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Encephalartos princeps 
Encephalartos princeps
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Encephalartos arenarius
Macrozamia communis 
Macrozamia communis
Cycas panzhihuaensis 
Cycas panzhihuaensis
     
CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM


A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
DOES BEST IN LESS THAN FULL SUN
GETS TO SIX FEET TALL

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

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD


GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
LOTS OF SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM

Although you can't tell from the photos here, this cycad species can get quite tall.  I've seen photos from habitat with what appears to be over 20 feet of trunk.  Dioon spinulosum is native to tropical areas in Mexico where it grows in limestone forests.  Trunks don't get overly thick, typically 12 to 14 inches thick.  With age, this can be more.  Leaves are green and mildly armed.  Leaf length is about six feet.  My preference is to grow this species in filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the mid twenties F.  Be aware, to get a foot or two of trunk can take a few decades.  At the nursery we usually have a good selection of this species from small to large.  Photos below shown some nursery plants as well as plants in gardens.
 

Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum Dioon spinulosum
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  dIOON SPINULOSUM
Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum  Dioon spinulosum 

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


NARROW TRUNK & WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 25G PLANTS

Back in the year 2000, I was the President of the International Palm Society.  I set up the 1998 Biennial in Thailand at Nong Nook Gardens.  I arranged with the Palm Society of New Caledonia to have to 2000 Biennial in their country.  The palms of New Caledonia are some of the most exciting and prettiest palms of the world.  This gave my son Jesse and I a great opportunity to see the New Caledonian palms in the wild. 

About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for Burretiokentia koghiensis.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  Shown here are plants that we germinated about 10 years ago.  They are finally really nice, old 25g plants.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $575

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


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

  

TALL INTERIOR QUALITY KENTIA PALMS
HOWEA FORSTERIANA

ELEGANT, GREEN LEAVES, THINNER TRUNKS
TEN DAY SPECIAL TALL SQUAT 15G SIZE


Our major focus with the Howea forsteriana has been historically dealing with their usage in landscape.  But, this species - The Kentia Palm - is also an excellent house plant.  We get calls about obtaining them for hotel lobbies, restaurants, and upscale business offices.  Inside the home or facility they tolerate adequate light but don't demand being in front of a window.  Leaves are elegant, dark green and have a gentle arch.  Trunks are thin.  The squat 15g are interior quality with stretched upward leaves.  This is what interior designers seek.  These are too tall for mail order.  They are in squat 15g pots and 8 to 10 feet tall in their pots.  Almost all are multiples with two to three plants per pot.  Sorry, but I don't have any good photos of this palm in an interior application.

TEN DAY SPECIAL INTERIOR QUALITY SQUAT 15G $375 

Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g July Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g
Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g Howea forsteriana tall squat 15g
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
THE RARE GREEN BISMARCKIA

YOU NEVER SEE THEM AVAILABLE



BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE COLOR
VERY ATTRACTIVE, LARGER FLAT GREEN FAN PALM
SPECIAL OLD AND LARGE 15G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on the island of Madagascar.  At another location, there is an endemic green Bismarckia known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about these green forms of the Bismarck Palm.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form.  On these green Bismarckias, often you'll see red in the leaf stem or a hint of it on the leaves.  Of course, this is a full sun palm.  This is a very rare palm to find as everyone seeks out the blue type.  But, we have this more rare green form and have found they are showing nice cold hardiness to the low 20's F.  The plant shown below is about twelve years old.  We have a handful of them.  The 11th photo below is by TS at RPS.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $235


Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island
Bismarckia mayotte island Bismarckia mayotte island TS RPS Bismarckia mayotte island

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA



MEDIUM TO TALL, FULL OR PART DAY SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL SINGLE 15 GALLON SIZE

The popular King Palm is also known as the Piccabeen Palm or Bangalow palm.  It is native to several areas in Australia.  It can in habitat get to sixty feet tall, but in Southern California is usually not over 40 feet tall.  It is crown shafted with a gray trunk.  The crown shaft is green with some brown speckled areas.  Leaf length is 8 to 10 feet.  It is not particularly rare.  Other species of King Palms are.  (we grow them all).  Ramenta is present on the back of the leaflets, a hallmark of this species.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  The singles we're putting on sale are in the 15g size.  Be aware, you can plant a single, double or triple.  All do great although the greater the number of plants put in, the slower the growth rate of the clump.  These single 15g plants are about 7 to 8 feet tall in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165


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


ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
TALL, THICK TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL GREEN PINNATE PALM

 

DOES BEST IN SHADE – STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a very large, single trunk species that is native to a long range, spanning from Mexico into the northern parts of South America.  It is very sought after by enthusiasts and is known as one of the tallest of all Chamaedoreas - reaching heights of possibly over forty feet.  The trunk has a prominent crownshaft and is four inches thick or more.  It's leaves are four to five feet long with a prominent petiole.  Leaf color is a deep green and, in cross section, the leaves are slightly keeled.  In Southern California, this species prefers shade or a bit of sun.  It has been said that this species cannot take a freeze.  More recent reports suggest this species can tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F.  It is known to be growing in the San Francisco Bay area.  It is a quick grower and sometimes the base of the trunk is swollen.  Shown in the first six photos are our 5g size which are quite tall and need to go into the garden or be repotted.  Most are 5 feet tall or more in their pots.  We have limited numbers available.  The 7th photo shows the trunk of a 15 gallon plant.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE 5 GALLON $135

Note:  We only have a few available and they’ll be gone soon.


Chamaedorea woodsoniana 5g Chamaedorea woodsoniana 5g Chamaedorea woodsoniana 5g
Chamaedorea woodsoniana 5g CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA Chamaedorea woodsoniana 5g
Chamaedorea woodsoniana CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM

 
VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON SIZE

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  It takes full coastal sun.  The degree of purple in the crown shaft is variable but never "lollipop" purple.  The underside of the leaves is silver and there is ramenta hairs only on this side.  On younger plants the leaf bases and leaf stem tend to have a yellow color.  I'm showing our 5g size (first 6 photos below) which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  These are nicely sized for their pots and either single or multiple (more than one per pot).  In the pot they are about four feet tall or a bit more.  We also have other sizes available.  These can be mail ordered. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $115


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this discount.


Archontophoenix purpurea 5g singles, mult Archontophoenix purpurea 5g singles, mult Archontophoenix purpurea 5g singles, mult
Archontophoenix purpurea 5g singles, mult Archontophoenix purpurea 5g singles, mult Archontophoenix purpurea 5g singles, mult
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $115


Just mention this special when you buy.  I thank TS at RPS for usage of his photo below.

 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM


EASY TO GROW
RESEMBLES THE KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain form that are typically single trunk.  I feel it's the best subspecies one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of typically under 15 feet.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G $125

Mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discount. 
 

Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica Laccospadix australasica

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY


LIMITED NUMBER OLD SUCKERING 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON 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 7 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 5g size is shown in the first 5 photos.  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 $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125


But, remember to mention this special when purchasing to get this price.


Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax campestris
15 gallon size
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant
Trithrinax campestris
garden plant

 

SERENOA REPENS
SOUGHT AFTER BLUE FORM


SUCKERING, SEMI-DWARF FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY, SUN LOVING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering fan palm is native to the southeastern gulf states of the U.S. and some adjacent island areas.  Native habitats even extend up into the Carolinas.  It gets to a mature height of six to eight feet.  It loves sun and heat.  Leaf color varies from blue to green or somewhere in-between.  The plants on sale today are in 5 gallon pots and five years old.  It is slow growing palm.  It forms a clump over time.  The plants on special are about four years old.  Of note, young plants never show blue - but these plants are just showing it.  These are supposed to be the blue variety.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON THIS SIZE $100

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount. 


Serenoa repens 5g Serenoa repens 5g Serenoa repens 5g
Serenoa repens 5g Serenoa repens 5g serenoa repens
serenoa repens serenoa repens sERENOA REPENS

  

SABAL URESANA
RARE & ATTRACTIVE BLUE FAN PALM

 

MEDIUM SIZED MATURE – LOVES HEAT AND SUN
VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND FOR SALE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This extremely blue species of Sabal is from northwestern Mexico in the states of Sonora and Chihuahua.  In fact, I had a collector in New Mexico who told me he thinks the natural distribution of this species extends across the U.S. border into New Mexico.  But, this is not documented.  This species has very long petioles with divided fan leaves attached at their ends.  The leaves are blue or blue-green on both sides.  This is more apparent when the plants are moved into sun and age.  tThe ends of the leaves flex downward, so the leaves appear as if they are hanging down toward the ground.  Plants can get over thirty feet tall and in habitat are much taller than this.  Trunks get up to eighteen inches thick.  They like heat and sun.  Cold hardiness is good, into the upper teens F.  But, cold along with wet weather can be difficult for this species.  We have available some nice 5 gallon which we’re putting on Special.  Leaf color is just beginning to turn blue.  The last habitat photo is by Jeremy Spath.  The last actual photo is a 15g plant which we’ve sold out of.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $110


Sabal uresana 5g Sabal uresana 5g Sabal uresana 5g
Sabal uresana 5g Sabal uresana 5g Sabal uresana 5g
Sabal uresana Sabal uresana Jeremy Spath Sabal uresana

 

SABAL MINOR
THE DWARF PALMETTO

NEVER OVER SIX FEET TALL - GREEN FAN PALM LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS


This dwarf palm native to the southern states of the U.S. is sought after because of its small size and extreme cold hardiness.  It can take temperatures into the mid-teens F. and rarely gets over six feet tall.  It is often grown in full sun but tolerates part sun or strong filtered light.  Enthusiasts like it because of its small size.  Blossoms commonly shoot above the green fan leaves and produce black small seeds.  We’re putting 2 gallon plants on sale presently.  These are big for their pots.  Easy to mail order. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE NICELY SIZED 2 GALLON $62.50

Just mention this blog special to get this great deal.  This and all sales above apply to mail orders or nursery visits.


Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor
Sabal minor Sabal minor Sabal minor

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING BAMBOO PALM



COLD HARDY - NEVER OVER EIGHT FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This suckering Chamaedorea has very thin canes, somewhat wide leaflets, green leaves and an overall small to medium size.  Mature plants are rarely over 8 feet tall.  Often leaves can have an iridescent sheen and sometimes are glaucous on the back side.  This species wants filtered light and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  The 2 gallon on sale are nicely sized and suckering already.  They are equivalent to a 5 gallon plant.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 2 GALLON $85
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $75

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  These can be mail ordered.  The plants on special are shown in the first two rows of photos.  The last row shows a 15g at the nursery.


Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering
Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix suckering Chamaedorea microspadix suckering

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
VERY RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

PLUMOSA LEAVES – COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This highly sought-after, single trunk species from Madagascar is very beautiful.  It falls into the category of a “must have ” species.  This species comes from mid-elevation in southern Madagascar and is proving to be a great species for Southern California.  It has a height of over 30 feet, a thick trunk that is about 12 to sixteen inches thick with prominent rings, plumose upright leaves and a colored crown shaft.  The crown shaft has white silver, orange and black colors.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties but is not yet worked out.  Mature trees tolerate full sun along the coast.  The mature photos are by TS at RPS.  One photo is c/o John Dransfield, Kew Botanical Garden in London.  We’re putting 2 gallon plants on Special.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $80
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

Remember to mention this Special. These can be mail ordered.

Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana TS RPS Dypsis prestoniana jd kew bot garden Dypsis prestoniana TS RPS

 

ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN ROYAL PALM



TALL PINNATE PALM WITH LUSH GREEN FOLIAGE
LONG PROMINENT CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLINGS IN BANDS

This species of Royal Palm is native to the lower Caribbean Islands and northern South America.  References say it can reach heights of sixty feet but I've personally seen a grove of 100 year old trees in New Caledonia that surpass 100 feet.  They are fast growing, have green leaves, a prominent crown shaft and hold their leaves typically in the upper half of the leaf-crown sphere.  They want sun and are cold hardy to about 25 degrees F.  On sale are one year old band sized seedlings.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $52.50
Easy to mail order.


Roystonea oleracea band Roystonea oleracea band Roystonea oleracea band
Roystonea oleracea band Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea band

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS

Shown below is our band size plants of the desirable blue South African cycad, Encephalartos trispinosus.  Most people find it's very similar to E. horridus.  It is a small to medium sized mature blue cycad with leaflets that have prominent lobes.  But, be aware that this species is quite variable and has many forms.  There is even a spineless leaflet form.  It is anticipated that these plants, like their parents, with have prominently prickly and lobed leaflets.  These will want full sun along the coast and are cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  These 5 gallon plants can be shipped.  Caudex size on these is about 2 inches.  After acclimation, one can plant them directly into the ground in spring to summer, or wait another year when they are larger. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 5 GALLON WITH ABOUT 2 INCH CAUDEX $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS WITH 2 INCH CAUDEXES $255


Encephalartos trispinosus 5g caudex 2 inches Encephalartos trispinosus 5g caudex 2 inches Encephalartos trispinosus 5g caudex 2 inches
Encephalartos trispinosus 5g caudex 2 inches Encephalartos trispinosus 5g caudex 2 inches Encephalartos trispinosus 5g caudex 2 inches
ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

 

DIOON EDULE VARIETY TAMAULIPAS
GLAUCOUS GREEN THIN LEAF MEXICAN CYCAD


ONE OF VARIOUS VARIETIES OF
DIOON EDULE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Dioon edule is a very durable species of cycad that is found in Mexico.  Enthusiasts have found that in different native localities that the plants of each region are different.  This has led to what we call "varieties" of Dioon edule.  In the Tamaulipas area of Mexico such a variety is found.  This is also the locality of the recognized species Dioon angustiolium. The Dioon edule variety tamaulipas is a glaucous green species with flat leaves and narrow leaflets.  The leaflets re minimally spined if at all.  Leaflets are spaced with a narrow gap between individual leaflets.  Leaf color is green to a blue-green.  Mature plants are dwarf and rarely over 6 feet tall overall in the garden.  It prefers full sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It likes good draining soil.  We are offering 5 gallon plants with a 3 inch caudex on this hard to find variety.  These can be mail ordered.  Unfortunately, I have no garden photos of this variety.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3 INCH 5 GALLON $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 5 GALLON 3 INCH CAUDEX $295

 

Dioon edule tamalupis 5g 3 inches Dioon edule tamalupis 5g 3 inches Dioon edule tamalupis 5g 3 inches
Dioon edule tamalupis 5g 3 inches Dioon edule tamalupis 5g 3 inches  

 

INTERESTING BLUE HYBRID ENCEPHALARTOS
ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS X PRINCEPS


WILL BE STRIKING BLUE HYBRID
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is a hybrid cycad that was produced by using two blue South African cycads.  Pollen from E. princeps was used to pollinate a female cone of E. longifolius.  Both of these two parents are blue in sun and when mature - especially the E. princeps.  As many of you know, Encephalartos princeps is one of the most sought after of the blue species.  These juvenile plants have about three leaves and a caudex size of a bit under one inch.  They will want full sun along the coast and should be cold hardy down into the very low 20's F.  These can be mail ordered.  They can remain in these 5g pots for several years.  As this is an unusual cross, I can only show you nursery photos of pure longifolius and princeps below.  I have no garden specimens of this hybrid available for pictures.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE JUVENILE PLANTS THIS HYBRID $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G THIS HYBRID & THIS SIZE $100



Encephalartos longifolius x princeps 5g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos longifolius x princeps 5g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos longifolius x princeps 5g caudex 1 inch
Encephalartos longifolius x princeps 5g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos longifolius x princeps 5g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos longifolius x princeps 5g caudex 1 inch
ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEBOMBOENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

GREEN LEAVES – FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON SIZE

Encephalartos lebomboensis is native to the Lebombo Mountains in South Africa.  It is most closely related to Encephalartos senticosus.  Leaves are green, typically three to five feet long and have thin, heavily spined leaflets.  But, overall, this is not a large cycad species.  In fact, it is relatively compact for an Encephalartos.  In a lifetime most would see a mature tree that has perhaps six feet of trunk.  There are many century old plants in the wild with fifteen to twenty feet of trunk.  Overall, the crown width is about six feet.  This species wants full sun along the coast and has a cold tolerance to the low 20's F.  It is not hard to grow.  The plants shown are in 2 gallon pots with a caudex of 2 inches

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE, THIS SPECIES $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $115


Encephalartos lebomboensis 2 gallon caudex 2 inches Encephalartos lebomboensis 2 gallon caudex 2 inches Encephalartos lebomboensis 2 gallon caudex 2 inches
Encephalartos lebomboensis 2 gallon caudex 2 inches Encephalartos lebomboensis 2 gallon caudex 2 inches Encephalartos lebomboensis 2 gallon caudex 2 inches
Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis Encephalartos lebomboensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G CYCAD

This rare cycad is native to Swaziland, northern South Africa.  It is known as one of the most attractive of all the green cycads. It does great in Southern California but is rare and hard to find.  New leaves tend to be upright.  Most pronounced is the "frost" appearance of leaves as shown below.  This is from small hairs on the leaflets.  Compared to other cycads leaflets are fairly thin – and they carry spines.  It makes a medium to large mature specimen.  Mature size can be over fifteen feet with 6 to 10 foot green leaves.  Along the coast it’ll take full sun.  Far inland I’d recommend limited sun.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20’s F.  The plant on Special is in a 15g pot and has an 8 inch caudex and is shown in the first six photos below.  

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL 15 GALLON CYCAD $1320
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $1125

Below I'm showing photos of a large 25g specimen at the nursery - photo #7 below.  We have a few seedlings.


ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS 15G 8 INCHES ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS 15G 8 INCHES ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS 15G 8 INCHES
ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS 15G 8 INCHES ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS 15G 8 INCHES ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS 15G 8 INCHES
ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS Encephalartos paucidentatus

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

UPRIGHT GREEN LEAVES - MEDIUM TO LARGE SO AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY FOUR YEAR OLD 1.5 GALLON JUVINILE CYCADS

FOR DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

The plants on special are in deep 1 gallon (1.5 gallon) and are four years old with 3 to 4 leaves.  Caudex size is approaching one inch.  These would be easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1.5 GALON WITH CAUDEX ABOUT ONE INCH $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 1.5 GALLON $110

Below I'm showing photos of a few garden and nursery plants of this species.


Encephalartos paucidentatus 1.5 gallon caudex 1 inch Encephalartos paucidentatus 1.5 gallon caudex 1 inch Encephalartos paucidentatus 1.5 gallon caudex 1 inch
Encephalartos paucidentatus 1.5 gallon caudex 1 inch Encephalartos paucidentatus 1.5 gallon caudex 1 inch Encephalartos paucidentatus 1.5 gallon caudex 1 inch
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus
Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus Encephalartos paucidentatus

 

SILVER BRAKE FERN
PTERIS CRETICA



TWO COLORED LEAVES
LIKES FILTERED LIGHT - NOT TOO TALL
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The hallmark of this fern are the green and white leaflets.  There are various varieties of this species.  On some the lighter color is a white, others sort of yellow and also some with silver inner portions of the leaflets.  Leaves come from crawling rhizomes and are about 12 to 18 inches long.  This species like ample moisture, filtered light and is cold tolerance to a bit below a freeze.  We are offering 5 gallons on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5 GALLON $60


Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica
Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica Silver Brake Fern Pteris cretica

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI

THE PERFECT COMPANION PLANT


NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  We’re offering our 5 gallon size on a Ten Day Special.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners. These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you buy!  The last photo is c/o Wikipedia.


ANTHURIUM HOOKERI ANTHURIUM HOOKERI ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM  BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM  ANTHURIUM HOOKERI
ANTHURIUM HOOKER  ANTHURIUM HOOKER  ANTHURIUM HOOKER WIKIPEDIA 

 

LIGULARIA TUSSILANGINEA
LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES


YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE ONE GALLON

This is an interesting plant we propagate ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  They form small clusters of shiny green leaf plants that don't get over 18 inches.  Flowers come in the fall are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water.  Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It's a good "indicator plant" for how well you are watering the garden.  They'll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  In full sun, give them plenty of water.  These plants do sucker and are easy to propagate from divisions. This is a great "filler plant" to put in areas where you want something but don't know what to use.  On the fourth photo the one gallon is in his right hand.  We're sold out of 5g presently.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $32.50

Remember:  mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Ligularia 1g Ligularia t. 1g Ligularia
Ligularia one and five gallon Ligularia Ligularia

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE

 

THE BEST AND ONE OF THE FEW PANDANUS GOOD FOR THIS AREA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

Pandanus utilus is called the Screw Pine but is not a pine at all.  It's actually a monocot (similar to palms) and native to Madagascar, the Mauritius Islands and some surrounding areas.  It gets it's name by the arrangement of leaves which come off the trunk in spiraling fashion, always the same direction.  Thus, the leaves spin off at different angles in a swirl.  Leaves are rather thin and have spines along the margins.  The trunk on this species is quite amazing.  It forms aerial roots (sausage like) that come to the ground for stability.  Trunks fork and form multiple heads of leaves.  Trunks can also be quite smooth, almost snakeskin-like.  It has large fruit clusters that are bigger than grenades.  But, it is a dioecious species and you need a male and female plant to set viable seeds.  Leaf color is green with a sheen of blue.  Overall height is variable, but old specimens can easily be over thirty feet tall with lots of branches.  It takes sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is probably in the mid-twenties F.  We are offering only a few 5g as shown that we have in stock.  This is an hard species to find for sale.
 
REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $100

Just mention this blog special when purchasing to get this price.  This size can be mail  ordered.  The only other Pandanus that we’ve had luck with is P. furcatus, which we also have.  And, we’re trying a new species Pandanus dubius. 


Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis
Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis
Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis Pandanus utilis

 

ALOCASIA LOW RIDER
TRUE DWARF GREEN HYBRID

 

NEVER OVER 2 FEET TALL - FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This dwarf Alocasia is a hybrid of Alocasia portora - which is much taller and larger than this hybrid.  Mature height is typically 18 inches.  Leaf stems are striped as you can see on the photo.   Leaf color is green.  This plant tolerates partial or perhaps full sun along the coast or limited sun / strong filtered light in interior areas.  It is fairly cold hardy and winters over in zone 7B and above.  We're putting 5 gallon on sale.  Sorry, but I have no photos of mature garden plants.


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

This size can be shipped mail order.


Alocasia lowrider 5g Alocasia lowrider 5g Alocasia lowrider 5g
Alocasia lowrider 5g Alocasia lowrider 5g Alocasia lowrider 5g

 

HIBISCUS MIDNIGHT
RED BLOSSOM


RARE VARIETY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FLOWERING SIZE ONE GALLON


As a nursery, we're not a specialty Hibiscus grower.  But, I've always loved these plants.  Even older species, around for quite a while, add color and charm to the garden.  And, newer varieties are amazing.  The reason we backed off from Hibiscus is that they attract white fly problems.  This was especially present a decade ago but has become less of a problem nowadays.  So, we are growing some cool varieties presently.  Most are from cuttings from collections of desirable plants.  The one on sale here has large red (touch of pink) blossoms.  They are fully rooted.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $35

Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight 
Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red  

 

FRIDAY, 27 JANUARY, 2023 

 

WINTER - A GREAT TIME TO BUY PLANTS?


YES, BECAUSE WINTER PLANTS ARE THE BIGGEST OF THE SEASON
BUY BEFORE THEY GET REPOTTED

Experienced gardeners know that the best time to buy nursery grown plants is during the winter.  This is because right now we are in the process of repotting our largest plants into larger containers.   We select out the largest of plants and repot them first.  And, of course, the price goes up. So, the best deals on plants are during winter.
 
In our area, the best time to plant is the end of February as the threat of frost is gone.  So, planting time is not too far away.  If you live in a distant and colder area, we can hold plants for free for later shipping when weather is better.  We have a variety of container sizes on most species - from small to large.  Also, the number of species we offer for sale is unparalleled at over 1600 species.  When it's a nursery visit or mail order, consider getting your plants now. 

 

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


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

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

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

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


Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling
Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling Repotting Palm Seedling

 

ASSORTED BROMELIADS
NEW ONES ARRIVING ALMOST WEEKLY

FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
MANY SUN & SHADE VARIETIES


We are continually trying to bring in more colorful, exciting and new varieties of Bromeliads that customers will like  At the end of this week we'll be getting in a new batch of colorful and different species.  We try to emphasize different types including Aechmea, Neorogelias and others.   Some are for shade and others for sun.  Right now we probably have about 25 different varieties of Bromeliads.  I'm showing some we've had in the past year below.  We invite all to drop in to see our Bromeliads.  We  have a lot more than shown here but, be aware, that some sell out while other different ones arrive.  

Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Bromeliads assorted Assorted bromeliads Assorted bromeliads
Bromeliads assorted Vriesea Assorted bromeliads
Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Vriesea maroon shadow Vriesea hybrid Aechmea hybrid
Aechmea Aechmea Aechmea blossom
Aechmea Aechmea orange ade Aechmea
Neorogelia carolinae Neorogelia Neorogelia

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM



MEDIUM SIZED SINGLE TRUNK
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER - FULL SUN
AMAZING HUGE SPECIMENS IN 36 INCH BOX SIZE

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON HUGE CONTAINERIZED SPECIMENS

This species of exotic palm is from the island of Madagascar.  It is the third of three Beccariophoenix species described from this palm-loaded country.  It is so sought after because some feel that it's the prettiest species of the three.  And, because it may possess the best cold hardiness.  I've documented other Beccariophoenix species tolerating temperatures below 25 degrees at our nursery.  So, this species may survive in areas like San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston.  It grows to a height of about thirty feet and does not have a crown shaft.  Leaves are long and minimally curved.  The crown of leaves are densely placed - so it offers privacy and screening of neighbors.  Growth rate is medium in most areas and along the coast it likes sun.  This species is hard to find.  We're putting on sale the largest plants we've ever had for sale - in 36 inch boxes or 35 gallon bags.  Heights in the containers is about twelve feet.  Limited supplies.   

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE SPECIMENS $800
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 36 INCH BOX SIZE $675

You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.  Two habitat photos by TS at RPS.  We only have one or two left.


Beccariophoenix alfredii 36 inch box and 35 gallon bag Beccariophoenix alfredii 36 inch box and 35 gallon bag Beccariophoenix alfredii 36 inch box and 35 gallon bag
Beccariophoenix alfredii 36 inch box and 35 gallon bag Beccariophoenix alfredii 36 inch box and 35 gallon bag Beccariophoenix alfredii 36 inch box and 35 gallon bag
Beccariophoenix alfredii 36 inch box and 35 gallon bag Beccariophoenix alfredii 36 inch box and 35 gallon bag
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS RPS  Beccariophoenix alfredii TS RPS   

 

MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE HYBRID PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY - TO ABOUT 16 DEGREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE

This popular inter-generic hybrid palm was probably first created by a man made cross of both parents about a hundred years ago.  It has been given a trade name of  "Butiagrus nabonnandii" but most people call it the Mule Palm.  The latter name is utilized because it's been found on most specimens to have sterile fruit or no fruit at all.   Any seeds formed almost always won't germinate to grow a new palm.  Butia capitata is a monoecious species.  This means that flower stocks have both male and female flowers.

To produce Mule Palm plants, it takes a tremendous amount of work to viable and true seeds.  On the seed producing Butia flowerstock, all the male flowers must be meticulously removed manually to prevent self-pollination by itself.  Only after this can the Queen pollen but put onto the receptive Butia blossoms.  This takes a lot of experience, effort and time.  This is one of the reasons this hybrid is so rare and usually pricey.

Mature height is up to thirty feet, much shorter than the Queen Palm.  But, cold hardiness is better than a Queen as well.  It'll take temperatures down to about 16 degrees F. This species prefers a bright sun location and can be grown in the desert in full sun. 

On special are our squat 25g plants.  They are eight to nine tall.  They are ready for planting but we only have a few of them..

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $695
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $
595

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


MULE PALM 25G MULE PALM 25G MULE PALM 25G
MULE PALM 25G MULE PALM 25G MULE PALM 25G
Mule Palm Butia x Jubaea Mule Palm Butia x Jubaea Mule Palm TS RPS

 

PINANGA JAVANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TROPICAL & EXOTIC SPECIES

GETS TALLER THAN P. CORONATA - BEING GROWN BY COLLECTORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

It's been a few years since we've offered this rare single trunk Pinanga from the island of Java, Indonesia.  A different thing about this species is that it is single trunk.  Juvenile plants have solid, simple leaves as shown in the photos.  But, over time, they become pinnate leaves as seen on the larger garden specimen.  The mature trunk is thin and ringed.  Leaves are six feet long or more - green in color.  The thing about this species is that no one has it!  Shown are the 15g plants we're putting on Special.  It wants filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $245
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $225


PINANGA JAVANA 15G PINANGA JAVANA 15G PINANGA JAVANA 15G
PINANGA JAVANA 15G PINANGA JAVANA 15G PINANGA JAVANA 15G
Pinanga javana Pinanga javana palmpedia

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THE ELEGANT PALM

MEDIUM SIZE – THIN TRUNK – CROWN SHAFTED
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN LARGE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This species is from New Caledonia in the northern part of the island.  It is of similar height to C. nucele and has the same trunk diameter.  The crown shaft on C. elegans is slightly more swollen than that of C. nucele.  The crown shaft is also more of a green color, but can show silver.  The leaflets are thinner and, as you can see, the leaves curve downward as opposed to the stiff, upright leaves of nucele.  Another important difference between the two is that the leaves of C. elegans are keeled whereas the leaves of nucele are more flat.  Of note, on both species the bare petiole (stem with no leaves) is very short.  This helps you identify this genus. 

Shown here is an oversized 15 gallon plant.  Also shown are photos of mature plants.  It's easy to appreciate how beautiful and not overly large it is.  This species should be started in filtered light and be allowed to grow into some sun if you live along the coast.  Inland full sun is too harsh for this species.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE LARGE SIZED 15 GALLON $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15 GALLON $245

Remember to mention this Special to get this price.  Limited numbers available. 


Cyphophoenix  elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans

 

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


FULL SUN AND MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The intensity of the blue color varies from plant to plant.  But, the palm shown here came from a nice blue parent.  Outdoors in hot sun, the color blue will intensify.  Mature height is about fifteen feet or a bit more.  Trunk diameter averages 12 to 16 inches.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.  This plant also does well in desert climates. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  The 8th photo is by friend, Paul Craft.  


Butia capitata blue color 15g Butia capitata blue color 15g Butia capitata blue color 15g
Butia capitata blue color 15g Butia capitata blue color 15g bUTIA CAPITATA 15G
Butia capitata blue Blue Butia capitat Paul Craft Butia capitata blue

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES


THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


This species of Date Palm is from India and Pakistan and somewhat resembles the Canary Island Date Palm.  But, the trunk is much thinner, the crown is not as large and it is more rounded in shape.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Overall height can reach forty to fifty feet.  This is a sun species in all areas with a cold tolerance into the teens F.  We're offering nice 15g plants on special as shown.  These might be a bit of a challenge to mail order but can be done.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

Just mention this Special to get the discount when purchasing,  Only a few available.
 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM
 

IDEAL FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

I've discussed this great New Caledonian species before because it is such a good species for those of us in Southern California.  It comes from high elevation in its native New Caledonia habitat, is a good growing palm and can tolerate full sun easily along the coastal strip.  Its cold hardiness is down to about 23 degrees, better than the King Palm or Kentia Palm.  It has an average trunk diameter of eight to ten inches and a mature height of usually about thirty feet.  It can also be grown in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Shown here is the 5 gallon size we’re putting on special  Growth rate on this species is good.  This species is highly recommended. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $115

The 5 gallon size is shown in the first 5 photos.  The garden trees are growing in San Diego County.



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

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 

SILVER UNDERSIDE TO THE LEAVES
MODIFIED SPINES ON TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It can get up to a height of 25 feet but most garden specimens are under 15 feet tall.  Two things are quite noteworthy:  First, the undersides of the leaves are a silver-white.  A picture below of sale size shows this quite well.  Secondly, the trunk is narrow and covered with "modified" spines.  They are not real sharp and are not true spines.  The dorsal side of the leaves is green.  This palm likes strong filtered light and right on the coast may take part day sun.  Cold tolerance is estimated to be in the high 20's F.  Growth rate is medium.  You have to have an overhead crown of leaves to really see the silver color.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $115

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.
  The plants on sale are shown in the first six photos.  I'm also showing a 15g size and a specimen c/o TS at RPS.


Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA by TS RPS

  

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 5 GALLON PLANTS

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  These are the blue form.  This palm species loves sun, heat and is cold hardy to the low 20’s F.  It doesn’t like the grower to fool with or cut its roots.  These cannot be transplanted once established in the garden.  They get a husky trunk and probably about 40 feet tall in many decades.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Shown below is our 5 gallon size.  This is a great starting size.


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $110


Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  This size is easy to mail order.

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

 

SABAL CAUSIARUM
LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 

SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED TRUNK
SUPER COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is one of my favorite Sabal species.  It's native to various Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico and Cuba.  It can get to height of at least 35 feet and has a trunk that is smooth and a light tan to gray color.  Trunks are thick, up to about 30 inches.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Growth rate is good and it likes sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F.  The 5g size shown below are nice.  We’re putting this size on sale.  Get them in the ground and within a few years you’ll have a decent sized palm.  I’m showing some mature plants below as well. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115


Sabal causiarum 5g Sabal causiarum 5g Sabal causiarum 5g
Sabal causiarum 5g Sabal causiarum 5g Sabal causiarum 5g
Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum Sabal causiarum

  

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
MATURE HEIGHT A BIT OVER TWENTY FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 3G SIZE

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.  Its crown shaft and leaves are aligned in three ranks.  Thus, the common name of “Triangle Palm”.  Shown here are nice 3g size with height to 4 feet or taller in their pots.  We do have many sizes for sale including large 1 gallon, 15g and a few larger 25g / 24 inch boxes.  Maximum height of this species is 20 to 25 feet.  Growth rate is medium.

REGULAR PRICE 3G SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3G SIZE $95

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


DYPSIS DECARYI DYPSIS DECARYI DYPSIS DECARYI
DYPSIS DECARYI Dypsis decaryi  DYPSIS DECARYI

  

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED, NARROW TRUNK
VERY "CUTE PALM" WITH GREEN OR SILVER GREEN LEAVES


SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

We at the nursery are very proud that we offer a good selection of these interesting New World fan palms - Coccothrinax.  This species is native to the Caribbean region and gets to heights of about 30 feet in many decades.  Leaf color is green to silver-green and trunks are typically six inches thick or a bit more.  This species loves full hot sun and is cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.  Many are growing it with good success.  In pots, all Coccothrinax are painfully slow.  It's taken us about six years to produce the 5g plants you see here.  We do have other sizes for sale and multiple other species of this genus.  In the ground they are much faster.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $110

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase to get this discount.


Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis Coccothrinax barbadensis

 

COCCOTHRINAX BARBADENSIS
MEDIUM SIZED, NARROW TRUNK


VERY "CUTE PALM" WITH GREEN OR SILVER GREEN LEAVES

SPECIAL NICE 2 GALLON SIZE


FOR DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE


REGULAR PRICE 2G $80
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $67.50

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase to get this discount.


Coccothrinax barbadensis   Coccothrinax barbadensis   Coccothrinax barbadensis  
Coccothrinax barbadensis   Coccothrinax barbadensis   Coccothrinax barbadensis  

 

PALM SEEDLINGS
FIVE DIFFERENT TYPES ONE SALE


BAND SIZE - EASY TO SHIP
SPECIAL BAND SIZE SPECIES BELOW


Below I am offering five different palm seedlings on sale.  I am not giving species descriptions or photos of mature specimens.  I've just shown the species names.  I'm posting these for those who know their species and know what they are looking for.  I am also showing the most frequently seen common names for the palms below.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - $50 FOR ANY OF THESE SPECIES DIRECTLY BELOW

All can be mail ordered within the U.S.

ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE

RARE TYPE KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE Archontophoenix alexandrae
CARYOTA GIGAS

KING KONG FISHTAIL PALM
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI

THE BLOND FLAME THROWER PALM
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri
RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA

SHAVING BRUSH PALM
RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
JUBAEA CHILENSIS

CHILEAN WINE PALM
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD WITH LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES

 

FAST GROWING  - EXTREMELY POPULAR AND SOUGHT AFTER CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This unique and larger cycad is native to Uganda.  In fact, at one point it was called the "Uganda Giant Cycad".  This is because it has leaves that extend almost straight up toward the sky and can be twelve feet long or more.  Leaflets are narrow and armed with small spines.  The caudex is a light color and in the wild can be up to ten feet tall.  Historically, as this species is similar to E. laurentianus, it was called also "Encephalartos laurentianus Lake George", referring to its specific habitat.  The nursery plants I'm showing today are 5 gallon size with caudexes of about 4 inches.  If a given plant is more or less than 4 inch caudex size, sale price would be adjusted.  We have other sizes as well, both larger and possibly smaller.  The third row of photos shows garden plants and the last row shows other Nursery specimens.  Note the appearance of these plants with their long leaves with narrow leaflets.  Enthusiasts love this species because it's a good growing cycad.  Right on the coast I'd give it half day sun.  It's not quite as sun-tolerant as many of the South African species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON WITH 4 INCH CAUDEX $700
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON WITH 4 INCH CAUDEX $600


Encephalartos whitelockii 5g 4 inches Encephalartos whitelockii cit pot 4 inches Encephalartos whitelockii cit pot 4 inches
Encephalartos whitelockii cit pot 4 inches Encephalartos whitelockii 5g 4 inches Encephalartos whitelockii cit pot 4 inches
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FOR FULL COASTAL SUN

A FAVORITE AMONG CYCAD ENTHUSIASTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL AFFORDABLE 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  I say “popular” because some people don't like spines and prickles.  The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end.  They are nothing as gnarly as E. horridus.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps.  Trunks of E. lehmannii can get to five feet, but one with two to three feet of trunk is very old.  Leaves average about four feet long and are strongly curled.  Sometimes they'll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve.  Leaf color is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  In shade or inside a greenhouse they are often green because they are not getting full sun and have lots of humidity.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun. 

Shown below are E. lehmannii that were put into 5 gallon pots about 9 months ago.  They have r to 6 leaves with caudexes 1 to 1.5 inches.  They can remain in these containers for 2 to 3 years.  Easy to mail order.  We do have larger sizes of 5 gallon not on sale currently.  This size is easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 5 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 5 GALLON $135

The third row of photos shows other Nursery E. lehmannii.  The 4th row shows garden specimens.


Encephalartos lehmannii 5g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos lehmannii 5g caudex 1 - 1.5 inch Encephalartos lehmannii 5g caudex 1 - 1.5 inch
Encephalartos lehmannii 5g caudex 1 - 1.5 inch Encephalartos lehmannii 5g caudex 1 - 1.5 inch Encephalartos lehmannii 5g caudex 1 - 1.5 inch
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FOR SUN


GOOD OFFERING OF 15 GALLON PLANTS
CAUDEXES 3.5 TO 6 INCHES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON E. LEHMANNII

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION - SEE ABOVE  
This sale price is for plants with ball like caudexes.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SPECIES $160 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES $140 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER

(NOTE, OLDER CYCADS WITH VERTICAL TRUNK NOT INCLUDED AT THIS PRICE)

This size can possibly be mail ordered.  This caudex size price applies to plants that do not have vertical trunk height.

  

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII Encephalartos lehmannii
ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII

 

FICUS AURICULATA
AKA FICUS ROXBURHII
THE ROXBURG FIG

LARGE ROUND GREEN LEAVES
RARE MEDIUM SIZE TREE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON


Only a few times before have we offered this rare round leafed Fig species.  It is known for its large round leaves that get twelve to 18 inches across with a drip tip.  New leaves emerge bronze or light red.  Leaf stems are short.  The leaf texture is slightly crinkled.  Mature height in the ground is 15 to 30 feet.  Fruiting figs cluster on older branches.  The trunk is gray colored and smooth.  It is a full sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  These plants were taken by cuttings about 9 months ago from a tree in Southern CA.  We only have several left for sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $100

The garden specimen below is c/o Wikipedia.

 
Ficus auriculata Ficus auriculata Ficus auriculata
Ficus auriculata Ficus auriculata Ficus auriculata 5g
Ficus roxburghii auriculata Cal Poly Website  Ficus auriculata roxburghii  Ficus auriculata Wikipedia 

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
SEMI-DWARF TROPICAL ELEPHANT EAR PLANT

 

PURPLE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is a species of Elephant Ear Alocasia.  Some feel it comes from the island of New Guinea but others feel that it is a hybrid of unknown origin.  The reason I mention it is because it is known to be quite cold hardy, perhaps even adaptable to growing zone 7B.  It is a small plant, typically under 3 feet.  The leaves are smaller than many other Elephant Ear Plants. The dorsal side of the leaves are green (sometimes black-green) while the underside is purple-black.  It prefers to stay dry in the winter when cold and likes filtered light.  It is a nice companion plant for any garden.  Cold tolerance is easily into the upper twenties F.  Shown below are good sized 5 gallon with multiple stems.  Of note, some are using this species as an interior plant.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.  Mail order possible.



Alocasia wentii 5g Alocasia wentii 5g Alocasia wentii 5g
Alocasia wentii 5g Alocasia wentii 5g Alocasia wentii 5g
Alocasia wentii 5g    

 

THE SNOWBUSH PLANT
BREYNIA DISTICHA


UNUSUAL GARDEN COMPANION PLANT
SMALLER GREEN, WHITE & PINK BUSH
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 & 5 GALLON SIZES


This sought after smaller bush is native to Asia in various tropical islands.  Contrary to the name, it does not survive if you live in an area where it snows.  Rather, it looks like a green bush with snow on it.  Leaves are green with white accents.  With age you also get a flush of pink.  Leaves are very small.  Mature height it 3 to 4 feet.  This species wants full or part day sun.  Cold tolerance is a bit below a freeze.  This is a very attractive companion plant where one wants an addition of white foliage – perhaps to contrast other colors.   I am putting our 1g and 5g on Special.  Both are nicely sizes and both can be mail ordered.  The one gallon are shown in the first group of photos - the 5g in the second.  We have good numbers available but seldom offer them on sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $65

SNOWBUSH Snowbush plant
Snowbush plant Snowbush plant  
Snowbush plant Snowbush plant Snowbush plant
Snowbush plant Snowbush plant  

 

MUSA SUMATRANA ZEBRINA
A NON-FRUITING BANANA ORNAMENTAL BANANA


TOP OF LEAF - RED BLOTCHES ON GREEN
BOTTOM OF LEAF - MAROON
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS



The
plants I'm showing here are a non-fruiting type of ornamental Banana.  Like most Bananas, it does sucker and the mature height is six to eight feet.  It has light green leaves with attractive purple splotches and maroon underside.  See photos below.  It'd want full sun outdoors (along the coast) and should be cold tolerant well into the mid-twenties F.  Some are also growing it as an indoor plant.  We're putting our one gallon on sale.  See first six photos below.  Also shown below is our 15g size of a similar Banana - Musa sumatana hybrid that looks quite similar to the one on sale.  But, these 15 gallon plants will produce fruit.  In the garden sumatrana zebrina wants at least half day sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid 20's F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $37.50

MUSA SUMATRANA ZEBRINA MUSA SUMATRANA ZEBRINA MUSA SUMATRANA ZEBRINA
Musa sumatrana zebrina   Musa sumatrana zebrina   MUSA SUMATRANA ZEBRINA
Musa sumatrana zebrina   Musa sumatrana zebrina   Musa sumatrana zebrina  

 

WEDNESDAY, 25 JANUARY, 2023

CYCADS WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES
RARE NURSERY SPECIMENS OF GOOD SIZE


SOME AGES 20 TO 100 YEARS!
AN ASSORTMENT OF PLANTS


Many times consumers or businesses want cycads where the leaves go up rather than "out".  This is usually because they have a specific need to have plants with a crown of leaves that is more vertical than horizontal.  Obviously, this keeps leaves from blocking people walking by the plant.  So, with this in mind, we took photographs of some of our cycads with upright leaves.  Realize that many species do this naturally - have leaves with a more upright orientation.  Other species will be upright on their new throws of leaves and then upright leaves relax down as the next swirl emerges.  To maintain upright leaves one would remove the lower, older swirls of leaves.  The photos here are not a complete list of such plants but will give the reader an idea of what I'm talking about.

Photos Shown Below Mostly Taken at Our Nursery:

Ceratozamia robusta, several plants showing upright leaves
Dioon mejiae, several nursery plants with upright leaves
Dioon merolae, a 100 year old cycad with 2 feet of vertical trunk, upright leaves
Dioon holmgrenei, several plants showing new leaves are upright
Encephalartos altensteinii, new leaves on these plant go upright.  Older leaves may lay down somewhat.
Encephalartos gratus, several plants showing upright leaves
Encephalartos kisambo, note the upright character of the leaves
Encephalartos natalensis, like some others, new leaves upright, old leaves hang down
Encephalartos transvenosus, similar with newer leaves upright
Encephalartos villosus, several nursery plants, all with upright leaves
Encephalartos whitelockii, naturally upright leaves on all these great nursery cycads

ONLY A PARTIAL LIST - ARE MANY OTHERS WITH UPRIGHT LEAVES

As most of you know, we have a great selection of mature rare cycads - probably one of the best selections in the country.  What you may not know is how actively we work with architects on getting these great plants into venues where many people see them.  This includes botanical gardens, theme parks, public plantings, museums, parks, etc.  But, we have enough inventory so that even enthusiasts like perhaps yourself can enjoy them as well.  With over 25,000 rare cycads available, from seedlings to many huge coning sized plants, there's something of every size for everyone. 


Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Ceratozamia robusta
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae
Dioon mejiae

  Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae

Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae

Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon holmgrenei
Dioon mejiae
Dioon holmgrenei
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos kisambo
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos villosus
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALM
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND


MEDIUM HEIGHT – SYAGRUS HYBRID
TEN DAY SPECIAL SUN READY BOX SIZED PLANTS

This interesting hybrid originated in Thailand by a grower and propagator of rare palms.  It is a cross between the common Queen Palm and an unusual type of palm from the same genus, Syagrus schizophylla.  The offspring have proven to be quite beautiful and have good cold tolerance.  These will be a medium sized palm.  The trunk will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less.  The attached photos of near mature plants show how pretty it is. And, that they are not overly tall.  Note that they do not resemble what we all know as the Queen Palm.  Some say they seem more to resemble a Coconut Palm. This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower and has a cold hardiness estimated to be in the low 20's F.  Mature height should be about 25 feet. For those who want the fluffy appearance of the Queen Palm without the large size, this palm is perfect for you.  Be aware, these are extremely difficult to find and are presently in super short supply.

We’re putting huge 24 inch boxes on sale.  They are about 10 - 12 feet tall in their box.  This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower.  We have what may be the last three plants in this area.  

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $675

The 9th photo is by J.I.


Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid
Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid
Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid BY JI Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid BY JI Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM


ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS
MEDIUM HEIGHT GREEN LEAF FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON SIZE

Trachyarpus fortunei is the most commonly available and commonly grown of the Windmill Palms.  It is of Chinese origin .  It is referred to as the Chinese Windmill Palm, the Windmill Palm, or the Chusan Palm.  Note how the term "Windmill Palm" can refer to this particular species or to the genus as a whole.   It is not uncommon to see it growing in colder areas of the United States, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and southern portions of Australia and Africa. 

Most specimens one will see are in the height range of ten to twenty feet.  However, the oldest of trees may reach forty feet height.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown below are 15 gallon plants we’re putting on Special.   

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $155

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  Mail order possible but would be expensive and require a very large box.



Trachycarpus fortunei 15g Trachycarpus fortunei 15g Trachycarpus fortunei 15g
Trachycarpus fortunei 15g Trachycarpus fortunei 15g Trachycarpus fortunei 15g
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM

ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS
MEDIUM HEIGHT GREEN LEAF FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 25 GALLON SIZE

FOR DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

Shown below are 25 gallon plants we’re putting on Special.  They have about three feet of trunk and are about ten years old. 

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $425
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON $370

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  These plants are too big for mail order but can be deivered.



Trachycarpus fortunei 25g Trachycarpus fortunei 25g Trachycarpus fortunei 25g
Trachycarpus fortunei 25g Trachycarpus fortunei 25g Trachycarpus fortunei 25g

 

LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA
THE CAPE RIVER LIVISTONATHE WOOLY LIVISTONA



TALL FAN PALM WITH THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This Australian fan palm is a very interesting species and also known as the "Wooly Livistona".  It is apparently threatened in habitat.   In the northeastern part of Australia it lives at an altitude of 200 meters.   It reaches a height of over fifty feet with a trunk that’s about a foot thick.  Leaves are bluish or blue-green, stiff and waxy.  Leaf stems have barbs and leaves extend out six to eight feet.  It is most similar to Livistona marie but, by report, has larger purple fruit.  It is one of the most rare species of this genus.  It enjoys full hot sun.  Exact cold tolerance is unclear but probably into the mid-twenties F.  We have a limited number of 15g which we’re putting on special.  The habitat photo is by John Dowe of AU.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $210

Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa by John Dowe  

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TRUE TRUNK-LESS, DWARF FORM



NEVER GETS OVER SIX FEET TALL
SHADE PALM - QUITE COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Previously I discussed the trunking form of this species.  What I'm showing today is the true dwarf form that never forms a trunk and never gets over six feet tall.  It is native to Mexico.  It grows in filtered light but can tolerate some sun along the coast.  Compared to the trunking form, you'll note the leaflets are darker green and wider.  Blossoms often protrude above the leaves when it's in flower.  Cold hardiness is the upper teens F.  It grows great in cooler areas like the SF Bay area.  We have only a few 5g (shown first four photos below)which we're putting on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115


Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form
Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form
Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form Chamaedorea radicalis dwarf form

 

DYPSIS BARONII
SUCKERING MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


CUSTOMER FAVORITE - PARTIAL SUN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

Fifteen gallon size on Special. Description & culture below.  Last 2 photos by JS

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $215



Locality:

Madagascar

Cold Hardiness:

About 28 degrees F.

Trunk Type:

Smooth, nicely ringed, thin, crown shafted

Leaf Type:

Pinnate

Suckering/Solitary:

Suckering

Maintenance:

Fairly easy to grow

Speed of growth:

Medium

Height:

About 15 to 20 feet

Soil requirements:

Sandy, well-drained

Sun requirements:

Part day sun, strong filtered, or possibly coastal full sun

General Description:

A very gorgeous, suckering, thin trunked crown shafted palm that is easy to grow and can be placed in an different types of sun positions. It is a good grower and fairly dependable. Specimens are fruiting in the U.S.

Further Data:

Younger plants have a variety of colors (yellow, red, silver) on the trunks. Tend toward a gray color when they get larger. Prominent rings. A must for all palm gardens!

 











Dypsis baronii 15g Dypsis baronii 15g Dypsis baronii 15g
Dypsis baronii 15g Dypsis baronii 15g Dypsis baronii 15g
Dypsis baronii Dypsis baroni JS Dypsis baroni JS

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
LARGE, DARK & HOOKED SPINES

MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON POT SIZE

This medium to tall fan palm is native to southeast Asia.  It can get to heights of thirty-five feet or more.  It is an interesting palm that is easy to grow and has a very ornamental leaf with deep divisions of the segments.  Its leaf segments almost make a complete circle.  Leaf color is green.  The spines on the petioles tend to be dark in color and dramatic, usually the thing most people remember most about this species.  Another interesting thing is that the seed fruit is blue in color as shown below.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid to low-twenties.  The 5g on sale are nicely sized.  We also have 15 gallon plants available.  Shipping is possible.  The last photo is by John Volk.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $105


Livistona saribus 5g  Livistona saribus 5g  Livistona saribus 5g 
Livistona saribus 5g  Livistona saribus 5g  Livistona saribus 5g 
Livistona saribus   Livistona saribus 5g  Livistona saribus  

 

PRITCHARDIA HILLEBRANDII
A HAWAIIAN LOULU FAN PALM

MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - NICE SEMI-FLAT GREEN LEAVES
WHITE TOMENTUM ON LEAF STEMS AND INNER CROWN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

If you like fan palms, then you have to try some Pritchardia palms.  There are about 25 species of Pritchardia.  All the best ones come from the Hawaiian Islands.  The species from the South Pacific are to be avoided as they don't do well here.  This species reaches a medium height of 25 feet.  Leaves are green.  They have white tomentum (hairs) on the leaf stem and trunk.  You can even see this on the leaf stems of the one gallon below.  C Trunk diameter is medium, about ten inches.  Growth rate is medium.  This is a very attractive palm.  I have one in my garden that gets partial sun and is at least 20 feet tall.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  Mail order easy.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $55

 
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Pritchardia  hillebrandii 1g Pritchardia  hillebrandii 1g Pritchardia  hillebrandii 1g
Pritchardia  hillebrandii  Pritchardia  hillebrandii Palmpedia Pritchardia  hillebrandii

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA

 

RARE PINNATE PALM FROM PUERTO RICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

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

The hallmarks of this species are its wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and its overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate its cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a species for a beginner to try.  We're putting the one gallon plants on Special.  We do have larger sizes available up to 15 gallon.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $60

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price


 
Prestoea montana 1g  Prestoea montana 1g  Prestoea montana 1g 
Prestoea montana 1g  Prestoea montana 1g  Prestoea montana 1g 
Prestoea montana 1g  Prestoea montana 1g  Prestoea montana  

  

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT WITH COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  This crown shaft has multiple colors including purple, silver and black.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  The band size on special are healthy and near ready for repotting.  These are easy to mail order.


6REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50

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

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Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS
BLUE-GREEN BUTIA FROM SOUTH AMERICA

 

ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING SIZE



This species is interesting because, in the wild, it is known as a dwarf species that forms minimal trunk.  But, when it is grown domestically, it forms a trunk about the size of
Butia capitata.  It, as you'd guess, comes from Paraguay, with habitat extending into Brazil and northern Argentina.  The color is a blue-green, not as silver as Butia capitata.  The leaves are strongly arched as shown.  It is a full sun plant with cold hardiness into the teens F.  We haven’t had them available for a few years.  We are now offering band size seedlings.  Culture includes full sun and good draining soil.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I am also showing a photo of a 15g plant from the nursery that is no longer available.   The habitat photo is by TS at RPS

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS $50


Butia paraguayensis band Butia paraguayensis band Butia paraguayensis band
Butia paraguayensis band Butia paraguensis TS RPS Butia paraguensis

  

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

In the mid-1980's I began to grow some of the very cool palms from new Caledonia.  By 1995 I was totally into it and this led to my arranging the fantastic International Palm Society Biennial trip to New Caledonia that happened during my tenure as President in the year 2000.  I just didn't know of a better place for a bunch of palm enthusiasts to go and see some of the best palms in the world.  This species, Burretiokential hapala, is one of those palms.

It is a crown shafted, single trun pinnate palm with a rather thin trunk of about eight inches that gets to a height of approximately 25 to 30 feet.  It has an intriguing brown color to the stems and crown shaft area.  It does not have the stripes you'd see with the Burretiokentia vieilllardii.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F, or perhaps a bit lower.  So, it's comparable to a King Palm.  If you can grow a King, you can grow this species.  One of the keys to culture is not letting the ground it's in go dry.  This species, like Chambeyronia, responds to water.  

Shown here are the band size I'm putting on special.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow.  

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55

Remember:  Mention this Special for you discount.


Burretiokentia hapala band Burretiokentia hapala band Burretiokentia hapala band
Burretiokentia hapala band Burretiokentia hapala band Burretiokentia hapala band
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL AREA


VERY SOUGHT AFTER BY ENTHUSIAST
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This species is endemic to the Waterberg range in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.  Their habitat is dry and arid.  They grow on steep rocky slops, grasslands and savanna.  It is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length generally does not exceed a meter and stems can get about four meters high.  Of the Transvaal (previous province within South Africa north of the Vaal River) species, this is the most common.  That being said, this species is still exceptionally rare and almost extinct in the wild. 

The leaves on this species can vary from a blue/green color, to a powdery silver and in some cases be an aquamarine.  Leaflets twist almost perpendicular to the petiole, giving them a 'stacking' appearance (like blinds).  In coastal and inland areas, this species prefers to be in the full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.

The one gallon plants on Special are about 4 years old and typically holding three leaves with a caudex size up to one inch.  Easy to mail order, weather permitting, within the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $165

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


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Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 1g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 1g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos eugene-maraisii 1g caudex 1 inch
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LATIFRONS - TRAPPES VALLEY
UNBELIEVABLY RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


ONE OF THE MOST COVETED CYCADS ON THE PLANET
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - GORGEOUS AND DIFFERENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE PLANTS IN 5 GALLON POTS


This extremely rare and hard to obtain species is almost extinct in its habitat location in South Africa.   Fewer than a hundred plants remain and specialists say populations are declining.  It has green or blue green leaves.  There are two distinct cultivars of this plant, "Trappes Valley" and " green hills".  Between the two types, the Trappes Valley form is more sought after.  The plants on special are this “Trappes Valley” variety – from seed from domestic parents of both sexes of this form.  This is a green cycad with a distinctive look.  It has large, curved leaves.  Leaflets are typically stacked and have wide, prominent lobes (modified spines) on their margins.  This is a medium sized plant.  Leaves can range in size from a meter to a meter and a half depending on cultivar.  Stems tend can reach  approximately three meters (ancient plant, this is a VERY slow growing species).  It tolerates full sun along the coast and is cold tolerant down to about 22 degrees F.  Please protect it from cold if you get colder than this. 

We just obtained a nice selection of juvenile plants from a private collector.  These are about 3 years old and in 5 gallon pots with 2-3 leaves.  One has 4 leaves which I'm showing below and is available.  When it sells, others have a lesser number of leaves.  Be aware that I just found one leaf new seedlings on line selling for $499.  These are older and at a better price than this.  Be aware these are near impossible to get and I only have a few left for sale. 

 TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE YOUNG 5 GALLON PLANTS AS SHOWN $455


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Encephalartos latifrons 5g 4 leaves Encephalartos latifrons 5g 4 leaves Encephalartos latifrons 5g 4 leaves
Encephalartos latifrons Encephalartos latifrons Encephalartos latifrons
     

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE & GREEN VARIETIES
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING SPINY LEAVES - BLUE OR GREEN OR IN-BETWEEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  This species is small to medium in mature size.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus). The plants of this species are both blue and green forms, but this plant below is the blue type - especially when in full sun.  To get this color it will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  

The size we’re putting on special are younger 5 gallon with caudexes of about an inch.  They can continue growing in these pots for about three years.  This batch should have blue-green leaves.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE 5 GALLON $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 5 GALLON $135

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



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Encephalartos arenarius 5g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos arenarius 5g caudex 1 inch Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ALTENSTEINII
LARGER GREEN CYCAD FROM SO AFRICA


FULL CROWN OF LEAVES - HUSKY TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This is a medium to large green cycad from the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It was named after a Prussian statesman and is listed a a threatened cycad species.  Mature height after many decades can reach up to over sixteen feet.  Leaf length is six feet with trunk diameter of up to 18 to 24 inches.  Leaflets have spines, especially when young.  The base of the leaf stems are usually devoid of prickles or spines.  Leaf color is a shiny green.  Along the coast this species tolerates full sun or part day sun.  It easily withstands a freeze and has an absolute cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  It can easily be grown on the patio if given adequate light.  Desert areas should consider only a few hours of direct desert sun.  It is best to give this species plenty of room in the garden.  It makes a spectacular specimen plant.  We are offering seedlings in the band size on special.  These are easy to ship within the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55



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FUCREA QUICHEENSIS
A RARE AND STUNNING BLUE FUCREA


MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE
THIN BLUE STRAP-LIKE SOFT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE 4 INCH POT SIZE


This extremely rare and difficult to find variety of Fucrea is native to southwest Guatemala and southern Mexico on the Pacific side.  Plants have thin trunks with a mature heights of six to nine feet with beautiful heads of super blue strap-like blue leaves.  The leaves are a rosette and this crown is six feet or more wide.  Trunks have been known to fork when mature.  Unlike other Fucrea that produce bubils, this species sets seeds.  This is a full sun species and is cold hardy (by estimate) into the mid to upper 20's F.  Mail order would be simple.

REGULAR PRICE 4 INCH $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH $45

Garden/wild photos below by Agaveville website and TS at RPS.


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Furcrea quicheensis Furcrea quicheensis Furcrea quicheensis
Furcrea quicheensis Agaveville website Furcrea quicheensis TS RPS Furcrea quicheensis TS RPS

 

YUCCA ROSTRATA
BLUE SUCCULENT WITH AMAZING COLD HARDINESS


SEMI-DWARF SIZE MATURE
BEING GROWN IN NEW YORK IN THE SNOW!
JUVENILE 4 INCH POTS ON SALE

This small to medium sized, drought tolerant plant is native to the southern U.S. border and down into Mexico.  It is usually a single trunk mature plant but can fork above the ground.  Most notable is the silver-blue foliage as shown here.  It is very slow growing.  Over time it forms a trunk about eight or ten inches thick.  Foliage is about 2 feet long and not "pokey" or sharp.  It demands full sun and is cold hardy at least into the single digits F.  I had a customer call me from New York City recently to tell me that a plant bought from us about three years ago was thriving in his yard.  Gardeners like this species because it's not very big and gives nice color to a sunny garden.  The size we’re putting on sale are juvenile 4 inch pot size and have four to six leaves.  This is a good starter size but will take time to make a nice garden plant.  These would be easy to mail order.  Of note, we also have 3 gallon for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 4 INCH $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 4 INCH $35

Garden photos are by it.dreamstime.org and USF.ed


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Yucca rostrata 4 inch Yucca rostrata 4 inch Yucca rostrata
Yucca rostrata by it.dreamstime.org Yucca rostrata Yucca rostrata by USF.ed

 

FICUS UMBELLATA
INTERIOR / EXTERIOR PLANT WITH LARGE ROUND LEAVES



DWARF MATURE SIZE - STRIKING APPEARANCE
NEWLY AVAILABLE TREE FOR ENTHUSIASTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


Until about 3 months ago, I had never heard of this species.  There's essentially no scientific articles on it on the Internet.  I've read that it is native to South Africa.  It's mentioned as a smaller replacement for the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig.  It differs from the latter in that it's leaves are very soft and pliable.  It is also much smaller tree mature.  The Fiddle Leaf Fig in my yard is over 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide with a thick trunk.  This new species is supposed to be a real dwarf, not getting over 4 to 6 feet tall.   Leaves are a foot wide, prominently veined and round.  Inside, it's said to want very bright light - next to a bright window.  Cold hardiness is unknown.  We'll know more by next spring after we winter them over at our nursery.  I have no data growing it outdoors.  We're offering some nicely sized 15 gallon that are 7 to 8 feet tall in thier pots.  I only have a couple.  They are apparently near mature height.  BTW, this is only the second time we've offered this tree for sale.  We know it does well as an interior plant but data on growing outside is limited.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $245

Sorry, but no photos of mature trees are availab
le.



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FICUS UMBELLATA 15G JAN FICUS UMBELLATA 15G JAN FICUS UMBELLATA 15G JAN

 

PHILODENDRON SPECIES
RED ON BOTH SIDES


CLIMBING SPECIES - FANTASTIC PLANT!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


Shown below are plants that came from cuttings of a climbing Philodendron from my garden.  Every morning at dawn when I work in my home office I look east out the window and see the morning light showing through this plants leaves.  It's so beautiful and such a delight to see.  The plant in my garden has now climbed up about 25 feet on a King Palm trunk.  Leaves are about 18 inches long and 12 inches wide mature.  Leaf stems are red.  I do not know the species name of this plant.  I got it from an old time collector 40 years ago.  I've only offered it for sale once or twice in the past forty years.  The first photo shows the back of the leaf with light showing through a leaf.  As it's now nighttime while I'm writing this, I cannot take a photo of the mother plant.

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON PLANTS $35

I only have a handful of these available.  It's a spectacular companion plant



Philodendron red both sides 2 g- Philodendron red both sides 2 g- Philodendron red both sides 2 g-
Philodendron red both sides 2 g- Philodendron red both sides 2 g- Philodendron red both sides 2 g-

 

 

MONDAY, 23 JANUARY, 2023

BAD PALM SEEDS?
HOW CAN YOU TELL?



THE FLOAT TEST
THE PINCH TEST
CUT THE SEED OPEN

Many people love to germinate palm seeds and make their plants.  But, there are a few things you need to now right from the beginning if you want to successfully germinate.

1.  Get fresh seeds.  Right off the tree is best.
2.  Pick seeds that are mature, often colorful.  Green seeds germinate poorly.
3.  Remove the fruit from the seeds until you have a clean, often tan colored inner seed.  Fruit can contain chemicals that retard germination.
4.  Pinch test seeds.  Take the picked seeds (with or without fruit) and squeeze hard between two fingers.  They should never collapse.
5.  Float Test the seeds.  Palm seeds almost always sink in water.  Floaters are almost always bad.   Inner cavities of rot within the seed make them float.
6.  Cut open a few seeds.  The fruit should be white or light tan, solid and without signs of rot.  And, you definitely do not want to see inner cavities.
7.  Always soak the cleaned seeds in pure water, especially if you had seeds shipped to you.  This rehydrates them.  If seeds are right off a tree and the fruit is moist and fresh, soaking is not necessary.  But, they would still be cleaned of any fruit.

Photos here show seeds with fruit, the float test with floaters and sinkers and a few seeds cut open showing inner cavities (a bad sign).  For techniques on germination, see our article on
Palm Seed Germination at this website.


Butia capitata seeds with yellow fruit
Butia capitata seeds with fresh yellow fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit



Green palm seeds
Green seeds, not ready to pick



palm seeds
Livistona saribus seeds with blue fruit
Jubaea chilensis cleaning fruit off seed
Cleaning fruit off Jubaea chilensis
Palm Seed Float Test
Float test:  Note floating seeds
Palm Seed Float TEst
Float test - Astrocaryum seeds floating
Float Test Sinkers
Float Test:  Note good seeds sink to bottom
Float Test Sinkers
Sinking seeds on float test
Cavity in Palm Seeds
Cavity in bad Astrocaryum mexicanum seeds
Palm Seed Cavity Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in palm seeds
Cavity in bad Gastrococos crispa seeds
Cavity in Palm Seed
Cavity in Gastrococus crispa

 

HOW DOES ONE TELL IF HIS PALM IS DEAD?
IS MY PALM STILL GROWING?
HOW FAST IS IT GROWING?
MARK THE NEW SPEAR!


It is surprising that many palm enthusiasts don't know how to tell if their palm is alive or dead after some type of insult such as severe cold.  It's simple to determine if the plant is alive and growing.  Mark the central newest spear side by side while marking an adjacent fully extended leaf.  See the photo.  Then watch for the two moving apart.  The line of the new spear moves upward while the adjacent mark on the full size leaf stays the same.  Look at the difference movement of the new spear over time.  You can also tell how fast it's growing.  During the growing season (when warm), most palms will show a quarter of an inch or more of vertical new spear growth per day.  To confirm a serious problem, you'd note that there is no movement of the spear over several weeks.  But, if the new leaf spear is green, don't give up.  Just give it an extended period of time and watch for movement.   The photo shown here is of a marked spear on a  15 gallon Dypsis decaryi.  Note the horizontal black permanent marker marks. The new spear is on the left in the photo.

  
marking a palm spear for growth 
 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
A RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM

 


ONE OF THE BEST PALMS FOR INSIDE
GREAT GARDEN PLANT AS WELL
SPECIAL OLD 25 GALLON PLANT

I haven't been able to offer this superior fan palm as they have not been available for over five years.  But, we do have one or two very old plants that we were holding in stock and have decided to sell.  This is a very rare type of Lady Palm.  This species is from China and is often mistaken for Rhapis humilus.  But, it is a smaller species, getting to about 8 feet tall whereas humilus gets about twice as tall.  It performs well inside the home or office and also is quite easy to grow outside in filtered light.  The stems of multifida are much more attractive than the common Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa.  It also carries more leaflets per leaf than the Lady Palm and is overall a more attractive plant.  The leaflets are narrow and come to a point like Rhapis humilus.  Side by side, the majority of our customers prefer the Rhapis multifida to the Rhapis excelsa.

Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties or lower, F.  Outdoors, this species prefers filtered light.   One must be careful not to give Rhapis too much fertilizer or leaf burn may occur.  We have a near twenty year old 25 gallon that we’re putting on special.  It is too big for standard mail order.  BTW, if you start looking for a comparable plant, the chances are you won't find one.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 25 GALLON $750
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 25 GALLON $665

The sale plant is shown in the first 6 photos.


Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

PRITCHARDIA SPECIES
OLD AND HUGE 15G PLANTS


UNKNOWN SPECIES FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION
HAWAIIAN SPECIES ONLY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

For over a decade we have held back a huge selection of Pritchardia.  This includes only true Hawaiian species.  Most of them have been grown outdoors - many in full sun.   I have 15g and 25 gallon plants.  Ages are ten to fifteen years.  All are huge for their pots.  Unfortunately, when I bought the collection the individual plants were not tagged.  I could guess at the species on most of them but have not done that.  But, I know that all are from parents on the Hawaiian Islands.  I’m selling them as Pritchardia species.  Sizes on some are eight  to ten feet in their pots with very thick trunks.  And, most are sun ready - instant planting material.  We have about five or six different species.


These plants take full coastal sun or part day sun inland.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps a bit lower.  They've seen all the cold we've had in the past three years.  The one shown here is representative of most of the 15 gallon that we have.  Note the formed trunk at the base and overall size.  A representative 15g (not the largest of the group for sure) is shown in the first two rows of photos.  A 25 gallon is shown in the third row of photos. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON HUGE PALMS $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH OF 15 GALLON $275

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

 
Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species 15g
Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species 15g
Pritchardia species Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species 15g
Pritchardia species 15g Pritchardia species Pritchardia species 15g

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

FLUFFY LEAVES – SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TOLERATES FULL COASTAL SUN & FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANT

This single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm comes from Madagascar.  It is a medium size palm with a narrow trunk and plumose leaves.  Trunk diameter is four to six inches.  The trunk color is silver-green and it has prominent rings.  Leaflets are narrow and green in color.  The ends of the leaves curve downwards.  We have been growing this species for over two decades and found it to be a reliable grower.  When young the trunk is much thinner but fattens up with age.  It is quite cold tolerant, down into the  mid to low 20's F.   It's growth rate is good.  It likes full sun in most areas.  We are offering very tall 15 gallon plants on sale.  The plant shown below is about 12 feet tall – twice the height of most comparable 15g plants.  We do have some multiples which tend to be shorter.  As you can see, they are very tall and too big to ship by UPS.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SIZE $250
DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $225


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Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
RARE VARIETY OF THE KING PALM

 

SILVER UNDERSIDES TO LEAFLETS
GREEN CROWN SHAFT
SINGLES AND MULTIPLES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Archontophoenix Alexandrae is native to Australia.  It has green leaves that have silver discoloration to the underside of the leaflets as shown below.  Leaves tend to stay flat without the twist on their axis as seen with the more common King Palm, Archotophoenix cunninghamiana.  Although they are a tad less cold hardy than the latter, they are felt by most to be more beautiful.  Mature height can exceed 50 feet.  The crown shaft with green without the brown discoloration seen with the common King Palm.  Cold hardiness is about 26 degrees F.  They can take coastal sun but half-day sun might give the pretties specimen.  The 15g size shown below demonstrate both the single planting (3rd row below) and multiples (first two rows of photos) with several in a pot.     

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $200

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!

Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea Archontophoenix beatricea

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND

 
SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES
ONE OF PRETTIEST PALM TREES AROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 15g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color.  Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around. 
 We are putting our 15g size on special - shown in first six photos.  This size is about seven years old.  Yes, they are slow growing!  We only have a few left this size.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $220

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


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HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES
ONE OF PRETTIEST PALM TREES AROUND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


FOR DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $120

The 5 gallon size is shown in the first six photos.  The 7th photo is a 15g.

 

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Hedyscepe canterburyana Heydscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Heydscepe canterburyana Heydscepe canterburyana

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM



GREAT PATIO OR INTERIOR PALM - OR IN THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SINGLES

Howea forsteriana, the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains one sees Howea belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  The Kentia does great here in So California.   It is a single trunk species that is often grown as a "multiple" with several plants in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  We’re putting very nice 5 gallon plants on special.  These plants are singles - not multiples.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115

 

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Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


LOVES SUN AND HEAT
PLANTS ON SPECIAL SIX FEET TALL

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 

This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.   Compared to the South American Royal Palm, Roystonea regia's leaves hang down past (lower than) the midway point of the crown.  Roystonea oleracea's leaves stop at the "half moon" point and don't hang down near the trunk.  

Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers.  We have a pretty good supply available of assorted sizes. Note how the base of the well grown Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.  The plants I'm putting on special today are an easily shipped size of 5 gallon but would take a tall box.  They are about 6 to 8 feet tall in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $115


Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase.  Note:  All the garden photos below were taken in Southern California.  Yes, they grow easily in many areas here.


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ROYSTONEA REGIA 5g ROYSTONEA REGIA 5g ROYSTONEA REGIA 5g
ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA
ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA ROYSTONEA REGIA

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
SINGLE TRUNK MEXICAN CHAMAEDOREA



THIN TRUNKED, GROUPED LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON MULTIPLES

This single trunk, shade loving palm is from the Veracruz area of Mexico and named after a German botanist,  Johann Klotzsch.  The plant shown here has reached its mature height of twelve feet.  It has a prominently ringed but narrow green trunk.  The most remarkable characteristic of this species is the grouping of leaflets along the rachis.  These groups are irregularly spaced.  Also note how they leaflets are held at different angles from the rachis.  Leaflets are a dark green, small to medium in length, wide and a bit puffy.  It's this grouping of leaflets that allows you to ID this species.  Another surprising this is how hard it is to find this species.  When I started my nursery 42 years ago, I had lots of these and seeds were available.  Nowadays you can't find seeds to save your soul.  This is a shade loving species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  At best perhaps it'd take down to about 25 degrees.  These plants should probably work fine as a house plant and are shippable in a good sized box.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON MULTIPLES $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON MULTIPLES $120


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Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana
Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana Chamaedorea klotzschiana

 

SABAL BLACKBURNIANA
LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM


NICE BAND SIZED PLANTS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $100

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


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

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS
USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM



DESIRABLE PALM FROM THE COMOROS
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It usually does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited number of trunks.  Sometimes plants remain single trunk.  The crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.  Shown here are 15 gallon plants on special.  We do have other sizes not on sale.  Figure cold tolerance is into the mid to upper 20's F.  These plants can be mail ordered in a large box and there are very limited numbers available. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $125


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Dypsis lanceolata 5g Dypsis lanceolata 5g Dypsis lanceolata 5g
Dypsis lanceolata 5g Dypsis lanceolata 5g Dypsis lanceolata

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNAUBA WAX PALM


WATER CONSERVING - LOVES HEAT AND SUN

TALL FAN PALM WITH BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This species is native to Brazil and is a single trunk fan palm with a not too large crown of leaves that are green in color.  Sometimes they'll be blue-green.  Overall height can get over fifty feet.  Old leaf bases can be adherent to the trunk making rough as shown in the last photo.  Economically, the leaves of this species produce a wax that makes carnauba wax.  The latter is marketed for various usages including car and shoe wax.  This palm wants heat and sun and is cold hardy to at least the lower 20's F.  We are offering our 5g plants on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $115

Remember, mention this Special!  Mail order possible.



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Copernicia prunifera 5g Copernicia prunifera 5g Copernicia prunifera 5g
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ALBA – PREVIOUSLY VEILLONIA ALBA
GORGEOUS & SUPER RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM

 

EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND
MEDIUM HEIGHT – WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk, white crown-shafted palm comes from the island of New Caledonia.  There is grows in locations from sea level to 2000 feet.  It is a medium sized plant best known for its white crown shaft.  Known for decades as a monotypic species "Veillonia alba", in the past decade taxonomists decided renamed it Cyphophoenix alba.  Trunk diameter is thin, about six inches.  Height is about forty feet, sometimes taller.  This species is known to grow in better areas of Southern California.  The crown shaft is covered with either white or red-brown tomentum and is striking.  Prominent rings are seen on the trunk.  The leaves are green and overall, the crown is a medium size.  I would recommend growing this is filtered light and let it work its way into a bit more sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  As this species is super rare and hard to find, if you get one you have to be careful with it.  It would be difficult to replace is you lose it through poor culture.  We have put 5 gallon on sale.  The garden photos are by Wikipedia and TS at RPS.


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $135


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Cyphophoenix alba 5g Cyphophoenix alba 5g Cyphophoenix alba 5g
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CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
SINGLE TRUNK MEDIUM SIZED PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA


ARCHING GREEN LEAVES WITH SILVER-GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is also from New Caledonia in the northern part of the island.  It is of similar height to C. nucele above and has the same trunk diameter.  The crown shaft on C. elegans is slightly more swollen than that of C. nucele.  The crown shaft is also more of a green color, but can show silver.  The leaflets are thinner and, as you can see, the leaves curve downward as opposed to the stiff, upright leaves of nucele.  Another important difference between the two is that the leaves of C. elegans are keeled whereas the leaves of nucele are more flat.  You might have to look at these photos and then go above to compare with the Cyphophoenix nucele to recognize these differences.  Of note, on both species the bare petiole (stem with no leaves) is very short.  This helps you identify this genus.  Mail order possible depending on weather.

Shown here is a 5g plant that I photographed recently.  Also shown are garden specimens.  This species should be started in filtered light and be allowed to grow into some sun if you live along the coast.  Inland full sun is too harsh for this species.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $125


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Cyphophoenix elegans 5g Cyphophoenix elegans 5g Cyphophoenix elegans 5g
Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans Cyphophoenix elegans

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This super popular palm is native to south Florida and Cuba.  It gets a very tall trunk with a height of forty feet or more.  The crown shaft is long and a prominent green.  The base of the trunk is swollen just above the ground.  Often, you'll also see bulging in the mid-trunk.  It is a full sun plant and some are growing it in desert areas with success - in full sun.  Cold tolerance is like a King Palm, about 25 degrees F.  The 1gallon we have are about 18 inches tall in the pot and three to four years old.  We also have 15g, 5g and bands.  We are hoping to offer larger sizes shortly.  There's a shortage of this species on the California market. Some of the photos below show this species being grown in Southern CA.  This size is shippable for mail order.
  

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1 GALLON $55

Mention this Special for your discount. 

READ MORE ABOUT ROYAL PALMS


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DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
SINGLE TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL
A REAL WINNER!


SUPER RARE MADAGASCAR PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Discovered by John Dransfield and named after a U.K. executive of Macdonald's Hamburgers (who funded the expedition to Madagascar), this single trunk palm is new to the market, super rare and quite attractive.   It has orange-brown leaf bases at the point of trunk attachment, plumose leaves and gets to a height of about 25 to 30 feet.  It is single trunked with a medium thickness and prominent rings.  It takes full sun in coastal areas and, once established, is a good growing palm.  Shown here are our band sized seedlings.  On occasion we have larger sizes for sale.  These are easy to ship.  Growers tell us that this species takes temperatures into the mid-20's F.  I know of several enthusiasts who live in cool areas and now have fruiting specimens of this species.  It is an excellent grower.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for this price.  Easy to mail order.  Habitat photo c/o TS at RPS.
 

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Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "LAFAMAZANGA"
LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT IT



SUCKERING THIN TRUNKED SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SEEDLINGS


Very little is known about this palm.  It's even unclear as to whether it's a true species or some kind of Dypsis hybrid.  It is a thin trunked, suckering species that enthusiasts are growing and discussing.  Many are having success with it.  The trunks are about 2 inches thick, the crown shafts have dark speckles and a silver color and the trunks are prominently ringed.  Consensus is to grow it in filtered light and let it work its way into the sun.  This is the first time we've offered them for sale.  These bands have 2 to 3 leaves. They are extremely rare.  Very limited numbers.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $57.50

The garden photo is c/o PalmTalk by an unknown author.


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Dypsis sp. lafamazanga  

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


ANOTHER PALM FROM LORD HOW ISLAND
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS


There is a second endemic species of Howea on Lord Howe Island.  This is Howea belmoreana.  Common names used to describe this species include the Sentry Palm, the Belmore Palm, the "Kentia Palm", and even the Umbrella Palm.  However, the name "Kentia Palm" is usually used to refer to the H. forsteriana.  Howea belmoreana comes from a higher elevation in its natural habitat compared to the H. forsteriana.  And, given this fact, one might expect that this species is a little more cold tolerant.  Most growers have found this to be true, tolerating temperatures to about 25 degrees F.

The main difference between this palm and the standard Kentia is that the crown of leaves are quite curved pointing downwards toward the grown.  This gives the crown an overall umbrella appearance.  Like the H. forsteriana, the Belmore Palm doesn't like full sun if away from the Coast and is rather slow growing.  Most find it to be slower than the regular Kentia Palm.  Culture is similar and there is little data on the transplant of this species, but I suspect it will perform about the same as the standard Kentia.  We’re putting band seedlings on sale.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS $52.50


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.  Easy to mail order.  BTW, folks are growing this species in the SF Bay area.


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Howea belmoreana band Howea belmoreana band Howea belmoreana band
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
DWARF SINGLE TRUNK

 

UNDERSTORY SUPER RARE MINIATURE PALM
SIMPLE LEAVES - NEVER OVER A FEW FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This dwarf understory palm species has entire, small leaves, a very thin trunk the size of a pencil and a mature height never over two to three feet.  It comes from high elevation mountainous areas of Mexico.  It's extremely rare and hard to find.  The seedlings we're offering this year came from domestic plants in San Diego County.  They are about a year old.  We got these in last year and about ten sold out quickly.  I rarely have them for sale.  They need a filtered light environment and should be cold hardy at least into the mid-twenties F.  I can mail order these.  Limited numbers available!

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $70

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60


Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.  These can be mail ordered - weather permitting.

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CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA band CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA Chamaedoea tenella Chamaedorea tenella HJD

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO C. PLUMOSA


TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN – SINGLE STEM, THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED MULTIPLES

From time to time I discuss this interesting single trunk Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  But, the glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown here.  This is quite attractive and typically very prominent.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  And, it too, can tolerate near full coastal sun.  They are fast growing and get to a mature height of about 14 feet.  They look their best when planted in colonies of three to five plants.  The seedlings on sale are multiples, usually three per pot.  It is a durable species and seem exempt from fungal problems that can plague C. plumosa.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZED MULTIPLES $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SEEDLINGS $50

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Easy to mail order.


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Chamaedorea glaucifolia band multiples Chamaedorea glaucifolia band multiples Chamaedorea glaucifolia band multiples
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CARYOTA URENS
THE GIANT MOUNTAIN FISHTAIL


FAST GROWING - SUPER TALL
REASONABLY COLD HARDY TALL BIPINNAT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

Yes, this species of Fishtail is super fast growing.  And, it's not unusual for one to get above 70 feet tall.  Some people love the grandeur of these palms.  And, for some, they want it "right now".  Well, this is an opportunity to satisfy that need.  Planted out, once established, this is a super fast growing palm.  It would not be unusual to go from a seedling to a height of 30 feet in six or seven years.  This species is native to northern Thailand and surrounding countries.  The trunk is about 16 inches or so thick and light tan in color.  The leaves are compound – bipinnate.  This means the main stem branches off into secondary leaf stems.  Leaflets are jagged at their ends.  Also, this is a monoecious palm that dies about three years after flowering  It wants full coastal sun.  It is taller than Caryota gigas and has shorter leaves and a thinner trunk.  We’re putting young two-leaf seedlings on sale.  Easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BAND SEEDLINGS $47.50

Easy to mail order.  Limited numbers available.


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Caryota urens band Caryota urens Caryota urens
Caryota urens Caryota urens Caryota urens

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
GREEN, RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA


CRITICALLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD
SPECIAL VERY LARGE BAND PLANTS


This species of green South African cycad is a medium sized mature plant with trunks up to about five feet.  They are un-branched and have green leaves that are about five feet long.  The leaves are straight and leaflets point toward the end of the leaf.  In the wild stands in the Natal area of RSA, there are only about a hundred plants remaining.  Shown here in the first row of photos are 4 to 5 year old band plants - very large for their container.  The second row of photos show a huge boxed specimen at our nursery.  The last row shows domestic plants and a close up of the leaflets. 

We're putting older band seedlings on sale.  They'd be easy to mail order.  In our area, this is a full sun plant with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65


Remember, mention this Special when you order.  We, of course, have other sizes of this species for sale.


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Encephalartos aemulans
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  Emerging cones
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ENCEPHALARTOS LAURENTIANUS
THE GIANT KWANGO CYCAD
SPECTACULAR CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

 

LONGEST LEAVES OF ANY CYCAD
CAN BE OVER 20 FEET LONG!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 2 GALLON SIZE

This species is endemic to the Kasongo-Linda districts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  The climate is quite hot and humid.  This is one of the largest cycads on the planet, and has longer leaves than any other species of known cycad.  Leaves are green with somewhat wide armed leaflets.  These leaves can grow in excess of seven meters and their fat stems can grow a staggering height of over fifteen meters (over hundreds of years)!  Stems can be solitary, but on larger specimens it is more common to see them with basal suckers and large offshoots.

 There are no cycads, that I can think of, that become larger or more impressive than this rapid growing species.  Before this plant ever makes a foot of trunk, leaves will streak into the air, dwarfing much around them.  The leaflets are heavily armed, but are pliable to the touch and are not overly pokey.  The petioles are entirely different and possess very sharp, long spines and prickles.  The growth habit of this plant is fairly erect, but can usurp more space as stems become large and more mature.  Old specimens can easily be mistaken for palms as they are so large and tropical looking.  In all areas, this species requites filtered light or shade.  In the tropics or exceptionally humid areas, you can get away with growing this species in sun.  They are susceptible to burn in drier areas and are not very frost tolerant (truly a tropical species of Encephalartos). 

 When I first got into cycads many decades ago, this was the hardest cycad in the world to acquire.  A single seed sold for $25 to $50.  We are quite fortunate to offer five to six year old 2 gallon plants on special.  Caudexes are about 2 inches.  This species wants plenty of room and an area where you don’t see much below a freeze.

 TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS AS SHOWN $195 – LIMITED NUMBERS AVAILABLE!


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Encephalartos laurentianus 2g caudex 2 inches Encephalartos laurentianus 2g caudex 2 inches Encephalartos laurentianus
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ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE & GREEN VARIETIES
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING SPINY LEAVES - BLUE OR GREEN OR IN-BETWEEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

This Encephalartos arenarius is in a 15 gallon pot with a cuadezx size that is 8.5 inches with no vertical height.  Age is about 8 or 9 years from germination.  It should cone soon.  Leaf color is green.  If this plant sells, we have others of similar size with an excellent discount.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL 15 GALLON CYCAD IS $1400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 15 GALLON $1100

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


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Encephalartos arenarius green 15g 8.5 inches Encephalartos arenarius green 15g 8.5 inches Encephalartos arenarius
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CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD

 
COLORFUL EMERGING NEW LEAVES

INLAND FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE AS SHOWN

This attractive cycad comes from the Sierra Mountain Range in Mexico near Tamaulipas.  There is grows among overhead oak trees.  It is a small to medium sized plant, perhaps at most getting a four foot tall caudex.  Leaf length is four to five feet.  Leaflets are long and narrow, coming to a point.  Leaflet color is green.  But, newly emerging leaves are a brown-red as shown below.  With the 8th photo by Ian Edwards below, you can see how attractive a new swirl of leaves can be.  Petioles can be smooth or armed with small spines.

This is an easy to grow species.  It can take coastal full sun but inland demands filtered light.  Cold tolerance is to the low 20's F.  This species is being grown in northern CA and in some other states where they see cooler weather.  I’m showing you two plants in citrus pots with new reddish-brown emerging leaves.  Caudex sizes are 3 to 3.5 inches.  Soil should be well draining in the garden.  This species also makes an attractive containerized patio plant.  Only a few of these left.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT $395
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $340

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discounted price. 

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Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches
Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ian Edwards Pacsoa Ceratozamia kuesteriana

 

KAHILI GINGER
HEDYCHIUM GARDNERIANUM

MEDIUM SIZED -  GREEN LEAVES
SUPER FRAGRANT BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This suckering green Ginger is quick and easy to grow.  It can take full coastal sun or part sun.  Leaves are green and, unlike Shell Ginger, the blossoms are super fragrant - and have a very nice smell.  Plants typically don't get over over 7 feet tall and have a tropical look.  These 15g plants are good size with multiple tubers and near blossoming age.  You can see the health of these plants here.  The garden photo is c/o the Queensland Govt. website. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase. 


Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger
Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Kahili Ginger Govt. Queensland, AU

 

SPANISH MOSS
TILLANDSIA USNEOIDES


HANGS FROM TREES, FENCES & POLES
TAKES LITTLE WATER - TYPE OF BROMELIAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL

Spanish Moss is actually a small, wispy type of Bromeliad - a flowering type of plant.  The natural habitat for this plant ranges from the southern U.S. down through Mexico into Central and South America.  It is even found in Australia.  It is an epiphytic plant that hangs onto almost anything it can find.  It loves to hang from tree branches or trunks.  It requires very little water and will grow without any applied fertilizer.  We are selling small clumps we've attached to wood.  Or, we can ship them without the wood.  You  can hang them anywhere you want.  Just spray them once in a while with water.  These clumps are easy to ship.

REGULAR PRICE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40
Mention this special for your Discount.

 
 

spanish moss Spanish Moss Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss    

  

EDIBLE BANANA THAT MANY OF YOU CAN GROW!
MUSA GRAN NAIN



VARIETY THAT CHIQUITA UTILIZES FOR MARKET FRUIT
TEN
DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON PLANTS


This banana cultivar is popular worldwide and is the variety of choice for Chiquita Banana Company.  It is a cultivar of 
Musa acuminata.  It produces a huge amount of bananas if well grown.  It is common for one plant to produce over 40 pounds of fruit.  The fruit is medium sized, firm and sweet.  Plants get to about 9 feet height, sucker when a fruit stem has finished and require half sun or full sun if possible.  They benefit from large amounts of compost or soil amendments and do require fertilization to make good fruit.  Leaves are typically solid green.  They are a quick growing species.  They do best in frost free areas but can recover from a freeze.  Of note, remove the fruit when it's still a bit green and wait for it to ripen off the tree.  We are offering 15g plants on Special.  They are nicely sized and most are overhead in their pots.  The photo of the fruit is by A-S.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SIZE $185

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15 GALLON $165


Musa gran nain 15g Musa gran nain 15g Musa gran nain 15g
Musa gran nain 15g Musa gran nain 15g Musa gran nain 15g
Musa gran nain 15g Musa Gran Nain Banana by A-S  

 

ALOCASIA SERENDIPITY
AFRICAN MASK HYBRID VARIETY WITH GREEN-BLACK, PUCKERED LEAVES

GREAT INTERIOR PLANT OR FOR FROST FREE GARDEN AREAS
FOUR TO SIX FEET TALL MATURE - FILTERED LIGHT OR A BIT OF SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Alocasia are a group of tropical pLants that have diamond or heart shaped leaves.  Some like sun, others shade.  They are similar to Colocasia.  There are over 80 types / hybrids of Alocasia.  A.serendipity is known for its puckered dark green-black leaves (dorsal side) and prominently purple undersides.  This is a hybrid species that is stunningly pretty inside and can be grown outside if you don’t get a freeze.  Inside it wants good indirect light and outdoors filtered light with maybe a bit of direct sun.  Leaf size mature is 2 to 3 feet.  Leaves are also quite shiny.  Older leaves tend to be more green.  This species wants filtered light or a bit of sun.   This size can be mail ordered, weather permitting.

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


Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g
Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity 5g
Alocasia serendipity 5g Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity

       

REX BEGONIA - FIREWOMAN
UNUSUAL MULTI-COLORED LEAVES


NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

Begonia are a very large class of plants, sometimes used in the garden and patio but also as houseplants.  There are about 1500 different species or hybrids.  This particular variety – Rex Begonia Firewoman - is different and very colorful.  Leaves show prominent pink/red color with silver and purple bands.  But they are not the easiest Begonia to grow.  Leaves have a crinkled texture.  They like filtered light with soil that is slightly damp but not soggy.  It’s usually said that this species is for zones 10 and 11.  We’ve found they can go down to almost a freeze.  These plants have will have smaller pink blossoms in summer. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $30

Mention this Special for your discount


REX BEGONIA REX BEGONIA REX BEGONIA
REX BEGONIA REX BEGONIA REX BEGONIA

 

TWO VARIEGATED HIBISCUS
ONE WITH RED FLOWERS, ONE WITH YELLOW

FORM SMALL BUSHES OR TREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE & FIVE GALLON PLANTS

Below I am showing you two different variegated Hibiscus. 

1.  
Variegated Hibiscus cooperi - first five photos - red flower
2.  Variegated Hibiscus tileaceus hamoe - photos 6 through 8 - yellow flower

All of our Hibiscus have been propagated from cuttings off a mother tree.  Some have several plants per pot.  As most of you know, Hibiscus make a bush or small tree.  Plants are being grown from temperate to tropical localities.  Leaves are typically green with finely serrated edges.  The two plants on sale are more rare variegated forms but still have the colorful blossoms.  All need adequate sunlight.  They do not like severe cold weather.  Cold makes the flower buds drop off.  Keep them damp but not soggy.  We have very limited numbers of both types and mail sell out soon. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON, EITHER TYPE $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 OR 5 GALLON, EITHER TYPE $85


These can be mail ordered but are sort of fragile for traveling and no guarantees can be for perfect condition arrival. 


HISIBSCUS TILIACEUS RED HISIBSCUS TILIACEUS RED HISIBSCUS TILIACEUS RED
HISIBSCUS TILIACEUS RED HISIBSCUS TILIACEUS RED HISIBSCUS TILIACEUS
HISIBSCUS TILIACEUS HISIBSCUS TILIACEUS  

 

FRIDAY, 20 JANUARY, 2023 

CARYOTA GIGAS
"THAI MOUNTAIN GIANT", "KING KONG PALM", "BLACK STEM FISHTAIL"


COMPARISON WITH
CARYOTA URENS

Yes, this beautiful large palm from northern Thailand has been given a lot of common names.  I'm showing you today some boxed size plants of this species.  We also have 15g for sale.  But, I thought I'd make a few points about this plant that you may not know and make some comparisons to Caryota urens:

•It has an extremely thick fat trunk that can get up to three feet wide (see last photo).  This is much thicker than C. urens.
•Trunk height in Southern California is hardly ever over 35 feet, less than most of us expected.  C. urens can get over 60 feet with ease.
• It appears to tolerate full sun better than C. urens.  By this I mean it has less brown tipping on the leaflets
• It appears to have a shorter life span than expected, often blossoming in less than 15 years. This is less than C. urens.
• It has very wide and long leaves, up to fifteen feet in length and provides good shade underneath.  Caryota urens' leaves are smaller but still quite large.
• It is not as cold hardy as C. urens and will burn in the low 20's F.  But, most plants will survive and return from temperatures of 20 degrees f.
• It is quick growing but does not put on vertical height as fast as Caryota urens.
• If your plant doesn't look good, it's probably from your lack of giving it adequate water (if there's no cold burn)
• It is the most popular Fishtail Palm presently.  In the past, before this species introduction, C. urens was the most popular.  I think people really like the leaves and leaflet shape..

Presently we have a limited supply of smaller plants of this species.  Occasionally we get in 25 gallon size.  Nursery photos shown here are only of Caryota gigas.


Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas Caryota gigas Caryota gigas

 

ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN ROYAL PALM



TALL PINNATE PALM WITH LUSH GREEN FOLIAGE
LONG PROMINENT CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE

This species of Royal Palm is native to the lower Caribbean Islands and northern South America.  References say it can reach heights of sixty feet but I've personally seen a grove of 100 year old trees in New Caledonia that surpass 100 feet.  They are fast growing, have green leaves, a prominent crown shaft and hold their leaves typically in the upper half of the leaf-crown sphere.  In other ways, this species is quite similar to the classic Cuban Royal Palm.  They want sun and are cold hardy to about 25 degrees F.  The size shown here on Special is in a 25 gallon pot and at least ten feet tall in its pot.

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON $565


Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea Roystonea oleracea

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM

 

THIN TRUNK, FLUFFY GREEN LEAVES
MEDIUM SIZED
SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE


The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifuracata, is native to Queensland, Australia and is a single trunk palm.  It gets to about twenty-five feet height, has fluffy green plumose leaves, is crown shafted as shown below and is single trunk.  It has a thin trunk, usuall mature about six to eight inches.  It is a great species for more inland areas that see a fair amount of heat.  It does love heat and sun.  Although some like to plant this species in colonies of two or three plants, it looks great as a stand-alone single palm. Because it wants sun, it should not be put in a shady area.  Cold hardiness is about 23 to 25 degrees F. 

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $675
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $540



Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata

  

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM

 
VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON MULTIPLES

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  It takes full coastal sun.  The degree of purple in the crown shaft is variable but never "lollipop" purple.  The underside of the leaves is silver and there is ramenta hairs only on this side.  On younger plants the leaf bases and leaf stem tend to have a yellow color. 

I'm showing our 15 gallon multiples which we're putting on sale (first 6 photos below).  These are very good sized palms for their containers.  Shown is a double but we also should have some tripples (three plants per container).  Also available are large 5g and 1g sizes. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON MULTIPLES $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON MULTIPLES $195


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase to get this discount.  The first garden photo is of a double.  The last garden photo shows the crown shaft color quite well.


Archontophoenix purpurea double 15g Archontophoenix purpurea double 15g Archontophoenix purpurea double 15g
Archontophoenix purpurea double 15g Archontophoenix purpurea double 15g Archontophoenix purpurea double 15g
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea double 15g

 

CHAMAEDOREA BENZIEI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK CHAMAEDOREA
LIKE C. RADICALIS ON STEROIDS!

NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
15 GALLON SIZE NOW AVAILABLE AND ON 10 DAY SPECIAL

I have not shown this species that often because it's rarely available and very difficult to find - either plants or seeds.  It is native to Mexico at high elevations near Chiapas.  It is a single trunk, understory palm that has sort of a thick trunk up to 1.5 or 2 inches.  The flowers are reminiscent of Chamaedorea radicalis as they shoot high into the foliage.  Its overall appearance is also similar to the trunking radicalis but with bigger leaves, wider leaflets and a thicker trunk.  It gets up to about 10 to 15 feet.  It grows in filtered light and seems to be cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  Right on the coastline, some have grown it in full sun.  We have a limited number of 15 gallons available (first six photos show a double) that we're putting on Special.  These can be mail ordered but would require a large box to ship.  Please appreciate that this is a super rare species and is seldom offered for sale. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $235

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $210


Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.     



Chamaedorea benzei double 15g Chamaedorea benzei double 15g Chamaedorea benzei double 15g
Chamaedorea benzei double 15g Chamaedorea benzei double 15g Chamaedorea benzei double 15g
Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei Chamaedorea benziei

 

SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
MEDIUM HEIGHT GREEN SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM


A SEED PRODUCING PARENT OF THE BEAUTIFUL COCONUT QUEEN!
SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk species is from Brazil and never gets very tall.  Usually they are never over twenty feet in height.  A most prominent feature of this species are the retained leaf bases as shown below.  It is super slow growing and, when mature, makes sherbet orange fruits of good size.  It is unusual for a Syagrus because it has modified small spines (more like saw edge prominences) of the leaf stem.  If you cross this plant with pollen from a Queen Palm you’ll get one of the best looking palms ever - The Coconut Queen Palm.  This latter hybrid never gets very tall and really resembles a Coconut Palm.  We’re putting 15 gallon size of S. schizophylla on sale.  We only have a few.  Want to be the next palm hybridizer?  You better get one of these. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $265
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $210


SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA
SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA syagrus schizophylla

  

BURRETIOKENTIA DUMASII
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

 

MEDIUM SIZED MATURE – THINNER TRUNK
GREEN LEAVES WITH TOMENTUM ON STEMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE CONTAINER

 This extremely rare palm species is native to only one location in New Caledonia where it lives at high elevation (up to 3000 feet) on steeply sloped and rocky mountainous rain forest.  It is a solitary, crown-shafted pinnate palm that reaches a mature height of 20 to 30 feet.  The crown shaft is a gray-tan color and often has older leaf bases attached and overlapping.  Leaves are six to eight feet long with somewhat wide leaflets.  The leaf stems are covered with whitish-gray tomentum.  The trunk has thinly spaced leaf scars (rings).  Most would grow this species in partial sun, perhaps morning sun.  Cold hardiness is probably into the mid-twenties F.  This is an extremely difficult palm species to find and we’re putting our 5 gallon size on sale.  We have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $160
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $140 

These can be mail ordered.  Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.

Burretiokentia dumasii 5g Burretiokentia dumasii 5g Burretiokentia dumasii 5g
Burretiokentia dumasii 5g Burretiokentia dumasii 5g Burretiokentia dumasii 5g
Burretiokentia dumasii Burretiokentia dumasii Burretiokentia dumasii

 

BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII
THE TIGER PALM - STRIPED CROWN SHAFT


ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of Burretiokentia comes from the highest elevation of the three species of this genus from New Caledonia.  It grows at altitudes of almost 4000 feet.  It has a thin trunk of about six inches and can get to sixty feet tall.  It has a prominently bulging crown shaft that is known for it's diagonally dark markings.  Thus, the name "Tiger Palm".  The crown shaft is reddish-brown in color and has prominent striations as shown below.  Younger trunks are green with rings unless exposed to sun.  The trunk is thinner and has classic rings.

The crown of this species is full and round with upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet, leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section.  Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all Burretiokentia.  Culture is similar to the other Burretiokentia, but I'd give it more shade when young and let it "grow into the sun" rather than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale.  I've shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens.  We're putting the 5g on Special.  This size is shippable for mail order.


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5GALLON $125

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



Burretiokentia vieillardii 5g Burretiokentia vieillardii 5g Burretiokentia vieillardii 5g
Burretiokentia vieillardii 5g Burretiokentia vieillardii 5g Burretiokentia vieillardii 5g
Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii Burretiokentia vieillardii


CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA

SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM WITH WIDE LEAFLETS

MEDIUM HEIGHT MATURE - PROMINENT TRUNK RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This single trunk species is from Mexico and Central America.  It is pinnate like other Chamaedoreas with a trunk diameter of an inch or a bit more.  The leaves a five feet long with wide leaflets and prominent drip tips.  You can see how wide the leaflets are from the photos.  It is a very tropical and exotic understory palm.  It  prefers moist but good draining soil.  The trunks are dark green and prominent trunk rings are present.  Mature height is about 12 feet.  You'd want to make sure this palm doesn't excede your canopy to expose it to full sun.  Low temperatures tolerated are about to a freeze and this species likes filtered light.  Below I've shown you photos of our 5 gallon size which we are putting on Special.  We also have 15 gallon size available.  The last row of photos have pictures by palmpedia and RPS.  The last photo shows mature seeds and the trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115


Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g
Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana 5g Chamaedorea arenbergiana
Chamaedorea arenbergiana  pritchardia hillebrandii pritchardia hillebrandii
Chamaedorea arenbergiana PalmPadia CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA TS RPS CHAMAEDOREA ARENBERGIANA


VEITCHIA WININ
NATIVE ONLY TO VANUATU


SINGLE TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED
TALL PALM WHEN MATURE
SUPER RARE, HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to the Vanuatu Islands.  It can attain a mature height of over fifty feet.  Leaves are green, about eight feet long with somewhat drooping leaflets.  The trunk is gray in color and medium thickness.  This species makes bright red seeds.  It can tolerate full coastal sun and has been grown well by some in Southern California.   But, because of it's tropical nature, should only be tried by those in good climates.  We're offering our 5 gallon size on sale.  They've done well with our temperatures down to about 32 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $115

Remember to mention this Special when purchasing so you get this discounted price.  Mail order this size quite easy.



VEITCHIA WININ 5G VEITCHIA WININ 5G VEITCHIA WININ 5G
VEITCHIA WININ 5G VEITCHIA WININ 5G Veitchia winin 

  

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM

WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE

There is no doubt in my mind that this species is the most cold tolerant of any palm species.  It is native to the southeastern United States with native habitats stretching from South Carolina down to northern Florida and into Alabama and Mississippi.  There are reports of this species tolerating below zero degrees F.  Now, this doesn't mean that you can grow it in Michigan.  But, in areas that see significant cold such as North Carolina, central Texas or even New Mexico, this species might work for you.

It is a suckering fan palm and known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  One photo below shows the spines.  In sun the leaf color is a silver green with more silver underneath.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a  Rhapis Palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  The common name of “Needle Palm” comes from the fact that the stubby trunks have long dark colored needles – reminiscent of a knitting needle.  This is a very slow growing species that slowly crawls the ground by suckering.  These are rare to find for sale.  We're putting 5g on special.  A photo below showns the needles on the trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G $110


Rhapidophyllum hystrix 5g Needle Palm  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 5g Needle Palm  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 5g Needle Palm 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix 5g Needle Palm  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 5g Needle Palm  Rhapidophyllum hystrix 5g Needle Palm 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix   Rhapidophyllum hystrix  Needle Palm  Rhapidophyllum hystrix Needle Palm 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM


GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON SIZE

The palm shown in the first two rows is a 5 gallon size of Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  Here's some facts about this species:

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

We’re putting large one gallon on Special but also have 5 and 15g sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $60

This size is simple to ship weather permitting.  You'll love this species.

 
Chambeyronia hookeri 1g Chambeyronia hookeri 1g Chambeyronia hookeri 1g
Chambeyronia hookeri 1g Chambeyronia hookeri 1g Chambeyronia hookeri 1g
Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri Chambeyronia hookeri  

SABAL ETONIA
SMALL FAN PALM NATIVE TO FLORIDA



GETS SIX TO EIGHT FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This small fan palm is native to almost all areas of Florida.  It is different than Sabal palmetto in that it is smaller.  Although not quite as small as the Sabal louisiana below, it rarely gets to a height of about eight feet.  Leaves are green and the trunk is a bit stout.  It tolerates full sun or part day sun.  It is difficult to find.  In the fifth photo, it is the band plant that the staff is holding in his left hand (right hand is Sabal louisiana, an even smaller species).  Cold hardiness is at least 15 degrees F. or a bit lower.  Mature palm photo by TS - RPS.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50


Sabal etonia band Sabal etonia band Sabal etonia band
Sabal etonia band Sabal etonia band Sabal etonia Rare Palm Seeds.com

  

 

SERENOA REPENS
SHORTER CLUMPING FAN PALM
SOUGHT AFTER BLUE FORM



VERY COLD HARDY, SUN LOVING
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This suckering fan palm is native to the southeastern gulf states of the U.S. and some adjacent island areas.  Native habitats even extend up into the Carolinas.  It gets to a mature height of six to eight feet.  It loves sun and heat.  Leaf color varies from blue to green or somewhere in-between.  The plants on sale today are in band containers and oversized – about 6 to 7 years old.  Yes, they are slow growing.  We do have larger, but on this batch of bands we are offering a very good price.  It has smaller sized leaves.  It forms a clump over time.  The seeds for these came from blue parents.  Of note, young plants never show blue until larger and out in direct sun.   Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BAND SIZE $50

Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens

 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
A RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD


BLUE – GREEN SPINY LEAFLETS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

Native to Mozambique, this small to medium sized cycad grows in scrub forest among rocks and boulders.  It is distinguished by its blue to blue-green color and by having leaflets that are prominently spiny.  In my experience, leaf color is sometimes very blue, other times blue-green.  You'll sometimes hear the description as "soapy green" to describe the leaves.  Overall, the leaf color is variable.  Trunk size is usually under three feet.  Upright leaves are about four feet long or less.  Leaves are keeled and leaflets are lanceolate and spiny.  This species likes full sun and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  We are putting band sized seedlings on sale.  They are supposed to be the blue form (from blue parents) but need age and sun to show the blue.  These are easy to mail order, weather permitting.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $72.50


Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X CYCAS DEBAOENSIS
CYCAD HYBRID OF TWO RARE SPECIES



NEVER AVAILABLE BEFORE
CAN'T EXACTLY PREDICT MATURE APPEARANCE
TEN DAY SPECIAL OVERSIZED ONE GALLON

We're offering on special a very rare hybrid of the genus Cycas.  Both parents are native to China.  The C. panzhiuaensis is known for it's medium size, blue-green foliage in sun and cold tolerance.  Cycas debaoensis is known for it's mutlipinnate leaves and fluffy leaf appearance.  I've only had these plants off and on for about a year.  There are no pictures of mature plants available.  It should make a small to medium sized adult plant and take at least part day with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  The plants on special are super large one ore one and a half gallons with about 2 inch thick caudexes.  They need to be repotted or planted.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $145
DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $125


Remember to mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get this price.  The first garden photo is the panzhihuaensis and the next is the debaoensis.


Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches   Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches   Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches  
Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches   Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches   Cycas panshihuaensis x debaoensis 1.5 gallon 2 inches  
CYCAS PANZHHIHUAENSIS  cYCAS DEBAOENSIS  cYCAS DEBAOENSIS 

 

CYCAS THOUARSII
EASY TO GROW GREEN CYCAD WITH LUSH APPEARANCE



“MEDIUM SIZED” IN MOST GARDENS
FROM EASTERN AFRICA AND ADJACENT ISLANDS
TWO LARGE SPECIMEN CYCADS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL


Cycas thouarsii 
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 medium to large sized cycad that can get trunks over thirty feet tall and twelve to eighteen inches thick in a hundred years.  But, in the short term of 20 years, anticipate a trunk height of six or eight feet in the ground.  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.  Similar in appearance to Cycas circinalis, this species thrives in Southern California and tolerates full coastal sun.  In far inland areas, part day sun is preferred.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20’s F. 

I’m showing two garden ready specimens of this species below.  Both are sun grown.

1.      15 gallon with caudex 5 x 19 inches – shown in the first five photos.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $1350
TEN DAY SALES PRICE THIS ACTUAL 15 GALLON CYCAD $1125

2.     25 gallon plant with caudex (stem) 7 x 30 inches – shown in second batch 5 photos

 REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL 25 GALLON SPECIMEN $2400
 TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL SPECIMEN 25 GALLON $2025


Cycas thouarsii 15 gallon caudex 5 x 19 inches Cycas thouarsii 15 gallon caudex 5 x 19 inches Cycas thouarsii 15 gallon caudex 5 x 19 inches
Cycas thouarsii 15 gallon caudex 5 x 19 inches Cycas thouarsii 15 gallon caudex 5 x 19 inches  
Cycas thouarsii 25g caudex 7 x 30 inches Cycas thouarsii 25g caudex 7 x 30 inches Cycas thouarsii 25g caudex 7 x 30 inches
Cycas thouarsii 25g caudex 7 x 30 inches Cycas thouarsii 25g caudex 7 x 30 inches  
Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii Cycas thouarsii

 

 

CYCAS REVOLUTA - THE SAGO PALM
MOST POPULAR CYCAD IN THE WORLD


MEDIUM THICK TRUNK - GREEN LEAVES
EASY TO GROW IN MOST AREAS - TOLERATES FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ASSORTED 15 AND 25 GALLON PLANTS

Cycas revoluta, the common "Sago Palm", is native to areas of Japan and China.  It is an extremely easy to grow cycad that requires little mainenance.  It is also slow growing with fifty year old specimens attaining a trunk height of five feet or a bit more.  Leaves are green as shown below, typically five feet long on older plants and have barbs on the stems.  Leafles are "revolute" - cupped on the underside.  Stems can be twelve to sixteen feet thick in decades.  Male and female cones are quite different, as with all species of this genus.  Male cones look like a corn cob without the kernals.  Females are a scrambled clump of "tan leaflets" without any emerging structure.  You need both sexes to get viable seeds.  I'd estimate that there are well over a million plants of this species in gardens worldwide.  It tolerates full sun in coastal areas but not in desert climates (where it needs sun protection).  Cold tolerance is perhaps as low as 16 degrees F - certainly into the high teens.  It can also be grown as a houseplant when smaller and is ideal for a patio plant. 

We have a reasonable assortment of 15g and 25g plants that came from a private garden.  We were told that they were at least 25 years old.  Some are larger than others.  The 15g are in the first two rows of photos below and the larger 25g follow.  The smaller 15g have a caudex of about ten inches and the tallest (oldest) 25g have thick caudexes with about 18 inches vertical height. These are sun grown outdoors.  We're putting this species on Ten Day Special.  These plants were dug and potted up over two years ago.  All are sturdy and healthy cycads.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE - YOUR CHOICE - $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE - YOUR CHOICE - $650

These are definitely under-market prices for old specimens.  Many are too big for mail order.


Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 15g lot asssorted
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta Sago Palm Cycas revoluta

 

 

FICUS AURICULATA
AKA FICUS ROXBURHII
THE ROXBURG FIG

LARGE ROUND GREEN LEAVES
RARE MEDIUM SIZE TREE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON


Only a few times before have we offered this rare round leafed Fig species.  It is known for its large round leaves that get twelve to 18 inches across with a drip tip.  New leaves emerge bronze or light red.  Leaf stems are short.  The leaf texture is slightly crinkled.  Mature height in the ground is 15 to 30 feet.  Fruiting figs cluster on older branches.  The trunk is gray colored and smooth.  It is a full sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  These plants were taken by cuttings about 9 months ago from a tree in Southern CA.  We only have several left for sale.

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $100

The garden specimen below is c/o Wikipedia.

 
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Ficus roxburghii auriculata Cal Poly Website  Ficus auriculata roxburghii  Ficus auriculata Wikipedia 

 

ARAUCARIA HETEROPHYLLA
THE NORFOLK ISLAND PINE OR STAR PINE

LARGE AND TALL STURDY GREEN LEAFED TREE
TOLERATES OUR LOCAL WINTER COLD - WANTS SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


There are about twenty different species of Araucaria worldwide.  This includes multiple species from New Caledonia.  The Norfolk Island Pine is one of these species.  It is native, of course, to the Norfolk Island.  All Araucaria tend to make good sized trees.  The Norfolk Pine in the wild can get to heights well over one hundred feet with a forty or more foot spread of the crown.  It developes a thick trunk and has prickly green leaflets.  Because of the latter, you cannot walk below it bare footed.  It is a full sun tree in most areas and is only marginally cold hardy - at best into the mid to upper 30's F.  Also, it doesn't like extremely hot weather.  With this said, there are a fair number of mature trees in the coastal San Diego area.  It is difficult to find any Araucaria for sale.  We rarely have them available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE AS SHOWN $145


Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine
Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine
Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine Araucaria heterophylla  Norfolk pine



SCHEFFLERA
TREE

UMBRELLA TREE


MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - GREEN LEAVES
SPECIAL LARGE & FULL 25 GALLON


There are two types of Schefflera.  On is a larger tree with larger leaves.  The other type is a dwarf with small leaves and leaflets.  The plant shown here is an "in-betweeners".  It's 8 to 10 feet tall n the pot and quite wide - 6 to 8 feet.  It's an ideal tree for privacy and can be shaped and trimmed liberally.  I'd anticipate a mature height of about 15 feet.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy well into the mid to lower 20's F.  We only have a few available.  The first two garden photos show the larger species Schefflera actinophylla.  The last photo is c/o Clemson University website.

REGULAR PRICE 25G $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $400


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schefflera schefflera Schefflera Clemson Univ website

 

 

MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM

 

NICE FULL PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 2G PLANTS

The genus Adiantum or Maiden Hair Fern contains many species and cultivars.  If you Google the genus, you'll see all sorts of different looking plants.  What I'm showing here is the plant on the West Coast that we consider to be the "classic Maidenhair Fern".  They are in 2 gallon pots.  They never get over two feet tall, like water and are best grown in filtered light. 

REGULAR PRICE TWO GALLON $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL SPECIAL 2 GALLON $35

Remember to mention this Special.  Mail order is possible on this size.  The last photo shows a close up of a garden plant.

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Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern

 

TRICOLOR NEOROGELIA BROMELIAD
GREEN, WHITE AND PINK

EASY COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
OR NICE INTERIOR PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS VARIETY


Neorogelia are one of our favorite types of Bromeliads.  This is because you get color without the need for waiting to see a blossom.  Typically, the mother plant lasts for about a year and then dies off.  But, you then get several small pups forming from the base of the plant and the cycle repeats itself.  So, over time, you'll have a large cluster of many plants.  Most Neorogelia like shade although some will take some sun.  This species has a pink flush on top of variegated white leaves.  We have many attractive Neorogelia for sale.  In the last row of photos below I'll show a few other types and also some garden pictures of bromeliads in the 3rd & 4th photos.. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS PLANT SIZE $45 - AS SHOWN BELOW -
LARGER CLUSTERS $75 NOT SHOWN HERE



Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink
Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink Neorogelia sp. tri-colored with pink
Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape Bromeliads in the Landscape
Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia rafael Neorogelia red throat

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 18 JANUARY, 2023 

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
PERHAPS A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM
PHOTOGRAPHS OF MATURE PALMS

During the winter of 2007 when we had a severe cold spell, I came to find that this species or Royal Palm seemed to posses more cold hardiness than Roystonea regia and others that are more commonly seen.   Our area got down to about 25 degrees F.  An enthusiast about a mile from the nursery said his R. regias were totally burned but the Roystonea borninquena went untouched.  Because of this I pursued seeds and grew more.  We've sold a lot of this beautiful palm since then.  It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few other islands.  You'll note the absence of the super swollen base often seen with other species.  It likes full sun, enjoys ample water and can get to heights over forty feet.  More recently, availability has been less plentiful but we plan to carry them as much as we can.  Shown here are mature specimens of this species.  In recent times we've had no seeds available, but did get in some last year.  So, we can currently offer seedlings for sale.

Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA Roystonea borinquena
Roystonea borinquena Roystonea borinquena ROYSTONEA BORNQUENA

 

THE GENUS BECCARIOPHOENIX
THREE DIFFERENT SPECIES
ALL THREE TYPES AVAILABLE AT THE NURSERY

It was not too long 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", presently called Beccariophoenix fenestralis. 
 
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 on all three species.