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This morning Rusty and Ricardo shot a new video at the nursery to show you a few plants.  Video length is 3.5 minutes.  I hope you like it.  Link to the right.
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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE BLUE TO GREEN, PRICKLY CYCAD
NURSERY TOUR OF MULTIPLE PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE/ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

To me this South African cycad is quite similar to the nearby species, Encephalartos horridus.  Some people call it the "green horridus".  Interestingly, the two natural habitats are close to each other.  But, there are differences in the cone, leaflet shape and usually in the color.  Horridus, when in sun, is almost always blue.  E. arenarius can be anything from green to almost the same blue as horridus.  Encephalartos arenarius is a medium sized cycad with stem heights typically under six feet.  In the U.S., a plant with a three foot caudex is considered "massive".  Leaves are usually three to four feet long.  Leaflets are prominently lobed and prickly as shown here.  Rate of growth is slow to medium.  This is a part day or full sun species with a cold tolerance of 22 degrees F.  In the desert it'll take less sun.  Some have grown it in filtered lights in many areas.

Comments should be made about the color of this species' leaflets.  They can be green, blue or anything in between.  They are always more blue outside in the sun (not in the greenhouse) as the blue is from a blue waxy material that is given off by the leaflets and prevents desiccation on the plant. There is a "True Blue" species which represents a colony with a different cone.  These plants are near impossible to obtain and enthusiasts often argue as to whether they really have one of these or not.  I should also mention that there's variability in the width of the leaflets.  I'm particular fond of clones with super wide leaflets and a dark green color.

I am showing you here quite a few plants.  I have labeled the first picture of that plant followed by more of the same cycad.  I've shown sizes from box down to seedlings.  We have an excellent supply available for sale. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL: ANY ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE

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

Encephalartos arenarius
Triple caudex, each 9 inches, in 24 inch box
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Cycad in 7g pot with 9 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
A 15g plant, 7 inch caudex with a pup
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
15g cycad with 7 to 8 inch diameter and 9 inch vertical
caudex height
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Seedlings of "blue" form from male and female
parents that were super blue.
Encephalartos arenarius
5g plant, age about five years
Encephalartos arenarius
A different boxed plant, about a 12 inch caudex
Encephalartos arenarius
Blue arenarius in garden
Encephalartos arenarius
Leaflet of the "true blue" form
Encephalartos arenarius wide leaflet
E. arenarius with wide and stacking leaflets

mature plant in a garden
E. arenarius
Another shot of the wide, stacking leaflets - very cool

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
POSSIBLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES

People from colder areas often call me seeking out this hard to find species.  It was described by Martin Gibbons and Tobias spanner ten to twenty years ago and is native to China.  It is felt to me a natural hybrid many eons ago but has been given its own species status.  It gets to about twenty feet height as shown in the photo below.  Cold tolerance could be below 10 degrees F. (not documented scientifically) and people often refer to it as the most cold hardy species of the genus.  We are offering two sizes on special: 1.5 gallon and bands. 

REGULAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35
REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $25


Note that both of these are very large for their containers.  Just mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this discount.
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Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil by MG and TS RPS
photo by MG and TS at RPS

 

GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO
DESIRABLE VARIAGATED FORM
GREEN STRIPES ON YELLOW STEMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL


I am not a Bamboo expert in any way.  I grow some plants but do not specialize in it.  But, I've always liked looking at the trunks of the variegated Timber Bamboo.  This species is a large bamboo and can get over thirty feet tall.  The stems are yellow with green stripes.  It likes sun and needs lots of water.  Nursery plants are from divisions of existing plants.  Such is the case with this seven foot tall plant we have for sale.  I can get more of these by special order.  But, right now I'm offering them at a discount.  This type of bamboo is never inexpensive.  Also, the trunks get thick, up to at least three to four inches thick. I've heard it can be grown as a houseplant in a bright room.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE THIS SPECIES $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $155

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price. 
Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo
Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo Variegated Timber Bamboo, photo by FiberElement Website
Variegated Timber Bamboo,
photo by FiberElement Website

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL, BATCH OF 15G PLANTS

Many of you are familiar with this single trunk, blue fan palm from Madagascar.  It is fairly cold hardy, taking temperatures into the low 20's F.  Leaf color is brilliantly blue and this species demands sun.  Mature height in cultivation is unknown, but should be forty feet or more.  Shown here is a special batch of 15g plants which we got in.  They are about four feet tall.  They have seen quite a bit of cold weather into the mid-twenties F.  This has given them that :"purple" color to the leaves.  over time leaves will be the classic blue.
 
REGULAR PRICE, $175, SPECIAL PRICE $95
(offer expires in 10 days)

You must mention this Blog to obtain this special price.  We can ship these plants anywhere within the U.S.  Limited supplies available.

NOTE: Discount coupon presently offered does not apply to these super discounted plants.
Bismarckia 15g special Bismarckia 15g special
Bismarckia 15g special Bismarckia photo by TB
photo by T.B.
Bismarckia

 

NORMANBYA NORMANBYI
TALL, THIN TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED PINNATE PALM FROM AUSTRALIA

This exotic and single trunk pinnate palm is from the Queensland area of Australia and nearby New Guinea.  It is the only species of this genus.  In habitat, it prefers moist areas and can attain a height of over fifty feet with a trunk that is four to six inches thick.  The crown shaft has black colored tomentum.  Leaves are six to eight feet long, pinnate is a slightly plumose fashion.  Leaflets are irregular, sometimes wedge shaped with jagged apices and the underside of the leaflets is silver.

One could confuse this species with another Queensland palm, Wodyetia bifurcata.  Normanbya has wider leaflets, a thinner trunk and the underside of Wodyetia leaflets is never silver.  This species can tolerate full sun right along the coast but otherwise should be considered a part day sun or strong filtered light plant.  Cold tolerance is down to about freezing. 

Shown here is a 5g and 15g nursery plant and some mature specimens.  Note the silver crown shaft, the silver underside of the leaflets and the wedge shaped leaves with irregular ends.  Very few palms share all these characteristics.  Although I don't have a photo of it, I know of a Normanbya in the Clairmont area of San Diego that is in full sun with about twenty feet of trunk, looking very nice. 
Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi
Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi
Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi
Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi Normanbya normanbyi by HJD
photo by HJD
 
RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Shown here is a 15g plant of this super cold hardy palm from the southeastern United States.  It suckers, has fan shaped leaves with thin leaflets and has long dark colored needles on the trunk.  These become more apparent with age.  Because of these spines it has the name "Nneedle Palm".  This is a semi-dwarf species and usually doesn't get over about eight feet tall at maturity.  Cold tolerance is about zero degrees F.  These 15g are not huge for their pot size but pretty nice.  Out here in CA it is quite difficult to find this species.  This size should sucker soon. 

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

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Mail order possible on this size. 


 

Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix    


LIVISTONA CHINENSIS
CHINESE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to Japan and Taiwan.  It has large, rather flat green leaves and gets to a height of about 25 feet maximum.  It has large black seeds and is cold hardy to about 18 degrees F.  The size shown we're offering on special, 5 gallon.  These are nice sized and should grow well for you.  They tolerate coastal sun or part sun and may need some protection in the desert.

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

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Mail order possible on this size.
Livistona chinensis Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.  Mail order possible on this size.   

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

 

GIGANTIC 30 YEAR OLD ANTHURIUM
PROBABLY ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
A TYPE OF BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
LAST TWO OF THESE MONSTER PLANTS


On March 2nd I acquired and posted photos of two very old Anthurium plants which I think were Anthurium hookeri.   The grower didn't know for sure the species name.  You can scroll down and see that post.  Those two plants sold within 8 hours.  So, I convinced the grower to sell me his last two mature plants.  There are and will be no more like this.  These plants are drop dead gorgeous and, as far as I know, available nowhere else in these parts.  They are in 20 gallon pots and are overhead, standing about 7 feet or more.  This is gigantic for this species.  Internet photos show none larger.  Both have been producing viable seeds on a regular basis.  

Of note, some hybridized Anthurium are in the trade and do not get as tall as this species.  Anthurium hookeri is native to some of the southern Caribbean islands.  The don't get much taller than the specimens shown here, prefer filtered light and can tolerate a frost.  In the trade, hybridization has been done such that there are flat leaf and "ruffled" types of Birds Nest Ferns. 

These two beauties are for sale.  But, if you aren't up to these, check out the next post where I'm offering these plants offspring in a nice size and at a discount. 
Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri
Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri
Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri
Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri Anthurium hookeri

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
TEN DAY SPECIAL 12 INCH POT SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 12 INCH POTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

You must mention this special at the time of purchase to get this price.  It's like a reward for reading this blog.
Birds Nest AnthuriumAn Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Mature plants, not part of this Ten Day Special

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA BLUE
A DOCTOR SEUSS PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


We were also fortunate to get in several huge 15g Agave attenuata but of the desirable blue form.  The exciting thing about these plants are their two to three foot tall trunks.  You never see such large plants available in 15g pots.  They are very striking.  They resemble a palm tree in a way but are actually a succulent and a type of Century Plant.  Trunks are about three to four inches thick.  Leaves are about 24 inches long or a bit more.  Texture is thick and fleshy.  The color is blue.  These plants want heat and sun and tolerate temperatures into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE 15G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $185

You must mention this special when purchasing to get this discount.
Agave attenuata blue Agave attenuata blue
Agave attenuata blue Agave attenuata blue Agave attenuata blue
Agave attenuata blue Agave attenuata blue Agave attenuata blue
Another older plant that already solde

 

SABAL URESANA
GOOD SIZED BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE


We have some nice citrus pot sized Sabal ursesana, a hard to find blue fan palm from northwestern Mexico where I've even heard reports of some populations native just inside the U.S. border.  Most of the domestic plants I've seen are under twenty-five feet but it can get up to sixty feet with an eighteen inch thick trunk in the wild.  Leaf color is blue in full sun.  It's a good grower with cold tolerance into the upper teens F. A customer bought one of these about ten years ago and recently visited us.  He lives in Escondido and said it was huge, about fifteen feet tall.  

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


You must mention this Blog Only price when purchasing.
Sabal ursesana Sabal ursesana

 

BRAHEA ACULEATA
XEROPHYTIC THIN TRUNK MEXICAN FAN PALM SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL TREE POT SIZE


Like Sabal uresana above, this rare species is also from northwestern Mexico in the state of Sonora.  It typically gets to a height of about twenty feet but can reach thirty feet in habitat.  It is unique in that it's a green species with a definite shade of blue in the leaves and particularly in the leaf stems.  There is minimal armor on the petioles.  The trunk is quite thin at eight inches and over time becomes smooth and tan colored.  It is known for tolerating drought and may be one of the most xerophytic palm species around.  We just got in these tree pot sized plants which we're offering on special.  They are about 18 inches tall.

REGULAR PRICE TREE POT SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35


So, you're paying a band price and getting a much older and bigger plant.  You must mention this special Blog Only price when purchasing..  Limited supplies, will sell out quickly.
Brahea aculeata cit pot Brahea aculeata

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
FLUFFY LEAF, SUN TOLERANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This species is a thin trunked palm that gets to a height of about fifteen feet and takes full coastal sun quite easily.  It is the perfect plant for a thin planter area, especially right next to a walkway.  This is because it quickly gets overhead and out of the way.  It looks best when planted as several plants in the same location as a small colony.  This gives a fuller look over a single plant in the ground.  This is a fast growing species. We can take bands as shown here and get them to decent fifteen gallon plants in 2 to 3 years.  Cold tolerance appears to be at least the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25
OR THREE FOR $65


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.  Limited supplies. We don't have many this size, so don't dally.
chamaedorea plumosa band C. plumosa by TS at RPS
by TS at RPS

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
THE MOST POPULAR FISHTAIL PALM

Twenty years ago, Caryota urens was the Fishtail Palm that everyone wanted.  But, in the past ten to twenty years, the "Thai Mountain Giant Fishtail" (Caryota gigas) has replaced it.  I think this is mostly because the leaves of the gigas are much prettier.  They seem to tolerate sun better and don't brown tip.  And, the leaves are enormous.  Typical leaf length is fourteen to sixteen feet long and as much as twelve feet across.  Trunk diameter, for a Fishtail, is enormous.  It can reach three feet.  Caryota gigas is not the biggest Fishtail Palm in the world, but presently it's the most popular.  Make sure a nursery plant is given enough room to grow.  Do NOT plant it right up against the house!

Cold tolerance of Caryota gigas is not quite as good as urens.  It goes down to the low 20's F.  Lower temperatures will burn the leaves.  We saw such burn in our 2007 winter freeze here.  Caryota urens takes down to about 18 degrees.  Shown here is an example of some nice 15g plants which we have for sale.  We also have smaller and larger sizes.
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

 

GREAT NEW PALM REFERENCE BOOK
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CULTIVATED PALMS

For those of you who may be seeking out a good palm book that is easy to read and very educational, I highly recommend this publication.  As you know I rarely recommend a particular book.

In 2003, Paul Craft and Robert Lee Riffle published their first edition of this book.  It was felt by most at that time to be the best palm publication around.  But, as time went by, more palm species were discovered and Paul Craft wanted to improve on his first book.  Robert Lee Riffle unfortunately passed away, but Paul teamed up with noted botanist and author, Scott Zona, formerly of Fairchild Tropical Gardens and a few months ago published the second edition of this fine book.  It deals with about 900 species of palms and has about 1000 photographs.  It is particularly good for those of you trying to make sense of the many Dypsis species.

I have been a friend of all three authors mentioned above, but have had a long term comradery with Paul Craft and his wife Patty.  Thirty-five years ago, Paul and I were the only growers in the United States that had nurseries specializing in palms.  So, we became close friends and have communicated over these many years.  I can tell you that his work on this book is superb.

And, he's offering a special price (need to verify still being offered) to you of $47.95 (normally $59.95 retail price).  Maybe you can get him to send you a signed copy!  And, shipping within the U.S. is included with this price.  It's a real bargain for such a fine book.  If interested, just click here to order this great palm book.  You'll not be disappointed.

Of note, I am just promoting this book because of its merits and have no fiscal relationship with this publication.       
Encyclopedia of Cultivate Palms Paul and Patty Craft

 

 

CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA
ATTRACTIVE THIN TRUNK SHADE PALM

This is a thin trunked, single stem palm from Mexico and parts of upper Central American.  Trunk diameter is about an inch with a trunk height of ten feet.  Stems are prominently ringed.  Leaves are about five feet long with wide leaflets and prominent "drip tips" to their ends.  This aids in water running off the leaflets.  Color is green and the crown canopy is about six to eight feet wide.

Shown here is a nice 5g plant.  I've also shown seeds that set on a female plant and a larger nursery specimen.  I would consider this as a filtered light only species with a cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F. 

Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana Chamaedorea arenbergiana  

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTEA
SILVER THATCH PALM OR SILVER PALM

This appealing and attractive fan palm comes from Southern Florida and the Bahamas.  It gets to a height of about twenty feet with a thin trunk diameter of about six inches.  The most prominent feature of this palm is the silver back to the leaflets.  In contrast, the upper sides of the leaves are green.  The silver color is more apparent on older plants.  Upper trunk areas often have some attaches leaf debris and hairs.  This is a full sun species with a cold hardiness into the mid to upper twenties F.  Note that the crown diameters are not that great.  Therefore, some prefer to plant this species in small colonies of three to five plants.

Shown here a photos of several nursery plants.  Although availability is variable, we usually have this species for sale and can mail order plants easily right to your door.
 
Coccothrinax argentea Coccothrinax argentea
Coccothrinax argentea  Coccothrinax argentea  Coccothrinax argentea 
Coccothrinax argentea  Coccothrinax argentea  Coccothrinax argentea 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
LARGE 15G PALMS, SUN GROWN


We just got in about a dozen sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  This is the New Caledonian palm that throws the burgundy-red new leaf.  It is crown shafted, gets to about 25 feet height and is very slow growing.  Sometimes the trunk develops what is known as the marbled "watermelon trunk".  Leaflets are wide and thick in texture and touch.  Color is a glossy green.  The last photo shows a new red leaf on a nursery plant.  This color lasts for two to three weeks.

What people often don't know is that this palm does fine in full sun right along the coast.  The plants we got in have been in full interior sun for several years.  They are ready to plant in your garden.  Last time we got these in they sold out in three days.  These plants are chunky and the new spears on some are up to seven feet or more.  Anticipate a cold tolerance in the low 20's F.  We are charging a bit of a premium on this batch, but they are well worth it.
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown
Chambeyronia macrocarpa sun grown Chambeyronia macrocarpa by HJD
photo by HJD
Chambeyronia macrocarpa red leaf

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
A SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


This hard to find South African species of cycad comes from the northern Transvaal district.  It is similar to E. cupidus but has longer leaves and a longer petiole.  In full sun the leaves are blue and upright.  Stems can get over six feet tall.  It is a sun loving species in most areas and an average rate growing plant.  Shown here is a  15 gallon sized plant with about a 3 inch caduex.  Anticipate the cold tolerance to be about 22 degrees F. 

The last photo from the Cycad Pages website shows the nice blue color of this species.  For cycad enthusiasts, this species is a "must have".
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
a different nursery plant (archives)
photo by Ken Hill, Cycad pages Website
photo by Ken Hill, Cycad Pages Website

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LAURENTIANUS
LONGEST LEAFED CYCAD IN THE WORLD
CITRUS POT AND 15G SIZE AVAILABLE


When I first got into cycads, one could only dream about the possibility of ever having this species in his garden.  It was impossible to obtain!  But, over the years, a few seeds have become available but you'll rarely see one offered.  We have several citrus pot and 15g plants for sale.  This species is known for its enormous length to the leaves.  They can reach over 20 feet and usually go upright.  They are green in color.  The most prominent identifying trait are the long and wide leaflets that have prominent barbs on both sides and at the end of the leaflet.  Once you recognize this, you'll always be able to ID this species.

Native to Central Africa, this plant can take part or (possibly) full sun along the coast.  It is not one of the most cold tolerant Encephalartos, but can go into the twenties F.  Shown here are a few citrus pot plants and a 15g plant.  Check out the close up views of the leaves and leaflets and watch for the spines and pitchfork ends.
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos laurentianus Encephalartos laurentianus
New flush of leaves on a nursery plant, 15g
Encephalartos laurentianus
Juvenile garden plant with estimated twelve
to fourteen foot leaves.  Compare to the five foot fence.

 

CERATOZAMIA "PACIFICA"
RARE CYCAD FROM THE PACIFIC SIDE OF MEXICO


A few days ago we found this rare species in our inventory.  It is a large plant for a citrus pot.  The caudex is 5 inches.  It has overwhelmed the soil in this container so it's only holding one leaf.  But, I'm showing it because you hardly ever get to see one.  It's a green leaf cycad with leaves up to about six feet.  They are either upright or dependent.  The unusual thing is that it's the only Ceratozamia from the western area of Mexico near the Pacific Ocean.  The name as given here is not a true, accepted scientific name as of yet.  This may be the only plant of this species that I have.
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica
Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica Ceratozamia pacifica

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
COLD HARDY, THIN LEAF MEXICAN CYCAD WITH RED FLUSH

This high elevation species is from the Tamaulipas area of Mexico and grows at an elevation of up to a mile.  Perhaps this explains its excellent cold tolerance.  It is a smaller cycad species with stems that are never over about a foot tall.  The leaves are green but emerge red or a brown-red color.  In cross section the leaves are flat or slightly keeled.  The petioles are armed with small spines.  Leaf length is three to five feet and a plant usually holds about four to eight leaves.  Small offsets can appear at the base of the primary stem. 

Shown here are a 15g plant with a six to eight inch caudex and a mature coning sized plant in a box.  I am also showing a close up of the leaf and a female cone.  On the last picture note the new flush of red leaves.  This color persists for about a month.  In terms of culture, this species can tolerate full sun if you are right along the coast.  Otherwise, figure it'll need filtered light.  Cold tolerance is about 20 to 22 degrees F.  Some say it might take a bit colder.  We have this species in limited supplies from small plants on up to male and female coning specimens.
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ceratozamia kuesteriana by Ian Edwards PACSOA
photo by Ian Edwards PACSOA

 

DIOON EDULE VARIETY "RIO VERDE"
BEAUTIFUL NEW FLUSH ON THIS COLD HARDY, SUN LOVING CYCAD

As Loran Whitelock mentions in his excellent book on cycads, Dioon edule populates many localities along the eastern coast of Mexico.  In each locality and population, plants are somewhat different.  Differences are in the leaf size and shape, leaflet width and angle of insertion, leaflet margins, native elevation and colors of newly emerging leaves.  When enthusiasts would visit these various populations, they'd appreciate the differences between them.  This lead to names being selected for different populations.  Thus we ended up with "rio verde", "rio pescado", "tamaulipas", "palma sola" and many others.  These names were often given by the exact locality where the plants were seen.  Whitelock states that calling them all "Dioon edule" is inadequate and doesn't do them justice.

Dioon rio verde is one of these populations from San Luis Potosi, occurring at an elevation under 1000 feet.  This variety is a fairly large Dioon with stems up to six feet and leaves four to six feet long.  Leaves are flat in cross section and arch a bit.  The most notable thing is the blue-gray color of newly emerging leaves.  This is shown here.

I am also showing an older garden specimen. Note they pup freely.  This is a full sun species and has a cold tolerance probably about 20 degrees F.
Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde
Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde
Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde Dioon rio verde

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
LARGE GREEN CYCAD FROM EASTERN AFRICA AND ADJACENT ISLANDS

This species of cycad is often mentioned as "coming from Madagascar", and that it does.  But, there are also native populations in multiple eastern African countries and in the Comoros Islands.  It is a large cycad that can get trunks over thirty feet tall and twelve to eighteen inches thick.  Leaves are green, tend to be upright and have a length of six to nine feet.  A healthy plant can throw forty new leaves all at once.  Leaflets are paired and bright green.  Leaf stems are armed with small hooks.  Leaflets are leathery and reduced in size toward the base of the leaf.

Shown here is a nice boxed specimen ready for someone's garden.  We usually have a pretty good supply of this species from small to large plants.  It's a great plant for part day sun in our locality.  If you are far inland, consider filtered light.  And, right on the water, it can easily take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties F, but definitely not much lower than that.  This species is a quick growing cycad and makes a wonderful patio plant.  The last picture shows a plant in habitat in Madagascar. .
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii by JS
habitat photo by JS

 

TRACHYCARPUS WAGNERIANUS
COLD HARDY, SHORT TRUNK AND SMALL STIFF LEAVES

Trachycarpus wagnerianus has always been one of my favorite Windmill Palms because it has small, stiff leaves, a nice hairy trunk and small overall size. It is native to high elevations in China.  In domestic plantings, you hardly ever see one with a trunk more than eight to ten feet tall.  They are definitely shorter than T. takil and fortunei.  Leaf size is typically twelve to eighteen inches across.  The segment ends do not reflex down toward the ground like other species of Windmills.  It is common for most of the leaves to be directed upwards, not hanging down.  Cold hardiness is somewhere between ten and fifteen degrees F.  They like sun in most areas.  But, they are extremely slow growing.  The ones in gardens below probably took a decade or two to get this tall. 

Shown here are nice 15g, 5g and 1.5 gallon plants.  All are available for sale.  We occasionally get boxed plants as well.  You'll find in searching around that wagnerianus are sometimes a bit difficult to find, especially pretty ones.  Make sure if you plant one not to ever let it get shaded out by surrounding plants that get overhead.  T. wagnerianus doesn't do well with shade and may rot on you and be lost.  Once established, this species also doesn't need a ton of water, so one might consider it a water conserving species.
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
15 gallon size
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus Trachycarpus wagnerianus
5 gallon size
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
1.5 gallon size
Trachycarpus wagnerianus by MG in the UK
by MG in the United Kingdom
Trachycarpus wagnerianus

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BEAUTIFUL, SUCKERING, FILTERED LIGHT BAMBOO TYPE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G SIZE, SIX FEET TALL


It's been about a year since we've offered the 3 gallon size of this desirable Central American, filtered light pinnate palm.  It is probably one of your best choices for a "Bamboo Palm".  It does great outdoors and inside the house.  Mature height is about ten to twelve feet.  Cane thickness is an inch.  Leaflets are about three feet long and leaf color is green.  It tolerates a bit of morning sun but cannot take full sun.  Compared to Chamaedorea costaricana, the leaves are longer and it is not as tall.  And, most feel it's a bit faster and easier to grow.  Cold tolerance is about 23 to 24 degrees F.

Shown here are the 3g size we're offering on special.  We just got in about fifty of them from an outdoor grower.  We're repotting most of them into larger containers.  But, we've held back some for this special.  In the pot, they are head height.  All have multiple stems and some are in flower or fruit.  They are a perfect size to plant in the garden or to repot.  These will be sold out in a matter of days.  I can mail order them to you easily.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  BTW, in a 15g pot they'll look full and gorgeous in about nine months.
Chamaedorea hooperiana 3g Chamaedorea hooperiana 3g
Chamaedorea hooperiana 3g Chamaedorea hooperiana 3g Chamaedorea hooperiana 3g
Chamaedorea hooperiana
15g size plant not on sale
Chamaedorea hooperiana
25 gallon sized plant not on sale
Chamaedorea hooperiana
Leaflets of variegated form, not on sale

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL SIX FOOT PLANTS


This popular, suckering, medium sized pinnate palm is from Madagascar and surrounding islands.  It gets to a height of fifteen to eighteen feet in our locality.  In tropical areas, it can get taller.  Its trunk diameters are about 2 to 3 inches typically and are green to silver in color.  Leaf stems have a yellow color mixed in with some speckling.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  Inland areas should provide it with part day sun or filtered light.

Shown here are the special plants we're offering today.  They are in a "ten gallon type" of pot.  Heights are six feet or a bit more in their pots.  They are quite attractive and ready to go.  Acclimation to your sun may be needed.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95


For this price, just mention this Blog Only Special.  These plants can be mail ordered right to your door. 
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
20 gallon size, not on sale
Dypsis lutescens
Growing outdoors for years, Encinitas, CA

 

COLORFUL RED AND PINK HAWAIIAN TI
THREE VARIETIES, RED AND PINK
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH

As I've mentioned previously, during the spring we continually get in new colorful companion plants.  We just got in about three dozen different Hawaiian Ti's.  We have a wide leaf pink, a narrow leaf pink and a red and green variety.  Most are triples and abut 30 inches tall.  These plants usually prefer filtered light but can take a bit of sun.  They marginally tolerate a freeze.  I've got about a dozen each of all three types.  As with other things, they'll sell out quickly, especially when on sale.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE, THESE TI'S $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH, $30

But, as always, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.  It's like a reward for supporting the Blog.  And, of curse, I can mail order these right to you.
Hawaiian Ti, three colors/types Hawaiian Ti, three colors/types
Hawaiaan Ti, three colors/types Hawaiian Ti, three colors/types Hawaiian Ti, three colors/types
Hawaiian Ti, three colors/types Hawaiian Ti
Larger size, not on sale
Hawaiian Ti
They even come plain green, not on sale

 

BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
MEDIUM SIZED BLUE PINNATE PALM
COLD HARDY PINNATE PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

Several days ago I presented these super blue Pindo Palms that we've got available.  Today I decided to put them on special.  The blue color is definite and fairly intense as shown here.  This is a full sun species that tolerates temperatures down to about 16 degrees F. or a bit lower.  They are good growers and will peak out at about 20 feet height.  Their water tolerance is no that great and they do well in desert or arid areas.  We have 15gallon sized and 25 gallon plants on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES $145
REGULAR PRICE 25G THIS SPECIES $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $250

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft

 

CHAMAEROPS HUMILUS
THE MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY FAN PALM SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE

This fan palm is native to southern coastal regions of the Mediterranean Sea.  It loves full hot sun and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.  It is being grown in quite cold areas including central Texas and interior Oregon and Washington.  It is slow growing but steady.  Mature heights are variable.  Some clumps only get to about eight feet.  Others can reach twenty feet.  Leaf color varies from green to silver-blue or something in between. 

I'm offering here a great price on chunky 25 gallon plants.  These have about three feet of trunk on the primary stem.  Height in the container is overhead.  Suckers are coming.  These plants come from an inland location.  We have a limited number of this size but larger numbers are available at this price if needed.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $150

To get this price just mention this Blog Only Special when ordering. 
Chamaerops humilus Chamaerops humilus
Chamaerops humilus Chamaerops humilus Chamaerops humilus

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
LARGE FOURTEEN FOOT PLANTS AVAILABLE

This species of single trunk, crown shafted palm is native to the Queensland area of northern Australia.  It was introduced to the trade about 30 years ago and has a very large, groved seed that is fun to hold.  It is called the "Foxtail" because of the fluffy, plumose character to the leaves.  Mature height is typically about twenty feet or a bit taller.  In the San Diego area they require heat and sun.  Right on the coast they may tend to get browning of the leaflet tips because of cooler, salty air.  The trunk is thin with a slight bulge at the base.  The crown shaft is silver.  This species is popular, especially when a medium sized palm with a small garden footprint is needed.

These trees are Florida grown but can acclimate to conditions here if given good heat.  They are about fourteen feet tall in 25 gallon containers.  We have limited numbers available.
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Three trees, Mission Bay area of San Diego
Wodyetia bifurcata

 

HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
THE BOTTLE PALM
VERY COLD SENSITIVE
BEAUTIFUL BUT NOT THE BEST HYOPHORBE FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


We get in nice Bottle Palms like shown here from time to time out of Florida.  Down there, because of the intense heat and humidity in Southern Florida, this species grows well and sort of fast.  They are exported to all areas of the country.  But, there's a problem.  Out of probably 100 sold here in California, within twelve months 95 will be dead.  They just don't like our weather here.  So, when we sell one, we give the most strict of warnings to our customers.  If you must grow a Hyophorbe, it is a lot better to grow verschaeltii or indica.  they are more tolerant of our weather and you have a chance at growing them.

But, if you must, we can offer a plant to you like shown here.  Figure you have to winter protect it.  Because of this, container growing is better and you can put it in the garage on the coldest nights.  This species needs full sun and succumbs to temperatures in the thirties. If it weren't for our winter cold, this would be a great palm for here.  But, with 37 years of experience, you won't but a few plants that look ok in this area.  The photos here are all from Hawaii.  I'd estimate this species here won't tolerate 37 degrees or less.  And, most sooner or latter will see this kind of temperature. 
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

 

ENSETE VENTRICOSUM
THE RED BANANA
SHORT LIFE SPAN BUT GORGEOUS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of "banana" is not actually a fruiting banana at all.  Rather, it's a species of Ensete, a similar genus.  This species is from Ethiopia and serves as a food source (stem and leaves apparently) but not from any fruit it produces.  It is very quick growing and can reach heights of twenty feet.  It prefers sun along the coast.  But, you must realize it has a short life cycle.  It is amazingly quick growing.  But, when mature height, it flowers and dies.  This happens quickly.  You can anticipate a life span of two to at most four years.  It has large, flat green and red leaves.  The underside of the leaves is red as shown here.  There are no spines.  Cold tolerance is just above a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

Just mention this Special when purchasing. 
Red Banana Red Banana
Red Banana Red Banana by Carl Gercens Flikr
photo by Carl Gercens Flikr 
 



MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014


ENCEPHALARTOS SCLAVOI
EASY TO GROW CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

Named after a French citizen who first recognized this species, it was formally described in 1989.  Its trunk is typically a mature height of four to twelve feet, its leaves are erect and about six feet long, color is green, sometimes blue-green, petioles lightly furry, and leaflets cupped.  From a nursery point of view, I have seen spiny leaflets with this species and, my favorite, leaflets that are minimally spiny and very cupped.  You can lay your fingers into the cupped leaflets from the dorsal side.  The fourth photo shows the cupping of the leaflets.  This Central African species comes from Tanzania, the country between Kenya and Mozambique.  Native elevation is high, typically about 6000 feet, and the habitat is dry and sunny.   

The leaflets of this species are very thick and leathery.  The margins are revolute, and leaflets can overlap.  Because of its native high elevation, it is relatively cold hardy for an Central African cycad.  It can take full sun along the coast and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Shown here is an assortment of nursery plants as well as some garden specimens.  This is a satisfying and easy to grow cycad.
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi
Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi Encephalartos sclavoi


ENCEPHALARTOS VILLOSUS
AN UPRIGHT CYCAD WITH GOLD CONES
TOLERATES FILTERED LIGHT
 

This is an attractive, small to medium sized cycad from South Africa that, in most circumstances, prefers partial sun or filtered light and never gets overly large.  A mature plant might have a cuadex of twelve to fourteen inches, and this is mostly subterranean (below the ground).  Leaves are green in color, have thin leaflets with some spines, and are six to eight feet long, often held in an upright position.  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties F.  Suckers can form at the base.

One of the things I like most about this species are the beautiful cones.  Male cones are yellow, as shown below.  Female cones are yellow to brilliant gold in color.  A female cone will hold its color in the garden for about six months.  And, the female cones are quite large, sometimes almost to two feet in length. Below I am showing you a nice golden colored cone with red seeds.  It's quite impressive.  This is absolutely striking with these prominent colors.  Note that the female cones are thicker in diameter.  The male cones are thinner and look like corn cobs with the kernels removed.  This is typical of Encephalartos cones.  The females have more of a "pineapple" look.  Below you'll see pictures of the cone falling apart and showing beautiful red seeds.  

If you prefer the upright leaves, you  might consider cutting off the lower, more horizontal leaves.  This can be done without hurting the plant if you have a hardened set of new, more upright leaves.  Shown here is an assortment of photos including nursery plants, cones and garden specimens.  We have a wide variety of sizes for sale including mature, coning sized specimens.  And, they can easily be shipped throughout the U.S.
Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus male cones
Encephalartos villosus male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus male cone
Encephalartos villosus male cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus female cone
Encephalartos villosus garden
     


These photographs were taken over time and show you the same gold cone above and what happens over time.  You'll note the female cone is dehiscing and falling apart.  This dehiscence of the cone starts at the top and works its way downward.  Week by week, the cone breaks apart a bit more.  I'd estimate it takes about a month or two for the entire cone to fall apart once the seeds are fully developed in the cone.  The cone is supported by a very thick stalk.  We removed the cone for photos.  Note the cut surface of the transected stalk in the last photo.  Also note how this plant is starting to throw new leaves (photo #5) even before the cone has finished dehiscing.  The contrast of the red against the cold is very attractive.  These seeds would normally be cleaned of any fruit and stored for three to six months before they'd be ready for germination.  This allows the embryos in the seeds to develop during this "after-ripening" period.  Seeds should be stored in a dark, dry location such as a house cabinet and kept in a bag that breathes well.  Growers use nylon stockings or paper bags for storage.  Someday soon I'll write an article about cycad seed development and germination. 
Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds
Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds
Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds Encephalartos villosus cone and seeds

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
THE SMALLER ROYAL PALM FROM JAMAICA

About four years ago I was lucky enough to make contact with a fellow that loves palms and often goes to Jamaica.  He told me he visited Roystonea princeps in habitat and asked if I wanted seeds.  That was a "no-brainer" for me and I replied "of course".  This relationship has let to a good supply of this desirable tall crown shafted Royal Palm.

Compared to Roystonea regia (discussed below), this is a shorter palm, maximum height to sixty feet (not one hundred like regia).  Also, the trunk is more narrow with a small amount of basilar bulging.  Finally, the leaflets are multi-ranked giving a plumose appearance with some leaflets hanging down in a dependent fashion.  The crown shaft is emerald green. 

Growth rate is similar to other Royals and cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties F.  Shown here are 2g, 5g and a 15g plant.  Presently we have the two smaller sizes from this wild collected seeds.  The two habitat photos were taken by RL.  Note the rather narrow trunk for a Royal Palm and the fluffy leaves. Down in this Blog I put the band size on special.  But, we do have larger plants for sale.
ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS 5G Roystonea princeps
Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps Roystonea princeps by RL
Roystonea princeps by RL Roystonea princeps  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM

The ever so popular Cuban Royal Palm is a species that, thirty years ago, was felt not possible to grow in Southern California.  Well, the last three decades have certainly proved that wrong.   There are literally hundreds of plants being grown successfully from Santa Barbara to San Diego.  In fact, I know of specimens (with some difficulty) being grown in the Bay Area of San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona.  Of all these pictures shown here, all were taken in the Southern California area except for the last row and the moonlight photo. 

This is a tall palm, growing to heights of nearly one hundred feet.  In Southern California anticipate a maximum trunk of fifty feet.  They don't grow as fast or as tall here as in more tropical areas.  This species has a long crown shaft and a swollen base that can exceed two feet in diameter.  The crown is spherical with some leaves hanging below the median mark of the crown.  Note, Roystonea oleracea (South American Royal Palm) leaves are typically not below the half way point of the crown.  It is a sun loving species.  Growth rate is fast.  They respond to heat and adequate water.  Cold tolerance is in the mid-twenties, no too different than a normal King Palm.  Our availability changes over time.  I am showing here an assortment of larger plants.  We also have smaller sizes including 5g and 15g., although in limited supplies.  Because this species is so sought-after, I am trying to show a lot of photos here.  We can even arrange specimens with three to five feet of woody trunk if you are so inclined.

By the way, I've written about Roystonea borinquena previously.  Check it out if you are interested.  Some feel it is the most cold hardy of all the Royals.
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
  Roystonea regia  


BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
LIKE A REGULAR PINDO - JUST BETTER


OK, I'll admit that the title above is biased.  But, to my eyes the blue Butia capitata is more striking, interesting and attractive than the regular green form of Butia capitata.  I'm finishing off today's blog with this rare form of the Pindo.  Reference books describe the species as "green", "blue green" or 'blue".  But, it's just plain difficult to find the really blue plants. 

We have been fortunate to have a limited numbers of these available.  Our 5g size is sold out.  But, we still have a few 15g and 25 gallon plants.  They hold all the same characteristics as the normal Pindo but have the "
Bismarckia blue color".  These are sun plants and cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.
 
 
Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata 
Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata 
Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata by Paul Craft
Photo by friend of mine, Paul Craft 

  

DIOON ANGUSTIFOLIA
A VERY OLD SPECIMEN WITH SUPER THIN LEAFLETS

If I had my camera ready about a month ago, I could have shot a photo of this new flush of leaves with their pink-brown color.  It was just gorgeous.  But, I didn't get around to it.  So, you only get to see leaves in green.  I'd like to make a few points about this Mexican cycad.

Its overall size is never that large.  This is a 30 year old plant with about a 16 inch tall caudex.  Planted out, the height is under four feet.
It can sucker and make a clustering plant.  See offset here.
It is a full sun cycad with a cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
It tolerates harsh and hot conditions.
It has some of the thinnest leaflets  of any cycad
It's a great plant for a sun area where you want to "look over" the plant.

We have other plants of this species available in an assortment of sizes.
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia
Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia Dioon angustifolia

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014  BIG DAY, LOTS OF SPECIALS BELOW

 

HUGE ENCEPHALARTOS NURSERY SPECIMENS
BOTANICAL GARDEN SIZE AND QUALITY
RARE SPECIES INCLUDING LOTS OF BLUE SPECIES

Notice to smaller cycads!  Move over, the Big Boys are in town.  Shown below is an assortment of plants we photographed yesterday at the nursery.  This post only presents Encephalartos species from Africa.  Ages of these plants are fifteen to over thirty years.  Some we've had at the nursery over this amount of time.  For security reasons, many are kept inside our greenhouses and will shown more blue outdoors.  All are totally rooted for decade(s) and have been in their containers a similar amount of time.  All are for sale. 

These cycads are equivalent to those you'd see at the finest botanical gardens here in the U.S.  They are begging for a home in an upscale garden or at the home of a unique plant collector.  Contact us if you have an interest in any of these beauties.  I'll offer you the best price possible on these plants that you'll find nowhere else.  The blues shown below, as far as I know, are not available at any other nursery.

 
     Assorted Cycads
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX 10 X 17 INCHES, ONE PUP

This plant is thirty-five years old.  It is in the greenhouse.  It will be intensely blue outdoors.  It has one good sized pup.  The primary trunk is in excellent shape and the crown is full with four foot leaves.

Encephalartos trispinosus box 10 x 17 in, pup Encephalartos trispinosus box 10 x 17 in, pup

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX 10 X 19 INCHES, THREE PUPS  

Another approximate 35 year old cycad that'll be super blue out of the greenhouse.  It has a tall caudex that is 19 inches with three strong pups coming.  There is a slight curve to the trunk.  The head of leaves is full.





Encephalartos trispinosus 24 in box, 10 x 19 inches 3 pups Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 10 x 19 in, 3 pups
Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 10 x 19 in, 3 pups  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 10 x 19 in, 3 pups  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 10 x 19 in, 3 pups 



ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX 9 X 18 INCHES,  ONE PUP

This plant is approximately the same age as the last two, thirty to thirty-five years.  It has a caudex 18 inches tall.  It is very straight although it leans a bit.  This can be corrected on planting.  It has one nice pup.  Leaves are four feet long and color will be intense blue out of the greenhouse and into full, hot sun.

 
Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 18 in one pup  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 18 in one pup 
Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 18 in one pup  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 18 in one pup  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 18 in one pup 
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
15 GALLON CYCAD
CAUDEX 7 X 15 INCHES 3 PUPS

This plant is not quite as old as the last three but will have excellent blue color in sun.  It's in a smaller pot, a 15g.  The main caudex is 15 inches tall.  It also has 3 healthy pups, a smaller crown because it wants a bigger pot and a nice leaf form.  The caudex is in excellent shape.
Encephalartos trispinosus 15 g 7 x 15 3 pups   
  Encephalartos trispinosus 15 g 7 x 15 3 pups  Encephalartos trispinosus 15 g 7 x 15 3 pups 


ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX 9 X 16 IN., 2 PUPS, ONE 8 INCHES

This huge cycad was moved outdoors.  You can see that it is already picking up great blue color.  This is because the inside of the greenhouse is darker and more humid.  This plant is 30 years old, has a cuadex that is 16 inches tall and a pup that is already 8 inches in diameter.  Leaf form, caudex and leaflet shape are all great.  This is a wonderful plant! 

Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 16 in 2 pusps one 8 in  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 16 in 2 pusps one 8 in 
Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 16 in 2 pusps one 8 in  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 16 in 2 pusps one 8 in  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 box 9 x 16 in 2 pusps one 8 in 


ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX 11 X 14 INCHES, NO PUPS

This cycad is also outdoors and showing a lot more blue than some of those above.  It has no pups and a caudex height of 14 inches.  It is a perfect caudex with no scars and a classic shape.  The leaves are about 3 to 3.5 feet long.  The color is good.  It's not quite as old as most of the plants above.
Encephalartos trispinosus 24 inch box 11 x 14 in caudex  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 inch box 11 x 14 in caudex 
Encephalartos trispinosus 24 inch box 11 x 14 in caudex  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 inch box 11 x 14 in caudex  Encephalartos trispinosus 24 inch box 11 x 14 in caudex 
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
15 GALLON PLANT
CAUDEX 8 INCH DIAMETER

This plant is also outdoor grown as evidenced by the fact that the color blue is superb.  Remember, interior grown plants (greenhouse) lose their protective waxy blue coat.  This plant has a circular 8 inch caudex and could be easily shipped right to your door.  I'd estimate it's age at ten to fourteen years.  It has a totally full head of leaves, length about 3 feet.  This is a great looking cycad. 
Encephalartos trispinosus 15 g 8 inch  Encephalartos trispinosus 15 g 8 inch 
Encephalartos trispinosus 15 g 8 inch  Encephalartos trispinosus 15 g 8 inch  Encephalartos trispinosus 15 g 8 inch 
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
24 INCH BOXED PLALNT
CAUDEX SIZE 11 INCHES

I almost didn't show you this plant because the leaves are a bit anemic.  This means it needs fertilizer.  The stem is an 11 inch ball.  It is a perfect caudex.  Leaves are long, about four to five feet.  It has lots of leaves.  With sun and some fertilizer it'll be a beautiful spineless blue cycad.
Encephalartos lehmannii 24 box 11 to 12 inch ball  Encephalartos lehmannii 24 box 11 to 12 inch ball 
Encephalartos lehmannii 24 box 11 to 12 inch ball  Encephalartos lehmannii 24 box 11 to 12 inch ball  Encephalartos lehmannii 24 box 11 to 12 inch ball 



ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS
7 GALLON CYCAD
CAUDEX SIZE 5  X 10 INCHES

This South African cycad is known for its blue color and super spiny leaflets.  It is very popular among enthusiasts.  This plant is in a 7g pot, has a tall caudex of ten inches and is an easily shipped plant size.  In the ground and outdoors it'll have longer leaves and a super nice blue color. 


 
Encephalartos horridus 7g caudex 5 x 10 inches  Encephalartos horridus 7g caudex 5 x 10 inches 
Encephalartos horridus 7g caudex 5 x 10 inches  Encephalartos horridus 7g caudex 5 x 10 inches  Encephalartos horridus 7g caudex 5 x 10 inches 



ENCEPHALARTOS TRANSVENOSUS
24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX 10 X 20 INCHES
GREEN SPECIES

This South African cycad is a large, green leaf species.  It can get massive given a century or two.  In the average lifetime expect this plant to have eight feet of trunk at least.  It already has almost two feet of trunk and is massive by a nursery trade standards.  It'll have leaves six to eight feet long.  Notice the "frosty waxy coat" on the leaflets, typical of this species.  This is secondary to a waxy material it gives off to protect that dark green leaf color.  The trunk on this one is 20 inches and very thick.  It's a beauty.
Encephalartos transvenosus 24 box caudex 10 x 20 in  Encephalartos transvenosus 24 box caudex 10 x 20 in 
Encephalartos transvenosus 24 box caudex 10 x 20 in  Encephalartos transvenosus 24 box caudex 10 x 20 in  Encephalartos transvenosus 24 box caudex 10 x 20 in 



ENCEPHALARTOS TEGULANEUS
24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX SIZE 10 INCHES

This extremely rare green, Central African cycad is distinguished by its rather narrow, cupped leaflets.  This plant has a ten inch caudex and five foot leaves.  I've tried to demonstrate the cupping of the leaflets on the photos here.  Anticipate a medium to large sized plant in the garden.  This plant has been outdoor grown and is ready to grow.  Leaf color is green to gray green.  

Encephalartos tegulaneus 24 box 10 to 11 in  Encephalartos tegulaneus 24 box 10 to 11 in 
Encephalartos tegulaneus 24 box 10 to 11 in  Encephalartos tegulaneus 24 box 10 to 11 in  Encephalartos tegulaneus 24 box 10 to 11 in 



ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX SIZE 12 X 15 IN, ONE PUP

This gorgeous and universally popular South African species makes a medium sized adult plant, easily up to eight feet.  It is known for it's stacking leaves as shown in the third photo.  Leaf color ranges from dark green as seen here and blue green to outright blue.  The green form is the hardest to find right now.  This plant has a 15 inch tall caudex and is quite thick.  It is drop dead gorgeous and would be a great addition to any garden.

Encephalartos longifolius 12 x 15 one pup 24 in  Encephalartos longifolius 12 x 15 one pup 24 in 
Encephalartos longifolius 12 x 15 one pup 24 in  Encephalartos longifolius 12 x 15 one pup 24 in
cycad tilted toward you a bit 
Encephalartos longifolius 12 x 15 one pup 24 in 
ENCEPHALARTOS GRATUS
24 INCH BOXED CYCAD
CAUDEX SIZE 13 X 17 INCHES

This is a Central African species that attains good size and has long leaves.  Books say this species gets six feet leaves but you can see at least eight foot leaves in full sun.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily as you can see.  This outdoor grown cycad is massive with a very thick 17 inch caudex.  Inland areas should plant it in part day sun and stand back.  It grows quickly and gets a five foot trunk.
Encephalartos gratus 24 in box 13 x 17 inches  Encephalartos gratus 24 in box 13 x 17 inches 
Encephalartos gratus 24 in box 13 x 17 inches    Encephalartos gratus 24 in box 13 x 17 inches 

TRACHYCARPUS LATISECTA
TALL WINDMILL FROM INDIA - MORE TROPICAL APPEARING!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I am not quite sure why I am putting this rare species on special as I think we only have two of these plants for sale.  Unlike most other types of Windmill Palms, this one is from India and not China.  It gets tall, up to forty feet.  But, the trunk is quite narrow at six to eight inches.  The main difference of this species are the wider segments.  And, these segments are not divided deeply into the leaf.  Thus, it looks more like a tropical fan palm.  We don't know the exact cold tolerance.  I'd guess and say low 20's F.  It can take full sun or partial sun.  We only 5 gallon size available at this time. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50


This is a Blog only special and you must mention this when purchasing.  I can ship this plant via Fed Express.

TO READ MORE ABOUT WINDMILL PALMS, CLICK HERE

5 gallon size on special
 
Trachycarpus latisecta by martin gibbons 

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM
NICE 20 GALLON SIZE AVAILABLE
PERFECT "NEIGHBOR BLOCKER"

We just got in some 17 inch (sort of a 20g pot) Dypsis lutescens that are full with canes and about ten feet tall in their pots.  This is a highly recommended species that does quite well in most areas of Southern California.  They develop cane diameters of three inches and the overall plant height here is rarely up to twenty feet.  In tropical areas they can get taller.  Mature clumps can have as many canes as you wish although, left alone in Southern California, seeing six to ten trunks is about normal.  This species prefers sun or part day sun here.  It is not a shade palm.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties or perhaps a bit lower.

We only have about a dozen or so for sale. 

WATCH RUSTY TALK ABOUT THIS SPECIES: CLICK TO SEE VIDEO
dypsis lutescens 20g dypsis lutescens
dypsis lutescens
dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens dypsis lutescens

 

COPERNICIA ALBA
TALL FAN PALM THIN TRUNK
MOST COLD HARDY OF THE GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BOX AND 15G SIZES

This tall and rather thin trunk fan palm is native to South America including the countries of Bolivia, Columbia and Brazil.  Height can reach 75 feet and trunk diameter is about a foot.  Leaf color is green to gray-green.  Petioles are armed as are all Copernicia.  Of the genus, this is the most cold hardy tolerating temperatures into the low 20's F.  I've got a nice boxed plant and some 15g.  Both sizes are on special.  This is a full sun plant and can thrive in the desert.  The age of the boxed plant is eight years.

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

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $350


To get this price just mention this Blog Special when purchasing.
Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba
15g size
Copernicia alba
15g size
Copernicia alba

 

PINK TI'S FROM THE TROPICS
WONDERFUL COMPANION PLANT
NEW BATCH - BRILLIANT PINK
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TI'S


A few days ago we got in a good batch of vibrant pink Ti plants.  Almost all Ti's in this area are imported from tropical areas like Hawaii where they are propagated.  In gardens here they do best with strong filtered light.  Some areas grow them in full sun.  They typically get about head height over time.  They look best when planted in a small colony of three to four together.

These plants are about 30 inches high in 3 gallon pots.  They are bright pink.  Older leaves are dark red to green.  As many of you know, this time of year we have new colors ever two to three weeks along with all sorts of other tropical and colorful companion plants.  Watch this Blog and I'll show other things as they come in.

FOR TEN DAYS THIS BATCH OF TI'S IS 10% OFF REGULAR PRICES
Ti Pink Ti Pink
Ti Pink Ti Pink Ti Pink
Ti
photo demonstrates how these will look in a
few years.  This is a different variety.
Ti
darker variety in garden in El Cajon, California
Ti in garden
Ti's in garden next to African cycad

 

DIOON MEROLAE
NICE 15G PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


On occasion I'll put individual plants on special.  Such is the case with this Dioon merolae that we recently got in.  I repotted it into a 7g container (nice for shipping).  The caudex is 6 inches and the plant is gorgeous.  Leaf color is a unique gray-green with some tomentum on the leaves.  It's in our ideal cycad potting soil and easily shippable.  This is a full sun species in most areas.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $300


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
female D. merolae cone
Dioon merolae
a boxed specimen at the nursery

 

BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS
EITHER PRINCEPS OR LEHMANNII
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

Another plant we just got in is this blue Encephalartos cycad.  It had no label.  If you notice the gold collars on the caudex at the base of the leaves (seen last 2 photos) you know that it's one of the following: E. lehmannii, horridus, princeps or trispinosus.  With the absence of leaflet barbs, you know it's not trispinosus or horridus.  This leaves lehmannii and princeps.  The hallmark of princeps in the stacking of the leaflets at the end of the leaf; they face toward the center of the plant.  This is present on this plant.  Therefore, I think it's an Encephalartos princeps.  Be aware that this is one of the hardest blue Encephalartos to locate and super desirable.  Our offer below is an excellent buy.

Its caudex size is 8 inches and it's in a 15g pot.  It has a small sucker forming as you can see in the photos.  It is a sun species with cold tolerance of 22 degrees.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CYCAD $750

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



RAVENEA GLAUCA

A MADAGASCAR PALM, NICE 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We have some 5g Ravenea glauca that are good sized for their container and an exception deal with our ten day special.  Some of these are chest high and all are chunky with nice trunks.  This Madagascar palm gets to about twenty feet, perhaps somewhat taller and has a thin trunk of six inches.  I would consider it a medium sized palm; the crown is not that large.  It is a very good growing palm and along the coast loves full sun.  Cold hardiness is somewhere in the mid-twenties F., perhaps a bit less.  These are part of the plant collection we recently acquired.  All have seen significant cold in past winters.

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

You must mention this Blog Only special when ordering. 
The last photo here was taken by a friend of mine in habitat and is one of my favorite pictures.
Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g
Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca 5g
Ravenea glauca 5g Ravenea glauca Arkive Website
photo from Arkive Website, habitat
Ravenea glauca habitat MR
habitat photo by MR

 

ROYSTONEA PRINCEPS
DIFFICULT TO FIND SPECIES FROM JAMAICA
THIN TRUNK WITH DROOPY LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This Royal Palm species is from moist areas in southern Jamaica where it grows very near the ocean.  It is known for its very green leaves, long crown shaft and droopy leaflets. Also, it's unique to the Royal Palm family in that the trunk is quite thin an usually doesn't bulge at the bottom.  I suspect that the cold hardiness is not quite as low as R. regia (Cuban Royal Palm), but it should tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  Heights are up to sixty feet in decades.  It's quite rare to see this species for sale.

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


You must mention this Website only special when ordering to get this special price.  These seedlings on sale are one to two feet tall and can be shipped easily, weather permitting.
roystonea princeps roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps roystonea princeps by RL
photo by RL
roystonea princeps
roystonea princeps by RL    

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD
COMPACT PLANT WITH NO SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL DOUBLES AND TRIPLES


This popular dwarf cycad is from Mexico and rarely gets over four feet tall.  Plants do cluster and form low profile clumps.  Stems can get typically to about 12 inches although taller stems are seen in the wild.  Leaves are almost always under 36 inches long.  Leaflets are wide, short and have no spines or armor.  This is a very user friendly plant.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and needs filtered light in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F, perhaps a bit lower. 

We're offering here older 3 gallon plants, most of which have two or three plants in each pot.  This gives a fuller head of leaves over time as shown.  These can easily be shipped right in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


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


THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM
AN ASSORTMENT OF SIZES AVAILABLE

Dypsis letpocheilos is native to Madagascar and a very popular species here in California.  It has a silver and prominently ringed trunk, a red-rust colored fuzzy crown shaft and an overall height of 20 to 25 feet.  It's a medium speed growing palm with a cold tolerance of about 25 degrees F.  It tolerates full sun along the coast but needs filtered light far inland.

Shown first to the right is a 12 foot tall 25g followed by our band size and a 15 gallon plant.  I've shown an assortment of garden plants as well as this palm in habitat.  We usually have a pretty good supply of this species available.  Customers love this palm.  For the right garden, we highly recommend it.
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
habitat photo by JS

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SALE BAND SIZE

This is a dwarf species of fan palm from the southern United States and is commonly found in the state of Texas.  It rarely gets foliage overhead with an average height of four to seven feet.  It has a long petiole and a small leaf.  The blossom produces an ample supply of small black seeds and juts upward above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a smaller plant.

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  This is is the first four photos.  I've also shown garden plants, a 5g plant and seeds on a blossom.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Sabal minor
band size container plants
Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor
5 gallon size3 nursery plant
Sabal minor Sabal minor
blossom jutting above the foliage, nursery plant

 

COLORFUL ANTHURIUM
A RAINBOW OF COLORS
SELECTION CHANGES FREQUENTLY

TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL FLOWERING ANTHURIUM

This is the time of year where almost weekly we have new color for customers.  And, this includes the popular Anthurium flowering plants.  We will have a whole assortment of colors from pastels to red to almost black.  The choice changes frequently and you never know what you'll find.  Sices range from six to twelve in pots.

TEN DAY SPECIAL FLOWERING ANTHURIUM
20% OFF ALL PLANTS


You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get your discount.
anthurium
anthurium anthurium anthurium

 

NANNORRHOPS RITCHEANA
THE MAZARI PALM 
If you go to any palm reference book, it will describe Nannorrhops as a "monotypic type of fan palm".  This means there is only one species in the genus.  As a nurseryman, I have always known that there is the "green form" and the 'blue form" of the Mazari Palm.  Interestingly enough, the blue form has been found to be more cold hardy.  It is a suckering palm that gets to about ten feet tall.  Habitats include Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

About five years ago another type of Nannorrhops was introduced.  If you look at the fourth picture below, you'll note that the color of this plant is a white-silver.  This has become known as Nannorrhops arabica in the trade.  I don't think that this is widely recognized as a new species as of yet.  But, the color is dramatically different.  It comes from a different area in the Middle East.  I do have both the classical "blue" (more of a gray color) and the "arabica" for sale.  The five gallons shown just arrived and are the gray form.  They are six year old plants.  It's hard to find the Mazari with any age.  On the N. arabicas, we only have one gallon size for sale.  This species likes heat, sun and is cold tolerant into the teens F. 

A good way to recognize this species is this: Note that it's a suckering fan palm, not too tall, with shades of blue or gray to the leaves.  Note that the ends of the leaflets are stiff, but not dagger quality.  Then look at the upper stems, just where the lower leaves have emerged.  If you see wooly, tan colored tomentum, it is a Nannorrhops.  The last picture shows this wooly tomentum material.    
Nannorrhops ritcheana
Gray form of this species
Nannorrhops ritcheana
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhopsarabica
very white form, "arabica"
Nannorrhops ritcheana
Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhops ritcheana Nannorrhops ritcheana

 

DIOON MEJIAE
THE SOFT, WOOLY AND FRAGILE NEW LEAVES

Recently I discussed Dioon mejiae, another Mexican Dioon.  At that time I mentioned how the new leaves emerge with soft wool and fur.  However, I was surprised to find that I had no photographs to demonstrate this.  Yesterday I found a nursery plant that was throwing new leaves.  So, I took photographs to demonstrate the appearance of a new swirl of leaves on this species.

The leaves shown here have been emerging for about a week.  They are up about sixteen to eighteen inches.  Trust me that they are softer than any new leaf you've felt.  If you think of the soft fur of a young kitten, you are close to the sensation that touching these leaves gives you.  But, they are super fragile.  Rough handling will snap them right off. 

And, like with all cycads, never turn or rotate a cycad that is throwing new leaves.  If you do, the leaves will adjust and twirl to re-orient themselves to the sun.  If you have to move a plant that's throwing new leaves, mark the sun orientation precisely with a label or marker and put it back with the exact same sun orientation after you find it a new spot.  And, always be careful when handling new cycad leaves.  As hard and leathery as they are later, when young they are quite fragile and snap easily.

I'll try to shown you some more photos of these same leaves in a few weeks with further size.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae  

 

DYPSIS AMOBOSITRAE "RED"
A VERY COOL MEDIUM SIZED PLANT WITH RED COLOR AND WHITE CROWN SHAFT

For decades I've received seeds of palms from Madagascar that were an unknown or un-described species.  The seeds for this current plant came in as "Dypsis ambositrae".  Over the years I've received "ambositrae" seeds only to be disappointed that it was not the "real thing".  The plants I'm showing you today appear to be the real Dypsis ambositrae.  Because of the red color, we call them "ambositrae red". 

Shown are what we have available in limited numbers: 2 gallon plants.  This species has a soft green, keeled and arching leaf.  Crown shafts are red at this point but when mature will be powdery white.  Expect a plant size in California of fifteen to twenty feet.  Trunks are thin.  This is a dividing species, somewhat like D. decipiens.  But, the stems are much thinner.  When mature, it still holds on to some of the red stem color.

This is a great species for those who want to try something new.  Reports so far is that it is a quick growing species that is an easy and beautiful addition to the garden.  I apologize for the lack of mature plant photos, but they are not available. 
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red
A different 2g plant showing red color
Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red Dypsis ambositrae red


BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA
THE COLD TOLERANT MULE PALM
AND PRETTIER THAN A QUEEN PALM!
SEVERAL LARGE 25G AVAILABLE


Some of you might not be familiar with this desirable hybrid  cross of the Pindo Palm with the Queen Palm.  You hardly ever see them around because it takes a person, on a ladder, to tediously hand pollinate the Butia flowers with pollen from the Queen.  This is a lot of work.  It results in an offspring that doesn't look like either parent.  It is a good growing hybrid that gets to a height of perhaps 25 feet, has green leaves, a thinner trunk than the Butia mother, and tropical appearing foliage.  Some say that it even resembles a Coconut.  The surprising thing is is that it survives approximately 16 degrees F.  This is not quite as good as the Butia capitata cold tolerance, but this hybrid will be alive long after the common Queen Palm dies from cold.  Because of rarity and difficulty in producing seeds, this hybrid is never a cheap plant.

The photo here shows the nice, chunky 25g we just got in.  They are about ten inches thick at the base and about ten feet tall.  They have been sun grown and have seen temperatures into the teens F.  We also have 5g for sale.  The latter are an easy mail order item.   Note on the first mature plant photo below how the crown looks nothing like either parent.  Plain and simple, this is a great plant for folks in cold areas.  I highly recommend this hybrid.
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
donated photo
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm
donated photo
Butia X Syagrus Mule Palm


BLUE BUTIA CAPITATA
LIKE A REGULAR PINDO - JUST BETTER AND PRETTIER
VERY COLD TOLERANT!


OK, I'll admit that the title above is biased.  But, to my eyes the blue Butia capitata is more striking, interesting and attractive than the regular green form of Butia capitata.  I'm finishing off today's blog with this rare form of the Pindo.  Reference books describe the species as "green", "blue green" or 'blue".  But, it's just plain difficult to find the really blue plants. 

We have been fortunate to have a limited numbers of these available.  Our 5g size is sold out.  But, we still have a few 15g and 25 gallon plants.  They hold all the same characteristics as the normal Pindo but have the "
Bismarckia blue color".  These are sun plants and cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.
  If shipping is needed, I can utilize Fed Express to deliver the 15g size to you.
 
Bue Butia Capitata
15g size 
Bue Butia Capitata
15g size 
Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata 
Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata  Bue Butia Capitata by Paul Craft
Photo by friend of mine, Paul Craft 

  

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
AKA TRITHRINAX BIFLABELLATA
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND AT NURSERIES!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE

I also wanted to remind you about this species today because we have available a few very large 15g and 5g plants.  In the palm world, there is an argument over whether T. schizophylla and biflabellata are the same species.  Taxonomists have presently lumped the two together into the species of T. schizophylla.  This species has a wide distribution from Bolivia, across through Paraguay and into southern Brazil and Argentina. . 

This is a suckering species.  Like T. campestris, it is so unusual to see that few nurserymen have ever heard of it.  There is almost no information on the Internet about it.  It is a palmate palm, suckers, and gets to about 15 feet tall.  Compared to Trithrinax campestris, it is less blue.  But, the leaves are blue-green as shown here.  We have over the years had small plants of this species available.  Recently we acquired some very nice 5 gallon plants as well as these large 15g.  These are already suckering with one to two stems.  This species likes sun, can tolerate some drought, and is probably cold hardy into the low 20's F.  An acquaintance of mine, Gaston Torres, took the habitat picture below in Argentine habitat.  (from PACSOA Website).  For those of you who want something different and experience cold weather, this is another unusual species to try. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL $50
REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL $155

To get these prices, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g
Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax schizophylla 15g Trithrinax biflabalata
Trithrinax biflabalata Trithrinax biflabalata Gaston Torres
Photo by G. Torres in habitatat
 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

 

TILLANDSIA/em> SPECIES
AIR PLANT TYPE OF BROMEDLIAD
NEW ARRIVALS SOON
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Last year we offered a very attractive form of epiphytic bromeliad from Mexico.  They are a type of Tillandsia but I don't have a species name.  They blossomed soon after arrival last spring.  The blossoms, as I recall, had a variety of colors including purple and yellow.  These plants are in clusters attached to branches.  Each cluster has at least five or six plants.  I suspect the order we're getting in will be similar.  I should have them within a a few days.  They'd be easy to ship if you are not near our nursery.  I'm offering a Ten Day Special on these.  I'll have an assortment of sizes from the smallest like the one shown here that we already have to others that are a few feet long..

TEN DAY SPECIAL
20% OFF THESE TILLANDSIAS

Just mention this special when your drop by or order to save the 20%.

Tillandsia species Tillandsia species
Tillandsia species    

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
HUGE 15G CYCAD WITH PUPS
IT'S BEGGING TO BE PLANTED IN THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

Shown here is a massive 15g Encephalartos trispinosus with several leafing suckers.  I apologize that I didn't get a caudex measurement but can estimate it is about eighteen inches tall with an age of thirty years.  You'll note the blue color and the short length of the leaves.  These short leaves are a cultural thing.  This plant wants more soil.  So, it must be transplanted into a bigger pot or put into the garden in full sun.  I'll estimate the leaves will become 50 to 100 per cent longer. 

The color will be intensely blue in sun.  This plant was one that I acquired about twenty-five years ago.  It is a botanical garden size and quality.  You never see plants like this on special.  One photo shows the suckers.  The last three photos show similar plants of the same species that are in larger containers.  Note the size of their crowns with more soil.  They are not on sale.  


TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OFF THIS PLANT.

Contact me if you are interested and want specifics and price on this remarkable plant.  Because it's in a 15g pot, I can easily ship it anywhere within the U.S.
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
different plant, same species, not on sale
Encephalartos trispinosus
different plant not on sale
Encephalartos trispinosus
another E. trispinosus, this plant not on sale

 

ALLAGOPTERA ARENARIA
SOON WE'LL HAVE HUGE 15G

Immediately to the right is a photo of some really nice sized 15g Allagoptera arenaria that we'll be receiving soon.  These plants are huge for this species and size.  I've discussed this species from Brazil previously, so I will not say a lot here.  It is a dwarf palm for full sun that is fairly cold tolerant.  Because it is slow growing, it's rare to see nice size plants available.  To the right is the example of what we're getting. 

Below are some plants we had last year that sold out.  The new ones are bigger.   Inspecting the leaves, you'll note their fluffy appearance (plumose) with grouping of the leaflets.  Maximum height is usually about six feet.  Natively they live on sand dunes close to the ocean, so obviously this is a salt tolerant species.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be in the upper teens F.  I'll be getting in maybe five of these.  If interested, contact me and we can reserve you one.  They will sell out quickly.
Allagoptera arenaria
Above is example of the size we'll be getting in
 
Allagoptera arenaria 15g  Allagoptera arenaria 15g Allagoptera arenaria

 

CARYOTA GIGAS
KING KONG, BLACK STEM
FISHTAIL PALM WITH THICK TRUNK


Every day we have new visitors to this Blog.  So, I try to bring back a few species that everyone seems to like.  This is one of those species.  It is native to northern Thailand.  I took photos yesterday of the boxed plant and a 15g C. gigas shown here.  This species gets a height of about 35 feet and has a very thick trunk at the base.  It's basal diameter can be up to thirty inches; this is super thick for a Fishtail.  The leaves are huge, sometimes ten feet across and fourteen feet long.  So, you need to give it lots of room.  Don't plant it too close to your house.

They like lots of water and full sun along the coast.  If you try to underwater it, it'll get brown tipping and look bad.  So, give it water!  It's a good grower once it gets established.  the latter takes six to twelve months.  It is a good canopy forming species and has a life of at best 20 years.  This is because Caryotas are all monocarpic and die when they blossom.

This species does not transplant well.  Digging and moving can throw it into an early blossom and death.  Cold tolerance is somewhere between twenty and twenty three degrees F.  We have an assortment of sizes for sale..
 
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ATTRACTIVE BAMBOO TYPE PALM
15G AND 5G AVAILABLE

In the nursery trade, a "Bamboo Palm" is a suckering understory palm that resembles a bamboo.  Of this group, Chamaedorea seifritzii is the most common.  But, this particular species is not nearly as attractive, durable or easy to grow as two other species: Chamaedorea costaricana and hooperiana.  I find these two latter species to be far superior and highly recommend them.

Shown today is Chamaedorea costaricana.  Native to southern Mexico and Central America, it is known to reach heights of 25 feet in the wild.  My experience is domestic gardens is that it peaks out at about 16 feet.  It does sucker and has thin canes, usually about an inch in diameter.  The leaves are green and growth is fairly quick.

It likes filtered light but some claim it tolerates full coastal sun. I've been a bit skeptic about this.  Shown here are a 5g and 15g plant.  I also have nice 2g plants.  All are in rather limited supply.  Of note, this also makes a wonderful potted patio plant and can be used inside the home with ease.
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana

Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana Chamaedorea costaricana

 

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
BEAUTIFUL LARGE FAN PALM WITH STOCKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


I have discussed this remarkable species before, but because I have available some great 5g and huge 15g plants, I felt I had to mention it again.  It is unique in the palm world because of its huge, thick trunk that is light tan to white in color. The trunks of this species are stunning.  The trunks get over thirty feet and can be over two feet thick.  The crown of rounded leaves is beautiful against the sky.  Leaf color is green to blue-green.  There is a prominent petiole. 

This species likes full hot sun and can tolerate desert heat.  Its cold hardiness is into the mid-teens F.  The first four photos are the 15g plants followed by two photos of the 5g size. I can ship either size anywhere within the U.S.

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

Just mention this special when ordering to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum 
Sabal causiarum  Sabal causiarum   
 
DIOON MEROLAE
A HUNDRED YEAR OLD SPECIMEN AND A THOUSAND YEAR OLD PLANT IN THE WILD

Recently we were inspecting inventory and I saw a gorgeous nursery specimen of Dioon merolae.  I felt I just had to take some photographs for my readers.  The plant shown here is in an orange box and has 24 inches of trunk.  It is a superb nursery specimen of this species.

Native to Mexico, this is a slow growing species with a crown of leaves that is about six to eight feet maximum across.  The trunk is usually about a foot thick, sometimes thicker on old specimens.  Remember, old leaf attachments leaves leaf scales on the trunk.  Each scale represents one prior leaf.  By counting the number of scales on a trunk and dividing by the number of leaves in an average throw, you can come up with the number of throws any given plant has had.  Add to this about ten years to begin to form a trunk and divide the estimated frequency of throwing new leaves and you come up with an estimated age of any plant.  With this in mind, we figure the specimen shown here at the nursery is about a hundred years old.  It was imported into the U.S. before CITES laws prevented importing large cycads in the 1970's. 

So, this is a special plant and very old.  Along the coast, this is a full sun species with a cold tolerance to about 22 degrees F.  In the garden it takes about thirty years to get a foot of trunk.  The photos here show the various parts of this species.  The old specimen photo by J.O. below may be a plant that is one or two thousand years old.  Note how the leaves of this species overlap and have a gentle downward arch to them.  Leaf color is a gray-green. 

We have all sizes of this species for sale with something for everyone.
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
photo from above, looking into the crown
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
note stacking of leaves with a arch downward
Dioon merolae
female cone
Dioon merolae habitat by JO
Habitat photo Mexico by JO

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
RARE, SMALL-MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD FROM MOZAMBIQUE

This has always been a species of cycad that I have particularly liked because of the interesting soapy green to blue color of the leaves.  It is native to central Mozambique where a single family of plants grows on Zembe Mountain.  The trunk of this species gets to about a meter height with a crown width of approximately six feet with leaf length of approximately four feet.  Young leaves are often blue and plant leaf color varies from green to blue.  It can be distinguished from a similar species, Encephalartos manikensis, by the fact that the leaflets are more toothed, leaves are more keeled, and leaves are more erect. 

It is a sun loving area in most areas but can take part day sun.  Although not as cold tolerant as South African species, it does take temperatures into the mid to low 20's F.  Shown here are multiple nursery plants and some more mature garden specimens.
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos munchii munchii habitat
donated photo, habitat in Mozambique
Encephalartos munchii
 

ENCEPHALARTOS "BANDULA"
A SPECIES OR VARIETY FROM MOZAMBIQUE

North of South African in Mozambique and adjacent countries, you will find multiple cycads of green or blue-green color that are often referred to as the "Mankinensis Complex".  This group includes not only Encephalartos manikensis, but other plants which have either become their own species or are still just part of the "family".  This includes such species as E. chimanimaniensis, munchii, concinnus and multiple others.  There is yet a lot of field work to be done on these species to determine which will eventually obtain species status.  Until then, they just remain as part of the "complex".   

Such is the case with Encephalartos "bandula".  When I started in cycads about 30 years ago, collectors talked like it was a species for sure.  But, when taxonomists looked more closely, they said "wait a minute, we're not sure".  This plant gets a caudex of about one to two meters with leaves four to five feet long.  Leaflets are spiny and cones are reportedly green.  Leaf color is green with hints of blue.  Shown here is a citrus pot plant and various garden specimens.  It is a sun appreciative species with cold tolerance about like E. munchii, into the mid to low 20's F. 
Encephalartos bandula Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bandula Encephalartos bandula Encephalartos bandula
Encephalartos bandula Encephalartos bandula  

 

SUCKERING, THIN TRUNK, UNKNOWN DYPSIS SPECIES WITH WHITE CROWN SHAFTS

As many of you experienced growers know, over the years we've all gotten seeds from Madagascar that either came in with just an unknown name and were called "Dypsis species", had an incorrect name, or were named according to their locality of seed collection.  Such is the case with the palm I'm showing you presently.  It came in as Dypsis species  "torkaravina".  But, you won't find anything by searching under this name.  There is a Dypsis tokoravina, but this palm looks nothing like that one.  So, we're best to just call in "unknown species".

We got a big batch of seeds.  Those that were promptly repotted over the years are now 15g size.  Those that didn't get repotted are nice plants but smaller.  Shown here is a 5g suckering plant.  People who have put these in their garden tell us they get a chalk white crown shaft.  Trunks end up with a three inch diameter.  They take a freeze.  Most have grown them in partial sun or strong filtered light.  It sort of resembles a lutescens or baronii.but is different.  Plants show a variable complement of colors on the petioles and the trunks.  It's also a good growing species. We don't have many left, so do check them out. We have no photos of mature trees.
Dypsis torkaravina  Dypsis "torkaravina"
Dypsis "torkaravina" Dypsis "torkaravina"  

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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

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

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON ALL SIZES!

All of our Heliconia are grown from rhizomes from existing and flowering plants in Southern California.  This results in large, very strong growing plants as shown here.  Heliconia schiediana can take sun or part sun, gets to a height of sever to eight feet, and flowers freely in the summer.  It is very cold hardy.  Even if a hard freeze knocks down the leaves, plants usually come back vigorously in the spring.  Flowers are red/yellow or orange/yellow.  We have two varieties available.  Sizes available are 5g and maybe some bigger but they've been flying out with the arrival o spring.  .

We also have from time to time several other species available.

ALL HELICONIA 20% OFF FOR TEN DAYS, applies to any species of Heliconia we have!

This special applies to any other Heliconia that we have in stock.  Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  Limited numbers available.  Other discount coupons do not apply with these plants.

Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
   

 

CYCAS CURRANII
A GORGEOUS CYCAD FROM PALAWAN, PI

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

Shown here are multiple nursery plants including a larger boxed specimen.  The 15g plants are about eight to ten years old and have heights in their pots of about seven feet.  Note how their leaves and the leaves of the box are not droopy as of yet.  I've shown another nursery plant where the leaves, with age, droop.  This is a part day sun species, perhaps tolerating full sun along the coast.  I have seen it tolerate temperatures into the mid-twenties F.  I find it to be prettier than Cycas thouarsii. 
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Yao PACSOA
by Gorge Yao PACSOA
Cycas curranii
Droopy leaflet specimen
Cycas curranii Cycas curranii Cycas curranii by George Lao PlantAPalm
by George Lao PlantAPalm

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

This morning I'm showing you some new things and also giving you a "second chance" on a few great specials.

 

RAVANALA MADAGASCARENSIS
THE TRAVELER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20G SIZE



The Traveler Palm is native to Madagascar and is loved by many enthusiasts.  It is a distichous plant with all the leaves in one plane.  Its leaves are large, green, rather flat and reminds on of a banana leaf.  It forms a trunk that is twelve to sixteen inches thick.  Leaves can easily reach ten feet in length.  It may sucker and we recommend simply removing any suckers. 

Culturally it is a fast growing species that likes warmth and doesn't tolerate a freeze.  So, if you live far inland, this species won't work for you.  Most plant the Traveler in sun.  There's urban legend that says it with the leaves pointing east to west.  I can't verify this. 


Shown here are several 20 gallon plants that we have.  We started with about a dozen of these and are down to our last several.  We have no smaller ones coming.  These have wintered over at our nursery.  I'm showing you pictures of a Traveler from up in Orange County, CA, north of our nursery.  The established and trunking plant shown is one that a customer bought from us several years ago.  Since it's done so nicely she bought and planted another.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $350
TEN DAY SPECIES THIS SIZE $275

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this reduced price.  
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
Established plant in Orange County, CA by K.J.
Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
Same plant by K.J.
Ravanala madagascarensis O.C. by K.J.
One of our Travelers that K.J. just planted
Ravanala madagascarensis Ravanala in Balboa Park, CA
Traveler in Balboa Park, San Diegor

 

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK, FLUFFY LEAF, FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


For about six months we've been out of the 15g size on this New World Chamaedorea.  Of note, it is a single trunk species that is fast growing and has a trunk diameter of 1.5 to 2 inches.  The leaves are plumose and fluffy.  To my disappointment it has been called the "Baby Queen", a bad name because it is not a Syagrus and nothing like the Queen Palm.  Boy do some folks have marketing tools!

In any case, it's an ideal plant where you don't want too much height, have a narrow garden area to plant in, and want something that quickly gets overhead.  These 15g plants are all several in the container to give a fuller crown of leaves.  They are about six feet tall.  They'll all be gone in a week or so, so don't dally on this one.  Along the cost they take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  I've shown pictures of the plants from last summer below.  Our present plants will look like this in three to six months.  
Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa
Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa Chamaedorea Plumosa
last batch of these we offered this past summer
Chamaedorea Plumosa
over time what trunks will look like
Chamaedorea Plumosa  

 

BRAHEA DULCIS BLUE
SHORTER FAN PALM FROM MEXICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES

This fairly rare fan palm from Central Mexico is known for its slow growth rate, wide fan palm leaves, medium height trunk to ten feet and leaf color ranging from green to blue green.  It will never be as blue as the other Brahea which I've discussed here recently, but some varieties definitely have a blue tinge to them.  These came from a seed batch named as the "blue" variety.  The last photo shows the anticipated leaf color over time on these plants.  Note how the leaves are wide and flat.  They are quite attractive.

It can be grown in coastal sun or part sun / strong filtered light.  In inland areas I would not recommend full sun.  Cold tolerance is the upper teens F.  It's not as cold hardy as other more common Braheas.  I'm offering two sizes on special.  BTW, it takes time outdoors and age to show the blue color.


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

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

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.  Easy to mail order.
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
5 gallon size
Brahea dulcis blue Brahea dulcis blue
one gallon size
by A. Porcelli PACSOA
photo by A. Porcelli PACSOA

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
MEDIUM SIZE GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED NEW CALEDONIAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

New Caledonian palms are super popular and very sought after.  One of the genera there is Burretiokentia.  They are all medium tall, crown shafted palms with an assortment of colors to their crown shafts.  Of this genus, Burretiokentia koghiensis is one of the prettier and easiest to grow species of the group.  The crown shaft is silver-white mixed with green.  They are a very good species for part day sun along our coast.  You should anticipate a mature height of about 25 feet with a thinner trunk.  When in the nursery, you can spot them because the base of the plant is triangular in shape, unique to this species.  See photo below.

On special presently are three to four leaf seedlings of this species in the band size.  They are two years old.  It'll take about 2 to 3 years to make a big 5g from these plants.  I can mail order these with ease.  BTW, this is one of the hardy species of  Burretiokentias to find.

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

You must mention this Blog special to get this price when you purchase.
Burretiokentia koghiensis band Burretiokentia koghiensis band
Burretiokentia koghiensis band Burretiokentia koghiensis band Burretiokentia koghiensis
15 gallon size, not on sale
Burretiokentia koghiensis
5 gallon size, not on sale
Burretiokentia koghiensis band
note the triangular shape to this plant's base
Burretiokentia koghiensis
mature plant in habitat

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
ONE OF OUR "TOP TWENTIES"
WHAT A GREAT ALTERNATIVE FOR THE PYGMY PALM AND NO SPINES!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE

Over the years this Malagasy palm has proven to be one of the most popular palms you can use in your garden.  This is because it is medium sized, essentially never over about twenty feet in California.  It has a small to medium head of green leaves and a nice, thin trunk of about five inches.  And, it is an excellent growing species.  The leaves are gently arched and the stems have no spines.  There is no crown shaft.  Of the Ravenea genus, this one is not the smallest but one of most ideal plants for your garden.  People who are growing them just love Ravenea glauca.  We highly recommend this species.

It can take full sun in many areas of Southern California and has a cold hardiness of 23 to 25 degrees F.  We're putting customer's two favorite sizes on special.  I can ship these easily.  The 5g size are 3 feet tall in the pot and the 15g are about six feet.  The next to last photo below from Palmpedia (unknown author) has to be one of my all time favorite palm pictures. 

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $145

You must mention this Blog special when purchasing to get this price.
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca photo by unknown Arkive WEbsite author
photo c/o Arkive Website, unknown author
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Palmpedia, unknown author
photo c/o Palmpedia, unknown author
Ravenea glauca TS at RPS
photo c/o TS at RPS

 

ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA
MINIATURE FLAME THROWER
THIN TRUNK, COLD HARDY, SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

I was fortunate enough several days ago to talk an enthusiast out of a flat of Actinokentia divaricata.  I've not offered these in band size for about five years.  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.  Native to New Caledonia, this plant takes about 2 years from seed to produce the band sized plants seen here.

Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  Folks in cooler areas like San Francisco can grow this species.  These bands have three leaves on most.

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

You must mention this Blog Special at time of purchase to get this price.  Only one flat available.  These will sell out soon or I'll be repotting them into larger containers.  I have essentially no bigger plants available. 
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata Actinokentia divaricata
this species in habitat, year 2000

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
DWARF OR SEMI-DWARF SPECIES
TOLERATES SUN / SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Chamaedorea radicalis is probably the most cold hardy of the Chamaedorea and tolerates temperatures down to about 18 degrees F.  There are two forms: non-trunking and trunking.  The enthusiast I got these plants from didn't know the form.  But, I'm betting they are the trunking form because they remind me of seedlings I've had of them.  Mature, they are remarkably different.  The regular form rarely gets over four feet tall.  It has medium width to the leaflets.  The trunking form gets to eight or ten feet and has a prominent crown shaft with thinner leaflets.  See photos below.

Also, the trunking form has a bit of silver to it's green stem and leaves.  And, it doesn't "crawl" on the ground like the regular form.  A far as I know they have similar cold hardiness.  Both can tolerate some sun.  In fact, along the coast, many are growing them in full sun.  In far inland areas, filtered light is needed.  Both forms are super desirable.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20
OR THREE FOR $50

This species looks nice as a colony of multiple plants below.  When you buy these, make sure you get a multple or several plants.  And, as always, mention this Blog Special to get this price when purchasing.  These are super easy to transport and 18 inches tall. 
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, non-trunking form C. radicalis

Chamaedorea radicalis
Mature, trunking form at the nursery (in blossom)
 

 

CHAMAEDOREA OBLONGATA
SHADE PALM - PUFFY WIDE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


A highly recommended species is Chamaedorea oblongata because most people find it very attractive.  This special is on band size.  This is a single trunk, shade loving species that is native to Mexico and Central America.  They get to about ten feet tall and have puffy, wide leaflets.  The plants on special are either singles of multiples.  They are about 14 to 16 inches tall.  This plant doesn't take sun and is cold hardy to the mid-twenties F.

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


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oblongata Chamaedorea oblongata
leaf on mature plant


mature plant at the nursery

 

BUTIA CAPITATA BLUE
COLD HARDY, MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


For a few years now I've been selling this super popular variety of the Pindo Palm.  These plants are different in that they are very blue compared to the gray-green regular Butia capitata.  I can no longer offer the 5g size (out of stock and not available for three years) but have some 15g left.  And, now I'm offering them at a discount.  This is a full sun palm, gets to 20 feet and is cold hardy to about 15 degrees.

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

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  Mail order possible.
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Paul Craft
photo by Paul Craft
 

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
SUPER COLD HARDY SPECIES
LAST THREE OF ANY SIZE WE HAVE


About two weeks ago my staff hunted for the last remaining Trachycarpus takil we have with any size.  A customer had inquired about them.  These three plants are all that they found.  I do have one gallons coming, but nothing of any size.  These three plants are old and chunky for their containers.  Check out the photos.  These may be the most cold hardy of any Trachycarpus species.  As far as I know, these three plants may be available as the person who requested them has not confirmed his order.  My understanding is that right now it's hard to find this species.  These plants came from seeds from Tobias Spanner.  The last photo is from habitat by he and Martin Gibbons.
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil by M.G and T.S.
photo by M.G. and T.S.s

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
UNCERTAIN IDENTITY
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

A few days ago we acquired this Encephalartos plant in a 15g.  It has very upright leaves that are about five to six feet long.  The caudex is about six inches.  You'll note that the leaflets are medium sized in length, about six to seven inches.  They are quite spiny and there is a "pitch fork" type of spination at the tip of many of the leaflets.  The caudex is minimally fury if at all.  Leaflets do reduce to prickles near their bases.  Leaf color is green.

Unfortunately, most often when you acquire a plant from a private collection the naming label has been long lost.  And, the seller often doesn't remember the species name.  We feet this plant is most likely Encephalartos hildebrandtii, a Central African species known for it's long upright leaves and spiny leaflet tips.  I've shown a few know E. hildebrandtii below.  We are giving a good price on this plant as below.  I anticipate it will make a large mature plant with eight foot upright leaves.  I'd give it part day sun.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL $350

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Encephalartos speciews forket tip leaflet 15g Encephalartos speciews forket tip leaflet 15g
Encephalartos speciews forket tip leaflet 15g Encephalartos speciews forket tip leaflet 15g Encephalartos speciews forket tip leaflet 15g
Encephalartos speciews forket tip leaflet 15g Encephalartos speciews forket tip leaflet 15g Encephalartos speciews forket tip leaflet 15g
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Known E. hildebrandtii at San Diego arboretum
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Known E. hildebrandtii at nursery
Encephalartos hildebrandtii
Older known E. hildebrandtii with thick trunk

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
CHINESE THIN TRUNK LADY PALM
MATURE SPECIMEN TEN FEET TALL


This species was introduced to the trade about twenty years ago.  Originally it was quite confusing as to what it was.  It doesn't get as tall as the true Rhapis humilus and has many more leaflets than R. excelsa.  This specimen is about as tall as it will ever get.  It has about ten canes that are ten feet tall.  Each leaf holds about twenty leaflets that come to a fine point at the end (like humilus).  This is a fifteen year old plant that we dug from a retiring dentist who was moving out of the area and couldn't take his plant.  We dug it three to four years ago.

Culturally this species likes filtered light.  I does not tolerate full sun without yellowing.  It makes an excellent interior palm.  Cold tolerance is to the low twenties F., perhaps a bit lower.  We have this specimen and perhaps one more of comparable size for sale.
Rhapis mulitifida Rhapis mulitifida
Rhapis mulitifida Rhapis mulitifida Rhapis mulitifida
Rhapis mulitifida Rhapis mulitifida  

 

SATAKENTIA LIUKIUENSIS
THE SATAKE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $27.50

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

 

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA
THE MOST COLD HARDY ARENGA
TOLERATES SNOW BY REPORT
5G AND A FEW 15G AVAILABLE


Aenga micrantha was introduced about ten to fifteen years ago and has become known as probably the most cold hardy of the genus Arenga.  Native to the Himilaya Mountians, it grows at elevations of about 6000 feet.  It is twice the height of another cold hardy species, Arenga engleri, and gets to twenty feet tall.  The leaves are flat.  The top side of the leaflets is green while the underside is almost snow white.  Cold tolerance into the upper teens F. is possible.  I'd grow it in filtered  light or at most, part day sun. 

We've found a few things about growing them in pots.  First, they just don't hold many leaves in a pot.  Secondly, the leaves get super long.  The 15g plant to the right has eight foot leaves.  We have limited numbers available on this species and no little ones coming.  We just haven't been able to get seeds.  So, if you want to try this species, I recommend not waiting.  BTW, that 15g is too big to ship and it's leaves are stiff.  It cannot be put into a box.
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Areng micrantha TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS
Arenga micrantha  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS DOLOMITICUS
UNBELIEVABLY RARE BLUE CYCAD
NATIVE TO TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA


On this blog or any palm discussion website on the Net you won't often see this super rare and essentially never available species.  E. dolomiticus is native to the northern South African area of Transvaal.  It gets a trunk up to about five to six feet.  Its leaflets go upwards and there's often a twist to the leaf.  The base of the petiole is free of prickles or spines for about six inches above the caudex.  Leaf length is about three feet. Color is sky blue.

The plant shown here is has a nine inch caudex and a superior blue color.  We took the photos outdoors so you can see it well with good light.  As rare as this plant is, it may have sold by the time you read this post.  We only offer one every few years.  It is a full sun plant along the coast and has that typical cold hardiness of about 22 degrees F.  I've tried to show enough pictures here so you get a feel for this seldom seen species. 
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus
Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus Encephalartos dolomiticus

 


DYPSIS CRINITA
BRANCHING MADAGASCAR PALM WITH NEW RED LEAVES

This species is native to northeastern Madagascar where it lives at elevations of about eight hundred feet and is found in forest areas and along streams.  Dransfield renamed the genus from "Vonitra" to "Dypsis" when he published his book on Madagascar palms.  This species has fibrous trunks that are small to medium in diameter size and branch above the ground.  A mature plant typically has several trunks.  In California, anticipate a mature height of about twenty feet although they are taller in the wild.  New leaves emerge red, sometimes purple-red as shown here.  There is no crown shaft.  Trunks have shaggy hair. 

Shown here are some 5g plants with illustrations of the new red leaf.  I'd grow it in part day sun or full sun along the coast.  Inland areas require strong filtered light. It will take a freeze.  We have limited supplies of these for sale.
 
Dypsis crinita  Dypsis crinita 
Dypsis crinita  Dypsis crinita  Dypsis crinita 
Dypsis crinita
plant in Vista, CA 
Dypsis crinita  Dypsis crinita by TS at RPS
photo by TS at RPS 

 

SABAL MINOR
A SOMETIMES TRUNKLESS AND DWARF FAN PALM

I would like to revisit this species and make a few simple points.  Above I say "sometimes" a trunk-less palm.  This is because it has been  found that, on occasion, this species can form trunks up to ten feet. But, in my experience they have little to no trunk over 90% of the time.  Rather, they seem to "crawl" on either the ground or in a pot.  If you look at the fourth picture below, you'll see the large foot next to the trunk and that this plant has moved to the edge of the pot.  It is crawling sideways, not making vertical trunk.

This species has small, deeply dived leaves.  The leaflets are rather narrow.  The dead ringer to identifying this species is seeing a small fan palm with vertical blossoms, often with small black seeds, this is not over your head.  Typical heights are four to six feet when mature.  The sixth picture shows a newly emerging flower spike.  No other Sabal species forms a flower on such a small plant.   

Cold hardiness is excellent.  I 've received reports of this species tolerating temperatures near ten degrees F.  Flowering can occur within a few years of planting a five gallon plant.  They prefer sun but can tolerate partial sun.  We have an assortment of sizes available from 15g down to seedlings.  If you want a small plant that you can see over and doesn't obstruct a view, this might be the perfect species for you.  Also, for those in super cold areas, this might be the perfect plant to try.  It would be simple to cold protect it on those coldest winter nights.
Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor


 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM WITH COMMENTS ABOUT THE COLOR

This species of King Palm is from the Mount Lewis region in Queensland, Australia.  It comes from high elevation.  Because of the latter fact, it was hoped that this desirable palm would be the most cold hardy of the King Palm group.  Remember, there are about six types of King Palms.   Well, this did not prove to be the case and it is, in fact, not as cold hardy as several other species.  But, it does sport a sometimes nice, purple like color to the crown shaft.  You must be aware that this is quite variable.  Sometimes it's a cool purple color, other times it's sort of a boring color of purple.  But, it is not the same as the normal Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.

Shown here is a nursery grown Archontophoenix purpurea that is beginning to show the purple color.  Seedlings and small plants never show the color.  I advise customers to not expect color until the palm has a few feet of trunk.  And, I cannot predict with confidence which individual plant will show the most color.  It's sort of a gamble. On the Net if a photo looks unreal, the color has probably been altered. 

Hallmarks of Archontophoenix purpurea that you might look for on nursery plants include:
1.  Single trunk, crown shafted, showing hints of color in the crown shaft (pictures 3 and 4)
2.  Underside of the leaves prominently silver
3.  Noticeable yellow color to leaf stem and spear (fifth picture below)
4.  Ramenta (dark hairs laying longitudinally along the under side of the leaflets) on the back side of the leaflets (last photo, hard to see because these hairs are quite small).  Only this species and the common King Palm have ramenta.  This is a way to distinguish this species from other Archontophoenix with silver on the back of the leaves.

I could go on and on about this species, but this is enough for today.  It takes full sun along the coast and is cold tolerant to perhaps 26 to 27 degrees F., whereas the regular King Palm goes down to 25 degrees. 

FOR THOSE INTERESTED, HERE'S A LINK TO MY ARTICLE ON ALL THE TYPES OF KING PALMS: SEE KING PALMS
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontopheonix purpurea
Archontopheonix purpurea Archontopheonix purpurea Ramenta

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A TROPICAL APPEARING CYCAD
20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES - TEN DAY SPECIAL

Dioon spinulosum is a cycad that has potential to get quite tall and has exotic appearing dark green leaves.  Native to southern Mexico regions, it can develop (over centuries) trunks up to thirty feet tall.  In the 1800's Hunting Botanical Gardens imported a huge plant on horse drawn carts from Mexico with at least fifteen feet of trunk.  I saw this at a slide show at the Gardens.  Leaves of this species are typically four to six feet long.  Leaflets are wide for a Dioon species and armed along the edges.  Trunks are usually under a foot in diameter.  So, you have a taller plant with a narrow trunk.

Culturally I've found this species does best in strong filtered light or part day sun.  Along the coast some grow it in full sun but this will make the leaves more of a lime green color.  Leaves emerge green although, if you're lucky, they can emerge a pink-bronze color.  Cold tolerance is at best low 20's F.  I'd say about 23 to 24 degrees is its cold limit.  This species is not as cold hardy as some of the other Dioons I've recently discussed.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 20% OF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

This is a great offer.  But, you must mention this Blog special to get the discount.  Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants and sizes.
Dioon spinulosum
This and next 3 photos are a large 15g plant
Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
25g with curved trunk
Dioon spinulosum
Nice 5g plant
Dioon spinulosum
large outdoor grown 24 inch box plant
Dioon spinulosum
1 gallon plant
Dioon spinulosum
photo by JO
Dioon spinulosum
in Arboretum at Balboa Park, San Diego
Dioon spinulosum
another boxed plant at nursery

 

DASYLIRION WHEELERI
THE "BLUE MEXICAN GRASS PLANT"
THIRTY YEAR OLD SPECIMENS AVAILABLE


Several weeks ago I brought in a thirty year old specimen of this Mexican species of blue, drought tolerant plant.  Someone saw it the first day and bought it.  So, I brought in another as shown here.  It also sold within 24 hours.  So, it might be that these plants are by special order as I perhaps can get one or two like this again.  These are truly 30 years old from an old collector.  They love sun, are cold tolerant perhaps into the upper teens, don't get to much trunk (aren't super tall overall) but have a great full crown of long, blue leaves.  Leaves are armed with small spines.  The trunks are about 14 inches thick.

Sun is needed by this species.  It is drought tolerant.  Smaller plants are often green but get blue with age and sun.  If you'd like one of these beauties, just let me know and perhaps I can get you the size you want.  They are not any bigger than these for sale on the market as best as I know.
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO
CENTRAL AFRICAN GREEN CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES

I discussed this species recently but wanted to touch on it again and show more photos.  Twenty years ago this rare Central African cycad was essentially not available.  But, nowadays, it is seen for sale from time to time.  It is native to southern Kenya and is a medium sized plant with trunks up to twelve feet, perhaps more.  Leaves can reach ten feet long and tend to be held in an upright fashion.  This upright nature is invariably seen with new leaves.  Older leaves will relax and lay more horizontally.  This species can cluster and is very fast growing.  It puts on a pretty big shown of leaves.  Leaflets are fairly wide, but what I look for to identify this species are the upright leaves and the leaflet shape.  Leaflets gradually and symmetrically come to a point in the terminal leaflet.  Spination is present but not excessively so.  Of note, cones are yellow, sometimes almost a canary yellow color. (see last photo)

Shown here is first a nice 15g plant with a six inch caudex.  I am also showing a band size seedling, a group of 15g plants, a few nursery boxed specimens and plants in gardens.  This species, being Central African, can tolerate full sun right on the coast.  Most other areas require part day sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance appears to b in the mid to low 20's F.  We have all sizes available and can ship any sized plant right to your door.
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo Encephalartos kisambo
new flush of leaves not fully green yet
Encephalartos kisambo

 

BRACHYCHITON RUPESTRIS
FAT SNAKESKIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE!


About three decades ago I visited Seaborne Nursery up in the Lake Hodges area of San Diego County.  It has long since vanished as a nursery.  The owner was a fellow who knew a lot about palms, cycads and certain tropical trees.  His name was Bill Seaborne.  To old time enthusiast, this name might ring a bell.  He even wrote a book back then on tropical plants.  In any case, Bill (now deceased) convinced me to try a few of this interesting species of tropical tree.  I planted them and within about five to ten years found they had the most peculiar, large and swollen trunks.  The leaflets are quite fine with a hint of red.  But, the trunk is massive and swollen at the base.  It is a green trunk and has a  snake skin type of texture.  

Growth rate is quite fast.  I have a few 15g trees for sale.  But, it's the 5g size that I'm putting on special.  This size is shown here.  I am also showing you pictures of mature trees off the Internet.  This species is not known for flowers, but rather for it's peculiar swollen trunk.  It can get to fifty feet tall, likes sun, and has a cold tolerance that is probably into the low 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE FOR 5G IS $65
SPECIAL 10 DAY PRICE 5G $45

You must mention this Blog Only special when purchasing to get this price.
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris
Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris Brachychiton rupestris by angv.gov
by anbg.gov
Brachychiton rupestris by Adelaide Zoo, Australia
by Adelaide Zoo, Australia, website
   

 

TRINTHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE FAN PALM, SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to offer some very nice 5g plants as shown below.  I'd estimate their age at 6 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

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

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


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris 15g
15g size not on sale and nearly sold out
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size that is on sale
Trithrinax campestris
5 gallon size on sale
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris 15g

 

 

LIVISTONA MARIAE
TALL AUSTRALIA FAN WITH A THIN TRUNK

This fan palm is from northern and western Australia.  It gets to a height of about ninety feet and has a trunk only one foot in diameter.  Trunks retain leaf bases for a while, but eventually drop off leaving a ringed, gray colored trunk.  Leaves are about six feet wide with very long petioles that have a red-brown color.  Interestingly enough, young plant of this species typically have red to red brown leaves.  This color fades with age and maturity to green or gray green with some glaucous wax underneath. 

Livistona mariae is closely related to Livistona rigida, a shorter Australian species.  L. mariae wants full sun, room to grow and is cold tolerant to the low 20's F., perhaps a bit lower.  Shown here is an example of the nice sized 15g.  But, we are super limited on this size.  I tried to show some close ups of the petiole to show the red tint.  We also have smaller sizes for sale.  BTW, if you are married and your wife is named "Marie", you probably ought to get one of these.
Livistona mariae Livistona mariae
Livistona mariae Livistona mariae Livistona mariae
Livistona mariae Livistona mariae Livistona mariae

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

 

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.
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana
Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Agave vilmoriniana Univ. of Arizona Pima County Website
photo c/o website Univ. of Arizona, Pima County

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G AND 15G SIZE

This fan palm is native to very hot areas of Mexico and is thought of as a nice garden species for the following reasons:
Beautiful blue color
Tolerates the hottest sun conditions
Good for desert areas
Super cold tolerant down to about 15 degrees F.
Doesn't get too large, typically 20 feet
Tolerates drought conditions
Has low water requirements.

We're offering ten day specials on two sizes as shown here.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Mention this special when purchasing.  Mail order possible.
Brahea armata Brahea armata
5g size
Brahea armata Brahea armata
15g size
Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata in flower a few blocks from the nursery
Brahea armata
inland San Diego area showing nice blue color

 

DIOON EDULE
TWO VERY NICE OLDER CYCADS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES


This cycad is known well known as one of the more cold hardy of all the cycad species.  It has a small crown size (usually under four feet), shorter leaves and tolerates the hottest of summer sun.  And, it is cold hardy into the teens F.  dex height is rarely up to three feet, so this makes it a very small, sun loving garden cycad.  It tolerates drought exceptionally well.  Note the lack of spines on the leaflets as shown below.

The two plants shown here are about ten years old.  They are representative of the ones on sale.  Many are clustering.  These plants have already seen temperatures into the low 20's F. for sure. 

REGULAR PRICE $475 THIS SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $300 THIS BATCH
REGULAR PRICE THESE 25G $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $400
(note that the 25g is a super large plant for this species)

I've only got these two batches/sizes on special, so remember to ask for this Blog Only Special price.  Mail order possible. 
Dioon edule
15G left, 25g right
Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule  Dioon edule 

 

RAVENEA XEROPHILA
BLUE PINNATE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON A FEW SUPER OLD 15G PLANTS

For anyone who has ever tried to grow this very rare and blue palm from drier areas in Madagascar, there's one thing you know for sure.  It is unbelievably slow growing!  The two 15g plants shown here are ten years old from seed.  Consequently, this species is not cheap when in a 15g pot.  But, we're offering what I think is a very fair price on these plants.  We got in a total of three such plants.

Anticipate that, even in the ground in your garden, growth rate will always be slow.  Native to a higher elevation in habitat, this species can eventually reach a height of 25 feet.  Interestingly enough, it may be a species that can grow in desert climates.  It loves sun and heat.  Exact cold tolerance is uncertain, but probably the low 20's F.  And note the color.  Even the leaf stems are blue.  These plants saw low 20's temperatures where they were being grown.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $250

I don't mention regular price because I've not had plants this age/size in years.  You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing or you'll pay more.  I anticipate they'll be gone in a few days, so don't dally.
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila Ravenea xerophila
Ravenea xerophila TS RPS
Photo c/o TS at RPS
Ravenea xerophila
from garden of Jeff Searle
 

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS, 1.5G & 5G PLANTS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

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 two sizes:

1.5 gallon plants 4 years old
5 gallon plants 6 years old.

This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

REGLAR PRICE 1.5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35

REGULAR PRICE LARGE 5G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.
Brahea decumbens
5 gallon sized plants
Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
1.5 gallon sized plants
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens
garden plant in sun showing blue color
Brahea decumbens

 

DYPSIS HYBRID PALM, ONE GALLON
DOMESTIC CROSS WITH D. ONILAHENSIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

These plants came from seeds from a domestic garden where a Dypsis onilahensis hybridized with some unknown other Dypsis species.  Seeds came off a pure D. onilahensis tree.  Reports on this cross so far are that it's a great grower and more cold hardy than regular D. onilahensis.  The grower lives in a colder area and says these "did fine" while regular onilahensis suffered. So, for you cooler climate guys, this might be a great species for you to try.  I've only got ten of them and there are no more available.  I'd only be guessing at predicting future appearance.  So, it's sort of a fun gamble.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G HYBRIDS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $35

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when purchasing. 
Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid
Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid Dypsis onilahensis hybrid

 

ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
NICE 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


I don't do many cycad hybrids.  But, some people love crossing species, always looking for "that amazing cross".  In the collection I obtained were two hybrids.  They had no labels.  So, for me, the job is to possibly guess at the parentage of the cross.  After putting all of our heads together here at the nursery, my son Jesse and I agree that this hybrid definitely has Encephalartos trispinosus as one of the parents.  The other parent is obviously a green species and we guess Encephalartos altensteinii.  We say that because of the petioles free of prickles. And, because this was a popular hybrid about six or seven years ago, the expected age of this plant.

The caudexes on these plants are 5 to 6 inches.  They are in 15g pots.  The leaves are about four feet long.  I anticipate they'll be blue-green mature plants in sun, should show hybrid vigor and be good growing garden plants for sun.  They'd prefer full sun and be cold hardy to about 22 degrees.  These might be quite striking when older and a great addition to the garden.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE HYBRID $460
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TWO $250

You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.   
Encephalartos hybrid 15g Encephalartos hybrid 15g
Encephalartos hybrid 15g Encephalartos hybrid 15g Encephalartos hybrid 15g

 

CENTRAL AFRICAN ENCEPHALARTOS SPECIES
SHORT, CUPPED LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT

We acquired this cycad that was unlabeled but nice sized, 8 inch caudex cycad in a 25 gallon pot.  We must attempt to identify it as the seller had no idea what it was.  The presence of the very furry light colored caudex suggests it is a Central African plant.  And, the appearance of the leaflets doesn't match anything from South Africa.  Note that the leaflets are fairly short and cupped.  They are also very stiff and thick.  Because of these things we have ruled out E. manikensis.  There are very few spines on the leaflets as shown here.  They overlap a little bit but are not what I would call "stacked".

Jesse feels this plant is possible Encephalartos pterogonus, although he can't be positive.  If we knew it was this rare species for sure, the price would be much more.  I'd anticipate it's a sun or part day sun species and has a cold hardiness into the lower 20's F. 

REGULAR PRICE FOR THIS PLANT $700
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $400

If this is indeed an E. pterogonus, it's quite a "steal" at this price.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  Mail order/delivery possible with this plant.
Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa
Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa
Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa Encephalartos sp. Central Africa

 

NEROGELIA SPECIES/HYBRID
SPECKLED WITH RED COLORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


We recently got in a small batch of this interesting Nerogelia.  This bromeliad has red speckling on the dorsal aspect of the leaves.  I've been told with some more sun this red coloring becomes much more intense.  I was also told it's a fairly uncommon clone to find.  These would make a nice companion plant with some color to add to the garden.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANT $25


Easy to mail order.  Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled
Nerogelia speckled Nerogelia speckled  

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA
THIRTY YEAR OLD DOUBLE STEM PLANT


About two weeks ago I showed a triple trunk plant of this same species.  It was so popular and sold so quickly that I managed to get one more plant of similar age.  As you can see, the taller crown of blue leaves is overhead in the pot.  The pot size is 30 gallons.  This xerophytic species loves sun and takes a fair amount of cold.  I also have young 5g plants for sale as shown in the last photo. 

The plant shown here is about as large as this species can get.  For those succulent people who have seen this and the other one from earlier this month, all have said they've "never seen a plant of this species this big".
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
5 gallon plant same species

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
RARE MADAGASCAR CYCAD
VERY USER FRIENDLY WITH FEW SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


This cycad species is native to Madagascar and surrounding areas.  It has a cylindrical caudex and overall height can reach twenty feet.  It can also sucker.  Its popularity is probably because it is lush and tropical appearing and because the leaflets are soft and not armed.  There are some small spines on the inner leaf stems.  It likes coastal sun or filtered light far inland.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid  to lower twenties F.

Shown here aae some huge and old 15g plants that we just got in yesterday.  Their ages are ten years or more.  They have been outdoor grown and are ready for your garden.  The trunk sizes on these is twelve inches or more.  They are holding huge, thick crowns of many leaves.  I only have about six or eight of these, so if you like them, don't dally.  My regular 15g plants are nowhere as big as these beauties.

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES/SIZE $475
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $285

You must mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  I also have other sizes for sale.
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
Cycas thouarsii
Boxed specimen at nursery
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii
5 gallon size at nursery also for sale

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD
LARGE 15G AND 25G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TWO SIZES

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as one of the more rare Mexican cycads to find.  But, finding good sized Dioon holmgrenii right now on the market is almost impossible.  Shown here are some plants we just got in.  They are both at least ten years old and in 15g and 25g pots.  The larger ones have caudex sizes of about nine inches.  You never see plants like this on sale.

This species loves hot sun.  It has a cold tolerance down to about 20 to 22 degrees F.  It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $350

REGULAR PRICE 25G $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE $450

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices.  And, you'll note these prices are a bit lower than last time I got these beauties in.
Dioon holmgrenii
25 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii
15 gallon size
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

 

CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


I am not really a fruit tree grower and don't pretend to be an expert on this subject.  But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer on sale a very cool fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a dwarf species.  They really don't get overhead.  And, they easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana
Cavendish banana Cavendish banana  

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
THICKEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
COLD HARDY, MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G PLANTS


I've certainly mentioned this majestic palm before at this Blog.  As many of you know, its thick trunk can reach diameters of four feet.  Height can reach fifty feet.  This is the most expensive single specimen palm that any garden can acquire.  It has very slow growth rates.  It takes at least eight years to produce the 15g plants as shown here.  This species loves full sun, is cold hardy into the mid teens F., and is being grown in cold areas like western Texas and the San Joaquin Valley in CA.

Shown here are 15g plants that have basal diameters of seven to nine inches.  They are huge for their pots.  I have limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 PLANTS $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL $195

Just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get this price.
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

EPIDENDRUM ORCHIDS
COLORFUL AND EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL


Epidendrum Orchids are terrestrial orchids that can actually grow in the ground.  The are a stem type of orchid and have clusters of colorful small flowers.  Flower colors range through orange, red, purple and white.  Shown here is the orange variety.  Soon we'll have all sorts of colors available. In another month or two, all the stems of these plants will be loaded with flowers.  So, get them in the ground now!

These plants are about 2 feet tall with lots of canes.  Normal price for these is $35

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

These are easy to mail order.
Epidendrum Orchid Epidendrum Orchid

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

 

CERATOZAMIA ROBUSTA
TROPICAL CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

This New World cycad is known for it's large size, long upright leaves and aggressive growing.  It prefers filtered light or part day sun.  Leaves can be six to seven feet long.  It's probably the largest species of this genus.  Leaves tend to go upwards and give a "V-shaped" crown of leaves.  New leaves can emerge a bronze color.  Older leaves may lay down when newer flushes appear.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  In most areas, filtered light is perfect.  On sale are healthy three leaf seedlings in bands.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.
Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
older citrus pot sized plant
Ceratozamia robusta
Coning sized boxed nursery specimen
Ceratozamia robusta

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE
TALL, CROWN SHAFTED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BARE ROOT SEEDLINGS


As most of you know, rarely do we sell bare root seedlings.  Rather we typically sell well established, older plants in their on pots.  But, sometimes customers want smaller, younger plants.  A bare root plant means a plant that has been removed from a community growing pot and has never been in its own container.  Such seedlings are shipped with moss around the roots.  Certainly they are not as large or strong as a containerized seedling.  But, they are cheaper for sure.  These seedlings are on their second or third leaf and large for a bare root plant. Figure you'd put them in a one gallon pot.

REGULAR PRICE BARE ROOT $15
TEN DAY SPECIAL $8 OR FIVE FOR $35

Just mention this special when ordering.
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae

 

UNUSUAL CLONE, ARCHONTOPHOENIX SPECIES
BROWN AND HAIRY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

These peculiar looking King Palms are probably some different clone of Archontophoenix. cunninghamiana.  They will grow to have very hairy petioles with dark brown hairs, brown discoloration to the leaf stem and some brown in the crown shaft area.  I apologize that I do not have photos of a mature tree.  These plants are in one gallon pots.  Some are singles, some multiples.  All will be quick growing and take coastal sun.  Cold tolerance should be about 24 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G PLANT $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20

Just mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.  Easy to mail order.
Archontophoenix brown shaft Archontophoenix brown shaft
Archontophoenix brown shaft Archontophoenix brown shaft Archontophoenix brown shaft

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZEI
SINGLE TRUNK, GETS TO EIGHT FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This is a very sought after palm for multiple reasons.  It resembles a Chamaedorea radicalis but is stronger, taller, has a thicker trunk and is more vigorous.  Mature height is eight feet or a bit more.  Some trunk will form.  It also tolerates a fair amount of sun along the coast.  And, it is quite durable with thick leaflets.  It can also take filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  Shown here on sale are band size seedlings.  Some are multiples. 

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

Limited numbers.  You must mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g nursery plant
Chamaedorea benzei
Older 15g pot, two plants in one container

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
SOUTH AFRICAN BLUE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 15G PLANT

This ever popular blue cycad is from the Natal District of the Republic of South Africa.  It has a similar color to E. horridus but doesn't have all the spines on the leaflets.  After many decades you may get a trunk 18 inches tall.  Crown size has about an average of four to five feet width.  Color is intensely blue.  It prefers full sun along the coast and part day sun far inland.  Cold tolerance is 22 degrees F.  The plant on sale is in a 15g pot, has very nice color and a nice crown of leaves.  The caudex is 3 inches.  Remember, typical retail price for nice blue cycads is $150 per inch

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT $325

You must mention this Blog Special to get this price when ordering.  Other plants not on sale are shown for comparison.
Encephalartos lehmannii
First three photos of plant on sale
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
larger nursery plant
Encephalartos lehmannii
Different boxed nursery plant

 

PHOENIX PUSILLA
PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST RARE DATE PALMS AROUND
BAND SIZE FROM WILD COLLECTED SEEDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

It's almost impossible to get this smaller and super rare species of Phoenix.  I was lucky to get some wild collected seeds two years ago and am now offering band sized seedlings at a discount.  Native to India, mature this species is rarely over ten feet and has a maximum of fifteen feet.  The trunk is typically eight to ten inches thick.  It is usually a single trunk plant but can sucker.  Leaves are six feet long and flat.  This is a sun species and I don't know for sure the cold tolerance.  But, most Southern California areas should be able to grow it.  These seedlings are on approximately their fourth to fifth leaf.  This is the only size I have for sale and I know of no one else that has them.

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

Limited numbers available.  You must mention this Blog Special to get the discount at the time of purchase.
phoenix pusilla Phoenix pusilla
Phoenix pusilla    

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Native to the Mascarene Islands, this thin trunked, crown shafted palm gets to a height of about 25 feet.  This variety is called "rubrum" because of the red color that is present on the stems.  this often disappears over time.  Eventual height is about 25 feet.  This is a coastal sun or part day sun species with a cold tolerance in the upper twenties F.  On sale is the 15g size as shown here.

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

Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.
Distyosperma album var rubrum Distyosperma album var rubrum
Distyosperma album var rubrum Distyosperma album var rubrum
Plant growing outdoors in San Diego, CA
 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
SUPER STACKED LEAFLETS
ONE OF THE COOLEST EXAMPLES OF THIS SPECIES AROUND

Encephalartos arenarius is native to South Africa.  There are variations in it's leaf and leaflets appearance as well as in its color (blue to green).  Sometimes the leaflets are rather wide, other times fairly narrow.  But, they are always well lobed and armed.  The plant shown here is different, unique and appealing for various reasons.

First, the leaflets are very crowded.  There is no gap between them.  Secondly, the leaflets stack; one lays over the next as shown.  Thirdly, the leaflets are quite wide (side to side) and are rolled on one side and cupped.  This is highly unusual.  Finally, the lobe on the edge of the leaflet is huge in size.  One with experience will automatically see the similarities of this plant with Encephalartos latifrons, a highly sought after species.

Although I feel this plant is a true E. arenarius and not a hybrid, one must remember that there are natural hybrids between these two species.  This plant shown today is a very old specimen in a box with a very large caudex.  It is for sale and would make a fantastic addition to any garden.  It can take coastal sun or filtered light far inland.  It's cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.

The last two photos show more typical Encephalartos arenarius leaflets and leaf appearance. 
Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets
Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets
Encephalartos arenarius stacked leaflets Encephalartos arenarius
leaf of another plant showing more typical leaflets
Encephalartos arenarius
another example of typical leaf/leaflets

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
ROOTSPINE PALM / STAR PALM
GORGEOUS SILVER UNDERSIDE OF LEAVES


 

This thin trunked fan palm is native to southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It is known as the Rootspine Palm because of the prominent spines near the base of the trunk.  It is known as the Star Palm becasue, as one views from below, the leaves are reminiscent of "stars".  Overall height can reach thirty feet.  Trunk diameter is typically four inches.  But, the most striking feature of this palm is the brilliant silver color on the underside of the leaves.  The tops side is shiny green.  Leaves can reach six feet across and are supported by long petioles.

The crown overall is fairly open, showing off the gorgeous individual leaves.  Many are growing this species in our area if they don't get too cold.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  It tolerates strong filtered light and even full sun along the coast.  Shown here is a nice 5g plant.
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha TS RPS
photo c/o Tobias Spanner at RPS
Cryosophila stauracantha by PALMARIS www.palmaris.org
C. stauracantha by PALMARIS www.palmaris.org

 

PTYCHOSPERMA SALOMONENSE
QUICK GROWING, CROWN SHAFTED
SIMILAR TO PTYCHOSPERMA ELEGANS BUT FASTER GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare pinnate, crown shafted and thin trunked palm tree is from the Solomon Islands.  I have no idea why the species spelling is as it is.  Most growers comment that this species is very similar appearing to Ptychosperma elegans .  It gets a height of up to thirty feet with a four inch thick trunk.  Leaves are about five feet long.  Leaf color is green.  The crown shaft is silver-green.  Compared to Ptychosperma elegans, this species is:

faster growing
taller
has wider leaflets
has larger leaves

It is a part day sun species and has a cold tolerance into the mid to upper twenties F.  Perhaps one could grow it in full sun right on the coast.  It is rarely available.  I'm offering nice size band sized plants on special for ten days.

REGULAR PRICE BAND THIS SPECIES $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

You must mention this Blog Only Special when ordering to get this discount.  These plants are a piece of cake to mail order.
ptychosperma salomonense ptychosperma salomonense
ptychosperma salomonense ptychosperma salomonense Ptychosperma salomonense by TS RPS
photo by TS at RPS

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM
BAND SIZE AVAILABLE


This endangered semi-dwarf palm species is from the Comoro Islands, close to Madagascar.  It has a very thin trunk. Although reports of twenty foot palms in habitat exist, in most domestic gardens don't expect anything over ten feet in a lifetime.  Trunk diameter is two to three inches.  Leaf size is three to four feet.  Most have grown this species in part day sun or filtered light.  However, I have one customer growing it well in full sun.  Cold hardiness is in the mid-twenties F.

I have available a limited number of band size plants.  These are on about their fourth to fifth leaf.  I'm working on getting some nicer 5g plants but don't have them yet.  This species is always hard to find.  The older tree below is from Fairchild Tropical Garden.
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii
when available, what 5g plants look like
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25 GALLON SIZE
NEVER THIS CHEAP BEFORE!

Many of you know this species, native the Lord Howe Island.  It is a drop-dead beautiful palm.  It tolerates full sun right on the coast and part day sun inland.  Cold tolerance is 24 to 25 degrees F.

Shown here are an exceptional Ten Day Special.  We recently got these in.  Overall height of these plants is 12 to 15 feet.  The singles are taller than the multiples.  Some singles have three feet of green woody trunk.  Trade trunk height of some of these is over six feet.  And, as they are in 25 gallon plants, they are easier to plant than comparable boxes.  We're acclimating them to full sun here.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 25G $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL $300

Just remember to ask for this Blog Only price when purchasing.
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

 

ANNOUNCING:
NEW VIDEO ON JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY
PALM TREES, CYCADS AND TROPICAL PLANTS


Yesterday, two of our sales persons, Rusty and Ricardo,  created and published a ten to twelve minute video that shows you our recent nursery expansion projects, our various growing areas of our 2.5 acre nursery, lots of unusual species of plants and our new educational center where we delivery lectures and films.  We think it's fun and you'll enjoy it.  The video is sort of long (for YouTube) but fast moving and we think worth your time.  Please watch it and email us feedback.  Or, like us on Facebook or Tweeter.  Thank you.

TO SEE THE JUNGLE MUSIC NURSERY VIDEO, CLICK HERE
Jungle Music Nursery Video

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA VARIETY ZUIKONISHIKI
GORGEOUS VARIEGATED RHAPIS
FIVE TO SIX FOOT PLANT


Last summer I was privileged enough to present to you specimens from a vast collection of rare, variegated varieties of Rhapis excelsa.  That were almost entirely Japanese clones of this group of rare plants. 

Shown here today is another plant from that collection.  It is in a five gallon container, is about head high and has some new suckers at the base.  The dark green contrasted with the cream and yellow colors is very striking.  This plant is for sale.  Although not inexpensive, these are unbelievably hard to locate for the garden.  If you have interest in this plant or others that we have, please call me or email.
Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki
Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki Raphis excelsa zuikonishiki

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA VARIETY AYANISHIKI
ANOTHER RARE VARIEGATED
RHAPIS


Shown here is another variegated variety of Rhapis excelsa.  On this plant the variegation is much more subtle with shades of green and faint yellow.  The plant is in a 5g pot, has lots of basal suckers coming along and is about three feet plus tall.  It is also for sale.
Rhapis excelsa var ayanishiki Rhapis excelsa var ayanishiki
Rhapis excelsa var ayanishiki Rhapis excelsa var ayanishiki Rhapis excelsa var ayanishiki

 

PARAJUBAEA SUNKHA
A TYPE OF "SOUTH AMERICAN COCONUT"
RARE, TROPICAL APPEARING PALM


This high elevation pinnate palm is from South America and comes from elevations of 5000 to 7000 feet.  It develops a fairly thick trunk and gets to heights of about forty feet.  It's a little more tropical appearing than Parajubaea torallyii and perhaps tolerates our weather here better.  It is quick growing, likes full sun in most areas and has a cold tolerance of about 20 degrees F.

Shown here are some nice sized 2g and 15g plants.  We have limited supplies of this species for sale.
Parajubaea sunkha
2 gallon sized plants
Parajubaea sunkha
Parajubaea sunkha Parajubaea sunkha Parajubaea sunkha
15 gallon sized plant
Parajubaea sunkha
another 15 gallon sized plant
parajubaea sunkha c/o TS at RPS
photo c/o Tobias Spanner at RPS
 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

 

PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
THE TRUE DATE PALM
BLUE COLOR AND COLD HARDY
5G AND 15G TEN DAY SPECIAL


The true Date Palm, Phoenix dactlifera, probably originates from somewhere in the Middle East.  Iraq is sometimes felt to be the home of this species that produces the sweet dates that many people prize.  It is usually seen as a single trunk, tall blue colored palm.  But, it has the capacity to form offsets or suckers at its base.  Date growers usually remove suckers so they can approach the tree with a ladder to pick the fruit.  Leaf color is variable and some varieties are very blue as shown here.  All dactylifera form edible dates.  But, only the females form these fruits and you must have a male P. dactylifera nearby to pollinate the females and get pure fruit.  Dactylifera can hybridize with other Phoenix species, but such hybrid fruit is less desirable or simply inedible.

Trunks have a unique knobby look to them as shown below.  They are much more narrow than the Canary Island Date Palm.  Crown width when mature is usually about twenty feet.  Height can be up to sixty feet but this takes many decades.  Leaves and leaflets tend to be stiff and leaflet tips can be sharp.  Also remember that Date Palms, like all Phoenix, do have sharp spines on the bases of their leaves.

This is a sun species.  It loves heat, full sun and is cold hardy to about 16 to 17 degrees F.  It's a great species for desert areas.  We have available 5g and 15g plants as show here.  Or, we can find you big crane sized specimens if that's what you want.  The 5g are good size and easy to ship by mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS WSIZE $50

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get these prices.
Phoenix dactylifera
15 gallon size
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera
note formation of small suckers
Phoenix dactylifera
5 gallon size
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
5 g size left, 15g size right
Phoenix dactylifera
knobby trunk, typical of this species
Phoenix dactylifera Phoenix dactylifera
crane size plants from associate are available
   

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA
THE SAGO PALM
A VERY AFFORDABLE CYCAD SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2-3 YEAR OLD SEEDLINGS


I thought I'd give good news to those of you who are looking for an affordable cycad.  Cycas revoluta, native to Japan, is a green cycad that is widely propagated and there is great availability of seeds on the market.  Growth rates for this species are pretty quick and plants are quite vigorous. A grower can produce a nice sized 15g plant in five to six years in our area in a container.  It has good cold hardiness into the upper teens F.  In most areas other than the desert, it likes full sun.  It can be grown inside the house in a very bright window area.  As with other cycad species, keep animals from eating these plants as they are potentially toxic, especially to dogs.  Also, although called a "palm" by common name, this is indeed a cycad species.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SEEDLINGS $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

Just mention this special when ordering.  These plants are 3 to 4 years old with a caudex size of about 1.5 inches.  Mail order is easy.  We have all sizes of Sagos for sale.
Cycad revoluta At this point you are into these tiny cycads about $20 to $30, not counting your growing costs and time.
At this point you are into these tiny cycads about $20 to $30, not counting your growing costs and time. Cycas revoluta  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
RARE, SMALL SOUTH AFRICAN SUN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This dwarf cycad, from the Republic of South Africa and specifically the Eastern Cape region, likes sun, has short leaves, and never gets a caudex over a maximum of eight inches in diameter and a similar height.  It is green or gray-green in color, holds about a dozen leaves or less, and has short leaflets.  In my experience, the majority of plants have a more or less flat leaf in cross section. But, there are occasional plants that are more plumose or "fluffy" in the way they display their leaflets.  This species is similar to E. ngoyanus, but lacks spines on the leaflets.  It may be one of the most southern most of the genus Encephalartos

Shown here are an assortment of nursery plants and a seedling.  The 5g size is the one on sale (first photo)  Note on the garden plants how small they are.  It does require sun, so don't put one in a small shaded area.  In desert areas, give part day sun.  Plants tolerate temperatures down into the low 20's.  With protection during the winter (mulching caudex, wrapping leaves), perhaps you can grow this in even colder areas. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE THIS SPECIES $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175


To get this price just mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  Easy to ship plants.
Encephalartos caffer 5g
5 gallon size on special
E. caffeer
15 gallon plant
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer

 

ZAMIA PAUCIJUGA
RARE DWARF MEXICAN ZAMIA (CYCAD)
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5G PLANTS

I acquired a batch of 5g plants of this species from a private collector.  They are quite old, over ten years or more since germination.  By report, seeds were authenticated by experts.  This is a small species, rarely over 3 feet in height.  It tolerates coastal sun or filtered light.  There are essentially no pictures of this species on the Internet.  You've probably never seen coning sized plants like this for sale.  The plants on special are coning and a few are suckering.  Caudex size is about 4 inches, mature. This is an ideal plant for someone who wants a small cycad near a pathway or in the foreground of the garden.  It is also a very nice potted patio plant.  Exact cold tolerance is unknown, but it's definitely into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G PLANTS $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing.  I've only get about five to ten left.  This is a great price on such a rare cycad. 
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga
Zamia paucijuga Zamia paucijuga  

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
SHORTER, COLD HARDY FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


This is  single trunk fan palm from Guadalupe Island, Mexico.  It has a rather stout trunk and gets about ten feet of trunk in thirty years.  It is cold hardy well into the teens F. and loves full, hot sun.  It can be grown in desert areas. It is also a good oceanfront palm and tolerates salt airs.  (see photo of plants right by Mission Bay).  It is fairly slow growing.  Also, for some reason, it is difficult to find.  We are offering nice 5g plants on sale.

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


Blog only price.  Mention this special when ordering to get this price.
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

 

BECAURNIA RECURVATA
THE PONYTAIL PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We just got in our spring supply of this popular succulent plant that is certainly not a true palm.  Yet, all of its common names call it one.  Native to Mexico, this plant typically gets ten to fifteen feet tall with a peculiar, expanded caudex at the base and a crown of strap like leaves.  These emerge upward and than hang down in a fountain fashion.  As shown here, sometimes new leaves show a red tint. 

The most amazing thing about this species is the bizarre forms it can take on.  It can have multiple heads of leaves, multiple emerging trunks from the caudex base and the size of the base can get massive.  I've seen photos of small cars parked on top of the base of this species.

Shown here are nice 5g plants with about five inch bases.  This size is affordable and easy to ship.  It is a sun loving species and cold hardy somewhere into the mid-twenties F.  Cold may damage the leaves but usually plants come back the following season.

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

Just mention this Blog Ten Day Special when purchasing to get this price.
Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata
Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata
Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata Beaurcarnia recurvata

 

NEROGELIA "RED THROAT"
ATTRACTIVE AND COLORFUL COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We also got in these attractive Bromeliads that are a type of Nerogelia with red throats that develop with a little exposure to sun.  There width mature is about sixteen inches.  They sucker freely.  I'd recommend a few hours of sun. 

REGULAR PRICE $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $20 THIS SIZE

Just mention this special to get this price.  You'll only see it here at the Blog.
Nerogelia red throat Nerogelia red throat
Nerogelia red throat Nerogelia red throat  

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
POPULAR FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


This tropical appearing cycad is from the Oaxaca area of Mexico.  Domestically, a plant with three to six feet of trunk is about thirty to fifty years old.  But, in natural habitats, plants are found with trunks up to thirty feet.   These trunks are usually six to twelve inches thick and rarely branch above the ground.  Crowns hold numerous green to gray-green leaves (grown in sun) that are four to six feet long and gently arched.  Leaflets are eight inches long or less and have small spines along their margins although these may be lacking on very old plants. 

Shown here first is a boxed nursery plant that I've been growing for about 25 years.  It has a male cone.  I've also shown other nursery plants including the one gallon size on special. 

Culture is quite simple if you provide good draining soil and don't give this species too much sun.  It can tolerate full sun in high humidity areas or right along our coast.  Inland areas require filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to lower twenties F.  I've never lost one outdoors in our locality.  They make excellent patio potted plants and can be grown inside the home.  We have an excellent selection for sale but only a handful of the super old plants as shown here in the first three photos.  It has over 2 feet of trunk and the plant in the bright orange box shows four feet of trunk.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $35
Dioon Spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
One gallon size presently on special
Dioon spinulosum
new leaves emerging on rare red emergent form
Dioon spinulosum
Old plant in Balboa Park Arboretum, San Diego
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery/cycads/Dioonspinulosum0475.jpg
photo by JO

 

DIOON MEROLAE "GOLDEN FORM"
A DIFFERENT VARIETY OF D. MEROLAE

Sometime about fifteen years ago, cycad enthusiasts began to see a different form of Dioon merolae become available.  By report, the new emerging leaves were a different color, sort of a golden green.  This color was reportedly due to tomentum on the newly emerging leaves.  We had never seen such a thing, so there was a lot of enthusiasm about this new form of merolae.  The seeds were also larger in size and were from the region of Oaxaca, Mexco, whereas regular merolae seeds were from Chiapas.  I've grown several hundred of this form and have yet to see a good example of golden new leaves.  But, I thought I'd mention it here because you will hear about it.  Shown are several juvenile plants.

But, I would comment that my decades of experience with both palms and cycads has taught me that one always sees variation within a species in habitat.  If you collect and grow a species from a habitat location and then travel one hundred miles and collect seeds of the same species from that location, you will see differences between the two plants.  Seed collectors have informed me that just moving over one mountain range may demonstrate notable differences.  We've definitely seen this with Dypsis from Madagascar.  The same applies to cycads as well.  There are at least six forms of Encephalartos natalensis.  As our "Golden merolae" get larger, Over time, I think we'll know if they are going to end up different.  I apologize but I don't have a photo of a mature Golden merolae plant.   
Dioon merolae golden form Dioon merolae golden form
Dioon merolae golden form Dioon merolae golden form  


LIVISTONA SARIBUS
HUGE BARBS, FULL LEAVES, BLUE SEEDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

When I was early in my career as a palm guy, I was awestruck by this species.  I couldn't believe how dangerous and vicious the spines were.  But, for some reason, it became a magnet for my interest and attention.  Spines can be as long as three inches, are often black in color, and at maturity can be curved like a doctor's sewing needle.  They are ferocious!  And, the leaves form a full circle; 360 degrees of leaflets. Imagine holding a cut leaf with these huge barbs and this five to six foot fan of a leaf!

Native distribution of this species is wide, from China down through the Malaysian peninsula, and into the Islands of the Philippines and Indonesia.  Trunk height can reach 90 feet in the wild, although domestically plants are usually forty to fifty feet maximum.  Old leaf bases fall off to give a gray colored trunk.  Petioles are long and, as mentioned, heavily armed for battle.  Interestingly enough, seeds at maturity are a beautiful blue as shown below.  This is a sun loving species.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's, perhaps lower.  Shown here are several recently acquired 5g plants and a boxed plant, some mature specimens, and a final picture from the South Texas Palm Society showing the amazing barbs on the petioles. Once you learn the characteristics of this species, you'll not have trouble spotting one in a garden.

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

To get this price you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing. 
Livistona saribus
5 gallon size on special
Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
by John Volk, Palm Society South Texas

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
LARGER AUSTRALIAN CYCAD WITH SOFT, TOUCHABLE LEAVES

This is a very exotic and rather large cycad species from northeastern Australia.  It can get up to 20 feet of trunk with a spreading crown up to twenty feet in width.  The leaflets are unarmed and the petioles have no spines.  This is why, at our nursery, we call this species a "User-Friendly" cycad.  You can literally brush the leaves against your face with no prickles.  Color is dark green, sometimes a bit lime-green if in intense sun.   The most common mistake made with this species is that the gardener doesn't give it enough room for the laterally spreading crown. 

This is a rather easy species to grow.  It is frost tolerant and can take temperatures well into the low twenties F.  Surprisingly, along the coast, it can tolerate light exposures from full sun to shade.  Inland areas would require filtered light or part day sun.  It likes good draining soil.  Also, it makes an excellent potted cycad.  Container growing will stunt the size it will eventually get.  If grown inside the house, you'd give it adequate sun and plenty of room.  Leaves can easily get up to six feet or more.  But, because of its soft leaves, it makes a good interior cycad and nothing is quite as dramatic appearing...

This cycad is highly recommended for people who don't see bitter cold.  Shown here are a variety of sizes that we offer for sale with a few shots of domestic plants.  The last photo is a male cone that came up on one of our larger nursery plants.

Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

EASY TO SHIP CYCADS
FIVE GALLON AND CITRUS POT SIZES


Today I thought I'd quickly show you some cycads that are in very easy to ship containers.  When you start with a seedling, you definitely have years to go before you see a landscape ready plant.  With the five gallon/citrus pot size, you have a plant that is of adequate size for the garden yet doesn't cost an arm and a leg to ship.  As most people know, we are a certified grower and can ship plants in their containers directly to any of the states in the U.S.  Doing this rather than bare rooting means you'll have less immediate losses and you won't have the almost guaranteed one year set back that you see when plants are bare rooted.  Below I'll make minimal comments on the species and show a citrus pot/5g plant and a mature specimen to the right.  It's designed for quick viewing.  I hope you enjoy these photos.  I'm just randomly picking some species.  If you are interested in obtaining any cycads of this size, just give me a call.  We can usually ship plants within 24 hours via Federal Express.  We have about 100 different species of cycads in this size for sale.  I can actually send email photos of the exact plant you'd be receiving if you prefer.  
cycads on table cycads cycad alley
Encephalartos trispinosus
A blue South African species that likes heat and sun.  As a mature plant it is small to medium in size.
Encephalartos trispinosus cit pot Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos natalensis
Another South African cycad but green in color.  It makes a medium to large plant as shown and prefers full sun in coastal areas.
Encephalartos natalensis cit pot Encephalartos natalensis
Stangeria eriopus
A very different appearing type of cycad from South Africa.  It has a fern-like appearance, is a dwarf type of plant and prefers filtered light in most areas.
Stangeria eriopus Stangeria eriopus
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
A large species of cycad that has softer, unarmed leaflets and leaves.  It can get a large spread of leaves.  In most areas it prefers filtered light but can take full sun along the coast.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Ceratozamia hildae
A dwarf Mexican cycad that has leaves typically not over four feet long and prefers filtered light in the garden.
Ceratozamia hildae Ceraatozamia hildae
Dioon merolae
A very beautiful Mexican species that is slow growing, takes years to get 3 feet of trunk, prefers full sun in most areas and has a medium sized crown. 
Dioon merolae cit pot
Dioon edule
This is a small to medium sized cycad from Mexico that is probably the most cold hardy of all cycads and the most able to take hot desert sun. 
Dioon edule 5g Dioon edule
Encephalartos lehmanii
This is a very desirable species from South Africa that's mature size ranges from small to medium.  The color is intensely blue with no side barbs on the leaflets.  It prefers heat and full sun in most areas.  Desert culture would be part day sun. 
Encephalartos lehmanii 5g Encephalartos lehmannii
Cycas thouarsii
This is a medium to sometimes tall species of cycad from the Island of Madagascar.  It is quick growing and prefers filtered light or sometimes full sun along the coast. 
Cycas thouarsii 5g Cycas thouarsii
Macrozamia communis
This is a medium sized Australia species that gets about eight feet tall and is fairly cold hardy.  It prefers full sun except in the hotter desert areas. 
Macrozamia communis cit pot macrozamia communis
Encephalartos transvenosus
This South African species will, over many decades of growth, get extremely large with substantial vertical trunk as shown in the habitat picture to the right.  It prefers full sun along the coast.
Encephalartos transvenosus cit pot Encephalartos transvenosus
Zamia standleyi
This is one of many tropical Zamias that we grow.  This species is a medium sized plant, exotic, and prefers filtered light.
Zamia standleyi cit pot Zamia standleyi
Zamia muricata
This is another tropical Zamia but from Venezuela.  It has a bit of cold hardiness and likes filtered light.  In the right areas, it is easy to grow.
Zamia muricataa cit pot Zamia muricata
Dioon mejiae
This is a medium sized cycad that comes from Mexico and parts of Central America.  It tends to throw upright leaves that emerge soft and fuzzy.  It is best grown in less than full sun, even along the coast.
Dioon mejiae Dioon mejiae

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
"ANTHURIUM HOOKERI"
TWO VERY OLD SPECIMEN PLANTS!

Over the weekend I got in a few very interesting and very old specimens from a private collection.  Included were two Birds Nest Anthurium as shown here.  By report, although we call this species "Anthurium hookeri", to a true Aroid specialist, what we usually see in collections is a hybrid of some sort.  I can't comment specifically on these plants as to their definite species.  But, I can tell you that both of these are probably about thirty years old.  They had been grown in a cooler environment in filtered light.

This plant is an understory, companion type of plant that would prefer filtered light.  In the tropics they may take full sun but I'd not try it with our dry air.  The leaves are nearly six feet long.  One is a single trunk the other a double.  Both are flowering size and make red seeds by report.  One picture shows a flower.  Cold tolerance is estimated at 25 degrees F.  Although not inexpensive, these two beauties are begging for a home in a deserving garden.  I cannot get more of them.  These are by far the largest I've seen for sale on the market.  I do routinely offer smaller, 5g plants for sale, but never this big before.
Birdsnest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest

 

DASYLIRION WHEELERI
THE DESERT SPOON
LARGE, BLUE SPECIMEN

One of the specimens we got in was another type of Mexican Grass Plant known as the Desert Spoon.  Unlike the round, un-armed, knitting needle type leaves of Dasylirion longissimum, this species has flat leaves that are armed with small hooks or spines.  It is native to northern Mexico and desert areas in the Southwestern U.S.  And, it takes on a very nice blue color when in the sun.  Younger plants, in my experience, tend to be less blue.  This species has leaves that are four to six feet long and makes a very short trunk which can be decumbent.  Width of the crown of leaves is six to seven feet.  This is a dioecious plant with males and females. Blossoms emerge and go up to a height of fifteen feet.  Also, the drink "sotol" is made from this species although I've never tried it.

Culturally, this species wants full, hot sun.  It is a xeriphytic plant with low water requirements.  It is also reminiscent of Yucca rostrata but doesn't form the trunk that the latter species gets.  Cold tolerance is definitely into the low 20's F.  Absolute cold tolerance I don't know for sure. 

This plant is about 25 years old and in a 30g container.  I only have this one for sale.
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri
Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri Dasylirion wheeleri Wikipedia unknown author
photo c/o Wikipedia, unknown author

 

AGAVE ATTENUATA
BLUE SUCCULENT WITH TRIPLE TRUNK
YOU'LL NOT SEE ONE ANY BIGGER THAN THIS!


This interesting blue succulent that is native to central Mexico.  It is known for the fact that it is very user friendly, doesn't get that large and is un-armed.  Many Agave have sharp spines at the end of their fleshy leaves.  This one does not.  Leaves are short, thick to the touch and a bit soft.  The specimen shown here is at least 30 years old.  When I research it, I couldn't find a photo of a larger plant.  It has three trunks.  In the pot, it is well overhead.  The scarcity of offsets at the base is because the previous owner purposely removed them.  The trunks are somewhat smooth and about four to five inches thick.  

This plant is about as tall as this species gets.  It will eventually blossom with large vertical flowers emerging from the plant.  It is a full sun species.  Sometimes clones are green, other times blue.  This plant is a brilliant sky blue.  Cold tolerance is the mid to upper teens F.  Obviously, I only have this one specimen for sale.

If ever there was a "Dr. SeussPlant", this would be it.  I think it deserves being in the lobby of a fine arts museum.
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata
This specimen with several 5g plants in front
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata Agave attenuata

 

ALOCASIA CAL - ODORA
SUCKERING DWARF ELEPHANT EAR
HARD TO FIND - NEVER OVER ABOUT FIVE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!


I am putting on special today a very desirable companion plant.  This Alocasia is a form of Elephant Ear Alocasia.  But, this one is a hybrid created to be a dwarf plant.  It has smaller leaves one to two feet large and only gets up to maximum chest height.  It is easy to grow and suckers.  Propagation is easy.  It prefers filtered light or full sun is tolerated right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40
REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $95


Yu must mention this Blog Only special to get  this price at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers available.  The last photo below shows the non-dwarf form of this type of plant.  It gets to eight to ten feet with much larger leaves.
Alocasia Cal - Odora
This and next four photos are the 5g size this species
Alocasia Cal - Odora
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
This and the next two photos are the 15g size
Alocasia Cal - Odora Alocasia Cal - Odora
This is a different cline, not a dwarf.  This one is the
trade is known as Alocasia calidora. 

 

ASSORTED SUCCULENTS
MEDIUM SIZED POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

We just got in a nice assortment of succulents, mostly in the Echeveria genus.  All are very attractive and many are in blossom.

REGULAR PRICE THESE PLANTS $25 TO $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL $17.50

Just mention this special when purchasing to get the discount.
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents Assorted succulents Assorted succulents

 

DUDLEYA BRITTONIA
ENDANGERED BLUE SUCCULENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL


One of my favorite of all the succulents is the super blue Dudleya brittonia.  It is native to arid areas of Southern California and Mexico.  It is endangered.  It remains small sized, never much over a foot wide.  Some species of Dudleya, like these brittonias, are super blue, almost white in color.  This one is known as the Chalk Dudleya b/c of it's color.  The are super xerophytic and essentially don't want to be watered.  Overwatering will kill them.  They want full sun and have cold hardiness into the twenties F.  These plants are in six inch pots or one gallons.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES SHOWN HERE $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25


As always, you have to mention this special to get this price when you purchase.  No retroactive discounts.
Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia
Dudleya brittonia Dudleya brittonia Dudleya

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TREE POT SIZED PLANTS


This single trunk, sun loving pinnate palm from southern  Madagascar gets to a height of about twenty feet or a bit more, likes full, hot sun and is cold tolerant to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are nice, plump tree pot plants.  I'm selling these for the same price as a band but they are twice as big.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $30


Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this special price.  
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
15g plant not on sale
Dypsis decaryi

 

 

BLUE JUBEA CHILENSIS
SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL

For years I've been wanting to offer the blue form of the Chilean Wine Palm for sale.  Well, that day is here and these seedlings are on sale.  The seeds came from San Diego and the seedlings have two to three leaves.  Don't think these are blue like a Bismarckia.  The underside of the leaves is where you'll see the blue color.

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

Just mention this special to get this price.
Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue
Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue Jubaea chilensis blue

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014

WE'RE ALWAYS OPEN DURING BUSINESS HOURS: RAIN OR SHINE!

 

CERATOZAMIA ROBUSTA
LARGE CENTRAL AMERICAN CYCAD WITH UPRIGHT, LONG LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT


A few days ago I found this 5 gallon Ceratozamia robusta with a fairly new throw of leaves.  This species emerges sort of a bronze color and you can see the remnants of the coloring here.  This plant has a four inch caudex.  Leaves are about four feet long.  Mature it has long upright leaves that can be six to seven feet long.  If the plant carries several old throw of leaves, older leaves will lay down.  Petioles are quite spiny on this species. This is one of the large species of the genus.

Culturally, most grow this species in part day sun or, right on the coast, perhaps full sun.  Cold tolerance is easily into the low 20's F.  This species can be used in a solarium or interior planting area.

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL $200


This plant is six to eight years old and has been grown from seed.  I can ship it anywhere within the U.S.  At the time of purchasing, you must mention this Blog Only special to get this reduced price.  For a 5g plant, this one is pretty big and nice.
Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta Ceratozamia robusta

 

COPERNICIA BAILEYANA
THE BAILEY FAN PALM

If you mention this magnificent and large fan palm
to any palm enthusiast, he will immediately praise this gorgeous species.  Native to Cuba, it has a thick and fairly tall trunk with beautiful large, upright leaves.  When I first saw this species in specimen size at Fairchild Botanical Garden in Miami, I was awestruck.  I will share pictures from that trip with you below.  It was a great tragedy when Hurricane Andrew blew down some of these huge relics.  As I recall, staff at the garden were able to salvage some of them by up-righting the trunks and bracing them.

Trunk size on this species is up to about fifty feet with a trunk diameter of two feet.  The trunk is clean and smooth, tan in color.  Leaves are circular, upright, and the crown size is about fifteen feet.  Leaves are green and the large crown is a bit crowded appearing but gorgeous.  The underside of the leaves is slightly glaucous.  Also note how the petioles are very light colored, almost white, with small black armor.  The leaf stems are very attractive.

One seldom sees this species for sale because growing it from seed is painfully slow.  We recently obtained some outdoor grown 5g plants that are showing numerous fan leaves. It has taken seven years to produce this size of plant.  This species likes sun and appears to be cold hardy into the mid, possibly the lower 20's F.  If you like this species, you just have to obtain what's available and be patient.  It's like growing a Jubaea.  It just takes time to get an enormous specimen, but if you give it good culture you should be successful.  Fortunately, growth rate in the ground is faster than in pots.

We have limited numbers of these for sale.  This includes 5g plants as shown and a limited number of bands that are very nice.  If you would like to try one of these really special plants, let us know soon.
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana 5g
C. baileyana on right
Copernicia baileyana
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plant in ground in Southern CA
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Close up of petioles younger plant
Copernicia baileyana 5g
Juvenile plants in habitat
Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana 5g Copernicia baileyana  

 

THE GENUS BECCARIOPHOENIX
THREE DIFFERENT SPECIES

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

Beccariophoenix species "windows".  My understanding is that there is yet to be a species name for this one.
Beccriophoenix madagascarensis, previously known as "Beccariophoenix no windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii, a more recently named species.

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

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

 

ARECA TRIANDRA
SUCKERING PALM FROM ASIA

This is a suckering understory palm that comes from parts of India, southern Asia and the Philippines.  It has many thin trunks and can reach heights over twenty feet.  Trunks are two to three inches in diameter and prominently ringed.  It needs filtered light and won't take temperatures below a freeze.  So, you have to be careful in selecting and growing ths species.

Shown here is a nice nursery plant with about seven feet of height and multiple canes.  We only sell this special by special order.  Plants come out of Hawaii.  It would probably make a nice protected patio plant or an interior palm.
Areca triandra Areca triandra
Areca triandra Areca triandra Areca triandra

 

ENCEPHALARTOS FRIDERIC-GUILIELMI
DROUGHT & FROST TOLERANT - THIN LEAFLET CYCAD

This is a medium sized cycad from the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is most notable as being a very thin leaflet cycad.  It is similar to Encephalartos cycadifolius but has wider leaflets and a larger trunk.  E.F.G.'s (as they are often called) can get trunks over ten feet tall.  Leaf length is three to five feet, Leaflets are under a centimeter wide and gray green in color.  I've seen plants where the leaves are almost blue. 

This species tolerates temperatures into the low twenties F. and wants full sun.  I have noticed that a crown of leaves might deteriorate prior to the flush of a new set of leaves.  So, if you see leaves starting to look bad, perhaps a new set is coming.  Shown here are several 15g plants.  Note how one has a very fury caudex.  When I see this I figure the plant is real happy and healthy.  EFG's are known to have a tan-brown wool in the crown and sometimes upper trunk area.  We have an assortment of this species for sale. 

Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
by Colin Wilson, PACSOA
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi

 

CYRTOSTACHYS RENDA
RED SEALING WAX PALM, LIPSTICK PALM
AN EXOTIC PALM THAT MOST OF YOU CAN'T GROW OUTDOORS


About once or twice a week, I get a call from someone who wants to grow this exotic species in their yard.  For this reason, I'm writing about it this morning.  I've gotten calls from such places as Las Vegas, Dallas and Madison, Wisconsin.  Don't laugh; people just love this species.  In the continental U.S., there is hardly any location where the Lipstick Palm can survive over the long run outdoors.  The problem is the winter's cold.  This species rapidly succumbs at temperatures under 47 degrees F.  I mean, overnight!  Back in my more reckless years, I'd try these again and again.  But, one nights failure of the heaters and all of the Red Sealing Wax were gone.  Nowadays I don't heat the greenhouses and don't even have a chance with this species.

This species is native to southern Thailand, Malaysia, and some Indonesian islands. It is a clumping palm and can get to sixty feet.  It's hallmark is the red crown shaft.  Thus the common names.  It wants sun in the tropics but can be grown in filtered light.  Here in Southern California it wants a greenhouse.  Or, if you are super industrious, you can try it inside the house but it'll be a challenge. 

In South Florida there are some being grown outdoors, but winter cold fronts put them at risk of death.  In HI, they seem to thrive where winter lows are hardly ever below 55 degrees near the water.  Remember, below 47 degrees F. and this species is gone.  I can get one for a real enthusiast, but they are always quite expensive.  Two photos below show interior environmentally controlled culture of this species in Southern CA.
Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda
Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda
Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda Cyrtostachys renda

 

SPRING COLOR IS ON ITS WAY!
GREAT ASSORTMENT OF COLORFUL PLANTS THAT CHANGES EVERY FEW WEEKS
TEN DAY SPECIAL!

Now is the time of year that we start to get in all those great colorful companion plants for the garden.  Most of the things here we've gotten in during the past week.  There's much more than shown here and I'll update with different new items as time goes by.  And, as a colorful special, get a discount for the next ten days.

TEN DAY SPECIAL: 10% OFF ANY SPRING COLOR

But, to get the discount you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.
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Hedychium, plant now and blossoms in summer
Spring color
Spring color
plant now, summer blossoms
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GREAT PALM TREES FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Below are pictures of about thirty five palm species that all do well in Southern California.  In this group, I left off the most common species that, it seems, everyone knows about.  So, there are no Queen Palms and Mexican Fan Palms below.  But, this group includes species that may be a bit unusual and more interesting.  This is not a complete list.  For instance, within any given genus, there may be dozens other species that do well here.  If I showed every species that you can grow, it would be too overwhelming.  So, I've kept it simple and show representative pictures.  I think, for a starting point, this will suffice. 

I have chosen to show mature plants in gardens.  I tried to use mostly pictures from gardens in Southern California to show examples.  Some are from elsewhere.  This provides a quick view of species that you may want to try.  Some are for sun, others for shade.  Some are more difficult to grow than others.  I'm not commenting on each species presently.  But, throughout my Blog, there are comments on almost all of these.  If you don't live here in Southern California, realize that many of these species may live in your area as well.   

I hope you enjoy this.  We, of course, have most or all of these palms for sale at the nursery in an assortment of sizes.  And, for your enthusiasts, we probably have several hundred other cool species for you to try.

 

      

Archontophoenix
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobiis
Brahea armata Palm Tree in California
Brahea armata

Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas
 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea costaricana
Coccothrinax
Coccothrinax species 
Copernicia species
Copernicia baileyana
Cryosophila
Cryosophila species 
Cyphophoenix species
Cyphophoenix species' 
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens (habitat)
 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis 
Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Howea forsteriana Palm Tree in California
Howea forsteriana 
Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
 
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis 
Livistona decipiens
Livistona decipiens
Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi 
phoenix rupicola
Phoenix rupicola
Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata 
Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia species 
Pritchardia species
Pritchardia species 
Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca 
Ravenea species giant
Ravenea species 
Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida 
Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena 
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Syagrus pseudococos
Syagrus pseudococos 
Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 


On all the genera above there may be many more species within the same genus that also grow well for us here.  I apologize if I haven't
included your favorite species in this group, but this is meant to be a brief introduction and I wanted to keep it simple.  I have utilized these
species in a brief article summarizing Palms for Southern California elsewhere at this website.

 

 

PLANT CONTAINER SIZE


For growers here on the West Coast, there are black plastic containers that most of us use on our plants.  Surprisingly, there are differences between the pots used
on the West Coast and East Coast of the U.S.  Here we refer to most containers by "gallon size"  On the East Coast pots are referred to by "diameter in inches".  So,
back East you might find a plant in a "14 inch pot".  Here is might be called a "15 gallon pot".  If you visit our price and availability catalog, plants are shown by their
pot size.  I'm hoping that this Blog post this morning will help clarify what individual pots look like.

 

CONTAINER SIZE PHOTO EMPTY CONTAINER PHOTO OF PLANTS IN
THIS CONTAINER
BAND SIZE CONTAINER
This pot is 3 x 3 x 9 inches, square in shape.  It is used for seedling plants.  For most growers, it has replaced the one gallon pot.  It is a bit deeper and easier to place in carrying trays.  It also conserves space on benches because these can be placed close together.  You can get a pretty nice plant in a band container, sometimes up to 30 inches tall.
band container chamaedorea in band
ONE GALLON POT
This is a very common pot used, especially by flower growers and those producing small shrubs.  It's a typical first step after germinating a seedling.  We prefer using the band containers above as they conserve table and bench space more efficiently and are deeper.  Diameter of this pot is six inches but it's only about seven inches deep.
one gallon pot plants in 1g pots
     
TWO GALLON POT
This pot is 7 to 8 inches wide and about 8 inches deep.  It is a nice size to move a band plant into.  But, it is not particularly deep, so you have to make sure the roots fit into the container. This pot will produce an average plant that is about 2 feet tall. We grow a lot of palms in these pots.
2g pot empty plant in 2g oot
FIVE GALLON POT
This pot is 10 inches wide and about 10 inches deep.  It produces a plant that is one of the most common sized palms that we sell.  It is popular because it's not too heavy to lift and plants are typically three to five feet tall, depending on the species. 
5 gallon pot plants in 5g pots
SEVEN GALLON POT
We really like this container because it produces a good sized plant but isn't as heavy to carry as a 15g.  But, for some manufacturing reason, this pot costs twice as much as a 15g.  Therefore, most growers aren't buying this sized pot very much nowadays.  It is 12 inches wide, and about 12 inches deep.
7 gallon pot palm in 7g pot
FIFTEEN GALLON POT
This is the most popular sized purchased by people who want a landscape or near-landscape ready size of plant.  This container typically supports a palm from four to eight feet size.  Weight of this size of container with soil and plant is usually sixty to ninety pounds.  It's size is 15 to 16 inches wide and 16 inches deep.  Note how this size pot usually has a nice carrying lip at the top of the pot.  
15g pot plant in 15g pot
TWENTY/TWENTY-FIVE GALLON POTS
This is the next size up from a 15g.  These pots are typically about 18 to 20 inches wide and 16 to 18 inches deep.  They weight anywhere from 125 to 150 pounds with their soil.  They can produce a plant larger than the 15g, typically 8 to 10 feet. They usually have a flat lip on the top as shown. The pot shown here is actually a 25g pot.  20 g are a bit smaller.
25 g pot plant in 25g pot
24 INCH BOX CONTAINER
This box is 24 inches wide, square in shape and about 22 to 24 inches deep.  The weight of this container depends on the mix, but is anywhere from 175 to 300 pounds (this heavier weight is if one is using a very heavy soil).  It takes two men to lift one of these.  We prefer plastic boxes as shown here, but they are much more expensive than wooden box.  They last a very long time.
24 inch box plant in 24 inch box
ALL POT SIZES IN A ROW
This pot shows all the sizes lined up in a row.  In order, left to right are:

band size
one gallon
two gallon
five gallon
seven gallon
fifteen gallon
25 gallon
24 inch box

There are a few more pots that we use and I haven't discussed here.  These include:

Citrus pots:  these are 8 x 8 x 14 inches, a tall pot for the diameter and good for cycads
Deep bands:  These bands are about twice the size of a normal band
Thirty gallon pots:  These are a step up from the 25 gallon size and pretty heavy
Thirty inch boxes:  These are very heavy, hard to lift, so we rarely use them

empty pots in a row


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