Welcome to Jungle Music, a Southern California
Palm Tree, Cycad and Tropical Plant Nursery. Our nursery was started
in 1977 with a specialization in palm trees and cycads. Since
then we've expanded into tropical plants and trees, some
succulents, exotic fruit trees and super unusual companion plants.
We trust that, after you read this and visit the nursery, you'll
understand why many feel the Jungle Music is the best source for unusual plants in Southern
OF THE NURSERY
BEGAN IN SAN DIEGO, MOVED TO ENCINITAS, CA
Jungle Music - Its Origin: Our origin began as a
"backyard nursery" in 1977 in San
Diego. It was a one-man
operation. Without the assistance of email,
established seed sources or the Internet, I continually wrote letters
to new acquaintances around the world and later
began getting seeds from our planet's far corners. I had
luck with germination and soon had an excess of rare plants.
To cover seed costs, I began selling the excess plants. As time
passed, the nursery inventory
expanded. I ran out of display areas for larger plants and it
became apparent that I needed a
larger, more convenient, and centrally situated location
for the nursery expansion plans. In
1994 I conducted a
search for the perfect location for our rapidly
expanding nursery. This led us to the coastal town of
Encinitas, about 25 miles north of San Diego.
We found an
ideal location minutes off Freeway 5 and about a quarter mile from
the ocean. The location was quiet, private
and had very ample space. So, the migration north was set. This first photo to the right was taken at the
entrance of our nursery about a year ago and looks nothing like it
did in 1995.
Location: Encinitas has always been known as a
friendly small town with beautiful beaches and a friendliness to the
agricultural industry. Like so many
flower and plant nurseries in Encinitas, ours
became neatly and privately nestled
in a quaint residential area.
So, in 1995,
new address became 450 Ocean View Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024.
We moved our entire inventory to the new location, expanded the greenhouses,
growing facilities, shade cloth areas and
The photo to the right of my son and I was taken the first year we
were at our new location.
As time passed, we created an educational
and lecture hall that can seat fifty people for presentations on
the plants. We built over a mile of wooden benches for
displaying the plants. We expanded our greenhouse space and
added more shade cloth areas. We added a display garden
- see two pictures to the left. Basically, we got a lot bigger!
And, our inventory rapidly grew to over a quarter
million plants of all sizes and representing over a thousand
Some of our plant material,
especially old cycads, went north to the new site
along with all our palms and other plants. At the new site we
have we first moved into about a half of acre. Then it
expanded and now our nursery occupies about
2.5 acres at the Ocean View location. And, recently we've obtained
acre growing area
for storing large plants and for obtaining size on smaller
ones. This growing grounds is also here in Encinitas.
Customers have been amazed at our expansion and
improvements over the years. We've tried to expand our
inventory to match the added growing areas.
One of the plants that traveled north with us to
the new location is this one hundred year old Dioon merolae
seen on the right above.
WHY OUR NURSERY IS
DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS
First Off, We Propagate Our Own Plants:
Most nurseries and chain
stores do not propagate the plants they
sell. They merely buy in material or broker
plants from distant areas, often out of state or
from tropical areas. This is the case
(especially with the depot type stores) with over
half the nurseries that sell palms or cycads. Such
are often not acclimated or used to our local
weather, especially our dry air and cool
winters. These plants do poorly and have a
high mortality rate in this area.
We were doing something totally
different - germinating seeds and growing our own plants in our local
weather. Our plants get used to our
local sun and weather conditions. We soon found that
customers uniformly had great results with our
plants. And, we offered all sizes for sale, from small to large.
So, the word about our nursery and plants began to
Our Website Was One of the
First and Is One of the Biggest on Palms, Cycads
and Tropical Plants:
In the year 1995,
www.junglemusic.net became one of the very
first websites in the world that dealt with palm
trees and cycads. It started
small and rudimentary but has also improved and
expanded tremendously over the years. It
includes about a hundred articles on the plants
and nursery and has over 20,000 photographs.
If you were to actually read everything, it would
take a day or two to get through it all.
And, it is improved and updated almost daily.
Many tens of thousands of man hours have been
spent on it. And, at the time of writing
this Tour, over ten million visitors
have been to our Site and it hosts more pictures
and articles on palms than any other commercial
palm nursery site.
We Offer a Huge
Selection with Many Sizes of Plants:
Jungle Music offers the largest selection
of palms and cycads of any nursery in this area. We grow what we
and customers want, not what's offered by someone else. We
select the finest species that have proven
themselves to be desirable plants (proven winners) for Southern
have received hundreds of thousands of seeds from
all over the world and have an active,
pro-conservation propagation plan.
visit us, you'll see plants of all sizes and ages
from new seedlings to big boxed specimens.
You'll see our seed germination areas. We
have tens of thousands of young seedlings.
All this means that anyone, regardless of their
pocketbook, can afford to get rare species.
And, seeing this wide range of size selections is
evidence that we are a propagator and grower, not
just a plant broker. At the nursery there are so many
species and plants to
We Offer the Most Rare and Unusual Species:
Presently we Offer over 1000 Different
Species of Plants - palms, cycads, tropical plant and other rare
items. For a new person to
plants, coming to our nursery can be a bit intimidating. This
is because there are just so many plants of so many species/sizes
and types. Customers are used to going to a nursery with about
five or ten choices - that's all. Now, there's many hundreds
of choices. Such a customer almost always needs help.
And, we are experts at giving assistance to them. Our design
and cultural advice is always available when you visit the nursery.
We Germinate and Propagate Our
For a nursery to do what we do, it has to
actively germinate seeds.
And, this we do - by the thousands every year. We then spend many years
new seedlings up to the sizes that people want.
here show flats
of seeds waiting for germination. To the
right is a bucket of newly germinated and healthy rare Archontophoenix
one year after germination. They need to be divided up and put
into small band sized containers. With good care and over time, and with
they will continually be moved into bigger containers.
We Offer Plants Starting
with the Seedling Stage - and on Up From There
smallest sizes are the "band size". This is the beginning
sized container for germinated seeds. But, they might become
fairly large in these pots after several years. Plants are
moved into either 1 gallon or 2 gallon pots. From there they
go into 5 gallon. The next step is a 15 gallon pot. And,
if not sold, they'll then be moved into a 25 gallon pot or a 24 inch
larger sizes are moved outdoors where they acclimate
to our cold or our full sun conditions. These sizes are
typically instantly ready for planting.
You'll find at the nursery we have thousands of plants in
all these assorted sizes. The photos to the left
and right show larger boxed size plants that are instantly ready for
your garden. Just so you understand, men can lift and plant a
24 inch box size. That's the usual size box we use. If
purchase a 30 inch box, they are super heavy and very difficult to
plant. A 36 inch box is impossible to plants without usage of
a crane or tractor. Also, if we load a 24 inch box into your truck,
you can with help get it out of the truck. A 30 inch box is
very difficult to remove from your vehicle. So, unless you
have a contractor who has heavy equipment, try to purchase plants
that are no bigger than 24 inch boxes.
Our Cultural Expertise and Help
Selecting the Right Plants: As a group of plant experts, we
have over one hundred years
of joint plant experience among the staff.
any of our staff can assist you in finding the right species of
plants for your garden. We do this dozens of times for
customers every week. And, with palm growth being
so predictable, a well grown specimen will look identical to what
you'll see in our photo gallery or a reference book. If you
pick out a species you can see exactly what it's going to look like.
This allows you to plan out your garden knowing exactly what you'll have over time.
It doesn't matter whether you want a lush "tropical look", are
looking for a few isolated species, or are trying to hide an
We can help you sold your problem.
Also, be aware that we offer free design consultations to customers
who visit the nursery. Or, if you prefer, we charge for a
personal on site visits or consultation in areas close to our
Certainly, you won't find this kind of service or knowledge at
almost any other nursery.
WE ARE A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS
Although the nursery was started by Phil, almost every
member of his family has participated over time in the nursery's growth and success. Most importantly, this has included Phil's youngest son, Jesse,
who is particular educated about palms and cycads. Phil's wife,
Mitzi, helps with the financial records and promotion. We have a staff
of about seven well-educated plant people that help with sales and support
of the nursery.
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS
Bob & Matty B., occasional
SEE MORE ABOUT ALL OF OUR STAFF
PLANTS AT THE NURSERY
Many Sized Plants to Choose From - Up to Large, Overhead Specimens:
Our present inventory includes
rare and unusual species of palm trees, cycads, tropical plants and some
succulents. We concentrate on plant sizes that people can
lift and plant without heavy equipment. This includes plants from
seedling size to 24 inch boxed specimens.
For those who want crane
sized material, we have several associates that we work with closely and
can provide and have delivered plants up to thirty feet tall. Often these mature
specimens are field grown as shown here. At our nursery, plant
sizes up to the 5 gallon size are typically table grown inside our
As they get larger and are repotted, they are grown on the ground
and introduced to our outdoor environment. We also
acclimate sun-loving plants into full sun exposure.
Species Diversity, Unusually and
Seldom Seed Species and Plant Quality: The diversity
and quality of our plants is second to none. We grow almost a
thousand species and have a quarter million plants available for sale.
This includes plants for shade and sun - plants
that stay short and plants that get tall - plants that are rare or common
- and trees that will take your breath away.
And, we offer
information on anything you buy! Our greenhouses are not heated, so
our plants tend to be very touch and durable. And, our vast selection may be
overwhelming to some, but we walk customers through their options so
that can select just what's right for their needs. We make it
very simple for the customer. The photos below are a sampling
of our plants available.
Photos of Some Nursery Plants:
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Rare and Unusual Plants Offered:
Unlike most nurseries, we specialize in offering different
and unusual species that you just won't find elsewhere.
If you are just
looking for the cheapest common Queen Palm around, we are
not your nursery. Rather, we offer
over 1000 different species of plants, all unique and gorgeous.
If you just want ordinary, common stuff, go to a depot store.
But, if you want to really get
excited over new and different plants, then you'll
like what we offer for sale. We feel we are the finest
Southern California source for rare palm trees, cycads and
tons of exotic companion plants.
And, with our vast selection, there is indeed something for
Scan through all the photographs shown at this article and
you'll quickly realize that you're seeing plants you've
never seen before.
We were probably one of the
first nurseries in the country back in 1977 that
specialized in unusual palms. When our nursery
started, there were only a handful of palm species
for sale in almost all nurseries. Over time we
changed that. Other nurseries have tried to
copy our model but most have failed.
offer over 800 species of exotic
palms that can potentially be grown by many here in
Southern California. And, we
have over 200,000
palm plants of all sizes to select from.
But, this doesn't mean that our
clientele is limited to this area. We ship
palms nationwide every week, even to more tropical
areas like south Florida.
here show our extensive selection of rare
It doesn't matter that you've never heard of most of
We will teach you all about them so that,
when you leave,
have a pretty good familiarity with the species you
bought. And, we can lay out a
planting scheme for you as well. We have
single trunk species as well as clustering palms.
We have many feather palms and super exotic fan
palms for sale. And, we have palms of many
colors including the popular blue varieties.
Finally, we have palms that stay short as well as
canopy forming palms that give shade to the garden.
Cycads are a type of water
conserving plant that's history dates back 200
million years to the age of the dinosaurs.
They are often considered to be the "gems" of a
botanical garden's plant collection. They are
slow growing and ten to never get overly large.
But, there are dwarf species as well as tall trunking species.
Finally, they are among the
most coveted, most rare and most threatened plants
on this planet. This means that it's not easy
to find a source for purchasing cycads.
We've been offering
customers rare cycads for forty years. What
this means to you is that we have a
vast offering of
plants from young seedlings on up to very old,
mature, coning sized plants. Few nursery can
offer these larger sizes. With larger plants,
aware that there is a difference between a recently
removed and minimally rooted offset - and a plant
that is established in a large container for a
decade with roots busting out the bottom of the pot.
You have to be an established nursery that's held
plants for a long time to have the latter, sturdy
and well rooted specimen cycads.
seedling end of the
we offer several thousand plants of many species.
This includes almost all the genera. And on
the in-between plants, we have
scores of 5g, citrus
pot or 15 gallon plants.
I would also like
you to know that multiple times every year we are
contacted about acquiring established private
collections of typically
old cycads. This is most often the result of a
collector moving out of the state or a long term
enthusiast passing away. Although sad in a
way, we consider that we are finding new homes for
these protected plants. This provides another
old and rare cycads that we can offer to you, the
cycad customer. In the month of my writing an
update to this Tour, we have acquired two such
collections. At our home page you can see the
chronically listed recent collections acquired.
I have included links here to these two recently
acquired collections. Just click on the
banners shown here.
Below is a table
showing many species of rare and different cycads.
COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS AND TREES
There are really three groups of plants in this
category. All make great additions to a garden
that's trying to have a tropical appearance.
This is in addition to the palms and cycads shown
above. These three groups include:
Colorful Tropical Plants
Trees and Tropical Fruit
Tropical Color for the
Garden - In Two Ways
This first group of plants
includes plants that, by themselves have colorful
foliage - or plants that blossom and show seasonal
color with their flowers. And, some types of
plants do both. Bromeliads
would be an example of the latter.
plants would be an example of plants having colorful
foliage. We carry all three of these types of
ways to add color to your garden. The taller
plants to the right are red Ti plants. They
typically get to about six feet of height and it's
their foliage that provides the color.
photo to the left shows Alma holding a
Nerogelia type of bromeliad.
Bromeliads are low profile, low maintenance plants
that are rarely over a foot or two tall. They
can also be added epiphytically to tree trunks or
posts. Their leaves
are often quite colorful but from the center they
will add more color in the form of a blossom.
The photo to the right shows a group of colorful
other group of plants that
add color are ones that do it solely with their
blossoms. These would be
a seasonal flower - i.e., lasting for a month or
two. But, some species of these plants will
have a longer blossoming season. To the left
with clumps of pink flowers is the Jacobinia.
And, to the right is a super rare red blossoming
multiflora. It is unique in multiple
ways. It blossoms all year long,
never gets over eight feet tall and does its
blossoming in shade. This is unique that a
tree requires no sunlight to blossom. We offer
quite a few bushes and small plants that have
colorful blossoms. Below in
the tables of pictures is an assortment of colorful
plants for you to consider.
Companion Plants Known for their Foliage
These plants are
known for their foliage - not their blossoms or
color. Most are not too large in size although
some do obtain some height. Included in this
group of plants are
things as Anthurium, Alocasia, Philodendron,
Ferns, Staghorns, Amorphophallus, Bamboo,
Stelitzia, Ornamental Banana,
Canna, Coffea, Cordyline, Crinum and many other
genera of plants. All of these can help adorn,
complement and fill the garden floor below you
canopy forming trees.
As a group, all of these
are strikingly different. No two genera look
alike. It is true that some of
these may additionally add some color with their
an expansive group of plants
and we've found our customers are super enthusiastic
about them. They really give them options of
interesting things to add to the landscape.
The table below shows an assortment of these
tropical companion type plants.
Tropical Trees and Fruits
plants/trees that tend to form overhead canopy or at
least get fairly tall. This is a huge group to
have a comprehensive availability on. There
are thousands upon thousands of plants that fall
into this group.
we have selectively chosen certain ones that we like
to propagate and offer for sale. One of the
most popular in this group is the Traveler Palm,
Ravanala madagascarensis. A photo of
nursery plant is shown to the right. These
have foliage in a single plane yet have a banana
type leaf, all arranged to be viewed from one side.
Another popular tree is Spathodea
shown to the left. The photo shows the
orange-red blossoms. This makes a tree of
about 25 feet height
or more and is florid with
blossom in our summer. Other choices might include
Tabebuia, Cassia species, Plumeria (to the right) and many others. Many of
these trees are known for their colorful blossoms.
parahybum shown to the right is a small
leaflet canopy forming tree that gives light shade,
not dense shade. Known as the Fern Tree, it
has a tropical look and will get to heights
thirty feet. Although we are far from a
tropical fruit nursery, we do carry some. One
of our favorites is the Papaya tree seen to the
right. This is the Mexican variety which
tolerates more cold. And, you only need one
tree to set fruit. The Hawaiian plants need a
colony of both sexes to successfully make fruit.
In the table below you'll see more photos of
tropical trees or tropical fruits.
We have done multiple
video presentations of the garden and the plants.
The banner and link below will take you to a twelve
minute YouTube video showing some of our growing
areas, plants, how we ship plants, and our "Palm
House Garden" which is our display area for visitors
to view. Check it out if you have the time.
INVITATION TO VISIT THE NURSERY
This certainly has been a
comprehensive tour of all aspects of our nursery.
I've done this because I'd like to gain you as a
customer. I can guarantee you that you'll like
the plants that you see, we offer very fair prices
and have the largest and most rare inventory of
palms, cycads and exotics tropical plants around.
We take very good care of our customers. If
you have any questions or inquiries, please call me
or email me. My email link address is at the
bottom of this page.
Thank you for reading
Staff at previous Open House
Links Below for More to Read and
450 Ocean View Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024
619 291 4605
Monday - Friday 9AM to
Directions to Nursery:
Freeway Close. Take Freeway 5 to Encinitas
(10 minutes south of Oceanside, 30 minutes north of San Diego).
Exit Leucadia Blvd West (toward ocean).
Immediate left on Orpheus Ave, left on Union St,
Right on Ocean View Ave to Nursery, which is at 450 Ocean View Ave
3233 Brant Street,
San Diego, CA 92103