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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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD
LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
SPECIAL ANY SIZE PLANT WE HAVE!

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 locally grown 15g plants.  We have other sizes as well, both larger and smaller.  The last photo shows one of our boxed 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 a sun-tolerant as many of the South African species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

SPECIAL - 20% OFF ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii
Encephalartos whitelockii Encephalartos whitelockii ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII

 

MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE HYBRID PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY - TO ABOUT 16 DEGREES
SPECIAL SQUAT 25G 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 25g plants.  They are at least 10 feet tall in their pots, grown in sun.  They are ready for planting.

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON SIZE $700
SPECIAL THESE 25G 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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Mule Palm Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule Palm Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule Palm Butia x Jubaea Mule Palm Butia x Jubaea Mule Palm TS RPS

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM


FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
THIS IS THE SUCKERING FORM
SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $235
SPECIAL 15 GALLON OR ANY SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase.  We only have a small number available.


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

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM


CAN BE GROWN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
RARE SPECIES - SELDOM SEE FOR SALE
SPECIAL TRIPLE 15G SIZE

We have a limited number of triples of this species - three plants in one pot.  This is like you so often see with King Palms.  Inherently, this is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm native to Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.  In the wild, plants get to over 75 feet tall.  In So California it is more typical to see one to 30 to 40 feet.  They have a light colored crown shaft, speckled dark or black color near the inner crown area and sometimes on the leaf stems.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflet tips are pointed or slightly blunted.  The trunk is narrow for a tall palm.

Shown here are triple 15g plants which we're putting on special.  There are quite a few people who are growing this species in the coastal strip in our area.   

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
SPECIAL 15G OR ANY SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Please mention this Blog Only Special prior to purchase.

Veitchia arecina 15g triple Veitchia arecina 15g triple Veitchia arecina 15g triple
Veitchia arecina 15g triple Veitchia arecina 15g triple Veitchia arecina 15g triple
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE REGULAR LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
SPECIAL LARGE 15G SIZE

We have an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special.  Have you ever wondered why you hardly ever see Rhapis on sale?  It's because they are super slow growing.  The plants shown here are eight, maybe ten years old.  Therefore, growers have little motivation to sell them cheap.  The plants shown here are nice enough for a bank or hotel lobby, a professional office or even your living room. 

Rhapis excelsa
is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  The plants on special here are 15g size, very full with lots of canes.  They won't last long.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $375
SPECIAL THIS SIZE OR ANY SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
TALL, THICK TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL GREEN PINNATE PALM

 

DOES BEST IN SHADE – STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL
SPECIAL 15 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 is our 15g size on sale.  We have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $235
SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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


Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana
Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana Chamaedorea woodsoniana

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM

WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM
SPECIAL OLD FIFTEEN 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 very old 15g on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
SPECIAL 15G - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

I only have a few of these.  They are massively big for a 15g plant and suckering like crazy.  If you want a more affordable size, we do have 5g plants for sale.  The 15 gallon are shown in the first 7 photos below. 

Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix Rhapidophyllum hystrix

 

RAVENEA SAMBIRANENSIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

WHEN MATURE, LANDSCAPE SIZED SPECIMEN
SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS

This species of Ravenea is from both the west and eastern sides of the Island of Madagascar.  It was named after a river on the island.  It is a large and elegant pinnate palm with heights reportedly up to one hundred feet.  Trunk diameter is one foot.  It grows at elevations from sea level to six thousand feet in both dry and moist native habitats.  When younger, this species has flat erect leaves that go straight upwards.  However, with age, this species produces leaves that are keeled and curve downwards at the ends.  When mature the overall crown is hemispherical with the leaves in the upper portion of the circle.  Because of its large size, this plant should be considered a major landscape item and not a companion plant.  Photos below show how large this palm is when mature.

I have a limited number of five gallon plants on sale.  They should be grown in an area where they can work their way from strong filtered light into full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  They like moisture but need good draining soil.  My thanks to TS at RPS for the photo below.

REGULAR PRICE FIVE GALLON $135
SPECIAL FIVE GALLON - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

 
Ravenea sambiranensis 5g  Ravenea sambiranensis 5g  Ravenea sambiranensis 5g 
Ravenea sambiranensis 5g Ravenea sambiranensis TS RPS  Ravenea sambiranensis 5g 

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
MATURE HEIGHT A BIT OVER TWENTY FEET
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 3 to 4 feet.  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 $110
SPECIAL THIS OR ANY SIZE -  20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi 
Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi  Dypsis decaryi 

 

COCONUT QUEEN PALM
DESIRABLE SYAGRUS HYBRID
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE



SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA
SPECIAL 5 GALLON 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 to large palm.  The trunk will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less.  The attached photos of mature plants show how pretty it is.  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 is a very rare hybrid to come across.  They are essentially unavailable on the market and absolutely no small plants exist.  This is because there have been no seeds for going on ten years. But, we were able to get a limited number of seedlings a few years ago and now they are in 5 gallon pots.  We’re putting these on special.  Be aware, these are near impossible to find.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower and has a cold hardiness estimated to be in the low 20's F.  We have very limited supplies.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $165
SPECIAL 5 GALLON - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

This is probably one of the last times we’ll offer this rare hybrid for sale.  Domestic large plants by JI.

Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid
Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid Coconut Queen Syagrus hybrid
Coconut Queen Coconut Queen Coconut Queen

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
NATIVE TO PEMBA ISLAND

TAKES FULL COASTAL SUN
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

There are both single trunk and suckering forms of this species.  Nowadays, most of the plants available of this species are the suckering form.  Both get to a height of 25 feet, have an attractive green trunk and a light colored crown shaft.  Leaves have a graceful arch and the leaflet color is green.  It's a great alternative for the garden.  Note how the trunks are beefy but not overly large.  The plants on special are already suckering.  Along our coast it will take part day sun but I'd recommend filtered or morning sun inland.  The plants on special are in 5g size.   We may have both larger and smaller size.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
SPECIAL THIS OR ANY SIZE - 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE 

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers are available.  The garden specimen photos are c/o a late friend Al Bredeson.  I'm also showing a prior Nursery stock 25 gallon

DYPSIS PEMBANA DYPSIS PEMBANA DYPSIS PEMBANA
DYPSIS PEMBANA DYPSIS PEMBANA DYPSIS PEMBANA
dypsis pembana dypsis pembana Al B. dypsis pembana A.B.

 

CHAMAEDOREA SCHIPPII
AN ALMOST UNKNOWN AND NEVER AVAILABLE SPECIES

UNDERSTORY PINNATE SUCKERING PALM
SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

Taxonomically, this species of Chamaedorea is an accepted species.  When I got started in palms about 44 years ago, you could occasionally find one available but you really had to seek it out.  Then they disappeared from the market.  I have a friend with a mature matched and sexed pair of them who set seeds last year.  I haven't this species for sale for at least 20 years.  No one has them.  We're offering them in a small size and have very few available.

This is a suckering green leaf understory species of Chamaedorea.  They get a mature height of twelve to fourteen feet and have an appearance similar to C. costaricana.  But, the leaves are longer and the trunks are thicker.  Trunks remain vertical and don't usually lean.  This species has historically been used to make some of the more interesting Chamaedorea hybrids including the famous "Irving Cantor" cross.  They were chosen for hybridization because of their strong vertical trunks.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
SPECIAL THIS RARE PALM IN 2 GALLON SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


Remember:  Limited numbers and mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.


Chamaedorea schippii Chamaedorea schippii Chamaedorea schippii
Chamaedorea schippii Chamaedorea schippii Chamaedorea schippii

 

DYPSIS SPECIES "LAFAMAZANGA"
LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT IT



SUCKERING THIN TRUNKED SPECIES
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
SPECIAL BAND SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


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

Dypsis sp. lafamazanga Dypsis sp. lafamazanga Dypsis sp. lafamazanga
Dypsis sp. lafamazanga  

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
SINGLE TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL
A REAL WINNER!


SUPER RARE MADAGASCAR PALM
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 $60
SPECIAL BAND SIZE OR ANY SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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

Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana
Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana Dypsis prestoniana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NATALENSIS 
MEDIUM SIZED GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


FAST GROWING – TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
SPECIAL VERY NICE 25 GALLON PLANT

This versatile green cycad is a mainstay of every cycad collection.  There's not a cycad enthusiast who's not growing this species.  It is native to the Eastern Cape in South Africa.  There it is found in various regions with differences in plant appearance from area to area.  Thus, there are probably about six varieties of this species, all a bit different.  So, when you see an Encephalartos natalensis in a garden, it may look a bit different than the next one you see.  Trunks get up to twenty feet in a century or two.  Leaves are five to eight feet long, straight or minimally arched, and more compact in bright sun.  Growth rate is medium to fast.  I'd consider this a medium to large species.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  The  plant on special is in a 25 gallon container and has a caudex that is 12 inches wide and a similar height.  We have a few others of similar size in this collection.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $1300
SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


Encephalartos natalensis 25g 12 inches Encephalartos natalensis 25g 12 inches Encephalartos natalensis 25g 12 inches
Encephalartos natalensis 25g 12 inches Encephalartos natalensis 25g 12 inches Encephalartos natalensis 25g 12 inches
Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis Encephalartos natalensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
A RARE CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD

BLUE – GREEN SPINY LEAFLETS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND
SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL 15 GALLON PLANT

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.  The first six pictures show a 15 gallon plant with a three inch caudex.  We're putting this actual plant on sale.  I suspect outdoors in sun (greenhouse grown so far) it'll show more of the blue color as the parents were blue.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL 15 GALLON CYCAD $525
SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

 
Encephalartos munchii 15g 3 inches Encephalartos munchii 15g 3 inches Encephalartos munchii 15g 3 inches
Encephalartos munchii 15g 3 inches Encephalartos munchii 15g 3 inches Encephalartos munchii 15g 3 inches
Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii Encephalartos munchii

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
SPECIAL – THREE YEAR OLD FIVE LEAF SEEDLINGS

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 likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  These band sized plants are easy to ship.  Of note, these seedlings are pretty nice, some with five or more leaves and an age of 3 years.  They are probably ready to be repotted into a larger container. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE BAND SIZE $85
SPECIAL BAND PLANTS - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus

  

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
RARE MEDIUM SIZED SO AFRICAN CYCAD

 

GREEN LEAF VARIETY - STACKING LEAFLETS
SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

Encephalartos longifolius is from the Eastern Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.  It is among the favorite species of all cycad enthusiasts.  Leaf color varies from a dark green to brilliant blue - and everything in-between.  The plant shown below is in a citrus pot and has green leaves.  This does not mean it won’t show some blue later in outdoor sun.  Caudex size is 1.5 to 2 inches wide.  This is a full sun species along the coast with a cold hardiness of 22 degrees F.  This species will develop into medium sized mature cycads over the years with potential for trunk in a lifetime of at least five feet.  We have a whole assortment of sizes available from sale - both larger and smaller.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $300
SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Sale price for 10 days only.  Easy to mail order.  Remember to mention this Special!

Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius Encephalartos longifolius

 

EDIBLE BANANA
MUSA GRAN NAIN


VARIETY THAT CHIQUITA UTILIZES FOR MARKET FRUIT
SPECIAL 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 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.  The photo of the fruit is by A-S.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SIZE $135
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


Banana Musa gran nain Banana Musa gran nain Banana Musa gran nain
Banana Musa gran nain Banana Musa gran nain Banana Musa gran nain
Banana Musa gran nain Musa gran nain by A-S fruit  

 

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 $65
SPECIAL THIS SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


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

 

MONSTERA DELICIOSA
“SWISS CHEESE PHILODENDRON”


LARGE GREEN LEAVES WITH HOLES IN THE LEAVES
CLIMBING SPECIES

SPECIAL 7 & 15 GALLON SIZE

Monstera deliciosa is a climbing tropical plant native to areas from southern Mexico down through Latin America.  It climbs up tree trunks and can get up to 100 feet into the canopy.  It has green leaves with horizontal splits/openings.  A particular form of this plant doesn’t just have splits but rather holes/openings in the leaves.  The plants on sale are this latter type.  The trunks attached to whatever is near (tree trunks, fences, posts, etc) and are about an inch thick.  Trunks put out attaching roots for support.  Leaves can be much larger than shown here when mature.  They can easily reach two to three feet in width.  It is super easy to grow.  Just plant it next to almost anything.  We’re putting our limited numbers of 15 gallon and 7 gallon on sale.  The first six photos shown the 15 gallon size.  In terms of plant size, both containers have the same size plants.

REGULAR PRICE 7 & 15 GALLON $180
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

The photos below are of the split leaf Philodendron, not the "Swiss Cheese" variety.


Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa

 

EPIDENDRON ORCHID
VARIOUS COLORS AVAILABLE - PINK – BLOSSOMS SHOWN HERE

REEDSTEM TYPE TERRESTRIAL ORCHID
HARD TO FIND PINK-PURPLE COLOR
SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

The family of Epidendron Orchids are loaded with species/varieties of lots of different colors.  These include pink, purple, orange, red, white and yellow.  But, one of the most vibrant is the pink-purple as shown here.  It is also an easy variety to grow.  This is the color I'm showing here.  We're putting blossoming one gallon purple-pink on sale.  These plants will have tons of reed-like stems, most of which will blossom this summer.  Leaves are thick and small and plants can be divided in the future to easily add to other areas of the garden.  They'll take coastal full sun or strong filtered light.  Some sun is needed for flowering.  You can plant these right in the soil.  They are cold tolerant into the mid-twenties F.  BTW, this color is difficult to find.  You’ll love them in your garden or in a pot.  If we run out of this color, we've got lots of other great colored blossoms in the same size/price.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON $75
SPECIAL THIS SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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


Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom
Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom
Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom Epidendron Orchid 1g pink-purple in bloom

 

WEDNESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER, 2022

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
SUPER CUTE DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM



SIMPLE, UNDIVIDED LEAVES
A REAL COLLECTOR ITEM


This is an adorable small, single trunk, understory palm from Southern Mexico that is typically about two feet tall.  In habitat, it has been known to attain a height of three to four feet.  Trunks are quite thin, usually about a quarter of an inch thick.  Leaves are complete (simple) with no divided leaflets.  It is closely related to Chamaedorea geonomiformis, just smaller.  The lumping type taxonomists must drool at the possibility of someday lumping the two together.  It is rarely seen on the market.  Recently we got in about five of these and they sold the same day.  But, I still wanted to show them to you.  It wants filtered light and has a cold hardiness somewhere in the mid-twenties F.  Because of its rarity, little is offered about culture in reference books.  Anticipate in the future that, from time to time, we'll have small plants available.

 
    Chamaedorea tenella
Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella  
Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella Chamaedorea tenella

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN



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


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

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

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT  LOVES HOT SUN
SPECIAL VERY LARGE 24 INCH BOX SIZE

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  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.  Be aware that this palm doesn’t do well in shade and doesn’t want to be shaded out by overhead trees.  The boxed plants shown below are about as big as you can plant without heavy equipment.  Their height is ten to twelve feet by estimate.  Delivery is available.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 24 INCH BOX THIS SIZE $650

SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  We also have 5g and some other sizes available.


Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM
SPECIAL NICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE

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 35 - 40 feet tall in many decades.  The fan leaf is intensely blue, especially with full hot sun.  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.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F. Shown below is our 24 inch box size.  These are followed by the 15 gallon size in the next post.  Both sizes are on sale.  This species is a real “show-stopper”.  Literally people driving by will stop to look at one in your front yard and ask: “Hey Man, what is that blue palm tree?”


REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE $600
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price


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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM
SPECIAL NICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE

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 35 - 40 feet tall in many decades.  The fan leaf is intensely blue, especially with full hot sun.  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.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F. Shown below is our 24 inch box size.  These are followed by the 15 gallon size in the next post.  Both sizes are on sale.  This species is a real “show-stopper”.  Literally people driving by will stop to look at one in your front yard and ask: “Hey Man, what is that blue palm tree?”


REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE $600
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price


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

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM
 

IDEAL FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
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
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


Remember:  Mention this Special to get your Blog Only discount.


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

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM

 


VERY HARD TO FIND SPECIES – TO EIGHT FEET TALL
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

Below I am showing our offering of 5 gallon plants which we have available and are putting on a Ten Day Special.  This palm does fine in Southern California and is the ultimate of pinnate leaf palms where "short" is needed.  I've shown below several shots of mature garden specimens to illustrate this species height. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $150
SPECIAL THIS SIZE - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Remember:  Mention this Special for this reduced price when you buy!

Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM

 


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
SPECIAL 1 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 1g size (first 5 photos below) which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  These are very large plants for their pots and either single or multiple (more than one per pot).  Also available are large 5 and 15g sizes. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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


Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples
Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples Archontophoenix purpurea 1g singles multiples
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM

 

VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

SEE SPECIES DESCRIPTION ABOVE

This post is for our 5g size.  We also have nice 15g's as well.  These 5g are about 2 years older than the one gallons.  They can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea Archontophoenix purpurea

 

PALM SEEDLINGS
FIVE DIFFERENT TYPES ONE SALE


BAND SIZE - EASY TO SHIP
SPECIAL BAND SIZE SPECIES BELOW


Below 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 have shown the most frequently seen common names for the palms below.

TEN DAY SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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 NATALENSIS
TRANSKI FORM

MEDIUM TO LARGE GREEN CYCAD - THINNER LEAFLETS
SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT


Please read above where I introduced this South African species and commented that there were various "forms" native to different localities.  This variety is from a habitat in Transki.  Little is published about these plants or presented on the Internet.  From what I see, this variety has green leaflets that are thinner than other varieties and have less spination on the leaflets.  I anticipate mature size will be similar to the regular E. natalensis above.  The plant on special is in a 15g pot and has a caudex of about 6 inches.  Culture and cold hardiness should be comparable.  We have several available.  Sorry, I do not have nor can I find good photos of a mature specimen.  We only have one or two left. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL CYCAD $600
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches
Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches
Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches Encephalartos natalensis transki form 15g 5 to 6 inches

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD

 
COLORFUL EMERGING NEW LEAVES

INLAND FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
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. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT $385
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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


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 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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS EUGENE-MARAISII
EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE BLUE TRANSVAAL CYCAD

 

NATIVE TO SOUTH AFRICA – EXTREMELY RARE

SPECIAL UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

This desirable species of Encephalartos comes from the Transvaal region of the northern Republic of South Africa.  This area is also home to other sought-after species like E. dolomiticus, dolomiticus, and nubimontanus.

Encephalartos eugene-maraisii is a medium to large species with trunk height up to almost ten feet.  It will sucker from the base.  Leaf color is blue or blue-green.  The leaves are sharply keeled giving a "V-shape" in cross section.  Leaf length is two to five feet.  Leaflets are 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide and have a sharp terminal tip.  Encephalartos middleburgensis is a closely related species and was originally felt to be a subspecies of eugene-maraisii.  This is a full sun cycad.  In the wild it commonly sees freezing temperatures.  In culture it is know to tolerate mid to low 20's F.  We are currently putting our band sized plants on sale for ten days. 

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $135
 SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Remember, mention this Blog Only Special.  Easy to mail order.


Encephalartos eugene-maraisii band Encephalartos eugene-maraisii band Encephalartos eugene-maraisii band
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii band Encephalartos eugene-maraisii band Encephalartos eugene-maraisii band
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Encephalartos eugene-maraisii

 

MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM

 

NICE FULL PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
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 $40
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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

Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern
Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern Maiden Hair Fern

 

RABITTS FOOT FERN
DAVALIA FEJEENSIS



DWARF FERN - ABOUT 18 INCHES TALL
CREEPS ON GROUND WITH FURRY FEET
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This popular fern is known for its furry rhizomes which make new plants and can form near sphere of leaves when grown in a basket.  Or, you can grow it in the garden where it'll crawl the garden floor.  It is native to Fiji.  Leaves come off the rhizomes and are about 12 to 16 inches long.  Their color is green.  They are easy to propagate by cutting and rooting one of the rhizomes with a few leaves.  They prefer filtered light and are cold hardy into the twenties F.  Many people grow this fern indoors.  We're offering full 5 gallons on special.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $65
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


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

Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis
Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis
Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis Rabbits Foot Fern Davalia fejensis

 

LEATHER FERN
RUMORHA ADIANTIFORMIS



A PARTICULARLY SHORT FORM OF THIS SPECIES
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The leather fern is a durable and easy to grow fern that tolerates full sun along the coast.  Most ferns want filtered light.  It gets to a height of about two to three feet and is a similar width. The variety on sale today is one that many people seek out.  It has a mature height under two feet in the sun.  It can be planted as an individual plant or be used as a ground cover or as a short hedge.  Cold hardiness is into the 20's F.  It wants adequate water but is somewhat drought tolerant.  Leaves are branched and green.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $70
SPECIAL - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Mail order is possible.  The last photo is c/o watersavingplants website but is the more common variety, not this super short form.


Leather Fern dwarf variety Leather Fern dwarf variety Leather Fern dwarf variety
Leather Fern dwarf variety Leather Fern dwarf variety Leather Fern dwarf variety

 

HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS 
GREAT COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
ASSORTMENT OF NEW VARIETIES AT NURSERY


 

AVAILABILITY CHANGES WEEKLY
SPECIAL ON THESE GORGEOUS PLANTS


Cordyline Hawaiian Ti plants are a great way to add color to the garden.  They easily acclimate to filtered light growing conditions in our area but can be solely acclimated to coastal sun.  Most don't get much over six feet tall.  They have thin trunks and can take a freeze with some damage.  Severe cold will kill them.  Leaf color varies from pastels to reds to green and black.  Shown here four different varieties of different Hawaiian Ti plants.  All are different and there's one that is predominantly pastel colors.  Remember, availability of each type changes ever several days.  

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3 GALLON VARIETIES OF HAWAIIAN TI $60
SPECIAL THESE TI PLANTS 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

 

Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa
Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa
Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa
Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa Hawaiian Ti Cordyline fruiticosa

MONDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2022 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM



PICTURES SHOWING THIS SPECIES

This pinnate New World species is another favorite of mine.  When I started with palms about forty years ago, enthusiasts frowned when I mentioned this species and said "unfortunately, Phil, you can't grow the Royal Palm here".  Well, I didn't buy that and instead had optimism over it's possibly doing well here.  And, exactly the latter has proven to be the case.  If you can grow a King Palm, there's a good chance you can grow a Royal Palm.

There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.  Natives to Florida are chagrined with the fact that "Roystonea elata" was determined not be a unique Royal Palm native to Florida but rather at most a variety of 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.  I hope you like the photos I'm showing here.  Note how the base of the Royal Palm is quite swollen and fat.  On up the trunk there is variable swelling present.   One picture here shows a really massive base on the Royal.

Of note, we always have an assortment of sizes available.  Through an associate we can offer large trunked out specimens up to 20 feet tall.

Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
PERHAPS A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM


PHOTOGRAPHS OF MATURE PALMS
SEEDLINGS NOW AVAILABLE


During the winter of 2007 when we had a severe cold spell, I came to find that this species or Royal Palm seemed to possess 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 and have gotten similar reports.  This species 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 until recently and presently can offer band sized seedlings.


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

  

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM



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

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
DISCOUNTED PRICE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST $640 (20% OFF)

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



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   

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM



REALLY LARGE SINGLE TRUNK 25 GALLON PLANTS
TEN TO TWELVE FEET TALL - 10 INCH THICK BASES
SPECIAL NICE 25 GALLON SINGLE PLANTS

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.  Shown here is are examples of absolutely good sized 25 gallon palms.  These have been outdoor grown and are about twelve years old.  Standing next to them, most are about ten feet tall or more with 8 to 12 inch bases (ground diameter).  All are singles - not multipoles.  They are so nice that some are considering using them as a larger house plant.  We have various sizes of the Kentias for sale from small to large.  They are great patio palms.  Smaller plan ( 5 gallon ) can be mail ordered.  Bigger plants usually require delivery. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE NICE 25 GALLON $575
SPECIAL THIS SIZE 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Be aware we have limited numbers available and these will sell out this week.  The first garden photo is by Kerikeri.


Click here for an article on this species from our website


Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana Howea forsteriana
Howea-forsteriana Howea-forsteriana

 

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
SPECIAL THESE 25 GALLON - 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
THE RARE GREEN BISMARCKIA



BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE COLOR
VERY ATTRACTIVE, LARGER GREEN FAN PALM
SPECIAL OLD 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.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
SPECIAL 15G SIZE 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g
Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g
Bismarckia nobilis green form 15g Bismarckia nobilis green Bismarckia nobilis green

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM



A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
SEMI-DWARF TO SIX FEET
SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $245
SPECIAL THIS SIZE 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum Chamaedorea cataractarum

 

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
SPECIAL 5 GALLON 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


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

 

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
SPECIAL 5G 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM

 

SILVER UNDERSIDE TO THE LEAVES
MODIFIED SPINES ON TRUNK
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
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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

  

DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
CLUMPING MADAGASCAR PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFTS - VERY RARE


PLANTS SHOWN HERE FROM DOMESTIC SEEDS
SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This clumping medium sized palm is native to Madagascar.  It has previously been called "Dypsis species white petiole".  It was formally described by Don Hodel about fifteen years ago.  It is most closely related to Dypsis baronii and known for its prominently white crown shafts.  Leaves are drooping with rather fine leaflets.  Trunks average about two inches diameter.  Plant height is a maximum of approximately fifteen feet. It can be grown in full coastal sun but should be allowed to grow up and into the sun.  So, starting in bright filtered light is best.  Exact cold hardiness is uncertain but most likely in the mid-twenties F. range.  I am putting one gallons on a Ten Day Special.  These are from domestic seeds.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $70
SPECIAL 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


Mention this Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  These can easily be mail ordered.  The last three garden photos are by AL PACSOA

DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA Dypsis albofarinosa AL PACSOA
DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA Dypsis albofarinosa

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FOR SUN


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

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.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun.  Next to Encephalartos horridus, this is the second most popular cycad we grow.  Shown below is an assortment of 15 gallon plants of this species with caudexes of 3 to 5-6 inches.  We have about a half dozen of them.  All are sun ready.  I am showing some of these 15g below.  The sale price  applies only to plants that are "ball" caudexes with no older vertical trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SPECIES $160 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER
SPECIAL THIS SPECIES 20% OFF THIS PRICE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST
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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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS BLUE
BLUE LEAF FORM SHOWN HERE

FULL SUN PLANT IN MANY AREAS
CONING SIZE - GNARLY LEAVES
SPECIAL CONING SIZED PLANT


This sought after rare cycad is from the Republic of South Africa.  There are both green and blue leaflet forms.  The plant on sale reportedly came from two super blue parents but has not seen full sun.  So, the color should improve to a nice blue.  It is similar to E. horridus but the leaflets are less lobed and leaf color is anywhere from green to blue.  It is a good growing species in Southern California.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun.  Far inland, part day sun or even strong filtered light is best.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  Leaf length is three to five feet.  A very mature plant may have three feet of trunk or a bit more.  The plant on special is in a 15 gallon pot with a caudex of 10 inches.  It can be mail ordered in a large box.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIMEN CYCAD $1650
SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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


Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 10 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 10 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 10 inches
Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 10 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 10 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 10 inches
Encephalartos arenarius blue 15g 10 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue Encephalartos arenarius blue

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGER COLD HARDY CYCAD


A CYCAD THAT EVENTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A PALM TREE
SPECIAL ANY SIZE INCLUDING 50 YEAR OLD SPECIMENS SHOWN BELOW


This larger cycad is native to Queensland, Australia.  Over many decades, it establishes a thick trunk and can get ten to twenty feet tall.  At this size the truly resemble a palm tree, both in crown size and trunk size.  It is recognizable because of its long, curved and keeled leaves (V shaped in cross section).  Other species like M. johnsoni and communis have much flatter leaves.  It is very cold hardy for a cycad and can easily grow outdoors in many areas of the SF Bay Area.  Some report that it tolerates low temperatures into the upper teens F.

The 24 inch boxed specimens shown below were imported into the U.S. about 25 years ago by a private individual - all legally with CITES permits.  They were about 25 years old back then.  Caudexes are fat and some have stem heights of two feet.  Of note, this species is slow to put on trunk height.  This species wants full sun.  The two specimens shown below are larger than anything on the market and have a Regular Price of $3400.

SPECIAL PRICE ON THIS SPECIES AND ALL CYCADS-
20% OFF REGULAR PRICE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST.

The large specimen photo is by:  people.hws.edu by Mitchel

 
Macrozamia moorei   Macrozamia moorei   Macrozamia moorei  
Macrozamia moorei   Macrozamia moorei   Macrozamia moorei  
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei by people.hws.edu by Mitchel.jpg

 

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 $75
SPECIAL THESE BANDS 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


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

Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans

 

FARFUGIUM JAPONICUM AUREOMACULATUM
THE SPOTTED LEOPARD PLANT
FORMERLY KNOWN AS SPOTTED LIGULARIA

 

LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES WITH YELLOW SPOTS
TAKES SUN - LIKES WATER
SPECIAL NICE 3 & 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a more rare type of Ligularia – with the yellow spots on the leaves.  Otherwise it behaves like the more often seen green type.  It forms small clusters of shiny green leaf plants with prominent yellow spots on the leaves.  Leaves don't get over 18 inches long with the green leaf being eight to ten inches wide maximum.  A single plant can hold twenty or thirty leaves.  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.  If you are far inland, plant them in filtered light.  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.  We only have them available from time to time.

REGULAR PRICE 3 & 5 GALLON $80
SPECIAL 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST


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


spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica
spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica
spotted Ligularia japonica spotted Ligularia japonica  

 

ALOCASIA LOW RIDER
TRUE DWARF GREEN HYBRID

NEVER OVER 2 FEET TALL - FAIRLY COLD HARDY
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.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
20% OFF REGULAR PRICE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

This size can be shipped mail order.


Alocasia low rider Alocasia low rider Alocasia low rider
Alocasia low rider Alocasia low rider Alocasia low rider
  Alocasia low rider  

 

DICHORISANDRA THYRIFLORA
THE BLUE GINGER - HARD TO FIND

FIVE TO SIX FEET TALL – BLUE BLOSSOMS
SPECIAL TWO GALLON PLANTS

This is actually not a true Ginger at all.  It is native to all areas of the new world including the U.S.  It produces actual blue flowers.  We have a limited number of two gallon plants that we’re putting on special.  This is a starter size.  This species wants filtered light in a warmer coastal area.  In fact, some along the coast succeed with several hours of morning sun.  They are late blooming compared to almost all other “Gingers”.  They tend to blossom in fall.  In somewhat colder regions, they may need protection from a freeze.  They do sucker and canes are thin.  Expect mature height at about five feet.  This plant is not for full, hot sun.  They need average water – backing off when it’s cold.  These are rare to see for sale.

REGULAR PRICE TWO GALLON $75

SPECIAL UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST - 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.

Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Blue Ginger

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES "ROSEA"
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS

 

WHITE PETAL, PURPLE CENTERS
LARGE  TALL 15G PLANTS ON SPECIAL

This climbing vine is native to Australia and will trellis up a fence or pole or climb up the trunk of a tree.  This variety is hard to find and has large, white, trumpet shaped flowers that have a deep purple-red throat.  There are other color varieties including pure white which we also can offer.  It grows in the shade or sun but flowers better with sun.  It is very cold hardy with reports of it surviving temperatures into the teens F.  These 15g plants are huge for their pots and climbing up a pole.  Plant heights in the pot is about 8 feet.  Remember, this is a vining plant that will climb a fence, free trunk, pole or almost anything.  The 7th photo is c/o gopixpic.com website.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 15G $195
SPECIAL PRICE 20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

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

Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides
Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides Pandorea jasminoides
Pandorea jasminoides flkr Pandorea jasminoides PANDOREA JASMINOIDES ROSEA BY gopixpic.com website

 

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE
CLIMBING VINE, COLD HARDY, EVERGREEN, LARGE FLOWERS

 

PURE WHITE PETALS
LARGE  TALL 15G PLANTS ON SPECIAL

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

This climbing vine is identical to the "rosea" variety above but has pure white flowers.  It's easy to grow.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 15G $195
20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

Just mention this Blog Special to get this discount at the time of purchase.  The last photo is by Jimmy Turner on Twitter.

  

PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE
PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE
PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE PANDOREA JASMINOIDES - WHITE BY JIMMY TURNER TWITTER  

 

REMEMBER:  20% OFF REGULAR PRICE SALE ON EVERY PLANT IN STOCK UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST
 

FRIDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2022 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
SUCKERING, SHADE LOVING
GREAT INTERIOR OR PATIO PLANT


This species was named about a decade ago after a friend of mine and Palm Society member, Luis Hooper.  It is a suckering, medium sized shade palm with thin trunks and prominent rings on the trunk.  Overall height peaks out at about twelve feet.  Clumps do not run.  Leaf color is green and leaf length is four feet.  It is similar to Chamaedorea costaricana but with longer leaves and a fuller appearance overall.  It is an easy species to grow and does great as an interior palm.  I'd recommend filtered light in the garden.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. or perhaps lower.  We have a good selection of larger plants and very limited supply of smaller plants.  The garden photo below is c/o RPS.


CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA TS RPS CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA

 

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.


Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix "windows"
Beccariophoenix Wikipedia
Beccariophoenix probably "windows"
Beccariophoenix windows
Beccariophoenix "windows"
Beccariophoenix
Beccariophoenix probably '"windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix no windows
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccriophoenix no windows
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix alfredii TS at RPS
Beccariophoenix alfredii by TS at RPS

 

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to areas extending from southern Mexico down to Columbia.  They are often grown for food as the male blossoms are cooked and eaten as a delicacy.  This species doesn't take sun here - it'll burn.  But, in shade it thrives in temperatures down to the mid-twenties F.  It is quick growing and has a rather thick, prominently ringed dark green trunk.  Flowers are quite prominent and, if you have several plants closely situated, the chances are you'll obtain fruit without even trying.  One photo shows a flower with green fruit. 

This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry.  I personally like the looks of a collection of several plants grown together.  Over time, as they age and get overhead, there will be some "stair-stepping" of the crowns and this is quite attractive.  Cold tolerance outside is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples in our 15 gallon size which we are putting on sale.  They are very nice and really too big for mail order.  For the latter folks, get our 5 gallon size.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL $210

Just mention this Special for your discount.


Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple
Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple Chamaedorea tepejilote 15g multiple
Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote Chamaedorea tepejilote TS RPS

 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM


THIN TRUNK, FLUFFY GREEN LEAVES
MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 20 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, usually with a mature width of 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.  I’m putting some 20g plants on sale.  They are too big a pot for mail order.  See them in the first six photos below.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 20 GALLON $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $345


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase.


WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA
WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA
WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA WODYETIA BIFURCATA

 

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

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

FLUFFY LEAVES – SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TOLERATES SUN ALONG TH COAST
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


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

 

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.


Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g
Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana  Hedyscepe canterburyana 15g

 

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 $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $110

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

 

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

     

CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE
THE TALLEST PALM IN THE WORLD


SO. AMERICAN - COLUMBIA AND NO. PERU
FAIRLY COLD HARDY - HARD TO FIND SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE PALMS

This tall, fairly cold hardy palm is native to mountainous regions in Columbia and Peru.  It has been grown by many in colder areas including parts of the coastal San Francisco Bay Area.  It has a gray to white columnar trunk with upright green leaves that have a silver color to the underside.  Trunks show prominent rings and are covered with a waxy material that is used in foods in native localities.  Mature specimens in the wild have been reported to be almost 200 feet tall.  It likes humidity and moisture and can tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F.  It prefers to start growing into filtered light and to work its way into full sun. Our 5g size is shown in the first 7 photos.  The habitat photos are by PalmPedia and Wikipedia.

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

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

Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g
Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g
Ceroxylon quindiuense 5g CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE JEFF ANDERSON PALMPEDIA  CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE Wikipedia 

 

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 but not overly large.  We do have larger, but on this batch are offering a very good price.  It is slow growing and has smaller sized leaves.  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.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  The last row of photos show plants in gardens or habitat.   

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


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount. 


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

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON SIZE

We have an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special – five gallon size.  They are about 5-6 years old.  Rhapis excelsa is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot or in the ground.  Each leaf is composed mature of six to ten leaflets that have jagged ends and are green in color.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  The 5 gallon size can be easily shipped'  It's slow growing and a dwarf species. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.  Note, limited supply available.


Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g
Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g
Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa 5g Rhapis excelsa

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM 


ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR OR EXTERIOR PALMS
SIZE ON SALE EASY TO SHIP
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE ONE GALLON PLANTS

FOR DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.  One gallon shown in first 4 photos.

Rhapis excelsa 1g Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa Rhapis excelsa

 

BASSELINIA PANCHERI
RARE SINGLE TRUNK EXOTIC PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - DARK OR BLACK CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS

This super exotic single trunk pinnate palm is native to New Caledonia and is being grown by some enthusiasts in Sothern California.  It is very slow growing and has a mature height of eight to ten feet.  The crown shaft is often dark in color, sometimes speckled or has faint linear lines.  The trunk is 2 to 4 inches and leaflets are wide.  Leaves have the appearance of being solid but they are divided into wide leaflets.  This palm should be grown in filtered light.  It has a cold tolerance down to about a freeze.  Also understand that this species is very slow growing - so be patient.  We're offering three year old 2 gallon plants here.  These were repotted about 6 months ago and have another leaf since these photos were taken.  But, we only have a few left.  This is an extremely rare palm to find for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember:  Mention this Special!


 
Basselinia pancheri 2g  Basselinia pancheri 2g  Basselinia pancheri 2g 
Basselinia pancheri 2g  Basselinia pancheri   Basselinia pancheri 2g 

 

VEITCHIA WININ
NATIVE ONLY TO VANUATU


SINGLE TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED
TALL PALM WHEN MATURE
SUPER RARE, HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE1 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 large 1 gallons on sale.  They've done well with our temperatures down to about 32 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE LARGE 1G $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL OVERSIZED 1G $60

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



Veitchia winin Veitchia winin Veitchia winin
Veitchia winin Veitchia winin Veitchia winin 

  

COPERNICIA HOSPITA
THE BLUE CUBAN WAX PALM



EXTREMELY RARE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM
STUNNING BLUE SPECIES

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This difficult to find and beautiful blue fan palm is native to Cuba. Mature trees carry a large number of blue, circular and pleated and flat leaves.  The trunk holds on to old leaf bases for a while but eventually is smooth with about a 12 inch diameter.  Many feel that this, along with other Copernicia, are some of the most beautiful of all fan palms.  Expect a mature height of 20 to 25 feet.  It wants full sun and is cold tolerant to at least a freeze.  We're putting our one gallon plants on special.  Their age is approaching 3 years.  I’d highly recommend getting one as they are near impossible to find.  Easy to mail order.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $65


Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita
Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita
Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita Copernicia hospita

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LATIFRONS - TRAPPES VALLEY
UNBELIEVABLY RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - GORGEOUS AND DIFFERENT
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE PLANTS

 

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 three juvenile plants from a private collector.  These are about 3 years old and in 5 gallon pots with 2-3 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.

 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE YOUNG 5 GALLON PLANTS AS SHOWN $425


Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g
Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g Encephalartos latifrons seedlings 2-3 leaves 5g
Encephalartos latifrons Encephalartos latifrons Encephalartos latifrons

 

DIOON EDULE
BLUE QUERETERO VARIETY


RARE FORM - SUN LOVING BLUE CYAD
COLD HARDY INTO THE UPPER TEENS F.
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER BAND SIZED PLANTS

In other posts I’ve discussed Dioon edule, a typically small to medium sized sun-loving cycad from Mexico.  There are known to be about six different varieties of this species - all from different localities.  The variety on sale here is from the Mexican state of Queretaro.  Leaves are typically blue in full bright sun.  Leaves are about 4 feet long and leaflets are thin, coming to a pointed end.  Mature height after a few decades may be six feet with an trunk height of 18 inches.  Cold tolerance is excellent, being able to take cold weather into the teens F.  The band size on sale are not new seedlings but rather established older (five year old) plants with an average caudex of 8 inches.  These are hard to find and easy to mail order.
 
REGULAR PRICE THESE OLDER BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLDER BAND SIZE $75

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Availability limited.  BTW, if these don't sell out, all will be repotted into 5g pots shortly.


Dioon edule queretero band Dioon edule queretero band Dioon edule queretero band
Dioon edule queretero band Dioon edule queretero band  Dioon edule queretero 
Dioon edule queretero   Dioon edule queretero   Dioon edule queretero  

 

CYCAS PETRAEA
SUPER RARE GREEN CYCAD FROM THAILAND

 

TWENTY YEAR OLD SPECIMEN WITH VASE SHAPED TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL CYCAD


This is an unusual Cycas species from colder parts of northern Thailand.  In locality, freezes are experienced and it's reported this species will even tolerate snow.  Cycas petraea can get trunks over 15 feet tall in dozens of decades.  More typically, domestic plant trunks are under three feet tall.  Leaves are flat and green and about four to six feet long.  Crowns consist of dozens of leaves.  The bases of the trunks have a peculiar swelling to them as seen here.  They can form a classical "water vase trunk" which is fat and swollen and then gets thinner above.  Culturally, this species likes nice draining soil, temperatures above a freeze and part day or filtered sun.  As an interior cycad, this would be one to try.  This is probably one of the coolest Cycaspecies around.  The plant on special is in a 7 gallon pot and is about 20 years old from seed.  The caudex has the classic “vase” shape, is 9 inches wide at the base and 11 to 12 inches tall.  As you can see it’s holding a nice set of softer green leaves.  We’re putting this plant on a Ten Day Special.  This is an old, near impossible species to find, especially with this size & age.  It can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL PLANT $2100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $1750

The cycad on special is shown in the first six photos.  The 8th photo is by Amazon.de website, the 9th by the late Ken Hill.

Cycas petraea 7 gallon 9 inches wide 11 inches tall vase shape Cycas petraea 7 gallon 9 inches wide 11 inches tall vase shape Cycas petraea 7 gallon 9 inches wide 11 inches tall vase shape
Cycas petraea 7 gallon 9 inches wide 11 inches tall vase shape Cycas petraea 7 gallon 9 inches wide 11 inches tall vase shape Cycas petraea 7 gallon 9 inches wide 11 inches tall vase shape
Cycas petraea 7 gallon 9 inches wide 11 inches tall vase shape Cycas petraea Cycas petraea Ken Hill

 

 

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

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.  Cold hardiness is about 21 to 22 degrees F.  In the desert only give it a few hours sun.  Next to Encephalartos horridus, this is the second most popular cycad we grow.  Shown below is an assortment of 15 gallon plants of this species with caudexes of 3 to 5-6 inches.  We have about a half dozen of them.  All are sun ready.  I am showing some of these 15g below.  The sale price  applies only to plants that are "ball" caudexes with no older vertical trunk.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SPECIES $150 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES $130 PER INCH CAUDEX DIAMETER
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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

 

PANDANUS UTILUS
THE SCREW PINE

 

THE BEST AND ONE OF THE FEW PANDANUS GOOD FOR THIS AREA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 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 15g as shown that we have in stock.  This is an extremely rare species to find for sale.
 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $195


Just mention this blog special when purchasing to get this price.  The only other Pandanus that we’ve had luck with is P. furcatus, which we don’t have available.  All the other species have failed for us outdoors.


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

 

PINSTRIPE GINGER
DWARF GINGER WITH WHITE ON GREEN STRIPED LEAVES



NEVER OVER ABOUT FOUR FEET TALL
PARTIAL SUN OR FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This attractive companion plant has become very popular with our customers.  This is because it has striking variegation on the leaves and never gets too tall.  And, it does quite well in filtered light where other thing gingers can struggle.  Mature height is about four feet.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties.  If it suffers from winter burn, the following spring it usually bounces back.  Blossoms are yellow and white (see photo) and not overly large.  We are putting the 15g on sale.
 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $175

Just mention this special when you buy


PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER
PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER
PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER PINSTRIPE GINGER

 

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  

 

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 rows. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45 -
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

 

WENESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER, 2022 

LARGER BLUE ENCEPHALARTOS


ALL CONING SIZED SPECIMENS
SHOWING SIX DIFFERENT PLANTS


At the Nursery we did a walk around to photograph some larger blue Encephalartos.  All plants shown are coning sized, some presently in cone.  All have been locally grown. 
Blue Encephalartos like sun and are cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  Any of these plants can be delivered or shipped although 36 inch boxed plants are difficult.  We certainly have smaller and more affordable plants of these species.


Encephalartos arenarius
36 inch box 22 x 30 inches, 6, 2 & 2 inch pups

 
Encephalartos arenarius 36 inch box 22 x 30 inches, 6, 2, 2 inch pups Encephalartos arenarius 36 inch box 22 x 30 inches, 6, 2, 2 inch pups

Encephalartos horridus
24 in box 11 x 12.5 tall
 
 
Encephalartos horridus 24 in box 11 x 12.5 tall Encephalartos horridus 24 in box 11 x 12.5 tall

Encephalartos horridus
25g probably female 10 inches
 
Encephalartos horridus 25g prob female 10 inches Encephalartos horridus 25g prob female 10 inches

Encephalartos lehmannii
25g 12 inches
 
Encephalartos lehmannii 25g 12 inches Encephalartos lehmannii 25g 12 inches

Encephalartos trispinosus
male 35 gallon 12 x 21 inches ceramic pot
 
Encephalartos trispinosus male 35 gallon 12 x 21 inches ceramic pot Encephalartos trispinosus male 35 gallon 12 x 21 inches ceramic pot

Encephalartsos trispinosus
25g 11 wide  x 11 inches tall 5 inch pup
 
Encephalartsos trispinosus 25g 11 x 11 tall 5 inch pup Encephalartsos trispinosus 25g 11 x 11 tall 5 inch pup

 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA
VERY POPULAR FAN PALM


CUTE MEDIUM SIZED SUN PALM


This is a rather thin trunked fan palm native to Cuba.  It attains a height of typically twenty to thirty feet, rarely taller.  Below the crown of leaves is an attractive pattern of meshed and woven fibers.  The middle and base of the trunk are usually woody.  You will note the the leaves are prominently divided into thin, long leaf segments.  These leaves are held by a prominent petiole.  The dorsal color of the leaves is typically green with a blue-green or sometimes silver color below.  This species likes sun and heat.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F. 

In general, all Coccothrinax are slow growing plants.  This is especially true in container grown plants.  In the ground they are quicker growing.  Shown here is a one gallon
Coccothirnax miraguama.  Of note, there are several varieties of C. miraguama, but I won't get into this here.  Shown are C. miraguama
in domestic plantings. For the garden, Coccothrinax are nice species to grow because they take sun and heat and don't take up too much room.  As you can see, the crowns of leaves are not large.  And, they are strikingly different than anything else you'd be growing.  We have various species of this genus for sale in a variety of species and do, on occasion, have this species as well. 

COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA
COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA COCCOTHRINAX MIRAGUAMA

  

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL



STRONG & LARGE  10 & 15 GALLON PLANTS
ALMOST SOLD OUT OF THESE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


It's not that uncommon that I'll talk about various types of Bamboo Palms.  Three decades ago this species (Chamaedorea hooperiana) would have probably been called a variety of Chamaedorea costaricana But, in his book on Chamaedorea, Don Hodel described this species named after friend and palm enthusiast Louis Hooper.  So, it now enjoys its own status as a species.  And, it deserved species status because it is quite different than Chamaedorea costaricana.  This species is native to high elevation rain forest in the Veracruz area of Mexico.  It grows at up to 5000 feet elevation in habitat.  

It reaches an overall height of twelve to fourteen feet.  It is also quite wide at maturity with many canes.  These canes will sometimes lean outwards, making the clump wider.  Trunks are about one inch thick.  Compared to Chamaedorea costaricana, this species is more full and wide.  It's hard to "see through" this species whereas you'd have a better chance of seeing through a costaricana.  Both are suckering types of Bamboo Palms.  Also, the leaves of costaricana are shorter. Hooperiana leaves are four feet long or more.

Shown here is one of our ten or fifteen gallon plants.  This species likes good draining soil, adequate water, filtered light and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  It is an ideal patio plant and can be grown inside the home.

REGULAR PRICE HUGE 10 or 15 GALLON $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES $285

Mention this Special to get your discount.  BTW, these are not easy to find on the market.  I'm showing you a large and old 25g plant at the nursery.  The garden photo is by T.S. at RPS.

READ MORE ABOUT THE BAMBOO PALMS

Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana Chamaedorea hooperiana TS RPS Chamaedorea hooperiana

 

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 $350 

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

 

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 $160


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

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


TALL, SINGLE TRUNK SPECIES
ELEGANT WITH LONG CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 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 5 gallon we have are about four feet tall height in their pots.  Basal diameter is about 2 inches.  We also have 15g and bands.  We are hoping to offer larger sizes than shown here shortly.  There's a shortage of this species on the California market.  The Royal in the 8th photo was taken in San Diego.  
 
REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $110

Mention this Special for your discount. 

READ MORE ABOUT ROYAL PALMS


Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

CHAMAEDOREA COSTARICANA
ONE OF THE BEST BAMBOO PALMS


EASY TO GROW - A GREAT INTERIOR PALM 
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering palm species is native to Mexico and Central America.  It is one of about four types of "Bamboo Palms" and is probably either the best or in a stiff competition with Chamaedorea hooperiana.  This species gets to a mature height of twelve to sixteen feet, has strong 1 inch to 1.5 inch trunks which are green in color with prominent rings, and about three to four foot long leaves.  It is an upright grower and does clump.  It doesn't run.  It takes filtered light or morning sun along the coast.  I've even heard of some growing it in full sun although I'd not recommend it.  It is a good growing species.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F. 

Below I'm showing in the first six photos the 5g size which we’re putting on sale.  This size can be mail ordered no problem.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this Blog Only discounted price.  


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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
BEAUTIFUL GREEN CROWN SHAFTED PALM

 

TOLERATES A FAIR AMOUNT OF COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Rhopalostylis  cheesemanii 
is from Roul Island in the Kermadecs.  It reportedly has darker brown tomentum on the crown shaft and petioles compared to
 R. baueri and the fruits are larger in size.  But, the most remarkable thing is that some enthusiasts have noticed is that it is a more aggressive grower in Southern California.  It is a green leafed, single trunk pinnate palm with a crown shaft.  Opposed to R. baueri, it has been known to do quite well in full sun right along the coast.  One of our staff, Rusty, swears by this species and thinks it's far superior to other Rhopalostylis.  In his yard it has grown at a phenomenal rate.  The pictures here show the darker petioles compared to R. sapida.  I have limited photos of larger garden plants.  Be aware that many people feel this should be considered a sub-variety of Rhopalostylis baueri.  Growth rate of this species is medium at best.  It is a stunning palm when mature.  The 5 gallon size can be shipped.

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


The 8th photo below is by Cloudforest.com website.

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g Rhopalostylis cheesemanii by Cloudforest.com website Rhopalostylis cheesemanii 5g

 

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 $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $110


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

 

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


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


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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $100

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


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

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS
BLUE-GREEN BUTIA FROM SOUTH AMERICA

 

ARCHING LEAVES – MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON 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 5 gallon plants on sale that are about 4 years old.  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 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85


Butia paraguensis Butia paraguensis 5g Butia paraguensis 5g
Butia paraguensis Butia paraguensis 5g Butia paraguensis
Butia paraguensis Buitia paraguensis Butia paraguensis TS RPS

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
THE ELEGANT PALM

MEDIUM SIZE – THIN TRUNK – CROWN SHAFTED
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 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 are our 2 gallon sized plants that I photographed recently.  Also shown are lots of photos of mature plants.  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 2 GALLON $80
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70

Remember to mention this Special to get this price.  Limited numbers available.  The 2g size is shown in the first five photos.


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

 

ARECA VESTIARIA RED
SUPER RARE AND GORGEOUS TROPICAL PALM

BUT, NOT TOO COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 1 GALLON SIZE

Locality:

Indonesia and Moluccas Islands (East of Indonesia)

Cold Hardiness: 

Not frost tolerant. Tolerates down to perhaps the mid to upper 30s, F.  Difficult to grow except in the best of areas.

Trunk type:

Suckering with beautiful reddish/orange crown shaft. Can have stilt roots.

Leaf type:

Pinnate with irregular segments (leafstalk).

Suckering/Solitary:

Suckering (multiple trunks).

Maintenance:

Somewhat fastidious, but in the right environment easy to grow.  In our area, quite difficult because of cold

Speed of growth:

Medium

Height:

In tropical climates up to 15'-30' feet.

Soil requirements:

Average moisture, good drainage.

Sun Requirements:

Filtered light

General Description:

A great addition to a semitropical or tropical garden.  The red crown shaft is striking and everyone loves this palm.  People in Southern California can marginally grow this in the right areas.

Other Notes:

Very rare.  Once again, a difficult grow outdoors here.


The variety shown has newly emergent red leaves & stems and a prominently red crown shaft.  It's the hardest form to obtain.  We rarely offer them for sale.  The photos below are of the orange form of this species.  I've got no pics of the red form.  But, it's the closest shot you'll have to growing something outdoors in a great area that is similar to the Sealing Wax Palm.  For greenhouse growing here it is drop dead beautiful.

TEN DAY SPECIAL YOUNG 1 GALLON $47.50

Areca vestiaria red Areca vestiaria red Areca vestiaria red
Areca vestiaria red Areca vestiaria red Areca vestiaria red
Areca vestiaria Areca vestiaria Areca vestiaria

 

SABAL ROSEI
GREEN FAN PALM FROM MEXICO

MEDIUM TO TALL MATURE HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This majestic and rather tall fan palm is native to Mexico and get a mature height of 40 feet or a bit more in decades.  But, the trunk is rather thin - averaging 8 to 12 inches.  Retained leaf bases eventually fall off given it a smooth trunk with knobby areas of old leaf-base scars.  The leaves are large and green in color.  It prefers full sun and is cold  hardy to about 20 degrees F. or a bit colder.  We're putting our 2 gallon size on special - easy to mail order

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

sabal rosei sabal rosei sabal rosei
sabal rosei sabal rosei sabal rosei
sabal rosei sabal rosei sabal rosei

 

CARYOTA URENS
THE GIANT MOUNTAIN FISHTAIL
FAST GROWING - SUPER TALL



NOT AVAILABLE FOR YEARS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

Caryota urens
is a tall single trunk monocarpic palm species native to Asia.  It is fast growing and can get to a height of 70 feet.  It is definitely a canopy-forming palm species.  Leaves a green and leaflets are premorse (jagged at their ends).  Some people love the grandeur of these palms.  Trunks are tan, ringed and about 16 inches diameter on average.  It will get taller and more quickly get there than almost any other palm in your garden.  They want full sun and, especially if inland, plenty of water.  Because they are monocarpic (flower and then die), one needs a plant that is near death to get seeds.  This occurs rarely.  We were able to germinate seeds from such a plant.  I’ve not had seedlings for six to eight years.  They are on their first leaf and can be mail ordered within the U.S. easily.

TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING CARYOTA URENS $45


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


BIGGER, FASTER GROWING, NO BROWNING OF LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE BAND SIZE PLANTS


Archontophoenix teracarpa is a fictitious name given to an unknown species/type of King Palm that I have in my garden and no one can identify.  I've been collecting seeds from it for quite a few years and offering it for sale.  Everyone who gets one agrees - "It's the best King Palm ever!"  It got the name from the Latin "Large body", which it has.  After trying to identify the species over many years and with no success, we coined the name "Archontophoenix teracarpa".  The closest species to it would be A. maxima but it's not the same.  So, what are the differences that makes teracarpa more ideal?

It is faster growing
It gets taller than the regular King Palm
It tolerates full sun better
It doesn't brown tip in full sun
It has a blue crown shaft
It has a super thick trunk

The band size plants are about 3-4 years old and huge – about 2 feet tall and need to be planted or repotted into 5g pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE HUGE BANDS $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE HUGE BANDS $50

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


Archontophoenix teracarpa band huge Archontophoenix teracarpa band huge Archontophoenix teracarpa band huge
Archontophoenix teracarpa band huge Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD



LARGE GREEN CYCAD FOR FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
NO SPINES WHATSOEVER! 
TEN DAY SPECIAL FORTY YEAR OLD SPECIMEN

I enjoy talking about cycad, Lepidozamia peoffskyana, because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say "user friendly" because this is one of the few cycad species that has absolutely no spines - none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a good selection of this species from seedlings to quite a few very old specimens as shown below.   The main characteristics of this species include:

*Large species with trunks slowly getting to over ten feet
*Leaf length typically six to eight feet, sometimes bigger.
*Trunk diameter to 18 inches
*Smooth petiole with no spines
*Great for strong filtered light or full sun along the coast
*Large interesting cones
*Leaflets soft and glossy green in color
*New leaves emerge upward, older leaves lay more horizontal
*Easy to grow

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.  The plant on special is in a 35 gallon container and is well established.  It had been present in a performing arts center for several decades before we received it six or eight years ago.  The caudex is 17 inches wide and 27 inches tall.  I’m offering it on special and don’t recall the sex of this plant.  Of note, we also have other sizes including bands up to boxed specimens.  This particular cycad is too big for mail order but can be delivered.

REGULAR PRICE THIS ACTUAL 35 GALLON SPECIMEN $4500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL 35 GALLON CYCAD $3750

BTW, this specimen competes in size with old plants you'd see in many botanical gardens.


Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches
Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana 35g caudex 17 x 36 inches
LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE GREEN CYCAD

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

SEE DESCRIPTION ABOVE

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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS – BLUE FORM
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

BLUE STACKED LEAFLETS - MINIMAL IF ANY SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare South African cycad is also from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  The seedlings on sale should be a nice blue form.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  Leaf lengths are four to six feet with stacking leaflets and minimal if any spines when mature.  Leaves are often curled downward toward their ends.  It loves full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.   The seedlings on sale are in band containers (3 x 3 x 9 inches).   They’d benefit from a year or two in a one or two gallon pot before putting them in the ground.  They are easy to mail order within the U.S.  The band size is shown in the first six photos.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get this price! 


 
Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 
Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 
Encephalartos longifolius blue Encephalartos longifolius blue  Encephalartos longifolius blue 

 

PHILODENDRON SELLOUM
AKA PHILODEDRON BIPINNATIFIDUM

 

GIANT SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 & 15 GALLON SIZE


Throughout my career, I've always known this plant as Philodendron selloum.  The same is true for most nurserymen.  But, when researching it, I've found lots of other names and even genera used to taxonomically identify this species.  So, keeping it simple, I'll not go there but rather say that this is a large leaf Philodendron that can climb up a tree trunk or stand alone all by itself.  It is native to South America.  It can grow in coastal sun or in the shade.  It's got a trunk that is usually six inches thick or less and puts out thick hanging roots that assist in grabbing anything to support the crown.  Leaves are green, heavily divided and can be four feet long and three feet wide.  Leaves are not as large as the much more rare Philodendron evansii.  Selloum is easy to grow.  We're offering nicely sized 5 & 15 gallon on sale.  The 15g size is shown in the last photo.  The rest of the nursery plants are 5g.


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70


REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $150


 
Philodendron selloum 5g   Philodendron selloum 5g   Philodendron selloum 5g  
Philodendron selloum 5g   Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum 
Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum  Philodendron selloum 

 

VARIEGATED ZINGIBER ZERUMBET
RED BLOSSOM AWAPUHI SHAPOO GINGER



RARE UPRIGHT RED CONE LIKE BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


The Awapuhi Shampoo Ginger is native to Hawaii and is a perennial clumping Ginger that typically grows in filtered light and can go dormant in winter.  Leaves or typically green but we're offering the variegated form of this plant.  Mature height is about five feet.  In the spring its dormancy ends and it usually comes back strong.   The variegation of this variety runs longitudinally along the leaf.  When flowering, the cones start of green and, when mature, turn red.  If ou squeeze a cone it gives off sap which can be used as a shampoo.  Thus, the common name of this plant.  It does poorly in areas with hard freezes.

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


The photo of the blossom is by the Survival Gardener Website.  This is a rare Ginger to locate.

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Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger Awapuhi Variegated Shampoo Ginger
  Awapuhi Ginger by the Survival Gardener Website  

 

ALOCASIA METALHEAD
HYBRID VARIETY WITH SHINY NEW LEAVES

PURPLE STEMS & BACKS OF LEAVES
FIVE FEET TALL MATURE - FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


Alocasia are a group of tropical pants 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. metalhead gets its name from the sheen that the leaves display.  This is a A. portora hybrid and gets to a height of about 5 feet and has shiny green-purple leaves with purple backs and stems.  Older leaves tend to be green.  This species wants filtered light or a bit of sun.  It tolerates a freeze.  Leaves are upright and it is a very attractive tropical plant.  This is the first time we have offered this Alocasia. 

T
EN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $175

The garden photo below is c/o Missouri Botanical Garden. 
 
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Alocasia metal head Alocasia metal head Alocasia metal head
Alocasia metal head Alocasia metal head Alocasia matalhead Miss Bot Garden Website

 

FARFUGIUM JAPONICUM "SHISHI BOTAN"
THE RUFFLED LIGULARIA



RUFFLED, FRILLY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


Most of you are familiar with the regular Ligularia that we offer at this Blog.  This rare variety on special today has ruffled, frilly leaves and is quite attractive.  It gets to a height of 18 inches, takes sun or shade and has yellow daisy-like flowers in the late Fall.  They are also an "indicator" plant and tell you when the garden is going dry.  Watering these immediately corrects this.  Compared to the standard Ligularia, the leaves are quite different with curly and frill leaf edges.  These are easy to grow and easy to ship. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $35


Note that we also have 5 gallon size available.

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Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton Ligularia japonica farfugium shishi boton

 

BILBERGIA CLUSTERS WITH CASCADING PINK BLOSSOMS
IN BLOSSOM RIGHT NOW


GREEN LEAVES - SUN TOLERANT
LARGE CLUSTERS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

This bromeliad genus is known for it's dependent and large pink blossoms.  The leaves on this species are green forming a tubular plant.  The blossoms are 18 inches long, cascading and pink in color with blue flower parts showing below.  They are very durable and easy to grow.  They want at least some sun but can be grown in the sun.  They want overhead watering.  These clusters each have five to ten individual plants in the pots.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE CLUSTERS $75

Bilbergia cluster in blossom pink 5g   Bilbergia cluster in blossom pink 5g   Bilbergia cluster in blossom pink 5g  
Bilbergia cluster in blossom pink 5g   Bilbergia cluster in blossom pink 5g   Bilbergia cluster in blossom pink 5g  

 

MONDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER, 2022 

PRITCHARDIA MINOR IN SAN DIEGO
MATURE AND FRUITING FOR YEARS



THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
ENABLES US TO OFFER YOU NURSERY PLANTS


I wanted to show you photographs of a mature Pritchardia minor that's thriving in central San Diego, CA.  For many years our nursery has been selling young plants that come from the seeds of this mother tree.  It is a magnificent specimen.  I'd estimate its height to be fifteen feet with a trunk diameter of eight inches.  Native to the Island of Kaui in HI, this tree is quite rare and grows at high elevation in locality.  It tolerates full sun here if you are not too far inland.  I've seen this species in habitat and the one shown in the first three rows of photos (San Diego) is taller than ones I've seen in the wild.  I figure its culture that made it this large.  The last row shows some photos of plants we have for sale and a specimen of this species in HI.  Although availability changes over time, we hope that we can continue to offer this unique species in the future.

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Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego Pritchardia minor san diego
Pritchardia minor san diego pritchardia martii pritchardia martii

 

DINING IN THE GARDEN
WHAT'S NICER THAN EATING OUTSIDE
MEMORIES OF MARDI DARIAN



Now deceased and long time friend of mine, Mardi Darian of Vista, California would entertain friends and visitors at an outdoor dining area behind his house.  This garden dining location was enchanting and beautiful.  Nestled right among towering palms and tropical plants, one could take in the panoramic view of the garden while enjoying a fine meal.  All of us should be so lucky.  Mardi really had a great eye for garden design.  He passed away in August, 2015 and has been missed by many plant enthusiasts.

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dining outside Mardi Darian mardi darian

 

RHAPIS HUMILIS
RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM
FOUR LARGE SPECIMEN PLANTS AVAILABLE


LARGEST SPECIMENS YOU'LL SEE FOR SALE
GET TO OVER 20 FEET AND TAKE COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FOUR HUGE PLANTS!


Rhapis humilis
 is a tall, suckering and thin trunked fan palm.  It is a type of "Lady Palm" and this species is one of the most sought after.  This is because it's a great growing species, has strong canes that don't bend over and gets significantly tall for the genus - tallest of the Rhapis genus.  It does sucker and produces canes averaging one inch or a bit bigger in diameter.  Leaves hold up to twenty leaflets that are narrow, a bit droopy, dark green and come to a point at their ends.  The more common Rhapis excelsa leaflets come to a blunt tip at the end of the leaflets.  The amazing thing about this species is that it attains such tall heights.  I've seen specimens that have reached twenty-four feet!  Compare this to the average height of a R. excelsa at six to eight.  Finally, the Rhapis humilis is known to tolerate full sun along the coast. 

Plants like we're showing here are near impossible to find.  We have four plants which are each about fifteen feet tall in their pots.  These four plants are shown in the four rows of photos below.  Be aware that, in California, there are only large garden specimens growing in full sun and with heights of over 20 feet.  These are called the “California Rhapis humilis” and all plants sold come from divisions of existing plants.  This is a dioecious species and there’s only known to be male plants.  So, if someone tells you they grew them from seeds, you know they are not this true Rhapis humilis – more likely R. multifida (shown below in today's Blog) which doesn’t take sun well and only gets to heights under ten feet.  These 25 gallon specimens shown below would be perfect for an upscale garden or interior usage application.  The more expensive plants are in the first two rows of photos.  The garden photo is by FM at the LAA.  These oldest/largest divisions were taken from forty year old specimens and have taken ten years to establish as you see them now.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SPECIMENS BELOW $1500 - $1900


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Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis Rhapis humilis

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM WITH ITS CIGAR SHAPED TRUNK

EXOTIC, UNUSUAL APPEARING AND RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


Hyophorbe verschafeltii is known as the Spindle Palm.  It is closely related to Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm.  But, the Spindle Palm is a bit more cold hardy and therefore the one that is a better choice for Southern California.  Most Bottle Palms don’t survive in this ara.  Both are native to the Mascarene Islands.  Mature height in many decades is fifteen feet or a bit more.  On the trunk, the Spindle Palm has the bulge off the ground, somewhere in the middle of a mature trunk.  The Bottle Palm swells at the base and above this gets more narrow.  Cold tolerance of the Spindle Palm is about freezing.  The Bottle Palm gets into trouble below thirty-five degrees.  This small difference makes a huge difference for growers.   This species wants full sun along the coast.  Shown below is our 15 gallon size which we’ve put on special.  They are very nicely sized. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $265
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $235

We only have limited numbers available. 


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Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyohorbe verschafeltii
Hyohorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA

 

RARE PINNATE PALM FROM PUERTO RICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G 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 15g plants on special.  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 15G $235
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $210

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price!


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Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana
Prestoea montana Prestoea montana Prestoea montana

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA
A RARE TYPE OF LADY PALM

 
ONE OF THE BEST PALMS FOR INSIDE
GREAT GARDEN PLANT AS WELL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

This is a very rare species of suckering palm and is near impossible to find  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.  The 15g plants are nicely sized and put into their containers in late spring so one doesn’t have to repot them after purchase. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 15 GALLON $300

The sale plant is shown in the first 7 photos.


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Rhapis multifida 15g Rhapis multifida 15g Rhapis multifida 15g
Rhapis multifida 15g Rhapis multifida 25g Rhapis multifida
Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida Rhapis multifida

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SO. CALIFORNIA


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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 15G $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $240

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


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

 

DYPSIS SPECIES BEF
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



THIN TRUNK, ARCHING LEAVES, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE

For quite a few years, palm enthusiasts have been familiar with this rare species from Madagascar.  It has been called "Dypsis species bef".  But, to this day, it has no accepted botanical name.  It has a rather narrow ringed trunk with arching and keeled green leaves.  The crown shaft is white.  It is medium sized with a height of about 20 feet.  The garden specimen is c/o Steve S., PalmPedia.  As a nursery plant it has soft green relaxed leaves with hanging leaflets.  But, when older, it is firmly keeled.  Five of the six photos below show the 7 gallon size on sale.  This is a very difficult palm to find and very sought after.  We only have a couple.

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $145

This species will take coastal sun.  Cold tolerance is unknown at this time.


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Dypsis species bef Dypsis species bef Dypsis species bef

 

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


VERY EXCITING – ONLY NURSERY TO OFFER THIS PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

We figure these are a hybrid of a Veitchia merrillii crossed with something else.  Most likely it's with another species of Veitchia that are more cold tolerant.  This is to our customer's benefit as this means perhaps they can grow these and end up with a smaller palm that resembles V. merrillii.  We have a limited number of these plants left.  They’ve gotten bigger and all have survived a freeze at our nursery.  So, maybe here’s your chance to grow a “Veitchia merrillii hybrid” 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS HYBRID $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON $135

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  Obviously, I have no mature garden plants to show you as this is such a rare hybrid.  But, I’m showing in the last row of photos the Veitchia merrillii and finally the Veitchia arecina.  This is probably your last chance to get one of these hybrids.


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veitchia merrilli hybrid veitchia merrilli hybrid veitchia merrilli hybrid
Veitchia merrillii Veitchia merrillii in fruit Veitchia arecina

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM



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


This species is a suckering palm from Madagascar but can also be found as a single trunk specimen.  The crown shaft is often white or silver.  The plants we're offering here appear to be the suckering form.  As a species, it has either flat or droopy leaves/leaflets and white to silver crown shafts.  Overall height is about twenty feet and trunk thickness is four to six inches.  It likes coastal part day sun, perhaps more, and is cold tolerant to the mid-twenties F.  The plants on sale are the 5g size with an age of about 5 years from seed. They tolerate full sun along the coast and are cold hardy into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $110


You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing


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Dypsis onilhensis Dypsis onilhensis Dypsis onilahensis
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis

 

CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI
THE BLONDE FLAMETHROWER PALM

GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA
USUALLY HAVE NICE NEW PURPLE-RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Shown is a nice example of a 5 gallon size of Chambeyronia hookeri with its blonde colored crown shaft.  I’ve found that this species throws just as red (sometimes even more intense) new leaf compared to Chambeyronia macrocarpa.  This species is hard to find.  It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form seen on C. 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

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

We have very limited numbers available of this species and also have a few 15 gallon size.  Of course, not all will have a red new leaf at this time.  Mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  The crown shaft photo below is by TS at RPS and the new red leaf by the roof is by D.L.


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Chambeyronia hookeri 5g Chambeyronia hookeri 5g Chambeyronia hookeri 5g
Chambeyronia hookeri TS RPS Chambeyronia hookeri 5g Chambeyronia hookeri 5g

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS

 

GREEN LEAVES – STATELY TRUNK AND CROWN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

By popular demand I have put this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species of King Palms.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color.  It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  The plants I'm putting on special are the 5 gallon size, mostly singles.  It tolerates full coastal sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties F.  Another interesting thing is that sometimes they’ll throw a new red leaf as shown in one photo below.

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

Of note, our Archontophoenix "teracarpa" is probably a larger King Palm than A. maxima but still escapes exact species identification.  It does not have silver undersides to the leaflets and has a blue crown shaft.  It is routinely discussed elsewhere at this Blog.  The habitat photo is by Luke Nancarrow AU
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Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima
Archontophoenix maxima Archontophoenix maxima luke nancarrow Archontophoenix maxima

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM



SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL SINGLE 5 GALLON SIZE

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply and essentially unavailable in larger sizes.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds.  We are pleased to presently put nice single stem 5 gallon plants on special.  Plant heights are about 4 feet in the pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  These plants in this size pot are quite shippable.  We also have multiple (several in one pot) if desired at the same price.

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

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


 
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Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa  Chamaedorea plumosa singles 5g  Chamaedorea plumosa 

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SMALLER TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM



GREEN LEAVES – VERY THIN TRUNKS
BRIGHT RED FRUIT
OVERSIZED 2 GALLON – TEN DAY SPECIAL

This shade loving species is sought after for several reasons:
It doesn't get too tall, rarely over 8 feet tall
It suckers and forms a nice clump
It has good cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
Leaves are sometimes iridescent and sometimes a blue color on their underside

It is a type of Bamboo Palm.  Trunks are very thin, sometimes just a quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short, usually 2 to 3 feet.  On the females with pollination, you’ll get super red but small fruits.  It prefers filtered light, doesn’t get very tall and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  It also makes an ideal patio or interior palm.

We are presently offering very nice 2 gallon plants on special.  As you can see they are at least 3 feet tall and beginning to sucker.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $80
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70


Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price. 


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Chamaedorea microspadix  Chamaedorea microspadix  Chamaedorea microspadix 
Chamaedorea microspadix  Chamaedorea microspadix   

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM

MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT – LOVES HOT SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BAND SIZED PLANTS

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  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.  Be aware that this palm doesn’t do well in shade and doesn’t want to be shaded out by overhead trees.  The band sized seedlings are quite large for their pots and need to be repotted into a 5 gallon container.  Easy to mail order.


 REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $47.50

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  We also have 5g, 15g and 25g plants available


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Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

SABAL PALMETTO
THE PALMETTO PALM

 

MEDIUM SIZED COLD HARDY GREEN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND SIZED PLANTS


This medium to large fan palm is native to the United States and an assortment of Caribbean islands including Cuba.  It's native habitat extends as far north as North Carolina.  It is amazingly salt tolerant.  In Florida you can see it right up into the coastal dunes.  I've seen plants just a few feet from the bay at Tampa Bay and thriving.  It is green in color and has a trunk that is of variable heights, ranging from ten feet to up to eighty feet – but it’s rare to see them over about 30 feet.  This is a durable, hardy palm with obvious salt tolerance.  It's cold hardiness is into the mid teens F. and it prefers full sun for optimal growth.  However, it does tolerate partial shade.  Also, it can tolerate desert conditions if given adequate water.  Trunks have a "criss-cross" pattern of attached leaf bases.  Later the palm sheds these to show a fairly smooth appearing trunk.  With my comments above, you'd think there are lots of these available in CA.  This is not the case; they are hard to find.  The bands on sale are very nicely sized.  Finally, for those of you displaced from South Carolina, you can bring a little of your state to your present location by growing this palm.  
Sabal palmetto is your state tree.  We can ship one right to your displaced location.  These are easy to mail order. 

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


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Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto Sabal palmetto

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND 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 likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  These band sized plants are easy to ship.  The fifth photo shows a larger nursery plant and the last photo is a garden specimen.  Of note, these seedlings are pretty nice and probably ready to be repotted into a larger container.