam green and about three feet long.  A mature caudex is six to eight inches.  Below I'm showing a totally in cone mature nursery specimen with a 7 to 8 inch caudex (female)  likes sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  This is a rare and sought out species and never inexpensive.  WE do have an assortment of sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $72.50


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Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL AREA


VERY SOUGHT AFTER BY ENTHUSIAST
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This species is endemic to the Waterberg range in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.  Their habitat is dry and arid.  They grow on steep rocky slops, grasslands and savanna.  It is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length generally does not exceed a meter and stems can get about four meters high.  Of the Transvaal (previous province within South Africa north of the Vaal River) species, this is the most common.  That being said, this species is still exceptionally rare and almost extinct in the wild.  

The leaves on this species can vary from a blue/green color, to a powdery silver and in some cases be an aquamarine.  Leaflets twist almost perpendicular to the petiole, giving them a "stacking' appearance" (like blinds).  In coastal and inland areas, this species prefers to be in the full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F. 
The seedlings on special are 36 months old with two, maybe three leaves.  It is a slow growing cycad and we rarely put them on special.


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $95

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


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Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
GREEN, RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD


TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY LARGE BAND PLANTS

This species of green South African cycad is a medium sized mature plant with trunks up to about five feet.  They are un-branched and have green leaves that are about five feet long.  The leaves are straight and leaflets point toward the end of the leaf.  In the wild stands in the Natal area of RSA, there are only about a hundred plants remaining.  Shown here in the first row of photos are 4 to 5 year old band plants - very large for their container.  The second row of photos show a huge boxed specimen at our nursery.  The last row shows domestic plants and a close up of the leaflets.  

We're putting older band seedlings on sale.  They'd be easy to mail order.  In our area, this is a full sun plant with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $50

Remember, mention this Special for this discount. 
 

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Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS
SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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.  Typical mature height is usually six to eight feet.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun and tolerates cold temperatures to 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 band size that we have put on special.  These are a simple mail order item.  Be aware these are huge band plants, well rooted.  They are not wimpy seedlings.  Note they are already going palmate.

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

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Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

MONDAY, 12 AUGUST, 2019

 

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 spear palm tree

ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN ROYAL  PALM TREE


FOLIAGE TYPICALLY MORE UPRIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This is a single trunk, pinnate and tall crown shafted palm tree is from northern South America and the Greater Antilles Islands.  The crown shaft is green, long and tubular.  As opposed to the Cuban Royal Palm, Roystonea regia, the leaves of R. oleracea tend to not hang down below the half-way point of the sphere of the crown.  In other words, if the crown were thought of as a circular area of leaves, on this species the leaves are from 9PM to 3PM.  The trunk is gray colored.  Height is typically under fifty feet although some specimens are shown below that are about a hundred feet tall.  It's a full sun palm with a cold hardiness into the mid to upper twenties F. We're offering nice 5g plants of this species below.


REGULAR PRICE 15G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $80

Mention this Blog Special for this price.  Be aware we only have limited numbers available of this size.

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Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
DWARF SPECIES EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT


SUPER COLD HARDY
PURPLE ON BACK OF LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This very cold hardy species of Alocasia is known for its small overall size, the deep  purple backs to the leaves and the fact that it can be grown in colder areas down to zone  7B - well into the twenties.  Leaves are a dull green with shiny purple backs.  Overall height is usually about three feet.  It likes strong filtered light or a bit of sun.  We have nice 5 gallon available.  – As this is a dwarf species, no plants ever get big enough for a 7 or 15 gallon pot.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discounted price when you buy.


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Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
A TALL, QUICK GROWING AND DIFFERENT FAN PALM


GREEN LEAVES, SORT OF WISPY
THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G 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 its beauty, it’s a solid grower and a fine addition to any garden.  We're putting nice older 5g on sale.  See the first 5 photos below.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $75.


I can mail order this size easily.  Remember, mention this Special!


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Brahea brandegii Brahea brandegii Brahea brandegii
Brahea brandegii Brahea brandegii Brahea brandegii

 

CYCAS PECTINATA
A TROPICAL GREEN CYCAD WITH THIN TRUNK


SUPER ATTRACTIVE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANT


This species of green cycad is native to areas spreading from India through eastern Asia all the way to southern China.  There it grows at high elevations up to 1000 meters.  It caries a full head of six foot long arching leaves with thin leaflets.  Leaf stems are armed with small spines.  Trunks are fairly narrow for plant height.  It prefers strong filtered light or a bit of sun and does tolerate a freeze.  Reports of plants in habitat are they can reach heights exceeding thirty feet but I have no personally seen plants this tall.  It's a great species for the garden.  The plant on special has a cuadex size of almost 8 inches and is in a 15g pot.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $800
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $650


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Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BUBALINUS
VERY RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN GREEN CYCAD

NEVER OVERLY TALL – CUPPED LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


Encephalartos bubalinus
is endemic to northern Tanzanian and southern Kenya, where there are two isolated populations.  This species is extant in mountain forests, rough terrain laden with undergrowth and rocky soil/outcroppings.  This is a medium sized plant.  Leaves can reach a length of about two meters.  Stems are fairly short only reaching a height of one to two meters on very old plants.  This species has a tendency to make a lot of basal suckers, though some plants do so sparingly.  The name 'bubalinus' comes from the Latin word meaning "buff", which is in reference to the color of the tomentum on its stem and petioles.

Encephalartos bubalinus
is a beautiful and tropical looking plant, which has green to grey/green leaves.  It has cupped leaflets, which tend to be slightly plumose or out of plane one larger specimens.  Its leaflets are moderately armed as are its petioles.  In coastal and inland areas, this species does well in sun or partial sun.  For desert areas, this plant would do well in filtered light of shade.  This species should be in a soil that drains well, but is tolerant of water.


We have some older one gallon plants which we’re putting on sale – but just a few of them.  See the first five photos below.

REGULAR PRICE THIS RARE CYCAD 1G SIZE $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80


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Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus
Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus Encephalartos bubalinus

 

CANNA LILIES
THIS TYPE – DARK PURPLE LEAVES, ORANGE BLOSSOM

BEAUTIFUL SUMMER SHOW
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Canna
Lilies are a summer type plant.  They do somewhat dormant in the winter.  With cold the foliage looks tattered.  But, as spring comes on, leaves begin to grow rapidly and with summer they explode.  They get about four feet tall. They like sun or part sun.  I'm showing a very nice variety with dark purple to black leaves and peach-orange blossoms as shown. 
These are super easy to grow and will take coastal full sun.
 

REGULAR PRICE 5G CANNA $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40


Remember to mention this Special when purchasing
We do have other varieties on sale for the same price.


Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange
Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange
Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange Canna Lily dark leaves 5g orange

 

DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
CLUMPING MADAGASCAR PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFTS - VERY RARE


PLANTS SHOWN HERE FROM DOMESTIC SEEDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

This clumping medium sized palm is native to Madagascar.  It has previously been called "Dypsis species white petiole".  It was formally described by Don Hodel about fifteen years ago.  It is most closely related to Dypsis baronii and known for its prominently white crown shafts.  Leaves are drooping with rather fine leaflets.  Trunks average about two inches diameter.  Plant height is a maximum of approximately fifteen feet. It can be grown in full coastal sun but should be allowed to grow up and into the sun.  So, starting in bright filtered light is best.  Exact cold hardiness is uncertain but most likely in the mid-twenties F. range.  I am putting one gallons on a Ten Day Special.  These are from domestic seeds.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $45


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Dypsis albofarinosa Dypsis albofarinosa Dypsis albofarinosa

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD


GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
T
EN DAY SPECIAL ABSOLUTELY HUGE 1 GALLON

Dioon spinulosum is native to tropical areas in Mexico where it grows in limestone forests.  Trunks don't get overly thick, typically 12 to 14 inches thick.  With age, this can be more.  Leaves are green and mildly armed.  Leaf length is about six feet.  My preference is to grow this species in filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties F.  Be aware, to get a foot or two of trunk can take a few decades.  At the nursery we usually have a good selection of this species from small to large.  Today we're offering about ten year old one gallon plants on sale.  The caudexes are almost fill the container.  They are ready for the garden or repotting into a larger container. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember:  Mention this Special to get this reduced price when you buy.  These plants are simple to mail order.


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Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


HAS RED OR ORANGE CONE
LEAFLETS LIKE HOLLY FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD BAND SIZED PLANTS

This fairly rare cycad species is native to the Natal region of South Africa and Mozambique.  It is most known for the appearance of the leaflets - they resemble the leaflets of a Holly Fern.  I would consider this a medium sized cycad as it really doesn't get much trunk height.  But, leaves can be six feet long so it's hard to consider it to be a dwarf plant.  Also notable are the prominently orange or red cones on mature plants.  The photos show this.  Leaf color is green with spines on the leaflets.  Caudex size is usually one, perhaps two feet mature.  It prefers filtered light or a bit of sun.  This is not to say more coastal areas cannot grow it in full sun.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.   The plants on sale are not new seedlings. They are over three years old with caudexes of about an inch.  You might ask "why do they just have one leaf?"  The answer is that, when a large plant fills the band with roots, the amount of soil just can't support two leaves at once.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BAND SIZED PLANTS $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE BAND $40

Easy to ship.  But, to get this price, mention the Blog Only Special.

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Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox

 

CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA 
GREEN WITH A FLUSH OF PINK


UNUSUAL COLORING - FIRST TIME IN
FOR THE GARDEN OR INDOORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES


If you follow our Blog, you know that we excel at offering an assortment of brightly colored "Hawaiian Ti Plants".  This includes combinations of pink, red, black and green.  But, the green form is difficult to find.  We do offer pure green, a variety which Hula dances like.  Today we're offering a special variety that is green with a faint flush of pink on the new leaves.  This is the first time we've had this color - see first six photos.  Typical heights are about five to six feet.  Cold tolerance is just below a freeze.  They want filtered light.  The last three photos below show our pure green variety.

REGULAR PRICE 3 gallon size $45

SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $37.50


These can be mail ordered.  Limited numbers available.

 
Hawiaan Ti green with pink flush Hawiaan Ti green with pink flush Hawiaan Ti green with pink flush
Hawiaan Ti green with pink flush Hawiaan Ti green with pink flush Hawiaan Ti green with pink flush
Hawiaan Ti green Hawiaan Ti green Hawiaan Ti red

 

LICUALA RAMSAYI
A SUPER TROPICAL FAN PALM
NEAR FULL CIRCULAR LEAVES


CAN BE GROWN IN MANY AREAS OF SO CAL
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


About twenty-five years ago when my son, Jesse, and I visited Queensland, Australia, we made it a point to seek out and see Licuala ramsayi.  This was because this species has been proven to grow in coastal areas of Southern California.  The last photo below is from that trip.  We just got in some nice, somewhat older one gallon plants with five to six leaves.  Within a few more leaves they’ll be showing the classical look with wider leaflets and a near full circle to the leaf.  Mature plants are about fifteen to perhaps twenty feet tall with huge overhead and circular leaves.  These leaves are divided but the overall appearance is almost a full circle of closely spaced leaflets.  Trunks are narrow, about four to six inches.  Petioles are mildly armed.  

Surprisingly this species likes a bit of sun along the coast.  In shade, its growth rate stalls.  Cold hardiness is right about at a freeze.  Shown here in the first six photos are the size plants we have on Special.  The next to last photo is in the San Diego area and is getting a fair amount of coastal sun.  

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40 


Just remember to mention this Special to get your discount.

Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi
Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi Licuala ramsayi

 

TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA
THE PURPLE HEART PLANT



GREAT GROUND COVER - PURPLE COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

I'm often asked about tropical ground cover plants.  Customers want something different.  I might suggest the Purple Heart plant as shown here.  It fairly quickly covers ground and can take full or part day coastal sun.  The flowers are pink.  It grows like a Wandering Jew plant.  We're putting one day size on special

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50

Remember:  Mention this Special.


Tradescantia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart
Tradascentia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS


BAND SIZE WITH TWO OR THREE PLANTS/POT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


By popular demand I have put this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species of King Palms.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.  It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  I wish to than L.N. below for his picture of a mature tree.  The plants I'm putting on special are band size.  Most are multiples.  In the last row of photos, I'm showing two 15 gallon plants, but they are not on special right now.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima by L Nancarrow Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima

 

FRIDAY, 9 AUGUST, 2019

 

GERMINATING PALM SEEDS:


DO YOU HAVE BAD PALM SEEDS?
WHICH SEEDS TO PICK?
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A SEED IS NOT GOOD?
THE FLOAT TEST
THE PINCH TEST
CUT THE SEED OPEN
ALWAYS CLEAN OFF THE FRUIT

Many people love to germinate palm seeds and make their plants.  But, there are a few things you need to now right from the beginning if you want to successfully germinate.

1.  Get fresh seeds.  Right off the tree is best.
2.  Pick seeds that are mature, often colorful.  Green seeds germinate poorly.
3.  Remove the fruit from the seeds until you have a clean, often tan colored inner seed.  Fruit can contain chemicals that retard germination.
4.  Pinch test seeds.  Take the picked seeds (with or without fruit) and squeeze hard between two fingers.  They should never collapse.  Any seed that collapses between your fingers is no good.
5.  Float Test the seeds.  Cleaned palm seeds almost always sink in water.  Floaters are almost always bad.   Inner cavities of rot within the seed make them float.
6.  Cut open a few seeds.  The fruit should be white or light tan, solid and without signs of rot.  And, you definitely do not want to see inner cavities.  Inner cavities 99% of the time means the seed is bad.
7.  Remove all outer fruit before germinating.  Some experts feel that this outer fruit later has growth inhibitors.  Even fruit that is not a bright color or is dry or scaly must be removed.  This outer layer may be brown and hard but needs removal - see photos below.
8.  Always soak the cleaned seeds in pure water, especially if you had seeds shipped to you.  This rehydrates them.  If seeds are right off a tree and the fruit is moist and fresh, soaking is not necessary.  But, they would still be cleaned of any fruit.

Photos here show seeds with fruit, the float test with floaters and sinkers, seeds that failed the pinch test, seeds with hard outer layers that still have to have this layer removed and a few seeds cut open showing inner cavities (a bad sign).  For techniques on germination, see our article on
Palm Seed Germination
at this website.

Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Jubaea seeds ripe
Jubaea chilensis fruit, ripe
Jubaea chilensis cleaning fruit off seed
Cleaning fruit off Jubaea chilensis
Butia capitata seeds with yellow fruit
Butia capitata seeds with fresh, ripe and yellow fruit
palm seeds
Livistona saribus seeds with blue fruit
Green Chamaedorea tpejilote seeds
Green seeds Chamaedorea tepejilote
Green palm seeds
Green seeds, not ready to pick
Bad palm seed, collapsed
Bad palm seed, collapsed with pinch test
Bad palm seed
Bad seed, all collapsed with pinch test
Pelagodoxa henryana seed
You must remove the primative hard fruit from this Pelagodoxa henryana seed
Metroxylon amicarum seed
Dry, scaly coat of Metroxylon amicarum must be removed
Attalea seeds
Same with these Attalea sp. seeds
Palm Seed Float Test
Float test:  Note floating seeds- no good
Palm Seed Float TEst
Float test - Astrocaryum seeds floating
Float Test Sinkers
Float Test:  Note good seeds sink to bottom
Cavity in Palm Seeds
Cavity in bad Astrocaryum mexicanum seeds
Palm Seed Cavity Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in palm seeds
Cavity in bad Gastrococos crispa seeds
Clean Jubaea seeds
Totally cleaned Jubaea seeds
Homogenious inside of a cut palm seed
Good seed cut open - firm inner tissue throughout
germinating cham benzei
Results of proper seed care and germination

 

RECYCLE USED PLASTIC CONTAINERS


ECOLOGICAL AND HELPS OUR NURSERY
DISCOUNT ON PURCHASES GIVEN OR CREDIT TOWARD FUTURE PURCHASE

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 - when you drop them off or issue a credit toward a future purchase.  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, 5g and bigger.  Our nursery is plush with one gallon or smaller.  We also really appreciate 7g, 15 gallon and citrus pots. 

So, don't give them to the garbage man for your local landfill.  Bring them to our nursery.  The fourth photo shows all containers from a band to a 24 inch box, left to right.


5 GALLON
5 gallon
15 GALLON
15 gallon
25 GALLON
25 galon
All containers in a row
All containers in a row
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM


PROPAGATED USUALLY ONLY BY DIVISIONS

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON


This is a suckering dwarf to semi-dwarf simple leaf palm that is native to Mexico.  It suckers, rarely gets over six feet tall, has short petioles and has small, entire leaves as shown here.   The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a totally different fashion.  It is called "stolinifera" because it forms new "stolons".  These are vegetative stems that emerge from the base of an older trunk.  They then shoot laterally, sometimes below the soil's surface, to reappear a short distance from the mother stem.  They look like "snakes" going over the soil surface, sometimes diving into the dirt to root.  This ability to shoot out new stolons often creates a very wide mature clump.

Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively as hardly ever are seeds available.  Below are five 5 gallon plants that were divided and potted up outdoors from mother plants a year ago - outdoors.  This size is shown in the first two rows of pictures below along with a few smaller plants.  I highly recommend this species.  

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS BATCH $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON THIS BATCH $80

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special.

Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM

 

VERY POPULAR, EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  It has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  Some growers in our area have been successful in growing this species in full sun.  It is quite popular among enthusiasts.  The plants we're putting on special are the 5 gallon size.  Note on the close-ups of the trunks that there is variability with the color of the crown shaft.  Even with this, I think both plants as they mature will show the classic white crown shaft when large.  These can be mail ordered. 


REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $72.50

Mention this Special for your discount.


Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
MADAGASCAR XEROPHYTIC PALM
SUPER RARE - THREATENED


BLUE LEAVES
THIS SPECIES ALMOST NOT AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT 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 radical 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 citrus pot size plants of Ravenea xerophila.  We only have a couple of plants left ast this time with no way to replenish this species.  I’ve mentioned it before, but if you want one, buy now.  I suspect none will be on the market within a few months.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80

But, you must mention this Special when you purchase.  Also, we are down to our last plants, so be quick to order or they might be gone.  The last photo below is c/o TS at RPS.


Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM 


ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH OF 5G SIZE

We have available seed grown plants of this species that are quite nice and easy to ship.  They are not quite up to full size so we’re selling them at much less than our advertised price for a 5 gallon plant.  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 over four years old.  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.  This is a super popular species of palms and has been a market mainstay for many decades. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON RHAPIS $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH OF 5 GALLON $60

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when


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

 

BASSELINIA GLABRATA
AKA ALLOSCHMIDTIA GLABRATA


ATTRACTIVE THIN TRUNK PALM FOR FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This species is very thin trunked, prominently crown shafted, pinnate and medium in mature size.  It is native to New Caledonia, where it grows in mountainous locations.  In the recent past, the previous genus name of "Alloschmidtia" was changed by Don Hodel to "Basselinia".  Trunk diameter is typically under two inches, overall height at maturity under twenty feet.  The crown shaft is green, often with some grey or brown speckling.  

As it's overall size and crown diameter are not that great, it can easily be placed into almost any garden.  But, it is an "under-canopy" type of palm requiring filtered light.  It also requires adequate water.  Under-watering will result in brown tipping of the leaves.  Cold tolerance is probably into the mid-twenties F.  Shown her are 5g and 15g plants, domestic plants and several pictures from habitat.  Most consider this a very exotic and collectible species. 
The last photo below is c/o Colin Wilson, a friend from Australia.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE THIS SPECIES $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

Remember to mention this special when you purchase.  We only have a few of these available.


Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata

 

CLINOSTIGMA SAVORYANUM
THE PACIFIC BEAUTY PALM


NICELY ESTABLISHED ONE GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE
SECOND GENERATION FROM LOCAL TREE!

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS

This is a gorgeous and exotic crown shafted palm that many in our area can grow.  We are offering on sale today plants from seeds of a locally and domestically grown specimen that flowered and set viable seeds in Orange County, CA.  Everyone loves this palm.  It is single trunk, crown-shafted species comes from Bonin Island near Japan.  It has been proven possible to grow this species in warmer areas of Southern California.  It is very exotic appearing with a prominent green crown shaft.  Interestingly, there are several species of Clinostigma that can be grown here.  But the savoryana is the best and easiest for us.  It can potentially get to a height of 30 feet or more and prefers a sunny location.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze. 
 
Clinostigma  is a very exotic pinnate palm and would be one of the more exotic and unusual of palm types possible in this area.  Shown here are one gallon plants that are about two years old.  

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1G PLANTS $45

Remember:  Mention this special for this price!  These are easy to mail order.


Clinostigma savoryanum Clinostigma savoryanum Clinostigma savoryanum
Clinostigma savoryanum palmpedia Clinostigma savoryanum Clinostigma savoryanum

 

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 low 20's F.  The plants on special are in citrus pots and have caudexes of two to two and a half inches.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT $185

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  This size is easy to mail order.  Below we are showing several garden plants and a large nursery specimen.


Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
CENTRAL AFRICAN GREEN CYCAD
VERY LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES, NARROW LEAFLETS

VERY NICE 15 GALLON SPECIMEN
ABOUT AN 8 INCH CAUDEX

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


This Central African cycad has very long, upright leaves that are green.  Their length can reach up to twelve feet.   As new leaves, they go straight up.  If not cut and with additional throws of leaves, older leaves will relax and make room for new ones.  It is native to southwestern Uganda.  Trunks can get over ten feet tall and leaflets are narrow and spiny when younger.  It is a fast growing species and does great in sun or part sun along the coast.  Far inland I'd recommend a few hours of sun.  The plant on special has almost an 8 inch caudex and is in a 15 gallon pot.  I'm putting it on a Ten Day special.  It has a nice crop of leaves and is begging to go into the ground.  

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1080
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $850


Just mention this Blog Special if you wish to buy this plant.  Note on the photos below the upright character of the leaves.  I'm also showing a few super large nursery plants.

Encephalartos whitelockii 15g 7.5 x 7.5 inches Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – FAST GROWING!
TEN DAY SPECIAL SUN GROWN 15G PLANTS

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 (including well known botanists)  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

We have 15g singles and multiples available – They’ve been in sun for a year or two.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $155

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!  On the last photo, look at leaflets in full San Diego sun.  Now go look at sun grown Kings in your neighborhood.  You'll see the tip burn.  Also, note that new leaves are sometimes a bit red as shown below.


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK CHAMAEDOREA


LIKE C. RADICALIS ON STEROIDS!
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
5 GALLON SIZE NOW AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

About five years ago we were lucky enough to get some seeds of this rare single trunk Chamaedorea.  It is native to Mexico at high elevations near Chiapas.  It is a single trunk, understory palm that has sort of a thick trunk up to 1.5 or 2 inches.  The flowers are reminiscent of Chamaedorea radicalis as they shoot high into the foliage. Its overall appearance is also similar to the trunking radicalis but with bigger leaves, wider leaflets and a thicker trunk.  It gets up to about 10 to 15 feet. 

It grows in filtered light and seems to be cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  We have a limited number of 5 gallons available.   Most of these have one plant but a few may have two plants per pot - so there's a chance to set some seeds.  These can be mail ordered.  I'm also putting them on special.  Please appreciate that this is a super rare species to find.

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

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.    

 chamaedorea benzei chamaedorea benzei chamaedorea benzei
chamaedorea benzei chamaedorea benzei chamaedorea benzei
chamaedorea benzei chamaedorea benzei chamaedorea benzei

 

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. 

You can grow this species as a single although we like to put several in a pot for a fuller mature appearance. This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry. With multiples and over time, 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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL $75

You must mention this Special for your discount.  The seventh photo below is c/o TS at RPS.


Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote TS RPS Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD


GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
LOTS OF SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON SIZE

Although you can't tell from the photos here, this cycad species can get quite tall.  I've seen photos from habitat with what appears to be over 20 feet of trunk.  Dioon spinulosum is native to tropical areas in Mexico where it grows in limestone forests.  Trunks don't get overly thick, typically 12 to 14 inches thick.  With age, this can be more.  Leaves are green and mildly armed.  Leaf length is about six feet.  It's a great species for the garden and some have grown it as an interior plant.

My preference is to grow this species in filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties F.  Be aware, to get a foot or two of trunk can take a few decades.  At the nursery we usually have a good selection of this species from small to large.  The 5 gallon on Special have caudexes of about five inches or a bit more.  Photos below shown some nursery plants as well as plants in gardens.  The first five photos are of the sale size.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 5 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $185

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum

 

WEDNESDAY, 7 AUGUST, 2019

 

CYCAD SEEDLINGS - LOTS OF THEM
GROWN IN BAND CONTAINERS


THIS DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THEY ARE SMALL
BUT, THEY ARE ALWAYS EASY TO SHIP


For over forty years we've been propagating and selling cycads to our customers.  Crucial to any cycad nursery has always been obtaining viable seeds for germination.  It's certainly gotten more difficult over the decades to obtain desirable seeds.  But, we have been fortunate to continue offering smaller and more affordable cycads for sale.  We presently have for sale thousands of small cycads of at least 75 species.

We do a lot of our own germination.  The fifth photo below shows a flat of Encephalartos eugene-marisii germinating.  Once germinated, new seedlings go into our band containers - a square and tall pot measuring 3 x 3 x 9 inches.  We were one of the first nurseries in the country to utilize these pots.  Now it's standard practice country-wide.  As we have about 25,000 cycads in stock, we don't always get time to repot cycads that are too big for their band containers.  This is a good thing for you, the consumer.  It means that many times our band cycads are five years old or longer.  They often have super developed roots and are on their fifth to six leaf or more.  Some photos demonstrate this - note the plant sizes.

Another nice thing about getting band sized plants is that they are quite affordable to ship for mail orders.  And, we can nestle quite a few plants in one box for shipping - always in their containers with soil.  And, sometimes we put our band sized cycads on sale.  We hope that you can take advantage of these often "much bigger than other nurseries" band sized cycads.  Most nurseries sell seedlings with only one or two small leaves.  Photos below show many of our band sized plants with photos of flats of cycads or growing benches.  Incidentally, at our nursery we have about a mile of running benches and display areas.


 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
cycad SEEDLINGS  cycad SEEDLINGS  cycad SEEDLINGS 
CYCAD SEEDLING  cycad SEEDLINGS  cycad SEEDLINGS 
cycad table  cycad table  cycads growing 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


 

RARE AND POPULAR CYCAD
GNARLY AND SPINY LEAFLETS
SHOWING A COUPLE NURSERY PLANTS

It is quite amazing how popular and sought after this blue South African cycad is despite its pokey and unapproachable leaves.  Native to the Eastern Cape region, a very old plant can get a bit over three feet of trunk.  This means that it'll never be very large in a garden.  Leaflets tend to be quite barbed and spiny.  Leaf color is silver to blue.  A characteristic of this species is that the leaflets are very spiny.  If you look closely, you usually see that one lobe (spiny leaflet protrusion) is oriented in a different plant than the rest of the leaflet.  Their unique appearance is why so many people like this plant.  

It prefers full sun along the coast and part day sun in the desert.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  I am showing below two nice specimens from the nursery.  The first one has a caudex of 7.5 inches.  The second plants shown with Alma is a female in cone.  This species is always in demand and supply is always quite limited at the nursery. 


Encephalartos horridus 25g 7.5 inches Encephalartos horridus 25g 7.5 inches Encephalartos horridus 25g 7.5 inches
Encephalartos horridus 25g 7.5 inches Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM


AVAILABLE NOW – GOOD SIZED 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OUR 15 GALLON SIZE

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifuracata, is native to Queensland, Australia and is a single trunk palm.  It gets to about twenty-five feet height, has fluffy plumose leaves, is crown shafted as shown below and is single trunk.  It loves heat and sun.  I've grown this species for many decades and we were one of the first nurseries in the country to offer them for sale.  The ones we have a singles – one plant per pot.  They are about ten feet tall in their pots.  Figure their mature height is a bit over 20 feet.  They like heat and full sun.  They especially enjoy areas that are a bit inland from the ocean.  Their cold hardiness is down to about 22 degrees F.  The plants shown below are too big to ship but can be delivered.  If for mail order, we do have limited numbers of smaller plants. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON FOXTAILS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase.  We have limited numbers available presently.


Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


FULL SUN GROWN 25G PLANTS AVAILABLE

SINGLE TRUNK SPECIMENS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 25G PLANTS

We have available a limited number of very nice 25 gallon, totally sun grown single trunk Kentia Palms.  This species does very nicely in the garden here.  Along the coast they easily tolerate full sun.  Far inland, part day sun is recommended.  You can also grow these in the house but, for these plants, you’d need very high ceilings.  They are over ten feet tall.  Mature height of this species in sun is about 30 to 35 feet.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees f.  They are very slow growing and, for interior usage, often sold as “multiples”.  This species is native to Lord Howe Island, also the home of Hedyscepe and H. belmoreana.  This size is too large for mail order, but we have smaller plants for sale as well.. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 25 GALLON PLANT $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $385

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


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

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE

 

VERY LARGE 25 GALLON TREE AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT - ORANGE-RED TYPE

We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large blossoms.  Over 99% of the trees you'll see have the orange or red-orange blossoms.  There is also a rare yellow blossoming form (last photo).  In our area, this makes a medium sized tree as shown below.  It blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  It wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F.  The large 25 gallon shown here is for sale.  It’s the only one of this size we have.  But, we also usually have 5 gallon plants (6th photo below) available as well.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIMEN 25 GALLON $500

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL 25G TREE $425


Remember to mention this Blog Special when you buy.
  The flowering garden tree is about 3 blocks from our nursery in Encinitas, CA.


Spathodea campanullata  Spathodea campanullata  Spathodea campanullata 
Spathodea campanullata  Spathodea campanullata  spathodea campanulata 
spathodea campanulata  spathodea campanulata  spathodea campanulata 

 

DELONIX REGIA
THE ROYAL POINCIANA TREE



FLAMBOYANT CLUSTERS OF RED BLOSSOMS
DIFFICULT TO FIND
NEW SEEDLINGS - TEN DAY SPECIAL

This super desirable tropical tree is a stunning and beautiful tropical flowering tree.  Although challenging, it has been grown by many in Southern California.  It has large clusters of brilliantly red blossoms.  It probably won't tolerate a freeze, so consider this when trying to grow it.   It wants full sun and can get to 30 feet tall with an almost equal width to the crown of limbs.  Limbs ten to be horizontal and leaflets are green and small.  We have young seedlings available in one gallon size.

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


Remember, mention this Special.  These might prove to be too fragile at this stage for shipping mail order.

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Delonix regia Royal Poinciana Delonix regia Royal Poinciana Delonix regia Royal Poinciana Wikipedia

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL MULTIPLE 15G SIZE

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply because of seed shortages.  But, you can still find some around.  Below, we are offering the last of our 15 gallon size on species.   This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $165

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase


Chamaedorea plumosa Baby Queen  Chamaedorea plumosa Baby Queen  Chamaedorea plumosa Baby Queen 
Chamaedorea plumosa Baby Queen  Chamaedorea plumosa Baby Queen  Chamaedorea plumosa Baby Queen 
Chamaedorea plumosa Baby Queen  Chamaedorea plumosa Baby Queen TS RPS  Chamaedorea plumosa 

 

BUTIA YATAY
VERY COLD HARDY PINNATE PALM

HAS BLUE COLOR TO LEAVES
A FEW ONE GALLONS LEFT FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

We only have a few one gallon plants of this very hard to find palm species.  Butia yatay is native to Southern Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and is the tallest Butia and has the longest leaves and biggest crown.  Leaves tend to be blue when in sun and mature.  A well grown Butia capitata gets to about an average of 20 feet height.  Butia yatay reaches close to 40 feet by report.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F. and is felt to be equal to B. capitata.   We only have a few final one gallon plants left.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchaseThe last photo was taken at a garden here in Encinitas.  Obviously, plants get much taller than this.


Butia yatay  Butia yatay  Butia yatay 
Butia yatay  Butia yatay  Butia yatay 

CYPHOSTEMA BAINESII
DWARF YET SHOWY CAUDICIFORM PLANT
THICK BLUE GREEN LEAVES


NATIVE TO AFRICA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

Presently available are 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.  Leaves drop off in this decidious type plant, so don't water in winter.  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.

REGULAR PRICE THIS RARE SPECIES IN 15 GALLON SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $185

Remember:  Mention this special.  Also note we have small one gallon on sale below.  Both sizes can be shipped for mail orders although the leaves are brittle and could break.


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cyphostemma bainesii cyphostemma bainesii cyphostemma bainesii
cyphostemma bainesii cyphostemma bainesii cyphostemma bainesii

CYPHOSTEMA BAINESII
DWARF YET SHOWY CAUDICIFORM PLANT
THICK BLUE GREEN LEAVES


NATIVE TO AFRICA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


See description above.  And, yes, these were grown from seeds collected from the plants shown above - last summer's harvest. 

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

Mention this Blog Only Special when you buy!

Cyphostemma bainesii Cyphostemma bainesii Cyphostemma bainesii
Cyphostemma bainesii Cyphostemma bainesii  

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
FILTERED LIGHT - SEMI-DWARF SIZE


GREEN AND YELLOW LEAVES
UNUSUAL AND HARD TO FIND.
TEN DAY SPECIAL MATURE 7 GALLON

On special today is one of the highly coveted variegated Rhapis excelsaKnown 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.  As these plants come only from divisions, availability is always limited.  Shown below is a flowering 7 gallon plant that shows nice variegation on the leaflets.  

These plants are not hard to grow.  But, they are super slow growing.  The plant on special was from a private collection and is over fifteen years old.  They like filtered light and are cold hardy to about 20 degrees F. or colder.  I do have some smaller, more affordable smaller divisions available.  But, these are never inexpensive plants.  Note, typically variegation shows better with age.  And, only give them minimal fertilizer as too much can drown out the variegation.


REGULAR PRICE THIS 7G SPECIMEN $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $350

Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated
Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated
Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated Rhapis excelsa variegated

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
A MORE PETITE SPECIES OF THE WINDMILL PALM


SMALL, STIFF LEAVES
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5G 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 plants we have presently are very cute and have very small leaves.  There are two plants in the 5g shown here.  This particular clone seems to have smaller leaves than plants of this species we usually grow.

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

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

Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
RARE & SOUGHT AFTER "BLUNT TIP" VARIETY


DEFINITELY DIFFERENT APPEARING
HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

This rare South African cycad is from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  There is a leaflet form of this species that is quite different.  I've shown several photos of the leaflets below.  They do not come to a sharp point but rather a muted or rounded off tip.  Most find this form to be super attractive.  It's become sort of a collector only item.  This variety is also super rare, hard to find and always more expensive than the regular form.

Anticipate that it will prefer full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  
When new customers visit the nursery to get a cycad, E. longifolius is usually one of their favorites.  When they see this form, they just "have to have it". 

REGULAR PRICE BAND BLUNT TIP E. LONGIFOLIUS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

As always, mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING PALM


VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This interesting Asian species rarely gets over ten feet tall, suckers, has Caryota type leaflets with jagged ends and is silver on the underside of the leaflets.  Its blossoms are super fragrant (a nice treat).  It takes sun or shade in coastal areas and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  On sale are nice band sized plants.

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

But, mention this Special to get this price.  Easy to mail order.


ARENGA ENGLERI ARENGA ENGLERI ARENGA ENGLERI
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

 

SUNDAY, 4 AUGUST, 2019

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND


A LOOK AT TWO PLANTS IN A GARDEN
NOTE THE GREEN LEAF COLOR WITH REDDISH STEMS


Below, in a post I did on July 8th, I presented our 15 gallon size of Bismarckia species from Mayotte Island.  The person who initially germinated and grew these plants recently sent me four photos of these same plants several years after he planted them in his garden (see first four photos below).  Note that they have a similarity to the classic Bismarckia nobilis.  But, the leaves are green and the stems shown a red color.  They also pick up some purple leaf color in winter.  On researching photos of larger plants, when mature these definitely look different and are very attractive.  They also seem to handle temperatures into the mid-twenties F. with no problem.  We do have some 15g plants left. 


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Bismarckia Mayotte Island MF Bismarckia Mayotte Island Bismarckia mayotte island

 

ENCEPHALARTOS “FALSE WOODII”
A DIFFERENT OR POSSIBLY NEW SPECIES?

 

LET ME TELL YOU THE STORY
A LOOK AT THIS CYCAD TWO DECADES LATER

 

I want to tell you about a very interesting cycad that is not really known by many.  It has gone by the name of “Encephalartos False woodii”.  The origins of these plants goes back twenty years ago or more.  Recently a customer in Los Angeles who sent me a few photos of his plant and it is stunning.  Below is the story.

Much of the information about this “species”, such as collection information, true name, etc. is shrouded in mystery even now.  As the story goes, Lauren Whitelock had been tirelessly searching for a new population of Encephalartos woodii in the wild.  Finally, after many trials, he thought he had discovered it.  To his elation, his contacts found plants that were initially felt to possibly be E. woodii.  Unfortunately, as the name ‘false woodii’ would indicate, the plants ended up not being woodii.  Though they’re not E. woodii, they do share some similarities to the species.  This was apparently recognized by Lauran at that time.   

There are some differences between the two though; first the false form is a smaller plant.  Also, the leaflets are smaller and there is not as much curvature in the petiole.  Additionally, the leaflets have a slightly different shape and bear spines (which they may lose in time, though unlikely).  These plants are not E. woodii to be sure, but I would say that at this point they are far rarer. To this date, no one really knows what they are.  And, there have been none around since. 

I do not know of anyone who has one mature enough to cone.  Loran had small plants about twenty years ago.  He sold them to a few select customers.  One customer, also a friend of our nursery, had about ten to fifteen small plants.  He decided his surplus should be at our nursery.  Unfortunately we do not have photos of the plants at this young stage.  But, we are showing photos of the plants six or eight years later in containers, all taken at least ten years ago or more – see below.  We no longer have any of these plants for sale.  The last two photos show the plants in present time. 

The first six photos were taken when the plants acquired some size at the nursery.  The last row are garden plants.  In the last two photos you’ll see how stunning this plant looks.  It has strongly keeled overlapping leaflets and a distinctly unique appearance.  Is it a new species?  A hybrid?  At this point no one knows for sure.


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Encephalartos false woodii Encephalartos false woodii Encephalartos false woodii
Encephalartos false woodii
Garden plant 15 years ago
Encephalartos false woodii GB
Garden specimen today
Encephalartos false woodii
Garden specimen today

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

HAS RED OR ORANGE CONES
LEAFLETS LIKE A HOLLY FERN
INTERESTING OLD PLANT WITH DWARF CROWN OF LEAVES

This fairly rare cycad species is native to the Natal region of South Africa and Mozambique.  It is most known for the appearance of the leaflets - they resemble the leaflets of a Holly Fern.  Typically leaves are six to seven feet long, especially if grown in filtered light. 

The plant I’m showing today is about a 50 year old specimen from a private collection.  But, the crown of leaves is very compact and small – almost as if it’s a dwarf form of this species.  We’ll have to watch several throws of future leaves to see if this small crown of leaves persists.  But, as it sits now, it’s quite interesting as it would take up less garden room. 

Leaf color of E. ferox is green with spines on the leaflets.  Caudex size of this specimen is 16 inches and 18 inches tall – extremely large for E. ferox.  It will prefer filtered light or a bit of sun.  This is not to say more coastal areas cannot grow it in full sun.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.   This particular plant is a male with spent cones and is seen in the first seven photos.  The last photo is a typical garden specimen with typical leaf length.


Encephalartos ferox dwarf form Encephalartos ferox dwarf form 25g caudex 16 x 18plus male Encephalartos ferox dwarf form 25g caudex 16 x 18plus male
Encephalartos ferox dwarf form 25g caudex 16 x 18plus male Encephalartos ferox dwarf form 25g caudex 16 x 18plus male Encephalartos ferox dwarf form 25g caudex 16 x 18plus male
Encephalartos ferox dwarf form 25g caudex 16 x 18plus male Encephalartos ferox dwarf form 25g caudex 16 x 18plus male Encephalartos ferox

 

MUSA SUMATRANA
AKA MUSA ZEBRINA
THE BLOOD BANANA

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE

This is an ornamental Banana that is grown for it's foliage.  It does not produce edible fruit.  Mature height is six feet or a bit more.  Leaves are green on the dorsal side with splashes of purple-red.  The underside of the leaves is deep red, almost blood colored.  This is a suckering plant that forms a small clump.  It tolerates sun along the coast or part sun.  The specimen on sale is in a 25 gallon pot with several stems.  It's begging to go into the ground.  We have limited supplies of these plants.

ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE



Musa zebrina Musa sumatrana Musa sumatrana
Musa sumatrana Musa sumatrana Musa sumatrana aka zebrina
Musa zebrina Musa zebrina  

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
THE TRUE DWARF FORM

 

NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL
EXTREMELY COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

There are two forms of Chamaedorea radicalis:  The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to Mexico.  The dwarf form seems to be in short supply recently.  It never gets taller than three to four feet tall. Sometimes the blossoms will reach above the foliage.  These plants are very cold hardy, into the upper teens F.  They tolerate filtered light or, right along the coast, full sun.  They are indeed a tropical dwarf palm and very attractive.  Below I’m showing you some two gallon plants we're putting on special.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

I only have a handful of these available.  They are shown in the first six photos below.  The seventh photo is a 15g plant.  The last three pictures show the trunking form of this species.

 

Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form
Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form
Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form

 

CHAMAEDOREA OREOPHILA
MEDIUM SIZED, SINGLE TRUNK SHADE PALM


EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


This single trunk Chamaedorea is native to southwest Mexico and gets to a mature height of about ten feet.  It has an appearance similar to Chamaedoea elegans but is much bigger and taller with very leathery green leaves.  The trunk is about an inch thick and may show spotting or speckles.  Most would grow it in filtered light but there are reports of it growing in coastal sun.  It is fairly cold hardy, tolerating temperatures reported into the mid-twenties F.  This species is near impossible to sell.  Seeds originated from Don Hodel.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price when you buy.  Garden photo c/o Palmpedia.
 

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Chamaedorea oreophila 1g Aug Chamaedorea oreophila 1g Aug Chamaedorea oreophila 1g Aug
Chamaedorea oreophila PalmPedia
photo c/o Pampedia
   

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SUCKERING SHADE PALM

 

VERY COLD HARDY
BRIGHT RED FRUITS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS 

This shade loving species is sought after for several reasons:
It doesn't get too tall, rarely over 8 feet tall
It suckers and forms a nice clump
It has good cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
Leaves are sometimes iridescent and a blue color on their under side

It is a type of Bamboo Palm.  Trunks are very thin, sometimes just a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short, usually 2 to 3 feet.

We are presently offering nice one gallon plants on special.  They are shown below in the first five photos.  The sixth photo is a 15g nursery plant.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  This size is easy to ship and do make a great houseplant. 


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Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE BELMORE SENTRY PALM / CURLY PALM


THE "OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA"
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This species of single trunk, "non-crown shafted" pinnate palm is native to medium elevations on Lord Howe Island.  At one time is was possible to import seeds of this desirable palm along with Hedyscepe and Lepidorrhachis.  Because of conservation laws, the island can no longer legally export seeds or seedlings.  This has created a shortage of the more rare species from this locality.

Howea belmoreana is different from the Howea forsteriana (classic Kentia Palm) as it has curved leaves and an umbrella-shaped crown.  It also might be a bit more cold hardy.  It prefers filtered light or a little sun inland and can take more sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.  Growth rate, like the Kentia, is slow.  The band size shown here have at least four leaves and are ready to be repotted.  These can be mail ordered.

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

Remember:  Mention this special for your discount when you purchase.


Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana 5g
howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS
NOT ON MARKET FOR MANY YEARS


DWARF SPECIES - WHITE STEMS
NEW SEEDLINGS JUST AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL NEW SEEDLINGS

This is a solitary trunk dwarf species from Guatemala and Belize.  It was only introduced into the trade in the past two decades.  Stems are thin and a white-tan color.  Leaves are blue green with an iridescent sheen.  Leaves are pinnate and sometimes simple, especially when young.  Height of this palm is usually under three feet, but plants in the wild have been reported to be five to six feet.  It is cold hardy to about a freeze and prefers filtered light.  Planting in small colonies is very attractive.  Unfortunately, no plants have been available anywhere on the market for about five to ten years.  Through a well known botanist, I was able to get some seeds about six months ago and am now offering a limited number of seeds.  Yes, they are small and not inexpensive.  But, if you like this species, grab some of these little guys because they'll be gone soon.

REGULAR PRICE THESE SEEDLINGS $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LITTLE GUYS $40


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CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS
CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS CHAMAEDOREA ADSCENDENS

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM 
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS


ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

We are offering here one gallon Lady Palms that we’ve grown from seed.  They are about 3 to 4 years old and suckering.  Their height is approximately 16 inches.  Have you ever wondered why you hardly ever see Rhapis on sale?  It's because they are super slow growing and growers can’t afford to put them on sale.  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 are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Important:  Mention this reduced price when you purchase.


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

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
THE SATAKE PALM

 

SLENDER SINGLE TRUNK WITH DARK CROWN SHAFT
A VERY BEAUTIFUL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This single trunk and unbelievably beautiful species from the tropical islands of southern Japan has been grown by some in Southern California.  It is a bit of a challenge because this species does not tolerate a freeze.  I'd recommend starting it in filtered light and letting  it emerge over time into the sun.  Mature height is about twenty to thirty feet.  It has a shiny, smooth crown shaft that sometimes is a purple-brown in color.  It is pinnate, tropical appearing and a medium growth rate species.  The plant shown below happens to be a double – two plants in one pot.  But, we also have singles.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $75

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



Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis
Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis Satakentia liukiuensis

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS


USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM

TEN DAY BAND SIZED PLANTS


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 band sized plants which we’re putting on special.   I’m also showing a few larger nursery plants.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $37.50

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.

 
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Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

ZAMIA PRASINA
CENTRAL AMERICAN TROPICAL ZAMIA


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE SEEDLINGS $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $44

Mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount when purchasing.  The seeds that made these plants were from a botanical garden, so hybridization is always possible.


Zamia prasina Zamia prasina Zamia prasina
Zamia prasina Zamia prasina Dennis Stevenson  

 

COLORFUL THIN LEAF CROTON
ALSO CALLED "CURLY LEAF CROTON"



RED, YELLOW, ORANGE, BLACK AND GREEN!
MOST COLD HARDY VARIETY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH POT SIZE


Crotons are a family of plants that are colorful and quite tropical.  Enthusiast instantly like them.  In tropical areas like South Florida and Hawaii, they are seen quite commonly.  There are many species in this family and a whole variety of leaf shapes, leaf sizes and plant heights.  Most like at least some sun.  The problem is that most don't do well here in Southern California.  The plant on special is what we've found to be the most cold hardy Croton.  Known for it's thin and often curled leaflets, it still has all the colors you're looking for.  I'd suggest not growing it if you definitely have harsh weather or frequent freezes.

REGULAR PRICE 6 INCH $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $22.50


Croton thin leaf  Croton thin leaf  Croton thin leaf 

 

RHAPIS (MULTIFIDA X HUMILIS) X R. MULTIFIDA
A SUPER RARE HYBRID BY LOUIS HOOPER


PROBABLE CROSS THAT WILL NEVER BE DONE AGAIN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This may be one of the last times I can offer Rhapis hybrids by the famous Luis Hooper of La Habra, CA.  As many of you know, he is one of the few people who has ever done unusual Rhapis crosses and is presently unable to deal with the plants any more because of health issues.  The plants being offered are about five years old and an F2 hybrid.  The R. multifida x humilis was back-crossed with multifida.  This should give an attractive palm with small, thin leaflets and mature height of about ten feet.  Trunks should be tidy and about an inch thick.

Anticipate they'll be green in color, slow growing and want filtered light.  They should be cold hardy to about 22 to 24 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65 (SUPER RARE)
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $50

Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special.  I have no photos of mature plants for this cross.  This is probably the first time it's been offered for sale.


Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida band   Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida band   Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida band  
Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida band      

 

DYCKIA SPECIES
A SOUTH AMERICAN BROMELIAD


LOVES ARID, DRY LOCATIONS
GETS RED IN SUN – ONLY A FEW AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE DYCKIA CLUSTERS

Dyckia is a genus of the Bromeliad family and is native to Brazil and central South America.  There are over 150 different species.  These plants are from high altitude, fairly rugged, like sun and heat and live in rocky, sort of undesirable, locations.  They are a terrestrial plant and not epiphytic in trees.  Thus, their roots actually grow in the soil.  This is different than almost all other Bromeliads.  The plant shown here is pretty old and has suckered.  The reason people like Dyckia is because they take dry and hot conditions and shown a prominent red color in bright sun.  I’d estimate plant ages at ten years.

REGULAR PRICE THESE DYCKIA CLUSTERS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $60

These are easy to ship and should be cold hardy into the low 20's or below.
  I only have a few available for sale.


Dyckia species red clustering  Dyckia species red clustering  Dyckia species red clustering 
Dyckia species red clustering  Dyckia species red clustering  Dyckia species red clustering 

 

TUESDAY, 30 JULY, 2019

 

CARYOTA URENS
COLD HARDY GIANT FISHTAIL

A GREAT CANOPY FORMING PALM TREE

HEIGHTS ABOVE FIFTY FEET MATURE!
THINNER TRUNK THAN CARYOTA GIGAS
 

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.  Shown here is our 25 gallon size which we have in limited numbers.  These will form canopy in a matter of a few years.


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Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens

          

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA


RARE PINNATE PALM FROM PUERTO RICO
AVAILABLE NOW – SOME 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Prestoea is a genus that is very closely related to another palm genus, Euterpe.  It is found in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  Essentially all Euterpe are crown shafted palms.  Many of the Prestoea are not.  There are also distinctions between the flowers of these two genera.  Also, many of the Prestoea are suckering.  But, there is one that is single trunk.  This is Prestoea montana, native to mountainous areas of Puerto Rico.  I've always known of this species as not having a crown shaft.  But, I've seen photos (including ones from native habitats) where a crown shaft is seen.  

The hallmarks of this species are its wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and its overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a beginner species.  Shown here are some 5g plants that we just got in.  Previously, we've only had a few 15g plants.  We're putting the 5g plants on special.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price!

 
Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana 
Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana 
Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana  Prestoea montana 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - BUT SLOW GROWING


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

The sought after species,
Jubaea chilensis, gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The band size on sale are about three years old.  They have three to four juvenile leaves.  This species is very slow growing and puts on trunk girth before getting taller.  We do have larger sizes for sale.  These would be easy and affordable to ship.

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

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount

Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis  
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis  
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis  

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  For types of King Palms, this species is stated to have the thickest trunk.  I don't think I agree with this and feel A. maxima is thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more. 

Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  It takes full coastal sun.  The degree of purple in the crown shaft is variable but never "lollipop" purple.  The underside of the leaves is silver and there is ramenta hairs only on this side.  On younger plants the leaf bases and leaf stem tend to have a yellow color.  I'm showing our 5g size which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  This size is shown in the first two rows of photos.  We also have smaller and nice 15 gallon size. 

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this discount. 
 
Archontophoenix purpurea  Archontophoenix purpurea  Archontophoenix purpurea 
Archontophoenix purpurea  Archontophoenix purpurea  Archontophoenix purpurea 
Archontophoenix purpurea  Archontophoenix purpurea  Archontophoenix purpurea 

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD


LARGE CITRUS POT PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as a rare Mexican cycad that is difficult to find.  What we are offering on special are very old citrus pot plants with caudex size of 3 to 4 inches!  This species is sun loving and cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  It is native to Mexico.  The plants shown here are from seeds we got about ten years ago. It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green and leaflets are armed with spines.  These can be mail ordered in a medium sized box quite easily.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE CIT POT $250

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices. These plants are very large for their pots.

Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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 band size on sale have a few juvenile leaves.  There's a shortage of this species on the California market.  These are easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $32.50

Mention this Special for your discount.

 

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

In the mid-1980's I began to grow some of the very cool palms from new Caledonia.  By 1995 I was totally into it and this led to my arranging the fantastic International Palm Society Biennial trip to New Caledonia that happened during my tenure as President in the year 2000.  I just didn't know of a better place for a bunch of palm enthusiasts to go and see some of the best palms in the world.  This species, Burretiokential hapala, is one of those palms.

It is a crown shafted palm with a rather thin trunk of about eight inches that gets to a height of approximately 25 to 30 feet.  I has an intriguing brown color to the stems and crown shaft area.  It does not have the stripes you'd see with the Burretiokentia vieilllardii.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F, or perhaps a bit less.  So, it's comparable to a King Palm.  If you can grow a King, you can grow this species.  One of the keys to culture is not letting the ground it's in go dry.  This species, like Chambeyronia, responds to water.  

Shown here are the band size I'm putting on special.  The one larger nursery plant below is a nice 25 gallon.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $40

Remember:  Mention this Special for you discount.

Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

SABAL MEXICANA
MEDIUM TO TALL, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
VAST NATIVE DISTRIBUTION ALL THE WAY TO NICARAGUA


SUN LOVING, EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Sabal is quite interesting.  If you look at it from an "overall viewpoint", the genus spreads from the Caribbean Islands into Florida and north.  It also extends across the entire southern U.S. and then down into Mexico and Central America.  Differences between species have to do with overall height, trunk thickness, seed size, flowers, etc.  But, there's a gradual variation from locality to locality.  Some species are similar - others are quite different.  So, where does one species end and another begin?  Local enthusiasts like to consider the one from their state to be unique and it's often given the species name of their state.  Therefore, there are "species" named for Louisianna, Texas, etc. 

With this said, Sabal mexicana native habitat stretches from Texas all the way through Mexico and deep into Central America.  I'm not a taxonomist but consider this a very wide spread for a species.  This species has replaced "texana" by many authorities.  Perhaps this is true.  I depends on whether you are a "lumper" or "splitter".  All I can say about this species presently is that this is a very cold hardy palm, (down to below 15 degrees F), likes full sun and can get over 50 feet tall.  So, consider it a rather stout and tall palm.  I have a limited number of 5g plants which I'm putting on special.  The mature photos are from Chapman Field in Miami, FL.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $67.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount

Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana
sabal mexicana Sabal mexicana sabal mexicana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
LARGE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD SPECIES

GREEN LEAVES - QUICK GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


Shown here below is a good sized plant of a green South African cycad that, in the ground, makes a large and magnificent plant.  Encephalartos transvenosus gets enormous with trunks over 20 feet tall.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflets are shiny, dark green with some glaucous faint hairs on the leaflets.  So, it makes a big show.  The plants on special below are 3 to 4 year old band size.  They can be easily shipped within the U.S.  See first four photos.  The fifth photo shows how large they get (background plant).  The last photo is a larger plant at the nursery. This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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


Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos transvenosus by MR Encephalartos transvenosus

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED FOLIAGE
PINK FLOWERS


NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRETTY 5G SIZE


There are many types of Begonias used as companion plants in the garden.  This particular variety is one of our favorites because the backs of the foliage are red and the blossoms (present now) are super pink.  It likes filtered light, 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

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

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

This species of Agave in native to northern Mexico with perhaps extension into the U.S.  It is not a large plant.  Mature height is up to four feet with a similar spread of the leaves.  The leaves are thick and fleshy and soft at the end.  There is no terminal hard point to them.  The leaves go out and then curve downward.  They are slow growing, green to blue-green in color.  Culturally, they are xerophytic with low water requirements, are somewhat tropical appearing for an Agave and like full, hot sun.  By the way, they get their common name b/c of their mature appearance (last photo) that sort of resembles an octopus.

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


Easy to ship.  Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price.  We thank AZ Pima County, University of Arizona for the garden photo.

Agave vilmoriniana Octopus Agave Agave vilmoriniana Octopus Agave Agave vilmoriniana Octopus Agave
Agave vilmoriniana Octopus Agave Agave vilmoriniana univ. of AZ Pima County WEbsite  

 

SUNDAY, 28 JULY, 2019

 

CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA
JUST ARRIVED – VERY OLD TRUNKED SPECIMEN

I wanted to show you a 20 year old Chamaedorea metallica that we just got in a few days ago.  This species gets its name from the metallic sheen on the leaves.  It's a popular, shade loving species from Mexico that is typically under three feet. But, very old specimens can reach six feet in height.  Leaflet shape is simple with bifid tips.  Stems are 1/2 inch in size.  It prefers filtered light and has a cold hardiness of about 23 degrees F, perhaps a bit less.  It looks best when grown as multiples or in small colonies.  It is also a good interior plant.  As you can see, this is a single plant in a pot.  I’d prefer a multiple.  But, customers never have a chance to get such a big one and this plant is for sale.


Chamaedorea metallica old tall plant Chamaedorea metallica old tall plant Chamaedorea metallica old tall plant
Chamaedorea metallica old tall plant Chamaedorea metallica old tall plant Chamaedorea metallica

 

CARYOTA MITIS
RARE VARIEGATED FORM


SUCKERING MEDIUM SIZED PALM
KNOWN AS THE "SUCKERING FISHTAIL PALM"
FIRST TIME EVER OFFERED THIS SIZE


Several days ago we got in two very nice 15g size variegated Caryota mitis.  I'm showing one here. This species is native to southeast Asia and domestically here rarely gets to twenty feet height.  Trunk diameters are 3 to 5 inches and leaves are bipinnate.  Normally the leaves are entirely green.  But, the two we got in are super variegated.  I'm not aware of these variegated plants being a "variety" of C. mitis.  Rather, I think they've been propagated from plants that spontaneously developed the variegation.  In any case, this is the first time we've had two plants this large with great variegation.  Heights are about 8 feet in their pots.  Although not cheap, both are for sale. 
 
Caryota mitis variegated 15g Caryota mitis variegated 15g Caryota mitis variegated 15g
Caryota mitis variegated 15g Caryota mitis variegated 15g Caryota mitis variegated 15g
Caryota mitis variegated 15g Caryota mitis variegated 15g Caryota mitis variegated 15g

 

CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
SINGLE TRUNK PALM WITH PUFFY WIDE LEAFLETS


MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
OLD SEEING FEMALE PLANT AVAILABLE

This single trunk, understory pinnate palm is native to Mexico and various Central American countries.  It is most known for its thin trunks and puffy, short and wide green leaflets.  Mature height is almost always under ten feet.  It wants good draining soil, adequate moisture and filtered light.  It is not for full sun.  Growth rate is medium.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F, perhaps a bit colder.  The specimen shown here is a female plant that is over ten years old.  It has fruit on the blossoms although I don't think they are viable (not pollinated).  Note the super thin trunk for the height of the palm.  This specimen is for sale.  We also may have several smaller plants as well. 

Chamaedorea oblongata old Chamaedorea oblongata old Chamaedorea oblongata old
Chamaedorea oblongata old Chamaedorea oblongata old Chamaedorea oblongata old
Chamaedorea oblongata old Chamaedorea oblongata old  

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIMEN PALMS FOR SALE
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN LEAVES - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE


This popular type of fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about twenty feet.  We are growing at least five or six species that have gotten huge in 25 gallon pots.  Leaves are usually green but there is a blue-leafed form.  Trunk diameter is about 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate with a bit of wave in the cross section. 

Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  Some of the 25g we have shown here is about 12 feet tall in the pot and at least 12 years old.  I’d estimate some of them are the size of a 36 inch boxed plant.  They are all too big for mail orders but could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available.  The first four photos show one of these beauties and the other photos are garden pictures. 

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $450

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
MINIATURE FLAME THROWER


THIN TRUNK, COLD HARDY, SUPER SLOW GROWING

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


I am glad that I can offer this very slow growing and very rare plant in the 5 gallon size.  And, we are putting it on special.  It is so slow that the plants you see below are about six years old.  This is one of the slowest growing species that you'll ever grow.  But, it reliably gets bigger over time.  Mature, its trunk is about 3 to 4 inches thick.  Newly emerging leaves are red.  It is crown shafted and single trunk.  Mature height is about twelve to fifteen feet.  It is an under-canopy species.  I've not tried it in the sun.  

Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Folks in cooler areas like San Francisco can grow this species.  

REGULAR PRICE FIVE GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $80

You must mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.  


Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM


SILVER UNDERSIDE TO THE LEAVES
MODIFIED SPINES ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON 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 first 5 photos are of the size we're putting on sale. You’ll get an overhead crown of leaves in time and be able to really see the silver color to leaves from below.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $75

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  The garden photo is c/o TS at RPS.


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

 

DYPSIS "MAHAJANGA"
RARE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR 
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING


FLUFFY PLUMOSE LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The seeds of this "species" first came out about twenty-five years ago.  At that time, we did grow it and I think we’re one of the first to offer it for sale in the U.S.  From seeds, some of these plants end up being single trunk, others suckering as shown below.  It is very closely related to Dypsis madagascarenensis.  The mahajanga is sometimes single trunk and other times will sucker.  Trunks are medium sized diameter, prominently ringed and leaves are plumose.  Anticipate a mature plant height of about 20 to 25 feet. 

Culturally, it would like to be in or work its way into coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is the upper twenties F. or a bit colder,  Some have reported that this species seems to be more cold hardy than D. madagascarensis.  Shown below are the 5g plants (first five photos) we’re putting on special.  The garden photo is c/o Palmpedia and the one of the trunks is of GH and my son Jesse. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70
 

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount!


Dypsis mahajanga Dypsis mahajanga Dypsis mahajanga
Dypsis mahajanga Dypsis mahajanga Dypsis mahajanga
Dypsis mahajanga palmpedia    

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 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 palm 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 five gallon on sale are four years old and about five feet tall in their pot.  Since I took these photos, many have put on another leaf.  There's a shortage of this species on the market.  These are easy to mail order.

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

Mention this Special for your discount.  The last photo is a garden specimen taken by a customer who's growing it in Chula Vista, CA.

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


UPRIGHT LEAVES - TAKES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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.  

The first five photos show our 5g size that we're putting on special.  The sixth photo shows a garden specimen.  Be aware, this species can get up to about 30 feet in a domestic garden.  This species is highly recommended in So Cal.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $75

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

Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD


EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL MEDIUM SIZED 15 GALLON PLANTS

This is a rare green cycad from China.  It is different than the Sago Palm - smaller and, to me, more attractive.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  It tolerates coastal sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  Some feel it's one of the most cold hardy cycads in the world - even better than the Sago Palm.  Mature height should be about eight feet.  They can sucker, but much less than the Sago.  Leaflets are narrow without armor except on the tips (pointed).  

Recently we got in some smaller specimens.  They are not as large as our usual 15 gallons.  But, we can sell them for less money.  Remember, cycads are sold by caudex size not container size.  Potentially these can be mail ordered.  Caudex size on these is about five inches.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CAUDEX 15G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $250

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Cycas panzhihuaensis 15g Cycas panzhihuaensis 15g Cycas panzhihuaensis 15g
Cycas panzhihuaensis 15g Cycas panzhihuaensis 15g Cycas panzhihuaensis 15g
Cycas panzhihuaensis 15g Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM

SMALL SIZED 15G PLANT AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


I only have a one of these small 15g plants.  We normally sell ones with very thick bases.  I've discussed this species many times at this Blog.  This species has the thickest trunk of any palm and is cold hardy into the teens F. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS PARTICULAR JUBAEA $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115


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Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM

WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

There is no doubt in my mind that this species is the most cold tolerant of any palm species.  It is native to the southeastern United States with native habitats stretching from South Carolina down to northern Florida and into Alabama and Mississippi.  There are reports of this species tolerating below zero degrees F.  Now, this doesn't mean that you can grow it in Michigan.  But, in areas that see significant cold such as North Carolina, central Texas or even New Mexico, this species might work for you.

It is a suckering fan palm and known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  The fourth picture below shows small needles forming on the trunk.  The first five photos show the 5g on sale followed by a few 15g plants.  All are in limited supply.  In sun the color is a silver green with more silver underneath.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a  Rhapis Palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  This is a very slow growing species.  The one gallon plants are being put on sale.    

REGULAR PRICE 1G $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $37.50

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.


Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon
Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix

 

CARPENTERIA ACUMINATA
TALL, VERY THIN TRUNK
NATIVE TO NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This is a tall, slender, single trunk pinnate palm from the Northern Territory in Australia.  It can get to 40 feet tall and has attractive small red fruits.  Leaves are gently arching and leaf color is green.  It is crown shafted and trunk diameters are well under a foot.  For Southern CA growers, it can be grown but is not the easiest palm to try.  I think it's because, at best, this palm is hardy down to a freeze.  We do have people who seek it out so we carry a small number of plants.  I’d start it in part day sun and then let it grow into the sun.  

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $37.50

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Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata
Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
PROBABLY A VARIETY OF A. ALEXANDRAE
SWOLLEN BASE OF TRUNK


STEP OFFS AT THE GROWTH RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix Beatricae has always been a bit of a problem for taxonomists - whether it's truly a species or a variety.  Some feel it's a variety of A. alexandrae.  I won't get into that argument here.  But, the plants shown below came from seed from a A. beatricae.   Note the very swollen trunk base.  It flairs out.  It is also known to have notches or "step offs" at the growth rings.  I don't have a good photo close up of the latter.  These plants need to be repotted or go into the ground.  They can take coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  The 5g size singles are on sale but we may have a few multiples we'd offer at the same price.

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

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Archontophoenix beatricae Archontophoenix beatricae Archontophoenix beatricae
Archontophoenix beatricae Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricae

 

            FRIDAY, 26 JULY, 2019

CHAMAEDOREA POCHUTLENSIS
IMPOSSIBLE PLANT TO FIND