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PHOTOS OF ASSORTED CYCADS AROUND THE NURSERY


LOTS OF SPECIES
LOTS OF SIZES - SMALL TO BIG
ALMOST ALL SHIPPABLE


The purpose of this post is to show the diversity of species and sizes of cycads we offer at Jungle Music.  Recently we've taken an assortment of photos of plants in stock.  We offer about 175 species or varieties of cycads for sale.  And, these are in sizes from seedlings to massive fifty to one hundred year old plants.  We literally over ten thousand cycads to choose from.  All can be shipped or delivered to anywhere within the U.S.  Included are small mature species as well as species that get very large over time.  And, species both for sun or shade.  Some will even tolerate a good amount of cold weather.  We can guide you on your selection.  But, trust that we have the plants that can add these rare and endangered cycads to your garden or collection.  We've been told we have one of the most complete and diverse offering of cycads anywhere within the United States.

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Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
DWARF SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM

SUPER RARE - SIMPLE LEAVES
NEVER OVER A FEW FEET TALL
NEW ARRIVAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This dwarf understory palm species has entire, small leaves, a very thin trunk the size of a pencil and a mature height never over two to three feet.  It comes from high elevation mountainous areas of Mexico.  It's extremely rare and rarely available.  The seedlings we're offering this year came from seeds of domestic plants in Southern California.  They were set by a very famous Chamaedorea botanist.  They are about a year old.   I rarely have them for sale.  They need a filtered light environment and should be cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties F.  I can mail order these.  Limited numbers available!  Yes, they are young seedlings but near impossible to find for sale.  The garden photo is by HDJ.


Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedoea tenella Chamaedoea tenella
Chamaedoea tenella by HDJ    

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
THE CARANDAY PALM


VERY COLD HARDY, TALL & THIN TRUNK FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is probably the most cold hardy of any of the Copernicia.  It is native to the South American countries of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.   We have available some seed grown 5 gallon plants that are about four years old.  We’re putting them on special.  It is a very tall palm (can get up to 100 feet) yet has an extremely thin trunk, usually less than 12 inches.  The upper trunk can hold on to old leaf bases, but on older specimens most of the trunk shows a clean gray appearance.  The leaves are about three feet wide, green above and blue-green to blue below.  The deeply divided leaves are about three feet wide..  Petioles are mildly armed.  Photos here show the leaf characteristics.  Like other tall, thin palms, this species can be planted in a group of several together.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy well into the lower twenties and even the upper teens F.  It can tolerate desert climates.

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

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


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

 

HIBISCUS TILIACEUS VARIEGATA


VARIEGATED YELLOW HIBISCUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL EITHER ONE OR TWO GALLON SIZE


This flowering tree is native to various areas including Africa, Pacific Islands, and Asia.  It can form a good sized tree up to 20 feet or more.  This particular variety is variegated.  It has yellow flowers that turn to red before falling off.  The foliage is red emergent and variegated.  We only have a few one and two gallon plants.  The flower photo is c/o the cookislands.bishopmuseum website.

REGULAR PRICE ONE AND TWO GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES $25

Hibiscus tiliaceus variegata Hibiscus tiliaceus variegata Hibiscus tiliaceus variegata

 

SCHEFFLERA ARBARICOLA 'CAROLINE'


SPECIAL FORM OF DWARF UMBRELLA TREE
VERY COMPACT AND FULL - TAKES FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This is a compact hybrid of the Dwarf Umbrella Tree that is known for it's full foliage.  It is an ideal palm for creating privacy - both in sun and filtered light.  You can prune it to keep it smaller or let it grow into a small to medium sized tree.  This particular form was, by report, developed by a nurseryman in Florida and named after his wife.  It is cold hardy to a bit below a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE THIS 15 GALLON $135
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $100

Schefflera arbaricola Caroline Schefflera arbaricola Caroline Schefflera arbaricola Caroline
Schefflera arbaricola Caroline Schefflera arbaricola Caroline Schefflera arbaricola Caroline

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA


TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This species is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia leaf is a bit flatter but still is somewhat plumose in cross section.  The glaucifolia also 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. 

This is a single trunk species but these pots have several plants per pot.  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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $80


Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase. 

Chamaedorea glaucifolia 5g tall Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia chamaedorea glaucifolia

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM 

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


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

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

Please mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.


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

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
NATIVE TO PEMBA ISLAND

TAKES FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

There are both single trunk and suckering forms of this species.  Nowadays, most of the plants available of this species are the suckering form.  Both get to a height of 25 feet, have an attractive green trunk and a light colored crown shaft.  Leaves have a graceful arch and the leaflet color is green.  It's a great alternative for the garden.  Note how the trunks are rather thin.  The two plants shown here are going to be the suckering variety.  Along our coast it will take full sun but I'd recommend filtered or morning light inland.  The plants on special are in 5g size and on sale.  They are not huge so we’re giving a good discount.  We may have both larger and smaller size.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers are available.


Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana
Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana by AB

 

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE CARANDILLA PALM


BLUE-GREEN SUCKERING FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  But, the latter was later found to be spineless and the two were given separate species status.  It is native to Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia.  T. schizophylla is definitely a spiny palm with long needle-like spines on the trunk.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and is usually a suckering palm but sometimes is single trunk.  Mature height is six to fifteen feet.  Although the leaf is a rigid leaf, the leaflet tips are softer than the pungent T. campestris.  Leaf color is blue-green, not nearly as blue as campestris.  It is a very cold hardy species that tolerates temperatures down to at least 18 degrees F.  On sale are very old, outdoor grown 15g plants.  I think we've been growing these for about 12 to 14 years.  It likes full sun and loves heat.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size but it'd take a large box. 

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15G $185


As usual, mention our Blog when ordering to get this price.  The habitat photo is by Juan Pech. 
 
 
Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla by Juan Pech

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
LARGE, DARK & HOOKED SPINES


MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This medium to tall fan palm is native to southeast Asia.  It can get to heights of thirty-five feet or more.  It is an interesting palm that is easy to grow and has a very ornamental leaf with deep divisions of the segments.  Its segment almost make a complete circle.  Leaf color is green.  The spines on the petioles tend to be dark in color and dramatic, usually the thing most people remember most about this species.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  The 15g size on sale are very large size.  One photo below shows the remarkable blue color to the seeds.  We also have available other sizes.  The sixth photo is by John Volk.

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


Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  Please note the prominent spines on the leaf stems.

Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus

 

TRITHRINAX ACANTHACOMA
AKA TRITHIRNAX BRASILIENSIS
SPINY TRUNK - MEDIUM HEIGHT FAN PALM


EASILY TOLERATES INTO THE TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This single trunk tropical fan palm is noted mostly for its spiny trunk.  The spines are long, randomly directed and almost needle sized.  It is native to South America and gets to a height of about twenty feet.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Unlike Trithrinax campestris, the leaflet tips on this species are not sharp nor pointed.  It is a medium rate grower.  These plants are easy to ship.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.  The 5 gallon on sale are shown in the first four pictures below.


Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma Trithrinax acanthicoma

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
SINGLE TRUNK, MEDIUM MATURE SIZE


A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

Shown here is the size we're putting on special: our Band Size plants.  These plants are about two years old and almost ready to be stepped up.  Growth rate is good.  We have a reasonable assortment of all sizes although our larger plants are almost sold out.  
This species is highly recommended in So Cal.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  These are going to be repotted soon, so if interested, let us know fairly soon.

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS  KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS  KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS 
KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS  KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS  KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
RARE MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM


SLIGHTLY BULGING TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This is a medium sized, crown shafted, single trunk pinnate palm from Reunion Island.  There is a green and a brown-red form of this species.  The plants on special are the green form as far as I can tell at this time.  At the mature size, they seem to look more similar than different.  

Hyophorbe indica gets to a height of about twenty five feet, has a trunk diameter of about six inches, perhaps a bit more, and along the coast demands full sun.  If you grow it in shade, it will probably succumb to rot.  In far inland areas, I would recommend a part day sun application.  Cold tolerance appears to be in the mid-twenties, perhaps slightly lower. 

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when you buy.  The specimen photo is by TS at RPS.


HYOPHORBE INDICA HYOPHORBE INDICA HYOPHORBE INDICA
HYOPHORBE INDICA HYOPHORBE INDICA Hyophorbe indica TS RPS
  photo by TS, RPS


THURSDAY, 14 NOVEMBER, 2019

 


ALOCASIA SPECIES OR VARIETIES
ALL BELOW 20% OFF REGULAR PRICES RIGHT NOW

 

ALOCASIA MICRORRHIZOS
AKA ALOCASIA MICRORHIZA
THE GIANT TARO ALOCASIA


LARGE LEAVES, TEN FEET TALL OR MORE
MOST PREFER PART SHADE
- SOME AREAS FULL SUN

This larger species of
Alocasia is green in color and can reach heights up to eight feet.  I can tolerate a bit of sun but prefers filtered light and good draining soil.  It is sensitive to a hard freeze.  Leaves can be up to four feet long.  There is a slight ruffle to them as well.  Leaves are upright on long stems.  This species prefers moist and well drained soil. This species is native to various areas in Asia.

Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza
Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza
Alocasia macrorrhiza Alocasia macrorrhiza  

 

ALOCASIA PORTORA
GOOD SIZED, QUICK GROWING


ARROWHEAD SHAPED LEAVES
SOMEWHAT DARK STEMS
TAKES SUN IN COASTAL AREAS


This quick growing Alocasia reaches height of over six feet and can tolerate sun along the coast.  Or, part day sun or strong filtered light inland is preferred.  Leaves are large, up to three feet long with green top and undersides.  It seems to winter over here fine.  Leaves stems are dark but not black.  Also note the wavy texture to the leaves.  To hide a fence or building, these would work fine.

Alocasia portoro Alocasia portoro alocasia portora
Alocasia portoro alocasia portora alocasia portora
alocasia portora alocasia portora alocasia portora

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD
LARGE DARK GREEN TO BLACK LEAVES
PROMINENT VEINS - PURPLE UNDERSIDE


GETS TO SIX FEET TALL

This is a hybrid of an Asian Alocasia that is medium sized - up to six feet with rather large leaves.  Leaves has prominent venation, light colored.  Leaves are two to three feet long with purple undersides.  This is a super attractive plant that likes good draining soil and a bit of sun or strong filtered light.   It does like moisture.  It grows in zones 9B to 11.

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

 

CAN YOU NAME THIS PALM?


DWARF SPECIES
LIKES FILTERED LIGHT OR A BIT OF SUN


Of course, this is a trick question.  This is "Palm Grass", Molineria capitulata.  It is native to Asia with habitats running from India to China and down into Indonesia.  It gets about three feet tall, has green flat leaves and is perennial.  It does clump and produces yellow flowers. 

And, it is not a palm at all.  It likes filtered light and can be grown here in Southern California.  A 2 gallon plant is shown here.


Molineria capitulata 2g Molineria capitulata 2g Molineria capitulata 2g
Molineria capitulata 2g Molineria capitulata 2g  

 


SOME SOUGHT AFTER FRUITING BANANAS BELOW


Bananas belong to the genus Musa.  There are about sixty species or hybrid varieties of Bananas.  Most produce edible fruit.  All sucker and have green flat leaves.  We're showing below some interesting varieties of fruiting Banana that we just got in.  They were from divisions of an avid enthusiast who's been getting fruits from his plants for several decades.  Prices on plants shown for sale range from $55 to $85.

ALL BANANAS SHOWN BELOW ARE FOR SALE AND, RIGHT NOW, 20% OFF

 

MUSA ORINOCO


This species is native to the Orinoco River in Venezuela.  It gets to a height of 10 to 15 feet and has fruits that are about 6 inches long and plump.  I've been told they are quite delicious.  It is reported that this type can live in Zone 7B.  To those of us who think in terms of temperatures, this means it tolerates a freeze and can go into the mid-twenties F.  It wants full sun.

Musa orinoco 5g large Musa orinoco 5g large Musa orinoco 5g large
Musa orinoco 5g large Musa orinoco 5g large  

 

MUSA ORINOCO DWARF


This species has the same heritage and culture as the taller variety above but only gets to a height of about six feet.  It produces edible bananas and wants full sun.

musa orinocco dwarf musa orinocco dwarf musa orinocco dwarf
musa orinocco dwarf musa orinocco dwarf and tall  

 

MUSA "GOLDFINGER"
GOLDFINGER BANANA


This cultivar was developed in Honduras and is supposed to have more pest resistance.  It gets to a height of about ten feet and is said to have very tasty fruit.  The bananas are six to eight inches long.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy to the upper twenties F.  It wants full or at least half day sun.  Plant heights are ten to fourteen feet. 

musa goldfinger musa goldfinger musa goldfinger
musa goldfinger musa goldfinger  

 

MUSA VELUTINA
THE HAIRY OR PINK BANANA

This species is native to the Himalayas and produces small fruits that are rather short, pink and fuzzy.  This is a dwarf species native to Asia and gets to a maximum height of six feet.  It wants full sun.  It is also very cold hardy, well into the mid-twenties F. 

Musa velutina Musa velutina Musa velutina
Musa velutina Musa velutina  

 

MUSA RAJAPURI
WIND RESISTANT TYPE


This species is native to India and is semi-dwarf, reaching a mature height of six to eight feet.  It has wide green leaves.  You can grow it in Zone 8.  It seems to not demand too much care.  It does want full sun.  Fruits are medium size and said to be very sweet.  It is known for it's wind resistance.

Musa rajapuri 3 gal Musa rajapuri 3 gal Musa rajapuri 3 gal
Musa rajapuri 3 gal Musa rajapuri 3 gal  

 

CAVENDISH DWARF BANANA
HEIGHT TO USUALLY ABOUT SIX FEET


This is a popular variety of Banana that produces full sized, sweet fruit.  Trees get to a mature height of about six feet.  It's considered a dwarf species.  It wants sun and is cold hardy to the upper twenties F.  Leaves are green and sometimes mottled as shown.  This is a popular type to grow.

Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana  

 

VEITCHIA MERRILLII HYBRID
POTENTIAL TO GROW SOMETHING THAT CAN'T BE GROWN HERE


THE STORY ON HOW WE GOT THIS HYBRID
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

There is an interesting story behind the plants I'm showing you here.  About three years ago, we go some seeds from a botanical garden that were labeled as Veitchia merrillii (aka Adonidia merrillii).  This palm resembles a miniature Royal Palm, so it is a popular choice by enthusiasts who see it in tropical areas.  Rarely does it get over twenty feet tall and many people like this smaller size.  But, native to the Philippines, you might expect it'd be too tropical and cold sensitive to grow here.  Well, that is the case and I don't know of one mature tree in Southern California.  Customers call us and want it, but I always tell them it's not possible for our climate.

Three years ago we got some seeds of what was thought to be pure Veitchia merrillii.  The seeds looked to be the right size for merrillii - the anticipated small size as you see with this species.  Seeds of other Veitchia species are much larger.  Of note, here most of the other species do survive our winters.  Of the thirty seeds that germinated, about half died off quickly in our greenhouses the first winter.  We figured - that makes sense - cold sensitive.  But, to our surprise, the other half grew quite well.  As they got bigger, it was apparent that they looked nothing like a true species Veitchia merrillii we have grown in the past.  The prominent speckling and dark color to the leaf stems was not expected - merrillii is plain green usually.  And, there is a diversity of appearance of the various plants we had. 

We figure these are a hybrid of a Veitchia merrillii crossed with something else.  Most likely it's with another species of Veitchia that are more cold tolerant.  This is to our customer's benefit as this means perhaps they can grow these and end up with a smaller palm that resembles V. merrillii.  We can only offer only about a dozen plants and all have endured the past two winters.  So, maybe these plants will be a V. merrilli (type) that you can grow here!   

Our plants are now 5 gallon size as shown below.  On the leaf stem close up photo, notice the speckling.  Veitchia merrillii do not have speckles. I am also showing the seeds that made these plants.  You can see they are the size of a regular merrillii seed. In the 10th and 11th photos you’ll see pure Veitchia merrillii in gardens.  The last photo is Veitchia arecina, a possible pollen bearer for this hybrid. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS HYBRID $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL AS SHOWN BELOW $75.

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


Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid
Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid
VEITCHIA MERRILLII HYBRID VEITCHIA MERRILLII HYBRID Veitchia merrillii hybrid
Veitchia merrillii Veitchia merrillii Veitchia arecina

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM


GOOD SIZED 15G AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

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

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

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


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

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


DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM


FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering forms.  It is native to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks - "tristichous".   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  It is a difficult species to find nowadays.  I'd recommend growing it in full sun along the coast.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  We have nice 15 gallons on special.  The plant shown below is a double with two plants in the pot.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $160

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.  We only have a few of these left.  This size can be mail ordered although it'd take a very large box.

Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis

 

THE MOOSEHORN FERN
PLATYCERIUM SUPERBUM


GROWS EPIPHYTICALLY
MOUNT ON WOOD OR TREE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE AS SHOWN

Platycerum are a type of fern that we know as the "Staghorn Fern".  But, the normal type you see, P. bifurcatum, has deer antler types of leaves.  They are narrow and reach out from the attaching shield.  There's another type known as the "Moosehorn Fern", Platycerium superbum, where the leaves are entire, stretching across the width of the plant.  These leaves can get up to six feet across.  They are not easy to find.  The standard Staghorn is not difficult to locate.  Both are an epiphytic type of plant that can be mounted on a tree trunk or grown on a wooden base.  They are easy to care for but you don't want to let them go dry.  I water them by just spraying with a hose and occasionally give them some liquid fertilizer mixed into the water.  They can take a bit of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is typically into the mid to perhaps low twenties F.  We get these in from time to time and presently have several for sale that are about a foot across as shown here.  Below I'm first showing the Moosehorn in a tree and showing the standard Staghorn in a tree in the last photo.  

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $120

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Moosehorn Fern Moosehorn Fern Moosehorn Fern
Moosehorn Fern Moosehorn Fern Moosehorn Fern
Moosehorn Fern Moosehorn Fern Staghorn in Tree

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


BLUE WITH THINNER TRUNK THAT B. ARMATA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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Brahea species super silver Brahea species super silver bRAHEA SUPER SILVER ts rps

 

SABAL LISA
AN UNUSUAL FORM OF SABAL PALMETTO


STIFF, RIGID & LESS DIVIDED LEAVES
COLD HARDY - FULL SUN
HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS

In 1998 Riefer and Zona published an article on this unusual form of Sabal palmetto that was found in southwest Florida.  There are very few of these in habitat.  It is felt to be some type of genetic alteration of the typical palmetto.  Leaves are rigid, upright and less divided compared to the typical Sabal palmetto.  Indeed, it is a peculiar and different appearing fan palms.  It is a full sun palm that tolerates temperatures into the upper teens F. (Zone 7).  At this moment, I don't recall where we obtained seeds.  But, they probably came from a friend of the Nursery.  What's on special are seedlings in one gallon pots.  This palm is difficult to find on the market.  For more information, read the article - link given below.

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

Remember, Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  Supplies are very limited.


LINK TO ARTICLE ON SABAL LISA
 
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Sabal lisa SABAL LISA SABAL LISA
SABAL LISA SABAL LISA SABAL LISA

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM

COMMON BUT AFFORDABLE
PLANTS WITH FOOT OF TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 10G SIZE


This is one of the most common cycads in the world - but, they are universally appreciated because they are pretty and easy to grow in most areas.  This is a green cycad that can get to medium size and does sucker at its base.  The plants I'm putting on special are big for a 10g pot and have been grown in sun or inside the greenhouse.  They are presently forming some vertical trunk.  The price, I think, is very good.  This species takes coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 17 degrees F.  They'll take full sun except for those of you in the desert.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $135


Please mention this special for this price.

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

 

LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
TROPICAL APPEARING FAN PALM

COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZE 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $62.50


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

 

MONDAY, 11 NOVEMBER, 2019

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
EXAMPLES OF TWO NICE SIZED PLANTS FOR SALE


GREEN TO BLUE GREEN LEAVES
LOVES SUN - RE-CURVED LEAVES

Encephalartos longifolius is from the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is among the favorite species of all cycad enthusiasts.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to brilliant blue - and everything in-between.  The plants shown here both have caudexes about 8 inches.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold hardiness of 22 degrees F.  These plants will develop into medium sized mature cycads over the years with potential for trunk in a lifetime of at least five feet.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available from sale - both larger and smaller.  The last row of photos shows plants that are the blue form.  Most of our sizes can be mail ordered or delivered.

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Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Blue Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN


THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
YES, IT IS A MINIATURE AND STAYS SMALL!


I am really fond of this cute and dwarf type of Tree Fern native to an assortment of Pacific Islands stretching from Hawaii to the Asian Pacific.  The reason I like it is because it stays small over time.  To make this point, I am going to first shown you a 15g plant that we got from a private collection.  You'll see this plant in the first two rows of photos.  We estimate the age of this plant to be 20 years.  The third row shows a standard 5 gallon nursery plant.  You'll note that, in twenty years, three inches of trunk turns into two feet of trunk.  Now, that's either from super slow growth or genetics.  I think it's the latter.  The tallest specimen I've seen in a garden is about five feet tall overall.  Trunk diameter is four inches or less.  It likes filtered light and can take cold weather into the mid-twenties F or maybe a bit less.  We also occasionally have 1 gallon size for sale.  These are easy to mail order.

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BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM
BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM BLECHNUM GIBBUM

 

CARYOTA MITIS
CLUMPING FISHTAIL PALM FOR THE GARDEN

 

OLDER 25 GALLON SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL TREE

This is a suckering type of Fishtail Palm from Asia.  In habitat, plants can get up to twenty or twenty five feet.  In our locality they tend to be shorter.  They do sucker forming a clump of stems.  Trunk diameter is typically about four inches.  Leaves are bi-pinnate, branching.  Leaflets are as shown below. 

The plant shown here is in a 25g pot and has been growing for about 12 years or more.  It is suckering and about 12 feet tall.  Most would grow this in morning sun or strong filtered light.  With this said, some in our area grow it in full sun.  The plant shown was in 2/3 sun and picked up some burn on its upper leaf.

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

Just mention this Blog Special if interested.  The last two photos are garden specimens.


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Caryota mitis 25g Caryota mitis 25g Caryota mitis 25g
Caryota mitis 25g Caryota mitis Caryota mitis

 

BUTIA CAPITATA
THE PINDO OR JELLY PALM
GREEN FORM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON

This single trunk South American pinnate palm is very durable and cold hardy.  It loves sun and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  If you've been following our Blog, you know that there is a green form and the popular blue strain.  Both are Butia capitata.  Today I'm showing you the green form.   Most would consider this to be the "standard form".

Mature heights on both are typically15 to 20 feet in this area.  Leaves arch downwards as shown.  Mature leaf color will be green to blue green.  The blue form has definite blue leaves.  The fruit of both are edible and some people make a jelly from the fruit, thus giving a reason for one of the common names for this palm.  Growth rate is slow to medium.  The 25g on sale here are about seven years old. The photos of the mature palms below were taken at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.

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


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

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Butia capitata 25g April Butia capitata green

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA


SINGLE TRUNK BEAUTY - NATIVE TO PUERTO RICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANT


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

The hallmarks of this species are it's wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and it's overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a beginner species but worth it if you can grow one.

Shown here is a good size 15g plant.  We have limited numbers.  If you talk about difficulty in finding species of palms, this one might be near the top of the list.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE
$180
 

 
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Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana
prestoea montana    

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED, VERY GRACEFUL
GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.

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Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii by cloudforest website Rhopalostylis cheesemanii

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM


NICE BAND SIZED PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk.  Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto.  Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The 5 gallon size shown below is about 5 years old. 

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

Just remember to mention this Special.  Last photo by friend Justen Dobbs.

Sabal blackburniana 5g June Sabal blackburniana 5g June Sabal blackburniana 5g June
Sabal blackburniana 5g June Sabal blackburniana 5g June Sabal blackburniana j dobbs

 

CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE
THE TALLEST PALM IN THE WORLD
SO. AMERICAN - COLUMBIA AND NO. PERU


FAIRLY COLD HARDY - OK FOR NOR CAL AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This tall, fairly cold hardy palm is native to mountainous regions in Columbia and Peru.  It has been grown by many in colder areas including parts of the coastal San Francisco Bay Area.  It has a gray to white columnar trunk with upright green leaves that have a silver color to the underside.  Trunks show prominent rings and are covered with a waxy material that is used in foods in native localities.  Mature specimens in the wild have been reported to be almost 200 feet tall.  It likes humidity and moisture and can tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F.  It prefers to start growing into filtered light and to work its way into full sun.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discounted price.  The last photo is by Jeff Anderson, Palmpedia


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Ceroxylon quindiuense 1g Ceroxylon quindiuense J.A. Palmpedia  

 

PHOENIX LOUREIROI VARIETY HANCEANA
MOUNTAIN DATE PALM


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

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

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

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

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM


VERY POPULAR, EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 1 GALLON SIZE

This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  It has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants on sale are the 1g size.  Note that they are already suckering.  Age about 4 years.  The sixth photo is a 5g and next a 7 gallon plant. 

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


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.

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Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis 5 gallon
Dypsis onilahensis 7g Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis

 

AGAVE VILMORINIANA
OCTOPUS AGAVE


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS

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

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


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

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

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $120


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

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

 

LIVISTONA DECIPIENS - AKA LIVISTONA DECORA
THE RIBBON PALM


MEDIUM TO TALL HEIGHT, THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This Australian fan palm can get over 40 feet tall, has a thin trunk and droopy leaflets.   The ends of the leaflets hang downwards - thus the common name.  It is a good growing plant that does well in most areas, even hot interior areas.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  We have an assortment of sizes but are putting the 15g on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $145

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.


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Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora
Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora Livistona decipiens decora

 

BAMBUSA MULTIPLEX 'ALPHONSE KARR'

COLD HARDY CLUMPING BAMBOO


GREEN STRIPES ON GOLD CANES
MATURE HEIGHT 15 TO 30 FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price.

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

 

                  THURSDAY, 7 NOVEMBER, 2019

 

OUR CYCAD SOIL


QUICK DRAINING SOIL FOR CYCADS
DESCRIPTION AND AVAILABILITY


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

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil  

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM

 

FLUFFY PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering forms.  It is native to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks - "tristichous".   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  Although I can’t be positive, I think this will be the single trunk form.  This is a difficult species to find nowadays.  I'd recommend growing it in full sun along the coast.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  The 15g size is shown below – and on sale!

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.


Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis Dypsis lucubensis
Dypsis lucubensis    

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SO. CALIFORNIA


CAN SEE SWOLLEN BASE WHEN YOUNG
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE AND OLD 15 GALLON


In the "old days", this species was known as Opsiandra maya.  It is a single trunk pinnate palm that can be grown in Southern CA.  It has the interesting habit of getting a very swollen base, especially when planted in the ground from a smaller plant. Interestingly enough, this swollen base to the trunk abruptly disappears with age.  You'll note this bulge in the photos below.  This species tends to hold a limited number of leaves, about five to seven usually.

Along the coast it takes full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  The trunk diameter is about six to perhaps maximum eight inches.  I've grown it in part day sun, which it loved.  However, the trunk will often curve to seek more sun (see photo bottom row).  Some grow it in full sun with success.  The plants on special are very nice 15g with fat bases. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 5G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

This size can be mail ordered.  But, remember to mention this Blog Only Special for your discount. 


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Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya
Gaussia maya Gaussia maya Gaussia maya

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM


BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
SORT OF LIKE A SUCKERING KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain suckering form.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It usually doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf.  A photo below shows a plant of mine that had a faint red to the new leaf.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It sort of looks like a suckering Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.

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

We have extremely limited numbers of 5g but hopefully more will become available over time.  Mention this Special for your discount.  

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Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica red leaf Laccospadix australasica

 

UNUSUAL DYPSIS HYBRID
DYPSIS PEMBANA X MADAGASCARENSIS


POSSIBLE UNUSUAL F2 HYBRID
NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CROSS


Although the seedlings offered are new and tiny, I thought we'd let you know that we have a very limited number available.  These are from domestic seeds of a Dypsis pembana x madagascarensis.  There are other Dypsis species nearby.  So, it's unclear if these were self pollinated or an F2 hybrid with something else.  I'm showing photos below of the mother tree in Encinitas, CA

REGULAR PRICE THESE HYBRID SEEDLINGS $40

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SEEDLINGS $30

Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid
Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid Dypsis hybrid
Dypsis hybrid    

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE, SEMI-DWARF CHAMAEROPS

TEN DAY SPECIAL ABSOLUTELY HUGE 5G PLANTS

This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  Typical mature height is six to eight feet.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun and tolerates cold temperatures to about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are some absolute huge plants in 5g pots.  Some have over a foot of trunk.  All are blue.  Most are suckering.  I brought these in b/c they are very old and large plants that can be mail ordered. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE 5G PLANTS $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS $70

Remember:  Mention this Special!  Because of their size, mail order may cost a bit more than the standard plants we usually have.


Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS
DESIRABLE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


SINGLE TRUNK OF SUCKERING
CIGAR SHAPED TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Locality:

Madagascar Island

Cold Hardiness: 

18 F.

Trunk type:

This palm has a large, swollen gray woody trunk - often cigar shaped as shown here.  Sometimes it will sucker.  Also, crown shaft can be green or silver.

Leaf type:

This palm has arching pinnate leaves.  Leaves are green and rarely blue-green

Suckering/Solitary:

This palm can be both solitary or suckering

Maintenance:

This palm is easy to grow but vulnerable to root damage

Speed of growth:

It is a very slow grower

Height:

15 to 30 feet approximately

Soil requirements:

Likes a rich sandy soil that drains quickly

Sun Requirements:

This palm will want full sun in most areas

General Description:

This is a beautiful, slow growing palm.  It can be solitary, but tends to make basal suckers (few).  It is a easy grow for most areas if you give this palm heat and sun.  This palm is slow to form trunk, but is worth the wait.  Sought-after by collectors.  Known to die if dug or roots are disturbed during planting.

Other Notes:

If this palm interests you you may be interested in Dypsis decaryi, Dypsis onilahensis, Butia capitata or Pseudophoenix sargentii.

Further Data:

 See photo gallery for other photos.  This is a highly recommended species.  Also, it has difficulty with super warm and humid summer weather. 


REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80

You must mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this price.
 
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens MR Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND


A BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE COLOR
VERY ATTRACTIVE, LARGER FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about it.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the mid-teens F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form. One photo below by Tim Brian in HI is of a green Bismarckia.  The last three pictures were taken in Florida.  On these green Bismarckias, often you'll see red in the leaf stem or a hint of it on the leaves..  Of course, this is a full sun palm.  This is a very rare palm to find as everyone seeks out the blue type.  But, we have this more rare green form and have found they are showing nice cold hardiness to the low 20's F.  This variety is almost impossible to find.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $185


You must mention this Blog Only price at time of purchase to get this special price.  The plants we have are very large for their pots.

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Bismarckia green Bismarckia sp. green by Tim Brian
Green Bismarckia by T.B., Hawaii
Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia green Bismarckia green Bismarckia green

 

ZAMIA FISCHERI
AKA 
ZAMIA VASQUEZII


DWARF GREEN MEXICAN CYCAD
CONES AT A SMALL SIZE - NEVER OVER 3 TO FOUR FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE
 

This is  small Mexican cycad with stems typically under one foot tall in size and leaves green in color and up to three feet long, sometimes shorter.  It usually holds about five or so leaves, sometimes more.  It is a variable species and leaflets can be lanceolate or wedge shaped.  Leaflets are quite thin in texture and have soft spines on the margins.  Overall, this species has a "fern-like" appearance and would not be considered spiny.  The names "vasquezii" replaced the more commonly known name of "fischeri" in the past fifteen years or so.  The plant shown here in the first row below about eight years old and is a female in cone.  I have other plants not in cone. 

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT THIS SPECIES $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discounted price!

ZAMIA FISCHERI ZAMIA FISCHERI ZAMIA FISCHERI
Zamia fischeri ZAMIA FISCHERI Zamia fischeri

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKAGHI
NATURAL WINDMILL HYBRID


SEEDS FROM WILD
FIVE GALLON PLANTS - TEN DAY SPECIAL


About fifteen years ago I received seeds from Tobias Spanner that he told me were a natural hybrid between T. fortunei and T. takil.  The seeds were wild collected.  Tobias told me that these were named Trachycarus takaghi.  I germinated the seeds and now, many years later, am offering very old 5 gallon plants.  They have proven to be extremely slow growing. The hopes would be they'd be something different and pick up the super cold hardiness of the takil.  You can see that these plants are crawling the pot horizontally as opposed to trunking.  Perhaps they will prove to be a dwarf species.  I have no habitat photos but am showing a plant from a customer in Texas (TM) that was planted about ten years ago in his garden.  You can see, in that time, it certainly has not produced much trunk.  I'm putting this hybrid on special but only have a few for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g
Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g
Trachycarpus takaghi TM Texas 12 years Trachycarpus takaghi  

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM


SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

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

Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata COCCOTHRINAX ARGNETATA COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI


FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

The Australian Tree Fern in native to several areas on the eastern side of Australia.  It is a fast growing tree fern that can get to a height of over forty feet.  I have several with twenty-five feet of trunk.  I'm about 8 miles from the ocean and they take my sun fairly well.  Trunks can get up to twelve inches thick although most are more thin.  This species is a bigger alternative to the Tasmanian Tree Fern and has a thicker trunk and longer leaves.  This species tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.  It is cold hardy into the upper twenties or lower.  Some of the plants we have in 15g size are bigger than shown here - same price.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $100

Mention this special when you purchase.  Mail order possible on this size.  The garden photo is c/o Plantlust website.


AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI
AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN CYATHEA COOPERI PlantLust Website


MONDAY, 4 NOVEMBER, 2019

 

ENCEPHALARTOS IN HABITAT


A LOOK AT WILD CYCADS IN SOUTH AFRICA
RUGGED, ROCKY AND HOT LOCATIONS


Below you will see photographs of Encephalartos in their native habitats in the Republic of South Africa.  I hope that these pictures will show you how cycads grow in hostile and rugged native locations - on mountain cliffs, rocky escarpments, and among huge boulders.  Remember that, as a group, cycads have been around for over 250 million years.  They are indeed durable plants.  All of the photos below were taken by M.R., a close friend of mine. 

Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 
Encephalartos in habitat MR  Encephalartos in habitat MR 

 

PLANT BROKER VERSUS A NURSERYMAN

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE
HOW THIS APPLIES TO YOU 

There's a secret among people who sell plants.  That secret is that some sellers don't "grow plants" but merely buy someone else's plants, sell them to you and make it appear that they propagate plants.  And, unfortunately, they are often brokering plants grown elsewhere, in more tropical areas that won't do as well as locally grown plants.  Most nurserymen feel locally grown plants are much hardier.

How do you tell who is who? 
How do you know if a "nursery" is growing their own plant material or just brokering plants grown elsewhere?  It's quite simple.  Look inside the nursery for evidence of germination.  Look for small plants in addition to large ones.  Look for plants of the same species in many sizes.  If you see none of these things, perhaps just one size of a given plant, you're almost guaranteed that that person is just selling other nursery's material.

Yes, Jungle Music does bring in plants from other sources on occasion.  But, it's most often young seedlings when we do.  And we then grow them up for years to the large palms your know us for.  I've found that I can't germinate everything and often need to buy in plants that we've run out of.  So, we've had decades of history with reliable germinators who sometimes germinate seeds for us.  And, when we do find larger and super desirable things, we may bring them in.  But, 99% of our material we've grown ourselves.  Just looking at the our nursery, you realize this.  We've got a quarter million plants.

So, don't get fooled.  Deal with someone who really knows the plants and has been growing them himself.  The pictures here show you some of the two miles of tables we put our plants on.  You'll see plants of all sizes - from new seedlings to 5g, 15g and larger plants.  I've shown a lot of seedlings here and flats of small plants.  I thought you'd like to know this.


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seedling Brahea moorei seedlings table jungle music 
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seedlings seedlings CYCAD TABLE

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
THE DWARF FORM


NEVER OVER THREE TO FOUR FEET TALL
COLD HARDY AND WILL TAKE SOME SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Today I'm showing you photos of our 5 gallon size of Chamaedorea radicalis.  This species has two forms:  the true Dwarf Form and the Trunking Form.  The plant below is the dwarf form and is native to Mexico.  It never forms much trunk and is usually under four feet tall.  The leaflets are wider than the trunking form and a darker true green color.  This plant is cold hardy into the upper teens F. and can tolerate up to full sun right along the coast.  Nowadays  it's much more difficult to find this true Dwarf Form.  We have limited numbers available.

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


Remember  to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase to get this discounted price.  This size is easy to mail order, weather permitting.


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Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf 5g Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf 5g Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf 5g
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis  

 

CLINOSTIGMA SAVORYANUM
THE PACIFIC BEAUTY PALM


SECOND GENERATION PLANTS FROM SEEDING SPECIMEN IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS

This is a gorgeous and exotic crown shafted palm that many in our area can grow.  We had been out of them but three to four years ago received seedlings from a locally and domestically grown specimen that flowered and set viable seeds in Huntington Beach, CA

Everyone loves this palm.  It is single trunk, crown-shafted species comes from Bonin Island near Japan.  It has been proven possible to grow this species in frost-free areas of Southern California.  It is very exotic appearing with a prominent green crown shaft.  Interestingly, there are several species of Clinostigma that can be grown here.  But the savoryana is the best and easiest for us.  It can potentially get to a height of 30 feet or more and prefers a sunny location.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze. The last photo below shows a juvenile tree growing in Fallbrook, CA.
 
REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1G PLANTS $75

Remember:  Mention this special for this price! 


Clinostigma savoryana 5g Clinostigma savoryana 5g Clinostigma savoryana 5g
Clinostigma savoryana 5g Clinostigma savoryana 5g Clinostigma savoryana 5g
Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana Clinostigma savoryana

 

SABAL YAPA
A DIFFERENT APPEARING SABAL SPECIES


PRONOUNCED COSTOPALMATE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This hard to find species of Sabal is native to Cuba, Mexico and some areas in Central America.  As the specimen photos below show, it has an unusual appearance for a Sabal.  The leaves are very arched and wispy - a pronounced version of the costopalmate leaf.  The latter is a leaf form half way between the typical fan palm leaf and a pinnate leaf.  Note how different these leaves appear compared to the typically very flat fan leaf of say a Bismarckia palm. 

Mature heights can be over forty feet.  Trunks retain old leaf bases that later fall off.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy (estimated) into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $90
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special.  My thanks to TS at RPS for the first garden photo below.

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Sabal yapa 5g Sabal yapa 5g Sabal yapa 5g
Sabal yapa TS RPS Sabal yapa Sabal yapa

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM


MORE COLD HARDY THAN ITS SISTER, THE BOTTLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
Most of us are familiar with the more common Bottle Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis.  Here I’m showing you a better palm for us - the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii.  This species gets a bit taller than the Bottle Palm but still loves full sun and heat.  Bottle Palms suffer when they see temperatures of about 38 degrees or lower.  I only know of one or two specimens here that have made it to any mature size.  In contrast, the Spindle Palm tolerates temperatures almost down to a freeze.  Mature heights are about 15 feet or a bit more and there are quite a few mature trees in the San Diego area.  Looking at the palm, the best way to tell them apart is “where is the bulge in the trunk?”  Bottle palms swell at the very base of the trunk.  Above this swollen base they can taper in upwards on the trunk. 

The Spindle Palm swells in the mid-trunk as shown below.  They are small at the base of the trunk.  Also, the Spindle has more yellow overtones to the leaves and stems.  The Bottle is more red.  Once acclimated to your locality, they usually want full sun.  They don’t do well in shade.  We have both 15 and 5 gallon plants at the nursery and are putting our 5 gallon size on sale for ten days.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.


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Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g Hyophorbe verschafeltii 5g
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

RAVENEA RIVULARIS
THE MAJESTY PALM


LARGE PALM WITH A THICK CLEAN TRUNK
FAST GROWING - LIKES WATER AND FERTILIZER

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Well grown, the Majesty Palm is a very attractive and fast growing palm from Madagascar.  It got a bad rap initially because people didn't water them enough and rarely fed them.  This resulted in bleached out leaf color and anemic appearing palms.  But, given adequate water and a balanced fertilizer with mircroelements, they are easy to grow.  Mature height is over 40 feet.  The trunk is clean and tapers as you look up the trunk.  Leaf color is green and leaves are un-armed.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.  Full sun along the coast is preferred.  They can be used as an interior palm.

We're putting our 5 gallons on sale. Remember to mention this Blog Only Special if you chose to get this species.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

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Ravenea rivularis 5g Ravenea rivularis 5g Ravenea rivularis 5g
Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis Ravenea rivularis

 

PINANGA CORONATA
THE IVORY CANE PALM


CLUMPING PALM TO TWELVE FEET
VERY PRETTY MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This suckering palm is native to Indonesia and can be grown in frost free areas of San Diego.  It gets to a mature height of about twelve feet and suckers.  Trunks about about 2 inches thick and prominently ringed.  You'll probably see mature trees give nice purple seeds.  Leaf color is green, often seen with a mottling to the leaf color.  They want filtered light.  Most grow them in a protected environment.  Many have succeeded growing this palm in our area.  We're putting our 5 gallon on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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

Pinanga coronata 5g Pinanga coronata 5g Pinanga coronata 5g
Pinanga coronata 5g Pinanga coronata 5g Pinanga coronata 5g
Pinanga coronata 5g Pinanga coronata 5g Pinanga coronata 5g

 

CARYOTA OCHLANDRA
THE CHINESE FISHTAIL PALM


SIMILAR TO CARYOTA URENS
VERY COLD HARDY FISHTAIL

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PALMS


This species of Caryota is almost impossible to find.  Remember, for Fishtails, one has to die to produce seeds.  As there are so few of this species around, seeds are rarely available.  Caryota ochlandra does has a true species status but for many years was considered a variety of C. urens.  It is bipinnate (branching leaves) and has blackish fur on the upper trunk and bases of the leaf stems.  Mature specimens appear tighter and more plumose appearing (compared to urens) from a distance.  Mature height is about 50 feet.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  We only have a couple of these available.  Note, leaves are chlorotic appearing as you'll see with many Fishtail Palms that have outgrown their containers.  They are demanding to be planted in the ground.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $210


Mention this Blog Special to get this reduced price.

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Caryota ochlandra Caryota ochlandra Caryota ochlandra
Caryota ochlandra Caryota ochlandra  

 

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


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

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

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

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount

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

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIMEN PALMS FOR SALE
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


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


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

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

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

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

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

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
ALMOST SOLD OUT OF THIS SPECIES


TEN DAY SPECIAL FEW REMAINING 5 GALLON SIZE

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here our 5 gallon plants which are about 5-6 years old.  They are quite old for their containers.  This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

Note:  When sold out, it'll be a long time before we offer them again.  We only have a few 5g left.

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

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

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

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
MINIATURE FLAME THROWER


THIN TRUNK, COLD HARDY, SUPER SLOW GROWING
VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND WITH ANY AGE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

REGULAR PRICE FIVE GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $100

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


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WEDNESDAY, 30 OCTOBER, 2019

 

POTTING UP A NEW PALM SEEDLING
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING TECHNIQUE -
VEITCHIA SEEDLINGS


If you germinate seeds in a community pot, you will end up having seedlings that will need repotting into a growing container.  Shown here are some vigorous Veitchia seedlings that were germinated in a flat.  Flats are not our favorite for germinating (are not deep containers) but, for conservation of space, was what we used for these seeds.  You can see in the first two photos that these are well developed with about two or three leaves.  We prefer to have several leaves before we repot seedlings.

Photographs three to five show the seedlings after they've been removed from the germinating flat.  Note the compact and nice roots on the seedlings.  You must be careful when removing each seedling, teasing the roots apart and protecting them from damage.  Cutting or damaging the roots can lead to damping off after removal. 

The last photo shows the seedling after being repotted into a one gallon.  Sometimes we put seedlings into our band containers ( 3 x 3 x 9 inches), but Veitchias typically are large, strong seedlings and respond better in a larger pot.  Of course, after potting up seedlings, water immediately and put them into filtered light.  Over time, you can give them more sun exposure. 

I hope this helps you have successful growing of your small new seedlings. 


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Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling

 

BROCCHINNIA SPECIES
AN ARBORESCENT (TREE FORMING) BROMELIAD

JUST IN - SEVERAL FOR SALE!

Several days ago with got in a few nice plants of something we've never had before.  It's a terrestrial, tree forming Bromeliad.  Trying to key it out we think it's a Brochinnia.  The person we got them from wasn't sure.  But, Yes, they form a trunk and divide off the primary stem or the base.  We don't have a species name but have been told they pick up some red in the leaves if in sun.  We only have three plants presently.  The last photo, c/o Wikipedia, shows plants that have trunked and are over six feet tall.

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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.  I'm showing in the last photo a 25g plant which is no longer in stock.  But, the 15g size are very established, full and about ten years old.

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

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market. 

 

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Chamaedorea hooperiana




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Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana

  

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G SIZE


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

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this discount when you purchase.  These 15g can be delivered or possibly mail ordered.  Our 5g size is better sized for shipping.

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Chamaeroops cerifera   Chamaeroops cerifera   Chamaeroops cerifera  

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SMALLER BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Mexico and in habitat lives in sun or partial sun locations.  It doesn't get that tall.  Anticipate a mature palm of not much more than ten feet.  It is cold hardy at least to 20 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  Leaf color can be green or almost blue, especially on the underside of the leaves.  The photo by RPS below shows the bue color although it looks like it was taken with a flash.  The plants we have on special are the "blue" variety.  Note the blue color on the close up of the leaf stem.  With more age, they should show more blue color.  This size can be mail ordered. 

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

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Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue TS at RPS Brahea dulcis blue

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
HAS RED OR ORANGE CONE


LEAFLETS LIKE HOLLY FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL PLANTING SIZE 7 GALLON PLANT

This fairly rare cycad species is native to the Natal region of South Africa and Mozambique.  It is most known for the appearance of the leaflets - they resemble the leaflets of a Holly Fern.  I would consider this a medium sized cycad as it really doesn't get much trunk height.  But, leaves can be six feet long so it's hard to consider it to be a dwarf plant.  Also notable are the prominently orange or red cones on mature plants.  The photos show this.  Leaf color is green with spines on the leaflets.  Caudex size is usually one, perhaps two feet mature.  It prefers filtered light or a bit of sun.  This is not to say more coastal areas cannot grow it in full sun.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.  

The actual cycad on sale is in a 7 gallon pot and has a caudex that is 6.5 inches.  We’re putting this actual plant on sale.  If this plant sells before you inquire, we have specimens of similar size discounted.  This plant is ready to go into the garden.  It is shown in the first six photos below.