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But, do check out the specials below that may offer even better prices.
 

MONDAY, 20 AUGUST, 2018

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM


POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
TEN DAY SPECIAL GREAT 7 GALLON PLANTS

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  There has been a shortage on availability of this species on the West Coast, especially of the smaller, shippable sizes.  We just got in some very nice 7g plants.  These are the blue form.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  It' not certain how tall they'll get in domestic gardens here, but I anticipate about the same.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet. 

This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.  For a comprehensive article on this species, click on this link below.

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


REGULAR PRICE 7G $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G $110


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

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

 

THE MULE PALM
BUTIA CAPITATA X QUEEN PALM


MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
VERY COLD HARDY - TOLERATES DESERT SUN
MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN EITHER PARENT
HUGE 5 GALLON, SHIPPABLE PLANTS JUST IN!

The Queen Palm is quite popular but has one major weakness - it dies at temperatures much below 20 degrees F.  This led to the development of the Mule Palm.  This F1 hybrid is a cross between the Pindo Palm (Butia capitata) and the Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzofiana).  The Butia is the seed bearing parent.  

This hybrid is much more cold hardy and can take temperatures of about 16 degrees F.  It gets to a mature height of about 20 to 25 feet.  As you know, the Queen Palm gets to 60 feet.  This hybrid also takes hot, full desert sun.  It is the perfect choice for those that live in a colder, inland area.  Also, most people think it has a bit of a Coconut Palm appearance and is more attractive than either parent.  I'm showing photos of some huge 5g that we just acquired.  They are about five to six feet tall in their pots with 4 inch plus bases.  They are the size of a standard 15g plant.  The cool thing is that these can be mail ordered at a reasonable rate.

We don't have that many.  So, don't dally.  The last garden photo is by ToddNoTown.

Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus
Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Mule Palm Butia x Syagrus Todd NoTwown

 

YUCCA ROSTRATA
BLUE SUCCULENT WITH AMAZING COLD HARDINESS


SEMI-DWARF SIZE MATURE - COLD HARDY!!
BEING GROWN IN NEW YORK IN THE SNOW!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This small to medium sized, drought tolerant plant is native to the southern U.S. border and down into Mexico.  It is usually a single trunk mature plant but can fork above the ground.  Most notable is the silver-blue foliage as shown here.  It is very slow growing.  Over time it forms a trunk about eight or ten inches thick.  Foliage is about 2 feet long and not "pokey" or sharp.  

It demands full sun and is cold hardy at least into the single digits F.  I had a customer call me from New York City recently to tell me that a plant bought from us about three years ago was thriving in his yard.  Gardeners like this species because it's not very big and gives nice color to a sunny garden.  Shown here are some 15g that we just acquired.  As these are slow growing, these plants are older than you think.  We're putting them on special.  These can be mail ordered but it'd take a big box.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH OF 15G $150

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price.  The last photo is c/o USF.edu.

Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata USF.EDU  

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS


USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It is usually a suckering palm. 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 is a nice 5g size.  We have limited numbers of these.  They can be mail ordered.  BTW, earlier this month I did but our band size on special. 

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

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 

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

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 25 GALLON


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

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

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  We have a pretty good supply available of assorted sizes. Note how the base of the well grown Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.

The plants I'm putting on special today are very nicely sized - about twelve feet or more in the pot.  Plants of this size are presently hard to find.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON $520

Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase.

ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA
ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA
ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
OLD AND HUGE 25G PLANTS


ASSORTMENT OF SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE

Pritchardia are a tropical fan palm that typically get heights of ten to twenty-five feet.  They are considered a medium height palm.  They have lush green leaves that are flat or a bit wavy.  Often species have a lot of white tomentum on the leaf stems.  We call it the Hawaiian Palm because it's the only palm that is native to Hawaii.  Before men introduced other species, there were only Pritchardias on these islands.

For over a decade we have held back a huge selection of Pritchardia.  This includes only true Hawaiian species.  Most of them have been grown outdoors - many in full sun.   I'd estimate average ages on the 25 gallon to be 12 years.  They are easily the size of a 24 inch box Pritchardia.  Sizes on some are eight  to ten feet in their pots with very thick trunks.  And, most are sun ready - instant planting material.  We have about five or six different species.


These plants take full coastal sun or part day sun inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps a bit lower.  They've seen all the cold we've had in the past three years.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $350

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

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Pritchardia species Pritchardia species Pritchardia

 

THRINAX MORRISII
AKA LEUCOTHRINAX MORRISII
THE KEY THATCH PALM


ENDANGERED SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55


Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.

Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii
Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii Thrinax morrisii

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are 5 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70

Just mention this special when you buy.  I thank TS at RPS for usage of his photo below.
 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI
SINGLE TRUNK - WHITE CROWN SHAFT
NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR


HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON BAND SIZED PLANTS

This single trunk palm in native to forest regions in southern Madagascar.  It is known for its powdery white crown shaft.  Mature it is a medium sized palm with a rather thin trunk and height of about twenty feet.  It is being grown well in Southern California.  Leaves are arranged in a tristichous pattern and are plumose (fluffy).  It tolerates sun or part sun.  The exact cold hardiness is not well established.  We have two year old seedlings that we are putting on special. 

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

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.

DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI
DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI JD KEW
DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI jeff white PACSOA DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI DYPSIS SAINTELUCEI

 

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 and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

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


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

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

 

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 $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $35

Mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  These can easily be mail ordered.

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Dypsis albofarinosa Dypsis albofarinosa Dypsis albofarinosa
Dypsis albofarinosa AL PACSOA
This and next photo by AL PACSOA
Dypsis albofarinosa  

 

FRIDAY, 17 AUGUST, 2018

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD


EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 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.  I think the photos below shown this.  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.  Mature height should be about eight feet.  They can sucker, but much less than the Sago.  The fifth photo shows the interesting orange fur on the top of the caudex.  Leaflets are narrow without armor except on the tips (pointed). 

The one gallons on sale are very large for their pots.  Caudexes average about 2 inches.  Leaf lengths of these are about 2 feet or a bit more.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 2 GALLON 495
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

These would be easy to mail order.  Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.

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Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE BELMORE SENTRY PALM / CURLY PALM


THE "OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA"
CURVED LEAVES - UMBRELLA SHAPED CANOPY

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZED PLANTS

This species of single trunk, "non-crown shafted" pinnate palm that 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 sized seedlings shown on special here are fairly nice.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $40

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $30


Remember:  Mention this special for your discount when you purchase


Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The 15g plants on special are chunky and nice.  I am also showing mature trees in gardens.  We do have smaller and occasionally some larger nursery plants for sale. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $165

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
PROBABLY TALL TRUNKING FORM


LOOK BEST IN SMALL COLONIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BANDS


There are two forms of Chamaedorea radicalis:  The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to Mexico.  Recently we got in some nice 5g plants but there was no information on the type.  Because of the silver color on the stems, we think they are trunking although they could be a hybrid.  We are putting them on special.  The trunking form has a thin trunk with rings, gets way overhead and tolerates coastal sun.  The last nursery photo shows how big this variety can get.  Anticipate mature heights of at least 8 feet.  These are fast growing and have a cold hardiness perhaps into the upper teens F.  They look best with several growing size by side.  The 5g plants shown can be mail ordered. 

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


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Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis chamaedorea radicalis

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
CAN BE GROWN IN FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

You don't see this species offered that often.  It is native to the Pacific coastal mountains from Central Mexico down to Guatemala.  It has circular leaves that tend to be flat and a very glossy green on the upper side.  The underside of the leaves can be a bit silver.  Trunk diameter is a pleasant 12 inches and specimens can reach 30 feet of height after many decades.  

Regarding culture, it is not quite as cold hardy as other Brahea species like armata, clara and decumbens.  I'd suspect it may go into the upper teens F.  It is more tolerant of moisture and can be grown in part day sun but prefers full sun in our area. 

We just got in a limited number of nice 5g plants.  They are easy to ship.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase


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Brahea elegans Brahea elegans  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL:  BAND SIZE


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

Shown below are the band size which we're putting on sale.  Plants have three, sometimes four leaves.  These are a piece of cake to ship, but only within the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $52.50

Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.
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Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni

 

ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
NEVER OVER FOUR FEET TALL


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

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

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


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

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

Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera ALOCASIA DWARF CAL - ODORA
Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera Alocasia dwarf Cal - Odera
Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora Alocasias Cal_Odora

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MANIKENSIS
FAST GROWING - CENTRAL AFRICAN


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

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

As it is with most Central African cycads, one will find that it does better with humidity than some of the South African species but is still quite as cold hardy.  It will tolerate a freeze and can usually take temperatures down into the mid-twenties or lower.  In our bad freeze in 2007, the manikensis were not hurt at 25 degrees.  Along the coast, full sun is tolerated well.  In desert areas, filtered light would be best.

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

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

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

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

 

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


SUPER COLD HARDY
SUPER NICE!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
A BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN CYCAD


RARE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD 1 GALLON SIZE

Native to Mozambique, this small to medium sized cycad grows in scrub forest among rocks and boulders.  It is distinguished by its blue to blue-green color and by having leaflets that are prominently spiny.  In my experience, leaf color is sometimes very blue, other times blue-green.  You'll sometimes hear the description as "soapy green" to describe the leaves.  Overall, the leaf color is variable and I've shown several photos here to demonstrate this.  I've seen specimens that are as blue as an Encephalartos horridus

Trunk size is usually under three feet.  Upright leaves are about four feet long or less.  Leaves are keeled and leaflets are lanceolate and spiny.  This species likes full sun and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  The one gallon on sale are a good, strong one gallon plant.  They came from parents domestically that both had extreme blue color.  These can be mail ordered but not outside the U.S. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G PLANTS $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $85


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


Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos blue munchii

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM
CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


RARE SPECIES - SELDOM SEE FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm native to Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.  In the wild, plants get to over 75 feet tall.  In So California it is more typical to see one to 30 to 40 feet.  They have a light colored crown shaft, speckled dark or black color near the inner crown area and sometimes on the leaf stems.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflet tips are pointed or slightly blunted.  The trunk is narrow for a tall palm.

Shown here are nice 5g size which we're putting on special.  There are quite a few people who are growing this species in the coastal strip in our area.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING AUSTRALIAN PINNATE PALM


LOWLAND FORM THAT HAS NEW RED LEAF
MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

For those who have been reading this Blog for a while, you might remember that there are three forms of this species.  All are native to Australia.  There is the single trunk form.  Of the two suckering types, there is the Mountain Form (which has thinner dull green leaflets, suckers and does not thrown a new red leaf).  There is the Lowland Form which produces a new quite red leaf, has wider leaflets, and is generally slower growing.  The leaves are quite shiny on this type (not dull green like the other).  It's a very attractive plant and has been grown by many in our locality.  I'd recommend filtered light.  Cold hardiness is the mid to upper twenties F.  The bands on sale are single or multiples and have several leaves.  Easy to mail order.

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

It's rare to find these and we only have one flat available.

 
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Laccospadix species new red leaf Laccospadix species new red leaf .Laccospadix species new red leaf

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
 THE CLIFF DATE PALM

MEDIUM SIZE -THINNER TRUNK THAN CANARY
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

I don't know if you've looked for this species, but the Cliff Date Palm is not so easy to find.  It is native to India and is about half the size of the Canary Island Palm in terms of trunk diameter and mature height.  Also, the crown is much smaller.  It is an armed species and has other characteristics of Phoenix like the induplicate leaflets (water held "in" - V shaped ).  But, many think this is the prettiest of all the Date Palms.  It typically gets fifteen to twenty-five feet tall.  The leaves are very pretty and green.  The crown is not overly large.  Growth rate is medium, it tolerates full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties or lower.  Shown here are the band sized seedlings we are putting on sale.  We also should have 5g and 15g sizes (last photo). 

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

Remember to mention this Special for this discount.  The isolated palm in the last row is from Balboa Park, San Diego

Phoenix rupicola Phoenix rupicola Phoenix rupicola
Phoenix rupicola Phoenix rupicola Phoenix rupicola
PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA

 

MONDAY, 13 AUGUST, 2018


 

ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
THE MOST POPULAR BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


JUST SHOWING YOU A NICE SPECIMEN
THIS PLANT IS FOR SALE


We just got in a very nice rooted offset of Encephalartos horridus.  This is the most sought after blue South African cycad.  It has gnarly leaflets with lots of spines, is intensely blue, and never gets very large.  A plant with four to five feet of overall height is usually decades old.  We can ship this species to anywhere within the U.S.  This plant has about an eight inch caudex.  E. horridus make a spectacular patio plant if you don't walk into them.

Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus Encephalartos horridus

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT


MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON PLANTS

This popular small cycad is native to Mexico where it lives in filtered light environments.  Plants from the ground to the top of the leaves are rarely over six feet tall.  The most notable thing about this cycad is the grouping of the leaflets.  This can be just two leaflets opposed and side by side.  More common there's a group of four, and occasionally more.  Leaflets tend to be wide and short.  Caudex size is rarely over eight inches.  This plant wants filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It also makes a great patio plant.  The plants on sale are nicely sized 1 gallon with caudexes of one to two inches. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Easy to mail order.  Remember to mention this Special.
 
CERATOZAMIA HILDAE CERATOZAMIA HILDAE CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
CERATOZAMIA HILDAE CERATOZAMIA HILDAE CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
ceratozamia hildae CERATOZAMIA HILDAE Ceratozamia hildae


DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS

USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM*


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

Shown here our band size on special as well as a 20g plant.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants would be simple to mail order but we don't have too many left.

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

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.
 

 Dypsis lanceolata dYPSIS LANCEOLATA BAND Dypsis lanceolata 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
Dypsis lanceolata  Dypsis lanceolata  DYPSIS LANCEOLATA 
 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
RARE GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1.5 GALLON PLANTS

This species is endemic to KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.  Specifically it is come from one population in the Vryheid district, which it shares with a cultivar of Encephalartos natalensis (Encephalartos natalensis var. Vryheid).  Larger specimens are found in full sun, where smaller specimens can be in shade. This is a medium sized species.  The leaves on this species get about a meter and a half.  Stems can reach a height of approximately three meters over a very long time.  As plants mature the leaflets are not as heavily armed as younger specimens.  E. aemulans is a moderate grower, but will flush regularly each year.  For coastal and inland areas, this species wants to be in sun.  Shown below are the band

The plants on sale are huge 1.5 gallon plants - about a 5g size for most nurseries.  Caudexes are about 2 inches.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 1.5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Remember, mention this Blog Special for this discounted price.

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans from Botany.CS website

 

COCCOTHRINAX CRINITA
THE OLD MAN PALM


NATIVE TO CUBA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON PLANTS

The palm species shown below is Coccothrinax crinita.  It is native to Cuba.  It is called "The Old Man Palm" because of the long hairs on the trunk that hang downwards - resembling a beard on an elderly man.  For anyone who has grown one of the Old Man Palms, the one thing you'll agree on is how slow they are.  The plants on sale here are over five years old, in one gallon pots and just showing the hairy trunks.  After germination, one suffers through "blades of grass" for the first two years or more.  Finally palmate leaves appear as shown here.  This is a dwarf species, unlikely to get over ten feet in a few decades.  But, there are reported plants with over 20 foot heights.  It loves sun and heat and is cold hardy somewhere into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Remember:  Mention this Blog special!  And, that only a few are available.

Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita Coccothrinax crinita

 

COCCOTHRINAX  - UNKNOWN SPECIES-
THIN TRUNK TROPICAL FAN PALM


TYPICALLY MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Coccothrinax are typically a thin trunked fan palm that are of medium height.  Some species can get to forty feet but most are in the ten to twenty foot height range.  Many have interesting matting or weaving on the trunks.  Often there are silver tones on the leaves.  Almost all prefer full coastal sun and are pretty good on cold hardiness - into the twenties F.  The seedlings on sale are of an unknown type of Coccothrinax.  They are three to four years old.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND $32

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

Coccothrinax species Coccothrinax species Coccothrinax species
Coccothrinax species Coccothrinax species  


COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNAUBA WAX PALM


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

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

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


Remember, mention this Special!
 
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES


NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE 

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

REGULAR PRICE 1 G SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE $65

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


Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
BLUE FAN PALM FROM MEXICO


THINNER TRUNK THAN BRAHEA ARMATA
AND, FASTER GROWING
SOON NO LONGER AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1.5 GALLON PLANTS


Shown here are 1.5gallon plants of a Brahea species from Mexico that is presently known as "Brahea species Super Silver".   Undoubtedly someone will describe it in the near future.  Seeds have been available only twice and no more seeds are on the horizon.  It is a blue blue palm tree but doesn't show the blue until older.  It wants full hot sun and would be perfect for the desert.  I suspect the cold tolerance is similar to Brahea armata, about 15 degrees F.  But, compared to the later, this species trunk is much thinner and it is faster growing.  Also, the blue color is just as intense as with the Mexican Blue Fan Palm.  Shown below are the 1.5 gallon size.  Limited numbers.  Mature plant photos below c/o TS at RPS.

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1.5 GALLON $45


Remember to mention this Special for this discounted price.  These can be easily air mailed ot folks in colder areas (or super hot as well).

 

Brahea super silver Brahea super silver Brahea super silver
Brahea super silver Brahea super silver by Tobias Spanner RPS Brahea super silver

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ITURIENSIS
SUPER RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONG UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS

This species is native to the Ituri Forest in the Congo in Central Africa.  It is extremely rare to see it offered for sale.  This cycad would not be as cold hardy as plants further south in South Africa.  But, it should take weather into the mid-twenties F.  E. ituriensis is known for its long, upright leaves reaching well over twelve to fourteen feet tall.  It towers over E. whitelockii in terms of length.  Leaflets are armed and narrow.  The plants on special are four years old and carrying about four leaves.  They are four to five years old.  If you search the Net for photos of this species, they are essentially nonexistent.  This is because of political instability of the area, remote native location and the risk of Ebola infection.  Certainly this has hampered availability of this species worldwide.  The first seven photos show the plants on special.  These are equivalent to a 5 gallon plant.  Caudexes are about two inches.  We also have other sizes available. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE OVERGROWN 1G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

Just mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Only a few available at this price.
 


Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis
Encephalartos ituriensis Encephalartos ituriensis

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"

THE FOXTAIL FERN


IS A CLUMPER - NOT A RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Garden photo c/o K.G.III.
 

AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant
 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asparagus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
myeri

 

SATURDAY, 11 AUGUST, 2018

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

Today I'm going to show you lots of pictures of one of my favorite palms, the desirable Bismarckia nobilis.  It is native to Madagascar.  It is a fan palm with a rather stout trunk of sixteen to about twenty-four inches in diameter.  Heights can reach over forty feet although it's unclear how tall they will grow domestically in the U.S.  Leaves are blue in color as are the leaf stems.  Leaves are broad and essentially flat.  With cold weather and on juvenile plants, leaves can take on a purple color from winter's cold. 

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

I hope you like this species.  It looks best (in my opinion) planted as a single specimen.  I have shown a few pictures of plants at the nursery at the bottom.  

  
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
bismarckia Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
     
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS


TALL WITH THICK TRUNKS - FAST GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 1 GALLON 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 thank L.N. below for his picture of a mature plant.  The plants I'm putting on special are 1 gallon size.  As you can see, they are very nice size and super healthy.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.



Archontophoenix maxima PACSOA Luke Nancarrow ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA archontophoenix maxima
archontophoenix maxima ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA archontophoenix maxima


CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE GOLDEN FLAME THROWER PALM


GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
GOLD CROWN SHAFT - NEW RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

The first five photos below show band sized Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Here's some facts about this species:

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

We have very limited numbers available of this species.  On occasion we have larger plants like 5g, 15g and 25g.   

REGULAR PRICE BAND $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32

Remember to mention this Special when purchasing so you get this discounted price.  Mail order this size quite easy.  I wish to thank RPS for usage of of the crown shaft close up photo.

Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
Chambeyronia hookeri RPS Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
NICE BAND SIZED CONTAINERS AVAILABLE
GORGEOUS SINGLE TRUNK PALM


SUPER RARE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Discovered by John Dransfield and named after a U.K. executive of Macdonald's Hamburgers (who funded the expedition to Madagascar), this single trunk palm is new to the market, super rare and quite attractive.   It has orange-brown leaf bases at the point of trunk attachment, plumose leaves and gets to a height of about 25 to 30 feet.  It is single trunked with a medium thickness and prominent rings. 

Culturally, it takes full sun in coastal areas and, once established, is a good growing palm.  Shown here are our band sized seedlings.  On occasion we have larger sizes for sale.  These are easy to ship.  Growers tell us that this species takes temperatures into the 20's F.

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


Remember to mention this Special for your discount!  I thank RPS for the habitat photos.



Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana RPS Dypsis prestoniana RPS

 

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. 

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

 

LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA


TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to northeastern Australia.  It has previously been referred to as the Cape  River Livistona.  Formal description was first done by John Dowe in 1998 - followed by other revisions.  It gets to heights above thirty feet with a trunk diameter of 10 to 18 inches.  In habitat it tolerates hot and arid conditions.  It is a full sun species with cold hardiness to at least the low 20's F.

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

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.  My thanks to John Dowe for usage of his habitat photo below.

Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa by john dowe Livistona lanuginosa

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM


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

The Teddy Bear Palm has become super popular because it grows well in Southern California, has a rusty colored, fuzzy crown shaft, has a silver, ringed trunk and doesn't get too tall.  For most enthusiasts, it's among the "top ten" Madagascar palms.  Mature height is about 25 feet.  Right on the coast it does well with full sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  Growth rate is medium.  One can grow it in part day sun as well.  The average enthusiast, once he sees a mature plant, just "has to have one".   Expect a mature height in California of about 25 feet or a bit more.  Trunk diameter is usually about eight inches.  The crown shaft is the most prominent trait - fuzzy, rusty red and quite touchable.  The latter trait is why it's called the "Teddy Bear Palm". 

REGULAR PRICE 2G SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $48

Mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
MADAGASCAR XEROPHYTIC PALM
SUPER RARE - THREATENED


BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

 
This endangered species of arid palm comes from Southern Madagascar in the "Spiny Forest" part of the country, where it grows at high elevation among the likes of cactus and other xerophytic species.  It prefers hot sun and can tolerate drought.  Natural habitat is from 1000 to 2500 feet, the trunk height is fifteen to twenty five feet with a diameter of one foot, and the trunk is covered with old leaf bases.  The leaves are rather short, up to six feet, curved downward and gray or gray-green in color.  A surprising characteristic of this species is found by anyone who has germinated seeds.  On germination, a huge 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 one gallon plants of
Ravenea xerophila.  I've also shown one photo of a 15g plant.  Believe it or not, these 1g plants are already three to four years old.  The 15 gallon shown takes 8 years to produce.  Everyone who grows this species comments that 1) it is very slow and 2) it is typically blue, or a blue-green in color.   One final comment:  I think, that within a year or two, no nursery will offer this species in the U.S. and seeds will not come off the island of Madagascar.  

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


But, you must mention this Special when you purchase.  Also, we are down to our last plants, so be quick to order or they might be gone.

 
 
Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila   
Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila  Ravenea xerophila 
Ravenea xerophila  RAVENEA XEROPHILA  Ravenea xerophila 

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE


TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS

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 seedlings on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $27.50
OR, FOUR FOR $95


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  These little guys are easy to ship and do make a great houseplant.
 

Chamaedorea microspadix  CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX  CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX 
Chamaedorea microspadix
5g size at nursery, not on sale 
Chamaedorea microspadix
attractive red fruit of this species 
Chamaedorea microspadix
Mature clump in sun 
 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SINGLE THIN TRUNK
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 1 GALLON SIZE


For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put nice one gallon plants on special.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  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.  This one gallon size is a piece of cake to ship and we can easily fit four plants into one box.  We ship plants in their pots with soil.

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

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The first four photos are of the 1 gallon size.  Following are 15g which are not available now and one shot from a local garden.

Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa 
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $285

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.  Note, limited supply available.


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


FRIDAY, 10 AUGUST, 2018

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS   

This species very rare blue cycad is endemic to the Limpopo province, South Africa.  It can be found at high elevations in the mountains (around one thousand meters), in low deciduous forest and precipitous slopes and cliff (in partial and full sun).  The species is almost gone in the wild, populations are small and scattered.  It is among the species located in the Transvaal region of South Africa, and is highly sought after. 

This is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants.  As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a blue/green color to a powdery white and everything in-between.  The leaflets and petioles are mildly armed and can be almost completely unarmed in some cases. 


Plant
Size: This This cycad is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants.  As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a blue/green color to a powdery white and everything in-between.  In coastal and inland areas, this plant prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  For desert areas, I could recommend partial sun or filtered light.  We are offering strong seedlings in band containers at a discount.  The last row of photos shows larger nursery plants.


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $95

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


Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus

 

CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
SINGLE TRUNK PALM WITH PUFFY WIDE LEAFLETS


MEDIUM SIZED MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE, OLDER 1 GALLON

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 one gallons we have on sale are multiples with several per pot.  This species looks best as a multiple planting.  They are quite large for their pots, about 3 feet tall.  The last row of photos show older nursery plants that are essentially mature and flowering size.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $42.50

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

 

Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA HYBRID
FROM FRUITING P. RUPICOLA


UNKNOWN POLLEN SOURCE
SHOULD BE GOOD SIZED PHOENIX WITH AN ATTRACTIVE CROWN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

We are offering today something we've never had before.  These are seedlings from a Phoenix rupicola with no known male Phoenix in the area.  So, it's hybridized with some neighborhood Date Palm.  P. rupicola is a single trunk palm of moderate to tall mature size.  It is known for is soft and luscious leaves.  You can imagine the possibilities - with a reclinata, canariensis, or even a Pygmy Date.  Any will be interesting with probable hybrid vigor.  I can't show any mature palms as I don't know for sure what it'll become.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discount at the time of purchase.  The last photo shown the crown of a P. rupicola.

Phoenix rupicola hybrid Phoenix rupicola hybrid Phoenix rupicola hybrid
Phoenix rupicola hybrid Phoenix rupicola hybrid Phoenix rupicola

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGANUS
NEARLY EXTINCT IN THE WILD
GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This species is endemic to Msinga district in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa.   E. msinganus is on the verge of extinction, where ever shrinking populations are small and scattered.  This is a small to medium sized plant.  Leaves get about about five feet in length.  Stems can reach up to three meters over the centuries, but it is rare to see anything close to that size.  This species was originally called Encephalartos msinga (after its locality) but was later formally described as Encephalartos msinganus.  The leaves on this species are relatively short, are green and generally are heavily armed on the leaflets and petioles.  It is quite rare to see this plant in cultivation and some make the argument that it is equally rare to some of the (very rare) Transvaal species.  In coastal and inland areas, this species wants to be in sun.  For desert areas, this species should be grown in partial sun or filtered light.  It requires a soil that drains well.  The plants on sale are 3 years old with about three to four leaves.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

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



Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga
Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga

 

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 18 month old with two leaves.  We rarely put them on special.


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $85

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



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

 

PHOENIX ACAULIS
DWARF DATE PALM


RARELY OVER SIX FEET TALL
SMALLER THAN A PYGMY DATE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Native to Asia with habitats from India through China, this suckering small Date palm gets leaves to five or six feet long with a subterranean trunk that doesn't get much vertical height.  It's often said to be "trunkless".  Leaves are somewhat plumose and do have spines.  It tolerates full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the low 20's F.  We have available a few 5g plants that we've putting on special.  Mature, this palm is smaller than Phoenix roebellenii that is typically sold as the "smallest Date Palm."  But, it does sucker. 

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

Remember:  To get this discounted price, mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  The garden photo is c/o Palmpedia.

 

Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis
Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Phoenix acaulis Palmpedia Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND PLANTS


Shown below is our band size plants of the desirable blue South African cycad, Encephalartos trispinosus.  Most people find it's very similar to E. horridus.  It is a small to medium sized mature blue cycad with leaflets that have prominent lobes.  But, be aware that this species is quite variable and has many forms.  There is even a spineless leaflet form.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  These band sized plants are easy to ship.  The last row of photos shows a larger nursery specimen and two garden plants.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $52.50

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

 

ENCEPHALARTOS DOLOMITICUS
ONE OF THE MOST RARE CYCADS IN THE WORLD


BLUE TRANSVAAL SPECIES SO AFRICA
UNBELIEVABLY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL PLANTS, 5G SIZE

This species is endemic to the Limpopo Province, South Africa.  The climate is hot, but can experience freezing temperatures during winter months.  Its habitat consists primarily of rugged grasslands and rocky outcroppings and deposits.    The soil has rich deposits of dolomite.    E. dolomiticus  is small to medium in sized.  The leaves on this species are approximately one meter in length, though this can vary.  Stems can reach up to two meters in height over the centuries.  The name 'dolomiticus' is derived from the soil in which it grows.  One of the most striking features of this plant is its stunning blue color.  The are few, if any, Encephalartos that have the color of E. dolomiticus.  The color can vary from a powdery white color to a grayish/white to an almost aquamarine blue color.  The crowns of leaves tend to be upright and compact, which makes it an ideal candidate for smaller to medium sized planting spaces.  This species is a highly sought after Transvaal species, not only for its extreme rarity, but also its extreme beauty. 
 

In coastal and inland areas, this species prefers to be in full sun but can tolerate a little bit of shade (has to get at least a few hours).  In desert areas, this species wants to be in partial sun or filtered light.   For most cycad collectors, this species is in the top three or four "must grow" plants.  As it is very hard to come by, many people search far and wide to get this plant.  We just got in the three small 5g plants as shown.  They certainly aren’t big now.  But, we got them so we could offer enthusiasts the chance to get this rare plant at a reasonable price.  Be aware that, as I post this, one has already sold.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $285
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $240

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus irieonline website

 

WEDNESDAY, 8 AUGUST, 2018

 

DIOON EDULE VARIETY QUERETARO 
VERY BLUE LEAVES
FAIRLY COLD HARDY - LOVES SUN


NEVER TOO LARGE OF A PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 1 GALLON CYCAD


This is an attractive variety of the cold hardy Dioon edule cycad.  It is native to the Queretaro region of Mexico.  It gets mature trunks up to four feet tall.  It is a full sun species with a cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  In habitat, it grows at elevations up to 4000 feet.  Leaves are about four feet long, leaflets are revolute and leaf color is a blue or blue green as shown here.  This is an easy cycad to grow that wants full sun, even in most desert areas.  It's rarely offered for sale. 

About eight months ago we offered a small number of this species on special.  They all sold out within a week.  We just got in some more and are again doing a special.  Shown here are some very nice 1 gallon plants already showing their blue color.  Caudex sizes are about ping pong ball size or larger.  The last row of photos shows larger nursery plants, some of which may still be available.  This one gallon size on special is easy to mail order.  

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $55

Remember: Mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro
Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro
Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro Dioon edule var querataro


ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS -
BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD ONE GALLON PLANTS

Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  This species is small to medium in mature size.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus). 

The plants we are putting on special are the blue type.  To get this color they will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  You could expect to have a nice garden sized plant from these old one gallons in five to seven years.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are four years old.  These are showing their blue color already at this stage and not in sun – so you’ll get blue.  Easy to mail order.  I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE ONE GALLON $65

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you order.

Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue
Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue

 

NANNORRHOPS ARABICA
THE WHITE NANNORRHOPS


SUCKERING FAN PALM - NEVER TOO BIG
PROBABLY THE LAST TIME TO BE OFFERED BY US
MIGHT BE LAST TIME OFFERED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON

Native to Afghanistan, this near white palm species never gets overly large, perhaps up to eight feet.  It does sucker so a plant can be as wide as it is tall.  The striking thing about this palm is the color.  Note that there are also gray and green forms of this species.  This is the blue, almost white one.  It loves sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be into the teens F.  We have put our 1 gallon size on special.  We have very few remaining and no more are in the pipeline.  And, because of no seed sources recently, this may be the last time we every offer them.  Note that, when this species is small, it is a bit tricky to get it established in the ground.  I'd think it best to grow it on to a bigger plant before putting it in the garden.

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

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase. 


Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica
Nannorrhops arabica Nannorrhops arabica  

 

BRAHEA NITIDA
FLAT GREEN LEAF - NATIVE TO MEXICO


CAN TOLERATE LESS THAN FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS 


This interesting fan palm is native to Mexico, where it lives in the western portion of the country in mountainous areas.  Its distribution extends down into Guatemala.  It attains a height of thirty feet with a stout trunk of one foot diameter.  The most attractive thing about this palm are its circular leaves, with only partial division of the segments.  This is particularly apparent when it is grown in filtered light.   In sun, the leaves are less flat and more divided.  When grown in shade, sometimes this species reminds me of a "Licuala-looking" palm in its leaf appearance.  

Cold hardiness is at least into the mid-twenties F.  It may in fact be more cold hardy.  The leaves are a shiny green with a white discoloration on the underside of the leaves.  The petioles are essentially un-armed.  From time to time we have this species available.  Shown here are nice 5g which I'm putting on sale.   The close up of the petioles shows the lack of armor.  Note the minimal division of the leaflets.  The plant in the garden below shows more circular, flat near entire leaves.  Compare this to the habitat photo, which was taken by a friend of mine, Justen Dobbs, in habitat and in full sun.  the leaves in full sun are more divided and not as tropical appearing.

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

Remember, mention this Blog Only Special for price at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers available.


Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida

 

HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
GREAT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN


PRESENTING TWO RED TI'S - WIDE AND NARROW LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


Cordyline Hawaiian Ti plants are a great way to add color to the garden.  They easily acclimate to filtered light growing conditions in our area but can be solely acclimated to coastal sun.  Most don't get much over six feet tall.  They have thin trunks and can take a freeze with some damage.  Sever cold will kill them.  Leaf color varies from pastels to reds to green and black.  We've found that the darker leaf varieties do better in our area.  Shown here are two red varieties - one with wide leaves, the other with more narrow leaves.  We just got them in and are putting both on sale.  The first four photos show the thin leaf variety - the next four photos show the wider leaf plants.  All the nursery plants are 3g size.

REGULAR PRICE HAWAIIAN TI $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TI PLANTS $37.50


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


Hawaiaan Ti red thin leaf Hawaiaan Ti red thin leaf Hawaiaan Ti red thin leaf  
Hawaiaan Ti red thin leaf Hawaiaan Ti red wide leaf Hawaiaan Ti red wide leaf
Hawaiaan Ti red wide leaf Hawaiaan Ti red wide leaf Hawaiaan T  

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS


EASY TO GROW - VERY PRETTY
A GREAT INTERIOR PALM!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering palm species is native to Mexico and Central America.  It is one of about four types of "Bamboo Palms" and is probably either the best or in a stiff competition with C. hooperiana.  This species gets to a mature height of twelve to sixteen feet, has strong 1 inch to 1.5 inch trunks which are green in color with prominent rings, and about three to four foot long leaves.  It is an upright grower and does clump.  It doesn't run.  It takes filtered light or morning sun along the coast.  I've even heard of some growing it in full sun although I'd not recommend it.  It is a good growing species.

Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  Below I'm showing our five gallon size which I'm putting on special.  I also showing a mature garden plant.  This is a great palm!

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this Blog Only discounted price. 

 
Chamaedorea costaricasna Chamaedorea costaricasna Chamaedorea costaricasna
Chamaedorea costaricasna Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricasna

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


UPRIGHT LEAVES - TAKES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 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 1g size that we're putting on special.  The sixth photo shows some of our nursery's 15g.  On the garden photos note the long, green and smooth crown shaft.  This species is highly recommended in So Cal.

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

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



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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL MONSTER 5 GALLON SIZE

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The 5g plants on special are unbelievable tall for their 5g pot - about 8 feet!  It'd be difficult to ship one of these because of the box height.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $65

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS BLUE LONGIFOLIUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

LEAF COLOR BLUE TO GREEN
STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON BLUE VARIETY

This rare South African cycad is also 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.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  Leaf color can be anything from a dark olive green to a brilliant blue.  The plants going on Special will have nice blue leaves if in full sun.  It loves 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, this is invariably one of the species on the top of their list.  It is a drop dead beautiful plant when grown well.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1 GALLON $60.00

Remember:  Mention this blog only special.

 

Encephalartos longifoliius blue Encephalartos longifoliius blue
Encephalartos longifoliius blue Encephalartos longifoliius blue Encephalartos longifoliius blue
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST, 2018 

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT PLANT


MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES!


The first six pictures here show an example of a really nice 15 gallon mature plant with male cones.  It is a clustered specimen with three main coning caudexes.  This species is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  Pictures below demonstrate this.  

I'd recommend filtered light.  It doesn't take up much room so it can fit into any garden.  It's a very "cute" species that people like.  It's also a wonderful patio plant.  I'd give it filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  These cycads are super easy to ship anywhere within the U.S.  We ship plants in their containers, soil and all.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES!

Shown below are this nice 15g male plant and a citrus pot at the end.  Also, I'm showing you garden specimens.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.   

Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae
ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae ceratozamia hildae


ALOCASIA LUTEA
THE UPRIGHT GOLDEN ELEPHANT EAR PLANT
YELLOW STEMS - PROMINENT YELLOW VEINS
TROPICAL COMPANION PLANT - FILTERED LIGHT


LARGE LEAVES - AVERAGE HEIGHT EIGHT FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3-5 GALLON SIZE

This is an attractive understory companion plant that is native in various areas of Asia - stretching from India down into Indonesia.  It grows from underground rhizomes.  If you experience colder winter temperatures, plants can go dormant and lose their leaves.  But, they typically come back when weather warms.  In warmer areas it is a perennial.  It gets to a height of about eight feet and likes filtered light. Leaves are about three feet across when mature, sometimes larger.  Leaf stems are yellow and the leaves are slightly ruffled with prominent yellow veins on both sizes.  The plants on special are in a ten inch pot.  This species is very difficult to locate and we only have them available every few years.  They will sell out quickly.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 10 INCH PLANTS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


But, you must mention this Blog Only
Special at the time of purchase to get your discount. 

ALOCASIA LUTEA ALOCASIA LUTEA ALOCASIA LUTEA
ALOCASIA LUTEA ALOCASIA LUTEA ALOCASIA LUTEA
ALOCASIA LUTEA

Alocasia lutea Plantslikve.com Website
Alocasia lutea Plantslikve.com Website
 

 

BUTIA CAPITATA, BLUE FORM
VERY BLUE IN BRIGHT SUN
COLD HARDY, TOUGH PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 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.  Earlier this month we put our 15g size on sale.  But, some customers wanted larger so we have put our 25g on sale as well.  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 25G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

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

Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue P.C.

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (J. JUSTICA )
BRAZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF


TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

Earlier this month I showed you 7g and 15g Jacobinia carnea.  A few days ago I got in nice 1 gallon in blossom and am putting them on sale 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.  The garden photo below is from igarden website. Also, be aware that soon we'll no longer be able to get these.  They are a summer bloomer.

Jacobinia justica Jacobinia justica Jacobinia justica
ROBYN COHEN ROBYN COHEN Jacobinia carnea from igarden website Australia


PSEUDOPHOENIX SARGENTII
THE CHERRY PALM



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

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

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
MEDIUM SIZED, THIN TRUNKS


GET TO ABOUT FOURTEEN FEET TALL
ALSO, WILL TAKE SOME SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

It's been quite a while since I've offered this Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  Note that if you wipe the crown shaft with you thumb, you'll wipe off the frosty while as shown below.  Now that the "Baby Queens" have gotten so much notoriety, it's very difficult to find glaucifolia.  These 5g and multiples. This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  I apologize that I don't have any good garden pictures of this species, but the large nursery plants will give you an idea of their mature appearance.  Note that these plants on special are multiples - several plants in each pot. 

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


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA  CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA  CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA 
CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA  CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA  CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA 


VRIESEA HYBRID
HIEROGLYPHIC MARKINGS


HINTS OF PINK AND RED
EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Among Bromeliad enthusiast, many consider the genus of Vriesea to be the kings.  They tend to be very exotic with interesting leaf markings, have spectacular flowers and make very nice filtered light companion plants.  Just in are a group of hybrids of this genus.  I do not know the parentage.  They are green leafed with dark transverse markings and hits of pink and red in the throat.  I only have five or six available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $30


Vriesea hybrid  Vriesea hybrid  Vriesea hybrid 
Vriesea hybrid  Vriesea hybrid   


PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA - MEDJOOL VARIETY
THE TRUE DATE PALM


TEN DAY SALE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

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

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

 


NEOROGELIA MEDUSA
BRIGHT RED BROMELIAD - STUNNING COLORS


GREEN OUTER LEAVES - FIREBALL ON THE INSIDE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH POTTED PLANTS

We just got in a few dozen of this very attractive Bromeliad.  The red inner leaves are super intense.  The older outer green leaves mix with other things in the garden.  I'd recommend filtered light.  This hybrid variety has always been popular.  I can ship them.  Maybe you want to try one inside the home.  Also, a great patio plant for color.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount. 

 
Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa
Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa
  

FRIDAY, 27 JULY, 2018

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD
FOR A CYCAD, VERY COLD HARDY


TOLERATES DESERT SUN - ONE OF BEST FOR THIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 15 GALLON PLANTS

Dioon edule is a typically small to medium sized sun-loving cycad from Mexico.  There are known to be about six different varieties of this species - all from different localities.  Leaves are typically green to blue-green.  Leaflets at pointed at the end and otherwise un-armed.  Dioon edule is one of the few cycads that tolerates hot direct desert sun.  The Sago Palm can't claim this ability.  Cold tolerance is excellent, being able to take cold weather into the teens F.  We recently got in a handful of great 15 gallon plants with caudexes of about 7 to 8 inches.  They are gorgeous.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP OF CYCADS $225

This is a great buy.  But, remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Mail order possible.

DIOON EDULE
DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE
DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE
DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE DIOON EDULE

 

RHAPIS HUMILIS
RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM


TWO LARGE SPECIMEN PLANTS AVAILABLE
LARGEST SPECIMENS YOU'LL SEE FOR SALE
GET TO OVER 20 FEET AND TAKE COASTAL SUN


Rhapis humilis is a tall, suckering and thin trunked fan palm.  It is a type of "Lady Palm" and this species is one of the most sought after.  This is because it's a great growing species, has strong canes that don't bend over and gets significantly tall for the genus - tallest of the Rhapis genus.  It does sucker and produces canes averaging one inch or a bit bigger in diameter.  Leaves hold up to twenty leaflets that are narrow, a bit droopy, dark green and come to a point at their ends.  The more common Rhapis excelsa leaflets come to a blunt tip at the end of the leaflets.  The amazing thing about this species is that it attains such tall heights.  I've seen specimens that have reached twenty-four feet!  Compare this to the average height of a R. excelsa at six to eight.  Finally, the Rhapis humilis is known to tolerate full sun along the coast. 

Plants like we're showing here are near impossible to find.  We only just got in these two and I think this may be the last time we'll be offering them.  They are perfect for an upscale garden or interior usage application.  Garden photos by FM and MR.

 

RHAPIS HUMILIS RHAPIS HUMILIS RHAPIS HUMILIS
RHAPIS HUMILIS RHAPIS HUMILIS
RHAPIS HUMILIS
Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELDS
LUSH TROPICAL COMPANION PLANT


DARK GREEN LEAVES, SOMEWHAT PURPLE ON BACK
HARD TO LOCATE
JUST GOT IN SEVERAL MORE!

We offered these gorgeous plants about a month ago and the all sold within a few days.  So, we tried like heck to get some more and have several right now.  This is a gorgeous companion plant that gets to six feet tall, has wide well veined leaves and likes filtered light.  It's the epitome of lush and tropical appearing.  It is a suckering plant with dark green leaves, purple-green backs and prominent yellow veins on the underside.  It is native to Asia.  I anticipate they won't be around too long.

Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield

 

SERENOA REPENS
THE SAW PALMETTO


SEMI-DWARF FAN PALM
GREEN TO BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This semi-dwarf fan palm is a suckering palm native to the SE portion of the United States.  Typical heights are about six to seven feet although there are plants to ten feet.  Leaf color is more commonly green.  However, there are sought after blue clones of the suckering palm.  Leaves are small, typically two to three feet across.  Leaf stems are armed.  It is a full sun palm with a cold tolerance into the upper teens F.


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


Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
SERENOA REPENS SERENOA REPENS SERENOA REPENS

 

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL
STRONG 2 GALLON PLANTS


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species (Chamaedorea hooperiana) would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana.  But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat.  

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Both are suckering types of Bamboo Palms.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter. Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here are some 2 gallon, younger plants that we are offering. This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  We have various other size for sale, 7g to 25 gallon size.    

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

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.  I'm showing you a large and old 25g plant at the nursery.  The last photo is by T.S.


Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedoreahooperiana TS RPS  

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G PLANTS

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, both photos were taken in El Cajon, CA.

     
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM


A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
SEMI-DWARF TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15G POTS

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
VERY SHIPPABLE 5G SIZE


NICE BLUE COLOR
COLD HARDY - LOVE HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Although not the most cold hardy of palms, Bismarckia can go easily into the low 20's F.  This means that folks in northern CA, Houston, South TX, the Central Valley of CA and many other areas can give them a try.  They love heat and sun.  In Phoenix and desert areas they thrive.  Just give them adequate water if you live in the desert.  These 5g nice blue form plants are easy to ship.  Just call us and we ship within 24 hours.

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON SIZE

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put nice 15 gallon on special and they are very nicely sized.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  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.  These plants in this size pot are too big to ship by traditional carriers.  But, we can arrange delivery.  And, we also have 1g and 5eg sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $170

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The first six photos are our 15g size.  There's also one photo of our 5 gallon size which we also offer. 


CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA PALMPEDIA
Photo c/o Palmpedia
CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
We also sell nice 5 gallon size
CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA rps
Photo c/o TS at RPS

 

WEDNESDAY, 25 JULY, 2018

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD


WE HAVE A FEW 15 GALLON PLANTS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND

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

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

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


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


ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM


NICE 15 GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE


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

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


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

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES


TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G

I'm down to the last few of the large 15g that we're offering for sale on this, the Chilean Wine Palm.  These plants are approaching ten years old from seed!  As most know, they are unbearably slow to grow and getting a nice plant as shown in the first four photos seems to take forever.  Try it yourself some day from seed.  You'll know why it takes a decade to produce a nice sized Jubaea.  Interestingly enough, we ship a lot of this sized Chilean Wine Palms to people in colder states like Texas and South Carolina.  This size are not the biggest 15g we offer, but fairly old and very nice.  Typical basal trunk diameter is four to six inches on this batch.  I do have massive 15g that are 10 inches in diameter, but they cost more.  This size is an affordable size for people who want to save a lot of years of growing time.

Ultimate height can reach at least forty feet (in several decades) and trunk diameter up to four feet.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Seeds are large and globular as shown here.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Mail order, in the pot with soil, totally possible.

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



DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM


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


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

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

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

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


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

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

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm - actually towers above them
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
Sometimes, as shown here, its new leaf is a red-green color


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

Remember:  mention this Special!

Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archonotophoenix teracarpa
This plant is a multiple
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note no tip burn on leaflets
Archontophoenix teracarpa
Note super thick trunk for a King Palm

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED
THIN TRUNK


NOT TOO MANY LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G


Many folks like plants that don't have a super thick trunk and don't get too tall.  Such is the case with this species.  Ravenea glauca is native to Madagascar, has a thin six inch trunk and gets to a height of about 25 feet.  One of my favorite habitat photos is shown below with the red cliffs in the background.  How gorgeous is this species?  It is a full sun plant in most areas and cold hardy to the upper teens to low 20's F. 

The 15g plants shown here are six feet or a bit more in height.  They'd be a challenge to mail order.  But, we do have smaller sizes for sale that are easy to ship.  Growth rate is pretty good.  It is a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $170


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.
The last photo from Palmpedia is by an unknown author. 

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL


GORGEOUS 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species (Chamaedorea hooperiana) would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana.  But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat. 

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter.  Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here is a 15 gallon sized plant that is about ten feet tall.  This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  We have various smaller sizes as well - and maybe a few 25 gallons. 

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

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.  The last photo is by T.S.

Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedoreahooperiana TS RPS

 

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

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