JUNGLE MUSIC Palm Trees and Cycads That Will Grow in Your Area
by Phil Bergman
Greetings from Jungle Music Palms and Cycads in Encinitas, CA.
that you and your garden are both thriving. Below is a short article on
one of the most common difficulties people have in creating a beautiful garden
in their locality. It presents the problem and hopefully a solution for
THE PROBLEM OF SELECTING THE RIGHT SPECIES:
Having a nursery for over thirty-three years, it has long been apparent to me
that many people who want to create a lush and beautiful garden don't really have any idea
of which species of plants to select for their garden. Sure, there are
some self-educated enthusiasts who have studied up and arrive at our nursery
knowing exactly what they want. But, by far, the majority of people need
some guidance. They need advice as to which species will survive in their
area and which species they really like the most. And, they need to know
the cultural requirements of these species. They often have
the concept that they'd like their yard to "look like Hawaii", but have no idea
where to begin and what species to select.
LIMITATIONS: Unfortunately, not everything will grow everywhere. Mother Nature
designed it that way. As an example, I get calls weekly from people who would like to
grow the Red Sealing Wax Palm here in Southern California. This is not
possible in our locality and would require a garden
in the warmest area of the tropics. Southern California just gets too cold
for this species. Limitations of what one can grow are typically based on weather
characteristics; each given area can support certain species and not others.
Limiting factors include such things as cold experience during the winter,
maximal heat during the summer, air humidity and intensity of sun.
Selecting the right species of palms can be challenging. Hopefully we can
help you with some palm ideas.
An overly cold
winter can be a devastating thing to the garden of those who didn't research the best species
for their locality. And, such losses might incorrectly lead a person to
the assumption that "everything
dies" in their garden. This is not the case. They have either chosen
the wrong species to grow or have not been informed about the cultural
requirements of the plants they did purchase. Staff at home
improvement stores are famous for not knowing much about the species of plant
they sell. Some inappropriately assume if the store sells it, it must grow
"here". Unfortunately, many times this
is not the case. In our area in Southern California, such stores sell
Coconut Palms by the thousands and 99% of these are dead by the first
winter. The same could be said for a shade loving palm placed incorrectly
in full sun with a subsequent rapid decline. The customer either didn't
recieve or didn't follow proper culture. People also assume that any palm
will grow indoors. But, there are certain species commonly sold as "house
plants" that are near impossible to grow inside. And yet they are sold as
of these failures result from not being told which species to grow in a given
area and not getting appropriate cultural advice.
To solve the problem of what to grow and how to grow them, one either has to do
a lot of research himself or get help from an expert.
KEYS TO SUCCESS WITH YOUR GARDEN:
Palms, cycads and other tropical plants are the mainstays of creating a lush,
tropical garden. There are literally thousands of different species of
these plants and all have their own specific growth requirements. And,
each of thse different species have different cultural requirements. Of
all the factors involved, winter's cold is by far the most important thing to
consider. Plants are quite predicatable in their cold tolerance. I would
refer people to our Cold Hardy Palm article at this site for informaton on cold
tolerance. At a certain temperature the plant fails to thrive. At a
lower temperature it dies. These occurrences are fairly predictable.
Nurserymen in the business of growing many palm and cycad species have come to
understand the cold tolerance of all the species.
Next are the cultural factors such as sun or shade, air humidity,
drainage, etc. To accomplish success, a consumer must either learn
these things through many hours of research or count on a nurserymen to
give him good advice. He should recieve a list of species he can
grow. He must then deicide which of these species he likes.
And finally, for the species he selected he must receive accurate
cultural advice. It is literally that simple: Know what one could
grow and how to grow them. It's the same whether you're starting a
brand new garden or just adding a few species here and there in the
GUIDANCE WITH YOUR DECISIONS:
It is possible to create a
palette of plants that you like and have success with them.
All that is needed is guidance.
The most common thought of source
for help is to hire a designer or landscape architect to help with
design issues and species.
Or, one an rely upon the advice of an experienced friend and get additional
assistance from books and the
Internet. And, another possibility is to obtain sound advice from an experienced nursery that has the
knowledge and experience to guide its clients. Our staff at Jungle Music
has literally had near 90 years of experience in helping customers achieve their
goals. With 33 years experience and having grown almost any species
possible in Southern California, we feel that we've got the experience
and can easily share our ideas with yoiu. And, we have compiled alot
of data to help current customers achieve maximal
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:
There are several ways we offer help to customers regarding which
species of palms or cycads would do well in their area.
1. You can review the wealth of information at this site, either on palms,
cycads or tropical plants.
2. We have a free consultative service for serious customers who come to
our nursery. Most find this very efficient, time saving and rewarding.
After you get here, we sit down, look at dozens of photographs from an
assortment of refernce books and sites, and help you come up with good landscape
design ideas that give you the exact look you are trying to create with the
perfectly chosen species. If you wish, bring photos of your yard.
From our years of experience with the species, we also will explain to you
cultural conditions needed, growth rates, and each species ability to survive in
your area. This is a popular service we offer because enthusiast get to
pick the exact species he likes and can grow.
3. For those who feel it's necessary, we offer local on site consultations.
A staff member actually comes to your home, inspects your site and offers
suggestions on species that he thinks would work well for you. There is
a charge for this service and we usually reserve this for customers
close to our locality.
4. For mail order customers, contact me by phone or email.
Perhaps we can give you some ideas of species that would do well in your
There are very few specialty palm and cycad nurseries in the country.
We feel that our assistance is valuable to everyone. We actually advise
botanical gardens, landscape architects, designers and major landscape
companies. So, whether you like cold hardy palms or exotic tropical type cycads, we can
offer information for you and your garden.
Thank you for reading this. I hope we will see or hear from many of